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WEEK 16

Doctors of War: Saving Lives

A group of boys are critically injured after playing with a grenade, an expectant mother involved in a road accident needs emergency treatment to try and save the life of her unborn twins, a man is rushed to hospital after being shot in the head, a young girl is fighting to survive multiple knife wounds, a two-year-old is on the brink of life with severe breathing difficulties. 

 

This is a week in the life of an extraordinary hospital in war-torn South Sudan, run by local staff and supported by international medics and UK doctors flown in by a humanitarian charity.

 

This raw and visceral feature length film follows that team – including Birmingham-based surgeon John Buckels – as they operate under extreme pressures with limited resources.

 

Cameras have complete round-the-clock access to capture the reality of life and death in South Sudan – the world’s newest country and one of its bloodiest and bleakest; a nation left ravaged by years of civil war.

 

The conflict has left half a million people dead, and forced millions more men, women and children from their homes.

 

Many of them end up in the Bentiu camp, an enormous temporary settlement which is a haven for those who have nowhere left to go.

 

Many also end up in the local hospital where they are treated by local and international surgeons, nurses and doctors.

 

This extraordinary documentary gives viewers a rare glimpse into a brutal and largely unreported world, with stories of families suffering almost unimaginable hardship.

 

It is a place where death has become a way of life. But there is hope too, thanks to the selfless work of the medics, who have to deal with anything that is thrown at them.

 

A year in the making, and produced in partnership with the Médecins Sans Frontières charity, ITN Productions' cameras were embedded in the camp hospital to capture the real-life drama.

 

The medical team, drawn from different countries and cultures, work together and learn from one another. They staff the hospital 24 hours a day and many live in the camp, alongside those they treat.

 

Some of the stories are utterly heartbreaking but they are punctuated with successes and moments of joy. The hospital is a relentless, chaotic world and yet somehow miraculous stories of survival emerge – and the final image offers the chance to dream of a better future.


  • Tuesday 20th April, 10pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Fast Justice

Fast Justice follows Suffolk Police’s elite Operation Sentinel. On the road with specialist officers, armed with the latest camera tech and high-speed cars to catch the county’s most wanted.  

 

The Sentinels receive intelligence from another police force that a suspected organised crime group is trafficking drugs into Suffolk in a county lines operation. After being tipped off about when the suspect cars are arriving on their patch, The Sentinels set a trap and wait for their targets to come to them. What follows is a series of intense chases and dramatic stops over the course of several weeks - showing off what The Sentinels are all about. We get a look at how their tactics work, how they hunt as a pack and how their dedicated controller pulls the strings from base. At first the team’s searches of the suspect cars doesn’t turn up any drugs, but dogged detective work uncovers a secret in the target cars, leading to a major discovery. 

 

Later, a real insight into the challenges the police can face on a daily basis. Two officers stop a car that’s activated their database with links to drugs, and the driver is not happy to see them. His complaining draws a crowd of onlookers, creating a tense situation that requires cool heads and professional policing to resolve. 


  • Sunday 18th April, 6pm

  • Dave

  • 1 of 10

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Zara & Mike: No Nonsense Royals

Zara and Mike are, on the surface, the most unlikely pairing: the rugby player, born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, and the daughter of the Princess Royal born and bred in a royal palace. Yet a brief encounter in a bar in Sydney, Australia changed the course of their lives forever, as they became an item and embarked on a right royal romance. The pair have defied the critics and lead a relatively quiet life in the grounds of Gatcombe Park.

 

In this programme we look at their life together, from the highs to the lows. They are both experts in their fields: her, show jumping and him, rugby, who display a similar level of determination and drive. They've carved out successful careers for themselves and supported each other along the way. Is this an example of how members of the royal family should be? No titles and supporting themselves?

 

In this programme we hear from royal commentators, experts and Mike Tindall's former school rugby coach to find out how he won over the Princess Royal to marry Zara, and how they have managed to become The Queen's favourites to invite round for afternoon tea.


  • Saturday 17th April, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Naked Attraction

Naked Attraction is BACK! The dating show that dares to bare all returns and this time it’s even more revealing!

 

The world’s most daring dating show is back! Helping sassy singletons avoid the pitfalls of fake online profiles and fancy filters by choosing their perfect partner based solely on the power of Naked Attraction. When we are entirely unfiltered what do people really find sexually attractive? 

  

Episode Two:

First into the studio is 27-year-old Kelly from Brighton.  This carer is unsure whether she’s looking for a man or a woman but hopes Naked Attraction can find her the perfect partner to give her a little TLC. 

 

Next is 29-year-old Carlo from Somerset. After surviving leukaemia, this steeple jack is ready to get back into his harness and is looking for the perfect girl to sweep off her feet.


  • Tuesday 20th April, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 2 of 5

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

The Repair Shop

RX42 – Charles II Portrait, Engagement Ring, Arab Chest and Donkey

Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring four treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

 

Painting conservator Lucia Scalisi welcomes a historic portrait of Charles II into the barn. Owner Liz remembers it hanging in her grandparents dining room when she was a child. Now, her son Dylan is fascinated by its history so they are hoping it can be brought back to life. A fascinating fix for Lucia, as she removes layers of dirt it becomes clear just how old the portrait really is. 

 

Goldsmith Richard Talman faces the delicate task of reuniting the broken pieces of an engagement ring that symbolises a grandparents’ deep love. Owner Michelle’s grandmother Muriel was engaged to another man when she first locked eyes with her grandfather Wilfred in a pub. She called off her engagement and the pair went on to have a long and happy marriage. Michelle wants to honour their love story by having the romantic ring restored. 

 

Born in Zanzibar, Mahbuba fled to the UK as a child due to the Revolution, with no time to bring any possessions with her. Years later she stumbled across an ornate wooden chest in a market in Oman, evoking strong memories of the childhood she left behind. Silversmith Brenton West and wood expert Will Kirk join forces to bring this lavishly embellished family heirloom back to its former glory.

 

And soft toy specialists Amanda and Julie are entrusted with a very special donkey that acted as a comfort blanket to a young boy who lost his mother and later became a source of comfort for his twin sister when tragedy struck again. 


  • Wednesday 21st April, 8pm

  • BBC One

  • 2 of 3

  • Bev@plankpr.com

Celebrities: What’s Happened to Your Face?

 Speculation over which celebrities might have had cosmetic surgery has been a source of public fascination for decades, with papers, magazines and social media awash with photos of stars ‘before and after’.   Over two programmes we 4 take well-known celebrities who’ve had an enormous amount of column inches dedicated to how their faces look.  Combining the insight of people who know them with experts who study selected paparazzi photos from throughout their careers, we attempt to work out exactly what is natural ageing, and what might not be.   As we ask the question - What has Happened to Your Face?

 

 

Episode Synopsis: Episode 2

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Speculation over which celebrities might have had cosmetic surgery has been a source of public fascination for decades, with papers, magazines and social media awash with photos of stars ‘before and after’.   Over two programmes we 4 take well-known celebrities who’ve had an enormous amount of column inches dedicated to how their faces look.  Combining the insight of people who know them with experts who study selected paparazzi photos from throughout their careers, we attempt to work out exactly what is natural ageing, and what might not be.   As we ask the question - What has Happened to Your Face?

 

Under the microscope in this episode is reality star Charlotte Crosby and Hollywood veteran and all action hero, Sylvester Stallone.

 

Charlotte Crosby’s wild shenanigans both on and off the camera and her turbulent love life, have made her a fans and press favourite. But there have been as many column inches dedicated to her changing face as to any other part of her life.  She’s admitted to going under the surgeon’s knife and using lip fillers but how many cosmetic procedures has she actually had?  From lip, cheek and chin fillers to Botox and a nose job, it appears to be an extensive list but which parts of her face are still natural?

 

With 40 plus years on the big screen, we have witnessed Sylvester Stallone’s distinctive hollowed, droopy face in the Rocky and Rambo films being described in more recent years as looking as if made from ‘silly putty’. And his arched eyebrows giving him a ‘constant startled look.’  But were his first experiments with plastic surgery the result of a medical condition from birth or was he influenced by his mother’s own infamous dabblings with the surgeon’s knife?


  • Thursday 22nd April, 10pm

  • Channel 5

  • 2 of 2

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Hoarder Homes: No Room to Move

Buried beneath every hoarder’s clutter pile is a fascinating and deeply personal story. This compelling series shines a light on the many and varied reasons that people hoard, bringing in cleaning pros and house clearance bods to help the featured householders tame their supersized stockpiles and haphazard hauls. 

 

In Bromley, south London is a one-bedroom flat that is home to60-year-old Valentine. Or rather, it would be his home if he could actually get in through the door. Valentine’s hoarding has cost him nearly everything – his marriage, his family and his sanity. So how did he get here? 

 

Could Valentine’s precious collection of Princess Diana memorabilia buried like treasure in the mountain of possessions hint at a deep desire for a champion to help him face his struggles? 

 

Valentine’s hoard fills his whole flat, with room after room buried under six feet of clutter. Things have got so bad that Valentine has spiralled into depression and ended up in a psychiatric hospital. We join him just three days before he’s due to be discharged. But before he can return, his flat needs to be cleared from top to bottom. 

 

After more than 30 years of living in a home slowly swallowed by clutter, Valentine is desperate for a fresh start. Can extreme cleaners Caz and Tee take up that role and persuade Valentine it’s finally time to let go of his precious hoard and make his dream of a clutter-free future a reality?


  • Monday 19th April, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 3 of 6

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Trucking Hell

Steve tackles a 44-tonne lorry loaded with loo roll that’s flipped over and bunged up the A50. Martin rescues an articulated lorry axle deep in mud and sinking fast.  And Jon has to fish a Vauxhall Corsa out of a canal.

There’s a huge 44-tonne lorry loaded with loo roll, that’s flipped on its side and bunged up the A50 in the middle of the evening rush hour. Incident Manager Steve races to the scene to right this toilet roll terror, unblock the road, and take the vehicle away. He’ll need to work in double quick time to get the road open as soon as possible. But the lorry is mangled from the crash and pulling it upright could make it tear apart across the carriageway, spilling its load of 6 tonnes of bog paper.  If that happens Steve will have a long night wiping it all up!

On an Essex country mud track an articulated lorry has taken a wrong turn on the road to nowhere and is now axle deep in mud and sinking fast.  Martin’s been sent to pull it out, but the heavy lorry is tilting dangerously and could topple at any moment.  To make matters worse Martin’s got to drag it up a steep hill for over 100 meters – that’s more than twice as long as his winch cable. The weight of the 20-tonne truck and the hill push Martin’s tow truck to its limits, straining the cables to the max.

In Loughborough town centre there’s been a parallel parking nightmare from hell.  A Vauxhall Corsa has spun through a car park fence and ended up on the bed of a canal two meters below.  The current is moving fast, and the canal bed is slippery.  It’s a dangerous job, but one that recovery op Jon is up for.  But craning it out will not be easy. Trying to feed straps beneath the car, under the water, with the strong current, proves a difficult challenge for Jon.


  • Thursday 22nd April, 9pm

  • Paramount

  • 2 of 10

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Food Unwrapped

Turmeric, Milk Chocolate & Asparagus

Food Unwrapped continues tracking down fascinating food facts from around the world. This week Jimmy Doherty is in India on the trail of turmeric and finds himself at a wedding ceremony where guests are showered with the exotic spice. Kate Quilton is on a dairy discovery to find out how much milk goes into a bar of chocolate and Andi Oliver draws the short straw as she uncovers why asparagus gives some of us a pungent problem with our pee.

Dragons' Den

Dragons’ Den returns for its 18th series in its new home on BBC One, with a new set of eager entrepreneurs hoping to strike a life-changing deal with the toughest titans of industry; Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Tej Lalvani and Sara Davies.

 

NB EPISODIC BILLINGS TO FOLLOW


  • Thursday 22nd April, 8pm

  • BBC One

  • N/A

  • Bev@plankpr.com

Churchill: Fallen Hero

The series reaches 1945, and the final summer of the Second World War. Winston Churchill has led Britain to the brink of victory, but he is far from done. He is determined to carry on as Prime Minister and calls a general election, fully expecting voters will give him another five years at Number 10. But he’s in for a shock.

Nazi Germany has surrendered and after five years of war, people are partying in the streets all over Britain. Winston Churchill is a lightning rod for this national outpouring of emotion. He is the man the people want to see, above and beyond the King. For many, he is the walking embodiment of the war effort and a symbol of victory.

But once an election is called, the tide begins to turn and Churchill struggles on the campaign trail. He represents the past and Britain is now looking to its future. In extraordinary and moving scenes the great war hero’s election speeches are met with boos rather than cheers. Churchill may have won the war, but he is increasingly out of touch with modern Britain and he’s about to pay the price.


  • Friday 23rd April, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 5 of 6

  • Kay@plankpr.com

This Is MY House

Stacey Dooley hosts this brand new, prime time series in which four people claim to own the same house and be the same person. The catch, only one of them is telling the truth and three of them are actors.

Panellists Bill Bailey, Emily Atack, Judi Love and guest panelists Joe Sugg and Richard Madeley must correctly collar the true homeowner from the line-up of suspects. If they get it right, the homeowner wins a cash prize, get it wrong and the homeowner gets nothing.

 

This week the mystery surrounds Clare and her partner John who live in – as Judi Love calls it - a “proper yard” in Guildford Surrey. Trying to pass themselves off as the lady of the manor is one Clare, who has a moment over a watering can, a “Klara” from Slovakia who says most people think she is the cleaner not the homeowner, a former air hostess who met John on a flight and another Clare who claims to have been living in the property all her life.

 

But the plot really thickens when John makes a last minute appearance, sending the panel into a tailspin.


  • Thursday 22nd April, 9pm

  • BBC One

  • 5 of 6

  • Lou@plankpr.com

Gogglebox

Britain's sharpest armchair critics share their insightful and passionate takes on the week's biggest and best shows. From entertainment juggernauts and the week's biggest news stories, to hard-hitting documentary series and gritty drama, Gogglebox offers sharp, hilarious and often emotional critiques of popular and topical TV shows. 


  • Friday 23rd April, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • Episode 9

  • Lou@plankpr.com

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