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WEEK 16

MasterChef

Episode 22 -

It’s The Finals of MasterChef 2020. Over the past seven weeks, 60 of the country’s very best amateur cooks have been whittled down to just four. Each talented contestant has a single goal - to lift the coveted MasterChef Champion trophy at the end of this week.

This week, the finalists face some incredible challenges that test their ambition, creativity, skill and perseverance to the max as they go all out to impress some of the world’s greatest chefs. They must raise their cooking to a level they never dreamed possible.Tonight, the final four hopefuls embark on a culinary adventure of a lifetime on the island of Mauritius, facing three extraordinary challenges that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

The first challenge takes place in the town of Mahebourg, one of the island’s earliest established fishing ports. Split into teams of two, each pair will be tasked with cooking two traditional Mauritian street food dishes for 15 local fishermen. To help the finalists make sense of this unique multicultural fusion cuisine, they will be mentored by Chef Moroogun Coopen, President of the Mauritius Chefs Association and one of the island’s best known chefs.

Next, the amateurs travel to the island’s capital, Port Louis, where they have the honour of working at Labourdonnais – a hotel famed for being at the forefront of Mauritian gastronomy – run by Executive Chef, Peeroo Nizam. Chef Nizam travelled the world from France to India to develop a fusion style that has taken Mauritian cuisine to the next level.

The four contestants will be working during a busy lunch service at Labourdonnais and are given three hours to each prepare and cook a dish from Chef Nizam’s menu. Finally, the finalists face the daunting challenge of creating an exceptional dinner for mentors Chef Coopen and Chef Nizam, as well as some of the leading figures in Mauritius’ food and cultural community. Inspired by their culinary adventure and showcasing the skills they have developed through their entire MasterChef journey, the finalists’ dishes must be truly exceptional for them to stand out and prove they have what it takes to be crowned MasterChef Champion 2020.

 

Episode 23 - 

It’s The Finals of MasterChef and in tonight’s penultimate show, the final four amateur cooks face the challenge of a lifetime. Tonight, they will be mentored by the world’s greatest pastry chef, Albert Adria. Formerly El Bulli’s creative director and head of pastry, Albert, alongside his brother Ferran, led a revolution that changed the world of food forever. Sauces became foams and ingredients and flavours were turned in to spheres and centuries-old cookery techniques were questioned.

After El Bulli closed in 2011, Albert opened six restaurants in Barcelona and in 2018 he opened his first restaurant outside of Spain dedicated to the art of pastry – Cakes and Bubbles in London’s Café Royal.

Now, the four finalists will gain unique insight into Albert’s culinary mind as they learn directly from him and his team. Each finalist has to meticulously recreate two of Albert’s creations for a Chef’s Table of world class pastry experts.

Finally, the four amateurs are tasked with creating one exceptional dish for John and Gregg that will showcase their growing cooking talent. It’s their last chance to bring together everything they’ve learned - to let their creativity fly and prove they are worthy finalists. This high-pressure cook-off will be the end of the journey for one of the four contestants as only three can make it through to the final round and take one step closer to becoming MasterChef Champion 2020.

 

Episode 24 - 

It’s the MasterChef Final. After an arduous eight-week journey, tonight the search for the country’s best amateur cook reaches its climax. The final three have to push themselves to the limit for one last time before judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace crown one of them the Champion.

 

This is their very last chance to pull out all the stops, show everything they’ve learned along the way and, in three hour, demonstrate the kind of cook they have become. Tonight. they must produce the best three dishes of their lives, push their culinary boundaries and deliver jaw-droppingly good food for the judges.

 

It’s now or never for these exceptional amateur cooks as only one of them can lift the trophy and become the 16th MasterChef Champion.


  • Wednesday 15th April, 9pm
    Thursday 16th April, 9pm
    Friday 17th April, 7:30pm

  • BBC One

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Walking Britain’s Lost Railways

Britain’s rail network was once the envy of the world. Twenty thousand miles of track - the backbone of an industrial superpower. But in the course of a century, almost half has disappeared. Four thousand stations too… deemed surplus to requirements.

But from crumbling viaducts and ticket offices, to former industries, Britain’s Lost Railways can still be discovered… and explored.

So Rob Bell is back, following six more abandoned rail routes.

From King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth, this episode sees Rob in Norfolk, following a lost railway through some of the quietest parts of England, but also some of the richest country estates of all.

With Dukes, Marquesses and the royals at Sandringham all relishing their rural freedom, this railway was a curious latecomer when it was finally built, bit by bit, in the 1880s. And it threatened to rudely kick, sleepy old Norfolk into the industrial age.

Sure enough, Rob explores an entire engineering town built from scratch, learns how Norfolk’s agriculture was super-charged, and sees for himself where thousands of holidaying Midlanders arrived to sail the Norfolk Broads, and ride Great Yarmouth’s famous 1930s roller coaster.

This line even put Norfolk on the frontline of the War, with thousands of American airmen arriving by train. Rob takes to the skies to spot dozens of airfields hastily constructed to conduct a massive bombing operation.

But sixty years after this line closed, Rob can’t help feel that Norfolk is still remarkably true to its old self. The rich and the royals are still here, there’s still remarkably few people and industry… and now, remarkably few railways too.

Charles and Camilla: King and Queen in Waiting

Charles and Camilla's enduring relationship is this subject of this documentary which investigates how the pair met and the tumultuous beginning of their romance - from forbidden love that caused scandal in the Palace, to Camilla winning the hearts of the nation. What can we expect from Charles' reign? And will people accept Camilla as Queen?

The Great Mountain Sheep Gather

Scafell Pike – England’s tallest mountain and home to a flock of native Herdwick sheep. Every summer their shepherd must ‘gather’ these notoriously hardy sheep and bring them down to the farm for shearing.

The Great Mountain Sheep Gather charts this journey across the fells with epic bird’s-eye view photography descending into the valley below.  This timeless event has taken place in the Lake District for over a thousand years. Opening at dawn with the shepherd blindly navigating the foggy peaks and crags, this film reveals the skill, knowledge and bravery needed to care for his flock in this rugged land.

As the fog lifts to expose the breath-taking landscape and the small pockets of sheep merge into one big group, the voice of Lakeland shepherd, Andrew Harrison, allows us to see this unique world through his eyes – the knowledge of the dogs, farmers and sheep passed down from generation to generation for centuries; the challenges of life in the fells; and the conflict posed by visitors and the 21st Century.

Specially commissioned poetry written by Mark Pajak, and read by Maxine Peake, provides a counterpoint to the shepherd’s insights throughout this 100-minute film. The programme’s unique visual perspective includes riding along on a dog, a sheep and the shepherd himself. The bleats, barks and birdsong echoing down the valley create an evocative natural soundtrack.

Once the flock has assembled as one, this immersive chronicle follows the group as they descend and are greeted by sunshine and a sense of relief as they arrive at the farm. Five hundred sheep must now be sheared - the tale of a shepherd’s life.


  • Monday 13th April, 7pm

  • BBC Four

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  • kay@plankpr.com

Rebuilding Notre Dame: Inside the Great Cathedral Rescue

Rebuilding Notre Dame: Inside the Great Cathedral Rescue

charts the inside story of the race to save and rebuild the world-famous Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris one year on from the fire that devastated the medieval structure on April 15th, 2019. 

It’s one year since the inferno devastated the vast timber and lead roof and the 850-year old Gothic masterpiece is still perilously close to collapse. Now – with unique access - we follow the men and women fighting to secure the fire-ravaged structure. It’s an unprecedented collaboration between architects, scientists and archaeologists, leading to new discoveries about the cathedral that will help restorers bring Notre Dame back from the brink. Lead dust from the vaporised roof contaminates the site, the stone ceiling is crumbling and a 500-tonne melted mass of scaffolding still hangs precariously over the cathedral, triggering alarms and evacuations. But the team meticulously analyse the fallen timber, stone and damaged glass, to develop a rescue plan and bring the Cathedral back to life.


  • Wednesday 15th April, 9pm

  • BBC Four

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

Casualty 24/7

Over 300 patients will come through the doors of Barnsley Casualty today, and it’s down to Sister Jane Hawksworth to make sure they’re all seen in good time despite there being more patients than beds and not enough nurses.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Cheryl Barnes answers the red phone and heads to resus. ‘When that red phone rings it gives you a bit of an adrenaline rush, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.’ Being rushed in by ambulance is Adele, a 59-year-old woman who’s struggling to breathe. And Adele gets more upset when she realises that Michaela, the Paramedic who brought her in, is leaving. Cheryl explains, ‘sometimes when the patients come into resus they’ve already formed that really good bond with that Paramedic, and so it’s massively important to make sure that the patient’s aware that they’ve got to go, but you’re there for them now.’

Next in resus, Registrar Doctor Ashleigh Trimble treats former showbiz pianist 84-year-old Terry. His wife, Lidiya, rang 999 after he fell in the kitchen and ended up with a very badly broken ankle. They’ve been married nearly 40 years and are concerned that Terry’s dancing days might be over.

Back in the hub, Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner Chantelle Proctor is alerted to a new arrival. 43-year-old Ian has had a bad migraine and stiffness in his neck but it was his girlfriend, Colleen, who persuaded him to come to casualty.

And as well as running the shift, Sister Jane Hawksworth takes on patients when nurses are stretched. Like 82-year-old Margaret, who was rushed into casualty quicker than she expected and has forgotten her teeth. Jane explains, ‘It’s very important to find time to chat to a patient. It’s part and parcel to their feeling better and getting well.’


  • Wednesday 15th April, 9pm

  • Channel 5

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  • kate@plankpr.com

Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back

Joe Lycett, the man responsible for making complaining funny, returns for a supersized new series of Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back as Britain’s customer service hero vows to continue to fight the good fight on behalf of the British public.  

Throughout the series, we’ll see Joe score victories for consumers everywhere as he battles rubbish council bin collections, settles scores against scammers, deals a blow to dodgy delivery companies and takes up the fight against corporate giants. Each week Joe will also be behind the Customer Service desk as he tackles viewers’ consumer problems, no matter how big or small.


  • Friday 17th April, 8pm

  • Channel 4

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  • steph@plankpr.com

The Mash Report

We’re very pleased that it’s going to be possible to put The Mash Report back on BBC Two at a time when people need laughter and topical insight more than ever.

Reflecting what everyone else is going through at the moment, the show will be self-isolating, with the whole cast filming themselves at home.

Nish Kumar will be virtually joined by our quarantined correspondents including Rachel Parris, Geoff Norcott, Ellie Taylor, Steve N Allen, Catherine Bohart, Desiree Burch, and Ahir Shah.

So if you don’t like jokes and analysis, you will at least get to see inside the houses of some very minor celebrities.


  • Friday 17th April, 10pm

  • BBC Two

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Around The World By Train With Tony Robinson

Tony’s taking multiple trains into the unknown, well for him, as he makes his first trip to Canada and Alaska. He’s excited to discover what makes the Canadians tick and to experience the great wilderness of this part of the world, from the enormous Rockies to the beautiful Alaskan glaciers.

Tony’s journey begins in the glistening high-tech hub of Seattle, home to Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks. A city full of entrepreneurs, Tony gets invited to see how one company are attempting to reinvent coffee without coffee beans. Eager to lend a hand Tony faces a taste test to see if he thinks their business has any hope of being the next big thing.

The Amtrak Cascades train takes him across the border and into Canada, where straight away he is struck by the beauty of Vancouver and the warmth of the Canadians. Former professional Ice hockey player Dave Babych explains why the sport is so important to Canadians before decking Tony out in full ice hockey goalie equipment and pelting Tony with a volley of pucks.

Next it’s time for Tony’s magnificent two-day rail journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. While the other passengers relax and enjoy the luxury service, Tony is put to work in the kitchen and frantically tries to keep up with orders from the fine dining car.

In the picturesque Jasper National Part Tony is again set to work: up at the crack of dawn, he helps local rangers chase wild elk out of the town centre, experiencing what life is like in amongst the local wildlife.

The final leg of his rail journey takes him to Alaska and from Anchorage north to the small town of Talkeetna. There Tony swaps the train for a float plane and flies over snow-covered mountain ranges to land at the base of the breath-taking Alaskan glaciers where he witnesses the impact of climate change up close for himself.

The Nest

A wealthy couple and a teenage girl make a pact that will change all of their lives forever, in a new five-part drama from Bafta and RTS Award-winning writer Nicole Taylor and Studio Lambert.

Dan (Compston) and Emily (Rundle) are crazy about each other. They live in a huge house in a beautiful location just outside Glasgow and want for nothing. All that’s missing is a baby - and they’ve been trying for years.

Through a chance encounter they meet Kaya (Mack), an 18 year-old from the other side of the city, whose life is as precarious at theirs is comfortable. When Kaya agrees to carry their baby, it feels like they were meant to meet - but was it really by chance?

Who is Kaya and what has brought her to this couple? Can the dreams of Kaya, Emily and Dan be fulfilled, or have all three embarked on a relationship of mutually assured destruction?

Martin Compston (Line Of Duty, Mary Queen Of Scots) and Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders, Gentleman Jack) lead the cast in Studio Lambert’s emotional thriller for BBC One The Nest, along with Mirren Mack in her television debut.

Also starring is Shirley Henderson (Stan And Ollie, Happy Valley), Katie Leung (Strangers, Chimerica), David Hayman (Hatton Garden, Fisherman’s Friends), Fiona Bell (Shetland, Acceptable Risk), James Harkness (The Victim, Wild Rose), Bailey Patrick (London Kills, Good Omens), Kate Dickie (Game Of Thrones, The Witch), Paul Brannigan (The Angels’ Share, Under The Skin) and Samuel Small (So Awkward, Game Of Thrones), Liz Ewing (Gentleman’s Relish, Taggart) and Christine Bottomley (End Of The F**king World, Back To Life).

The Nest is an emotional thriller about love and money, and the price of being able to buy whatever you want.


  • Sunday 12th April, 9pm
    Monday 13th April, 9pm

  • BBC One

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Race Across The World

With three teams at the checkpoint – Cafayate in Argentina - one team is yet to arrive. Dom and Lizzie are over 24 hours behind their competitors and after a disastrous last leg, they must rely on all their ingenuity to claw their way back into the race. 

Leaders Emon and Jamiul are the first to leave and discover that the next checkpoint is the island of Ihla Grande, Brazil, positioned half way between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo. Teams must travel 3,600 km east across the continent, making it the longest leg of the race so far, all whilst dealing with an ever dwindling budget and a brand new language to contend with. 

Emon and Jamiul decide to travel through Paraguay in order to reach Brazil, stopping off to work at a retirement home in the capital, Asuncion, where Emon has a chance to dust off the set of cards he brought from home and impress some of the elderly residents with a few magic tricks. Once in Brazil, they head for Sao Paolo where they get the opportunity to attend Friday prayers. The duo is going from strength to strength, balancing the race with experience and getting on better than ever. But a chance encounter in Sao Paolo causes them to pause and reflect on the reality of life for some of the people in the countries they’re travelling through. 

Following their disagreement in Bolivia, Jen and Rob want to try and enjoy the experience more, so agree to make time to see things they’ve always wanted to. First up – a stop at the world famous and jaw-dropping Iguazu Falls. Buoyed by their time at Iguazu, they head to Blumenau, a town founded by German immigrants which Rob is especially keen to visit due to his German heritage. Arriving in the midst of its annual beer festival, Jen and Rob enter into the party spirit, leading Jen to question how they might continue having fun together as a couple when the trip is over. 

With less money than any other team the priority for mother and son Jo and Sam is to preserve their diminishing budget. Spotting a job on the Atlantic Coast of Brazil with free bed and board, they decide to skip Paraguay and head straight for Brazil. While Sam gets a free surf lesson in exchange for his work in the garden, Jo takes a moment to reflect on the struggles she’s had over the last few years and reveals a heartfelt and emotional reason for wanting to embark on this journey with Sam. 

Last to leave the checkpoint, Dom and Lizzie are determined to catch up almost 30 hours on the leaders. But things don’t get off to a good start when Lizzie realises that she’s lost their map… Forced to think tactically, Dom starts chatting to locals in order to get ahead, whilst Lizzie comes up with a risky but expensive strategy that prioritises speed over cost. In Florianopolis, Dom opens up to Lizzie about his own vulnerabilities, leading them to realise they’re not as different as they might think. 

With Brazil proving to be the most expensive country so far, budgets are stretched to the limit for all the teams. But with the finish line in Ushuaia fast approaching, the need to balance speed with cost is greater than ever.


  • Sunday 12th April, 8pm

  • BBC Two

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  • kate@plankpr.com

New Scotland Yard Files

The first victim of the Stockwell Strangler was found dead in her own bed. There was no sign of violence or struggle. It was thanks to the eagle-eyed home help who noticed the TV had been stolen that made police realise that something was very wrong. Detectives at New Scotland Yard were desperate to get this serial killer off the streets.

After weeks of intense investigation and with just a partial palm print and hair left at one of the murder scenes, police finally honed in on the killer.


  • Thursday 16th April, 10pm

  • CBS Reality

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  • kay@plankpr.com

Dargons' Den

In the closing show of this series, Sara Davies, Touker Suleyman, Deborah Meaden, Tej Lalvani and Peter Jones take their seats and a final batch of nervous entrepreneurs make the pitch of their lives.

Syrian refugees Razan and Raghid Sandouk bring their British made alternative to Cypriot Halloumi to The Den, but will the Dragons think it’s a tasty proposition? Shaun Jones and Martin Grimer are thinking outside of the box with their creative kits for kids that transform everyday packaging waste into extraordinary playthings. And Joe Metcalfe is hoping for a hand out from the Dragons with his charity-meets-commerce clothing business, but can he convince the Dragons that pre-loved can be profitable?


  • Sunday 12th April, 9pm

  • BBC Two

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  • bev@plankpr.com

Trucking Hell

Steve and the team attempt to rescue an enormous rubble truck that’s tipped over in a ditch.  Forced to close the road they’re up against the clock, but having to work in the dark is making the job a lot more precarious.  Gaining little headway, Steve investigates further and discovers there’s a big problem underneath the truck.  It’s a task only the rotator can handle, but is it up to the job?

Stig is called out to an oil tanker stuck in the mud in the middle of an isolated farm track.  Unable to get around the vehicle and needing to lift the tanker from the front, Stig is forced to reverse his massive truck through the surrounding tiny lanes to try and reach the stranded truck from the other side.  But even when he gets there his troubles aren’t over.

Rookie Danny and his tonka toy truck come to the rescue of a stranded tractor unit and its driver.  It’s a straightforward job, but Danny is on a deadline trying to get the task completed before driver Jason misses his legal sleep break.  Despite the pressure, diligent Danny makes sure the job’s done right.

Driving instructor turned recovery op Kev is sent on a mysterious mission; transporting a looted range rover to the repair shop.  But when he gets to the vehicle he’s in for a surprise.  The car has had some unusual modifications and Kev is forced to think outside the box to ensure his assignment is complete.


  • Thursday 16th April, 9pm

  • Paramount

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  • kay@plankpr.com

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