In this brand new 8 part series, Mary Berry, the queen of home cookery, top chef Dan Doherty and produce expert, Chris Bavin, are putting ten of the nation’s best home cooks through their paces in the search for Britain’s Best Home Cook. Hosted with wit and warmth by Claudia Winkleman, ten talented home cooks are embarking on the ultimate immersive cooking competition living together in a shared house and competing against each other in the kitchen as they are tested by a trio of exacting judges on the very best of home cookery.
Each week the judges will set two challenges – an ultimate home favourite and an improvised dish around a single ingredient- before the weakest cooks face the elimination round to decide who is going to leave the competition. To win over the judges and avoid elimination, the cooks will have to demonstrate individual flair, skill, creativity and breadth in their home cooking.
In this first episode the cooks have an hour and a half to prepare their ultimate burger with at least two sides designed to showcase their individual personality. The patties and fries sparkle with variety and influences as cooks rustle up a Welsh inspired rarebit burger, Indian spiced patty and pakoras, Nigerian suya spiced beef, Asian shredded beef in a bao bun and a plethora of cheese burgers.
From burgers we move to the ‘Cooks’ Challenge’ which tests the cooks’ inventiveness and creativity with a key ingredient. The cooks with the best burgers from challenge one are given an advantage by the judges – they will determine the key ingredient choice for everyone. This time, the choice is between nuts or berries, opening up a world of culinary possibilities for the clever cook. To make it even harder they have to decide without any prior knowledge of the other ingredients they’ll have in their kitchens. Decision finally made, it’s back to the shared house for drinks, recipe sharing and plenty of overnight jitters for those who aren’t keen on the key ingredient and are anxious about what will be in their store cupboard. In the morning the cooks return to their freshly stocked kitchens where they must invent a sweet or savoury dish celebrating the central ingredient selected by their fellow cook(s). Despite nerves, they deliver an array of inspiring delights in one hour as they attempt to win over the trio of judges and avoid the elimination round.
Based on their performance in these two challenges, the cooks face an anxious wait while the judges decide who is safely through to next week and who must cook again in an elimination round. While the safe cooks support from the stools on the side, the weaker cooks’ place in the competition now rests on their ability to follow a recipe to the letter. The judges have chosen a dish that requires precision and any lack of concentration could lead to an early exit. The tension is palpable as the cooks wilt under the pressure of this fast paced round.
At the end one cook must pack up their kitchen leaving the remaining 9 in contention for Britain’s Best Home Cook.
Welcome to the quiz show… that comes to you! From the supermarket to the seaside, Blackpool Tower to Birmingham city centre, brand new comedy entertainment show Ready or Not brings a hilarious twist to the traditional gameshow. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, our crack team of quiz show hosts won’t be far away, ready to surprise you with their crazy games. The show features voiceover from much-loved star Paddy McGuinness, and a roving team of hosts ready to surprise members of the public across the nation – when they least expect it. This week we startle another culture lover in an Edinburgh art gallery, Quiztina’s brought her Quiz Me Quick stand to sunny Brighton, Question Mark’s making friends in Glasgow and Crumpet gets chatting to a cool customer in Crawley. So if you want to win big, you’d better look out – because we’re coming for you… Ready or Not!
Will returns for his final two trips to Korowai territory, to try and find August and his family. He is keen to spend time with them too, to better understand how most Korowai live today. But when he gets to their village, they are nowhere to be found - apparently they have gone to a “grub fest” two days walk away in the forest. These extraordinary events only occur every couple of years, so Will decides to head there to see if he can find them. He arrives at the start of a massive festival of “sago grubs”, where sago grubs are backed on hot stones into a kind of pizza and shared with Korowai from all over their territory. Approximately 10 per cent of the entire Korowai population have turned up with bows and arrows to dance the night away and feasts on sago grubs. But when Will and August return to his village, the pressures facing a community in transition boil over, and Will finds himself in the middle of a very dangerous situation.
Exeter- Mon 30th April
Cast: Mark Stacey, Tony Wong and Zoe Pocock
Flipping Profit; where an antiques expert, a market trader and an upcycler battle it out to make the most money for BBC’s Children in Need.
In today's episode, antiques expert Mark Stacey, wheeler dealer Tony Wong and self-monikered ‘lux’cycler Zoe Pocock head to Exeter to find bargains they can turn into a profit.
Our three experts try to outdo each other by scouring the city’s antique shops, scrap yards and flea markets in search of any items they can convert to cash. When they day is done and the time is up, they then get just three weeks to turn their goodies into gold
Will Mark find the right buyer for his Chinese fish? Will any of Tony’s regulars show any interest in his trendy designer light? And what is Zoe going to do with that gorilla?!
And at the end of it all, who will have sold? And who will have made the biggest flipping profit?
Hay-On-Wye- Tues 1st May
Cast: Philip Serrell, Melissa Downhill and Micaela Sharp
Flipping Profit; where antiques experts battle market traders and upcyclers to make the most money for BBC Children in Need.
In today's episode, auction valueer Philip Serrell, top trader Melissa Downhill and upholsterer extraordinaire Micaela Sharp head to Hay-On-Wye where they have just a day to find some bargains they can turn into some flipping profit.
When the time is up, the next stage of the challenge begins, and they have just three weeks to turn their buys into booty
Micaela revamps her rocking chair, but with lots of work to carry out, has she given herself enough time to actually try and sell it? Philip rushes around the country going to horse stables, museums, and even his old school in an attempt to find buyers for his items, and Melissa employs all the tricks of the trade to make some money.
And at the end of it all, which of these canny trades will make the most flipping profit
Oxford- Wed 2nd May
Cast: Gavin Claxton, Linda Lambert and Anthony Devine
Flipping Profit; where an upcycler, a market trader and an antiques expert, battle it out to make the most money for BBC’s Children in Need.
In today's episode, fine art dealer Gavin Claxton, top trader Linda Lambert and master upholsterer Anthony Devine head to Oxford to find some bargains they can turn into some flipping profit.
Our three experts try to outdo each other by unearthing the best that the city has to offer. Rummaging through its antique shops, scrap yards and flea markets to find any hidden gems that will make them a huge profit.
Then, it’s the next stage of the contest, where the contestants rush to sell their items for as much profit as possible, within three weeks.
Will Gavin be able to sell his dagger? Can Linda get rid of her pulpit? And will Anthony be able to upholster and sell all his furniture within the time limit? And at the end of it all, which of them will have made the biggestflipping profit?
Stratford-Upon-Avon Thurs 3rd May
Cast: Philip Serrell, Tony Wong and Micaela Sharp
Flipping Profit; the show where an antiques expert, a market trader and an upcycler compete to make the most money for BBC’s Children in Need.
In today's episode, tried and tested auction valuer Philip Serrell, cocky young wheeler dealer Tony Wong and trendy upholsterer extraordinaire Micaela Sharp head to Stratford-Upon-Avon where they have just one day to find any bargains they can get their mitts on.
Then they get just three weeks to turn them into good, hard cash.
Will Philip's many contacts turn his corking machine into cash? Will canny Melissa flog her lamps? Will Melissa turn the her fuddy duddy furniture into flipping profit?
It's a race against time and at the end of it who will have made the biggest flipping profit?
Chipping Campden Fri 4th May
Cast: Gavin Claxton, Melissa Downhill and Zoe Pocock
Flipping Profit; where antiques experts, market traders and upcyclers compete to make the most money for BBCs Children in Need.
In today's episode, fine art dealer Gavin Claxton, top trader Melissa Downhill and luxury upcycler Zoe Pocock head to Chipping Campden to find bargains they can flip into profit.
Our three experts have just one day to scour its flea markets, antique shops and scrap yards looking for those elusive bargains. And then they have just three weeks to turn them to cash.
After a spot of restoration, will Gavin's paintings be as valuable as he thinks? Will Melissa get rid of all her Chesterfield furniture without running into problems? And what will Zoe do with all those mannequins?
The race is on, and when its over, who will have made the most flipping profit?
“Buy It Now” is a brand new series hosted by Brian Conley in which inventors, creators and sellers of new products have just 90 seconds to demonstrate their item to an audience of real shoppers. If the seller makes at least one sale to the audience of shoppers, they can speak to a panel of national retailers who could supersize that sale with a potentially life-changing order.
(ROCK IT /HYBE BAG / SCRUBRITE)
On today’s show...Dad mates Matt, Matt and Nick have an out of this world gadget to help stressed out parents; teacher Richard from Brighton has a 5 in 1 product he hopes our shoppers will bag; and Stephen has an everyday household object with a little price tag which he hopes will gain big interest.
(ARCONIC BRUSH/PLANK PAD/NUTRIPOUCH)
On today’s show….Hairdresser John from Scotland demonstrates the unique features of his new hair product; Andre has flown in from Germany to show the shoppers his solution to relieve exercise boredom; and Rifit is hoping the shoppers will like her new kitchen aid.
Kate and little helper Will demonstrate her creative and artistic children’s product; Martin from London has a solution to stop the undignified behaviour he witnessed in his local gym; and eco-scientist Emily has a gardening product which helps the environment and requires no actual gardening.
(DENSTERS/YOKE SHOPPER/FIELD FRESH SKINCARE)
On today’s show...Dejan a designer from London demonstrates his creative solution for keeping kids occupied; Matt from Hampshire brings a universal gadget invented when he was a student; and Laura has a homemade kit to make the nation feel refreshed.
(DR ZIGS BUBBLES / SOLARCAN / LOBSTER APRON)
On today’s show...Paola and Ziggy have a fun new product with a positive message; Sam has a gift he was inspired to make from recycled cans; and siblings Nathalie and Alec hope to have the shoppers all sewn up with their nifty new kitchen garment.
This episode follows an international team of engineers and construction workers as they attempt to build the longest suspension bridge within the Arctic Circle. The giant 276-million-pound Hålogaland Bridge will cross the stunning Rombak Fjord, providing safer, faster access to the north of the country from the busy industrial city of Narvik. The team from Norway and China is overseen by project manager Dagrunn Kaasen, an engineer with 30 years’ experience. But this will be her first ever bridge build. The documentary follows Dagrunn and her team as they race to install over 11,000 miles of steel wire that will form the bridge’s giant main cables. Each cable needs to be anchored 130 feet deep into the heart of the mountains on either side of the fjord. We follow the workers as they struggle to install 30 huge steel deck sections using a giant floating crane.
In this heat, four food producers with fledgling businesses come to test out their products on the locals in Malhamdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. They have two days in the shop, to promote and sell their products. This time it’s the turn of meat producers fighting it out for one place in the final.
Oil-rig worker Mark prepares and cures bacon from home in Aberdeenshire, with his own smoking shed at the bottom of the garden. But will his bacon flavoured with treacle, fennel and ale be too unusual for local tastes?
Liz is a marketing consultant from Brighton, but in her spare time makes venison bresaola – an Italian cured meat. While it goes down well with customers, the high end product could prove too niche.
Couple Alanagh and Ilse are bringing a South African snack to Yorkshire, via Northern Ireland where they live. While their biltong quickly grabs the attention of the meat loving locals, whether it is popular enough remains to be seen.
Finally, Ruth – a medical secretary from Norfolk – produces her take on chicken liver parfait. But with such a French classic, will she be able to create a strong brand to lure customers?
Tom Kerridge will be meeting members of the community as they try the range of meat, including the bowls club, and local sheep farmer Amos. Meanwhile judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona visit the food producers at home to see how well their product is made, and decide how well they promote and sell their item to the Yorkshire locals in the shop. The winner will be the fledgling business that is most viable, and deserving of the title best up and coming artisan.
In the penultimate heat, four food producers with fledgling businesses come to test out their products on the locals in Malhamdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. They have two days in the shop, to promote and sell their wares. This time it’s producers of drinks competing against each other for one place in the final.
Amy and Dan from Kingston are coffee aficionados and make cold brew coffee. But trying to sell a trendy, cold coffee to locals who prefer their coffee hot may be a challenge.
Barbara is a solicitor from Lancashire who makes cordial in her spare time. She is bringing raspberry and rose geranium to trial in the shop, but whether the locals take to an unusual cordial remains to be seen.
Elizabeth and Shirley from London brew and sell Kombucha – an effervescent fermented tea drink. However they must prove they can market this unknown drink to tea loving Yorkshire customers.
Finally, Isatou and Haddy from East London have drawn on their Ghanaian heritage to create a baobab smoothie. But when the judges don’t think they make enough of their story can they turn it around and succeed?
Tom Kerridge will be meeting members of the community as they try the range of drinks – including a group of bell ringers. Meanwhile judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona visit the drinks producers at home to see how well their product is made, and decide how well they promote and sell their item to the Yorkshire locals in the shop. The winner will be the fledgling business that is most viable, and deserving of the title best up and coming artisan.
HUGE RIVER HOMES – OAKLEY AND BARIS – ROCKESTER UK AND NETHERLANDS
Brand new and exclusive to More4: My Floating Home returns for series two as presenter Mark Evans charts the journeys of various families and couples as they give up living on land and design and build unique homes that can float.
In this episode, Lee and Justine Oakley went looking for a B&B and ended up buying a massive steel lighter hull. They want to transform it into a spacious four bedroom floating home on the River Medway, near Rochester. Their builder Joe Allodi and his team have just 16 weeks and £300,000 to do this. But will he meet the deadline while battling the bad weather? How does the enormous daily tide that lifts and drops the boat by 16 feet affect the build? And will Justine’s huge ¾ ton oven ever get on board? Meanwhile, over in the Netherlands, the Baris family, Evert, Miriam and their two sons Rogier and Tygo, want an ambitious new home. It will have floor to ceiling windows along its whole length and cool underwater bedrooms. However, towing the home to their mooring proves hazardous. Will the home survive unscathed through the narrow locks and low bridges?
Dhillan is a self-made Rich Kid Of Instagram. He lives in a huge mansion with so many rooms he can’t even remember whether he’s been in some of them before. He’s up for the challenge of staying with single mum of three, Elaine, who lives on disability benefits with her family in Surrey. Seeing his visit as a bit of a holiday, Dhillan’s shocked and a little disgusted to learn he’ll be helping muck out the cages of the many animals Elaine keeps, and he can’t quite get his head around sleeping and eating in the dogs’ vicinity. Elaine’s daughter is in awe of rich kid Dhillan when she finds out he runs her favourite clothing line, but she must put that aside when Dhillan orders a skip and suggests a massive change to the family’s home.
Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords, Channel 5, Thursday 3rd May, 8pm, 4 of 16
A doctor evicts his non-paying tenant. Brent Council find an overcrowded house. A landlord struggles with an unruly tenant. A landlady tries to access her house after her tenant dies.
Shepton Mallet – Crime and Punishment
Michael unlocks the doors to Shepton Mallet prison to uncover the story of British crime and punishment. Since it opened its doors 400 years ago this prison has seen thousands of prisoners, numerous executions and countless escape attempts.
Michael meets meet ex-prisoner Ben Gunn, who served 32 years for killing his best friend when he was just 14. Ben talks about his time in Shepton, and how he met his partner, a former prison teacher, while inside. Michael also meets Jim Butt an ex-prison officer who will demonstrate how three men once bore a hole in the wall to escape over the 120ft wall.
In 1953, the prison became home to notorious East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who were serving 9 month sentences for assaulting an officer. Aged just 20, it’s said the Krays arrived at Shepton as tearaways but left as hardened gangsters.
During World War 2, Shepton Mallet Prison was given to the US Army. In three years, 18 American soldiers were executed there as the prison was transformed into the US military’s death row. Michael uncovers the story Leroy Henry, a black US serviceman sentenced to death for raping a local white woman. General Dwight D Eisenhower pardoned Leroy after receiving a petition signed 30,000 British people.
In 1939, at the beginning of WW2, Shepton Mallet Prison became a safe house for Britain’s most precious historical documents. Fearing that a single bomb could wipe out the entire National Records Office on Chancery Lane, Michael discovers that 300 tonnes of documents – among them records from the time of William the Conqueror, Henry VIII and Horatio Nelson, as well as the Magna Carta itself – were transported to Shepton and stored in the cells. The archivist in charge also moved in to the prison, bringing his young family with him.