After twenty-one thousand kilometres, two continents and seventeen countries. The teams embark on the final leg of their epic journey. However, a mammoth 4800km still stands between them and the finish line of Ushuaia, Argentina, the most southerly city in the world.
Before leaving the last checkpoint in Mendoza, there’s a bombshell, as the racers are rocked by the departure of one team from the race. It’s an emotional farewell as they reveal that despite a valiant effort they have finally run out of money and their race is over
Just under nine hours separate the remaining three teams, but budgets are running perilously low meaning each team will have to call on all the skills, ingenuity and strategies developed over the past seven weeks on the road in order to win the race.
In a thrilling finale, the lead changes hands throughout, as the teams navigate their way down through Patagonia towards Ushuaia. All teams are constantly juggling the desire to win the race with the need to work. Living hand to mouth, they negotiate tricky connections, sold out buses and endure hours by the side of roads desperately trying to hitch rides.
As one team benefits from a monumental act of kindness to dig them out of a massive hole and keep them in the race, another eyes a prime opportunity to accelerate to the finish line, while the third gambles everything when it matters most.
This gruelling race has pushed them all to their very limits both physically and emotionally. It has taken the travellers to far flung places – through deserts, mountains and island paradises giving them the chance to experience incredible adventures, immerse themselves in different cultures, make lasting connections and often be overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.
Our racers embarked on personal journeys too with relationships tested and bonds strengthened. This dramatic and at times unpredictable experience will mean our travellers will complete the race very different people from the ones that started.
There are remarkable twists and turns as the race culminates in an incredibly tight and dramatic finish, all set against the backdrop of some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world.
After 54 days, which team will triumph and be the first to reach the finish line and claim the £20k prize and be crowned winners of this race of a lifetime?
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.
This week on Secrets of Your Supermarket Food with Sian Williams and Stefan Gates, most food products have labels telling us when it’s safe to eat, but are most of us getting it wrong? More than seven million tonnes of household food is thrown away every year. But does it need to go in the bin – or is some food perfectly good to eat, no matter what it looks like and whatever the date says on the packet? Food Inspector and Environmental Health Officer Gareth Jones helps us decipher what many of these different and potentially confusing labels mean – including ‘best before’, ‘use by’ and ‘display until’.
Sian investigates how our supermarket pork could be infected with dangerous antibiotic resistant E-coli seriously risking our health. Many farmers overuse antibiotics on their animals and this has led to many dangerous bacteria like E-coli and salmonella becoming drug resistant, meaning antibiotics will have no effect on us humans if we become infected with these bugs. Armed with 57 samples of supermarket pork, Sian visits Dr Robert Atterbury at the University of Nottingham, who tests them all and shockingly discovers that 67% of our supermarket pork is infected with E coli which is found in animals’ guts and can cause serious illness. But more worryingly still, all of these E coli bacteria were antibiotic resistant, potentially endangering lives.
Meanwhile Stefan travels to Scotland to discover some of the challenges facing the salmon industry – including sea lice and what the farmers are doing to tackle this unpleasant creature. Chemicals are one of the most common methods used to kill sea lice, but they affect the fish reducing their appetite and growth and they can’t be sold for several weeks after treatment. To add to the problem, the lice have built up a resistance to most of the major chemicals used. So, some salmon farmers are turning to a more natural solution to get rid of the lice. They use a local fish called the wrasse which loves lice, otherwise known as the “cleaner fish”, to do the job.
Finally Stefan is on the trail of fresh and frozen fish and whether we can taste the difference. Stefan is on board a trawler in South Devon to discover how quickly their fish gets from the sea to the supermarket and how they keep it fresh. Stefan then visits Brixham market where Richard Chivers, a fish food safety expert, helps Stefan see whether it is possible to taste the difference between fresh and frozen fish.
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.
Steph McGovern presents the brand-new daily programme, The Steph Show, broadcast live from Steph's living room in Yorkshire, as she celebrates the everyday heroes who are keeping the nation moving in these uncertain times. The Steph Show includes the daily lunchtime Channel 4 News bulletin and features the latest information, advice and ideas to help us navigate our way through these unique times we are living in. Plus, there's a mix of entertainment, lifestyle and a variety of guests beamed live into Steph's living room.
The beaten body of Laila Rezk was discovered in her home in Kingston by her grown-up children who arrived to have dinner with her.
Detectives from New Scotland Yard believed that the key to discovering who killed Laila was to work out what was the possible motive.
A forensic examination of Laila’s house discovered a lot of fingerprints – from friends, tradesmen, family members. All but one did not lead anywhere…
20 year old currency trader Dan loves to splash the cash. As well as lavish holidays, he indulges in pricey designer gear and fast super cars. However only child Dan is puzzled by the other end of the wealth spectrum.
Dan thinks the homeless can do more to get off the streets and he wants to prove this. He plans to raise some capital from begging and sell hand warmers to boost earnings to pay for a room in a hostel. He makes enough money on night one and starts his plan the next day.
With some help from homeless man Mark, Dan makes enough money to get dinner for them both. But when Mark reveals why he’s ended up on the streets, his story hits a nerve with Dan who needs some time off camera, before revealing an incredibly sad family tragedy which Dan’s never spoken about before.
Dan calls his friend and reveals he nearly gave up and went home. But he wants to see the experience to the end. Such an emotional outpouring has taken its toll and he has to bed down on the streets. He is realising that homelessness can happen to anyone because Mark and Dan suffered the same family problem. Mark ended up homeless but luckily Dan had the support of his family.
Next morning, Dan struggles to do much more than sit around and reflect. By the evening he decides to help others who are homeless and he begs for a man called Colin to help him get himself a room in a hostel. It’s a sacrifice Dan believes he has to make. How does the emotional strain of the last few days affect Dan? Have his views on homelessness changed? How has the experience impacted on the way he copes with his grief?