Today in The Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team mark the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by bringing four treasured heirlooms, each with a royal connection, back to life.
Amongst the barn’s arrivals today are a royal pair in their own right - Diane Gould and her son Terry come from a long line of London Pearly Kings and Queens. The Pearly tradition of sewing decorative patterns of buttons onto suits to help raise money for charity started in Victorian times but grew out of a much older custom. In each London borough market traders, or costermongers, elected Coster Kings and Queens who would collect money to help those who had fallen on hard times. Diane has brought in a suit that belonged to her late father, and Pearly King of St Pancras, Alf, and now her son Terry is keen to carry on the family tradition and start his first suit as a Pearly Prince. Unfortunately, Alf didn’t have time to finish this suit, so Diane and Terry are hoping the admirable sewing skills of the barn’s teddy bear duo, Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell can create something fit for royalty!
Next a treasured item that has kept watch over Royal treasures for over a hundred years. Peter McGowran is chief of the Tower of London Yeoman Warders, also known as the Beefeaters. He’s brought with him a very special lantern steeped in Royal tradition that is still in use every day at the Tower. The lantern is a key part of the Ceremony of the Keys during which the warders lock up the Tower, and the Crown Jewels, every night. But now the lantern is beginning to show signs of its daily use for over a century and the huge responsibility of restoring this national treasure falls to horologist Steve Fletcher and stained-glass expert Matt Nickels.
The barn’s next expert to take on a Jubilee commission is ceramics conservator Kirsten Ramsay – a hand-painted commemorative plate made to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887. The plate arrives with Helen Ringland, part of a pair that have been in her family for as long as she can remember and believed to have been painted by a distant relative to be displayed in Newcastle’s Royal Jubilee Exhibition over a hundred and thirty years ago. These plates are one of the few things Helen has from her father’s side of the family but an unfortunate decorating accident left this one in several pieces and, though Helen’s father attempted to glue it back together at the time, it needs the talents of Kirsten to repair the damage and restore the plate back to pride of place on display in Helen’s home.
Finally, a bicycle made for two wheeled in by John Phillips. This unusual tandem was created by welding two normal bikes together back in 1977 – the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year. To mark the occasion John painted the bike red, white and blue before embarking on a tour of France with his wife Deborah. The bike hasn’t been ridden for many years, but after Deborah’s recent death, John wants to restore the bike to working order and get back in the saddle to raise money for charity in her memory. With so much work to do, both the barn’s bike expert Tim Gunn and metal maestro Dominic Chinea will have a job on their hands to get this bike back on track in time for this year’s Jubilee celebrations!
The much talked-about, Singing Dating show which pairs possible love matches through the power of their singing voice continues. This week, Fia, Andrew, Vicky and Sheena-Rae are helped by Oti Mabuse to find love.
The UK's pre-eminent political interviewer continues with his brand-new live politics show. The Andrew Neil Show breaks free from the established Sunday circuit, conducting forensic, extended interviews with decision-takers and news-makers from across the political spectrum. Andrew gives his individual take on the biggest issues of our times; as well as A-list analysis, commentary and debate from a regular cast of contributors. Invaluable insight from all angles and perspectives: free, fair, impartial and considered. The week ahead starts here.
Glynis Barber narrates a documentary featuring first-hand interviews with people whose hotel holidays ended in disaster, including a newlywed couple's horror when their honeymoon accommodation turned out to be a half-built Mexican building site. A trip to Zante took a surreal turn when one guest found herself the only person staying in the hotel, while a high-end break to Cuba hit the skids when Hurricane Irma struck.
Load the Lamborghini, dust off your diamonds and step inside the world’s most opulent destinations in Playgrounds of the Rich and Famous. As we find out the secrets of these exclusive, decadent destinations, what first attracted the World’s most privileged to them, and what the rich and famous got up to while they were there.
This episode we’re in Marbella, Spain’s most exclusive coastal town. Once a small fishing village, in the 1950’s it transformed into an exclusive haven for Hollywood A-listers such Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant and today is a place where billionaires hang out alongside global superstars.
We visit the Puente Romano Beach Resort, with its luxury hotel within a hotel, the exclusive Nobu Hotel and restaurant, and find out what goes into maintaining it’s very best suites. One of the select few chefs in the World with 3 Michelin Stars, Dani Garcia, reveals what’s needed when the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo book a table.
Property developer Paul Bramley shows us around his latest multi-million-euro property, which along with 2 pools, a spa and a cinema room also has an exclusive golf course at the end of the garden. While former Le Mans driver turned high end car dealer Jan Struve shows us the latest limited edition super cars he’s stocking for his super rich clientele.
We meet Spanish film and TV superstar, Maria Bravo, a Marbellan native, as she prepares for her exclusive annual charity fundraiser, attended by the likes of Eva Longeria and Antonio Banderas. But it’s not all work for Maria, as she relaxes with a gold leaf spa treatment.
And we also hear how Marbella has rebuilt its high-end reputation after seeing it decline in the 1980’s and 1990’s with package holidays and influx of criminals on the run.
Food Unwrapped hits the road to unearth some of the nation’s favourite dishes and discover what makes our home-grown grub so special. In this Best of British episode, Andi Oliver goes behind the scenes at one of the country’s most recognised brands of fruity drink – Pimm’s. Jimmy Doherty checks out the growing influence of spicy Caribbean jerk seasoning on our taste buds. He also explores why some British apples are better for cooking than others. Kate Quilton has an oat assignment and gets to stir the pot with a British porridge-making champion. And Matt Tebbutt heads to the Orkneys to discover why, when it comes to fish and chips, only one kind of vinegar will do.
Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains is back for a brand new series. In this confessional, cringe-worthy, hilarious show, Rhod asks his three special guests to revisit their teenage years and compete to be crowned the ‘Most Embarrassing Teenager’ at the end of each episode. Revealing their teenage lives through old diary entries, outrageous photos, nostalgic archive clips, stories of unrequited teenage crushes and school rebellions, our guests will share their most embarrassing tales of teenagehood. Whose memories will be consigned to Rhod’s box of shame, and who will outcompete the others to win ‘Most Embarrassing Teenager’?
Episode 7: In the dramatic Talent Show finale, Chante and Sin are stunned by their ‘prize’ to save one of the two losing pairs and in the process expel the other pair. Just who will they choose?
With Prom around the corner, love is definitely in the air. Alexis is still looking for his first french kiss with Yasmine. Is that about to change? And which students will be the first to prompose?
Chante reveals that she’s got feels for another student and everyone is stunned when she reveals who.
The students are called for a surprise Assembly. They all fear the worst once more, but it’s double smiles all round as there will be no more expulsions! Yay! And that’s not all the good news as the Prom winning couple will also receive $100,000!
Episode 8: Prom and the all important vote to choose which couple will be crowned Prom royalty and win $100,000 is just one day away. For the students without a date, the clock’s ticking for them to prompose.
The students have their final class and it’s a Pop Quiz. Lots of fond memories shared, but there’s tension too towards Basit, who’s on the receiving end of some brutal comments.
Over at the Diner, Sin’s on her first proper date and she is buzzing. Has she finally found the one?
And the wait is over. Prom is here and it goes OFF! The students look incredible, the theme’s ‘under the sea’ and it’s a truly magical evening. Just who will be crowned Prom Royalty and win $100,000?
Life and death, trauma and tears- the dedicated team at Barnsley A&E need to be ready for anything and everything. From the heart of Yorkshire, the nation’s favourite emergency team is back in action. For the staff of Barnsley A&E this a relentless job that’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This dedicated team take it all in their stride with professionalism and a big dose of Barnsley humour.
The flow of patients at Barnsley Casualty is relentless and today staff are put under even more pressure by patients suffering from the effects of drink or drugs but all need the care of doctors and nurses - whatever their issues. Sister Jane helps a man who has been arrested for being drunk and disorderly - despite being verbally abused by him. Meanwhile, volunteer Jane steps in and supports the team by caring for a young man who is showing signs of drug misuse. Adding to the pressure, emergency cases keep coming. 15-year-old Vinny is rushed in after having a seizure at school. While Nurse Greg is with another patient, the alarm is sounded by his mum, Kerry that football mad Vinny is having another fit. Time is also against Doctor Jo Stone; her patient Anne has a dangerously high heart rate and it needs slowing down fast. 101-year-old Hilda is the oldest patient of the day and presents a number of challenges for the team. She was rushed into casualty with a suspected broken shoulder after having a nightmare and falling out of bed.
Younger patients also arrive. 13-year-old Bobby fell and landed awkwardly on an arm that he’d already broken once before; Doctor Gentles needs to make sure blood can still flow to Bobby’s fingers. With the department already stretched, one patient decides not to wait for treatment and leaves without telling anyone.. He has a severe head injury and if he isn’t found and brought back to hospital his health is a serious risk. Care Support Worker Katie goes on the hunt.
Bigger, better and now double BAFTA award-winning, the critically acclaimed The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan continues its third series. Fronted by comedy superstar and multi-award winning Mo Gilligan, The Lateish Show puts the fun back into Friday nights as Mo is joined in the studio by a dazzling array of famous faces from the worlds of entertainment, music and sport alongside house band, The Compozers. Across the series, we'll be treated to hilarious sketches featuring Mo's trademark characters, more iconic Nursery Grimes, unmissable music performances and one of a kind studio games where the audience could win some incredible prizes.