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WEEK 22

Children of Shanghai

Bear Grylls introduces this documentary feature about China’s first generation of Chinese orphans placed into Chinese local families. Now working in technology, finance, tourism, arts and sports, these young professionals reveal how they moved on from life in orphanages to achieve success and, in a series of touching reunions, their foster parents recall their battles to help them overcome prejudice and serious developmental difficulties. Bear tells the extraordinary story of Robert Glover, who, together with his wife Elizabeth and their six young children, moved from the UK to China in 1998, and founded the charity Care for Children. This was the first joint venture social welfare project between the British and Chinese governments and it has placed a million Chinese orphans with Chinese families. Filmed in Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu, with unprecedented access to all levels of Chinese society, this is a powerful and inspiring testament to the power of international cooperation and human compassion.


  • Tuesday 1st June, 7pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • steph@plankpr.com

When Women Abuse Men

In August 2015, police attended a domestic dispute outside a pub in Chorley.

During the ride home, Sharon Edwards joked that she would kill her husband David as soon as the police left.

Hours later, he was dead.

His post-mortem listed more than 60 injuries. He had been a regular at the local hospital in recent months.

Friends and family had long suspected that his partner was subjecting him to violent abuse. But they were not prepared for the shock of his death.

Last year 786,000 men told the police that they were victims of domestic violence. Another sixteen were killed by their partners.

For every three victims of domestic partner abuse in England and Wales, two will be female and one will be male.

Women remain the biggest victims of domestic abusers, but male victims appear to be growing at a shocking rate.

This powerful documentary explores the stigma behind being a male survivor of abuse, tormented at the hands of a female partner. Featuring candid interviews, men who suffered in silence share their experiences of this under reported crime. They are the husbands, boyfriends and partners whose seemingly perfect relationships hid a secret campaign of abuse, control and even physical torture. Friends and family who tried to intervene tell their stories too as well as those left behind when the violence graduated to a tragic and untimely death.

With half of male survivors refusing to tell anyone, new groups are springing up to break the stigma and offer them a way out. We meet the charities and community groups offering an escape route for men who suffer in silence.


  • Tuesday 1st June, 11:05pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

Celebrity Gogglebox

What do some of Britain's most-loved famous faces think of our biggest and best TV?

Food Unwrapped: BBQ's For Summer

Food Unwrapped celebrates the May bank holiday with this sizzling Barbecue Special, lifting the lid on some of Britain’s favourite al fresco foodstuffs.  Jimmy Doherty’s on a meaty mission, probing the difference between marinades and dry rubs – we Brits love to spice up our meat before slapping it on the grill, but does it actually make any difference what kind of covering we use?  Andi Oliver gets to grips with the increasingly popular halloumi.  It’s the perfect BBQ veggie alternative to meat, but for one small problem… why does it split in half when you pop it over the coals?  Andi’s investigation reveals all.  Kate Quilton’s on a quest to work out what keeps your drinks coldest – bottles or cans?  A trip to a canning plant reveals the answer, before Kate stuns her fellow presenters with an amazing handy hack to cool down your drink from room temperature to icy cold in a matter of minutes.  Jimmy’s on the case of why certain fruits such as melon are ever-present in supermarket fruit salads, while others, such as strawberries, rarely get a look in.  And Briony May Williams heads to Wales to solve the mystery of edible charcoal – what exactly is it, and could we simply chow down on the coals from our barbecue? 


  • Monday 31st May, 7:30pm

  • Channel 4

  • Ep2

  • annabel@plankpr.com

The Queen Mother: War & Widowhood

In this illuminating three-part series, we examine the colourful life of one of Britain’s most reluctant but popular royals – Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon – later known as the Queen Mother.

Using archive material and interviews with historians, royal insiders and journalists, we tell the story of how a playful, pretty, aristocratic debutante transformed herself – under the anvil of abdication and the Second World War – into the Queen Consort. And see how the woman who never expected to be Queen became the leader Hitler called ‘the most dangerous woman in Europe’.

The Queen Mother has been known by many names - Queen Elizabeth Queen Consort, Queen Mother Elizabeth, Queen Consort and even the Smiling Duchess- but on 4 August 1900,she was born Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon. She was the ninth child and fourth daughter of Claude Bowes Lyon, Lord Glamis, and his wife Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck, one of Scotland’s leading aristocratic families.

Lady Elizabeth’s education ended on her 14th birthday with the outbreak of the First World War. During this time, we learn that her Glamis Castle home became a war hospital and, though she was too young to work as a nurse, Elizabeth did assist with the patients. But tragedy struck the family when her oldest brother Fergus, one of her four brothers serving, was killed in action at the Battle of Loos.

When peace returned, Elizabeth came out at society balls and functions as a flirtatious, fun-loving young debutante.At18, Elizabeth was a strikingly attractive woman and many young men were drawn to her, including her future husband-to-be’s dashing older brother Edward, Prince of Wales. However, it was Edward’s brother, Prince Albert or ‘Bertie’, the king and queen’s second son, who pursued her after she caught his eye at a dance in London given by Lord and Lady Farquhar.

We reveal that Prince Albert, who was five years her senior, first proposed in 1921, but she refused him twice with serious concerns about becoming a member of the royal family. She said at the time that she was ‘afraid never, never again to be free to think, speak, and act as I feel I really ought to’. But his unwavering adoration won her over and Elizabeth eventually accepted Albert’s third proposal.

During the first decade of their marriage, Prince Albert and Princess Elizabeth had the chance to establish an intimate and happy family life. Their relationship at this time was depicted in the 2010 film The King’s Speech, as her husband worked to overcome his terrible stammer. Historians explain that their life at this time was very secluded and private but, much to Elizabeth’s horror, a serious of unfortunate events was about to catapult the private pair to the head of the royal family.


  • Saturday 29th May, 9:30pm

  • Channel 5

  • 2 of 3

  • kay@plankpr.com

Naked Attraction's Best Naughty Bits

Ep3 – Breaking Nude Ground

Everybody at Naked Attraction knows it’s a show that doesn’t beat around the bush, being the dating show that’s notorious for stripping back the clothes and the filters. So it’s time to have a romp through the X-rated archives and celebrate some of Naked Attractions very best naughty bits.

This episode is all about our ‘firsts’ when we’ve broken new dating ground, featuring stories from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality.  We also catch up with Lauren Harries, celebrated transexual woman and our first naked celebrity in a pod, and Josh, the virgin from Series three, to see if he’s finally popped his cherry!


  • Tuesday 1st June, 10:30pm

  • Channel 4

  • 3 of 5

  • victoria@plankpr.com

Gregg Wallace's Big Weekend Away

Berlin –

Gregg has always wanted to visit the German capital and over three days he digs into the city’s fascinating history and food.    Gregg gets stuck into some German classics – currywurst, pretzels and steins of beer - but he also discovers dishes that are distinct to this city which reveal an often overlooked part of Germany’s food traditions.

This city might have the most fascinating 20th century history of any in Europe and Gregg makes the most of his time by exploring it– from a Cold War tour to a hotel that recreates life in the old Communist era East Berlin to exploring some of the sights associated with the Nazi regime.  But since the fall of the Berlin Wall this city has become a hub for Europe’s most creative types and Gregg explores his own artistic side by learning how to make street art and heading out with one of the city’s legendary ravers!


  • Friday 4th June, 8pm

  • Channel 5

  • Ep4

  • lou@plankpr.com

Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms with Mark Millar

Master builder and carpenter Mark Millar (DIY SOS) brings his 30 years’ experience to help a couple spend their wedding budget on a new Shaker kitchen for £20k in Stockport near Manchester, and a young family create an Art Deco bathroom in their 1930s bungalow for £2.5k in Cheshire.

In Stockport, Gary and Lisa had to postpone their wedding due to lockdown, so they decided to spend the money on their dream kitchen instead – knocking through to the dining room to make space for a light and airy kitchen-diner with Shaker cabinets, engineered quartz worktops, breakfast bar, and dining area.  They have only four weeks to get it done, and Lisa gambles £3k ordering worktops without being able to see a sample.  Will she like them? And will they feel their dream new kitchen is worth spending the wedding budget on?

In Sandbach in Cheshire, Lisa and Andy share a passion for Art Deco interiors.  They have bought their dream house, a 1930s bungalow, and want to take the family bathroom back to the original style of the interior, recreating the glamour of Art Deco.  With only the floor tiles and a couple of original handles left, which Mark helps them strip back, and only £2.5k, they want 1930s style from bathtub to shower to wall tiles to mirror, plus an original wall design that Lisa designs and paints herself – while picking up skills like plastering along the way.  Will they achieve a style known for glamour on a shoestring budget? Will their bathroom live up to their passion?

In this episode, Mark Millar also gives viewers his golden rules for Shaker design and Art Deco interiors, his alternatives to buying new kitchen cabinets, his do’s and don’ts for transforming a bathroom quickly and for minimum cost, and his expert guide to the latest stone worktops.


  • Tuesday 1st June, 7pm

  • Channel 5

  • 6 of 6

  • lana@plankpr.com

Fast Justice

The Sentinels are keen to stop a car they suspect is linked to county lines drug supply. But it means using expert tactics and precise manoeuvres when they spot it driving on the busy A12. After boxing the target car in to bring it to a stop, they arrest the driver who has a joint in his ashtray along with cash and multiple phones.

Later, a car activates two Sentinel in-car ANPR cameras in heavy traffic on a roundabout. As the cops reposition to stop the driver, he spots them and takes an unexpected exit. A quick search of the area leads them to an infamous dogging site, and the man in his car. After a drug wipe he’s arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

In Lowestoft, the team stop a Chinese food delivery driver, who is operating without a licence or insurance. He’s not happy to have his car seized, or to finish his deliveries on foot.

And, back in Ipswich, a car pulled over with links to drugs leads to a discovery of cocaine, cannabis, and scales in the driver’s rucksack, which he claims were left there by a friend.


  • Sunday 30th May, 6pm

  • Dave

  • 7 of 10

  • kay@plankpr.com

Trucking Hell

 In the heart of Hertfordshire there’s a dustcart dangerously dicing with a ditch.  The fully loaded 26-tonne dumper truck is tilting and could topple over at any moment. Recovery op Michael is on scene but has to call for back up.  It’s a two-man mission that will push the rescue equipment to breaking point. With tight angles, a 3-foot ditch and trees in the way overhead this job turns into a tug of war with the heavy rubbish truck that risks pulling over £600,000’s worth of recovery vehicles.

In Sutton Coldfield a brand new 8-tonne tractor, worth £80,0000, has rolled over on a busy roundabout.  Lee races to the scene to right the huge beast. It’s his first ever tractor roll over, and he is determined not to be beaten. But the pressure is on as the police have closed the road, which is a key link to the M6, and needs to be reopened fast. There’s not much room to work and once he’s rigged tractor to pull it back on its wheels there is a danger it will bounce into Lee’s tow truck.

Recovery op Sean knows it’s no good crying over spilt milk when he gets sent to an overturned milk van in a narrow country lane in Surrey.  With overhead branches in the way of his boom, and a deep slippery bank to navigate, Sean will need to hold firm as he rights this dairy disaster.


  • Thursday 3rd June, 9pm

  • Paramount

  • 8 of 10

  • kay@plankpr.com

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