There’s a buzz around River Cottage with a visit from a wildlife revolutionary Matt, who puts Hugh to work with a chainsaw transforming a tree trunk into a brand-new home, for some of nature’s most indispensable insects. Chef Gelf helps put the finishing touches to the new outdoor kitchen, where the food cooked promises to be the freshest yet. Hugh visits an unusual family farm three miles off the south Devon coast, where he rustles up lunch and discovers how they have restored and revitalised the local environment. Piglets that have been delivered to the wrong pen are wrangled to the right one, and Hugh competes against fermentation expert Rachel, as they go up against a panel of judges to see who’s nailed creating a whole new zingy drink concept.
Imagine a summer that seemed to last forever. On the 23rd June 1976 the sun started to shine, heralding a heatwave that would last for the next 10 weeks. With temperatures peaking at 36C, the UK became one of the hottest places on earth. Barely a drop of rain fell on parts of England for 45 days, leading to the most devastating drought for 250 years. Forever ingrained in our social history, the summer of 1976 was arguably the greatest weather event to hit modern Britain.
This 90-minute film (from the makers of The Big Freeze: Winter ’63) tells the extraordinary story of a massive national moment where gardens burned, communities depended upon communal standpipes for their water and Brits were urged to ‘bath with a friend’. For government, industry and the elderly, the drought had deadly ramifications, but if you were young, the memories will remain halcyon and hedonistic.
Looking back, 1976 was the year that British kids played on space hoppers, Raleigh Choppers and Concorde took off for the first time with paying passengers. Jim Callahan’s Labour government was in a losing battle of industrial disputes, price hikes and galloping inflation. As spectators queued outside Wimbledon, frying eggs on the pavement and passing out over their strawberries, on the underground hundreds of passengers were trapped in suffocating heat. But resourceful Brits took to rivers, beaches and embraced a Mediterranean lifestyle for the first time.
The film is illustrated throughout by wonderfully evocative archive footage of the period, giving us a striking impression of exactly what life was like for the British population during that never-ending summer.
We get first-hand accounts from leading figures in the public eye who vividly remember the era before air-conditioning. Broadcaster Sir Trevor Macdonald, a young ITN reporter in 1976, covered the Thames drying up to a trickle of sewage. He looks back at his robust interview with the Minister for Drought, Dennis Howell (who was appointed just three days before the weather broke).
Toyah Wilcox, an 18-year-old drama student, found herself dressing the cast of Dad’s Army and chasing Ian Lavender around in his underpants. It seems that Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn spent most of the summer at massive roadshows and burning around in speedboats.
Vanessa Feltz remembers being a 14-year-old schoolgirl and a summer of hot teenage hormones where ‘everyone was copping off with absolutely everyone else’. We also hear from Neil Kinnock, a young MP at the time, about the desperate challenges the government and communities faced with unprecedented water shortages and rationing.
Linda Lusardi had just got her first break as a Page 3 model. She reminisces about photoshoots surrounded by acres of sunburnt flesh at Britain’s sea-sides. Journalist Brian Viner, then a schoolboy, takes us on trip down memory lane with tales of endless stifling, nauseating car journeys and a summer spent drinking warm, fizzy pop.
Weatherman John Kettley breaks down the meteorology and asks how this event came about and if it will ever happen again. National treasure John Craven takes us through the drought’s disastrous effect on farming, how it destroyed the harvest and lead to a plague of billions of biting ladybirds.
Poignant, dramatic, funny and informative, this film shines a light on one of the most extraordinary weather events in our history and reveals how, when the rains finally came, British society would never be the same again.
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.
Nineteen-year-old Healthcare Assistant Tamzin, is the youngest member of Northwick Park A+E dept, but that doesn’t make her any less experienced. As well as administering a whole host of medical monitoring, it’s her job to assist the nurses with the day-to-day. A+E is a massive step up for Tamzin, but her previous experience as a palliative carer means she’s exceptional at providing additional support - both medical and emotional - to elderly patients needing a comforting presence. In her downtime, Tamzin’s off to the pub with colleague Dominic, who's become something of a BFF since they met a year and a half ago in the High Dependency Unit. Dom is keen to hear Tamzin’s master plan to move out of her parents’ house and buy her own place - two bed, two bath, and rent out a bedroom and pay off her mortgage. A flat hunt is on the cards – she’ll have a nosey around 3 properties, but which one will take her eye - and can she afford it?
Back in resus - lead Nurse Ellie is seeing to a trauma case. 38-year-old Marcin has been thrown from his motorbike into moving traffic, bouncing off a car and smashing into the side of a lorry at 30mph. The team suspects a host of injuries to the head and spine, a fractured collar bone and wrist, and Marcin’s back pain may indicate spinal injuries. Marcin needs to be CT scanned immediately, but there’s a problem… his clothes need removing before he can enter the scanner, and Ellie and the trauma team need to perform a dangerous ‘log-roll’ to free his clothes from under him. One wrong move could cause catastrophic spinal injuries that could result in paralysis.
Meanwhile, Staff nurse Theresa is showing newcomer Jazmin the ropes in the high dependency unit as part of her first day on her A+E placement. Jaz is dropped in at the deep end with 88-year-old Swaraj, who has low blood pressure. A+E can be a scary place to learn the ropes, but Jazmin seems to be taking it all in her stride. Jaz has experienced the quality of care provided by the nurses at Northwick Park, after being treated here with a bout of tonsillitis, and was inspired by the work our nurses do day in, day out. Can Jaz end her first day on a high, and will she want to come back?!
Elsewhere, Senior Staff nurse Lou has a tricky customer on his hands. 77-year-old Marjory has been blue-lighted-in after an unexplained collapse at home. Lou needs to give her an injection in her stomach, but Marj isn’t going for it - so Lou needs to use all his charm to elevate her anxiety and get the job done (and the promise of copious amount of tea…)
Retired executive Elaine had never used online banking prior to the pandemic, but with calls to the banks phone lines leaving her waiting hours, she decided to try. But after just one attempt she was contacted by fraudsters who fleeced her out of £30,000. Joan Ashton rarely used the internet at all and says she’s not a ‘silver surfer’ but she was still scammed when someone used her card on Deliveroo and her and her family want answers as to how this could have happened. Meanwhile the National Crime Agency are keen to stop any would be hackers before they turn to crime, and we get to see their ‘cease and desist’ programme in action.
Working mum Paula was getting ready for a night out with her husband when scammers called and advised her to move her money to a safe account, but a few days later she realized it was anything but safe. Also in the show - Churchgoer Mia was asked by her boss to purchase some vouchers over email by what she thought was her boss, after she’d bought 6 for more than £1000 she realized something was wrong and faced a fight to get her money back. A team of ethical hackers investigate where Paula and Mia may have slipped up online and given out information about themselves that could have made them a target for scammers. Elsewhere Michelle and Mavis are on the case – meeting with Dr Roberta Babb to find out about the psychology behind scams, forensic financial investigator Richard Emery to learn about the steps banks are taking to shut these frauds down as well as learning important password hints and tips from a cyber security firm. Paula and Mia come to see Michelle and Mavis and learn about how they can keep themselves safe online in future.
Whilst renovating a house Nathan had a handful of bills to pay to contractors, and looked at his emails to check the invoices prior to payment. But little did he know a hacker had accessed his email account, tweaked the invoices and convinced Nathan to send the money straight into their account. Now Nathan wants the ethical hackers to find out where else he’s exposed online, and they uncover passwords that mean Nathan may not have been keeping himself as safe as he’d like. Also in the episode Clare lost tens of thousands of pounds to a heartless scammer, but when she joined forces with Forensic Financial Investigator Richard Emery Clare took on the banks and changed the way scams would be treated by big financial institutions. And we hear the story of Laura – who thought she was getting a new driving licence, but when it didn’t turn up started to worry that she’d been conned and had left a lot of her details exposed to potential scammers.
Peter was an exhausted care worker who’d come off shift and answered the phone to the wrong person. Despite repeatedly questioning the scammers, calling from his banks “fraud team”, Peter was eventually won over and ended up handing over almost £3500. Peter’s worried about how and why he was targeted and hopes Michelle and Mavis can provide the answers for him. Also in the episode – Michelle meets Jim Browning, a scourge of scammers, for an online interview to learn how Jim has been hacking into the hackers, and working with police to bring them down. Finally, we meet Theresa, who’s lost a six figure sum to cryptocurrency scammers and is worried about all the information she’s given away in the process.
72-year-old Sarah had been given £25,000 by her cousin and was thrilled to invest it into a pension scheme. But the superb rate she was offered came at a far more significant cost – it was a scam. Having sent over a raft of documents with her money, Sarah feels more vulnerable than ever just as she should be enjoying her retirement so needs Mavis and Michelle to examine where she’s exposed to future fraudsters asap. Jim’s son and grandson are worried that their dad/grandad has become a repeat target for scammers, and as he’s busy caring for their unwell Grandma they need to help him shut out the scammers as quickly as they can. This episode also sees a list of top tips and things to look out for if you’re worried scammers might be contacting YOU.
We Brits spend £13.6 billion a year tickling our tastebuds with sweet things. The Food Unwrapped gang take a closer look at some of our sweet treats. Kate Quilton cracks the curious case of why faux cherry flavouring in sweets doesn't taste like the real fruit. Briony May Williams hits the baking trail to uncover how it is that ready-to-eat cookie dough doesn't need baking. Amanda Byram finds out who put the hole in doughnuts. And Andi Oliver wants to know just how much honey there is in a honeycomb.
In tonight’s show, comedian Chris McCausland and presenters Melvin Odoom and Prue Leith share their most embarrassing stories of their teenage lives with host Rhod Gilbert. Who will win the coveted title of Most Embarrassing Teenager – will it be Melvin and his mortifying chest wax anecdote? Will it be Chris and his shameful stories about bootlegging videos and Nintendo games? Or will it be Prue Leith and her obsession with boys… and occasionally horses? In a bid to get their stories into Rhod’s Memory Box of Shame, Melvin recreates some teenage hip-hop freestyling, they all reveal some outrageous teenage photographs and share their Mixtapes from Hell, in which they have each chosen the music, TV shows and films that confused, embarrassed and shamed them as teenagers. If they go to Hell, these would be the clips playing on loop in the welcome lounge. Rhod mops up any further embarrassment with a quick-fire quiz, in which some of the most shameful and ridiculous stories are teased out of our guests. And in a surprise for the guests, Rhod has spoken to friends and family who knew them as teenagers to hand over some mortifying morsels they would probably rather he hadn’t got hold of. At the end of the episode, one guest is awarded the Most Embarrassing Teenage trophy and they are all given a chance to tell their teenage selves some sound advice with the benefit of hindsight.
Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring four treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.
The first visitor to the barn is Ed Hammond with a damaged telescope to focus the attention of optics expert Richard Biggs. The telescope, complete with a worn leather case, belonged to Ed’s father. He and Ed would spend hours looking at the moon and stars together, talking about astrology and adventure. Ed has wonderful childhood memories of climbing trees to find the best vantage points and going wandering with the trusty telescope. However, all those treetop escapades have left the telescope in a bad way – it’s so dented that it won’t extend or retract smoothly and is no longer fit for adventuring. Ed intends to use it with his children and hopes Richard and Susie can get it back in action.
Both Brenton and Dom cannot believe their luck when Vanessa Tyler arrives with her bee keeping kit. Both experts dabble in bee keeping themselves and are only too happy to help get the old honey extractor and smoker back to full working order. Vanessa’s father bestowed the great honour of taking care of his bees on her when he passed away. He kept bees since he was a boy and continued to do so into his 80s. It was his true passion in life. Vanessa remembers the many hives in the family’s garden and has learnt all she knows about bees from her dear dad. However, the equipment that has served them well for decades is now on its last legs so Brenton and Dom pool all their metal mastery to get them up and running again.
Carrying a precious but broken relic from his childhood, Aziz Shaikh is next to the barn. The 1950s radio is literally shattered into pieces after an unfortunate accident and Aziz is desperate for help. Aziz was fascinated by the radio from the moment he received it as a gift from his father back when he was a boy in Pakistan. He’d listen to children’s programmes and cricket matches for hours each day. It’s not a job for the faint hearted but electronics experts Mark Stuckey and mechanical whizz Steve Fletcher roll up their sleeves and give it their best, with miraculous results.
The final visitors are Peter Newband and his daughter Jackie, with Peter’s childhood toy, for the attention of leather restoration specialist Susie Fletcher. Pookie the elephant was crafted from scratch by Peter’s father, while he was recuperating in an Iraqi hospital during the Second World War and symbolises a father’s love for his son. It’s an impressive creation made of what was once brightly coloured leather, but Pookie is now a shadow of his former self and in dire need of Susie’s undivided attention.
In this new series, property expert Sarah Beeny and award-winning architect Damion Burrows meet those who are brave enough to take on the challenge of converting their small living spaces into bigger places. Little House Big Plans reveals that no matter how small your home or tight your budget you can create your own grand design.
In this episode we meet Julia and Maktuno who have been married for 12 years and were super excited to move into their three bed Victorian end terrace in trendy Stoke Newington in East London. The average price of a three-bedroom house in this postcode is £1.2 million so when they paid well under the going rate for theirs, they thought they had struck gold. But after starting the work, they discovered the reality was vastly different. Years of neglect and structural decay had ravaged the entire house and the only way to save them from financial ruin was to build a whole new floor. Damion is in Birmingham to meet Matt and Becki who have reinvented their small traditional house into a ‘wow factor’ home with help from an architect. Damion also meets Alex and Sarah who have transformed Alex’s grans former two bed cottage into an impressive DIY renovation.
Trucking Heavy is an observational documentary series following the work of Allelys, who are one of the leading multimodal logistics and specialist projects providers in the country. In this series, we follow their team and the equipment they use as massive objects are moved from A to B against the odds, thanks to ingenious engineering and impressive planning.
On the south coast, a crack team of heavy hauliers are continuing their record-breaking challenge, as they shift a 150-tonne reactor and a 195-tonne transformer across Sussex to an electrical substation in Ninfield.
Two huge rigs with specially adapted cabs and cleverly adapted trailers are being used for this mega move, with a 19-strong team and full police escort in support. For project manager Zac, this massive job marks the culmination of months of planning. But the work doesn’t stop when he gets to the substation gates, as Zac also needs to oversee the installation of these chunky bits of hardware.
Meanwhile, in Barrow-in-Furness, the team have a big crane in pieces and a smaller companion crane to build it. Once built, the big crane will be used to lift a 137-tonne cylinder out of a ship and onto a special trailer designed to cope with such huge weights. Then driver Col faces a tricky journey to the drop-off point.
Naked Attraction has always been at the forefront of daring dating, and from day one has championed the LGBTQ+ community. In this Pride special, we're riding the rainbow as we celebrate all of the most memorable singletons from across the sexual spectrum who've sashayed into the studio and revealed all in the pods. It's also a chance to catch up with some of the unforgettable pickers, including 75-year-old bisexual Ian from Series 8 - the show's oldest ever picker, Raheem the professional dancer from Series 7, who was looking to pop his gay cherry, and transfeminine singleton Callie from Series 9, who came on the show to find her first proper date.
Showing as part of Channel 4's season of landmark programmes and specials marking 50 years of Pride in the UK, reflecting on the incredible achievements and challenges of advancing LGBTQ+ rights and visibility over the last half century.
Four people all claim to own the same house but only one of them is telling the truth; the other three are liars. In the studio a celebrity panel watch on as the four ‘homeowners’ all claim that they are the real “Stephen”, the owner of the house. On the celeb panel this weekare Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Scarlett Moffatt, Richard Madeley and Judi Love, who are all sleuthing for the truth as they try to decide who is the straight up Stephen.
This week we are visiting the home of Stephen Babatunde. The real homeowner and three imposter Stephens show us around his three-bedroom terraced house and we learn the real Stephen has a notably famous neighbour; Susan Boyle (or Su-Bo to her friends). The real Stephen owns a lime green chaise lounge and keeps baked beans in the back of his car. A trip to the local leisure centre for a game of tennis ends in the Stephens inventing a new game to try and prove who the real homeowner is. A BBQ at a local beauty spot in front of the real Stephen’s friends and family means the imposters must say how much they love and respect people they’ve never met, but will a freezer full of mackerel give the panel any clues to the identity of the real Stephen?
It’s up to the celebrity panel to play detective. The player the panel pick will win a cash prize so it’s in the interest of the imposters to remain as convincing as possible. At the end of the show the the real Stephen is revealed, and the panel find out if they have been hoodwinked or not.
Featuring a rolling cast of famous faces, several of Britain's best-loved personalities turn their hand to being opinionated viewers for a fourth series of Celebrity Gogglebox. From Saturday night entertainment juggernauts to the week's biggest news stories, and from hard-hitting documentary series to gritty drama, Celebrity Gogglebox offers sharp, insightful, funny and sometimes emotional critiques of popular and topical TV shows, sparking debate and giving the audience the chance to share those 'we said that!' moments with some of their favourite celebrities.
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 and this week he’s joined by Claudia Winkleman.
Get ready for more Apocalypse Wow. The epic and hilarious physical game show set in the ‘Torture Dome’ - an outrageous secret underground club, that’s part-BDSM dungeon and part Fight Club. Series 2 welcomes a new host, Radio 1 DJ and Love Island: The Morning After host, Arielle Free who’ll be joining Donna Preston who returns as ‘The Mistress’.
The foolhardy famous faces signing up to battle their way through the Dome are former world champion boxer Amir Khan, musician Tinchy Stryder, Real Housewife Tanya Bardsley, Ibiza Weekender’s David Potts, comedians Luke Kempner and Harriet Kemsley, presenter Yasmin Evans and Love Islanders Eyal Booker and Samira Mighty.
Every episode a team of four celebrities enter the dome to take on The Mistress’s terrifying superhuman ‘Bosses’. Alongside memorable returners such as Hot Slippy Jesus, The Belly and Pole Cat, The Mistress has reinforced the ranks with Tiny Iron (owner of Britain's biggest biceps), Cupid Stupid (a grumpy arrow-wielding god of love) the Locksmith (a shocking escapologist) and Pandora (a fierce female wrestler).
The celeb team must unite in a bid to defeat these extraordinary opponents taking them on in a series of ludicrous and entertaining physical challenges. Alone the celebrities would be demolished, but together they stand the chance of overcoming a series of crazed contenders to win the day and take home a load of cash for charity.
Each show The Mistress will decide who the weakest celebrity is and they will be placed inside the human pinata and covered in all the money the celebrities have won in that episode. Their teammates will then bash the cash off their mate who will then be banished before a new celebrity enters the Torture Dome to join the team.
Hosted by Arielle Free and Donna Preston (as ‘The Mistress’) this epic returning celebrity gameshow sees Tinchy Stryder, Luke Kempner, Samira Mighty and David Potts take on the terrifying Superhuman Bosses – including ‘Tiny Iron and ‘The Belly’ and the UK’s No.1 Gravy Wrestler ‘Hot Slippy Jesus’ – in a series of battles in the “Torture Dome” before the weakest of them is strapped inside a Human Piñata and has cash beaten out of them for charity.