Elizabeth II & The Traitor King: A Secret Friendship

This is the story of King Edward VIII, told through the prism of his relationship with his niece, Princess Elizabeth - who ultimately became Queen Elizabeth II. What was the nature of Elizabeth's relationship with her free-spirited uncle, before his life choices in placing romance before duty, changed the course of her life?


Following the Abdication Crisis of 1936, Elizabeth's father succeeded Edward as King, which lead to Edward and his beloved Wallis Simpson being banished to France, rarely permitted to return. So how did life change for Uncle Edward and his niece Elizbeth when their relationship disappeared overnight?


This documentary opens with their final meeting in Paris in 1972, ten days before his death, when Elizabeth paid him a visit. He stepped out of his sickbed to greet to her, in a scene that was later re-imagined in "The Crown". During the programme, experts contrast the artistic licence of such dramas with the known facts. Given that as Edward was estranged from the family, how likely was it that the young Queen Elizabeth would ever have sought his advice on her sister Margaret's troublesome relationship with a divorcee, or rebuked him for his contacts with the Nazis? Also, how determined was the Queen Mother to keep Edward at arm's length and prevent him from having any influence on the Queen? The twists and turns of Edward and Elizabeth's complicated relationship are given full exploration.

  • Saturday 3rd July, 9:30pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1


Casualty 24/7: Every Second Counts

It’s been a busy night at Barnsley Hospital’s Casualty Department so the corridors are already packed full of patients when Sister Benita Wainwright arrives to head the shift.


When the emergency red phone rings Consultant Doctor Bharath Reddy and Junior Doctor Jake Mullen head straight to Resus to see 52-year-old Steve who’s losing a lot of blood from his arm. Steve had only just returned home after surgery for a trapped nerve when he started bleeding and rang 999. If the blood is coming from an open artery, his blood pressure could drop to a dangerous level.


Also in Reus, Registrar Doctor Rob Cornford treats 73-year-old John who is struggling to breathe. His lungs have been permanently damaged and there’s also a concern that he might have chest sepsis.  An urgent X-ray is ordered.


Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Jo Birkenshaw, assesses 78-year-old Paul. He’s come to Casualty after being bitten on the nose by a dog and may need reconstructive surgery.


Over in the Assessment Hub, Sister Jo Hunter treats 78-year-old Christine, a keen cyclist who’s taken a tumble. An X-ray will reveal if she’s broken any bones but while she waits her high pain threshold and quick wit impress the team.


And it’s a special day for a much-loved team member, Registrar Doctor Ashleigh Trimble. She’s leaving the department after 18 months to take up a new role in Sheffield. But even on her last shift she still has plenty of patients to treat, including 42-year-old Jamie who had a car accident and is in agony. When she’s finally able to clock off at the end of her last shift, Doctor Trimble says, ‘I think the thing that I’ll miss most about Barnsley is, I’ve been part of a family. I’ve made friends for life.’

  • Wednesday 7th July, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 5 of 8


Celebrity Gogglebox

Featuring a rolling cast of famous faces, Celebrity Gogglebox returns for a third series, as several of Britain's best loved personalities turn their hand to being the country's most opinionated viewers. 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.

Dragons’ Den

It’s the series finale and formidable investors Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Tej Lalvani and Sara Davies take their seats in the Den once more. The last brave batch of entrepreneurs go where many fear to tread… who will be triumphant in sealing that all-important deal? 


Facing the Dragons, a digital entrepreneur with her online hypno-birthing platforms and two North-East business partners with a unique recycled building system. Plant-based, biodegradable chewing gum is the offering from a passionate entrepreneur who hopes the Dragons will get stuck into his start-up.  Lastly, a dynamic pair of jewellers charm the Dragons with their bespoke ring making kits, but when they lose grip on their numbers, their proposition appears to be more of a diamond in the rough than a glittering opportunity.

  • Thursday 8th July, 9pm

  • BBC One

  • 14 of 14


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