An affectionate look back at the life and work of one of Britain’s favourite comedians, Ronnie Corbett, one half of The Two Ronnies. With unprecedented access to the family’s archives, we see footage from Ronnie’s home movies for the first time, along with photographs from the family albums.
Featuring interviews with his wife Anne and daughters Emma and Sophie, this programme tells the story of Corbett’s childhood in Edinburgh, his early career in London, and how he teamed up with Ronnie Barker to make 12 series of The Two Ronnies. We also learn how in Ronnie’s later life, he became a mentor for a new generation of comedians.
Celebrity friends seeing Ronnie’s home movies for the first time include David Walliams, Harry Hill, Rob Brydon, Jimmy Tarbuck, Stephen K Amos and Robbie Williams.
The programme includes favourite clips, behind-the-scenes stories and interviews recorded over the years with Ronnie himself.
Grace Kelly was the Oscar winning actress who swapped the Hollywood Hills for the Monaco Monarchy. Her marriage to Prince Rainier began as a fairy tale and they had three children together, Princess Caroline, Prince Albert, and Princess Stephanie. On the surface they gave their children everything, creating what appeared to be the perfect life. However, the Prince and Princesses did not have the idyllic childhood that you might expect; they had wealth and resided in palaces but never had the true love of their mother and all of them have spoken about the distance she placed between them.
Grace Kelly’s life ended in tragedy when she was killed in a car accident. The ripples of such a devastating loss have left their mark, on all three of her children. The press accused Princess Stephanie of driving the car when it crashed, even suggesting they were arguing causing the car to plough off the road. Stephanie was devastated and later earnt the label the "rebel royal", clocking up three failed marriages in the process.
Princess Caroline was thrust into first lady duties on the death of her mother and has struggled to find happiness. Her first marriage lasted just two years. Her second marriage was thought to be the fairy tale relationship that Caroline had been looking for but was cut short when her husband was killed in a boating accident, She is currently separated from her third husband. Prince Albert has also had his fair share of controversies, standing accused of fathering illegitimate children, and facing DNA tests to determine the truth.
This programme explores the privileged lives of Grace Kelly’s children and asks why they have been plagued by controversy and tragedy. Legend has long talked of a curse on the Grimaldi family, but could their problems be of their own making and can the Grimaldi children and future generations live happily ever after?
Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring four treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.
First to arrive is Tom Wenham with a pair of running shoes used by his grandma when she represented Great Britain at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. The bespoke shoes enabled Audrey and her relay teammates to race their way to a silver medal in front of Hitler. Repairing the running shoes is a huge responsibility for the barn’s newest recruit, cobbler Dean Westmoreland.
Paper conservator Louise Drover is called upon to painstakingly revive a damaged photo of a much-missed father who was an activist in the ANC, the resistance movement which fought to end apartheid in South Africa. With additional help from Will Kirk on the wooden frame, Stephen Tobias’ daughter Lorna is overcome with emotion when she finally comes face to face with her father’s portrait once again.
Victoria Finn is hoping Pete Woods and Suzie Fletcher can restore her daughter Isobella’s grandad’s clarinet and case. Eleven-year-old Isobella has waited half her lifetime to learn the instrument but wanted to be taught on her late grandfather’s instrument. After a meticulous makeover and a pitch perfect performance by Pete, Isabella is delighted with her revamped instrument.
And toy restorers Julie and Amanda undertake the repair of a prized push along donkey that has been by the side of its owner since she lost her father as a young baby.
Hosted by AJ Odudu and Donna Preston (as ‘The Mistress’) this epic new celebrity gameshow sees Scarlett Moffatt, Kimberly Wyatt, Chris Hughes, Bobby Norris and Darren Harriott take on the terrifying Superhuman Bosses – including ‘Master Enormo’, ‘The Polecat’ 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.
Episode One - The South Coast
This brand new series sees Professor Suzannah Lipscomb taking to foot all around the country on the trail of history’s most fascinating dynasty. From Henry VII through to Elizabeth I, the Tudors did more to shape our national identity than any who had come before.
From the birth of the Royal Navy, to the tearing down of the monasteries, the Tudors put themselves at the heart of a new-look, confident England. But this was a time of intrigue and conspiracy too, because as Suzannah discovers, this famous family served up sibling betrayal, religious hatred and no shortage of beheadings.
This first episode sees Suzannah in Hampshire, walking the coast from Southsea to Southampton. To this day, Portsmouth is home to the Royal Navy, whilst Southampton is one of our great trading ports.
Suzannah’s walk begins at Southsea Castle, where in 1545 Henry VIII famously watched as his flagship Mary Rose sank in the shallow waters of the Solent. Both ship and castle were part of his ground-breaking defence plans to fortify the south coast, and establish England as a naval superpower.
Around the headland Suzannah encounters the fortifications of Old Portsmouth, the home of Henry’s revolutionary Tudor navy. Just inland, the modern naval dockyards of Portsmouth Harbour are just yards from the fascinating preserved wreck of the Mary Rose, where Suzannah gets to explore a Tudor time capsule, and a few of the 19,000 objects rescued when the wreck was lifted from the seabed almost 40 years ago.
Across the harbour, Suzannah gets a lesson from a late Tudor blacksmith, before reaching Lee On The Solent, where naval commander and Elizabethan explorer Sir Francis Drake once returned to a hero’s welcome. But is ‘hero’ really the right term, Suzannah ponders? Drake’s ‘heroics’ overseas included enslavement, and a large amount of state-sponsored piracy. One thing’s for sure, Drake and his fellow seafarers brought Tudor England great treasures and great trade, as Suzannah discovers as she explores the gateways, pubs and wine vaults of Tudor Southampton.
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.