In this series, five national treasures; Fern Britton, Lord Ian Botham, Linford Christie, Les Dennis and Rosemary Shrager escape the rat race to embark on a fishing trip like no other. The epic road trip sees them traveling from East to West, from the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, taking in the picturesque sights, the fascinating history and of course landing the catch of the day. Halfway through the journey, sportsman Lord Ian leaves and pop star Shane Lynch joins.
Beginning in Arbroath, the home of the highly prized smokie, and finishing in Oban, they’ll pass through some of the greatest fishing pools on earth in the hope of landing the local fish hero. Travelling in a convoy, the radio will blare with banter as they take in the local sights and delights and uncover the history of the places they visit.
Along the way the famous five will stay in stunningly scenic spots, hunting lodges, tree houses, glamping pods and unique hotels – experiencing the warmest of Scottish hospitality.
They’ll see jumping salmon at the beautiful waterfall at Dunkeld and learn the art of spinning from master ghillies on the River Tay. On lochs, they’ll pit their wits against pike and trout, get to grips with fly fishing and find out more about traditional boat fishing known as harling. Each week it’s a different fish they are after - from match fishing for monster carp to stalking elusive migrating sea trout and eventually they’ll put all their skills and knowledge to the test as they fish for shark around the waters of Oban.
They are novice fishers, apart from Beefy Botham, who is a self-taught expert. Each has a desire to get away from it all, enjoy a slower pace of life, and have their breath taken away by the sheer majesty of Scotland’s stunning scenery.
Expect unlikely friendships, lots of laughter and celebrities like you rarely get to see them.
Under a beautiful sunny sky and over a hearty breakfast, Fern Britton, Lord Ian Botham, Linford Christie, Les Dennis and Rosemary Shrager meet to start a fishing adventure like no other.
Legend has it, the Vikings arrived on the same Auchmithie beach and smoked fish in barrels to celebrate their arrival. So with that memory in mind, the taste of “Arbroath Smokie” on their lips and the wind in their hair, the celebrity quintet set off to find their first quarry. Travelling west towards the River Tay, a spot they reckon will be teeming with wild salmon, they are about to commit the gravest of Scottish angling sins. Who would have thought it mattered what day it was - to fish for salmon in Scotland?! Well apparently…. it does!
As they tentatively start to dip their toes and rods into game fishing, they begin to realise there is more to this ancient art than casting a line. It’s a sport that is steeped in history and tradition, and spinning and fly fishing come with their own set of challenges. They learn tricks and shortcuts from ghillies skilled at finding and catching salmon and they try out different beats and fishing pools along the breadth of the Tay. Whilst the current is fast and pulls against their waders as they ferociously fish against the elements, there’s also another undercurrent at play. It’s the spirit of competition that is rife amongst this team, they are all vying to be the one who catches the first fish. Do the girls have the advantage, are they naturally more tenacious? Will the boys have the staying power, come hell or high water? Or will they all lose out, hook line and sinker?
One thing’s for sure, by the end of their wild salmon fishing experience, they feel like they have been friends forever – what could be nicer than having a laugh and cooking on an open fire in the heart of Scotland on the banks of the spectacular River Tay?
Episode One SALFORD/ROARING TWENTIES
Flat Out Fabulous is a unique makeover show for Generation Rent. You don’t have to own your own home for our stylish yet thrifty interior designer to come knocking. Whinnie Williams is a design queen who dares to be different, and she believes that if housemates clubbed together and rolled their sleeves up, for just the cost of a big night out, you can boujee up your living room and transform it into a sick pad. Whinnie and her co-host Tyler West are passionate about showing that home renovations don’t have to cost a fortune – you can have that million pound look for less. Scouring vintage shops, online auctions and with loads of smart upcycling and decorating tips, she’s about to share how anyone can do it.
Whinnie and Tyler are in sunny Salford meeting seven students that are desperate to give their digs a new lease of life. Elliot, Jemima, Toby, Charlie, Max, Anna and Stan are the ultimate pranksters. They love hanging out together but don’t have the right space for it. The living room lacks personality and is a bit grim. Second hand red sofas that they all hate, a mouldy jug and a tired old coffee table is the current vibe in the room and these renters are hoping the queen of thrift can come in and work her magic, all for the cost of their big night out. The housemates want a space where they can drink with their friends, watch movies and chill out. Can Whinnie cater to seven different styles and tastes? The one thing they all agree on is their love of neutral tones, but there’s nothing neutral about Whinnie Williams, so she’s ignoring their ideas and is injecting a bit of colour into their lives. She’s bringing in a roaring ‘20s cinema theme with snakeskin wallpaper and a gold ceiling. There’s a snack station fireplace, a lush teal velvet sofa and cinema seats. And she’s getting the housemates involved too: upcycling a coffee table with gold leaf, dyeing a second hand rug and creating her own version of an expensive gold palm leaf standing lamp. Some of the housemates are struggling to see how Whinnie’s vision will come together, especially as she’s pranking them into thinking all is not as it seems!
Episode Two CARDIFF/BACKSTAGE CHIC
Cardiff calls and Whinnie’s not the only queen in town. Tyler and Whinnie meet three housemates Leon, Callum and Rhys also known as ‘Leonce’, ‘Malady Masterwort’ and ‘Just Becky’, drag queens who live together. The trio love living in Cardiff for its great nightlife and the hustle and bustle of living in the capital. They are big personalities but their living space does not represent them, so they’ve called in the Flat Out Fabulous duo to zhoosh up their space. Digging deep into their spending habits, it turns out our drag queens don’t go on big nights out - they have big weekends, so with a hefty budget in tow, Whinnie plans a special backstage boutique inspired surprise as well as transforming their living room. Whinie and Tyler set them the task of upcycling an old cabinet and turn a globe into a mirror ball. Can she pull it off with her most demanding of households yet?
Episode Three NEWCASTLE/50s RETRO PET PALACE
Megan, Jen and Fran are our Geordie trio that have bonded over their love of animals. Between them they own two rabbits, a hamster, three rats and a cat called Poodle. The animals brought them together and the girls have lived together for eight months. They are ready to ditch the orange walls and tatty sofas in favour of a bright space that they can entertain and hang out in. Their vision is glitzy glamour but fellow animal lover Whinnie has a very different vision and wants to create a ‘50s retro pet palace. She’s going all out with a mid century style sideboard, retro wallpaper and even a rat climbing wall. She’s roping the housemates in to make a cat bed, crochet chairs and upcycling a second hand rabbit lamp. Whinnie’s got her work cut out seeing as Tyler is terrified of rats. The girls don’t want a space that looks like their nan’s living room. Will the kitsch ‘50s aesthetic be what they had in mind?
Episode Four CAMBRIDGE/MAXIMALIST BOHO
Saski, Jess, Daniella and Tom love living in Cambridge for its amazing architecture and equally impressive pub scene. What’s not so impressive, is their lacklustre living room. They’ve called in the Flat out Fabulous dream team to give their space a revamp. The girls all work for the NHS and have had a particularly difficult time during the pandemic, so Whinnie and Tyler are hoping to redesign their space and give them a room that they can chill in after a long shift, but also use as a party space to let off some steam. Whinnie wants to re-jig the layout of the room and go big with a daybed that converts into a dancefloor. She’s bringing in tropical wallpaper and wood panelling to create a maximalist boho vibe. The housemates are getting stuck in to and dyeing old dust sheets to make curtains, turning empty crisp tubes into vases and creating a striking wooden panelled fireplace. Whinnie’s feeling the pressure as this group are so deserving of a new living space but can she deliver and give them what they want?
Episode Five PETERBOROUGH/NEON GAMING SPACE
Whinnie and Tyler head to Peterborough to meet Jade, Dan and Monica - three housemates that are obsessed with gaming. Monica and Dan are a couple and started living with Jade in November 2019 to save on the rent. Jade spends most of her spare time in her room playing video games but they’d love a space where they can all hang out and game together. Monica loves glitter and faux fur so she’s confident Whinnie will understand her style but Dan’s not convinced. Having never gamed in her life, he’s worried that Whinnie won’t be on the same page as him. Whinnie and Tyler are planning concrete walls, neon wall art and a colour pop ceiling light. The housemates are going to help paint the walls, build a cabinet for a drinks fridge and Whinnie’s going to upcyle their coffee table and build a neon jungle underneath it. Will Whinnie’s idea of an industrial neon dream tick their boxes?
With a combination of archive and interviews we will explore the truth behind the headlines. Is there really a war between Prince William and Prince Harry?
As speculation heats up around Prince Harry’s and Prince William’s relationship, are the rumours of a rift true? Are we heading for a royal show down or is it something that has been blown up by the media?
The two Princes have grown up – in the media spotlight - and are rumoured to have grown apart. They now have separate charities, split social media accounts, different staff and two households.
Stylishly shot with credible interviews, we reveal the truth behind the rumours. We analyse how this sibling relationship has changed over the years, from the strong bond formed, to meeting their new wives and starting a family of their own. We ask what the future holds for the brothers and the ‘Fab Four’.
As we race towards a turbulent time in Britain, the stability of the Royal family is more important than ever.
Bigger, better and now BAFTA award-winning, the critically acclaimed The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan returns for a supersized second series. Fronted by comedy superstar and multi-award winning Mo Gilligan, The Lateish Show will put 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 and 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. The action doesn’t end there though as Mo will also take the party out on to the streets of the UK seeking to make the public the real stars of the show.
In the first episode of the series, Mo will be joined by guests including comedy hotshot Jack Whitehall, Fast and Furious star Nathalie Emmanuel and, for one night only, chart-topping sensation Anne-Marie joins the house band as guest vocalist.
Funny, fresh and late…ish, it’s the only party you need to be at on a Friday night.
Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring four treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.
First up, art conservator Lucia Scalisi faces the thrilling task of restoring a rare 17th Century painting of Queen Henrietta Maria, the wife of Charles I. For owner Howard Bird the painting is invaluable as it forms a lifeline between himself and his dear friend who sadly passed away. As Lucia scales away the layers of dark overpaint she encounters a discovery that sheds new light on this historic royal portrait.
Wood and metal experts Will and Dom team up to tackle a vintage sewing machine table that bonds owner Kathleen to the seamstress grandmother she never even met. With their mutual love of sewing Kathleen is hoping to be able to stitch at the same machine her grandma used when she was a young woman at the beginning of the last century.
Hannah Clive, daughter of actor John Clive, brings a bit of Beatles nostalgia to the barn in the shape of a toy yellow submarine. It’s a fab fix for mechanical maestro Steve Fletcher, as he immerses himself in the little sub. With four new periscopes, mechanical flaps that now open and a sympathetic paint touch up from Lucia, owner Hannah falls in love with the groovy little toy all over again.
And stained-glass expert Matt Nickels and wood whizz Will Kirk join forces to fix a smashed-up stained-glass window that reminds its owner of wonderful times spent with his late Granda who triggered a lifetime’s love of history.
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 a new recruit take on the terrifying Superhuman Bosses – including a multiple Guinness World record-breaking competitive eater and a gravity-defying Ninja Warrior champion – in a series of battles in the “Torture Dome”.
In charge today at Barnsley Hospital’s Casualty Department is Consultant Doctor Julian Humphrey: ‘Emergency departments may look very chaotic but there’s a reasonable amount of structure. It’s organised chaos!’
Junior Doctor Jake Mullen oversees the treatment of 17-year-old Dan who is rushed in by ambulance. Dan was driving at around 50mph when his car left the road and hit a tree. Doctor Mullen explains, ‘people can damage their neck but they can also break all their bones, you can injure every single part of the body.’ Teenager Dan could have life-changing spinal injuries. Grandma Lynn is by his side for support.
Doctor Humphrey’s first patient is 56-year-old John, who dislocated his shoulder at work. He tries a number of manoeuvres to get it back in position – if he’s unsuccessful John will need emergency surgery.
In Ambulance Admissions, Consultant Doctor Jo Beahan assesses 60-year-old Doug who fell 2 metres from the tail-lift of a truck, hitting his head on concrete and knocking himself out. He needs an urgent scan.
And in the hub, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Cheryl Barnes, sees Mary, a 66-year-old whose eyes have swollen following her eyelashes being dyed. Nurse Cheryl is concerned Mary’s eyesight could be at risk.
Doctor Humphrey’s next patient is Eric, an 86-year-old former miner who is struggling with a chest infection. Doctor Humphrey explains, ‘Barnsley men put up with lot before calling the doctor.’
And Volunteer Jane Allen puts a smile on everyone’s face with her Yorkshire humour. Today she’s on an environmental mission to get the whole team using reusable water bottles.
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.
The second episode sees Suzannah wandering the rich, rural lands of Tudor East Anglia, on the trail of ‘Bloody’ Queen Mary. She unearths the extraordinary events that led Mary to the throne, and questions whether England’s first queen really deserves her fearsome reputation.
Suzannah kicks off in Norwich – England’s second most important Tudor city, and one dripping in the wealth of the wool industry. She finds the spot where Protestant martyrs were burnt alive by order of Catholic Mary - just the sort of act that she’s become famous for. But in this same city, Suzannah unearths equally ‘bloody’ acts ordered by her Protestant predecessor and brother Edward VI, as he sought to quash a Norfolk rebellion.
Out in the country, Suzannah visits a stunning Tudor manor house, even getting to dress up as a lady of the era and explore the meat and sugar-heavy diets of the Tudor establishment.
On through Kenninghall towards Framlingham, she crosses Mary’s East Anglian estates and her safe havens when her dying brother attempted to remove her from the line of succession and install a distant cousin, Lady Jane Grey, on the throne. Resilience and chutzpah however saw her win the day, and the country. Stunning Framlingham Castle was where Mary was finally proclaimed queen.
Suzannah also visits lovely Lavenham – a picture-postcard Tudor town, complete with Wool Hall, massive church, and the stunning timber-framed Guild Hall. But there’s a final visit to Cambridge too, where Suzannah unearths the fascinating Book of Martyrs, written shortly after Mary’s five year reign. It seems the Elizabethan Protestants were quick to present Mary’s reign in the most brutal terms… an impression that has well and truly stuck.