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WEEK 31

***NEW*** The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan

For most of his adult life, the only news coming out of Zimbabwe has been bad news. Robert Mugabe, the eviction of the white farmers and a general aura of danger have combined to make Zimbabwe a no-go zone in the eyes of the world. Now, with Mugabe finally gone, Rom is travelling around the country to find out if Brits should be holidaying here once more. 

Rom is met by Chipo, a teacher who was born and raised in Harare under Mugabe’s rule. She explains that although people have been coming to the country, few venture beyond Victoria Falls. She wants to show Rom what they are missing on a grand, epic road trip that will take in stunning National Parks and close up encounters with Rhinos, Elephants and the ‘Cheetah Ambassador’. Along the way he will get caught in biblical lightning storms, re-enact the film Titanic on a Lake Kariba houseboat and try the homebrewed beer he made in a bathtub in Bulawayo.  

But safe as the country feels, Rom is visiting at a time of undeniable turmoil. Mile long petrol queues form at every station, the fallout of the country’s latest economic crisis. Rom will learn about the origins of the conflict - from the denial of black culture in the Rhodesian era to the legacy of Cecil Rhodes - and find out why this generation of Zimbabweans are so desperate for people to visit.  

Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords

New series, Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlordsdelves into the dark side of Britain’soverheating rental market. Gaining unique access into the lives of the haves and the have-nots of Generation Rent, the eight episodes follow the work of letting agents up and down the country trying to keep their tenants with a roof over their head and eviction experts who help frantic landlords who can’t get their tenants to pay–or move out. And our cameras are also on the frontline with housing teams as they try to protect vulnerable tenants from SlumLandlords.Ten months ago, landlord Ronnie Walia took pity on a single mum in need, and let her move into his property with her two children at a very competitive rate. But after the rent stoppedRonniecalled in eviction expert Paul Shamplinato try to get to the bottom of it. Paul discovers several mystery occupants, hearing whispers they may be running a scrap metal company out of Ronnie’s property. Letting agent Paul Ainsworth Lord is trying to help out one of his landlords. Builder, Ian, has a tenant who was a friend of the family, who has stopped paying her rent. Twelve months without any money, the Landlord is seriously out of pocket. His tenant won't speak to him and refuses to allow him into the property. Paul attempts to resolve the standoff, as the landlord now wants to sell the house.BrentCouncil, in London, is called to a suspected unlicensed HMO (house in multiple occupations). Once in the property, Housing Enforcement Officer, Herb McGowan, is shocked to find up to 26 labourers living in life-threatening conditions. Herb must find out who is responsible for putting these men’s lives in danger and attempt to make the house safe before a terrible accident takes place. Letting agent John Bartram calls in on a tenant who is living in squalor. He soon realises she has an issue with hoarding. John is taken aback at her evident problems, but with her neighbours complaining, he returns to the authorities to help him-house this vulnerable tenant. After receiving no help, John has to try to find a solution himself.


  • Monday 29th July, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 8 of 8

  • Cecile@plankpr.com

***NEW*** The Chefs' Brigade

The Brigade land in Puglia, Southern Italy, home of lovingly crafted, flavour-packed ‘cucina povera’ – literally meaning ‘kitchen of the poor’, but in cooking terms it means making the most of what you have and making the simple taste extraordinary.  

Jason needs to get to grips with the differing levels of skill in his chef’s brigade quickly. He is used to running Michelin star kitchens but most his of new brigade have never eaten in a top restaurant, let alone cooked in one, so Jason along with his two lieutenants Dale and Andy, put the new brigade through their paces in pasta making and other rustic Italian specialties. 

The rival restaurant is a well-regarded, local favourite and Jason only has a few days to get his brand-new brigade up to speed and working to his required level before they take over their rival’s kitchen and cook a menu chosen by their head chef for a restaurant full of locals and three expert judges. And Jason wants to win. 

New recruit pub chef Reann has never even left the UK before, military chef James is overbearing in the training kitchen, private caterer Daisy struggles with her confidence and hotel chef Shivam is missing home. With pressure piling on the newly formed brigade Jason makes the hard decision to send one chef who isn’t gelling home, and bring in new blood in the form of Livia – a rising star in the Liverpool restaurant scene. But will it be enough to beat the Italian Brigade? 

The Great Gardening Challenge

The Great Gardening Challenge pits some of the best professional garden designers from across the UK against each other in a competition to find the best pair.   Presented by Nicki Chapman and Diarmuid Gavin, the show sees the professionals compete, as they take under-used and under-loved spaces and in just 48 hours, and on a budget, create gardens that will transform the lives of truly deserving recipients – from war veterans to care homes for the disabled, hospitals to dementia sufferers. We see first-hand not just the skill of our competitors – but the many ways in which a beautiful garden can touch and improve the lives of everyone.  At the end of each show only one garden team can be victorious, as their gardens are judged by two acclaimed garden gurus and multi award winners, Carol Klein and Mark Gregory.   

This week it’s the semi-finals and the competition hits a new level with our four remaining pairs all competing at the same time to create amazing gardens at the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.  Separated into 2 semi-finals, each with their own brief, the pressure increases as the plots get bigger and the budget goes up to £7500, whilst still only having 48 hours to complete them.  In semi-final 1 the designers are challenged to create a garden for the staff of the hospital to use.  While in semi-final 2 they’re challenged to create gardens for the hospital’s patients.   

Casualty 24/7

The staff at Barnsley Casualty have only just clocked on but they are already overrun with patients to treat.  

Paramedics bring in Gary, a 28 year old who came off his motorbike at 40 mph. However, injuries he sustained a few days earlier are of as much concern to Consultant Dr Rob Jones. 

Dr Jones is also treating Sheila, a 90-year-old brought in by ambulance with a racing heartbeat. Dr Jones says, ‘by far and away our most common customers are elderly patients. And it’s been a bit of a surprise that I’d enjoy that, and I have. Some of the stories of the older patients makes you realise there are some incredible people out there doing some incredible things.’ 

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Richard Jackson goes to resus to prepare for the arrival of 63-year-old Graham. He has a complex medical history and is being brought in with the symptoms of a stroke. Richard explains ‘it’s like a puzzle and you’ve got to be the detective to work out that puzzle.’ 

Nurse Chloe Wesley is in the triage hub deciding who needs urgent care, ‘I like that we can make a difference to people’s lives without even realising it, even something as simple as a smile or a hold of a hand can make somebody’s day when they’re having one of the worst of days, you can make that a little bit easier.’ 

Towards the end of the shift, Senior Managers make an unexpected visit to the hub to make an announcement about the department’s performance. And Volunteer Jane Allen is back from a holiday in India, ‘I’m finding that as I’ve got older we like to see different places, places that not everybody wants to go to see.’  


  • Wednesday 31st July, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 9 of 12

  • Kate@plankpr.com

Our Cops In The North

This episode follows the Northumbria cops as they tackle an array of crimes from the top to the bottom of the force area that present very different challenges from urban cities through to rural farmland. And whilst some suspects are hard to find,  finding evidence to charge others can be challenging. 

While 155 of Northumbria’s cops are working on policing a local derby football match between Newcastle and Sunderland, a tragic call comes in the control room. A father of two has been fatally stabbed to death and senior murder detective DCI John Bent and his team must scramble to investigate in a case where there is little time or room for contemplation.   ” “You turn up and it’s like a maelstrom of information coming at you and the challenge is to be able to pick the bits of information that you need to deal with quickly…You walk in that door and the expectation on you is that you get that job sorted.”

When officers arrive to the scene, the victim’s flatmate is acting suspiciously and refuses to cooperate so is arrested and taken in to custody. The following day, John and his team receive information identifying a 47 year old man as another chief suspect. John has to employ every tactic in the book to track him down“There’s no bigger responsibility and privilege than investigating the death of another. Ultimately I’m always thinking of the family and how would I feel if I let them down, how would my team feel if we let them down?  And that’s what drives you..”. Once the suspect has been tracked down, John has a nail-biting wait for the results of forensic evidence which he would need to secure a conviction.

As the son of a gamekeeper, wildlife and neighbourhood officer PC Lee Davison is also driven by responsibility to the community he serves a world away from central Newcastle. “Policing the city centre is certainly very different, We’re not all in it for driving the fast cars or getting in rough and tumble on a Friday or Saturday night but we are all in it for the same reason ultimately – to help people and catch the baddies’ In the 900 square miles he looks after, there is a problem with poaching and rural theft, very different from the cosy idea of ‘poaching for the pot’. Poachers have been intimidating and threatening local farmers and setting their dogs on animals for sport. Lee enlists the support of police service volunteers and the local community to carry out an innovative night time operation in the depths of the countryside to catch poachers in action. 

Elsewhere across the Force, detectives in Sunderland are dealing with a violent carjacking  of a 19 year old woman on her way to pick up her mum.


  • Wednesday 31st July, 9pm

  • BBC One

  • 3 of 3

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Abandoned Engineering

A ruined compound on the edge of a peninsula in Colombia which wasoncehome to afamous outlaw. The battered remains of disguised housesconcealing an explosive wartime secret.Strange towers looming over red-tinted waters in a hellish Portuguese landscape. Andalien-looking structureswith no apparent purpose,isolated in an empty English marshland.But howand why were they ever built at all, and why are they now left abandoned?


  • Thursday 1st August, 8pm

  • Yesterday

  • 6 of 12

  • Cecile@plankpr.com

The Tez O'Clock Show

Fast-paced satirical sketch and comedy show presented by provocative comic Tez Ilyas and guests


  • Thursday 1st August, 11pm

  • Channel 4

  • 2 of 3

  • Annabel@plankpr.com

***NEW*** When Luxury Holidays Go Horribly Wrong

Glynis Barber narrates first-hand accounts of what happens when dream vacations turn into nightmares. A cruise to the Bahamas got caught in a cyclone, a diving trip in Indonesia resulted in life-changing spinal injuries, and a honeymooning couple survive the infamous Las Vegas shootings of October 2017.


  • Friday 2nd August, 10:15pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

***NEW*** Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Paul and Bob travel to the picturesque river Usk in Wales, where Paul’s father first taught him to fish as a young child. Their quarry is the wild brown trout. They discuss their respective childhoods and reflect on their own family lives and values. In their cosy cottage accommodation in the heart of the countryside they compare school photographs and Paul serenades Bob with his guitar. Paul takes the opportunity to give his father a fitting final send-off.

The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan

Award-winning comedian Mo Gilligan's late night show with celebrity guests, music, sketches, iconic games and a chance to win prizes


  • Friday 2nd August, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 3 of 6

  • Annabel@plankpr.com

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