Celebrity MasterChef: A Recipe for Success

This six-part special series celebrates fifteen years of Celebrity MasterChef, which has become one of the most entertaining culinary competitions in the country. 

During the series’ history judges, John Torode and Gregg Wallace have seen more than three hundred celebrities compete to be crowned Celebrity MasterChef champion.

Contestants from the worlds of drama, music, sport and show business have walked into the MasterChef kitchen to impress John and Gregg with their cookery skills. In this series our esteemed judges look back at some of the best characters, most entertaining moments and choose their favourite challenges over the past 15 years. 

Tonight its “Back To Basics” - do first impressions count? We find out as John and Gregg re -live some of the best and worst food from the early rounds of the competition and look back at the celebrities’ first taste of the MasterChef kitchen. For some it’s a triumph…but for others it can end in disaster.

John and Gregg also revisit two of their favourite challenges, both of which involved taking the celebrities out of their comfort zone. First, it’s back to 2012 when finalists; Footballer Danny Mills, writer and comedian Emma Kennedy and TV Presenter Michael Underwood were sent to a film set to cater for over 100 cast and crew of much-loved drama “New Tricks”, using just the basic facilities of a catering truck.

Then John and Gregg reminisce over a classic challenge from 2008 which saw Atomic Kitten’s Liz McLarnon, Actor Mark Moraghan and TV presenter Andi Peters cook breakfast for 120 cadets at Sandhurst in a basic army field kitchen. 

Sharpen the knives, light the stoves – it’s fifteen years of Celebrity MasterChef.

  • Thursday 6th August, 8pm

  • BBC One

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Grace of Monaco: Hollywood Princess

Grace - never has a name summed anyone up so perfectly. The epitome of style and sophistication, breathtakingly beautiful.  

The story of Princess Grace of Monaco is one which takes in triumph, glamour and ultimate tragedy, and even has similarities to both Princess Diana and Meghan Markle. Yet Grace was the original. A Hollywood actress who became a princess.  Now this documentary will go behind the curtain to reveal the real story of her life.  

She was one of the world's most famous actresses, starting her career when she was barely beyond her teenage years and going on to star in several classic films including Rear Window, High Noon, To Catch A Thief, High Society and won an Oscar for her role in The Country Girl. 

But at the height of her fame she gave it all up. She retired at just 26 years old to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco, one of the world's most eligible bachelors. Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco. 

Unable to continue her acting career despite a string of offers, she remained a fashion and style icon for the next two decades as part of one of the world's best-known royal families. There was a public fascination with her and her children which never ceased. 

Princess Grace died aged 52 after a car crash in Monaco. 

But who was the real Princess Grace? Was she happy in her royal life? Did she yearn to return to acting? What did she really think of Hollywood? Was she just too perfect? Was she even a member of a secretive cult? This documentary will look back at her Hollywood career and life as a Princess to explore a global icon. 

With rich archive, rarely seen footage and insider interviews, we'll reveal The Secret Life Of Princess Grace of Monaco. 

Plastic Surgery Knifemares

Plastic surgery is big business, worth more than three billion pounds a year in the UK. Once reserved only for the rich and famous who could afford to go under the knife in search of better looks, now lower costs and medical advancements have meant that any of us can choose to have a nip and tuck. 

But all cosmetic procedures have risks and if the surgery goes wrong the results can be dramatic, life changing and even deadly. In this new series, narrated by Sarah Cawood, we look at how some people’s dreams have turned into plastic surgery nightmares. 

Highlights include Sue, a middle aged Sussex housewife who went for a ‘cut price’ tummy tuck in Turkey, only for it to almost kill her.

There’s Oli, who’s quest to become a Korean pop star led him to spend £100,000 to look like his Asian idols, including having the bones of his face shaved down to attempt to match his idea of perfection.

The X Factor's Christopher Maloney reveals the multiple procedures he’s had including a hair transplant, nose jobs and an eye-lift allegedly costing a whopping six figure sum, and how it caused him to question why he started his surgery journey in the first place.

There’s also the story of Essex girl Chloe, whose attempt to plump up her lips ended in disaster after filler injections caused painful lumps. And we reveal the nightmare lowdown on the Brazilian Butt lift, the increasingly popular but controversial bum boosting procedure that has allegedly led to 1 in 3000 patients dying while undergoing it.

Expert interviews include Harley Street surgeon Dr Aamer Khan, psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud and broadcaster and life coach Anna Williamson. 

  • Thursday 6th August, 9pm

  • 5 STAR

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When Kids TV Goes Horribly Wrong

Narrated by Andi Peters, this show features kids TV fails on a monumental scale. It’s a nostalgic romp through the years with all your favourite, much-missed Kids TV shows including CD:UK, Tiswas, Blue Peter & Saturday Superstore. Plus, there are hilarious, sometimes shocking, first-hand accounts from the stars that were there including Sally James, Andi Akinwolere, Sarah Greene and legendary Blue Peter Star Valerie Singleton.

Scary puppets, inappropriate behaviour and unpredictable kids are just some of the things that have left viewers through the years shocked, confused or just howling with laughter.

Highlights include the time telly favourites Ant & Dec took things too far on Saturday morning TV, Hollywood A-Lister Kevin Hart is dogged by the Blue Peter puppy, entertainer Rod Hull finds himself in a pickle on a live TV phone-in, and one angry contestant throws a strop on teen show Gamesmaster.

Plus, Valerie Singleton recounts her brush with danger when a campfire in the Blue Peter studio burned out of control next to a group of girl guides; Captain Sensible fails to live up to his name live in front of an audience of millions, and veteran presenter Sarah Greene recalls the guest on Going Live who announced to the audience of children that she was wearing no knickers!

Also, there’s the vintage Public Information Film treasure voiced by Donald Pleasance that scared children of the 1970s half to death; Porky Pig comes out with some very un-child friendly words, and in Sweden they make sausages on a children's cookery show in a very unorthodox way!

Celebrities commentating on clips include Janet Ellis, Anthea Turner, Jake Quickenden and Dave Benson Phillips.

  • Saturday 1st August, 10:30pm

  • Channel 5

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Celebrity Gogglebox USA

Attention Gogglers – the show which sees the sharpest armchair critics share their thoughts on the best of recent telly, is to head across the pond and step into the homes of a selection of familiar celebrity faces.

Produced by Studio Lambert, each hour-long episode will dive straight into the news and events on television that are currently taking America by storm. Much like the Gogglebox we know and love, the celebrities will share insightful, funny and sometimes emotional critiques of the most popular and topical TV shows and news stories all from the comfort of their own sofas.

We’ll hear opinions from a cracking list of famous faces and their families including Rob Lowe, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, Joe Buck, Raven-Symoné, Master P and Romeo, JoJo Siwa, Steve Wozniak, Curtis Stone, and Robert and Kym Herjavec. 

  • Wednesday 5th August, 9pm

  • E4

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Mirror Mirror

We’re back in the hot seat for another episode eavesdropping on real people from across Scotland in their local hairdressers. This time we are talking about Dads, Social Media, Celebrities and the Environment. Lee-Ann and Scott in Paisley talk about how fatherhood has transformed Scott’s life for the better, whilst Ian hears from Jamie in Motherwell about some of the very modern pitfalls of raising kids. Ashleigh and Amy in Glasgow chew the fat on people who ‘virtue signal’ on social media, before we hear a shocking story from Sharon and Natasha on the world of unsolicited nude pictures. Brad in Glasgow admits his recycling isn’t as good as it could be, before we hear from Sarah and Carly in Shetland about the future of the world if we keep on going as we are.

  • Friday 7th August, 10:30pm

  • BBC Scotland/BBC iPlayer

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