TX1 (60 mins) TBC
The ever-popular Celebrity MasterChef returns, with 20 familiar faces from the world of show business, music and sport all hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s champion, Alexis Conran, and take the 2017 title.
This week, in the first of the heats, the first batch of five celebrities undertake three tough culinary challenges in a bid to prove their cookery talent to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Hoping to show they’ve got what it takes are Comedian and actor Jim Moir, TV Presenter Angellica Bell, seven time Snooker World champion Stephen Hendry, presenter Julia Somerville and French tennis legend Henri Leconte.
The first challenge for the five hopefuls is the Mystery Box; the infamous test of imagination and creativity. The contestants must use the ingredients in tonight’s box, which include lamb loin, goats cheese, butternut squash and rhubarb, as well as a basic larder, to create one just dish. With nerves running high and just one hour to create something from scratch, the celebrities must think on their feet to impress the judges.
The celebrities are then split into two groups to take on the challenge of cooking for the first time in a restaurant kitchen, preparing dishes for paying customers.
Jim, Stephen and Henri head to Aster, which is heavily influenced by Nordic and French cuisine, while Angellica and Julia are sent to Temper. For both groups the cracks begin to appear as they fight to keep on top of customer orders.
In the final test of culinary creativity, it’s back to the MasterChef headquarters, as the contestants are asked to prepare a two-course menu of their own design in just one hour. The celebrities work furiously in a last attempt to prove themselves to the judges, because at the end of this test one of them will be going home.
TX2 – (90mins) TBC
Celebrity MasterChef returns for its twelfth series, with 20 familiar faces from the world of show business and music all hoping to take the 2017 title.
This week’s Celebrity MasterChef heats continue with the four remaining celebrities facing three more culinary challenges, as they battle for a place in the Semi-Finals.
Tonight’s first challenge is a Knowledge and Skills test, where the celebrities have the terrifying task of facing judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace one by one and demonstrate their ability to identify a tray of ingredients, three spices and three leafy vegetables before being asked to make a lamb kofta, hummus and a flatbread from scratch in just 15 minutes.
The celebrities are then split into two teams, and are sent out on their first mass catering challenge. Today they will have to make lunch for over 100 members of staff at the Francis Crick Institute, Europe’s largest biomedical research facility.
With an array of ingredients including chicken breasts, salmon and beef mince as well as a range of fruit and vegetables, the two teams must devise, prepare and serve the lunch, catering for various tastes, creating meat based, vegetarian and dessert dishes in volume. In the heat of the kitchen the celebrities will have to rely on teamwork skills as well as their culinary ones to triumph.
Then it’s back to MasterChef headquarters as the battle for a semi-final place reaches its climax. The four celebrities must now cook a faultless two course meal that will not only be judged by John and Gregg, but also by Celebrity MasterChef champions Ade Edmonson (2013), Emma Kennedy (2012), and Phil Vickery (2012), all former survivors of this landmark moment.
With their last chance to impress for a semi-final place, emotions in the kitchen are running high, and the pressure proves too much for some contestants. The celebrity judges deliver some frank and cutting responses to some of the dishes, but others fare much better.
Only the best two contestants can earn a semi-final place and come one step closer to winning the title of Celebrity MasterChef 2017. For those who don’t make the grade, the journey ends here.
This week at the pop up parlour in the sun, Glen meets Jack who has said yes to one too many drunk tattoos, whilst Sketch helps Dylan get rid of a reminder of his past. Elsewhere, Alice meets Meghan who’s whole career took a nose dive after one night in Magaluf. Jay creates a very special portrait for Julie in memory of her late daughter. Meanwhile, Sketch assists Michelle in putting an end to her well-kept secret and Glen meets Joel who wants rid of a cringey tattoo paying tribute to his favourite band.
The 1980 murder of Scarsdale diet doctor, Herman Tarnower, shocks the nation. His lover and headmistress of a prestigious girls’ school is arrested and convicted in a sensational trial in the suburbs of New York City. Jean Harris claims the shooting was accidental when the doctor struggled for her handgun to prevent her attempt at suicide. This true story of wealth, fame and jealousy garners sympathy for Harris as a long-time girlfriend rejected by Tarnower and replaced with a younger woman.
Interviews: Retired Judge Russell Leggett, Defense Attorney Joel Aurnou, Jean Harris Friends Arlene Levkoff and Eleanor Pam, Journalists Lally Weymouth and Carol Caffin.
It’s the last episode of the series and this week’s beautifying battle is in Glasgow, kicking off at ‘Salon One’ run by nail art supremo Claire McCarroll. The first people uber-driven Claire needs to impress are sisters-in-law Jackie and Cheryl Griffiths who co-own the glittery ‘Vanity Box’, but they are soon intimidated by the professional appearance of the Salon staff. And when Claire offers Cheryl a dermaplaning treatment, basically a facial shave, concerns mount. So can Claire ease the tension with the promise to Jackie of some blingtastic nails?
The final spa owner is ex-plumber Glenn McVeigh, who traded in toilets for toiletries 13 years ago. His arrival creates a stir as none of the ladies were expecting a middle aged man to be a beauty rival, but nonetheless Claire in unperturbed as she offers him an eye lash tint - what will he make of the results?
Day two sees everyone turn up at Glenn’s ‘Salon Inc’, where he’s on a mission to prove men are not out of place in the beauty treatment world. Keen to show off his full repertoire, Glenn offers Jackie his signature facial that includes him doing her make-up - but will his tradesman’s hands have a suitably delicate touch needed to apply it? And how will Claire react to her body sculpting wrap, which includes a freezing cold algae body mask?
Last to host are the VB Glam Squad of Cheryl and Jackie, who are hoping to wow both their rivals with glamorous make-overs. But when Glenn refuses to first let girls touch his eyebrows, and then says no to a body wax, Jackie and Cheryl are left baffled on how to deal with this tricky customer. And when Cheryl fluffs up nail queen Claire’s manicure, have their hopes of winning disappeared?
As the week of big drama draws to an end, who will triumph and take home the highly coveted Spa Wars trophy?
The Fixers continue their mission to tackle botched bodies and hair horrors from around the country. Acid attack victim Sadie receives pioneering treatment from Dr Esho to heal her deep, open wound, while Danny gives her a glam new look. Daniel gives hope to distraught bride-to-be Parish who in just one week lost all of her hair. Alex and Daniel team up to dial down an extreme case of flamboyancy, as Jsky ditches his floral playsuits and mask of make-up in a bid to become more masculine! Cosmetic dentist, Dr Nina helps Robin who's tormented by the huge gap between her teeth big enough to fit a pound coin in, and April teaches her how to nail the perfect brow while giving her some much needed dating advice. New fixer Danny has his hands full when punk and trainee nurse Niall comes to the clinic with the most extreme stretched ear holes the fixers have ever seen, desperate for a new look to stop scaring his patients.
A daring dating series that starts where some good dates might end – naked.