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WEEK 33

Jay's Yorkshire Workshop

Jay Blades’ workshop makes furniture for local heroes in Yorkshire.This week -a man who donated half his liver to a stranger and care home workers who moved in to save residents.


  • Wednesday 18th August, 9pm

  • BBC Two

  • Episode 1

  • Lou@plankpr.com

The Railway Killers

In December 1985 Alison Day disappeared after getting off a train at Hackney Wick station. Over the next six months, two more women would be snatched at stations across the south east.

Rumours began to circulate that a serial killer was stalking the railways, and that he was linked to a series of sex attacks across London going back years. But who was he? And could there be any truth in the rumour that there was a team of killers, working together?

It took another fourteen years for the police to close the case on the so-called ‘Railway Killers’. It was a case that completely rewrote our understanding of murderers, and how to catch them.

Through dramatic reconstruction and testimony from police officers and the victims’ friends, The Railway Murders reveals every twist and turn in the case. Across three episodes this landmark series explores the devastating impact of these crimes, as well as the shocking revelation of the killers’ identity.

EPISODE 1

Episode one of The Railway Killers takes us back to a time when the streets of London were plagued by muggings and sexual assaults, and an under-resourced police force were struggling to keep control. On a wintry night in December, 19-year-old Alison Day goes missing after getting off a train, and her disappearance turns into a murder hunt when her body is recovered from a canal.

 

Police are shocked and horrified by the murder method that they discover – but press speculation hinders their enquiry, and without any forensic evidence or witnesses, the investigation comes under threat of closure. As they struggle to find Alison’s killer, the railway murderer strikes again.

 

In April 1986, life in a sleepy Surrey commuter town is shattered when a 15-year-old schoolgirl is abducted, sexually assaulted and killed. Again, the murder takes place near a railway line – and thanks to new computer technology, the police realise that the same horrific murder method has been used. A vicious serial killer is staking the railway network: but who could it be?

 

With no DNA evidence to turn to, the police have to rely on crude blood groupings to try and narrow down their suspects. But when a new witness comes forward and a link is made between the murders and series of violent rapes in North London, the investigation takes an unexpected twist. Could they actually be looking for two railway killers? 

 

With press speculation and public anxiety rising, the police are in a race against time to track down the culprits before another victim falls prey to a brutal campaign of terror.

 

EPISODE 2
As the second instalment of the Railway Killers begins, police are desperately trying to find the two men responsible for the sadistic murders of Maartje Tamboezer and Alison Day before the killers have a chance to strike again.  

 

In a time before DNA revolutionised policing, detectives have one clue; one of the killers leaves traces of his blood group on the victims. The police now face the daunting task of tracking down and interviewing over 3000 potential suspects who match that forensic profile. There’s no guarantee it will lead them to their man, and every day he walks free there is a chance of another brutal attack.

 

One May evening in 1986, everyone’s worst fears are realised. Another young woman goes missing. 29-year-old Anne Lock was taking a train home from work to meet the man she had married only 4 weeks before. But she never arrived.

 

When her body is discovered the police are in no doubt that she’s the third victim of the railway serial killers. Each of the Police forces working on the murders and rapes join together in the biggest coordinated operation since the Yorkshire Ripper – and it’s not long before they make a breakthrough.

 

When police speak to number 1594 on the list of more than 3000 suspects, his behaviour is suspicious and he matches descriptions given by some of the rape victims. Could this be one of the killers? What follows is a tale of deception and injustice as the suspect evades capture for another 4 months before ultimately paying for his crimes.  

 

But what of the second man involved in the rapes and murders? Where could he be, and will his killing spree continue?

 

EPIOSDE 3
The final instalment of The Railway Killers begins in 1997, nine years after John Duffy has been sentenced to life for murder and rape. But he wasn’t alone in these horrific crimes, and after almost a decade of silence, he starts to talk. After revealing the name of his accomplice, more than 100 police officers join the race to bring the second killer to justice. Scientific breakthroughs are on their side - but with the jailed murderer Duffy as their key witness, the chances of success hang in the balance.


  • Monday 16th August, 9pm
    Tuesday 17th August, 9pm
    Wednesday 18th August, 9pm

  • Channel 5

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  • Kay@plankpr.com

Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back

Comedian Joe Lycett returns to fight for the consumer rights of the Great British public as he battles big brands, dodgy scammers and rogue traders in this brand new series.   With the help of his assistant Mark Silcox, a weekly studio guest and celebrity cameos, Joe campaigns on behalf of viewers who come up against red tape, get caught out by small print and bullied by big businesses.

Throughout the series Joe scores victories for consumers everywhere as he battles major international companies to make their packaging environmentally friendly, launches a massive campaign to back British wool, takes on dodgy puppy dealers, hits back against the nation’s worst bosses and takes up the fight against corporate giants. 

On top of all that, each week Joe gets behind the Customer Service desk as he tackles viewers’ consumer problems, no matter how big or small.

This week’s celebrity guest AJ Odudu shares her tips for how to be a good complainer and helps Joe as he takes on the massive issue of plastic waste as he cancels himself on live TV all

in the name of better recycling and scores a massive consumer victory. Mark Silcox pits Coke against Pepsi in the ultimate scientific test and comedian Sophie Duker investigates rat run traffic fines.


  • Thursday 19th August, 8pm

  • Channel 4

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  • Annabel@plankpr.com

Food Unwrapped’s Healthy Hacks

So called ‘Superfoods’ seem to be everywhere these days, and in this Food Unwrapped special there’s something for every generation of the family .Jimmy Doherty is in India exploring the health claims behind pomegranates, and learns how this exotic fruit is helping in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Amanda Byram investigates reports that rosemary can help improve exam performance for teenagers. Matt Tebbutt puts the health claims of the yoghurt-type drink Kefir to the test, to discover whether a daily dose really can bring about an improvement in his mood. Kate Quilton meets the parents of a tiny pre-term baby girl, and hears how caffeine was used to save their daughter’s life. And Briony May Williams looks into the little known area of histamines in food–could what we eat behaving an adverse impact on allergy sufferers?


  • Monday 16th August, 8pm

  • Channel 4

  • Episode 1

  • Annabel@plankpr.com

Celebrity MasterChef

TX4

 

This summer is set to get even hotter when the who’s who of comedy, drama, music, sport and show business will battle it out to become Celebrity MasterChef 2021, as the ever-popular series returns to prime-time BBC One. 
 

Across six weeks John Torode and Gregg Wallace will be putting their own taste buds through a sensory assault course, as they discover which celebrities have the palate and skill to chop, slice and sizzle their way to lifting the iconic Celebrity MasterChef trophy. 

 

This week’s celebrities up for the culinary challenge are model and TV personality Penny Lancaster, singer and X-Factor winner Megan McKenna, broadcaster Melanie Sykes, fashion designer and Great British Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant, and Britain’s Got Talent finalist and award-winning comedian Nabil Abdulrashid.  

 

The first challenge for the five hopefuls is the brand new Under The Cloche. In front of each celebrity is a cloche, underneath which is an ingredient. Each celebrity has a different ingredient and along with a larder, must create one dish showcasing that ingredient to demonstrate to the judges they have potential. With nerves running high and just over an hour to create their dish from scratch, the celebrities must think on their feet to impress the judges. 

 

Next it’s another brand new challenge – The Street Food Challenge. The celebrities are presented with a popular street food dish from Vietnam, which they must taste and then try to identify the ingredients that are in it.  However, the challenge doesn’t end there! Following not a recipe but their instincts, the celebs are then tasked with having to cook this classic national dish for themselves. Will their attempts impress, or will they fall short of the mark? 

 

Then in the final test of culinary creativity, the contestants are asked to prepare their Dinner Party Dish – something they would cook to impress if someone was coming round to eat - 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. 

 

Who can handle the pressure and show the judges they have skills, creativity and flair to progress further in the competition? 

 

TX5

 

Celebrity MasterChef is back for its sixteenth series, with 20 familiar faces from the world of comedy, drama, sport, show business and music all hoping to take the 2021 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 quarter final. 

 

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. They will attempt to demonstrate their ability to identify four types of flavourings before being asked to make calamari and tartar sauce in just 20 minutes. 

 

At this point in the competition the celebrities would usually next be sent to work with and learn from a professional chef in their restaurant kitchen. But with this not possible, John and Gregg bring the chef to the celebrities. One of the UK’s top fish specialists, Mitch Tonks, challenges each of the four celebrities to cook one of his favourite seafood recipes.  

 

Then the celebrities must channel all they have learned from Mitch into one dish inspired by a holiday to stay in the competition. With just one hour to cook, the celebrities give it their all in a last attempt to prove themselves to the judges because at the end of this test one of them will be going home. 

 

TX6

 

Celebrity MasterChef is back for its sixteenth series, with 20 familiar faces from the world of comedy, drama, sport, show business and music all hoping to take the 2021 title. 

 

Tonight it’s the quarter-final and the battle for two semi-final places reaches its climax. The three remaining celebrities must cook a faultless two course meal that will not only be judged by John and Gregg, but also by three Celebrity MasterChef legends; former England Rugby’s Phil Vickery MBE (Champion 2011), TV Presenter Andi Peters (Finalist 2008) and Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel-Horwood (Christmas Champion 2020).  

 

All three know what it takes to get through this competition and  tonight they are in for a treat as the celebrities pull out all the stops to try secure their semi-final place. Only the best two contestants can come one step closer to winning the title of Celebrity MasterChef 2021. For the one who doesn’t cut the mustard, the journey ends here.


  • Monday 16th August, 9pm
    Tuesday 17th August, 9pm
    Wednesday 18th August, 9pm

  • BBC One

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  • Annabel@plankpr.com

Undercover Big Boss

The global hit series has been supersized and rebooted for ITV and is more timely than ever, as Britain reopens following three devastating lockdowns and UK firms face their greatest challenge, a battle to survive. Undercover Big Boss follows a group of chief execs and company bosses as they swap their power suits for overalls and go in disguise to work on their very own shop floors, to see what really goes on behind closed doors.

With the gap between multi-millionaire bosses and their struggling workers wider than ever, there will be big emotion, big rewards and some big shocks in store as the bosses get their hands dirty.

The four-part series will see bosses from Pickfords, Bristol Street Motors, Wyldecrest Parks, and Euro Foods Group roll up their sleeves and join workers on the bottom rung of the ladder to experience a life they had long left behind. 

Episode 3

This week, it’s the turn of Mark Taylor, Managing Director of Pickfords, Britain’s largest and oldest removal company with a £50 million turnover.

The company may have been trading during the Napoleonic Wars, helped equip the front line in the first World War and even moved NATO, but is currently fighting it’s biggest battle – trying to overcome a recruitment crisis.

Unlike many companies, the pandemic actually boosted Pickford’s business - the stamp duty holiday encouraged many house buyers, but the increase in workload also helped to highlight the lack of new boots on the ground. With a big increase in customers but an ageing workforce and a shortfall of new applicants, Mark needs to act fast.

He wants to go undercover to try and find out why it’s proving so hard to recruit the next generation of Pickfords staff.

In the middle of one of Pickford’s busiest years on record, Mark decides to start his mission by spending the day with Frankie, one of the company’s longest standing employees.

Mark plans to find out why it is that Frankie has stayed at the company for so long, in the hope that he can use what he discovers to attract new recruits. Instead, he learns that Frankie feels undervalued and taken for granted and is shocked when he stumbles upon the harsh living conditions some of his employees are forced to face when working on overnight jobs for the company.

Next up, Mark pays a visit to one of his teams in east London who have given the company the thumbs down in a recent staff satisfaction survey. What he discovers leaves him reeling and promising that he must do better.

For his last undercover mission, he joins forces with Anthony in Newcastle – one of the company’s newest recruits. After a hard day’s moving, he learns that although Anthony loves his new job, his colleagues are less than enamoured with the rate that they’re paid and could be earning more in less skilled work elsewhere.

In a dramatic finale, we discover what changes Mark will make to his business as a result of his undercover journey. How will his employees react when the truth is finally revealed?


  • Thursday 19th August, 9pm

  • ITV

  • Episode 3

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

Channel Hopping with Jon Richardson

In tonight’s episode Jon is joined by comedian Kerry Godliman and regular sidekick Judi Love to tackle the world's wackiest and wildest TV. Jon takes us on a deep dive into the truly shocking antics of Egypt’s extreme prankster Ramez Galal while Kerry demonstrates her remarkable memory for childhood advert jingles. Judi introduces us to Italian comic Francesco De Carlo who takes us on a predictably X-Rated televisual trip through his country’s watching habits, while Jon challenges Kerry’s physical aversion to reality TV by introducing some truly shocking examples from the genre. Judi presides over a dramatic head to head quiz where Jon and Kerry must prove who has learned the most about TV that week, culminating in an excruciating end-game in which they have to make ordinary household activities look sexy in homage to one of Italy’s more questionable TV shows.   


  • Monday 16th August, 9pm

  • Comedy Central

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  • Kate@plankpr.com

Britain’s Deadliest Kids

18-year-old Liam Gray was on the verge of starting a new life as a new dad. But on a celebratory night out on 1st August 2019, he was attacked and stabbed through the heart by 17-year-old Jonathan Treadgold. Treadgold was one of Liam’s best friends but had had a troubled upbringing. He claimed that Liam had been bullying him for years, but an intense police investigation uncovered the truth. Now for the first time in a TV interview, Liam’s mum and sisters speak out about the tragedy. 


  • Saturday 14th August, 10pm

  • Quest Red

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  • Kay@plankpr.com

Apocalypse Wow

Hosted by AJ Odudu and Donna Preston (as ‘The Mistress’) this epic new celebrity gameshow climaxes with this final episode as Scarlett Moffatt, Chris Hughes, The Vivienne, Kemah Bob and a new recruit take on the terrifying Superhuman Bosses one last time – including ‘Master Enormo’ and his ‘Wrecking Ball’, extraordinary pole dance champ ‘The Polecat’ and a titanic final fight with 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.


  • Friday 20th August, 10:05pm

  • ITV2

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  • Kay@plankpr.com

Walking Tudor England

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. 

 

In this episode, Suzannah walks across the hills and dales of Yorkshire, from Pontefract to York.  She uncovers the story of the Reformation – from Henry VIII’s original break with Rome, to Edward VI’s Protestant iconoclasm and finally, Elizabeth I’s uncompromising attitude towards any Catholics who defied her.  

 

Suzannah’s first stop is Pontefract, where she uncovers the story of the Pilgrimage of Grace – a religious rebellion, that campaigned, too, against social injustice.  It was the biggest threat to Henry’s reign, a substantial army that could have overthrown him.  But his duplicitous nature saved him.  Henry made promises that he had no intention of keeping, which led the army to disband, and shortly after, he executed its ringleaders. 

 

Suzannah’s next stop is the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey in York.  During Tudor times, it was one of the largest and richest monastic sites in the north of England.  But a few years after the Pilgrimage of Grace, Henry dissolved it.  Its treasures were sold or destroyed; its lands sold to the local gentry, and an entire way of life vanished almost overnight.  Soon after, Henry himself paid a visit to the city – it was the furthest north that any Tudor monarch would ever come – and forced the local dignitaries to grovel before him.    

 

But if he thought he’d subjugated the north for good, he was very much mistaken, as Suzannah’s next destination shows.   Markenfield Hall is just outside Ripon, and was an important centre for another Tudor rebellion, this time under Henry’s daughter’s reign, Elizabeth.  As her religious persecution intensified, disgruntled Catholics plotted to remove the Queen and install her relative, Mary Queen of Scots, on the throne instead.  But the rebellion failed to gather enough support, and its ringleaders either faced execution or were forced to flee the country.   

 

Suzannah heads back to York for her final stop, a bridge over the River Ouse, where Margaret Clitherow met her fate.  Margaret was a staunch Catholic, who refused to renounce her faith, and was found guilty of harbouring a priest.  Her death was particularly gruesome.  A door from her own house was laid upon her, with weights.  Margaret was pressed to death.  As Suzannah herself says, the Reformation threw a rock into the pond of English history, and we can still see the ripples of it today. 


  • Tuesday 17th August, 9pm

  • 5Select

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  • Lana@plankpr.com

Fishing Scotland’s Lochs and Rivers

After two weeks fishing their way across the lochs and rivers of Scotland, our famous fishing five finally arrive at Oban on the west coast of Scotland and set off to find out why it’s known as the seafood capital of Scotland. After eating possibly too much seafood the day before, however, Les Dennis bows out for the day leaving Rosemary Shrager and Shane Lynch to head to the harbour to sample the freshly landed, tasty delights alone. Meanwhile Fern Britton and Linford Christie spot a sea fishing tour about to leave and hop on board in search of mackerel and anything else they can hook. 

 

Back on land Shane and Rosemary head up the coast in search of oysters and have a close encounter with the biggest oyster veteran chef Rosemary has ever seen, while out at sea Fern and Linford get more than they bargain for when they catch a species of shark. 

 

Sailing further west to the Isle of Mull they resolve to end their journey as they started, eating something fishy and delicious on a beautiful beach. To this end Linford and Fern head off in search of Mull’s famous scallops while Les (new recovered), Shane and Rosemary head out on their final fishing trip where Les and Shane hope to end their run of bad luck with the rod by finally catching something. Somewhat intimidated on the way to the fishing grounds by two sea eagles plucking fish from the sea as easily as taking popcorn from a bucket, Les and Shane cast their final lines to try and break their duck. 

 

Finally, the group are reunited on Calgary Beach on the north-western tip of Mull where Rosemary cooks up that most traditional of Scottish, fish dishes - Paella! - using the scallops Fern and Linford found and some freshly caught fish. But who caught the fish? Was it Les? Was it Shane? And which of our celebrity five will ultimately be crowned this trip’s fishing king or queen? 


  • Friday 20th August, 7pm

  • Channel 5

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  • Lana@plankpr.com

The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan

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.  


  • Friday 20th August, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • Episode 5

  • Lou@plankpr.com

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