Call That Hard Work?

Ep 1

In the first programme, window cleaner Frank, children’s party entertainer Louise and train supervisor Harry go head to head in a bid to prove their job is the hardest. The competition gets off to a tricky start, as Harry fights his fear of heights to the clean windows of a high rise in a cherry picker. On day two, both Frank and Harry have to dress up and perform at children’s parties. With Harry now in his element, Frank finds himself totally out of his depth. For their final day, it’s all aboard the trains as Frank and Louise get stuck into making announcements, checking tickets and aiding passengers, but not without frustrating supervisor Harry with their super slow pace. As the trio gather to discover their scores, only one person can walk away with the thousand-pound prize.


Ep 2

In the second episode, estate agent Jade, street food vendor Sarah and bee farmer David compete in a bid to prove their job is the hardest. Sarah and David are challenged from the off-set as they try to sell houses to prospective buyers. Can they step out of their comfort zones to learn the art of the hard sell? On day two, both David and Jade find the scale of food preparation needed for Sarah’s street food stall difficult and the till proves to be a little too high tech for bee farmer David. On their last day, Sarah and Jade discover the complexities of being a bee farmer. While Sarah struggles with spiders, Jade discovers she’s terrified of bees. As the trio gather to discover their scores, only one person can walk away with the thousand-pound prize.


Ep 3

In the third episode, florist Lucy, personal trainer AJ and car sales executive Sophie compete in a bid to prove their job is the hardest. To begin, the group is challenged by Lucy’s exacting standards as they battle with bouquets and buttonholes for a bride-to-be. When a customer chooses Sophie’s creation, expert Lucy is flabbergasted. On day two, Lucy and Sophie are daunted by their task to train AJ’s regulars in one-to-one sessions and boot camp classes. For the final day, Lucy and AJ are immersed in the competitive world of car sales as they attempt to meet Sophie’s monthly sales target. As the trio gather to discover their scores, only one person can walk away with the thousand-pound prize.


Ep 4

In the fourth episode, head housekeeper Grace, telemarketing managing director Pierre and vineyard manager Adderley go head to head in a bid to prove their job is the hardest. Pierre and Adderley are thrown in at the deep end when they’re tasked with cleaning a hotel room to Grace’s high standards. With the 2pm guest check-in looming, will the rooms be ready in time? On day two, Grace and Adderley struggle with the constant cold calls in telemarketing, but when Pierre tries to motivate them with his routine ‘power hour’, they are almost lost for words. The competition ends with Grace and Pierre realising that vineyard work is a far cry from the wine-tasting experience they hoped for. As the trio gather to discover their scores, only one person can walk away with the thousand-pound prize.


Ep 5

In the fifth episode, climb guide Jack, master tea taster Sebastian and luxury couture retailer Onita go head to head in a bid to prove their job is the hardest. Day one is steep challenge for Onita as she finds out how many times she’s expected to climb one of London’s most iconic tourist attractions. The next day sees Jack pushed for time as he grapples with the complexity of grading and blending tea leaves for the perfect cuppa. On the final day, Jack and Sebastian have lots to learn as they try to master the science of window dressing and selling high end women’s clothing in a luxury boutique. As the trio gather to discover their scores, only one person can walk away with the thousand-pound prize.

  • Monday 17th, August, 3:45pm
    Tuesday 18th August, 3:45pm
    Wednesday 19th August, 3:45pm
    Thursday 20th August, 3:45pm
    Friday 21st August, 3:45pm

  • BBC One

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Hoarders: Junk Apocalypse

In Great Yarmouth, Esther has hit rock bottom. Her hoard is so bad her landlord has issued an ultimatum – clear up or clear out. Every room of her 2-bedroom flat is knee deep with clutter - it’s an eyesore and a health hazard. Esther has sent out an SOS to extreme cleaners Caz and Tee and they have just three days to save Esther from eviction.  

In Wallasey, Nigel’s 3-bedroom flat is over-flowing with clutter.  It's got so bad it’s seriously affecting his health. Like many hoarders, Nigel’s issues stem from past emotional trauma, but when he calls out for help will he struggle to let go of his precious collection? He receives a visit from fellow hoarder Janice, who makes him see his hoard is totally out of control.

Serial shopaholic Janice has filled her 3-bedroom Liverpool home with piles of clothes, household items and broken furniture. But when workmen couldn’t fit a new boiler because of the hoard, it was a wakeup call and Janice is now determined to clear her home. But when local extreme cleaner George comes to help, Janice struggles to let go of her past. 

  • Thursday 20th August, 9pm

  • Channel 5

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When Pop Stars Go Horribly Wrong

Pop stars are idolised and adored by their fans. They can become stars overnight, giving them almost God-like status. When they’re riding high, they’re at the top of the celebrity food-chain. But when it all goes horribly wrong, their fall from grace can be spectacular.

Narrated by Sarah Cawood, this three-hour special celebrates some of pop’s bum notes from the likes of Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Meatloaf and even The Beatles.

From stage dives that injured fans, to falls that left egg on the faces of usually-perfect popstars, there are funny moments that will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter as well as shocking moments that will have you watching from behind the sofa.

With first-hand accounts from the people who were there, including 1990s boyband 5ive who exclusively open up about the feud that saw the chart-topping band split. Eurovision’s Surie speaks about her now infamous stage invasion that left the singer shaken but determined that the show should go on. Plus, Buck Fizz star Jay Aston recalls the time that their tour bus crashed leaving the future of the band in jeopardy and Mike Nolan’s life hanging in the balance.

Other stories include the time George Michael’s career took a turn for the worse when he was arrested for public indecency. Robin Thicke’s career hits the skids when the estate of Marvin Gaye come out of the woodwork to claim copyright infringement over his hit Blurred Lines. Two members of Color Me Badd have a bust-up on stage that results in frontman Mark being pushed to the floor in front of the band’s adoring fans.

Also, Shane MacGowan has a bleary-eyed encounter with a Dutch reporter after a concert in The Netherlands, Chris Martin loses it with the paparazzi and Toni Braxton suffers an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.

There are plenty of awkward interview moments too with popstars who were either too aloof to answer the questions or said the wrong thing and landed themselves in hot water. Icelandic band Sigur Ros give a poor radio journalist the cold shoulder and Shabba Ranks’ controversial views on homosexuality signal the downfall of his career.

There’s also tales from our best loved X Factor stars including singer Jamie Tinkler who relives the moment the band Avenue, who were tipped for the top, were dramatically dropped from the show. And there’s the moment singer James Arthur would rather forget, when some dubious tweets get him in the papers for all the wrong reasons.

Interviewees include Toyah Willcox, Kerry Katona, Katie Waissel, and pop gurus Nicki Chapman & Paul Gambaccini.

  • Friday 21st August, 9pm

  • Channel 5

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Me & My Sugar Daddy

We meet 25 year old Mimi originally from Slovakia who first came across the sugar industry on a trip to the States. Five years ago, Mimi left her mum and Dad to study in London and rather than date boys her own age she preferred to date older men and has earnt thousands of pounds from numerous Sugar Daddies ever since.  Her wealthiest Sugar Daddy was a 70 year old businessman who paid all her tuition and rent for her first two years at University.  Then three years ago Mimi met 52 year old Mexican Sugar Daddy Miguel and everything changed.

22 year old table dancer, Kiki, moved from Darlington to London five years ago, to earn easy money from rich older men who wanted to spend time with her.  In these transactional relationships, Kiki expects the Sugar Daddy’s to lavish her with gifts and in return they get her time and attention.  Even though there is no chance of romantic involvement with any of the men she has arrangements with she can still earn up to £15-20K  a month.  Though, it does mean she’s putting her own love life on hold for now.

Living on the South Coast is 21 year old Maddison who still lives at home with her mum yet manages her sugar daddy relationships from her bedroom.  Since leaving school at 16 Maddison struggled to hold on to a normal 9-5 job.  At 18, she was unemployed - and discovered the financial benefits of selling explicit content of herself online to wealthy and generous older men.  Maddison’s been working as a Sugar Baby for three years but unlike Kiki and Mimi, Maddison is yet to begin face to face meets so she relies on the money coming in from her online relationships, where the potential earnings are lower.

  • Wednesday 19th August, 9pm

  • 5STAR

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Celebrity MasterChef: A Recipe for Success

This six-part special series continues to celebrate 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 entered 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.  

In tonight’s episode, “Odd Couples”, John and Gregg recall some of the most entertaining team challenges.

Over the years all sorts of personalities have been teamed up together. Some combinations really work, but when they don’t it can be complete chaos. From pairing up to prepare a dish in the MasterChef kitchen to cooking as a team for the mass catering challenges, John and Gregg look back at some of the successful and less than successful team dynamics.

The MasterChef judges also revisit a team challenge from 2015 which saw eight semi-finalists thrown together and taken back in time to a Victorian village, where they had to create a feast for seventy locals, using only ingredients that were widely available during that era. Actors Sherree Murphy and Scott Maslen, TV Presenters Rylan Clarke-Neal and Sam Nixon, Singers Chesney

  • Thursday 20th August, 8pm

  • BBC One

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Shoplifters: At War with the Law

Over 400 retail workers are attacked every day, it’s become a fact of life on Britain’s High Streets. But in West Orchards shopping centre in Coventry a dedicated security team are ready and primed to deal with anything. Against a backdrop of police cuts, the team have almost become the fourth emergency service.

In tonight’s programme, all available guards are urgently deployed when a Code 21 emergency call comes into the control room.  A shoplifter has done a runner - literally. He left the shop wearing a brand-new pair of trainers and has become aggressive when stopped by a member of staff. Lewis is first on the scene, but will the suspect come quietly?

Lewis and dog handler Keith then race to another violent incident outside of the shopping centre after a fight breaks out inside a betting shop.  Lewis’s training is put to the test as he restrains the culprit and attempts to calm him down.  But his temper flares again, meaning the police have to be called.

Over in Weston Favell in Northampton, the guards are dealing with a brazen repeat shoplifter, who’s already been banned from the centre.  He’s tried to slip in with his hood up but the eagle-eyed guards spot him as soon as he enters and quickly move in to eject him.

The busy day in Coventry continues with three consecutive shop theft incidents happening one after another.  No sooner has Rob detained a man who’s bagged up some blank CDs than he’s off to apprehend a male who’s stolen some socks. Then Lewis is on the case of a young couple stealing from one of the centres food outlets. It seems initially to be a minor theft but when they search the man’s bag it’s full of items, he has no receipts for.  

  • Monday 17th August, 9pm

  • Channel 5

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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. 

In this episode, the shocking story of how one woman, Julie ended up close to death following weight loss surgery. Her gastric bypass left her body incapable of absorbing enough nutrients and she dropped from over 20 to just 6 stone.

We meet Levi, a 23 year old social media star from Manchester, who has obsessively followed a desire to emulate a look he saw in a social media image filter. He initially used dermal fillers to shape his face, before turning to multiple facial surgeries, including one which could have cost him his sight

And finally the story of Steve, who tried to rectify his hair loss with a discount surgery in Turkey, but ended up deeply unhappy with the result.

This week’s nightmare lowdown uncovers the secrets behind dermal lip fillers, investigating how social media and celebs have driven a massive boom in the industry. And just what can go wrong when inexperienced and often unlicensed practitioners perform the treatment.

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

  • Thursday 20th August, 9pm

  • 5STAR

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Mirror Mirror

In the final episode of the current series, we’re back in the confessional of Scotland’s barbers and hairdressers. We’re talking about being Scottish, Vegans, Sex and Babies. We start in Inverness with Psychic multidimensional healer Rachel-Jane with friend Angela. They’re chatting about Angela’s love for a spooky Scottish castle. Meanwhile in Motherwell, The Singing Barber Ian and client Zander think being Scottish can be a hilarious contradiction. 

In Rutherglen, Ex-Beauty queen Abbie tells Cheryl about her life as the Scottish Disneyland Princess.  Brad and Lorraine admit the vegan lifestyle isn’t for them, despite it being a much healthier option. Cheryl and April in Rutherglen discuss whether it’s ok or not to Netflix and Chill with a new partner, whilst Ian and Euan in Motherwell agree that having a girlfriend that likes to play computer games is a foundation for a good relationship. 

We end in Inverness with Rachel-Jane and Angela who tell us the heart-breaking story of her miscarriage. 

  • Friday 21st August, 10:30pm

  • BBC Scotland/BBC iPlayer

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