Racism: My Story

100 days after George Floyd's death this feature-length programme hears from black British people as they unflinchingly tell their experience of racism in all its forms.
George Floyd is a name which will go down in history. But only history will judge whether his death becomes a catalyst for change; a tipping point in the fight against racism.  

Forcibly held on the ground, a police officer’s knee on his throat as he despairingly shouted that he couldn’t breathe more than 20 times. His death has sparked huge protests around the world.  

But it has also prompted people in Britain - celebrities, sports people, doctors, comedians and other members of the public - to tell stories of their own. Of prejudice and persecution, discrimination and despair, of violence and vilification they have faced throughout the decades. 

Contributors including: writer and actor, Andi Osho; Former MP, Chuka Umunna; Dawn Butler MP; Doctor Janine Channer; Former footballer and commentator, Mark Bright; Nurse and Inventor, Neomi Bennett; Youth mentor, Sayce Holmes-Lewis; Barrister & TV personality Shaun Wallace; Author and journalist, Yomi Adegoke;  share their experiences of treatment by police, workplace discrimination, racism in schools, sport and on the streets.

Their words are punctuated with facts and statistics that further highlight the racial imbalances in British society and conclude with reflections on the impact the seminal moment of George Floyd’s death has had on racism in 2020.​

  • Thursday 3rd September, 10pm

  • Channel 5

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Edward and Sophie: The Reluctant Royals?

They are the most unassuming of royal couples - he is the sometimes forgotten prince, she is the down-to-earth countess - and yet although Edward and Sophie often go below the radar, they're increasingly popular and significant in the royal family.

In many ways they appear to be reluctant royals, but are they also the model for a modern monarchy?

He is the only one of the Queen's children not to have divorced. And one day will take on the mantle of Duke of Edinburgh - the title he will inherit from his father along with many of Philip's duties. 

She is the commoner countess who has become admired for her charity work and as one of the Queen's closest confidantes.

Together, the Earl and Countess of Wessex have embraced a changing world for their immediate family. Their two children have a right to use HRH titles but their parents have brought them up without them, insisting they will work for a living, outside of the royal family, when they are old enough.

Last year Edward and Sophie celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary, so what is it about this royal couple that has been so enduring? And how well do we really know them?  

Sophie is a huge success story, while a commoner by birth there is royal blood in her ancestry as she is descended from the Lancastrian King Henry IV. Since marrying into modern royalty, Sophie has emerged as one of the Queen's very closest confidantes and has been described as the family's 'secret weapon' all that despite falling victim to a tabloid sting.

Now, after Megxit and throughout the coronavirus pandemic, she has been singled out to take on more royal duties on behalf of the Queen with suggestions that her more prominent role is a permanent change. 

As the youngest child of the Queen, Prince Edward had often struggled to find a role for himself - from joining the Royal Marines, to working in the West End with Andrew Lloyd-Webber, to forming his own TV production company. Some of his forays have drawn attention for the wrong reasons - yet still Edward has knuckled down and made a success of family life and what it is to be royal.

  • Saturday 29th August, 9pm

  • Channel 5

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When Luxury Holidays Go Horribly Wrong

The holiday industry is worth a jaw-dropping 45 billion pounds a year.  From swanky hotels to luxurious cruises, when these holidays go right, they provide perfect paradise getaways and much needed R&R in the lap of luxury. But when they go horribly wrong, it can be catastrophic.

There are first-hand interviews with the real-life people whose holidays ended in disaster. Highlights include Jody and Stacey Mortlock whose dream honeymoon turned into a nightmare when the Covid-19 pandemic started. Their tour operator abandoned them, leaving them trapped in Egypt. They were then told their hotel was closing and had to make a desperate dash to the airport to try get on the last flight out of the country.

We hear from the Evans family who booked a dream 5-star all-inclusive break in Cuba – but on arrival they found the luxury break they had been promised was anything but. With smelly rooms and swimming pools doubling as loos the family holiday turned into a nightmare.

28-year Ghillie Barclay went on a beginner’s surf lesson in Costa Rica but rough seas and bad instruction led to her falling off and damaging her knee. Not only was the rest of the holiday a right off but she faced 3 years of recovery and multiple operations when she got home.

Billie and Lizzie’s luxury cruise ended with them being stranded in Monte Carlo when rough seas prevented them from returning to their ship. Along with hundreds of other passengers, they spent the night sleeping in a sports hall and eating biscuits.

Expert interviews include travel presenters Danni Menzies, Scarlette Douglas, Jean Johansson and journalist and broadcaster Simon Calder. Nicki Chapman narrates this 180-minute special.

  • Friday 4th September, 9pm

  • Channel 5

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Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Paul takes Bob on a trip down memory lane and back to the River Lea in Hertfordshire, where Paul used to come as a teenager with his mates. They’d catch the train from north London to fish this network of rivers and canals that flow from Hertfordshire into the Thames, and just like when Paul was young, they fish for perch.

They start their trip in a quiet and secluded stretch of the Lea. Paul gives Bob a copy of ‘The Compleat Angler’ by Izaak Walton, a 17th century fishing guide that was written here in Hertfordshire on the Lea, and takes the form of a conversation between a skilled angler and his apprentice. Drawing the obvious comparisons, Bob delves into the book over the course of the trip to see if any of its contents still ring true today.

They agree they need to be stealthy on this stretch of river, and in hushed tones they chose and suitable spot and settle in. The whispered conversation turns to their teenage years, and they discuss their memories of school dinners, bands they were in and making friends. Bob has prepared Paul a riverside picnic inspired by his trips here when he was young – jam and banana sandwiches and crisps, bringing them both a Proustian rush of teenage packed lunch nostalgia.

For this episode, Paul has invited a special guest along to the river – Feargal Sharkey, former lead singer of The Undertones turned angler and river conservationist, who fishes the River Lea regularly. As well as discussing their love of fishing, Paul reveals an amusing connection he has to Feargal, which could have seen his life turn out quite differently.  

Bob reveals their home for this trip will be a narrow boat, nestled in a quiet section of the canal and close to where they will fish the next day. Over a drink at the end of the day, Paul shares some teenage photos of him and his friends - Bob finds the 70s hairstyles particularly unusual.

On their second day on the River Lea they return to one of Paul’s favourite haunts – a weir pool that hasn’t much changed since he used to visit and still home to roach and dace. As they fish, they compare being a teen in the 70s to now, and how ambitions change over time. Bob reads from The Compleat Angler, choosing a section to reveal his gratitude to Paul.

They return to the houseboat that evening, and Bob is cooking another 70s’ inspired dish – corned beef and potato pie, just like Paul’s mum used to make. To their surprise they find it rather tasty after a day out fishing. To round off the trip, Bob performs a song he has written all about what they got up to during their last two days on the Lea.

  • Sunday 30th August, 8pm

  • BBC Two

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Trucking Hell

Steve and the team go to battle with a super heavyweight transformer that’s blocking the A1.  Marta and Nick are forced to wing it with a blind crane lift and rookie Danny finds himself in deep water rescuing a truck from a ditch.

  • Wednesday 2nd September, 10pm

  • Channel 5

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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 remember some of the best characters, most entertaining moments and choose their favourite challenges over the past 15 years.  

In tonight’s episode, “A Star Is Born”, John and Gregg look back at when the celebrity contestants have been pushed to the furthest limits of their culinary skills - from having to impress some of the best chefs in the country to mastering the precision of pastry and the most daunting challenge of them all – The Chefs Table.

The judges also reminisce about some of the most intense challenges they’ve seen – a classic challenge from 2017 where a group of celebrities had to master the creations of world-renowned pastry chef, Cherish Finden.

Then in 2012 TV personalities Christine Hamilton and Dick Strawbridge, and actor Lisa Faulkner, were tasked with a final week challenge unlike no other. They had to prepare a fine dining lunch from a tiny kitchen on The Orient Express, keeping their culinary skills – and balance - on track as the train steamed through the British countryside.

  • Thursday 3rd September, 8pm

  • BBC One

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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 lads mag model and reality television star Danielle Lloyd nearly lost her life when her boob job went wrong.

We meet Sam, a young man obsessed with plastic surgery, who happily injects himself with dermal fillers as he maintains his look. Sam speaks candidly about his childhood and how it led him to multiple surgeries.

And finally the story of Delsha, who had eyebrow tattoos, that according to one critic left her looking like a clown.

This week’s nightmare lowdown uncovers the dangerous obsession with surgery that often goes hand in hand with a rise to fame. Looking at reality television stars and the procedures they have undergone in their hunt for a ‘perfect’ look.

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

  • Thursday 3rd September, 9pm

  • 5 Star

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