It's Finals Week on Celebrity MasterChef and the five remaining cooks will be pushed to deliver food on a whole new level as they continue to battle for the Celebrity MasterChef title.
First, the celebrities face their most daunting challenge yet. They will be immersed in a culinary tradition that’s been part of British culture for over 600 years – the pie. Working at the Holborn Dining Rooms Pie Room with chef Calum Franklin, who has devoted the last seven years to elevating the humble pie to a culinary art form, they will each be responsible for reproducing one of Calum’s creations, for a dining room of pie experts.
Then it’s back to the MasterChef kitchen, where the final five must each create one exceptional dish inspired by the flavours of the sweet shop. The celebrities must impress John and Gregg by showing creativity, skill, flair and that they have the determination to remain in the competition.
For the cook who doesn’t make the grade, the competition will be over. The remaining four will go through, taking a step closer to being crowned 2021 Celebrity MasterChef champion.
Finals Week continues on Celebrity MasterChef 2021 as the four best cooks battle for the title. They must now draw on everything they have learned over the past few weeks, and cook to the very highest of standards if they are to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
Their penultimate challenge is the toughest and most daunting of the competition - The Chef’s Table. This year it will be hosted by legendary chef Tom Kerridge in the MasterChef kitchen. The finalists must deliver food of an exceptional standard to impress some of the best chefs in the country – Michel Roux Jr. (2 Michelin stars), Lisa Goodwin-Allen (1 Michelin star), Paul Ainsworth (1 Michelin star) and Aktar Islam (1 Michelin star). As they battle to master Tom’s dishes, will they hold their nerve or is the pressure to deliver too intense?
Then, it gets personal. All that stands in between the celebrities and a place in the final three is one dish inspired by someone they love or admire. They need to show that they have the heart and determination to remain in the competition. No-one can afford to slip up as at the end of the challenge only the three best cooks will still be in the running for the title.
Twenty celebrities started the battle to become MasterChef Champion 2021 and now only three remain. Tonight one of them will be crowned champion and just one challenge stands between them and the title.
The finalists must now cook and present a faultless three-course meal for final judgement by John and Gregg. It’s their last chance to prove they have what it takes, by showing true passion and creativity with their dishes. Who amongst this year’s finalists is the true cooking star, and worthy of a place in the Celebrity MasterChef hall of fame?
Only one can be crowned Celebrity MasterChef champion 2021.
Alma's Not Normal follows Boltonian wild child Alma as she tries to get her life back on track after a recent break-up. But with no job, no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, it’s not going to be easy. Meanwhile her mum, who is battling a heroin addiction, has been sectioned for arson and her vampish Grandma Joan wants nothing to do with it. Alma’s Not Normal offers a bitingly funny and unflinching take on class, sexuality, mental health and substance abuse. It celebrates women dealing with the hands they’ve been dealt while doggedly pursing their dreams. Each with their own story and unique world view, their wit and frankness allows them to explore darker themes and social issues, with a light, bright, comedic touch. As well as starring in the lead role of Alma, Sophie Willan has written and executive produced the series.
On this walk Arthur is in the Northwest of England. He kicks off in Liverpool, Britain’smost important wartime port,which landed vital food and armaments from the Atlantic Convoys. But the port’s importance put a target on the city’s back and after London, Liverpool became Britain’s most bombed city.In the city centre,Arthur visits Derby Square and the famous ‘Bombed Out Church’ to discover how the city was flattened during the deadly ‘May Blitz’. Arthur heads to the Top-Secret HQ of Western Approaches, where the Navy coordinated the Atlantic Convoys and tracked Nazi U-boats.Key to Western Approaches’ success was teenage WREN Janet Okell,who devised advanced war games to out wit the U-boats.In Liverpool’s Chinatown,Arthur learns the story of the Chinese merchant seamen who were drafted in to man the Atlantic Convoys. Many married local Liverpudlians and had families, but despite being an essential part of the war effort,when hostilities ended, they wereforcibly deported. A shameful blot on the nation’s wartime record. In a Liverpool suburb, Arthur uncovers a long-lost bomb shelter hidden for decades beneath an overgrown back garden. And in Crosby,Arthur discovers a beach made not of sand, but rubble;The mortal remains of 1940’s Liverpool. From Crosby, Arthur ventures up the coastline to Blackpool to discover how thefamous illuminated town became a wartime haven.Not only did it become a training base for pilots and GI’s, but the Winter Gardens were converted into aschool forradio operators.And it wasn’t just the military who moved in. Blackpool was out of range of Hitlers bombers, so Whitehall upped sticks from war-torn London and installed themselves in the town’s grand hotels.
With the town full to capacity, its new residents wanted entertaining and Blackpool experienced a renaissance. The Pleasure Beach’s rides thrilled war weary Brits, the ballrooms hosted dance gala’s and Blackpool’s theatres introduced new acts to Britain, including a fledgling Morcombe and Wise.
EPISODE FOUR: LEADERSHIP
Kali and her followers may have escaped from the Black-maned males, but they are still in danger and can’t run forever.
Concealed in the short grass nearby is Tamu, a doe-eyed newborn gazelle fawn. He’s an easy meal for any predator and hiding is his best defence but will he escape the attention of jackals Shavu and Shaba?
But the jackals have their own problems: their pups were evicted from their home by army ants and they are on a mission to find them. If they do, they will have to find a new home for their family. All the while, Tamu keeps his head down watching who’s passing. Among the visitors is a procession of giraffe paying homage to one of their number, felled by the Black-maned lions.
When Sefu and the hyenas find the giraffe carcass they have no idea of the danger they’re in. Soon the Black-maned males return but only the Jackals seem unafraid.
With Kali on the run, she and her followers are looking for somewhere to rest. Unfortunately for the baboons, they choose the very tree that Bakari is using as a lookout perch. The rest of the troop escape but Bakari is trapped. As he waits it out, he’s unaware of the danger his troop is in. Bibi has returned and with her are a group of aggressive roving males. Cheka and the troop are in danger and they need Bakari more than ever. But, trapped in a tree, there is nothing he can do.
The leopard cubs are now competing for food. Their attempts to outwit each other end in a dangerous encounter with Zalika. Among the tension, there is comedy too as Aiysha’s cubs try to hunt a warthog family. They may seem like easy prey, but the cubs soon learn that warthogs have a few comic tricks of their own to ensure they survive.
Bakari escapes the lions and returns to the troop, just in time. He fights the intruder baboons but can’t oust them from the troop. It’s a problem that isn’t going away.
As the story reaches its climax, Sefu finds Kali with the aim of reuniting the pride. But when the Black-maned males make a fateful appearance will he get the chance?
Every day is a busy day at Barnsley Casualty. But when the emergency red phone is ringing off the hook and ambulances are queuing round the block, it takes a special team of nurses to make sure all patients get the level of care they need. Sister Benita Wainwright is leading the team, a day that she describes as “Chaos. There are people everywhere. It’s hard going. But staff pull together and make sure patients are looked after.”
Taken straight into Resus with dangerously low blood sugar levels is 2-year-old Kaitlynn. Caring for her is Paediatric Sister Kate Ellis who reveals what it feels like when a child is rushed in; “you feel sick and anxious about what’s about to happen, how ill is the child going to be, how are you going to help?”
Junior Doctor Alex Chatburn has a different take on emergency admissions. For him it’s an opportunity to treat the most urgent patients. “If I’m not by the red phone when it calls, I feel annoyed. I want to do things that fix things”. His emergency patient is former Merchant Navy man, 88-year-old Bill, brought in with heart and breathing problems. Dr Chatburn enjoyed hearing about what Bill got up to during his many years of service overseas.
Junior Doctor Jake Mullen assesses 44-year old Kay who arrives at the hospital with flu-like symptoms. He runs the risk of contracting a highly contagious strain of flu while treating her.
When the staff are rushed off their feet, Volunteer Jane Allen is on hand to make sure they are never far away from a nice cup of coffee. “Looking after the ones that look after us”.
Load the Lamborghini, dust off your diamonds and step inside the world’s most opulent destinations in Playgrounds of the Rich and Famous. From sun-kissed St. Tropez to the snowy peaks of St. Moritz, via the Hamptons, Monaco and more, this sumptuous series steps inside the luxury locations of choice for the mega rich and celebrity A-listers. And we find out the secrets of these exclusive, decadent destinations, what first attracted the world’s most privileged to them, and tell the infamous stories of what the rich and famous got up to while they were there.
This week’s episode visits the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy, a favourite hideaway for Sir Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Pippa Middleton, and Roman Abramovich. A Dutch aviator discovered the island in 1946, and Hollywood stars like Greta Garbo and Robert Mitchum followed. Today, St. Barts is the ultimate in exclusive barefoot luxury and a haven for super-rich romantics.
We meet newlyweds Mike and Marina, wealthy crypto-currency entrepreneurs, who show us how a luxury honeymoon here includes swimming with turtles and drinking rum for breakfast in a hotel where suites cost thousands per night.
We talk to St. Barts President, Bruno McGrath, about how this French outpost transformed into not only the richest island in the Caribbean, but also the safest. Real estate agent Zerak explains how Roman Abramovich forked out €60m on a spectacular mansion here – the highest price ever paid for a mansion in the Caribbean. Plus, cameras peep inside the villa that Bono and Jerry Seinfeld have rented – a lavish holiday home that in high season can cost £385,000 per week.
Parties are big business in St. Barts, and after sneaking into the elegant wedding of top New York DJ Joey Dovato, we conclude by witnessing the spectacular fireworks at the island’s Bastille Day celebrations.
Paul and Bob are in the Lake District to fish at some of the UK’s best loved beauty spots – Derwentwater and Watendlath Tarn. In a change from the norm, this time Bob has chosen where they have come fishing and it’s a poignant trip down memory lane for him - this was where he used to come on camping holidays with his mates, away from parents for the first time. The Lakes rightly hold a very special place in Bob’s heart and he hopes the happy-go-lucky spirit of youth finds their way back to both of them while they’re there.
It is Paul’s first fishing trip to the Lake District, and by way of introduction to what is on offer, Bob has arranged for them to go fishing on one of the area’s most celebrated lakes, Derwentwater. With the help of local fishing guide Eric Hope, they set out by boat with hopes of catching perch and perhaps even a pike. As they settle down to fish, Bob tells Paul about the carefree teenage holidays he spent here. They both recall the days of zero pressure when life was all about having a laugh with their mates, and take a moment to lament the sudden shift to adulthood, when responsibilities seem to trump everything else.
With the sky turning a steely grey, Paul and Bob take a break from being out on the water, and shelter on the bankside. Over a cup of tea Bob explains how he loves his past because it is what made him who he is today. On a less profound note, he then asks Paul what his favoured powdered food is, which Paul unsurprisingly has some trouble answering. After finally getting an answer, Bob decides it’s time to get back to fishing. With a break in the clouds, they hope for more luck - and sun - in their afternoon session.
As the fishing draws to a close for the day, it’s time for Bob to show Paul their accommodation for the trip, the superbly situated Far Boathouse on Ullswater. It is the quintessential Lake District place to stay; a former boathouse turned holiday hideaway right on the water of another of the area’s most iconic lakes. With soaring views across the lake to fells and waterfalls, Bob starts to prepare their evening meal, and he replicates what he used to eat on his teenage camping trips here by roasting a chicken on a campfire. Paul takes the opportunity to fish in front of the boathouse.
As they eat, they explore the bittersweet memories of coming back to somewhere you used to know and love so well, but Paul reminds Bob how lucky they are that the Lakes are as picturesque today as they were when Bob used to visit. As the sun begins to set, they round off the day by having a final few casts off the jetty.
The next morning Bob tells Paul their plans for the day – they are off up into the hills to fish a secluded hilltop lake called Watendlath Tarn, as well as meeting up with one of Bob’s best friends from school, Cags.
Their quarry at Watendlath is trout, and their way into the lake takes them along the footpaths and packhorse bridges that make the area so popular with visitors from around the world. Luckily, there is not another soul in sight as they arrive, and they take a moment to drink in the beauty and tranquillity before casting their first line out.
Fishing both together and separately, and with Bob’s innate ability to distract Paul at the crucial moment, they end the morning with mixed fortunes and decide to take a break and meet up with Bob’s oldest friend Cags. Paul takes the opportunity to get to the bottom of Bob’s tales of teenage sporting prowess, and is both surprised and amused at the memories Cags shares. Cags brings along a few photos of them as teenagers, and recalls how they used to spend their Saturdays shopping in second hand stores.
Paul and Bob go back to Watendlath for one last fishing session. As a final throwback to more innocent days, Bob decides that alongside fishing they should make bow and arrows. As he starts whittling away, Paul takes the chance to fish undistracted - is this his chance to land a Watendlath trout? Before they call it a day, Bob challenges Paul to see who built the best bow and arrow and they compete to see whose goes furthest, with a cheeky forfeit in store for the loser.
Jay Blades opens the doors to his brand new workshop in Bradford.
In each episode, members of the public nominate local heroes from across Yorkshire to receive a bespoke, handmade piece of wooden furniture to recognise the work they do for their community, often going above and beyond. Jay hears first-hand what makes each local hero special and why they are deserving of this thank you.
Making the items with the expert furniture makers Ciaran, Isabelle and Saf, are six passionate woodworkers from the surrounding area who have all come to the workshop to learn from the experts they’re teamed with and working alongside. Each has a personal reason to be here and the series explores their lives whilst following how they go about making each item and learning on the job.
This week, Jez and Shane from Huddersfield come to the workshop to tell Jay about a guy known as “Mr. Bob”. He set up a mental health charity for men in the local station called Platform 1 and has helped hundreds of men in crisis, including Shane. They’d like Jay and his team to come up with a chair for Mr Bob to say thank you. Expert woodworker Ciaran designs a contemporary wingback chair set on a pedestal. It’s a challenge for Les and Ant but a lot of love goes into this chair as it turns out that for them, this build is personal.
Jay travels across Bradford to a part of the city called Manningham. Here, he meets PC Husnain, who tells Jay that having grown up here surrounded by gangs, his life could have turned out very differently, if it hadn’t been for a youth worker called Sharat. He wants to thank Sharat for keeping him on the straight and narrow and for helping lots of local young people over the years in the centre that he runs. Saf and his team craft an oak grandfather style clock to celebrate Sharat and all the time he gives to others.
Finally, Isabelle and her team make a brass inlayed picture frame from reclaimed iroko wood to thank Imran – a local tailor who tirelessly helps his community and used his skills to make scrubs for doctors during the first lockdown.
The fourth episode of Michael Portillo’s South West Coast Path adventure is his final stretch in Cornwall, and takes in a coastline of hidden coves, a stunning sub-tropical garden and smugglers’ creeks, immortalised by Daphne du Maurier in her novel Frenchman’s Creek.
Beginning at the working fishing village of Coverack, he detours inland to visit a family-run dairy farm that produces Cornwall’s most iconic produce - clotted cream and more than 40 flavours of ice cream, from milk produced by their Jersey cows.
Here Michael helps move the herd to new pastures, and learns that Cornwall’s mild and wet climate makes for excellent growing conditions for fields of lush grass, ideal for grazing.
His next stop, the former fishing village of Porthallow, pronounced ‘Prallow’, is a significant marker on the 630 mile South West Coast Path - lying exactly halfway, 315miles, from each end of the path.
Here Michael meets a long-distance ‘ultra’ runner, Emma, who is training to run the entire path in the fastest known time for a woman, currently set at just over 14 days. Emma explains how she’ll run for 16 hours a day in a bid to raise money for the charity which oversees the upkeep of the path.
Michael’s first day ends on a sheltered creek, at the ancient hamlet of St Anthony in Meneage, where he meets a couple of local entrepreneurs who have adapted an 18th Century recipe for a traditional Cornish cordial, known as Shrub, that was once used to flavour rum that had been tainted with sea water when smuggled ashore.
Michael’s second day is spent on the Helford River estuary where he learns that the area was a secret base for Allied forces, and exiled French and Belgian resistance, during WW2, and where the US 29th Infantry Division left from, before their ill-fated landing on Omaha Beach in June 1944.
His adventure ends in a stunning 19th century sub-tropical garden, which houses one of the UK’s best collections of exotic plants and flowers, including Himalayan Rhododendrons, 47 varieties of bamboo and a huge collection of camellias that have adapted to the Cornish micro-climate, on the north bank of the Helford River.
In tonight’s Growing Pains, Richard Madeley, Daliso Chaponda and Rosie Jones share their embarrassing teenage lives with host Rhod Gilbert. Who will win the coveted title of Most Embarrassing Teenager – will it be Richard and his admission that he was obsessed with his Mum’s underwear catalogue, Daliso and his story about Nelson Mandela’s grandson, or Rosie and her revelation that she illegally downloaded porn by mistake onto her dad’s computer? In a bid to get themselves into Rhod’s Memory Box of Shame they all play a boozy game of vodka roulette, and share with us their ‘Mixtapes from Hell’ - they have chosen the music, TV and films that confused and embarrassed them as teenagers and that if they end up going to hell would be the videos playing on a loop in the welcome lounge. And in a surprise for the guests Rhod has spoken to friends and family who knew them as teenagers and shares some mortifying morsels they would probably rather he hadn’t got hold of. And finally, what advice would they give to a teenage them with the benefit of hindsight? And would the teenage them listen, or just reply ‘blah blah blah’?
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.