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WEEK 39

The Queen vs No 10: Behind Closed Doors

During her reign of more than 68 years Queen Elizabeth II has had 14 Prime Ministers - from Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson. The monarch and the PM is a relationship like no other; what really goes on in their weekly meeting? Who influences who when it comes to decision-making? And does the Queen have a favourite? 

Royal and political insiders reveal how the United Kingdom's head of state and head of government get on and whether the personal ever affects the professional when it comes to their partnership. 

The Queen and her Prime Ministers have guided the nation through good times and bad: from conflicts and recessions, to Olympic Games and national celebrations. This programme will tell the fascinating stories of how the Queen has interacted with her Prime Ministers - from her conversations with Margaret Thatcher, to when she famously spoke of her gratitude for Winston Churchill's "wise guidance during the early years of my reign", how she was photographed holding hands with Tony Blair whilst singing Auld Lang Syne, and was embroiled in politics like never before with Brexit and Boris Johnson.  

After so long on the throne, and after dealing with Prime Ministers who weren't even born when she became Queen, has there been a reversal of roles in who is guiding who?


  • Saturday 19th September, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

Brunel: Building a Great Britain

This is the epic story of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, ‘the man who built Great Britain’. In his time, he designed the world’s fastest railway, the longest suspension bridge and its biggest ship.

Over one hundred and fifty years from his death this film goes back in time to explore the extraordinary stories behind Brunel’s greatest creations including the Great Western Railway and the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Behind the incredible feats of design and engineering the film reveals the man behind the legend. It’s a tale of insatiable ambition to innovate and push the limits of what is possible. The film also explores the wider story of what kind of Britain Brunel’s genius was able to flourish in. This at a time where the wealth behind investment had been, in part, built by profits from the transatlantic slave trade. 

Brunel’s deeply personal diary entries also feature which tell the story of an obsessive man who had to overcome self-doubt and anxiety. Yet in doing so he managed to revolutionise public transport and engineering in way that has shaped Britain both in the past and today.


  • Wednesday 23rd September, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

Rich Kids, Skint Holiday

19-year-old Roumaissa is only accustomed to premium luxury holidays. Whether it's Monaco or Morocco, Roumaissa never slums it! She is a ‘daddy's girl' and is lavished with whatever she wants. Roumaissa has never had a job so her dad pays for everything, including a brand-new Audi TT, and she can’t even drive yet!

When Roumaissa is not holidaying at her father’s luxury villa in Monaco, she takes 5-star breaks and has never set foot in a caravan park...until now. All that changes when she meets the Cope family from Bedford.  Roumaissa joins Nicky, Neil, and daughters 14-year-old Grace and 11-year-old twins Lauren and Charlotte on their hard-earned, annual family holiday they have been saving for all year.

The Copes meet Roumaissa at the campsite in iconic UK resort, Great Yarmouth. There’s drama from the very start when Roumaissa has a terrifying encounter with one of her pet hates, a spider. A tiny spider! Over dinner difference in wealth soon becomes apparent when Roumaissa mentions her handbag cost a whopping £32,000, that’s half the Copes mortgage!

As a terrible morning person, Roumaissa causes problems by taking a long time to get ready. But on the second day, there are plenty of laughs as she joins in with the holiday fun. A trip to the beach proves to be very entertaining, not least because Roumaissa wears her Gucci loafers for the excursion!

Challenged with managing the family's £38 daily budget, Roumaissa struggles to find activities that are affordable. But she comes into her own by pretending the microwave meals she buys are created from her very own cooking.

On the final day, a trip to feed Giraffes at the zoo is a perfect treat for the family. Will the budget beach holiday teach Roumaissa that there is more to life than expensive glamourous globetrots around the world, and will Roumaissa realise that fun can be had for free?


  • Thursday 24th September, 9pm

  • 5 Star

  • 1 of 6

  • lou@plankpr.com

Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts

In this episode Mary visits Cork, in Ireland where humble comfort food is at the heart of the local cuisine. Mary begins her discoveries at the local food market, which is jam-packed with culinary delights, from fresh fish and steaming stews, to beautiful breads and the famous Boxty potato pancake.

Cork was once the centre of the world’s butter exchange, so Mary sets off in a sidecar to explore Cork’s famous butter roads, stopping along the way to sample some of Ireland’s famous butter, before going in search of a traditional Irish cake that is said to tell your fortune.

Her Irish adventure is interspersed with Mary making her simple, warming recipes; a Salmon & Fennel One Pot Wonder, a bubbling Lamb & Haricot Bean Casserole that is full of flavour, Slow Roast Pork with the perfect crackling and a side of buttery Colcannon Mash, and an irresistible Coffee and Praline Cake that is perfect for any family celebration.


  • Wednesday 23rd September, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 3 of 6

  • bev@plankpr.com

Inside Animal A&E

In this brand new series we take an exclusive look into the special world of two of Britain's biggest and oldest pet A&E hospitals, the Blue Cross in London Victoria and Grimsby.  

Behind these doors an incredible team of vets, nurses and volunteers go to extraordinary lengths to diagnose and treat our poorly pets - to get them home to their loving families. With access to the dedicated ambulance service; from dogs and cats to snakes and gerbils, we are witness to everything from poorly paws to life-threatening injuries and some of those more embarrassing problems that pet owners know all too well. From drop in mobile clinics, to the drama of life-saving surgeries; lives are saved, unbreakable bonds are made - and no two days are ever the same. This is the world of the pet charity, Blue Cross. 

This week in London, ambulance driver Lee picks up senior citizen and regular Blue Cross patient 17-year-old tabby Twinkle who has a sore mouth; elsewhere in the capital, vet Roisin is heading up the mobile clinic and sees bulldog Ace who has a nasty swelling and is immediately transferred to the hospital for surgery – where vet Aysha finds a surprising reason for his swollen face. In Grimsby volunteer Helen has taken a very special delivery and is caring 24/7 for a litter of one day old staffy pups.


  • Monday 21st September, 8pm

  • ITV

  • 3 of 8

  • kay@plankpr.com

The Repair Shop

TX31- Fred Ted, Shabraque, Murder Box

Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

Bear repair team, Julie Tatchell and Amanda Middleditch, are ready and waiting to give an adored 1960s teddy bear called Fred a much needed makeover. He has been a constant companion to owner Steph Derham, supporting her through many tough times as a child. Over 50 years later he is still an important member of her family.  Julie and Amanda set to work taking him apart and giving his fur a good shampoo, before reinforcing his seams and threadbare patches. Finally he is plumped up with fresh stuffing and new features are stitched in place, reinstating his friendly face. Steph is delighted to see her old friend in such fine fettle.

Embroidery expert Sara Dennis has a royal assignment, when she takes receipt of a shabraque - an ornate horse blanket worn at ceremonial occasions. Owner Joss Green-Armytage’s father served in the Household Cavalry for almost 20 years and accompanied the Queen on her procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey on the day she ascended the throne. The scarlet felt shabraque arrives torn and tattered and the once gleaming gold stitching is dull and detaching. Sara painstakingly restores the intricate embroidery, mends the extensive damage, using ribbon to conceal the fixes and thanks to one of Steve’s brainwaves, buffs the gilt detailing with breathtaking results.

And furniture restorer Will Kirk is on the case of the antique detective kit. Ex-police officer Maggie Turvey brings in a wooden trunk that was used, before computerisation, as a portable crime office, back in her early years on the job. Will cleans and repairs the chipped woodwork, replaces the lock and enhances the painted lettering on the front. This fascinating piece of policing history is returned to its custodian preserved perfectly.

 

TX32- Saxophone, Brass Kettle, WW1 Mirror

Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

Vintage musical instrument expert Pete Woods takes on a tarnished, dented saxophone that once entertained audiences during the Second World War. It belonged to Lorna Douglas’s father, a passionate musician, who is dearly missed. It’s not made a sound in over 40 years and Lorna believes hearing it again would be like hearing her father’s voice once more. Pete strips it down, cleans off all the red rot and gets the lay of the land. He sets about replacing the leather pads on the valves and makes all the necessary specialist repairs. He enlists Steve Fletcher to craft a new pillar, in place of one that’s gone AWOL. Pete then carefully rebuilds the entire sax and presents it, looking as it did back in its glory days. Lorna is moved when she hears it again - thanks to an impromptu performance from one of the barn’s secret saxophone players!

Silversmith Brenton West’s metal is truly tested when he encounters an 80 year old brass kettle that’s in desperate need of some professional attention. Phil Bayly from Lincolnshire brings this keepsake that holds precious memories of his mother and her many stories of the Bayly family. She treasured the kettle and would polish to perfection but after years in a box, followed by an unfortunate incident, the kettle is crushed and dull. Through determined effort and a bespoke ‘de denting’ tool, Brenton works his midas touch.

And saddlery gal Susie Fletcher restores a shaving mirror that kept the troops standing proud in the trenches of the First World War. Ruth Bowdage hopes Suzie can rescue this precious item. Handmade by her great grandfather, he cleverly stitched it together from old horse harnesses, while serving in the grim trenches of The Western Front. This unique treasure has had a hard life -  it's very dirty and scarred. The mirror itself is cracked and foggy. Susie lovingly unpicks each stitch, cleans and nourishes the leather and finds a specialist company to restore the original class. The soldier's handiwork is then reassembled and preserved for future generations to admire. 

 

TX33 - Wall clock, Lustre Bowl and Semi Acoustic Guitar

Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

Luthier Julyan Wallis gets to grips with a semi acoustic guitar that has spanned three generations. Pete Rout and his son Tom  put their faith in Julyan to save the beloved instrument that has been silent for over 40 years. First played by his father, then passed to Pete, who as a young man, learned to play on it and Tom is now next in line, eager to continue the legacy.  The guitar holds so many memories for this talented family. Sadly, it’s now a shadow of its former self - the back panel is split, strings are missing, the pit guard is off and the frets are worn. Julyan has a long to do list - he strips it down, gets it structurally sound and then cleans and revives it but is careful to leave certain areas of wear to preserve the soul of the instrument.

Feroz Jafferji is next to the barn, to see horologist Steve Fletcher. He brings with him a wall clock that was lost, then found 44 years later, across two continents. The century old clock, in its mahogany case, took pride of place in Feroz’s family home in Zanzibar but a political revolution meant the family were split up and the clock was sent away for safekeeping. Now reunited with the clock by a twist of fate, Feroz dreams of hearing it tick and chime again. Steve removes the decades of rust from the scores of tiny mechanical elements, addresses the multiple worn teeth and malfunctioning wheels. Will Kirk works his magic on the mahogany case and the clock is brought back to life.

And Kirsten Ramsay rises to the challenge when a beautiful but broken bowl is delivered from Cornwall by Charlotte Vellacott and her Aunt Mary. The bowl was Charlotte’s mother's most treasured possession. Unfortunately Charlotte broke the bowl as a child and it was banished to a box for decades. Charlotte lost her mother recently and having the bowl repaired is hugely important to the family. The bowl has a lustre glaze, which is notoriously difficult to recreate but Kirsten’s decades of experience and talent means she’s the perfect woman for the job. Each piece of the puzzle is carefully cleaned, before being glued together with precision accuracy. The delicate colours and pearlised finish are impressively replicated and the family are overwhelmed to see it as it should be.

 

TX34 - Vanity Set, Secret Agent Cell, Carousel

Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

The first arrival to the barn is Patricia Eva from West Sussex, joined by her mother Morna. They are desperate for Master Silversmith Brenton West to rescue a family heirloom, which was the casualty of a tragic house fire.  The ornate silver brushes and mirror set has been passed down four generations of women within the family and was one of the few items to survive the fire. They are charred, singed and in a sorry state. Brenton carefully cleans and repairs the silver casings and enlists the skills of traditional brush makers, Alistair Russell and Gail Gomm. They salvage, then rebuild the brush inserts, using as many original sections as possible and hand threading the new bristles in place. Brenton replaces the blackened mirror glass and polishes the silver handles and casings with miraculous results. Patricia and Morna return with the next lucky recipient of the set….Charly, Patricia’s teenage granddaughter.

Metalwork conservator Dominic Chinea is assigned to an exciting mission when Francis Suttill from Herefordshire appears with an intriguing metal canister, which was used by his father during his time as a secret agent during WW2. Cells like this were packed with munitions and equipment and parachuted to secret locations where British secret agents would be waiting. Owner Francis, has spent years researching the life and death of the father he never had the opportunity to get to know but he has been unable to identify what the exact contents of the cell would have been. The identifying series of digits and numbers painted on the cell must be deciphered and restored to solve the puzzle. Thanks to Dom’s patience and ingenuity, he cracks the code and preserves this important war time relic, enabling it to continue telling the story of the brave man who used it.

Wood expert Will Kirk also takes on a former wartime operatives keepsake, when Susan Wyatt delivers a miniature wooden carousel. The toy belonged to her dear mother, who during the war, worked at the renown Bletchley Park, as a code cracker. The faded, dilapidated toy may be a tiny treasure but it holds a very big place in Susan’s heart. Will is determined to put the spin back into the trinket and carefully replaces the tiny missing figures and carriages, then enhances all the paint work…..bringing it back to life.

 

TX35 - Tiffany Till, Doll’s House. Communion Box

Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

Master of all things mechanical, Steve Fletcher, experiences a blast from his past, when he takes on a vintage shop till, just like the ones he remembers from his childhood. In its heyday, the till took pride of place in owner Kaye Berry’s grandparents pub and then chip shop. Kaye has many happy memories of playing with it, as a little girl, whenever she helped out behind the counter serving up chips. The once elegant object, with its intricate embossed panels, is now tarnished and defunct. Kaye’s only wish is to see it gleaming again, as it did on the shop counter. Jay sets to work scrubbing off the decades of grime from the brass panels and lifts off the tarnish with the help of Steve’s clock cleaning potions. Steve sands away all the rust from the keys and inner workings. Then repairs all the price flags so that they pop up, when the corresponding keys are pushed. Eventually the register is something to behold once more and the familiar sound of the ding, as the cash drawer opens, resonates around the barn.

Next to pull up, with a treasure from her childhood is Janine Savage from Dorset, accompanied by Sue Keenan. Janine hopes wood aficionado Will Kirk can transform a very special dolls house. It was custom made for Janine by her grandfather and the envy of all her friends. The dolls house has entertained her own children and she’d love it to continue bringing joy to others, so she’s gifted it to her local children’s hospice. Sue works at the hospice and has big plans for the dolls house, as a key part of the play therapy they offer the children. Will pours his heart and soul into transforming the tired toy into an enchanting plaything…..redecorating, rewiring and furnishing the miniature home. The children who attend the hospice are excited to see the finished results and can’t wait to start playing with it!

Ever so clever with leather, Suzie Fletcher, welcomes Reverend Richard Hayes to the workshop, with a box containing a compact communion set, which he takes to visit his parishioners who cannot attend church. The leather box was once the property of the Air Ministry and travelled the world with an RAF chaplain, as he delivered communion and support to brave airmen during WW2. Suzie reinforces the tattered box, carefully tends to the faded leather and reinstates the shoulder strap and in doing so permits the portable communion box many more years of service.


  • Monday 21st September, 4:30pm,
    Tuesday 22nd September, 4:30pm
    Wednesday 23rd September, 4:30pm
    Thursday 24th September, 4:30pm
    Friday 25th September, 4:30pm

  • BBC One

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  • bev@plankpr.com

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Paul and Bob go lake fishing in Wiltshire, and they are up before sunrise to give themselves a fighting chance of catching a crucian carp – one of the UK’s most shy and elusive species that prefer the shadows of dawn and dusk and are notoriously tricky to catch. A relative of the goldfish, they have been likened to trying to catch a unicorn. Paul and Bob will need to employ every ounce of stealth they can muster, but will it be enough to net a crucian?

As the sun breaks through, Paul and Bob have plenty of time to chat, as they sit quietly and wait for a crucian to bite. The conversation turns to the fact that female fish generally grow bigger than males, which leads Bob to recall his fear and shyness in talking to girls when he was young. They compare chat up lines, and laugh at how awkward they used to be, as well as thinking about the most important women in their lives, and how those relationships shaped them. They discuss how different the images of male and female pop stars are today – and how it seems that its easier now for men to sing about emotions and heartache.

As Paul moves to another section of the lake, Bob starts to prepare their bankside breakfast. He is cooking them a healthy vegetarian option, but when it is time for Paul to stop fishing and come and eat, he is distracted by a new addition to their lakeside scene. Bob has brought a new fishing chair that Paul finds distressing to the eye, and he lets Bob know as much. Later in the day, Bob gets Paul back for his outburst.

As it approaches midday, Paul and Bob know that the best of the day’s fishing is behind them, and they pack up and drive to their accommodation for the night – an old converted chapel set in lush green surroundings. Before they go inside, they take a walk around the deconsecrated graveyard outside the chapel.

That evening Bob has a fun night in planned – drinks, nibbles and a bit of pampering, but first he wants Paul to show he is truly sorry for the earlier business with Bob’s new chair. After they have made amends, Paul is inspired to write a heartfelt song, in the style of today’s male singer-songwriters. He shares with Bob what he has come up with so far.

The next morning, they return to the lakes, and a change in the weather brings a different set of challenges and ways to approach catching a crucian carp. Again, they fish both together and apart, but always in earshot of one another so they can witness any catching action as it unfolds.

Bob rounds off the day with a vegetarian curry. He also makes a campfire, and as they sit next to it and eat, Paul shares the latest version of his song, which is entitled ‘Not Good Enough’. Bob soon joins in – it’s too catchy not to.


  • Sunday 20th September, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 5 of 6

  • bev@plankpr.com

Steph’s Packed Lunch

Steph McGovern presents a bold, fresh and exciting daily show broadcast live from Leeds. Steph's Packed Lunch features celebrity guests, fantastic food, intriguing real-life features and the best entertainment, lifestyle and consumer stories making the headlines. Well-known faces reveal what has got the viewers at home talking each day. In the kitchen, chefs Jack Stein and Dr Rupy Aujla rustle up delicious lunchtime treats. And there's a sideways look at the daily news in One O'Clock Views. Dr Helen Lawal and Dr Javid Abdelmoneim are the show's resident medical experts. 


  • Monday 21st September, 4:30pm,
    Tuesday 22nd September, 4:30pm
    Wednesday 23rd September, 4:30pm
    Thursday 24th September, 4:30pm
    Friday 25th September, 4:30pm

  • Channel 4

  • NA

  • lou@plankpr.com

Songs of Praise

The Rev. Kate Bottley marks Harvest by visiting a Christian-run farm in Saddleworth on the Yorkshire Lancashire border. She meets curate Rev. Aaron Jackman and his wife Gemma who quite literally tend to their flock - they have sheep on a field next to their church, and use their farm to educate others about looking after God’s creation.  In her first appearance on Songs of Praise as a presenter, Katie Piper visits a farm in Carmarthenshire to meet Eileen Davis, an archdeacon in the Church in Wales, who has been inspired by her faith to set up a helpline for other farmers who are finding it difficult to cope. And in the urban district of Trafford in Manchester, The Rev. John Hughes explains how his church has become a hub for green-fingered enthusiasts who, are growing their own food and as a result, are making friends which cross faith boundaries.  Hymns and songs from across the country reflect the Harvest theme, including several from The Priory, Little Wymondley in Hertfordshire.


  • Sunday 20th September, 1:15pm

  • BBC One

  • NA

  • lou@plankpr.com

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