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WEEK 38

Fergie Vs Diana: Royal Wives At War

They were the faces of the Royal family in the 1980s, symbolising a new era for the monarchy.

On the face of it, they were an odd pairing - shy Di and fun-loving Fergie.  But there was far more that united them than many people knew - and the extraordinary parallels in their lives created a unique bond.

Diana and Sarah were distantly related and their mothers were school friends. They had known each other since adolescence, but reconnected in their late teens and Diana was instrumental in Fergie’s relationship with Prince Andrew.

Allies in their early days within the royals, but there were also claims of intense rivalry. And after both their marriages ended, their own relationship faced pressure and difficulty.

This programme examines how close they really were, and how jealousy and rows pushed them apart.


  • Saturday 12th September, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

Nelson: Britain’s Great Naval Hero

A fresh look at the epic story of the remarkable rise of Horatio Nelson, the Battle of Trafalgar's most famous Admiral, uncovering the scandals, military failures and secrets behind this self-made naval celebrity.  

Who was the man behind the legend, considered one of Britain’s greatest naval commanders? The film reveals an unlikely hero from an unremarkable Norfolk family whose single-minded ambition and talent see him surge through the naval ranks to become one of the most famous men in Britain.  

A rule breaker both in his career and personal life, this film not only captures the intensity of his victory in battles at sea, but also the failures, famous injuries, insecurities and scandal that engulfed his love life back on land.  

The film explores how the establishment of the day sought to make this complex character a symbol of maritime superiority but also asks what sort of country Nelson was fighting for. This at a time when the Royal Navy was Britain’s front line of defence, protecting interests around the globe including the barbaric Atlantic slave trade.  


  • Wednesday 16th September, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

Steph’s Packed Lunch

Ep1

Steph McGovern presents a bold, fresh and exciting daily show broadcast live from Leeds. Steph's Packed Lunch features celebrity guests as you've never seen them before, fantastic food, intriguing real-life features and the best entertainment, lifestyle and consumer stories making the headlines. In this upbeat show, Steph is joined in the studio by a variety of well-known TV faces including actress and presenter Gemma Atkinson, rapper Lady Leshurr and TV and radio presenter Vogue Williams, who 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, with personalities such as Chris Kamara and Bill Turnbull. Dr Helen Lawal and Dr Javid Abdelmoneim are the show's resident medical experts. In the first few weeks of the series, Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse takes us behind the scenes of auditions for dancers for her new tour, while best-selling author Giovanna Fletcher presents a look at the rise in home births.

Ep2

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

Ep3

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. 

Ep4

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.

Ep5

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 14th September, 12:30pm
    Tuesday 15th September, 12:30pm
    Wednesday 16th September, 12:30pm
    Thursday 17th September, 12:30pm
    Friday 18th September, 12:30pm

  • Channel 4

  • NA

  • lou@plankpr.com

When TV Guests Go Horribly Wrong

TV would be nothing without its guests. Whether they’re sat on the sofa, on location or beaming to the studio via a live link, they’re at the heart of the action. This three hour special narrated by Kate Garraway, features moments from some of the nation’s most memorable TV guests. Slips of the tongue, live gaffes, technical meltdowns and bust-ups are just some of the things that have given TV guests notoriety for all the wrong reasons through the years.

The show features the less-than-perfect moments involving the likes of Phillip Scofield, Jonathan Ross, David Hasselhoff and the legendary hell-raiser John Lydon, as well as some Horribly Wrong guests from around the world.

There are rib-tickling and sometimes shocking first-hand accounts from the people who were there, including Gloria Hunniford who tells the story of when her guest Bruce Forsyth went AWOL on her chat show. Legendary cricketer Monty Panesar relives his disastrous appearance on Celebrity Mastermind. Jenni Falconer remembers her embarrassing encounter with ‘The Hoff’ which caused an audience of millions to cringe. Former TV-AM presenter, Nick Owen recalls the time his TV guest Pamela Stephenson tried to remove his trousers live on air, as his co-host Anne Diamond watched on helplessly.

Contributors include Gloria Hunniford, Trisha Goddard, actor Mark Little, dancer Flavia Cacace-Mistry and comedian Shappi Khorsandi.


  • Friday 18th September, 10pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts

In this episode, Mary heads off down river - from the gentle, calm waters of the non-tidal Thames in Oxfordshire, to the fast flowing, choppy banks of the tidal Thames in central London. Along the way, Mary will explore the hidden gems of this iconic river, stopping for delicious food along its banks.

Mary’s journey starts with the Henley Rowing Club, where she is recruited as their cox. To feed her breathless team, Mary rustles up some delicious Mixed Bean & Butternut Squash Wraps.  Next, a vessel skippered by Royal Waterman Jonathan Hunt, ferries Mary to The Waterside Inn - the world famous 3 Michelin Star restaurant run by the Roux family - where Mary is in for a real, comforting treat.  But this luxury is replaced with hard work when Mary finds herself at the helm, steering the Harbour Master’s patrol boat into the heart of the capital.

Right in the center of the city, Mary discovers an oasis floating on the Thames, when she meets an established river community who have turned their barges into gardens teaming with fruit and veg.  Mary’s maritime exploits inspire her wonderful Thai Salmon, her sustaining Warm Chicken & Dill Salad and two blissful puds; a refreshing Lemon Tart and a decadent Toffee & Pear Pudding.


  • Wednesday 16th September, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 2 of 6

  • bev@plankpr.com

Inside Animal A&E

Tonight on Inside Animal A&E the team pick up fat cat Tiger, who has a rather embarrassing problem down below, which means going on a diet. In Grimsby, nine-year-old greyhound Carter could have a serious underlying health problem – so it’s straight into surgery for him; and Nurse Charlotte has a particularly unusual patient to treat - as a stray corn snake is brought in. Meanwhile in Islington some cute kittens visit the mobile unit for vaccinations.  


  • Monday 14th September, 8pm

  • ITV

  • 2 of 8

  • kay@plankpr.com

The Repair Shop

TX26 - REFUGEE TRUNK, MEMORIAL TROPHY, GYRO CYCLE

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

Metal expert Dominic Chinea and wood restorer Will Kirk have the rare opportunity to work on a wooden travel trunk, used by a family of Polish refugees, as they travelled the globe looking for a permanent place to call home. They eventually voyage to Britain aboard the Empire Windrush in 1948, with all their possessions kept in the trunk. Theresa Sothcott and her sister-in-law Jane, from Leicester tell the fascinating story of their mother, aunt and grandmother's adventures and ask the duo to conserve this precious, if battered, heirloom.

Dom tackles the rusty metal trim of the trunk with his trusty power tools. Then comes up with a clever trick to work magic on the hinges and handles. While Will carefully cleans and treats the original tired wood, thus reviving and preserving it beautifully.

Next to test the Repair Shop’s knowledge and expertise…Gil and Sue Duffy from Worcestershire.  They bring a precious parcel for the attention of ceramics expert, Kirsten Ramsay. The glass and resin trophy was created in honour of their daughter Krissy, who tragically died at just 31 years of age. She was a keen horsewoman and classic car racing driver. An unfortunate accident meant a large section of glass had snapped off the trophy, the resin horse head fell off and the wooden plinth was scuffed. Will helps with the plinth and sets about crafting a bespoke travel case, to keep the trophy safe.  Kirsten has the tricky task of gluing the substantial glass pieces together. Erasing any evidence of a fix is infamously difficult with glass but she does the family proud and the trophy can continue to be awarded at the race that commemorates Krissy’s life for the foreseeable future.

And clockwork guru and vintage toy enthusiast Steve Fletcher is captivated when Martin and Richard Scott, from Lincolnshire, arrive bearing a 1940s toy gyroscope complete with the original box. The little plastic cyclist should pedal his bike when a cord is pulled but he stalled 70 years ago and hasn’t got going since. His plastic limbs and body are disintegrating and both the front wheel and mechanism are broken. Steve comes up with an ingenious plan to get this plucky cyclist back on his bike and race ready! Martin is overjoyed to see his childhood toy whizz around once more.

 

TX27 - RUGBY TROPHY, SEWING MACHINE, ACCORDION

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

Master Silversmith Brenton West takes receipt of a treasured rugby trophy. It belonged to Chris Jenkins’s great grandfather, who was something of a rugby legend in the early 1900’s. Sadly the trophy is a shadow of its former self, tarnished terribly and the decorative dragon that proudly holds the chalice nurses two broken wings. Brenton rolls his sleeves up to tackle the years of ingrained dirt, before creating the missing wing sections. But the biggest challenge is soldering the thin sections of replacement silver to the wings, without further damaging the dragon. Will offers his services to spruce up the wooden plinth that sets off the transformed trophy to a tee.

Next into the barn, a treasured item with a history of hard work, for the attention of metal expert Dominic Chinea. The beautiful Victorian sewing machine was left to Sarah Goodman by her dear Aunty Shorty, who taught Sarah to use it as a little girl and sparked a love of sewing. The hand operated, design classic has completely seized up and not sewn a stitch in over 25 years. She’d love to use it with her own children and hopes Dom can get it stitching again. Dom takes the entire contraption apart, cleans and lubricates each part with care and soon deduces the problem. The issue is rectified with the help of a blow torch, a steady hand and a bit of ingenuity and the machine is returned to Sarah up and running again.

And the skills of musical instrument restorer Roger Thomas are required when Bill Clemens and his step-daughter, Kim, arrive with a 1930s accordion in a sorry state. It belonged to Bill’s father and was his pride and joy. He was a true entertainer and Bill looks back fondly on his childhood, proudly following his father to clubs and pubs in the East End where he’d play. Kim has tried desperately to find someone to fix it with no joy, Roger is her last hope. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Roger takes on the mountainous task of working his way through the instrument’s 64 inner musical components until he restores the accordion’s voice, which was feared lost forever.

 

TX28 - TOOLMAKERS BOX, PLATE CAMERA, MARIONETTE THEATRE

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

The skills of both furniture restorer Will Kirk and metal work specialist Dominic Chinea are called upon when Carol Reynolds from Belfast, walks through the barn doors with an item that personifies someone very dear to her. The oak box belonged to her late father, who was a toolmaker at an engineering firm. He kept the instruments of his trade, along with his sketchbooks and calculations in the various drawers and compartments. However after years in a shed, damp had got the better of it. What’s more Carol had to use a crowbar to force open the box, resulting in a section being sheared off. Will gets to work on the box, cutting out the damaged section and creating a new replacement piece, which he colour matches to conceal his repair. Dom is in his element as he turns his attention to the treasure chest of small tools, removing the rust with wire wool and patience, before oiling them in order to preserve them for decades to come.

Vintage camera enthusiast Brenton West is in for a treat, when Jacquie Lazelle from Ipswich brings her grandad's 100 year old plate camera in for repair. Jacquie’s passion for photography began as a child, when she spent many happy hours with her grandad learning how to use this beautiful relic. She would love to see it brought back to life so she can begin using it again. However it requires an epic amount of work from Brenton. He calls on leather expert Suzie Fletcher to recreate the expandable bellows, which have disintegrated beyond repair. She spends days creating bespoke retractable bellows, which allow the camera to focus . While Brenton fixes the jammed shutter, replaces the viewing glass and gives the camera a full service. Together they pull out all the stops to get this fine example working again.

And Margaret Webb from Montrose in Scotland brings her very first Christmas present to the barn. The 1940s marionette theatre has seen better days - the two marionette characters are split in places, have detached limbs and have lost their showbiz sparkle. The clockwork mechanism that makes them dance is broken. Clock restorer Steve Fletcher and vintage toy expert David Burville join forces to get this unusual curiosity back to its original charming state. Steve fixes the wind up mechanism, leaving David to fathom out a way to mend the dancers brittle plastic bodies and get them back on the dance floor, to entertain future generations.

 

TX29 - THEODOLITE, ICECREAM BELL, LEATHER FOOTBALL

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

Mechanics wizard Steve Fletcher takes receipt of a theodolite. This beautiful piece of 100 year old engineering was used by David Brown’s father, who was a chartered surveyor. The brass instrument measures distance and angles and was an essential piece of kit throughout his father’s career and now provides a cherished link to David’s departed dad. This is a first for Steve, he’s excited to be working on such a quality, precision instrument. For the telescopic  elements, he calls on expert Richard Biggs’s half century of experience, who refurbishes and cleans the dirty lenses. Steve meticulously dismantles the 200 plus brass parts and soaks them in clock cleaning fluid, then rebuilds the ultimate 3D jigsaw and pulls in a favour from his sister Susie, who crafts a new leather strap for the carry case.

 

Silversmith Brenton West restores a memento of a once flourishing family ice cream business, when he takes on the brass bell that was used to herald the presence of the ice cream man in the East End of London. Michelle Amato’s grandfather was the first to make and sell ice cream in Newham, in the late 1800s and would peddle his wares from a push cart, ringing the bell. Her father then followed in his footsteps and was loved by all. She dreams of seeing the bell, that is much the worse for decades of wear, brought back to its former glory. Brenton removes the years of tarnish and hands it over to Dom, whose skills in painting metal transform it. Brenton turns his attention to refurbishing the wooden handle and creates a brass finial to top it all off and the barn is filled with the resonating sound of the Amato family’s beloved bell.

 

And leather expert Suzie Fletcher breathes new life into a deflated, shrivelled leather football. The ball belongs to Kevin Towell from Derby. He received it as a boy for Christmas over 60 years ago and it sparked a lifetime passion for the beautiful game – a passion then passed from father to son and grandson. Although it’s days being kicked about may be behind it, Kevin would love to have it restored as a keepsake. Susie sets to work with saddle soap to clean and nourish the parched leather, reinforces the failing structure by inserting a lining and packs it with sheeps wool to restore the spherical shape. Thus preserving the childhood treasure and making it a fitting heirloom for future generations of family football fans.

 

TX30 - MILITARY CHESS SET, SYRIAN CHAIR, TOMMY DOLL

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

Precious metal expert Brenton West takes on a pewter chess set representing the War of Independence, complete with 32 figures of British and American soldiers. The prized set belonged to Carl McKeating’s father, who was a keen chess player. He taught Carl and his brothers to play but Carl would often use the figures as toy soldiers, inflicting extensive war wounds….broken legs, arms, missing rifles and cannons. The set is not in great shape. In his father's final years, Carl vowed to have it repaired and with his father passing away recently, he is desperate to keep that promise. Brenton’s first move is to replace the miniature broken and missing pieces using an ancient process called sand casting. Having recast the pewter pieces, it’s time for fine art restorer Lucia Scalisi to wade in to battle. She meticulously repaints the tiny uniforms of the 32 soldiers getting them ready for action.

Wood furniture restorer, Will Kirk shows off his exceptional skills when he carries out work on an intricate  X-shaped chair from Syria, dating back to the turn of the century. Danielle and her partner Gilli from East London bring this cherished but crumbling chair, which has been in Danielle's Jewish family for generations, migrating with them all over the world, as they fled war and uncertainty. Daneille has known the chair her entire life -  it sparks fond memories of growing up in Morocco with her extended family. The folding chair is made up of 33 pieces, most of which have been savaged by woodworm. Every inch of its frail timber needs attention. Will saves the majority of the original pieces and splices in new sections of wood for the parts that have been lost of good. The final results are breathtaking.

And toy restorers Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell are happy to help a wartime mascot doll get fit for service again. The WW2 doll, known as Tommy, belongs to Geoffrey Holdsworth. He was a gift from his serviceman father when he returned from war and signifies the first time Geoffry ever met his dad. Tommy doll is no longer looking his best but the ladies soon change that - Julie touches up the paint on his metal face and head and crafts a replacement hand. While Amanda takes apart the soft body, reinforces the original fabric and tarts up his threadbare uniform.


  • Monday 14th September, 4:30pm
    Tuesday 15th September, 4:30pm
    Wednesday 16th September, 4:30pm
    Thursday 17th September, 4:30pm
    Friday18th September, 4:30pm

  • BBC One

  • 26 of 40
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  • bev@plankpr.com

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Paul and Bob return to the river where they first went fishing together after Bob’s heart surgery – the Test in Hampshire. Famous for its gin clear water, the Test is renowned as the home of fly fishing. Paul and Bob are here during the Mayfly hatch – the peak of the trout fishing season.

Before they start to fish Paul shows Bob how to tie a fly – a technique that was refined and developed here on the Test in the 19th century. Paul also has a Victorian rod he will use today. Their quarry is brown trout – another fish which has eluded Bob up until now.

As they fish, they mull over what it might be like to be a Mayfly, having just one day to live after they hatch. They ponder what they would do if they just had 24 hours left, and are surprised to find they have a lot they want to fit in.

As the sun starts to set, Bob prepares a riverside picnic for them and all too soon it’s time to leave the river and see what Bob has chosen for their accommodation. This week it is a treehouse, set within fields and rolling farmland. Bob creates his own version of a pub here in the treehouse, with him as the landlord, and over a pint they take stock of the day.

The next morning Paul gets to the river early and starts fishing, but Bob takes a detour to a local plant nursery to buy Paul a gift. They meet up on the river and as they get fishing, the conversation turns to the fleeting nature of life, their attitudes to death, and a realisation of things to be thankful for. They end another glorious day’s fishing with a very special bankside picnic, and this time Bob has a few belated birthday treats in store for Paul.  


  • Sunday 13th September, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 4 of 6

  • bev@plankpr.com

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