This is Our Family

Tony, 52, has never married. A well-known boxing coach from Newport in Wales, his boxers and gym have always come first. He’s been messing round with women his whole life and has eight children by four mums but, as filming begins, he has finally decided to settle down with Emma. Not all his children are happy about the news. Emma had four children but her second oldest, Xana, died in a car accident four years ago. Two boys were convicted of causing the crash and sent to prison. They will soon be freed. As Tony and Emma work to bring their families together for their big day, Emma struggles to come to terms with the loss of her daughter.

Filmed over three years, as the Borgs deal with the pain of bereavement and the joy of a wedding, could the results of a DNA test add a new member to their family?

  • Tuesday 14th January, 10pm

  • Sky Atlantic

  • 1 of 4


Einstein’s Quantum Riddle

Science is full of strange ideas, but there is one phenomenon that is so utterly bizarre and unexplained it is perhaps the strangest of all. Einstein argued that it couldn’t be real. Yet today, it is being harnessed to create science-fiction-like new technologies and physicists are exploring whether it could underpin the very space and time we experience every day. It is known as ‘quantum entanglement’.

The theory of quantum mechanics brilliantly describes the microworld of atoms and tiny particles, but it suggests the existence of quantum entanglement, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists for almost a century. Imagine two subatomic particles that have interacted in the past - even if you separate them by millions of miles, they can somehow act in unison. Einstein dismissed it as “spooky action at a distance”. Yet today, quantum computers could make use of entanglement to tackle calculations that traditional computers simply can’t cope with, and researchers are using entanglement to develop an unhackable quantum internet of the future. Despite this progress, doubts about quantum entanglement still remain. So, high on a mountaintop in the Canary Islands, a team of physicists is putting quantum entanglement to the ultimate test. Working with two of Europe’s largest telescopes, they're using light from distant galaxies to control intricate measurements of tiny entangled particles.

  • Thursday 16th January, 9pm

  • BBC4

  • 1 of 1


How to Lose Weight Well

On HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WELL Dr Xand van Tulleken and Dr. Helen Lawal ask members of the public to road test the most hyped-up and written about diets on the market today. Dieters are divided into three categories; CRASHERS on short term diets, SHAPE SHIFTERS on six week programmes and LIFE CHANGERS on bespoke three or four month dieting plans, especially designed by Xand and Helen. Café cook Stacie Stewart helps turn the diets into delicious dishes.

In this episode, the CRASHERS are Welsh drag queens JORDAN and THOMAS who have only one week to drop a dress size before their next performance. Jordan is on the Banana & Milk Diet while Thomas is on the equally limited Wine & Eggs diet published by Vogue in the 70s! How will they get on with their restrictive regimes?

This week’s SHAPESHIFTERS are best friends Earl and Vince who want to slim down for a celebration at their Christian Ministry in six weeks time. Cake-loving Earl tries out the Hallelujah Diet – a mostly raw, Vegan weight loss plan that takes its ideals from the book of Genesis. Best friend Vince is also on a spiritual weight loss plan with the ‘Weigh Down Diet’ that aims to improve eating habits by strengthening a relationship with God: halving portions and relishing every bite. Can they both stick to their faith-based diets?

The LIFE CHANGERS are mums Maria and Jules who have three months to get into their wetsuits for a kayaking trip. Xand has designed Maria’s portion-controlled “Amazing Multi-coloured Box Diet’ where Maria will have to get used to using coloured boxes while cooking to control her portion sizes. Jules is going on Helen’s “Big Fat Full Plate Diet’ which involves an exercise regime and piling her plate high with low calorie foods that are high in healthy fibre and protein.   Will it be Xand’s or Helen’s diet that will triumph this week?

Xand also looks into some unusual ways to lose weight and this week, investigates whether Infrared light could be the holy grail to weight loss … Could it be that just by exposing our bodies to infrared light, the fat could melt away? Can infrared light really make us lighter?

With so many of us shackled to our desks every day, Xand also finds out whether it is possible to offset the office-snacking calories, by exercising while you work.

  • Monday 13th January, 8pm

  • Channel 4

  • 2 of 4


Naked Attraction

First in the studio is 27-year old Alex from Bristol who has never had a serious relationship. A flight attendant with a turbulent love life, he wants Naked Attraction’s help so he can land himself a man for the long haul.

Next is 26-year-old Laura from Gloucestershire. This horse loving, country girl is sick of backing the wrong pony. With Naked Attraction’s help, she hopes to go the distance with a sexy stallion.

  • Thursday 16th January, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 2 of 5


Tattoo Fixers: Extreme

This week on Tattoo Fixers: Extreme, Sketch deals with Lee’s World Cup wobble, Uzzi helps wannabe cool-kid Harry cover his catty catchphrase and Pash sorts Daniel’s not-so flattering memento to his man-boobs. Elsewhere, Sketch creates an original tattoo for conspiracy theorist Dave, Pash covers breast cancer survivor Angela’s skin grafted design and Uzzi smokes out Chelsea’s slip-up.

  • Wednesday 15th January, 9pm

  • E4

  • 11 of 13


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