D-Day: Invasion

On 6th June 1944, 156,000 men took part in D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history. Its aim: to land in France and liberate Europe from four years of Nazi domination. In this series, the first 24 crucial hours of this incredible story is told – minute by minute – by the last surviving men who witnessed the horrors and victory unfold. Diaries and stories, told by those left behind, recount the personal experience of the men who were there. It was a day that not only changed their lives, but changed the course of the Second World War.


In this first of two episodes, veterans and the family of veterans describe their experience of D-Day from midnight until 0730, with expert commentary from historians Max Hastings and Onyeka Nubia.


D-Day begins with a daring British airborne assault and the capture of two strategic bridges. Arlette Gonfree, just three at the time, recalls how hers was the first French family to be liberated. Her parents’ café was used to treat the injured, including Den Brotheridge, whose daughter Margaret tells how he was the first soldier to be killed on D-Day, just two weeks before her birth.


As the clock ticks, we cut to the stories of those American soldiers approaching the coast on landing craft. Tom McKinney’s father Mike was the first onto Omaha Beach and witnessed the carnage there. Also on Omaha was Waverley Woodson, a medic in the racially segregated American Army serving in the only all-black unit to take part in D-Day, and his brother-in-arms George Davison’s son Bill says: ‘There was only one colour on the beach and that was red’.


With the Americans pinned down on Omaha Beach, the British and Canadians were still approaching their beaches. Most had never been in combat and Ken Cook, just 18 at the time, describes it as ‘a great adventure’, whereas Stan Taylor was fearful he would never see his fiancée again. As they got closer to the beaches, the German defenders opened fire: landing craft were hit and sank, and it looked like D-Day could end in disaster.

  • Monday 27th September, 9pm

  • Channel 5

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D-Day: Victory

On 6th June 1944, 156,000 men took part in D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history. Its aim: to land in France and liberate Europe from four years of Nazi domination. In this series, the first 24 crucial hours of this incredible story is told – minute by minute – by the last surviving men who witnessed the horrors and victory unfold. Diaries and stories, told by those left behind, recount the personal experience of the men who were there. It was a day that not only changed their lives, but changed the course of the Second World War.


In this concluding episode recounting the minute-by-minute story of D-Day veterans, the time is 0730.


With the Americans pinned down on Omaha Beach, the British and Canadians now land on their beaches. Canadian Jim Parks loses his equipment in the sea when his landing craft hits a sandbank. Swimming ashore, he recalls helping to retrieve the dead and wounded from the water line.


Paul, the son of Bert Scaife, tells how his father went ashore in a ‘Funny’, a tank especially modified for D-Day with a bunker-busting mortar. Bert, only recently married, was instrumental in knocking out German strong points overlooking the beaches. For the Americans, most of their specially adapted ‘swimming tanks’ tragically sank, and without armoured support, they took horrendous casualties.


Heroes like Mike McKinney were awarded a Silver Star Medal, Mike for gathering his terrified troops and assaulting the German bunkers and overwhelming the defences on Omaha Beach.


On Sword Beach, British commando Bill Millin raises morale by playing his bagpipes while under fire. Veteran Stanley Taylor recalls: ‘I thought he was bloody mad. He kept the spirits of the men up. If he can do that, we can do this.’


Historians Max Hastings and Onyeka Nubia give context to the veterans’ stories and explain the slow German response: tank units could only be released on Hitler’s orders and, on that fateful day, he slept in late and no one dared disturb him!


When the Germans did finally counterattack at 4pm, it was too late, as the British were already inland and waiting for them. By nightfall, D-Day is all but over, and the 10,000 casualties taken are far fewer than anticipated. D-Day was a huge success - but it was only Day 1 of what would become a brutal 77-day campaign to break out of Normandy.

  • Tuesday 28th September, 9pm

  • Channel 5

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Clint Eastwood: The Man & The Movies

Behind the razzle dazzle of Hollywood, stars lives are marked by dizzying highs and devastating lows, drug and alcohol abuse, triumph and tragedy, all played out in the glare of global fame. In this programme, we examine the life of Clint Eastwood with a fresh perspective, with extraordinary access to their friends, family and those who know him best.


After 39 years in the film industry, Clint Eastwood was nominated at the Oscars for the first time in 1992. Aged 62, he walked away with the awards for both Best Director and Best Picture for Unforgiven, a film that returned him to his cowboy roots. His career has spanned seven decades as star, producer and director, making some of the most iconic films in movie history.


In this documentary, we explore Clint Eastwood the individualist, who bucked the Hollywood system to set up his own company Malpaso Productions, ultimately becoming one of the most successful producers on the US West Coast.


In public, he has achieved success upon success. But away from the cameras, Clint Eastwood’s personal life has been a messy and complicated. Twice married, he has been involved with countless women, fathering eight children by six different mothers. He denied paternity of at least three of them until they were in their twenties.


Many of these relationships were kept out of the media for decades, but when he split from long-term partner Sondra Locke, she sued for ‘palimony’ and, in the resulting court case, his secrets were revealed and his private life finally came under media scrutiny. Locke’s book The Good, The Bad and The Very Ugly was a painful expose for the very private Clint Eastwood.


But at this low point, he developed and produced one of his greatest films, Unforgiven, which finally achieved the recognition from the Academy that had eluded him until then, despite his repeated commercial successes as a filmmaker. Unforgiven producer David Valdes reveals that turmoil in his private life propelled Clint Eastwood to some of his greatest work on-screen.


We hear from friends and colleagues who know him well, including leading lady Marianne Koch from Clint Eastwood’s first movie A Fistful of Dollars. Now in her eighties, she describes the shy, mumbling young actor who was unimpressive on set but electric on screen. Cinematographer David Worth, who worked with Clint Eastwood on Bronco Billy, witnessed the blissful early days of his relationship with Sondra Locke and then saw it unravel. And we hear about his musicality from Eastwood’s friend, musician Joe Gransden, with whom he bonded over a shared love of jazz.


In 2019, Clint Eastwood made a very public gesture when he appeared on the red carpet for the first time with all eight of his children, all publicly acknowledged and included in his life. In his nineties, he has found peace in his private life. He continues to work, producing a new film every year as he has always done, and his legacy is a range of films of extraordinary breadth and charisma.

  • Saturday 25th September, 7:55pm

  • Channel 5

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How to Paint the Mona Lisa

Why is the Mona Lisa the most famous painting in the world? What makes it so special? In How To Paint The Mona Lisa, artist Adebanji Alade, is unlocking the secrets of the world’s most iconic painting by taking on the challenge of creating a gallery-worthy replica.  


As an artist, teacher and Vice President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Adebanji is an experienced practitioner. But in order to stay true to Leonardo’s original methods he’ll have to use techniques radically different to what he’s used to: painting onto a wooden panel rather than canvas, mixing his own paints and building up colour in painstakingly thin layers. 


Adebanji enlists the help of artists and conservationists who are keeping these 500-year-old ways of working alive. People like paint and pigment specialist, Lucy Mayes, who handmakes pigments using many of the same ingredients and methods they used in Renaissance Italy.  Italian artist, Gianluca Rotelli, reveals a unique way of transferring the initial sketch to the panel, using a method which has only recently been backed by evidence, thanks to a brand-new photography technology which exposes the underlayer of the artwork. At the National Gallery in London, Adebanji receives a masterclass from head conservationist Larry Keith in Leonardo’s masterful techniques. And finally, he meets writer, historian and Leonardo expert Martin Kemp who reveals the story behind the sitter and explains why Leonardo’s Mona Lisa is a true masterpiece.


But what will these experts make of the finished piece? After weeks of hard work, Adebanji nervously unveils his version of the Mona Lisa at a gallery in central London. 

  • Wednesday 29th September, 9pm

  • More4

  • 1 of 1


The Perfect Pitch

Monday 27th September, 1 of 20

Determined to find the Lake District’s perfect pitch, campers Dawn and Sapphia, Chris and Chelsie, and David and Carolynne begin their motorhome and caravan tour of the region at Low Sizergh Farm. The tranquil site on a working farm sits at the gateway to Britain’s favourite holiday spot.  Here the campers get a true farm experience as they milk the cows before harvesting greens and flowers on a trip to local Sizergh Castle and splash onto the lakes with team raft building at Fell Foot on Windermere.


Tuesday 28th September, 2 of 20

Continuing their tour of the Lake District in search of the popular holiday region’s perfect pitch, the campers take to the lake getting wet and wild at Park Foot Holiday Park on the shores of Ullswater. Camping holiday enthusiasts David and Carolynne, Chris and Chelsie, and Dawn and Sapphia learn to paddle board and wake surf as well as exploring the lake and its breath-taking scenery on an iconic Ulswater Steamer, but will it make a splash and earn a coveted 5-star rating?


Wednesday 29th September, 3 of 20

Mid-way through their tour of the Lake District, campsite connoisseurs Chris and Chelsie, Dawn and Sapphia, and Carolynn and David visit Burns Farm Campsite just outside Keswick for an exhilarating stay involving a scenic bike ride of some local landmarks, a surprising hike with a breath-taking vista, and a death-defying high-wire adventure. But will the campsites stunning setting and high-octane antics be enough to win the title of this week’s perfect pitch?


Thursday 30th September, 4 of 20

Touring the Lake District to find the holiday destination’s perfect pitch, camping holiday fans Carolynn and David, Chris and Chelsie, and Dawn and Sapphia kick back in the peaceful, pastoral surroundings of Baystone Bank Farm. But the campers will be doing anything but relaxing as they compete in a campsite rounders game, take a steam train tour in the nearby Eskdale Valley and explore their stunning surroundings on horseback with the campsite’s stable of Cumbrian heavy horses.


Friday 1st October, 5 of 20

As the week draws to a close, camping holiday enthusiasts Dawn and Sapphia, David and Carolynn, and Chris and Chelsie visit their fifth Lake District campsite, Skelwith Fold near Ambleside. Here they get playful as they pick up some circus skills, visit the home of one of the Lake District’s most famous literary residents and get nowhere fast as they take to iconic Coniston Water by rowing boat. Having visited five of the Lake District’s best campsites, which location will be crowned this week’s perfect pitch?

  • Monday 27th September, 5:30pm
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    Wednesday 29th September, 5:30pm
    Thursday 30th September, 5:30pm
    Friday 1st October, 5:30pm

  • Channel 4

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The Repair Shop

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


First to arrive at the barn, a unique and challenging commission for bear repair duo Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell. Dolls Amy and David are the most treasured possessions of 36 year old Jess Hiles, first given to Jess when she was 5 they have been her constant companions through thick and thin for over 30 years. Today Amy and David are looking and feeling their age, with missing limbs and tired bodies. While Jess would like them to be preserved for the future she would also like one or two additional modifications - new clothes to match gold medal winner Jess’ own tracksuit that she wears when competing in the Special Olympics, a Para-Olympic carbon fibre running blade made by Dom to replace David’s missing leg and, to top it all off- a final finishing touch – some Jay-inspired headwear. 


Instrument expert Pete Woods has a medley of musical family memories wrapped up in a faded fifties drum kit to restore. Mark Winsor’s Grandad Pappy, along with his dad , uncle and great uncle were better known as Pete and Stardusters in the pubs and clubs of the West Country in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Some of Mark’s earliest memoires as a child are of watching his family play with Grandad Pappy on drums, and even on very special occasions joining them on stage to play sitting on Pappy’s knee. Mark would like to revive the drums and his family’s musical heritage, but after years in the garage the drums are more rack and ruin than rock and roll, and restoring them will test even Pete’s formidable percussive restoration talents.  

Next to arrive - the oldest ever item to pass through the barn doors - and an ancient jigsaw puzzle for the barn’s resident ceramics expert Kirsten Ramsay. A two thousand year old terracotta figure of a man belonging to Melanie Wells which sadly smashed into several pieces during her family's recent move to the UK from North America. The statue once belonged to Melanie's great grandmother, for whom the statue became an important reminder of her homeland after fleeing China’s communist rule in 1943.  For Melanie restoring the statue will also restore the link to her great grandmother and her own Chinese heritage, while for Kirsten getting the statue back on his feet again will draw on her own restoration roots, conserving ancient treasures at the British Museum.


Finally another puzzle, this time for art conservator Lucia Scalisi. Emily Ellis’s painted wooden toy box belonged to her grandfather Rolf and his brother John. It followed them to the UK when as boys they fled persecution in 1930s Nazi Germany because of their Jewish heritage. As well as reviving the beautiful paintwork, Lucia has the tricky task of deciphering and restoring the fading German lettering before she can return this important piece of family history back to Emily ready to be handed down to her own young son.

  • Wednesday 29th September, 8pm

  • BBC One

  • 1 of 5


Serengeti II

Gnu, the wildebeest calf, and Shani’s foal are facing the greatest challenge of their young lives. They must cross the treacherous river. Shani and her foal are first to attempt the crossing, but the crocodiles have been waiting for this moment. If her foal survives, another huge challenge awaits – a wall of angry hippos will be blocking his way. 


Tamu, the young gazelle, is now orphaned and trying to stay alive. Zalika is the first in line to try her luck, but Tamu learnt a trick or two from his mother. Can he use speed to his advantage? 


Bakari has quelled the rebellion for now but with the sudden arrival of thousands of wildebeest and zebra, finding a way through the herds is dangerous for all. Bakari must lead them all safely back to his old home. 


When Aiysha gets injured during a hunt, her family’s fate hangs in the balance. The cubs are still inexperienced hunters and their situation looks dire. Can Duma pick up the mantle and provide for his family? 


Kali is still being followed by Askari, but he’s not quite as threatening as he once seemed. Just as romance appears to be blossoming, their liaison is interrupted by angry buffalo and later by elephants. Could Kali’s old enemy become the protector she has always longed for? 


Gnu still has to cross the river but a seemingly insurmountable series of challenges awaits. First, he faces a suicidal drop from sheers cliffs to the river below and that’s before he tackles the treacherous currents and meets the waiting crocodiles. Even getting out is a near impossible task as the sheer numbers of wildebeest create a deadly blockade. In the chaos, he’s separated from his mother. Has she succumbed to the fate of so many others? 


As this series comes to a dramatic end, there is hope for the future as the never-ending story of life on the plains continues.

  • Sunday 26th September, 3:30pm

  • BBC One

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Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop

Jay Blades opens the doors to his workshop in Bradford one last time.    


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, Jules and Jackie come to the workshop to tell Jay about their son Henry who saved Jules’s life when the pair were on a run in the countryside. Jules collapsed suddenly with a heart attack and 12-year-old Henry administered CPR and called the emergency services. His quick thinking and calm actions saved his Dad’s life. Henry is into gaming so Ciaran goes all out for his team’s final build with a first-class airplane cabin style gaming chair, complete with surrounding shelves and even a fridge. But it’s an ambitious build for Les and Ant.  


Jay crosses Bradford to Thorpe Edge where he meets Angela. She wants to nominate Brenda who runs a non-profit furniture service that helps local people in need. Brenda started it three decades ago with just a container on an estate but it’s now grown to fill a massive warehouse site. Isabelle designs a bench made from durable Douglas fir, to sit outside the caravan Brenda recently moved to. With matching hand-carved peacock heads and complex joinery, Isabelle is pushing her team of Graham and Becky with their final project.  


Saf and his team make a walnut and ash drinks trolley for Pav – a man who cheers up his local community by bringing them music via a mobile sound system, dressed in a trademark silver suit.  


Finally, the workshop teams gather together for an emotional goodbye. 

  • Wednesday 29th September, 9pm

  • BBC Two

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Alma's Not Normal

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.

  • Monday 27th September, 10pm

  • BBC Two

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Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Paul and Bob travel to Mid Wales, to fish for wild carp in some equally wild and wonderfully picturesque lake locations. Having had success catching both mirror and common carp in previous trips, trying to net a ‘Welsh wildie’ will require a whole different approach, and as ever, stealth is key. Wild carp are the oldest strain of the species we have in the UK, and there are tales from the Middle Ages of monks tending carp ponds, and weary travellers stopping off to catch something for their supper. 


Starting off high in the Welsh hills with Ted the dog for company, Paul and Bob spend their first day fishing an ancient glacial lake. With heavenly views of the wide, open land around them, they are equally exposed to the elements - it is a day for layers. Bob has some new carp gear that he is keen to use and hopes will make a difference to his fishing. They talk about Paul’s Welsh heritage, how both of them have moved away from the places they lived when they were young and their different ideas of what makes them feel at home.  


Despite some hard conditions, Bob nonetheless is thrilled when he gets a bite - and to their surprise it’s much bigger than they were expecting, leading them to wonder if it's a record breaker.  


It's time to leave the lake and journey to their home for the night - Ty Newydd cottage on the banks of the River Wye. With stunning views of the river, Paul and Bob wonder if this might be one of the most beautiful spots they have stayed in. Over a beer that evening they revisit the question of whether a British record was broken earlier in the day or not. Bob goes on to recall their first fishing trip together, and wonders if he has improved at all over the years. Paul reassures him he has, and says how the best part of it all is Bob passing the fishing bug on to his sons, just as Paul’s dad did with him.  


The next morning, and before embarking on the second part of their wild carp quest, Bob and Paul meet Mick May and Marina Gibson, who together have started a charity called Cancer and Pisces which offers fishing as therapeutic respite for people with cancer. Paul chats to and fishes with Marina, a professional guide, while Bob talks to Mick about his journey to starting the charity with Marina, which began with a cancer diagnosis eight years ago, when he was given just 12 months to live. Mick shares with Bob how these past few years have ironically turned out to be some of his best, and Bob is left feeling inspired by Mick’s positive attitude to life and the important part fishing plays within it.      


It’s time for Paul and Bob to set out fishing again at a different lake today, and with no time to waste, Bob has a hastily arranged ‘car breakfast’ ready for Paul to eat on the way. Arriving at Llyngwyn lake the sun is out and stealth is more important than ever before - Paul and Bob whisper their way to the lakeside and cast out. They wonder what a change of scenery will do for their fishing fortunes today.  


Bob pauses fishing to make them some lunch, which includes a surprising and innovative potato dish, much to the intrigue of Paul. As they eat and watch the birdlife on the lake, they muse on the circle of life and people who played significant roles in their lives growing up.  


It’s time for their last fishing session of the trip, and Paul and Bob enjoy mixed fortunes as they continue their game of cat and mouse against the wild carp. They pack up for the day in high spirits, with the beauty of the landscape and the thrill of the chance of a wild carp leading them to agree that if this trip has taught them anything, it is that you should never give up.

  • Sunday 26th September, 8pm

  • BBC Two

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Coastal Devon & Cornwall with Michael Portillo

Michael Portillo concludes his south- west coastal pilgrimage, travelling through Devon and Cornwall. 


This final episode of Michael’s adventure begins on Hope’s Nose, a unique headland outside Torquay on the English Rivera, where Michael embraces as many experiences as he can along a coastline formed 280 million years ago, where limestone cliffs give way to eroding sandstone slopes. 


From exploring prehistoric caves by paddle board to digging for red clay on the Teign estuary, and racing a historic Cornish rowing boat, Michael is determined to capture as many coastal memories as he can, before returning to his urban life in London. 


His journey ends at the mouth of Devon’s main river, the Exe, the source of which is 50 miles away on Exmoor, a stone’s throw from where Michael’s coastal path adventure began.

  • Wednesday 29th September, 8pm

  • Channel 5

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Walking Wartime Britain

On this walk Arthur is in London. Hitler believed if he could crush the capital, Britain would capitulate, but he didn't account for London's Blitz spirit. 


Arthur starts his walk at St Paul’s Cathedral, which became the iconic symbol of the blitz, having miraculously survived intense bombing which left its neighbouring buildings in ruins.  


At Soho’s Café De Paris, Arthur learns how the blackout affected London’s nightlife and caused chaos for Londoners, who when night fell, could see just a few feet in front of them. But whilst the cloak of darkness helped foil the Luftwaffe, it provided a perfect opportunity for criminal activity, and burglary and murder rose sharply. 


From Soho, Arthur walks to Covent Garden and the London Transport Museum. The blitz destroyed huge swathes of the capital, yet London Transport kept the war-torn capital moving, thanks to the ingenuity of an engineer who had learned to quickly rebuild damaged networks, under heavy fire, in WW1.  


Heading south to Clapham, Arthur explores one of London’s Deep-Level Shelters. Closed for decades, it was a safe haven for thousands of wartime Londoners. In 1948 the tunnels became temporary accommodation for West Indian ‘Windrush’ migrants who would go on to build vibrant communities in neighbouring Brixton. 


Traveling North, Arthur pays a visit to Regents Park’s London Zoo to hear how its primates coped with the blitz and how a bombing raid almost led to the animal Great Escape.  


Arthur ends his journey across Regents Park at the London Central Mosque, which owes its existence to the Second World War. With thousands of the Commonwealth Muslims answering the call to arms, it was time to lay the foundation stones of multicultural Britain.

  • Tuesday 28th September, 9pm

  • 5Select

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The Circle

The Circle is back and season 3 promises more twists and surprises in store. A cast of eight new contestants enter The Circle, where they flirt, befriend, piss off, and compete in challenges against each other on a unique social media platform to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer. With $100k on the line, will they be able to earn clout and figure out who is real and who is a catfish? Critics’ Choice Award winner Michelle Buteau returns to host the competition series. The Circle is a four-week must-watch social media competition launching on September 8 and continuing with new episodes on September 15, 22, and finale on September 29th. 

  • Wednesday 29th September

  • Netflix

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Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back

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.

  • Thursday 30th September, 8pm

  • Channel 4

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