Potholes are driving Britain mad. They cause rage, rows and road works, costing billions of pounds to repair, and responsible for injuring hundreds of people each year. The road network is being pushed to the max and for the workers on the frontline, it can be like going into battle.
Some councils say they’re at financial breaking point, struggling to cope with the pothole problem. An army of workers - the pothole gangs - are working tirelessly around the clock to keep our roads safe. However the "pothole vigilantes" say they've had enough and have taken matters into their own hands.
Out on Britain’s roads, it’s Pothole Wars.
This week The LIVE consumer entertainment series Do The Right Thing hosted by Ruth Langsford, Eamonn Holmes, Dame Esther Rantzen and Michael Underwood shines a spotlight on an inspiring community supper club, checks out a bonkers fancy dress rule, investigates the rip-off tactics of a travel industry giant and champions a cause that would give cats the same rights as dogs.
TX6: Lambeth – Sheep & Honey
Inner city farm manager, Tom, competes with his show-winning sheep at the vibrant London based Lambeth Country Show whilst beekeeper, Paul, strives to sell his produce to support local charities close to his heart.
TX7: Blackheath – Sausages & Herbs
Passionate pig farmer Keith, and budding herb grower, Peter, battle the temperamental British weather to get their premium produce to families and friends at the long established Blackheath Farmers’ Market.
TX8: Norfolk, Dexters
Veterinary surgeon Robin goes head to head with experienced breeder, 81 year-old Di, with their diminutive Dexter cattle in the National Competition at the Royal Norfolk Show.
TX9: Shrewsbury – Sausages & Wine
The Shrewsbury Food Festival plays host to first generation farmer, Sam, and the family run Kerry Vale Vineyard, as they try to sell out of their rare breed pork and English wine.
TX10: Awards – Young Farmer
Three passionate young farmers, the next generation of rising talent, battle it out at The Farmers Weekly Awards, who will be crowned ‘Young Farmer of the Year'.
On HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WELL Dr Xand van Tulleken and Dr Helen Lawal ask ordinary Brits to road test some of the most popular and talked about diets out there and give viewers the lowdown on how these diets performed for them. Café cook Stacie Stewart helps the volunteers to turn their diets into delicious dishes.
This week Sade and Becky have two weeks to slim down for Lady’s Day at the races, work colleagues Derek & Bruce go on four-week dieting plans to lose weight before a summer barbecue, and bus drivers Sam & Fay want to slim down for their annual bus driver’s picnic in four months’ time.
Xand also investigates the latest liposuction techniques and finds out if unconscious persuasion could be key to quick weightloss.
Presenter and model Vogue Williams and her reality-royalty partner Spencer Matthews embrace parenthood for the first time. With baby Theodore nearly two months old, it's time for Spencer and Vogue to try and find their new normal. For Vogue this means a trip back to Ireland for work. For Spencer it means daddy day care and Theo's first outing to the driving range. Back in London, Spencer explores some career choices, taking on a cooking challenge and an acting audition.
BABA G’S, KRAPOW, XXVI – NEW ASIAN
Fred Sirieix oversees a battle for investment between three restaurant ideas, who think their take on modern Asian dining will secure them the chance for big-money backing to open on the high street.
First, they must pitch to four of the industry’s top investors for the opportunity to open for business in Manchester - the single idea, with the most investment potential, will be given a two-day trial to prove themselves worthy of the money they’re seeking. However, only those investors with the most passion and interest in the idea will follow it to Manchester.
Amongst those pitching is couple Alec Owen, 37, and Liz Selway, 43, who run Indian burger concept Baba G’s. Their signature dish is a curry burger which, along with other novel combinations of Indian fusion flavours and fast food, has seen them grow to three market sites. Now Alec and Liz are seeking £300,000 from the investors to open their first two sites.
Going up against them are two friends who left their respective careers in advertising and finance to pursue a new take on Thai food. KraPow is the brainchild of Essex born Paul Ambrose, 34, and Richard Oakes, 36. Paul decided to set up KraPow after a year in which he got married, bought a house and lost his job in finance. He envisioned a restaurant inspired by his travels in Northern Thailand, with Krapow Moo, a Thai comfort dish of spiced minced pork and Thai basil, topped with a fried egg, on the menu. Seeking £300,000, and with Paul’s second child on the way, the financial stakes are higher than ever before.
Also aiming for the chance of big-money backing are two 25-year-old best friends and chefs, Joe Allen and Aaron Thomas, taking their culinary cues from India and Nepal. Their joint venture is titled XXVI, with a signature dish of charred cauliflower, spiced ricotta, curried emulsion (based on a family recipe) and fresh peas. Although they’re young, Aaron and Joe are ambitious and confident that their brand of high-end Asian fusion cookery can be a success, and they’re seeking a half million-pound investment.
Each of the three ideas pitches to a panel of four investors, all keen to back the next hit idea in Asian cuisine:
Charlie McVeigh has been shaping London’s bar, club and restaurant scene for two decades, having started out with legendary nightclub Woody’s. He ended up establishing and running the hugely successful pub chain, Draft House before selling to beer giants BrewDog in early 2018 for a reported £16.5m. After taking some time out, Charlie’s keen to get back in the game and “make some serious money”.
Atul Kochhar, chef and entrepreneur, was the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star in the UK, and now oversees a portfolio of five restaurants, with a combined value of between £8m - £10m. He is actively seeking to grow his group, and still plans to open Epoch from Series 1, when the right site is found, which he committed £1million to.
Chris Miller, a former Commercial Director of Soho House Group, founded White Rabbit Investment in 2016 and has backed 11 restaurants, across four different brands since. With a keen eye and palette for the next big thing, Chris is keen to find the next idea to open on the high street.
Jamie Barber is behind a number of hugely successful restaurants including Hush, Cabana Brasilian BBQ and Haché Burger Connoisseurs. Having previously founded and co-owned restaurants including Villandry, Japanese restaurant Sake No Hana, and Italian casual dining brand, Kitchen Italia, his pedigree in backing winners in the food business is second to none.
In each episode the winning idea will then have two days in a brand new 50-seater restaurant, in the heart of Manchester’s bustling bar and restaurant district, to prove that their food, menus, pricing, service, team-management and business plans are worth the big money investment they’re asking for.
On the first night they will open for a half-price soft launch to the public, and the investors, before being grilled in detail on their numbers and business plans the following morning.
Finally, they will open for a full-priced lunch service, during which the investors must consider whether to invest or not. As the investors are in competition with each other, Fred will set them a deadline by which time they have to return to the restaurant if they intend to invest.
With final service over, the operators face an anxious wait with Fred to see if anyone returns. All they need is for one investor to walk through the doors and make them an offer, and their business fortunes and restaurant dreams will change forever.
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