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WEEK 40

Elizabeth & Margaret: Love & Loyalty

No one can fault the Queen’s commitment to duty. Her sister Margaret, however, is seen as the royal rebel, whose partying lifestyle caused embarrassment and scandal.

But this couldn’t be further from the truth. For the first time, we reveal how Margaret sacrificed her own private happiness to support her sister and the crown. 

From the early years when they were the perfect royal pair, to the 60s when it was Margaret who stole the show, through the scandals and backlash of the 70s, to her decline and death in 2002, we explore how Margaret shaped the Queen in unexpected ways. 

The film begins with the sisters’ intensely close childhood. Raised as ‘extra Royals’ they were treated like twins, even dressing in identical outfits, until their lives were turned upside down by the abdication of their uncle, Edward VIII. From this moment, the sisters, always treated as equals, were suddenly divided as Elizabeth became next in line to the throne and Margaret was ‘spare to the heir’.

When Elizabeth fell in love with handsome a prince, Philip Mountbatten, the sisters’ bond was threatened further as two became three. We discover how Margaret’s partying lifestyle grew out of loneliness as her big sister Elizabeth, who had always been by her side, left Margaret to start her own family.

But it was Margaret’s own love life that most strained the sisters’ bond, as she fell for divorcee Peter Townsend and then her marriage to fashionable photographer Anthony Armstrong Jones ended in scandal. We give these events a fresh new take as we reveal how, far from behaving badly, Margaret sacrificed her own happiness and stayed in a toxic marriage to save her sister from scandal; and how Margaret’s troubled love life taught the Queen how to survive her own children’s marital disasters.


  • Saturday 26th September, 8pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

The sixth and final episode of the third series of Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing sees Bob and Paul revisit the river Wye in Herefordshire. Last time they were here they fished the Middle Wye for barbel, but this time they head to the spectacular Lower Wye to fish for chub.

Bob has decided to meet Paul at the river, and makes his entrance from upstream – on a rowing boat. Any annoyance Paul has at Bob disturbing his rod and the fish is soon replaced with amusement as he witnesses Bob trying to exit the boat.

They talk tactics, and Bob is pleased to hear that almost anything goes when it comes to suitable bait for the chub. They start to fish, but Bob is distracted by the beautiful views. They discuss the times they have got emotional and the last time they cried, and whether it is better to live in the moment or reminisce on past times.

Bob tells Paul that he has invited a doctor to come and talk to them about men’s health. They discuss what they might want to ask him, and agree the conversation will probably end up being about matters ‘downstairs’.

Bob thinks he has caught – he’s hopeful it’s a big chub, but it soon becomes clear he has nothing on the end of his line but a clump of weed. Disappointed and with thunder and lightning looming they decide to call it a day and take refuge in the accommodation for the night – a converted Dovecote situated in the idyllic grounds of a 700-year-old manor house.  The next day Paul and Bob return to the river. The rainclouds have passed, but the river is high and fast. Paul gillies for Bob, and as they wait for something to bite, they talk about self-diagnosis and hypochondria in anticipation of meeting the doctor.

Dr Anand Patel arrives by the riverbank, and Paul and Bob discuss with him the health issues that most affect men in their stage of life. They touch on physical but also mental health issues and recall the reasons they started fishing together in the first place – Bob’s sudden heart operation and the effect it had on him in the following months.

They fish some more as the afternoon passes, and Bob carries out his final catering duties of the series – he boils the Kelly Kettle and makes some tea, which Paul refuses to drink thanks to its grey tinge and the addition of a twig floating on the top. But they both know there’s more to being here than drinking tea – and as Paul settles in for a last spot of fishing, it’s time for Bob to get in his boat again. As he floats away down river, we leave Paul and Bob doing what makes them happy, in a place that fills their hearts with joy. Surely that’s the best medicine.       


  • Sunday 27th September, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 6 of 6

  • bev@plankpr.com

The Repair Shop

TX36 - BANJO, ROLLERSKATES, SALAD BOWL

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

Stringed instrument restorer Julyan Wallis sets to work on a beloved banjo. The banjo belonged to Kipper Tranter’s dear departed friend, Ted. Many years ago Ted took a young and wayward Kipper under his wing, for which Kipper is eternally grateful. The friends shared a love of bluegrass country music and would regularly play together. When Ted passed away he wanted his beloved banjo to go to Kipper. The 80 year Jedson instrument is not in great shape and Kipper would love it repaired, so that it can be passed onto another generation of musical talent.  Julyan corrects a previous crude repair to the neck, refurbishes all 22 frets and gives the banjo a thorough clean, before completely restringing it.  Kipper returns accompanied by the next recipient of the banjo and the barn is filled with the distinctive sound of bluegrass.

The workshop’s next arrival is Julia Emmett from Berkshire, with a pair of vintage roller skates for leather gal Suzie Fletcher. The 1930s roller skates belonged to her father, who was quite something back in the day, whizzing round on this set of wheels. They are a treasured memento for Julia but the leather is parched and cracked and the wooden wheels are riddled with holes, courtesy of some hungry woodworm. Suzie fills each tiny hole with melted wax and hardener before turning her attention to bringing the leather back from the brink. Julia is bowled over by the transformation.

And antique restorer Will Kirk’s expertise is called upon when David Worssom arrives with a very old and elaborate wooden salad bowl. This unusual item was presented to David’s grandfather in the late 1800’s during his service in the Boer War. The bowl was then inherited by his father and was a familiar fixture in David’s family home. It conjures vivid memories of his father and his childhood. The various segments of the bowl are falling apart, the only thing holding it together is some ornate silver fretwork. Brenton tends to the silver while Will re-assembles the puzzle.

 

TX37 - BELIARD CLOCK, RADIOGRAM, BOTANICAL MICROSCOPE

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

Clock connoisseur, Steve Fletcher, comes face to face with a thrilling assignment when Andy Cronk brings in a French 18th Century clock, created by renowned maker Julian Beliard. They are not ten a penny and Steve relishes its restoration. This prized piece belonged to Andy’s grandfather, who obtained it by chance after WW2. Andy grew up with the clock as it was passed down the generations but it has not worked properly in his lifetime. The minute hand is missing, the dial is chipped and many of the clockwork mechanisms repairs have been cobbled together. Determined to get it ticking again, Steve overhauls every one of the hundred or so workings. He enlists Kirsten to work on the damaged dial, while he crafts new hands which are engraved by specialist James Neville. All their talents combined bring the item back to life….ticking and chiming beautifully…. Beliard himself would have surely approved.

Electronics wizard Mark Stuckey takes receipt of a vintage radiogram. The 1960s broken music unit provided the soundtrack to owner Anne Marie’s childhood but it has been silent for decades. Her parents recently passed away and Anne Marie could not see this lovely relic thrown out, so puts all her faith in Mark and his crew. Will tackles the wooden cabinet which houses the radiogram and Jay lends a hand too. Several of the elements are too far gone to salvage but Jay scours for replacements from similar donor units, which Mark refits….soon the amp, speakers and record player are making sweet music again and Anne Marie is overjoyed.

And sisters Julie Welsh and Helen Brandford from Yorkshire, bring a scientific marvel, that kept them entertained for hours as children, for Silversmith Brenton West’s attention. The 18th Century botanist’s microscope belonged to their dear grandparents and holds wonderful memories of summers spent exploring their garden with all of its flora and fauna.

This intricate, delicate piece is missing all of its original tiny tools and the wooden case that holds the microscopic viewer is broken. While Brenton replicates the miniature forceps, tweezers and needle, Will tends to the box and lid. Thus ensuring the item can be used and enjoyed by the sisters’ own grandchildren.

 

TX38 - RAILWAY LAMP, MUSIC BOX, TOADSTOOL

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

Woodwork expert Will Kirk is enchanted by a musical jewelry box that miraculously survived a devastating house fire. Pamela Lamb from Devon cherishes this memento, as it belonged to her elder sister, who sadly passed away as a teenager. Pamela still remembers happy times when Vera and her would play with the box and was relieved when against all odds it was salvaged from the house fire. The fire scarred the pretty painted box and the musical mechanism no longer works. Will lovingly cleans and touches up the Venetian scene and repairs the internal compartments. Musical box master Steven Kember comes to the rescue of the small wind up mechanism. He carefully dismantles the tiny workings and by cleaning and servicing them all, manages to restore the dulcet tones. Pamela is over the moon.

A team effort is called for to restore a piece of Victorian railway history. Alan Norley brings a lamp, that served his grandfather and father on the railways, for the mechanical mind of Steve Fletcher. The lamp signifies his childhood growing up in a family of proud railwaymen and he hopes that Steve can get it shining bright once more, restoring all those happy memories. Decades of service have left the lamp looking worse for wear, with missing and broken glass panels and tired paintwork. Stained glass expert Matt Nichols employs a clever technique to cast the curved coloured glass pieces called ‘slumping’ and metal work man Dominic Chinea gives the lamp a total overhaul.

And restorers Susie Fletcher, Will Kirk and Kirsten Ramsay also join forces to revive a unique item delivered by Girl Guide leader Anne Wheway. Anne’s Brownie troop are the proud custodians of a large, wooden framed, canvas covered toadstool, which is used for Brownie ceremonies. Not much is known about this crumbling curiosity but Anne and many little girls would love the team to give it some tlc. Susie patches the canvas, Will repairs the wooden frame, Kirsten revives the painted pixies and fairy folk on the top and in the process the team unearth the origin and age of this delightful item.

 

TX39 - OIL LAMP, FRET SAW, DRUM KIT

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

Keith Kear from Epping Forest is the first to arrive with a junior drum kit for musical instrument expert Pete Woods. The 1920s drums were originally his father’s and then a young Keith played them to his heart's content. Keith's sons were the next to enjoy them but all that banging by enthusiastic young drummers has left them worse for wear. The skins are torn, the metal work rusted and the cymbals and triangle have fallen off. Pete throws himself into this project - sanding back and repainting the scratched drums, replacing the skins and ridding the brass cymbal of its many dents. He calls on Suzie to fashion new leather straps to suspend the other percussion instruments to the kit and the miniature drum kit is transformed...ready for the next young drummer in the Kear family.

Next to consult the Repair Shop is Christine Upton from Kent. She hopes top brass Steve Fletcher can reignite an old flame from her past and convert a lamp, currently with an electrical fitting, back to its original oil burning state. The lamp lit many a dark night during Christine's childhood visits to her grandparents farm and she’d love to bring back all those happy memories and share them with her grandchildren. Steve removes the cable, fills the holes that were left, fits a new oil burner and buffs the brass until it gleams. Christine can hardly believe her eyes.

And Dom and Jay sharpen up their acts with a vintage power tool. Father and son, John and Chris Dearlove from East Sussex, bring Dominic Chinea a 100 year old fret saw. Once the pride and joy of John’s father, who was a keen carpenter, it was used to make toys for the family’s children. John, who has inherited his father's love, would like to have it restored so he can use it too. This is a first for Dom and after carefully dismantling the faithful work horse, he cleans and refurbishes every inch and soon has it back in action again, ready to make the next batch of toys.

 

TX40 - TRUMPET, CHAMPIONS BELT, MOBO ROUNDABOUT

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

First through the barn doors are Cassie and Sue Day from Swindon, hoping maestro Pete Woods can lend his musical ear and very specialist skills, to a cherished brass trumpet that’s lost its lustre. For decades this trumpet heralded the new year for Sue Day’s family as her father proudly played, while marching up and down the street! Sadly those days are gone and now the trumpet is battered and mute. Sue dreams of resurrecting the family tradition and Pete pulls out all the stops to make this dream come true. He has a battle on his hands as he breaks apart each stubborn section, before cleaning each one. Next on his to-do list is to rid the trumpet of it’s copious dents that marred not just its appearance but it’s sound. The trumpet is silver plated as it would have been all those years ago and is reassembled just in time. Sue returns to claim it with her son in law, Nathan, who is keen to take up the mantle come New Years Eve.

Metal expert Dominc Chinea is delighted to undertake the restoration of a much loved childhood toy. Marilyn Rossell and her sister Margot, from Eastbourne are proud owners of a 1950s metal mobo roundabout. It was the envy of all the children on their street and provided hours of fun when they were little girls. It then went on to spin their own children but all that fun has worn it out. It’s rusty, chipped and rather dilapidated. The sisters would love to see their grandchildren play with it and hope Dom can bring it back from the brink. Dom sandblasts each section before repainting it to perfection. The wobbly seat joints are welded and made stable and soon the clever contraption is whizzing round just as it did. Marilyn and Margot cannot resist having a go!

And an unusual piece of sporting history arrives for the attention of silversmith Brenton West and leather expert Suzie Fletcher. The decorative champions belt was awarded to GIl Lee’s great great great grandfather, who was something of a sporting celebrity. He won The Pedestrian Champion of England title in 1851 for speed walking, which was a popular spectator sport for Victorians. However it no longer looks champion - the silver plaques are dull and damaged and the fabric is failing. Brenton comes up with an ingenious way to recreate the missing silver details on the plaques and Suzie does a great job of salvaging the fragile velvet and reinforces the fabric with a leather backing.


  • Monday 28th September, 4:30pm
    Tuesday 29th September, 4:30pm
    Wednesday 30th September, 4:30pm
    Thursday 1st October, 4:30pm
    Friday 2nd October, 4:30pm

  • BBC Two

  • 36 of 40
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  • 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 28th September, 12:30pm
    Tuesday 29th September, 12:30pm
    Wednesday 30th September, 12:30pm
    Thursday 1st October, 12:30pm
    Friday 2nd October, 12:30pm

  • Channel 4

  • NA

  • lou@plankpr.com

Secrets of The Royal Treasures

The Royal Collection of Art Treasures is central to the life of the Royal family - used to glorify the institution, add glamour to their image and communicate with the public. There are more than a million pieces in the collection, ranging from priceless Faberge Eggs and the Crown Jewels, to family portraits by old masters and contemporary artists. And behind every object there is a remarkable and often untold story. This documentary hears from art historians, Royal insiders and experts as we take a closer look at the secrets of these fabulous objects.


  • Tuesday 29th September, 10pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts

For many of us, nothing hits the spot quite like those dishes that evoke memories of home. Whether it’s recreating family favorites, keeping traditions alive or celebrating with festive feasts, this is the food that makes us feel safe and sound.

In this episode, Mary is off to explore how different families use food to create their own wonderful sense of home.

Mary meets a father and daughter team who have taken their home cooking to the streets with their own food van, and a family who have created a slice of Sicily in North London.

Mary spends a magical day and evening with a family celebrating Diwali, helping them to prepare the feast and decorate the home. And Mary also makes some of her own family favourites, including a hearty Bolognaise Bake with a Burrata & Heritage Tomato Salad, Paneer & Roast Vegetable Curry, Roast Chicken with Melting Onions and a Wild Bramble Mousse.


  • Wednesday 30th September, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 4 of 6

  • bev@plankpr.com

Lawrence of Arabia: Britain’s Great Adventurer

This is the epic story of Lawrence of Arabia – immortalised in David Lean’s epic movie.  Thomas Edward Lawrence was a World War 1 military officer who united the tribes of Arabia against the Ottoman Turkish army. One of the most enigmatic figures of the 20th century, the film reveals a deeply troubled man behind the legend.

Lawrence’s journey leads him to the deserts of the Middle East, to war, violence and an uprising that places him at the heart of monumental change in region. It’s a story that at first begins as an idealistic endeavor but ends in betrayal, guilt and consequences that are still being felt across the world today.

Was Lawrence simply running from his past and himself? Revealing his early years, and following his life, the film delves in to his personal torment, the secret his family were hiding, the punishment he endured and the idea that much of what drove Lawrence was a need to escape into a fantasy world.


  • Wednesday 30th September, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

Rich Kids, Skint Holiday

24-year-old Celine is a half-Norwegian half-Finnish international globetrotter, who funds her travels via the bank of Mum and Dad.  Celine often travels with her parents to super luxury destinations, such as Kenya and Chile, staying in 5-star hotels. Each holiday can cost up to £15,000. Celine will always look her best whether on vacation or not, with her handbag collection alone worth over £5000, and her favourite designer brand being, of course, Celine.

 

Celine’s idea of ‘Holiday Hell’ is camping with lots of people. So how will she cope on a wet, Welsh campsite with the noisy, no-frills Jarman family of seven from Greater Manchester??

 

Celine is out of her comfort zone from the get-go when she is tasked with putting up her own tent. And facing up to eating the same budget dinner as the family is a whole other problem.  Separated from her beloved avocados, Celine soon realises that the food on offer is not going to meet her usual high (and healthy) standards.

 

After a dreadful first night’s sleep under canvas, she has to muck in with the family and get ready for a typical Jarman holiday trip to the arcades, followed by a lunch of sandwiches on the beach. And that’s before she’s challenged with feeding the whole family and herself on a measly £20 budget for supper that evening. Celine is used to restaurants like The Ivy where £20 would get a starter and a drink, so how will she manage down the local chippy?

 

How will the noisy Jarmans cope with Celine’s serene boat trip treat on the last day and will Celine realise that fun family holidays need not cost the earth?


  • Thursday 1st October, 9pm

  • 5Star

  • 2 of 6

  • kay@plankpr.com

Inside Animal A&E

Tonight on Inside Animal A&E nine month old Bambi comes into A&E after being hit by a car, so vets must quickly investigate any internal injuries and treat the puppy for life threatening injuries. Ambulance driver Lee picks up two cats who need to be taken to hospital for vital health checks – but first he has to catch them! In Grimsby six-year-old West Highland Terrier Tinkie is in hospital for a very unusual life changing surgery.


  • Monday 5th October, 8pm

  • ITV

  • 4 of 8

  • kay@plankpr.com

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