Stacey Dooley travels the world to uncover the hidden costs of our addiction to fast fashion. She will see for herself how toxic chemicals released by the garment industry are polluting waterways that millions of people rely on. She’ll witness the former Aral Sea once one of the largest bodies of fresh water now reduced almost entirely to dust. These are shocking discoveries likely to make you think twice about whether you really need those new clothes…
Patrick is a 21-year-old Rich Kid who flaunts his wealth by wearing watches worth tens of thousands of pounds. He lives a well- heeled life at home in a 7-bedroom mansion in Hertfordshire with his mum, and travels the world on exotic holidays. He’s spending time with cash- strapped single mum Katrina Bowen, in Salford. How will Katrina react to Patrick detailing his exorbitant outgoings, which includes a Rolex watch that cost £30,000. Can Patrick prove to himself and his family that he can step out of his luxurious lifestyle and give life on the breadline a shot?
In this episode, Patrick must scrimp on a miniscule budget to buy the family food for a week. That's 28 meals for just £30. He also learns about the growing need of poor families to use food banks, and how a food bank actually works. He takes on parent duties when he entertains a toddler on an outing to a trampoline park, that's a special day in the toddler’s calendar.
Huge embarrassment is the order of the day when Katrina’s takes Patrick on a crucial trip into her past to get him to understand how fortunate he is. But he completely gets the wrong end of the stick by being convinced he's on his way to a strip club!
Throughout the episode, Patrick regularly video calls his fellow rich kid friend, Josh - holidaying in The Maldives at the time – to feedback on his experience. And these phone calls make for some of the most hilarious, and eye-opening calls on TV.
But does rich kid Patrick leave Salford knowing the true value of money?
Episode One: Numbers as God
In this new series, mathematician Dr Hannah Fry explores the mystery of maths. It underpins so much of our modern world that it’s hard to imagine life without its technological advances but where exactly does maths come from? Is it invented like a language or is it something discovered and part of the fabric of the universe?
It’s a question that some of the most eminent mathematical minds have been wrestling with. Dr Eleanor Knox from King’s College London believes it’s discovered, Prof Hiranya Peiris from University College London believes it’s invented, Prof Jim Gates from Brown University, believes it’s both and Prof Brian Greene from Columbia University has no idea. The jury is very much divided.
To investigate this question Hannah goes head first down the fastest zip wire in the world to learn more about Newton’s law of gravity, she paraglides to understand where the theory of maths and its practice application collide and she travels to infinity and beyond to discover that some infinities are bigger than others.
In this episode, Hannah goes back to the time of the ancient Greeks to find out why they were so fascinated by the connection between beautiful music and maths. The patterns our ancestors found in music are all around us, from the way a sunflower stores its seeds to the number of petals in a flower. Even the shapes of some of the smallest structures in nature, such as viruses seem to follow the rules of maths. All strong evidence for maths being discovered.
But there are those who claim maths is all in our heads and something we invented. To find out if this is true, Hannah has her brain scanned. It turns out there is a place in all our brains where we do maths but that doesn’t prove it’s invented. Experiments with infants, who’ve never had a maths lesson in their lives, suggests we all come hard wired to do maths. Far from being an invention of the human mind this is evidence for maths being something we discover.
Then along comes the invention of zero to help make counting more convenient and the invention of imaginary numbers and the balance is tilted in the direction of maths being something we invented.
The question of whether maths is invented or discovered just got a whole lot more difficult to answer.
Prison Life: Raw and Real uses uniquely captured footage to break into a hidden world which TV crews would never normally gain access. This is intercut with compelling, heart-breaking personal accounts by ex-convicts and former wardens. From how drugs get inside, to when fights and riots kick off, this is a no-holds barred visceral account of the secrets behind bars that only prisoners could know.
We all have a biological clock ticking away inside us that governs our daily rhythms. This affects our health as much as our diet and whether we exercise. So what can we do to manage this internal clock better?
To find out, evolutionary biologist Ella Al-Shamahi locks former Commando Aldo Kane in an abandoned nuclear bunker with no way of telling the time… for ten days. Monitored around the clock by a team of scientists, he carries out a barrage of tests to uncover exactly what makes our body clock tick.
Above ground, Ellla meets two time-starved couples to test the latest thinking on how we can manage our body clocks better. In trying to improve their sleep, and their lives, she uncovers practical advice that we can all take on board.
Studies on shift workers show that regularly disrupting our sleep makes us more at risk of diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. So getting to grips with our biological clock couldn’t be more important.
It's the Live Final as the remaining players leave their apartments and finally come face to face with each other. Presented by Maya Jama and Alice Levine, tension's set to be sky high as it's revealed who is the most popular in The Circle and has got their hands on the £50,000 prize.
Chase the Case is the strategy gameshow that trades general knowledge for intelligence hosted by Dan Walker. 5 players begin the game with a case containing a secret amount of cash. Players answer questions to win visits to a sound proof vault where they can see inside their opponents’ cases.
In a fast-paced endgame, players attempt to steal each other’s cases via tense head-to-head challenges but only the player who gets over the finish line first will win what's inside their case.
Joel and Nish spend a week in the tough, no-nonsense world of the Argentinian Gauchos, learning how to horse ride and herd cattle across the South American Pampas.
City of Loot
The team investigates the systematic looting of Paris during four years of Nazi occupation and tracks missing treasures to Berlin and Switzerland.
In June 1940 the Nazis captured Paris, one of the wealthiest cities in the world and the epicenter of European art and culture. This episode explores the story of how the Nazis systematically looted the entire city over four years of occupation.
The team focuses its investigation on the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (E.R.R.), a special task force headed by Nazi “philosopher” Alfred Rosenberg. The ERR set up at the Louvre and the Jeu de Paume where priceless works of art stolen from all over France were sorted and collected for Goering and Hitler.
In Washington, Robert Edsel gains access to secret ERR albums captured by the Americans at the end of the war, which leads him to Paris and the discovery of a shadowy art agent who worked for Goering and whose trail may lead the team to still missing treasure.
In Paris, James Holland investigates a lesser-known but equally rapacious offshoot of the ERR known as M-Aktion, which was responsible for the wholesale stripping of nearly 70,000 Jewish apartments. Working with the Gestapo and French collaborators, M-Aktion thieves stole everything from children’s toys to household linens, and musical instruments to furniture. The intended purpose: to furnish the homes of German colonists who would occupy homes of evicted Poles in Eastern Europe. Conor Woodman meets with Elizabeth Hahn whose family apartment was emptied out by the Nazis, and hopes to recover anything that links her to her family’s past.
In Berlin, Conor Woodman picks up the trail of missing M-Aktion loot by gaining access to a never-before-filmed government warehouse where thousands of objects linked to the Nazi-era can still be found today, including Hitler’s desk and Goering’s carpet collection. It’s also where the German government keeps looted objects of unknown origin. Could items belonging to the Hahns have ended up here?
In the final episode of the series, the team of Barnsley Casualty pull together to treat a new raft of emergency patients. They work like a family to face the best and worst of life together. The Lead Consultant clocking on today is the eccentric uncle of the A&E family - Dr Julian Humphrey. He’ll be working alongside Sister Benita Wainwright, who is back and ready to lead the nursing team after a week off ill. Alongside a team of almost 30 medical staff they are ready to treat over 200 emergency patients.
The ambulance assessment bay is under constant pressure as they receive a constant stream of patients – from a miner suffering from a suspected heart attacked to 98 year old who needs a CT scan, the team are kept on their toes.
A two-year-old is rushed into resus distressed and struggling to breath. As a part-time comedian, Consultant Dr Rob Jones has a few tricks up his sleeve that put young Thomas and his anxious parents at ease. Across in the walk-in patient bays, a hand needs to be stitched after colliding with glass.
For the team of Barnsley Casualty – no two days are ever the same.
Architectural designer Charlie Luxton and commercial designer Aidan Keane meet ambitious families who are going against the odds to build innovative bespoke kit homes in some of the UK's most challenging locations. A family of five attempt to build their dream home on their wood-flanked plot, from a kit of parts fabricated over 1000 miles away in Poland. The Lambert family have spent nine years searching for a home to call their own. They've been living with relatives but are desperate to find an affordable house big enough for their needs. Seven years ago they found a secluded, wood-flanked plot in Buckinghamshire, but the quote they received to build their dream home was twice their budget. Luckily the family discovered a futuristic kit house company in Poland, which could make building their new home affordable. The factory uses state-of-the-art, autonomous machinery to make the process extremely efficient, fabricating highly insulated panels that can be quickly assembled on site. But the entire house must be transported from Poland on the back of five lorries, and, with trees making the access to the plot extremely tight, can this family complete their impossible build?
The Lake District
This is the story of a freight line, built to traverse the tricky landscape of the Lake District to transport minerals from the many Cumberland mines, but which later was embraced by tourists eager to explore the spectacular countryside.
Rob begins his journey in Penrith Station where he’s advised that the lost line begins over the busy motorway between a fence and a walking track, not an easy route to find. Clues that the old track even existed aren’t clear until an old bridge is located, but when he makes sight of the spectacular Mosedale viaduct it’s certain that Rob is on track.
At an iconic inverted bridge Rob learns about the engineer Thomas Bouch who was knighted for his contributions to engineering, but suffered disgrace in later life when his Tay Bridge in Scotland collapsed, killing 80 people. He died shortly afterwards with his reputation in tatters.
The market town of Keswick hides a beautifully preserved station just behind the Keswick hotel which hosted Royals and Tsars, captains of industry and movie stars alike. Before such illustrious guests arrived however, the area that this lost line served hosted mainly miners and thousand tonne loads of minerals and ore, and Rob discusses with Ian, a former explosives expert that it was this economic backbone which sustained the entire region.
Taking in the lakeside scenery and long neglected station ruins, Rob reaches Cockermouth, home to William Wordsworth who drew tourists to the area with his popular guidebook to the lakes. But Wordsworth would never have had the opportunity to take a road trip in the vintage classic car that Rob rounds off his journey with on a jaunt to Lake Buttermer