Mo Gilligan takes us on a journey through his comedy roots shining a well-deserved light on the British black comedy circuit that has been vibrant and thriving for the past 30 years, but most people know very little about.
Featuring pioneers of the scene such as Angie Le Mar - veteran comic from The Real McCoy who was the first female black comedian to have a sell-out show in London's West End and John Simmit, who played Dipsey in the Teletubbies as well as Mo's comedy inspiration, multi award-winning, Slim; and breakout stars such as Michael Dappah who as spoof rapper, Big Shaq, gained more than 400 million views with his debut song, ‘Man’s Not Hot’.
How did Henry VIII change from a charismatic young prince into an overweight, paranoid monster who had two of his wives killed?
Episode 1 – Synopsis:
The opening episode sees our experts examine how Henry VIII’s traumatic childhood affected his personality – from the death of his older brother, which made him heir to the throne of England, to the tragic early death of his beloved mother. The effect of her death on Henry is dramatically revealed in a recent discovery of an extraordinary, illustrated manuscript portraying the young prince weeping inconsolably over her loss.
Henry’s complex relationship with his controlling father – Henry VII – is explored as he kept the teenage Henry as a virtual prisoner, passing on his own paranoia which would mark his son’s personality for the rest of his life. As soon as his father dies and Henry becomes King Henry VIII, he brutally executes his Fathers closest advisors and issues a public proclamation criticising the old Kings reign.
Alongside death and fraught family relationships, this episode charts the extraordinary rise of Cardinal Wolsey – the son of a commoner who rises ruthlessly through the court to become Henry’s chief advisor and closest friend. With exclusive access to the archives of the Vatican Library, Tudor expert Dr Tracy Borman analyses an account from a foreign ambassador which has never appeared on camera before – it reveals Wolsey’s expertise in manipulating Henry and includes incredible detail about their complex personal relationship. Their friendship unravels however, when Wolsey fails to get Henry’s divorce agreed so he can marry Anne Boleyn and Wolsey falls from Henry’s grace as quickly as he rose.
Strange quirks begin to appear in Henry’s personality. He becomes obsessed with the problem that would dominate his reign – his lack of a male heir – and he becomes increasingly controlling, developing an unnerving habit of avoiding direct eye contact with others. In his rise to power, Henry has transformed from an anxious prince into a powerful monarch completely convinced of his own supremacy – but in the process, he will plunge the country into chaos.
In this episode, Mary immerses herself in the enchanting Scottish Highlands. Surrounded by magical scenery, snow-capped mountains and frost covered forests, Mary makes delicious food to warm her up after a day out in the cold. A tempting Sausage & Pepper Hotpot, some simple Twice Baked Souffles, a Mushroom, Lentil & Double Potato Jumble, and an Onion & Sage Open Puff Pastry Tart.
Mary hitches a lift through the woods on a husky sled and meets a chocolatier whose Highland truffles have made him famous around the world. Back in her own kitchen, Mary makes an indulgent Chocolate Steamed Pudding with a Rich Chocolate Sauce. It is the kind of food that you long to come home to after a long day exploring the great outdoors.
The panel series will involve two celebrity teams competing to identify the famous name or object inside a mystery box. Sara Pascoe will host the show with John Kearns on hand as her assistant, whilst Alan Davies and Darren Harriott are on board as team captains, in a format that puts a twist on classic family games.
Don’t have cash for a deposit to buy your own home? Spending all your money on rent? Look no further. With the help of Simon O’Brien, we will buy two strangers a house at auction, and give them a renovation budget to flip a house and sell on. They must work together and work hard to turn the property around. If the house makes a profit, they get to keep it to help them make that all important first step onto the property ladder!
Episode Six: Pontlottyn
Annie and Sherri-Leigh buy a house at auction with the help of Simon O’Brien in the Welsh Valleys. With a renovation budget and six months, can these girls learn every trick in the book in order to make a profit?
Episode Seven: Kidderminster
Raja and Zoe first meet when they head to auction to buy a property together. With the help of Simon O’Brien, a renovation budget and six months, will this house in Kidderminster prove too much?
Episode Eight: Mold
Sheepdog trainer Osian and Quantity Surveyor Elen meet for the first time as they buy a house together in the Welsh borders at auction. With the help of Simon O’Brien and a small renovation budge, can they bring life back into this tired 1940s Dorma bungalow and turn it into a modern and stylish property?
Episode Nine: Prescot
Property valuer Catherine, and teaching assistant Steve meet for the first time as they head to the auction room to buy a property. Simon O’Brien has given them a renovation budget and six months to turn this house around.
Episode Ten: Ashton-Under-Lyne
With the help of Simon O’Brien, strangers Harry and Kaylum buy a majestic detached house in Greater Manchester at auction. With a pot of money to help them renovate, can they put their differences aside and turn this property around? It might take more than a vision and a smile to make this property work.
Tonight, animal ambulance driver Lee is picking up plus size patient Bob the cat – whose excess weight is causing him some serious health problems. Chief Vet Mark is in theatre operating on Angus who has some severe gum disease. At the mobile clinic, vet Charlotte deals with a Husky with a sore paw and in Grimsby vet Bev operates on dog Bandit – who has a worrying lump in his bladder, which needs removing as soon as possible.
Seventeen - year-old Dasha from Worcestershire is a privately-educated rich kid accustomed to the finest things in life. Dasha lives in a beautiful mansion, and is used to holidaying with her parents in the most luxurious 5-star hotels and resorts around the world. Holidays can cost tens of thousands of pounds, which isn’t surprising when they include stays in hotels like The Ritz. Recent trips include Australia, California, Hong Kong and Turkey and she will go skiing up to three times per year!
In stark comparison, Kate Harris usually takes her kids on a basic camping holiday, which she must save hard for. Kate is taking five of her eight kids on a camping trip to West Wales, something Dasha has never experienced. Pitching a tent, using a communal wash block, and checking for creepy crawlies will all be a new (and daunting) experience for Dasha.
A rare trip to the beach for the Harris family, is a far cry from Dasha’s exotic family breaks. Dasha joins in with the fun and free activity of crabbing, but although she gives it a good go it’s clear she is a little jumpy around the crabs.
Dasha’s determination to experience a holiday on the cheap becomes clear during her challenge. She manages to buy all the ingredients for a BBQ, which is largely a success other than the odd incinerated sausage!
Although Dasha has been up a creek without a paddle throughout the trip, will her final gift to the Harris’ be a success? It’s a kayaking trip on day three, which is a treat way beyond Kate’s means, but Dasha decides that the family deserves this special day out. Will there be a lovely peaceful end to the holiday?
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