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WEEK 42

Charlene White - Empire’s Child

"I think there’s one thing knowing the slave trade history. I think there’s one thing knowing the wider context of the British Empire's history in general terms. I think it's something very different when you understand your own family history and its connection to that. I have never known that part of my history. I guess I'm quite nervous, I suppose, but it's still a journey that I feel like I need to do." - Charlene White

 In this new documentary commissioned as part of ITV's programming for Black History Month, Charlene White embarks on a deeply personal journey to uncover the roots of her connection to the British Empire in a bid to find out if we can ever truly emerge from its shadow. 

Charlene travels across Britain and Jamaica on a genealogy journey to investigate her own heritage and the relationship between the Empire and her family. 

 By piecing together broken familial records and going back in time to the very start of the British Empire, Charlene makes some surprising discoveries about how the British Empire has shaped her family’s lives and asks what it is to be Black and British. 

 Starting her journey in her home city London, Charlene speaks to her brother Josh and her sister Carina about their family history - specifically about their maternal grandparents, Byron and Ruby Stanbury, who arrived in England from Jamaica as part of the Windrush generation in 1961. Josh says: "I remember asking Dad questions about what it was like when they first came here. What it was like for Nanny and Grandad. And hearing it, it genuinely made my skin crawl. How they were treated, the things they had to overcome, and just even the fact that they got up one day and left their home to go to another country, a freezing cold one halfway across the world."

 Their children were left with family in Jamaica until they could afford to bring them across. Charlene's Aunty Eleanor came first followed by her mum Dorrett. Aunty Eleanor tells her: "Initially when I arrived, we were living not too far from here in one room. Over time, black people would club together to form an informal banking system because they could not get mortgages from banks. And it was called ‘a partner.’  because everybody within it was a partner. But it's through that, that I think around five years after my parents arrived in London they were able to buy their own homes."

 Charlene meets a local man, Albert Johnson, now 91 and living in the same house, who offered her grandparents rooms when they first arrived. She says: "I’m just really, really grateful to Mr Johnson. Because without doing what he did for my family, we wouldn’t be where we are now. He did something that the government of the time wasn’t willing to do and that was to give my family a chance."

 But after she sees a photograph for the first time of her grandfather's uncle Edward Stanbury, her odyssey takes her to Totnes in Devon to travel further back in her family's history. She says: "The only thing I'm expecting to find out is about these three brothers who moved from Britain to Jamaica.That's about all I think I’ll find is who they are, why they moved and what they did in Jamaica and what happened to them.But I have no idea if that's the truth. I have no idea what family I may well find in Totnes, which sounds bizarre but I am expecting to find, I don’t know, the root of the Stanburys."

 In Devon, she meets Brad Argent, an expert in genealogy, who tells her that her great, great grandfather William Stanbury was actually born in Jamaica, rather than Totnes. Charlene says: "This really throws a lot of things into confusion where my family is concerned, because this is not, this is not the history that we have been told, or that we thought that we had found essentially. So now I’m really confused about who this William Stanbury actually is."

Charlene returns to London to visit West India Docks, where she meets Professor Catherine Hall, a leading expert on 19th Century Britain and the Empire, who shows her a key birth record and tells her: "I think I can help you a bit. Because we have found William's sister - here is Matilda Elizabeth, born in 1874 in Green River, which is in Clarendon. Female, and so interesting - brown. Because brown means mixed race."

The story turns to Jamaica where Charlene goes to find answers by meeting one of the country's leading genealogists, Dianne Golding-Frankson. Dianne tells her about a white slave owner called John Stanbury, saying: "What I have here is the slave returns that were being sent in. Now, what is very interesting on this record is that several of the children on this property that was being turned in were all mixed race. These bits of information are invaluable to understanding your roots. The placement of John Stanbury in St Catherine at the time and the obvious residency of James Stanbury is a strong suggestion that James Stanbury is the illegitimate child of John Stanbury."

This news comes as a revelation to Charlene, who says: "Well this is strange to get my head round, and it’s not that the lighter skin meant more than anything else when finding out about my ancestry was concerned, it’s more of a curiosity because we could never really quite get where it came from - you know the red in my hair, the ginger in my hair when it’s not dyed."

Charlene takes a DNA swab test to find out more about her family's origins - with extraordinary results - before visiting Clarendon, which is mentioned in much of her family's history, where she discovers more information about her four-times great grandparents, leading her to conclude: "I genuinely believe that this isn't just a story about me or a story about my family. I think it's a story about who we all are as British people in terms of our history with the Empire, irrespective of where we originate from. And the societies and culture and people will forever be intertwined. They just will be. That's from here, to Britain, to the rest of the British Empire. Our shared history means that we are forever intertwined together. I think it's really important that we just don't forget that."


  • Thursday 21st October, 9pm

  • ITV

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Marina of Greece: The Forgotten Royal

Princess Marina died in London more than 50 years ago, but in her time she was massively popular with the British public. She was the last foreign royal princess to marry into the British monarchy, and at her wedding in 1934 to Prince George the Duke of Kent, she boasted the future Queen Elizabeth II as her youngest bridesmaid. This programme lifts the lid on how Marina - a royal refugee with a shattered childhood - became a key player in Britain’s most famous family.

 

Princess Marina was born in 1906 into a life of royal luxury, the youngest of three sisters whose mother was a Russian grand duchess, giving them an impressive lineage through the royal houses of Europe. But at the outset of World War I, the Greek royal family became increasingly unpopular. When Marina was 11, she and her family fled into exile in Paris, living in a succession of modest apartments. It gave her an appreciation of life quite outside the experience of a conventional European princess. Her mother tried to imbibe in her a sense of looking after those less fortunate than themselves.

 

Her marriage to the dashing Duke of Kent gave her back a level of royal status and, in turn, she was a steadying influence on Prince George, allegedly bisexual - at a time when homosexuality was still illegal - and prone to drug addiction. Marriage to Marina helped to quash those rumours and allow the prince to rehabilitate his image.

 

They went on to have three children, but their happiness was cut short in 1942 when the Duke was killed during wartime service. Widowed in a foreign country, the devastated Marina took Queen Mary’s advice not to wallow in grief but to set a good example to the thousands of British women who had lost their husbands in the war. She threw herself into royal duties, taking on 30 patronages including a role as commodore of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRENS) and, in doing so, she won the devotion of the public. Her sudden illness and death from a brain tumour in 1968 shocked the nation.


  • Saturday 16th October, 8pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Shoplifters & Scammers: At War With The Law

EPISODE 1 

In the West End of London, Steve and Ed are part of a private crimes team employed to catch shoplifters. And they have one in their sights, seemingly up to no good and raising all the red flags. 

 

As a store in Stafford packs up for the day, two supposed late-night shoppers distract the staff whilst two other women enter and start filling bags with pharmaceuticals and baby food. In under 2 minutes they’re gone but CCTV caught it all and they’re now on a watch list. 

 

In Manchester, two masked raiders got more than they bargained for when shop owner Kesser pressed a panic button setting off a fog security device that filled the store with fog in seconds. Bewildered and disorientated the hapless would-be criminals beat a retreat, empty handed. 

 

EPISODE 2

Undercover private detectives Steve and Ed are on the trail of a thief caught on CCTV grabbing two designer handbags. In hot pursuit the thief heads underground but Steve and Ed don’t give up that easily. 

 

There are 455 incidents of violence and abuse against shop staff every day, so late one night in Manchester when five men armed with baseball bats burst into his store, shop owner Kesser was faced with an impossible decision - fight or flight? 

 

In London a prolific shoplifter is a no show in court. The next day she’s spotted out and about in the West End. But when undercover detective Steve arrives on the scene she becomes distressed, and it takes all his skill and training to calm the situation until the police arrive. 

 

EPISODE 3

Private undercover detectives Ed and Steve are on red alert, they have received a call from a store manager who has detained a woman he suspects is part of a pickpocketing gang, when Ed questions her she denies everything but after reviewing CCTV footage, Ed calls the police. 

 

In West Orchards, Coventry security guard Paul is in the control room when a call comes in to alert the team to a known shoplifter on the run. Paul spots the man on CCTV but they must make the stop before he can offload any goods. 

 

Back in London, Steve and Ed have arrested a familiar face, she already faces two charges of theft and she’s due in court in just seven. But when the day comes, she’s a no show. Can they bring this woman to justice? 

 

EPISODE 4

An estimated £13.6 billion of counterfeit goods arrived on our shores last year and today we join undercover detective Eve who is on the hunt for fake vaping pods that aren’t just illegal, they are also dangerous. 

 

Violent incidents involving weapons have become a worrying trend for retail and security staff. But now there is a high-tech solution to combat this problem. Anti-slash material has been developed that can repel even the sharpest blade, it’s a piece of protective kit that’s very welcome. 

 

On the streets of the West End, undercover detectives Steve and Ed have spotted a familiar face who is up to his old shoplifting tricks. Keeping a close eye on his every move when he leaves the store with a bag full of swag Steve and Ed are ready to pounce. 

 

EPISODE 5 

In London former Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector, David McKelvey and his team are on the trail of a gang suspected of using human slaves to package up counterfeit tobacco but the question remains, where is the supply coming from? David is determined to find out. 

 

Metal crime has become big business, costing the UK £220 million per year. To stay one step ahead of the metal thieves the British Transport Police are using the very latest technology to track this nationwide crime and bring the masterminds behind it to justice. 

 

Shoplifting and drug abuse go hand in hand. Undercover detectives Ed & Steve are on a mission to stamp out both and are monitoring a dealer known to the police. But when they witness a drug deal in action things start to turn nasty.


  • Monday 18th October, 11:15am
    Tuesday 19th October, 11:15am
    Wednesday 20th October, 11:15am
    Thursday 21st October, 11:15am
    Friday 22nd October, 11:15am

  • Channel 5

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  • Kay@plankpr.com

1000 Years a Slave

On the charge sheet of human history few things create such an indelible stain as slavery.

Yet few histories are more important for us to understand.

In this series many well-known faces with a direct and often surprising link to this thousand-year story are embarking on journeys to different corners of the globe.

With expert historical knowledge, their journeys will be complemented by descendants, celebrities and world experts. They will uncover the truth about their past and tell stories of oppression and exploitation.

This is the thousand-year story of how slavery stained our past and shaped the modern world.

EPISODE ONE –  Agents of Change

On the charge sheet of human history, few things create such an indelible stain as slavery. 

 

The idea that one human is treated as the property of another is deeply at odds with today’s world. Yet, until the lives of our great-grandparents, slavery drove the wealth of countries that today see themselves at the forefront of equality. 

 

Even today some of the richest people and wealthiest corporations owe their fortune to slavery. For many, the profound legacy of this history is deeply personal. 

 

While the enslaved were rarely in a position to keep records of their lives, developments in recent years have made it possible to find out more about individual lives of the enslaved. Collecting together artefacts, slave records, testimonies and accounts, and the ledgers of departure and arrival, a richer picture can be painted. 

 

To showcase what is possible, this series invites a number of famous individuals, including actor David Harewood (Homeland), actor Ray Fearon (Fleabag), actor Hugh Quarshie (Star Wars) and musical legend Karen Gibson (wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) to explore their own connections to the story of slavery, providing a model to the audience of how to explore their own ancestry.  

 

This history is full of remarkable stories, breath-taking locations, living communities, cutting-edge archaeology and lost connections linking people today. 1000 Years of Slavery captures a moment in our own time when people are reclaiming the narratives of slavery in their own families. 

 

As well as casting fresh light on the slave trade in the Atlantic Ocean, North America and the Caribbean, it also explores the vast slave trade across the South Atlantic and its legacy in Brazil and Argentina which like other forms of slavery stretches back through centuries deep into history.


  • Tuesday 19th October, 10pm

  • Channel 5

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  • Cecile@plankpr.com

Casualty 24/7: Every Second Counts

It’s forecast to be one of the hottest days on record at Barnsley Hospital - not ideal for the eight new Junior Doctors starting their first shift. Sister Vicky is coordinating in the heat and keeping a close eye on the new medics, ‘They are coming into your territory, they are scared to death, you’ve got to nurture them – it’s like watching your babies grow.’

Junior Doctor Tom Fish’s first patient is 18-year-old Lewis who has broken bones and deep wounds from a moped accident - but causing him the most pain is his fear of needles. Doctor Fish needs to take a blood sample, he explains ‘you can try good cop, you can try bad cop and often neither work!’ The teenager walks out of Casualty and the team waits to see if he will return for his essential medical treatment.

Rushed in by ambulance is Val, who has severe breathlessness made much worse by the heatwave hitting the hospital. It’s also affecting the staff - with the temperature in the nurses’ station hitting 30 degrees.

Battling with the heat is Junior Doctor Emma Faragher, caring for 88-year-old Louisa, who has suspected gallstones. The great grandmother of five is desperate to go home but Doctor Faragher needs to work out what’s causing her pain. ‘I always feel better if I've managed to make some human connections in a day, being able to make someone smile can really lift you up.’

Emergency Nurse Practitioner Jo treats an infected thumb after a DIY disaster and Volunteer Jane welcomes her own knitted doll to the department, declaring ‘it’s a mini-me!’

Old faces and new battle through the heat on another lively shift at Barnsley Casualty.

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 in the barn today, a daunting task has ceramics restorer Kirsten Ramsay worried. Jayne Marston has brought in her parent’s 4-foot-high heavy stone bird bath in the hope Kirsten can preserve it. For over 60 years wherever Jayne’s family moved the bird bath would follow, uprooted and replaced at the new house with great effort by her dad. Jayne has lost both her parents over the last three years and during a long illness her mum would take comfort watching the birds at the bath. Jayne’s mum made her promise to keep feeding the birds and to keep water in the bath, telling Jayne “whenever the birds are near so am I”. However, the bird bath is now showing it’s age and with a huge crack threatening to break it in two Kirsten’s restoration skills will be pushed to their limit.  

 

Next to arrive, a musical challenge for expert David Burville. Abbas Qureshi and his son Asad have brought in a beautiful but battered harmonium in search of someone who can restore its voice. Abbas’ musical career started as a boy growing up in rural Pakistan where he first sang on stage aged eight, after moving to the UK in 1965 he carried on performing and formed a band in the 1980s playing all over England accompanied by this harmonium. But now the instrument is broken, leaking air and out of tune, Abbas hasn’t been able to find another harmonium that compliments his voice as well as this one, so it’s now down to David to restore the perfect harmony between musician and instrument.  

 

A very well-travelled piece of history is next to wind its way up the path to the barn. Belonging to Harry Dymond and his daughter Kathryn it’s a sailor’s logbook called a Continuous Certificate of Discharge, a record of all the ships served on and all the sailings made by Harry’s professional seaman grandfather Frank, including one very famous and ill-fated ship’s passage aboard the Titanic. Frank, or “Titanic Frank” as he’s known to the family, survived the disaster and commanded one of the last lifeboats to leave the sinking ship. Frank’s original logbook went down with the Titanic, but this replacement records the fateful journey and went on to accompany Frank for the rest of his life. Today it’s dog-eared, torn and held together by tape – it’s down to the Barn’s resident book-binding expert Christopher Shaw to bring it back from the brink and restore it back to being a treasured heirloom the family can be proud of once more.  

 

Finally, an ageing teddy from the 1950s needs some TLC from bear experts Julie Tatchell and Amanda Middleditch. Teddy has been with Maria Naylor since her family’s flight from Hungary after Russia took control of their homeland in 1956. Leaving in the dead of night with just the clothes on their back, Maria, her parents and her siblings found themselves in a refugee camp in Austria. On seeing the children without any toys another young girl gave them Teddy to keep. Teddy travelled with the family across Europe until they settled in Manchester. After her sister’s recent death, Maria is hoping Julie and Amanda can give him a new lease of life in his later years. 


  • Wednesday 20th October, 8pm

  • BBC One

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  • Annabel@plankpr.com

Guilt

In Edinburgh’s Leith area, a vast redevelopment is being promised by the mysterious Phoenix Company, but something lies in the way – a rundown church and its fearless Minister Sandy, as intriguing drama, Guilt, continues. 

 

When Max and Kenny pursue the truth of their illicit work for Roy, they find themselves crossing paths with Sandy and come off worse for the altercation. 

 

Meanwhile, Kenny and Yvonne grow closer, causing her issues at work. To make matters worse, Yvonne’s corrupt boss Stevie puts pressure on her to turn a blind eye to a suspicious case.

 

Elsewhere, Teddy is determined to discover the truth about his brother’s death and looks up old friend and former prison cellmate, Max, for help. 

 

Roy and wife Maggie show they are closer than their daughter Erin believes. Unsure who to trust, Erin meets Max for a drink, as the two find they have more in common than they think. 


  • Thursday 21st October, 9pm

  • BBC Two

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  • Kate@plankpr.com

Walking Cornwall’s Lost Railways

Rob Bell explores more abandoned rail routes that once made Britain’s railways the envy of the world. 

 

The UK once boasted 20,000 miles of track, but in the course of the past century, almost half the network has disappeared – along with over 5,000 railway stations!

 

As an engineer, Rob Bell has always been fascinated by the extraordinary story of our lost railways, many of which have now become perfect for a day out on foot - from the line that conquered the Scottish Highlands, to the express route that would have made HS2 unnecessary – had it stayed open.  

 

Each lost railway tells a story of landscapes and communities transformed by the railways, and of just how much the world has changed since.


  • Friday 22nd October, 8pm

  • Channel 5

  • N/A

  • Lana@plankpr.com

Walking Wartime Britain

On this Walk, Arthur is in South Wales, the industrial heartland of wartime Britain.

 

Arthur starts his walk in the Welsh capital Cardiff, whose port was vital to shipping coal, steel and food across Britain. Initially out of range of the Luftwaffe, the fall of France led to heavy bombing. In Jubilee Street, Arthur finds evidence of the bombing lottery, with half the road intact and the other missing.

 

Arthur next heads to the docks, where barrage balloons were launched to protect the city. Arthur learns how the WRENS became Welsh heroines, risking life and limb to launch the balloons into the path of the Luftwaffe. And with explosive hydrogen and lightning to contend with, the bombs were the least of their worries.

 

But it wasn’t just barrage balloons that protected the docks. Steep Holm, a island in the Bristol channel, was fortified as well, but installing naval guns atop its craggy summit proved a conundrum. The only solution was mules and help was drafted in from India’s Force K Six and master mule driver Samunder Khan. 

 

From Cardiff, Arthur heads to Porth, in the Rhonda, to learn the story of the Bevan boys, young men conscripted from across Britain into the mines. It was dangerous work with no military glamour, but the Bevan boys kept the coal flowing, and such was their value that they weren’t demobbed until years after the war ended.

 

From Porth, Arthur walks to Cowbridge where farms were forced to switch from sheep farming to industrial agriculture to feed a starving nation. He learns the story of the Land Girls, young women from the cities who went from tea girls to tractor drivers almost overnight.

 

In Bridgend, Arthur uncovers the story of the Welsh Great Escape. A forgotten tale of 70 German POW’s who tunnelled out from “Hut 9” and almost made the home run.

 

Arthur ends his walk in Port Talbot, Wales famous steel city, which proved vital to keeping Britain’s war machine moving.


  • Tuesday 19th October, 9pm

  • 5Select

  • 6 of 6

  • Lana@plankpr.com

Alma’s Not Normal

Things between Lin and Joan aren’t going well and the news that Alma will be leaving for a six month tour looks like it might push Lin over the edge. When the social worker visits, Lin snaps and disappears leaving Alma to fear the worst – that her mum may have turned back to her old ways. Can Alma save her mum if she gives up on her dream and stays to help her?


  • Monday 18th October, 10pm

  • BBC Two

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  • Kate@plankpr.com

Four In a Bed

Monday 18th October, 26 of 40

Four sets of B&B owners battle to be named best value for money.

 

The first visit of the week is to Southsea, Portsmouth and Becketts run by Terence Carvalho who takes a prize-winning approach to stay in the hot spot.

 

On arrival Duncan and Jessie were swept away with the room. Paul and Tracey found the parking a stalling point. Emma and Rich are delighted in the décor, but found gaping holes in the design and on closer inspection the duvet was a disaster.

 

The next morning Duncan didn’t have the quiet night he’d been hoping for, BUT when it came to feedback it was Rich and Emma’s cleanliness complaints that left Terence in a tizzy.

 

Tuesday 19th October, 27 of 40

Four proud B&B owners battle to be named best value for money.

 

The second visit is to The Westby Guest House in Boscombe in Dorset, where owner Duncan Cassels has a ‘systematic’ approach to running his B&B, alongside daughter Jessie.

 

On arrival, Tracey and Paul find their room spotless, Duncan’s house rules leaves a stain on first impressions, whilst Terrence’s discovery yields his concerns about a good night’s sleep. 

 

In the morning, Terence felt things go bump in the night, whilst Tracey has a shower setback. At breakfast, the guests find it’s a case of quality over quantity and come feedback Duncan is left with plenty to digest. 

 

Wednesday 20th October, 28 of 40

Four proud B&B owners battle to be named best value for money.

 

Hosting third this week is Paul Merrony and partner Tracey Petersen of Newell Restaurant and Rooms in Sherborne, Dorset.

 

When the guests rocked up, Emma and Rich savoured the style and Terence was in bedded bliss, but come morning, Duncan’s dreams were disrupted, and some guests gave the communal coffee zone a dressing down, which percolated onto the feedback forms.

 

Thursday 21st October, 29 of 40

Four proud B&B owners battle to be named best value for money.

 

The final visit is to the Lydcott Glamping in Cornwall, where owners Emma and Rich Liddle are passionate about the stunning views and their luxury cabins. 

On arrival, Duncan and Jessie love the coastal feel to the cabins, but Terence finds himself reflecting on a dusty mirror. At breakfast, Emma’s breakfast hamper and homemade bread goes down a treat with some guests, but Paul and Tracey struggle with DIY cooking. Come feedback, Emma and Rich are left reeling by some comments which leaves the competition wide open.

 

Friday 22nd October, 30 of 40

It’s the final day of the competition and the B&B owners are meeting one last time to find out what they’ve been paid and to settle some scores. 


Kicking things off is Terence Carvalho who was first to host this week. Terrence wants to address Emma and Rich’s duvet disaster. 

 

Next to face their feedback is Duncan Cassels, accompanied in the competition by daughter Jessie. Before Duncan raises the temperature with Paul and Tracey, he wants to get to the bottom of Terrance’s bed bother.  

 

Paul Merrony and partner Tracey Petersen from Newell Restaurant and Rooms hosted third this week. Before Paul and Tracey get to what’s brewing with Terence, they want to dig into Duncan’s dozing difficulties

 

The last in the ring to face their critics are Emma and Rich Liddle. Rich wants Paul and Tracy to serve up some answers for their breakfast blues.

 

Differences are debated before the winner is finally announced.


  • Monday 18th October, 5pm
    Tuesday 19th October, 5pm
    Wednesday 20th October, 5pm
    Thursday 21st October, 5pm
    Friday 22nd October, 5pm

  • Channel 4

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  • Victoria@plankpr.com

The Perfect Pitch

Monday 18th October, 16 of 20

Travelling through Somerset in search of their Perfect Pitch are Londoners Sam & Molly, The Orams and returning in vintage VW Tilly, Val and Moonie.  What will they make of the secluded tranquillity at Batcombe Vale as they settle in with a leisurely row on its private lake and get a taste of true Somerset sampling local cheese and cider?  Time to explore with a mystical Glastonbury Tor before getting fast and furious on the Go Kart track.  Will this campsite make an impact on the campers scores and put them in pole position for the Perfect Pitch winner’s plaque?

 

Tuesday 19th October, 17 of 20

Continuing their tour of Somerset in search of the perfect pitch camper fans Sam and Molly, Val and Moonie and the Orams discover the spectacular views at Netwood Farm Campsite.  Starting their stay the campers head into the woods for a mega laser tag battle before enjoying an evening of freshly baked pizza and partying.  Next the group head to historic Wells for a guided city tour and weather the storm at Chew Valley Lake as they learn to sail.  Will the wind and rain dampen the campsites rating or will Netwood Farm sail to the top of the leaderboard?

 

Wednesday 20th October, 18 of 20

Mid-way through their tour of Somerset our camping connoisseurs Val & Moonie, Sam & Molly and the Orams arrive at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. This pop-up campsite is adjacent to the popular family attraction, benefiting from after-hours access to the wildlife and entertainment.  Hosts Doug and Hanna arrange a meeting of the mobs as the campers handle Meerkats, enjoy a sing along at the summer season concert, get a dose of culture touring Bristol’s Street art and make a splash paddle boarding on the River Avon. But can this family friendly site secure a coveted 5-star rating?

 

Thursday 21st October, 19 of 20

In the open pastures of Petruth Paddocks, a large campsite with a festival vibe, our perfect pitch pursuers enjoy a pottery class before toasting marshmallows round the campfire.  Day two sees them head out to hike up Somersets iconic natural wonder, Cheddar Gorge before scaling new heights as they go rock climbing in an abandoned quarry.  But will all this action in the Mendip Hills secure the campsite a 5-star rating and see them at the summit of the perfect pitch scoreboard?

 

Friday 22nd October, 20 of 20

For the final stop on their tour of Somersets premier pitches the campers head to the coast and Burton Springs where their hosts help them unwind at their well-stocked fishing lakes before they catch the steam train on the West Somerset Heritage Railway.  After a long week searching for the perfect pitch what better way to let off steam than with an axe throwing competition?  But can the final campsite make any impact on its competitors and secure a spot in the final vote off?  It’s time for our camping connoisseurs to decide the winner of Somerset’s Perfect Pitch.


  • Monday 18th October, 5:30pm
    Tuesday 19th October, 5:30pm
    Wednesday 20th October, 5:30pm
    Thursday 21st October, 5:30pm
    Friday 22nd October, 5:30pm

  • Channel 4

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  • Victoria@plankpr.com

Gogglebox

Britain's sharpest armchair critics share their insightful and passionate takes on the week's biggest and best shows. From entertainment juggernauts and the week's biggest news stories, to hard-hitting documentary series and gritty drama, Gogglebox offers sharp, hilarious and often emotional critiques of popular and topical TV shows. 


  • Friday 22nd October, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • 6 of 13

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

Complaints Welcome

Comedians Tom Allen, Jessica Knappett and Munya Chawawa join forces to assemble a 'Complaints Committee' of viewers who have plenty to say about the television shows that are getting the nation talking. From daytime to documentaries, pre-school to politics, no genre is off limits. Tom, Jessica and Munya are joined in the studio by guests from the world of telly as they playfully dissect the week's televisual complaints, looking for resolutions and ultimately deciding whether the viewers' feedback will be upheld or rejected.


  • Thursday 21st October, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 2 of 6

  • Lou@plankpr.com

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