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WEEK 43

Walking Victorian Britain

This brand new series sees historian Dr Onyeka Nubia getting to grips with the story of  Victorian Britain, visiting a different area in every episode. From great engineering to global supremacy, the years of Victoria’s reign are often seen as a highpoint in British history but the truth is so much more complex and fascinating. From megalomaniac industrialists to workers fighting for the vote, Onyeka unearths a society riddled with inequality and in justice. But from London to Liverpool and Edinburgh, he discovers a world expanding and changing like never before, filled with cutting edge medicine, technological advancement and no shortage of intriguing characters. This episode sees Onyeka in Birmingham. The industrial heartland of the midlands. During the Victorian age, this place became known as ‘the city of a 1000 trades’. Through developments in transport, and by establishing great institutions, the Victorians made Birmingham a modern city, whose influence was felt throughout the world. Birmingham was described as Britain’s first manufacturing town. In terms of industry and growth, it led, where other towns and cities would follow.  Onyeka’s walk starts in New Street Station. After 8 years of construction, the nine platform station officially opened in 1854.The station helped Birmingham forge its reputation as ‘Britain’s’ second city’. But as Onyeka reveals, before the trains there were the canals, and right alongside those canals grew one of Birmingham’s most important industries-the manufacture of steam engines. From the very big, to the very small, Onyeka explores the tiny details of Birmingham’s other metal industries as he visits a Victorian jewellery factory, frozen in time, before heading to apen museum to learn about how Birmingham became the number one pen manufacturer in the world. As Birmingham’s industries thrived, the population tripled in just 50 years. The city’s need for housing resulted in the construction of thousands of two and three-storey properties known as ‘Back to Backs’. Onyeka learns about the man who sought to sweep them all the away, before heading south to discover a fascinating rural experiment to combat the inequality of the rampant city growth, made possible by some rather famous chocolate.


  • Tuesday 26th October, 9pm

  • 5Select

  • 1 of 6

  • Lou@plankpr.com

Joe Lycett vs The Oil Giant

Ahead of the COP26 climate change summit, Joe Lycett takes on one of the world's most powerful companies - oil giant Shell - as he investigates whether its eco-friendly advertising really paints the right picture of a company that still drills a huge amount of oil and gas. Joe meets climate experts and attempts to engage Shell in his own uniquely fearless fashion, before deciding to make his own version of their ads and try and get his parody broadcast on national television. Joe begins his journey in mid-summer when much of the world appeared to either be flooding or on fire. Clearly the world is in trouble, but when Joe pops onto the Shell website, it tells a very different story. Green trees, pretty windmills and talk about solutions that appear to have the power to save us all... But then there is a recent verdict in the Hague that says Shell must do more and calls all their plans intangible. So, who is right? To find out, Joe speaks to everyone from carbon footprinting expert Mike Berners-Lee to the head of the International Energy Agency - one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Speaking to Shell or anyone in the oil industry proves more difficult - the fossil fuel giant proving as slippery as their oil. Eventually, Joe has heard enough and decides to make his own advert - a parody of Shell's own marketing. But can he get it past the industry regulator and onto actual telly? And can he get Shell to sit up and listen?


  • Sunday 24th October, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • 1 of 1

  • Lou@plankpr.com

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.  

 

The first item to arrive is a double challenge for metal man Dominic Chinea and upholstery expert Sonnaz Nooranvary. Father and daughter Joe and Sophie Davies have a piece of their family trade’s history they’re hoping to revive to be used again. Joe’s father, and Sophie’s grandfather, Bill opened a barber’s shop in 1949 and both Joe and Sophie have followed in his footsteps. One of the last remaining mementos of the original shop is a ‘60s chrome and vinyl barber’s chair which Sophie dreams of having as the centrepiece of her own shop. But first Dom must work out how to repair the hydraulic mechanism, while Sonnaz has to replace and re-upholster the ripped and faded vinyl seat covering.  

 

Next through the barn doors is Sima Oskoui, with an unusual instrument that will test the skills of Julyan Wallis. Sima has brought in her late father’s tar, a type of long-necked stringed instrument from Iran and a precursor to the modern guitar. For Sima getting the tar restored and playing again will restore an important link to the father she lost in 1996 and to her own childhood in Tehran, while for Julyan this will be his first ever attempt at restoring a tar. 

 

Vintage arcade and pinball machine restorer Geoff Harvey takes on the next assignment – A German roulette machine belonging to Sian Salkeld. For Sian the machine brings back memories of childhood holidays in Norfolk where it lived in the family cottage, even back then the roulette machine was constantly breaking down but her dad Glyn was always able to fix it. Sadly, Glyn suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car crash 10 years ago and hasn’t attempted to fix the machine since. So now it’s up to Geoff to try and get the kaput machine back up running and spinning once more.  

 

Finally, Dom is back in action again, this time with woodwork specialist Will Kirk, as they take on a thorny equine problem – a worn out vintage carousel horse called Edward. Edward is the very treasured companion of Kate Horncastle - he is the centrepiece of her sensory therapy garden at home which helps Kate with her autism and epilepsy. But the years outside in the garden haven’t been kind to Edward and he’s in need of a complete overhaul from the metal and wood dynamic duo.


  • Wednesday 27th October, 8pm

  • BBC One

  • 5 of 5

  • Annabel@plankpr.com

1000 Years a Slave

EPISODE 2 – A GLOBAL TRADE

This episode follows the stories of three enslaved people across the globe, whose forced journeys determined the course of their lives and those of their ancestors.

 

Journalist Trisha Goddard investigates how slaves have been traded across the Indian Ocean for millennia including those from modern day Tanzania where Trisha spent much of her childhood.   

 

In Lisbon, Portugal, musical legend Karen Gibson (wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle)finds out how musical prodigy and slave Joseph Emidy gained his freedom and success when he arrived in Portugal with his master performing at the Lisbon opera house. She discovers that his freedom was short lived, and he was press ganged aboard a British Naval ship for four long years.

 

Writer and sister of the Prime Minister, Rachel Johnson, travels to Venice, which became a leading naval power for centuries and relied on maritime trade for its survival – including slavery. Rachel follows the path of her own family connections to reveal her great, great-grandmother was victim of a little-known form of slavery, which developed after a ban on the trade of Christians in the 9th Century – one that was very different from what was taking place thousands of miles away in the New World.

 

U.S. television presenter, Shannon LaNier, uncovers the truth behind his ancestors' relationship with Thomas Jefferson. He visits Monticello in Virginia and makes a discovery about the nature of his ancestor, Sally Hemings’, relationship with Thomas Jefferson and how he tried to hide the fact he owned slaves whilst living in France. Shannon discusses how Sally was able to negotiate extraordinary privileges for herself and for her children. 


  • Tuesday 26th October, 10pm

  • Channel 5

  • 2 of 4

  • Cecile@plankpr.com

Casualty 24/7: Every Second Counts

Barnsley Hospital’s much-loved Casualty department is back. In a year when the NHS has been under pressure like no other, we follow the team as they work together to help the ill and injured of South Yorkshire. There’s a bedside view of heart attacks, road traffic collisions and allergic reactions and we see the team as they treat multiple injuries caused by objects ranging from chainsaws to tractors and everything in between. We discover what drives the Doctors and Nurses to keep caring through the toughest shifts and the importance of Yorkshire grit, humour and a good cup of tea.


  • Monday 25th October, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 3 of 10

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Guilt

The penultimate episode of intriguing drama Guilt begins 30 years ago, on the night which changed the fate of the Lynch family forever. 

As Max and Erin’s relationship grows ever more complicated, the pressure on Max from his police handler Jackie steadily increases. Kenny and Yvonne spend a night together that leaves her feeling compromised and facing a tough choice. 

Elsewhere, Roy and Sandy tackle their troubled history before Maggie takes personal charge of discussions, steering the future of the Lynch family in a surprising direction.

Under pressure from an increasingly menacing Teddy, Kenny makes a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, Max faces a multitude of threats from Roy and Maggie, which sees him come face-to-face with his oldest threat.


  • Thursday 28th October, 9pm

  • BBC Two

  • 3 of 4

  • Kate@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 28th October, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 3 of 6

  • Lou@plankpr.com

Shoplifters & Scammers: At War With The Law

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  • Monday 25th October, 11:15am
    Tuesday 26th October, 11:15am
    Wednesday 27th October, 11:15am
    Thursday 28th October, 11:15am
    Friday 29th October, 11:15am

  • Channel 5

  • 6 of 40
    7 of 40
    8 of 40
    9 of 40
    10 of 40

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Four In a Bed

Monday 25th October, 31 of 40

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

 

The first visit is to The Peniarth Arms in Bryncrug, owned by Susanne Fox, who’s joined in the competition by best mate and colleague Anwen Roberts. On arrival, Toby and Kath feel transported in time but Ryan and Sarah kick up a stink about their room. Over breakfast, Toby’s revelation about his one-of-a-kind accommodation raises eyebrows.

 

Tuesday 26th October, 32 of 40

The second visit is to Apple Camping in Redberth, Pembrokeshire, where Toby Rhys Davies offers a one-of-a-kind take on glamping. On arrival, James thinks his UFO accommodation is out of this world, while Susanne and Anwen find their plane first class. At breakfast, the guests are guinea pigs for Toby’s themed hampers but come feedback it’s the lack of the basics that comes back to bite him. 

 

Wednesday 27th October, 33 of 40

The third visit of the week is to The Garden House in Blagdon, Somerset, owned by chef Ryan Blackman who’s hoping his breakfast will wow his guests. It’s breakfast Susanne and Anwen find toughest to stomach, leaving Ryan with some hard to swallow comments come feedback.

 

Thursday 28th October, 34 of 40

The final visit is to Ivy House Cornwall in St Austell, Cornwall, owned by James Earl, who’s opening the doors to his home. On arrival, while Susanne and Anwen marvel at the view, the lack of a lock is a key issue for Ryan and Sarah. At breakfast, Toby’s PJs are on the menu but it’s the sausage that’s under scrutiny for Susanne and Anwen.

 

Friday 29th October, 35 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. 

 

The Peniarth Arms is first and owner Susanne Fox needs to uncover James’ sleep troubles before kicking up a stink about Ryan and Sarah’s drainage issue. Next, Toby from Apple Camping wants to sink his teeth into James’ facility findings before chewing over Ryan and Sarah’s breakfast bug bears.Then Ryan and Sarah tackle Susanne and Anwen’s cleanliness concerns before grilling them about their tough to swallow breakfast feedback.

 

Finally, James wants to chew over Susanne and Anwen’s breakfast comments. After strong opinions are aired and differences debated the payments are revealed, before the winner is finally announced.


  • Monday 25th October,
    Tuesday 26th October,
    Wednesday 27th October,
    Thursday 28th October
    Friday 29th October,

  • Channel 4

  • 31 of 40
    32 of 40
    33 of 40
    34 of 40
    35 of 40

  • 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 29th October, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • 7 of 13

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

Walking Britain’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 29th October, 8pm

  • Channel 5

  • N/A

  • Lou@plankpr.com

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