The Repair Shop (BBC One) Monday
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 is Gloria Bartlett. She’s brought her pride and joy, a Chesterfield armchair, in the hope that upholstery super star Sonnaz Norranvary can return it to mint condition. She borrowed the money to pay for two chairs and a sofa in the 1980s and at the time felt very extravagant. The three-piece design classic has brought her and her family years of comfort and joy but sadly the arm chair is now looking very down at heel. The leather is dry, faded and cracked. There are several holes exposing the upholstery sponge beneath, much of the distinctive button detailing is detached and brass tacks are missing. Sonnaz has a major renovation on her hands to get this iconic piece back on its best. Next Silversmith Brenton West welcomes Joanne Piper-Bourn with her one-of-a-kind, brass keepsake box. The ornate item was made by Joanne’s grandfather for her grandmother and has been passed down the family, each recipient treasuring it. However, it is now looking a little worse for wear. The wooden structure is riddled with woodworm holes, the decorative brass panels are tarnished, and several details are missing. The painted sections are chipped and the trim is coming away. Fortunately, Joanne has bestowed it to the capable hands of Brenton, who is only too happy to get to work on it. And a precious piece of silver jewellery is delivered by Paul Cass and his son Pete to jeweller Richard Talman. The engraved, chain link bracelet was an engagement gift for Paul from his beloved late wife Cherry and represents their long happy marriage. The bracelet was lost and damaged so much that it can no longer be worn. Richard carefully repairs each flaw and preserves the words of love engraved on the piece.
The Repair Shop (BBC One) Tuesday
Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life. Ceramics expert Kirsten Ramsay is charmed by a series of handmade pottery vegetable patch signs. Emma’s father was extremely artistic and spent their childhood making all sorts of remarkable items. He cast and painted these lovely pieces himself and used them to mark out the different sections of his impressive veg patch in their garden. Sadly, he passed away suddenly and after several years of harsh weather, the signs are cracked, faded and won’t stand the test of time. Emma is desperate to have this keepsake that represents so many of her loving fathers talents back in one piece .Next to arrive is Sally Mastroddi with a pull along wooden horse and cart toy for Will Kirk’s attention. It belonged to her late mother has been in her family for nearly one hundred years. The little wheeled toy has been enjoyed by generations of children in Sally’s extended farming family. Sally has wonderful memories of life growing up on a farm and playing with the cart, collecting conkers and giving her teddies a ride. She’d love to fulfil her mother’s wish to have it restored so that it can continue to entertain future generations of her family. And silversmith and football fan Brenton West is honoured to be working on an important trophy. It was presented to Anthony Kennedy’s father, Paddy, who played for Manchester United in the1953FA Youth Cup final. It means a huge amount to the Kennedy family as they are so proud of Paddy’s footballing career but the trophy is very tarnished and is missing several pieces of decorative detail. Brenton rises to the challenge and restores its winning shine.
The Repair Shop (BBC One) Wednesday
Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life. Wood expert Will Kirk is entrusted with a precious toy yacht that holds bittersweet memories for its owner John. The yacht brings back fond memories of playing with his younger brother Michael who died suddenly from meningitis at the age of 14. Now John would love to see it restored to reconnect him to the brother he still sorely misses. Leather expert Suzie Fletcher is tasked with reviving a midwifery bag originally owned by Wendy’s grandmother throughout the 1920s and ‘30s. Used before the birth of the NHS, the bag represents a pioneering woman who pursued her career in order to provide for her young family. And mechanical maestro Steve Fletcher joins forces with the Bear Ladies, Julie and Amanda, to spruce up and revive a broken toy teddy that reminds owner Gerry of the mother she lost when she was just a child.
The Repair Shop (BBC One) Thursday
Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life. First up are sisters Daisy and Indiana Perry with their father’s damaged motor bike saddle bags. They are here to entrust them with leather restoration expert Susie Fletcher. Their father, Mark, is a devoted biker and the bags have accompanied him on the open road for tens of thousands of miles. Unfortunately, Mark was involved in an accident on his bike ten years ago and suffered a brain injury, which means days out on his bike are limited. Daisy and Indiana know how much it would mean to him to have these trusty bags repaired and back on his bike for his precious final rides and fellow motorbike fan Suzie is only too happy to help. Mechanical marvel, Steve Fletcher welcomes Ben Chaffe to the workshop with his late grandfather’s barometer. Ben spent holidays as a child at his grandparents’ house on the Dorset coast and every morning the barometer was consulted before each day’s activities were planned. Its predictions were taken very seriously, and young Ben was very impressed with its accuracy. The barometer was left to him, when his dear grandfather died, for which he felt honoured. It hung in his kitchen, until one fateful day, when the nail that supported it gave way and it smashed on the floor tiles. Steve needs patience, know-how and a bit of good fortune to get this gadget going. Lastly, stained-glass craftsman Matt Nickels and blacksmith Dom Chinea join forces to work on a decorative window panel with a remarkable story. Johnathan Shonfeld is the proud owner of the one-hundred-year-old stained glass panel, which sat above his grandparents front door in North London. His family were heroes during the holocaust, rescuing hundreds of Jewish children from across Europe and Johnathan is keen to preserve this piece of important history.
The Repair Shop (BBC One) Friday
Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life. First at the barn is Andy Crook from Cornwall. His hopes for restoring a very special inheritance rests on musical instrument expert Pete Woods. The rather tarnished tuba belonged to his late father, Frank. Both he and Andy played in various brass bands over the years and shared a real love for performing. Andy discovered the tuba in his mother’s loft after decades of believing it was long gone. He dreams of being able to play his beloved dad’s instrument. However, the tuba has been rendered mute from damage caused over 30 years ago–a crucial valve is missing, and a leaking joint makes this fix a tricky one for Pete. Horologist Steve Fletcher’s skills are really put the test when Kamal from Cheshire arrives with her family’s mantel clock. Her Sikh parents came from India just after the second world war and, although it was a struggle for them to settle in Yorkshire, they made a happy life and Kamal is hugely proud of them. The clock was the beating heart of their household. She clearly remembers the sweet chime and she yearns to hear it once again. After years of being stored in the basement of her childhood home and only recently unearthed, the metal encased clock is in a bad way but Steve rolls up his sleeves and brings it back to life. And silversmith Brenton West is intrigued by an Asian curiosity brought in by Tracy Lavery and her daughter Zoe. The bronze pot is in the form of a Lion dog with a hinged head and is thought to have been designed for burning incense. It joined Tracey’s family when her grandfather brought it back from his worldly travels and has been passed from mother to daughter ever since. It’s been used as a money pot mainly and has captivated each family member. However, at the ripe old age of at least one hundred, he is desperate for an over haul -his tail has detached, his hinge is broken and he’s cracked in places but fortunately he’s in safe hands with Brenton.
Big Narstie and Mo Gilligan are back for a brand-new series of their BAFTA award winning late-night chat, comedy and music show. With huge celebrity guests, live music performances, hilarious sketches and more anarchic interviews - expect the unexpected from the chat show that breaks every rule in the book.
This 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 Queen Victoria’s reign are often seen as a high point 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 injustice. 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 Liverpool, at one point the most important port in the Victorian world, known as the second city of Empire. Facing west across the Atlantic, Liverpool is where Britain connected with the world, and at one stage an incredible 40 percent of all global trade passed through the city. Confident, flourishing and diverse, Liverpool is ideal to explore the extraordinary relationship between Victorian Britain, its Empire and the world beyond.
Onyeka’s walk starts at the Albert Dock. Opened in 1846, it immediately surpassed all other dock systems. A controlled space, filled with hydraulic lifting systems, where ships could load and unload directly to and from warehouses, all in fireproof safety. Liverpool was now set up to be the pre-eminent port of the era. But, as Onyeka explains, the vast cost of this infrastructure was only affordable because of the city’s long history in slave- trading.
Liverpool attracted the most diverse community in Victorian Britain, and Onyeka visits Europe’s original Chinatown and drops into Liverpool’s very first mosque. But a port city can only truly thrive if connections inland are as good as they are out to sea, and with that in mind, Liverpool boasted the world’s prototype intercity railway, which opened to Manchester in 1830.
Onyeka heads to the suburbs to explore the massive, Italianate villa of a Victorian Liverpool merchant, before jumping on the Mersey ferry to Birkhenhead and a surviving business from the Victorian age — the famous shipyard of Cammell Laird.
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.
The casualty department is at a standstill at Barnsley Hospital. With more very ill patients arriving, for Sister Harriet and Consultant Doctor Julian Humphrey it’s a case of who is in most urgent need of help. ‘We are basically log-jammed’ says Doctor Humphrey, ‘we have a department full of patients. We can’t move anybody out because the hospital hasn’t got any beds at the moment.’.
Sister Harriet spots Terry waiting in the queue and decides he needs urgent care. He’s fallen off a roof and is unable to move his arm from a position above his head. ‘Which immediately rings alarm bells,’ declares Sister Harriet.
Also needing immediate assessment is Jeff who’s brought in by ambulance after his car flipped onto its side. Junior Doctor Tom Fish thinks he may have neck or spinal injuries but there is no space for Jeff in Resus. It’s an ‘absolute nightmare’ admits Doctor Humphrey.
Registrar Doctor Sarah Foster is trying to free up space by treating walk-in patients. Lorraine is planning to go to Tenerife in a couple of days, but she has a nasty lump on her head and the pain is spreading across her face. Can Doctor Foster remove Lorraine’s lump in time for her to head to her log cabin in the sun?
There is no sign of the department quietening down when 67-year-old Phil is rushed in by ambulance with extreme pain in his foot, kidney and neck. Consultant Doctor Sue Mason thinks it may be sepsis and needs to get Phil urgent treatment, ‘if sepsis is not identified and treated, patients can die.’
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 major documentary series many well-known faces with a direct and often surprising link to this thousand-year story are embarking on fascinating and revealing journeys to different corners of the globe.
In telling these powerful stories this series invites a number of famous individuals, including actor David Harewood (Homeland), actor Ray Fearon (Fleabag), actor Hugh Quarshie (Star Wars, Holby City) and musical legend Karen Gibson (of the Kingdom Choir and wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) to explore their own connections to the story of slavery.
With expert historical knowledge, their journeys will be complemented by descendants, celebrities and experts who can cast light on the stories and their impact. These include Sir Lenny Henry, David Olusoga (whose company has made the series), David Lammy, Dr Bernice A. King (daughter of Dr Martin Luther King), writer Bonnie Greer, actor Patrick Robinson and senior academics from the UK and US, including Lonnie G Bunch III, the founding Secretary of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.
This is a thousand-year story of how slavery stained our past and shaped the modern world. 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.
This history is full of remarkable stories, breath-taking locations world-wide, living communities, cutting-edge archaeology and lost connections linking people today. 1000 Years A Slave also captures a moment in our own time when people are reclaiming the narratives of slavery in their own families.
1000 Years A Slave casts fresh light on the slave trade in the Atlantic Ocean, North America and the Caribbean, as well as the lesser known trade East from Africa across the Indian Ocean which, like other forms of slavery stretches back through centuries deep into history.
The series ends by making powerful connections with our present day, with the recent tragic events surrounding the murder of George Floyd, and the re-appraisal of British history as David Olusoga explores the connection of his home city Bristol with the story of slavery.
EPISODE 3 – FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM
In Jamaica, British-born actor Ray Fearon (Fleabag), who is descended from Maroons – enslaved Africans who escaped and resisted their captors - reads the sadistic diaries of planter Thomas Thistlewood, who violently abused enslaved Africans who worked under him. Ray also discovers how Baptist preacher, Sam Sharpe bravely advocated non-violent resistance in the face of the most brutal oppression, 100 years before the civil rights movements of Martin Luther King or Ghandi. A peaceful strike by the enslaved to demand payment for work turned violent when the British declared martial law. The shocking treatment of the rebels is thought to have contributed to the successful passage of the Slavery Abolition Act through the UK Government.
In Connecticut, USA, Sam Pieh, the great, great grandson of the man who led the revolt on board the notorious slave ship, the Amistad, travels to Yale University. He meets Professor David Blight who tells him more about his great, great grandfather and the circumstances of the revolt. Sam also discovers how it led to a trial in the Supreme Court that would change the perception of slavery in America.
Although by 1860 slavery had been outlawed throughout the British Empire and in the Northern states of America, an illegal trade in enslaved Africans to plantation owners in America’s Southern states persisted. The slave ship, the Clotilda is thought to be the last to bring enslaved Africans illegally across the Atlantic to America. This film tells the stories of two survivors – Cudjo Kossula Lewis who worked as a cotton picker before going on to found Africatown, a unique community of formerly enslaved Africans after they were emancipated, and Matilda McCrear who, in 1931 walked 17 miles from the farm where she worked to the Dallas County Courthouse in Selma, Alabama to demand reparations for her enslavement.
Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of Martin Luther King, shines a light on the connection between another survivor of the Clotilda to the Civil Rights Movement a century later.
As Guilt reaches its dramatic conclusion, estranged brothers Max and Jake reacquaint themselves and immediately pick up arguments old and new. Erin finds out a shocking family secret, leaving her conflicted while Kenny and Yvonne are forced apart. As tensions mount for all and loyalties are tested to the limit, Kenny is given an opportunity to seek revenge on Max. Elsewhere, Sandy and Roy meet for a final conversation where secrets and lies come tumbling out while past sins cast a shadow over Maggie. As Jackie gives Max an ultimatum, Teddy seeks final revenge for his murdered brother. With pressure building all around, Max offers Erin salvation while heading to meet his own fate. He might have given her a way out, but Max is running out of time to find one for himself.
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.
Monday 1st November, 36 of 40
Four sets of B&B owners battle to be named best value for money.
The competition kicks off in Ramsgate, Kent with Rooms @119 where partners Tess Harper and Pete Meissner hope their seaside home-from-home will be a relaxing retreat for their guests. On arrival Hillary and Mark discover unfinished business in their room, whilst Laurain and Kerry spot suspicious marks from some flying intruders!
In the morning, Pete turns his hand to cooking for six for the first time but soon learns that any waiting around will result in lost points at feedback!
Tuesday 2nd November, 37 of 40
Four proud B&B owners battle to be named best value for money.
The second visit is to Stable Oak Cottages, run by mother and daughter combo Laurain and Kerry Wallace who’s accommodation is their own creation. On arrival, Natasha and Tanya are disappointed with the DIY facilities, and Pete and Tess think the bathroom’s a mess. Over dinner, Mark and Hilary get to the root of the relationship between Stable Oaks hosts, who impress the group when they explain how they built the business from the ground up.
With everyone left to their own devices for breakfast, the ingredients go down well, but a lack of utensils leaves one couple complaining. Despite some stormy comments during feedback, Stable Oaks hosts feel they’re still standing tall overall.
Wednesday 3rd November, 38 of 40
Four sets of B&B owners battle to be named best value for money.
The third visit is to Hedgerow Luxury Glamping in Clitheroe, Lancashire where dairy farmers Hillary and Mark Berry are hanging up their wellies and showing their guests high-end hospitality. On arrival Tess and Pete dive straight into their hot tub whilst Natasha and Tanya find a sneaky creepy visitor. At breakfast there’s conflict over the luxury continental, which leaves the hosts with questions to be answered.
Thursday 4th November 39 of 40
Four proud B&B owners battle to be named best value for money.
The final visit is to the Antelope Inn, in Upavon, Wiltshire, run by Natasha Derrick and joined in the competition by friend and colleague Tanya Collins. On arrival, some guests are underwhelmed by the decor while Kerry and Laurain are left complaining over some staining. Over dinner, Natasha reveals how she took a literary route to become a landlady, leaving the group split on whether she’s earnt her tips, or could do with a few more. At breakfast, Tess and Pete get cold feet due to the temperature of their eggs, and at feedback, Natasha and Tanya are left steaming after reading everyone’s comments. With payment day looming, the B&Bers are ready to lock horns!
Friday 5th November, 40 of 40
It’s the final day of the competition and the B&B owners are meeting for the last time to find out what they’ve been paid and to settle some scores.
Rooms@119 is first and owners Tess and Pete need to clean up Laurain’s insect issue, before biting into the fallout from their first ever six person breakfast. Next, Laurain and Kery from Stable Oak Cottages call out, what they feel are, filthy accusations about their cleanliness.Finally, Natasha and Tanya from The Antelope Inn have to put to bed the groups mattress moans. After strong opinions are aired and difference debated the payments are revealed, before the winner is finally announced.
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