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WEEK 45

**NEW** MasterChef: The Professionals

The BAFTA-winning hit MasterChef: The Professionals is back. Celebrated MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, chef Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing are together searching for the UK’s most exciting cooking talent of 2018.  Over seven weeks, 48 professional chefs will face the rigours of the MasterChef kitchen before one is crowned this year’s culinary superstar.

Episode 1

In this opening heat, six professional chefs from all over the country arrive at the MasterChef kitchen and put their reputations on the line, to stake their claim to the coveted title. The chefs face two daunting challenges - at the end of which, three chefs are sent home and the strongest three go through to this week’s quarter final.  Each chef begins with the dreaded Skills Test. Under the watchful eye of all three judges, the initial moments for any competitor are nerve wracking, as their knowledge, palate and experience are weighed up in this infamous first assessment. 

This first Skills Test of this year has been set by Monica – the chefs will have to cook Tempura Squid with a Roasted Garlic and Saffron Mayonnaise.   They only have 15 minutes to show how to faultlessly clean and prep a squid before perfectly cooking it tempura style, whilst also having to whip up an impeccable mayonnaise.  Monica’s dish is delicate and delicious, but will the contestants hang onto their credibility, and serve up a truly edible dish without falling apart? 

The remaining three chefs face, Marcus’ test.  They must hold their nerve and show creativity and great culinary flair when he challenges them to cook A Cauliflower Steak with Two Cauliflower garnishes and a Nut Butter. Faced with turning a common vegetable into a first-class dish even the most experienced chef runs the risk of going blank in front of the judges.

Finally all six chefs have a chance to redeem any earlier mistakes when they cook their own Signature Dish for Monica, Marcus and Gregg. In an hour and 15 minutes, they must inspire the judges with their creativity, flavours and personal style. It is their chance to show off their culinary talent before the judges decide which three are sent home, and which three go through to this week’s quarter final. 

Judge: Monica Galetti

Judge: Gregg Wallace

Judge: Marcus Wareing

Episode 2

The BAFTA-winning hit MasterChef: The Professionals is back. Celebrated MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, chef Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing are together searching for the UK’s most exciting cooking talent of 2018. 

Over seven weeks, 48 professionals will face the rigours of the MasterChef kitchen before one chef is crowned this year’s culinary superstar.

In tonight’s heat, six professional chefs from all over the country arrive at the MasterChef kitchen and put their reputations on the line, to stake their claim to the coveted title. The chefs face two daunting challenges - at the end of which, three chefs are sent home and the strongest three go through to this week’s quarter final. 

Each chef begins with the dreaded Skills Test. Under the watchful eye of all three judges, the initial moments for any competitor are nerve wracking, as their knowledge, palate and experience are weighed up in this infamous first assessment. 

Tonight the first three chefs face the terrifying prospect of tackling a Skills Test set by Marcus. In just 15 minutes they must showcase their knife skills and butchery knowledge by preparing and cooking a Hanger Steak and a Chimichurri Sauce. If they’re not familiar with the cut of meat or the cuisine they’ll be reliant on their culinary skill and intuition to cook the steak to perfection and create a punchy piquant sauce.   

The next three chefs face a 15-minute cooking test created by Monica.  All of them will be hoping the Gurnard is a straight forward fish to fillet which they’ll then have to cook and serve to make a first-class dish of Gurnard with a Mediterranean Pepper and Tomato Sauce. No mean feat when their hands are shaking, and the judges are scrutinising their every move. 

In the second round it’s now down to all six chefs to come back in and wow the judges with a dish of their own design.  They have a chance to redeem any earlier mistakes when they cook their own Signature Dish for Monica, Marcus and Gregg. In an hour and 15 minutes, they must inspire the judges with their creativity, flavours and personal style. It is their chance to show off their culinary talent before the judges decide which three are sent home, and which three go through to this week’s quarter final. 

Judge: Monica Galetti

Judge: Gregg Wallace

Judge: Marcus Wareing

Episode 3

The BAFTA-winning hit MasterChef: The Professionals is back. Celebrated MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, chef Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing are together once again in their search for the UK’s finest cooking talent. 

In this first quarter final, the six strongest chefs from the first two heats attempt to impress Monica and Marcus in two high-stakes challenges.

First up the chefs face a brand-new challenge – the Judges’ Favourite Ingredient Test. The six chefs are challenged to invent a dish centred around one key ingredient.  This week Monica has selected coconut – an all-time favourite of hers, the chefs will be under pressure to use it to best effect in their cooking.  With a whole range of ingredients to choose from the six chefs must deliver a plate of food that displays their own unique take on how to highlight this versatile flavour whilst maintaining perfect balance. With 10 minutes to select the ingredients and 70 minutes to cook, there’s a lot riding on this plate. Only the four strongest chefs will go on to the next challenge, to cook for the restaurant critics; for two chefs it’s the end of the competition.

The remaining four professionals go on to cook their food for three of the UK’s most discerning Restaurant Critics. They will need to impress William Sitwell, Tracey MacLeod, and Grace Dent.  The critics judgement is unrestrained, and often ranges from delight to disdain, all dependent on the food they are served. The chefs are given one hour 15 minutes to showcase their culinary prowess with a two-course menu designed to dazzle the critics and the judges and keep them in the competition.

Only the three most talented chefs will go through to Knockout Week and continue in their pursuit of the MasterChef: The Professionals title.

Judge: Marcus Wareing

Judge: Monica Galetti

Judge: Gregg Wallace


  • Tuesday 6th November, Wednesday 7th November, Thursday 8th November, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 1-3 of 21

  • bev@plankpr.com kate@plankpr.com

Club Rep Wars

A brand new series that enters the sizzling world of summer jobs in the sun. Club Rep Wars follows two teams of wannabe club reps competing to win the chance to work a season in the Greek party paradise of Zante. The Pink and the Blue teams fiercely contest each other at a series of fun-packed events to prove who can triumph at running the best sun soaked parties.  

This week things get glamourous as Henry who is "Norfolk's answer to Kim Kardashian" brings serious swag to the competition. His debut to club repping comes courtesy of an Indie Night which along with the Pink team he needs to make rock and roll which is easier said than done on an island famous for dance music. If that wasn't difficult enough, Henry's day with the Blue team sees them act as tour guides, a tough call for a team more familiar with margaritas than maps.

Rich Kids Go Skint

Freddie is a 19- year old rich kid born into a life of pampered privilege. Freddie was educated at Milton Abbey, one of the UK’s finest private schools, at a cost of £36,000 per year. His family divide their time between their 5 bedroomed home in west London and a villa in Ibiza. Freddie spends £300 + per week on socialising and kits himself out for clothes from Saville Row and Gucci.

He’ll be spending a few days with fun-loving Charmaine, a 34-year old single mum from Watford. In contrast to Freddie’s comfortable and secure background, Charmaine is lucky to have a roof over her head.  Charmaine can’t afford the expensive, exotic holidays Freddie goes on with his family. She has to make do with sitting in the back garden when the sun is out. When comparing their vastly different lifestyles, Freddie will come face to face with the massive wealth divide between them.

The moment Freddie enters Charmaine’s home he is aware of how it differs in size to his own. However, this polite but privileged boy throws himself into the challenge of living skint from the start by keeping her two young kids entertained and happily accepting a challenge to kit himself out in an outfit from a charity shop.

On a visit to Charmaine’s family who live nearby the difference between their two lives becomes even more apparent when Freddie talks about his elite education; the crazy cost and what that money could do for a family on the breadline.

Charmaine shows Freddie that fun can be found in all aspects of life and doesn’t need to cost money. A home-made disco in the kitchen featuring a ‘stripper pole’ provides the entertainment that Freddie would spend hundreds of pounds on going out in Chelsea. Will Freddie leave with a fresh attitude towards money, or will he fall back into his familiar life of luxury?

Tattoo Fixers: Extreme

Tattoo Fixers is back, but this time it’s going extreme! New artists, brothers Pash and Uzzi join Sketch, Alice and Paisley as they deal with the nation’s biggest tattoo shockers

Episode 4

This week on Tattoo Fixers: Extreme, Sketch gets rid of Josh’s shocking tribute to his best mate’s body part. Alice helps Hannah cover an X-rated memorial to her wild-child years and Pash takes on Henry’s criminal backside portrait. Elsewhere, Uzzi covers Alan’s tribute to an RnB superstar, Sketch helps Kaylee deal with a truly obscene arm tatt and Alice creates a design to celebrate Jane’s best friend, a pet rubber snake.

Naked Attraction

The world’s most daring dating show is back! Helping sassy singletons avoid the pitfalls of fake online profiles and fancy filters by choosing their perfect partner based solely on the power of Naked Attraction. When we are entirely unfiltered what do people really find sexually attractive?

This series, it’s bigger and bolder than ever, with Anna Richardson on hand to guide the contestants through the game of choosing a partner naked -whittling 6 people down to 1. Expect even more shocking and surprising events than ever before.

First into the studio is Jamie, a 28 year old musician from Edinburgh. Tired of just attracting the groupies, he says he wants to meet someone who is more than a brief fling.

Next is Jasmin, a 20 year old musical theatre student from Bognor Regis. Diagnosed with ME, a chronic fatigue illness, Jasmin wants her condition to be out in the open and to meet someone who accepts her for who she is.


  • Thursday 8th November, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 6 of 10

  • victoria@plankpr.com

Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain

LOCAL HEROES: Manchester Fire Station

Michael Portillo prises open doors of a secret city within a city to uncover the hidden history of our emergency services, meeting the everyday heroes who stand between us and chaos, between life and death, asking, what makes them rush into danger when the rest of us run away?

For 80 years the London Road Fire Station - an extraordinary citadel that housed firefighters, police and a coroner’s court – stood guard over the people of Manchester.  Decommissioned in 1986, Michael ventures inside to reveal what its remains can tell us about the secret history of Britain’s emergency services.

He’s surprised to discover family homes, meeting Barrie Pestell and Mike Berry who spent their childhood in London Road, to get an insight into what it was like to grow up in a community for whom death was only ever one frantic phone call away. He puts on a vintage uniform and rides a fire engine that was used to fight the blitz, to understand what tools London Road firefighters had at their disposal to save the city from the Luftwaffe’s incendiary bombs. Getting a taste of modern training and equipment, Michael learns how the devastating loss of life suffered by the London Road Brigade during war led to a transformation of the profession and the foundation of the country’s premiere firefighting school. He discovers London Road’s police station whose beat was Gorton, where two of Britain’s most notorious serial killers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady carried out their brutal murders. And he examines how, in the 1980s, mass unemployment and civil unrest brought the men and women of London Road into direct conflict with the people they’d dedicated their lives to protecting.


  • Friday 9th November, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 2 of 5

  • kay@plankpr.com

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