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WEEK 45

MasterChef: The Professionals

MasterChef: The Professionals S14, Episode 1 of 22

The BAFTA 2020-nominated hit MasterChef: The Professionals returns to BBC One for 2021.

 

As the hospitality industry faces another year of unprecedented challenges, MasterChef: The Professionals showcases the range of culinary talent across the next generation of chefs in the UK. The 14th series sees judges, Michelin-starred chef, Marcus Wareing, renowned chef, Monica Galetti, and celebrated MasterChef judge, Gregg Wallace, preside over the UK’s premier cooking competition.

 

Over six weeks, 32 professional chefs will be put through their paces, with a series of demanding culinary challenges designed to test skill, knowledge, and creativity. With every round, contestants must flourish and demonstrate impressive cooking talent as they strive to convince the judges they are worthy of the highly esteemed title of MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2021.

 

In tonight’s first Heat, the first four professional chefs arrive to make their mark in the MasterChef kitchen and to stake their claim to the coveted trophy. With their reputations on the line, their knowledge and experience are tested as they face the infamous Skills Test under the watchful eye of all three judges. It’s the first time they cook for the judges and first impressions are everything as their culinary expertise is put under trial.

 

The first Skills Test of the year has been set by Marcus, where two chefs must produce the British classic, Bangers and Mash served with a Beer & Onion Gravy. With only 20 minutes to cook, the contestants need to use the time wisely and elevate the dish to new heights. Can this deceptively simple dish trip up the chefs where small points of detail are crucial for its success?

 

The remaining two chefs will take on Monica’s test and showcase their fish preparation skills to make Monkfish with a Pea and Bacon Ragout. It’s all about timing when cooking Monkfish - can these chefs hold their nerve and showcase technique and precision in just 20 minutes?

 

 

MasterChef: The Professionals S14, Episode 2 of 22

The BAFTA 2020-nominated hit MasterChef: The Professionals returns to BBC One for 2021.

 

As the hospitality industry faces another year of unprecedented challenges, MasterChef: The Professionals showcases the range of culinary talent across the next generation of chefs in the UK. The 14th series sees judges, Michelin-starred chef, Marcus Wareing, renowned chef, Monica Galetti, and celebrated MasterChef judge, Gregg Wallace, preside over the UK’s premier cooking competition.

 

Over six weeks, 32 professional chefs will be put through their paces under tight scrutiny, with a series of demanding culinary challenges designed to test skill, knowledge, and creativity. With every round, contestants must flourish and demonstrate impressive cooking talent as they strive to convince the judges they are worthy of the highly esteemed title of MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2021.

 

The four chefs from heat one return to the MasterChef kitchen for their second challenge with another chance to stand out and rectify any mistakes from the Skills Test. The chefs have one hour and 30 minutes to cook two stand out Signature Dishes – a main and a dessert with the opportunity to demonstrate creative flair and win over the judges with their individual cooking style. They are all keen to cement their place within the competition, but the judges will decide who will be sent home and who will make it through to the Quarter Final round.

 

MasterChef: The Professionals S14, Episode 3 of 22

The BAFTA 2020-nominated hit MasterChef: The Professionals returns to BBC One for 2021.

 

As the hospitality industry faces another year of unprecedented challenges, the competition showcases the range of culinary talent across the next generation of chefs in the UK. The 14th series sees judges Michelin-starred chef, Marcus Wareing, renowned chef, Monica Galetti, and celebrated MasterChef judge, Gregg Wallace, preside over the UK’s premier cooking competition.

 

Over six weeks, 32 professional chefs will be put through their paces under tight scrutiny, with a series of demanding culinary challenges designed to test skill, knowledge, and creativity. With every round, contestants must flourish and demonstrate impressive cooking talent as they strive to convince the judges they are worthy of the highly esteemed title of MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2021.

 

In tonight’s second heat, four more professional chefs from around the country attempt to make their mark in the MasterChef kitchen and stake their claim to the coveted title. With their reputations on the line, their skills are tested as they face two intense challenges in a bid to impress the judges – at the end of which, two chefs are sent home and the strongest go through to this week’s Quarter Final.

 

The infamous Skills Test returns as the first challenge the chefs come up against, under the watchful eyes of all three judges. It’s the first time they cook for Monica, Marcus and Gregg and first impressions are everything as their culinary expertise and experience are put under trial.

 

Tonight, the first two chefs take on Marcus’ test of Pan-fried Scallops, Cauliflower Velouté, Croutons and a Curry Butter. They need to bring together classical technique with fish preparation skill in just 20 minutes. Do they possess the skills and correct methods to produce the goods?     

 

The second test is set by Monica and is a dessert challenge. The final two chefs must apply pastry skill and technique to create a Chocolate Crème Pâtissière filled Swiss Roll served with a Raspberry Sauce. Can they rely on their experience and work quickly to replicate the dish in 20 minutes? 

 

In the final challenge of the day, it’s all about the chefs showcasing their individual cooking style to produce two standout Signature Dishes – a main and a dessert. With nerves settled, this is a chance for the chefs to rectify any mistakes from the Skills Test round and show the judges what they’re made of in one hour and 30 minutes. Only the two best chefs will make it through to this week’s Quarter Final and cement their place in the competition.

 

MasterChef: The Professionals S14, Episode 4 of 22

The BAFTA 2020-nominated hit MasterChef: The Professionals returns to BBC One for 2021.

 

This year’s first Quarter Final sees the strongest four chefs from the first two heats return to face two more demanding challenges.


First up, it’s an Invention Test where the chefs are presented with the taxing task of creating an outstanding dish using preserved and tinned food. The chefs are presented with an array of tinned meats, fish and vegetables and have ten minutes to select their ingredients before inventing and executing a dish in 60 minutes. Are these professionals able to dig deep and think on their feet to elevate a dish to restaurant standard using tinned beans and pressed ham? 

 

It’s not over yet as next the chefs must raise their game and undertake the mammoth task of cooking for three of the UK’s most discerning Restaurant Critics. They need to win over the praise of Jimi Famurewa, William Sitwell and Tracy Macleod. These critics don’t hold back their opinions and they scrutinise each and every element of the dishes. With the pressure on to impress the critics and the judges, they have one hour and 15 minutes to showcase a two-course menu. Can they thrill as well as serve on time to remain in the competition, or under the stress will they overpromise and underdeliver?

 

Only the two most talented chefs will go through to the Semi Finals and continue their quest to achieving the MasterChef: The Professionals title. 


  • Monday 8th November, 7:35pm
    Monday 8th November, 8:30pm
    Thursday 11th November, 9pm
    Friday 12th November, 8:30pm

  • BBC One

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  • Cecile@plankpr.com

Mary Berry Love to Cook

It’s no secret that Mary Berry loves to cook more than anything else, having helped Britain make delicious dishes for over six decades. Now, Mary is off to meet some of the country’s other passionate cooks. In Love to Cook, Mary will share the joy of our national obsession with food - from cooking and growing, to sharing it. Across six delightful episodes, we travel to meet ​some of Britain’s most passionate cooks, growers and makers; share their inspirational stories and have a taste of their delicious dishes and produce - revealing the power food has to bring us joy, change lives, and shape futures. 

Everyone that Mary meets will have a fascinating tale to tell and wonderful dishes and produce to share. And between these tales Mary will show us her own brilliant recipes that she really loves to cook. Mary Berry: Love to Cook will encourage viewers to love food as much as Mary does and to follow their culinary dreams, however ambitious or humble they are.

 For Mary, there is nothing better than cooking dishes from ingredients she has grown. From herbs balanced on a windowsill to vegetables in a patch of garden, what can beat the joy of making delicious recipes from the fruits of your own labour?

 

In this episode, Mary shows that we do not need vast amounts of space, only a love and passion to bring incredible flavours to life. Mary cooks up a mouth-watering Aubergine Caponata, a warming Vegetable Noodle Soup, her luxurious Chicken & Herb Casserole and a delicious Sunshine Cake, packed with colourful vegetables. She also finds time to share some excellent quick tips about how to make the most of preserving and cooking with herbs. 

Out of the kitchen, Mary visits green fingered Taira, who grows an array of fruit and vegetables in her own garden, after almost two decades of only growing things on a 4th floor balcony. Mary then travels to the beautiful Rhondda Valley, to meet allotment legend Terry Walton.


  • Thursday 11th November, 8pm

  • BBC Two

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  • Bev@plankpr.com

In My Skin

This five-part series from writer Kayleigh Llewellyn continues to follow the story of Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy), a Welsh teenager leading a double life as she negotiates a mentally ill mother and an abusive father, friendships, and sexuality. 

 

The second series finds Bethan embarking on her last year of school, entering an exciting new relationship and planning to fly the nest, all while still desperately trying to hide the reality of her home life. Her mother Trina (Jo Hartley) has been released from hospital and is doing well, working at the local bingo hall, and seemingly thriving there despite life still being made difficult by Bethan’s abusive father, Dilwyn (Rhodri Meillir). As the story progresses, Bethan is faced with the question of sacrificing her own happiness for the sake of her mother.


  • Sunday 7th November
    Monday 8th November, 10:45pm
    Friday 12th November, 11:25pm

  • BBC Three
    BBC One Wales
    BBC One

  • All (Boxset)

  • Kate@plankpr.com

Inside The Care Crisis with Ed Balls

In this first episode, Ed sets off to find out what life is really like on the front line for those who work in elderly social care and the people they serve. Ed goes to live and work in St Cecilia’s in Scarborough, a typical family-run mid-sized business.

 

This documentary is personal for Ed. For many years his Mum has had dementia and for the last three has been in a care home; he also feels guilty that when he was in Government, he failed to tackle the care sector crisis. 

 

His exploration is timely.  After a decade where £8 billion of cuts have been made to care spending, the pandemic dealt a blow which left the sector on its knees.

 

With the Government promising to raise money for health and social care through a National Insurance rise, Ed wants to find out from the people on the ground what the biggest issues are.

 

Ed arrives at St Cecilia’s and is given on-the-spot training, experiencing what the residents feel like when they receive personal care – being hoisted, being fed, having your teeth cleaned, and shadows carer, Alison.

 

Under her careful watch Ed starts his shift, washing and dressing 88-year-old Phyllis and getting Theresa up and out of bed using a hoist. He quickly realises that the work is intense and much harder than expected as it’s both physically and emotionally draining.

 

Things get even tougher when he watches Alison attempt to administer personal care to Frank, who, suffering from dementia, confused and scared, grips her too hard causing her pain. 

 

At the end of the shift Ed talks to Alison. He finds that she, like so many carers, loves her work, but feels undervalued and starts to understand why more than 100,000 workers left the sector the year before the pandemic hit.

 

A new day at St Cecilia’s and Ed learns at the morning handover that Frank has been falling out of bed. Head nurse Simon explains to him that Frank was receiving one-to-one round-the-clock attention but that has now stopped. When Frank’s niece Jenny arrives, Ed takes the opportunity to understand Frank’s social care history. Jenny has spent more than £500,000 on care for Frank and her aunt (now deceased); and now all the money has run out she can’t afford the extra one-on-one care she believes Frank needs. 

 

Over the course of his week Ed becomes increasingly impressed by the lengths staff go to keep the residents safe, entertained and happy. But like many care homes across the country, St Cecilia’s is on the brink of bankruptcy. 

 

Ed is shocked at the possibility a home like St Cecilia’s could close, with all the upheaval it would mean for residents and staff. And it’s a situation being replicated across the UK. 

 

Due to Covid, Ed hasn’t seen his Mum for over a year but at last gets the opportunity to visit her in her home, along with his sister, Jo. It’s an emotional moment for him and makes his return to his work at St Cecilia even more poignant as he visits their specialist dementia wing. 

 

Here he meets a range of residents. Wendy suffers from vascular dementia and has trouble with her speech; Lorna thinks she is on holiday and often asks for the car to be brought round so she can drive home; Kath has Alzheimer’s and suffers from a fear which almost paralyses her. But Ed is also astonished to discover a young workforce, not least Cameron who is only 19.

 

Ed shadows Cameron – they wash and change Kath – and he is amazed by his care and patience. He learns though, that for Cameron, this is only a temporary job; he has ambitions to become a paramedic, and feels caring can’t compete – the NHS offers better pay and a proper career structure for people to progress.

 

At the end of his stay Ed has found a sector with an underpaid and demoralised workforce; people navigating a hugely complex system, paying huge amounts; and care homes with finances on a knife edge, now struggling to survive. 

Rhod Gilbert's Growing Pains

Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains is back!  In this embarrassing, funny and sometimes poignant show, Rhod asks his celebrity guests to re-visit their teenage years and at the end of each show awards one of them the ‘Most Embarrassing Teenager’ trophy . They will read from diaries about unrequited love and first snogs, share stories of meeting celebrity crushes and show photos of fashion disasters and really bad hair. Whose memories will be consigned to Rhod’s box of shame, and who will outcompete the others to win ‘Most Embarrassing Teenager’?

 

In tonight’s Growing Pains, Asim Chaudhry, Zoe Lyons and Martine McCutcheon share their most mortifying teenage tales with host Rhod Gilbert. Who will take home the coveted Most Embarrassing Teenager trophy – will it be Asim showing Rhod the school photo of him stoned, Zoe recounting her disastrous holiday to Morocco ending in diarrheoa and an expensive flight home or Martine admitting she got rumbled for telling mates her knock off brands were designer gear? In a bid to get themselves into Rhod’s Memory Box of Shame the guests recreate the school disco of their teens complete with robotic dancing - and they all share with us their ‘Mixtapes from Hell’ - the music, TV and films that confused and embarrassed them as teenagers and that if they end up going to hell would be the videos playing on a loop in the welcome lounge. During a quick fire quiz Rhod surprises them with stories that their friends and family have spilled – and finally, with the benefit of hindsight, what advice would they give to their teenage selves?


  • Wednesday 10th November, 9pm

  • Comedy Central

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  • Victoria@plankpr.com

5 News at 5

5 News is getting bigger and bolder with the launch of a new hour-long edition from 5pm each evening. With more time to tell the stories that matter most and more interaction, it's a fresh take on a daily news programme putting people across Britain at the heart of the story. The programme will be presented by Sian Williams and Claudia-Liza Vanderpuije and is produced by ITN.


  • Weekdays from Monday 8th November, 5pm

  • Channel 5

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  • Kay@plankpr.com

The Repair Shop

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  • Monday 8th November, 4:30pm
    Tuesday 9th November, 4:30pm
    Wednesday 10th November, 4:30pm
    Thursday 11th November, 4:30pm
    Friday 12th November, 4:30pm

  • BBC One

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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 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.

EPISODE 4 – THE RECKONING

 

In 2020, the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer shook the world, sparking a passionate protest movement across the globe. Within weeks, the statue of Britain’s most famous slave trader Edward Colston, which had been a source of controversy for many years, was toppled by Black Lives Matter protestors in Bristol and it was then hidden away from view.

 

Historian Professor David Olusoga returns to the city to see the statue of Edward Colston on display for the very first time and links the past with our present in an insightful analysis of how recent events worldwide have made now a moment of reckoning in this 1000 year story. The city he now calls home has a central place in this history, and is also central to our understanding of it in the light of the protests sparked by the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25th May 2020.   David’s story reaches from the Bristol dockside to Newcastle, illuminating the legacy of slavery and the British over hundreds of years.

 

Whilst enslaved Africans had fought for their freedom from the very start of the Atlantic slave trade, in the late 18th century a political movement emerged in the US which campaigned for abolition. One of the most prominent abolitionists, and an escaped slave, Frederick Douglass, published his autobiography in 1845, which catapulted him to dangerous level of fame. In New York, Frederick Douglass’ three-times great grandson Kenneth B Morris Jr meets Professor Maurice Wallace to find out about the unique role Frederick Douglass played in the American Civil War and what was at stake for African American soldiers.  

 

Dr. Bernice A. King (daughter of Martin Luther King) then brings the story to the 1960s revealing how civil rights campaigners such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King boycotted the buses in Montgomery, Alabama to challenge racial injustice. 

 

Back in the UK, Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees tells the story of how campaigners in Bristol were also inspired by events in America and decided to bring public attention to racial discrimination on Bristol’s buses, organising a bus boycott of their very own.

 

The series ends with actor Hugh Quarshie (Star Wars, Holby City) observing on location in Ghana: “I’m not sure that it’s possible to be a black man or woman in the USA, in Britain, in Africa, and not be angry, knowing what we know about our history and facing what we do about our present.”


  • Tuesday 9th November, 10pm

  • Channel 5

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Casualty 24/7: Every Second Counts

“When I’m coordinating it’s guaranteed that I am going to have an horrendous shift!” Sister Vicky declares. Today is no exception - a high call out for ambulances has resulted in paramedics queuing with patients in the corridor at Barnsley Casualty. The team must decide who is seen and who can wait.

 

Priority is being given to two patients fighting for breath: 72-year-old Lynda and two-year-old Seb.  Junior Doctor Emma Faragher is treating Lynda. ‘Not being able to breathe is absolutely terrifying,’ says Doctor Faragher, ‘the only time I've ever come close is when I got trapped under a surfboard. I suspect that not being able to breathe in air is worse.’

 

Seb’s small lungs are working harder than they should to get oxygen into his body. Doctor Chris Lamare explains, ‘there's a point at which he’ll get tired and what you're worried about then is rather than a wheezy chest, is a silent chest. If the wheeze stops you're in trouble.’

 

Also needing urgent treatment is Kevin, who is rushed in by ambulance with a dangerously low temperature and stomach pains. ‘I usually drink a bottle of vodka a day,’ he explains to Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner Chantelle.

 

Nurse Chloe is paying Casualty an unwanted visit on her day off. She’s fallen off a horse and may have fractured her back. ‘If I couldn’t do my job, I don’t know what I would do, because I absolutely love it.’

 

Meanwhile in Paediatric Casualty, Ethan has got a stone stuck up his nose and not for the first time! He’s not impressed with Registrar Doctor Chris Carson’s attempts at removing it, ‘I don't think we’re going to be friends.’ says Doctor Carson, ‘I don't think I’m going to get a birthday or a Christmas card!’


  • Monday 8th November, 9pm

  • Channel 5

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  • Kay@plankpr.com

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 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 Nottingham, as he goes on the trail of Victorian law and order.  The 1800s  saw  the  ancient  settlement of Nottingham, transform into a bustling industrial hub. But with growth came tension, and even violence.   From prisons and policing, to politics. The tale of this city speaks volumes about life in Victorian Britain.     

 

Onyeka’s walk begins at Nottinghamshire County  jail, where he discovers the extreme forms of punishment Victorian prisoners were subjected to, before learning about the jail’s most notorious hangman. From the city centre, Onyeka walks south to the village of Ruddington, to explore the lace industry responsible for Nottingham’s boom.

 

As Nottingham’s industries grow, tensions between its factories and its workers increased, which led to, as Onyeka reveals, to the creation of the city’s very first police force.  But their arrival didn’t stop the unrest. When violence and organised crime infiltrated local politics, the working people of Nottingham fought back. Gathering a couple of miles north of the city centre, to stand up for the right to vote, in what would become a landmark moment in Nottingham’s history.

 

Onyeka ends his journey across the border in Lincolnshire, to explore a very Victorian, and rather radical plan to tackle the nation’s crime problem.  By separating prisoners, and enforcing mask wearing and strict silence, Lincoln’s Castle Prison hoped to achieve  prisoner transformation.


  • Tuesday 9th November, 9pm

  • 5Select

  • 3 of 6

  • Lana@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 11th November, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 5 of 6

  • Lou@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 12th November, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • 9 of 13

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

The Big Narstie Show

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. 


  • Friday 12th November, 11:05pm

  • Channel 4

  • 2 of 6

  • Kate@plankpr.com

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