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WEEK 46

The Secret Life of the Forest

Filmed over one year, this four-part series reveals the spectacular beauty of England's largest forest, Kielder, as it changes through the seasons. Situated in one of the wildest and remotest parts of the country, it's home to some of Britain's greatest and most secretive wildlife, from red squirrels to pine martens, feral goats to water voles and a variety of birds of prey.

 

Despite its rich collection of wildlife, incredibly Kielder Forest didn't even exist 100 years ago. It was created to help provide the country with timber and, while it is still a working forest, it has evolved to become a refuge for a vast array of flora and fauna.

 

This series takes you inside this stunning and underappreciated part of the British countryside, revealing the secrets of the forest. 

 

It's springtime in England's largest forest, Kielder, with the lengthening days bringing a surge of life to this stunning wilderness. A rich collection of wildlife that has either spent the winter hidden away or in warmer climes is ready to return for a burst of activity.

 

From red squirrels leaping amongst the trees to ospreys laying and protecting their eggs and caterpillars transforming into butterflies, there's an array of natural drama in this season of opportunity.

 

Tucked away in the forest there are also some surprises, with hidden cameras capturing the return of the elusive pine marten, an animal once extinct in England.


  • Tuesday 16th November, 7pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 4

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Monty: Our WW2 Hero

Known as ‘Monty’, Bernard Law Montgomery was best known for driving the Allies through North Africa, and effectively defeating the German Forces led by his fierce rival General Erwin Rommel, giving the allies their first major land victory in the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. 

 

Hailed as one of the British Army’s greatest commanders, this 90-minute special tells the story of a military leader whose strategy in wartime led the allies to extraordinary success against all the odds. Described as one of the most intelligent, dynamic and confident generals, Montgomery was unafraid to put himself in the firing line to get results. He famously lacked diplomacy, had a disregard for others in power and possessed remarkable arrogance, believing that he could win battles both on and off the field. He masterminded the attack by ground forces in the Allied invasion of Normandy, and skilfully trapped the German Forces in the Falaise Pocket, winning plaudits from both sides of the Atlantic.

 

His place in the history books was very nearly erased as Montgomery’s winning streak came to a dramatic halt. He convinced General Eisenhower to agree to Operation Market Garden to secure the River Rhine and advance into northern Germany, but his plans were flawed as he failed to acknowledge the growing presence of the Germans ready to do battle in the region. There was a disastrous loss of life, and he was given one last chance to prove he could lead the British Army to victory.

 

Winston Churchill famously said that Montgomery was “in defeat, unbeatable: in victory, unbearable”. This programme pieces together Britain’s most complex military character and how, after overcoming one of the biggest mistakes of his career, he led Britain’s forces to victory in World War ll.


  • Saturday 13th November, 6:30pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

The Murder of Alex Rodda: Social Media Murders

“Without social media, I suspect Alex would still be alive now.” - Adam Rodda (Alex’s Father)

 

When schoolboy Alex Rodda received a flirty message from an older man he was flattered and excited. Unaware he was being groomed he thought this would be his first taste of love. Yet just six weeks later he was brutally murdered in a dark wood.

 

18-year-old Matthew Mason was not openly gay and after grooming 15-year-old Alex on social media he wanted to keep their relationship secret - and knew there was only one way he could really silence his young lover.  Experts observe how social media acted as a catalyst for this dreadful crime and share their views on how the older killer’s grooming of Alex played out. 

 

This story is of one of the most shocking murders in recent years, a tragic tale played out through social media of teenage infatuation and repressed sexuality.


  • Tuesday 16th November, 9pm

  • ITV 2

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Adele: From 19 to 30 - In Her Own Words

This programme explores a crucial point in the life and career of Adele, who returns with a new recording after six years. Although her album is tipped to be the Christmas number one this year, how will she fare against Abba, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran, and can she surpass the success of her last album, 25? The stakes have never been higher for Adele as she dives back into an industry that has changed so much since she was last in the limelight. 

In the six years since her mega-selling third album, 25, she has left the UK for LA, got married, got divorced, lost her father and written a new album. We shed light on what she calls the most turbulent time in her life and dissect the reasons for Adele’s phenomenal success, looking at how she is able to retain such a loyal fan base after disappearing for years at a time.

In the run-up to the release of her new album, top music critics analyse her new single and speculate on her new album. Although her recent single gives us a dose of the Adele we know, there is speculation her album will be different and more eclectic. 

The programme charts the meteoric rise to stardom for the girl from Tottenham, revealing the heartaches along the way. Friend and US celeb blogger Perez Hilton, the ‘Professor of Pop’ Paul Gambaccini and soul singer Rumer explain why the world adores Adele and why we love her music so much. 

And at a time when she has been catapulted back into global headlines, this programme explores Adele's latest press appearances and queries whether she is still the Adele we know. She heralded her new era with an unprecedented two simultaneous Vogue covers, sitting for separate interviews and photoshoots for the magazine’s US and UK editions.

At only 33, Adele is one of the most successful female artists of all time. This programme poses the important question: what could she possibly do next?


  • Sunday 14th November, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways

Rob Bell explores abandoned rail routes that once made Britain’s railways the envy of the world. The country once boasted 20,000 miles of track, but in the course of the past century almost half the network has disappeared, along with more than 5,000 railway stations! As an engineer, Rob 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. 

 

This final episode finds Rob exploring the lost railways of Northern Ireland — and there are many to choose from! Northern Ireland is only a little larger than the counties of Yorkshire, but it once boasted an incredible 800 miles of railway. Two-thirds of that network has now vanished. 

 

Starting in Belfast, Rob finds how the region’s earliest railways put Belfast on the map. They supercharged industry, creating a city and a shipbuilding centre that constructed the greatest passenger liners of the early 20th century, including the mighty Titanic. 

 

Rob’s railway route takes him from the Irish Sea to the Atlantic coast, and from Northern Ireland’s capital to its most rural areas. In a time before buses and cars took over, railways dominated life here, and there are many who believe part of Rob’s route should return. A campaign is underway to restore the Belfast to Armagh route, re-connecting the region’s capital with its spiritual capital. In Armagh, Rob also visits the site of the Armagh rail disaster — Victorian Britain’s worst railway accident and a watershed moment for railway safety. The safeguards introduced in its aftermath still underpin rail practices to this day. 

 

At Tynan, Rob branches off the mainline to follow the remote Clogher Valley Railway — a tiny narrow gauge line where trains trundled along the streets of small communities. Curious lines like this were a real quirk of Irish rail history — with over 500 miles spread across Ireland.  Rob’s route was built to serve a unified land, but, in 1921, the partition of Ireland and the creation of an international border tore the railways apart. The railway hub of Enniskillen, just 10 miles from the border, once enjoyed railway connections in all directions. It’s now 40 miles from the nearest station. And at Pettigo, Rob finds a border village where rail passengers once had to pass through customs before continuing. 

 

But at the end of Rob’s journey there’s one great survivor from the railway age. Belleek Pottery once relied on the line to send its famous porcelain products across the world. Today, it’s still going strong — even the Queen is a customer.


  • Friday 19th November, 7pm

  • Channel 5

  • 4 of 4

  • Lana@plankpr.com

Food Unwrapped

Food Unwrapped launches a new series (on 8th November) with a look at how the UK food industry is meeting the challenges of our changing climate. Kate investigates why cucumbers come wrapped in so much plastic and discovers a British innovation that hopes to tackle supermarkets reliance on plastic use for fruit and veg. Amanda finds out what happens to the millions of pumpkins Brits dump every year after Halloween and the impact it has greenhouse gas emissions. And Matt goes in search one of the biggest carbon emitters of the whole food industry, meat production. He explores a new UK based protein source that could help cut the nation's reliance on foreign soy that endangers rainforests.  


  • Monday 15th November, 8pm

  • Channel 4

  • 1 of 3

  • Annabel@plankpr.com

The One Show’s Surprise Squad

The One Show’s Surprise Squad for BBC Children in Need sees five inspirational young people surprise deserving causes around the country, then work together on challenges to transform the charity’s fortunes in some way - with the help of The One Show’s presenters, Alex Jones, Jermaine Jenas and Ronan Keating. The One Show viewers will be able to watch how the surprises and challenges unfold each evening this week, whilst learning about the young people’s inspiring stories.

 

The Surprise Squad is made up of young people who have all been supported by BBC Children in Need. Joined by The One Show presenters, Alex Jones, Ronan Keating and Jermaine Jenas, the Surprise Squad will head to locations around the country throughout the week where they will complete surprise challenges for BBC Children in Need funded projects that are in need of a little help with something – which could be anything from creating a secret garden for a children’s hospice, or organising a much needed community fundraising event to give a local project a boost. The team of young people will deliver their surprises and complete them within a day. 

 

The One Show’s Alex Jones, who will be joining the team during one of the surprises and said: “I’m excited to be back on the green sofa, and to be joining the Surprise Squad as they deliver these really special challenges for BBC Children in Need funded projects across the country. I can’t wait for the audience to see what the Squad get up to and I hope that they’re inspired by their incredible stories.”

 

The Surprise Squad consists of: Ore, 19 from Barry in Wales; Joseph, 19 from Liverpool;  Nathan 17 from Swansea, Wales; Roisin, 16 from Derry, Londonderry, NI and Dylan, 18 from Glasgow.


  • Monday 15th November, 7pm
    Tuesday 16th November, 7pm
    Wednesday 17th November, 7pm
    Thursday 18th November, 7pm

  • BBC One

  • N/A

  • Stephanie@plankpr.com

In My Skin

Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy) and her friends Lydia (Poppy Lee Friar), Travis (James Wilbraham) and the rest of their classmates go on an overnight visit to a local university. On her return home, Bethan meets the man Trina has been having an affair with, Perry (Steffan Rhodri). Despite her reservations, Bethan understands why her mum (Jo Hartley) believes they can both have a better future if she can find a way to be with Perry.


  • Friday 19th November, 11:55pm

  • BBC One

  • 2 of 5

  • Kate@plankpr.com

MasterChef The Professionals

MasterChef: The Professionals S14, Episode 5 of 22

TX: Monday 15th November, 7:35pm on BBC One

 

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 Heat, four professional chefs arrive to make their mark in the MasterChef kitchen and to stake their claim to the coveted title. 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 on trial. 

 

Monica sets the first test – a pasta challenge where two chefs must make Agnolotti filled with Burrata and Sundried Tomatoes served with a Pea and Mint Pesto. The technique of rolling and filling the perfect pasta pillows requires accuracy, technique and precision. Will they be able to keep calm and deliver or will nerves overcome them?

 

Next, it’s Marcus’ test. The two chefs need to prepare Pan-fried Calves Liver with Potato Cake and Walnut Beurre Noisette. The chefs can’t take their eye off the ball during these crucial 20 minutes or they risk overcooking the liver. Will the chefs hit the mark or fall at the first hurdle? 

 

MasterChef: The Professionals S14, Episode 6 of 22

TX: Monday 15th November, 8:30pm on BBC One

 

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.

 

Tonight, it’s a chance for the four chefs to showcase what they are all about - leaving the trials of the Skills Test behind them when they cook two stand out Signature Dishes. They have one hour and 30 minutes to cook a main and a dessert and win the judges over with their individual cooking style and technique. Will they be able to confidently cook under the pressure or will they attempt too much?  

 

The judges will choose which two chefs will be sent home and which two have impressed enough to make it through to the Quarter Final.   

 

MasterChef: The Professionals S14, Episode 7 of 22 

TX: Wednesday 17th November, 8pm on BBC One

 

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 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’s first test is set by Monica and is a traditional brunch favourite - Eggs Benedict with a Chilli Sauce Hollandaise. Timing is key to produce a successful Hollandaise sauce without splitting. With just 15 minutes, can they draw on their experience, focus and emulate the classic to perfection?

 

The following two chefs will take on Marcus’ test to prepare a Strawberry Dessert served with an Italian Meringue and Strawberry Ripple Cream. This is their chance to demonstrate their pastry skill and creative flair. Knowing exact temperatures and correct processes are vital when creating a successful dessert. Can the final two chefs pull this off in 20 minutes, or will they have their work cut out? 

 

In the final test of the day, it’s all about the chefs showcasing their personality with their two-course Signature Dishes. They have one hour and 30 minutes to execute a flawless main and dessert that highlights their talent and creativity before the judges decide who will be sent home, and who will make it through to the Quarter Final round.   

 

MasterChef: The Professionals S14, Episode 8 of 22

TX: Thursday 18th November, 9pm on BBC One

 

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

 

Tonight’s Quarter Final sees the strongest four chefs from the first two Heats return to face two more demanding challenges. 

 

First, the judges set the bar high with an Invention Test. The professional chefs must create a standout dish centered around the key ingredient, mustard. Alongside an array of meat, fish and vegetables, they have ten minutes to select their ingredients and 60 minutes to cook and serve the dish. Can the contestants turn up the heat and balance the bold and complex flavours of the classic condiment?

 

Next up, the four professional chefs undertake the daunting task of cooking for three of the UK’s leading restaurant critics - Grace Dent, Tom Parker Bowles and William Sitwell. With one opportunity to make their mark, they have one hour and 15 minutes to showcase a stand-out two-course menu. Can they strike the right balance between ambition and capability? 

 

Only the most talented chefs will become Semi Finalists of this year’s competition and continue their quest to achieve the MasterChef: The Professionals title.


  • Monday 15th November, 7:35pm
    Monday 15th November, 8:30pm
    Wednesday 17th November, 7:30pm
    Thursday 18th November, 9pm

  • BBC One

  • 5 of 22
    6 of 22
    7 of 22
    8 of 22

  • Cecile@plankpr.com

Inside The Care Crisis with Ed Balls

Following the recent Government announcement about increased funding for social care, Ed takes an immersive journey to the frontline of care for the elderly to see what the biggest challenges are. He has spent weeks living and working in St Cecilia’s care homes in Scarborough, but with many millions more people being looked after in their own homes, Ed now turns his attention to domiciliary care.

 

Ed starts by visiting Caring Connections, a charity which provides care to about 100 clients across Liverpool. He spends a day shadowing carer John Finnigan, and soon realises that working in people’s homes is very different to working in a care home. 

 

Carers work on their own with no way of knowing what they are walking into (CPR training is standard and often required). Their clients have complex needs and often have no-one else in their lives to rely on, even for company. 

While on his rounds with John, Ed meets James O’Brian who, aged only 50, is bedridden with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. James sees no-one but the carers, who turn up four times a day – without them he would be unable to survive. 

 

As the day progresses, Ed’s admiration at John’s dedication turns to indignation when he realises what is being demanded of him. Together they make 16 calls in the course of a 14-hour day – 7am to 9pm, at a relentless pace driving from one home to another. 

 

Not only is it exhausting, but Ed discovers that John will only be paid for the time he actually spends in people’s homes. Ed calculates that after being paid for just 8 ¾ hours out of 14, John’s take home pay of just over £80 works out at about £6 per hour for the total time he’s at work.

He asks Caring Connections’ Paul Growney about this, and Paul explains he receives less from the council than the recommended amount, and struggles to balance the books – even as a not-for-profit charity. The shortfall inevitably gets passed down the line to carers like John. And this is a situation replicated up and down the country. 

 

Looking for answers, Ed meets Stephen Chandler president of ADASS, which represents all social care bosses of local authorities across the country. Stephen explains that local authorities have suffered huge cuts to care spending in the last decade – more than £8 billion cumulatively – while having a legal responsibility to balance their books. It’s not that they don’t want to provide care, but they need to make the money go as far as possible. Stephen tells Ed he thinks that as a society we need to start valuing social care in the same way we do the NHS or education.

 

Wondering how the financials work in a care home, Ed heads back to St Cecilia’s. There he talks to medical lead Simon who is helping resident Betty with her physio. Simon explains that they receive less money from the local authority for Betty than it costs them to keep her. And the same is true of Frank, whose one-on-one care payments have ceased but who is still being watched over by Alison.

 

Ed spends some time talking to Frank, who is more alert than he has ever seen him. Ed reflects that the extra attention is valuable not only to stop him falling out of bed but also for his emotional and mental wellbeing.

Heading back into the world of domiciliary care, Ed is keen to meet some unpaid carers. There are at least 6.5 million people across the country who look after a loved one for nothing – Ed’s father looked after his Mum for ten years before she went into a home – and they save the Government billions every year.

 

He spends the day with Derek who, at 71, cares for his wife Margaret who has dementia. Derek does everything for Margaret, washing and dressing her, cooking and feeding her – and it’s a 24-hour job 7 days a week. Derek tells Ed he has been left hugely frustrated dealing with a system that has not helped him, where he’s had to find out everything for himself. 

 

Ed then meets Shahid, who comes from Rochdale and who looked after his mum in her old age. Shahid discovered that there was a real stigma in his Muslim community surrounding dementia and there were barriers to asking for help or using residential care. 

Shahid struggled until his mother passed away, but now he wants to change things. He takes Ed to Friday prayers at his local mosque – Shahid has been working with the Imam and together they listen to the Imam preach about dementia, trying to generate awareness and understanding. 

 

Afterwards a small crowd gather to discuss the issue and one man points out that even if they were to ask for help the services available are not culturally suitable – what care homes play the right music or offer halal food?

Back at St Cecilia’s Ed visits Frank again. Despite Alison’s attention his condition is deteriorating and she says she is now administering end-of-life care. This leads Ed to consider his own future and he talks to his wife, MP Yvette Cooper, about their future care plans.

 

It is just two weeks later that Ed gets the sad news – Frank passed away in the night. It was peaceful and his niece Jenny was by his side. Along with Simon and Donna from the care home, Ed meets Jenny on Oliver’s Mount, above Scarborough, where she scatters Frank’s ashes. After a final trip to St Cecilias, Ed reflects on all he’s discovered.

Mary Berry: Love to Cook

One of the greatest pleasures of food is that there are always ideas and ingredients to discover, and Mary never tires of exploring new ways to cook and eat. 

 

Times are changing, and in recent years, plant-based foods have grown massively. In this episode, Mary meets father and son duo Mike and Joe of One Planet Pizza, who have turned their passion into a successful business. But can they convince Mary with a vegan take on scrambled eggs and a delicious vegan substitute for pulled pork?

 

Next stop for Mary is the restaurant Chishuru run by Adejoke Bakare in the heart of the vibrant Brixton Market. There is no better introduction to a culture than through its food, and Mary takes her first ever bite of Nigerian cuisine.

 

For something sweet, Mary explores a pudding she has never seen before – Mochi. Little Moons is the brainchild of siblings Howard & Vivenne and they are keen to win Mary over with their rice dough covered ice cream.

 

Inspired by new flavours and cuisines, Mary cooks up four stand-out dishes of her own, using white miso in Roasted Duck Legs and a Pan-fried Prawn dish that really tantalises the tastebuds. Packed with seeds and nuts, Mary creates a Nordic Loaf, paired perfectly with Dill Pickled Vegetables, and finishes with a contemporary take on a classic Passionfruit Tart.

 

Exploring new foods goes hand in hand with better ways to store them, and Mary shows us her favourite tips on how do it.


  • Thursday 18th November, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 2 of 6

  • Bev@plankpr.com

Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains

In tonight’s Growing Pains, Jools Holland, Suzi Ruffell and Vick Hope share their embarrassing teenage lives with host Rhod Gilbert. Who will win the coveted title of Most Embarrassing Teenager – will it be Jools who didn’t have a bath for a year in his teens, Suzi who used to play with the Diablo on her own in the playground, or Vick and her made up songs about David Beckham? In a bid to get their stories into Rhod’s Memory Box of Shame they reveal which one of them washed their hair in beer, and share with us their ‘Mixtapes from Hell’ - they have chosen 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. And In a surprise for the guests Rhod has spoken to friends and family who knew them as teenagers and shares some mortifying morsels they would probably rather he hadn’t got hold of. And finally, what advice would they give to a teenage them with the benefit of hindsight? And would the teenage them listen, or just reply ‘blah blah blah’?


  • Wednesday 17th November, 9pm

  • Comedy Central

  • 2 of 6

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

Casualty 24/7: Every Second Counts

Lead Nurse Hannah is running Barnsley Casualty but today she faces an extra challenge: a shortage of the porters,  who keep patients moving through the department and free up the bays and cubicles for the new emergency cases. She says: “we’re always looking for porters because they’re so needed within the department but they’re never where we need ’em because they’re always busy doing something else”.

Consultant Doctor Julian Humphrey looks after a 76-year-old woman who has come in after a nasty fall. She has broken her nose but Doctor Humphrey fears that bleeding on the brain could have much more serious long term consequences.

Fifteen year old Danny is looked after by Charge Nurse Johnny Sharpe. The teenager came in with a crushed wrist and the Casualty team attempt to physically manipulate the bone back into shape to save him from major surgery – and long term damage to his arm.

Sister Harriet sees Farmer Ian who has been run over by his own eight tonne tractor.  She knows that if a farmer comes into Casualty, it’s likely to be serious: “we do have a lot of farmers in the area, but they don’t really come in unless they really, really, really, need to - because they’re so tough.”

And we meet some of the family teams which keep Casualty running – from Sister Jo and her son, Sam, who works on the ambulances, to Consultant Doctor Julian Humphrey’s two daughters greeting patients on reception.  But not everyone is convinced, Volunteer Jane says: “Quite frankly, I couldn’t think of nowt worse than working with my son, and probably he couldn’t think of nowt worse than working with me!”


  • Monday 15th November, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 6 of 10

  • 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 Edinburgh. As far back as 1437, Edinburgh was named capital of Scotland. A city that reinvented itself for the Victorian Age as a place of science, commerce and academia, but union with England in the 18th century saw political power head south to London.

 

Onyeka’s walk begins in the city’s Old Town, where in 1726, The University of Edinburgh had set up its Medical School – the very first in the country. As Onyeka reveals, the medical school became caught up in the greatest scandal of the era, as body snatching turned into murder. Overcrowding in Victorian Edinburgh’s old town led to disease, fires and building collapse. The beauty spots of today, such as Princes Street gardens, were stinking cesspits. Onyeka visits the Victorian solution to the problem – the New Town, which at the time was the world’s largest planned city development.

 

1825 saw one of Victorian Britain’s most brilliant minds arrive in the city, aged just 16. Onyeka discovers who they were, where they lived, and learns of one of their greatest influences – a lesser known African man, who grew up in enslavement on a plantation. Onyeka’s journey takes him to the world-renowned Royal College of Physicians where he discovers two of the city’s most impactful medical students, including the ‘father of modern medicine’.

 

Onyeka’s walk takes him down the city’s most famous street, and into the country’s oldest members club, before finishing at the oldest Surgical College in the world, where he goes in search of a truly ground breaking Victorian revolution. Not in science or medicine, but in education.


  • Tuesday 16th November, 9pm

  • 5Select

  • 4 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 18th November, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 6 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 19th November, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • 10 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 19th November, 11:05pm

  • Channel 4

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The Repair Shop

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