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WEEK 48

**NEW** Coastal Railways with Julie Walters

One of the country’s best loved actors, Julie Walters, presents a four-part series in which she travels the most beautiful and interesting stretches of coastal railway routes in the UK. This series sees her take the train for a magical mystery tour around our shores, getting lost in dramatic landscapes, uncovering surprising historical secrets and discovering how life really can be a beach!

From pristine Scottish shores to Cornish fishing villages, hers is a journey of discovery, learning how our coastal railways routes helped shape us as a nation, finding out about the people who brought them to life, and stopping off to meet the fascinating characters who live and thrive along the routes today.

Programme 1. The West Highlands

Julie rides the West Highland Railway in Scotland on board the famous Jacobite steam train, memorable for its starring role in the Harry Potter films, before getting some practical training in “extreme violence” and blowing up railway lines at Arisaig House – home to the Special Operations Executive that trained agents in the WW2.

Arriving at Mallaig, once the biggest herring port in Europe, Julie gets a lesson in, among other delicacies, herring gutting and smoking before catching the ferry to the Isle of Skye where she meets one of the last ‘seanchai’ or traditional Scottish storytellers.  Julie is entranced by his powers.

At Kyle of Lochalsh she catches the Inverness bound train stopping at Duirinish, one of the remotest communities in the Western Highlands, where she works with the Highland cattle and their wrangler, the redoubtable Morag, who takes her into the bosom of the hamlet.


  • Sunday 26 November, 8pm

  • Channel 4

  • 1 of 4

  • annabel@plankpr.com

**NEW** My Dad's On Death Row

This gripping UK premiere, true crime story explores the agony of two daughters whose fathers are on death row.

John Battaglia was due to be picked up by the police after violating his parole again. He was granted one last visit with his daughters, nine-year-old Faith and six-year- old Liberty. He shot them both.

Coy Wesbrook was sentenced to death for killing five people in one minute, and is just hours from execution by lethal injection.

He's deemed by his lawyer to be mentally impaired and therefore not fully responsible

for his actions, but has exhausted all his appeals. The only hope Coy has are the picketing protesters outside the prison walls. His story is also told via his daughter as she recounts her father's crime and the impact it has had on the remaining family.

This gripping crime documentary was made with unrestricted access to a Texan prison, and some of its most notorious inmates.

Two case studies, both featuring horrific murders, are outlined in detail with chilling interviews with the killers, along with heart-breaking and emotional interviews with the daughters and families they left behind.


  • Monday 27th November, 10pm

  • Really

  • 1 of 1

  • annabel@plankpr.com

Helicopter ER

Paramedics Pete and Matt fight to save a biker’s leg after it’s almost severed in freak accident and there’s a difficult rescue operation after a farmer plunges through rotten floorboards into an underground pit.


  • Monday 27th November, 9pm

  • Really

  • 13 - 15

  • annabel@plankpr.com

Dr Christian Will See You Now

Dr Christian and his team of in-house specialists are on hand once again to diagnose, counsel and treat patients who desperately need their help.

Brandon and his wife Casey have come to the clinic for help with Brandon’s skin condition, which has left large scars all over his body. The issue has had a big impact on his self-esteem and Casey is desperate for him to start feeling comfortable in his own skin again, so they can get their relationship back on track.

Mychalia has EDS, or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a group of rare inherited conditions that affect connective tissue. Now wheelchair bound, Mychalia also suffers from anxiety and doesn’t like leaving the house without her husband Andy. Her condition along with her anxiety is putting a strain on their relationship and she’s hoping that a consultation with Dr Christian and his in-house psychotherapist can change their life for the better.

Truck driver Toni, wants fertility advice; she has polycystic ovaries and is struggling to conceive. In an emotional consultation with Dr Christian, Toni is forced to confront some home truths, which in turn could help with her medical issue.

Olivia comes to the clinic with her ex-boyfriend Marcus. The couple split up after five-years together because of her Hidradenitis Suppurativa; a painful, long-term skin condition that causes abscesses and scarring on the skin. They could no longer be intimate with one another and Olivia ended up pushing Marcus away. Can Dr Christian help Olivia with her condition and might the couple one day get back together?

MasterChef: The Professionals

Week Four

MasterChef: The Professionals S10, Episode 10 of 21

The BAFTA-winning hit MasterChef: The Professionals is back for its 10th series. Celebrated MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, renowned chef Monica Galetti and two Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing are together once again in their search or the UK’s finest cooking talent.

It’s the final heats week of MasterChef: The Professionals, as six new and fiercely ambitious chefs set out to prove they have what it takes to win the coveted title. To secure their place in the competition they must face two tests – the daunting Skills Test and then the Signature Dish round. Only the three strongest chefs will make it through to the Quarter Final.

First up, the chefs face the high pressure Skills Test, this time set by Monica. They must create a filled pasta dish of their choice with a perfectly judged sauce to accompany it. Under the heavy scrutiny of Monica, Gregg and Marcus, the pressure can get to even the most seasoned chef. In just 20 minutes, can they showcase their talent to create an accomplished pasta dish – with the right method and resulting perfect texture and flavour? Sounds easy, but it’s not for the faint hearted.

Next up is the Signature Dish round. Having shown the judges their skills in round one, the chefs must now showcase their craft with their own personal food. It’s their opportunity to show off their culinary prowess and present their own tried and tested dish for Monica, Marcus and Gregg. Presentation, technique and flavour are the name of the game – all must be achieved to the highest level in just one hour 15 minutes to secure the professionals’ future in the competition.

Only the three most talented chefs will win a place in the last Quarter Final round and continue in their cooking battle for the prestigious MasterChef: The Professionals title.

Judge: Monica Galetti

Judge: Gregg Wallace

Judge: Marcus Wareing

 

MasterChef: The Professionals S10, Episode 11 of 21

The BAFTA-winning hit MasterChef: The Professionals is back for its 10th series. Celebrated MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, renowned chef Monica Galetti and two Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing are together once again in their search or the UK’s finest cooking talent.

It’s the last week of the MasterChef: The Professionals heats and these are the last six chefs to battle to make it through the competition. Tonight they face two tests: first, is the daunting Skills Test, followed by the Signature Dish round where the chefs cook a dish from their own repertoire. Only the strongest three chefs who demonstrate the skills and technical know-how of a future champion will make it through to the Quarter Final.

Tonight the chefs’ first task is to undertake Marcus’ Skills Test in front of the vigilant judges Monica, Marcus and Gregg. The chefs have 20 minutes to prove that they have the skill and technique to cook Rose Veal Sweetbread. The added challenge is to serve it with a well-judged garnish and sauce, in a true test of their palate and understanding of the flavours that work with offal. Sweetbreads need lots of TLC in the kitchen to be cooked to perfection. Can the chefs take the heat of the Skills Test to provide a melt-in-the-mouth dish for the judges or with time against them, will they struggle to impress?

The six chefs now have one last chance to use their style, technical skill and flair to wow the judges in the Signature Dish challenge. In one hour and 15 minutes the heat is dialled up as the professionals battle to create a tried and tested dish of their own which will impress enough to secure them a place in the next round. Once the judges have tasted their dishes they must decide which three chefs will go home and which three will return for the last Quarter Final and continue their fight to be crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2017.

Judge: Monica Galetti

Judge: Gregg Wallace

Judge: Marcus Wareing

 

MasterChef: The Professionals S10, Episode 12 of 21

The BAFTA-winning hit MasterChef: The Professionals is back for its 10th series. Celebrated MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, renowned chef Monica Galetti and two Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing are together once again in their search or the UK’s finest cooking talent.

In the last of the MasterChef: The Professionals Quarter Finals, the best chefs from the week’s heats come together in the kitchen to cook against each other and continue in their quest for the title. Tonight they must prove to Marcus and Monica they are worthy of staying in the competition when they face two more challenges designed to test them further.

First, is the daunting Invention Test. From an array of sweet and savoury ingredients, the chefs are tasked with creating one incredible dish with either herbs, citrus or spices as the core central theme. With 10 minutes to choose ingredients and just 70 minutes to cook it, the pressure is immense to create a dish that will win over Monica and Marcus and prove that they really have the skills and experience to carry them through to the next round. Will they remember to allow their chosen hero ingredients to shine through their dish? They have to keep their focus and remain calm as, at the end of this challenge, two chefs will be chosen to leave the competition.

The remaining four chefs now face one of the toughest rounds of the competition. In an hour and 15 minutes, they must serve up an exceptional two-course menu to three of the country’s most notable Restaurant Critics - Jay Rayner, Grace Dent and Amol Rajan.

This culinary trio is accustomed to eating the most daring and delicious food in the very best UK restaurants, and this is the one and only chance the chefs have to pull out all the stops in order to impress them. Monica and Marcus will be keeping a close eye on them as they work in order to judge who shines through and provide the most creative and technically accomplished menu for the critics’ table.

After a tough session in the kitchen, one more chef’s journey will be over when they are sent home. The three chefs considered to have impressed the critics and judges the most, survive to move on to Knockout Week and take one step closer to the final of MasterChef: The Professionals 2017.

Judge: Monica Galetti

Judge: Marcus Wareing

Critic: Jay Rayner

Critic: Grace Dent

Critic: Amol Rajan


  • Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th November, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 10 – 12 of 21

  • cecile@plankpr.com

Tattoo Fixers

This week in the Tattoo Fixers pop up parlour, Lisa pays tribute to her idol Robbie Williams, cockney geezer Jack covers his literal leg tat and Dominic’s super sperm is set free. Meanwhile Alice cleans up Lana’s dirty mouth, Sketch runs rings around Sergiu’s romantic gesture and Glenn gives Pete a tattoo that really is the mutt’s nuts.

Swipe Right For Murder

Clare Wood

In April 2007, lonely and looking for love, Clare Wood met 40-year-old fairground worker George Appleton online. At first, it seemed to be the perfect relationship but neither her father nor her brother warmed to him. When she discovered that Appleton was having affairs Clare attempted to end the relationship and over the next six months made several complaints to Police about him. On 6th February 2009, her ex-husband discovered her burned body at her home in Salford and a national manhunt began until Appleton, was found hanged in a derelict pub near her home. After Clare’s death, it emerged that Appleton had a history of violence towards women, and had several previous convictions for harassment and assault.


  • Thursday 30th November, 10pm

  • Really

  • 3 of 8

  • annabel@plankpr.com

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