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WEEK 49

The Sinking of the Costa Concordia: Collision At Sea

Ten years on from one of the worst maritime disasters in living memory, this two-part series tells the definitive story of the sinking of the Costa Concordia. Combining exclusive first-person testimony from survivors and rescuers, and previously unseen footage, graphic reconstruction and expert insight, these two programmes tell the astonishing story in forensic detail of what happened on the night. 

In January 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground, capsized and sank in shallow waters after striking a rock off
the coast of Tuscany, with more than 4,000 people on board. While a dramatic rescue mission saved thousands of lives, 32 people died in one of the biggest maritime disasters since the Titanic. 

Captain Francesco Schettino, who abandoned his ship, was blamed and ultimately found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison. The cruise ship company Costa Cruises was also heavily criticized, but did not face criminal charges. So how did the Costa Concordia sink? Was this a tragedy waiting to happen? Should lessons have been learned from previous disasters? And could it happen again?

Costa Concordia (Channel 5) Tuesday 7th December, 9pm, 1 of 2

The Costa Concordia was one of the biggest and most luxurious cruise ships ever built. With more than 4,000 passengers and crew on board, it was the length of almost three football pitches and weighed 56,000 tonnes. Inside, there were 1,500 cabins, 58 suites, four swimming pools, a giant fitness centre, a cinema and more. It was a city on the sea. 
But on Friday 13 January 2012, just hours after leaving port, disaster struck. Survivors describe screaming and scenes of chaos, as they talk us through their terrifying ordeal minute by minute. The giant ship lists one way, and then the other. They talk of a ‘silent acknowledgement that we were all going to die’. 

Thirty-two people would lose their lives in what would become one of the biggest maritime disasters since the Titanic. 

This episode reveals what happened that night. How did the Costa Concordia sink? What went wrong, what happened next and what was the enduring human cost for all the many victims? Combining exclusive first- person testimony from survivors and rescuers, and previously unseen footage, graphic reconstruction and expert insight, this film tells the astonishing story of what happened on the night in forensic detail. 

As the ship’s captain becomes the focus for worldwide blame, this film explores both the heroes and potential villains of that fateful night, and begins to reveal the truth behind the many mysteries of the Costa Concordia. 


  • Tuesday 7th December, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 2

  • Kay@plankpr.com

The Sinking of the Costa Concordia: Secrets of the Wreck

Costa Concordia (Channel 5) Wednesday 8th December, 9pm, 2 of 2

At midnight on Friday 13 January 2012, Europe’s largest luxury cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, is sinking. The emergency evacuation is running into problems. As thousands of passengers and crew desperately try to abandon the stricken megaship, the captain is no longer on board. 

This second episode picks up on the enormous rescue operation urgently underway to save the lives of the remaining passengers and crew still on the Costa Concordia. 

As the desperate hunt for survivors begins, Captain Francesco Schettino becomes
the focus of blame. In the aftermath of the tragedy, rumours about his behaviour that night begin to circulate and threaten to seal his fate. Questions swirl around a Moldovan dancer who was on the bridge of the ship as it crashed, a guest of the captain — but not on the passenger list. 
But was the captain solely responsible for this colossal tragedy? This film closely re- examines the reasons the accident happened and asks if Captain Francesco Schettino should have been standing in the dock alone. 

Combining exclusive first-person testimony from survivors and rescuers, and previously unseen footage, graphic reconstruction and expert insight, this film tells the astonishing story of what happened on the Costa Concordia in forensic detail. 

Ten years on, many are still haunted by unanswered questions. This documentary explores whether justice was truly done, asks what lessons can be learned from such an avoidable tragedy, and seeks to solve the many mysteries of the sinking of the Costa Concordia.


  • Wednesday 8th December, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 2 of 2

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Food Unwrapped’s Christmas Cracker

The team unwrap some fascinating festive facts behind some of our favourite yuletide foods to get you ready for the season.  Matt is in Portugal pouring over whether an unfinished bottle of port stays drinkable one Christmas to the next. Jimmy digs into why red cabbage is so synonymous with Christmas. Briony travels to Germany to uncover the secrets to a perfect Stollen. Kate tries out some inventive glazes that can add some wham-bam to your Christmas Ham. And Briony uncovers an ingenious invention that might just help with the national shortage of pigs in blankets. 


  • Monday 6th December, 8pm

  • Channel 4

  • 1 of 1

  • Annabel@plankpr.com

Princess Margaret: A Scandalous Affair

Princess Margaret was the Queen's sister, persuaded not to marry a divorced man due to royal tradition. The Earl of Snowdon started life as Anthony Armstrong Jones, a Cambridge dropout turned society photographer. This is the story of a commoner who charmed a beautiful princess into marriage, and a relationship that broke all the rules. Despite the scandals that came to characterise their later years, the Snowdons paved the way for a more modern monarchy.

They were married in 1960 within two years of meeting and theirs was the first royal wedding to be televised. Snowdon was also the first non-aristocrat to marry into The Firm for four hundred years. A honeymoon on Britannia followed and their first child in 1961, with another three years later. 

 

Snowdon and Margaret couldn't live without each other, yet their affairs became increasingly common as their marriage crumbled, along with rumours around his sexuality. It would later emerge Snowdon had got another woman pregnant - who gave birth weeks after he married Margaret. Her partner should have been best man at the royal wedding. 

 

Some journalists have speculated that Margaret and Snowdon had an open marriage, but Royal insiders believe that Margaret was far from happy about the situation. He was a famous philanderer and when she felt that his attention was not on her, she craved that affection from somewhere else. In 1976, a tabloid newspaper broke the story of her relationship with Roddy Llewelyn, a baronet’s son and landscape gardener who was seventeen years her junior. This paved the way for Snowdon and Margaret’s divorce in 1978, the first royal divorce since the time of King Henry the Eighth. 

 

This documentary tells the tale from the beginning, through their courtship, marriage, divorce and what happened next. Using extensive and rare archive and interviews with authors, royal experts and those who knew them, it will focus closely on the man who lived an extraordinary life. It was a scandalous affair, but a bond that spanned the decades.


  • Saturday 4th December, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

In My Skin

Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy) helps her mother Trina (Jo Hartley) change her life but finds herself suffering as a result. Now having graduated from school, Bethan still can’t find the courage to be honest with her friends Travis (James Wilbraham) and Lydia (Poppy Lee Frair). Instead she retreats into a lifestyle that is safe but threatens her own mental health. Can she break free?


  • Friday 10th December, 11:25pm

  • BBC One

  • 5 of 5

  • Kate@plankpr.com

Mary Berry: Love To Cook

Mary has spent most of her life teaching new cooks fool proof recipes. In this episode, she shows us recipes that will build confidence in the kitchen, including an easy stir fry Hoisin Chicken, a mouth-watering Salmon & Dill Burger that even the most inexperienced cooks can master and the secrets behind her Best Ginger Biscuits. But Mary kicks off this masterclass with a delectable Victoria Sponge Sandwich, jam filled, and cream topped. There is nothing better. 

Mary is not alone in her desire to get people cooking. In Newcastle she  meets the Men’s Pie Club, a group set up to combat male social isolation. With beautiful views over the River Tyne, the group meet at Newcastle Castle to impress Mary with their Spiced Chicken and Apricot Tagine Pie. This ground-breaking group, which has around 120 local members, has ignited a spark for cooking, and helped the men surround themselves with likeminded people who care.

In South London, Mary meets brothers Shaun & Craig McAnuff, successful food bloggers whose passion lies in bringing delicious authentic Caribbean recipes to life. Original Flava was inspired by their Mother, Blossom, and Grandmother, Lurleen, and the family recipes they grew up cooking and eating. Dedicated to passing on their family recipes, they show their cousins how to make Jerk Chicken on a traditional jerk pan made from an old oil drum, before Mary pops in to join the celebrations at the family BBQ.  

Mary also reveals some of her favourite kitchen shortcuts, perfect for beginners, but just as useful to those with a bit more experience under their belt!


  • Thursday 9th December, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 5 of 6

  • Bev@plankpr.com

MasterChef The Professionals

MasterChef: The Professionals S14, Episode 17 of 22

TX: Tuesday 7th December, 9pm

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 Professionalsshowcases 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 MasterChefjudge, 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.

It’s the first round of the Semi Finals of MasterChef: The Professionals. After four weeks of intense competition, only the strongest and most talented chefs remain. Tonight, for the first time they all meet in the MasterChef kitchen, where they are set the challenge of creating a dish based around their favourite Food Memory. 

The group of nine will be split into two groups for the cooking but will ultimately all be cooking off against each other. The chefs have one hour and 15 minutes to produce a knockout dish supported by a culinary story, inspired by wonderful times. With emotions running high in the MasterChef kitchen, at the end of the challenge only the four strongest chefs will go straight through to the next Semi Finals round. 

The five weaker chefs must return to the MasterChef kitchen in the Cook-Off Round where must pull out all the stops to save their place in the competition. The remaining contenders are given one more chance to impress the judges with an Invention Test using the leftovers and trimmings from the previous challenge. In one hour and 30 minutes, these chefs must demonstrate creativity and skill with quick thinking to deliver a delicious dish that elevates leftovers to new heights. 

The strongest four will join the four from the previous round and continue their pursuit of the MasterChef: The Professionals 2021 trophy.   

 

MasterChef: The Professionals S14, Episode 18 of 22

TX: Wednesday 8th December, 9pm

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 Professionalsshowcases 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 MasterChefjudge, 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.

The Semi Finals continue on MasterChef: The Professionals. Now, just eight stand-out chefs remain in the running to win the coveted MasterChef title. Tonight, the first four will come together and face-off over two challenges in the hope of making it to The Finals and the remaining four will compete in tomorrow night’s episode.

 

Tonight’s challenge sees the chefs cook outside of the MasterChef kitchen for the first time, where they will be heading to the heart of industrial East London to open the MasterChef: The Professionals Pop-Up at a warehouse micro-brewery. 

 

In recent years, the pop-up scene has exploded in the UK, giving innovative chefs the opportunity to deliver a unique dining experience in dynamic locations. Some of the most exciting food in restaurants today has originated from the country’s vibrant and exciting pop-ups. After another incredibly difficult year, the hospitality industry is finally reopening and with people being locked away for months, they have a large appetite for new and exciting flavours.

 

Working on makeshift workstations with limited equipment and no ovens, the Semi Finalists must rise to the challenge and adapt their fine dining style to impress 14 esteemed guests from the world of the pop-up kitchens. The chefs have three hours to prepare and deliver one skillful pop-up dish which highlights star quality and is memorable on the menu for all the right reasons. 

 

In the second challenge, the four chefs return to the MasterChef kitchen and face a cook-off in the hope they can impress the judges enough to join The Finals line-up. They have one hour and 45 minutes to keep the energy going and create one dish of exceptional standard. Once the challenge is over Marcus, Monica and Gregg taste their efforts and for one chef it’s the end of the road, and the other three will be through to join the Finals Week line-up. 

 

 

 

 

MasterChef: The Professionals S14, Episode 19 of 22

TX: Thursday 9th December, 9pm

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 Professionalsshowcases 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 MasterChefjudge, 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.

 

The Semi Finals continue on MasterChef: The Professionals. Now, just eight stand-out chefs remain in the running to win the coveted MasterChef title. Tonight, the second four will come together and face-off over two challenges in the hope of making it to The Finals.

 

Tonight’s challenge sees the chefs cook outside of the MasterChef kitchen for the first time, where they will be heading to the heart of industrial East London to open the MasterChef: The Professionals Pop-Up at a warehouse micro-brewery. 

 

In recent years, the pop-up scene has exploded in the UK, giving innovative chefs the opportunity to deliver a unique dining experience in dynamic locations. Some of the most exciting food in restaurants today has originated from the country’s vibrant and exciting pop-ups. After another incredibly difficult year, the hospitality industry is finally reopening and with people being locked away for months, they have a large appetite for new and exciting flavours.

 

Working on makeshift workstations with limited equipment and no ovens, the Semi Finalists must rise to the challenge and adapt their fine dining style to impress 14 esteemed guests from the world of the pop-up kitchens. The chefs have three hours to prepare and deliver one skillful pop-up dish which highlights star quality and is memorable on the menu for all the right reasons. 

 

In the second challenge, the four chefs return to the MasterChef kitchen and face a cook-off in the hope they can impress the judges enough to join The Finals line-up. They have one hour and 45 minutes to keep the energy going and create one dish of exceptional standard. Once the challenge is over Marcus, Monica and Gregg taste their efforts and decide which chef heads home and which three will join the other chefs to complete The Finals line-up of MasterChef: The Professionals 2021 – where the six hopefuls will battle it out for the trophy.

Secret Life of the Forest

It's Winter in Kielder Forest, a time when the harsh beauty of frost and snow grips the landscape as wildlife battles to survive.

While some creatures sleep through the season, we see how certain animals continue to search for food with red squirrels sniffing out their hidden nuts, smaller birds joining forces to forage on the ground, and Britain's only aquatic songbird, the dipper, leaping into the freezing river to hunt its prey.

It might be a refuge for an array of creatures, but we discover how Kielder is also the country's most productive woodland, harvesting half a million tonnes of timber every year.


  • Tuesday 7th December, 7pm

  • Channel 5

  • 4 of 4

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Rhod Gilbert's Growing Pains

In tonight’s Growing Pains Rachel Riley, Iain Stirling and Ahir Shah share their most mortifying teenage tales with host Rhod Gilbert. Who will take home the coveted Most Embarrassing Teenager trophy – will it be Rachel and her love of cruising around Southend in her yellow Inbetweeners car, Iain recalling when he smashed a stained glass window of Jesus or Ahir’s rendition of Nirvana on the saxophone? In a bid to get themselves into Rhod’s Memory Box of Shame the guests 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 8th December, 9pm

  • Comedy Central

  • 5 of 6

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

Casualty 24/7: Every Second Counts

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. 

It’s all change at Barnsley casualty as a new system is introduced. Sister Benita is taking on the role of team leader for the first time. ‘Being in charge is nice,’ says Benita, ‘but I don’t miss all the stress that comes along with having to organise the team.’ 

Also new to the department is the Wobble Room. ‘This room has been set up for people to have a few minutes and get their head together,’ says volunteer Jane, ‘and that’s what staff do at Barnsley Hospital, they might wobble a little bit, but they’ll not fall down.’ 

Staff need all their strength today to treat a high influx of critical patients. Advance nurse practitioner Dave is treating 40-year-old Nicola, who’s been in a serious road traffic accident: she was stuck inside her car as it rolled over. With such a traumatic incident, it’s not just the physical injuries that nurse Dave needs to watch out for: ‘Once the adrenalin has worn off, the patient has time to process what’s happened, shock can hit and you can sometimes get overwhelmed with emotion,’ he explains. 

In paediatric casualty, registrar doctor Sarah Foster is concerned that four-year-old Reggie may have a head injury after a fall from a Segway. Meanwhile, consultant doctor Sue Mason needs to make a diagnosis for David, who has a mysterious itch all over his body. 

Finally, emergency nurse practitioner Becky is treating William, who’s hammered his hand while doing DIY. For Becky, the stress of the job is worth it: ‘I love my job. I’ve been in A&E for 17 years. Being a nurse is the hardest thing anyone will ever do, but it’s the most rewarding.’


  • Monday 6th December, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 9 of 10

  • Kay@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 10th December, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • 13 of 13

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

The Big Narstie

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 10th December, 11:05pm

  • Channel 4

  • 6 of 6

  • Kate@plankpr.com

Trucking Hell

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  • Thursday 9th December, 9pm

  • Paramount

  • 2 of 20

  • Kay@plankpr.com

The Wonderful World of Gold

Gold - this expensive, precious metal has seduced humans since the dawn of time. For thousands of years, it has set the standard for luxury, power and success. This series takes viewers inside the wonderful world of gold, from the mines to the marketplace. It uncovers the secrets of luxury designers, the worlds most expensive shops and discovers the truth about Britain’s billion-pound bullion.

This second episode uncovers the secrets of Britain’s elite jewellery shops, goes behind the scenes in the UK’s most prestigious gold institutions, and discovers the truth behind Britain’s biggest gold heists.


  • Saturday 4th December, 6:40pm

  • Channel 5

  • 2 of 3

  • Kay@plankpr.com

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