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MasterChef: The Professionals

It’s the Professional MasterChef Semi-Finals, and the competition is scorching hot.  MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace teams up with two of Britain’s leading chefs – Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti.  The judges are now at the sharp edge of the hunt for the MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2016.

Tonight, the eight semi-finalists sizzle in a double cook off.  The chefs will have to go all out to stay in the competition and on course to be crowned champion.  Also at stake is the opportunity to cook in some of the most influential kitchens in the UK.

The first of the challenges rests on an almighty cook off.  The eight chefs have to create one outstanding dish that is dedicated to the person who inspired them in their careers.  Can they cook a stunning plate of food that in turn inspires the judges to send them straight through? 

With just one hour and 45 minutes to deliver that make-or-break dish, the nerves are running high and the competition is fierce. Only the top two chefs who seize the opportunity to stand out from the crowd will go straight through to the next round. 

The six weakest chefs have to pick themselves up and return to the kitchen to battle it out for the four remaining places in the next round.  They face an invention test set by Gregg. He wants to be knocked out by a dish successfully celebrating the fruit and vegetables on offer.  Which of the chefs can summon up the creativity and resilience to secure a place in the next semi-final challenge?

Now, only the six best chefs will continue in the fight for the title of Professional MasterChef 2016.

Judge: Monica Galetti

Judge: Gregg Wallace

Judge: Marcus Wareing


  • Tuesday 13th December, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 16 of 21

  • cecile@plankpr.com

MasterChef: The Professionals

It’s the Professional MasterChef Semi-Finals, and the chefs are pushing themselves to their limits in order to remain in the competition.  MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace along with two of Britain’s leading chefs – Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti turn up the heat in their hunt for this year’s culinary superstar.

Tonight, the first three semi-finalists battle it out for a place in Finals Week. First, they are sent to work alongside the incredible and inspirational chef Alyn Williams for two days.  Within the first 15 months of opening his restaurant at the exclusive Mayfair location of The Westbury Alyn Williams had been awarded a Michelin Star.   Having worked as Head Chef for Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, and at Petrus and Le Champignon Sauvage, the chefs are in a unique position to supercharge their knowledge under this legendary chef. The first step for the chefs is to be thrown in at the deep end and given the responsibility for one course each during a hectic lunchtime service.  Under the close supervision and mentoring of Alyn the chefs will have to deliver his incredible and intricate dishes to his exacting standards before they can be sent to the diners. Having absorbed Alyn Williams’ unique style of achieving playful but perfect dishes, the three chefs have a unique opportunity to showcase their creativity, understanding and flair in cooking Alyn Williams’ signature dish. By presenting one of the star dishes on the Alyn’s Michelin-starred menu -  Roasted Cornish Turbot, with Ratatouille, aerated Bouillabaise and an Amaretto and Black Olive Crumb - the chefs will expose how they have elevated their style over the two days under his tutelage. Finally, the chefs return to the MasterChef kitchen to cook a two-course menu for Marcus and Monica. A main course and a dessert stand between them and a place in Finals Week. The judges expect confident, flawless cooking at this stage, and with the competition so ferocious the three chefs must aim for nothing short of perfection. With the finals in their grasp there’s a world of opportunity at stake. 

Only the strongest two chefs will go through to Finals Week and move one step closer to the title of Professional MasterChef 2016.

Judge: Monica Galetti

Judge: Marcus Wareing 


  • Wednesday 14th December, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 17 of 21

  • cecile@plankpr.com

MasterChef: The Professionals

It’s the Professional MasterChef Semi-Finals, and the finals are in sight for the professionals as they battle to remain in the competition.  MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace along with two of Britain’s leading chefs – Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti turn up the heat in their hunt for this year’s culinary superstar.

It’s the last semi-final round, with the remaining three chefs still to do battle for a place in Finals Week. They are sent to work under one of the country’s rising stars – Michelin-starred Chef George Blogg.   His unique culinary style takes inspiration and capitalises on being situated within one of the UK’s most prominent, established and formative kitchen gardens at the exclusive Gravetye Manor.  

The chefs enter George Blogg’s kitchen and are given the honour and nerve-wracking experience of being responsible for one of George’s dishes each during a packed lunchtime service.  George was awarded a Michelin star within a year of taking over the restaurant, and standards are sky high for the diners who travel from across the country to eat his menu.  Under George’s watchful gaze and firm guidance, the competitors will be hard pushed to keep up with the frantic pace.   

The challenge doesn’t end there. Service may be behind them but the chefs return the next day to take further inspiration from Chef George and prove to him they have what it takes to emulate his style.  The professionals must cook his own signature dish, a Garden Salad, that is so super seasonal the ingredients change daily.   They have to prove they understand George’s philosophy and showcase their palate and creativity by first selecting their own produce from the 500 on offer in the two acre kitchen garden.  This is their chance to deliver a dish in the hopes of impressing George one final time.   

Finally, the chefs return to the MasterChef kitchen to cook a two-course menu for Marcus and Monica. A main course and a dessert stand between them and a place in Finals Week. The judges expect confident, flawless cooking at this stage, and with the competition so ferocious the three chefs must aim for nothing short of perfection. With the finals in their grasp there’s a world of opportunity at stake. 

Only the strongest two chefs will go through to Finals Week and move one step closer to the title of Professional MasterChef 2016.

Judge: Monica Galetti

Judge: Marcus Wareing


  • Thursday 15th December, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 18 of 21

  • cecile@plankpr.com

The Secret Life of The Hospital Bed

The Secret Life of The Hospital Bed, is a unique 15-part series where across the 45-minute episodes, fixed-rig cameras tell the story of patients who enter four different hospitals across the country.  The hospitals are Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, Queens Hospital in Romford, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and the Great Northern Children’s Hospital in Newcastle. The circumstances, the ailment, the treatment, the length of stay - everything is personal to the individual involved. But the one constant throughout is the bed. 

With over 130,000 currently in use across the NHS, hospital beds witness the most important moments of our lives. Filmed over five weeks, the series features four hospitals and one of the beds in their units including: A&E, Maternity, Day Surgery and Paediatrics. 

 

Every patient who enters hospital has a different story to tell of how and why they are there. The unique nature of the access means that viewers see the ways in which patients and staff interact, shining a spotlight onto the vital work carried out by the hospital’s dedicated staff members, and giving an intimate and heart-warming portrayal of life, death, and everything in-between inside Britain's hospitals. 


  • Monday 12th December, 11am

  • BBC One

  • 4 of 15

  • lou@plankpr.com

Helicopter ER

The chopper swoops onto a suburban bowling green to help a woman fighting to save her husband’s life after a DIY accident and in the Dales, a cyclist goes into cardiac arrest after a wasp sting.


  • Monday 12th December, 10pm

  • Really

  • 11 of 15

  • annabel@plankpr.com

Traffic Cops

Over the last 12 months Yorkshire has seen some of the highest rates of car crime in Britain – with more than two thousand vehicles stolen. Tonight, Jamie Theakston presents, as Traffic Cops from North and West Yorkshire battle against seasoned criminals who ply their trade throughout the region.

Tonight’s episode follows Traffic Cops in Bradford as they pursue a team of suspected car thieves at speeds of 80 mile an hour. And, officers from North Yorkshire’s Road Crime Team track down a stolen Land Rover Defender, but when a suspect from the Defender makes a run for it into some woods, the officers are forced to give chase with nothing but a torch to help them catch their man.


  • Monday 12th December, 8pm

  • Channel 5

  • 4 of 7

  • annabel@plankpr.com

Tattoo Fixers

The Tattoo Fixers are back at their studio and as always they’ll be helping to cover some of the biggest tattoo disasters from around the UK. This week gangster film fan Bradley needs Sketch’s help to mend his criminal Robert DeNiro portrait, Alice helps Beverley sort out a cheeky backside blunder and Dylan gets a hand from Jay after his Pro-Brexit tattoo gets him thrown out of home.

Elsewhere, wheelchair rugby coach Craig gets a design to commemorate the anniversary of his bike accident and Bailey gets his holiday Poomoji tatt wiped clean by Jay.

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

Twenty-seven years old and happily married, Hannah seems to have it all. But despite her professional success and polished exterior, she is battling food addiction. Hannah desperately wants to become a mother, but at 310 pounds, she is at risk for an unhealthy pregnancy. Her size is affecting her husband, Matt, as well: he sold his sports car when she could no longer fit in it. Heidi and Chris take on Hannah as a client and turn her world around. Despite a broken foot, Hannah loses 86 pounds in just 90 days.

In phase two, Hannah and Matt turn workouts into a couples activity and are rewarded with a high-speed ride alongside racing legend Mario Andretti. Although Hannah's food addiction resurfaces, putting her over her goal in phase two, she is still able to complete her triathlon milestone challenge in the Bahamas. By her final weigh, Hannah reveals her new 159-pound frame, the sports car she purchased for her husband and the fact that she is eager to start a family as soon as possible!


  • Tuesday 13th December, 8pm

  • Really

  • 8 of 10

  • annabel@plankpr.com

The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve

In this extraordinary series, Simon Reeve and seven of the UK’s leading engineers, designers and computer programmers attempt to invent life-changing solutions for people in desperate need. Over nine months, the team experiment with cutting –edge science and technology to tackle major problems that have so far gone unsolved, from helping individuals struggling with serious illness to solving issues affecting entire communities.

 In this second episode, the inventors try to give a voice to a paralysed man who can no longer speak, help a disabled teenage boy ride a bike for the very first time, and design a new technology to fight a national crime wave.

 For the first case, Simon travels to Peterborough to meet 55-year-old Graham Bullivant, who has partial Locked-In Syndrome as a result of a stroke he suffered in 2014. He now only has limited movement of his head and left arm and is unable to speak or swallow. He and his wife, Zoe, are desperate for an alternative to the frustrating system he currently relies on to communicate, which sees him spelling out words, letter by letter, a painstakingly slow and laborious process.

 Ruby Steel, top design strategist, steps up to the challenge with designer and engineer Ross Atkin. They start by exploring existing technology but unfortunately, due to the specific nature of Graham’s condition, there’s nothing that’s really suited to his needs.

The team decide to build Graham his own, bespoke communication system called the ‘Reaction Pad’. Ruby and Ross design a custom made app and stylus which gives Graham the ability to react quickly during conversations, and allows him to communicate with the humour and intelligence that is a central, and a much missed, part of his personality.

When Zoe uncovers old tapes of Graham, it seems possible that the team can use samples of his voice, including laughter and certain phrases, to give him his voice back - with incredible and heartbreakingly emotional results.

The next project, led by award-winning designer Yusuf Muhammad, is to help 11-year-old Oscar, who has a rare genetic condition that caused him to be born with no hands or feet.

Oscar is desperate to be able to ride a bike with his friends, so Yusuf needs to come up with a custom alternative for him. How Oscar will steer and break poses tough challenges, and Yusuf’s early designs and prototypes fail.

Determination and an innovative approach sees Yusuf engage Oscar’s help to understand exactly the needs – including a magical moment where he persuades Oscar to ride a tandem bike with him – the first time Oscar has ever experienced riding a bike. 

Understanding more about Oscar’s abilities and limitations, Yusuf returns to the drawing board, testing out more and more designs to find the solution that will see Oscar cycle out with his teenage friends.

The fix team’s third case centres around one of the UK’s biggest rural crimes, sheep rustling. Farmer Mike, from Somerset, explains how his sheep are being stolen in the dead of night.

Zoe Laughlin and Jude Pullen are keen to help the farmers affected, but after an initial meeting, the group of farmers reject all of Zoe and Jude’s first ideas – as experienced farmers, they understand like no-one else the limitations and realities of the suggested solutions.

Zoe and Jude realise they must dig deeper and explore the anatomy and physiology of the sheep. Eventually they come up with an idea to develop an internal, permanent tag that can be used to identify flocks, as well as a tag that leaves a permanent mark on the sheep to indicate those that have been stolen.

But the success is in the farmers’ approval and whether it works in practice. If they are successful, the technology could revolutionise the security of sheep farms, not just in Somerset but across the UK.


  • Wednesday 14th December, 9pm

  • BBC Two

  • 2 of 3

  • lou@plankpr.com

Eve Series 3

Eve is the result of an incredibly advanced robotics experiment and this award-winning action comedy series follows her adventures of with a family in suburbia and trying to make sense of human life as a teenage girl. As the gang track down a missing Rebecca, Will is faced with a life-changing decision. Meanwhile, Katherine must find a way of obtaining more nanobots if she’s to stay alive. 


  • Wednesday 14th December, 4:30pm

  • CBBC

  • 9 of 10

  • cecile@plankpr.com

Question Time

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time. 


  • Thursday 15th December, 10:45pm

  • BBC One

  • lou@plankpr.com

Cops UK: Bodycam Squad

Really’s brand new, real-life series following Staffordshire Police, one of Britain's most cutting-edge forces, as they fight crime in the county's diverse and contrasting communities continues. 


  • Friday 16th December, 9pm

  • Really

  • 7 of 8

  • annabel@plankpr.com

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