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Inside Poundland: Secrets From The Shop Floor

Managing Director Barry is introduced, not in the Board Room devising strategy but shoving pizzas into freezers in the Walsall branch of Poundland. He’s there to help with the launch of their new enterprise ‘Project Diamond’, a multi-million pound investment into giving stores a makeover and branching into new product lines like frozen and chilled food. The plan is to go upmarket and steal customers off the competition, but at the Walsall store, the posh new ice-cream and chargrilled vegetable pizzas selling slowly.

Retail Director Austin visits the Glenrothes store, seeing for himself why Poundland has decided to plough so much money into their branches: this store not only has a gaping hole in the ceiling but the ramshackle warehouse is stacked so high with boxes, the idea of a stocktake seems impossible.

The company’s next attempt to go upmarket is to launch an aspirational new line in trendy Homeware. They need this one to go well so a PR team are drafted in to devise a stunt which should drum up publicity around the launch. Poundland are aware they have an image problem, seen by many shoppers as cheap and poor quality. In an attempt to change public perception, the PR team invent a fake Swedish Homeware brand called Lündon Pad – a cunning anagram of Poundland. They dress a shop window in Mayfair with their budget cushions and ornaments, hoping to dupe the public into thinking the items would set them back hundreds.


  • Monday 7th December, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • 1 of 2

  • kay@plankpr.com

Hoarders: Mega Hoards and Horror Homes

This 90-minute special brings together Britain’s most prolific hoarders; from the man whose hoard was so vast he could no longer get through his front door, to the woman whose home hid the remains of dead animals and the man whose hoards has cost him his family. Hoarding is reaching epidemic proportions in the UK. Around 1.2 million people across the country are classed as hoarders but what drives a person to hoard and what devastating effects can it have on a person’s life? 

In this programme, we go on a journey with a variety of different hoarders, from the obsessive collector and the irrational recycler, to the sentimental hoarder that wants to hold on to precious memories. The people we meet along this journey include Richard, who has been hoarding mountains of newspapers for many years in the name of research. We visit Arthur, who struggles to part with his collection of important personal memories, and Mandi, the lady whose impressive collection of vintage clothing has taken over most of the space inside her home. Brian holds on to items that he feels must have a use for someone, somewhere, whilst Esther actively goes out searching for discarded items that she can find a use for.


  • Thursday 10th December, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

Feeders

Welcome to the secretive world of Feeders where BIG people are paid to put on weight by a group of devoted admirers.  It’s a world fuelled by sex, greed and the potential to earn big money. 

In this documentary, we meet the feeders whose fans all agree on one thing: bigger, is most definitely better.

‘Feederism’ is the controversial, and often misunderstood, online subculture of sexualised weight gain. It started as a niche (some said ‘sinister’) fetish in the late ‘90s, with just a few ‘feeders’ and ‘feedees’. 

But now, in the age of social media, an increasing number of women are taking control of their bodies and their incomes, by celebrating their weight with like-minded people online. With a 600% rise in online traffic to Feeders websites in the last five years, is this once niche fetish about to enter the mainstream?

Goddexx Althea was born in Texas - where everything is bigger, before settling in the North East of England. This 22-stone mother of three is the bread-winner of the family by selling online content to food obsessed fans. We are on hand to see Althea perform a custom content clip of one of their big sellers, a stuffing video. Basically, Althea is paid £8 a minute to eat 12 spicy chicken wings and a large pepperoni feast pizza. As Althea says: “I like chicken wings and I like pizza, so I’ve got the best job in the world from my point of view.” 

Over in the USA we meet a superstar of the Feederism scene, Reenaye Starr. Weighing in at 36 stone, Reenaye has been pulling in over $60,000 a year for the last 15 years. They’re prepared to go to the darker side of the Feederism market, specialising in ‘assisted facility’ clips where Reenaye plays the role of someone who is so fat they can no longer function independently. 

Watching with interest is Rose in South Wales. 25-years-old and coming in at 20-stone, Rose has been a camgirl for two years. She has a loyal audience of BBW (Big Beautiful Women) fans, but has seen just how much money feederism clips can make and is tempted to dip her toe into this ever-expanding market. We have a ringside seat as Rose takes the plunge with a 14” meat feast.

NB: PLEASE NOTE THAT GODDEXX ALTHEA AND REENAYE ARE NON-BINARY. They refer to themselves as THEY/THEM.

When TV Favourites Go Horribly Wrong

We all have our favourite shows when it comes to TV, often with their friendly presenters, cosy sofas and light-hearted chat. It’s our safe haven where we know what we’re getting. But sometimes things can go horribly wrong. 

This 3-hour special narrated by Richard Madeley features less-than-perfect moments from some of the nation’s Favourite TV shows and stars including Phil & Holly on This Morning, Dick & Dom in Da Bungalow, Tenable’s Warwick Davis and Anne Robinson on The Weakest Link.

There are disastrous moments from TV’s biggest stars including Lorraine Kelly, Jeremy Vine, Linda Barker and Pointless star Alexander Armstrong.

Highlights include the episode of This Morning where Alison Hammond nearly got herself arrested. Joan Rivers turns the air blue on Loose Women. A goat makes a dirty protest in Judge Rider’s courtroom and Linda Barker cocks-up a 60 Minute Makeover with just minutes to spare.

There are hilarious first-hand accounts from the people who were there including Eamonn Holmes, who tells the story of when Mr. Blobby caused chaos on the set of GMTV. John Stapleton relives the moment he had the wool pulled over his eyes by young comedian Chris Morris on The Time The Place.

BBC reporter Mike Bushell relives the time he went in at the deep-end, embarrassingly, at the Commonwealth Games. And Tim Wonnacott opens up about the time an antique smashed to smithereens in front of two startled Bargain Hunters, with hilarious consequences.

There are horribly wrong TV moments from around the world including an unfortunate Australian presenter who gets soaked by a lion and a Turkish makeover show pushes one contestant to the extreme.

Contributors include Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, John Stapleton, Rustie Lee and Daytime TV Legends Anne Diamond and Nick Owen


  • Sunday 6th December, 10:25pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

The Repair Shop

Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

 

No fewer than four experts pool their talents to tackle the repair of a battered old ventriloquist’s dummy who goes by the name of George. George and owner Alan were once a formidable stage double act, but time has taken its toll on Alan’s cheeky sidekick, leaving him with wonky eyes, a severely chipped face and virtually no hair. Will the combined efforts of mechanical maestro Steve, ceramics conservator Kirsten and toy repair duo Amanda and Julie be enough to get George stage-worthy again, ready for Alan to entertain his grandchildren at an upcoming birthday party?

 

Silversmith Brenton West takes on the repair of a silver running trophy that survived a direct hit during the Blitz in World War 2. Brought into the Repair Shop by Valerie Bowker, the trophy was once the proud possession of her father, who was a successful amateur athlete in his youth. Sadly, this trophy is the only remaining memento Valerie has of her Dad, as everything else was destroyed in the bomb blast. Dented, tarnished and bent to one side, Brenton has his hands full restoring the trophy back to a fitting state.

 

Husband and wife team Walid and JouJou Saad are on hand to repair a vintage portable typewriter, an iconic ‘Corona 3’ dating from the 1920s. The typewriter hasn’t worked for many years, but Walid and JouJou are confident they can bring it back to life using all the tricks of their trade.

 

And wood wizard Will Kirk takes on the repair of an old shove ha’penny board that once provided the focal point of many a happy night down the local pub. But can he restore its mirror-like sheen, and bring this old pub favourite back to life and playable once again?


  • Wednesday 9th December, 8pm

  • BBC One

  • NA

  • bev@plankpr.com

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways

In this new series, Rob Bell explores more 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 over 5,000 railway stations!

 

As an engineer, Rob Bell 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.

 

COTSWOLDS

Rob’s third outing of the new series sees him crossing the charming Cotswolds, following the Banbury & Cheltenham Direct Railway. Today, we know this region as picture postcard rural England – rolling hills, honey-coloured cottages, and plenty of celebrities and the odd Prime Minister, rushing to their country abodes. But as this lost railway reveals, for most of the past 2000 years, the Cotswolds has actually been a hive of industry.

Rob sets off from the Regency splendour of Cheltenham, to explore a 46-mile route that took more than three decades to build. Heading into the Cotswolds, the railway passed many quarries, all producing the famous Cotswold stone – some now abandoned, some still supplying stone to sites like Hampton Court.

With endless local hills, this railway was never an express route, but it did open up this glorious landscape to visitors for the first time. From the late 1800s, tourists piled in by rail to explore picture postcard villages like Bourton-on-the-Water, establishing a new local ‘industry’.

But for the most part, Rob’s journey reveals a Cotswolds we’d barely recognise today – from the North African sheep first introduced by the Romans, to the industrial tweed mill, built beside the line at Chipping Norton. As Rob finds, the massive mill has now become some highly desirable apartments.

With giant iron workings near Hook Norton and a towering brewery, this lost line served a very different kind of Cotswolds. And like the railway, it’s one largely consigned to history.


  • Friday 11th December, 8pm

  • Channel 5

  • 3 of 4

  • lou@plankpr.com

MasterChef: The Professionals

The BAFTA-winning hit MasterChef: The Professionals returns for 2020, to a new home on BBC One. 

As the hospitality industry faces the most critical time in its history, the competition showcases the range of culinary talent across the next generation of chefs in the UK. The 13th competition sees judges, Michelin-starred chef, Marcus Wareing; highly-reputed chef, Monica Galetti, and celebrated MasterChef judge, Gregg Wallace, preside over the UK’s most revered cooking competition.

Over six weeks, thirty-two professional chefs will strive to demonstrate their outstanding skills, commitment and creativity to convince the judges they are worthy of the highly-esteemed title of MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2020.

 

Episode 13  

It’s the beginning of the Semi Finals Round on MasterChef: The Professionals. After four weeks of riveting competition, only the 10 most gifted chefs remain. Tonight, for the first time they all meet together in the MasterChef kitchen, where they are set the challenge of producing a dish based around their favourite Food Memory. 

The group of ten will be split into two groups of five for the cooking, but they will ultimately all be cooking off against each other in the biggest challenge of the competition so far. They need to wow the three judges with a knockout dish, which exemplifies the way in which food can remind you of wonderful times. The chefs have one hour and fifteen minutes to cook up this cherished plate of food, after which the five strongest chefs of the day will go straight through to the next Semi Finals round. 

The five weakest chefs then need to leave their faults behind and once more compete against each other in the Cook-Off round.  The remaining chefs are given a final chance to showcase their talents in an Invention Test where they must create a dish you could order from a fine dining food delivery experience. The chefs must make it sophisticated and practical, but they also need to be mindful of how the dish is presented in takeaway boxes, whilst still focusing on quality. They have an hour and 30 minutes to deliver a dish that doesn’t waiver from the briefs’ specifics. It’s a tall order and for two of our hopefuls their journey must come to an end. 

The three best chefs will join the five from the previous round and continue on their pursuit of the MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 trophy. 

 

Episode 14

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 chefs will come together and face-off over two challenges in the hope of making it to Finals Week and the remaining four will compete in tomorrow night’s episode. 

Tonight’s challenge sees the chefs take on a whole new learning experience, and possibly take them out of their comfort zone, when they are given a world class demonstration from the celebrated Michelin-starred chef Aktar Islam. His Birmingham-based restaurant, Opheem, has become renowned for pushing the boundaries with its innovative Indian cuisine. First Aktar performs two demos, showcasing two dishes based on two key elements, potato and pork. The aim is for the chefs to be inspired by Aktar’s ethos to not be constrained by traditional cooking methods but still deliver food that’s quintessentially Indian in flavour. 

The chefs need to then emulate this in an Invention Test. They choose from a larder of ingredients including fish, spices and much, much more to create dishes inspired by Aktar’s teachings. 

They have one hour and 30 minutes to produce two dishes and present them to Aktar and the three judges who cast their verdict. They will judge whether the chefs have taken the lessons on board and created dishes which give flavour and reflect the essence of what they have been taught. The highest achieving chef of the day will be rewarded by going straight through to the Finals Week.

In the second challenge the three remaining chefs must cook-off in the hope that they can impress the judges enough to join the Finals Week line-up - it’s crucial they perform at their best yet. They have 90 minutes to create a Two Course Signature Menu of an exceptional standard and the judges are expecting to see show-stopping food. The smallest details matter now, and any minor slips could cost them their place in the competition. 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 two will join the Finals Week line-up. 

 

Episode 15

The Semi Finals continue on MasterChef: The Professionals. Tonight, the second group of four chefs are up facing two more intense challenges set by the judges in a bid to make it into the Finals Week. 

Our chefs have the privilege of experiencing demonstrations from respected Michelin-starred chef, Andrew Wong. His London restaurant, A. Wong is regarded as the most cutting-edge Chinese restaurant in Britain today. In his demos Andrew gives the chefs a taste of his mission to expand the culinary understanding of Chinese cuisine by showing them creations of two dishes; Dim Sum and Crispy Chilli Beef. The objective is for the chefs to be inspired by Andrews teachings and take some of what they’ve learnt and reproduce it in the next challenge.  

In this Invention Test, the chefs have a market of produce with a whole host of ingredients to choose from, some of which were featured in Andrew’s demonstration. The chefs must give it their all - take his lessons on board and create dishes which emulate the amazing cuisine and the techniques they have been shown. They have one hour and 30 minutes to produce two dishes and present them to Andrew and the three judges for them to taste and critique. The favourite chef of the day will be rewarded with a pass straight through to Finals Week. 

The three chefs who remain must cook off to make it through - their performance is the most critical of the competition so far. They have 90 minutes to create a Two Course Signature Menu of an exceptional standard – some of the smallest faults could cost them their place in the competition. At the end of the day the judges Marcus, Monica and Gregg will taste their efforts and decide which chef heads home and which two will join the other chef to complete the Finals Week line-up of MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 where the six chefs will battle it out for the trophy.


  • Tues 8th December, 9pm
    Wed 9th December, 9pm
    Thurs 10th December, 9pm

  • BBC One

  • 13 of 18
    14 of 18
    15 of 18

  • annabel@plankpr.com

Naked Attraction

Naked Attraction is BACK! The dating show that dares to bare all returns and this time it’s even more revealing!

The world’s most daring dating show is back! Helping sassy singletons avoid the pitfalls of fake online profiles and fancy filters by choosing their perfect partner based solely on the power of Naked Attraction. When we are entirely unfiltered what do people really find sexually attractive? 

  

Episode 5

First into the studio is 45-year-old Nicola from Northampton. Twice divorced, this Ibiza raver is still young at heart and hoping Naked Attraction can find her a potential husband number three. 

Next is 34-year-old world traveller Mark from London. After developing Crohn’s disease and gaining a colostomy bag, he lost his body confidence but now wants to conquer his fear and find a new mate naked!


  • Tuesday 8th December, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • Channel 4

  • victoria@plankpr.com

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