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Week 51

MasterChef: The Professionals

It’s Finals Week on Professional MasterChef. MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, and two of Britain’s leading chefs, Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti, are just a step away from crowning a new MasterChef: The Professionals champion, as they reach the final stages of their search for the country’s brightest new culinary star. In tonight’s penultimate episode the four remaining chefs battle for the all-important place in the final three, and the chance to go on the trip of a lifetime, travelling to one of the world’s most exciting and innovative Michelin restaurants. The four finalists must first cook off in the MasterChef Kitchen.   For one chef their MasterChef journey will be at an end while the final three will travel to Oslo to learn from the star of Nordic gastronomy and cook in the three Michelin star restaurant Maaemo. 

The judges begin by setting the four finalists a brief, they must cook a knockout dish that defines and delivers a taste of a landscape or place that they hold close.  Their food simply has to knock the judges off their feet if they are to convince them that they deserve to be in the final three.

The remaining three finalists travel to Oslo, capital city of Norway - a city surrounded by rugged nature, where the seasons are short and brutal and the rich culinary heritage is driven by the clean, pure and bold flavours of Norway.  Chef Esben Holmboe Bang is a groundbreaking, innovative, young chef.  Within 14 months of opening Maaemo, Chef Esben was awarded two stars with a third to follow.  This dynamic chef creates his 20 dish menus taking the heart of traditional Norwegian food and produce, and creating dishes that are both pioneering and inspired.  Chef Esben takes centre stage in his restaurant, in the super sleek modern financial district, surrounded by an elite staff of international chefs, Maaemo draws diners from around the globe. The three finalists have a rare opportunity to learn from Esben and his team. First, they must get to grips with his food philosophy in a masterclass where he demonstrates his signature dishes.  The chefs must then show what they have learnt by creating a stunning dish to impress Esben himself.  The chefs will have to draw inspiration from Esben’s philosophy and the produce in front of them, mahogany clams, mackerel, and more unusual ingredients, fermented plants, ants and edible flowers.  The finalists are pushed further than they have ever been before as they become part of Esben’s team in the globally-renowned restaurant. They must rise to the biggest challenge of their career as Esben allows them to take charge of dishes on his 20-plate menu for guests that have travelled to dine at the Three Star Michelin Maaemo.   The chefs will also be working under the watchful gaze of three special guests, Marcus, Monica and Gregg, who take a seat at The Chef’s Table.  Taking prime position, they are able to view the finalists in full flow, only separated from the action in the kitchen by a glass wall.   The chefs will be cooking at a level they have never come close to before. The reputation of the restaurant is paramount. Chef Esben sets the bar at almost impossible levels, determined to achieve an outstanding and exceptional service for each and every guest with none of the chefs afforded any mistakes in his exacting standards. The service will be the most intimidating of the chefs’ lives but the rewards are potentially sky high. There is everything to gain and these finalists need to triumph, taking away the inspiration to propel them on to achieve the ultimate accolade – Professional MasterChef 2016.      

MasterChef: The Professionals

Tonight is the Final of MasterChef: The Professionals. MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, and two of Britain’s leading chefs, Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti, are one almighty cook off away from ending their search and crowning the 2016 champion. Over the last seven weeks, 48 of Britain’s most ambitious and determined chefs have put their reputations on the line to battle for the competition’s coveted title. Now only the three best remain. Tonight they cook for the last time, with just three courses stand between them and the life-changing title. Tonight the three outstanding chefs, who have cooked some exceptional plates of food to reach the final, face one last challenge: to cook the best three courses of their lives for the MasterChef judges. In three hours they must bring together a starter, a main and a dessert which takes their culinary abilities to whole new level. As the tension builds, they must leave nothing behind, using everything they have learnt, all the inspiration they have gathered, all their talent and tenacity to deliver flawlessly-executed food, with mind-blowing flavours and stunning presentation to win them the trophy. The pressure is massive and the stakes are immeasurably high. The smallest error could cost them the title, but to succeed means and their lives could be changed forever when one of them is crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2016.

MasterChef: The Professionals

Tonight is the Final of MasterChef: The Professionals. MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, and two of Britain’s leading chefs, Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti, are one almighty cook off away from ending their search and crowning the 2016 champion. Over the last seven weeks, 48 of Britain’s most ambitious and determined chefs have put their reputations on the line to battle for the competition’s coveted title. Now only the three best remain. Tonight they cook for the last time, with just three courses stand between them and the life-changing title. Tonight the three outstanding chefs, who have cooked some exceptional plates of food to reach the final, face one last challenge: to cook the best three courses of their lives for the MasterChef judges. In three hours they must bring together a starter, a main and a dessert which takes their culinary abilities to whole new level. As the tension builds, they must leave nothing behind, using everything they have learnt, all the inspiration they have gathered, all their talent and tenacity to deliver flawlessly-executed food, with mind-blowing flavours and stunning presentation to win them the trophy. The pressure is massive and the stakes are immeasurably high. The smallest error could cost them the title, but to succeed means and their lives could be changed forever when one of them is crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2016.

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 19th December, 11am

  • BBC One

  • 6 of 15

  • lou@plankpr.com

Traffic Cops

In Yorkshire, the Traffic cops arrest thousands of drink-drivers every year, and across the UK, drink driving kills 5 people every week. For the Traffic Cops, picking up the pieces from drunk drivers is an all too common occurrence. Tonight, Jamie Theakston presents as Traffic Cops from North and West Yorkshire deal with the after effects of drink and drug related incidents.

On the A1 north of Leeds, officers from North Yorkshire’s Road Policing Group are forced to enact a risky boxing manoeuvre at high speed to bring a drink driver to justice, and in Leeds, when a drink driver rams a police car and then goes the wrong way down a dual carriageway, West Yorkshire’s Traffic Cops fear the worst. And, in Halifax, when a suspected drink driver crashes and flees the scene leaving a trail of blood behind, the driver’s welfare becomes the priority for the Traffic Cops.


  • Monday 19th December, 8pm

  • Channel 5

  • 6 of 7

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

Dreaming of remodeling her home with the man of her dreams, 52-year-old Mitzi was devastated when her boyfriend left her for another woman and moved only two houses away. Devastated, Mitzi not only turned to food for comfort, but she also started to hoard. Tired of living a double life of helping others in her job during the day but living isolated at night. Mitzi asks Chris and Heidi to help her get out of her self-made prison. At boot camp in Colorado, Chris and Heidi deal with Mitzi's food addiction and ask Dr. David Tolin to help deal with her hoarding. Back at home, Dr. Tolin helps Mitzi overcome her hoarding, and she is able to clean out her house.

Mitzi continues to tackle challenges in phase two. She trains with record holder Ernestine Shepherd for her milestone, a weightlifting challenge, and confronts the man that broke her heart. Not only does she succeed with her milestone, but she also surpasses Heidi and Chris's expectations. At the nine-month mark, Dr. Mathes from the University of Anschutz Health and Wellness Center informs Mitzi that she has done so well that she qualifies for skin surgery. During the mind-blowing finale, Mitzi doesn't just look beautiful; it is evident that she has transformed emotionally as well. She has maintained her clean home, healthy weight and friendships and cannot wait for what the future has in store for her.


  • Tuesday 20th December, 8pm

  • Really

  • 9 of 10

  • annabel@plankpr.com

Tattoo Fixers at Christmas

Episode PI to follow. Please contact us for pictures. 


  • Wednesday 21st December, 9pm

  • E4

  • 3 of 15

  • victoria@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. Prom night takes a chilling turn when a deadly virus is unleashed on the human race, forcing Eve into a final stand-off with Mary and an even bigger decision about her own destiny. 


  • Wednesday 21th December, 4:30pm

  • CBBC

  • 10 of 10

  • cecile@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 episode, the team build life-saving equipment for two brothers with Cystic Fibrosis, help a young girl who has to wear a protective helmet to live a normal life, and build technology that will give a partially-sighted mum the freedom to enjoy the outdoors 

For the first case, Haiyan Zhang, Director of Innovation at Microsoft, is set the challenge of easing the treatment of brothers Morgan (13) and Aiden (16), who both have Cystic Fibrosis. Morgan also has ADHD, and Aiden has autism, making the time-consuming routines they have to complete even more of a challenge for the boys and their mum. Each day they must complete three sets of 30-minute physiotherapy sessions where they use nebulisers to loosen the mucus in their lungs to help them breathe. It’s hard-work for all the family and especially challenging for the boys to find the motivation and energy to do these crucial exercises. 

Haiyan focuses on how she can motivate the boys to do their programme by turning the airway clearance devices that are part of their physiotherapy into a computer game. She develops two technologies, one centred around a video game on the iPad, and the other around a racing car game. It’s a genius idea and one that mum, Vicky, hopes will be the key to unlocking the brother’s motivation and transform therapy into a fun and exciting activity rather than a painful chore. 

The second case concerns seven-year-old Rosie, who was born prematurely with a brain condition which left her blind in one eye and with mobility and balance issues. As a result she has to wear a bulky helmet to protect her head from any falls. Understandably, Rosie wants something less visible that will help her fit in with her friends, and allow her to have different hairstyles. Zoe Laughlin steps up to the challenge and spends time with Rosie, understanding the day-to-day requirements of the helmet as well as getting to know Rosie’s character – including her love of David Bowie. 

Using non-Newtonian fluids, Zoe embarks on creating a headband that is soft to wear, but which becomes incredibly tough and protective upon impact. Zoe hopes this will give Rosie the protection she needs, whilst incorporating the comfort and stylistic element her old helmet lacked. 

For the final case, top design strategist Ruby Steel travels to Woking to meet partially-sighted mother of two, Shamreen Hussain. Shamreen has a condition called Cone Dystrophy. This means she is totally colour blind and her fine vision is weak, resulting in most of her vision being blurred. 

Shamreen has two children and she wants a discreet aid to help her complete everyday tasks such as walking them to school and cooking them dinner. 

Ruby researches how she can manipulate existing technology to create a bespoke piece of kit to help Shamreen overcome the unique challenges she faces. 

The final product is an app that identifies obstacles that may cause problems whilst she is walking outside, and can inform Shamreen via a tiny, indiscreet headphone she will wear in her ear. 

Ruby has even worked out a way for Shamreen to customise the app to indicate specific obstacles on her everyday walks.

This bespoke App could be the answer not just for Shamreen, but also for one of her sons who has inherited the condition. Simon and Ruby accompany Shamreen and her children to test drive the app to assess if it will keep her out of harm’s way. 

 

For further information, pictures, viewing links and interview possibilities, please contact Louise Plank or Cecile Quinney at Plank PR on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com /cecile@plankpr.com


  • Wednesday 21th December, 9pm

  • BBC Two

  • 3 of 3

  • lou@plankpr.com

Building Chernobyl's Mega Tomb

Building Chernobyl's Mega Tomb w/t follows the construction of a 36,000 tonne steel structure to entomb the ruins of the nuclear power plant destroyed in the 1986 disaster. This documentary films close up with the team of international engineers as they race to build the new structure before Chernobyl's original concrete sarcophagus – built to last just thirty years – collapses. Radiation levels make it impossible for workers to build the new shelter directly over the old reactor. So engineers are erecting the new megastructure – taller than the tower of Big Ben and three times heavier than the Eiffel Tower - to one side and will then face the challenge of sliding the largest land-based object ever moved, into place over the old reactor.  


  • Wednesday 21st December, Time TBC

  • BBC Four

  • cecile@plankpr.com

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