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WEEK 51

**NEW** Mary Berry’s Christmas Party

This winter you’re invited to Mary Berry’s Christmas Party!

Celebrate the festive season with the perfect dusting of Mary Berry’s very own Christmas magic. In a one-off television treat, Mary will open her kitchen to some of TV’s best-loved faces as they join her in cooking delicious party dishes especially for her Christmas Party table.

With varying degrees of nerves, skill and determination, but tons of excitement, presenters and broadcasters Alex Jones, Fearne Cotton, Darcey Bussell and Adil Ray take turns to join Mary beside her stove.

The One Show’s Alex Jones is eager to show off her family’s special recipe for Rissoles, while Darcey Bussell takes a break from the Strictly judging panel to find herself under the spotlight when tasked with trying to create the perfect ballet-inspired Christmas dessert.

Adil Ray, screenwriter, and creator and star of Citizen Khan, tries to impress with some very precise canapés, whilst Fearne Cotton is determined to show Mary that her delicious seasonal stuffed squash could be the Party’s winner.

With even more delicious Christmas dishes to be made between them, from the table’s centre piece - a stunning Ginger Glazed Ham, to perfect Squash, Brie and Cranberry Tarts, succulent Sweet Chilli Tiger Prawns, moreish Herby Blinis and a magnificent White Chocolate Cherry & Brandy Cake - the pressure is on for Mary and her cooking celebrity helpers to bring together a party table festive enough for all of Mary’s guests.

Packed with humour, warmth and exceptional festive food ideas - Mary Berry’s Christmas Party is the perfect invitation for yuletide escape.


  • Monday 18th December, 8:30pm

  • BBC One

  • 1 og 1

  • bev@plankpr.com

Coastal Railways with Julie Walters

North Wales

Julie’s journey from Cardigan Bay to Liverpool begins in Aberystwyth, Wales, where she was once “banned from every pub” in the town, so she heads off! Travelling north she arrives at Tywyn – famous for its heritage steam railway and the inspiration behind Thomas the Tank Engine.

Next, Llwyngwril, where the tiny community is literally trying to knit itself famous by “yarn bombing” the whole village. Then on over the beautiful Barmouth Bridge to Boston Lodge, home of the oldest working locomotive builders in the world.  She tries her hand at carriage painting before catching the famous Ffestiniog railway through Snowdonia National Park. 

Julie takes a trip on the fastest zip wire in Europe, based in a huge, semi abandoned, slate quarry.  Then on to Llandudno to meet sheep farmer Dan Jones who ‘won’ his million pound coastal hillside farm for a pound a year rent.  It’s tupping time and Julie must help prepare the rams for breeding.

Before Liverpool there is time to drop off at Flint and the largest pet cemetery in Europe.  Sceptical at first Julie is won over by the sheer attachment people have for their animals.  Final stop Liverpool, where Julie first started her acting career and time for that drink she was denied in Aberystwyth!


  • Sunday 17th December, 8pm

  • Channel 4

  • 4 of 4

  • annabel@plankpr.com

MasterChef: The Professionals

THE FINALS

Episode 19 of 21

Tuesday 19th December, 8pm, BBC Two

It’s The Finals on MasterChef: The Professionals and the competition is racing to the finish line. After six weeks of intense culinary battles, just four talented chefs remain from the original 48. As the tension rises, the chefs need to pull out all the stops for presenter Gregg Wallace and leading chefs Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing. Only one chef can be crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion of 2017.

Over the next three nights, the chefs will face the close scrutiny of some of the world’s greatest chefs and face the challenge and unique opportunity of working in some of the most ground-breaking restaurants around.

The first challenge the four chefs face in The Finals is the once-in-a-life-time chance to cook at one of the most prestigious events in the UK culinary calendar – The Chef’s Table. It will allow the finalists to showcase their food to their professional heroes as 23 culinary giants descend on London for this unique annual event. It’s the only time so many of the UK’s top culinary talents gather together to dine and provides a potentially career-changing moment for the finalists.  This year, the VIP chef guests have 22 Michelin stars between them and include three Michelin-starred Matt Abé, Atul Kochhar, Nigel Haworth, Andrew Fairlie and Gary Jones as well as rising stars Tommy Banks, James Lowe, Selin Kiazim and Elizabeth Haigh.

Each chef takes charge of one of four courses, which will be served to all 23 of their culinary idols. Over five intense hours they are watched over by Marcus and Monica as they cook for their lives, preparing every last element of their ambitious creations to perfection to please their important guests. The stakes are incredibly high as the opportunity to be noticed by the leaders of the UK culinary industry doesn’t come along every day.  It’s a career-defining experience for the chefs as they inch closer to the title of MasterChef: The Professionals 2017.

Judge – Monica Galetti

Judge – Marcus Wareing

Judge – Gregg Wallace

 

Episode 20 of 21

Wednesday 20th December, 8pm, BBC Two

It’s The Finals on MasterChef: The Professionals and the competition is racing to the finish line. After six weeks of intense culinary battles, just four talented chefs remain from the original 48. As the tension rises, the chefs need to pull out all the stops for presenter Gregg Wallace and leading chefs Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing. Only one chef can be crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion of 2017.

In tonight’s penultimate challenge, the four remaining chefs fight to secure their place amongst the final three, and the chance to take the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to one of the world’s most innovative Michelin-starred restaurants. First, they must face a cook-off against each other in the MasterChef kitchen. For one chef, this will be the end of their journey, as only three can take the next step; being sent to the South of France to learn in the two-Michelin starred kitchens of the 4th best restaurant in the world - Mirazur.

The judges begin by setting the four finalists a simple brief in the MasterChef kitchen –creating a single show-stopping dish which draws inspiration from where they’re from. In 90 minutes they must go all-out to cook the dish of their professional lives. At this point in the competition, there’s nowhere to hide from the judge’s scrutiny and one finalist will be sent home.

The remaining three finalists then travel to Menton in the South of France. This small town sits close to the Italian border and it’s here that inspirational Argentinian chef Mauro Colegreco came in 2006 and established restaurant Mirazur, putting the town firmly on the culinary map.  Within a year of opening, Mirazur had been awarded its first Michelin star and within five years it achieved its second. Inspired by its situation in the stunning landscape, Colegreco’s food highlights his love and respect for the land, sea and mountains of the region. The restaurant regularly makes it into the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and, in 2017, sits in 4th place. It’s frequented by diners who travel there from across the world and who have to book months in advance to secure a table.

The three finalists will now have the unique opportunity to learn from Mauro and his impressive team. First they are given an inspiring masterclass about the philosophy behind his cooking. The chefs are then asked to draw on this lesson to create their own dish for Colegreco to taste. They must show that they can translate his philosophy into a dish that would sit well on the restaurant’s ever-changing, award-winning menu. The chefs are sent to a world-renowned Italian market, just across the border in Ventimiglia, to source the best possible fresh, local ingredients to create their dish.

After this challenge, in the biggest test of their professional careers, the three finalists must seamlessly join Colegreco’s brigade of chefs during a packed lunchtime service. The pressure intensifies as they’re tasked with creating two exceptional dishes each in a six-course menu for the exacting restaurant diners.  As well as impressing Colegreco and his team, their dishes will face the judgement of Marcus, Monica and Gregg who each take a seat at the Chef’s Table. This service will test the three finalists like nothing before and the judges will witness first-hand how they cope with the intensity and perfection required by a restaurant at the very top of its game.

This will be the most terrifying and demanding service the chefs have ever faced and they can’t afford to falter for a second, but the rewards could be great. They must return with the inspiration to push themselves right to the top - with the ultimate goal being to take home the title of MasterChef: The Professionals 2017.

Judge – Monica Galetti

Judge – Marcus Wareing

Judge – Gregg Wallace

 

Episode 21 of 21

Thursday 21st December, 8pm, BBC Two

Tonight is The Final of MasterChef: The Professionals 2017. MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace and two of Britain’s leading chefs, Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti are edging closer to finding the 2017 champion. Just one almighty cook off remains for them to assess the talent of the finalists.

Over the last seven weeks, 48 of the most talented and tenacious chefs in the UK have battled each other for the coveted title. Now, just three chefs remain. This will be the last time they cook in the competition and the evening will end with one of them receiving the hard-won title.

Tonight, the final three outstanding professionals, who have created some incredible plates of food throughout the competition, face one challenge: to cook the best three courses of their lives for the MasterChef judges. They return for the last time to the MasterChef kitchen and spend three hours creating a three-course menu of starter, main and dessert which showcases their exceptional culinary abilities. In this moment, everything is laid bare for the judges, as their plates will expose everything they’ve learned throughout the competition. They cannot falter, as they battle to display everything they have to offer - their talent for flavour and creativity, their ability to remain calm and controlled under immense pressure and to flawlessly deliver three plates of incredible food.

The reward is immeasurable as their career could change forever when one of them is crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2017.

Judge – Monica Galetti

Judge – Marcus Wareing

Judge – Gregg Wallace


  • Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st December, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 19 – 21 of 21

  • cecile@plankpr.com

Save Money: Good Food

Christmas Special

This week we are in Scarborough and we are road testing Christmas! Matt is challenged to save money on the biggest and most expensive meal of the year. He will be raiding the kitchen to find treats to create homemade party food- and then he will be making a three course traditional Christmas feast for less than five pounds a head! Susanna is finding out how we can get the best value for money when we buy wine to go with our Christmas feast – and we will be taste testing mince pies to find out which of the budget buys tastes best.


  • Tuesday 19th December, 7:30pm

  • ITV

  • 5 of 7

  • annabel@plankpr.com

Tattoo Fixers at Christmas

Series 3 special

It’s Christmas at the parlour, and the artists have lined up a full on festive fixers fiesta.

Sketch bakes up a gingerbread based treat for Luke, while Alice uses Sam’s bum to help reunite a yuletide favourite with his family,

And Jay gives Brendan’s below the belt mistletoe the kiss off it deserves.

Elsewhere, Owen gets the purrrfect tattoo, Siobhan trolls us all with some childlike inking, and Mark becomes a Christmas hero with a belly tat that is beyond belief.

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 his help.

The first patient of the day is Louise who comes to the clinic with her boyfriend Daniel. Louise was born with a congenital condition called Poland Syndrome and has no muscle in her right breast. After several unsuccessful correctional surgeries Louise was left with a deformed breast and is now prone to severe pain; her relationship with Daniel has suffered as a result. Will Dr Christian be able to help them?

Also hoping for some answers is 22 year old Rachel, who has come to the clinic with her mum Lynn. Rachel is suffering from an undiagnosed disorder which affects the skin on her vulva. She lives in constant discomfort and is unable to have a normal sex life. After an emotional consultation, Dr Christian is concerned that there is more to her condition. He devises an unexpected treatment plan.

Next through the door is Joseph who is desperate for help with his fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes pain throughout his body. This widespread pain has brought about a host of mental difficulties including chronic fatigue and depression. Joseph’s devoted mother Lynn has had to become his primary carer and she feels his consultation with Dr Christian is their last chance.

Last to visit the surgery is Ashley who has a painful skin condition around her groin area. The issue has had a big impact on her self-esteem and is also affecting her relationship with partner Jake. They need their relationship to get back on track - can Dr Christian and his consultant dermatologist help this couple?

Swipe Right For Murder

KAYLEIGH HAYWOOD, LEICESTERSHIRE

Kayleigh Haywood was 15 years old when 27 year old Luke Harlow contacted her out of the blue online.  He bombarded her with messages, saying she was pretty, special, and that he should be her boyfriend. From this intense grooming (over 2500 messages exchanged in just two weeks), Luke Harlow persuaded Kayleigh to lie to her parents in order to meet him. On Friday 13 November 2015, Kayleigh told her parents she was staying overnight with a friend, and instead went to meet Harlow for the first time. On the Saturday, Kayleigh messaged her mother to ask if she could stay another night, and believing she was safe, her mother agreed. It was on the Sunday morning, when a local builder found Kayleigh’s smashed phone on the side of a road, that her parents realised something was terribly wrong and called the police. Kayleigh’s social media activity lead them to Harlow, who denied knowing what had happened to Kayleigh, instead implicating his neighbour Stephen Beadman. Trying to explain away fresh injuries to his face, Beadman told police he’d fallen whilst doing some contract work at an outdoor site. He inadvertently led police to this location, where they discovered a bonfire with clothing stained with Kayleigh’s blood. After three days of questioning, he finally confessed to her murder, and disclosed the location of her body. On 19th November 2015, Beadman was charged with Kayleigh’s rape and murder, and Harlow with grooming and sexual activity with a child. They were later sentenced to life in prison and 12 years respectively.  Leicestershire police were so affected by what happened to Kayleigh that, in close liaison with her family, they made a short film: Kayleigh’s Love Story, to warn young people about the potential dangers they face online. So far it has been seen by over 40 million people worldwide.


  • Thursday 21st December, 10pm

  • Really

  • 6 of 8

  • annabel@plankpr.com

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