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WEEK 51

MasterChef: The Professionals

The BAFTA-winning hit MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 concludes this week.
 As the hospitality industry continues to face the most critical time in its history, the competition has showcased 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, conclude their deliberation over the UK’s most revered cooking competition.
 During the series the professional chefs have strived 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 16 
It’s been five weeks of intense challenges and only the six most talented chefs remain as we reach Finals Week on MasterChef: The Professionals.
With the title in sight, the pressure is immense, and the chefs need to put their heart and soul into the final challenges as they face their hardest tasks including the infamous Chef’s Table where they face the scrutiny of some of the UK’s most respected chefs.
But first up is the final Invention Test where they must produce a dish that is a Take on a Classic. The six chefs are split into two groups of three and they cook off against each other in their groups. They have just one hour and 15 minutes to emulate a legendary dish set by Monica and Marcus and put their own unique twist on it using the ingredients laid out for them.  
The first group make a Classic Rabbit in a Mustard Sauce. It’s all about body and flavour, and they must ensure the whole rabbit is used. There is no room for waste in this challenge and it’s all to play for. The second group create a Classic Bouillabaisse, with a Rouille and a Crouton. It needs to be elegant, hearty and full of rich flavour, but with the chefs own special spin. The chef who presents the finest dish in each of the groups will be rewarded with a pass straight through to the final four.
The remaining chefs must cook-off for a place in the final four in another Classics Challenge. This time they need to produce their own dish creating their Take on a Classic Dessert. The chefs use the very best of their pastry skills to produce a dessert of dreams for the judges. It’s their chance to show they have the talent to elevate themselves to new heights. They have one hour and 30 minutes to deliver deliciousness. At the end of the challenge the judges make the painstaking decision of which two chefs have reached the end of their journey and which two deserve a place in the final four of MasterChef: The Professionals 2020.
 

Episode 17
Finals Week on MasterChef: The Professionals continues and only four chefs remain. After five weeks of intense challenges and culinary cook-offs the MasterChef title is in the chefs’ sights. 
Tonight, is the penultimate round for the four final chefs, and they are fighting to secure their place in the final three. This round sees them experience the opportunity of their careers, cooking for some of the most respected chefs in the UK at the Chefs Table.
To start, the judges announce that each chef is responsible for one of the courses.  They must prepare their course for eight guest chefs who have a total of 12 Michelin stars between them with Aktar Islam, Matt Abé, Sally Abé, Michael Caines, Jun Tanaka, Niall Keating, Daniel Clifford and Anna Haugh all looking for perfection.
This year the Chef’s Table is held at the MasterChef Kitchen because of the impacts of the COVID pandemic and the chefs have three hours and 15 minutes to create a spectacular dish and get it to the pass ready to serve. Every detail is crucial. This is all about showing their personal flair, precision, timing and immaculate presentation - nothing can go amiss in this round – the smallest thing will be noticed. This is an opportunity only dreams are made of but for these talented chefs it’s real and it’s their chance to stand out and win the praise from the very best.  
After the exhilarating experience of Chefs Table, it’s time for the chefs to refocus in the final bid to make it to the final three. The next round is all about passion and the chefs have one hour and 45 minutes to cook a dish Dedicated to Someone Special. The dish needs to combine all their best attributes and skills and deliver a special culinary experience for the judges that is inspired by those who are most important to their journey as a chef.
Sadly, for one of our gifted chefs, it will have to be their last dish of the competition as the judges decide which three continue on to cook in the Final Round.
 

Episode 18 
Over the last six weeks, some of the UK’s most talented and ambitious chefs have battled it out to win the coveted title. Now, only the best three chefs remain. This is the final time they will cook in the competition and is the most important cook of their lives - at the end one of them will be crowned champion.
Despite the trials and tribulations, or throughout the challenges they have faced during the competition, the final three remarkable chefs have shown they have incredible talent and cooking ability that has amazed judges. Each one of them has something unique and special and they have but one last challenge to show it; to cook their greatest three course meal.
In the MasterChef Kitchen for the final time the chefs have three hours and 15 minutes to cook a starter, main and dessert that embodies everything they are as a chef. They must put everything out there for the judges and demonstrate how much they have learned, and why they stand out above the rest.
Mistakes are not an option and it’s down to every sprinkle, every flavour, texture and skill to make these dishes the most outstanding of them all. Under the most intense amount of pressure, they must remain cool, calm and collected to deliver these three flawless plates of food.
The reward is life changing and there can only be one winner when one of the chefs is crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2020.
 


  • Tuesday 15th December, 9pm
    Wednesday 16th December, 9pm
    Thursday 17th December, 9pm

  • BBC One

  • 16 of 18
    17 of 18
    18 of 18

  • Annabel@plankr.com

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing is an hour-long festive special which will follow Bob Mortimer as he returns to his childhood roots in Middlesbrough to fish the River Esk and Tees with his dear friend and angling mentor Paul Whitehouse.
 
As well as trying to catch the glorious Grayling, Bob is also going to try to ignite the joy of Christmas in Paul, who thinks the magic of the season has been long lost to commercialism.
 
Bob will help to cook a memorable turkey dinner with all the trimmings and host their office party for two, featuring a special guest appearance by a secret Santa who has a rather familiar face.
 
Together they will chat to fellow Middlesbrough lad, singer Chris Rea about his unique memories of yuletide … before he drives home for Christmas.
 
They stay in fishermen’s cottages in the beautiful harbour village of Staithes and take to the North Sea to see what they can catch before moving further North to stay in a very magical place on the moors.
 
Will Paul finally begin to see the pleasure of Christmas through Bob’s eyes? A big surprise at the end of the programme could guarantee it!
 


  • Sunday 13th December, 8:10pm

  • BBC Two

  • 1 of 1

  • Bev@plankpr.com

The Christmas Misadventure of Romesh Ranganathan

Everyone Romesh has ever met has told him how amazing the Scottish islands are - but nobody he knows has actually ever been there. Now, in a year when travel abroad has been all but forbidden, he is heading to the Hebrides to find out if you can really have a proper adventure so close to home, spending a week visiting the Islands of Skye, Harris and Lewis.  
 
Guiding him through the journey will be Donald Macsween, or Sweeney to his friends, a local crofter from the far North of Lewis - a place that lies as far north as Greenland. 
 
During their trip Sweeney will show Romesh the spectacular rugged beauty of the islands and what at first glance look like Caribbean sandy beaches (but turn out to be utterly freezing). Rom will try his hand at the Highlands Games and try to avoid feeling up a sheep’s testicles during a day spent on Sweeney’s farm.  Along the way there will be a trip to the remote island of St Kilda - 4 hours out across the open Atlantic - and a chaotic afternoon spent with local band Peat and Diesel, the biggest thing to hit the Western Isles for decades. 
 
But it is also a trip full of surprises - Rom will find a community that is at times uncomfortable with the sheer number of people now visiting the islands and find out why its people are having to fight so hard to preserve their local culture.
 


  • Sunday 13th December, 9:10pm

  • BBC Two

  • 1 of 1

  • Lou@plankpr.com

Christmas at Highclere Castle

Celebrate Christmas at two of the UK’s grandest castles, Highclere Castle and Warwick Castle. This magical two-parter gains unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to a pair of the country’s greatest houses as they deck their halls and transform for Christmas in their own unique ways.
 
The series begins at one of the most recognisable houses in the world, Highclere Castle, the setting of the hit TV series and film, Downton Abbey. As guests of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, we discover what life is like at the real Downton and meet the small team tasked with creating seasonal cheer in the Castle. We also get to know the driving force behind the operation, Lady Carnarvon.
 
Christmas at Highclere Castle features a 22-foot tree in the Saloon, hundreds of metres of garlands, thousands of baubles, plus many more trees inside and out. The colour theme for this Christmas is Victorian, reds, greens and golds, and decorating Highclere is no mean feat. It is a race against time for the Castle’s close-knit team to get everything prepared in time to welcome small groups of guests for guided tours and tea, as well as a virtual gin cocktail party hosted by the Earl and Countess. It's a chance to enjoy the spectacle of Christmas at the real Downton Abbey.
 


  • Wednesday 16th December, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • 1 of 2

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Des O'Connor: The Ultimate Entertainer

ITV will pay tribute to Des O'Connor in a one hour special celebrating his life and work.  Des was the longest serving prime time TV host on British Television.  He topped theatre bills globally, including over a thousand solo appearances at the London Palladium. And despite much mockery from Morecambe & Wise, he released 36 Chart topping albums.  With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Des O'Connor was a showbusiness legend.
 
Filming began earlier this year after Des at 88 years old, decided to take a well-earned retirement from the spotlight.  With insight from family and showbiz friends, and with exclusive access to an amazing collection of hundreds of unseen home movies, the programme will give an intimate portrayal of how Des went from Butlins Redcoat to become the ultimate entertainer.  
 
Contributors include 
Jonathan Ross, Jay Leno, Melanie Sykes, Bradley Walsh, Joe Pasquale, Alan Davies, Elaine Paige, Sir Cliff Richard, Jimmy Tarbuck, Sheila Ferguson, Jodie Brooke Wilson, Adam O'Connor
 


  • Sunday 13th December, 9pm

  • ITV

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Princess Alice: The Royal's Greatest Secret

This is the remarkable, rarely-told story of the Queen's mother-in-law and Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.
 
Born into a life of privilege in Windsor Castle, in the presence of her great-grandmother Queen Victoria, her extraordinary life would be defined by struggle, tenacity and an indomitable generosity of spirit.
 
She was born deaf and diagnosed with schizophrenia, yet she would learn to read lips in four languages and dedicate her life to helping others.
 
Sent to a mental asylum, given controversial electroshock treatment and treated by Sigmund Freud, she would overcome the most extraordinary personal challenges to help those she saw as more in need than herself.
 
She served as a military nurse on the frontline, sheltered Jewish refugees during the Holocaust, and founded an order of nursing nuns in Greece, before finally coming to live at Buckingham Palace, with the Queen.
 
This definitive documentary sheds new light on the stranger-than-fiction story of Princess Alice, through rarely seen archive, and interviews with those who know her remarkable story best.
 
In five parts, it will chart her adventures as a troubled royal, surviving revolution and world events alongside her own extreme personal challenges. It will also explore how her parenting and experiences shaped the modern British monarchy through her son Philip, and her own relationship with her daughter-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II.
 


  • Saturday 12th December, 8:35pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Good Girls Guide to Kinky Sex

This series features self-confessed good girls and their partners, who are held back by a fear of being adventurous in the bedroom.  
 
Over the series each good girl and their guy will attempt various kinky sex challenges they’ve never tried before to see if they’ll be inspired to improve their sexual confidence.  
 
They’ll be asked to try almost anything from sexy food play to nipple clamps, ice cubes and hot lubes, to anal play and vibrators. They’ll take their sex play out of the bedroom and all-round the house, and even try some remote control devices down at the local shop! They’ll be provided with all they need whether its Leather latex ropes, handcuffs, blindfolds or even a full sized sex swing! 
While they get to grips with their challenges behind closed doors…. Experts will be giving all the good girls and boys at home lots of tips and advice to try out with each other.
 
After each ‘sexperiment’ we’ll get a final verdict from each couple - what they liked, what they didn’t and what they’ll definitely try again!
 
Every week, our resident experts will also teach the viewers at home kinky tips and tricks,  myth bust all manner of risqué sexual behaviours  – AND they’ll be a demonstration of the Good Girls’ Guide… Position of the week. What’s not to love?  
 
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In this episode, the Good Girls and their Guys drive their other halves wild by sharing their most intimate moments with each other. With a kink box full of sexy toys they try solo and mutual masturbation and discover there’s more fun to be had than when they’re on their own.
 
Then they’re challenged to indulge in one of the UK’s most popular fetishes – dressing in latex and leather! They’ll explore their inner dominatrix before discovering what it means to have a Sex Swing in the house!
 


  • Wednesday 16th December, 11:55pm

  • Chanel 5

  • 1 of 3

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Inside Poundland: Secrets From The Shop Floor

Gloomy headlines from the High Street have huge chains laying off staff and closing their stores, but Poundland is seemingly bucking the trend. They’re opening 30 new stores over the next 12 months, with the latest launch in Stockton-on-Tees, in a notoriously quiet and degenerated part of the High Street. The store is expected to make £10,000 on opening day which feels like an impossible feat to Area Manager Colin as he glances down the empty shopping centre. The preparations aren’t smooth when a delivery of chilled foods fail to turn up, but the shiny new store does look glorious on opening morning and they even have a man dressed in a dog suit to draw in the crowds. If only there were shoppers on the High Street to appreciate it.
Mexborough is another of the company’s stores having recently had an expensive makeover. Store Manager Claire’s main priority is to create a fun and friendly atmosphere and keeping her team happy. But Area Manager boss Ryan is all about the detail and on a visit to store, pulls her up for having debris on the floor outside the shop and labels missing from the aisles. Claire feels under pressure to continue doing things her way, while also sweating the small stuff just like Ryan. Unbeknown to her a mystery shopper is sent into store to judge how she’s doing and whether she’s keeping the store up to standard. 
Elsewhere, it’s the national launch of homeware and MD Barry is once again back on the shop floor to oversee proceedings. This time he’s accompanied by the whole Board of Directors and Head of General Merchandise Holly, who is responsible for the range. The day seems to go with mixed success, as the store sells out of £1 fake succulents but the £4 giraffe barely shifts at all. When the first week’s sales from across the country are totted up, even Holly is flabbergasted. 
If the plan at Poundland is to be constantly changing in order to stay relevant on the High Street, then Holly is leading the charge. For her next range she’s tapping into a surprising new trend. Predicting a boom in divorce with many unhappy couples splitting after lockdown, Holly develops a line specially for them. A brainstorm leads them down the path of sex toys and underwear and Holly drives a hard bargain to get her necessary profit margins when she meets with her supplier Andy.
 


  • Monday 14th December, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • 2 of 2

  • 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 5 years, is this once niche fetish about to enter the mainstream?
 
In Tampa Florida, we’re just in time for lunch as 32-stone Leighton and flatmate Ivy, weighing in at 41-stone, chow down on one of their very own culinary masterpieces, fried chicken with cheese gravy all washed down with two cartons of double cream. 
 
Over on the West Coast we meet Caiti Dee, hard at work doing a live online session where the fans are busy tipping as she munches her way through two packs of donuts. 34-stone Caiti has 40,000 followers, who this year have spent over $80,000 watching her eat. 
 
Back in the UK, Liam is a fanboy who can’t get enough of the big girls he watches online. He’s 36-stone Reenaye Starr’s number one fan and we join him as he has an online one-to-one with this giant of the feederism scene.
 
NB: PLEASE NOTE THAT REENAYE IS NON-BINARY. Reenaye refers to themselves as THEY/THEM.
 


  • Monday 14th December, 9pm

  • 5 Star

  • 2 of 2

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

The Repair Shop

The Repair Shop is decked with holly and a dedicated team of Britain’s most passionate and skilled crafts people are beavering away like busy Christmas elves repairing and rescuing beloved festive treasures. 
A Victorian version of a juke box called a Polyphon, that has rusted into silence, moves sisters Ann and Kathryn to tears when they hear it play the family’s favourite carol for first time in decades and the only Christmas present received by evacuee Patricia in 1939, Betty Doll, is lovingly brought back life. 
Also in Repair Shop this Christmas; a rustic but rickety Nordic sleigh, a battered hundred year old school Nativity and an 18th century Madonna and Child painting all with unique restoration challenges for the expert team. Celebrating the season of joy and giving, The Repair Shop at Christmas is the festive fairytale that will transform broken treasures into beautiful gifts, proving that ‘make do and mend’ is still a philosophy to live by after all these years.
 


  • Wednesday 16th December, 8pm

  • BBC One

  • N/A

  • Lou@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 twenty thousand 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.
 
This episode sees Rob in the heart of England, following a high-speed railway that once tore its way through the towns and cities of the East Midlands. The Great Central Railway was the final great line of the Victorian era - the last main line to be built in Britain until the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, more than a century later.
 
Starting on the approach to Nottingham, Rob is taken aback by the scale of demolition and excavation needed to build this line through the city. This is the railway HS2 can only dream of being – fast and straight, connecting north and south, and with stations in city centres.
 
South of the Trent, Rob visits the site of a wartime bomb-making factory, where special trains brought workers in, and carried the very delicate produce away. Around Loughborough, the old railway is home to not one but two heritage lines. Rob catches up with the multi-million pound project that is now rebuilding bridges and 500yds of track in order to link the two steam railways, and restore a 20mile section of the old GCR route.
 
At Quorn, Rob visits the station where Edward VIII would alight and use the station master’s office to change for hunting. It’s a far cry from Leicester Central station – derelict for decades, but now set for a new life as a bowling alley.
 
Rob’s walk ends south of Rugby, where a perfectly straight, dual-track tunnel, over a mile and a half long, is being re-purposed as a high-tech test-facility for cars. It’s high-level engineering of which the Great Central Railway would have been proud.
 


  • Friday 18th December, 8pm

  • Channel 5

  • 4 of 4

  • Lou@plankpr.com

Steph's Packed Lunch

Steph McGovern presents a bold, fresh and exciting daily show broadcast live from Leeds. Steph's Packed Lunch features celebrity guests, fantastic food, intriguing real-life features and the best entertainment, lifestyle and consumer stories making the headlines. Well-known faces reveal what has got the viewers at home talking each day. In the kitchen, chefs Jack Stein and Dr Rupy Aujla rustle up delicious lunchtime treats. And there's a sideways look at the daily news in One O'Clock Views. Dr Helen Lawal and Dr Javid Abdelmoneim are the show's resident medical experts. 


  • Monday 14th December, 12:30pm
    Tuesday 15th December, 12:30pm
    Wednesday 16th December, 12:30pm
    Thursday 17th December, 12:30pm
    Friday 18th December, 12:30pm

  • Channel 4

  • N/A

  • Lou@plankpr.com

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