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The Repair Shop at Christmas

Christmas has arrived at The Repair Shop where its team of passionate and skilled craftspeople are beavering away, repairing and rescuing four beloved festive treasures.

 

This year, Vicar Steve Stewart and his wife Amanda bring their cherished rocking horse to the barn. The toy was a Christmas gift for their daughter Tamsin when she was five years old. Tragically, just two years later, their little girl passed away. The horse is now being given a new lease of life to be gifted to their nine-year-old daughter, Hetty, to play on and remember the older sister she never met.

 

Also arriving at The Repair Shop is a treasured but tired stereogram, once the centrepiece of a family’s festive celebrations. Now broken and battered, it has sadly stood silent for years. The team pulls together to bring the memories back for two sisters who delight in hearing ‘the gram’ playing their parents’ favourite Christmas record for the first time in decades.

 

Eighty-year-old Christopher Sugg brings his treasured toy truck into the barn. Made by a team of WW2 engineers, led by his own father, Christopher was gifted this unique vehicle for Christmas in 1945. Now, 75 years later, he wants his young grandson to experience the same joy he felt all those years ago.

 

Also brought into the barn is a vintage musical Christmas ornament from the United States. Now faded and falling apart, the carousel originally belonged to wealthy New York golden couple Bill and Babe Paley. It was gifted to their PA, Robert Brown, who brought it back to his native Scotland in the 1970s, where it’s taken pride of place at his family’s festive celebrations for three generations.


  • Saturday 26th December, 6:45pm

  • BBC One

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  • Bev@plankpr.com

Celebrity MasterChef Christmas Cook Off

Episode 1

Bringing some much-needed cheer to the Festive season, John Torode and Gregg Wallace return for a Christmas special, inviting four memorable celebrities from series past, back to the MasterChef kitchen.

 

Broadcaster and journalist Janet Street-Porter, actor Christopher Biggins, broadcaster Dev Griffin and TV personality Vicky Pattison compete against each other to see who can take home the title of Christmas Champion. 

 

The celebrities face some classic MasterChef challenges with a Christmas twist. First up is the infamous Invention Test - and Janet, Christopher, Dev and Vicky must select their ingredients from a seasonal advent calendar. 

 

Then a Christmas-themed Pairs Test see the four celebrities cooking seasonal favourites before they are challenged to cook a two-course meal - the celebrities much create their Ultimate Christmas Dinner using well-known seasonal ingredients.

 

Expect a real cracker from the Christmas MasterChef kitchen with plenty of laughs, banter, songs and some astonishing food. The celebrities go all out as one cook from each episode will be crowned Celebrity MasterChef Christmas Champion.  

 

Episode 2 

Bringing some much-needed cheer to the Festive season, John Torode and Gregg Wallace return for another Christmas special, inviting four more memorable celebrities from series past, back to the MasterChef kitchen.

 

Strictly Come Dancing judge, choreographer and director, Craig Revel Horwood, entrepreneur and TV presenter Amar Latif, actress Crissy Rock and entrepreneur, businessman and TV personality Spencer Matthews compete against each other to see who can take home of the title of Christmas Champion. 

 

The celebrities face some classic MasterChef challenges with a Christmas twist. First up is the infamous Invention Test – Amar, Craig, Crissy and Spencer create a dish from ingredients found in a Secret Santa present box.  

 

Then a Christmas-themed Pairs Test see the four celebrities cooking seasonal favourites before they are challenged to cook a two-course meal - preparing an alternative Christmas dinner where they are asked to cook what they’d really like to eat over the festive period.

 

Expect a real cracker from the Christmas MasterChef kitchen with plenty of laughs, banter, songs and some astonishing food. The celebrities go all out as one cook from each episode will be crowned Celebrity MasterChef Christmas Champion. 


  • Monday 21st December, 9pm
    Wednesday 23rd December, 9pm

  • BBC One

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  • Annabel@plankpr.com

MasterChef the Professionals: A Festive Knockout

Episode 1

It’s the festive season and MasterChef: The Professionals offers celebratory food like you’ve never seen before. Some of the most memorable chefs from past series return to compete in festive-themed, MasterChef: The Professionals Specials.

 

2020 has seen the hospitality industry face the most critical time in its history and the returning contestants showcase their culinary skills to judges: Michelin-starred chef, Marcus Wareing; highly-reputed chef, Monica Galetti, and celebrated MasterChef judge, Gregg Wallace.

 

We see the following finalists step back into the MasterChef kitchen: Danny Parker (finalist 2014), Louisa Ellis (finalist 2017), Marianne Lumb (finalist 2009) and William Chilila (semi-finalist 2018). 

 

Like all great MasterChef: The Professionals competitions, the Skills Test is first up. From a bench full of festive ingredients Monica sets her group of chefs the challenge of making Festive Canapés.

 

For the competing chefs it’s a chance to relive the much-feared Skills Test, and they catch up with judges on how their careers have progressed since taking part in the competition as well as showing off their skill, flair and imagination using the seasonal ingredients.  

 

Then the chefs must face the challenge of impressing the judges with a seasonally themed two-course menu in two-and-half hours.

 

Showing their culinary personality to the full, the dishes need to have technical skill, creativity, flair and, most importantly, they need to be delicious enough to wow the judges into crowning them the Best Chef. 

 

One thing is for certain - the competing chefs go all out cooking extraordinary food that sings celebration. 

 

Episode 2 

It’s the festive season and MasterChef: The Professionals offers celebratory food like you’ve never seen before. Some of the most memorable chefs from past series return to compete in festive-themed, MasterChef: The Professionals Specials.

 

2020 has seen the hospitality industry face the most critical time in its history and the returning contestants showcase their culinary skills to judges: Michelin-starred chef, Marcus Wareing; highly-reputed chef, Monica Galetti, and celebrated MasterChef judge, Gregg Wallace.

 

We see the following finalists step back into the MasterChef kitchen: Steve Barringer (finalist 2011), Exose Grant Lopo-Ndiga (finalist 2019), Oli Martin (finalist 2018) and Olivia Burt (finalist 2019). 

 

Like all great MasterChef: The Professionals competitions, Monica and Marcus start by setting a Skills Test and demonstrate what they’d do if faced with the challenge themselves. From a bench full of festive ingredients Marcus asks the chefs to come up with a dish inspired by Christmas Leftovers.

 

For the competing chefs it’s a chance to relive the much-feared Skills Test, and they catch up with judges on how their careers have progressed since taking part in the competition as well as showing off their skill, flair and imagination using the seasonal ingredients.  

 

Then the chefs must face the challenge of impressing the judges with a seasonally themed two-course menu in two-and-half hours.

 

Showing their culinary personality to the full, the dishes need to have technical skill, creativity, flair and, most importantly, they need to be delicious enough to wow the judges into crowning them the Best Chef. 

 

One thing is for certain - the competing chefs go all out cooking extraordinary food that sings celebration. 


  • Tuesday 29th December, 8pm
    Wednesday 30th December, 8pm

  • BBC One

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  • Annabel@plankpr.com

Mary Berry Saves Christmas

In Mary Berry Saves Christmas, Britain’s much loved home cook will teach three hopeless kitchen novices to create surprise festive feasts for those closest to them. Mary’s pupils, Jake, Jess and Claire, all have one thing in common; they have never cooked a meal from scratch in their lives. 

 

Mary teaches Somerset Zoo Keeper Jake her recipe for Butternut Squash, Stilton and Sage tart so he can attempt to treat his bosses with a surprise feast to thank them for all of their support this year. But he’s struggling from the off when he fails to follow Mary’s instructions and serves something up that even his animals wouldn’t go near.

 

Customer Services rep Jess has spent much of this year living with her parents in Hull and now faces a Christmas without her Mum and Dad who are travelling back to her Mum’s native Philippines. She’s keen to show them how much they mean to her with a big festive send off in the form of Mary’s Turkey Crown with Bacon Lattice and Christmas Vegetable Gratin recipe. But given that the last time she tried to heat a ready-made roast she nearly burnt the house down; she’s got her work cut out.

 

For years, Bra-Fitter Claire has relied on her husband Tony to do the cooking. Now, she’s keen to wow him and their friends with her first ever attempt at a home-made desert – Mary’s spectacular Mango, Passion Fruit and Limoncello pavlova. Mary makes it look easy, but can Claire follow the recipe to the letter when left to her own devices?

 

Mary’s keen that her novices' feasts go without a hitch and so has enlisted three celebrity elves to help them. She brings Repair Shop’s Jay Blades, comedian Tom Allen and presenter Angela Scanlon together to brief them before sending them out across the UK to each surprise one of the non-cooks, and act as their sous chefs for the day. Will her pupils have managed to keep Mary a secret from their families?  Will they manage to pull off these spectacular dishes to do Mary proud? Will it be a festive feast to remember?

 

As the celebrity elves come back to report to Mary, all will be revealed.


  • Wednesday 23rd December, 6:30pm

  • BBC One

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  • Bev@plankpr.com

Christmas at Chatsworth House 2020

Episode 1:  Christmas At Chatsworth House (NB this is a different show – but with the same title - as last year’s Christmas at Chatsworth House which is being repeated). 

 

After one of the toughest years on record, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire are determined to make Christmas 2020 at Chatsworth House a success. With the help of their key team, they are decking their halls and transforming their garden into a festive wonderland for visitors.

 

Planning the lucrative Christmas season begins in the height of the summer as the house emerges from lockdown. After months with no paying visitors this year’s budget is slashed, but Chatsworth’s Creative Head of Christmas, Susie, rises to the challenge with make-do-and-mend decorations. Forty trees, ten miles of fairy lights and thousands of baubles are needed to deck the ancient halls. And whilst the staff delve into the storerooms to recycle decorations from Christmases past, the Duke and Duchess choose their favourite festive tracks to be played on the visitor route.

 

This year, it’s not just the house that’s being treated to a Christmas makeover. To attract more visitors, an ambitious light trail through the garden is planned and there’s a flurry of activity as the November opening night draws closer.

 

But Christmas 2020 was always going to be a gamble, and the government’s announcement of a month-long lockdown makes Chatsworth’s festive plans an even bigger challenge. The house can’t open until December, but in true Bulldog spirit the team work tirelessly to open their dazzling festive light trail to socially distanced visitors.


  • Tuesday 29th December, 9pm

  • More 4

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  • Kay@plankpr.com

Michael McIntyre: In His Own Words

An affectionate look back at comedian Michael McIntyre’s life and career thus far, featuring interviews with Jonathan Ross, Eamonn Holmes, Marcus Brigstocke, Rob Rinder, Kate Copstick and Andi Osho.  The programme charts Michael’s early struggles to launch a career in comedy through to hosting the Royal Variety Performance and his arena-filling tours, featuring interviews filmed over the years with the man himself.


  • Friday 1st January, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Victoria Wood: In Her Own Words

An affectionate look back at the life and work of one of Britain’s greatest comediennes, featuring interviews with Jo Brand, Jenny Éclair, Gyles Brandreth, Susie Blake and the actors who worked alongside Victoria.  The programme charts Victoria Wood’s rise from her upbringing in Lancashire, via her partnership with Julie Walters on “Wood & Walters”, the brilliant “As Seen On TV” and her one-woman shows that sold out the Albert Hall. Featuring favourite clips, behind-the-scenes stories and interview footage filmed over the years with Victoria herself.
 


  • Sunday 20th December, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

David Jason: Britain’s Favourite TV Star

Sir David Jason is a bona-fide TV legend and one of the finest actors of his generation.

As part of Channel 5’s new series of tribute documentaries, we celebrate his life and remarkable career.

 

Narrated by Sue Johnston, we tell the real story behind his greatest TV creations from Pop Larkin to Granville, Jack Frost to Del Boy and much, much more. We chronicle the superstar’s early stage career and hear what his fellow thespians really thought of the dashing young actor.

 

 

We’ve unearthed little known gems from the archives including long forgotten shows, quirky TV adverts, as well as his very first movie and relive David Jason’s heartache on losing starring roles in ‘Dad’s Army’ and ‘Monty Python’. We also reveal how close he really came to never being cast as the legendary Del Boy.

 

This touching tribute takes viewers down memory lane, revisiting his greatest hits including ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘Danger Mouse’, ‘Open All Hours’, ‘The Darling Buds of May’ and ‘A Touch of Frost’.

 

This is the story of the working class lad from North London who became Britain’s most treasured actor.


  • Monday 21st December, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Tom Allen Goes To Town

Comedian Tom Allen loves travelling around the UK, and as a Bromley boy, he particularly loves small-town Britain. In this show filmed in 2019 and specially commissioned by Channel 4, Tom champions one of these unsung places: Wakefield in West Yorkshire. In his week in 'Wakey', Tom sees the sights and meets some of Wakefield's extraordinary characters, before putting on an end-of-week show to celebrate everything and everyone he's encountered in the city. Along the way, Tom takes in one of the world's biggest rhubarb crops, explores Wakefield's beautiful cathedral and visits one of the only drive-in fish and chip shops in the world. He also buys a round of Wakefield's famous steak pies and comes over all Nick Knowles when he renovates the local Caribbean restaurant for the family he's been staying with. Concluding his week in Wakefield at the beautiful Theatre Royal, Tom is joined by his assistant for the night, Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp, to host a full house of locals. 'Wakey vs The World' pits local attractions against famous global tourist hot spots, and Tom discovers some of the weirdest possessions owned by the people of Wakefield. The big finale features a specially composed singalong involving a cast of hundreds, including a 100-strong gospel choir. The Theatre Royal show is made for the people by the people of Wakefield... and Tom Allen. Together they show the rest of the country just what makes this West Yorkshire cathedral city special. 


  • Wednesday 30th December, 9pm

  • Channel 4

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  • Lou@plankpr.com

Elvis: The Man Who Shook Up the World

 Elvis: The Man Who Shook The World is the intimate story of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame - told by the people who knew him. His music and performances were considered highly controversial in 1950s America, he was one of the original symbols of teenage rebellion in an era where for the first-time young people were looking to break away from the older generation and establishment.

The film explores Presley childhood, his relationships and the musical influences that defined his sound, as well as charting the landmark performances in his career and their impact.

This is the story of a star who emerged from early family tragedy to a man who shaped popular culture and united audiences across the world in love with his music.


  • Saturday 26th December, 9:05pm

  • Channel 5

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  • Kay@plankpr.com

When Classic Comedy Goes Horribly Wrong

For more than seven decades TV has provided us with no end of classic comedy. Unforgettable comedians and memorable comic characters. And, let’s face it we all need a good laugh! But sometimes the joke can be on them. And occasionally, the laughter stops altogether.

From stumped stand-ups to Gods of Comedy upstaged, from panel shows to live comedy TV, we’ve got horribly wrong moments from all your favourite classic comedy shows and stars including Monty Python, Vic & Bob, Peter Kay and Russel Howard. 

Greg Davies finds himself in a right royal mess when he introduces the wrong act at The Royal Variety Performance in front of Wills and Kate. Alan Davies gets gung-ho with a saw on the set of QI leaving host Stephen Fry aghast, and Pamela Anderson gets things off her chest by walking off the set of Celebrity Juice!

Other highlights include the moment Sean Lock seriously injured comedian Bill Bailey with a flying prop handbag. Comedy favourite Joe Pasquale loses his head in front of a packed audience at London’s prestigious Palladium Theatre. Panelist Jessica Knappett takes a tumble on Taskmaster and Christopher Biggins takes things too far urging viewers to shove a lemon where the sun don’t shine on teatime telly!

Plus there’s a rare gem from the vaults featuring then stand-up Michael Gove whose jokes fall flat on a forgotten Channel 4 classic comedy. Pamela Stephenson totally misjudges her audience turning the air blue at a televised Woman of the Year event. And there are vintage laughs on The  Arthur Haynes Show when a young Wendy Richard loses it over a winkle!

Contributors include: Ivo Graham, Lesley Joseph, Anita Harris and character actor Dan Renton Skinner.


  • Monday 21st December, 10:30pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

When Classic TV Goes Horribly Wrong

Throughout the years there have been countless TV programmes that became iconic.  From soap operas to gameshows, News programmes to talent shows, this is the telly that couldn’t be missed.  These must-see shows have left us with countless fond memories.  But they didn’t always go to plan.    

 

This three-hour special narrated by Chris Tarrant features the less-than-perfect moments from some of the nation’s favourite shows over the years, from the black and white days of the 1960s and Dixon of Dock Green, to the colour 1970s, The Generation Game, right through the 80s, 90s and 00s to the present day. There are disastrous moments from classic stars including Lenny Henry, Lorraine Kelly, Oliver Reed and Russell Harty.

 

Highlights include madcap Steve Martin who causes chaos with a pair of scissors on Parkinson’s classic chat show. A puppy takes a shine to Gordon the Gopher on Going Live! And Noel Edmonds suffers an injury in front of millions live on The Late Late Breakfast Show.

 

There are first-hand accounts from the people who were there including former children’s TV presenter Mark Curry who recalls the time he crashed the set of Blue Peter with a miniature steam engine. Mastermind contestant Simon Curtis opens up about the time he suffered brain freeze during his specialist subject round resulting in one of the worst scores in the show’s history. And breakfast royalty Anne Diamond and Nick Owen relive the storm in an egg cup at TV-AM.

 

There is also the Classic TV that we still love and watch today including the time when Paddy McGuinness broke the iconic One Show set. An intruder disrupts the special 25th anniversary episode of The Morning in front of shocked viewers. And Gogglebox’s, Jenny & Lee are left with a bad taste in their mouth after mistaking face cream for their sofa snack!  

 

Contributors include Angela Rippon, Lesley Joseph, Dominic Littlewood and Dr Christian Jesson.


  • Sunday 27th December, 10:30pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Christmas at Warwick 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.

 

This week, we travel to Warwick Castle, the medieval site built on the order of William the Conqueror back in 1068. Christmas at Warwick is an extravagant affair and the moment the castle's Halloween lights are switched off, the transformation into a winter wonderland begins. Along with dazzling decorations in the historic Great Hall and state rooms, the plan is to wow visitors with a massive 745 metre-square ice rink, a Santa experience and a brand-new light trail through the castle's grounds.

 

Warwick Castle's loyal staff are determined to make this year's Christmas experience a big success. Show captain Elle Thomas has just a few days to prepare Santa's elves for their festive roles, while 27-year-old historian Melissa Perry helps decorate the castle's historic Daisy sleigh and keeps spirits up with tales of Christmases past.

 

In the castle grounds, head gardener Richard Blakeman has fondly named the eighteen resident peacocks after British monarchs and operations director Liam Bartlett is hoping the 93,000 litres of water the local fire brigade pump into the ice rink will freeze in time for the grand December opening. After a challenging year, there are high hopes Christmas 2020 at Warwick Castle will be a memorable one.


  • Tuesday 22nd December, 9pm

  • Channel 4

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  • Kay@plankpr.com

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