Close

WEEK 5

Great British Menu

Central Region – Episode 1

Great British Menu begins a thrilling week with the Central region heats. Competing for the top spot are four chefs who are a mix of exciting new talent and two popular returners. Nottinghamshire’s Sally Abé is determined to give winning a place representing her region another try. In addition to Sally, who is currently Chef Consultant at The Pem, her new restaurant in London, there is returner from last year Liam Dillon who has the only 3 AA rosette restaurant in his home town of Lichfield.  There are also two new chefs on the block: Executive Head chef of Gordon Ramsay’s Lucky Cat in London, Cambridge born Ben Orpwood, and last of the newcomers is Nottingham born Harvey Perttola, Head Chef at Restaurant Six at Trent Bridge.

 

Presenter Andi Oliver welcomes them to the kitchen, where the theme for this year’s competition is a celebration of 100 years of British Broadcasting. One of the four must leave the competition at the end of the episode and this will be decided by the Veteran Judge of this week’s competition - a previous winner who remains a surprise to the chefs until the moment they walk into the kitchen to taste their first course canapes.   

 

Veteran & Michelin Starred Aktar Islam tastes the canapes and tells Andi his initial impressions, but he will only use his rankings of the canapes in the event of a tie-break.  The scoring depends on how well the chefs do with the following two courses, the starter, and the fish.   

 

The starter dishes are brilliant takes on the brief with two interpretations of iconic wartime sitcom Dad’s Army. There’s a fun dish surrounding a famous episode where sausages are mistaken for £500 and an elevated starter based around rations. Other dishes include a homage to great quiz blockbusters and infamous phrase ‘ Can I have a P please Bob?’ from Ben and a smokey dish celebrating the Birmingham based drama Peaky Blinders. But which will Aktar score the highest? 

 

One chef leaves the competition after the fish course and the pressure is on to impress Aktar further.  What will he think of an Absolutely Fabulous scallop dish, a risky souffle honoring the original queen of cookery Fanny Craddock, a dish dedicated to David Attenborough and another inspired by Birmingham comedy Man like Mobeen. Who won’t cut the mustard and be sent home?

 

Central Region – Episode 2

The three chefs are halfway through their heat and the pressure is mounting. Once again, they each serve a unique take on the brief celebrating 100 years of British Broadcasting. For mains, one chef is taking inspiration from Fawlty Tower’s infamous Waldorf Salad episode. Another is paying homage to the longest running soap opera The Archers and there is a moon landing themed dish. But whose landmark programme or event in the kitchen will Veteran Judge, Aktar Islam prefer?

 

After the nail-biting scoring on the mains, presenter Andi Oliver asks the chefs to prepare a pre-dessert or palate cleanser.  Veteran Judge Aktar must blind taste and rank them as they will be used in the event of a tie to decide who goes home.  There’s a stunning ice lolly designed to look like a rainbow to tie in with hit series It’s a Sin, a nod to Alan Partridge’s favourite chocolate, and a dish inspired by a bushtucker trial. The question is will they all look and taste good?

 

After a glimpse of their pudding skills, it’s on to dessert. Two children’s television shows are celebrated - the first is based around the burying of time capsules in Blue Peter with the capsule completely made out of chocolate, and the second is an ode to the famous phantom flan flinger from Tiswas! The last chef brings the sparkle with a rotating dancefloor and disco ball celebrating pop music’s finest show Top of the Pops. Which chef will prove they have the winning formula to get the top marks and who will go home? 

 

Only two will proceed to cook for the judges and have a chance to represent Central at the regional Finals.

 

Central Region – Episode 3

Today the two highest scoring chefs from the Central region must go head- to-head and cook their six-course menus again. Will they take on board their veteran’s advice as they serve to the new panel of judges and Brummie TV presenter? 

 

The chefs need to impress our panel of brand new judges – two Michelin starred Chef Tom Kerridge, Chef and Restaurateur Nisha Katona, and comedian and host of a popular food podcast, Ed Gamble. There’s also today’s guest judge, BAFTA winning Brummie Cat Deeley, who for many years was the queen of Saturday morning television.  How will she judge dishes celebrating 100 years of British Broadcasting?

 

Only one of the chefs will triumph and go through to represent the Central region at the national Finals. 


  • Tuesday 1st February, 8:00pm
    Wednesday 2nd February, 8:00pm
    Thursday 3rd February, 8:00am

  • BBC One

  • 1 of 29
    2 of 29
    3 of 29

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

Gabby Petito: The Murder The Gripped The World

The disappearance and murder of Gabby Petito gripped America and the world, becoming an online sensation and followed every day in the UK papers…

An all-American teenager. The story of her disappearance begins with a road trip across the United States with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. Camping in their converted van. With daily updates to Instagram, they paint a picture of their nomadic life together – idyllic, picturesque, perfect.

Less than two months into their journey, we get our first glimpse of the darker reality behind the scenes; an urgent 911 call and a visit from police for a domestic disturbance. A month later, Brian is missing, and Gabby is dead.

This film tells the story of Gabby’s final few months through the prism of the internet and found footage, alongside intimate and emotional interviews with Gabby's family. The film follows her own videos and posts on Instagram and other sites, Brian's pictures and posts - through to police bodycam footage and ultimately the internet sleuths dedicating their online lives to solving the mystery of her disappearance and death. The style merges beautifully shot documentary with the distinctive look of social media video; using the glossy, rose- tinted footage and pictures posted to Gabby's social media accounts. Plus, the raw, unfiltered evidence released by law enforcement, including the 911 call and police footage of an hour-long interaction showing a distraught Gabby and Brian, suggesting all is far from perfect between them.

Throughout this feature-length documentary, we hear from Gabby Petito's family, as well as Gabby and Brian themselves through their videos and posts, and social media users whose posts influenced the case, and journalists who followed every twist and turn on the ground. We ask why this story galvanised the online community in a way no other murder has done before.

So what really happened to Gabby Petito – and why did this case grip the world?


  • Tuesday 1st February, 10pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Stephanie@plankpr.com

A&E After Dark

N/A


  • Friday 4th February, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 10

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Dream Home Makeovers with Sophie Robinson

Episode 3

Sophie Robinson faces the challenge of bringing Scandinavian style to an ancient farmhouse, and blending the tastes of a couple who love the bright colours of India and original Victorian period features 

Engaged young couple Jack and Danielle have bought their forever home, a 16th century farmhouse.  It has bags of period character which they love, but they want to add their own personality and modern sense of style. They ask Sophie’s help to transform the living room, but they don’t want a colourful interior – and Sophie is the Queen of Colour.  They want the ancient character of the room to be brought out, and to have a contemporary stylish and welcoming look.  Can Sophie work her magic and overcome their doubts?  Can she combine traditional character and modern style? Can she reflect this fashionable couple’s personality without using any of her bright and bold colours?  

Globe-trotting retirees Colin and Jane have become grandparents and bought a big family house a few months ago to settle near family, and they want to bring their personality into the downstairs and their bedroom.  Jane particularly enjoyed visiting India and wants its bright colours in their home, while Colin wants to make a feature out of the house’s original Victorian features.  The couple have been busy buying furniture and ask Sophie to help bring their tastes together into a coherent style.  Can Sophie bring bright modern India and traditional Victorian England together?  Can she persuade the couple to pare down their furniture collection? Will the couple be as bold with the makeover as Sophie wants them to?

Sophie Robinson brings 20 years of interior design experience.  In this episode, she also gives viewers expert advice on choosing neutral paint colours, how to use different textures to bring a room alive, and choosing posh wallpapers and affordable alternatives.  Plus tips on choosing your perfect sofa, and the trend for layering rugs.


  • Wednesday 2nd February, 7pm

  • Channel 5

  • 3 of 6

  • Lana@plankpr.com

Ant & Dec's Limitless Win

Ant & Dec host the quiz that gives contestants the chance to win the biggest cash prize in British TV history. Sarah and her mum, Fiona, face the ultimate challenge as they try to climb the never-ending money ladder.


  • Saturday 29th January, 8:30pm

  • ITV

  • 4 of 5

  • Lou@plankpr.com

Trucking Hell

The action-packed series that follows men and women working in the heavy recovery business, tackling jack-knifed lorries, crashed HGVs and roadside breakdowns. Every episode is packed with thrills, spills and high drama as rescue operators from two of the country’s leading recovery companies clear up the carnage on our roads. Keeping Britain’s truckers safe is not a job for the faint-hearted and the tough professionals who star in the series have the character and kit for the job, driving some of the most super heavyweight machines in the world.


  • Thursday 3rd February, 9pm

  • 5Action

  • 10 of 20

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Dragons' Den

NEW Dragons’ Den is back and the youngest-ever Dragon, Steven Bartlett, is making his mark alongside Den stalwarts Peter Jones, Sara Davies, Deborah Meaden and Touker Suleyman.


  • Thursday 3rd February, 8pm

  • BBC One

  • 5 of 14

  • Bev@plankpr.com

Programme Info

View All
Prev
Next

Get in contact

Plank PR
The Courtyard
4 Evelyn Road
London W4 5JL

General Enquiries:
t: 020 8995 3936
@: assistant@plankpr.com

Picture Enquiries:
assistant@plankpr.com

Follow us
Twitter  |  Facebook