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Week 52

Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars

This Christmas BBC Two is entering the Robot Wars arena with Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon for two Celebrity Christmas specials. In each hour-long episode four celebrity teams will design their dream robot with the help of an experienced roboteer from the series to mentor them through the process.

Once in the arena the celebrities and their team members will battle it out, tackling the lethal arena hazards and those terrifying House Robots. Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal will not be giving any VIP treatment as they pace the Corner Patrol Zones desperate to destroy any celebrity robot that crosses their paths. 

The same rules apply for the celebrities and if the robots don’t knock each other out then the judges are on hand to decide the winners.

Who will surprise us all this Christmas to become the Celebrity Robot Wars Champions? 

The Biggest Dog in the World

There are 8.5 Million Dogs living in Britain today. Man’s best friend comes in all shapes and sizes, but what happens when your cute puppy grows up to be a giant beast? In this programme, we find out, as the hunt is on for the biggest dog in the world.

Four year old Freddy lives in Essex with his owner, ex-glamour-model turned taxi driver, Claire, and his little sister, Fleur. At 14.5 stone, Freddy weighs the same as a new-born elephant. On top of the yearly £7500 food bill, Claire has gone through 24 sofas, wracks up a £3500 yearly electricity bill due to the 24/7 running of fans and air-con to keep the pets cool, and faces vets bills of £2000 a year. In Wales, Major lives with his owners, Julie and Brian Williams. Major also has a huge appetite, eating 6 eggs, 2 litres of milk, 2kg of tripe for breakfast alone. In Nevada, USA, Rocco is proof that it it’s not just portions that become supersized. Cars, beds and couches are among many other aspects of home life that needs upgrading when accommodating for such an enormous pet.

As the dogs shape up for battle, the adjudicators move in take the official measurements. Competition intensifies as the contenders eagerly await the results and all that remains to be answered is which dog will be officially crowned the World’s Tallest Living Dog.

 

RI Christmas Lectures

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Celebrating 80 years since the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures were first televised, chemist Professor Saiful Islam explores one of humankind’s biggest challenges: how to generate and store energy, with guest appearances from Christmas Lecturers past.

Episode 1

This year marks the 80th anniversary since the BBC first broadcast the Christmas Lectures on TV. To celebrate, chemist Professor Saiful Islam explores a subject that the lectures’ founder – Michael Faraday – addressed in the very first Christmas Lectures – energy. In his first lecture, Saiful investigates one of the most important challenges facing humankind – how to generate energy without destroying the planet in the process. As part of the celebrations, Saiful invites former Christmas Lecturers to join him on stage, and repeats some of the most exciting (and dangerous) experiments and demonstrations from the past.Saiful begins his lecture by being plunged into darkness. Armed initially with nothing but a single candle, his challenge is to go back to first principles and bring back the power in the energy-hungry lecture theatre. Along the way he explains what energy is, how we can transform it from one form to another, and how we harness it to power the modern world. A fascinating and stimulating celebration of the stuff that quite literally makes the universe tick - the weird and wonderful world of energy.

 

Episode 2

In his second Royal Institution Christmas Lecture, chemist Professor Saiful Islam continues his exploration of one of the most important questions facing humankind – how to generate and use energy. In this lecture he investigates how humans as living pulsing machines actually use energy, asking whether it’s possible to ‘supercharge’ the human body and increase its performance. This year marks the 80th anniversary since the BBC first broadcast the Christmas Lectures on TV. To celebrate, Saiful invites former Christmas Lecturers to join him on stage, and repeats some of the most exciting (and dangerous) experiments and demonstrations from the past. Live experiments explore everything from the explosive potential of everyday foods, to what we put into our bodies (and what comes out!), as well as how we measure up to the machines we use every day. Saiful even experiments on himself, showing images captured inside his own stomach. Every single one of us is an incredibly sophisticated energy conversion machine, finely tuned over millions of years of evolution. So will we ever be able to improve the human body’s performance? Can we ever do more with less energy?

 Episode 3

In this year’s final Institution Christmas Lecture, chemist Professor Saiful Islam explores of one of the most important issues facing the modern world – how to store energy. Over the course of the lecture, he tackles his toughest challenge yet: trying to work out how to store enough energy to power a mobile phone for a whole year and still fit it in his pocket! With the UK generating nearly twenty times as much energy today as it did 80 years ago, finding better ways to store it is vital for all our futures. This year celebrates the 80th anniversary of the BBC first broadcasting the Christmas Lectures on TV. To help mark this occasion, Saiful is joined by former Christmas Lecturers on stage, and repeats and re-imagines some of the most famous experiments and demonstrations. Live experiments include an attempt to break the world-record for the most powerful battery made of lemons and a clear-eyed look at the most energy-packed fuel in the world – hydrogen. Along the way he’ll investigate the chemistry of batteries and tell us what the future of energy has in store for us. 


  • Tuesday 27th December

  • BBC Four

  • 1 of 3

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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 26th December, 11am

  • BBC One

  • 7 of 15

  • lou@plankpr.com

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  • Monday 26th December, 8pm

  • Channel 5

  • 7 of 7

  • annabel@plankpr.com

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

A devoted mother, 44-year-old Jackie has struggled with her weight ever since her son, Hunter, was hurt by Shaken Baby Syndrome. Since the time Hunter was injured more than 15 years ago, Jackie's weight has nearly doubled to 266 pounds. Chris helps her face her pain, anger and guilt over what happened to her son. While helping Jackie lose 68 pounds in the first 90 days, Chris also prompts her to mend fences with her estranged family and reintroduce herself to her love of swimming. With the help of Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken, Jackie completes a grueling three-mile swim as her milestone. Through the rest of the year, Jackie becomes closer with her family, confronts the woman who hurt Hunter and ultimately finds peace and happiness -- and she loses 122 pounds!


  • Tuesday 27th December, 8pm

  • Really

  • 10 of 10

  • annabel@plankpr.com

Tattoo Fixers

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  • Wednesday 28th December, 9pm

  • E4

  • 4 of 15

  • victoria@plankpr.com

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