Gregg Wallace is taking us to some of Europe’s best cities for the perfect Weekend Break. Across three days Gregg, a keen traveller, will explore the fantastic foods, amazing traditions and spectacular sights of these cities hunting out top tips for places to eat, hidden gems to visit and local customs to get stuck into.
ROME - Gregg heads to one of his favourite cities for a three day weekend break. The Eternal City really does have it all, from incredible, inexpensive food to unrivalled history that stretches back thousands of years to the Roman people, who want to make the most of life.
After checking out some of the city’s best sights on the back of a scooter and getting the chance to go inside the famous Trevi Fountain Gregg heads to a restaurant popular with the locals to discover how, in Rome, the best food is often the cheapest. But the food doesn’t stop there, Gregg also learns the secrets of the Italian ice cream, gelato; how the city’s Jewish ghetto gave birth to one of his personal favourite dishes and tries some classic Roman breakfast sweet treats.
And as Gregg prepares to head home he fulfils a childhood dream, getting the chance to train as a Gladiator.
In this film, we reveal the real Princess Margaret - in the place where she felt most at home and most able to be herself. From scandalous affairs, X-rated party games, a rumoured rockstar lover and even an alleged bank robbery, Mustique was where Margaret could behave outrageously, away from prying eyes, at least most of the time. We use stunning archive, insider testimony and expert interviews to find out what the original royal party girl really got up to on her Caribbean hideaway.
When Margaret first visited Mustique, there was no electricity or even running water. Like everyone else, the Queen’s sister had to shower using a bucket with holes in, hung from a tree and shielded by a piece of sailcloth - and she absolutely loved it. So how did this seemingly un-royal destination become Margaret’s second home for nearly 30years, her own personal love island?
Margaret first fell in love with the island of Mustique in 1960 during her six-week Caribbean honeymoon cruise with husband Anthony Armstrong Jones(later Lord Snowdon). But the Princess’s love affair with the primitive island would prove to outlast her difficult marriage. Having purchased the island ‘on a whim’ for£45,000, Lord Glenconner, the husband of Margaret’s childhood friend Anne, then gifted her a 10- acre plot of land as a wedding present and offered to build her a house.
The luxurious five-bed villa with panoramic ocean views was finally completed in 1972 and Margaret christened it Les Jolies Eaux, meaning ‘beautiful waters’. We learn that this was the first, and only, house she ever owned, and the only place she considered home.
Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring four treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.
First into the Repair Shop is Peter Mason from Herefordshire. He’s brought a kitchen curiosity from a bygone age for metal craftsman, Dominic Chinea. The old-fashioned ice cream maker belonged to his beloved Granny Ethel and holds memories of happy times at her house churning vanilla ice cream together. The gadget is falling apart and Peter has grand plans to use it again, if it can be salvaged. Dom rebuilds the failing wooden bucket, securing it with new steel barrel hoops and enlists Steve's help to custom make a couple of brass bushes to ensure the churning paddle turns smoothly. The mechanism is re-chromed and assembled and there‘s a sweet treat in store for Peter on his return.
Lots of fun is had when organ restorer David Burville takes on a Spanish barrel organ, known as an organillo. It reminds owner Carolina Urraca of her childhood growing up in southern Spain and her charismatic grandmother. However, the little organ is seriously out of tune and in a sorry state. David overhauls the entire instrument, inside and out. The musical cylinders are almost too far gone but David pervails, before moving on to the wooden casing, ridding it of its copious scratches and watermarks. After days of hard graft, the organillo belts out pitch perfect tunes and Carolina is over the moon.
Audio specialist Mark Stuckey is ready and waiting for Lorraine McCourt from London, carrying a precious memento of a vintage love story. The portable 1950s record player was a gift from her father to her mother when they were courting. The couple were great dancers and big Nat King Cole fans and music filled the family home most days. The record player is now showing its age and no longer able to entertain but Mark can change all of that. He opens up the unit, assessing and refreshing the aging components. Once everything is reunited and plugged in, the sound of Nat King Cole's dulcet tones fills the barn.
Last to arrive is Malcom Jordan from Chippenham, with a treasure that has been in his possession for 65 years. The leather document case was a gift from his older brother, whom he idolised. Leather expert Susie Fletcher treats this fragile keepsake with utmost care...reinforcing and restitching the entire item and in doing so preserves it for the foreseeable future.
Sandi Toksvig and some of her well-known female friends are about to embark on staycations like no other in Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig, a new four-part series from Tuesday’s Child TV.
With Britain bursting at the seams with one-of-a-kind holiday stays for every budget, Channel 4 is sending Sandi on a journey of Extraordinary Escapes. Accompanied by some of the very best names from her little black book of travel companions, namely acting royalty Alison Steadman, funny woman Sindhu Vee, comic actress Jessica Hynes, and close friend and foodie Prue Leith, Sandi will explore the delights of the UK’s wildest, most remote and beautifully designed holiday digs.
Whether a lofty lighthouse or a towering treehouse, the ingenious builds in each episode will appreciate the architecturally inspiring, cleverly designed holiday properties Britain has to offer and show viewers that staycations are something to be celebrated.
From secret retreats and seaside sanctuaries to quirky windmills, the pair will uncover the fascinating design stories behind each property. They’ll marvel at the incredible lengths the owners and architects have gone to, to ensure each property offers a unique experience, from brave and bold designs that make the most of a stunning view to passion projects where every detail has been considered to homes that embody the sense of wonder found in their surrounds.
Sandi and her travel pal will also immerse themselves in the natural beauty of each location to make the most of their time away, indulging in wildlife spotting, picnicking on the beach, forest-bathing, cooking local produce and sharing stories as the sun goes down.
They’ll reflect on the important things in life - from family, health and careers to exploring the meaning of solitude; as well as sharing lots of laughs and appreciating the privilege of being given the keys to these extraordinary escapes.
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Tonight, we're meeting the canny claimants who are making the most of the stuff that other people don't want anymore. John – also known as “compost John” has turned trash into compost cash. He collects unwanted fruit and veg and other perishable food from local shops and supermarkets, and adds it to his composting pile to sell in the community. But if the foods not good for composting, he’ll take a second look to see if he can eat it himself. He’s also partial to a bit of skip diving, and scours his local streets for thrown away wood that he can use to heat his house. John claims to have saved thousands living life in this way.
Cathy also prides herself on eating for free. Single mum to son Brogan, she has turned to benefits since her singing career on the cruise ships dried up last year. She uses an app where people who have left over food, post on the site and she can go and collect it. Cathy benefits from living in a neighbourhood with expensive tastes, and she has found herself reaping the rewards with organic food, and high end brands that would normally be firmly off the menu. Now she’s eating them for free.
Makeup artist Cheryl has turned to benefits in the last year, when her work slowed down due to Covid 19. She’s always been careful with her money, but life on low income meant she had to come up with an ingenious plan. Cheryl turned to her kitchen cupboards to spice up her life and used some of the ingredients to make beauty products at a fraction of the cost that she’d pay in the shops.
Episode 3 – Johnny Vegas, Clare Balding and Josh Widdicombe
In this episode of Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, Mel Giedroyc and Lou Sanders are joined by Johnny Vegas, Clare Balding and Josh Widdicombe. Johnny Vegas over shares about what he used to get up to in the bath, Josh tells all about the time he ruined hundreds of Beckham fans day, and Clare admits blaming her brother for a bowel movement in the bath 40 years ago.
Not only that, but Clare was naughty at school, Johnny tricked his boss into multiple leaving dos and Josh pranked Chico. The drone delivers evidence from more of the guest’s past misdemeanours including Clare cheating her weight to win more champagne and lying about an accident involving a bike, Josh playing a prank on a fellow comedian and stealing a bed, and Johnny tells all about selling his sisters favourite fish for booze.
In the final round there are sinful tales from the Unforgivable audience, including someone stealing their dads car, a girl who killed a load of frogs and a someone who tricked their children into believing that their cat ornament was real.
In minors, 21-year-old Harris has an argument with another patient in the waiting room. Police have brought him to the accident and emergency department with wounds to his head and hand after allegedly being attacked by someone with a machete. Doctors send Harris for an x-ray and scan of his head, but he’s reluctant to wait for the important results.
In resus, 64-year-old retired coach driver Paul is rushed in by ambulance after falling onto fire stoking tools. Weighing just under 20 stone, the ambulance and the fire service lift him from the scene. Concerned about his breathing, Doctor Austin escalates him to a full trauma team call out. Complaining of serve pain in the shoulder and stomach Paul is sent for a scan. Will he have internal injuries and what’s causing him to be in so much agony?
19-year-old Callum arrives in resus by ambulance. He’s been thrown from his motorbike in a road traffic collision. The emergency team examine him and send him for an urgent scan looking for any life-threatening injuries. Will results show significant damage and could this be life changing for Callum?
Nine-year-old Kayden is in the paediatrics department with a broken leg, after falling off his scooter. Dr Chris carefully administers pain relief so that he can realign the bone. Using high powered drugs like Ketamine on children presents a more challenging procedure for Dr Chris.
In this show Rhod invites actor Stephen Mangan, DJ and presenter Sara Cox and comedian Phil Wang to ‘fess up to their adolescent mess ups for the chance to wear the metaphorical crown of Most Embarrassing Teenager.
What will be consigned to Rhod’s Memory box of mortifying memories – will it be Stephen’s re-telling of his first kiss at a church disco, Sara’s photo of her Deidre Barlow perm or Phil’s run-in with Brian McFadden?
Each guest chooses an Embarrassing Year from their youth filled with shameful pop culture music and trends – which one will Rhod decide is the most woeful and put away in the box for eternity, will it be Stephen’s 1985, Sara’s 1992 or Phil’s 2006? In case there is anything they have forgotten or omitted to tell us, Rhod has got hold of some mortifying morsels of information from their friends and family - he is able to remind one of them what happened on their 18th birthday, who ate two tins of cat food thinking they were pate, and whose school nickname was Snappy Legs.
And finally what advice would they offer their teenage selves with the benefit of hindsight?
In a murder that shook the small town of Drongan, Scotland, this documentary details the tragic events leading up to 17-year-old Michelle Stewart’s horrific murder when her ex-boyfriend stabbed her to death while her friends desperately tried to pull him off her.
Michelle Stewart was born in 1991 and grew up in Ayrshire, Scotland. She was the youngest of four siblings and a relatively late arrival into the Stewart family. Michelle was born with a club foot which would require a number of operations throughout her life but despite this, Michelle soon blossomed into a confident teenager and became interested in finding a boyfriend and falling in love. Unfortunately for Michelle, her first boyfriend would turn out to be her last.
When Michelle was just 14, her family became aware that she had begun spending an increasing amount of time with John Wilson, a 17-year-old boy from nearby Prestwick. The pair soon became very close and despite Michelle’s family’s warnings that Wilson was ‘from a bad family’ and even going so far as to forbid Michelle from seeing him, they entered into a relationship that would go on to last four years.
Within the first year of their relationship, Wilson was convicted for both a racially aggravated breach of the peace and in a separate incident, for throwing a lit firework onto a bus full of school children; but Michelle’s family were willing to give him the benefit of doubt, welcoming him into their family home. But eventually, Wilson’s volatile behaviour towards Michelle drove her to leave him, sparking rage and abuse, and at just 17 years old, despite having overcome multiple obstacles in order to live an independent and happy life, it would be her relationship with John Wilson that would lead to her tragic death.
It’s the semi-final, and the four remaining celebrity cooks have their sights on a place in the first ever CELEBRITY BEST HOME COOK final. Claudia Winkleman cheers on the cooks as they take on challenges to impress the queen of home-cooking, Dame Mary Berry, Michelin Star chef Angela Hartnett and produce expert Chris Bavin.
Day One starts off with Mary setting her ULTIMATE CHALLENGE. For the semi-final she’s got very high expectations for their ULTIMATE Friday night fish supper. The cooks have to demonstrate technical skill by filleting their own fish, not an easy task under the watchful eyes of the three judges. At the end of the challenge, each judge picks their FAVOURITE dish. With only four cooks left, getting a favourite is more important than ever if the cooks are to avoid the dreaded ELIMINATOR and make it straight through to the final, and a chance to compete for the win.
With Day Two comes another chance for the cooks to impress the judges. This time Chris asks the cooks to RUSTLE UP a dish that puts mushrooms front and centre. Not all the cooks are happy when they realise he’s also seriously stripped back their larders. One cook gets inventive with a mushroom-infused bread whilst others play it safe with soups and stuffed mushrooms. After the tasting, the judges discuss who they think needs to cook again, and who has done enough to be go straight through to the final.
For Angela’s ELIMINATOR, she goes back to her Italian roots and asks the celebrities to follow her technical recipe for crab ravioli with homemade pasta dough. With none of the cooks’ having made pasta dough from scratch before, they’re in unchartered territory as they fight for their place in the CELEBRITY BEST HOME COOK final. After a dramatic end to the challenge, one more celebrity leaves the kitchen, and after a fierce competition we have our three finalists.
Three celebrities have reached the final of the first-ever CELEBRITY BEST HOME COOK. Claudia Winkleman welcomes the cooks back into the kitchen for one last time as they compete across three final challenges. The cooks will have to impress queen of home-cooking, Dame Mary Berry, Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett and produce expert Chris Bavin if they’re to win the title of Celebrity Best Home Cook.
Because it’s the final, the order of the challenges have been changed up so the contestants start Day One with Chris’ RUSTLE UP Challenge. Chris provides the cooks with a Butternut Squash, and for an added twist announces that whoever cooks the best dish will avoid the ELIMINATOR and go straight through to tomorrow’s ULTIMATE final challenge. After an initial panic, the cooks find their rhythm and produce three outstanding dishes leaving the judges to decide their favourite between a sweet butternut squash pie and two Thai-inspired curries.
The judges announce their favourite, who goes straight through to tomorrow’s final ULTIMATE challenge, leaving two cooks to compete in Angela’s ELIMINATOR challenge. Angela sets her most difficult eliminator recipe ever, one that involves the cooks making choux pastry, caramel, and constructing a dessert centrepiece fitting for the most glamorous of celebrations. A difficult deliberation results in one cook leaving the competition.
On Day Two of the final, Mary asks the cooks to produce their ULTIMATE picnic. The finalists must make four items that including one sweet item, one meat, one plant-based and one fish. With victory in sight, both finalists cook their hearts out before presenting their food to the judges on beautifully decorated picnic tables. After attending both picnics the judges retire to their mezzanine to make their final decision. A host of familiar faces return to support the finalists through the judges’ announcement of who is the first-ever CELEBRITY BEST HOME COOK.
Holyrood House in Edinburgh is the royal’s official residence in Scotland. This ‘House’ is in fact a fortress which has seen bloody struggles for power. It was the home of Mary Queen of Scots who saw her secretary David Rizzio murdered in front of her there. And it’s where her second husband, Lord Darnley, was murdered too. Her tragic history is written in her still preserved rooms in the North West Tower.
Prince Charles bought Highgrove in 1980. Behind the images of a happy family home was heartbreak. Camilla lived close by and was a constant presence. After Princess Diana’s death, Charles wanted Camilla to be included in his life but his mother refused to meet her. At this time ‘Camilla was one of the most unpopular women in Britain’ according to Penny Junor. Prince Charles had a plan for reconciliation – but would it work?
Charles I was one of the greatest art collectors among the royal family. In 1637 he acquired an allegedly original work by maverick Italian painter Caravaggio, although for many years it’s been dismissed as a copy. But in 1987 an Italian expert questioned that assessment. It took six years of restoration to uncover the truth…
Kate Williams tells the story of a royal tomb raider and his ill-gotten booty from the tomb of Charles I. In 1811 the Prince Regent became obsessed with his ancestor Charles I. Specifically he wanted to know what had happened to his head after he was beheaded. Was it buried with his body or not? So he persuaded Royal physician Henry Helford to enter the crypt with him, to look. Sure enough, the head was there. But that wasn’t the end of the story.
One of the most iconic views of the royal family is when we see them lined up on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. In June 2018 during the Trooping of the Colour, crowds were entertained to see Prince George singing along to ‘God Save the Queen’. Royal protocol forbids this so his cousin Savannah Phillips shushed him, clapping her hand over his mouth. This wasn’t the first time we’d seen kids behaving badly on the balcony. 30 years ago, it was Prince Harry’s turn…
Secrets old and new, from the darkest history of the royal residences to modern day dilemmas and disasters – it’s all here in Secrets of the Royal Palaces.