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WEEK 7

Caroline: The Murder that Fooled the World

20 year old British born Caroline Crouch enjoyed an idyllic life in Greece. Married to Babis her childhood sweetheart, a handsome helicopter pilot and doting husband and father to their young baby, they were inseparable. 

But on 11 May 2021, Caroline Crouch was found dead on her bed beside her 11-month-old baby girl. Her puppy was found hanged in the stairwell. Caroline had been killed in the early hours of the morning at her home in a wealthy suburb of Athens, suffocated as she slept.  

Her husband, 33-year-old Babis Anagnostopoulos, who had alerted the police in a terrifying 999 call from the house, told police she was killed by a gang of foreign burglars who had broken into their home and tied them both up. 

 

On 16 May, a 36-year-old suspect from Georgia was arrested. He denied any involvement with the case, and police could not pin the burglary or the murder on him.   He is released, and detectives are back to square one. Babis courts the media with appeals, they present a heartbroken man wracked with grief. 

Then, what appeared to be Caroline’s idyllic life revealed itself to be far darker - as the police find that all may not have been well between the couple; that Caroline had been looking for somewhere else to live days before her death.  

On the day that her family gathered to remember Caroline, police arrive unannounced at the service, they tell her husband, Babis, they know who killed his wife, he leaves with them to Athens to identify his wife’s killer, what detectives don’t tell him, is that the suspect is him.  

Data from Caroline's smartwatch showed she was in an 'extreme state of mental or physical stress for six minutes' and revealed that she did not die at the time Anagnostopoulos had originally claimed.  In other words, it could have taken six minutes for her to die.  

 

After 8 hours of interrogation Babis’ story unravelled and he finally confessed to killing his wife. He admitted to police that he had smothered her because she had threatened to leave him and take 11-month-old Lydia with her. He also said he killed her while she slept, claiming he feared for his life as she was an expert kickboxer.

He claimed he killed his wife 'to protect his daughter', said Caroline was violent towards him and the child, and she threatened to divorce him. 

While Brabis denies murdering his wife, the Prosecutors say that this was no spur of the moment crime, they claim that Babis Angostoplous meticulously planned the death of his wife for weeks or months. That his plan was always to divert the blame for Caroline’s death on others with an elaborate invented scenario about a burglary gone wrong. 

The case triggered an outcry over domestic violence in Greece and its treatment by the media and the public. Campaigners say Caroline Crouch's killing reflects the experience of many anonymous victims of domestic violence who are still alive but receive no real support.  

This powerful film follows the investigation of the case from the initial search for 'foreign intruders' to the arrest of her husband for her killing to his confession. We hear from those who followed the case in detail in the UK and in Greece. And for the first time Caroline’s friend and neighbor Leila gives her first TV interview, detailing what happened the night of her death and the impact it has had on those who knew and loved Caroline.


  • Thursday 17th February, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Police: Night Shift 999

Police: After Dark follows the night shift of Gloucestershire Constabulary, revealing the relentless and uphill fight against night time crime. As darkness falls across the county, a legion of officers patrol the streets, facing incidents with more drink, more drugs and more violence than during daylight hours.

 

With exclusive access across the Constabulary, this series highlights the courageous work of police through the night. Right across local police and Dog units, firearms officers, the custody team and the control room, we’ll follow the relentless fight to protect the public and bring criminals to justice while the rest of us sleep.  

 

When a woman is robbed of her car at knife point, Gloucestershire police force mobilise a large-scale man hunt to track the vehicle and suspect. After the vehicle is picked up on automatic number plate recognition cameras 15 miles away, a huge number of officers descend upon the area. The Firearms team, 8 response cars, dog units and a police helicopter are deployed in a race against time to find the suspect and make the arrest. 

 

Elsewhere in the county, a man arrested for drunk and disorderly, puts up a fight as the officers try to transport him to custody. They must take quick action when he threatens to hurt himself. In The custody suite officers are forced to pin the suspect to the ground to perform a search. They find what they suspect is class A drugs. Could this be a clue to his behaviour? 

 

A woman who has failed to appear for a drug driving hearing has a warrant to bring her before the courts. To get to her, officers must break down her door and to make the arrest. It takes officers a number of attempts to smash the door down, but will the suspect be there once they gain entry?

 

In Gloucester city centre, a man decides to do a runner from police while being questioned. Two officers must pursue on foot. When they split up to encircle the man, one officer is left alone to apprehend the suspect.

Squad Dates

Welcome to Squad Dates, the new group dating show where finding love and exploring friendship are front and centre. 

 

This innovative format, narrated by AJ Odudu, is inspired by the trend of two sets of single friends getting together for a weekend of group dates, to see if love is on the cards.  

 

Three local singles in their early 20’s host three out-of-town friends for a long weekend, showing off all their hometown has to offer – by day and by night.

 

In the rented Squad Pad, the six singletons enjoy dating games, a hot tub and get to know each other in a homely setting.  Over a long weekend, they also pair off for three distinct, fun-filled group dates – the Hometown Highlight, a popular local daytime activity, Going Out Out – which includes a glam up, dinner then drinks and dancing on the town, then finally Squad Brunch to mop up any hangovers, on the last morning in the Squad Pad.

 

This episode of Squad Dates is filmed in Middlesbrough, where our Home Squad of Becca, Tracey and Kaitlin are three Boro girls who like to work hard and play hard.  20-year-old Tracey and Becca, also 20, are at Teeside Uni studying Law. 24-year-old Kaitlin is studying accountancy at university whilst working for an optician. 

 

Tracey has big ambitions when it comes to finding the right partner. Her expectations are high – she wants someone to keep her on her toes but also spoil her rotten. So far, she’s not found this winning combination in the lads locally so is keen to meet singles from further afield. 

Both Becca and Kaitlin have been hurt in the past by people they’ve fallen for.  Kaitlin recently found herself in the awful position of being ghosted by a guy she had been dating for ten months. 

 

All three are keen to meet guys from further afield to find out if they can find something they haven’t yet found with the guys closer to home.

 

Cue the Away Squad – 20-year-old Jude, Jacob, also 20 and 19-year-old Ash.  These firm friends met at the University of Lancaster where they are all studying.  They bonded over a mutual love of sport, specifically squash, which they enjoy playing regularly. 

 

All three have big ambitions in life and work hard to try to achieve them.  They also like to have fun but for them, work and sports are always a priority. Whilst there’s common ground there, the two squads couldn’t be more different.

 

Jude and Ash have enjoyed relationships which have largely ended amicably but are keen to meet different types of people than those they’re surrounded by in Lancaster.  But another motivation for the lads is to finally get 20-year-old Jacob on his FIRST EVER date.  The joker of the group, Jacob is outgoing and confident when he’s with the boys and in any sporting arena, but needs a real push in the right direction when it comes to the opposite sex. His mates hope this long weekend of group blind dating might just be the kick he needs to start being more confident with girls – and maybe meeting someone special.

 

The girls have put together a long weekend of group dates which show off not only the best of their hometown but also showcase the kind of things they enjoy doing.

 

Squad Dates is both a modern dating show and also a disguised travelogue, showcasing towns and cities in England, like Middlesbrough. Places like ‘the Boro’ are more used to being the focus of gritty docs than being the setting of a celebratory new dating show.

 

Athletic Becca’s in charge of the first group activity, Hometown Highlight, and chooses to take the group on a walking date up local landmark Roseberry Topping. Whilst she and the Away Squad are buzzing for the great outdoors, Kaitlin and Tracey aren’t relishing the prospect of climbing a ‘massive hill’ in cold, windy weather. 

 

Tracey’s time to shine comes the following day, when she’s leading the Going Out Out group date and has decided to take the group for a makeover at a local salon complete with its own cocktail bar before they head off into the night, to sample the very best of Boro cuisine and club life.

 

The final group date if for the sore heads the following morning and keen cook Kaitlin is in charge of Squad Brunch.  Who will she choose to help her cook?

 

The girls get their first chance to pair off at the beginning of the weekend in a decision based entirely on first impressions.  To give romance the best chance, they are encouraged to re-consider their choice of a partner just before each new date begins.  

 

But in the event that the girls like the same guy, will it be mates before dates or will friends come first?

 

On the last day, after all three group dates have taken place, the Away Squad must each reveal which member of the Home Squad they like the best, and finally, the Home Squad choose which couple they believe is most likely to find love.  The winning pair’s prize is an intimate five-star date, without their mates. 

 

Will the raucous party-mad Home Squad of Boro girls prove too much for the mild-mannered Away Squad from Lancaster University?  Or will meeting people totally outside of their comfort zone prove to be a breath of fresh air?

 

At nearly six foot, Becca’s always on the hunt for a tall partner, but when the polite and well-mannered Jude – the shortest of the Away Squad – flashes his cheeky smile in her direction, will she be able to look beyond her usual type? 

 

Firecracker Tracey, whose witty one liners make Squad Dates a really entertaining watch, wants a man with bags of personality who makes her laugh.  Which member of the Away Squad will become her favourite? 

 

Kaitlin’s keen to explore a relationship with someone totally different.  Will one of the lads prove to be Mr Right?

 

There’s flirting, fun and new friendships formed across the jam-packed long weekend, as the two distinct groups find some surprising common ground. But will it just be all banter and ‘craic’ or will feelings develop and love start to blossom?

 

Squad Dates offers an entertaining way to authentically explore young people’s lives whilst switching of your brain and relaxing.


  • Monday 14th February, 9pm

  • BBC Three

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

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  • Friday 18th February, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • Ep 1

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

Great British Menu

Wales – Episode 1 (7 of 29)

Great British Menu begins a thrilling week with the Welsh region. Competing for the top spot are four chefs who are a mix of exciting new talent and two returners to the competition. Welsh speaking Nathan Davies, chef patron at SY23 in Aberystwyth, is determined to showcase both Welsh produce and his unique culinary style of cooking over fire.  Another returner to the competition is Head Chef Tom Phillips of 2 Michelin Starred restaurant, Restaurant Story. First of the newcomers is proud Welshman, Mark Threadgill, Head Chef at Portmeirion hotel in North Wales. Lastly, newcomer Larkin Cen, who grew up in Cardiff watching his parents cook in their Chinese takeaway. He now owns 4 restaurants in Bristol, cooking traditional Chinese flavours in his unique, refined and intricate style. 

 

Presenter Andi Oliver welcomes them to the kitchen where the theme for this year’s competition is celebrating 100 years of British Broadcasting. One of the 4 must leave the competition at the end of the episode and this will be decided by this week’s veteran judge, a previous GBM winner.  Their identity remains a surprise to the chefs until the moment they walk into the kitchen to taste their first course, the canapes.   

 

Veteran & Michelin Starred chef, Angela Hartnett, tastes the canapes and shares her rankings with Andi. These will only be bought into play in the event of a tie break.  The first scored dish will be the starter.  

 

The starter dishes are creative takes on the brief. Nathan is inspired by the BBC drama Merlin and its link to Wales in both legend and as the filming location. Tom pays homage to Phillip Pullman’s  His Dark Materials with his version of a dish served to Lyra and Mrs Coulter in the series. Mark’s ode to Gavin and Stacey’s famous curry night includes a confit quail leg with a bhaji coating while Larkin celebrates Pontypandy’s most famous fireman, Sam. The question is which will Angela score the highest?

 

One chef leaves the competition after the fish and the pressure is on to impress Angela. What will she think of a dish inspired by the first colour TV broadcast, a trip around the Welsh coast and not one but two interpretations of the 11th Dr Who’s favourite food, fish fingers and custard? Which chef will be sent home?

 

Wales – Episode 2 (8 of 29)

The three chefs are halfway through their heat and the pressure is mounting. Once again, they each serve their  unique interpretations of the brief celebrating 100 years of British Broadcasting. For mains, one chef is taking inspiration from reality TV show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, which has relocated to Wales for the past two series. Another is celebrating Blackadder Goes Forth with some explosive presentation and lastly, a homage to Sir David Attenborough and his series Blue Planet, where the chef serves a mainly vegetarian dish with the environment in mind. Whose dish will veteran judge Angela Hartnett find most successful?

 

After the tension of the main course scoring, presenter Andi Oliver asks the chefs to prepare a pre-dessert or palate cleanser.  Veteran Angela must blind taste and rank them as they will be used in the event of tie to decide who goes home.  There’s a crispy fez hat inspired by legendary comedian Tommy Cooper, a nod to Fireman Sam and coconut soft serve ice cream celebrating Barry Island and Gavin and Stacey – but will they all look and taste good?

 

After a glimpse of their pudding skills, it’s on to dessert where we see another fish fingers and custard dish celebrating the 11th Dr Who. Also homage to Only Fools and Horses and the moment that Del and Rodney become millionaires, plus a touching dish based on the Welsh festival Eisteddfod. Which chef will get top marks and who will go home?

 

Only two will proceed to cook for the judges and compete for a chance to represent Wales at the regional finals.

 

Wales – Episode 3 (9 of 29)

Today the two highest scoring chefs from Wales 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 esteemed judges. 

 

The chefs need to impress 3 Michelin Starred Chef Tom Kerridge, Chef and Restaurateur Nisha Katona, and comedian and host of a popular food podcast, Ed Gamble. In addition they’ll have to win over a guest judge – today it’s Steffan Rhodri, AKA Dave Coaches in award-winning Gavin and Stacey. How will he judge dishes celebrating 100 years of British Broadcasting?

 

Only one of the chefs will triumph and go through to the National Finals to represent Wales.


  • Tuesday 15th February, 8pm
    Wednesday 16th February, 8pm
    Thursday 17th February, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 7 of 29
    8 of 29
    9 of 29

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

Mega Mansion Hunters

The Tyron Ash Quarterly Awards are coming! The best agents are lauded for their performance and the worst are outed on the ‘Cowboy List’. Competition is fierce as the race for top spot heats up between Alex and Quas. Struggling Sophie is heading for a public shaming, while new girl Erin starts to make an impact at the agency.

 

Leading agent Quas is hoping to secure top spot with the sale of a 7-million-pound London penthouse with over £100k commission on the line. He’s already banked 60 grand in the last two months but as Quas takes us back to where he grew up in East London, it’s clear his background is nothing like the glitzy world of high-end property. 

 

Main rival Alex is in Northampton days away from exchanging on a stunning family home with gym, billiard room and outsized bar. With his long hair, silver jewellery and tattoos Alex is far from your typical agent, but full of confident swagger, he has his eyes firmly set on beating Quas.

 

Sophie has a magnificent Surrey mansion on her books and a sale would save her at the awards, but can she persuade a buyer to fork out the £5 million price tag. As last-minute news comes in from the agents the picture shifts with days to go before the ceremony. Who will triumph, Alex or Quas, and can Sophie avoid the Cowboy List?


  • Wednesday 16th February, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 2 of 3

  • Cecile@plankpr.com

Ty Am ddim (The Great House Giveaway)

Y trydanwr Aaron a’r myfyriwr Wil sy’n mynd i daclo tŷ yn nhref Llandudno. Mae ganddyn nhw 6 mis a chyllideb o £15000 i'w hadnewyddu cyn bod rhaid iddyn nhw werthu. Os byddant yn methu, yna mae'r tŷ yn mynd yn ôl i arwerthiant. Ond mae angen cegin newydd, ystafell ymolchi newydd ac ailweirio yn y tŷ. Mae'n lwcus bod Aaron yn handi, ond a fydd ei sgiliau yn rhagori ar sgiliau ei gydweithiwr? A fydd y ddau fachgen yn llwyddo ennill digon o arian ar gyfer blaendal ar eu cartrefi eu hunain?

 

Electrician Aaron and student Wil have been given a house in the coastal town of Llandudno. They have 6 months and a budget of £15000 to renovate before they have to sell.  If they fail, then the house goes back to auction. But the house needs a new kitchen, a new bathroom and a rewire. It’s lucky that Aaron is in the trade, but will his skills outshine that of his colleague? Will it be screwdrivers at dawn or will these two North Wales lads earn enough money for a deposit on their own homes


  • Wednesday 16th February, 9pm

  • S4C

  • 2 of 8

  • Kate@plankpr.com

A&E After Dark

The night staff at Hull Royal Infirmary battle to save the sight of 51-year-old Patricia who tripped and impaled her eye on a tent peg. With her vision impaired, a CT scan reveals a bleed on the brain which requires the intervention of neurosurgeon Dr Kenneth. 

  

58-year-old Carmen is flown from Skegness by air ambulance after falling 15ft down a ditch after taking a wrong turn on her mobility scooter after a night out on holiday. With suspected neck injuries, Dr Gopal orders an emergency CT scan. 

  

Dr Jonnie and Sister Lisa treat 52-year-old Mark who fell over at a party.  An X-Ray shows he has broken his ankle in 2 places, so the team must manipulate it back into place.  Mark receives gas and air for pain relief during the procedure mentioning that the last time he tried it was when his wife was giving birth. 

  

81-year- old Thomas arrives into A&E with his son-in-law after tripping at home getting his dinner. He has sustained serious face and suspected head injuries requiring a CT scan, but still apologises to Dr. Gagandip for wasting his time, which the Doctor refutes as he sews up Thomas’s injured face.

Dream Home Makeovers with Sophie Robinson

Sophie Robinson is given free rein with clashing patterns and a riot of colour in a Kent thatch cottage and relishes the challenge of giving a bold personality to a dining room in a Victorian cottage in Worthing.

 

Couple Aira and Gunveer have lived in their dream thatch cottage in rural Kent with daughter Maya for 3 years, and are now ready to give their living room, dining room and kitchen as much wow factor as Sophie can throw at them.  Aira grew up amid the greys of communist Lithuania, and is longing for bright colourful interiors, and Gunveer grew up in the African outdoors and wants their beautiful garden reflected indoors.  Sophie suggests Maximalism and is delighted when they embrace it wholeheartedly.  But will they go all the way? Will they draw the line at pattern clashing - a design where leopard prints are considered a neutral palate cleanser between strong patterns? Is Maximalist madness the bright change Aira dreamed of from Soviet sameness?  Will Sophie’s passion for colours and patterns really be completely unleashed?

 

On the south coast in seaside Worthing, Julie is a cruise ship officer who has spent 30 years at sea except for two months a year.  Grounded by lockdown, she is spending more time than ever in her Victorian fisherman’s cottage, and wants a room to entertain her growing circle of friends that reflects her personality and the atmosphere she likes to create.  Julie calls her wow factor “Va Va Voom”, and wants it to reflect her extrovert character, her life of travel, and her love of her English garden and Victorian tea sets. Sophie is inspired by Moroccan style, but can she blend it with her other inspiration, Victorian Orangery?  Can she capture the energy of Julie’s personality?  And will Julie embrace all her ideas, from Moroccan fretwork, to bold floral wallpaper to chequerboard flooring? 

 

Sophie Robinson brings 20 years of interior design experience.  In this episode, she also gives viewers her expert advice on affordable ways to refresh your kitchen and change your flooring, her top do’s and don’ts of Maximalism, reveals expert secrets of pattern clashing, and shows how to make a table centrepiece using fresh flowers.


  • Wednesday 16thFebruary, 7pm

  • Channel 5

  • 5 of 6

  • Lana@plankpr.com

Unforgivable

This week, Mel and her dishonourable assistant Lou Sanders are joined by the brilliant Katherine Ryan, Drag Race standout star Bimini Bon Boulash, and stand-up Toussaint Douglass. Katherine spills the beans on her prom night, Bimini reveals what happens after too many vodkas and Toussaint explains why you should never accept chicken from strangers.


  • Tuesday 15th February, 10pm

  • Dave

  • 2 of 8

  • Kate@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 17th February, 9pm

  • 5Action

  • 12 of 20

  • Stephanie@plankpr.com

The Chelsea Detective

MRS. ROMANO

A social media sensation and wife of a restaurateur is reported missing. As the race to find her alive is transformed into a murder investigation, Max finds himself delving into a combustible mixture of family politics and tensions over the running of their Chelsea eatery.


  • Monday 14th February

  • Acorn TV

  • 2 of 4

  • Kate@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 17th February, 8pm

  • BBC One

  • 7 of 14

  • Bev@plankpr.com

Four in a Bed

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  • Monday 14th February, 5pm
    Tuesday 15th February, 5pm
    Wednesday 16th February, 5pm
    Thursday 17th February, 5pm
    Friday 18th February, 5pm

  • Channel 4

  • N/A

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

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