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WEEK 9

**NEW** MasterChef

Episode One

60 mins

Out of the thousands who applied, this series’ amateur cooks have made it through to compete over four weeks of heats, ready to produce some of the most inspiring exceptional and unusual food ever seen on the series.

In this first episode, the first seven hopefuls need to pull out all the stops to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to rise above the rest to become MasterChef 2018 Champion.

This year sees the return of the MasterChef Market, stocked full of the best quality produce from across the world including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, pulses, grains and dairy. The challenge is to invent and then cook one dish using anything from the market. This time, the featured ingredients include beef mince, duck breasts, pancetta, cod and mussels. They have an hour and 10 minutes to dazzle the judges and prove they are good enough to stay in the competition. The stakes are high in this round and it’s important to choose wisely because after tasting all seven dishes, John and Gregg will decide which four cooks are good enough to stay, while three cooks will be sent straight home.

The four remaining cooks now have one more challenge standing between them and a Quarter Final place. They must cook two courses that will excite not just John and Gregg, but also some very special guests. Some of MasterChef’s most inspiring winners and finalists return to judge the food of this year’s new contenders to the throne.

In tonight’s Heat, the contestants must attempt to impress last year’s MasterChef Finalists –Steve Kielty, Giovanna Ryan and 2017 MasterChef Champion, Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed.

After the four hopefuls have cooked, John and Gregg will decide which three contestants deserve to take the next step in the competition and go through to Friday’s Quarter Final.

In a competition where only the food matters, these amateurs will need to be good to survive - taking their first step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2018.

Judge        John Torode

Judge        Gregg Wallace

Episode Two

60 mins

Tonight, seven more amateurs try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the 2018 MasterChef Champion.

This year sees the return of the MasterChef Market, stocked full of the best quality produce from across the world including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, pulses, grains and dairy. The challenge is to invent and then cook one dish using anything from the market. This time, the featured ingredients include lamb neck, lamb mince, chicken breast, clams and brown shrimp.  They have an hour and 10 minutes to dazzle the judges and prove they are good enough to stay in the competition. The stakes are high in this round and it’s important to choose wisely because after tasting all seven dishes, John and Gregg will decide which four cooks are good enough to stay, while three cooks will be sent straight home.

The four remaining cooks now have one more challenge standing between them and a Quarter Final place. They must cook an impressive menu that will excite not just John and Gregg, but also some very special guests. In this second Heat, the contestants must attempt to impress the MasterChef Finalists from 2010 – Alex Rushmer, Tim Kinnaird and Champion Dhruv Baker.

After the four hopefuls have cooked, John and Gregg will decide who has what it takes to go through to Friday’s Quarter Final. In a competition where only the food matters, these amateurs will need to be good to survive - taking their first step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2018.

Judge        John Torode

Judge        Gregg Wallace

Episode Three

30 mins

It’s the first Quarter Final of the series and the six talented heat winners have no time to rest on their laurels as they continue to fight for their place in the competition.

In the Critic’s Test, the week’s best amateurs will be put through the mill with a seriously daunting test set by one of the country’s toughest food critics. Tonight’s brief has been set by William Sitwell.

His challenge for the amateur cooks is to make an exceptional dish, choosing from one of two briefs he has given them. The contestants must create a dessert showcasing either alcohol or spices.

After cooking their dish based on this brief, the contestants stand before William Sitwell and judges John and Gregg, to hear, face-to-face, what they think of their dish and whether they’ve managed to rise to the challenge and fulfil the expectations.

At the end of this Quarter Final, the best cooks will go through to Knockout Week, taking another step closer to being crowned MasterChef Champion 2018.

Judge              John Torode

Judge              Gregg Wallace

Guest Judge   William Sitwell

**NEW** Classic Mary Berry

Episode One - Classic Comforts

Soothing and much-loved home comfort delights, from the very simple to the extremely decadent.  Mary indulges her love of comfort food with homely recipes to warm the heart including Eggs Benedict Florentine (why make one when you can cook both), fall-off-the-bone slow cooked Lamb Shanks and deliciously rich Chocolate Truffle Pots. She invites Swedish fire-chef Niklas Esktedt to share the joys of cave-man cooking with her, and finds herself outside by an open fire enjoying his inventive Venison Meatballs with Blackened Celeriac and mouth-watering Swedish donuts.


  • Monday 26th February, 8:30pm

  • BBC One

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Into The Fire

It’s Situation Flammable as the fire crew from Sheldon station attack a fierce house blaze to stop it spreading to neighbouring properties. The fire burns with such intensity the roof threatens to collapse on the firefighters as they throw all their resources at the flames to quench them. We meet the fire investigation dogs with a nose for arson. They are on the trail of a potential fire starter who may have torched an industrial unit. And there is no rest for the Sheldon White Watch crew; during their next night on duty they’re dispatched to tackle a flat fire that destroys an entire bedroom in under an hour. The cause? Shockingly, one of the most common household objects in the UK.

Meanwhile, their colleagues on Blue Watch get out their cutting gear to rescue an injured man trapped in a car crashed into a lamppost. Injured and in pain he needs to be carefully freed from the mangled wreckage as his wife looks on.


  • Monday 26th February, 10pm

  • Really

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999 Rescue Squad

Programme following the work of the UK’s toughest medics - the members of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team.

In Bradford, a man is gunned down outside a Mosque and paramedic Manni leads the team racing to save his life.   His legs are peppered with more than 100 shotgun pellets - but the patient isn’t revealing the identity of the man who pulled the trigger.

A bizarre high speed car crash leaves a driver badly injured.  Manni is confused by the cause - until police find a stash of drugs in the boot.

It’s bonfire night and police come under attack in the inner city and HART must brave fireworks and bricks to reach an injured cop.  Then, the team are scrambled to a housefire in the home of a mum and three children.  In Dewsbury, another blaze breaks out in an old folks home.

Paramedic Rochers leads his squad on a long-distance drive to Hull where a man is hurling slates from a three storey building onto police below.  As officers begin plans to move in with Tazers, HART must prepare for casualties on both sides.

In Pontefract a nurse is trapped upside down in her wrecked can and paramedic Andy must climb in to treat her as firefighters struggle to free his patient without worsening her injuries.

There’s a difficult rescue for an elderly woman with dementia who’s fallen in her residential home.  HART must carry her down a winding staircase without jarring her back, which she’d broken in a previous accident.


  • Tuesday 27th February, 10pm

  • W

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