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WEEK 9

MasterChef

During lockdown the country has been trying out new recipes and cooking at home more than ever before. Against this background, the country’s premier cooking competition, MasterChef returns to BBC One.  Over six weeks, judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace put 40 of the UK’s most passionate and talented amateur cooks through their paces in the ultimate test of their culinary prowess as they search for one exceptional home cook worthy of being crowned MasterChef Champion 2021.

 

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Out of the thousands who applied, 40 hopeful amateur cooks have made it through to compete over four weeks of heats, but this year they will have to cook not only for their place in the competition but also the right to wear a coveted MasterChef apron. With five contestants in each heat and only four aprons up for grabs, competition is fierce.

 

The contestants get their first chance to win an apron by cooking their Signature Dish – something that tells John and Gregg about who they are as a cook and how good they can become. After tasting all five plates, John and Gregg pick their two favourite dishes and those cooks will earn themselves not only a MasterChef apron but also a place in the next round. 

 

The remaining three contestants will have to pull out all the stops as they cook off, not only for an apron but also their place in the competition, in a new test – The Favourite Ingredient Challenge. Gifted with their chosen favourite ingredient, as well as a larder, the remaining contestants are tasked with creating one exceptional dish that showcases it. The stakes are high as at the end, one cook will be sent home and their MasterChef dream will be over.

 

There’s now just one more challenge standing in the way of the four remaining cooks and a Quarter Final place. They must cook two courses that will excite not just John and Gregg, but also some of MasterChef’s most inspiring winners, finalists and contestants, who have all gone on to work in the food industry.

 

Tonight the contestants fate is in the hands of last year’s MasterChef Champion Thomas Frake and 2014 Champion Ping Coombes. 

 

In a competition where only the food matters, and with just two Quarter Final places up for grabs, these amateurs will need to be good to survive - taking another step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2021.

 

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Tonight, five more amateurs try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be MasterChef Champion 2021.

 

This year they will have to cook not only for their place in the competition but also the right to wear a coveted MasterChef apron. With only four aprons up for grabs, competition is fierce.

 

The contestants get their first chance to win an apron by cooking their Signature Dish – something that tells John and Gregg about who they are as a cook and how good they can become. After tasting all five plates, John and Gregg will pick their two favourite dishes and those cooks will earn themselves not only a MasterChef apron but also a place in the next round. 

 

The remaining three contestants will have to pull out all the stops as they cook off, not only for an apron but also their place in the competition, in a new test – The Favourite Ingredient Challenge. Gifted with their chosen favourite ingredient, as well as a larder, the remaining contestants are tasked with creating one exceptional dish that showcases it. The stakes are high as at the end, one cook will be sent home and their MasterChef dream will be over.

 

There’s now just one more challenge standing in the way of the four remaining cooks and a Quarter Final place. They must cook two courses that will excite not just John and Gregg, but also some of MasterChef’s most inspiring winners, finalists and contestants, who have all gone on to work in the food industry.

 

Tonight the contestants fate is in the hands of MasterChef Champions Saliha Mahmood Ahmed (2017) and Kenny Tutt (2018).

 

In a competition where only the food matters, and with just two Quarter Final places up for grabs, these amateurs will need to be good to survive - taking another step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2021.

 

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Tonight it’s the first Quarter Final and the four talented heat winners return to fight for a place in knockout week in the Critic’s Test. The challenge – to cook their take on a great British pudding- a brief set by one of the country’s toughest food critics, Grace Dent.

 

Who can handle the pressure and show they have what it takes to progress further in the competition, taking another step closer to being crowned MasterChef Champion 2021.


  • Monday 1st March, 9pm
    Wednesday 3rd March, 8pm
    Friday 5th March, 8:05pm

  • BBC One

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  • Annabel@plankpr.com

Zara & Anne: Like Mother, Like Daughter

Like Mother, like Daughter? What’s the truth about the relationship between Britain’s favourite Royal, Princess Anne, and her daughter Zara? 

We’ll use archive and interviews with historians, royal correspondents and insiders to reveal how Zara has been brought up to follow in her mother’s footsteps - their differing childhoods, their love of horses and Olympic dreams.

 

What makes them the royal family’s most unique mother, daughter duo and can Zara ever really escape her mother’s firm grip?


  • Saturday 27th February, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Condition Critical: One Doctor’s Story: Dispatches

Filmed over four months, an incredibly powerful and personal story which provides a unique perspective on life on the NHS frontline.

Dr Saleyha Ahsan filmed her own journey through the second wave of the Covid crisis - capturing the pressure and personal tragedies she faced with remarkable intimacy.

Her compelling story is unprecedented, and also unexpected - when she has to cope with a surge in patients which includes her own father.

It also shows the emotional and physical burden on her friends and colleagues - how they have come close to breaking point while the psychological toll of fighting to keep patients alive.


  • Monday 1st March, 8pm

  • Channel 4

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Countdown to Murder

It’s the 26th of November 2001 and the police have come to deliver the news no mother wants to hear; Mrs Beale’s only daughter Penny is dead. Penny's boyfriend claims she had fallen down the stairs whilst drunk but her mother knows better.

 

To the Police, Penny’s boyfriend Michael Moffat presented as a charming, helpful man who had been struggling to save the woman he loved from her alcohol and drug addictions. But there was another side to him that Penny's mother was all too aware of -  he was a drunk, abusive and incredibly violent man who was now trying to get away with her daughter’s murder. A murder which now meant that Penny has become yet another victim to add to a horrifying statistic that on average, in the UK, domestic abuse leads to two women being murdered each week.

 

Penny was born on September 11th 1970 and despite being an only child, was part of a loud and large family in Hastings, Sussex. After leaving school, Penny decided to stay in Hastings, remaining close with her mum and working at the nearby Gatwick Airport.

 

In 1999, 29-year-old Penny broke up with her long term boyfriend, a relief to her friends and family as he was controlling and abusive. A few months after the end of her previous relationship, Penny met Michael Moffat; a glassblower, 16 years her senior. Despite his age, Penny’s friends and family were happy for her, Moffat seemed like a nice guy - he promised to take care of Penny and wanted to shower her with gifts and take her on expensive holidays. The relationship seemed idyllic until suddenly, it all changed - Moffat was a liar, a fraud and a drug addict.

 

As Penny began to spend more time with Moffat, she started to withdraw from her friends and family, drinking heavily and using drugs. Eventually, Moffat’s charming facade began to crack, exposing his aggressive and violent need for control hiding just below the surface. A need that would ultimately lead to Penny’s murder.


  • Thursday 4th March, 10:30pm

  • Channel 5

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  • Kay@plankpr.com

Gregg Wallace's Big Weekend in Yorkshire

Gregg heads to one of the UKs most popular city destinations, York, for a 3 day trip to “the capital of the north”.  Here he checks out one of Britain’s most iconic food scenes and uncovers layer upon layer of history.

 

Whilst it’s a small city York packs in almost 2000 years of history and has been at the centre of some of the most important events in British history.  Heading to the famous Minster, climbing the city walls and taking a tour that focuses on the life of Guy Fawkes Gregg uncovers a history that introduces him to Romans, Vikings, medieval kings and the Tudor kings.

 

Plus he meets one of Yorkshire’s best chefs who cooks a menu filled with one of the Gregg’s favourite ingredients, rhubarb.


  • Friday 5th March, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • Ep 4

  • Lou@plankpr.com

Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig

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.   

 

Contact - Channel 4 Press Office


  • Wednesday 3rd March, 9pm

  • Channel 4

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  • Lou@plankpr.com

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable

In this episode of Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, Mel Giedroyc and Lou Sanders are joined by Richard Ayoade, Ed Gamble and Sindhu Vee.

 

Richard admits he doesn’t help others… ever, Ed Gamble tells a tale about a lads holiday, and Sindhu Vee reveals how protective she can be of playground swings. We also hear about Richard’s football antics, how Sindhu can’t go to the cinema on her own, and Ed’s eventful last day of school. 

 

The drone delivers evidence prompting more unforgivable anecdotes from the guests, including Richard’s unprofessional behaviour at a wedding, Ed’s drunken car pranks, and Sindhu’s reckless actions culminating in the collapse of a friend’s house.

 

In the final round there are sinful tales from the Unforgivable audience that leads to Sindhu revealing her mistreatment of a pet and there is a surprise appearance from Ed’s old school friend who sheds a bit more light on that infamous lads holiday.


  • Tuesday 2nd March, 10pm

  • Dave

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  • Lou@plankpr.com

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