In the last ten years, one Royal above all others seems to have come of age. Just a decade ago Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the shy, inexperienced commoner married the second in line to the throne. Now a decade on this former girl from Bucklebury has emerged as a poised, popular and confident Queen in Waiting. In this programme we follow her ten year journey and explore how she’s managed to transform herself from the nervous woman the world saw when her engagement to Prince William was announced into the modern, elegant, diplomatic icon millions saw at Prince Philip’s funeral.
Aside from The Queen, it was Kate who stood out from the assembled Royals at the funeral in April 2021. Photographed in a limousine, wearing a striking black veil and face mask, Kate looked poised and confident, the vision of a senior Royal consort. She was commended for diplomatically engineering the first signs of reconciliation between Prince William and his outspoken brother Prince Harry.
Year by year, Royal experts chronicle Kate's developing maturity as a Royal since 2011, and the portfolio of skills she has carefully nurtured in that time. Now mother to a new Royal generation, including a future King in Prince George, she skilfully keeps the press satisfied with pictures of her children, while also protecting their privacy. After a few false starts with fashion, Kate is now celebrated for her clever blend of both high street and designer attire, and for making perfect choices to wear at every occasion. Through her warm-hearted video-calls with key-workers and care home residents, Kate shows herself to be instinctively empathetic, while her desire to curate a book of amateur photographs taken by the public, revealing their lives during the Covid pandemic, reveals that she is in touch with everyday people. She seemed to endear herself further to the public in March 2021 after her visit to the memorial of the Clapham Common murder victim Sarah Everard. While critics have pondered how spontaneous an act it was, few would doubt that Kate was very much in line with national sentiment. The departure of The Sussexes from public life meant she had to sacrifice some of her private family time to take on a bigger workload. In doing so she has found a sense of purpose that will ensure the future of the monarchy is safe in the hands of this confident Queen-Consort-to-Be.
At Barnsley Hospital’s Casualty Department, it’s an unusual shift with 3 experienced Sisters working together. They don't always have the same approach, but they know how to get things done. Sister Jane Hawksworth is on duty, ‘I think the sister team is strong, we are all strong women.'
Sister Benita Wainwright heads to Resus where paramedics rush in a 14-year-old girl having a prolonged epileptic seizure. Sister Benita, ‘Seizures can be scary and there can be a lot of unfortunate consequences as a result. They’re not getting enough oxygen to their brain so you have to stop them seizing.’
Consultant Doctor Sue Mason is one of the most senior physicians on the team and the country’s first female Professor of Emergency Medicine. Her next patient is 76-year-old Keith who’s in agony after an accident at home. As a full-time carer to his wife he’s more concerned about her. Can Doctor Mason find the source of the pain and get him home quickly?
Sister Jane’s assessing ambulance arrivals. Her next patient is lorry driver Michael. He heard a cracking noise when getting out of his cab and has terrible pain in his leg. The team suspect it's broken but can’t work out how it’s happened. Sister Jane checks through his medical notes for clues and something catches her eye.
In Resus, Junior Doctor Caitlin Gaston is treating 97-year-old Bessie who’s had a fall and broken her hip. Doctor Gaston needs to carry out a nerve block – it will be the first time she’s attempted the procedure.
And on busy days like this, all volunteers play a vital role in keeping the department running. As always, Volunteer Jane Allen brings a smile to everyone’s face.
Featuring a rolling cast of famous faces, Celebrity Gogglebox returns for a third series, as several of Britain's best loved personalities turn their hand to being the country's most opinionated viewers. From Saturday night entertainment juggernauts to the week's biggest news stories, and from hard-hitting documentary series to gritty drama, Celebrity Gogglebox offers sharp, insightful, funny and sometimes emotional critiques of popular and topical TV shows, sparking debate and giving the audience the chance to share those 'we said that!' moments with some of their favourite celebrities.
Disaster strikes on a small country lane in Leicestershire when a 40-tonne truck jackknifes across both lanes. The road is blocked, causing traffic chaos and Crouch’s recovery operative Stig jumps in one of their military machine and heads straight to the scene. But when he gets on site things get complicated. The trailer is leaning dangerously and could crash on its side. Will Stig and the military wrecker be able to free the vehicle without causing irreparable damage?
Lantern operator Sean is faced with one of the muddiest recoveries of his career. Close to the Brent Reservoir two 4 tonne tractors are stuck up to their axles in mud, and they’re nearly a mile away from the nearest access point. Sean needs to think outside the box to recover the stranded machines. It’s time for the big guns as he calls in a huge 21 tonne excavator.
Over in Leicester Buzz is on a mission! An 18-tonne skip lorry is wedged between a narrow footpath and a skip but that’s only half his problem. It’s stuck right next to a school and with the school bell about to sound, Buzz is literally working against the clock. He needs to rescue the lorry before the kids arrive or face not being able to complete the job.
Dragons’ Den continues as fearsome investors Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Tej Lalvani and Sara Davies take their seats in the Den, and a fresh batch of entrepreneurs go where many fear to tread…
Braving the Den, an Irish inventor plans to scoop up some cash with his quirky pet products and a pair of Optometrists hope the Dragons will see a bright future in their anti-blue light filtering products. A schoolteacher-come-food entrepreneur tempts the Dragons’ taste buds as well as their pockets with her low-sugar children’s jams and an eco-entrepreneur pitches a carbon-offsetting trading app, but with unclear business projections, will he plant the seed of doubt with the Dragons?