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WEEK 11

Race Across The World

If you were tasked to race across the world with limited cash and nothing in the way of modern technology, how do you think you’d fare?  This March BBC2’s Race Across the World returns, as five teams attempt just that.  This series takes viewers on the trip of a lifetime, following our contestants as they embark on an epic and adrenaline-fuelled adventure, travelling into the unknown without the trappings of modern life.  

Our five pairs will race from the top to bottom of Latin America: from Mexico City to the most southernly city in the world, Ushuaia in Argentina. They will leave behind their smartphones, internet access and credit cards, and will be armed with only the cash equivalent of a one-way airfare.

In a competition that sees our teams travel this extraordinary journey at ground level, their skill, ingenuity and determination will be tested to the extreme as they race through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, form bonds and friendships across cultural divides and rely on the kindness of strangers in order to stand the best chance of winning.

In the first episode, the teams set off from Mexico City – a gargantuan metropolis and the largest Spanish speaking city in the world. Throughout the entire race they must pass through seven checkpoints to reach their final destination. First up: Copan Ruinas in Honduras.

But the first objective– to escape from chaotic Mexico City. Each team adopts a different strategy: married couple Jen and Rob quickly decide on a route to Honduras via Belize, but confusion on the Metro leads to a delay in leaving the city.

Brother and sister Dom (22) and Lizzie (21) have drifted apart in the last few years and want to recapture the close sibling relationship they enjoyed as children. Things get off to a good start as they make the most of time spent waiting for a bus to reconnect. But as the race intensifies, pressure is put on their relationship and the cracks begin to show…

Couple of three years Michael and Shuntelle have extremely different approaches to travel – ex-army PT instructor Michael has a hankering for adventure, whereas Shuntelle is accustomed to luxury all-inclusive travel. A difference of opinion over accommodation causes issues for the couple early on in the race.

Jo first went backpacking over thirty years ago. Now in her 50s, she’s introducing her 19-year-old son Sam to travel. As Sam struggles with the language barrier, Jo takes the lead, until an encounter with locals causes them to rethink their route.

Uncle and nephew Emon and Jamiul have recently reunited after losing touch for the last ten years. It’s straight in at the deep end, as they attempt to balance the race with life changing experiences on a limited budget. Will they find a happy medium between the three?

The race is on, and the stakes are high - everyone wants to be first to the finish line and win the cash prize. As the series unfolds we will see chance encounters, cultural revelations, friendships formed, relationships tested and bonds strengthened as the teams experience, and come face-to-face with, some of the most awe-inspiring locations that modern-day travellers seldom get to see.  The dramatic scale and thrilling unpredictability of the race is sure to change their lives forever.  The Race Across the World has begun.


  • Sunday 8th March, 8pm

  • BBC Two

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Dragons' Den

NEW Dragons’ Den is back. Fiery investors Sara Davies, Touker Suleyman, Deborah Meaden, Tej Lalvani and Peter Jones return to those infamous hotseats as a new batch of nervous entrepreneurs strive to seal a life-changing deal.

Tonight’s hopefuls include a beauty entrepreneur whose tools have a social as well as practical purpose, and two low-alcohol brewers who hope the Dragons will stump up for the ultimate round of investment. 

And the multimillionaires try more than a business on for size when a footwear entrepreneur pitches his range of hand-finished shoes. Will he leave the Den walking on air?


  • Sunday 8th March, 9pm

  • BBC Two

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MasterChef

MasterChef is back and the kitchen is open for 60 of the UK’s most outstanding amateur cooks to battle it out for the 2020 title. Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace spend eight weeks putting the hopeful contestants through their paces as they search for one exceptional home cook worthy of being crowned MasterChef Champion 2020.

TX7 60 mins

Out of the thousands who applied, 60 hopeful amateur cooks have made it through to compete over five weeks of Heats. 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 six contestants in each Heat and only four aprons up for grabs, the battle is fierce from the offset.

It’s the third week of Heats and six more hopefuls get their first chance to win an apron by cooking their Signature Dish – a plate that tells John and Gregg about who they are as a cook and how good they can become. After tasting all six dishes, John and Gregg will pick their two favourites and those cooks will earn themselves not only a MasterChef apron, but also a place in the next round.

The remaining four contestants will have to pull out all the stops as they cook off, in a new test – The Three Ingredients Challenge. Tasked with creating one exceptional dish showcasing three specific ingredients – crab, sweetcorn and spring onion - the stakes are high as at the end, two cooks will fasten their new aprons, and two 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.

Impressing the guests has never been more important because their favourite cook will automatically become a Quarter Finalist, while the other two places will be determined by John and Gregg. Tonight, the contestants’ fate is in the hands of 2011 contestant Elizabeth Haigh, 2015 finalist Robert Parks and 2005 MasterChef champion Thomasina Miers.

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 2020.

 

TX8 60 mins

Tonight, six more amateurs try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the 2020 MasterChef Champion.

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 six plates, John and Gregg will pick their two favourite dishes and those cooks will earn themselves a pristine MasterChef apron as well as a place in the next round.

The remaining four contestants will have to pull out all the stops as they cook off in a new test – The Three Ingredients Challenge. Tasked with creating one exceptional dish showcasing three specific ingredients – lamb, aubergine and red pepper - the stakes are high for the cooks, as at the end, two will proudly put on their new aprons, and two be sent home and their MasterChef dream will be over.

There is 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.

Impressing the guests has never been more important because their chosen cook will automatically become a Quarter Finalist, while the other two places will be decided by John and Gregg. Tonight, the contestants’ fate is in the hands of 2016 Semi Finalist Elizabeth Cottam, and MasterChef Champions James Nathan (2008) and Tim Anderson (2011).

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 2020.

 

TX9 30 mins

Tonight, it’s the Quarter Final and the six talented Heat winners return to fight for a place in Knockout Week.

Facing the Critic’s Test, the week’s best-performing amateurs take on the intimidating task – cooking to a brief, set by one of the UK’s top food critics. This week, William Sitwell asks for a plant-based dish.

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 2020?

The Royals: A Family in Crisis

Has the past 12 months and beyond surpassed even the royal family’s infamous Annus Horribilus to become the Queen’s worst year?

1992 was the year described by the Queen as her “Horribilus” - the divorce of Charles and Diana, topless Fergie’s toe sucking antics and the fire in her beloved Windsor Castle.

But that all seems to have been superseded by the relentless tide of issues, scandals and controversies in the past year.

2018 had been so good - a royal wedding, the birth of her latest great granchild and an apparent new era of happiness and stability for her family.

But then it all started to go wrong...

Prince Phillips’ car crash and his ongoing health problems.

Unprecedented division across her previously united kingdom, caused by Brexit.

Political upheaval and the proroguing of Parliament which put her at the centre of the whole issue.

Marital issues within her family - the separation of Peter Phillips and his wife, then the Earl of Snowdon.

The ongoing scandal of Prince Andrew and his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

And the rift between her grandsons Harry and William, and the break-up of the so-called Fab Four, which would eventually lead to Harry and Meghan acrimoniously quitting the Royal family entirely.

All this going on in the glare of the public spotlight and as the Queen approaches her 94th birthday...

Told in detail with archive and exclusive interviews with Royal insiders, this programme charts what may turn out to be the Queen’s worst year, and more, of her reign.

New Scotland Yard Files

When barman David Morley, a well-known and much loved figure in London’s gay community,  was fatally beaten on London's South Bank, detectives from New Scotland Yard thought they were dealing with a homophobic attack. There was a massive outpouring of grief over David's death and the gay community felt under siege. Leads on who attacked him were hard to find: there was no forensic evidence at the scene and the attack happened in a CCTV blind spot. The investigation took a completely different turn when police realised David wasn't the only person attacked that night…


  • Thursday 12th March, 10pm

  • CBS Reality

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The Big Narstie Show

Jonathan Ross, rapper Tinie Tempah, comedian and actor Asim Chaudhry, comedian Desiree Burch and writer Benjamin Zephaniah join grime legend Big Narstie and his comic co-pilot Mo Gilligan for the final episode in the third series of their late-night anarchic chat, comedy and music show. Featuring more celebrity guests, more music performances, more straight talking and plenty more laugh-out-loud sketches, the award-winning programme will continue to break every chat-show rule in the book - so expect the unexpected. 


  • Friday 13th March, 11:05pm

  • Channel 4

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