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WEEK 22

Trucking Hell

This series lifts the lid on the inside world of the heavy recovery business, featuring the super heavyweight recovery trucks capable of towing and lifting the biggest and heaviest machines on our roads. We follow the highs and lows of the men and women tackling big Truck roll overs, jack knife lorries, crashed HGVs and roadside breakdowns –at any time of the day, battling all weather, in a bid to keep the country’s trucking workforce safe and our roads open.

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Super-sized transport jobs require even bigger trucks to perform them. This series lifts the lid on the heavy recovery business, featuring industrial strength trucks capable of towing and lifting the biggest and heaviest machines on the nation’s roads. When a fully loaded double deck curtainsided HGV rolls over on the A6, one of the Midlands’ most important arteries is severed and it is time for Crouch Recovery to save the day. With the road closed by police, recovery operative Fluff and his team need to get the stricken vehicle back on its wheels and out of a ditch. However, with bad weather causing problems and rush hour traffic diverted, they are battling against both the elements and the clock. Before they can even consider getting the cab and trailer fully upright, they need to lighten a heavy load made up of tiles and adhesives. To do this, the team need to slash the trailer’s curtain, releasing a messy cargo that will also need to be cleared. Elsewhere, recovery operative Rory delivers a wrecked cab to a salvage yard, before squeezing in a fry-up at a layby on the side of the A47. However the day doesn’t start so well for Jim, when he is sent to recover a broken down truck from a council waste recycling facility. Working among the rubbish is not particularly pleasant, and he is keen to get the job done and escape the muck as swiftly as possible. His day doesn’t improve when he is dispatched to recover a tipper truck on the hard shoulder of the M1 in pouring rain, with the harsh conditions turning the recovery into a feat of endurance.


  • Thursday 31st May, 9pm

  • 5Spike

  • 3 of 10

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Ready or Not

Welcome to the quiz show… that comes to you! From the supermarket to the seaside, Blackpool Tower to Birmingham city centre, brand new comedy entertainment show Ready or Not brings a hilarious twist to the traditional gameshow. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, our crack team of quiz show hosts won’t be far away, ready to surprise you with their crazy games.  The show features voiceover from much-loved star Paddy McGuinness, and a roving team of hosts ready to surprise members of the public across the nation – when they least expect it. This week Sam and Mark meet some real characters in their Gameshow Lift, Crumpet asks some tricky questions in Stratford, Tom Allen’s brought his pop up gameshow to Tutbury Castle, and Question Mark tests some of the nation’s finest minds in Cambridge. So if you want to win big, you’d better look out – because we’re coming for you… Ready or Not!


  • Saturday 26th May, 6:20pm

  • BBC One

  • 6 of 6

  • kay@plankpr.com

Building Giants

This episode follows an international team of engineers and construction workers as they attempt to build a brand an epic new metro line underneath the Danish capital of Copenhagen. Called “Cityringen”, this ambitious project is the largest feat of engineering the city has seen for over four hundred years.

The programme follows the tunnelling project manager, Valerio Violo and his team as they race to tunnel between 17 brand new stations using four giant tunnel boring machines. They will excavate over nineteen miles of new train tunnels, lay 22 miles of track, dig through toxic earth and navigate their way under the capitals the busiest railway station – whilst it remains open!


  • Monday 28th May, 9pm

  • More4

  • 7 of 7

  • kay@plankpr.com

My Floating Home

‘RIVERPOD’ - KENT AND HANSEN – MAIDSTONE, UK AND VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA

Boat lover Laurence Kent has always lived by the water. Previously living on a small narrowboat moored in his own marina in East Farleigh, he had dreams of an upgraded pad. A comfortable living space on the water, that was big enough for his grandson to have a sleepover but small enough to fit in his marina. Laurence put his faith in the hands of Richard Homewood, an engineer that has designed a new floating home with a bespoke micro- home, called The Riverpod.

To save costs, Laurence hopes to fit out the interior himself and with a background in renovation, he would like to re-design the layout of the Pod, offering a larger bedroom and bigger open plan kitchen/living area.

Before it is complete, there is a difficult challenge to get the Riverpod from Richard’s yard to Laurence’s marina. A tight squeeze down Kent roads, a launch and then towing the home down the river Medway … that’s if the snow doesn’t cause a problem or flood warnings done stop the final bit of the journey. Laurence hopes to finish the interior in just 2 weeks, just in time for his birthday and  to enjoy the first rays of the spring Sun.

Over in Portland, Oregon…

Arizonian action duo, Jan and Don Hansen, love to holiday on the Willamette River in Oregon, so they’ll design and build the ultimate floating summerhouse, giving them unparalleled access to the water. Costing 450 thousand dollars, they want vast outdoor decking, a custom built steel and wood staircase, a wood burning stove and an open plan living space.

Building this supersized summerhouse will not be easy – the local build team face delays as the harsh Oregon winter takes hold. They also come close to calamity as a weight imbalance threatens to capsize the floating foundation!

The exquisite staircase is installed and we’re on board for the tow down river, as the crew has to dodge float-piercing logs to make it to Jan and Don’s mooring. Finally, we discover if this dream summerhouse matches Jan and Don’s exacting expectations.


  • Tuesday 29th May, 9pm

  • More4

  • 8 of 8

  • kay@plankpr.com

Britain’s Best Home Cook

The search for Britain's Best Home Cook continues as the queen of home cookery, Mary Berry, top chef Dan Doherty and produce expert, Chris Bavin, put the remaining 6 of the nation’s best home cooks through their kitchen strides. It’s week five and Claudia is keeping a close eye on the tight circle of cooks who are also living together. Tonight they must create their ultimate chocolate pudding displaying their individual cooking style. With trios of chocolate, an unusual pairing of persimmon fruit with a fondant, and an ambitious charlotte, there’s plenty for the judges to like and critique here. The judges each decide who made their ultimate favourite before the best cooks choose between aubergine and tofu as the key ingredient in the next round. The cooks push themselves with their creations and a few backfire. A tense elimination round ensues as the culinary battle pits strong contenders and friends against one another. Who will lose their nerve and make the most mistakes leaving the remaining 5 to fight another week?

Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords

On this week’s Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords, we revisit some of the most explosive stories we have uncovered and find out what happened next. 

Pensioners John and Irene bought and rented out a House in Multiple Occupation, however instead of ensuring them a peaceful retirement the experience was a terrifying ordeal, which also cost them a fortune. The tenants had not only stopped paying rent but had also moved their mates in, who squatted in the property. The house became a free for all and was in a terrible state of repair, but even worse, John and Irene have had to put up with verbal threats and abusive behaviour. Despite some tenants being compliant the squatter refused to move out and the couple now have the fight of their lives on their hands to evict these tenants from hell. We return to find out how John and Irene managed through the process and what they are going to do next.

When Jill had purchased her property with her husband it was to be their investment project for the future. Sadly, Jill’s husband passed away and she decided to rent out the property so as to alleviate some financial stress, yet things couldn’t have gone more wrong for her. When Jill’s tenant moved his family in things were initially cordial, however when they got behind with the rent, owing over £4000, things took a turn for the worst. As a last resort, cash strapped Jill decided she has to evict the family.  But they were not going without a fight, and Jill’s nightmare had only just begun. Can Jill salvage the investment she made with her husband and move on?

When tanning salon owner Wayne Elliot found that his employee Katie had no place to live, he offered her his home to rent, hoping it would help turn her fortunes around. Wayne believed as someone he knew and trusted she would be the ideal tenant, and would look after the home he once lived in and called his own. But now Wayne has been left with his fingers burnt. He’s owed £3,000 in unpaid rent and his property has been transformed into a party house, with the neighbour’s up in arms and making complaints. We catch up with Wayne to see if ever heard from his former employee or the money she owed him.


  • Thursday 31st May, 8pm

  • Channel 5

  • 8 of 16

  • kay@plankpr.com

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