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WEEK 46

Rich Kids Go Skint

Andrea is a 23- year old shopaholic born with a silver spoon - he grew up in a wealthy Italian family with staff to attend to his every whim. Even though he now works, Andrea can’t contain his expensive taste in clothes, travel and dining. Andrea has a Hermes bag and a Rolex – worth more than 10,000 each.

But this week he heads to Swansea to spend time with single dad David and his daughters, Marta and Emily. Unemployed David relies on benefits to scrape by – he is a trained chef and would love to work, but his two daughters takes priority. It’s a shocking reality check from the moment Andrea arrives.

Life on the breadline doesn’t allow for much luxury, but there is a lot of love – and that extends to the family’s animals. If Andrea wants to fit in, he’ll need to get over his dislike of pets. Cleaning out the rabbit cage is his smelly first challenge - a chore which leaves his nose offended at the odour.

The difference in their lives comes into sharp focus when they compare clothes. David owns only two pairs of shoes; Andrea’s wardrobe costs in excess of £1000,000. Andrea regularly goes on 5-star holidays; David was once homeless for three months.

David shows Andrea the fun to be had on a budget, when they go on a rare trip to the local leisure centre to scale a climbing wall. Andrea gets over his fear of heights to join them and actually enjoys himself. But will he leave with a clearer idea of what life is like for those with less, and will he think twice before spending so much money on himself?

Club Rep Wars

A brand new series that enters the sizzling world of summer jobs in the sun. Club Rep Wars follows two teams of wannabe club reps competing to win the chance to work a season in the Greek party paradise of Zante. The Pink and the Blue teams fiercely contest each other at a series of fun-packed events to prove who can triumph at running the best sun soaked parties.  

Boss BJ has a big event planned featuring a live performance from music star Sigala. The VIP tickets need selling and A-list service is required on the night of the event. With this in mind, BJ throws in not one, but two new recruits to help with the workload. There's 19-year-old Millie and 26-year-old Chantal. First up, the pair try to help the Pinks sell tickets, but the Pinks have their mind on pretty much everything else. Later on, Millie and Chantal team up with the Blues in the VIP section, where one team member goes the extra mile in an attempt to lure the ladies. But which team will be victorious?

MasterChef: The Professionals

Episode 4

The BAFTA-winning hit MasterChef: The Professionals is back. Celebrated MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, chef Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing are together once again in their search for the UK’s finest cooking talent. 

In this heat, six professional chefs from across the UK put their reputations on the line, competing to become MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2018. Under the watchful eye of the three judges, the chefs must face two of their toughest challenges, firstly a test of their basic skills, followed by a chance to cook their own unique Signature Dish for the judges. At the end of this heat, three chefs will be sent home and the strongest three will go through to this week’s quarter final. 

Each chef begins with the dreaded Skills Test. Scrutinised by the judges, the initial moments test every competitor’s mettle, as their knowledge, palate and experience are weighed up in this infamous first assessment. 

The first three into the MasterChef kitchen have a monkfish tail to prep; Marcus has given them 20 minutes to cook the Monkfish with a Spicy Tomato and Roasted Onion Sauce. He wants the chefs to display faultless fileting and for their depth of knowledge to shine when cooking with spices in this test.  As ever the judge’s expectations are high and so too are the contestant’s nerves.  

The remaining three chefs face a test set by Monica. They will have to steady their hands to tackle this challenge - two very refined and delicate Scotch Eggs made with quails’ eggs.  They only have 15 minutes to mince, boil and fry their way to glory. The dish could end up looking like a dogs’ dinner in the wrong hands -  the judges are looking for a light touch, perfect balance of flavour and some deft skills on display from the chefs.    

Recovered from the first test, all six chefs have a chance to redeem any earlier mistakes when they cook their own Signature Dish for Monica, Marcus and Gregg. In an hour and 15 minutes, they must inspire the judges with their creativity, flavours and personal style. It is their chance to show off their culinary talent and cooking style before the judges decide which three are sent home, and which three go through to this week’s quarter final. 

Judge: Monica Galetti

Judge: Gregg Wallace

Judge: Marcus Wareing

Episode 5

The BAFTA-winning hit MasterChef: The Professionals is back. Celebrated MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, chef Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing are together once again in their search for the UK’s finest cooking talent. 

In the second heat of the week and six of the UK’s most determined chefs make the journey to the MasterChef kitchen ready to fight for the coveted title. Ahead of them are two challenges designed to challenge their ability in the kitchen - from taste and technical flair, to creativity and ability to work under pressure. These chefs’ every move will be watched over by Monica, Marcus and Gregg. At the end of the heat, only the three best chefs will go through to the quarter final.

Each chef begins with the Skills Test. Tonight the first three chefs face the terrifying prospect of cooking an elegant dish that Marcus has selected for them.  They have 15 minutes to produce perfect Poached Plaice with a Beurre Blanc Sauce. The plaice must be precisely fileted from the fish before the cooking can even begin, and the classical beurre blanc shouldn’t be hurried even with the clock ticking and the judges watching on.

The next three chefs have been given 20 minutes by Monica to make her ‘Baked Alaska’; the knack with this classic is stopping the ice cream interior from turning into a puddle while the baking of the Italian meringue takes place. First step, whisking up a perfectly peaked Italian Meringue before the chefs have to juggle their timings and temperatures to get them spot on. 

In the next round it’s now down to all six chefs to come back in and wow the judges with a dish of their own design.  They have a chance to save face after any earlier mishaps, when they cook their own Signature Dish for Monica, Marcus and Gregg. In an hour and 15 minutes, they must inspire the judges with their creativity, flavours and personal style. It is their chance to claim some culinary kudos before the judges decide which three are sent home, and which three go through to this week’s quarter final.

Judge: Monica Galetti

Judge: Gregg Wallace

Judge: Marcus Wareing

Episode 6

The BAFTA-winning hit MasterChef: The Professionals is back. Celebrated MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, chef Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing are together once again in their search for the UK’s finest cooking talent. 

Tonight’s quarter final sees the six strongest chefs from this week’s heats attempt to impress Monica and Marcus in two high-stakes challenges.  

First up the chefs face a brand-new challenge – the Judge’s Favourite Ingredient Test. The six chefs are challenged to invent a dish centred on one key ingredient.  This week, Marcus has chosen for the chefs to elevate a great staple of any kitchen – The Potato.  With a whole host of varieties and a never-ending list of ways to cook the potato Marcus is hoping for ingenuity, elegance and above all great tasting plates of food from these chefs. The chefs have 10 minutes to choose from a range of ingredients and 70 minutes to cook a plate of food that delivers the humble spud as the star of the show. Only the four stand out chefs will go on to the next challenge, to cook for the restaurant critics; for two chefs it’s the end of the competition.

The remaining four professionals go on to cook their food for three of the UK’s most discerning Restaurant Critics. They will need to impress Tracey MacLeod, Tom Parker Bowles and Jay Rayner.  The critics will be dishing up their insight and unrestrained opinion on the food. With only one hour and 15 minutes to cook a two-course menu designed to dazzle the critics and the judges the chefs will be battling to remain calm in the kitchen.

Only the three most talented chefs will go through to Knockout Week and continue their pursuit of the MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 title.

Judge: Marcus Wareing

Judge: Monica Galetti

Judge: Gregg Wallace

Tattoo Fixers: Extreme

This week Tattoo Fixers: Extreme returns to rid Britain of its tattoo monstrosities. Uzzi catapults Melissa’s tragic tat into outer space. Alice re-plaices Emma’s fishy stinker and Sketch gives Elliot a design to show his metal after losing his legs to meningitis. Meanwhile Pash erases Matt’s not so sharp pencil, and Morgan’s chub rub gets covered with a design that’s a bit less sore.


  • Tuesday 13th November, 9pm

  • E4

  • 5 of 15

Naked Attraction

The world’s most daring dating show is back! Helping sassy singletons avoid the pitfalls of fake online profiles and fancy filters by choosing their perfect partner based solely on the power of Naked Attraction. When we are entirely unfiltered what do people really find sexually attractive? 

This series, it’s bigger and bolder than ever, with Anna Richardson on hand to guide the contestants through the game of choosing a partner naked -whittling 6 people down to 1. Expect even more shocking and surprising events than ever before.

First into the studio is 24 year old Millie, a sales administrator from Newquay in Cornwall. Millie has exhausted the dating pool in Cornwall and is hoping to wave goodbye to the laid back surfers and catch herself a perfect partner in one of the pods.

Next up is a 24 year old Alex, a window cleaner from Sheffield. Bullied in his teens for being overweight and “ginger”, Alex has trained hard to get a body he’s proud of and looking for someone who’ll feel the same.


  • Thursday 15th November, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 8 of 10

  • victoria@plankpr.com

Portillo's Hidden History of Britain

COUNTDOWN TO WW3

Today there’s talk of a new Cold War sweeping across the world and Britain’s relations with Russia are at a new low. In this episode Michael Portillo discovers a top secret Cold War stronghold and a decommissioned Soviet nuclear submarine, revealing what happened the last time we went to the brink with this world superpower. How close did we actually come to Nuclear Armageddon and, if World War Three had happened, what were our chances of survival?

Michael is surprised to discover a mysterious, impenetrable fortress just a mile from the Cambridge College where he spent his university years. Built in 1953 and abandoned for almost thirty years, Michael finds out this covert concrete bunker was built so we’d still have a functioning government after a nuclear attack. And he learns the price we were willing to pay for our special relationship with the United States with a top secret government report – now declassified – revealing how American nuclear weapons on British soil made us the Soviets’ prime target at the height of the Cold War. Michael is shocked by how shambolic our military’s plans in the event of a nuclear strike were. He tries on a suit designed to protect officials from fallout radiation, tastes 1960s biscuits that were stockpiled for any citizens that may have survived and finds out what records would have been broadcast on radio to boost morale.

Getting access to an enormous 1960s Russian nuclear submarine, now moored in the Medway, Michael discovers how lethal subs like this patrolled our waters gathering intelligence, armed with nuclear-tipped torpedoes. An encounter with two Russian officers who were on-board the nuclear submarines involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis reveals how the Soviets came within a hair’s breadth of deploying their cataclysmic weapons. And an RAF officer discloses Britain’s little known role in this terrifying moment when the world stood on the brink of total annihilation.

We learn how these events inspired a new anti-war generation and what lengths they were willing to go to in the name of peace.

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