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This Time Next Year

  • Episode: 

    1 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 10 Apr 2018
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  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 15 2018 : Sat 07 Apr - Fri 13 Apr
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Series overview
Davina McCall hosts the new series of the life-transforming programme This Time Next Year.
Featuring extraordinary people from around the UK who will share with viewers what they pledge to change in their life by ‘This Time Next Year’.  Over the course of 12 months they’ll aim to fulfil their dreams of losing weight, meeting an unknown family member, having children, or finally realising a lifelong personal ambition. 
Their transformations will appear instantaneous using the programme’s ‘time travel’ style format. Once each pledge is made, the contributor will leave the studio ready to begin their challenge but just moments later will reappear completely transformed one year later, hopefully revealing a brand new them. 
Episode 1
In the first episode of the new series Davina meets parents Charlotte and Nathan and their daughter, four month old Olivia, who was born profoundly deaf. Charlotte and Nathan are determined Olivia will lead a normal life and hope that she will receive cochlear implants which will allow her some form of hearing. Their dream is for Olivia to hear them call her by her name for the first time and to be able to communicate with her. 
Stephanie Hill, aged 22, from Sheffield went to her first ever beauty pageant with a friend and now holds the title of Miss Hope Valley. Despite being at university studying radiotherapy and oncology, Stephanie’s dream is to be crowned Miss England before she graduates.
Mother and daughter Nichole and Laura from Nottingham are very close and share the same likes and interests - food and prosecco! They are both almost 20 stone and after Nichole lost her mother and Laura her grandmother, the pair decided to finally lose weight and take better care of themselves. They want to lose a huge 15 stone between them so have a tough year ahead. 
Couple Sarah-Lee and David from Peterborough have been together for five years but after trying for a baby for two years the couple discovered they could not conceive naturally.  In 2016, they attempted a round of ICSI treatment but it unfortunately failed. This year, having exhausted all their NHS funding options, the couple hope to receive military funding, as David is in the army, for a second round of ICSI treatment. Their dream is to have a baby of their own in a year’s time. 
In 2012, Jayne Hardman’s dog bumped her nose but the swelling didn’t go down. It wasn’t until 2014 that she was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease that eats away at body tissue. To her horror, Jayne’s nose slowly collapsed, and she was unable to breathe through it. Jayne hates looking in the mirror and is too self conscious to go out alone as she sometimes receives nasty comments. This Time Next Year, Jayne hopes that her condition will finally be in remission so she can get a prosthetic nose, feel like her old self again and have the confidence to go out on her own. 
Q and A with This Time Next Year host Davina McCall
What can viewers expect from this series of This Time Next Year?
“So this next series has got a really big variety of goals set by people, we have got quite a few medical goals which have been really interesting, we’ve had a young girl who wants to have her first sleepover but her illness has made it impossible for her to do that. We’ve also got somebody who, through an autoimmune illness, her nose disappeared into her face and she wants to be able to go outside again and not feel self conscious and she was really amazing. It was quite a harrowing story, so really different stories this time.”
Were there any stories that particularly stood out for you?
“Jayne Hardman, the lady who wanted to fix her nose, that was really a very tough story to follow. But everyone who comes on and makes their pledge -  I worry about these people for an entire year. Throughout the year I think, ‘I wonder how she is doing or I wonder what she is doing’”
Does it amaze you how quickly the year goes by?
“When you’re doing a show like this that idea that a whole year has passed since you've done it, is really weird and that’s for all of us working on the show, the production team and everything.”
Do you find yourself getting very emotional when contributors explain what they’d like to change?
“I do sometimes get emotional in the ‘this time’ bit when they come in and make their pledge, but the time when I get really emotional is when they come back out and tell me how they’ve done it. We had a really amazing story where a granny wanted to learn how to read, she was very dyslexic and she had been called stupid all her life but all she wanted to do was learn how to read. And she described the sort of prison she is in because it’s road signs, it’s food, it’s everything. All she wanted to do was read to her grandkids, it was the sweetest thing so yeah, you get really attached to people and it is very emotional but usually the real emotion comes when you find out if they’ve done it or not.”
Is it hard when you see people haven't achieved what they wanted?
“Well I always try, even if they haven’t achieved what they wanted, to still make the show a positive experience for them. I want them to know that I appreciate it’s brave to come back and say you haven’t been able to do it so I want them to know that when they do tell us that, I will be really sensitive about it and I’ll try and find something positive to say about their experience because often it is through no fault of their own.” 
Why do you think viewers enjoy the style of the instant reveal?
“What’s not to like? I mean I am just about the most impatient person in the universe so for me this programme is like, it’s torture, because I have to wait a year, you don’t. You’re fine, you get to watch them all after another. I spent the last year stressing about whether these people are going to achieve their goals but that's where the magic happens. My children literally fell off their chairs when they saw the first show they were like, ‘what how did you do that? I don’t understand!’”
Do you think it’s important for people in general to set goals?
“Yes, totally, because goal setting, as long as you’re not setting yourself ridiculous goals that you’re never going to be able to achieve like I’m going to marry a prince or something, goal setting is a really good way of improving your self esteem. You set yourself little goals and achieve them, it’s such a good way to make you feel good about yourself. Everytime you achieve your goal you think, ‘I did that’. I do this all the time I set out a goal for myself and tell people and I think it’s to shame myself into making it happen so if you are going to set a goal, I would strongly recommend that you tell all of your friends and give people monthly updates on how you are doing and that will be a great incentive to keep going.”
Is there anything you would like to achieve yourself by this time next year?
I’m in the middle of this year’s goal which is to become a qualified instructor - PT (personal trainer) and next year’s is to learn how to mix and get a gig in Ibiza! That’s quite a big one isn’t it? I’d be like one of those clubbing grannies!”
Is this the sort of TV you enjoy making the most, emotional TV?
“I think generally speaking if it makes your life better I’d like to host it. So anything that teaches you something or is something that you can empathise with. This is a bit of a makeover show, I sort of see it as an amazing makeover show, people making their own lives over so I love that. But I also think people can watch and learn from it, if someone who is having a baby by surrogate, how did you find a surrogate? how does that work?, all this kind of stuff. It’s actually really informative as well.”