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  • River Monsters

    Volcanic Island Terror Ep 1/

    On a volcanic island in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an ancient fishing community is being terrorized by something in the water that's left behind a trail of bloodied victims.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Fri 05 Jan
    Time: 8.00pm - 8.30pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Episode 1 - Volcanic Island Terror
     
    On a volcanic island in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an ancient fishing community is being terrorized by something in the water that's left behind a trail of bloodied victims.
     
    With a collective knowledge built up over centuries, these fishermen thought they knew everything in these waters, until now. The only clue they have to the attacker's identity are the large puncture wounds it's left behind.
     
    Now angling detective Jeremy Wade journeys to this land of fire and folklore to put himself to the ultimate test; can he uncover the identity of this mysterious fanged assailant?
     
     

  • The Big Soap Quiz: Coronation Street v Emmerdale

    Ep 1/1

    Stephen Mulhern hosts the titanic clash between ITV’s biggest soaps. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Fri 05 Jan
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    The Big Soap Quiz: Coronation Street v Emmerdale 
     
    Stephen Mulhern hosts the titanic clash between ITV’s biggest soaps.
     
    Tensions run high as the casts of Coronation Street and Emmerdale battle it out to find out who knows their soap best. 
     
    Team captains Mark Charnock for Emmerdale and Jack P. Shepherd for Coronation Street return to settle a score and lead their teams to victory.
     
     
     

  • Great Art

    Ep 1/5

      This weekly series will offer an in-depth look at iconic artists including Canaletto, the Impressionists, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Vermeer.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Thu 04 Jan
    Time: 10.45pm - 11.45pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: grant.cunningham@itv.com
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    The information contained herein is strictly embargoed from all press use, non-commercial publication, or syndication until 10.00am Tuesday December 5, 2017
     
    Series overview
     
    Great Art, a five-part series produced by Seventh Art Productions explores the life and work of the world's most celebrated artists.
     
    This weekly series will offer an in-depth look at iconic artists including Canaletto, the Impressionists, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
     
    Each 50-minute episode will reveal unique insights into the life of the artists, from exploring the places they lived and worked to uncovering their formative relationships through private letters. Great Art will also provide privileged access to the artists’ masterpieces, going behind-the-scenes at the world’s leading museums.
     
    Great Art is introduced by curator and broadcaster Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of The Royal Academy of Arts, and features a host of eminent art experts, providing the perfect guides to history’s artistic greats.   
     
    Tim said: “I am delighted to be introducing this series of excellent films for ITV. The appetite for the arts in this country goes from strength to strength and I know ITV’s Great Art will find a wide and appreciative audience.”
     
    The series is commissioned for ITV by Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.
     
    Jo Clinton-Davis said: “Shot through with passion and expertise in equal measure, these films tell compelling stories which enrich our understanding of those artists and the art which have most profoundly influenced our cultural heritage.”
     
    The series is adapted from full-length feature films originally released in cinemas under EXHIBITION ON SCREEN. Phil Grabsky, Executive Producer of Seventh Art Productions, said:
     
    “Over the last twenty years my team, at Seventh Art Productions, and I have made countless art films for TV and cinema, most notably the international film series EXHIBITION ON SCREEN. But I am especially delighted to be bringing the Great Art series to ITV, who fully support us in the desire to make wonderful art and artists' biographies as widely seen and enjoyed as possible. I hope these first two seasons, consisting of five films each, are the first of many, allowing the public to continue discovering and appreciating truly great art."
     
    Episode 1 - Canaletto & The Art Of Venice At The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace 
     
    Great Art will open with an episode dedicated to The Royal Collection Trust’s unparalleled collection of works by Venice’s famous view-painter Canaletto. Stepping inside the royal residences of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, it reveals how the world’s largest Canaletto collection made its home in Britain. The episode also captures the essence and allure of Venice, embarking on a 21st century Grand Tour to reveal how Canaletto’s art was influenced by the great Italian city.
     
     
     

  • Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

    Caitlyn Jenner Ep 1/

    TV personality and retired Olympic gold medal winning decathlete Caitlyn Jenner spoke candidly to Piers Morgan about her extraordinary life for Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Thu 04 Jan
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: sarah.gaffney@itv.com
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    Episode 1 - Caitlyn Jenner
     
    TV personality and retired Olympic gold medal winning decathlete Caitlyn Jenner speaks candidly to Piers Morgan about her extraordinary life for Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. 
     
    Caitlyn, who began life as Bruce Jenner talks openly about her struggle with gender identity over the years, considering suicide and finally transitioning to who she is now. 
     
    She also opened up about being on a reality TV show,  living with the Kardashian family, and her feud with her ex-wife and step-children in the Kardashian family. 
     
    Caitlyn also reflects on winning an Olympic Gold medal whilst simultaneously battling gender issues, her three marriages and how two children were born to different wives just a year apart.
     
    Caitlyn spoke about her marriages and relationships with women, whether she would date now and what she hopes for her future.  She also talked about the support she received from her mother over the years, the now famous Vanity Fair shoot and the tragic death of her younger brother. 
     
     

     

  • Girlfriends

    Ep 1/6

    For life-long friends Linda, Sue and Gail, the years have flown by, yet their lives seem more complicated than ever.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Wed 03 Jan
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: kat@katblair.co.uk
    Picture contact: patrick.smith@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 9 December 2017.
     
    Episode 1
     
    The final night of Linda and Micky’s celebratory wedding anniversary cruise takes an unexpected turn, changing their lives and that of their children forever.
     
    With her world turned upside down, back home Linda turns to life-long friends Sue and Gail for support as she struggles to cope.
     
    When she discovers  the  depressing  reality  of  the family’s badly managed finances, Linda fears for the future, but the girlfriends are horrified to learn there may be bigger problems in store for their friend.
     
    Meanwhile overburdened Gail is juggling caring for her aging mother and looking after her demanding grandson as  she anxiously prepares for her son Tom’s release from prison. With her divorce to her second husband Dave nearing completion; an unwanted letter causes Gail to face her true feelings. But is it too late for her to do anything about it?
     
    When high-flying Sue gets a call from her PA she’s not prepared for the devastating news facing her at work. As the future of her career as the high-powered Feature’s Editor of the bridal magazine is thrown into  question,  Sue’s horrified by the realisation this may have more to do with her age than her performance at work. After committing her best years to her career and to her married lover and business partner John, Sue starts to question the choices she’s made.
     
    Series overview
     
    Rollem Productions brand new ITV drama Girlfriends - from the pen of  BAFTA  award- winning screenwriter Kay Mellor.
     
    For life-long friends Linda, Sue and Gail, the years have flown by, yet their lives seem more complicated than ever. When Linda’s husband Micky vanishes from a cruise ship on their wedding anniversary Linda suddenly finds herself on her own for the first time in nearly 30 years. Widowed and out of her depth she turns to her old friends Gail and Sue for support, who each have their own problems to face…
     
    The series stars Phyllis Logan (The Good Karma Hospital, Downton Abbey), Miranda Richardson (Mapp & Lucia, And Then There Were None, Churchill, iBoy) and Zoë Wanamaker (Mr Selfridge, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, My Family, Gormenghast, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) in the three lead roles and showcases a stellar supporting cast including: Daisy Head (Guilt, The Syndicate  3),  Chris  Fountain  (Coronation  Street, Hollyoaks), Philip Cumbus (The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, Comus), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Ripper Street), Val Lilley (Cuffs, Mr Sloane, Shameless), Anthony Head (A Street Cat Named Bob, You, Me & Them), Adrian Rawlins (Hard Sun, Maigret in Montmartre), Wendy Craig (The Worst Witch, Unforgotten), Dave Hill (Porridge, Vera), Steve Evets (This Is Us, Looking For Eric, Rev), Paula Wilcox (Upstart Crow, Mount Pleasant, Boomers), Chloe Hart (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), Elena Saurel (Midsomer Murders, Silent Witness), Thailia Zucchi (The Windsors, New Tricks), Emmett J Scanlan (The Fall, In The Flesh), Rochenda Sandall (Love, Lies & Records, Broken) and Matthew Marsh (Love, Lies & Records, Riviera).
     
     
     
     

  • The Greatest TV Moments Of All Time

    Ep 1/1

    The Greatest TV Moments Of All Time is an exciting new awards show that pays homage to the greatest ever clips from the last 50-plus years of incredible TV history, as the best-loved and most moving, hilarious and shocking moments ever seen on the sm

    ITV
    Transmission date: Tue 02 Jan
    Time: 8.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: sarah.gaffney@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

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    The Greatest TV Moments Of All Time
     
    Incredible moments from the last 50-plus years of TV history will face off against each other in a glitzy awards ceremony in The Greatest TV Moments of All Time.
     
    Hosted by comedian and TV presenter Paddy McGuinness the two hour programme will be a warm, funny and celebratory romp through the most amazing moments on TV spanning the past six decades.
     
    Starting in the 1960s and continuing right through to the present day, the nation’s favourite clips from each era will compete to be crowned as the greatest TV moment of all time.
     
    The show is jam-packed with the best, most nostalgia-inducing television memories, with a poll of viewers deciding which amazing clip has been voted the winner from each decade.
     
    Paddy will be joined by a plethora of celebrity guests such as daytime TV star Holly Willoughby, funnyman Keith Lemon, Time Team star Sir Tony Robinson, comedy gods John Cleese and Meera Syal, showbiz royalty Jimmy Tarbuck and Corrie legend William Roache who will each represent a different decade and put their case forward as to why their era laid claim to the best TV moment.
     
    Those six big moments then go head-to-head at the end of the show to compete for the title of ‘The Greatest TV Moment of All Time’.

     

  • ITV Racing: Live from Cheltenham

    Ep 1/

    Ed Chamberlin kicks off the New Year with the ITV Racing team live at Cheltenham for four races from the home of the National Hunt and two races from Musselburgh.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 01 Jan
    Time: 1.00pm - 3.30pm
    Genre: Sport
    Week: Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: tom.hodson@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 9 December 2017.
     
    ITV Racing: Live from Cheltenham
     
    Ed Chamberlin kicks off the New Year with the ITV Racing team live at Cheltenham for four races from the home of the National Hunt and two races from Musselburgh.
     
    The event launches ITV Racing’s 2018 calendar, which includes the Grand National, the Derby, and all the other major festivals including Cheltenham, Royal Ascot, and other highlights such as Future Champions Day at Newmarket and Champions Day at Ascot.
     
    Feature races at Cheltenham include the Betbright Chase (2.00pm), the Relkeel Hurdle (3.10pm) and the Dipper Novices' Chase (1.25pm).
     
    Ed is joined for expert analysis at Cheltenham by Mick Fitzgerald and Luke Harvey, with reporting from Rishi Persad and Alice Plunkett, commentary from Richard Hoiles and Sally Ann Grassick reporting from Musselburgh.
     
     

     

  • A Right Royal Quiz

    Ep 1/1

    A Right Royal Quiz is Britain's first ever panel show about the Royal Family and a celebratory and affectionate look at the Royals and the country’s obsession with them.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 31 Dec
    Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: sarah.gaffney@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 9 December 2017.
     
    A Right Royal Quiz is Britain's first ever panel show about the Royal Family and a celebratory and affectionate look at the Royals and the country’s obsession with them.
     
    Hosted by Fern Britton, two Royal-loving celebrity teams battle it out to win the prize, the ‘Crown of Right Royalness’.
     
    On the Regal Reds team, comedian Hal Cruttenden joins forces with TV presenter Angellica Bell to compete against the Buckingham Blues, made up of comic legend Joe Pasquale and TV presenter Jodie Kidd.
     
    Competing over a series of funny and entertaining rounds testing their knowledge of Royal facts and regal moments, the teams are helped along the way by Royal expert Jennie Bond. The contestants also meet some super fans in the studio and are surprised with some royal-themed guests. 
     
    The show is full of entertaining and interesting facts as well as hilarious offbeat insights into the nation’s favourite family.
     
    So get out your flags, practice 'God Save the Queen' and prepare for the ultimate right Royal knees up!
     
     
     

  • Cannonball Splash Hits

    Ep 1/1

    Brace yourself - Freddie Flintoff’s about to show you his wettest bits, as well the screamiest screams, the stingy-est splats and the very best belly-busting flops from a whole soaking summer of Maltese madness here on Cannonball. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 31 Dec
    Time: 6.50pm - 7.50pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Cannonball Splash Hits
     
    Brace yourself - Freddie Flintoff’s about to show you his wettest bits, as well the screamiest screams, the stingy-est splats and the very best belly-busting flops from a whole soaking summer of Maltese madness here on Cannonball. 
     
    As well the very best, and the very worst of our contestants; the courageous and the clueless, Freddie’s got a few soggy surprises up his sleeve. And we’ll have all the most heroic attempts on the Cannonball cup - the prize all our contestants dream about… when they’re not having nightmares about what they have to do to win it.
     

  • Guess The Star

    Ep 1/1

    Five well-known stars are completely transformed into their favourite musical icon for a performance on new ITV show Guess The Star.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 30 Dec
    Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: sarah.gaffney@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

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    Guess The Star
     
    Five well-known stars are completely transformed into their favourite musical icon for a performance on new ITV show Guess The Star.
     
    Hosted by Jonathan Ross, the programme pits three celebrity teams against each other to try and deduce who the disguised stars are, in the shortest time possible. 
     
    Viewers can guess along at home as each of the celebrity teams  -  Team Coronation Street (Antony Cotton, Catherine Tyldesley and Sally Dynevor) Team Daytime (Eamonn Holmes, Stacey Solomon and Judge Rinder) and Team Diversity (Jordan Banjo, Perri Kiely and Sam Craske) - compete to score the most points. 
     
    But the celebrity teams have a difficult task as each star undergoes a massive makeover before miming a classic hit from their musical hero.
     
    The first performance of the night is Uptown Funk by a star disguised as Bruno Mars. He seems to have the moves and is a dead ringer for this pop icon, but will the teams be able to guess who the celebrity is?
     
    Up next is an amazing performance of Chandelier by a star disguised as singer Sia. With her face completely hidden under Sia’s iconic black and white wig, will the teams be able to guess who it is?
     
    Lemmy from Motorhead is the next singer taken on by a star in disguise, miming to rock classic Ace of Spades. Dressed in leather and sporting a cowboy hat and facial hair, the celebrity teams might need a clue from host Jonathan Ross to work out who this celebrity is.
     
    The fourth act is a duo disguised as country singers Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton miming to Islands In The Stream. They clearly have a fabulous time during their performance but is their disguise enough to fool the celebrity teams?
     
    The final performance is an extremely energetic performance of Queen classic Don’t Stop Me Now by a star disguised as Freddie Mercury. Will the teams recognise who the star is leaping about the stage in tight fitting pants?
     
     
     
     

  • Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Presents…

    Who Shot Simon Cowell? Ep 1/1

    The popular comedy caper from Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway has been cut together as a half hour standalone episode.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 30 Dec
    Time: 6.30pm - 7.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact:
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

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    Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Presents… Who Shot Simon Cowell?
     
    The popular comedy caper from Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway has been cut together as a half hour standalone episode.
     
    When Simon Cowell is shot at his celebrity-filled birthday party, Ant & Dec are accused of the crime and forced to go on the run, with hilarious consequences. With the authorities hot on their trails, the boys investigate to find the real culprit, in order to clear their name and reveal who really shot Simon Cowell...

     

  • Saturday Morning with James Martin at Christmas

    Ep 18/

    Saturday Morning with James Martin sees the hugely popular chef returning to Saturday mornings, with a two-hour show from his very own home. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 30 Dec
    Time: 9.30am - 11.25am
    Genre: Daytime
    Week: Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: emma.daly@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

     
     
    Saturday Morning with James Martin sees the hugely popular chef returning to Saturday mornings, with a two-hour show from his very own home. 
     
    The series reflects James's love of hearty food as well as some of his other passions…the great outdoors, his beloved dogs and, of course, fast cars. 
     
    Each week he welcomes two guests into his own kitchen. Familiar faces include choirmaster Gareth Malone and weather presenter Carol Kirkwood. 
     
    The chef and his guests cook together inside James’s kitchen and in his garden, making the most of his BBQ and pizza oven. 
     
    Plus, each show features a guest regional chef who cooks in their home or their own restaurant.
     
    Viewers are joining in too as drinks VTs come courtesy of members of the public, who’ll give an authentic response to the wines and other drinks they taste. 
     
    Plus look out for an exciting twist in each episode, which sees James attempting to create a dish in the most difficult of circumstances...
     
     

  • ITV Racing: Live from Kempton

    Ep 1/

    Ed Chamberlin presents live coverage of one of the biggest meetings of the National Hunt season, the Winter Festival at Kempton Park, and the Yorkshire Christmas meeting at Wetherby on Boxing Day on ITV.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Tue 26 Dec
    Time: 1.00pm - 3.30pm
    Genre: Sport
    Week: Week 52 2017 : Sat 23 Dec - Fri 29 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: tom.hodson@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

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    ITV Racing: Live from Kempton 
     
    Ed Chamberlin presents live coverage of one of the biggest meetings of the National Hunt season, the Winter Festival at Kempton Park, and the Yorkshire Christmas meeting at Wetherby on Boxing Day on ITV.
     
    Headlined by the feature race, the King George VI Steeple Chase (3.05pm), supporting races include the Kauto Star Novices' Chase (1.55pm) and the Christmas Hurdle (2.30pm), plus coverage of the action from Wetherby. 
     
    Ed is joined for expert analysis by Sir AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald, with reporting from Oli Bell and Luke Harvey, the latest betting news from Matt Chapman, and commentary from Richard Hoiles.
     
    The live race line-up is:
     
    1.20 – Kempton – The 32Red.com Steeple Chase
    1.55 - Kempton – The 32Red Kauto Star Novices’ Steeple Chase
    2.30 – Kempton – The Unibet Christmas Hurdle Race
    3.05 – Kempton– The 32Red King George VI Steeple Chase
     
    On Wednesday 27 December, ITV Racing will also cover eight live races on ITV4 from Kempton and from Chepstow, where the feature is the Coral Welsh National.
     
     
     

  • Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs At Christmas

    Ep 1/1

    Paul O'Grady returns to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in a one-hour special of 'For The Love of Dogs at Christmas'.  Paul once again brings his unique blend of heartfelt warmth and humour to the waifs and strays of Battersea as he tri

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 25 Dec
    Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 52 2017 : Sat 23 Dec - Fri 29 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: fiona.galliver@itv.com hannah.green@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

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    Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs At Christmas
     
    Paul O'Grady returns to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in a one-hour special of 'For The Love of Dogs at Christmas'.  Paul once again brings his unique blend of heartfelt warmth and humour to the waifs and strays of Battersea as he tries to give the dogs the best Christmas present possible, a new home. 
     
    Top of Paul’s Christmas list to help is Bauble, a heavily pregnant stray, found wet and bedraggled on Hampstead Heath.  This mysterious tiny terrier arrived at Battersea scared and confused, in desperate need of some love and attention, which Paul is only too happy to offer!  But with the vets having no idea what breed of dog the father is, Bauble’s labour may not be straightforward!
     
    Another lost soul Paul meets is Wilma, who was found abandoned in a park and desperate for company.  Paul is determined to cheer up lonely Wilma and hatches a plan to take her out for an extra special adventure.  So he arranges a surprise visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital where she can meet some dog loving patients for some festive fun!  The children immediately fall in love with Wilma but will the visit provide the boost she needs to help her find a new home?
     
    Two other dogs hoping for a Christmas miracle are Bessie and Red, two charming Bassett Hounds which is a very rare breed to appear on Battersea’s doorstep.  These two nosy funsters are devoted to each other but when clinic unexpectedly discover Bessie has a heart problem, all their plans for Christmas get thrown up in the air.  Can Bessie’s heart problems be cured by Christmas, or will Red have to kiss his best friend goodbye and be rehomed separately?  
     
    Another dog keeping Paul on his toes is Chops the Chow Chow, another unusual breed at Battersea whose name translates to ‘puffy lion-dog’.  Chops certainly lives up to his name, as he is the most extraordinary looking dog Paul has ever seen!  But his good looks are combined with a notoriously Grinch-like personality, and Paul really struggles to get him into the festive spirit.  And unless Chops starts to show any interest in the people around him, no-one is going to want to rehome this most ‘Bah Humbug’ of dogs.
     
    Other dogs Paul falls for this Christmas include Forty the sweet Staffie, who is danger of losing an eye, and Thunder the enormous German Shepherd cross, who proves to be a real handful to control.  Especially when he accidentally swallows a tennis ball which sees him rushed in for emergency surgery!
     
     
     
     

  • Victoria

    Comfort and Joy Ep 1/1

     ITV’s popular royal drama returns for a one-off Christmas special starring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 25 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 11.00pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 52 2017 : Sat 23 Dec - Fri 29 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: katy.mason@itv.com
    Picture contact: patrick.smith@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Thursday 7 December 2017.
     
    Victoria Christmas Special
     
    Comfort And Joy
     
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    Following the critical acclaim and ratings success of the first two series, ITV’s popular royal drama, Victoria, produced by Mammoth Screen, returns for a one-off Christmas special starring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes.
     
    Once again written by creator and executive producer, Daisy Goodwin, the two-hour special will celebrate all of the festivities of a Victorian Christmas at Buckingham Palace.
     
    Also reprising their roles in the historical drama are Dame Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones) as the Duchess of Buccleuch, Alex Jennings (The Lady In The Van) as King Leopold, Peter Firth (Spooks) as the King of Hanover, David Oakes (The White Queen) as the Duke of Coburg, Margaret Clunie (Endeavour) as the Duchess of Sutherland, Catherine Flemming (Tatort) as the Duchess of Kent, Jordan Waller (Love & Friendship) and Lord Alfred Paget and Bebe Cave (Frankie) as Miss Wilhelmina Coke. Below stairs Nell Hudson (Outlander) returns as Mrs Skerrett, Ferdinand Kingsley (Borgia) as chef Francatelli and Adrian Schiller (The Secret Agent) as Penge.
     
    Set in Christmas 1846, the episode sees Victoria uncharacteristically melancholy as she prepares to tackle her first Christmas without her beloved Baroness Lehzen. Pregnant with her and Albert’s fourth child, the festive period reminds her of her lonely childhood spent at Kensington. Albert, on the other hand is gripped by an obsession with staging the perfect family Christmas, transforming the palace into a magical festive wonderland. Tensions arise between him and Victoria, however, when Albert invites some unwelcome house guests to join the celebrations.
     
    Below stairs, having accepted their feelings for one another, Francatelli and Skerrett are finally together. However, as romances amongst staff are forbidden, the pair cannot show that they’re in love to their co-workers which puts strain on the relationship. The situation complicates further when Skerrett inherits a large estate from an estranged uncle.
     
     
     

  • Maigret In Montmartre

    Ep 1/1

    Maigret investigates the random murders of a Countess and a Showgirl and discovers a dark secret that links their past lives at the Grand Hotel in Nice. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 24 Dec
    Time: 8.30pm - 10.25pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 52 2017 : Sat 23 Dec - Fri 29 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: jo.blanket@itv.com
    Picture contact: patrick.smith@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 9 December 2017.
     
    Maigret In Montmartre
     
    Short synopsis
     
    Maigret investigates the random murders of a Countess and a Showgirl and discovers a dark secret that links their past lives at the Grand Hotel in Nice. 
     
    Long synopsis
     
    Arlette, a beguiling showgirl from a seedy club in Montmartre arrives at the Quai des Orfevres late one night drunk and claiming she has overheard two men discussing the murder of a Countess whilst she was performing. During initial questioning Arlette is prickly and then overcome with tiredness, she insists on lying down to sleep. Left alone, sometime later she suddenly wakes terrified and screaming the name "Oscar". As Maigret tries to dig a little deeper asking if Oscar is one of the men intending to kill. But Arlette becomes increasingly defensive and suddenly rushes from the building.
     
    The next morning news arrives that Arlette has been found murdered in her apartment. 
     
    Maigret learns from Coroner Dr Paul that Arlette was strangled by a strong man. Her identity papers are forged and Maigret suspects Arlette had a reason to hide her past. Arriving at the scene, young inspector La Pointe is rendered unaccountably speechless at the sight of the girl. He hurriedly excuses himself and leaves the apartment. Annoyed with himself for failing to appreciate the depth of Arlette's troubles, back at the Quai Maigret vows to catch the killer. But he is interrupted by news that a Countess has also been found strangled in a similar manner.
     
    It's a squalid scene and clear the Countess was heavily dependent on morphine. But what's left of the Countess's valuables have been left untouched and a tiara found on the stairs suggest that the killer wasn't after her money. Maigret also finds a bundle of love letters which tell of the Countess's passionate relationship with her husband.
     
    Later, Moers checks newspaper records and discovers that the Count apparently committed suicide when he jumped from the balcony of their 10th floor apartment. Gathering that the relationship had soured Maigret wonders whether "the old boy was pushed?" but there's no evidence to suggest it. The Concierge at the Countess’s apartment tells Maigret that the only people to visit the Countess regularly were her doctor, whom she's already summoned and a pathetic rent boy who was most certainly there the night before but whose name she can't recall. Maigret wonders if the boy witnessed the murder. As he leaves the building Maigret meets Doctor Bloch who’s just arrived to attend his patient. Discovering the Countess is dead Bloch is in a hurry to leave but Maigret insists he attends the Quai where he’s questioned about the supply of morphine. Maigret also learns the identity and address of the rent-boy living in a garret above the Countess. His name is Philippe Martinot and together with Janvier, Maigret visits the loft but there’s no sign of the boy.
     
    Maigret obsesses over the connection between the two women, and Madame Maigret becomes increasingly frustrated that his investigation is taking over their lives. In the middle of the night Mme Maigret discovers her husband re-staging Arlette's murder in his dining room together they imagine the scenario and work out an explanation for the two types of blood found at the crime scene. Maigret is convinced the killer has unfinished business and will kill again. 
     
    At Club Picratt Maigret meets Fred, the owner and his wife Rosa. Rosa is very upset but defensive about the girls. She tells Maigret that earlier in the evening before she died, Arlette was keeping close company with a young man. Could he be the killer? Later Maigret returns to the club to question showgirls Tania and Betty and learns that Arlette's real name was Marie LeFevre.
     
    Maigret discovers further relative information which leads his team to Lisieux and Nice and discovers the story of Arlette’s early upbringing which led her to meet the Countess where she became her maid and finds out about a chauffeur named Oscar Bonvoison.
     
    Convinced that Philippe can identify Oscar, Maigret tasks Janvier to find the boy and he is eventually cornered near a pissoir in Montmartre. In desperate need of a fix, Philippe is released in the hope that he will act as bait for Oscar and lure him out. 
     
    Maigret continues on a journey of discovery to unveil the truth behind the murders.
     
     
     
     

  • A Christmas Chase: Celebrity Special

    Ep 1/1

    Pull up a chair and roast some chestnuts as Bradley Walsh hosts a very special edition of The Chase

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 24 Dec
    Time: 5.50pm - 6.40pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 52 2017 : Sat 23 Dec - Fri 29 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Pull up a chair and roast some chestnuts as Bradley Walsh hosts a very special edition of The Chase.
     
    It is a Christmas Chase as all five chasers try to catch Patti Clare, Matt Richardson, Kirsty Wark and Jimmy Osmond.

     

  • All Star Musicals

    Ep 1/1

    West End legend Michael Crawford will guide seven well known celebrities through an all singing, all dancing musical theatre extravaganza, coming to ITV this Christmas.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 24 Dec
    Time: 6.40pm - 8.30pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 52 2017 : Sat 23 Dec - Fri 29 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    West End legend Michael Crawford will guide seven well known celebrities through an all singing, all dancing musical theatre extravaganza, coming to ITV this Christmas.
     
    Hosted by Freddie Flintoff, All Star Musicals will feature a cast of famous faces who will each perform an iconic number from a hit musical at the legendary Palladium Theatre in London's West End. 
     
    Sir Tony Robinson, Denise Lewis OBE, Nicky Campbell, Sally Phillips, Lucy Fallon, Michael Parr and Rebecca Front, all of whom have been selected based upon their stand out performance skills, will train with some of the West End's most seasoned performers as they get to grips with their chosen song.  They will then debut their number - supported by a sensational chorus line - to a packed house at the London Palladium.  
     
    Along the way they will be guided by one of Britain’s best loved musical stars Michael Crawford, who will be on hand to offer guidance, advice and encouragement ahead of their big performance. With both Tony and Olivier awards to his name, Michael has amassed a West End career spanning five decades. 
     
    Presenter Freddie Flintoff will soon himself be no stranger to the stage, as he will be making his debut in Fat Friends the musical later this year. 
     
    The show will feature numbers from a range of famous musicals, including Chicago, Evita and Guys and Dolls, with the theatre audience deciding at the end of the night whose performance wowed them the most.
     
     
     

  • Cannonball Christmas Special

    Ep 1/1

    Get ready for a ding-dong merrily on high with a festive Christmas Cannonball. Freddie Flintoff plays Father Christmas and his sack is soaking thanks to four of the most fearsome challenges ever seen on water. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 24 Dec
    Time: 4.00pm - 5.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 52 2017 : Sat 23 Dec - Fri 29 Dec
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    Get ready for a ding-dong merrily on high with a festive Christmas Cannonball. Freddie Flintoff plays Father Christmas and his sack is soaking thanks to four of the most fearsome challenges ever seen on water.
     
    24 brave boys and girls will be bouncing and sliding, skimming and skidding faster than any sledge. Freddie Little Helper’s, Frankie Bridge, Radzi Chinyanganya, Ryan Hand and Maya Jama will be there to sort out the naughty from the nice as we find out who can ditch the tree and put their presents round the Cannonball Cup.
     

  • Christmas Carols on ITV

    Ep 1/1

    Singing superstar Alfie Boe leads the congregation of St Elisabeth's Church in Greater Manchester in a traditional Christmas Eve carol service.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 24 Dec
    Time: 11.45pm - 12.45am
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 52 2017 : Sat 23 Dec - Fri 29 Dec
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    Singing superstar Alfie Boe leads the congregation of St Elisabeth's Church in Greater Manchester in a traditional Christmas Eve carol service.
     
    The celebrations include festive performances from Nadine Coyle, formerly of Girls Aloud; soul singer Alexander O'Neal, Howard Hewett of Shalamar, pianist Alexis French, and West End stars Ruthie Henshall and Natasha Barnes. 
     
     

  • Saturday Morning with James Martin at Christmas

    Ep 17/

    Saturday Morning with James Martin sees the hugely popular chef returning to Saturday mornings, with a two-hour show from his very own home. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 23 Dec
    Time: 9.30am - 11.25am
    Genre: Daytime
    Week: Week 52 2017 : Sat 23 Dec - Fri 29 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Saturday Morning with James Martin sees the hugely popular chef returning to Saturday mornings, with a two-hour show from his very own home. 
     
    The series reflects James's love of hearty food as well as some of his other passions…the great outdoors, his beloved dogs and, of course, fast cars. 
     
    Each week he welcomes two guests into his own kitchen. Familiar faces include choirmaster Gareth Malone and weather presenter Carol Kirkwood. 
     
    The chef and his guests cook together inside James’s kitchen and in his garden, making the most of his BBQ and pizza oven. 
     
    Plus, each show features a guest regional chef who cooks in their home or their own restaurant.
     
    Viewers are joining in too as drinks VTs come courtesy of members of the public, who’ll give an authentic response to the wines and other drinks they taste. 
     
    Plus look out for an exciting twist in each episode, which sees James attempting to create a dish in the most difficult of circumstances...
     
     

  • Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Presents…

    The Missing Crown Jewels Ep 1/1

    For the first time ever, the scripted comedy caper from Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway has been cut together as a half hour standalone episode.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 23 Dec
    Time: 7.30pm - 8.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 52 2017 : Sat 23 Dec - Fri 29 Dec
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    Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Presents…The Missing Crown Jewels
     
    For the first time ever, the scripted comedy caper from Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway has been cut together as a half hour standalone episode.
     
    Ant & Dec join "The Honoured" - a secret service staffed by celebrities with honours. When the Crown Jewels are stolen on Ant & Dec's watch, their new boss Joanna Lumley tasks the boys with tracking down the mysterious villain known as Maskface before they sit on the throne and become the reigning monarch.
     

  • Al Murray's Make Christmas Great Again

    Ep 1/1

    The big day is almost upon us and in a last-ditch bid to claw back Christmas from the brink of disaster the nation's favourite publican, philosopher, common sense commando, scholar, sage and bald bloke is hosting the ultimate public house party.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Fri 22 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 51 2017 : Sat 16 Dec - Fri 22 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Al Murray's Make Christmas Great Again
     
    The big day is almost upon us and in a last-ditch bid to claw back Christmas from the brink of disaster the nation's favourite publican, philosopher, common sense commando, scholar, sage and bald bloke is hosting the ultimate public house party.  Serving up a Crimbo cocktail… no, make that a pint, (rules are rules) of festive cheer, seasonal games and celebrity guests.
     
    The Pub Landlord is on a one-man-mission after Santa warns ‘confidence in Christmas has dropped faster than the Pound’. You won't be properly warmed up for any yuletide celebrations until you’ve experienced this cracker of a lock-in with The Pub Landlord in his majestic pub, The Reindeer’s Head.  
     
    Backed by his house band The Remoans, the Guv leads some seasonal sing-a-longs including, You Can’t Even Say Christmas Any More, ‘chats’ to some of his celebrity guest audience, invites members of the public to win some early Christmas presents in two studio games Wrong Answer (where the right answer is, of course... the wrong answer) and Robot Reindeer Rodeo (requiring one lucky celebrity guest to climb on the back of the aptly nicknamed, Buckarudolph)... while also importantly reminding us that, after all, it was the British who “invented Christmas.”
     
     
     

  • Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Great Christmas Roast

    Ep 1/1

    This Christmas, two of our favourite chefs will go head to head to create an epic Christmas Banquet, in celebration of some of 2017’s real heroes.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Thu 21 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.15pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 51 2017 : Sat 16 Dec - Fri 22 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Great Christmas Roast
     
    This Christmas, two of our favourite chefs will go head to head to create an epic Christmas Banquet, in celebration of some of 2017’s real heroes.
     
    It’s a Christmas competition with all the trimmings as Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo battle it out to produce the ultimate festive menu, creating scrumptious starters, magnificent mains and delectable desserts for 100 deserving diners.
     
    Tucking in will be members of the public and the emergency services who bravely risked their lives during tragic events, as they went above the call of duty in 2017.
     
    And they will decide which of the rival chefs will be crowned ‘Banquet Champion’, by voting for their favourite dish across each of the three courses.
     
    While the pressure is on in the kitchen, front of house keeping the mulled wine flowing, master maitre’d Fred Sirieix will ensure the heroes have a night to remember in the sumptuous surroundings of London’s Merchant Taylors’ Hall.
     
    With fierce competition for the title of ‘Banquet Champion’, Gordon and Gino will get some much needed assistance from some celebrity helpers.
     
    After a fun-fueled ‘blind taste’ challenge, the chefs will choose their three helpers, from a willing line-up of six, entirely on the taste of the dishes they have made. Once selected for Team Gordon or Team Gino, these intrepid celebrities will get a crash course in cooking… in preparation for the banquet.
     
    No seasonal feast is complete without the right beverages and interspersed throughout the show will be films of our three wise men on an adrenaline-filled
    adventure scouring France in a motor home - on a mission to bring back the most choice yuletide tipples.  
     
    It won’t be an easy road trip, as they brave the elements and each other, to find the boldest reds, the cheekiest whites and of course the celebratory champers to bring our heroes the festive cheer they deserve.
     
    Gordon said: 'I’m looking forward to roasting the chestnuts out of Gino and giving him an absolute stuffing, during our Great Christmas Roast.  It’s going to be a lot of fun, but the real prize will be the privilege of cooking a fantastic feast and serving up 3 stunning courses to some truly deserving diners, who I hope will have an amazing night during the final banquet.'
     
    Gino said: ‘It’s a great honour to cook for so many people who have made a difference in 2017 - I know we’ll make it a night to remember. And it will be a day to remember for Gordon - he'll need to be on top of his game because my kitchen is going to serve up a menu that will have our diners asking for more!’
     
    Fred said: ‘Christmas is all about giving back and I am delighted to be able to give a little back to those who gave so much in 2017. I will need to stay on my toes though. With Gordon and Gino going head to head - I have a feeling my work is already cut out.  May the best chef win!’
     
     

  • Tamara’s World

    Ep 6/6

    Formula One heiress and entrepreneur Tamara Ecclestone invites viewers into her life in new series Tamara’s World.

    ITVBe
    Transmission date: Wed 20 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 51 2017 : Sat 16 Dec - Fri 22 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Episode 6
     
    In the sixth and final episode of the series Christmas is approaching and Tamara and Jay go out on a much-anticipated date night.  It’s the first time in almost four years they have been out alone together and during the evening revelations and resolutions are reached.
     
    Tamara has a radical image change for a magazine cover shoot and  also organises some epic scale photo shoots of her own -  one of which is for the family Christmas card. As Christmas gets closer Tamara’s house is transformed with incredible decorations and now that Sophia is old enough to understand the festive goings-on, the family anticipate it being the best Christmas ever. 
     
     
    Series overview
     
    Formula One heiress and entrepreneur Tamara Ecclestone invites viewers into her life in new series Tamara’s World.
     
    Across six programmes, Tamara and husband Jay Rutland allow cameras exclusive access into their extraordinary world with three year daughter Sophia.
     
    Featuring an intimate insight into the couple’s opulent life, the programme follows Tamara and Jay as they travel around the world by private jet, run a £70m Kensington home and throw expensive parties for friends and family.  It also reveals those private down-to-earth family moments that Tamara and Jay enjoy with Sophia  -  just ordinary family time in extraordinary surroundings.
     
     
     

  • A Night For The Emergency Services

    Ep 1/1

    A Night For The Emergency Services is a celebration of the heroes behind the uniforms to show appreciation and thanks for the incredible work they do.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Wed 20 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 51 2017 : Sat 16 Dec - Fri 22 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    A Night For The Emergency Services
     
    A Night For The Emergency Services is a celebration of the heroes behind the uniforms to show appreciation and thanks for the incredible work they do.
     
    Presented by Ashley Banjo and Diversity, the show features talented members of the emergency services displaying their amazing skills in front of an audience made up solely of emergency service staff.
     
    Following a year beset with national tragedy, the appreciation for the emergency services has never been higher. Introducing the show, host Ashley Banjo says: “Tonight is all about the brilliantly dedicated emergency services. It’s a chance for us to meet the people behind the uniforms and say thank you to all the hard working teams who have had to deal, so professionally, with such a difficult year.”
     
    The first performance of the evening features Diversity dancing alongside aerialist Hayley Wray who is a firefighter from Jersey and Scott Elliott who works for South Yorkshire Police.
     
    They are accompanied by singers from the Royal Free Hospital Music Society and the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir with the Royal Greenwich Volunteer Police Cadets playing drums.
     
    The next act is the Cheshire Fire Choir who perform a moving rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water with global singing star Leona Lewis.
     
    PC Paul Taylor who touched the hearts of the nation when we was caught on camera dancing with some children at the Manchester One Love Concert, gets to dance with his colleagues from Darlington Police alongside Diversity.
     
     This is followed by Mark Daniels, a RNLI volunteer from Ilfracombe who performs as a Michael Buble tribute act in his day job, giving an impressive rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
     
    Mentalist (mind magician) Ashley Turner, a Detective Sergeant from Northampton Police  also shows off his impressive and entertaining mind-boggling act.
     
    Emergency Medical Technician Lewis Quinn performs Bring Him Home with singing duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe accompanied by the Blue Light Symphony Orchestra led by detective Seb Valentine. The orchestra is the only one in the UK made up entirely of Emergency Service personnel.
     
    The finale is an unforgettable performance by Diversity accompanied by Britain's Got Talent winner Tokio Myers, supported by the Cheshire Fire Choir and Blue Light Symphony Orchestra.
     
     
     
     

  • Gino's Italian Coastal Escape

    Ep 8/8

    Gino travels around two of Italy’s biggest islands in the sun for his Italian summer, to meet the people, experience the culture and of course taste the food of his beautiful home country.  

    ITV
    Transmission date: Wed 20 Dec
    Time: 8.00pm - 8.30pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 51 2017 : Sat 16 Dec - Fri 22 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Series overview
     
    Gino D’Acampo is back in his homeland of Italy, and in this eight-part series he is exploring the Mediterranean coast, from the glittering elegance of its cliff-top towns, to its mountainous rustic villages. He’ll be immersing himself in the rugged, wild islands, traveling along dramatic coastal roads, and across the sea, to reveal the best-kept secrets of this coast.
     
    Along the way, of course, he’ll be serving up plenty of mouth watering authentic food.
     
    Gino says: “I'm exploring the places that I think reveal the very best of the Italian west coast and its cuisine, from the Tuscan coast in the north, the middle stretch studded with show-stopping Sorrento and Capri, and right down to the southern tip of the boot and the Aeolian Islands.”
     
     
    Episode 8 - Aeolian islands
     
    Often featured on bucket lists, The Aeolian Islands is the final destination on Gino’s epic coastal journey.
     
    Tonight he visits the two contrasting islands of Salina and Panarea to find out what they contribute the the italian kitchen, and it turns out, quite a lot.
     
    Join Gino as he finds out what keeps Robert Di Niro coming back to these islands, and has a watery encounter with a creature of the deep.
     
     
     

     

  • The Royal Variety Performance

    Ep 1/1

    The show promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre and brilliant comedy as well as a number of surprises along the away.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Tue 19 Dec
    Time: 7.30pm - 10.10pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 51 2017 : Sat 16 Dec - Fri 22 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    The Royal Variety Performance
     
    Queen of Comedy, Miranda Hart, is to host The Royal Variety Performance.
     
    The award-winning comedy writer and actress will host this year, in the presence of members of the Royal family. The event will come from the iconic London Palladium Theatre, which is hosting the event for the 41st time.
     
    The show promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre and brilliant comedy as well as a number of surprises along the away.
     
    Stars lined up to appear include the legendary Kelsey Grammer who will be performing, with his cast, an exclusive extract from the new musical Big Fish; plus The Killers, Seal, Louis Tomlinson, The Leading Ladies - Beverly Knight, Cassidy Janson and Amber Riley - and The Script, and Paloma Faith.
     
    Also taking to the stage are, Britain’s Got Talent winner, pianist Tokio Myers; the West End casts of ‘Annie’ and ‘42nd Street’; the incredible Circus Abyssinia; Michael Ball and Alfie Boe; the mesmerising Cirque du Soleil plus comedy from Jason Manford and Tom Allen.
     
    Miranda said: "If you don’t mind me I am just going to smash a glass ceiling and be the first woman to host the Royal Variety. That felt GOOD! It’s thrilling for me because of that, and because I am hugely proud to be part of such an important event in our comedy and variety heritage as the Royal Variety Performance. The young-wannabe-comedian me who watched the show every year, would be just as excited to hear that grown-up me is going to be hosting - only I'll be doing it without the 1970’s pudding bowl haircut that made me look like a young male monk!"
     
    The event is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen. The money raised from the show helps those people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance.
     
     
     

  • Save Money Good Food

    Ep 5/5

    This week we are in Scarborough and we are road testing Christmas.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 18 Dec
    Time: 8.00pm - 8.30pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 51 2017 : Sat 16 Dec - Fri 22 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Episode 5
     
    This week we are in Scarborough and we are road testing Christmas.
     
    Matt is challenged to save money on the biggest and most expensive meal of the year. He will be raiding the kitchen to find treats to create homemade party food- and then he will be making a three course traditional Christmas feast for less than five pounds a head!.
     
    Susanna is finding out how we can get the best value for money when we buy wine to go with our Christmas feast and we will be taste testing mince pies to find out which of the budget buys tastes best. 
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

  • Birds of a Feather Christmas Special

    Ep 1/1

    It's Christmas in Chigwell and the Birds are back.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 18 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 51 2017 : Sat 16 Dec - Fri 22 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Birds of a Feather Christmas Special
     
    It's Christmas in Chigwell and the Birds are back. Tracey has got big plans that could upset the festive harmony in the house, Sharon has found a novel way of doing her Christmas shopping and Dorien has got a mystery to solve. What could possibly go wrong?
     
    Sharon Theodopolopodous - Pauline Quirke
    Tracey Stubbs - Linda Robson
    Dorien Green - Lesley Joseph
     
     

  • The Chase: The Bloopers

    Ep 1/1

    The Chase: The Bloopers - all the bits you were never meant to see and some more bits you'll want to see again

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 17 Dec
    Time: 6.45pm - 7.40pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 51 2017 : Sat 16 Dec - Fri 22 Dec
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    The Chase: The Bloopers - all the bits you were never meant to see and some more bits you'll want to see again, in an hour long blooper and outtake special, presented by Bradley Walsh and featuring The Governess, The Beast, The Vixen, The Sinnerman and The Dark Destroyer. 
     

  • The Chase Celebrity Special

    Ep 9/9

    Bradley Walsh hosts as four celebrities try to pit their brains against one of the countries finest quiz brains.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 17 Dec
    Time: 5.45pm - 6.45pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 51 2017 : Sat 16 Dec - Fri 22 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Four celebrities have to work as a team in order to win thousands of pounds for their chosen charities, there’s just one thing that stands in their way, The Chaser.
     
    Bradley Walsh hosts as Mathew Horne, Danny Care, Jodie Kidd and Al Murray do their best. 
     

     

  • Saturday Morning with James Martin at Christmas

    Ep 16/

    Saturday Morning with James Martin sees the hugely popular chef returning to Saturday mornings, with a two-hour show from his very own home. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 16 Dec
    Time: 9.30am - 11.20am
    Genre: Daytime
    Week: Week 51 2017 : Sat 16 Dec - Fri 22 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: emma.daly@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

     
     
    Saturday Morning with James Martin sees the hugely popular chef returning to Saturday mornings, with a two-hour show from his very own home. 
     
    The series reflects James's love of hearty food as well as some of his other passions…the great outdoors, his beloved dogs and, of course, fast cars. 
     
    Each week he welcomes two guests into his own kitchen. Familiar faces include choirmaster Gareth Malone and weather presenter Carol Kirkwood. 
     
    The chef and his guests cook together inside James’s kitchen and in his garden, making the most of his BBQ and pizza oven. 
     
    Plus, each show features a guest regional chef who cooks in their home or their own restaurant.
     
    Viewers are joining in too as drinks VTs come courtesy of members of the public, who’ll give an authentic response to the wines and other drinks they taste. 
     
    Plus look out for an exciting twist in each episode, which sees James attempting to create a dish in the most difficult of circumstances...
     
     

  • Tommy Cooper Forever

    Ep 2/2

    Tommy Cooper Forever will reveal how an act that started out in the desert during the second world war went on to take the comedy world by storm.

    ITV3
    Transmission date: Fri 15 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.05pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: gary.smith@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    Tommy Cooper Forever will reveal how an act that started out in the desert during the second world war went on to take the comedy world by storm.
     
    Over three decades have passed since Tommy Cooper died but rather than the memories fade with time, the nation’s love of this unique magician has only gone from strength to strength.
     
    In these two programmes, using previously unseen footage, we hear how Tommy scoured the magic shops of London to create his routine.
     
    And we trace his extraordinary journey from South Wales to top of the bill at the Palladium, with the help of family, friends who worked with him and famous fans – a cast list which includes Jennifer Saunders, Simon Callow, Lionel Blair, Anita Harris, Les Dennis and Jerome Flynn.
     
    Previous instalments in the ‘Forever’ series include Rising Damp, Morecambe and Wise and 
     

  • Judge Rinder’s Crown Court

    Ep 2/2

    Crown Court, the iconic courtroom drama of of the seventies and eighties is back on our screens after a thirty-year hiatus with a brand new case-load, presided over by Judge Rinder.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Fri 15 Dec
    Time: 8.00pm - 8.30pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: emma.daly@itv.com
    Picture contact:

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 2 December 2017.
     
    Series overview
     
    Crown Court, the iconic courtroom drama of of the seventies and eighties is back on our screens after a thirty-year hiatus with a brand new case, presided over by Judge Rinder.
     
    Originally running for over 800 episodes, this classic series featured the good and the great of British acting talent from Colin Firth to Ben Kingsley, Bob Hoskins and Alison Steadman to name just a few.
     
    Now the court is ready to be sworn-in again, with a shocking new two-part murder trial inspired by a real-life arsenic poisoning.
     
    Episode 2
     
    The second of this two part series hears from the defence witnesses, as they give evidence to clear James Byron, a man accused of murdering his wife. They’ll paint a picture of the victim as a fragile and complex character, how she’d cried wolf many times before, and importantly hear from the defendant himself.
     
    But was this murder, or was it a tragic accident or even suicide? It’s up to the viewers to decide.
     
    Judge Rinder guides viewers through this complex legal case before the verdict of the original jury in the case that inspired the story - but did viewers come to the same conclusion?
     

     

  • I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! Coming Out

    Ep 1/1

    Viewers have seen them survive weeks in the Australian Jungle, with no contact with the outside world and under the spotlight of the world’s media, but now the celebrities get ready to embark on life back in the real world and ITV has the exclu

    ITV
    Transmission date: Fri 15 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: victoria.shires@itv.com
    Picture contact:

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 2 December 2017.
     
    I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! Coming Out
     
    Viewers have seen them survive weeks in the Australian Jungle, with no contact with the outside world and under the spotlight of the world’s media, but now the celebrities get ready to embark on life back in the real world and ITV has the exclusive access. 
     
    I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Coming Out follows this year’s celebrities from the moment they step foot off the legendary bridge, to the emotional reunions with their family and friends.  The show will also capture their reactions as they spend their first night back in luxury. 
     
    As they prepare to wash the jungle out of their hair, how will they cope getting back to life without the Jungle? 
     

  • Tommy Cooper Forever

    Ep 1/2

    Tommy Cooper Forever will reveal how an act that started out in the desert during the second world war went on to take the comedy world by storm.

    ITV3
    Transmission date: Thu 14 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: gary.smith@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    Tommy Cooper Forever will reveal how an act that started out in the desert during the second world war went on to take the comedy world by storm.
     
    Over three decades have passed since Tommy Cooper died but rather than the memories fade with time, the nation’s love of this unique magician has only gone from strength to strength.
     
    In these two programmes, using previously unseen footage, we hear how Tommy scoured the magic shops of London to create his routine.
     
    And we trace his extraordinary journey from South Wales to top of the bill at the Palladium, with the help of family, friends who worked with him and famous fans – a cast list which includes Jennifer Saunders, Simon Callow, Lionel Blair, Anita Harris, Les Dennis and Jerome Flynn.
     
    Previous instalments in the ‘Forever’ series include Rising Damp, Morecambe and Wise and 
     

  • Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

    Ep 8/8

    There is nowhere in the world like Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and self-confessed canine addict Paul O’Grady is delighted to be back for a brand new series of the award-winning, heart-warming and at times heart-breaking programme.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Thu 14 Dec
    Time: 8.30pm - 9.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: hannah.green@itv.com fiona.galliver@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 2 December 2017.
     
    Episode 8
     
    Paul O’Grady’s got his work cut out this week at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home when he helps to train an overexcited beagle who might just be the world’s worst sniffer dog.  He also meets a toy poodle and a pug who came in to Battersea as a pair but could be better off finding new homes separately and a cockapoo who might end up at his house, whether he likes it or not! 
     

     

  • Bancroft

    Ep 4/4

    Sarah Parish leads the cast of ITV’s new thriller Bancroft. Scheduled across four consecutive nights Bancroft is a dark and compelling thriller, with a tortured female detective at its heart. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Thu 14 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: natasha.bayford@itv.com
    Picture contact: patrick.smith@itv.com

    Series overview
     
    Sarah Parish leads the cast of ITV’s new thriller Bancroft
     
    Scheduled across four consecutive nights Bancroft is a dark and compelling thriller, and at its heart is a female detective with an explosive secret.
     
    Created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge, Ice Cream Girls, The Making of a Lady), leading actress Sarah Parish (Broadchurch, W1A, Cutting It) plays respected police officer Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft.  Ruthless and courageous, Bancroft is a brilliant copper.  She has given her life to the police force.  But when ambitious fast-tracked recruit, Katherine Stevens joins the force, played by acclaimed actress Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, Love Nina), Katherine takes on a cold case and unwittingly disturbs the ghosts of Bancroft’s devastating past.
     
    International actor, Linus Roache (Vikings, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) makes his return to British television.  Linus plays Tim Fraser who is haunted by an unsolved crime.  He has also been running from his past but his hidden shame can’t stay buried forever. Produced by Phil Collinson (Midwinter of the Spirit, Coronation Street, Dr Who) and directed by John Hayes (Vera, Home Fires), Bancroft explores what happens when heinous crimes, long buried, come back to haunt us. 
     
    Filmed on location in and around Bolton and the North West, this new series also features Amara Karan (The Night Of, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), Adrian Edmondson (War and Peace, Prey), Art Malik (Cold Feet, Indian Summers, Homeland), Kenneth Cranham (War and Peace, Rome), Adam Long (Happy Valley, Home Fires), Lee Boardman (The Five, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Steve Evets (One of Us, Looking for Eric). 
     
    Bancroft is the first commission from the ITVS drama label, Tall Story Pictures, founded by drama producers Francis Hopkinson and Catherine Oldfield. Francis is an executive producer alongside series creator and writer Kate Brooke.
     
    The series will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
     
    Episode 4
     
    Katherine and Anya make a determined push to get to the bottom of the Laura Fraser case once and for all, hatching a plan to get the DNA evidence they desperately need. Bancroft plans and executes a massive sting operation against Athif Kamara, but all doesn’t go smoothly. Bancroft is forced to reveal carefully-kept secrets about her past, and finally we find out what really happened to Laura Fraser – and why. 
     
     

     

  • Celebrity Juice

    Christmas Special Ep 1/1

    Keith Lemon hosts the outrageous comedy panel show Christmas Special, which sees team captains Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton going head to head in a series of hilarious games, alongside Celebrity Juice regular Gino D’Acampo.

    ITV2
    Transmission date: Thu 14 Dec
    Time: 10.00pm - 11.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: Susan.Wilks@fremantlemediauk.com Amy.Huson@fremantlemediauk.com Ben.Sawyers@fremantlemediauk.com
    Picture contact:

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Thursday 7 December 2017.
     
    Keith Lemon hosts the outrageous comedy panel show Christmas Special, which sees team captains Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton going head to head in a series of hilarious games, alongside Celebrity Juice regular Gino D’Acampo.
     
    Joining the panel this week is actor and TV presenter John Barrowman, musician and songwriter Alex James, TV personality and actress Denise Van Outen, popular Kaiser Chief frontman Ricky Wilson and Loose Women host and singer Stacey Solomon.

     

  • Tamara’s World

    Ep 5/6

    Formula One heiress and entrepreneur Tamara Ecclestone invites viewers into her life in new series Tamara’s World.

    ITVBe
    Transmission date: Wed 13 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: sarah.gaffney@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 2 December 2017.
     
    Episode 5
     
    In the fifth episode, Tamara has to face her fear when she becomes the ambassador of a new charity and has to give a speech at a large black-tie event. Tamara also heads to Oslo to launch her line of hair products, and Sophia’s new-found independence leaves Tamara breaking new ground. Back in London, Jay hosts a games night for a group of his mates.
     
    Series overview
     
    Formula One heiress and entrepreneur Tamara Ecclestone invites viewers into her life in new series Tamara’s World.
     
    Across six programmes, Tamara and husband Jay Rutland allow cameras exclusive access into their extraordinary world with three year daughter Sophia.
     
    Featuring an intimate insight into the couple’s opulent life, the programme follows Tamara and Jay as they travel around the world by private jet, run a £70m Kensington home and throw expensive parties for friends and family.  It also reveals those private down-to-earth family moments that Tamara and Jay enjoy with Sophia  -  just ordinary family time in extraordinary surroundings.
     
     
     

  • Gino's Italian Coastal Escape

    Ep 7/8

    Gino travels around two of Italy’s biggest islands in the sun for his Italian summer, to meet the people, experience the culture and of course taste the food of his beautiful home country.  

    ITV
    Transmission date: Wed 13 Dec
    Time: 8.00pm - 8.30pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: grant.cunningham@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 2 December 2017.
     
    Series overview
     
    Gino D’Acampo is back in his homeland of Italy, and in this eight-part series he is exploring the Mediterranean coast, from the glittering elegance of its cliff-top towns, to its mountainous rustic villages. He’ll be immersing himself in the rugged, wild islands, traveling along dramatic coastal roads, and across the sea, to reveal the best-kept secrets of this coast.
     
    Along the way, of course, he’ll be serving up plenty of mouth watering authentic food.
     
    Gino says: “I'm exploring the places that I think reveal the very best of the Italian west coast and its cuisine, from the Tuscan coast in the north, the middle stretch studded with show-stopping Sorrento and Capri, and right down to the southern tip of the boot and the Aeolian Islands.”
     
    Episode 7 - Calabria
     
    Tonight Gino reveals the rugged and wild region that is Calabria. Its landscape is as breathtaking as the powerhouse ingredients it produces and this week it’s about fire and spice, with eye watering chillies, a new wonder salami, and then an Italian ingredient that is as English as they come. Join Gino as he explores this vast region by train, taking in the coast and the mountains, and creates two dishes in honour of this wild region.
     
     

     

  • Bancroft

    Ep 3/4

    Sarah Parish leads the cast of ITV’s new thriller Bancroft. Scheduled across four consecutive nights Bancroft is a dark and compelling thriller, with a tortured female detective at its heart. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Wed 13 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: natasha.bayford@itv.com
    Picture contact: patrick.smith@itv.com

    Series overview
     
    Sarah Parish leads the cast of ITV’s new thriller Bancroft
     
    Scheduled across four consecutive nights Bancroft is a dark and compelling thriller, and at its heart is a female detective with an explosive secret.
     
    Created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge, Ice Cream Girls, The Making of a Lady), leading actress Sarah Parish (Broadchurch, W1A, Cutting It) plays respected police officer Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft.  Ruthless and courageous, Bancroft is a brilliant copper.  She has given her life to the police force.  But when ambitious fast-tracked recruit, Katherine Stevens joins the force, played by acclaimed actress Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, Love Nina), Katherine takes on a cold case and unwittingly disturbs the ghosts of Bancroft’s devastating past.
     
    International actor, Linus Roache (Vikings, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) makes his return to British television.  Linus plays Tim Fraser who is haunted by an unsolved crime.  He has also been running from his past but his hidden shame can’t stay buried forever. Produced by Phil Collinson (Midwinter of the Spirit, Coronation Street, Dr Who) and directed by John Hayes (Vera, Home Fires), Bancroft explores what happens when heinous crimes, long buried, come back to haunt us. 
     
    Filmed on location in and around Bolton and the North West, this new series also features Amara Karan (The Night Of, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), Adrian Edmondson (War and Peace, Prey), Art Malik (Cold Feet, Indian Summers, Homeland), Kenneth Cranham (War and Peace, Rome), Adam Long (Happy Valley, Home Fires), Lee Boardman (The Five, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Steve Evets (One of Us, Looking for Eric). 
     
    Bancroft is the first commission from the ITVS drama label, Tall Story Pictures, founded by drama producers Francis Hopkinson and Catherine Oldfield. Francis is an executive producer alongside series creator and writer Kate Brooke.
     
    The series will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
     
    Episode 3
     
    Bancroft is faced with a startling blast from the past, which brings the events from 1990 back to the surface. Meanwhile, Katherine wrestles with twists and turns of the new information she is uncovering. Bancroft secures Zaheera in safe accommodation and Daanish fulfils his part of the deal. Anya makes a surprising visit to an old friend. Katherine is faced with a chilling truth. 
     
     
     

     

  • Exposure: Who Cares? Children's Homes Undercover

    Ep 1/1

    It costs thousands of pounds a week to place vulnerable children in privately-run care homes - but how much care do they actually get, and where does the money go? 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Wed 13 Dec
    Time: 10.40pm - 11.45pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: tom.hodson@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 2 December 2017
     
    Exposure: Who Cares? Children's Homes Undercover
     
    It costs thousands of pounds a week to place vulnerable children in privately-run care homes - but how much care do they actually get, and where does the money go? 
     
    In a year-long investigation, reporters for ITV’s Exposure strand have been undercover in homes that look after children in care. 
     
    The child psychologist professor Tanya Byron tells the programme: "Because these children are invisible they have no voice and they deserve better. We have to do better."
     
    Produced and directed by Esella Hawkey
    Co-producer: Joe Casey
    Executive producers: David Henshaw and Lesley Bonner
     
     

     

  • How to Spend It Well at Christmas with Phillip Schofield

    Ep 3/3

    This new three-part factual consumer series features Phillip Schofield inviting celebrity guests, experts and members of the public to help him test the latest must-have festive buys.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Tue 12 Dec
    Time: 8.00pm - 9.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: tom.hodson@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 2 December 2017
     
    Episode 3
     
    This time, it’s all about food, drink and decoration – preparing for the best Christmas day ever.
     
    Rosemary Shrager is on hand in the kitchen to offer advice on all matters food related. She and Phillip put a so-called convenient Christmas to the test by sampling ‘Christmas Dinner In A Box.’
     
    Joe Pasquale reveals all there is to know about crackers, while Jenny Agutter investigates the ultimate festive foodie gift - the hamper - showing how to put together a top notch version at the fraction of the price of the ones in posh department stores.
     
    Phillip heads to Glasgow, the Prosecco capital of the UK, to ask the public to rank their favourite festive fizz, and he tests the new puddings on the block – ‘reveal’ desserts.
     
    Dancer Vincent Simone joins Phillip to test coffee pod machines to determine which is the best on the market, and it’s man against machine as Phillip and his high tech blender go head to head with Michelin starred chef Matt Gillan in a Christmas veg chopping challenge.
     
    Interior designers Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe offer advice on Christmas trees, creating a table to blow guests away without blowing the budget, and reveal the latest trends in Christmas lights.
     
    Finally Phillip tests some of the more unusual gifts on offer this year to determine if they make truly fabulous presents or just faddy gifts that won’t last beyond Boxing Day. Tonight it’s the turn of the iRoomba labour-saving cleaner, and a bacon ‘toaster’.
     
    Series overview
     
    This new three-part factual consumer series features Phillip Schofield inviting celebrity guests, experts and members of the public to help him test the latest must-have festive buys.
     
    Each programme aims to give an insider’s guide to what to buy for Christmas by testing, rating and reviewing the very latest products jostling for a place under the tree.
     
    Guest testers include Jonathan Ross, Vernon Kay, Coleen Nolan and the Real Housewives of Cheshire.
     
    Over the course of the series, they will aim to help viewers decide how to spend their Christmas cash on items from toys and gifts, to gadgets and food, to drink and decorations.
     
     
     

     

  • Bancroft

    Ep 2/4

    Sarah Parish leads the cast of ITV’s new thriller Bancroft. Scheduled across four consecutive nights Bancroft is a dark and compelling thriller, with a tortured female detective at its heart. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Tue 12 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: natasha.bayford@itv.com
    Picture contact: patrick.smith@itv.com

    Series overview
     
    Sarah Parish leads the cast of ITV’s new thriller Bancroft
     
    Scheduled across four consecutive nights Bancroft is a dark and compelling thriller, and at its heart is a female detective with an explosive secret.
     
    Created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge, Ice Cream Girls, The Making of a Lady), leading actress Sarah Parish (Broadchurch, W1A, Cutting It) plays respected police officer Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft.  Ruthless and courageous, Bancroft is a brilliant copper.  She has given her life to the police force.  But when ambitious fast-tracked recruit, Katherine Stevens joins the force, played by acclaimed actress Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, Love Nina), Katherine takes on a cold case and unwittingly disturbs the ghosts of Bancroft’s devastating past.
     
    International actor, Linus Roache (Vikings, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) makes his return to British television.  Linus plays Tim Fraser who is haunted by an unsolved crime.  He has also been running from his past but his hidden shame can’t stay buried forever. Produced by Phil Collinson (Midwinter of the Spirit, Coronation Street, Dr Who) and directed by John Hayes (Vera, Home Fires), Bancroft explores what happens when heinous crimes, long buried, come back to haunt us. 
     
    Filmed on location in and around Bolton and the North West, this new series also features Amara Karan (The Night Of, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), Adrian Edmondson (War and Peace, Prey), Art Malik (Cold Feet, Indian Summers, Homeland), Kenneth Cranham (War and Peace, Rome), Adam Long (Happy Valley, Home Fires), Lee Boardman (The Five, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Steve Evets (One of Us, Looking for Eric). 
     
    Bancroft is the first commission from the ITVS drama label, Tall Story Pictures, founded by drama producers Francis Hopkinson and Catherine Oldfield. Francis is an executive producer alongside series creator and writer Kate Brooke.
     
    The series will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
     
    Episode 2
     
    Bancroft helps Katherine and Anya with the Fraser case, but they are struggling to find any worthwhile forensic evidence. Katherine and Joe’s relationship progresses, whilst events take a grisly turn for the Kamara family – forcing Bancroft to offer Daanish a deal. Laura’s former husband Tim Fraser is reluctant to help with Laura’s cold case, but an unexpected visit changes his mind. Katherine and Anya make some game-changing discoveries. 
     
     
     

     

  • Ferne McCann: First Time Mum

    Ep 1/1

    Former Towie star Ferne McCann’s journey towards motherhood is documented in new programme Ferne McCann: First Time Mum.

    ITVBe
    Transmission date: Tue 12 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.30pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: No
    Press contact: sarah.gaffney@itv.com
    Picture contact:

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 2 December 2017.
     
     
    Former Towie star Ferne McCann’s journey towards motherhood is documented in new programme Ferne McCann: First Time Mum.
     
    With intimate access to her close circle of family and friends, Ferne shows courage and strength in the face of adversity, as she confronts pregnancy in the backdrop of a media storm around her ex-partner.
     
    Ferne says: “You find out you’re pregnant, you’re like, I was so excited and it was just all going to be amazing and then your whole life and world is turned upside down it was like, just absolute hell, and is hell.”
     
     But the programme shows her positive approach and excitement about having a baby and she explains how she had to find the strength to carry on. She says: “I don’t think you realise how much strength you've actually got until you are faced with a terrible situation.”
     
    With 12 weeks to go until she gives birth,  Ferne she goes about her daily life - preparing for the baby and working hard. 
     
    As well as being pregnant she has moved out of her mum’s house and is living alone for the first time.  But she still spends plenty of time with her mum who joins her for hypnobirthing lessons and will be her birthing partner when she goes into labour. 
     
    Ferne prepares for the new arrival by buying furniture for the baby -  and struggling to put it together -  and going for a psychic reading to find out more information about the little one. 
     
    Ferne also admits she is reluctant to join normal pregnancy groups due to her personal situation and the fear of people judging her, but she does try out pregnancy yoga after meeting another mum on a trip out. She also takes part in a magazine photoshoot and goes to her first red carpet event since discovering she was expecting.
     
    Ferne allows intimate access to her close circle of family and friends such as James ‘Arg’ Argent, Vicky Pattison and Stephanie Pratt as she discusses her future with them and her excitement at having a baby.  
     
    The programme follows Ferne right up to giving birth to her baby girl and she is clearly besotted with her. Ferne says: “I cannot imagine life without her. It’s such a lovely surreal feeling that she is mine. I cannot believe I had a girl, I’m so shocked. I’m so in love.” 
     
     
     
     

  • Emmerdale

    Ep 8 012/8 016

    Emmerdale is the small village with big drama.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Tue 12 Dec
    Time: 7.00pm - 7.30pm
    Genre: Soaps
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact:
    Picture contact:

    Emmerdale is the small village with big drama. Set against the stunningly beautiful backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales Emmerdale has been successfully running for 44 years.  Entertaining more than seven million viewers six times a week with its mix of dramatic storylines. 
     
    The information provided here is just a brief taster of the full content of the episode. If you are a member of the press and require a fuller synopsis of the episode, please send an email stating your name, who you write for, and you 
     
    8011 – Monday 11th December 2017 7.00pm - 7.30pm 
    • Adam acts on impulse   
    • Moira receives upsetting news.   
    • Lisa is fearful.  
     
    8012 – Tuesday 12th December 2017 7.00pm - 7.30pm
    • Moira is pushed to the brink. 
    • Victoria races against time.
    • A text message is significant
     
    8013 – Wednesday 13th December 2017 7.00pm - 7.30pm
    • Victoria is plagued with doubt. 
    • Moira meets a known face out of desperation
    • Arthur and Elliot make a discovery. 
     
    8014 – Thursday 14th December 2017 7.00pm - 7.30pm
    • Moira faces a stark choice. 
    • Pete and Ross prepare to say goodbye. 
    • Harriet makes arrangements
     
    8015 – Thursday 14th December 2017 7.00pm - 7.30pm
    • The horrifying truth finally emerges. 
    • Lives will be changed forever. 
    • Flashbacks show what happened
     
    8016 – Friday 15th December 2017 7.00pm - 7.30pm
    • Nicola is concerned. 
    • Someone is anxious
    • The police close in on their suspect
     
     
     

     

  • Save Money Good Food

    Ep 4/5

    This week, Susanna Reid and Matt Tebbutt are in Kent with the Ockendens. This family of six are overspending on their food bill because Mum Sarah has to cook many meals to satisfy her fussy family.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Tue 12 Dec
    Time: 7.30pm - 8.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact:
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Saturday 2 December 2017.
     
    Episode 4
     
    This week Susanna and Matt are in Surrey with the Dhillons. This family love cooking but they throw most of their leftovers in the bin. Matt takes on the challenge to get them loving their leftovers, using them to create delicious new meals to save them money. The Thai vegetable curry can be reinvented the following night with meat – and the leftover rice is used for a clever pudding! The final feast of Moroccan tagine is a taste sensation that will taste even better the next day. The Dhillons do a lot of top up shops at local convenience stores so Susanna is finding out how we can all shop smarter when we use the smaller shops - and as it’s the run up to Christmas we are testing the nation’s favourite tipple – red wine.
     
     
     

     

  • Bancroft

    Ep 1/4

    Sarah Parish leads the cast of ITV’s new thriller Bancroft. Scheduled across four consecutive nights Bancroft is a dark and compelling thriller, with a tortured female detective at its heart. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 11 Dec
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: natasha.bayford@itv.com
    Picture contact: patrick.smith@itv.com

    Series overview
     
    Sarah Parish leads the cast of ITV’s new thriller Bancroft
     
    Scheduled across four consecutive nights Bancroft is a dark and compelling thriller, and at its heart is a female detective with an explosive secret.
     
    Created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge, Ice Cream Girls, The Making of a Lady), leading actress Sarah Parish (Broadchurch, W1A, Cutting It) plays respected police officer Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft.  Ruthless and courageous, Bancroft is a brilliant copper.  She has given her life to the police force.  But when ambitious fast-tracked recruit, Katherine Stevens joins the force, played by acclaimed actress Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, Love Nina), Katherine takes on a cold case and unwittingly disturbs the ghosts of Bancroft’s devastating past.
     
    International actor, Linus Roache (Vikings, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) makes his return to British television.  Linus plays Tim Fraser who is haunted by an unsolved crime.  He has also been running from his past but his hidden shame can’t stay buried forever. Produced by Phil Collinson (Midwinter of the Spirit, Coronation Street, Dr Who) and directed by John Hayes (Vera, Home Fires), Bancroft explores what happens when heinous crimes, long buried, come back to haunt us. 
     
    Filmed on location in and around Bolton and the North West, this new series also features Amara Karan (The Night Of, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), Adrian Edmondson (War and Peace, Prey), Art Malik (Cold Feet, Indian Summers, Homeland), Kenneth Cranham (War and Peace, Rome), Adam Long (Happy Valley, Home Fires), Lee Boardman (The Five, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Steve Evets (One of Us, Looking for Eric). 
     
    Bancroft is the first commission from the ITVS drama label, Tall Story Pictures, founded by drama producers Francis Hopkinson and Catherine Oldfield. Francis is an executive producer alongside series creator and writer Kate Brooke.
     
    The series will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
     
    Episode 1
     
    The formidable Det. Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft is leading the charge against the violent Kamara gang. Meanwhile, DS Katherine Stevens is given a cold murder case. In 1990, Laura Fraser was stabbed 18 times in frenzied attack at home. As Elizabeth and Katherine’s paths cross for the first time, Katherine finds that there’s more to the Fraser case than it seems – and Elizabeth has some secrets in her past which may prove difficult to hide.