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Thursday 17 February, 9:00pm on Fiver

The hit US drama series following the work of independent CBI consultant Patrick Jane continues. In this week’s show, Jane and the team narrowly escape a fiery end when a building explodes while they are investigating a death threat. Meanwhile, sparks fly between Lisbon and billionaire Walter Mashburn when they meet again during a case. Now in its third season, ‘The Mentalist’ centres around Patrick Jane (Simon Baker, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’), an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. Jane made his name as a TV psychic, but quit that job amidst tragic circumstances. As a publicity stunt to raise his own profile, Jane made an on-screen appeal to a serial killer known as Red John – only for the killer to murder Jane’s wife and daughter. Jane now readily admits that he was a fraud, but has found that his remarkable powers of observation and psychological manipulation are an asset to the police. As an independent consultant with the CBI, he has a proven track record for solving serious crimes – but he has also gained notoriety for his blatant lack of protocol and his celebrity past. However, Jane’s sole motivation in remaining with the bureau is to track down the man responsible for killing his family. No-nonsense CBI senior agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, ‘The Craft’, ‘Prison Break’) takes the heat from her boss, Madeleine Hightower (Aunjanue Ellis), for Jane’s theatrics and lack of boundaries – but acknowledges his usefulness and counts him as a friend. Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), who serves as the lead interrogator with a desert-dry demeanour; Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), the team’s resident explosives expert; and relative newcomer Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti), an optimist who is often at odds with Jane’s more jaded views. Although the CBI agents agree that Jane is a loose cannon, they cannot help but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

Wednesday 16 February, 10:00pm on Fiver

The unique dating show presented by Z�e Salmon concludes on Fiver. In this week’s final instalment, 27-year-old mother of two Lindsey tours the streets of Birmingham looking for her ideal man. Among the lads vying for Lindsey’s affections are a 37-year-old property developer from Worcester, a funeral director from Stockport, a comic from Bognor and a student from Birmingham. Ex ‘Blue Peter’ star Z�e Salmon presents this dating show with a twist. One singleton rides a specially kitted-out bus around his or her home town, while other singles wait at stops dotted around the local area. The potential dates board the bus one at a time, but they have just one stop to prove their worth to the picker – or be thrown off the bus. The chooser can decide to keep a date on board for longer than one stop, but in doing so runs the risk of passing over a more suitable partner who could be waiting further along the route. The couple left on the bus at the end of the journey win an all-expenses-paid date together. Z�e’s final guest on the Love Bus is 27-year-old Lindsey, a mother of two from Birmingham. Lindsey’s friends describe her as fun, bubbly, outgoing and often outrageous. “The best thing is that I’ve just had a boob job,” she says. Now on the lookout for a new man to go with her new body, Lindsey has a very clear idea of the type of person she fancies. “Someone who is outgoing, entertaining, bubbly, good-looking and has a good physique – basically a bit of everything!” she tells Z�e. Will her demands be met as she rides around her home town? The first hopeful to clime aboard Z�e’s bus is 37- year-old Carl from Worcester. Carl has a successful career in the property business, but seems somewhat less experienced when it comes to wooing the ladies. He begins by reading his potential date a poem he wrote while waiting at the bus stop – and things go downhill from there. After running out of things to say, Carl spends the last moments of his trip sat in silence, before being ejected at the next stop.

Thursday 10 February, 9:00pm on Fiver

The hit US drama series following the work of independent CBI consultant Patrick Jane continues. In this week’s show, the team investigates the disappearance of a federal judge’s daughter, who went missing on the same day that the judge’s mother died. Convinced that the girl was murdered, Jane searches the mansion for her body – and ultimately puts his career on the line to test a controversial theory. Now in its third season, ‘The Mentalist’ centres around Patrick Jane (Simon Baker, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’), an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. Jane made his name as a TV psychic, but quit that job amidst tragic circumstances. As a publicity stunt to raise his own profile, Jane made an on-screen appeal to a serial killer known as Red John – only for the killer to murder Jane’s wife and daughter. Jane now readily admits that he was a fraud, but has found that his remarkable powers of observation and psychological manipulation are an asset to the police. As an independent consultant with the CBI, he has a proven track record for solving serious crimes – but he has also gained notoriety for his blatant lack of protocol and his celebrity past. However, Jane’s sole motivation in remaining with the bureau is to track down the man responsible for killing his family. No-nonsense CBI senior agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, ‘The Craft’, ‘Prison Break’) takes the heat from her boss, Madeleine Hightower (Aunjanue Ellis), for Jane’s theatrics and lack of boundaries – but acknowledges his usefulness and counts him as a friend. Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), who serves as the lead interrogator with a desert-dry demeanour; Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), the team’s resident explosives expert; and relative newcomer Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti), an optimist who is often at odds with Jane’s more jaded views. Although the CBI agents agree that Jane is a loose cannon, they cannot help but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

Wednesday 9 February, 10:00pm on Fiver

The unique dating show presented by Z�e Salmon continues. In this week’s episode, Z�e and her big pink Love Bus are in Swindon, helping out West Country love wannabes. Strong-minded Sabi has four dates lined up, including a children’s entertainer and an aspiring personal trainer. Ex ‘Blue Peter’ star Z�e Salmon presents this dating show with a twist. One singleton rides a specially kitted-out bus around his or her home city, while other singles wait at stops at various points in the area. The potential dates only have one stop to prove their worth to the picker, or be thrown off the bus. The chooser can decide to keep a date on the bus for longer than one stop, but runs the risk of passing over a more suitable partner waiting further along the route. The couple still on the bus at the end of the journey win an all-expenses-paid date together. Twenty-nine-year-old Sabi is a freelance journalist from Reading. A fitness fanatic and social butterfly, she describes herself as a bit of a maneater. Strong-willed Sabi likes beautiful men who take good care of themselves. “If I feel a certain way, I don’t hold back,” Sabi says. “I think it’s about time I met my match,” she adds. First on the bus is singer and DJ Daniel. In an attempt to woo Sabi, unlucky in love Daniel sings a song about nearby towns, which includes the refrain ‘Swindon, Chippenham, Cirencester’. It is not long until Daniel is turfed off the bus. “He was way too wacky,” Sabi confides in Z�e. “I really hope one of them is going to be fit,” she says of her suitors. Twenty-eight-year-old bartender Ashley is next to try his hand at pitching woo. He says that his ideal location for a date is a coutryside picnic that contains a small selection of sandwiches. This does little to impress high-powered Sabi, who is soon reaching for the stop button once more. Next to try his luck is Paul from Gloucester. Having been a children’s entertainer for over 20 years, perennially single Paul thinks ventriloquism is the way to a woman’s heart. He brings aboard Charlie the monkey puppet and begins his routine, but falls afoul of Sabi after forgetting her name. After he is booted off the big pink bus, singleton Sabi is nonplussed. “It was almost like buy one, get one free,” she says of the act.

Thursday 3 February, 9:00pm on Fiver

The hit US drama series following the work of independent CBI consultant Patrick Jane continues. In this week’s show, Jane and the team are pulled deep inside the world of horse racing after a jockey is found murdered. Patrick St Esprit (‘Sons of Anarchy’), Jim Beaver (‘Deadwood’) and Olesya Rulin (‘High School Musical’) guest star. Now in its third season, ‘The Mentalist’ centres around Patrick Jane (Simon Baker, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’), an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. Jane made his name as a TV psychic, but quit that job amidst tragic circumstances. As a publicity stunt to raise his own profile, Jane made an on-screen appeal to a serial killer known as Red John – only for the killer to murder Jane’s wife and daughter. Jane now readily admits that he was a fraud, but has found that his remarkable powers of observation and psychological manipulation are an asset to the police. As an independent consultant with the CBI, he has a proven track record for solving serious crimes – but he has also gained notoriety for his blatant lack of protocol and his celebrity past. However, Jane’s sole motivation in remaining with the bureau is to track down the man responsible for killing his family. No-nonsense CBI senior agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, ‘The Craft’, ‘Prison Break’) takes the heat from her boss, Madeleine Hightower (Aunjanue Ellis), for Jane’s theatrics and lack of boundaries – but acknowledges his usefulness and counts him as a friend. Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), who serves as the lead interrogator with a desert-dry demeanour; Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), the team’s resident explosives expert; and relative newcomer Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti), an optimist who is often at odds with Jane’s more jaded views. Although the CBI agents agree that Jane is a loose cannon, they cannot help but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

Wednesday 2 February, 10:00pm on Fiver

The unique dating show presented by Z�e Salmon continues. In this week’s episode, Cardiff girl Becky hopes to meet her perfect match. Her potential dates include a snake enthusiast and a DJ -will anybody catch her eye and her heart? Ex ‘Blue Peter’ star Zoe Salmon presents this dating show with a twist. One singleton rides a specially kitted-out bus around his or her home city, while other singles wait at stops at various points in the area. The potential dates only have one stop to prove their worth to the picker, or be thrown off the bus. The chooser can decide to keep a date on the bus for longer than one stop, but runs the risk of passing over a more suitable partner waiting further along the route. The couple still on the bus at the end of the journey win an all-expenses-paid date together. In this episode, the big pink Love Bus heads to Cardiff, where 23-year-old Becky is hoping to meet her perfect mate. Waiting to climb aboard this week are several lucky lads, including a dance music lover, a cheeky Essex boy, a snake enthusiast and an opinionated radio DJ. Will Becky be lucky in love and find her perfect match?

Monday 31 January, 10:00pm on Fiver

The fascinating documentary series following the everyday life of former Spice Girl Mel B continues. This week, Mel tries to get her new fashion line up and running, whilst also dealing with daughter Angel’s troubling nightmares. Since bursting onto the world stage as one fifth of the hugely popular group Spice Girls, Melanie Brown, AKA ‘Scary Spice’, has had a fascinating decade-long career. Over the last ten years, Mel B has had a number of hit singles, been involved in musical collaborations with such superstars as Timbaland and Missy Elliott and published a wildly successful autobiography. Often under the glare of public scrutiny, Mel has also embarked on a number of high-profile romances, including a marriage to her backing dancer Jimmy Gulzar, which resulted in the birth of her first daughter Phoenix Chi. Long-term relationships with actors Max Beesley and Eddie Murphy have also been the subject of widespread tabloid interest, especially the bitter paternity battle with Murphy over Mel’s second daughter Angel Iris. Recently, the singer’s life has been less turbulent as she has settled into married life with her current partner Stephen Belafonte. ‘Mel B: It’s a Scary World’ follows Mel as she deals with her daily life as an entertainer, wife and mother. In this instalment, Mel and the designer Charlotte Sparre are ready to sell their new clothes line. However, first they will need to convince the stores to carry it, which proves trickier than first imagined. Elsewhere, Angel’s constant nightmares become a major concern for everyone.

Thursday 27 January, 9:00pm on Fiver

Red Carpet Treatment (Series 3: 4/22) The hit US drama series following the work of independent CBI consultant Patrick Jane continues. In this week’s show, the agents are called in to investigate the murder of a convict who served nine years for rape and murder, but was recently released on DNA evidence. Jack Coleman (‘Heroes’, ‘Dynasty’) guest stars as the husband of the convict’s victim. Now in its third season, ‘The Mentalist’ centres around Patrick Jane (Simon Baker, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’), an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. Jane made his name as a TV psychic, but quit that job amidst tragic circumstances. As a publicity stunt to raise his own profile, Jane made an on-screen appeal to a serial killer known as Red John – only for the killer to murder Jane’s wife and daughter. Jane now readily admits that he was a fraud, but has found that his remarkable powers of observation and psychological manipulation are an asset to the police. As an independent consultant with the CBI, he has a proven track record for solving serious crimes – but he has also gained notoriety for his blatant lack of protocol and his celebrity past. However, Jane’s sole motivation in remaining with the bureau is to track down the man responsible for killing his family. No-nonsense CBI senior agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, ‘The Craft’, ‘Prison Break’) takes the heat from her boss, Madeleine Hightower (Aunjanue Ellis), for Jane’s theatrics and lack of boundaries – but acknowledges his usefulness and counts him as a friend. Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), who serves as the lead interrogator with a desert-dry demeanour; Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), the team’s resident explosives expert; and relative newcomer Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti), an optimist who is often at odds with Jane’s more jaded views. Although the CBI agents agree that Jane is a loose cannon, they cannot help but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

Wednesday 26 January, 10:00pm on Fiver

The unique dating show presented by Z�e Salmon continues. In this week’s episode, the Love Bus arrives in Folkestone on the Kentish coast, where unlucky-in-love Naomi is looking to meet her perfect man. Ex ‘Blue Peter’ star Z�e Salmon presents this dating show with a twist. One singleton rides a specially kitted-out bus around his or her home town, while other singles wait at stops dotted around the local area. The potential dates board the bus one at a time, but they have just one stop to prove their worth to the picker, or be thrown off the bus. The chooser can decide to keep a date on board for longer than one stop, but in doing so runs the risk of passing over a more suitable partner who could be waiting further along the route. The couple left on the bus at the end of the journey win an all-expenses-paid date together. Twenty-nine-year-old party girl Naomi boards the big pink Love Bus in Folkestone to tell Z�e all about her relationship woes. Her ideal man is an arrogant type with a skinhead and tattoos, but so far all of her bad-boy boyfriends have led to nothing but trouble. “In the past I’ve been out with men who love themselves more than they love me,” she tells Z�e. “I think my friends would like me to pick someone who’s not my normal type.” But what is feisty Naomi’s type? “Good-looking, obviously,” she admits. “But if he can make me laugh, he’s won me over straight away.” At the Love Bus’s first stop, lorry driver and parttime dancer Ron clambers aboard. Puzzlingly, the 47-year-old is dressed as a fireman, but all becomes clear when he starts gyrating around the performance area. As a baffled Naomi looks on, Ron strips off his costume to reveal a toned body – and a tiny thong. After her date finishes his routine, he joins Naomi on the couch for some chat. She is mortified to learn that he is a professional stripper, but Ron seems proud of his vocation. “I’m known as Britain’s craziest grandad,” he brags, just before Naomi boots him off the bus.

Monday 24 January, 10:00pm on Fiver

The fascinating documentary series following the everyday life of former Spice Girl Mel B continues. This week, Mel campaigns against California’s controversial Proposition 8 ruling, which outlawed same-sex marriages. She also faces a dilemma regarding her stylist. Since bursting onto the world stage as one fifth of the hugely popular group Spice Girls, Melanie Brown, AKA ‘Scary Spice’, has had a fascinating decade-long career. Over the last ten years, Mel B has had a number of hit singles, been involved in musical collaborations with such superstars as Timbaland and Missy Elliott and published a wildly successful autobiography. Often under the glare of public scrutiny, Mel has also embarked on a number of high-profile romances, including a marriage to her backing dancer Jimmy Gulzar, which resulted in the birth of her first daughter Phoenix Chi. Long-term relationships with actors Max Beesley and Eddie Murphy have also been the subject of widespread tabloid interest, especially the bitter paternity battle with Murphy over Mel’s second daughter Angel Iris. Recently, the singer’s life has been less turbulent as she has settled into married life with her current partner Stephen Belafonte. ‘Mel B: It’s a Scary World’ follows Mel as she deals with her daily life as an entertainer, wife and mother. In this instalment, Mel has to make a tough decision between her business and her beliefs when she agrees to campaign in favour of samesex couples, then questions whether to keep Blair on as her stylist when he fails to show up for an important photoshoot.

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