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Thursday 20 January, 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 comes face to face with cult leader Bret Stiles, who offers up some information regarding Red John and the missing Kristina Frye. 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 19 January, 10:00pm on Fiver

The unique dating show presented by Z�e Salmon continues. This week, the big pink Love Bus heads to Royal Windsor, where recent graduate Sarah meets engineer and part-time comic Jamel, student and aspiring actor Matt, Sean, an investment manager and dedicated rocker, and Ashley, who runs a marketing company. 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. This week’s lucky contestant is 22-year-old Sarah from Slough. A recent drama and theatre studies graduate, Sarah loves gossiping with her friends over a cup of tea and is looking for a man who will keep her entertained. As she boards the bus, she explains to Z�e that she has been somewhat unlucky in love in the past. “I seem to attract commitment-phobes, liars and cheats,” she says. “Hopefully we’ve got none of those sorts of boys on the Love Bus today!” replies Z�e. The first hopeful singleton to climb on board is Jamel, a 19-year-old engineer and budding comic from Hertfordshire. In order to win Sarah’s affections, Jamel launches into a stand-up comedy routine as the bus trundles along. However, the entertainment starts badly and goes downhill from there. Many of Jamel’s gags prove completely unbroadcastable, but he really crosses the line with quarter-German Sarah when he launches into his Nazi material. Unsurprisingly, Jamel fails to leave a lasting impression on Sarah. The second hopeful this week is 20-year-old student Matt from London. Matt has been theatrical since childhood and one day hopes to tread the boards for a living. But will he get his act together to pull Sarah? The third potential love-match for Sarah is 43- year-old Sean from London. Rocker Sean is an investment manager by day, but a keen air guitarist by night. Will Sean manage to take his date to rock and roll heaven?

Monday 17 January, 10:00pm on Fiver

The fascinating documentary series following the everyday life of former Spice Girl Mel B continues. This week, Stephen and Mel’s trip to Las Vegas with the kids becomes tense. 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 Stephen have to go to Las Vegas for a business trip but decide to include the kids. Since every traveller in the group has a different set of priorities, will any of them actually have any fun?

Monday 14 January, 10:00pm on Fiver

The fascinating documentary series following the everyday life of former Spice Girl Mel B concludes. In this week’s final instalment, Mel gets what could be an important break in her solo career, but starts to panic as the big day looms. 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 is asked to guest perform at a Jay Sean show but she only has five days to pull everything together. Elsewhere, Mel starts to doubt if she can still handle juggling a budding solo career with motherhood.

Monday 7 January, 10:00pm on Fiver

The fascinating documentary series following the everyday life of former Spice Girl Mel B continues. This week, Mel and Stephen try their hands at creative baking, Stephen damages the car and Mel performs some charity work. 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 Stephen have a bakeoff to create the Mel B signature cupcake. Elsewhere, Stephen scratches the family car but tries to fix it before he gets in trouble and Mel does a stint of charity work with Kim Kardashian.

Tuesday 14 December, 8:00pm on Fiver

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this episode, Jason and Ortis race up and down a Swiss mountain to test the latest winter sports gear. Elsewhere, Jon and Polly make their own calendar, and Suzi gives the lowdown on her top five apps. This week, Jason and Ortis hit the snowy slopes of Switzerland for an action-packed winter challenge. In the process, the boys will test the very latest in hi-tech clothing, navigation gadgets and snow transport. The challenge begins at the very top of Mount Titlis in the ski resort of Engelberg. The presenters’ first task is to race to the foot of the mountain, clad only in their thermal underwear. In a bid to keep them on track – and to spare their blushes as they zip through the ski village – Jason and Ortis are kitted out with the latest handheld navigation technology. However, once the boys reach the foot of the mountain, they must layer up in the latest outdoor clothing and start making their ascent back to the summit. The challenge ends with another ride back down, only this time with the help of a range of sledges, snowboards and bikes. Elsewhere in this episode, Jon and Pollyanna investigate the growing popularity of online photo-publishing services. In a bid to discover which brand offers the best value product, the pair set about snapping and uploading pictures for their very own 2011 calendar. Meanwhile, Ortis visits three pioneering British companies to hear all about some new technology ideas that could soon become commonplace. Along the way Ortis learns about a clever new way to charge electric cars, an innovative redesign of the humble computer mouse and a unique search engine that aims to turn the hunt for information into a form of entertainment. Finally, Suzi rounds off a top year for mobile computing with her rundown of the top five apps.

Monday 13 December, 10:00pm on Fiver

The fascinating documentary series following the everyday life of former Spice Girl Mel B continues. This week, Mel plays cupid for her friend Matt Goss -with mixed results. Then Stephen and Mel’s trip to Las Vegas with the kids becomes tense. 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 ‘Love is Scary’, Mel is approached to write a book, but is initially not sure what to write about. Tension then arises when she and Stephen try to set up their friend Matt Goss on a date, which ultimately results in Mel penning a relationship book. Meanwhile, Mel hosts a play date with Angel’s friend and her mother. Unfortunately, the event does not go quite as planned…

Sunday 12 December, 6:00pm on Fiver

Reaching its dramatic climax on Fiver is the first season of the action drama based on the DC Comics series of the same name. The show charts the exploits of security expert and bodyguardfor- hire Christopher Chance. In the first episode, Chance is sent to protect a princess from an assassination attempt. In the second instalment, Chance and his team are interrogated over the whereabouts of a mysterious book. In this week’s first instalment, ‘Victoria’, Chance goes to meet his old friend Gerard in a luxurious New York hotel. Gerard is aide and head bodyguard to Victoria, Princess of Wales. It is revealed that Victoria has fallen in love with an American paramedic named Tony. Her husband, in collusion with the royal envoy, Templeton, has arranged to have her killed by her own guard to spare a royal embarrassment. “She is a threat to everything we swore to protect,” Templeton tells his team of would-be assassins. Chance and Gerard first get the princess out of the hotel. During the daring escape, Gerard is shot and mortally wounded, but first he gives Chance the name of a man whom he trusts to protect Victoria. After disguising the princess to fool the hordes of paparazzi around the hotel, Chance takes Victoria to a pub to meet the man that Gerard recommended – Connor Dunham. However, Connor is a former IRA enforcer who in the past has personally placed a bounty on the princess’s head. Has Chance accidentally delivered royalty into enemy hands? Meanwhile, Guerrero and Winston are asked to protect Tony from a possible attack. They find him in his garage and are just in time to rescue him from rooftop gunmen. However, with another sniper covering the only exit from the garage and the single getaway car not running, they must come up with an ingenious escape plan.

Tuesday 7 December, 8:00pm on Fiver

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this Christmas special, the presenters hunt high and low for the year’s most desirable gifts with the help of celebrities including Scouting for Girls. This week, Jason and Ortis are set the daunting challenge of going head to head with each other to find the best gadget for girls. Luckily for the lads, they are blessed with the assistance of the Aston Villa ladies football squad. Meanwhile, Suzi and Pollyanna compete to find the best boys’ toy, along with the help of pop band Scouting for Girls. Next, the presenters pair up to search for this year’s number-one must-have piece of kit. The lucky recipient will be the Gadget Show’s own Jon Bentley, a man who is notoriously hard to impress. Meanwhile, Jon teams up with 1Xtra Rampage DJs Mike Anthony and Treble T to spend an afternoon getting to grips with two of this year’s most anticipated gadgets. Motion-gaming add-ons Xbox Kinect and Playstation Move enable users to ditch the controllers, but does this necessarily make for a better gaming experience? Seasoned gamers Rampage give their verdict. Also in this episode, the presenters select their top five stocking fillers. There are many low-priced gizmos on the market at this time of year, but which are worthy of taking pride of place in the most impressive stockings? Finally, Pollyanna and Jon put batteries under the spotlight. Anyone expecting to find gadgets under the tree this Christmas will need a good supply of them, but no one wants to be left high and dry even before the turkey gets cold. With the help of an army of motorised hamsters and some particularly vicious fighting robots, the pair go in search of five brands that really go the distance.

Monday 6 December, 10:00pm on Fiver

The fascinating documentary following the everyday life of former Spice Girl Mel B continues. This week, Mel tries her hand at writing and faces trouble when she meets her daughter’s friend and her mother. 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, businesswoman, wife and mother. By providing an access-all-areas glimpse into the world of the popular entertainer, the series illustrates the glitz and glamour of Mel’s business life alongside the trials and tribulations faced by a busy working mum raising two children. In this instalment, Mel is approached to write a book, but is initially not sure what to write about. Tension then arises when she and Stephen try to arrange a date for two friends, which ultimately results in Mel penning a relationship book. Meanwhile, Mel hosts a play date with Angel’s friend and her mother. Unfortunately, the event does not go quite as planned…

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