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Sunday 5 December, 6:00pm on Fiver

Continuing on Fiver this week is the action drama based on the DC Comics series of the same name. The show charts the exploits of security expert and bodyguard-for-hire Christopher Chance. This week, Chance’s mission takes him to a remote Alaskan island, where an idealistic young doctor is being hunted by a sinister corporation. On Tanarak Island, Alaska, Dr Jessica Shaw (Moon Bloodgood, ‘Burn Notice’, ‘Terminator Salvation’) is pulled over by the local sheriff. After searching her car, the policeman discovers the body of a local mineworker in her boot. Jessica claims she is taking the corpse to the mainland to perform an independent autopsy. She then realises that the sheriff is accompanied by several gun-toting men. Panicked by their appearance, Jessica speeds off and is chased by the men. She manages to leave a message on her mother’s phone before exiting the road and driving through a nearby forest, before crashing her vehicle. Jessica’s mother contacts Winston and Chance and plays them the phone message. They determine that Jessica works for Agrius Industries, a billiondollar company that runs a mining concern on the Alaskan island. They theorise that Jessica has been asking questions regarding the suspicious death of a mine worker, so the company have decided to kill her to protect their interests. This theory seems to be confirmed by the fact that Agrius has closed the only access road to the island, presumably to isolate Jessica while they hunt her down. Chance gains access to the blocked-off island by pretending to be a mining official. Although he is given a burly armed chaperone while on the island, he quickly overcomes the man. He then sees smoke rising in the distance, which turns out to be from Jessica’s fire. When Chance finds her, Jessica is initially sceptical about the mercenary’s motives. He explains to her that her mother has hired him for a rescue mission, so Jessica slowly starts to warm to him. She in turn tells Chance about her patient, Hank, a healthy man who died of a sudden heart attack after complaining about shortness of breath and fatigue.

Tuesday 30 November, 8:00pm on Fiver

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this episode, the presenters race each other across London in their own action-packed take on the classic Monopoly board game. Jon tests the latest wood-burning stoves, and Jason unveils his top five blockbuster video games. This week, the ‘Gadget Show’ team uses the latest in urban personal transport technology to race across London, via each of the stations featured on the Monopoly board. With each leg, the presenters’ methods of transportation become faster and more powerful – but it is not all plain sailing. Each participant must contend with random forfeits from Monopoly ‘chance’ cards, which could give opponents a head start – or even see them face an unexpected trip to jail! Elsewhere in this episode, Jon spends a chilly day in the English countryside warming his hands over the latest wood-burning stoves. Jon tests out three of the newest models on the market, including one made from recycled car parts and another that comes with a remote control for adjusting the temperature. Finally, it has been a vintage year for hotly anticipated new video games, and resident computer guru Jason is in the studio to give his view on five releases that really were worth the wait.

Sunday 28 November, 6:00pm on Fiver

Continuing on Fiver this week is the action drama based on the DC Comics series of the same name. The show charts the exploits of security expert and bodyguard-for-hire Christopher Chance. This week, Chance participates in an underground kickboxing tournament in an effort to save a client, but soon becomes more concerned about the plight of a beautiful woman. Winston and Chance are on their way to see Tony Bevilacqua, a mob boss who has threatened to torture and kill Chance if they ever cross paths again. Winston is understandably nervous about the meeting. “The man’s a psychopath, he wants to kill you – and you wanna waltz right into his living room?” Winston asks. However, Chance has a proposition for Bevilacqua – he needs $1.8million so he can ruin Bevilacqua’s rival Hugh Prentiss (Peter Wingfield, ’24’, ‘Holby City’). Chance’s current client, fighter Eddie Dunn, did not take the dive he was paid to take during a match, so Prentiss has put a contract on Dunn’s life. Chance aims to ruin Prentiss by entering a fighting tournament and making him place huge sums of money on the wrong fighter, thereby bankrupting him and nullifying the contract on Dunn’s life. Bevilacqua agrees to lend the money, but there is one problem – how will Chance be able to enter such an exclusive tournament? First, Chance builds up his fighting reputation by beating a well-known fighter in a staged street brawl. He then gets Guerrero to run some counterintelligence on the other fighters and promoters to ingratiate himself into the fighting culture. The work pays off and Chance is invited to the exclusive big-money tournament in Brussels. Before his first fight, Chance meets Eva Khan (Grace Park, ‘Hawaii Five-0’), Prentiss’s handicapper and confidant. Eva and Prentiss are inseparable, but Chance senses that Eva is unhappy with Prentiss’s violent methods.

Wednesday 17 November, 10:00pm on Fiver

The unique dating show presented by Z�e Salmon continues. In this week’s episode, the big pink Love Bus heads to Liverpool, where single lady Stephanie’s potential dates include a cocktail mixologist, an actor and a firefighter. 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 onboard 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. In this episode, Z�e rides the Love Bus to Liverpool, where 24-year-old single lady Stephanie hops aboard in the hope of meeting her dream date. Stephanie’s red-hot line-up of potential lovers includes a cocktail mixologist, an actor and a firefighter. Each of the lucky lads waits patiently at a bus stop to see if Stephanie will decide to pick him up or pass him by. Will Stephanie find the perfect match? Or will she ride the last bus home disappointed?

Wednesday 17 November, 10:00pm on Fiver

The unique dating show presented by Z�e Salmon continues. In this week’s episode, the big pink Love Bus heads to Liverpool, where single lady Stephanie’s potential dates include a cocktail mixologist, an actor and a firefighter. 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 onboard 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. In this episode, Z�e rides the Love Bus to Liverpool, where 24-year-old single lady Stephanie hops aboard in the hope of meeting her dream date. Stephanie’s red-hot line-up of potential lovers includes a cocktail mixologist, an actor and a firefighter. Each of the lucky lads waits patiently at a bus stop to see if Stephanie will decide to pick him up or pass him by. Will Stephanie find the perfect match? Or will she ride the last bus home disappointed?

Tuesday 16 November, 8:00pm on Fiver

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this episode, Jon, Suzi and Jason battle the recession by making the show themselves, Polly gives a rundown of her favourite ‘tweeters’, Ortis navigates his way around the satnav market and Jon tests unbranded TVs. In a ‘Gadget Show’ first, Jon, Suzi and Jason set out to make the show themselves. The presenters must take matters into their own hands as they film and edit the show using only gadgets and tech that can be found on the high street. The task reaches its dramatic conclusion when Jason joins Birmingham’s best street dancers in a collective dance-off filmed entirely by the general public. Elsewhere, Jon tests a range of unbranded TVs. Are these generic sets actually any good? Do they offer value for money? With the help of a group of top technology journalists, Jon reveals some surprising results. Also this week, Polly gets involved in one of the web’s runaway success stories – Twitter. Which tweets are actually worth following, and which should be avoided? Polly trawls the net to come up with her top five tweeters. And Ortis goes mobile to select the five best satnavs on the market.

Tuesday 16 November, 8:00pm on Fiver

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this episode, Jon, Suzi and Jason battle the recession by making the show themselves, Polly gives a rundown of her favourite ‘tweeters’, Ortis navigates his way around the satnav market and Jon tests unbranded TVs. In a ‘Gadget Show’ first, Jon, Suzi and Jason set out to make the show themselves. The presenters must take matters into their own hands as they film and edit the show using only gadgets and tech that can be found on the high street. The task reaches its dramatic conclusion when Jason joins Birmingham’s best street dancers in a collective dance-off filmed entirely by the general public. Elsewhere, Jon tests a range of unbranded TVs. Are these generic sets actually any good? Do they offer value for money? With the help of a group of top technology journalists, Jon reveals some surprising results. Also this week, Polly gets involved in one of the web’s runaway success stories – Twitter. Which tweets are actually worth following, and which should be avoided? Polly trawls the net to come up with her top five tweeters. And Ortis goes mobile to select the five best satnavs on the market.

Sunday 14 November, 6:00pm on Fiver

Salvage and Reclamation (Series 1: 7/12) Continuing on Fiver this week is the action drama based on the DC Comics series of the same name. The show charts the exploits of security expert and bodyguard-for-hire Christopher Chance. This week, Chance is reunited with an old flame when he heads to South America to rescue an English professor who has unwittingly uncovered a stash of treasure. Cambridge anthropology researcher Doug Slocum (Kris Marshall, ‘My Family’) is being held at a South American military base when Chance arrives to rescue him. Doug was hunting for evidence of an ancient tribe when he stumbled across the wreckage of a plane that crashed several years earlier, killing the country’s president. Despite several large-scale searches, the plane was never located at the time. Inside the wreckage, Doug found $40million-worth of gold bullion, but soldiers locked him up when they got wind of his discovery. As he and Guerrero wait at a local airfield for Chance to extract Doug from the army camp, Winston worries about the mission. They were enlisted to help by Chance’s ex-girlfriend, Maria, a tough former rebel soldier. She and Chance apparently parted on bad terms some years earlier. “It’s an old wound to be opening up like this,” Winston says apprehensively. Winston’s worst fears are confirmed when Chance and Doug arrive at Maria’s bar, where she has told them to come to collect forged travel documents. However, the pair soon find themselves being held at gunpoint by Maria’s men. “You were always better at watching other people’s backs than looking out for your own,” she laughs when she sees her ex. It soon dawns on Chance that she had him deliver Doug to her so she could obtain the coordinates of the gold bullion.

Sunday 14 November, 6:00pm on Fiver

Salvage and Reclamation (Series 1: 7/12) Continuing on Fiver this week is the action drama based on the DC Comics series of the same name. The show charts the exploits of security expert and bodyguard-for-hire Christopher Chance. This week, Chance is reunited with an old flame when he heads to South America to rescue an English professor who has unwittingly uncovered a stash of treasure. Cambridge anthropology researcher Doug Slocum (Kris Marshall, ‘My Family’) is being held at a South American military base when Chance arrives to rescue him. Doug was hunting for evidence of an ancient tribe when he stumbled across the wreckage of a plane that crashed several years earlier, killing the country’s president. Despite several large-scale searches, the plane was never located at the time. Inside the wreckage, Doug found $40million-worth of gold bullion, but soldiers locked him up when they got wind of his discovery. As he and Guerrero wait at a local airfield for Chance to extract Doug from the army camp, Winston worries about the mission. They were enlisted to help by Chance’s ex-girlfriend, Maria, a tough former rebel soldier. She and Chance apparently parted on bad terms some years earlier. “It’s an old wound to be opening up like this,” Winston says apprehensively. Winston’s worst fears are confirmed when Chance and Doug arrive at Maria’s bar, where she has told them to come to collect forged travel documents. However, the pair soon find themselves being held at gunpoint by Maria’s men. “You were always better at watching other people’s backs than looking out for your own,” she laughs when she sees her ex. It soon dawns on Chance that she had him deliver Doug to her so she could obtain the coordinates of the gold bullion.

Wednesday 10 November, 10:00pm on Fiver

The unique dating show presented by Z�e Salmon continues. In this week’s episode, the big pink Love Bus heads to Nottingham, where single lad Craig’s potential dates include a belly dancer, a tuba player and a folk singer. 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 onboard 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 allexpenses- paid date together. In this episode, Z�e rides the Love Bus to Nottingham, where 23-year-old single lad Craig hops aboard in the hope of meeting his dream date. Craig’s red-hot line-up of potential lovers includes a belly dancer, a folk singer and a tubist. Each of the lucky ladies waits patiently at a bus stop to see if Craig will decide to pick her up or pass her by. Will Craig find the perfect match? Or will he ride the last bus home disappointed?

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