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Saturday, 12 January 2013, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Five more celebrities mix determination, drive and daredevil stunts as they don their swimwear and take to the water in heat two of Splash!

Five more celebrities mix determination, drive and daredevil stunts as they don their swimwear and take to the water in heat two of Splash! Hosted by Vernon Kay and Gabby Logan, five famous faces take to the boards after training with Olympic medallist Tom Daley but who will rise to the occasion leaving the audience in awe, and who will splash down belly first? Expect high drama and very tight lycra as the celebrities dive live in the hope of securing the two places on offer in the semi-final. Grab your towels! Getting wet has never been so much fun.

In the second show, model Caprice, Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, reality star Joey Essex, TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin and TV presenter Charlotte Jackson go up against each other for a place in the semi-final. But which two of the diving celebs will the public vote for?

Friday, 11 January 2013, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Great Night Out is a brand new 6 x 60 minute post-watershed comedy drama series for ITV1 filmed on location in London and Stockport and due to air from early 2013.

Each week we follow our four mid-thirties mates as they enjoy a weekly boys’ get-together in Stockport. As they help each other through romantic, work and family crises, they invariably create much bigger problems to solve.

Hodge (Lee Boardman) sees himself as the leader of the group – but no-one else does. In reality he side-steps responsibility – and spending money. His wife Kath (Rebekah Staton) most certainly wears the trousers at home; Beggsy (Will Ash) is an upbeat soul, divorced for a year but still pining after his ex-wife who has fled down under with her new hubby taking their daughter Kelly with her. Glyn (Craig Parkinson) is everyone’s loyal underdog who still yearns after his high school crush Julie (Christine Bottomley) and seems to fluff every attempt to get together with her despite his mates’ well-intentioned ‘advice’; Daz (Stephen Walters) is the eternal pessimist of the group, the first to pull Hodge up on his sometimes questionable fashion sense and the first to put a dampener on a situation. Sometimes he’s in a relationship with Colleen, sometimes not. Their constant bickering seems to be the only glue holding them together, but underneath there’s a real love.

Great Night Out charts the lads’ attempts to right their worldly wrongs – so long as they don’t have to move too far from their local, the footie or greasy spoon to do so.

Episode 1:

Hodge and Kath’s seemingly carefully planned wedding anniversary celebrations go slightly awry when some of the guests are waylaid. Meanwhile, Glyn goes to the extreme lengths of taking salsa lessons in an attempt to catch the eye of his gorgeous school sweetheart Julie, and the lads help a worse-for-wear comrade in need, with disastrous consequences.

Thursday, 10 January 2013, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

This new two–part documentary series tells the stories of British ex-pats who pursued their dreams of living in a new country – but who are now struggling to survive.

Made by Wild Pictures, who produced the highly acclaimed ITV1 documentary series Strangeways, Trouble Abroad features the cautionary tales of some of the 5.5 million Britons who have left the UK in search of a better life.

Shot on location in Spain, Florida, and France, this documentary charts how their plans for idyllic ex-pat lifestyles have turned out and provides a colourful insight into the risks of investing everything in a new way of life overseas.

Among those who feature this time is Corin Fairchild, who left his highly-paid job in IT to retrain as a wine maker and move to France with wife Jayne, Having invested thousands of pounds in a vineyard which was subsequently discovered to be rotten, they desperately need to sell 3,000 bottles of wine they had previously produced in order to keep their business afloat.

He says: “We brought the equivalent of about twenty thousand quid’s worth of completely unviable vineyards, which we only discovered the harvest after when nothing was produced. You’re talking about a fifteen year plan to get this vineyard back and we’re not spring chickens.

“I do feel like an idiot yes. Absolute idiot. I’ve kicked myself enough times now so that Jayne doesn’t have to any more. I’ve realised now there’s no fool like an old fool.

“You may think the grass is greener in France. You may think the grass is greener anywhere else but where you live right now. You’ll soon learn that it’s not better, it’s just different.”

The programme also tells the story of Paul and Jennie Skingley, who ten years ago after a family holiday to Disney World in Florida, decided to make Orlando their home. Paul’s catering business in the UK had folded and he seized the opportunity to open an English cafe and then a pub. But in 2008, America was hit by its worst recession since the 1930s and Paul was forced out of business.

Paul’s visa does not allow him to work unless it is for his own business, so Jennie has been forced to take a job at Disney to help pay their mounting bills – which include $24,000 to pay for son Aaron’s appendix operation.

Their hopes for the future now rest on a legal case aiming to recoup some of Paul’s business investments. The programme captures the mounting tension and strain on the couple as they wait to hear the news from their lawyer on progress from the case.

Paul says: “Ever since I’ve been with Jeni and we’ve had the kids I’ve actually felt that we controlled our own destiny. As we speak today I don’t control any of it.

“We’re not American so we can’t fall back on the welfare system. I think in England the safety net would be there so you can deal with things differently. We’re on our own. There’s no back up.”

Also featured is Claire Tyson, who five years ago took over Rayz, a bar on an English ‘urbanizacion’ in Spain, but is now struggling to survive after the country was heavily affected by recession.

Her relationship with her partner fell apart soon after she took the bar on, and she has run it alone ever since. Now she’d like to move back to Britain.

She says: “You know go back about five, six years ago and this was a buzzing, buzzing urbanizacion. I’ve watched it in the five years I’ve been here turn completely the other way.

“I would love to make a life for myself eventually back at home, but I think life’s moved on in five years and I know if I did go back home I’ve got a real challenge ahead of me. I’d have to start again from the bottom whether it be getting a job, reconnecting with my old friends and sort of making a life for myself there.

“You can try and live in another country but it’s never really going to be home. Home is where you’re born and bred. There is no place like home.”

This series is produced and directed by Deborah Lovett and Paul Hamann is executive producer.

Saturday, 12 January 2013, 8:30PM – 9:45PM

MatchMaker Paddy MCguinness plays cupid once more for his new line up of 30 single lasses, but who will be whisked off on a hot date tonight?

Descending down the love lift are Sam, a fire fighter from Essex, William a sales assistant from Camarthen, Dan a handsome comic book collector from London and Troy, a student from Dublin.

Plus we catch up with last week’s couples on their dates in the Isle Of Fernando’s.

Monday, 7 January 2013, 7:30PM – 8:00PM

Episode 8034: Monday 7th January at 7.30pm

Jenna and Sophie are caught in the act.
Peter and Nick come to blows.
Lewis adds fuel to the fire.


Episode 8035: Monday 7th January at 8.30pm

Leanne has a difficult decision to make.
Kevin thinks that Jenna is taking advantage.
Lewis’s vendetta becomes clear.


Episode 8036: Wednesday 9th January 2013

Can Nick and Leanne reconcile?
Sophie tries to plead with Jenna.
Karl leaves Jason stranded.


Episode 8037: Friday 11th January 2013

Kylie deals Nick a shocking blow.
Stella’s revelation leaves Karl confused.
Hayley tries to reunite Roy and Mary.


Episode 8038: Friday 11th January 2013

Can Nick hold it together?
Karl confronts Sunita.
Carla is suspicious of Rob.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

“Competitive eating talks about the triumph of the human spirit, and for me, it’s beautiful. It’s like watching physical poetry. It’s like watching a dance.”
George Shea, chairman of the International Federation of Competitive Eaters)

This new ITV1 documentary explores the increasingly popular world of competitive eating as Britain starts to embrace America’s love of super-sized food challenges.

From competitors in New York’s famous July 4 hot dog contest, where thousands watch the world’s best ‘gurgitators’ chomp as many hot dogs as possible in ten minutes, to Britain’s record-breaking grandad who claims to hold more food records than anyone alive, this programme provides a candid insight into the character of those who take part.

The show also looks at eccentric home-grown eating competitions, like Whitstable’s annual oyster eating contest, the very painful World Stinging Nettle Championship in Dorset and the excruciating festival of fiery foods in Brighton, where people compete to eat chili peppers which are as strong as pepper spray.

Among those featuring in the programme are:

Nev Hatton, a former Whitstable oyster champion who is competing for this year’s title. He says: “The combination of beer, cider and oysters does tend to give you a slight dodgy guts the next day, but it’s alright. It’s all part of the fun of coming to Whitstable and joining the contest.”

Michael Banks, who takes on a 72 ounce steak challenge at a diner in High Wycombe with two friends and emerges victorious – but can’t finish his plate. He says: “The steak challenge has beaten me. But I’ve still eaten 72 ounces of steak. I’ve eaten a decent amount of chips, a decent amount of coleslaw, and I’ve eaten more than everyone else here, so… In some sort of sad, sadistic way, that makes me the best.”

The ‘Grandfather of Gluttony’ Peter Dowdswell, who the age of 72 attempts to beat his own record of consuming ten boiled eggs in a minute. He says: “In 1974 they had a fun yard of ale competition in the village. I entered into it, and I broke the world record on my first attempt, and it just snowballed from there. When you’re doing the eating, you make your throat like a conveyer belt. You just move it over, and then when you throw food down it’s just throw one down, and then the next one pushes it down.You just keep going at it. I actually hold 365 world records. One for every day of the year. Yes, I am nervous. Let me tell any man that says they’re not nervous is wrong, because you’ve always got one thought in your head, “Is this going to be the time I’m going to choke?””

The 2011 stinging nettle-eating champion Sam Cunningham, who says: “The following day you spend an awful lot of time in the bathroom, and then you get the ulcers appear. The swelling does go down after the first two or three days, but you keep the ulcers there probably for I don’t know, four, five, six, seven days.”

Eating contest novice Lewis Richards, who goes to Tampa, Florida to take part in a chicken wing eating championship. He says: “My five a day probably consist of like chicken, beef, pork, turkey, maybe lamb. I’m probably not ticking all the right boxes for my five a day. But I’m a sucker for if someone says I can’t do something, then you know, that’s red rag to a bull for me.”

Reuben Collins, the 2011 chili-eating competition winner who is up for the competition again. He says: “I think it’s always a little bit frightening, just because I see the photos of me last time, and I can see how much pain I was in, and you know, to know that you’re going to go through that kind of pain again is always not really something to look forward to.”

‘Deep Dish’ Pat Bertoletti, the second best competitive eater in the world, who attempts to eat 15lb of hotdogs in ten minutes – faster than his competitor, the number one gurgitator Joey Chestnut. He says: “I like to weigh myself before and after, because that way I can gauge how much weight I’ve gained and how good the practice went. I would consider my throat, my jaws and my stomach a conveyer belt. You load up your mouth, in the front you chew and in the back you relax your throat, and you swallow at the same time.”

Thursday, 10 January 2013, 7:30PM – 8:00PM

Generation Rent: Tonight

A growing number of people are being frozen off the property ladder because they can’t afford the high deposits they need to buy a home of their own. Instead, they’re facing the prospect of a lifetime renting. ..pushing demand for rental properties to near-record levels in some areas. And that in turn has created a perfect climate for property investors and led to predictions of a return to the buy-to-let boom.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013, 7:30PM – 8:00PM

American Killer Catfish:

As humans encroach on the world of animals, extreme angler Jeremy Wade hears reports of attacks occurring in tourist hotspots in the USA. He travels to one of the largest dams in the America, on the trail of a river monster that is responsible for the mysterious disappearance of corpses.

Jeremy goes in search of the people who’ve encountered this beast face to face and attempts to get one on the end of his line.

Will Jeremy be willing to risk it all by using himself as bait, in order to find the creature behind the myth and unearth the mystery of the missing corpses?

Monday, 7 January 2013, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

“It’s very special to me this place, I think some of the happiest times of my life have been spent in and around this river. So for me, it means more than I can find words for actually, I simply adore it here.” Caroline Quentin

Caroline Quentin returns for a second series of Cornwall, spending the summer in Britain’s most westerly county to take us further into the heartland of its scenic beauty, meet the people at the heart of its community and to discover yet more of its hidden gems.

Caroline truly immerses herself in Cornish life and during the series she takes to the seas with the crew of the Padstow RNLI, goes lobster fishing with Callum from Fresh From The Sea café, and learns the art of sheep herding with the Williams family.

Caroline revisits one of the places she stopped off at during series one, Simon and Jemma at The Hidden Hut, Portcurnick beach, to help them serve up one of their famous beach feasts and to find out some surprise news.

Also this series, we join Caroline in iconic villages such as Newlyn and Port Isaac where she mines deeper into the area’s rich heritage, investigating the legends and landscape of this historic county.

In the first of the 10-part series, Caroline explores her favourite part of Cornwall with her old friend and ferryman Nick Bailey, who takes her on a tour of the Helford River, where travelling by boat is quicker and easier than by car. Nick explains: “I did marry a Cornish girl and I can’t ever imagine taking her and the kids, anywhere else than here…even after all these years the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I just love being here, it’s my life.”

Also this week, it’s a busy time at the Cornwall Seal Sanctuary where the team have rescued over 60 grey seals during the season and it’s time to release the last of the rescued seal pups back into the wild.

Caroline learns some extreme gardening tips for life in a sub-tropical paradise, and meets dairy farmer and ice-cream maker Toby Roskilly and his family, who are using their 50 years of experience to create a very Cornish new ice-cream flavour. Toby says: “It’s more a way of living than a way of working…Quite often I’m waking up at night with an idea, thinking ‘cream tea ice-cream!’”


Monday, 7 January 2013, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Down Among the Fearful (1/2):

LEWIS (Kevin Whately) and HATHAWAY (Laurence Fox) investigate the death of REUBEN BEATTY (Edwin Thomas), a research fellow from the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychology. He is found dead – injected by etorphine, a powerful paralysing agent – in the offices of psychic ‘Randolph James’. It becomes obvious that this is Reuben’s nom de guerre. He was moonlighting as a clairvoyant.

Reuben’s mentor ANDREW CRANE (Neil Stuke) is surprised to learn about his double life, but colleague VICKI WALMSLEY (Tuppence Middleton) admits she was involved in organising it – an elaborate investigation into the psychology of faith, conducted in the ‘real world’ outside the laboratories. Vicki has suspicions about Crane and his military paymasters, for whom he is devising a series of experiments. Perhaps they killed Reuben to shut him up?

The DNA of psychic JUSTINE SKINNER (Beatie Edney) is recovered from the crime scene, but, when interviewed, she claims to be in contact with the late Reuben Beatty, and says fellow psychic FRANK MCLEAN (Dominic Mafham) is the murderer. However, Frank denies the charge.

Prompted by HOBSON (Clare Holman), who compares the murder to euthanasia, Lewis and Hathaway consult KANAN DUTTA (Sanjeev Bhaskar), a local advocate for assisted dying who is mourning his late daughter.

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