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Wednesday, 19 December 2012, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

One of the UK’s biggest and busiest obesity units has opened its doors to allow an exclusive insight into their battle with the bulge.

Sunderland Royal Hospital is at the heart of one of the fattest places in the country and the Weight Loss Ward is like a conveyor belt with thousands of patients turning to the knife to beat their obesity. But does it work?

43-year-old Deborah Salkeld weighs in at 36 stone. She piled on the weight after her brother committed suicide thirteen years ago. After years of being stuck in her bedroom, with depression and over-eating, she’s facing life changing gastric surgery: “the longer it went on the harder it was for me to come out…for seven months I didn’t see anyone…I need this surgery to have a life”.

Sunday, 16 December 2012, 8:00PM – 9:45PM

The classic tale tells the story of the well born, educated but penniless Emily who grew up hoping she would marry for love, but has come to realise that her priority must be survival. Opening in late Victorian London, initially in a shabby part of town, The Making of a Lady depicts genteel Emily struggling to make a living.

Fine featured but at pains never to look pretty or attract attention, Emily works for Lady Maria Byrne, a domineering, acerbic older woman who lives in a very smart house on the other side of town. During her daily duties as a lady’s companion, Emily comes into contact with her employer’s wealthy widower nephew, Lord James Walderhurst. Weary of Lady Maria’s relentless match-making, Walderhurst cuts a rather distant figure, but he treats Emily with a great deal more respect and kindness than his aunt.

When Walderhurst realises that a favour he asked of her has lost Emily her position he is mortified. It occurs to him that the two of them could come to a practical if unromantic agreement – marriage. He admires the fact she is dedicated and hard-working and appreciates her undemanding nature which he imagines would not impact too much on the life he has chosen. He realises that he can offer her a secure home and a true independence born out of his wealth. He and Emily aren’t in love, but he clearly hopes that one day affection may blossom. Emily is shocked and sad to give up her hopes of marrying for love but without other means of support her situation is such that she has little option and she finds herself accepting.

His family disapprove of the marriage, but undaunted Walderhurst marries his Cinderella and they move to his beautiful stately home.

With a ruby ring glowing on her finger, Emily is the new lady of the manor but while her relationship with her new husband very slowly starts to blossom the staff, especially the butler Litton and his housekeeper wife are less than welcoming and eye her suspiciously.

The only friendly faces in her life are Walderhurst’s handsome nephew, Captain Alec Osborn and his beautiful Indian wife, Hester Osborn. They seem very much in love, which is the antithesis of Emily and Walderhurst’s still unformed relationship, and she is fascinated by their passion. Significantly, Walderhurst intensely dislikes his nephew and his frequent requests for money. Osborn is Walderhurst’s sole heir as long as he and Emily remain childless and Emily realises belatedly that Walderhurst’s sudden proposal was hastened by the family’s concerns about Alec’s marriage to Hester.

Emily and Hester quickly develop a friendship and when Walderhurst decides to rejoin his regiment in India in response to an emergency, Emily is grateful for the company that she and Alec offer. Sad and insecure, with her husband having abandoned their home just as they were growing in warmth towards each other, Emily is delighted when Alec and Hester arrive to stay with her, but butler Litton is obvious in his disapproval and very suspicious of their motives.

All is not what it seems as an increasingly contented Emily has no inkling her life is actually in danger. Whilst Walderhurst risks his life overseas, his wife is in peril and she seems powerless to avoid the threat that begins to encircle her. The arrival of Hester’s servant, the mysterious Ameerah only serves to heighten the jeopardy surrounding Emily.

Will Walderhurst realise the threat that hangs over her new wife? Will Emily realise her life is in danger before it’s too late? Who is the secretive and shadowy Ameerah and why does she come into their lives? Can Litton, a loyal servant over many years to Lord Walderhurst, help Emily as the net closes around her?

Saturday, 15 December 2012, 7:45PM – 9:00PM

Celebrity Christmas special:

Let the single celebrity see the girls!

Paddy McGuinness hosts a very special Celebrity Christmas edition of the hit dating show. Tonight the love lift has some very special celebrity surprises in store for Paddy’s handpicked line up of 30 still single girls from series past and present.

Braving the love lift to go where no celebrity has dared go before are: Actor and presenter Joe Swash, This Morning’s Matt Johnson and legendary lothario Keith Lemon. But which celebrity will be able to pull themselves a cracker and jet off on a date to the Isle Of Fernandos?

Thursday, 13 December 2012, 7:30PM – 8:00PM

Last year 5,419 people were killed or seriously injured in road accidents involving young drivers. In fact, drivers under the age of 25 are responsible for a third of all road fatalities – with young men statistically the most lethal behind the wheel.

Tonight investigates whether calls for radical changes to the way young people learn to drive and the introduction of a ban on late night driving and carrying passengers for the newly qualified could save lives. Tonight reporter Jonathan Maitland puts three young motorists to the test. They all rate themselves as good drivers – but are they as good as they think they are?

Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

One of the UK’s biggest and busiest obesity units has opened its doors to allow an exclusive insight into their battle with the bulge.
Sunderland Royal Hospital is at the heart of one of the fattest places in the country and the Weight Loss Ward is like a conveyor belt with thousands of patients turning to the knife to beat their obesity. But before they go under the knife they need to come to terms with why they’re overeating.

At 47 stone, 29-year-old Terry is one of the biggest patient the unit has ever treated. He’s been housebound for over a year and he’s being admitted to the Weight Loss ward for an indefinite stay “we’re bringing him in to get him to confront his addictive behaviour, he’s almost pathologically obese but why?

Monday, 10 December 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

Over 20,000 Brits have crossed the channel to enjoy La Belle Ville in one of the most beautiful regions of France – the Dordogne. We follow the lives of families who have upped sticks from the UK and taken on a French lifestyle with a distinctly British twist.

Throughout the series we will meet the people who have taken the bold leap to live in France, from long-standing Francophiles to new arrivals who are facing the daunting prospect of building their lives from scratch. The Brits are a resourceful lot and turn their hands to all sorts of things to ensure they can soak up a good life in the sun. Ventures include selling Britain’s favourite dish of curry at the local markets, running a campsite, owning a vineyard and setting up animal sanctuaries. There’s a surprising amount to discover in this deceptively tranquil corner of France.

Helping the French battle the English is not something you’d expect a British lady to be involved in, but tonight on Little England sexagenarian Jill Castle swops allegiances to fight for the French in a battle re-enactment of the hundred year war. We meet the woman from Essex who’s taken on the French at their own game and opened up a café and we catch up with John Franklin and his neighbour Michele as in they pick and press grapes in traditional French style.

Sunday, 9 December 2012, 7:40PM – 9:40PM

Britain’s biggest television show reaches its spectacular climax as Dermot O’Leary hosts tonight’s The X Factor Final Results Show.

Following last night’s breathtaking performances, hosted live in Manchester for the first time, the contestants have had a nail-biting day waiting to find out who will be fulfilling their dream of winning The X Factor 2012 and a life changing record contract.

Judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa and Louis Walsh are joined by a 12,000 capacity crowd at the Manchester Central, with exclusive performances from One Direction and Emeli Sande, as well as other big names to be confirmed soon.

Saturday, 8 December 2012, 8:00PM – 10:00PM

The X Factor’s spectacular Live Shows reach the long awaited Final tonight with the Finalists lining up to give the performance of a lifetime in order to win a life changing record contract.

Ever popular Dermot O’Leary presides over proceedings while Judges and mentors Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa and Louis Walsh take their seats behind the Judges Desk.

For the first time the Final is coming live from Manchester, where contestants will perform to an audience of thousands and a television audience of millions, all hoping it will be their favourite act who claims the grand prize.

Saturday, 8 December 2012, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Multi award winning pop Supergroup, McFly perform some of their greatest hits and are joined by some celebrity friends including Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, and Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan for some fun and a few surprises.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Conclusion of the first television series by Laurence Olivier award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett, The Town follows a shocking incident within an otherwise normal family. Mark Nicholas (Scott) returns to the town where he grew up to find his grandmother Betty (McKenzie) is now living in his childhood bedroom and he barely knows his teenage sister Jodie (Avigail Tlalim).

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