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Tuesday, 11 December 2012, 7:30PM – 8:00PM

Fighting for the consumer and cutting bills without cutting back – The Martin Lewis Money Show is designed to help viewers get the best deals for their dough.

Speaking to those who want to save money, Martin Lewis delivers a weekly masterclass with practical tips, while reporter Saira Khan uses Martin’s advice to see if she can save too.

This time, Martin and Saira treat the ship’s company of HMS Westminster to a downsize Christmas party in which they taste-test premium brands up against value brands. Martin also takes the role of quizmaster in a festive consumer rights quiz between Navy seamen.

Back on terra firma, Martin and Saira test the theory that young children prefer the wrapping to the present. In an astonishing result, the reception class at Brackenbury Primary School show that for them a glitzy, yet completely empty box, is all they need to have a good time.

Thursday, 13 December 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Made by Wild Pictures, who produced the high-rating and highly acclaimed ITV1 documentaries Strangeways, Wormwood Scrubs and Holloway, Pensioners Behind Bars shows how rather than enjoying a peaceful retirement, this fast-expanding group is committing more crime and being given longer sentences.

This colourful film includes the stories of men and women who have turned to crime only in later years after a lifetime as law-abiding citizens. It features a septuagenarian heroin dealer, a former driving instructor turned brothel keeper and a retired builder convicted of possession of blackmarket cigarettes and cannabis. They explain what drew them into crime, what it’s like to be locked up for the first time at their age, and how they are dealing with the consequences.

It also shows how career criminals such as former Krays associate Freddie Foreman are coping in retirement and asks if they still retain the urge to commit crime.

The number of over-60s in prison has trebled in the last 20 years and the programme begins with Anthony McErlean, 67, serving a five-year sentence at HMP Elmley for an audacious fraud. After faking his own death while abroad, in order to swindle his insurance company out of £500,000, he realised the potential pitfalls of spending his old age overseas.

“I thought if I get sick I can’t go back to the UK as a dead person and get healthcare. I’m up s*** creek without a paddle. I thought how do you un-kill yourself?”

Anthony was caught when police found his fingerprints on his own death certificate. He pleaded guilty to fraud and theft.

He says: “I regret being in here, but I don’t feel that I shouldn’t be in here. I knew what I was doing and I knew the risks.”

But the programme features others who were shocked at being sent to prison.

Grandmother Adele Lubin, 66, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiracy to control prostitution at the age of 62 and began her term in Holloway. She started a legitimate massage therapy business but discovered that it was difficult to make money without offering extra services – and as her business expanded she became a brothel madam.

“The phone used to ring and they would say, ‘What kind of massage is it?’ And I would say, ‘Well it’s very therapeutic, and relaxing and sensual.’ And then some people would say, ‘Well do you do a happy ending?’ And I’d have to say, ‘Yeah, no problem.’

“I never thought if I ever got caught I’d end up in jail… I just didn’t think I was doing anything too terrible.”

Her elder brother Spencer Rolfe, who was also involved, was arrested in a café and given the same sentence. He recalls the moment a police officer caught him.

“He says to me, ‘Now do I need to put the handcuffs on you, or are you going to do a runner?’ I said, ‘I can’t even walk, let alone run.’”

HMP Norwich is one of the few prisons in the country with a specialist wing set up to deal with the increasing numbers of pensioners being given custodial sentences. Footage filmed inside the wing offers an insight into prison life for older inmates and Governor Will Styles explains the changing nature of its population and his work.

“As the prisoner population ages, our job slowly shifts away from how do we deal with rowdy 19-year-olds, to issues like how do we care for people with dementia, healthcare and mobility issues. It’s more about social care and less about order and control.”

Father of five Trevor Cairns, 62, a retired builder, is in prison for the first time in his life, serving a year for possessing thousands of pounds’ worth of cannabis and black market cigarettes. He explains the impact of getting a custodial sentence.

“It was a shock to the system. To be told what to do and locked up and you just can’t go out for a walk around – it was horrendous.”

“I like a little drink now and again and I like to be able to just get in my car and go out for a ride they’re the sort of things I miss now and being with my family and having a laugh and a joke at home. It’s definitely a sentence being here. I think I’ve learned my lesson now.”

Pensioner John Douglas, 77, has served no less than three jail terms after turning to crime in his twilight years. After marrying his home help Rose, he discovered she had a heroin habit. Aiming to wean her off the drug, the former church-goer became her supplier but developed into a drug dealer in his local town of Banff, Scotland. He enjoyed the buzz of dealing and became so successful that he put other local dealers out of business. Yet despite believing he could outsmart the police, he was caught and spent nine months in prison. He now regrets his actions and has resolved never to repeat them.

“People my age don’t do the things I want to do, they want to play bowls and stuff like that.

“I thought I was the smartest of the smart and I still got caught.”

Grandfather John Maurice, 71, was released from prison on licence after serving two years of a four-year sentence. After a lifetime working in his family jewellery business and as an international estate agent, the outwardly respectable semi-retired businessman was working as a professional courier. He was paid to smuggle ‘dirty’ money abroad, where it would surface as ‘clean’ cash. Eventually he was caught and jailed for three counts of money laundering. He reveals the adrenaline rush he felt committing his crimes, his shock at being arrested and explains the significance of a jail sentence at his age.

“The older you get the larger the percentage of the life that you’ve got left is spent, so to me at my age a two-year sentence is probably the same as a five- or six-year sentence.”

Freddie Foreman, a notorious bank robber and gangster in the 1960s last released from prison 17 years ago, says he has been straight ever since. He is seen celebrating his 80th birthday in the film.

“Of course I’m retired. I’m entitled to be retired aren’t I? I can’t even run for the bus anymore, let alone anything else.”

Actress Barbara Windsor, a friend of Freddie’s from her previous marriage to bank robber Ronnie Knight, reflects on criminals who have passed their prime.

“Working class, naughty, naughty men, who aren’t naughty no more, they can’t be. Too old, they are.”

Yet prison remains an occupational hazard if the hunger for a big score is still there, says ageing career criminal Gerry Dennis. Between them, he and brother Roy have served a total of seven prison sentences for offences including burglary, handling stolen goods and grievous bodily harm.

Gerry says: “It [prison] don’t hold no terror for me. That’s a fact. I don’t think it would for him either.”

Yet Roy says: “I would cry into my pillow every night. And I mean it.”

Tuesday, 11 December 2012, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

This film is produced by Storyvault Films and directed by Olivia Lichtenstein for ITV1.

“These are all amazing stories. In fact they are the most amazing stories in the world, from the most amazing people.” – Craig Glenday, editor-in chief, Guinness World Records

This new two-part ITV1 documentary series sets out to provide a close access perspective on what drives the extraordinary and colourful characters that hold Guinness World Records.

From Chandra Dangi, the world’s new smallest man to Sultan Kosen, the tallest; from Elaine Davidson, the world’s most-pierced woman to Alain Robert, the French Spiderman, this film shows how the book of Guinness World Records is alive with the extremes of human endeavour.

Inside Guinness World Records travels from Wolverhampton to Kathmandu, from Northampton to Qatar to explore the unique worlds of those who hold records.

Made with exclusive access to Guinness World Records’ adjudicators who have the power to make people’s dreams come true, this documentary tells the stories of the people behind the records and discovers what motivates them to become record holders.

The organisation’s editor-in-chief Craig Glenday explains how the weird and wacky become everyday issues for his staff.

“I think working here, useful things get pushed out of your brain, like phone numbers and addresses, and these other things pile in – like who has the longest fingernails, and successful chimpanzees.”

Elaine Davidson, who with 8,000 body piercings is the most–pierced woman in the world, explains her motivations in the first programme.

“This book is extremely important for us – it’s famous, it’s fun, it’s exciting because there’s a little bit of everything in the book. It has made the book extremely unique – and I do want to be unique.”

Also featured in the first programme are:

Chandra Dangi, the aiming to be named as the world’s new smallest man, who must travel from his remote Nepalese village to Kathmandu to claim his record – which might yet change his life.
Smokey, the cat with the loudest purr in the world, and her proud owner Ruth Adams. Yet Smokey’s title is under threat from two other challengers.
The world’s tallest man Sultan Kosen, whose 8ft 3in frame is the result of a tumour that caused his body to generate massive amounts of growth hormones.
“French Spiderman” Alain Robert, who is famous for climbing up skyscrapers without anything to stop him falling, attempting his third world record ascent in the Middle East.

Alain, who attempts to scale the spectacular Torch building in Qatar, explains his unique motivation for continuing – despite admitting he suffers from vertigo.

“I don’t have time to waste my time on Earth. I know I’m doing things I really want to do.”

Monday, 10 December 2012, 12:30PM – 1:30PM

– *Monday 10th Dec 2012*

Gino D’Acampo & Mel Sykes are back together with a festive food show, serving up recipes & tips to remove the stress from your Christmas menu.
David Gest drops in as Gino prepares a microwave homemade Christmas pud & a leftover turkey & ham pie.
– *Tuesday 11th Dec 2012*

Gino D’Acampo & Mel Sykes have more tasty recipes for Christmas, including a festive ham baked in cola & a great recipe for gravy to make & freeze now, ready for the big day next week. Christopher Biggins drops in too.
– *Wednesday 12th Dec 2012*

Gino D’Acampo & Mel Sykes host a Christmas food show with simple but fantastic festive recipes. Today Gino shows us how to make the perfect roast potatoes for the big day & Oz Clarke drops in with a guide to the best wines to accompany every Christmas course.
– *Thursday 13th Dec 2012*

Gino D’Acampo & Mel Sykes are here with ideas to take the stress out of your Christmas menu. Gino serves up a beautiful panettone trifle & delicious Vegetarian Wellington for the non-meat eaters at the Christmas table. Louie Spence drops in to help out in the kitchen too.
– *Friday 14th Dec 2012*

Gino D’Acampo & Mel Sykes are joined by Loose Woman Sherrie Hewson in their festive kitchen. On the menu today is a simple but delicious leftover turkey curry & an alternative recipe to a bird on the big day, a festive roast pork with sumptuous home-made apple sauce.

Sunday, 9 December 2012, 9:40PM – 10:55PM

Rod Stewart, Grammy-Award winner and one of the most successful performers of all time will showcase a collection of Christmas songs for an ITV Special.

Viewers will be treated to a night to remember as Rod performs classic Christmas tunes in the magnificent and spectacular surroundings of Stirling Castle.

Rod will perform a special collaboration with one of the world’s best loved and most enduring stars, the sensational Kylie Minogue as well as three time Grammy Award winner and international singing superstar Michael Bublé. There will also be a captivating performance by Award Winning violinist Nicola Benedetti.

“Christmas comes early for me this year,” says Rod Stewart. “I’m really looking forward to singing with Kylie and Michael and performing with Nicola. The show will be a real seasonal treat.”

Rod Stewart Christmas Special is commissioned by ITV’s Controller of Entertainment John Kaye Cooper and executive produced by ITV Studios’ Lee Connolly.

Friday, 14 December 2012, 9:00PM – 10:30PM

The Sun and ITV1 are honoured to once again broadcast A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards, which will take place at London’s Imperial War Museum on Thursday 6 December 2012.

Also known as The Millies, the awards recognise the excellence and sacrifice made by Britain’s Armed Forces.

Leading celebrities from film, television, sport and music will join forces withBritain’s biggest selling newspaper and ITV1 to honour our Servicemen and women by attending this unique evening.
The exceptional ceremony, now in its fifth year, will be hosted by Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden.

Phillip Schofield said: “A Night of Heroes allows us to pay our respects publicly to some of the courageous and remarkable service personnel who put duty first. I feel extremely privileged to be able to play a part in doing that.”

Amanda Holden added: “The Sun Military Awards is one of the highlights of my year so I’m honoured to be back presenting it for its fifth year. The courage of the men and women we meet is awe-inspiring and it’s vital we never forget the important contribution they make for us all.”

The awards will be judged by a panel which includes celebrity judges Jeremy Clarkson, Frank Lampard, Mark Cavendish, Andy McNab and Myleene Klass.

Since 2008 the Millies have become one of the most important events dedicated to honouring the immense contribution made by the Servicemen and women who serve Britain at home and abroad. The lavish star-studded evening has become established in the annual events calendar.

Last year’s event saw The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend with Prince Harry, David Cameron and his wife Samantha, David Beckham, Jimmy Carr, Gordon Ramsay, Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley, Jerry Hall, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Jamie and Louise Redknapp and Myleene Klass.

David Beckham, speaking at last year’s event, said: “Everybody is proud of these guys for what they put on the line for this country and it’s a great night to honour the brave.”

Myleene Klass also said at last year’s gala: “They go beyond the call of duty and then they turn around and say I was just doing my job. That’s something that’s hard to understand as they are the exception not the rule.”

The winners of this year’s eleven awards will be announced at the glittering ceremony organised by The Sun newspaper. The Millies are part of The Sun’s ongoing support for the UK’s Armed Forces, which also includes their award winning partnership with charity Help for Heroes; with The Sun’s help the charity has so far raised over £121m for wounded Servicemen and women.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

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).

Monday, 10 December 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

MYANNA BURING (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Downton Abbey, White Heat), MATTHEW GOODE (Stoker, Birdsong, A Single Man) and OPHELIA LOVIBOND (8 Minutes Idle, No Strings Attached, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) star in THE POISON TREE, a new psychological and atmospheric thriller produced by STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment for ITV1.

Based on the dark and captivating novel by Erin Kelly, THE POISON TREE is a drama of human desires, betrayal and deception. The 2 x 60 minute episodes have been written by Emilia di Girolamo (EastEnders,Law & Order UK) and directed by Marek Losey.

Karen Clarke (MyAnna Buring) has spent twelve years waiting for her partner Rex (Matthew Goode) to be released from prison. Now he is free, she is looking forward to settling down to normal family life in their remote seaside cottage with their 11 year old daughter Alice (Hebe Johnson). But then Karen starts to receive silent phone calls and anonymous text messages and she can’t shake the feeling that she and her family are constantly being watched. It seems that despite her best efforts to keep their past a secret, someone somewhere knows the truth about what she and Rex did.

Flash backs to the long, hot summer of 1999, when Karen was a student and first met Rex and his impossibly glamorous sister Biba (Ophelia Lovibond), gradually reveal Karen, Rex and Biba’s shared history in the crumbling Highgate mansion that they share – their intense, almost incestuous relationships, and the hedonistic party lifestyle that culminates in the tragic events that leave two people dead.

As the threat to Karen draws ever nearer, gradually the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, and the truth of what happened that fateful day emerges. But it seems that Karen is concealing deeper, darker secrets than even Rex realises. If he wasn’t guilty of murder, then who was? And how far will Karen go to protect the family that she has sacrificed so much for?

THE POISON TREE also stars PATRICK BALADI (Lewis, Ripper Street, Garrow’s Law), RALPH BROWN (Stoker, Inspector George Gently, Tower Block), LEX SHRAPNEL (Hunted, Captain America: The First Avenger, Minder), and NEIL MCKINVEN (The Body Farm, Case Histories, Single Father). Margaret Enefer is Executive Producer for STV. The Producer is Madonna Baptiste.

Thursday, 6 December 2012, 7:30PM – 8:00PM

The Repeat Offenders: Tonight

Recorded crime is at its lowest level for a generation – but, despite that, re-offending rates are at a record high. The latest criminal justice statistics show that nearly half of those convicted of a serious crime in the last year had at least 15 previous convictions or cautions. All of which means a relatively small number of hard-core criminals are responsible for a higher proportion of crimes than ever. Tonight’s Fiona Foster goes behind bars at Leeds Prison to see for herself the efforts being made to cut the number of repeat offenders.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

What do the celebrities do when they are thrust back into their world of luxury? This 60 minute show for ITV1 follows the transition from camp survivor to re-born celebrity. From the moment the celebrities leave the jungle to return to extravagant, 5 star luxury, the show follows them during their first few days of freedom on Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast.

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