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Friday, 7 December 2012, 9:00PM – 10:30PM

To mark one hundred years since the first Royal Variety Performance in 1912 this 90-minute documentary looks back at a British institution that over the years has entertained generations of the Royal Family – and millions of viewers.

The Royal Variety Performance has featured the biggest names in showbusiness and reflected the changing face of British entertainment – from The Beatles to the Spice Girls, Morecambe and Wise to Peter Kay. It’s also showcased the finest international stars – from Bob Hope and Liza Minelli to Barry Manilow and Lady Gaga.

Among those sharing their memories of performing for royalty are Sir Bruce Forsyth, Katherine Jenkins, Ronnie Corbett, Ken Dodd, Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, Jimmy Tarbuck, Jason Manford, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Lionel Blair, Dame Edna Everage and Cilla Black.

Thursday, 6 December 2012, 8:30PM – 9:00PM

As one of Britain’s best-loved soaps turns 40, this all-new series for ITV takes a look back at the most dramatic, moving, shocking and amusing storylines the show has witnessed.

Spilt into five parts, the series looks at:
• The Headline Makers
• The Affairs
• The Crimes
• The Weddings
• The Woolpack

Narrated by Gaynor Faye, each thirty-minute show is packed with the soap’s most memorable scenes and exclusive interviews with actors both past and present who give their views on all the best moments in the soap’s history.

Episode Five – The Woolpack

The Woolpack is at the heart of the Emmerdale village and the centre of many of the soap’s major storylines.

From the fires, plane crashes and armed robberies the pub has seen, to the spaghetti western style stand-offs, this special programme looks back at the most turbulent times Yorkshire’s favourite pub has ever seen.

Charlie Hardwick, who plays Val Pollard, tells the programme: “Well, it’s the arena, isn’t it, The Woolpack? All your victims and villains in one place. It’s great. A powder keg.”

In 2004 a natural disaster struck Emmerdale costing the life of one of the most popular characters and almost calling time on The Woolpack itself.

On set, rain and wind machines and lightening effects were used to show a vicious storm ripping through the village on New Year’s Eve. Unable to make things work with her husband, Marlon, Trisha had decided to leave the village, but as the weather got worse she sheltered in a phone box to read a letter he had written her.

Sheree Murphy, who played Tricia Dingle says: “She kind of made her mind up to go back to him but, really, she shouldn’t have done, because The Woolpack fell on her. I loved the scene where rubble actually finally falls on Trisha and there’s just the eye poking out. The rubble was made of foamy stuff and they had it all painted. There was a few real bricks around, but anything that was actually placed over me, wasn’t real.”

There were emotional scenes as Marlon found Trisha and she tried to tell him that she was going back to him as she lay trapped under the bricks.

Sheree adds: “The producers said to me, ‘I’m really sorry but would you mind lying there, we’re going to have to cut for a break, the crew need a cup of tea. I was like, ‘No, I don’t mind, er how long are you going to be though?’ and literally, they just left me, because to place me all again for continuity would be an absolute nightmare. I just remember lying there thinking, ‘This is my job.’ I’m lying under rubble at 3am. But I loved it, it was brilliant.”

Emmerdale at 40 also looks back over the parties the pub has seen including Chastity’s hen night and a slave night. Plus, how some of the village’s most loved-characters made their first appearances in The Woolpack, such as Laurel dressed as a bee and Chastity dressed as a stripping nun.

In 2010 property developer Charlie Haynes, played by George Costigan, swept pub landlady Diane Sugden off her feet but planned to con her out of all her savings.

Elizabeth Estensen, who plays Diane, tells the programme: “This was the first time that she’d been truly happy since Jack died. And she thought there was a future for her and that they were going to live in France. It was a whole new life opening up for her, and then it got quickly shut down.”

On the morning Diane was supposed to leave The Woolpack, Charlie went missing. She discovered he was in France and decided to go after him but when she turned up at ‘his’ chateau, she discovered it was owned by someone else.

Diane was left in financial ruin until she decided to pair up with Chastity to own the pub together.

And only a year later they, and the rest of the villagers, witnessed the biggest show-down The Woolpack had ever seen. Cain Dingle had been on a recent mission of destruction through the village, having an affair with a married woman, a fling with a teenager and waging a hate campaign against Charity and her fiancé, when he walked into The Woolpack one night and everyone threatened to leave if he was served.

Jeff Hordley, who plays Cain Dingle, says: “It’s almost Western-style saloon drama when a storyline comes to a head and it has to be played out in The Woolpack. The adrenaline is really pumped, because it’s like you’ve got a live audience and they’re all looking at you going, ‘So come on, what are you going to do with this?’”

Emmerdale at 40 recounts how Cain went around the pub and one-by-one told the villagers what he thought of them. Then, afterwards, someone went after him for revenge. Cain was hit on the head and a whodunit ensued. There were over seven people in the frame, but when Cain tried to frame Jai for the attack – the real attacker came forward as his dad, Zak.

Jeff adds: “I think you really got to see that side of Cain and Zak as well. This bond that’s really strong between them but smashed apart by what’s happened.”

Emmerdale at 40 is produced by Becky Sawle for Shiver. The series producer is Yvette Lyons and the executive producer is Mark Robinson.

Saturday, 1 December 2012, 5:30PM – 6:00PM

Prepare for one last romp through the archives with Robert Webb as he exclusively reveals TV’s best kept secrets in The Golden Rules of Television.

This week Christopher Biggins gives us the inside track on how to win Come Dine With Me which seems to involve wholesale cheating, Vanesa Feltz and Sinitta dress up in silver foil and banana skins whilst Sam and Mark have their illusions shattered when they learn the truth about reality TV.

The Golden Rules of TV, we make the rules so you can break them.

Thursday, 6 December 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

“I must admit the thought of living without running water, without electricity…the thought of squatting has never filled me with anything other than repulsion.”

Richard Madeley

Today in Britain, it’s estimated there are anything between 20,000 and 50,000 people squatting. They are often portrayed as anti-social, drug-taking freeloaders, who contribute nothing to society. But is that really the case? With a new law having just come into force making squatting a criminal offence, Richard Madeley is on a mission to meet Britain’s squatters, to see what their lives are really like and find out why they squat. He also hears from landlords and even brings them face-to-face with the people occupying their property against their wishes.

Richard travels the country to meet squatters from wide-ranging backgrounds, all with a different story to tell and conflicting views on the morality of how they live. In doing so, he examines how the change in the law will impact on the current situation faced by both squatters and landlords.

Richard visits a former pub in Walthamstow, used as a squat for five years despite being surrounded by local businesses. Nigel Jenkins owns the garage opposite and explains what he has seen in the past: “Nine o’clock in the morning they are drunk out of their skulls. First thing in the morning we come in…they have used the driveway as toilets.” Despite this he admits: “Everyone sees them as an inconvenience but nobody sees the amount of trouble these people are in. What are you going to do with them? Unless you can re-house them, there’s nothing you can do with them.”

Richard heads to Bristol, where he discovers that local squatters have organised themselves into groups, with their own planning committee that meets each week to help members find new squats to live in. Richard attends one of the meetings to find out more and a squatter explains to him: “I like to think of us as urban wombles, we roam the streets that aren’t being used and we make a use of them. How can you argue the morality of that? We don’t pay rent, no, but at least people aren’t sleeping rough.”

There is a tense atmosphere when Richard introduces Dave Durant to the squatters who have occupied a property he owns in south Bristol. It’s the second time he’s had squatters in his building and with Richard as mediator he confronts the people occupying his building: “I know that the place was locked, you know that the place was locked. I know, that you must have broken into my house.” Squatter Tristan refuses to confirm how he gained access but is keen to respond: “If people are suffering they should be allowed to sleep under a roof, especially if it lies dormant like this one.” He tells Richard: ”I see it as greed. When there are five of us wandering the streets, hungry, needing somewhere to live, when he has multiple properties, I see that as greed. Until you’ve been in our position and suffered like we have, you’re going to find it hard to have a balanced view.”

Richard visits the houses of parliament to meet Mike Weatherley, MP for Hove and the architect behind the new law, which has made squatting in a domestic property a criminal offence. Mike says: “The first thing we want to do is protect people’s homes, they’re just freeloaders, they’re not contributing to society and they are taking what’s not theirs.”

It’s estimated there are nearly a million empty properties in the UK, despite homelessness being on the rise. Richard visits a squat in the heart of the Barbican, a five-storey commercial building worth millions where even the new law is powerless to evict the squatters because it is not a domestic property. Catherine Brogan is one of its inhabitants: “Owners of empty properties destroy their property so that no-one wants to live in it…” It is Catherine’s view that: “The owner isn’t interested in bringing this property back into use. To them I think it’s just a number on a balance sheet. This is a £20million asset to them and why do they want to do anything with it? I think that if you’re going to leave a property empty then we’ve got a responsibility to come in and use it and I feel happy that I’m taking something that’s been laid waste and turning it into a home for up to 20 people who wouldn’t have anywhere else to go otherwise.”

Richard is keen to learn more about the concept of ‘skipping’ from local supermarkets and he joins squatters on an evening visit as they forage for free food in bins. They acknowledge that skipping is breaking the law but claim “We are stealing bread that is destined for landfill. It’s absolutely ridiculous isn’t it, which is why I’m doing it so openly. If the police want to arrest me, I’ll take the charge.”

Richard also meets Dory, who is now in her 50’s and gave up a high-flying career to be a squatter. And Mary, a victim of domestic abuse who was assigned a council flat to escape her situation but on the day she was due to move in, found that a squatter had got there first.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

The Town is a three-part contemporary drama from Big Talk Productions starring BAFTA winner Andrew Scott alongside an outstanding ensemble cast including Julia McKenzie, Charlotte Riley, Gerard Kearns, Kelly Adams and Martin Clunes.

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).

Mark is drawn back into the life he left behind. Hardest of all is meeting his first love Alice (Riley), now married with a child. Thrust into the complicated lives of his former neighbours, it’s not surprising there are awkward moments as Mark becomes reacquainted with his past, including his old friends ‘down the pub’ Lucy (Kelly Adams), Carly (Aisling Bea) and Jeff (Sam Troughton).

Running parallel with Mark’s story, we get to know the town Mayor, alcohol-soaked Len (Clunes). With his world falling in around him, Len is stumbling from one PR disaster to another. As we get to know the community, we’re also introduced to the enigmatic Inspector Franks (Douglas Hodge) from the local police force whose links to the family are stronger than it first appears…
Mark struggles to decide whether he should stay permanently to be with his family. But a new life is difficult to build in the place you used to call home and now feels like you barely know it.
The Town is produced by Big Talk’s Luke Alkin (Dirty War, Grow Your Own), and executive produced by Kenton Allen (Rev, Him & Her), Matthew Justice (Attack the Block) and Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn, Cranford). Colin Teague (Doctor Who, Shirley) directs.

Monday, 3 December 2012, 7:30PM – 10:05PM

One of television’s best loved personalities, comedian, actor and children’s author David Walliams is to host The Royal Variety Performance 2012 at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall. This year 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of The Royal Variety Performance in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

David Walliams will preside over the show, which promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical, comedy and variety performances.

The very best of British talent and an international galaxy of stars from around the world of entertainment line-up to appear on the show including:

International music sensation Rod Stewart, music icon Neil Diamond, Brit Award winners One Direction, Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, Brit Award winners Girls Aloud, pop sensation Kylie Minogue, superstar Robbie Williams, opera legend Andrea Bocelli, multi Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys, comedians Rhod Gilbert and Bill Bailey, an extract from the Seven Olivier Award-winning Matilda The Musical and the eagerly anticipated musical ‘The Bodyguard’, Cuba’s Ballet Revolución plus a spectacular duet from tenor Plácido Domingo and classical singer
Katherine Jenkins.

Also representing the best of Britain’s Got Talent, Diversity will be performing a Britain’s Got Talent celebration showcase featuring Spelbound, Paul Potts and Stavros Flatley.

This star-studded spectacular will take place on the 19th November and be screened on ITV1 in early December. It will be produced by ITV Studios.

As is customary, the event is staged in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen. The money will help to maintain Brinsworth House in Twickenham, Middlesex – the entertainers’ retirement and nursing home which is run by the EABF.

The 2012 Royal Variety Performance is commissioned by ITV’s Controller of Entertainment John Kaye Cooper and executive produced by ITV Studios’ Lee Connolly and Fiona Clark.

Monday, 3 December 2012, 4:00PM – 5:00PM

A national search for Britain’s best bakery begins weekdays on ITV1.

More than a food competition this series is a celebration of local bakeries around the UK, the delicious goods they produce, their regional specialities and their centuries old baking heritage.

Expert judges Mich Turner MBE (TV chef, author and owner of Little Venice Cake Company) and Peter Sidwell (TV chef, cookery writer and restaurateur) will be sampling the delicacies of the country’s favourite independent, family run and community bakeries, tasting and critiquing their way through breads, cakes, pastries and pies.

Monday 3 December 2012

In today’s episode the three competing independent bakeries are all from the flatlands of East Anglia. Expert Judges, cake maker to the stars Mich Turner MBE and authority on all things bread based, Peter Sidwell, discover a Brazilian Bakery in the University town of Cambridge. A bread maker showing off his unusual Donker Bread. And a Deli/Bakery in Norwich that’s a foodie’s paradise. But as ever, only one can progress into the next round.

Saturday, 1 December 2012, 9:30PM – 10:30PM


Who will be crowned this year’s King or Queen of the jungle?

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is back which can mean only one thing… the time has come for another batch of celebrities to head down under and battle it out in TV’s toughest challenge.

Leaving their plush pads and luxuries far behind, our celebrity camp mates will spend up to three weeks taking on the harsh surroundings of the Australian jungle, with a whole host of brand new nasty surprises created just for them.

This year, the I’m a Celebrity team have pulled out all the stops to ensure that the celebrities will face alarming shocks, startling surprises and nail biting challenges

Last year’s highlights included Fatima Whitbread’s ‘cockroach invader’ during her Bushtucker Trail, Mark Wright’s attempts too woo model Emily Scott, Anthony Cotton’s back biting and Dougie Poynter being crowned King of the Jungle… but who will be begging for our votes this year?

Whoever does end up in the terrifying and legendary jungle camp will find themselves cut off from the outside world and praying the public doesn’t send them straight into a dreaded Bushtucker Trial.

It’s a brand new cast with a brand new set of challenges and all in HD. As always, our BAFTA award winning hosts Ant and Dec, are back to present all the big stories live from the jungle every night.

And remember – I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here Now! is back every night on ITV2 after the ITV1 show. This year, hosts Laura Whitmore and Joe Swash will be joined by award winning comedian Rob Beckett. Rob has appeared in a host of hit TV and radio shows including, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Fresh Meat on Channel 4 and Richard Bacon’s Beer and Pizza Club on ITV4.

Saturday, 1 December 2012, 8:00PM – 9:30PM

The X Factor’s spectacular Live Shows continue tonight with the Finalists lining up to perform in front of the live studio audience and millions of viewers at home.

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 to battle it out with their contestants.

Gary has the Overs, Nicole the Boys, Tulisa the Girls and Louis the Groups. The Judges are sure to disagree over the acts as the competition hots up but one thing they can agree on is that the standard of contestants is higher than ever this year.

In an exciting first for the series, contestants can sing their own songs and can play guitar this year.

Friday, 7 December 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

The last episode in a 12-part series following the staff and patients of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey, gaining a unique insight into life on this part of the Channel Islands.

Surgeon Chris Joslin swaps his scrubs for a cello, as he joins the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra for an explosive performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at the annual Proms on the Pier; hospital chef Wilkie faces his harshest critics as he prepares the daily dishes for the Meals on Wheels delivery. Former RAF bomber pilot Keith Bichard hopes to keep calm and carry on as he faces a difficult hip operation. And Paramedic Dean De La Mere takes to the waters with the Flying Christine, Guernsey’s sea ambulance, for the island’s Battle of Britain air display.

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