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Wednesday, 16 February 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

After watching his first Superbowl on TV, 13-year-old Vernon discovered a lifelong passion for American Football.  He even played for his local team the Manchester Allstars, but when his career took an unexpected turn into television, dreams of making it big in the world of pads and helmets disappeared. 

22 years later Vernon wants to get the Allstars back together for one last game – playing against the UK’s top University American Football team.  

But in the hands of professional coaches, will his older mates cope with training, tackles and touchdowns as they approach their 40s?  

And as Vernon travels to the States to see what it really takes to be an NFL player, does he wish his life had turned out differently?  

From the highs of Vernon’s initial pitch over a pint and a dream fulfilled as the Allstars run out in pads for the first time in 20 years on Wembley’s hallowed turf, to the lows of reality biting as the middle aged team suffer bruised ribs and dislocated shoulders, the Allstars journey back to the pitch is filled with dramatic, emotionally-charged moments.  

Will Vernon and his band of beer-bellied brothers stand a chance of being victorious?  And will age, weight and experience triumph over the finely tuned athletes half their age?

Wednesday, 16 February 2011, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

Blair enlists Nate’s help to win over her high-strung boss, Epperly (recurring guest star CAITLIN FITZGERALD – It’s Complicated), at W magazine. 

Meanwhile, Damien (recurring guest star KEVIN ZEGERS) stirs up more drama on the Upper East Side and Chuck finds himself torn between business and pleasure. 

Plus, musical sensation FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE performs an acoustic version of “Cosmic Love.” 

Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 10:00PM – 10:30PM

Belle’s ability to separate work from pleasure is tested when she meets an alluring and dangerous new client. Meanwhile, Poppy’s curiosity gets the better of her… and she’ll wish it hadn’t.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Stefan and Elena get away for what they hope will be a romantic weekend at the Gilbert family lake house, not realizing that they’ve been followed. 

Jenna starts to worry that Alaric isn’t being honest with her. Jules (recurring guest star MICHAELA McMANUS) explains the importance of the sun and moon curse to Tyler, but leaves out an important detail. Damon attends a tea at the Historical Society in order to talk to Elijah (recurring guest star DANIEL GILLIES), but Elijah isn’t giving up any secrets. 

With help from Caroline and Jeremy, Bonnie uses deceptive measures to get shocking new information out of Luka (recurring guest star BRYTON JAMES). Finally, Tyler offers Matt some relationship advice. 

Thursday, 10 February 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

This extreme wish fulfilment show will offer celebrities the chance to take on a uniquely personal mission to realise the ambition they have long dreamed of, but until now, were too afraid to carry out. 

New series Under Pressure will show Vernon Kay and Konnie Huq in a different light as they attempt to achieve a thrilling life long dream. Each show will give us riveting drama, personal insights and genuine jeopardy as this previously out of reach goal slowly becomes a reality. 

Konnie Huq may be a successful TV presenter hosting such shows as Blue Peter, Guinness World Records Smashed and more recently the Xtra Factor (ITV2). But how will she cope with potentially her biggest personal challenge yet – a chance to follow her secret desire to become a rapper. Her challenge is to learn the explosive art of spitting lyrics and become a real life MC. Over three weeks Konnie will live and breathe the life of an MC learning to unleash the rapper within with the ultimate aim of performing her own rap onstage in front of a crowd of 3000 rap fans at the Indigo2. 

It’s not going to be easy. Konnie will need confidence, physical prowess and nerves of steel. She will have to master flow, rhythm, rhyme, delivery and even writing lyrics. To teach Konnie the valuable skills she needs to succeed will be her straight talking main mentor, Mobo award-winning rapper Akala (Ms Dynamite’s brother). 

She’ll also receive help from a selection of other mentors such as Roll Deep’s Manga and J2K and up and coming female rapper Baby Blue. Along the way she’ll have to prove herself at rap karaoke, take part in MC battles, and freestyle live on BBC Radio 1Xtra. It’s a challenge that will expose Konnie’s own insecurities about performing in front of a crowd, and cause her to reflect on her own experiences growing up in West London. 

The show will capture Konnie’s dramatic journey with all the ups and downs of the training, pre-performance nerves and her rapping debut on stage in front of a 3,000 strong crowd. 

Wednesday, 9 February 2011, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

Blair is ecstatic to land an internship at W magazine, but the thrill quickly fades when she finds out that Dan has secured one of the coveted positions as well. 

Chuck may have finally met his match now that Russell Thorpe (recurring guest star MICHAEL BOATMAN) and his daughter, Raina (recurring guest star TIKA SUMPTER), are back on the Upper East Side. 

Meanwhile, Nate receives alarming news about his father’s (recurring guest star SAM ROBARDS) business prospects.


Tuesday, 8 February 2011, 10:00PM – 10:30PM

Richard Hurst: Has Belle taken on more than she can chew? As the reality of being a ‘Madam’, a girlfriend, a chaperone and a high class escort hit home, Belle struggles. And when she meets Ben’s Mum there’s an even bigger shock in store for Belle.


Tuesday, 8 February 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Johnathan Gilbert’s (recurring guest star DAVID ANDERS) return to Mystic Falls comes as an unhappy surprise to Elena, Jenna and Damon. Caroline lets Stefan know about her conversation with Tyler, and Stefan does his best to reach out to a confused and conflicted Tyler. 

Jeremy comforts Bonnie after her disturbing conversation with Jonas (recurring guest star Randy Goodwin – Girlfriends). Plus, when Jules (recurring guest star MICHAELA McMANUS) takes a hostage, the situation quickly escalates into a violent confrontation. 

Wednesday, 2 February 2011, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

The Kids Are Not All Right: 

A former associate of Chuck’s father, Russell Thorpe (recurring guest star MICHAEL BOATMAN – The Good Wife, Spin City, Arli$$) — along with his daughter, Raina (recurring guest star TIKA SUMPTER – One Life to Live) — returns to Manhattan with some unfinished business for our Upper East Siders. Plus, Serena and Chuck join forces against Lily, and Blair realizes that her mother, Eleanor (recurring guest star MARGARET COLIN), may be the key to her becoming a future CEO. Meanwhile, Nate worries that his father, the Captain (recurring guest star SAM ROBARDS), is having a little too much fun and not taking his parole seriously.

Thursday, 6 January 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Kerry Katona is approaching her 30th birthday. It’s a huge milestone for Kerry as thankfully she has turned her life around and she intends to celebrate in style. 

Kerry has never had a party organised for her before, so her management decide to throw her a huge birthday bash – Kerry deserves to have fun! 

It’s a night to remember with some emotional speeches and a special performance from Kerry’s favourite group…The Drifters. 

Kerry’s life is finally on the up, let’s hope it stays that way.

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