TV Highlights

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.

Thursday, 10 January 2013, 8:30PM – 9:00PM

Nursing The Nation follows district nurses on their rounds visiting different homes across the country, creating intimate, affectionate portraits of their diverse patients and their inspiring ability to grasp life in the face of adversity.

In the second episode in the series, we get a glimpse of physiotherapy at home and cancer treatment away from hospital wards. In Yorkshire, District Nurse Gillian has been working in the local community for over 20 years. Today, she’s been called to see a brand new patient, Christopher, who is juggling first-time fatherhood while recovering from a serious operation.

Five months ago Chris was rushed to hospital with severe stomach pains only for the surgeon to discover a cancerous tumour. Chris is undertaking a four month course of chemotherapy at home. Gillian says, “It’s going to be a very tough few months. You always put yourself in that situation and think, how would I cope with it? He seems to be doing really, really well.”

Meanwhile, in Bath, Physiotherapist Jacqui is working to help a tandem-enthusiast, Mary, overcome a broken ankle – but she and Mary don’t see eye to eye on all her suggestions.

Jacqui is part of a team that look after up to 50 patients at any one time. She says, “Being a physio is very, very varied. I don’t know what to expect from morning till the afternoon. I’m fairly confident about being able to cope with whatever situation comes my way.”

Jacqui has been working with Mary on her ankle for over a month; however Mary’s recovery relies on her using the walking sticks that Jacqui has given her and her desire to be independent means she is reluctant to do so. Jacqui’s challenge is to work with Mary to get her back on her bike with husband Dennis as soon as possible.

There are more than 10,000 district nurses across the country, visiting more than 2 million people every year. For many these are the unsung heroes of the NHS. They develop relationships with patients that can last for years on end and as they see them in their own homes, they often become a huge part of their lives and cornerstones of the local community.

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

The Sicilian Defence:

Neil Dudgeon and Jason Hughes return in a new series of three two-hour episodes of Britain’s best-loved detective series, made by Bentley Productions.

Harriet Farmer wakes up after being in a coma since the night she tried to elope. Soon afterwards, a killer strikes members of a chess club. Could the attack which left Harriet for dead a year ago be linked to moves on a chess board? And where is her boyfriend Finn?

Coma victim Harriet Farmer, who was attacked on the night she planned to elope, wakes up. Her father David hears the news in the middle of a chess tournament. Harriet’s boyfriend Finn Robson has been missing since the couple tried to run away together a year before.

At the chess tournament, hosted by hotelier Arthur Potts, Olivia Carr is putting pressure on her son Jamie to win. The 13-year-old has already beaten Finn’s father Alan, a software boss and fitness fanatic, who made millions from a computer game, ‘Chess King’.

Hotel owner Arthur berates his wife Caroline for spending their meagre income on charity work, while hoping to win backing for his business from writer and chess society president Edward Stannington. Later that day, Stannington is found dead in a lake with an ice axe in his back. His damaged car is nearby and Kate finds a clue in his mouth – a chess notation known as the ‘Sicilian Defence’.

Olivia admits she met Stannington and rammed his car when he refused to help Jamie get to the top in chess – divulging that he’s the boy’s father. David Farmer begs Caroline to come to supper, although Arthur has also booked to take her out for an anniversary meal. Meanwhile Jamie is being scared by loud noises at his house, when he is alone.

Jones finds that Stannington was digging into Alan’s chess software company Black Knight and received a letter from a disgruntled ex-coder on the day he died. Stannington’s aunt Vivian wants to celebrate her inheritance with Arthur – but he’s only interested in business.

Caroline angrily leaves Arthur at the restaurant while Farmer prepares supper for her. But when he goes out to fetch a gift he’s strangled. The killer leaves another chess code. Arthur gives Caroline an alibi, but – after the death of an elderly resident – Vivian tells Jones she suspects Caroline is poisoning the old people with her meals on wheels.

A lip-reader reveals that Finn’s mother Wendy knew that her son and Harriet planned to elope. Alan followed them that night and now he’s gone suddenly to London. Barnaby suspects his chess company has secrets. Then Jones finds Arthur with a cat in his freezer.

Harriet comes home from hospital but Caroline barges in, attacks Harriet’s neurologist Laura Parr and drags Harriet away. Under questioning, Arthur reveals that Caroline may have unwittingly poisoned the villagers with food from the hotel. Meanwhile Caroline is forcing Harriet through the woods, pleading for information about Finn. The police find them and it’s apparent that Caroline is obsessed.

Alan returns to Midsomer tight-lipped. Then he recognises the chess notation in the incident room – it was written by another programmer, Jason Winters, who committed suicide soon after beating
a world champion at chess. But why is the killer using his code now?

Realising Finn’s disappearance is key, Barnaby takes Harriet back to the woods. She calls out Jamie’s name – but he’s not the only one involved. As the truth about Jason Winters is uncovered, danger lurks at the hospital. Jones makes an astonishing discovery but the killer is one move ahead. Can Barnaby’s psychological skills save the day?

Monday, 7 January 2013, 9:00PM – 9:30PM

Exuberant dreamer Ben Fox returns to his hometown and reunites with his younger sister Kate, an overly responsible single mom raising her five-year-old daughter, Maddie.

But when he arrives, he finds a sad state of affairs.

For the first time in their lives, Kate needs Ben’s help, and he’s determined to bring some much-needed chaos into her stable world.

In the series premiere, Kate enlists co-worker BJ to help her prepare for what turns out to be a disastrous first date, while Ben teams up with childhood pal Tommy to stop an ex from getting married.

Monday, 7 January 2013, 9:30PM – 10:00PM

Up All Night is an irreverant look at modern parenthood, starring Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?) and Will Arnett (Arrested Development).

Christina Applegate stars as Reagan Brinkley: loving wife, successful career woman, life of the party – who has recently become a mum.

Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the clichés of motherhood, Reagan Brinkley (Christina Applegate) adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband, Chris (Will Arnett). As if motherhood weren’t enough, as a talk-show executive producer, Reagan must also tend to the endless needs of her friend and boss Ava (Maya Rudolph), an ambitious but vulnerable talk-show host. Nick Cannon stars as Ava’s charismatic co-host “Calvin” and Jennifer Hall stars as Ava’s long-suffering assistant “Missy.” Matt Lauer guest stars.

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

6443 Monday 7th January 2013 7.00pm – 7.30pm
• Seeing Jai’s behavior spiral, Nikhil is forced to act to protect the business
• Bernice steps up her attempts to manipulate Chas into selling
• Rachel’s delighted to find out that Archie’s well enough to come home

6444 Tuesday 8th January 2013 7.00pm – 7.30pm
• Jai’s devastated when Charity makes a decision about their marriage
• Nicola’s enraged at Jimmy’s attempts to protect and help Chas
• Chas is touched when Gennie asks her to be Molly’s godmother

6445 Wednesday 9th January 2013 7.00pm – 7.30pm
• Chas starts to worry when she receives sabotaged photos of her and Carl
• Moira’s frustrated when Cain avoids her calls
• Nicola’s supportive of Jimmy when Carl’s headstone arrives

6446 Thursday 10th January 2013 7.00pm – 7.30pm
• Chas fears for her life as her stalker becomes violent
• Moira witnesses a fierce confrontation between Chas and Cain
• Dan and Bob go to great lengths to snare a woman

6447 Thursday 10th January 2012 8.00pm – 8.30pm
• Chas is stunned when her stalker’s identity is revealed
• Bob’s attention is drawn elsewhere after vying with Dan for Vanessa’s affection
• Declan and Katie finally confront each other about Katie’s infertility

6448 Friday 11th January 2013 7.00pm – 7.30pm
• Jimmy’s forced to make a hard decision
• Katie confides in Andy, unsure whether her marriage is over
• Bob starts to realise he’s getting feelings for Brenda

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