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Arena: American Epic Episode 2 airs 28 May on BBC 2

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The second episode of Arena: American Epic explores gospel, the songs of the cold mines and the Delta blues.

Featuring pioneers whose names have largely been forgotten, this second episode heads to the small South Carolina town of Cheraw. Here, Elder Burch held dynamic church gatherings which inspired young musicians – including jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie. Gillespie’s autobiography cites Burch and his sons as a direct inspiration; it would be no exaggeration to say that modern music would not be the same without Burch’s influence.

The programme reveals the gritty songs and musicians that came from the coal mines of Logan County, West Virginia: The Williamson Brothers, Dick Justice and Frank Hutchinson. The hellish conditions of the coal mines inspired them to find a way out, through their music.

Finally the film travels to the home of the blues – the Mississippi Delta, where Charley Patton captured the sounds and struggles of life in the cotton fields. Patton’s significance cannot be understated; he is widely considered the most influential musician in the birth of blues, and taught some of the best blues artists that followed, including Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson and Honeyboy Edwards.

Pictured is Raphael Saadiq

Arena: American Epic Episode 2 (of 3) airs on Sunday 28 May 2017 on BBC Four.

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Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape: Calabria (ITV 13 Dec 2017)

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Gino's Italian Escape Episode 7

In the penultimate episode of Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape, airing on Wednesday 13 December on ITV, Gino reveals the rugged and wild region that is Calabria. Its landscape is as breathtaking as the powerhouse ingredients it produces and this week it’s about fire and spice, with eye watering chillies, a new wonder salami, and then an Italian ingredient that is as English as they come. Join Gino as he explores this vast region by train, taking in the coast and the mountains, and creates two dishes in honour of this wild region.

In this eight-part series Gino is exploring the Mediterranean coast, from the glittering elegance of its cliff-top towns, to its mountainous rustic villages. He’ll be immersing himself in the rugged, wild islands, traveling along dramatic coastal roads, and across the sea, to reveal the best-kept secrets of this coast.

Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape Episode 7 (of 8) airs Wednesday 13 December 2017 from 8.00pm-8.30pm on ITV.

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Bancroft Episode 3 (ITV 13 Dec 2017, with Art Malik)

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Bancroft’s third espisode airs Wednesday 13 December at 9.00pm on ITV, and Bancroft is faced with a startling blast from the past, which brings the events from 1990 back to the surface. Meanwhile, Katherine wrestles with twists and turns of the new information she is uncovering. Bancroft secures Zaheera in safe accommodation and Daanish fulfils his part of the deal. Anya makes a surprising visit to an old friend. Katherine is faced with a chilling truth.

Sarah Parish headlines as Bancroft and the cast also features Linus Roache, Amara Karan (The Night Of, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), Adrian Edmondson (War and Peace, Prey), Art Malik (Cold Feet, Indian Summers, Homeland), Kenneth Cranham (War and Peace, Rome), Adam Long (Happy Valley, Home Fires), Lee Boardman (The Five, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Steve Evets (One of Us, Looking for Eric).

Bancroft Episode 3 (of 4) airs Wednesday 13 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on ITV.

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Tamara’s World Episode 5 airs Wed 13 Dec on ITVBe

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In the fifth of sixth episodes of this ITVBe reality series, airing on Wednesday 13 December at 9.00pm, Tamara has to face her fear when she becomes the ambassador of a new charity and has to give a speech at a large black-tie event. Tamara also heads to Oslo to launch her line of hair products, and Sophia’s new-found independence leaves Tamara breaking new ground. Back in London, Jay hosts a games night for a group of his mates.

The series sees Formula One heiress and entrepreneur Tamara Ecclestone inviting viewers into her life.

Tamara’s World Episode 5 (of 6) airs Wednesday 13 December 2017 from 9.00pm on ITVBe.

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