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Arena: American Epic Final Episode airs Sun 4 Jun on BBC Four

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The third and final episode of the Arena: American Epic documentary series explores the influence of Hawaiian music, and more specifically the steel guitar, which became central to the sound of a range of musical styles.

When Joseph Kekuku picked up a metal bolt as he wandered down a train track, the bolt hit the strings of his guitar and the sound was born. He perfected his slide to create a new instrument that would travel the world.

The film continues with an exploration of Cajun music, the blended music of Louisiana that reflects the eerie landscape of the bayous. The record companies were just as ready to record Cajun music as they were the broader genres of country, gospel and blues. Central to the scene were The Breaux Family whose descendants play and talk about continuing their musical heritage today.

Finally, this episode explores the story of Mississippi John Hurt, discovered in the 1920s and soon forgotten; he represents the odyssey of American Epic in microcosm. After travelling to Memphis to record he returned home to Avalon, a tiny spot on the map of Mississippi. With the Depression, recording in the south came virtually to a halt and so Hurt simply went back to share cropping, his music cherished by only a few dedicated collectors.

Thirty five years after those first recordings, folklorist Dick Spottswood tracked Hurt down in Avalon. As in a fairy tale, he played to adoring crowds at the Newport Folk Festival of 1963, and became one of the most celebrated stars of the global folk revival.

Arena: American Epic Episode 3 (of 3) airs Sunday 4 June 2017 from 10.00pm-11.00pm on BBC Four.

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Bancroft Episode 2 airs Tues 12 Dec on ITV

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In the second of four episodes Bancroft helps Katherine and Anya with the Fraser case, but they are struggling to find any worthwhile forensic evidence. Katherine and Joe’s relationship progresses, whilst events take a grisly turn for the Kamara family – forcing Bancroft to offer Daanish a deal. Laura’s former husband Tim Fraser is reluctant to help with Laura’s cold case, but an unexpected visit changes his mind. Katherine and Anya make some game-changing discoveries.

Scheduled across four consecutive nights Bancroft is a dark and compelling thriller, and at its heart is a female detective with an explosive secret.

Created and written by Kate Brooke and starring Sarah Parish as Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft.

Bancroft Episode 2 (of 4) airs Tuesday 12 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on Channel 4.

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Ferne McCann: First Time Mum Premieres Tues 12 Dec on ITVBe

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Former Towie star Ferne McCann’s journey towards motherhood is documented in Ferne McCann: First Time Mum premiering on ITVBe on Tuesday 12 December at 9.00pm.

With intimate access to her close circle of family and friends, Ferne shows courage and strength in the face of adversity, as she confronts pregnancy in the backdrop of a media storm around her ex-partner.

Ferne says: “You find out you’re pregnant, you’re like, I was so excited and it was just all going to be amazing and then your whole life and world is turned upside down it was like, just absolute hell, and is hell.”

But the programme shows her positive approach and excitement about having a baby and she explains how she had to find the strength to carry on. She says: “I don’t think you realise how much strength you’ve actually got until you are faced with a terrible situation.”

With 12 weeks to go until she gives birth, Ferne she goes about her daily life – preparing for the baby and working hard.

As well as being pregnant she has moved out of her mum’s house and is living alone for the first time. But she still spends plenty of time with her mum who joins her for hypnobirthing lessons and will be her birthing partner when she goes into labour.

Ferne prepares for the new arrival by buying furniture for the baby – and struggling to put it together – and going for a psychic reading to find out more information about the little one.

Ferne also admits she is reluctant to join normal pregnancy groups due to her personal situation and the fear of people judging her, but she does try out pregnancy yoga after meeting another mum on a trip out. She also takes part in a magazine photoshoot and goes to her first red carpet event since discovering she was expecting.

Ferne allows intimate access to her close circle of family and friends such as James ‘Arg’ Argent, Vicky Pattison and Stephanie Pratt as she discusses her future with them and her excitement at having a baby.

The programme follows Ferne right up to giving birth to her baby girl and she is clearly besotted with her. Ferne says: “I cannot imagine life without her. It’s such a lovely surreal feeling that she is mine. I cannot believe I had a girl, I’m so shocked. I’m so in love.”

Ferne McCann First Time Mum Premieres Tuesday 12 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.30pm on ITVBe.

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Save Money Good Food Episode 4 (ITV 12 Dec 2017)

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In the fourth episode of Save Money Good Food, airing on Tuesday 12 December at 7.30pm on ITV, Susanna and Matt are in Surrey with the Dhillons. This family love cooking but they throw most of their leftovers in the bin. Matt takes on the challenge to get them loving their leftovers, using them to create delicious new meals to save them money.

The Thai vegetable curry can be reinvented the following night with meat – and the leftover rice is used for a clever pudding! The final feast of Moroccan tagine is a taste sensation that will taste even better the next day. The Dhillons do a lot of top up shops at local convenience stores so Susanna is finding out how we can all shop smarter when we use the smaller shops – and as it’s the run up to Christmas we are testing the nation’s favourite tipple – red wine.

Save Money Good Food Episode 4 (of 5) airs Tuesday 12 December 2017 from 7.30pm-8.00pm on ITV.

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