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Armchair Detectives Premieres 20 Nov on BBC One

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There’s been a murder – and we need viewers to solve it. Susan Calman hosts new series Armchair Detectives, premiering on Monday 20 Nov on BBC One at 2.15pm, as three amateur sleuths head to the fictional town of Mortcliff to solve a deadly crime, from the comfort of the Armchairs in the studio.

They’ll watch the drama play out as Mortcliff’s crack team of detectives DI Knight, DC Slater and scenes-of-crime Officer Simmons make inquiries with the local residents. But in a show where everyone has a motive it might prove harder to catch the culprit than you think.

Across each episode the Armchair Detectives will be introduced to suspects and uncover vital clues. They’ll share their thoughts and theories as the story unfolds, before making their final accusation in a bid to win the golden magnifying glass trophy.

This week, the crack teams of amateur detectives solve the mysteries of the murders of a local artist; a successful inventor found in his workshop; a member of a jury; a star lawn bowls player and a local ranger.

It’s time to answer the only question that matters – whodunnit?

Armchair Detectives Episodes 1-5 air Monday 20 November to Friday 24 November from 2.15pm-3.00pm on BBC One.

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The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Christmas Special (Channel 4 14 Dec 2017, with Jessica Hynes)

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The Crystal Maze Celebrity Christmas Special

Maze Master Richard Ayoade guides a team of intrepid celebrity adventurers around the mighty maze in this fiendishly fun festive special in aid of Stand Up To Cancer. The Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic zones have all been dramatically transformed for Christmas. The Knight (Jessica Hynes) is clearly desperate for an invite for the holiday season, Jarhead (Adam Buxton) has already been on the sherry and Richard has to contend with a group of carol singers who have double booked the maze for rehearsals.

Gold medal-winning Olympians Ellie Simmonds and Nicola Adams, Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke, The Saturdays and Strictly star Mollie King, and Murder in Successville comedian Tom Davis form the tinsel-tastic team of stars hoping to win crystals to buy time in the Crystal Dome and earn a huge cash prize for Stand Up To Cancer. There’s snow place like dome!

Executive Producers: Neale Simpson, Peter Usher
Series Producers: Chris Lore, Myles Jenkins
Production Company: Fizz/RDF West

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Amazing Spaces Snow And Ice Special airs Thurs 14 Dec on Channel 4

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In this Christmas Special of Amazing Spaces, airing on Thursday 14 December at 8.00pm on Channel 4, Architect George Clarke and master craftsman Will Hardie travel to Norway, to discover how a country with some of the harshest weather on the planet has become a leader in small space design. Norwegian craftsmanship and determination puts the country at the forefront of global architecture. George travels by husky sled to a tree house in a forest that can withstand nine tonnes of snowfall and gale force winds.

There’s also a visit to an ice hotel – the mother of all igloos, complete with 30 rooms, a bar, and even a snow chapel. The boys meet members of the local Sami community, to see the moveable home that has kept members of their community safe for hundreds of years. There’s a disused oil silo turned into a circular home; a geodesic aluminium dome; and an epic family home in the mountains. And Will meets leading explorer Borge Ousland.

Executive Producers: Will Daws, Stuart Cabb
Series Editor: Jamie Wightman
Series Producer: Christian Kehoe
Production Company: Plum Pictures

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Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain Series Final airs Thurs 14 Dec on BBC-2

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The fourth and final episode of Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain, airing on Thursday 14 December at 9.00pm on BBC Two, looks at the deadly impact of the incendiary bomb – and the one that set fire to St Peter’s Church in the historic heart of Bristol.

Before November 1940, the Castle Street area was full of shops, businesses and homes all served by St Peter’s. But on the night of Sunday 24 November the German bomber aircraft came.

That evening, when the raid began, Geoffrey Serle and his father had been attending church. Almost 80 years later he recounts the terror – and their desperate attempt to find shelter in the chaos.

Bill Hares was also a tobacconist in nearby Merchant Street. The film explores his carefully preserved account of that November night, the night when Bristol’s firefighters simply couldn’t cope.

Bev Reynolds father was a police driver who tried to help the firefighting effort – he tells his story.

Following the bomb, Castle Street’s residents and workers took in the dreadful damage the Luftwaffe had done. One local photo-journalist stepped in to take pictures of the devastation, telling a human story that many at the time would never see thanks to government censorship.

As historian Dr Lucy Noakes explains, this was recorded by mass observation agents who visited Bristol’s bombed-out streets. Residents were reeling from the loss of their historic centre, but some were determined to fight back by taking on the weapon that had destroyed St Peter’s Church.

Volunteer firefighters stepped up – including 23 year-old Eric Tyley (pictured with wife Betty) – who remembers his role as firewatcher. Stationed on the church roof during a dreadful raid in December, he and others extinguished individual incendiary bombs before they could cause significant damage.

As the raids continued Bristol became a city of firefighters. By April 1941 the city’s emergency services had learned harsh lessons and the city’s co-ordination of police, fire and rescue services was held up as a model of excellence to the rest of the country.

Today, St Peter’s stands as a reminder of what Bristol lost during the blitz, and at St Mary Redcliffe residents congregate to remember what was saved when the city fought back.

Produced in partnership with The Open University.

Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain Episode 4 (of 4) airs Thursday 14 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.

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