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Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain Episode 2 (BBC-2 30 Nov 2017)

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Episode two of four part documentary series Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain explores the ramifications of a bomb that fell on 6th Avenue in the port city of Hull, flattening two houses and changing the lives of two families forever.

The Taylors lost baby Peter and 14 year-old Vera was very badly burned. Her sisters Doreen and Tina remember that terrible night and it’s the first time they’ve talked about the trauma they endured.

Next door, Mrs Owens had put three of her children under the stairs for safety, but they didn’t survive. Their sister Janet (pictured), who was born after the war, didn’t know about their existence until she was in her 20s – her father was so traumatised that he refused to discuss anything to do with the blitz. It means she has a lot of unanswered questions – until now, when she meets Doreen and Tina and learns that her siblings were buried with baby Peter.

It’s the beginning of a poignant journey of discovery for Janet; she finds out that the bomb that fell on her parents’ house is recorded as Bomb 31 on Hull’s bomb map. Its impact is also described in a unique collection of essays that were written by Hull’s children in 1941, giving a unique insight into children’s experience of the Blitz, tragic and shocking in equal measure.

These essays were part of a survey conducted by a government scientist Professor Solly Zuckerman. In the film, his son Paul learns that his father was collating data regarding the psychological effects of bombing on civilians, which included interviews with adults.

Case number one records the trauma of dock master Albert Eastwood, who lost two children to another of the Luftwaffe’s bombs, a story that moves his grandson Phillip to tears.

Despite Zuckerman finding no evidence of a breakdown in morale in Hull’s citizens, his work was used to lend a powerful stamp of scientific approval to the decision by the British government to area-bomb German cities. Janet knows only too well what Bomb 31 cost her family, so the thought of the British bombing campaign in Germany, and its effects on innocent children, is horrifying.

Produced in partnership with The Open University.

Pictured above is Janet Gill at the University of East Anglia.

Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain Episode 2 (of 4) airs Thursday 30 November 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC TWO.

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A Night For the Emergency Services airs Wed 20 Dec on ITV

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In A Night For the Emergency Services, airing on Wednesday 20 December on ITV at 9.00pm, Ashley Banjo and Diversity host an evening that showcases the talents of the members of the emergency services.

Celebrating the heroes behind the uniforms, the accomplished emergency service workers display their amazing skills in front of an audience made up entirely of emergency service staff. There are a wide variety of acts from all of the services, and the night kicks off with Diversity performing alongside aerialist Hayley Wray, who is a firefighter from Jersey, and Scott Elliott from the South Yorkshire Police.

Cheshire Fire Choir perform alongside global singing star Leona Lewis and PC Paul Taylor – who touched the hearts of the nation when he was caught on camera dancing with some children at the Manchester One Love Concert – performs with his police colleagues and Diversity. RNLI volunteer Mark Daniels has a day job as a Michael Buble tribute act, and he performs an impressive rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Mentalist and Detective Sergeant Ashley Turner from Northampton Police shows off his impressive and entertaining mind-boggling act. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe perform with medical technician Lewis Quinn, accompanied by the Blue Light Symphony Orchestra – the only one in the UK made up entirely of emergency service personnel.

A Night For the Emergency Services airs Wednesday 20 December 2017 at 9.00pm on ITV.

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Raven Finale Week Begins Mon 18 Dec on CBBC

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The time has come for Raven’s One True Warrior to be crowned, as three weeks of tense challenges draw to a close.

Having won the favour of Raven (Aisha Toussaint) in their individual heats, the final contenders are all keen to be the chosen one who will face evil sorcerer Nevar.

First, however, there are challenges of strength, agility and resourcefulness to overcome.

On Monday the warriors – under the banner of the Stag – take on challenges including Conundrum and Looms Labyrinth. At the end of the day it’s time for the competitor with the fewest golden rings to leave the tournament.

On Tuesday, the warriors must take on Leap Of Faith, a challenge of endurance and bravery, among the ancient trees of the forest. At the end of a tense day’s competition the Stag with the most rings will go through the portal to join the other heat finalists.

On Wednesday the four finalists come together for the first time in the Grand Tournament and face four challenges: Scramble, Warrior’s Seat, Towering Heights and Treetop Treasure. Each has to dig deep to win the most golden rings, taking them one step closer to being crowned winner.

On Thursday, four more challenges are laid out for the brave warriors, including one-on-one face-off Orb Race and team test Wrecking Ball. Tension mounts with one warrior leaving the contest at the end of today’s show.

On Friday, only three of the four final warriors remain. Just two challenges are left to face – Demon Army and Demon Causeway – before the final Last Stand of the series. The mettle of the remaining contenders will be tested to the limit in a bid to find Raven’s one True Warrior.

Raven Finale Week airs from Monday 18 December to Friday 22 December 2017, 3.50pm-4.20pm on CBBC.

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Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life Series Final (Channel 4 18 Dec 2017)

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In the final episode of A Baker’s Life, airing on Monday 18 December at 8.00pm on Channel 4, Paul Hollywood shares his favourite Mediterranean recipes on a trip to Cyprus, where he spent six years living and working. In Paphos, he’s reunited with a Cypriot baker friend and together they prepare a classic ham and cheese croissant. He also makes a baklava with another old friend and a tray of celebratory spanikopita for a sunset gathering.

Later, Paul recalls his first appearance on TV and bakes a Cypriot village bread using a traditional village oven.

Executive Producer: Kieran Smith
Series Producers: Claire Emerson, Jane Treasure
Director: Ed St Giles
Production Company: Love

Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life Episode 4 (of 4) airs Monday 18 December 2017 from 8.00pm-8.30pm on Channel 4.

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