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Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain Episode 3 (BBC-2 7 Dec 2017)

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Episode three of Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain, airing on Thursday 7 December at 9.00pm on BBC Two, follows a bomb that fell on Jellicoe Street in the Scottish town of Clydebank, a tightly-knit community of ship builders and factory workers who worked hard in difficult conditions.

For the children though, life in the tenements was like being part of one big family – as Patrick Docherty and Jack Tasker remember.

But on the 13 March 1941 that would change forever. When the bomb fell on Jellicoe Street it destroyed number 78, killing 15 members of the Rocks family.

Marion McDermid’s grandmother was a Rocks. She survived and left a harrowing account of how her family had been wiped out by this one bomb. Among them was 13 year-old Tommy Rocks, Brendan Kelly’s best friend. More than 70 years later, Brendan (pictured) is still deeply affected by the events of that night. As he says: “I went to bed a boy and wakened a man.”

As the community reeled from the chaos, confusion and grief wrought by the bombs there was another war being waged in Clydebank. One young ship yard worker, John Moore, was battling to secure better pay and working conditions for his fellow apprentices. Linden Moore, his daughter describes her father’s communist politics and his role in negotiating better terms for striking apprentices on the same day the Jellicoe Street bomb fell.

Rosabel Richards’s father William Roberts was also a Clydebank man. On the night of 13 March he was an ARP warden – but Rosabel wants to know what he did during the Blitz that lead him to taking up a place at Oxford University. When her cousin in Clydebank suggests that her dad had connections to Westminster, it leads Rosabel to official records that show William Roberts was working for the government to actively counteract the influence of communists in Clydebank.

On March 14 the bombers returned and the town’s housing was largely destroyed. There was a mass exodus, with families like Brendan’s ending up in a small village 60 miles away from their home. Despite the ongoing industrial dispute, the shipyard and the factories remained largely operational and all the workers, including Moore’s apprentices, made epic journeys to return to work, despite having lost homes, friends and family members.

It’s that sense of community spirit amidst adversity that has endured across the generations and still resonates with 85 year-old Brendan Kelly, who will never forget the impact of that one bomb.

Produced in partnership with The Open University.

Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain Episode 3 (of 4) airs Thursday 7 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.

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Tommy Cooper Forever Episode 2 (ITV 15 Dec 2017)

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Tommy Cooper Forever, the second and final episode airs on Friday 15 December at 9.00pm on ITV3, reveals how an act that started out in the desert during the second world war went on to take the comedy world by storm.

Over three decades have passed since Tommy Cooper died but rather than the memories fade with time, the nation’s love of this unique magician has only gone from strength to strength.

In these two programmes, using previously unseen footage, we hear how Tommy scoured the magic shops of London to create his routine.

And we trace his extraordinary journey from South Wales to top of the bill at the Palladium, with the help of family, friends who worked with him and famous fans – a cast list which includes Jennifer Saunders, Simon Callow, Lionel Blair, Anita Harris, Les Dennis and Jerome Flynn.

Tommy Cooper Forever Episode 2 (of 2) airs Friday 15 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.05pm on ITV3.

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Judge Rinder’s Crown Court Episode 2 (ITV 15 Dec 2017)

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In the second and final part of this two part series, airing on Friday 15 December at 8.00pm on ITV, Judge Rinder hears from the defence witnesses, as they give evidence to clear James Byron, a man accused of murdering his wife. They’ll paint a picture of the victim as a fragile and complex character, how she’d cried wolf many times before, and importantly hear from the defendant himself.

But was this murder, or was it a tragic accident or even suicide? It’s up to the viewers to decide.

Judge Rinder guides viewers through this complex legal case before the verdict of the original jury in the case that inspired the story – but did viewers come to the same conclusion?

Crown Court, the iconic courtroom drama of of the seventies and eighties is back on our screens after a thirty-year hiatus with a brand new case, presided over by Judge Rinder.

Originally running for over 800 episodes, this classic series featured the good and the great of British acting talent from Colin Firth to Ben Kingsley, Bob Hoskins and Alison Steadman to name just a few.

Judge Rinder’s Crown Court Episode 2 (of 2) airs Friday 15 December 2017 from 8.00pm-8.30pm on ITV.

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Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast (Channel 4 15 Dec 2017, with Sarah Millican)

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Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty welcome comedian Sarah Millican to their cafe at the end of Southend Pier. Sarah gets her first ever cooking lesson, as Jamie recreates her favourite microwave meal – in order to get Sarah cooking from scratch and weaned off convenience food.

Jamie also creates a pie packed full of roasted game. Jimmy builds a soft-serve ice cream machine for a child’s birthday party. And the boys hit the road to champion the ethical values of eating British rose veal.

Series Producer: Dunk Barnes
Executive Producer: Samantha Beddoes
Production Company: Jamie Oliver Limited

Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast Episode 4 (of 12) airs Friday 15 December 2017 from 8.00pm-9.00pm on Channel 4.

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