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Folk Awards 2017: Highlights (BBC-4 9 Apr 2017)

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This year on Sunday 9 April at 10.00pm, BBC Four will broadcast an hour-long highlights programme of the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017, which took place on Wednesday 5 April at London’s Royal Albert Hall (see list of winners below).

The awards are hosted by Radio 2 Folk Show host, and Radio 6 Music presenter, Mark Radcliffe and Scottish singer Julie Fowlis, and celebrate the UK’s thriving folk scene with performances from Ry Cooder, Al Stewart, Billy Bragg, Shirley Collins, Jim Moray, Fara, Daoirí Farrell, and Afro Celt Sound System. The Radio 2 Folk Awards, now in its 18th year, is one of folk music’s annual highlights and shines a light on the most exciting and interesting artists on the British scene and beyond.

This year, American roots rock legend Ry Cooder makes a rare UK appearance as he receives a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 50th year of his career. Platinum-selling songwriter Al Stewart, known for a narrative brand of folk-rock will be playing and will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Billy Bragg performs a special tribute to influential US folk icon Woody Guthrie, who died 50 years ago. Activist and songwriter Guthrie, who sang with Pete Seeger and mentored Bob Dylan, is inducted into the Folk Awards Hall of Fame. English traditional singer Shirley Collins MBE performs a track from her remarkable comeback album, Lodestar.

Plus, performances from cross-cultural musical group Afro Celt Sound System; Orkney group Fara; Dublin singer Daoirí Farrell; and singer and instrumentalist Jim Moray with his full-blooded Upcetera band. There will also be a specially curated performance from The Ballads of Child Migration, which will feature the voices of former child migrants, narration by Barbara Dickson, and original songs performed by Kris Drever, Jez Lowe, While & Matthews, Boo Hewerdine, O’Hooley and Tidow, John McCusker, Andy Cutting and Mike McGoldrick.

Prizes handed out to celebrate the best in folk and acoustic music include Folk Singer of the Year, Best Group, Best Traditional Track, Best Original Track, Musician of the Year, and the Horizon Award for the best emerging act. The 2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award is also presented to one of four nominees, all of whom are UK-based musicians aged 16-21.

Presenters: Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis
Producer: Serena Cross for the BBC

Folk Awards 2017: Highlights airs on Sunday 9 April from 10.00pm-11.00pm on BBC Four

Full list of winners

Folk Singer Of The Year presented by Sharleen Spiteri: Kris Drever
Best Duo presented by Peter Lord of Aardman Animations: Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton
Best Group presented by Sir Ray Davies: The Furrow Collective
Best Album presented by Mark Kermode: Songs Of Separation by Songs of Separation
Horizon Award presented by Rachel and Becky Unthank (of The Unthanks): Daoirí Farrell
Musician Of The Year presented by Gus Unger-Hamilton from Alt-J: Rachel Newton
Best Original Track presented by Susie Dent: If Wishes Were Horses by Kris Dreverz
Best Traditional Track presented by Pauline Black of The Selecter: Van Diemen’s Land by Daoirí Farrell
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award presented by Simon Nicol of Fairport Convention: Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente
Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Tony Blackburn: Al Stewart
Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Nick Lowe: Ry Cooder
Hall Of Fame Inductee: Woody Guthrie

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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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