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Horizon: Dippy And The Whale airs 13 Jul on BBC-2

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Over the last two years BBC Two’s science strand Horizon has been behind-the-scenes at London’s Natural History Museum, following the replacement of the iconic ‘Dippy the Dinosaur’ skeleton cast with the real skeleton of a blue whale – the world’s biggest animal – positioned hanging in a lunge diving pose.

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, special one off film, Dippy And The Whale, follows the teams involved in one of the world’s most unique engineering challenges.

Replacing Dippy is brave and bold – it’s the first thing visitors see when they enter the grand Hintze Hall – but the Natural History Museum is changing and the installation of the colossal Blue Whale skeleton is the start of a new chapter. The largest animal ever to have lived, blue whales were driven to the brink of extinction by hunting and were the first species humans decided to save, telling an inspiring story of hope for the natural world.

In this special BBC Two programme viewers are taken behind the scenes to follow this super-sized challenge and discover just how you move the biggest skeletons on earth. The team of museum conservators and engineers take on the mammoth task of renovating the hall where Dippy is taken apart bone by bone, ready for his tour of the country – and then prepare for the enormous challenge of getting the whale ready to go on display – all without closing the museum to the public.

From her mysterious beaching in Ireland back in 1881, the film traces the descendants of Ned Wickham (the man who found her), looking inside his diaries as he first reported his find. Viewers are also taken into the museum’s secret vaults as we follow:

Lorraine Cornish, the museum’s Head of Conservation who has over 36 years of experience and is responsible for cleaning and caring for every one of the whale’s 220 bones.

Richard Sabin, the Vertebrates Collection Manager, who is tasked with ensuring the whale is even more inspiring than Dippy, and who suggests hanging the skeleton it in the lunge feeding pose.

Jennifer Flippance, the Project Manager for the move, who is responsible for ensuring that the museum is ready for the whale’s grand unveiling on 13 July 2017.

We also meet the engineering team who built the dinosaurs for Jurassic Park – but this time they’re behind the gigantic steel structure that will hold the whale together.

Replacing Dippy with a 126 year-old blue whale specimen is a story that goes beyond science and engineering. With the day of the dinosaur behind us, the museum is looking to the future and concentrating on saving the species we have on the earth today.

Horizon: Dippy And The Whale airs Thursday 13 July 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.

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Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape: Calabria (ITV 13 Dec 2017)

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Gino's Italian Escape Episode 7

In the penultimate episode of Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape, airing on Wednesday 13 December on ITV, Gino reveals the rugged and wild region that is Calabria. Its landscape is as breathtaking as the powerhouse ingredients it produces and this week it’s about fire and spice, with eye watering chillies, a new wonder salami, and then an Italian ingredient that is as English as they come. Join Gino as he explores this vast region by train, taking in the coast and the mountains, and creates two dishes in honour of this wild region.

In this eight-part series Gino is exploring the Mediterranean coast, from the glittering elegance of its cliff-top towns, to its mountainous rustic villages. He’ll be immersing himself in the rugged, wild islands, traveling along dramatic coastal roads, and across the sea, to reveal the best-kept secrets of this coast.

Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape Episode 7 (of 8) airs Wednesday 13 December 2017 from 8.00pm-8.30pm on ITV.

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Bancroft Episode 3 (ITV 13 Dec 2017, with Art Malik)

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Bancroft’s third espisode airs Wednesday 13 December at 9.00pm on ITV, and Bancroft is faced with a startling blast from the past, which brings the events from 1990 back to the surface. Meanwhile, Katherine wrestles with twists and turns of the new information she is uncovering. Bancroft secures Zaheera in safe accommodation and Daanish fulfils his part of the deal. Anya makes a surprising visit to an old friend. Katherine is faced with a chilling truth.

Sarah Parish headlines as Bancroft and the cast also features Linus Roache, Amara Karan (The Night Of, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), Adrian Edmondson (War and Peace, Prey), Art Malik (Cold Feet, Indian Summers, Homeland), Kenneth Cranham (War and Peace, Rome), Adam Long (Happy Valley, Home Fires), Lee Boardman (The Five, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Steve Evets (One of Us, Looking for Eric).

Bancroft Episode 3 (of 4) airs Wednesday 13 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on ITV.

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Tamara’s World Episode 5 airs Wed 13 Dec on ITVBe

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In the fifth of sixth episodes of this ITVBe reality series, airing on Wednesday 13 December at 9.00pm, Tamara has to face her fear when she becomes the ambassador of a new charity and has to give a speech at a large black-tie event. Tamara also heads to Oslo to launch her line of hair products, and Sophia’s new-found independence leaves Tamara breaking new ground. Back in London, Jay hosts a games night for a group of his mates.

The series sees Formula One heiress and entrepreneur Tamara Ecclestone inviting viewers into her life.

Tamara’s World Episode 5 (of 6) airs Wednesday 13 December 2017 from 9.00pm on ITVBe.

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