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Poldark Series 3 Premieres this June on BBC One

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Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson return to BBC One this June with the third series of epic Cornish saga Poldark.

Following hot on the heels of the second series, the third instalment brings a host of new characters and worlds into play.

1794: Ross must traverse new family, new love and new conflicts, as the French revolution casts a shadow over life in Cornwall. Facing battles both at home and abroad, will Ross answer the call and risk losing everything he holds dear?

Turner reprises his role as the hero Ross Poldark, as he tries to rebuild his marriage to Tomlinson’s Demelza, but their fragile peace is disturbed by the arrival of her deeply Methodist brothers Sam and Drake Carne, played by Tom York (Olympus) and Harry Richardson (Doctor Thorne) respectively.

Also returning are Heida Reed as Elizabeth and Jack Farthing as George Warleggan as they expect their first child and plot their ambitious rise to be the most powerful family in Cornwall. George will try to separate Elizabeth from her Poldark roots and will employ Elizabeth’s cousin, Morwenna, played by Ellise Chappell (The Last Dragonslayer), as a governess to Geoffrey Charles, played by newcomer Harry Marcus. When Morwenna meets Drake Carne, the pair will fall in love and the Poldark and Warleggan households will collide once again.

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Producer Michael Ray says: “The world of Poldark expands again in series three as we head across the sea to violent revolutionary France, meanwhile on the home-front we meet the richest and most powerful people in Cornwall. And they all want a piece of Ross.

“It was a great challenge to create the world of France, which we did on location in Cornwall and Bristol. It’s a much darker and colder place than our beloved Cornwall and it poses a constant threat to our heroes at every turn. Berkley Castle in Gloucestershire was transformed into a guillotine-happy port town and Bishop’s Palace in Wells, Somerset was turned into a deadly Convent-come-Prison for a week – and they saw a lot of action! Our stunt co-ordinator had his work cut out for him.

Producer Roopesh Parekh continues: “Debbie Horsfield’s extraordinary talent for weaving explosive events with the delicate struggles of a marriage has reached new heights. Ross and Demelza finally have some wealth and success and their eyes are opened to a much grander world than the one they have previously inhabited, but the secrets of the past continue to hang over them and they are pushed and pulled in different directions. Adapted from The Black Moon and The Four Swans in the Poldark book series, the shadow of the Black Moon is felt over the whole series. There will be some tragic losses this year.”

Series three also welcomes a great many new characters. Sean Gilder (Shameless, Penny Dreadful) joins as Bartholomew “Tholly” Tregirls, a dangerous yet comical old friend of Ross’ father; Josh Whitehouse (Northern Soul) stars as Hugh Armitage, a Naval Navigator and romantic poet besotted with Demelza; Christian Brassington (When Boris Met Dave) plays depraved clergyman, Reverand Osbourne “Ossie” Whitworth, who hopes to align himself with George Warleggan; John Hopkins (Dancing On The Edge) plays Sir Francis Bassett who is looking for a candidate to lead the fight against inequality and political corruption as embodied by Lord Falmouth played by James Wilby (Titanic, Maurice). Ciara Charteris (Close To The Enemy) also joins the cast as Tholly’s wayward daughter Emma Tregirls who takes a shine to Demelza’s brother, the Methodist preacher Sam.

Poldark is filmed on location in Cornwall and the Bristol area and at The Bottle Yard Studios. A fourth series will go into production this autumn.

Based on the novels by Winston Graham, Poldark is a nine part series written and created for television by Debbie Horsfield (Cutting It, The Riff Raff Element) and directed by Joss Agnew (Brief Encounters, Mr Selfridge) and Stephen Woolfenden (The Halcyon, Doctor Who). It is produced by Roopesh Parekh (And Then There Were None, The Hollow Crown) and Michael Ray and the executive producers are Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell, Tom Mullens and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.

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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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