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The Sweet Makers: A Tudor Treat airs Wed 19 Jul on BBC-2

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In three part series The Sweet Makers: A Tudor Treat, premiering on Wednesday 19 July at 8.00pm on BBC Two, Four modern confectioners step back in time to discover what life was like for their Tudor predecessors. They’ll explore how our national sweet tooth developed, and how the tables of the aristocracy boasted fantastic displays of sugar craft which showed off their owners’ wealth and status.

The Sweet Makers will also explore the negative side of the introduction of sugar to the Tudor lifestyle, including the impact on teeth and fueling our involvement in the most shameful chapters in British history – the Slave trade.

Guided by food historian Dr Annie Gray and social historian Emma Dabiri, our modern professionals enter the world of the 16th century confectioner – a time when sugar was believed to have medicinal qualities and was so valuable it was kept under lock and key, the preserve of the elite. Every dish the team makes will form part of an elaborate aristocratic sugar banquet.

Our confectioners (pictured left to right) are: chocolatier Diana Short, sweet consultant Andy Baxendale, chocolatier Paul A Young and wedding cake designer Cynthia Stroud. They are spending four days using original recipes, ingredients and equipment to create dishes that haven’t been made, let alone tasted, for hundreds of years.

Their final lavish sugar banquet includes candied roses (believed to cure gonorrhea), a sweet candied root that was considered to be a Tudor aphrodisiac; sugar plates and goblets, gorgeously decorated marzipan and a spectacular model banqueting house made entirely of sugar.

The Sweet Makers: A Tudor Treat Episode 1 (of 3) airs Wednesday 19 July 2017 from 8.00pm-9.00pm on BBC Two.

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White Right: Meeting The Enemy – Exposure airs Mon 11 Dec on ITV

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In documentary White Right: Meeting The Enemy made for ITV’s Exposure current affairs strand and airing on Monday 11 December at 10.40pm on ITV, Emmy Award-winning film-maker Deeyah Khan meets US neo-Nazis and white nationalists face to face and attends America’s biggest and most violent far right rally in recent years.

Khan, who has received death threats in the past after advocating diversity and multiculturalism, tries to get behind the violent ideology, to seek to understand the personal and political reasons behind the apparent resurgence of far right extremism in the US.

Director: Deeyah Khan
Producer: Darin Prindle
Executive Producer: Andrew Smith

White Right: Meeting The Enemy – Exposure airs Monday 11 December 2017 from 10.40pm-11.50pm on ITV.

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Bancroft with Sarah Parish Premieres Mon 11 Dec on ITV

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Airing over four consecutive nights Bancroft is a new thriller for ITV starring Sarah Parish as Det. Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft. The series premieres on Monday 11 December at 9.00pm on ITV.

The formidable Det. Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft is leading the charge against the violent Kamara gang. Meanwhile, DS Katherine Stevens is given a cold murder case. In 1990, Laura Fraser was stabbed 18 times in frenzied attack at home. As Elizabeth and Katherine’s paths cross for the first time, Katherine finds that there’s more to the Fraser case than it seems – and Elizabeth has some secrets in her past which may prove difficult to hide.

Linus Roache (Vikings, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) makes his return to British television. Linus plays Tim Fraser who is haunted by an unsolved crime. He has also been running from his past but his hidden shame can’t stay buried forever. Produced by Phil Collinson (Midwinter of the Spirit, Coronation Street, Dr Who) and directed by John Hayes (Vera, Home Fires), Bancroft explores what happens when heinous crimes, long buried, come back to haunt us.

Filmed on location in and around Bolton and the North West, this new series also features 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 1 (of 4) airs Monday 11 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on ITV.

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Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life Episode 3 (Channel 4 11 Dec 2017)

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In the third episode of A Baker’s Life, Paul Hollywood looks back at his early career: from an apprentice baker in his dad’s bakeries to working at the five star stately home, Cliveden House Hotel, where he cooked for the Queen Mother.

On the menu this time: fresh fruit donuts and British-raised pork pie. Paul returns home to Merseyside to meet up with his oldest and closest friends. He also joins the nightshift at the prestigious Chester Grosvenor – the hotel where he got his big break – and bakes exquisite seasonal Danish pastries.

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

Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life Episode 3 (of 4) airs Monday 4 December 2017 from 8.00pm-8.30pm on Channel 4.

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