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The Divorce Special Event begins Mon 7 Dec on ABC

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AIRDATE: Monday 7 December – Thursday 10 December 2015 at 9.30pm on ABC

Get ready for one surprising divorce party!

After a long and satisfying marriage, glamorous and wealthy couple Iris (Marina Prior) and Jed (John O’May), throw an extravagant party to celebrate their divorce. The four-part series, The Divorce is a witty, sophisticated and comedic “soap opera”, starring a stellar line-up of Australian performers including; Lisa McCune, Marina Prior, Hugh Sheridan, Kate Miller-Heidke, Melissa Madden Gray and John O’May.

Written specifically for the screen, by multi-award winning playwright Joanna Murray- Smith and internationally acclaimed composer Elena Kats-Chernin, The Divorce is an opera for today, taking a playful look at the universal themes of love, passion, regret, greed, morality, fear, identity, loyalty and longing.

Luminary art critic Jed (John O’May) and his wife Iris (Marina Prior) are throwing a big bash at their vast country estate to celebrate their divorce. Their P.A., the pretty and well-meaning Caroline (Kate Miller-Heidke), is organising the event. What Jed and Iris don’t know, is that Caroline has spiralled into debt and tonight the loan sharks have come to make their claim – the money she owes – or her life. Iris’s little sister Louise (Lisa McCune), near deafened by her biological clock after a series of failed relationships, anticipates a life with Jed once the divorce is final. But during the evening she finds herself irresistibly drawn to another.

Iris and Jed’s closest friends, Ellen (Melissa Madden Gray) and Patrick (Peter Cousens), find the notion of celebrating a divorce callous. They reassure themselves that their own marriage is unwavering – until the events of the evening leave them both reeling. Iris’s younger lover, William (Matthew McFarlane), is looking forward to spending more time with her, but instead has a life-changing encounter that affects his future in more ways than one.

While Toby (Hugh Sheridan) the waiter harbours ambitions to be a big name artist and is determined to attract the attention of the party’s host. But Toby’s encounters with Jed have unexpected consequences.

Jed and Iris’s decision to divorce sets everyone off on unforseen paths and as the evening unfolds, chaos and mayhem ensue.

Production Credits: A Princess Pictures Production in association with Opera Australia and ABC TV.
Composed by Elena Kats-Cherin.
Libretto by Joanna Murray-Smith.
Based on an original idea by Lyndon Terracini.
Director Dean Murphy.
Music Director/Conductor Vanessa Scammell.
Producer Andrea Denholm.
Executive Producer Emma Fitzsimons.
ABC Executive Producer Christopher Gist.
Financed with the assistance of The Opera Conference, Screen Australia and Film Victoria. The Opera Conference partners are Opera Australia, the State Opera of South Australia, Opera Queensland and the West Australian Opera.

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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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