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Hugh’s War On Waste Premieres on BBC One 2 Nov, 2015 at 9.00pm

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AIRDATE: Monday 2 November 2015 at 9.00pm on BBC One

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is on a mission to change the way we think about waste, by challenging the supermarkets and fast food industry to drastically reduce the amount of waste they generate.

We live in a country where one third of the food we produce never gets eaten and the average household bins £700 worth of food a year. Hugh believes that something needs to be done.

Armed with a wheelie bin, Hugh confronts ordinary shoppers in a supermarket. He’s going to try and take their shopping off them before they’ve even left the store – if they’re only going to throw it away later in the week, why not save them the bother of even taking it home?

Then he heads to a parsnip farm in Norfolk, where he uncovers the truth about the supermarkets’ strict cosmetic standards: any slightly imperfect fruit or veg are rejected. Hugh is determined to try and help the farmers by getting the supermarkets to change their practices, but when he requests an interview with one of the big four supermarkets he realises that things aren’t going to be as easy as he’d hoped.

In a bid to get everyone in the country to think more about how much food we throw away, Hugh visits Prestwich in Greater Manchester and goes undercover as a bin man. Poking through people’s bins, he sees first-hand just how much stuff is thrown away which shouldn’t be. He challenges the residents to drastically reduce the amount they throw away, and offers them tips and tricks to help them save food and money. Some of the residents join in willingly, and an active online community starts up.

But the sceptics need more persuading, so Hugh takes them all to a recycling plant so they can see what actually happens – in the place most of them think doesn’t even exist.

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)

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Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost

In Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost our intrepid hero pays a visit to the seaside when an accountant, Peter Harlow, calls him in over a cottage he has been left in a will. He has no idea why he has been left the cottage but since he has taken over ownership more than a few strange things have been happening.

Hazell stays at the cottage for a few days and manages to find no small amount of comfort when Harlow’s wife Stephanie turns up (Harlow himself is in New York). Although there is clearly something spooky going on it’s definitely man made and it doesn’t take Hazell too long to work it out.

The episode was a rare outing outside of London for the series, it was filmed in the East Anglian village of Walberswick and surrounds. Although all the interiors were filmed in studio of coure.

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I may be common but I’m not stupid

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 31 May 1979

Writer: Richard Harris / Production Design: Philip Blowers, Peter Elliot / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 7

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Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Michael Gaunt as Peter Harlow
John Woodnutt as Vicar
Desmond Llewellyn as Bell
Richard Simpson as Weaver
Meg Davies as Stephanie Harlow
Desmond McNamara as Tel
Peter Woodward as Gregory Summers
Joy Steward as Mrs Summers

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