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In the fourth of five Countryfile Spring Diaries, John Craven is exploring the counties at the very heart of England and celebrating their Spring beauty, wildlife and built heritage. Today he visits Broughton Castle in Oxfordshire, which was once besieged by royalists after the owners raised an army to fight King Charles I. Margherita Taylor is further North, finding out what can be done about the 300,000 tonnes of our clothing that gets dumped into landfill each year. Fast fashion items, those that are worn once and thrown away are considered to be the worst offenders. The former mill town of Batley in West Yorkshire was famous for turning wool rags into blankets, but these days they are giving fast fashion a new lease of life and keeping it out of landfill. The largest recycling centre for clothing in the UK is run here by Oxfam, and not a single thread goes to waste! Fifteen twelve-ton trucks arrive here every day, bringing 15,000 tonnes of unwanted clothes every week. In a building that is bigger than a football pitch, these clothes are sorted through with designer gems like Chanel jackets being sold online, and quirkier clothes saved for sale at summer festivals. The last scraps are saved for mattress making and some are sent to a local power station where they provide enough energy to power 400 local homes. Margherita wonders why we have a landfill crisis at all, if the people of Batley can do it, why can't the rest of us? Keeley Donovan is down the road in Derbyshire, meeting the lucky people who get to live in a stately home without needing to win the lottery! Nigel Wright had a normal terraced house on a busy road before moving to this palatial Elizabethan country house. His daughter was two at the time, and spent many happy hours doing cartwheels in the great chamber and having the enormous gardens as her personal playground. Keeley helps Nigel to open the enormous curtains, one of his daily tasks, and takes a peek into the attic of the former owner, Bess of Hardwick at some of the most precious items that don't go on display. Behind the scenes access is great, but Keeley concludes that she would prefer the cottage of Steve Saddler who also lives on the estate. His would be a lot easier to clean! Paul Martin's garden is in a bit of a state after the winter, but now as temperatures climb and new growth begins to appear, Spring is definitely the time we think about getting outdoors, and having a good sort out. Daffodils signal the start of the gardening season, but what can you do now to make sure that your garden is packed with colour and free from pests for the rest of the year? Luckily an RHS crack team can help us with the answers. Gardener, Matt Oliver shows Paul how to bring the colour back to his beds and also how to tackle essential pruning at this time of year, and entomologist Hayley Jones gives Paul a few shocks when she reveals what has been lurking in his plant pots! Jules Hudson and Teddy are on a mission to find our why the nations pets are so fat. Over half of British dogs are obese and some of their weight problems could be genetic. We meet Lisa Riley and her nine year old Bull dog George, who at 33kg's is struggling to lose weight. In his case its life threatening because the heavier he gets the more difficult is it to breathe, but help is at hand. The PDSA or people's dispensary for sick animals are trying to tackle the problem and they run an annual competition to help pets shed the pounds. A previous year's winner was Oscar is a king Charles spaniel who lost 40% of his body weight on the plan. Jules wonders if the new and improved slimline Oscar was "opening the fridge door on his own?" His owner Karen Allen concedes that they spoiled him too much, but are UK owners being cruel when they are too kind? Dr Eleanor Raffan thinks that some dogs, especially Labradors have a "greedy gene" which doesn't help. Jules nervously awaits the results of his dog's tests, and tries to guess if they too have greedy DNA! John also shares the most impressive stately homes to visit in the Spring, and Tom Heap reveals the damage done to our wild bird populations by egg collectors who raid their nests.
Martin Roberts, Lucy Alexander, Dion Dublin and Martel Maxwell follow the stories of three sets of renovators who have purchased property at auction.
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Footage of incidents caught on CCTV, when everyday events were transformed into disasters and occasionally battles for survival.
Long-running British reality programme in which two teams of amateur antiques collectors are give one hour to spend £300 at a trade fair and then sell their bargains at an auction : with a profit.
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Al and Sid uncover some interesting truths at the Love Lessons workshop. Patient Sally is concerned about her father's unusual behaviour and Jimmi and Ruhma's photography class uncover more than just Jimmi's eye for a great shot.
Rick Edwards hosts Impossible : the quiz with a third dimension. In traditional quiz shows, questions have just right answers and wrong answers. But here there's a twist : the Impossible answer. It's not just wrong, it couldn't possibly be right. 18 contestants compete for a possible £10,000 jackpot. Right answers take them closer to the big money, but if at any stage they give an Impossible answer, they will immediately be knocked out. The winner of every show faces the £10,000 question. Three right answers will trigger a spectacular cascade of 10,000 pound coins from a giant exclamation mark, but a single Impossible answer means they will leave with nothing.
Series which helps their viewers move from the city to the countryside by finding perfect houses and rural spots to choose from.
Karen and Duncan live in Shefford but Duncan is always complaining that their garden is too 'basic and plain'. He would like it to be modern, but also contain elements of a rustic, cottage garden. And they would also really like the idea of a curved patio : the couple say they don't like straight lines! And what's more, they don't want decking! With a budget of £6,000, it's a challenge that's perfect for the Garden Rescue team. The Rich brothers, Harry and David, can't wait to head to Shefford, in Bedfordshire, to help out! But they'll have to beat latest Garden Rescue recruit, award winning designer Arit Anderson, if they are to win the right to design Karen and Duncan new garden. The couple are after a space that is really modern, that needs to be low maintenance and has to be perfect for attracting birds and wildlife, as that is also important to the couple. Turning their bland back yard into a garden haven that ticks all those boxes, however, will require every bit of creative cunning that Harry, Dave and Arit have. Will the couple choose the Rich brothers proposed design, complete with bespoke veg beds, a pair of curved hedges and paved courtyard? or Arit's design that offers a new circular lawn, choice of paved seating areas and a vertical waterfall? And when Karen and Duncan open their eyes to see their surprise new garden for the first time, will they be bowled over?
Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life. Music box maestro Stephen Kember is on hand to welcome an unusual item into the barn: a wooden bench from Switzerland, with two carved bears proudly standing sentinel on either side of a seat that plays a tune when sat upon. This much-loved bench has been in owner Gill Hawkins's family since 1950, when her parents brought it back from a holiday in the Alps, and has kept several generations of her family entertained ever since. But the bench no longer plays a tune, and the bears themselves are faded, battered and looking their age. While Stephen tackles the musical mechanism, furniture restorer Will Kirk takes on the challenge of reviving the woodwork : starting with a bit of bear dentistry! Master saddlemaker Suzie Fletcher is called upon to repair of a pair of military mementoes owned by a remarkable soldier who served in both World Wars. Chris Adams has brought the items to the Repair Shop: a helmet that saw action in WW1, and a set of leather spurs dating from WW2. The helmet and spurs belonged to Chris's grandfather, who served his country with distinction, and who recorded his experiences in an extraordinary hand-written diary. Jay and Suzie are left almost lost for words, as Chris reads out the entry that records how the helmet saved his grandfather's life at Gallipoli. With the weight of history heavy on her shoulder, Suzie feels a great responsibility to breathe new life back into these precious items. And mechanical maestro Steve Fletcher is tasked with the restoration of an old Victorian Kaleidoscope, belonging to 91-year old Francis Rutter. The precious toy kept a 9-year old Francis occupied and amused through a nasty childhood illness, and is now destined to be passed down the generations to Francis's 6-month old great grandson Zach : but only if Steve can restore it to its former splendour.
The quiz returns for a twenty-first series in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else could think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman.
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Honey gives Billy the cold shoulder. Habiba is up to her usual tricks. Tiffany gives Bernadette the confidence she needs.
In episode one, Vicky starts the search for choir members, meeting people with different types of dementia and at different stages. One of the first to join is former woodwork teacher Chris whose frontotemperal dementia is leading to increasingly disinhibited behaviour. The youngest member is 31 year old Dan who was diagnosed with a rare form of genetic Alzheimer's 2 years ago. Dan's father died at 36, though at the time no one realised why. There's a risk that Dan's young twins will have inherited the faulty gene and Dan seizes the opportunity to take part in a cutting-edge experiment hoping it will help find a cure in the future.
BAFTA award-winning series Ambulance has returned to BBC One, this time to follow the work of the North West Ambulance Service. We start by joining the staff in control for the Friday night shift, Saj, who is the performance manager, is concerned that he doesn't have enough ambulances for all the patients needing them. The situation worsens when a call is received from the Fire service : a house fire is in progress. Saj and the team must find all available ambulances & divert some away from lower priority jobs to get the casualties the help they need. Ambulance crew, Tommo and Dom are available & are dispatched immediately. Some of the residents are unaccounted for and may be trapped in the house. En route, Tommo explains that he once served in Iraq as part of the armed forces. This experience prepared him for what his current job throws at him. "You've always got to go in with that anticipation that you don't know what you are going to". Once on scene, Tommo & Dom help one casualty who is in "peri arrest" : the period before a full cardiac arrest. The casualties at the scene require life-saving treatment, Advanced Paramedic, Gari joins his colleagues to coordinate the scene. Eventually, the fire is brought under control and all the residents accounted for : those in most need must be taken to a hospital. But hospital services across Greater Manchester are stretched tonight & it isn't easy to find suitable hospital beds. Gari is forced to take matters into his own hands. On clearing from fire Tommo & Dom are able to wind down and head back to the station for the end of their shift, first, they check in with control to make sure everyone there is ok. Tommo explains: "We can't keep things bottled up, if we took every job home with us, we'd all be off with mental health problems by the time of thirty". A new day dawns and we join the 105 ambulance crews on the day shift. Amongst them are crew-mates Ellie & Ian who are dispatched to a 63- year-old with breathing problems. After carrying out their initial checks they discover their patient has recently lost his wife to ovarian cancer. He tells Ellie that losing his wife means he is now not scared of dying, and he has made himself a bucket list. Sharing his story creates an emotional connection between him and paramedic Ellie, she explains how this impacts on her: "You are probably the only person who has made them feel safe and comfortable for a long time which means as paramedics you end up taking on a lot of the emotions". Whilst Ellie and Ian are at the hospital, ambulance crew Paul & Adam are dispatched to their next a patient : a man who is receiving cancer treatment and is feared to have the life-threatening sepsis infection. On arrival the patient is in defiant mood, he explains to the crew that he has made the decision to no longer have treatment for his cancer. Ellie & Ian are now ready to clear from their patient after leaving A&E. However, her patient is playing on her mind, she explains that she battles with PTSD "I've been to bad jobs before, I have seen your worst nightmares and I have absorbed them and moved on", in particular, a job involving four children caught in a fire still resonates to this day. Ellie explains that she has learnt the best way is to offload her emotions "If I am going to cry, I am going to cry…I'm a human being at the end of the day". With little time to dwell on their emotions, Ellie & Ian are immediately dispatched to their next patient : an 86-year-old male with a stomach stoma prolapse. With the shift showing no signs of letting up, a call is in progress for a patient in alcohol withdrawal and is struggling with fits and seizures. Crewmates, Lindsey & Amanda are immediately dispatched. On arrival, they find the patient on the floor. His family are struggling to cope with his drinking, his condition is caused by a desperate need for more alcohol after having tried to cut his consumption. The shift draws to a close with an emergency call into a patient who is struggling with chest pain. The patient has only recently been discharged from hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest, Ellie & Ian are the closest crew to him. When they arrive, they find concerned a family gathered around the patient, the crew are not happy with their observations, so they decide to take the patient to the hospital. He suddenly takes a turn for the worst and loses consciousness, as horrified members of the family watch on. Ellie & Ian get their patient to the hospital alive but on returning to their truck they learn that he has had another cardiac arrest. This really upsets Ellie and leaves her to reflect on how she deals with the job "It's Ok not to be OK, it's ok to suffer, it's ok to have a mental illness like PTSD, we are human". This episode demonstrates the extraordinary humanity of the staff and crews of the ambulance service highlighting the toll it can take on them as they are confronted with the real human stories behind the sirens
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Fiona Bruce presents Question Time from Warrington with a panel of politicians and other guests facing topical questions from the audience.
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