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When Phillip Met Prince Philip

Phillip Schofield talkx to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

When Phillip Met Prince Philip: 60 Years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a brand new and unique documentary, which sees Phillip Schofield talking to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in the 60th Anniversary year of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

As The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award enters a landmark year, Phillip explores the work of the Charity through exclusive access to many major celebratory events, as well as speaking to members of the Royal Family, including The Duke of Edinburgh and The Earl and Countess of Wessex about their involvement.

As well as attending a special Gold Award Presentation in the garden at Buckingham Palace, Phillip will look back at the early days of the DofE and gain a close perspective on The Duke of Edinburgh’s work and the dedicated effort the Charity makes in supporting the development of young people all over the world.

Phillip Schofield

Phillip will meet The Duke of Edinburgh as he reflects on the achievement award he set up in 1956 and talks about its positive impact on the young people who take part, and he will also speak with The Earl and Countess of Wessex about the global reach of the DofE as well as their own roles in the continuing success of the Charity.

Additionally, to mark its 60th year, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has created a one-time-only Diamond Challenge and thrown its doors wide open to applicants of all ages, whether newcomers or former participants, encouraging them – Phillip Schofield included, who undertakes a wing walk - to carry out their own personal ‘challenge’ so that they can raise money for the DofE Charity and receive a special Diamond Anniversary Challenge Pin.

60 Years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a unique celebration of the six decades’ worth of work of the DofE, designed to encourage personal discovery and self-reliance, with millions of young people spanning 141 countries and territories having done their DofE since 1956; and where, in the UK alone, over 2.5 million Awards have been achieved by young people.

Phillip Schofield talks about the programme

Phillip Schofield talking to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh


How did you feel when the chance to make this documentary came up?

“I am a very open Royalist, and I’m a big fan of the Duke of Edinburgh, because I love the fact that he just doesn’t take any nonsense. He has a formidable reputation, which I think at his venerable age he is entirely entitled to have. He is very much his own man and he doesn’t suffer fools at all. If I get to that age, I want to be like that.”

Was it an intimidating prospect, meeting the Duke of Edinburgh?

“I was very nervous because he doesn’t like talking about himself, so that’s quite an interesting place to start from. I think, from my point of view, we got on really well, but following in his footsteps for these months, I mean I’ve just briefly touched a part of it, it’s extraordinary the workload he takes on.”

What did you discover after spending time around the Duke?

“On one occasion I watched him shake about 4000 hands, he chatted with everyone…he was as sprightly at the end of the day as he was at the beginning.

“His memory is a sharp as a razor, he takes everything on board, he doesn’t miss a trick and in that respect, I wasn’t in any way disappointed. He was exactly what I’d hoped he would be, the man that I thought he would be. So he didn’t let me down.”

There is some amazing access in this documentary?

“What was lovely with this documentary was the access to the Palaces. It got to the stage where I’d arrive at Buckingham Palace and they’d say, ‘Oh, are you back, we sorting you out a room?’ And to get up to Holyrood, and Bagshot Park, into the living room of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, just incredible.”

The Countess of Wessex does her own Diamond Challenge bike ride?

“The Countess of Wessex’s bike ride was extraordinary and to have the privilege of chatting to her in her own sitting room, with the training bike outside in the hall, and then to be with the family as she arrived back at Buckingham Palace after finishing her challenge, that was a really lovely moment.”

Did you undertake the DofE Award at school?

Phillip Schofield does a wing wallk as his challenge


“The DofE Award didn’t really cross my radar at school, and it’s a shame because I would have liked to have done it. So I thought I’d better do something, and with it being the 60th anniversary, there’s the Diamond Challenge, which is for people who didn’t do it or would like to renew what they did.

“I thought long and hard about what I could do, so I did a wing walk. I don’t scare easily and I absolutely loved it. It was incredible, just exhilarating…and it’s quite extraordinary how much skin there is on my face when you watch it up close and flapping in the wind!”

When Phillip Met Prince Philip: 60 Years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is on ITV  Monday, 12th December, 9.00pm - 10.00pm, ITV1.
 

    Birds of a Feather
   Christmas Special


Birds of a Feather Christmas Special


    Watch it at Christmas on ITV1

Davina Sharon, Tracey and Dorien embark on an adventure to Tangier, Morocco to search for Tracey’s missing son, Travis. Travis has finally been allowed to fly the nest on a gap year…to Spain.

However, nobody has heard from Travis in four days and he was last seen getting on a ferry to Morocco with his girlfriend. Tracey is convinced something terrible has happened to him. She’s on the next flight and Sharon, not one to pass up on the chance of a holiday, insists she’s going with her. Dorien invites herself along as it’s a great opportunity to get material for her saucy new book.

On arriving in Tangier, the Birds end up in Dicks Bar run by Vince (Martin Kemp) Dorien’s romantic interest at Darryl’s funeral. Vince reviews the bar’s CCTV footage to see Travis being arrested in a police raid. Tracey heads to the police station with British Consul Rupert Julian-Jones (Robert Portal) in tow.

Travis explains that the police are convinced he’s involved with a gang operation to smuggle a load of antiquities out of Morocco, but Travis swears he hasn’t got a clue what they’re talking about.

Meanwhile, Garth is home alone in Chigwell, but soon he’s facing an inquisitive and slightly sinister Insurance assessor, who is determined to find out the truth behind Sharon’s latest attempt to get something for nothing – a compensation fraud. Garth hatches a plan to see him off once and for all with the help of a face from the past.

Back in Tangier, a further mishap ensues with the Birds getting kidnapped by some unsavoury types. Suddenly Rupert appears to save the day and tells Tracey that their kidnapping proves that the gang believe Travis knows a lot more than he’s letting on.

Dorien suspects Rupert staged the kidnap to gain their trust. The Birds drive off without him but they run out of petrol in the middle of the desert. Dorien’s not prepared to sit around doing nothing, so she heads off into the desert for help.

Sharon and Tracey spend a fitful night in the desert and out of the shimmering heat haze they see someone approaching on a camel – it’s Dorien doing an Omar Sharif. Turns out there’s a Holiday Inn just over the next sand dune but Dorien got distracted by a charming man and cocktails.

After more run ins with Rupert, the Birds find themselves trapped in Morocco with a dodgy gang after them – how will they escape? And will they get back to Chigwell in time for Christmas?

Birds of a Feather stars Pauline Quirke as Sharon Theodopolopodous, Linda Robson as Tracey Stubbs and Lesley Joseph as Dorien Green.
 

Entertainment & Travel

Strictly Christmas Special

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special

Six former Strictly celebrities will be taking to the floor for an all-star Christmas extravaganza on BBC One as the previous ballroom contestants return for a yuletide special filled with festive fun.

This year the leading ladies set to trip the light fantastic are:

Olympian and presenter, Denise Lewis (series 2)
Pop star, Frankie Bridge (series 12)
Writer and actress, Pamela Stephenson (series 8)

The gentlemen set to rock around the Christmas tree are:

Celebrity chef, Ainsley Harriott (series 13)
TV presenter, Gethin Jones (series 5)
Radio and TV host, Melvin Odoom (series 14)

In this year’s Christmas cracker of a show, all six couples will each perform an enchanting and magical routine in a bid to be crowned Christmas champions 2016 and lift the famous Silver Star trophy.

Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the Strictly Christmas Special wouldn’t be complete without the festive foursome of Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and in his last appearance on the judging panel Len Goodman who will all be on hand to bring some joy and festive cheer.

The icing on top of the Christmas cake will be a spectacular music performance, details of which will be announced in due course.

The Judges will score each couple and the studio audience will vote on which dancing duo will win the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2016 and lift the famous Silver Star trophy.

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special will air on BBC One and will be available again shortly afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

For more information about Strictly Come Dancing click on www.bbc.co.uk
 

Ball and Boe
One Night Only


Michael Ball and Alfie Boe

Watch it on Friday 9th December
ITV1, 9.00pm - 10.00pm

Two of the greatest voices in the world, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, join forces for the first time in a TV special on ITV.

Ball and Boe will be bringing together their unique blend of extraordinary and exceptional talent alongside their infectious humour to this one-off TV special.

These two vocal powerhouses will take to the stage to perform some of their critically acclaimed hits, as well as brand new material from their new album ‘Together’ and an exclusive medley from the global smash hit musical “Les Misérables”.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe sing with Rick Astley

Viewers will also see the duo perform unique collaborations with the four time Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman and singer songwriter Rick Astley.

Michael says, “We've got an album, we've got a tour and now we've got an ITV Special. You can't get better than that. We have some great material to share with the viewers, I can't wait to get started.”

Alfie says, “We had such a laugh making the album, making our own TV show is going to be great. Make sure you tune in for some special performances.”

The music stars have amassed a wealth of awards throughout their hugely successful careers. Celebrating 30 years in the industry, Michael’s outstanding performances have made box office history. He is a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist, top selling live concert performer and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe

Alfie’s exceptional voice has made him Britain’s most popular and biggest-selling tenor. He has conquered the world’s greatest opera stages and arenas, led the cast of Les Misérables and performed at the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle – as well as achieving UK album sales of over a million, and four top ten albums.

Ball and Boe: One Night Only is an ITV Studios production for ITV. The executive producers are Lee Connolly and Sue Andrew, ITV Studios.

Blankety Blank with David Walliams

David Walliams

Watch it at Christmas on ITV1

The iconic game show Blankety Blank is returning to ITV for a one off Christmas special hosted by David Walliams.

David
speaks about the show.

What appealed to you about hosting this revival of Blankety Blank?

I loved it as a kid. I’ve watched all the versions. I grew up with Terry Wogan and Les Dawson as hosts - they were both so brilliant and so different. But I also adored Lily Savage. I loved the double entendres and the chemistry between the people on the show.

For instance, there was a great relationship between Terry Wogan and Kenny Everett. I also loved the theme tune, that song that just endlessly goes “Blankety Blank.” It’s absolutely ridiculous, but you can’t get it out of your head! The show has been off air since 2002, so it’s great to bring it back now.

What aspects of the show do you enjoy the most?

I love the way it sends itself up. It knows it’s daft. It has an inbuilt sense of irony, which is most unusual in this genre. On most game shows, you have to big up the prizes and the celebrities. But Blankety Blank is different.

What sort of prizes will you be offering, then?

We have just been selecting the prizes, and I deliberately don’t want them to be too flash. It’s not like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? “Are you going to win £1 million?” “No, if you’re lucky, you’re going to win a Blankety Blank cheque book and pen or a food mixer.”

Everyone is doing it just for the fun of taking part. Appearing on TV should be a laugh.”

What atmosphere would you like to generate on Blankety Blank?

I want the show to be silly and fun, like a group of pals getting together. I want it to be very good-natured, not adversarial. It’s not a show where a load of competitive comedians try to outdo each other. It’s just a group of people having a real laugh together. I like the fact that it is warm entertainment and is not rude or late-night. It’s going to be on at teatime. It will be a real family show, as it always was.”

What kind of guests would you like to appear on Blankety Blank?

I want it to have a camp flavour and include a few showbiz legends. I want people like the Chuckle Brothers, Barbara Windsor, Joan Collins and Basil Brush to be on it. I want people who bring a smile to your face. People like that are part of our cultural landscape. We love them because we’ve all grown up with them.”

Tell us more about the Chuckle Brothers.

I’m obsessed with them! I want them to appear on Blankety Blank sharing a stool! They are hilarious and so talented. They’re genuine clowns. They don’t seem like real people – they seem like cartoon characters. They’re so much fun to be around. It’s weird which people make you feel star-struck. The Chuckle Brothers really make me feel star-struck because they’re so iconic.”

Is the camaraderie between the guests very important?

Yes. Blankety Blank has to have the sense of a “cast”, and that means you want a wide variety of guests. You want a comedian, an older woman, a young woman, someone sensible and an adversary for the host. Sadly, Kenny Everett is no longer with us, but you want someone like that to take on the host as a friend and a foe.”

How will you bring Blankety Blank up-to-date?

It is hard to revisit a classic. You want to update it, but at the same time you don’t want to upset the people who already love it.”

Of all your Christmas programmes, what will the highlight be for you?

It’s all building up to the Chuckle Brothers appearing on Blankety Blank. That’s the pinnacle for me. From now on, I don’t want to do anything on TV without the Chuckle Brothers in it!”

Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win SIX visits to the
Plaza Premium
Airport Lounges


Win SIX visits to the Plaza Premium Airport Lounges

Located at London Heathrow
     for you and a plus one!


WIN! SIX visits to a  Plaza Premium Lounge located at London Heathrow Airport for you and a plus one!

Not everyone has the luxury of flying business or first class where access to airport lounges comes with the price of your ticket and so we’re excited to announce that Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Plaza Premium Lounge to offer a fantastic prize!

Plaza Premium Lounge provides the ultimate in high-quality, luxury airport lounges meaning you really can travel in style and experience the first class lifestyle without the hefty price tag! We have a voucher for not one but SIX visits to the Plaza Premium Lounges, for one winner, located at a number of terminals within London Heathrow airport so you really can start your holiday in style!

Each visit includes a two hour use of one of the group’s luxury lounges

Each visit includes a two hour lounge access to one of the three luxury lounges based in London Heathrow and includes complimentary Wi-Fi, unlimited freshly cooked food from a hot and cold buffet, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and shower facilities! Not only that but you and your guest also receive a complimentary 15 minute massage of your choice each if you’re flying out of Terminal 2! If not though don’t worry, as you can have it on your return to complete your travels and prolong that holiday feeling!

Plaza Premium Lounges really do change the perception of travel at the airport and provide travellers with a seamless and effortless experience.

The prize includes a complimentary 15 minute massage of your choice

With lounges in the departure areas of Terminals 2 and 4 at London Heathrow and also in the arrival area of Terminal 2, each lounge serves a range of mouth-watering food and drink. From freshly brewed coffee, fresh croissants and full English breakfast for an early morning flight to a range of lunch and dinner options from the self-serve buffet featuring dishes inspired from around the world such as tastebud tantalizing curries and appetizing desserts. The relaxing and comfy lounges even have shower facilities and beds for those that have a longer lay over or travel from afar to get to the airport meaning you can always feel fresh and revitalised.

But don’t worry if you’re not lucky enough to win this fantastic prize; you can still enjoy the first-class travel experience without the expensive price tag as Plaza Premium Lounges come at very affordable prices. From a two hour visit for a reasonable £35 to a ten hour stay for just £68! For more information and to see the full list of facilities in each lounge visit www.plaza-network.com

  For Your Chance to Win

Tell us where are
the Plaza Premium Airport Lounges located
?

a) Glasgow Prestwick
b) London Heathrow
c) Bristol International
d) Liverpool John Lennon

  To Enter the Competition

Tell us where are the Plaza Premium Airport Lounges located? Then send in your answer, together with your full name, address and telephone number by clicking on the Sixtyplusurfers link below:
sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

* Please label your entry Plaza Premium Airport Lounges Competition

* This competition is open to
our UK visitors only

 Competition Terms & Conditions
 
1.
The prize is one voucher which entitles the winner to six visits for two people to a Plaza Premium Lounge located in any terminal at London Heathrow Airport for a maximum of two hours.

2. The prize is subject to availability, non-transferable and has no cash equivalent.

3. Visits must be booked in advance and winner must advise of voucher at time of booking.

4. Voucher expires on 31st December 2017. Costs used were correct at time of competition going live. Costs are representative of UK Plaza Premium Group lounges and are priced in Great British Pounds (GBP).

5. Facilities, food and beverage options and opening and closing times may vary between lounges and are dependent on terminals. An up to date list of details and what is available in each lounge can be obtained by visiting the website at www.plaza-network.com

6. The massage referenced in the prize is a 15 minute massage for the winner and a 15 minute massage for the winner’s guest and can only be taken in the Plaza Premium Lounge lounges located in London Heathrow Terminal 2; one is in the departures area and one is in the arrivals area.
 

   Sparkling Winter
   Wonderland Tea


St. Ermin's Hotel's Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea


Wonderfully indulgent and beautifully presented, the St. Ermin's Hotel's Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea is available now, for just £40 per person including unlimited champagne.

Located just around the corner from St James' Park tube (and a whole host of fantastic Christmas shopping), arrive under the twinkling fairy lights of the lush courtyard, and be wowed by the fantastically festive and opulent lobby – complete with sweeping staircase, chandeliers and stunning mezzanine balcony; drop your shopping bags, sit back and relax with a delectable afternoon tea and unlimited bubbles…

Enjoy tea and champagne at St. Ermin's Hotel, London

Talented new Executive Head Chef, Alexander Boyd has created a sensational selection of seasonal treats; including festive sandwiches and delicate savoury bites, as well as sweet treats such as mini yule logs, mincemeat macaron's, mulled wine cream with chestnut and cinnamon mille feuille and a pear and ginger mousse with redcurrants.

The Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea is served daily in the pretty and intimate Tea Lounge, with a special Baubles, Bubbles and Jingles celebration being held in the Crystal Ballroom, with live music and unlimited champagne on Sunday 11th & Sunday 18th December, 12:30pm – 6:00pm at £40pp.

St. Ermin's Hotel, London

For more information visit the website at www.sterminshotel.co.uk

 

  London's Newest
     Floating Hotel


Good Hotel is London's first floating platform hotel


A fresh new concept for London's hotel sector has just floated in to the Royal Victoria Dock, offering an exciting splash of waterside hospitality and community spirit to London's Docklands. Good Hotel London is the latest property to join HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts' independent portfolio in the UK capital.

Good Hotel is London's first floating platform hotel and is located on the Royal Victoria Dock within easy reach of DLR's Royal Victoria station, Emirates Cable Car, and London City Airport, and a prime location for the nearby London O2, ExCeL Exhibition Centre and Canary Wharf Business District.

Good Hotel at Royal Victoria Dock, London

The ethos of Good Hotel is based on providing support and value to the local community; essentially a hotel with a social conscience. It is part of the Good Group organisation; a profit-for non-profit company founded in 2012 by Dutch entrepreneur Marten Dresen. Its aim is to provide a top quality hotel experience and to achieve this by also giving something back to society by providing long-term unemployed locals with on-site, customised hospitality training and also, where possible, to provide locally sourced produce in the hotel bar, café and restaurant.

Most recently Good Hotel has been based in Amsterdam where it was a successful, award winning operation within its first year of trading. It features 148 en-suite guest rooms, ranging from standard to deluxe, a rooftop garden and café, a social 'living room' with complimentary Wi-Fi and serving locally sourced food & drinks, as well as four naturally lit meeting rooms offering unique views over the water. All guest rooms are smartly decorated with custom made design elements and include complimentary Wi-Fi and iPads.

For details visit www.goodhotellondon.com