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    BBC Children
         in Need

Sir Terry Wogan

   Friday 13th November, BBC ONE

Sir Terry Wogan and Tess Daly kick off the BBC Children in Need Appeal show extravaganza, live from the BBC in the first part of the show from 7.30-10.00pm

Tess Daly

                          Tess Daly

Call the Midwife will get a glittering make-over as four of its stars take to the dancefloor to compete in the Strictly Come Dancing special for BBC Children in Need. Later in the evening the cast of EastEnders will travel back in time for a vintage Hollywood-style musical performance.

Multi-award winning songstress Ellie Goulding will be live in studio with an exclusive performance of her brand new single, whilst music legend Rod Stewart will treat the audience to a performance of his new song.

Fearne Cotton

                    Fearne Cotton

As Fearne Cotton joins the fun, other entertainment treats include Harry Hill taking viewers on a whirlwind tour of the history of TV, a performance of the official BBC Children in Need single and the Children’s Choir.

Rochelle Humes

                   Rochelle Humes

Rochelle Humes and Nick Grimshaw join Sir Terry Wogan as the star studded action resumes on BBC ONE from 10.40pm - 2.00pm.

Nick Grimshaw

                   Nick Grimshaw

Pop princess Selena Gomez will perform her new single in a UK exclusive, whilst Years And Years, Shane Filan from Westlife and Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle will also perform during the evening.

Later in the evening West End stars from musicals Beautiful, Kinky Boots and Bend It Like Beckham will delight the audience before the final total of the night is revealed.



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   Joanna Lumley
     Elvis and Me

Joanna Lumley outside Graceland

         4th  November, 9pm ITV1

Joanna  Lumley  embarks  on  a  very personal journey  for  an  intimate  insight  into Elvis Presley,  the  man  behind   the  myth, for  this unique one hour  documentary.  

The programme  sees  Joanna  travel  to Graceland and  meet   some  of  Elvis’s closest surviving friends  and  family,  including  ex-wife Priscilla Presley,  for  an  honest  portrait  of what  ‘The King’  was  really  like.    

“My  Elvis  was  this  young  one,  before  the jumpsuits  and  the  big  lifestyle," says Joanna Lumley.  "But  what was  he  really  like?  If my dream had come true  and  he  had  come  over to  England and I  had  met  him,  I  wonder would  I  have liked the boy buried underneath the  myth? I’m going  in  search  of  the  youth catapulted to fame and fortune.”  

Joanna Lumley outside Graceland

One of the first records Joanna ever bought was Hound Dog and ever since that day she has loved Elvis. This year Elvis would have turned 80 and it is one of Joanna's biggest regrets that she never got the opportunity to meet the man.

Joanna says, "The thing about being a fan of Elvis is that you just love everything about him. I loved the way he looked, the way he sang, the way he dressed, the photographs of him, the way he performed on stage ... and I loved his smile and sense of humour. I loved the fact he never really grinned huge cheesy grins, he had a special Elvis grin, and I borrowed that for Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous ... a little tribute to Elvis."

Joanna joins Priscilla Presley at Abbey Road studios for a recording session of the new Elvis album "If I Can Dream" with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As they listen to musicians from the live orchestra recording together, the atmosphere is emotional.

Priscilla says (of Elvis), "This is something he would have dreamed of doing, especially here. It gives me chills really."

Joanna Lumley and Priscilla Presley

Joanna accepts Priscilla's invitation to Graceland for a personal tour of Elvis's home, where Priscilla shares intimate memories about their married life and Joanna learns that Elvis was an insomniac, who preferred milkshakes to alcohol.

Joanna says, "The TV room, the living room, Elvis's jungle-themed den, are virtually untouched. His mother's bedroom is still as it was. It's open to the public, but tonight, Priscilla and I will be alone, with her memories."

Elvis had just turned 22 and was the biggest sensation in music when he bought the house. But his story began in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he was born. Joanna heads there next, to see his humble beginnings for herself and visit the shack which Elvis's father built for the family.

Joanna reveals how his parents, who couldn't read or write, were regarded at the bottom of the social ladder in the 1930s.

She explains, "Dirt poor was a term coined in America in the 1930s and it meant people who were so poor that they had a roof over their heads but the ground they were on was just earth.

"This little shack, that Vernon, Elvis's dad built when he was just a teenager, in fact had planks on the ground but there was pretty much nothing inside it, just a few sticks of furniture. They were dirt poor. It's extraordinary to think that was where he was born."

Joanna Lumley and Priscilla Presley

Joanna visits the clothing store where Elvis created his look in the 1950s, including his infamous blue suede shoes, and follows his meteoric rise to fame.

By the 1960s Elvis was earning the equivalent of 40 million dollars a year, largely thanks to his manager Colonel Tom Parker, whose influence at times was questioned by others.

Just after he found fame and bought Graceland, Elvis went into the army and off to Germany, where he found Priscilla. At that key moment he lost his beloved mother.

School friend George Klein says, "I've never seen a grown man cry so much. He cried for three straight days. Elvis would get her gown or blouse or something and he'd just hold it all day long. I saw that with my own eyes."

Priscilla explains to Joanna how she picked up the pieces of Elvis's grief and how they became close, marrying in private, before having a baby daughter in 1968.

Joanna Lumley in her car outside Graceland

But Elvis returned to touring and this time on the road was damaging to his marriage. He tragically died from a heart attack just four years after his divorce.

Joanna talks to Elvis's family and lifelong friends about his death, hearing about how singer James Brown broke down at Elvis's casket.

She is moved to hear about his funeral and inspired by the legacy he has left behind.

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Jenna Coleman as the young Queen Victoria

Rufus Sewell to join Jenna Coleman in new ITV drama, coming soon to ITV1

BAFTA-nominated actor Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle, Parade’s End, The Pillars of the Earth) has been cast alongside Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley, Dancing on the Edge) in ITV’s major new drama series Victoria.

The ambitious 8-part drama follows the early life of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her accesion to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Victoria went on to rule for 63 years, and was our longest-serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II on 9th September this year.

Rufus Sewell stars as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister. The two immediately connected and their intimate friendship became a popular source of gossip that threatened to destabilise the Government – angering both Tory and Whigs alike.

Jenna and Rufus are joined by a stellar ensemble cast including Paul Rhys (The Assets, Borgia, Being Human) as Sir John Conroy, the ambitious controller of the Duchess of Kent’s household, who controlled Victoria’s upbringing, hoping to rule through her, when she came to the throne. Peter Firth (Spooks, Undeniable, World Without End) is the Queen’s conniving uncle the Duke of Cumberland and Catherine Flemming (Simones Labyrinth, No Place to Go) plays the Duchess of Kent, Queen Victoria’s mother.

Eve Myles (You, Me & Them, Broadchurch, Torchwood) plays Mrs Jenkins, the Queen’s senior dresser and Adrian Schiller (Suffragette, Residue, Endeavour) is Penge, the Household Steward. Nichola McAuliffe (Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death, Coronation Street) is the ruthless Duchess of Cumberland, Daniela Holtz (Phoenix, Der Verdacht) is Victoria’s governess and confidante Baroness Lehzen, and Nell Hudson (Outlander, Call the Midwife, Les Bohemes) plays the mysterious new member of the household, Miss Skerrett. Tommy-Lawrence Knight (The Sarah Jane Adventures) also joins the royal household as the hall boy, Brodie.

Nigel Lindsay (You, Me and the Apocalypse, The Tunnel, The Fear) is Sir Robert Peel, the leader of the Tory party. Alice Orr-Ewing (The Theory of Everything, Pramface) is cast as Lady Flora Hastings, lady-in-waiting to Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent.

Victoria will be made by Mammoth Screen, producers of Poldark (BBC One) and Endeavour (ITV)and the series is created and written by acclaimed novelist Daisy Goodwin, in her screenwriting debut.

Daisy will serve as executive producer alongside Dan McCulloch (Endeavour, Indian Summers) and Mammoth Screen’s managing director Damien Timmer (Parade’s End, Poldark).

The series will open with a 90-minute episode, followed by 7 one-hour episodes. Tom Vaughan (Doctor Foster, He Knew He Was Right, Starter for Ten) will direct the first three episodes and Paul Frift (Doctor Who, That Day We Sang, Room at the Top) will produce the landmark series.

Further casting is underway for the drama, which has just started filming in locations around the North of England.

Victoria has been commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.

The series will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The Nation's Favourite Beatles Number One

The Beatles

Wednesday 11th November, ITV1

Help choose the nation's favourite Beatles song on Wednesday 11th November 2015.

The Beatles were a musical sensation like no other. Since exploding onto the music scene in the early 60s, the band has had an unparalleled musical and cultural impact on Britain and the world for over fifty years.

The Nation's Favourite Beatles Number One will tell the stories behind some of the greatest Beatles songs ever. With interviews from Beatles' insiders including musicians, friends, fellow performers and celebrity fans, we'll hear about the stories behind the Fab Four's best-loved hits.

These are the stories behind the 27 songs that reached number one here and in the U.S from She Loves You to Let it Be as the show hears from the people who were there to witness in person the extraordinary rise and rise of The Beatles.

Across 120 minutes, this prime-time celebration of the biggest and most influential band the world has ever seen uses archive from a number of sources, including rare and exclusive footage from the Beatles' company Apple Corps.

Produced by Shiver, The Nation's Favourite' format has previously counted down the hits of musical sensations and genres including Abba, Elvis, Queen, and Motown.

The Nation's Favourite Beatles Number One is commissioned for ITV by Priya Singh, Commissioning Editor, Factual and Richard Klein, Director of Factual.

Commissioning Editor Priya Singh says, "?The Beatles are a band that have defined popular culture and music for decades and so we're thrilled to be celebrating their hits on ITV. Everyone's got a favourite Beatles number one - but which is yours and which will be the nation's?¯"

The programme is executive produced by Mark Robinson and produced by Stephen McGinn and John Piper.

Executive Producer Mark Robinson says, "?The Beatles have had more number one singles in the UK than any other band. It's a tough call to even start predicting what might be voted the nation's favourite."

Gino's Italian Escape

Gino D'Acampo

Starts Friday 6th November, ITV1

Follow Gino D'Acampo on a magical journey across Italy's two biggest islands, Sardinia and Sicily.

For Italians, the most important thing in life is food. So Gino will be showing you how mouth-watering ingredients have shaped his home country. This time, he is back on the road and back on his travels.

Gino D'Acampo

Having made Sardinia his home from home for the past 3 years, Gino is keen to explore this beautiful island, through its food, people and unique landscape.

He learns about the national iconic dish, roasted suckling pig, and hosts a traditional Italian Fiesta for his closest island friends.

Gino D'Acampo

Then he sets off across the North of the island, and visits Alghero, a medieval walled town on the North West coast. Influenced by the Spanish, he experiences its architecture and of course, the food.

Gino D'Acampo

He ends his visit by catching a boat to a cave network 20 minutes across the bay for a truly spectacular end to his first few days exploring this island.

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     Spend the Day
      in Greenwich

The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich

From foodie tours to river cruises, or royal openings and regattas, enjoy a taste of Greenwich's past and its exciting future on a short break in London.

As Greenwich asserts its position as London's fastest growing destination, the Royal Borough will play host to an ambitious and talent-filled programme of events, global launches and new openings in 2016/17.

On 20th November this year the National Maritime Museum will open 'Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution,' the largest ever exhibition about the famous diarist with 200 objects from national and international museums, galleries and private collections, that will run until 28th March 2016. Immerse yourself in one of the most vibrant and turbulent periods of our history, witnessed and brilliantly brought to life in the candid and witty diaries of London's own Samuel Pepys. With Pepys as your fly-on-the-wall exhibition guide, explore this period of revelry and rebirth, and of revolution and catastrophe.

Marvel at the baroque architecture at The Old Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College, birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, has a fascinating history that stretches back over 500 years and is one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in England. Groups of 15 or more can take a 90 minute guided tour that takes you from the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre through the landscaped grounds to the magnificent historic interiors of the Painted Hall and Chapel from £7.50 per person.

Visitors keen to learn about the conservation of the Painted Hall are invited to go on exclusive , after-hours champagne tours for groups of up to eight people. Restoration works will be taking place from 2016 with scaffolding tours allowing guests to safely ascend a platform and examine at first-hand the conservation of the Lower Hall.

The heart of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site is easily accessible from here with the delights of London's only food market located on a World Heritage Site. Recent improvement works made to Greenwich Market include a new glass roof, the restoration of the existing market cobbles and the creation of a new public open space in Fry's Court, as well as a new pavilion to extend the market in busy periods and so helping to cater better for groups. This vibrant hub of international food and collaborative creativity is one of London's best arts and craft markets, and the selection of exciting street foods changes daily.

Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market has the buzz and excitement of European food markets such as in Valencia and Barcelona, catering for all palates and with an extensive range of organic and vegan options also available. Community focused and innovative events at the Market include 'Park it in the Market,' winner of the best vintage event in London 2014 as voted by Time Out, as well as fashion shows and musical evenings.

For those with an appetite for history and culture, July 2016 will see the Queen's House transformed, to celebrate its 400th year anniversary. This beautiful royal villa was designed by Inigo Jones for James I's queen, Anne of Denmark, and completed around 1638 for Charles I's queen, Henrietta Maria. Following almost 12 months of closure visitors will be able to enjoy refurbished galleries, new displays and colour schemes; as well as the re-introduction of royally-commissioned paintings, such as Orazio Gentileschi's 'Joseph and Potiphar's Wife;' which returns to the Queen's House after 360 years.

During Easter 2017 Greenwich will host the start of the Sail Training International Rendez-vous Tall Ships Regatta to Quebec in Canada, marking the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. It will see some of the world's largest Tall Ships leave Greenwich to sail across the Atlantic Ocean. The ships will be anchored at two sites in the borough, the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenwich town centre, and the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich. The festival will run from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 April, with a huge Parade of Sail taking place at around 5pm on the Sunday with around 40 Tall Ships and a number of smaller Class C and D ships sailing down the Thames in convoy.

For lovers of flora and fauna, VisitEngland celebrates the Year of Gardens in 2016. London visitors are encouraged to visit the hedonistic landscaped 'pleasure' gardens surrounding the recently reopened Eltham Palace, through the eyes of millionaire owners, Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, via a multimedia tour through this unique Art Deco house, adjoining medieval Great Hall and Gardens. The Queen's Orchard in Greenwich Park (London's oldest enclosed Royal Park) has also recently re-opened to reveal a lovely secluded garden area with a variety of heritage fruit trees dating back to the 1500s for visitors to enjoy.

The O2 will welcome international stars of sport and music in 2016/17 such as Disney on Ice and the adrenalin-fuelled Nitro Circus. With plans now confirmed for a luxury retail development opening at The O2 in 2017, there will be even more reason to visit the Greenwich Peninsula. Coaches receive free parking at The O2 when you pre-book Daily River Roamer or single tickets on MBNA Thames Clippers – a stress free way to arrive in Greenwich.

The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich

Greenwich is the perfect London getaway for city residents as well as travellers from further afield, being just 10 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of central London. The area boasts a long list of fantastic hotels including the 5 star InterContinental London The O2 for lovers of luxury and fine dining (opens December 2015), the welcoming surroundings of the four star Mercure London Greenwich, and the conveniently located Novotel London Greenwich positioned next to Greenwich train and DLR station.

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   Luxury Property Big
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   Family at Christmas

Burnt House in Devon

We all know Christmas is a time for relaxing with family but getting everyone together under one roof can sometimes be a squeeze! Booking a Christmas break for all the family in one of Toad Hall Cottages  larger luxury properties can take the pressure off, and with a wonderful winter atmosphere, pretty villages, stunning walks and cosy pubs, the West Country is a perfect Christmas destination.

For flexible accommodation for extended families or two families spending Christmas together nothing beats Waterhead Barn and Farmhouse at East Portlemouth on the Salcombe Estuary in Devon. This extensive and beautiful property enjoys lovely views over the tidal creek and there's plenty to do in the 10 acres of private gardens and woods that surround the property including a croquet lawn, games room, excellent walking, bird watching and private mooring.

Inside there are huge contemporary reception spaces with surround sound entertainment system perfect for Christmas celebrations, elegant and comfortable living rooms, and a superbly equipped kitchen with Rangemaster, walk in larder, bottle chiller, ice maker and every other kitchen gadget imaginable. There is also a smaller second kitchen, study, conservatory, 6 luxurious bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. Sleeps 14, 7 nights over Christmas 2015 £2920.

Langerstone is a superb property in a spectacular position at East Prawle on the southernmost tip of Devon. With stunning 180 degree views over farmland and the sea, Langerstone is extremely spacious and has the added attraction of a heated indoor swimming pool. There is everything you could want for a traditional family Christmas from the pool and table tennis table to the luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms, well equipped kitchen with cosy Aga and large dining area. East Prawle is a pretty village with a lively pub and there are dramatic cliff top walks on the South West Coast Path as well as the restaurants and shops of nearby Salcombe to discover. Sleeps 9, 7 nights over Christmas 2015 £3620.

Burnt House is a special traditional country house set in a peaceful wooded valley a mile from Bantham, one of Devon's most beautiful sandy beaches. Ideal for a memorable family gathering this Christmas, the house is light and bright and luxurious with 5 ensuite bedrooms, top of the range kitchen and large comfortable living room with wood burner. The house is dog friendly with a pretty garden and Bantham is the ideal place for a blustery Christmas Day walk on the wide sandy beach followed by a drink in the traditional Sloop Inn. Sleeps 14, dogs welcome, 7 nights over Christmas 2015 £2920.

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