BBC Two Today Friday 19 May 2023

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What’s On BBC Two Today Friday 19 May 2023

A full run down of everything airing on BBC Two today.

Iolo’s Borderlands


Iolo Williams explores the borderlands of Radnorshire

Iolo Williams explores the borderlands of Radnorshire, searching for nesting birds along the Wye, dormice and roe deer in its woodlands. He also finds yellowhammers on Offa’s Dyke



The hopefuls serve up two courses to three previous contenders

The fourth quarter-final sees the week’s most talented four cooks return to fight for a place in Knockout Week. They must cook two courses that will excite not just regular judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, but also 2020 champion Thomas Frake, 2010 champion Dhruv Baker and 2021 finalist Alexina Anatole. All three of their forerunners have gone on to forge careers in the food industry

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Homes Under the Hammer


Featuring properties in Cornwall, Co Dublin and south Wales

Martin Roberts and Martel Maxwell tour a Cornish period house with several old cars hidden in the overgrown back garden. Properties in Co Durham and south Wales about to be sold are also assessed

Money for Nothing


Sarah Moore gets crafty with a collection of knitted blankets and patches

Sarah Moore explores Beaconsfield recycling centre in Buckinghamshire, determined to save quality items from being crushed. There’s a sliding door sideboard for furniture painter Chloe Kempster and a collection of wooden skis for lighting designer Duncan McKean. Sarah herself gets crafty with a collection of knitted blankets and patches. Narrated by Arthur Smith

Gardeners’ World


Frances Tophill discusses plans for her own garden

Frances Tophill finally has her own garden and can’t wait to share her plans and get to grips with bringing this compact space to life. Toby Buckland meets a man who’s planted his plot with a wonderful array of fruit and nut trees. And cameras focus on a gardener in Gloucestershire who discusses the 500 pot plants she’s designed especially to produce a floral firework display

Nicky Campbell

Calls on the day’s talking points

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Politics UK

The week’s political proceedings around the UK



Quiz, hosted by Rick Edwards

It’s the last chance for the remaining 17 contestants to 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. Quiz, hosted by Rick Edwards



Quiz show, hosted by Jeremy Vine

Eat Well for Less?


Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin advise students on improving their diets

In Bristol, flat-sharing undergraduates Dylan, Ben, Roo and Louis seek advice from Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin on improving their diets. Roo is a Coeliac and Ben a vegetarian, so they shop separately and rarely cook or eat together, and expensive tastes and love of brands mean that they’re blowing their student loans on pricey pesto and pasta. Plus, Chris goes to Durham to see what the difference between boxed and bottled wine actually is and dietitian Priya Tew discusses plant-based diets and the potential benefits of eating less meat

Secret Britain


The team explores Northern Ireland

The team explores Northern Ireland, a place brimming with secrets. Denise Lewis competes in an unusual competition, Chris Hollins goes in search of a witch’s lair at the top of a mysterious mountain and Ellie Harrison uncovers the secret history of an army-training base that has been closed to the public for more than a century

Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr


The designers transform shepherd huts into boutique boltholes

The designers fly solo this week, giving them a chance to demonstrate their individual abilities as they transform shepherd huts into boutique boltholes on a glampsite in north Wales. The client is a brand-new business so they have a blank canvas to work on, and having been given individual briefs by Michelle Ogundehin, each designer takes a different approach to turning these tiny spaces into luxury living accommodation, with the challenge of an en-suite shower room and an outdoor space thrown in for good measure. What will Michelle and guest judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen make of the end results?

Flog It!


Visits to the Ulster Transport Museum and Bletchley Park

Experts touch down at Bletchley Park, the Ulster Transport Museum and Crowcombe Court to track down some unusual items to sell at auction. They uncover a beautiful watercolour and some stunning porcelain. Plus, presenter Paul Martin visits Antony in Cornwall to unearth a fascinating family history

Richard Osman’s House of Games


Nabil Abdulrashid, Luke Kempner, Sarah Millican and Philippa Perry take part

Clive Myrie’s Italian Road Trip


Clive tracks down the best Prosecco in the world

Clive travels to the Conegliano region in the foothills of the Alps, to find out about the production of his favourite tipple Prosecco. One of the country’s few female female wine-makers explains about the grapes they use – and when the importance of the harvest – before inviting him to spend the night in a giant wine barrel. Moving on, vintage car fan Clive joins the 100 Miglia rally and hunts for antiques in the hilltop town of Asolo

Villages by the Sea

Archaeologist Ben Robinson explores the history of the Cornish village of Botallack

Archaeologist Ben Robinson discovers how the Cornish village of Botallack was the centre of the Cornish tin and copper mining industry and supplied a deadly poison to the world. Local resident Paula Nicholls explains how her ancestors, the Boyne family, owned a mine which was involved in a catastrophic explosion in 1893 where 20 men tragically died

Beechgrove Garden


Kirsty Wilson and Lizzie Schofield show how to take dahlia cuttings

Kirsty Wilson and Lizzie Schofield present a follow-up on how the dahlia tubers planted in pots in April are coming on and show how to take dahlia cuttings. Kirsty also sows a bed around the viburnum that was moved last autumn, an area that will be particularly good for pollinators. Plus, the start of a project for a family whose newbuild house needs a garden

Gardeners’ World


Monty Don plants tropical gingers and tomatoes and direct sowing beans

Monty Don plants tropical gingers and tomatoes and direct sowing beans, and Rekha Mistry’s shares the secrets of her success for growing aubergines on her London allotment. Elsewhere, Joe Swift visits a stunning walled garden in Denbighshire, designed and planted by owners who love to recycle and repurpose as much as they can, and journalist Rosie Kinchen discusses how horticulture helped her deal with postnatal depression

Hidden Treasures of the National Trust


Inside the homes and hidden lives of writers Rudyard Kipling and Vita Sackville-West

The documentary goes behind the scenes of two historic homes in the south of England. The National Trust work to preserve the gardens of Sissinghurst Castle in Kent in the same style that previous owner Vita Sackville-West planted them back in the 1930s. Twelve miles away, the Jacobean manor Bateman’s was the sanctuary of Rudyard Kipling until his death in 1936. The plan is to preserve his personal possessions to tell not just the story of Kipling the author, but also the man and father



Andy and Lance become eco-warriors

Andy and Lance become eco-warriors when they discover that their beloved oak tree is due to be felled. However, a 24 hour helpline turns out to be more of a hindrance. Later, Andy stumbles upon treasure when, for once, he wasn’t even looking for it. Comedy drama, starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones


Presented by Faisal Islam



Football discussion presented by Jermaine Jenas

11 Minutes: America’s Deadliest Mass Shooting


The attack on the 2017 Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas

Documentary about the attack on the 2017 Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas that left 60 dead and hundreds injured, using first-hand accounts and never-before-seen footage to chart the events. The first instalment reveals how 22,000 fans were at the celebration of country music when the gunfire started as headliner Jason Aldean opened his first set, and amid the confusion, groups of friends and families try to flee but get separated

11 Minutes: America’s Deadliest Mass Shooting


A deluge of 911 calls causes concern there are multiple shooters

A look at how a deluge of 911 calls caused concern that multiple shooters were on the Las Vegas strip, while a police officer dragged his bleeding partner to safety. Between bursts of automatic gunfire, concert-goers made a run for it if they could, while SWAT officers converged on the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where had information that the shooter was on the 32nd floor

Private ADHD Clinics Exposed – Panorama

Investigating private clinics offering adults assessment for ADHD

There has been a sharp increase in the number of adults who think they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The NHS has been overwhelmed, and thousands are turning to private clinics for assessment instead. Rory Carson poses as a patient to reveal some clinics charging large fees for a short online consultation, and evidence suggesting diagnoses are being handed out to almost everyone who books an appointment. The programme also reveals clinics prescribing powerful drugs without carrying out proper checks

Our Changing Planet


Part two of two. Reports from Brazil, Cambodia and Kenya

The second of two programmes exploring efforts to rebalance vulnerable habitats around the world. Gordon Buchanan returns to Brazil to revisit a pioneering project that’s committed to saving the jaguar. Ella Al-Shamahi is in Cambodia to investigate the impact the country’s growing economic success is having on natural resources. Ade Adepitan visits Kenya to investigate how people and elephants are fighting over dwindling food and water supplies

Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr


The designers work alone to transform hair salons in Bristol

The designers work alone to transform hair salons in Bristol. With each salon giving a different brief, a budget of £3,000 and just two days to complete the makeover, the designers have their work cut out for them in the semi-final. Monika embraces her gothic maximalist signature style to renovate her classic salon with a unique charm and starts with a black paint job. Tom has the challenge of modernising an industrial salon and giving a fresh edge to the rugged and characterful interior. The owners of a high-end salon that aims to deliver a luxury experience asked Jack for a Scandi makeover but he decides to take it one step further with a style he calls `Japandi”

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