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The Games | ITV 11 May 2022


TV presenter Olivia Attwood, influencer and model Phoenix Brown, ex-Strictly pro and leading man Kevin Clifton, pop star Max George, song writer Chelcee Grimes, Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman, author, model and autism ambassador Christine McGuinness, Coronation Street actor Colson Smith, newsreader Lucrezia Millarini, musician and TV star Wes Nelson, Emmerdale actor Rebecca Sarker and actor Ryan Thomas, will go head-to-head in a range of sporting challenges.

The 12 familiar faces have undergone weeks of intensive training ready to go head-to-head in a range of sporting challenges, across a week of live shows amidst fierce competition. All have been pulled out of their comfort zones to be coached as athletes, swimmers and cyclists, to compete in the hope of coming top of the medals table and being crowned the winner of the competition.

Hosted live by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff, The Games will also see former professional footballer and presenter Alex Scott as trackside reporter and former professional football player and presenter Chris Kamara as commentator.

The six male and six female competitors will battle it out in the athletics arena, the swimming pool, gymnasium and velodrome. Each will put their sporting prowess to the test in events from the 100-meter sprint to diving, racking up points on the medals table.

As well as live coverage of the events, each episode will feature the celebrities’ preparation as they’re taught the sports from scratch by some of the UK’s top coaches. Following their gruelling training programme leading up to the competition, as they aim to reach their peak physical condition.

As the leader board takes shape with each night, the series will culminate in an exhilarating final showdown in which one male champion and one female champion will be crowned.

Episode 3

Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff are live from Crystal Palace and Alex Scott is trackside for coverage of night three of The Games, where 12 celebrities are taking on the sporting challenge of a lifetime. Tonight’s action sees the men battle it out in the 110m hurdles, whilst the women look to score points in the 400m race. Also includes coverage of the women’s javelin.

May 11 @ 21:00
21:00 — 22:00 (1h)

ITV

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The Black Death: Lucy Worsley Investigates | BBC Two 31 May 2022

The Black Death: Lucy Worsley Investigates | BBC Two 31
Series 1 Episode 2

For centuries it was uncertain what caused the pestilence of 1348, until a vast plague pit was uncovered in Smithfield, London in the 1980s. The find revealed the bones of hundreds of victims of the 14th century pandemic.

Now stored in the basement of the Museum of London, Lucy learns how DNA extracted from the skeletons enabled scientists to finally identify a bacteria called Yersinia Pestis – a pathogen to which the mediaeval population had no immunity.

In little more than a year, almost half the population had been wiped out by the Black Death. Lucy investigates what this sudden loss of life meant for the church, landowners and for the those who survived.

Exploring the social structure of mediaeval England, made up largely of rural peasants indentured to landowners, Lucy discovers a rare and remarkable set of documents: the Court Rolls of the Suffolk village of Walsham the Willows, providing a perfect microcosm of life across the country before, during and after the pandemic.

Lucy discovers how, despite the unfolding apocalypse, rather than shaking people’s belief in God, it entrenched their faith. Many went on devotional pilgrimages to sacred sites like Canterbury Cathedral.

Despite the devastation, the plague propagated a shake-up of the status quo. Workers were in short supply and could demand higher wages, shifting the balance of power. Women occupied professions and roles that were previously closed to them and acquired an independence and status that would previously have been impossible.

May 31 @ 21:00
21:00 — 22:00 (1h)

BBC Two

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Guy Garvey: From the Vaults 1981 | Sky Arts 3 June 2022

Guy Garvey: From the Vaults 1981 | Sky Arts 3
Series 3 Episode 4

Clips in this episode all come from 1981 – a year of significant breakthroughs and TV debuts as New Order, Depeche Mode and Soft Cell appear on screen for the first time in some rare and unseen footage. It was also the year in which the charts were ruled by Planet Pop, as children’s TV brings us classic hits from Adam and the Ants, Kirsty MacColl, Kim Wilde and Toyah. There’s a Stiff Records connection between featured artists Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Madness, The Belle Stars and Dave Edmunds with The Stray Cats, while mod revivalists Secret Affair perform their final charting single on Get It Together. Guy also takes a look at interviews from The Human League’s Philip Oakey, as well as Simon Le Bon and John Taylor from Duran Duran.

June 3 @ 20:00
20:00 — 21:00 (1h)

Sky Arts

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Live Heineken Champions Cup Rugby – Final : La Rochelle v Leinster | Channel 4 28 May 4:15pm

Junior Bake Off | Channel 4 28 January 5:00pm
The Heineken Champions Cup reaches its climax with live coverage of the Final at the iconic Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. Lee McKenzie presents as French side La Rochelle take on Irish giants Leinster. La Rochelle are playing in their second final in a row, having finished as runners-up last season to Toulouse. Coach and Munster legend Ronan O’Gara will have an extra impetus to get one over on his old enemy from his playing days. But four-time winners Leinster will be keen to go level with Toulouse and claim a joint-record fifth Champions Cup title. Lee is joined by Springboks legend Bryan Habana and former England captain Dylan Hartley. Ed Jackson is on reporting duties, with Miles Harrison, Nolli Waterman and Jamie Heaslip in the commentary box. Exec Prod: Cerith Williams; Prod: Gethin Hughes; Prod Co: Sunset+Vine Cymru

May 28 @ 16:15
16:15 — 19:15 (3h)

Channel 4

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