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All Star Driving School
All Star Driving School: August
Nine plucky celebrity learner drivers will attempt to ditch the L plates once and for all. This 15 part series, stripped across three weeks, will see famous faces learn and take part in a series of core driving skills and challenges set by three qualified instructors.
The celebrities - Geordie Shore doyenne turned presenter Vicky Pattison, dancer, TV personality and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, Made in Chelsea’s Francis Boulle, Olympic Gymnast Claudia Fragapane, Tattoo Fixers stars Sketch and Paisley, Geordie Shore regular Nathan Henry, The Vamps’ Connor Ball and First Dates waitress CiCi Coleman – will also be putting in extra practice sessions and be helped across the week by their friends and family who will also be there to rally them on the day of their practical driving test; hopefully the positive culmination of all their hard work on the road.
Celebs Go Dating: E4 – September
Summer is sizzling, and what better time to find love and who better to do it with then our new famous hopefuls. E4’s Celebs Go Dating is back for a third series with seven single celebrities on the quest for love. TOWIE boy’s James Argent and Bobby Norris are placing their fragile hearts into the hands of trusted matchmakers: Nadia Essex and Eden Blackman. MIC’s Georgia Toffolo (Toff), reality star Charlotte Dawson and TV presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford are all set to bare their souls to the dating agency. But are they ready for what the agents throw at them in front of the watchful eye of the public? The breath of fresh air, that is receptionist Tom, is back to offer a shoulder to cry on for the celebs that need it the most. We’re sure he’ll be occupied with the sparkling new eye-candy in the form of reality hunk Calum Best. Former X-Factor contestant, Frankie Cocozza, is sure to put Nadia and Eden through their paces, but will they find him a girl to tame his party boy ways? With Rob Beckett back to give his take on the romantic proceedings, the famous singletons will attend mixers and one-on-one dates in the hope of finding their dream partners. Of course, they will never be alone, with cameras following their every move and even first kisses. You will see the celebrities’ pre-date nerves, cringey one-liners and critique from our committed dating experts.
The Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls: August
In a brand new series of The Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls ten fearless celebrities will bravely endure four weeks surviving in one of the toughest environments on earth. Giving up their fancy showbiz lifestyles and social media accounts, these famous faces will make a remote and uninhabited island their home with just the clothes on their back, basic tools, medical supplies, enough water to last them for 24 hours and each other.
The group, made up of celebrities from the worlds of sport, television, music and comedy, includes Breaking Bad actor RJ Mitte, Olympian & broadcaster Iwan Thomas, actor & Rizzle Kicks singer Jordan Stephens, comedian Mark Watson, actor Ryan Thomas, former TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh, Olympian & TV presenter Sharron Davies, former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton, comedian & writer Shazia Mirza and TV doctor Sara Kayat.
The famous line-up will also be joined by five embedded crew who will live alongside them in exactly the same conditions to help document the highs and lows of the month.
Child Genius: August
The search for Britain’s brightest 8-12 year old is back, as Child Genius returns to Channel 4 for a fifth series. Once again the competition will be hosted by TV mastermind Richard Osman as the children compete in a variety of subjects including maths, spelling, memory and general knowledge.
The series will follow the lives of the children and their families as they progress through the now annual competition, organised in association with British Mensa. Every parent has their own style and the parents of gifted children are no different. From hands on to laid back, each family featured has a unique take on what it’s like to bring up a young genius as the children handle growing up often feeling different to their peers.
Don’t Tell the Bride: July
Wedding season is upon us and to celebrate Don’t tell the Bride has joined E4 for a match made in heaven with 18 brand new episodes of the hit show which sees grooms plan and organise a wedding in just a matter of weeks. With contact between husband and wife strictly off limits and the men overseeing every little detail from the flowers, to the cake, the venue and of course the all-important wedding dress . It’s more than some grooms can handle and more than some brides can take as they relinquish control of the most important day of their life. Expect the unexpected when the grooms are unleashed with their £14,000 budget and just three weeks to plan the dream day for their wife to be. This series will see, amongst others, a Mediterranean nuptial, a pig themed affair, haunted horror house and fight night theme. Will these brides be saying I Do or I Don’t when they see what has been planned for their special day?
Down the Garden Path with Dee Hart Dyke (wt): August
Dee Hart Dyke is one of Britain’s best amateur gardeners, a highly experienced and knowledgeable plants woman who never leaves home without the horticultural bible – the National Garden Scheme Handbook. Every year thousands of normal homes open up their gardens to visitors, where the quality of Battenberg and tea can be as important as the bloom.
Dee is of course in the book. She has designed and planted her own garden from scratch over the course of the last 30 years, she still works up to eight hours a day on it and doesn’t like to go on holiday for more than four days at a time in case the garden needs some work.
On the other hand, her daughter, one Miranda Hart, has zero gardening experience, can’t tell her weeds from her weeping figs, and has inherited not one of her Mother’s green fingers - a phenomenon Dee is at a total loss to understand. Across the three part series, Dee will help those trying to open their own gardens for the first time, visit some of the most eclectic on offer, and drop into some celebrity gardens. Miranda will be narrating her Mother’s journey through the nation’s borders.
In March 2016, 23 men and women – including a doctor, a vet, chef, carpenter and shepherdess – left everyday life behind to live with strangers in a remote part of the British Isles. Disillusioned with 21st century living, they entered Eden to isolate themselves from the modern world and be given the chance to start again and create a new society from scratch.
Filmed over a year, the programme makers observed from a distance as the cast filmed everything themselves and documented life as it unfolded over 12 months. But were those in Eden able to completely resist the lure of modern living? And without societal constraints was the promise of utopia actually realised, or did life in Eden descend into something that no-one could have predicted?
Your plane has crashed into a light aircraft in the middle of the desert. What happens next? How do you escape? This is the task facing Ant Middleton (SAS: Who Dares Wins, Mutiny) and a team of real life engineers in brand new series Escape.
The series will follow a small group of skilled engineers stranded at a crash site in a hostile environment, away from civilisation. In each episode, engineers will find themselves in a different harsh, dangerous terrain, from desert to jungle, to water to glacier. Ant is on hand to make sure they survive but together the team must make sure they can escape. Surrounded by the wreckage, their only option to escape is to utilise their unique skill set and to build a new vehicle from the debris.
The group will have to work together, against the clock battling their fierce, unforgiving environment, using only tools they can salvage from the debris. Will they be able to build a vehicle to escape before it’s too late?
Jamie’s Quick and Easy Food: August
In his brand new series for Channel 4 Jamie Oliver will cook up mouth-watering dishes, each using just five ingredients, focusing on ease, simplicity, and clever tricks and techniques. This series is packed full of content, and sure to inspire cooks and non-cooks alike to just give it a go.
In the 8 x 30 series, which coincides with a new cookbook to be published by Penguin, Jamie will cover all the big-hitters – gorgeous meat, fish and veggie dishes, amazing salads and pastas, sweet treats and everything in between. This is delicious food like you’ve never seen it before.
Joe Wicks: The Body Coach 2017: July
Following the great success of his first TV show (Joe Wicks: The Body Coach) Wicks is to return to Channel 4 this year with Joe Wicks: The Body Coach 2017 where he takes it up a notch by going in search of volunteers who are willing to commit 90 days of their lives to his regime.
Joe will offer his help to individuals on their journey to body confidence. Each will embark on Joe’s mix of healthy eating, home cooking and intense but short exercises. He’s going to prove that you can eat more with his snappy recipes and exercise less with his short work-outs and still get the body you’ve always wanted.
We’ll also explore some of the science behind the Joe Wicks approach. Finally, after 90 days Joe will reveal the life changing transformations that have taken place.
Masters of Lego (w/t): August
In a first on British TV, eight pairs of LEGO fans of all ages will go head-to-head in the ultimate battle of the brick. Their design and construction skills will be put to the test in a host of colourful and creative challenges. Each week, the teams whose builds wow the expert judges the most will head through to the next round until the grand finale, where one pair will be crowned Britain's most talented amateur LEGO builders.
Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds (w/t): August
Social isolation is one of the biggest problems for the elderly in care homes, with over 60% of residents having never received a single visitor. This has a huge impact on their health, wellbeing and even life expectancy. Based on an existing American scheme, a team of scientists and gerontologists are going to attempt to dramatically improve this by bringing together ten retirement community residents and ten pre-schoolers for six weeks in this new two-part series. The old and young volunteers will share daily activities designed by the three experts – a gerontologist, a geriatrician and a physiotherapist – who will measure and analyse the older groups’ physical and mental progress throughout. At the end of the six week experiment the experts will hope to prove scientifically that bringing these two generations together can transform the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of the old volunteers for the better.
Stage School: E4 - August
Hot on the success of the last series, Stage School returns to E4 for another term. Packed with song and dance routines performed by the talented pupils, the series charts the drama, friendships, ups and downs of life at the stage school.
For the first time this series also sees students from the D&B junior school trying to make their way in the entertainment industry and competing against their older peers for parts in and out of college. The show offers an insight into how much hard work and dedication it takes to make it in show business, where friends are in competition with each other and everyone wants to find fame.
Familiar faces like Pia, Megan, Josh, Leah, Jordi, Luke and Durone return, along with a raft of new talent, like West End show dancers Brooke, Rhianna and Kieran, brother and sister students Lucia and Santino and boyfriend and girlfriend students Alex and Lydia - as well as singers like Hollie, Giles or Vincent - all eager to make their way in the heady world of show business.
The nation’s new sweetheart Scarlett Moffatt is to front a brand new daytime series of the 90s cult classic, Streetmate. Shy and retiring singletons in towns and cities across the UK will get a helping hand as true romantic Scarlett scours streets, pounds pavements and hits high streets to help find the loveless a date. From Bristol to Birmingham, Sheffield to Scotland and London to Leeds, Scarlett will seek out matches before sending her charges on a first date with just a reassuring pep talk and a camera crew for company.