Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman and her unconventional team of ex-detectives are back for a new series. Gerry Standing, Brian Lane and Jack Halford may bend the rules, ignore procedure, take risks and follow their hunches, but they get results.
When pathologist Bob Ruxton is suspended on the grounds of negligence UCOS are forced to reopen one of his cases. Dr Bernard Fletcher, a senior palaeontologist specialising in fossil birds at the Natural History Museum, was found dead following a corporate event in the Central Hall. The original autopsy stated his death was the result of a fall, but a new examination of the post-mortem suggests he sustained a single blow to the head.
According to his colleague Madeleine Simmonds, Dr Fletcher was a respected but outspoken scientist with a knack for rubbing people up the wrong way. Passionate about the planet, his views were often at odds with those of the museum, particularly their courting of sponsorship from companies such as Mondial Fuel, hosts of the corporate dinner held on the night of Fletcher's death.
The investigation takes an unexpected turn when the team discovers Fletcher was embroiled in an affair with a colleague and that he was also gathering damning evidence against Mondial Fuel.
With unprecedented access to the Natural History Museum, the UCOS team find themselves literally walking with dinosaurs, but it's the valuable fossils at the museum that catch Standing's eye. Could a long-forgotten gift from his father change his fortunes?
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman is played by Amanda Redman, Gerry Standing by Dennis Waterman, Brian Lane by Alun Armstrong, Jack Halford by James Bolam, Bob Ruxton by Trevor Bannister, Madeleine Simmonds by Vicky Pepperdine, Sarah Winslow by Natasha Little and Marie Braden by Lucy Brown.
Award-winning food writer and experienced chef Simon Hopkinson is set to take cooking at home to a tantalising new level. Drawing on his 30-year career in professional kitchens, Simon shares his top tips and advice for creating restaurant quality food at home, with everyday ingredients.
Simon has had an extraordinary career as a food writer, critically acclaimed chef and author of cookbooks and has been described as having written "the most useful cookery book of all time". He now brings his talents to TV for the first time.
Simon believes creating delicious recipes is not just about good ingredients; it has much more to do with how you use them. He may be used to cooking in the country's top restaurants, but Simon's passion for creating beautiful food now revolves around home cooking – but this doesn't have to mean laborious techniques, or overcomplicated dishes.
In tonight's first episode, Simon demonstrates how to make a delicious yet simple pasta dish – baked pappardelle with pancetta and porcini – scallops in a white butter sauce, his famous salad Niçoise, a fantastic coq au vin and an irresistible sticky toffee pudding.
During the series, Simon shares his passion and expertise, creating straightforward, timeless and, above all, tasty dishes to make at home. He reveals the everyday ingredients and store-cupboard staples that he can't live without and the inexpensive ways to produce the best results.
The Good Cook is simulcast in HD on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.
Caroline Quentin follows owners of crumbling historic buildings as they save them from ruin by restoring them into 21st-century dream houses.
With the help of architectural expert Kieran Long and social historian Dr Kate Williams, the historical and architectural gems begin to reveal their intriguing pasts.
For Caroline it's a labour of love – she has a deep passion for old buildings and admits to being a serial home restorer over the last decade. She says: "I love old buildings and I always have. I've spent many years restoring various different properties in an attempt to create the perfect family home so I know from personal experience the hard path that our families have chosen to follow."
The buildings include a Gothic church, a mid-1900s pumping station, a medieval manor, a 17th-century mine owner's house, a Queen Anne country residence and a Georgian stately home.
St Thomas a Beckett Church is on the heritage critical list. A flood in 1968 led to the church's eventual deconsecration and it is just one of many churches in Britain that has been declared redundant.
Working their way up the property ladder, newlyweds Paul and Laura spotted the church in 2007 and decided this was the family home for them. They purchased the listed church with plans to turn it into a three-bedroom home.
As this former place of worship is transformed, it starts to give up its secrets – the dark times of the plague, the industrial revolution as well as its links to a ground-breaking architectural movement connecting it to the design of some of the UK's greatest landmark buildings.
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