|BBC ONE Wednesday 24 September 2008|
Dom's On The
Case Of The Drugs Lottery Ep 3/5
Monday 22 to Friday 26 September
9.15-10.00am BBC ONE
Dom Littlewood takes a plea from the village of Audlem, Cheshire, to the Welsh Assembly, as he continues his series investigating the state of the NHS today.
A poll reveals that 65 per cent of the villagers surveyed want to leave England and become part of Wales. All prescriptions in Wales are free, while in England they are £7.10 for those who have to pay. The villagers feel so passionately that they have recorded a song about becoming part of Wales.
Andy Crabbe, who has cancer, reveals how he will need to sell his house to keep up the payments for his medication after his local Primary Care Trust turned down his application for the drug Sutent. Last year Andy's local Trust only gave the drug to one out of the 13 people who requested it. Now Andy must pay £3,400 every six weeks for the drug, which slows down the growth of his kidney tumours. Sutent was even recommended for him by his oncologist, yet he has still been turned down for this treatment. Dom arranges for Andy to meet a campaigner to help him fight to get the drug for free, and the programme follows his extraordinary journey.
Dom also hears from Keith Wood from Wales, who proves the postcode lottery can be beaten. Like Andy, he requires Sutent and since he couldn't get it from his local health authority he now has to live apart from his wife and stay with his daughter in neighbouring Cheshire, where he can receive the treatment for free on the NHS.
Jimmi helps a gay politician who is forced to come out to his daughter when she discovers his secret, as the drama set in a Midlands medical centre continues. The politician goes to the Mill for tests, and Jimmi discovers he is suffering from heart problems. Desperate to get him to St Phil's for treatment, Jimmi ends up following the politician as he insists on risking his health.
Julia is surprised by some mysterious flowers that arrive for her at the Mill. It turns out they are from Harriet, who used to bully Julia at school. She is keen to make amends as things have been going wrong for her and she is convinced it is karma.
Jimmi is played by Adrian Lewis Morgan and Julia by Diane Keen. Harriet is played by guest star Tessa Wyatt.
Jodie Kidd delves into her titled
Supermodel and TV presenter Jodie Kidd – who features in the new series of the BBC's smash-hit entertainment series Strictly Come Dancing – investigates her titled ancestors as the series in which famous names venture on a journey of discovery into their family's past continues.
Great-grandparents on both sides of Jodie Kidd's family were awarded titles. Her father's grandfather was Lord Beaverbrook, the legendary newspaper magnate who served in the British cabinet during both World Wars. Her mother's grandfather was the mysterious Sir Rowland Hodge, a Newcastle shipbuilder.
Knowing next to nothing about Sir Rowland, Jodie first heads to Newcastle. She discovers he made a fortune building ships during the First World War, but later fled the city following a terrible scandal. Puzzlingly, despite the scandal, Rowland was still awarded a title a few years later. Two astonishing letters in the Houses of Parliament archives, one from Sir Winston Churchill and the other from King George V, solve the riddle.
Jodie's other great-grandfather, Lord Beaverbrook, was Canadian and Jodie is keen to discover how deep her roots go on the other side of the Atlantic. Her investigations in Canada reveal that her family was embroiled in an infamous 19th-century murder. She manages to trace her family back much further than she ever imagined, and discovers that she descends from some of the earliest European settlers to arrive in 17th-century America.
|BBC TWO Wednesday 24 September 2008|
Last week, three couples battled it out at motorway service stations for the chance to keep their restaurants open, in the ongoing challenge to run a restaurant good enough to impress top chef and restaurateur Raymond Blanc. In the end, Raymond decided to close Sorbet & Seasons, as he felt that airline stewards Richard and Scott could not make the leap from dinner parties with friends to a busy commercial kitchen.
For tonight's weekend service in each of their restaurants, the seven remaining couples have a special delivery courtesy of Raymond – half an organic pig. Their task is to prove they understand and care about the importance of not wasting food as Raymond instructs them to use every scrap of the pig in their menus.
To exemplify his point, he deftly shows the couples how to use up every part of a fish – from the flesh to the bones –so nothing is wasted, explaining that using every part of an animal makes good business sense, plus it shows respect for the produce we eat. It is a fascinating display of his craft. He reminds the couples that, as a pig is edible from snout to tail, the chefs who create the most appetising dishes and have the least left over will avoid the elimination challenge.
For some, the task is gruesomely hard, particularly for those who are vegetarians or keen animal-lovers. Equally tough is persuading cautious British diners to try parts of a pig they wouldn't normally dare touch. Some of the chefs try to disguise the pig's least appetising parts, while others pile plates high in the hope of shifting as much as possible.
To avoid the challenge couples know they must take on the task with gusto. By simply weighing the leftovers, Raymond and his inspectors decide who has made the most of this porky problem and who have shirked their culinary responsibilities and must face the elimination challenge.