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Saturday 25 February

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Six Nations: Scotland v Wales

John Inverdale presents live coverage of the Six Nations fixture between Celtic foes Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield.

Vern Cotter’s Scotland side will be looking to end their disappointing run of nine straight losses at the hands of the Welsh. After suffering a record 51-3 defeat in Cardiff three years ago, Scotland have lost their last two matches against Wales by the agonising margins of just three and four points.

Studio guests include Jonathan Davies, Keith Wood and Andy Nicol. Commentary comes from Eddie Butler, Martyn Williams and Chris Paterson.
A red button forum, discussing all the major talking points from Scotland v Wales takes place 1630-1715 on BBC One.

Let It Shine: Live Final

After seven sensational weeks of singing, dancing and show-stopping performances, the wait is finally over, Tonight the three remaining bands will take to the stage for the last time to compete in the Let It Shine final.

Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc (pictured) present the ultimate battle of the bands, as each band performs to impress the audience at home and the Let It Shine judges, Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp and a very special guest judge.

Each of the three remaining bands will perform twice. The judges will give their feedback, but this week it's up to the viewers to decide which band they want to win the competition.

The evening wouldn’t be complete without an extraordinary musical performance fit for the final, before the winning band is announced by Graham and Mel.

Taboo

It is the time of final reckoning. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) confronts Sir Stuart Strange (Jonathan Pryce, pictured) of the East India Company, with the cold hard truth.

Revelations about those surrounding him are unearthed and met with deadly ramifications.

Meanwhile, James conspires to escape, but as the cold enmity of the Prince Regent (Mark Gatiss) turns into a lethal fury, the Crown unleashes one final plan to destroy him. Time is running out, scores need to be settled, and tragic consequences to be borne.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Diana: Designing A Princess

2017 is the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. As one of the most famous women on the planet, Diana had an acute sense of the importance of fashion, controlling her own image and understanding that clothing could be an art form with extraordinary potential to convey message and meaning.

This documentary, produced in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces and presented by Brenda Emmanus, looks at some of Diana’s most celebrated and exquisite dresses, brought together for a new exhibition of her clothes at Kensington Palace in February.

Brenda visits the Conservation Studio at Hampton Court Palace as the dresses are prepared for display, and she hears from historians, cultural commentators and the designers who dressed Diana, including Elizabeth Emmanuel, Victor Edelstein and David Sassoon.

Pictured: Princess Diana at Wimbledon, 1986

My Old Lady

Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas star in BBC Films’ My Old Lady - the directorial debut of internationally celebrated playwright-screenwriter, Israel Horovitz.

Mathias (Kline) is a down-and-out New Yorker who travels to Paris to liquidate a huge, valuable apartment that he has inherited from his estranged father.

Once there, however, he discovers a refined old woman Mathilde (Smith) living in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Scott Thomas).

Mathias quickly learns that the apartment is under a 'viager' contract - an ancient French system for buying and selling apartments - and that he will not actually get possession of the apartment until Mathilde dies. While working with a Parisian real-estate dealer (Dominique Pinon), to sell his contract for the apartment, Mathias uncovers long-hidden secrets from his and his father’s past.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Pls Like

Mockumentary. A search for the next megastar vlogger finds an unlikely victor in struggling comedian Liam, who must undertake a series of challenges in order to win a £10,000 prize. Starring Liam Williams, Tim Key, Emma Sidi and Jon Pointing.

For his third challenge Liam has to create a viral music video; Charlie South introduces him to international grime star, Bombzy, and Liam’s unusual music tastes cause some strange behaviour from Millipede.

Available to watch on BBC Three's YouTube channel.

BBC PARLIAMENT

BBC PARLIAMENT

Speaker’s House: The Future Of Brexit

Speaker’s House on BBC Parliament continues, with a raft of politicians, journalists and industry-expert speakers discussing a range of topics - including higher education, the NHS and the press.

This week, in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling, Hilary Benn, Chair of the Committee for Exiting the European Union, and fellow Committee member and Leave campaigner Michael Gove, debate the future of the UK in the run-up to Brexit. 

Speaker’s House is broadcast from the Palace of Westminster.

Sunday 26 February

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

The Big Painting Challenge

There are eight amateur artists still in the frame, and they’ll be taking a walk on the wild side this week as the competition once again gets trickier.

This time they’re heading to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to paint animals. Capturing that spark of life whilst stood in front of a living, breathing, wild creature is incredibly tricky, so mentors Pascal and Diana are on hand to help every step of the way.

First up they get in a flap as they face the flamingos. The deceivingly simple form of these feisty birds trips some of our artists up - and as ever the judges don’t spare anyone’s blushes when they pass comment on the efforts. From graceful birds to lumbering animals, the easels are moved to the elephant enclosure and the artists come face to face with these magnificent creatures. With the judges looking for the artists to convey a sense of life, the texture of the skin and the sheer size of the elephants, who will rise to the challenge and whose efforts will be more Dumbo than dramatic?

The public panel vote will vote to keep one artist in the competition and it's the judges who decide whose time in the competition is up. Mariella Frostrup and the Rev. Richard Coles are our bright-eyed and bushy-tailed hosts.

Call The Midwife

It’s October 1962 and the world is on tenterhooks, as tensions between the Soviet Union and America are about to boil over. As Poplar responds to the escalating Cuban Missile Crisis, Valerie Dyer is still finding her feet at Nonnatus House and oversees the care of heavily pregnant and first-time mother, Nadifa Farah.

A bright young Somali woman, she has come to the UK to join her husband with her younger sister Deka. Upon examination, Valerie is dumbfounded - Nadifa’s genital anatomy is not like anything she has ever seen before, and she is informed that Nadifa has undergone a process known as female genital circumcision.

Nadifa’s case becomes the focus of concern for the Nonnatus Team, and carefully laid plans are put into place for Nadifa to have a hospital delivery. But a visit to the hospital soon puts pay to those plans, when fearful Nadifa goes into hiding. Meanwhile, her sister Deka dreams of becoming a nurse and her future seems a bright one - until Valerie and Barbara discover that plans are in place to send her back home to be ‘cut’ in Somaliland.

As the Turners prepare to move house, Sister Mary Cynthia’s struggle with her mental health continues. After a course of Electro Convulsive Therapy, she is released back into the care of Nonnatus House and is optimistic that she will finally reconnect with God. But with her depression quickly creeping back in, Sister Mary Cynthia starts to question her religious life - and her life before joining The Order, when she was well.

Elsewhere, Trixie has a crisis of confidence when Christopher Dockerill invites her out on a second date.

SS-GB

A warning that the Resistance is planning to kidnap Dougie sends Archer racing to his son's school choir practice - but with Huth trailing his every move, Archer finds himself compromised and the children in danger.

Harry feels betrayed that Archer didn't trust him with the tip-off from Sylvia, and warns Archer that Jimmy is too inexperienced to handle such an important case - but will Archer take his advice?

Meanwhile Huth tries to piece together the charred remains of the burned scientific formula found at crime scene, demanding that Archer assist him in hunting down the Resistance. Morally torn and in dangerous waters, Archer's dilemma deepens further when he is introduced to Colonel George Mayhew. The Resistance is playing a long game which stands to rid the country of the Nazis once and for all - but at what cost?

And as he gets closer to Barbara Barga, Archer begins to suspect that her mysterious influence runs even deeper than he had thought.

Pictured: Sylvia Manning (Maeve Dermody)

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Six Nations Rugby Special

John Inverdale presents highlights of the third round of fixtures from the 2017 Six Nations.

Today’s game saw Eddie Jones’ England side take on Italy at Twickenham, hoping to protect their record of having won all 22 matches they have played against the Azzurri. New Italy coach Conor O’Shea will be returning to familiar pastures - he spent six years in charge of Harlequins, who play a stone’s throw from Twickenham at The Stoop.

Plus highlights and in-depth analysis of yesterday’s games between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield, and Ireland’s clash with France at the Aviva Stadium.

Studio guests are Paul O’Connell, Jonathan Davies and Jerry Guscott.

Women's Six Nations Highlights

Eilidh Barbour rounds up the best of the action from the third round of the Women’s Six Nations.

Holders France travel to 2015 winners Ireland in the pick of the matches, while England host Italy at The Stoop, and Scotland entertain Wales.

Monday 27 February

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Meet The Lords

In a TV first, Meet The Lords takes viewers behind the scenes at the House of Lords, with exclusive access and unique insights into was a turbulent year for the peers, as they battled it out with the Government over dramatic changes to the political landscape.

Over the course of a year the series follows some of the larger-than-life characters who inhabit the House of Lords, one of Britain’s oldest, most idiosyncratic and important institutions. For the first time, free roaming cameras have been allowed to film inside the Lords Chamber and in its committees to capture moments that matter to the UK, but usually go unseen.

Featuring new people’s peers, hereditaries and political grandees, as they try to change or influence legislation, we follow their personal passions and clashes with the Government, all in a gothic palace where centuries-old ceremony and tradition still dominate proceedings.

It is a year where the nation split over Brexit; a rapidly-changing Parliament and a Conservative government is for the first time having to tackle a Lords chamber where the opposition outnumber them.

With more than 800 peers it is now the biggest parliamentary body in the world outside of China, and most of the Lords are over 70. Many argue there is a desperate need to reform - but will they manage the task?

It is not just the peers who may be in need of modernisation. The grandiose Palace of Westminster is now in desperate need of repair. We follow the decision as to what is to be done with the one of Britain’s most iconic buildings and whether all of the Lords will have to move out for a number of years to allow the repairs.

Produced in partnership with The Open University.

CBBC

CBBC

My Life: Mum's Last Wish

This episode of My Life, CBBC’s award-winning documentary strand, follows sister and brother Shanti (9) and Kalvin (17) as they try to complete a very special wish list, left by their mother before she passed away from cancer in 2015.

Their mother posted vlogs about her illness and built up a large following on social media. The kids pay homage in their own special way by making a self-recorded film of their progress.

This heartwarming journey challenges the two children to confront their fears and explore the unknown, as they try everything from swimming for the first time to learning about cancer. With the support of their nanny and their extended friends and family, Shanti and Kalvin come to terms with the loss of their mum - but also look towards the future.

My Life: Mum’s Last Wish is a hopeful insight into the reality of childhood bereavement and the power of a family’s love.

CBEEBIES

CBEEBIES

Kate And Mim-Mim

Kate & Mim-Mim is back for a brand new series!

The eponymous five year-old and her larger-than-life big bunny buddy are back for more incredible adventures, as they travel together to the fantasy world of Mimiloo where, together with their band of playmates, they try to solve any problem they encounter.

  • Monday’s episode sees the gang embark on an epic journey aboard the Bubble Subble, as they attempt to make muddy pirate Boomer and his crew of Tee Hee Rexes take a bath so they can scrub them clean.
  • On Tuesday it’s all aboard the Mimiloo Express, Tack’s greatest invention yet! But when the amazing choo-choo train is thrown off track the gang must learn a big lesson in improvisation.
  • Come Wednesday, Kate, Mim-Mim and their friends go on a Jurassic adventure, as giant dinosaurs are running amok all over Mimiloo. Can Kate and the gang save the day before it’s too late?
  • Thursday sees the gang take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale, as Boomer looks to save his sister Lily from the monolithic giant by making the formidable climb up into the clouds. Will Lily be saved from the Giant keeping her captive?
  • Finally, on Friday, the gang find that things aren’t always what they seem, when a birdwatching trip results in Boomer being transformed into an egg - can everyone keep him warm so he will hatch?

 

Tuesday 28 February

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

The Replacement

Ellen (Morven Christie) gets pregnant after landing a big contract for her firm of architects. She hires Paula (Vicky McClure) as cover - but soon fears that she’s made a terrible mistake.

Ellen wants to get back to work quickly, but Paula thinks Ellen should be putting her baby first. She wastes no time in moving in on Ellen’s bosses, clients and friends - and Ellen fears she’s being forced out.

Everyone thinks Paula is great and Ellen is being paranoid, until a site accident puts Ellen’s suspicions into overdrive.

Pictured: Ellen (Morven Christie)

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Imagine… Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Imagine presents Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, the first documentary portrait of the trail-blazing activist, poet and writer Maya Angelou. Born in 1928, she enthused generations with her bold and inspirational championing of the African-American experience, pushed boundaries and redefined the way we think about race and culture.

Maya Angelou was captured on film just before she died in 2014, and this documentary celebrates her life and work, weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos.

It reveals hidden episodes of her exuberant life during some of America’s defining moments: from her upbringing in the Depression-era South, to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana, to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.

Contributors include Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton and Maya Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

1066: A Year To Conquer England

In this new three-part series, Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to one of the key events in British history - the Battle of Hastings.

Combining both documentary and drama, Dan Snow examines the personal decisions behind the battle, bringing to life the behind-the-scenes story of the Norman Conquest. 

In this first episode, King Edward the Confessor dies without an heir, triggering a bitter race to succeed him as King of England. Earl Harold (Adam James) successfully takes the crown. But in Normandy, Duke William (Ed Stoppard) believes the throne has been promised to him and decides to invade.

Meanwhile, in Norway, the Viking King, Harald Hardrada (Clive Russell), also fancies himself as King of England and he too puts together an invasion force.

Very soon, England will be under attack.

Inside No.9 - The Riddle Of The Sphinx

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith lead us into another No.9 as their twisted anthology comedy series continues.

Nina (Alexandra Roach) thinks Professor Squires (Steve Pemberton) has all the answers when, actually, neither has a clue what the future holds. They commence a battle of wits to solve a crossword puzzle and reveal the guardian of their fate.

Dr Jacob Tyler (Reece Shearsmith) joins the unravelling of the cryptic clues... but will they solve the riddle of the Sphinx?

Pictured: Steve Pemberton and Alexandra Roach

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Young Sex For Sale In Japan

Japan is seen to have a serious problem with the sexualisation of children. From bars where men pay to meet schoolgirls to suggestive pictures of very young children and comic books featuring child rape, the country has faced global criticism for its attitudes. It was only three years ago that possessing genuine child pornography was finally made illegal.

Stacey Dooley, one of BBC Three’s most popular documentary-makers fronts another powerful, hard-hitting investigation when she travels to Tokyo, Japan to look into what effect the law banning child porn has had and to see if the attitude towards the sexualisation of children has changed.

Stacey discovers a culture where sexual images of young girls are widespread and used for commercial gain. Her first stop is a legal Tokyo JK café in which high-school aged girls are paid to provide company to older men – who tell her that it is perfectly normal to talk about sex and hold hands with girls as young as 15 dressed in school uniform.

Stacey uncovers an even more disturbing legal grey area exists in Japan called Chako Ero where children as young as six are filmed or photographed in erotic clothing. She speaks to a producer of these films as well as a self-confessed paedophile to try and discover just why some Japanese culture seems to encourage inappropriate exploitation and sexualisation of children.

Following the law change, the documentary examines what else Japan is doing to stop normalising the sexualisation of children. Stacey meets volunteers from a charity trying to help vulnerable girls, as well as the Head of the Juvenile Section at the National Police to find what they are doing to protect young girls. Despite their efforts it seems that Japan, one of the richest countries in the world, is light years behind in its attitude to children compared to other G7 countries.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

The Secret Science Of Pop

Evolutionary biologist, Professor Armand Leroi, believes data science can transform the pop world. Gathering together a team of scientists and researchers to analyse over 50 years of UK chart music, Armand asks the question: can algorithms find the secret to pop success?

Utilising his findings, Armand teams up with hit producer Trevor Horn. Using machine-learning techniques, Armand and Trevor try to take a song by unsigned artist Niké Jemiyo and turn it into a potential chart-topper.

Further delving into UK chart history, Armand takes a scientific look at pop evolution. He hunts for the major revolutions in his chart data, seeking out the artists who transformed the musical landscape. The outcomes are fascinating and surprising - though fans of the ‘Fab Four’ may not be pleased with the results. As Armand puts it, the hallmark of the Beatles is ‘average’!

Finally, by teaming up with BBC Research and Development, Armand finds out if his algorithms can discover the stars of the future. Can he predict which of thousands of demo tracks uploaded to the BBC Introducing is most likely to be a hit, without listening to a note?

This is a clash of science and culture in a unique experiment with no guarantee of success. How will the artists react to the scientist intruding on their turf? And will Armand succeed in finding the secret science of pop?

Wednesday 1 March

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

*if football* MOTD Live

Live action comes from an FA Cup fifth round replay.

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*if no football* Who Do You Think You Are - Sophie Raworth

BBC News presenter Sophie Raworth investigates her father’s side of the family, and discovers a tragic but inspiring tale of ancestors who risked everything to move to America in search of religious freedom.

Closer to home, she explores a family rumour that her great grandfather worked at Kew Gardens, and is astonished to uncover a horticultural heritage stretching back to the 1700s and pineapples.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston's Casebook

The world is full of threats to our survival - some we’re aware of and some we can’t see - and our bodies are constantly adapting to these dangers. In this episode, we’ll meet some extraordinary individuals who push this ability to the absolute limit.

Steve Ludwin has an unusual and highly dangerous habit: for more than 30 years he has regularly injected himself with deadly snake venom, believing it has health-giving properties. At the University of Copenhagen pharmaceutical engineers Andreas Hougaard Laustsen and Brian Lohse have been trying to develop anti-venoms to treat snake bites, and they think the secret may lie inside Steve’s unique blood.

Wim Hoff is known as the Iceman because of his astonishing ability to endure cold temperatures, which would induce death by hypothermia for most people. At Radboud University Medical Centre in the Netherlands a team of researchers tried to find out exactly what happens in Wim’s body when he’s encased in ice, leading them to a truly remarkable discovery about how we can control our own immune system. It could transform how we treat common autoimmune diseases in the future, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Fear is a crucial safety mechanism that prevents us from getting into dangerous situations, but Jordy Cernick is a man who can’t feel fear at all. Jordy was diagnosed with a rare condition which meant his body was producing too much of the stress hormone cortisol. The only option was an operation to remove the glands that produce this chemical - the adrenal glands. In doing so, a vital part of his fear response was removed. To find out if anything of it remains, scientists monitored Jordy’s vital signs as he abseiled down a 127m tower.

Lucy Tonge suffers from a rare condition called cataplexy with narcolepsy, meaning any emotion can cause her body to collapse without warning. A possible cure for this condition has come from research carried out by Prof Emmanuel Mignot from Standford University and a study of dogs with narcolepsy.

Ultimately, when it comes to survival we rely on the cells of the body and in particular the white blood cells of our immune system. Timothy Ray Brown is the only person on earth who can claim to have been cured of the devastating disease HIV. Tim contracted HIV and later Leukaemia and was treated using a stem cell transplant from a very special donor. This person had a mutation in their blood which meant the HIV virus couldn’t latch on to and infect the cells of the immune system. The operation not only cured his leukaemia, it also meant he was free of the ‘incurable’ HIV. 

Pictured: Scientists from Radbund University use volunteers to test the breathing techniques of Wim Hoff

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

This Country

Episode 4: King Of The Nerds

Unemployment remains high for young people in rural communities. In this episode Kerry and Kurtan attend a talk at the village hall with a business woman who runs what may or may not be a pyramid scheme.

Kerry is inspired and starts a career as a door-to-door saleswoman. However, her focus on the business leads to disharmony with Kurtan, and this is only compounded when he makes some new friends in the village.

This Country is a sitcom series for BBC Three which takes the mockumentary format to explore the lives of young people in modern rural Britain, focusing on cousins Kerry and Lee ‘Kurtan’ Mucklowe and their life experiences in a typical Cotswold village.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Roots

After 20 years in England, Chicken George (Regé-Jean Page) makes his way back to America and reaches Tom Lea's (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) farm, where he hopes to be reunited with his family.

But tracking down his long-lost relations and making up for lost time won't be easy. Meanwhile, the American Civil War breaks out and lines are drawn.

Also featuring: Laurence Fishbone as Alex Haley, Erica Tazel as Matilda, Anna Paquin as Nancy Holt, Lane Garrison as Frederick Murray, Tip T.I. Harris as Cyrus, Sedale Threatt Jr as Tom and Mekhi Phifer as Jerusalem, Carol Sutton as Miss Malizy, Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte and Joy Jacobson as Charlotte Murray.

Pictured: Chicken George (Regé-Jean Page)

Thursday 2 March

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

The Attack: Terror In The UK

Counter Terrorism Police believe that the current greatest threat to our security comes from Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attack (MTFA), which can result in dozens of fatalities even if armed police respond within minutes. There are more than a thousand high-priority terrorism suspects in the UK, but there are only enough surveillance officers to monitor a fraction of these at any time.

The Attack: Terror In The UK is a drama-documentary based on real-life stories from inside the UK’s counter terrorism unit. It tells the story of an ISIS-inspired terrorist group planning a firearms attack, and follows the on-going police investigation. It focuses on Joseph, a young man who, while in prison for drug charges, is recruited by Ahmed, an Islamic extremist who converts him to the Muslim faith and along with other inmates radicalises him.

Through drama and expert interview, the programme reveals how UK agencies are working to keep us safe from a terrorist attack, but also the scale of that challenge. The programme also includes a real-life counter-terrorism expert, including Richard Walton, former Head of Counter Terrorism 

The Attack: Terror In The UK is produced by BBC Two’s multi award-winning This World strand.

Friday 3 March

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Room 101

The seventh week sees Rob Delaney (pictured), Davina McCall and Laurence Fox competing to have their pet hates and peeves consigned to Room 101.

The new series continues with Frank Skinner refereeing three celebrities as they compete for his approval to banish their top peeve, annoyance, irritation - or worst nightmare - to the depths of Room 101 forever.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Athletics: Indoor Championships

Steve Cram introduces live coverage of the opening session of the European Athletics Indoor Championships from Belgrade in Serbia.

Day one sees the action begin with a busy morning of events. Amongst those is round one of the women’s 60m hurdles, in which Great Britain enjoyed surprise success in back in 2015 when Lucy Hatton won silver and Serita Solomon bronze. Their team-mate Katarina Johnson-Thompson took pentathlon gold in those Championships in Prague two years ago, and that event starts with the 60m hurdles.

The men’s long jump qualification also takes place, as well as the men’s and women’s 400m heats. Commentary and analysis comes from Steve, Andrew Cotter, Steve Backley, Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis, and Paula Radcliffe.

Live coverage continues on the BBC Red Button until 1300 and then again on BBC Two from 1500-1930.

 

The Secrets Of Your Food

The Secrets Of Your Food is the delicious science story of the food on your plate. Michael Mosley and James Wong present a celebration of the physics, chemistry and biology that lie hidden inside every bite. Together they travel the world and take over the UK’s leading food lab in order to deconstruct our favourite meals, taking us inside the food, right down to the molecular level.

In this episode, A Matter Of Taste, Michael and James explore how the marriage between chemistry and biology is the root of all the sensations, tastes and flavours that we enjoy in our food.

Michael begins by deconstructing a Thai meal. Its effect on the tongue can be reduced down to just five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and the less well-known umami.

Umami is the most recently discovered of all the tastes. It’s a Japanese word that translates as ‘pleasant savoury taste’. The tomato has more umami than any other fruit as Michael discovers during La Tomatina, a tomato festival in Eastern Spain.

In Peru James visits a group of people descended from the Inca who, over generations, have transformed the potato from a bitter tasting, poisonous plant into a life-giving staple.

Next, James and Michael explore the affinity that sweet has with sour by forensically examining the strawberry. Strawberries are actually quite acidic, and have almost half the sugar content of blueberries, yet we think of them as the sweetest summer fruits. Why? Because they are devious. They trick the brain, using our sense of smell by giving off a series of aroma molecules that fool us into perceiving more sugar than there is. It’s a neat trick that might help food scientists find ways of reducing the amount of sugar we add to our foods.

In partnership with the Open University.

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