Thursday

COMING UP NEXT WEEK

ALAN’S GRAND FINALE – CLICK HERE TO GET THE DETAILS.

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November 6th

It’s the Battle of the Welshmen today as Aled Jones and rugby player Gareth Jones join Alan in studio. Plus history with Kate Williams and a tribute to iconic comedian Tommy Cooper.

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BEAUTY – Nadine Baggott’s guide to ageing and how to combat the signs

Crow’s Feet – Visia Complexion Analysis 

  • The Visia skin machine captures and analyses photos of the skin.
  • Through UV photography, it is able to show how sun damaged the patient’s skin is and how much pigmentation people have as a result.
  • Other conditions it shows ups: rosacea, spider veins and acne.
  • It is able to generate an age of the person’s skin and grade it against other patient’s of the same age. It can also project how a patient will look in 5-7 years time.
  • It can track skin treatment and prove whether products have worked by rescanning the skin.

***Treatment – Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks, RRP: £46. ***

  • Clinically proven hydra-gel eye masks formulated to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

Dehydrated skin – IOMA Youth Booster, RRP £149.00 (available in Boots and Harrods)

  • IOMA Youth Booster is the first anti-aging moisturiser to prove its
  • It has a moisturisation sensor embedded in the cap that measures the skin’s hydration level.
  • By placing the sensor on the cheek for 2 seconds, LEDs then indicate how dehydrated the skin is.
  • Up to 3 LEDs imply that only one application of IOMA Youth Booster is required per day.
  • If more than 3 LEDs are lit up, it is suggested that two applications per day are required.
  • With ongoing use of the product, the manufacturer states that the number of lighting LEDs should decrease, proving that your skin is better moisturised.

***Treatment – IOMA YOUTH BOOSTER***

The cream is designed to moisturize skin, purify cells, improve skin tone/radiance and protect the skin. If skin is well moisturised it is able to function correctly: the balance between the cell renewal and cell removal processes are equal and the barrier function of skin is well maintained.

Lip lines – HydraTest, RRP £59.00

  • This is available from All Harvey Nichols stores including Dublin (Ireland) and harveynichols.com
  • As well as the following websites:

www.feelunique.com

www.beautyexpert.co.uk

www.hqhair.com

www.mankind.co.uk

www.currentbody.com

  • It is the first at home tester of its type and powered by battery.
  • It measures hydration and oil levels in the skin so that you can keep a check on your skin (and then tailor your skin care routine accordingly).
  • The user presses the product on the area that they would like to check and then a digital reading on the display is produced within 5 seconds.
  • Dehydrated skin is one of the key causes of premature skin aging.

***Treatment –Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Face Gels, RRP £30.00 ***

This is a weekly 10 minute intensive treatment that delivers instant wrinkle erasing results. The product is essentially a patch infused with peptides. They infuse the lip lines with a concentrated dose of line-plumping ingredients to firm, tone and flatten expression lines, whilst preventing future ones from forming.

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OCTOBER 30TH

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DOCTOR DEATH

Lindsey Fitzharris aka Dr Death is giving us a morbid walking tour through history ahead of Halloween. She’s bringing with her “a bag full of morbid goodies” – from a 17th century plague mask to a real human skull. 

Dr Fitzharris has a PhD in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology from The University of Oxford, and is undertaking postdoctoral research for the Welcome Trust. She’s also the author and creator of The Chirurgeons Apprentice; a popular blog about medical history, surgical items and other related topics.

Dr Death has also launched a recent project called Grave Matters with the Ravens Master at The Tower of London. It looks at the history of crime, punishment and executions.

Equally interested in history and death, she’s fascinated in particular with how people worked and lived in the past. She’s written for The Guardian, The Lancet, New Scientist and appeared on Channel 4, BBC and Nat Geo.

 

MIDGE URE

Scottish singer-songwriter and musician, Midge Ure, is joining us to talk about his latest studio album, Fragile and his current British tour which continues until the end of November.

‘Fragile’ is the first collection of new, original music from Grammy and Brit award winning musician Midge Ure in over a decade

The ten tracks comprising the album are a culmination of influences garnered from a lifetime in the music business and shows elements of Ure’s musical journey, displaying his accomplished guitar work (as part of Rich Kids and Thin Lizzy) and the electronics and technology he has utilised since the late 1970’s with bands Visage and Ultravox.

 

BEAUTY NEWS

  1. No1 Passant Guardant Perfume, RRP £143,000
  • Described as ‘the world’s most expensive perfume’, perfumer Clive Christian has created a special edition of his No1 fragrance for Harrods to celebrate the department stores opening of its new Salon de Parfum.
  • It comes in a diamond encrusted bottle covered in 24 carat gold.
  • A standard bottle of the fragrance costs £450.
  1. The Bronzie, RRP £49.99
  • The Bronzie is a product specifically developed to be worn after you’ve had a fake tan.
  • Due to its loose fitting style, the fabric glides over the tanned skin leading to reduced tan lines. It is also breathable which prevents staining of bedding and clothing.
  1. Silk Fibre Brow Enhancer, RRP £19.99 
  • With celebrities like Cara Delevingne (still) modelling a fuller brow, this product helps to thicken, lengthen and fill in brows.
  • Available in four colours, it is” a revolutionary new powder made up of hundreds of tiny fibres which mimics real hair”.
  • It can even create brows if no hair exists at all – helping women who may have lost their brows due to ill health, alopecia or over plucking.
  1. Supermodel Body by Charlotte Tilbury, RRP £45.00 
  • This product hit the news as it is a favourite of US reality star Kim Kardashian who uses it to slim her legs.
  • Also known as the Slimmer Shimmer, the product is enriched with FermiProtect to firm the skin and sculpt your contours.
  • It also has a precious-metal highlighter mixed in to highlight down the centre of legs and arms – creating the illusion of leaner, longer limbs.

 

KITCHEN CUPBOARD BEAUTY

  1. Onion face mask
    • The recipe: make a mask with 2tbsp of flour, 1 ½tbsp of fresh onion juice, a pinch of nutmeg and ½ tsp of milk.
    • Mix together to make a thick paste and apply to the face for up to 20 minutes.
    • Remove by dabbing on some milk and massaging it away.
    • The result should be skin that feels lovely and smooth — and not smelling of onions!
  1. Brown sugar body scrub
  • The recipe: can be used for face or body. For the body, use larger granulated brown sugar or fine grain for the face. Mix with water and add lemon juice as an exfoliant brightener which helps any rough areas on elbows, knees, legs or heels.
  • It is gentle, dissolves as you use it and sugar has mild antibacterial properties.
  1. Coconut oil body moisturiser 
  • The recipe: this is ready to use straight from the jar. It is solid at room temperature but melts to an oil on contact with the skin.
  • It is a fabulous all rounder which can double as a make-up remover, hair mask and a cooking oil!
  • Unlike many shop-bought moisturisers, it is chemical free and inexpensive.
  • It can be transformed into a body lotion or whipped body cream by mixing with olive oil or almond oil along with a few drops of your favourite essential oil (eg. lemongrass, vanilla lavender) to add a light scent.

 

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Steven Arnold, well known for playing Ashley Peacock in Coronation Street, will be starring in the WWI drama, The Accrington Pals, which opens at Fairfield Halls, Croydon in early November.

 

The play is based on a true story; Accrington was the smallest town in England to send a volunteer battalion to war in response to Lord Kitchener’s call for young men to sign up. The Accrington Pals was the name given to the group of young men who went off to fight together during the First World War

 

ETIQUETTE

We discuss modern manners with Debretts.

http://www.debretts.com/shop/books/debretts-handbook.html

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OCTOBER 23RD

 

POINTLESS

Get your thinking caps on, quiz master of the BBC One show Pointless and Pointless Celebrities Richard Osman is here to talk about his love of game shows and a new book ‘The Very Pointless Quiz Book’ that allows family and friends to play at home.

Richard is the co-presenter of the ever-popular quiz show Pointless alongside Alexander Armstrong.

 

HORRIBLE HISTORIES

They call the Elizabethan era a ‘Golden Age in British history’. But this ‘Golden Age’ is only the surface argues Terry Deary ‘we prefer to dwell on the regal ruffs – not the rufflers and roughs’. Beneath the shiny exterior was an age of ‘sin and bling, of beddings and beheadings’. These were Dangerous days in Elizabethan England. Author of the ‘Horrible Histories’ books Terry Deary is here to tell us more.

**** DANGEROUS DAYS IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND, PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK ON 6TH NOVEMBER 2014****

**** HORRIBLE HISTORIES: BARMY BRITAIN (PART 2), ON TOUR AND AT THE GARRICK THEATRE THIS CHRISTMAS****

 

GABY ROSLIN

For many years the face of Children in Need alongside co-presenter Terry Wogan, Gaby Roslin this year slips on a thimble and picks up the needle and thread to raise money for charity in a celebrity special of The Great British Sewing Bee (her episode airs tonight BBC Two .

 

MUSIC FROM SI CRANSTOUN

Musician Si Cranstoun has spent 20 years honing his craft on London’s streets and underground scene as a busker. But now he has finally found success, receiving widespread critical acclaim and releasing his album ‘Modern Life’.

  • Performance –Twisting The Night Away

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OCTOBER 16TH

STYLE

Waterproof but fashionable

Hat, Primark £7

Trench, Debenhams £45

Polo neck, M&Co £16

Jeans, Dorothy Perkins £25

Boots, Primark £25

Gloves, lipsy @ bank fashion £15

 

Warm

Jacket, North Ridge @ GoOutdoors.co.uk , £67 Neck warmer, North Ridge @ GoOutdoors.co.uk £22.50 Jeans, Wallis, £35 Boots, SimplyBe £90 Hat, M&Co £10

 

Loungewear

Pyjamas, F&F @ TescoClothing.com £18

Dressing Gown, Debenhams £50

Slippers, Ted Baker £55

 

Winter accessories:

 

Microwaveable slippers £23.99

Neck warmer £13.99

Both at HotWaterBottleShop.co.uk

 

Gel Hand warmers £4.99

Electric hand warmer £13.99

GoOutDoors.co.uk

 

Motion Suit, Summit Rrp £99.99

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OCTOBER 9th

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Angela Griffin

From tottering on t’cobbles in Corrie to playing a classy crimper in Cutting It, Angela Griffin, 38, has carved a niche as one of our most recognisable actresses. She’s hitting the small screen again to join the cast of ITV detective drama Lewis and joins Alan to talk about her new role.

https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/lewis

 

The Rise of Erotica

50 shadesWith a recent survey finding that over half – 53% to be precise – of British women are reading erotic fiction, we’re asking whether this publishing revolution points to a greater sexuality equality beyond the bookshelves. Are British women getting what they want? Our guests are:

Tracey Cox, sex expert and author: http://www.traceycox.com/

Joanne Grant, Senior Editor at Mills & Boon:  http://www.millsandboon.co.uk/

 

Arabella Weir

arabellaOne of our funniest comedians, best known for her “Does my bum look big in this” character in the BBC sketch comedy The Fast Show, Arabella Weir has turned her writing skills to a new book for children, The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Rise-Tabitha-Baird/dp/1848124198

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World War One in Colour

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of WW1. To mark this, Freemantle Media International have re-released their television series World War 1 in Colour on a 2-disc DVD. We are used to seeing WW1 in black and white but now we can see how it truly was. Historian Kate Williams is joined by two people who set up the WW1 Veterans Association, Dennis and Brenda Goodwin to help us remember the key points and people of WW1. 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/World-War-In-Colour-Complete/dp/B0000BXBX8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408368517&sr=8-1&keywords=world+war+1+in+colou

 

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OCTOBER 2nd

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COMEDY WITH MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE

Comedian, satirist, panel host, broadcaster … podium dancer and oil rig worker? It seems there’s a lot we don’t know about Marcus Brigstocke who’s here here to talk about his new 49 date UK stand-up tour ‘Je m’accuse – I Am Marcus’ which started on the 16th September.

JE M’ACCUSE – I AM MARCUS” IS TOURING ACROSS THE UK THIS AUTUMN TILL DECEMBER 17TH

 

MEN’S PANTS with Stylist Faye Sawyer

Model One: James, David Gandy for Marks and Spencer, £20 for 2.

Model Two: Matthew, Calvin Klein @ Debenhams, £41 for 3

Model Three: Spencer, Man Shaper, George @ Asda £10

 

 

FACIAL FITNESS

Anti-ageingeva is big business with cosmetic companies and medical manufacturers creating ever new inventive ways to halt the march of time. But what if there was a way to stop the wrinkles without going under the knife? Enter facial fitness practitioner Eva Fraser.

http://www.evafraser.com/

 

Eva’s tips for looking younger skin

  • Wash your face in the morning, then rinse thoroughly with 20 splashes of warm water and dry thoroughly
  • Apply a raisin-sized blob of simple face cream.
  • Make-up, including foundation, is a good defence against the elements.
  • Avoid using night cream. “It makes your skin too soft and I think it actually causes wrinkles,’’ says Eva. ‘‘It’s the reason why you wake up with those big creases down your face.”
  • If you wear makeup, thoroughly remove it with cleanser every evening.
  • Wash off traces of cleanser with a face wash and rinse thoroughly.
  • Dry skin well and buff with a soft towel till skin tingles.
  • Make your own products. “A little caster sugar in some moisturiser makes an excellent exfoliant. Every two to four weeks is sufficient,” says Fraser. “And I do rub my body with a handful of salt in the shower about once a week.”

 

KATH MILLSMIND READING MAGIC

Derren Brown, David Blaine and Dynamo have proved that Britain has an appetite for magic and illusion. Katherine Mills is a new kind of magician set to take the UK by storm.

Katherine Mills is a magician, illusionist, mind reader, psychologist and sociologist; her new show “Katherine Mills: Mind Games” (Watch, Thursday 9pm) is a combination of all of these in which she performs stunning acts of mind control on the British public.

http://watch.uktv.co.uk/shows/katherine-mills-mind-games/

 

Midnight-TangoTANGO WITH VINCENT & FLAVIA

Fresh from wowing audiences across the country, former Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace bring their brand new show to the West End for a limited 10 week run. Dance ‘til Dawn, a show straight from the Golden Age of Hollywood will open at the Aldwych Theatre, London on Thursday 23rd October.

 

 http://www.midnighttango.co.uk/

 

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25th SEPTEMBER

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HISTORY WITH EARL SPENCER

Earl Charles Spencer joins Alan to talk about his new book, ‘The Killers of the King’.  Earl Spencer is the younger brother of Diana Princess of Wales, he is the maternal uncle to Prince William and Prince Harry, and great-uncle to Prince George.

Charles is the author of several well received history books including ‘Althorp: the story of an English House’, ‘The Spencers: a personal History of an English Family’, ‘Blenheim, Battle for Europe’, ‘Prince Rupert – The Last Cavalier’ and now ‘Killers of the King, The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I’.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Killers-King-Dared-Execute-Charles/dp/1408851709

 

FABULOUS FASHION FOR THE FULLER FIGURE

Details of clothes worn:

photoToni (Waisted plum dress)

Dress, Debenhams Petite, £45
Shoes, Matalan, £12
Necklace,  Freedom @ Topshop £14

Natasha (Printed dress)

Dress, Wallis, £45
Shoes, Primark, £10
Necklace, Claire’s, £16

Jayne (Colour blocking)

Dress, Marks & Spencer, £45
Jacket, Evans, £35
Shoes, Primark, £10
Necklace, Matalan, £10

 

 

BARRY CRYERCOMEDY WITH BARRY CRYER

Veteran of British comedy, writer and performer Barry Cryer OBE is on the show to talk about his favourite comedians including star of comedy classic Bilko, Phil Silvers.  The series is available on DVD.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sgt-Bilko-Silvers-Complete-Collection/dp/B00JDCZHVI

House SpiderSPIDER INVASION

The spiders are coming! It’s that time of year again as all manner of spiders, insects and creepy crawlies make their way home into your home.

Experts have indicated that this year there will be many more spiders around in autumn due to our long warm summer. Are spiders really our little eight-legged foes or should we learn to embrace them? Spider-man, Dr George McGavin is here to answer all our arachnid-based questions.

Spider Catchers:

Spider Catcher Vacuum is from Lakeland £9.99 http://www.lakeland.co.uk/20455/Spider-Catcher

 

Spider Catcher – Yellow from Primrose £6.99 http://www.primrose.co.uk/spider-catcher-yellow-p-2294.html?src=product_header

 

Green Bug Buddy from Zoomed.com  £4.21 http://zoomed.com/db/products/EntryDetail.php?EntryID=9&DatabaseID=2&SearchID=5

 

Spandau-Ballet-in-1983SPANDAU BALLET – SOUNDS OF THE 80’S

Shaping the style and sound of the 80’s, Spandau Ballet thrilled with their flamboyant frills and new-romantic smash hits. Now a new archive documentary about the formation, fame, breakup and reunion of the band is being released. ‘Soul Boys of the Western World, Spandau Ballet: The Movie’ is a voyage through the 80’s with one of the decade’s most iconic bands.

Tony Hadley (lead vocalist) is on the show to talk about the new film which includes a live screening across the UK and Ireland followed by a live gig at The Royal Albert Hall, and a new greatest hits album. Tony is also performing the hits of Spandau Ballet with the Southbank Sinfonia orchestra in 10 show tour.

Soul Boys of the Western World in on general release from 3rd October

Tony is on tour from throughout October

 

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18TH  SEPTEMBER 

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SANDIE SHAW

A very special guest, singer and 60’s icon Sandie Shaw is coming on the show to give an exclusive TV interview about celebrating 50 years in the music industry. She also has a new single out called ‘Riot Pictures’ co-written/produced with Neil Davidge (Massive Attack).

 

 

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Presenter Lisa Snowdon joins us to talk about the new series of Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose for Channel 4 (made by Spun Gold TV). The first episode airs on Saturday (20th September) 9am Channel 4.

 

RAQUEL CASSIDY

Downton Abbey actor Raquel Cassidy, who plays Phyllis Baxter, Lady’s Maid to Cora, joins us to talk about the return of the blockbuster series on 21st September Sunday ITV 9pm

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THURSDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2014

 

BRIAN MCFADDEN

Irish crooner, and lead singer of pop sensation Westlife, Brian McFadden joins us in the studio to talk about his new ITV daytime series “Who’s Doing The Dishes?”

As part of boy band Westlife, Brian sold over 50 million records worldwide and achieved 12 UK Number 1’s. Following his departure from Westlife in 2004 he’s released four solo albums and various chart-topping singles including “Real to me” and “Just say so”.

“Who’s Doing The Dishes?” – Brian’s New Show

Transmission, weekdays ITV 4:00-5:00pm, follows Alan Titchmarsh Show

Featured celebrities: Louis Walsh, Claire Richards, Amy Childs, Jo Wood, Tina Malone, Wes Brown, Dane Bowers, Alison Hammond, Toyah Wilcox, Sian Lloyd, Vincent Simone, Cheryl Baker, Martin Offiah, Michelle Heaton, Gillian McKeith and Jo McElderry.

 

STYLE FILE

We take three case studies who, as older women, have reached a style and beauty rut. In the capable hands of our top style team we show them how to transform their look and boost their confidence through expert advice and practical steps that can be easily recreated at home.

richard wardMEET THE EXPERTS:

  • Richard Ward – celebrity hairdresser
  • Faye Sawyer – stylist to the stars (Sophie Ellis Bextor, Alesha Dixon)
  • Nadine Baggot – beauty expert

Richard’s Top Tips for managing older hair:

  • How to avoid orange hair when using home dyes – don’t be too ambitious in changing colour and buy the best one you can afford. Consider a salon if possible.
  • Anti-ageing tips for hair – use products with keratin and argan oil to replace natural loss associated with the ageing process.
  • How to fight frizz and keeping hair in good condition. Again, use keratin and argan oil products and combine with regular cutting to avoid broken hair.

 

Faye’s Top Tips on looking stylish while dressing your age:

  • Dress for comfort as well as style
  • Avoid buying the same thing every time!

Faye sourced the following for our viewer:

Dress, Debenhams £35
Necklace, Freedom @ Topshop £14.50
Clutch, Primark £6
Shoes, Primark £10

Nadine’s Top Tips for older skin:

  • Try primers and serums to create a smoother base
  • Use a lighter hand with make up as you get older
  • Use sun screen to avoid further ageing
  • Add some definition to your face with a wax based eyebrow colour
  • Coral based blushers will highlight without adding to redness
  • Look at celebs like Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston

 

HISTORY

Royal rebels

Prince Harry Visits NottinghamPrince Harry, coming up to his 30th birthday, was once considered the royal rebel, but with his 30th birthday next week, and the Invictus Games starting Wednesday – he is a Royal Rebel no more! Historian Kate Williams, will be in to talk us through the royals rebels of history!

Dr Kate Williams has an undergraduate degree from Oxford, an MA from Queen Marys and a PHD from Oxford. Her fourth history book was published last year, and her second novel was published this summer,

 

NANA MOUSKOURI 

Legendary singer and one of the best selling female artists of all time, Nana Mouskouri is celebrating a landmark birthday (her 80th) with a world tour which reaches the UK at the end of September. She joins us to talk about the tour and accompanying album Happy Birthday Tour.

With more than 350 million units sold worldwide, Nana’s recordings have outsold the Beatles and Elvis Presley combined.

HER UK TOUR DATES ARE:

  • London, Royal Albert Hall: 25th September (7 years since her last performance there)
  • Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall: 29th September  
  • Manchester, The Bridgewater Hall: 30th September  

 

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Nana Mouskouri

 

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Details of previous features on The Alan Titchmarsh Show from series 14:

Our beautiful set this series includes :

Gorgeous White Table and Chairs supplied by LondonFurnitureonline.co.uk

Kitchen equipment with thanks to Lakeland.co.uk

Faux flowers supplied by peony.co.uk

The Alan Titchmarsh Show

John Craven

Thursday 20th March

John Craven

John was born in 1940, in Leeds, and he first became interested in a career in the media when he began working on the Church Magazine. In the 1970’s and 80’s he famously co-hosted the Saturday morning TV show ‘Swap Shop’ alongside Noel Edmonds, Keith Chegwin and Maggie Philbin.

John joins Alan to talk about his role as presenter of  ‘Countryfile’ for the BBC.

In late spring ‘Countryfile’ will be launching a photographic competition, where the best 12 photos which have been sent in by viewers will be chosen to make up a Countryfile Calendar. The calendar will be sold in aid of BBC Children In Need.

In the competition last year ‘Countryfile’ received 57,000 entries. John leads the judging panel and has been involved with the calendar since it was launched in 2000. Over the years the Countryfile calendar has raised more than £6.3m for Children In Need.

The Alan Titchmarsh Show

The Overtones

The Overtones

The Overtones are a five-piece vocal harmony group consisting of Lachie, Mark, Timmy, Mike and Darren from England, Ireland and Australia. They all share a love of 1950s, R&B and pop music.

The Overtones’ debut album ‘Good Ol’ Fashioned Love’ entered the UK Albums Chart at number 16 in November 2010. However, after the re-release of the album in March 2011, it made it to number 4 in the charts and has now sold over 500,000 copies.

For more information, check out their website at www.theovertones.tv

The Alan Titchmarsh Show

Melinda Messenger

Melinda Messenger

Melinda will be at The Ideal Home Show this year which runs from 14th to the 30th March at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London. It is 106th year of The Ideal Home Show and this year Melinda will be representing the Women’s home section.

Also appearing at the show will be Gregg Wallace, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, George Clarke, Diarmuid Gavin, Suzi Perry and Martin Lewis.

Thursday 13th March 2014

Alistair McGowan

Impressionist and comedian Alistair McGowan joins Alan to discuss his reprised role as Henry Higgins in the 100th anniversary production of ‘Pygmalion’.

Alastair McGowan reprises his West End role as Henry Higgins for a second time in a new production of Bernard Shaw’s best-known play ‘Pygmalion’. Alistair previously played the role of Henry in 2011, when he took over the role from Rupert Everett in his last three weeks of playing the character.

The new production of the play will embark on a sixteen week national tour from the 24th February beginning at the Cambridge Arts Theatre and ending on the 16th June at the Norwich Theatre Royal. Full tour dates are available on Alistair’s website here. 

Marti Pellow

Wet Wet Wet frontman and West End superstar Marti Pellow joins us today to talk about last year’s reunion tour with the multi-platinum selling Wets, as well as his current return to the stage playing a bearded Che in the UK tour of musical masterpiece, Evita.

For ticket and date information, visit Marti’s website www.martipellowofficial.co.uk

Makeover 

Viv Stevens is in our audience today under the impression that she is here because it is World Kidney Day, when in fact she has been nominated for a surprise makeover by her daughter, Gemma! Five years ago selfless Viv donated a kidney to Gemma, and now Gemma wants to say thank you. Here to give this lovely lady a well-deserved makeover is our style expert Myleene Klass, and hairdresser Richard Ward.

Viv :

Dress, Phase Eight £99

Shoes, M&S £29.50

Necklace Freedom @ Topshop £14


Thursday 6th March 2014

The Alan Titchmarsh Show
Dress: Phase Eight £69
Shoes: Primark £12
Necklace: Claire’s Accessories £10

Marvellous Makeover

(above)
Dress: Phase Eight £69

Shoes: Primark £12

Necklace: Claire’s Accessories £10

Memory Man : David Thomas

DAVID’S TOP MEMORY TIPS: David practises memory for a few hours a week but when he is competing he will lock himself away for six hours a day to practise, “It’s like riding a bike now I can pick it up easily when I need to.” David helps his memory using techniques, “I remember in images and locations rather than numbers.” These are David’s top tips:

  1. Think in images – If I give you the word breakfast, chances are you are thinking about food, not the black word ‘breakfast’ on a white background. Use more images and the more emotive the better – crazy, stupid, colourful, animated images.
  2. Memorise information using the Journey Technique – Take the key information, create an image for each one and place round somewhere you know. If you have to remember to have a dentist appointment, imagine a huge dentist drill in your front room.
  3. Remember names using the Association Technique – Take the name, turn it into an image and attach to the person. My name is David Thomas. Imagine me swinging a sling (as in David and Goliath) while playing with a train track (Thomas the Tank Engine).
  4. Look for patterns – I used to have a phone number that was 835428 which neatly fell into the two sums 8-3=5 and 4×2=8. This might seem highly coincidental but with numbers, there is often some pattern or connectivity.
  5. Organisation is key – Organisation is the key – break down information into the smallest bite sized chunks.
  6. Spelling – One thing that can make a professional look a little silly is basic bad spelling. Take stationery (office equipment) and stationary (stood still). I use the phrase “the car was stationary” to remind me that it i s”ar”.
  7. Reviewing information – Reviewing words helps cement it in. When it comes to names, put those of new people you meet into a notebook or a page on your phone. Go through them once a week and review the images you created for their name.

Thursday 27th February 2014

The Alan Titchmarsh Show

Frank Bruno

Frank Bruno


Legendary British boxer, Frank Bruno is on the show to talk about his role in mental health campaign, ‘Time to Change’. Frank was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003.
He is now fully recovered and staying positive saying, ‘It’s time to talk, it’s time to change.’
Time to Change is an anti-stigma campaign run by the leading mental health charities, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
Working together they aim to end the discrimination that surrounds mental health, combining their knowledge, skills and expertise.
The campaign is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund.
Its first phase ran from 2007 – 2011. It is now in its second phase, which will run until March 2015. It is the first project in England hoping to change behavior, rather than just attitudes.
For more info on Frank Bruno and the Time To Change programme, click here 
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The Men’s Olympic Curling Team

Olympic Curling Team

The mens Olympic Curling Team are here, to allow us to congratulate them on their recent success.

Curling is believed to have begun in 16th century Scotland. The first use of the word in print was used in a poem in 1620. It was originally played by Scottish settlers who slid large river stones across frozen waterways. The sport was then taken to Canada, who has the most successful record in the sport.

They also host the annual World’s premier curling championships. In curling there are the positions of the ‘Leads’ who start the game, the ‘Sweepers’ who sweep the ice and the ‘Skip’ who takes the last shot. To play the game on ice you are required to wear curling shoes which have two different soles. The slider shoe is fitted with a Teflon sole which enables you to slide on the ice where as the non sliding shoe is made from rubber and designed to grip the ice.

Myleene and Richard’s Marvellous Makeover

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Pascalle
Dress, Jenny Packham @ Debenhams £180
Shoes, Marks and Spencer £19.50
Clutch, Claires £14.99
Earrings, Freedom @ Topshop £8.50

Pascalle (above)

Dress, Jenny Packham @ Debenhams £180
Shoes, Marks and Spencer £19.50
Clutch, Claires £14.99
Earrings, Freedom @ Topshop £8.50

Oscar Hair

Hair models (below)

Linner (gold dress)

Dress, Coast (In Sale) £75
Necklace, Wallis £16

Linda (lace dress)

Dress, Phase Eight £350
Earrings, Freedom @ Topshop £8.50

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Oscar Hair
Linner (gold dress)
Dress, Coast (In Sale) £75
Necklace, Wallis £16
Linda (lace dress)
Dress, Phase Eight £350
Earrings, Freedom @ Topshop £8.50

Thursday 20th February
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Laila Morse “Just A Mo”

Laila Morse

Laila Morse will be talking about the re-release of her autobiography ‘Just a Mo’. Laila is well known for her character of ‘Big Mo’ in Eastenders, which she left as a regular character in 2012.

Laila’s autobiography ‘Just a Mo’ focuses on her life, growing up and dealing with the constant obstacles that manage to come her way.

Pregnant at seventeen Laila had her hands full early on and life was too hard for her to worry about what the future had to hold.

Before becoming a film and TV actress, Laila who had previous jobs as a driver, cashier and factory worker. However it was in 1997 when she made her acting debut in Bafta award winning Nil by Mouth and since then she has never looked back.

For details on Laila’s book, click here. 

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Louis Smith

Gymnast Louis Smith is gearing up for The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer. He was the first British gymnast to win an individual Olympic medal for 100 years and has won more Olympic medals than any other British gymnast. The triple Olympic medallist won Strictly Come Dancing in 2012 with dance partner Flavia Cacace.

Little known fact : Louis auditioned for The X Factor in 2009 and made it to the fourth rounds of auditions. He sang in front of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole, and though they admired his muscles, they were less impressed with his singing.

“It was a bit of fun, I had to make a decision when I was 8 and got offered a scholarship in singing either to do that full time or carry on with gym. I chose gym” said Louis.

Despite choosing sport over music, Louis’ love of reggae still helps him through the big competitions. He has even made his own playlist to listen to on his headphones between events.

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Ben Garrod

Primatologist Ben Garrod is on the show to talk about his new 6 part BBC 4 series “The Secrets of Bones”.

Ben is an evolutionary biologist and bone enthusiast from Norfolk. His parents were busy publicans, so as a young child he spent a lot of time exploring the beaches with his Grandfather. It was then, at around 5 years old, that Ben first became fascinated with bones as he and his grandfather discovered several washed up on the shore.

At aged 10 a local art lecturer and regular at his parents’ pub, would bring in different items for Ben to draw every Sunday. When one week, the man brought him a sheep skull Ben knew that he wanted to work with bones.

Although he initially thought he wanted to be a doctor, Ben realised at 19 that it was animals that he wanted to work with.

After studying animal behaviour, a chance encounter with his hero Jane Goodall, and a lot of working abroad (Madagascar, Africa, Arctic), Ben eventually began his masters in Wild Animal Biology at the Royal Veterinary College of London.

Myleene’s Copycat Fashion

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Girls (above)
Rui (left)
Jacket, Iro @ www.TrilogyStores.co.uk £825
Top, Elizabeth & James @ www.TrilogyStores.co.uk  £210
Jean, Dorothy Perkins, £25
Shoes, New Look £24.99
Belle (right)
Jacket, Primark £25
Top, Matalan £12
Jeans, Frame @ www.TrilogyStores.co.uk  £209
Shoes, YSL £520

 

Menswear (below)
Lex (left)
Jacket, Debenhams, £95
Jumper, Marks & Spencer £35
Trousers, Ralph Lauren £240
Shoe, Grenson @ www.Question-Air.com £185
Bag, Mulberry £650
Andy: (right)
Jacket, Savoy Taylors Guild @ Moss Bros £399
Jumper, John Smedley £145
Trousers, Burton £20
Shoes, Primark £20
Bag, Marks & Spencer £74
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Thursday 13th February 2014
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Valerie Singleton

Valerie Singleton

English television and radio broadcaster Valerie Singleton joins Alan today to talk about being the face of the ‘Still Safe to Drive’ campaign which promotes safer use of the roads by senior drivers.

The campaign addresses why it is that crash risk increases over the age of 75.

Some of the most common errors in elderly driving are failing to give way, failing to stay in the correct lane, and misjudging the time and distance needed to turn into other traffic.

Valerie talks about the importance of staying physically fit, getting regular eye tests, and journey planning in order to reduce these common mistakes. She says that everyone must take responsibility for the safety of themselves and those around them, and the best way to do this is to follow the 7 simple tips.

SIMPLE TIPS FOR ELDERLY DRIVING

1.    HEALTH: Focus on your overall health. Do 15/20 minutes of exercise each day as it can keep muscle power from deteriorating as well as improve focus and motor skills. Ball sports in particular, encourage visual acuity and heightened motion detection.

2.    EYESIGHT: Eyesight deteriorates so make sure you go for regular tests, and can always read the licence plate from 20m away. If eye problems are picked up quickly, early intervention means things like cataracts can be fixed, or help can be given to extend your driving years. It’s important to check if visual reaction time is too slow as this can be extremely dangerous.

3.    DRIVING ASSESMENT: Get a driver MOT. It’s a great way of seeing how you are doing. Since the car has an MOT, why wouldn’t you? It’s just a refresher; it has been a while since you sat your test so why not have someone assess your weaknesses in order for you to address them.

4.    CAR CHECK: Ensure the car you drive is the most appropriate for your particular needs. Maybe you should consider a higher car so as to reduce difficulty getting in. Or, an automatic might ease discomfort for those suffering arthritis. The size of the speedometer and the strength of the headlights are also something to take into consideration when checking your car. Think about how your car might be adapted for functionality and ease of use.

5.    TAKE IT EASY: Only drive in full daylight. Don’t do journeys that cause stress or use unfamiliar roads. Try to use other forms of transport in rain or foggy conditions. Don’t over-exert yourself with long journeys.

6.    STILL LEARNING: Learn from mistakes and near misses. What could you do to make your actions less risky? Once you’re aware of a bad habit (perhaps pointed out by driver assessment) you can do something about it.

7.    PLAN YOUR JOURNEY: Avoid using roads when they are busy. Choose less stressful, quieter routes that you know well. Use sat navs to help remind you of your route, and plan routes that include rest breaks if necessary. Don’t take long journeys, or journeys that might involve driving darkness or bad visibility.

For more information visit the website www.stillsafetodrive.org.uk

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Richard and Adam

Richard and Adam

Richard (22) and Adam (19) are on the show to perform SOMEWHERE from West Side Story and to promote their new UK tour. They became successful after their appearance on Britains Got Talent in 2013, in which they finished in third place.

NEW UK TOUR: Richard and Adam will be singing a wide variety of songs on their first ever UK tour, from classic love ballads to their trademark, powerful The Impossible Dream. Their tour will feature guest star Charlotte Jaconelli, the talented classical singing 18 year old, who, along with her usual singing partner, Jonathan Antoine, also shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, performing in front of an audience of 14 million. The tour launches at Basingstoke Anvil Arts on Saturday February 15th and runs until March 12th taking place at nineteen different locations.

Full tour details are available here 
Thursday 6th February 2014
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Extreme Angler Jeremy Wade

Jeremy Wade

For over 25 years angler and adventurer Jeremy Wade has been travelling to the world’s most remote rivers, searching for the hidden beasts that lie beneath and for the past five years he has been displaying his extraordinary, and sometimes terrifying, findings in hit TV series ‘River Monsters.’

Today, Jeremy joins us to talk about the fifth series of ‘River Monsters’, as well as giving an insight into the mysteries of the murky depths with a live demonstration involving a real life river monster, the red-tailed catfish.

The red-tailed catfish on set was kindly supplied by The Aquatic Centre, Bristol – quite a way for the fish to travel in a day!

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Harry Shearer

Best known as the familiar voice of some of our much loved Simpson’s characters, Harry Shearer has one of the most varied careers in showbiz, from his comedic acting and singing excellence with Spinal Tap, his radio projects on both sides of the Atlantic, and now he shines in his role as writer and actor in a new comedy drama series based around American President, Richard Nixon.

Harry is best known for providing the voices of some of our much loved Simpsons characters including Principal Skinner, Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman,  Dr. Hibbert, Otto Mann, and Lenny Leonard.

Initially, Harry was reluctant to join The Simpsons as he was unaware the actors would record their lines together – “I knew a lot of people who worked in animation voices, and from what I had learned about animation, I thought it might be an industrial process. But ‘The Simpsons’ wasn’t.

We’d do the shows pretty much straight through and we worked together as a cast.” Harry says that he is often asked to do his Simpsons voices – “Whether they’re a five year old girl or a 70 year old man, when they see the voice come out of a human body they all get the same look of bewilderment, surprise and delight. It’s really fun to see that.”

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Lee Hurst

Lee Hurst first made us all laugh back in 1995 when he was a regular fixture on comedy panel show, ‘They Think It’s All Over’. Now, 19 years on, after many a health hiccup, Lee is still spreading his cheer as he sets out to find what makes the people of Britain tick in new UK Tour ‘Things That Make You Go Aaarggh.’ Lee joins us today to talk his personal bug bears, his side project as a property developer, and Gary Linekar.

For full details of the tour, please click here

DING DONG

Shower cubicle kindly supplied by www.victoriaplumb.com

Marvellous Makeover

We’ve a treat in store for a lovely couple today.

Gladys:

Dress, Monsoon £59
Bolero, Monsoon £29

Bill:

Jacket, Jasper Conran at Debenhams £85
Jumper, Primark £15
Chinos, Maine £39.99
Shoes, Primark £15

Thursday 30th January 2014

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Ben Fogle in Channel 5’s return of Ben Fogle – New Lives In The Wild

Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle joins Alan to talk about the return of Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild which returns to Channel 5 for a second series this Friday 31st January at 9pm.

In the series Ben Fogle joins a variety of brave individuals who chose to venture down a very alternative path to everyday life. In the first episode Ben meets 64 year old eccentric Colbert who quit his job as a financial planner and sold everything, including his huge house, to move to the swampland in his home state of Georgia.

Since participating in the BBC reality show Castaway in 2000, Ben Fogle (40) has gone on to establish a career as an adventurer, writer and presenter. He has presented numerous programmes including Crufts, Animal Park, Wild in Africa, and Countryfile. When he’s not travelling the world, he lives with his wife Marina and their two children Ludo (4) and Iona (2). His mother is actress Julia Foster and his father was broadcast vet Bruce Fogle (both have now retired).

Ben used to want to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a vet but, changed his mind and chose to study Latin American Studies at the University of Costa Rica and University of Portsmouth instead. Here he enrolled as an Officer in the Royal Naval Reserve, as a Midshipman. Ben has his ocean master certificate, and is a qualified dinghy sailor, as well as being fluent in Spanish.

He also writes for the Sunday Telegraph, and Independent, as well as having written 6 books including he and James Cracknell’s book ‘Race to The Pole’, which was a top 10 bestseller. Ben is an ambassador for WWF, Medecins Sans Frontier and Tusk, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the President of the Campaign for National Parks. In addition, Ben is a special correspondent for NBC in the U.S.

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Jenny Seagrove in Fallen Angels

Jenny Seagrove

Actress Jenny Seagrove will be making the studio just that little bit more classy today as she talks to Alan about her forthcoming play. As one of the UK’s most respected actresses Jenny’s prolific theatre career has seen her play the lead in almost every West End playhouse.

Jenny is on the show to talk about her role as Julia in Noel Coward’s ‘Fallen Angels’ which is touring the UK and is currently being performed at The Rose Theatre in Kingston till the 1st February.

It will then go on to be performed at seven other theatres till the 29th March 2014. She is also known to millions of TV viewers as barrister Jo Mills in the BAFTA award winning ‘Judge John Deed’ or the memorable character of Emma Harte in ‘A Woman of Substance’.

Richard and Myleene’s Marvellous Makeover

Award-winning celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward is one of the industry’s leading lights, and the media’s ‘most wanted’ hairdresser. Pioneer of the ‘Super Salon’ concept, his uber-cool award-winning Sloane Square salon plays host to a team of 75 expert staff, looking after the hair and beauty needs of over 1,000 clients per week including a glittering list of celebrities. For more information on Richard and his salon, check out his website here

Suit Item

Jim

3 piece suit M&S £199

Charles

Jacket £179

Trousers £100

Both from Ted Baker @ Moss Bros

Ben Fogle

Jacket and trousers Hammond & Co @ Debenhams £249

Gerald – makeover reveal 

Trousers and Jacket £75 Matalan

Shirt £18 Burton

Shoes M&S £65

Tie £4 Primark

Foxes

Simon King is a British television presenter and cameraman, specialising in nature documentaries. Simon has been working in the field of natural history film making for over 30 years. He has worked on shows including BBC’s Springwatch, Autumnwatch, Planet Earth and Big Cat Diary. Simon’s love of wildlife began as he was born in Kenya Africa, his first career choice was to become an elephant when he grew up! Simon has been interested in foxes since he was a little boy and at the age of ten he acted in the TV film The Fox.

For more information on Simon and his work, visit his website at http://www.simonkingwildlife.com

Thursday 23rd January 2014

Pauline McLynn

We’ll have to put the kettle on for Pauline McLynn today, as the much-loved actress joins Alan to talk about her role in the Knight of the Burning Pestle at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London.  Probably best known for her role as housekeeper Mrs Doyle  in the C4 comedy Father Ted, Pauline will be without her signature tea tray today and it’s definitely our turn to make a brew!

For ticket information please click here 

Joe Pasquale

Everybody’s favourite squeaky-voiced comedian Joseph Ellis Pasquale joins in the fun to talk about the Monty Python musical, Spamalot.  Once King of the jungle, Joe is returning to his role as King Arthur in the hit west end show at The Playhouse Theatre on January 20th.

Joe took part in our Mastermind Quiz, and we are very grateful to Dave Rothery, professor of planetary geosciences at the Open University. Here are the questions and answers.

1 Which tends to cause the worst tsunamis: earthquakes or volcanic eruptions?

A:  Earthquakes

2 Name an eruption in the 1800s that DID cause a devastating tsunami

A: Krakatau (Krakatoa) in 1883

3 Which mineral is hardest: pyroxene or serpentine?

A: Pyroxene

4 Which of these is not a metamorphic rock: gneiss, granite, schist?

A: Granite

5 How many millions of years ago did the dinosaurs go extinct?

A: 65 million

6 What is a pluton?

A: A large body of igneous rock intruded at depth

7 What type of volcanoes are Mauna Loa and Kilauea?

A:  (Basaltic) shield volcanoes (in Hawaii)

8 What is the main chemical component of limestone?

A:  Calcium carbonate

9 To what phylum did trilobites belong?

A: Arthropoda (arthropods)

10 What is a barchan?

A: A type of sand dune (crescent shaped)

11 What forms deeper underground: oil or natural gas?

A: Gas

12 Who was the first person to correctly describe how coral atolls form

A: Charles Darwin

13 What is a trace fossil?

A: A fossilized track  or burrow

14 when did the last ice sheets retreat from Britain – 15,000  , 150,000 , or 15 million years ago?

A: 15,000

15 What are measured on the Richter scale?

A: Earthquakes (amplitude at their source)

Myleene and Richard’s Magical Makeover

Dress, M&S £79
Clutch, Primark £10
Shoes, Matalan £15
Necklace, Claire’s £8

Tim Healy – sadly Tim was unable to join us in the studio due to being unwell – get well soon Tim!

Jake Canuso stepped into his shoes to talk about the lat

est series of Benidorm.

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The cast from Benidorm

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