The Magicians

Based on the best-selling books by Lev Grossman, the Magicians follows socially withdrawn teen Quentin Coldwater as he finds himself admitted to Brakebills, an exclusive college for the magically gifted.

The Magicians is coming to 5STAR on Thursday 5th May.

Up Late With Rylan – Coming soon to Channel 5


From the heart of London’s West End, Channel 5 is unleashing Rylan Clark-Neal for late night fun and frivolity in Up Late With Rylan, airing throughout May.  This lively and irreverent late night show will be packed full of engaging celebrities, social buzz, live music and mischievous late night games.  Featuring a live studio audience, the series will be interactive and edgy and if you’re not ready for bed, stay up late with Rylan!

Filmed on the evening of transmission from The Hospital Club in Central London this exciting fast- turnaround show is truly topical and means Rylan and his guests can cover the very latest news, and gossip.  An inclusive, hilarious and mischievous nightly treat, there will be engaging items around each well-known guest star and Rylan will be joined by a variety of music acts during the series.

Talking about his new show, Rylan Clark-Neal said: “I’m delighted to be hosting my very own show. I can’t wait to get started and show you how much fun we’re all going to have together.  I can promise you it will be lively but light hearted, energetic and always entertaining – welcome to my world!

Up Late with Rylan will air from early May.

 

Jamie Lawson to appear on Neighbours

For UK singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson, the impact of his hit single Wasn’t Expecting That continues to provide opportunities he wasn’t expecting, including a cameo role on Neighbours, which he filmed earlier this week in Melbourne.

A long-time fan of the show, Jamie performs a ballad from his chart-topping self-titled album, his first under Ed Sheeran’s label, Gingerbread Man Records.

Jamie Lawson Neighbours

“I’ve watched Neighbours for years and have always been a fan of Toadie (Ryan Molony) and Stefan Dennis is a legend, a larger-than-life character,” said Jamie, who is currently touring Australia.

While producers are tight-lipped about the acclaimed musician’s appearance, word on television’s most famous street is that his Neighbours debut will bring together two of the show’s love-struck characters.

Jamie’s episode will air in coming months on Channel 5.

Episode 4 – Useful Contacts

PARAGANGLIOMA – Jessica Ashcroft

Paragangliomas are tumours that spring from the cells that form part of the nervous system and can cause severe disruption in the body. Although often benign they grow alongside key organs anywhere between the neck and pelvis. There is no cure and surgery is the best way to treat the tumours.

For more information on the condition please go to  http://www.netpatientfoundation.org/

 

TRANSVERSE MYELITIS – Michael Hayden

Transverse Myelitis is a neurological condition where the body’s immune system becomes mis-programmed and antibodies attack the insulating layer around the nerves in the spinal cord. This can result in severe symptoms such as limb weakness, back pain, and temporary lower body paralysis.

For more information on the condition please go to  http://www.myelitis.org.uk/

 

ACROMEGALY – Dan Jeffries

Acromegaly is a condition where the over-production of growth hormone leads to the gradual but excessive growth. The most common symptoms include unusually big hands and feet along with large facial features. Acromegaly is usually caused by a benign tumour in the pituitary gland, where growth hormone is produced.

For more information on the condition please go to  http://www.pituitary.org.uk/information/pituitary-conditions/acromegaly/

Helplines and support groups

If you or anyone you know has been affected by any of the issues featured in the episode 5 of The Tube: Going Underground, please take some time to read the following helpful information.

Helplines and support groups

We know it can be difficult to pick up the phone, but reach out to somebody and let them know how you are feeling.

  • Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org.
  • Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
  • Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesn’t have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information.
  • Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.

Help for young men

Men may be more likely to avoid or ignore problems and many are reluctant to talk about their feelings or seek help when they need it.

A support group called the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)is an excellent resource for young men who are feeling unhappy. As well as their website, CALM also has a helpline (0800 58 58 58).

Custard, shortbread and rhubarb compote

Custard filling:

Ingredients (serves six):

6 free-range egg yolks

50-75 golden caster sugar

500ml whipping cream

Freshly grated nutmeg

Method:

Preheat oven down to 120c°/gas mark 1.

Bring cream to a simmer in a saucepan.

Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Add the cream, whisking continuously and mix well. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a pouring jug. Leave to rest for a minute or two then spoon off the frothy head that has formed.

Place 6 ramekins into a deep baking tray and pour in the custard mix into them.

Place the baking tray into the oven and pour in enough hot water into the tray to come halfway up the ramekin outsides.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the custards are just set but still a bit wobbly in the middle.

Remove from the oven, take ramekins out of the baking tray and grate the surfaces liberally with freshly grated nutmeg. Allow to cool before serving.

Alternatively: pour custard into rectangular baking dish and bake/set as one.

 

 

Shortbread biscuits:

Ingredients (serves six):

250g salted butter, softened

110g golden caster sugar,

plus more to sprinkle

250g plain flour, plus more to dust

125g cornflour

Pinch of salt
Method:

Preheat the oven to 170ºC/fan

Cream butter and sugar

Sift in flours and salt

Roll into sausage, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30mins

Cut into rounds and bake 15-20mins

Sprinkle with extra sugar and allow to rest.

Note: can be made a day or two in advance and stored in airtight container.

 

For the rhubarb compote:

Ingredients:

500ml water

250ml golden caster sugar

Vanilla pod/ tsp of Vanilla paste

Zest of half an Orange

400g Rhubarb (Cut into 2-3cm chunks)
Method:

In a saucepan, add water, sugar, vanilla and orange zest.

Bring to a vigorous boil, add the rhubarb, place lid on and take off the heat.

Leave to stand for 5-6mins with a lid on. With a slotted spoon, remove rhubarb and vanilla and rest in a bowl until needed.

Bring liquid (sugar syrup) back to the boil and reduce to a sticky glaze.

Pour over rhubarb and gently stir through.

Lamb skewers with fig relish and cauliflower cous cous

Ingredients:

450g/1lb lamb neck fillets or shoulder, cut into 2.5cm/1 inch cubes
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
30ml/2tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
30ml/2tsp freshly chopped coriander
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
10ml/2tsp ground paprika
5ml/1tsp ground cumin
15ml/1tbsp distilled or white wine vinegar
10ml/2tsp rapeseed or olive oil

For the Fig Relish:

100g/4oz prepared pomegranate seeds
50g/2oz dried figs, finely chopped
1 small handful freshly chopped mint
5ml/1tsp pomegranate molasses (available in the world food aisle of large supermarkets)
20ml/4tsp rapeseed or olive oil
1.25ml/¼tsp ground cumin


For the Cauliflower Couscous:

1 medium cauliflower, outer leaves removed (florets should weigh 350g/12oz) and roughly chopped
30ml/2tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
1 small red onion, peeled and cut into small wedges
15ml/1tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
30ml/2tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
30ml/2tbsp freshly chopped mint


Method:

1. Put the lamb cubes in a large bowl and add all the onion, herbs, oil, vinegar and seasonings. Mix well, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, or if time allows, overnight.
2. To prepare the fig relish; in a medium-sized bowl mix all the ingredients and set aside.
3. To prepare the cauliflower `couscous’; put the cauliflower florets in a food processor and `pulse’ until the mixture resembles couscous or small grains.
4. Thread the lamb onto 4-6 metal or wooden skewers (previously soaked in water for 20 minutes). Cook under a preheated, moderate grill for 4-6 minutes on each side.
5. Meanwhile, prepare the couscous; heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over moderate heat. Add the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the cauliflower and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until the mixture turns golden brown.
6. Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice, seasoning and herbs.
7. Spoon the cauliflower couscous onto a large plate or platter, position the skewers on top and serve with the fig relish.

Episode 3 – Useful contacts

FOREIGN ACCENT SYNDROME – Julie Matthias

Foreign Accent Syndrome is a very rare condition where the sufferer suddenly finds themselves speaking differently, as if they were speaking their own language but with a foreign accent. The cause of this condition can be physical damage to the brain/nervous system, or psychological issues.

REIS BUCKLERS CORNEAL DYSTROPHY- Andy Killick

Reis Bucklers corneal dystrophy is an extremely rare genetic disorder that gradually erodes the surface of both eyes, which can cause blindness. Usually inherited, symptoms include decreased vision, irritation in the eyes and sensitivity to light.

For more information on the condition please go to  http://www.cornealdystrophyfoundation.org/


DERMOGRAPHIA – Michelle Inch

Dermographia  is a skin condition which is also known as skin writing due to the ability to draw on the  skin with just a small pressure. As part of our immune system, mast cells in the skin release chemicals to defend the body. But with dermographia these cells are in a constantly aggravated state and overreact to the slightest touch, causing raised itchy bumps.

For more information on the condition please go to  https://www.facebook.com/skinwriting

James Murray, Lenora Crichlow and Perry Fitzpatrick join the cast of Suspects

Suspects returns to Channel 5 later this year for a fifth series and introduces three new cast members. James Murray (Cucumber, New Tricks, Defiance), Lenora Crichlow (Being Human, Fast Girls, Sugar Rush, Black Mirror) and Perry Fitzpatrick (This is England) will join original cast members Damien Molony (Being Human, Ripper Street) and Clare-Hope Ashitey (Doctor Foster, Top Boy, The White King and I.T.) in the gripping and innovative crime drama series.

The brand new series will launch with the shocking discovery of D.I. Martha Bellamy’s body by her daughter Daisy (Alexa Davis).  It appears she’s been fatally shot in her own home, and with her father missing too, Daisy immediately calls D.S Jack Weston (Damien Molony).  Leading this traumatic investigation is D.C.I Drummond (James Murray) with his trusted team T.D.C Gary Roscoe (Perry Fitzpatrick) and D.S Alisha Brooks (Lenora Crichlow). Together with D.C Charlie Steele and D.S Jack Weston, they leave no stone unturned in the hunt to find the killer.

As the pressure to find the killer mounts, tensions within the new team inevitably creep in as they navigate their new working relationship.  DCI Drummond is a strong alpha male whose desire to control all elements of the investigation leads to clashes with the more gung-ho approach of D.S. Weston.  Weston also has private concerns about D.S. Alisha Brooks’ loyalty, believing she is just a spy for DCI Drummond, and her work in the Department of Professional Standards only adds to his suspicions.  Meanwhile, T.D.C Gary Roscoe appears to be a straight-forward copper who only wants to get results.

With the dialogue improvised by the actors – and filming techniques and a directorial approach more associated with factual programming and fly-on-the-wall documentaries – Suspects subverts and innovates the crime genre whilst delivering a face paced, gripping story.

The series has attracted universal acclaim; the Daily Telegraph called the programme “effective and smart”, The Times wrote that Suspects was “a triumph of accurately observed procedure” and the Daily Mail described the show as “powerful, original viewing”.

Suspects series 5 will air on Channel 5 later this year.

 

Watch series 4 of Suspects on My5

Do’s and don’ts for a first date to remember

We’ve all got an idea of our perfect date partner, whether you want yours dressed up to the nines in eight inch heels or giving off a cooler vibe in a beanie and trainers, there are a few universal rules to help ensure the first date isn’t the last.

Do Play it cool

Channel your inner Jay-Z or TayTay and paper over those pre-date nerves. A touch of apprehension is understandable, but a date with a quivering bag of jelly is never going to blossom into a second date.

Don’t be too keen

In the 21st Century all singletons are commitaphobes, and you don’t want to be the odd one out on your date. The list of conversation topics to avoid is as long as your arm, but steer well clear of marriage plans and baby names for a start.

Do make an effort

Naturally, you will want to impress, so aim for a smart-casual air of cool with your appearance. Freshly washed and pressed garments will help and a positive mental attitude can go a long way.

Don’t go OTT

‘Peacocking’, the art of being a massive show-off, is to be avoided. Also see: going overboard on the smelly stuff, dressing like you’re attending a black tie gala, any form of fancy dress, tattooing your date’s name/face on your body.

Do be polite

Remember your Ps and Qs, and while you’re at it drop the Fs. Nobody wants their first date tainted by a Gordon Ramsay-style diatribe. As the entirely fictitious statement goes: ‘date unto others as you would have them date to you’. If you have to check Tinder, make sure you keep it on the down-low.

Don’t be creepy

Avoid intense eye-contact, and be sure not to bring up anything you’ve learnt about your date through extreme Facebook stalking – it’s not a good look. Remember that a date isn’t a contract and respect their decision if they want to make a swift getaway.

Do plan your escape route

If the first date is a disaster, get yourself out of there. Think up a few watertight excuses (sick pets, work emergency, arson) and memorise your nearest exits. Don’t forget to pay on the way out.

For your weekly dose of dating, remember to tune in to Strip Date on 5STAR, Thursdays at 8pm.