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Are you a landlord with a nightmare tenant – and in the process of attempting to evict them? Or, alternatively, are you the victim of a slum landlord?

If you’d like to share your experiences please get in touch with the producers of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords at Info@britesparkfilms.com with brief details of your story.

All information will be treated in strict confidence. By providing your contact details, you agree that these can be shared by the production team for the purposes of getting in touch with you to discuss participating in the programme and subsequently following the broadcast in case we need to contact you again. We will get back to you in due course if we want to proceed further. Please note, due to the anticipated volume of applications, we will only contact people whose initial applications are successful.

Series 2 start date confirmed

Jane McDonald is back doing what she does best – taking her audience with her on the high seas to explore the cruising life. There’s a cruise for everyone, and Jane is not going to stop until she has explored them all.

In the first episode of the new series, Jane takes her first Scandi-cruise in style. Aboard the Viking Sky, she encounters luxury like she has never seen on a ship before. The first stop on her trip is Tallinn in Estonia, a perfect medieval jewel of a town where Jane joins an excursion to look at the ancient architecture and learn about the region. Life on board the Viking Sky moves at a suitably Hygge-like pace, and Jane takes advantage of the relaxed atmosphere and huge space.

The second stop is St Petersburg, jewel of the Russian crown and a first for Jane. She heads to the Hermitage Museum, not for the art but to meet the cats who have lived in the basement since 1745. She also comes face-to-face with one very surprising celebrity Russian doll.

Next up is Helsinki — another big surprise and one of the world’s design capitals. Here Jane buys some eye-wateringly expensive cushion covers and meets a woman whose ambition it is to kiss a brown bear.

Finally, the ship pulls into Stockholm for one of the highlights of Jane’s journey — a guided tour round the ABBA Museum. She becomes the ‘Fifth Member of ABBA’ and gets insider info from Ingmarie Halling, director of the museum and friend of the band.

Series 2 of Cruising With Jane McDonald starts on Friday 1st September at 9pm on Channel 5. Watch series 1 on My5 now

Series 13 suppliers

The Hotel Inspector wishes to thank all the companies who have supplied goods and services for the show.

Episode 1: Regency Rooms

Information folders supplied by Menu Shop

Pictures & clock supplied by Graham & Brown

Coffee machine supplied by Nespresso

Check-in sign supplied by Mysignworks

Branding supplied by Underscore


Episode 3: Colliters Brook Farm

Curtains supplied by Direct Fabrics

Paint supplied by Brewers


Episode 4: Churston Court

Curtains supplied by Direct Fabrics

Paint supplied by Brewers


Episode 5: Forest Park

Lights supplied by BHS

Tables supplied by Mindy Brownes

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In Rich House, Poor House two families from opposite ends of the wealth divide swap homes, budgets and lives for seven days to find out whether money really does buy happiness. At the end of the week, how much will they have discovered they have in common however different their financial circumstances? And how much will they think money matters?

Hat Trick Productions is looking for families to take part in the next series. If you would like to find out more about taking part in Rich House Poor House please do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!


email: RHPH@hattrick.com

phone: 0207 184 6728

twitter: @richHpoorH

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Find out more about Nelly and Harlequin Icthyosis

Nusrit ‘Nelly’ Shaheen from Coventry has skin that cracks and appears scaly, meaning that she has to scrub off layers of dead skin each day in a two-hour, twice daily routine. Nevertheless, Nelly battles to live a normal life in the face of extreme adversity.

She has defied odds to become the world’s oldest known survivor of Harlequin Ichthyosis, a condition which causes skin to grow ten times faster than normal.

The Samuel Hardgrave Harlequin Icthyosis Research Trust (SHHiRT) is a charity dedicated to research into Harlequin Icthyosis and to improving the lives of those, like Nelly, who are affected by it.

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/shhirt.

Paul O’Grady confirmed to host Blind Date on Channel 5

Blind Date, the nation’s favourite match-making show, is back for a brand new series.

Hosted by Paul O’Grady, the show has been updated for the 21st century, as a new generation of love-seeking characters compete against each other to hook up with their potential love match, hiding behind the legendary sliding panel.

Paul O’Grady commented: “Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout the land. I am honoured to present the brand new series and, after speaking to Channel 5, I know the series is in safe hands. I can’t wait to see if we can find love.”

With no chance to swipe left, send a selfie or message back, the class of 2017 must break with modern day dating convention and rely on their basic instincts to find the chemistry.

Whilst paying respect to the traditions and family appeal of the programme with the legendary sliding panel, three question format and live studio audience, Blind Date will be updated to reflect the present day, whilst maintaining the humour, charm and cheekiness of the original show.

Blind Date will also welcome LGBT contestants for the first time and there’ll be thematic twists which will breathe new life into the series.

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What are the best places to visit in Spain? | Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi

Spain is a land rich in history, tradition, culture and natural beauty, with a wide-ranging cuisine based on fresh local produce.  Join Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi as she embarks on a personal tour, sharing her passion for the country, culture and people, and making some new discoveries along the way.

Alex explores all it has to offer region by region, from its remote villages to its cosmopolitan cities, seeking out its best-kept secrets.

Alex Polizzi's Secret Spain
She begins in the north east, a region often ignored by Brits. Alex visits an amazing hotel designed by Frank Gehry, the architect responsible for the Guggenheim museum in Bilbão, enjoys a luxurious cabernet grape body scrub, and is shown around an astonishing cellar full of ancient wines. She also experiences the craziness of the San Fermin fiesta, including the legendary running of the bulls through the streets of Pamplona famously described by Hemingway in his novel The Sun Also Rises.

Like the Basques, the Catalans have their own language and strong local identity. Alex visits Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city— a vibrant, cosmopolitan coastal metropolis, famous for its football team and architecture. One of its most visited attractions is the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s fairytale basilica, still under construction and years away from completion. To inspect its towers, Alex conquers her fear of heights and takes the rickety lift to the top, where she is rewarded with the best views across Barcelona.

Alex Polizzi's Secret Spain Ep 1 - Alex Polizzi and guide Esteve stood at the top of Sagrada Familia.
She also explores the city’s thriving art and café scene. Picasso and Joan Miro are long gone, but there is no shortage of new art in the back alleys of the barrios. She samples absinthe, the drink of choice of artists and writers.

Finally, Alex takes part in the Human Towers, and is visibly moved by the spirit of the Catalan community as they support one another to erect an extraordinary human tower nine storeys high!

Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi starts on Friday 31st March at 9pm on Channel 5. 

Can money buy you happiness? | Rich House, Poor House

Families from opposite ends of the wealth divide are given the chance to spend seven days in their counterparts’ shoes in a brand new Channel 5 series: Rich House, Poor House.

As they swap homes and budgets, both families get an eye-opening taster of how the other half live – and whether money really can buy happiness.

In the first episode, the Caddy family of Bristol trade places with the Williams family from Weston-super-Mare. A family of seven, the Caddys rank in the top 10% of Britain’s wealthy, and live in a seven bedroom home.

The Caddy family | Rich House, Poor House
For the eight-strong Williams family, who are among the nation’s poorest 10%, the swap means leaving their rented three-bedroom house and enjoying a weekly budget of £1,700 instead of their usual £110.

What will mum Kayleigh, dad Antony and the Williams kids make of a new lifestyle of regular meals out, piano lessons and coffee mornings? And how will the Caddys cope with the drop from seven toilets to just one?

Rich House, Poor House starts on Thursday 30th March at 9pm on Channel 5.