Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh

The National Trust is opening its doors to Channel 5 for the first time.

Secrets of the National Trust will explore stunning estates, historic houses and miles of breath-taking landscapes and coastlines. The six-part series will highlight the conservation work of the National Trust and showcase their spectacular buildings and gardens from across the UK.

The series will be hosted by Alan Titchmarsh, who will be joined by a host of experts and enthusiasts including Anneka Rice, Jon Culshaw, Joan Bakewell, Oz Clarke and Miriam O’Reilly. Viewers will gain a rare perspective of some of Britain’s most valuable heritage sites and discover hidden treasures that are often unseen by the public.

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Useful contacts

If you have been affected by, or would like to know more about any of the issues highlighted in The Freddie Mercury Story: Who Wants To Live Forever? please see the relevant sites below.


MTV Staying Alive Foundation –


The MTV Staying Alive Foundation finds, funds and trains young leaders from across the world and helps them to set up their own HIV awareness projects in their communities. Find out more about the foundation’s work or how you can support them.

National AIDS Trust –


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Drug use

Talk to Frank –


Samaritans –

Mel B and Professor Green return to host Series 2

Series 2 launches in January 2017 on Channel 5. 

We’re very excited to announce that there will be a second series of Lip Sync Battle UK! International pop icon, Mel B and acclaimed British rapper Professor Green will both be returning as hosts.

The likes of Carol Vorderman, Michelle Keegan and Alesha Dixon have already earned their stripes on the Lip Sync Battle UK stage and now it’s time to up the ante with bigger songs, louder costumes and larger performances. The mics are still off, but the battle is most definitely on!

LA-based Mel B will be flying into London to film the series, following a busy year as a judge on America’s Got Talent and juggling life as a working mum. Mel B said: “I’m looking forward to being back in the UK for the second series of Lip Sync Battle UK. We had so much fun filming the last series; some of the performances still have me in stitches. Who will take to the stage this time around? I can’t wait to see!”

“Very excited to be working with Mel again, and I’ve promised her I’ll have been to bed before we do our press day this time. It isn’t work with Mel, nor is it with the team behind the scenes – it’s a genuine giggle with a good bunch – I’m excited about what season 2 of Lip Sync Battle UK has to offer!” said Professor Green of the reunion. “I’ve had the image of Johnny Vegas suspended from the ceiling dressed as an angel in my head for the last year. That sort of thing does something to your psyche. This year I’d love to see Donald Trump doing Lil Wayne “Misunderstood”.

For those who have been living under a rock for the past 18 months, Lip Sync Battle UK is based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip syncing along to popular songs and putting a performance together, without actually singing any of the words. Lip Sync Battle UK features two well-known celebrities going head-to-head with show stopping routines of smash hit songs.

Series two will be coming to Channel 5 in January 2017. There’ll also be a Christmas special, which will air in December.

Useful contacts

If you have been affected by, or would like to know more about any of the issues highlighted in the programme, please see the list of relevant help sites below.


Mental Health


Centre for Mental Health


Young Minds

Supportline Problems



Hearing Voices

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Useful contacts

If you have been affected by, or would like to know more about any of the issues highlighted in the programme, please see the list of relevant help sites below.

Eating Disorders Support


Anorexia Bulimia Care

Men Get Eating Disorders Too (MGEDT)

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association

Student Minds

Get connected


Diabetics with eating disorders

National Centre for Eating Disorders

Royal College Of General Practicioners

Thank yous

A big thank you to the companies who have contributed items for the show.


Saturday 24th September
If you would like more information about the kitchen gadgets reviewed by Rhik Samadder on The Saturday Show on the 24th September please see product details below.


Electric Spiraliser (Morphy Richards, £39.99 – £49.99 depending on retailers)

Nut Milk Maker (Hopps & Woolf, £72.99)

Macaron Kit (Lekue, £22.00)

Wine Access System (Coravin, £199.00)

‘Scizza’ Pizza Cutter (DreamFarm, £17.95)

Toast ‘n’ Egg ‘n’ Beans Maker (Tefal, £29.99)

Self-heating Butter Knife (THAT! Inventions £19.99)


Saturday 18th June

Picnic hampers:

VonShef Four Person Picnic Backpack – £27.99


Anorak Kissing Hedgehogs Picnic Rucksack – £65


The Galloway- £399.00


Other items:

Picnic blanket – £8.99


Orla Kieley picnic blanket – £25


Charles Bentley Double Folding Camping Chair – £24.99


EuroHike Inflatable Chair and Footstool: £30.00


True Picnic Stix Wine Glass and Bottle Holder – £16.99


Picnic Bench Condiment Set – £11.99


Picnic Pants – Home made. Originals from Italian experimental design company, Acquacalda.


Face Straws – £4.99


TEEPEE – £149.99


Weatherproof blanket – £49.99


Bothy Bag – £35.00


Umbrella Shelter – £22.99


Wellies – £40.00


Cairn O’Mohr Scottish Fruit Wine


Saturday 4th June

Thank you for the following suppliers for lending us their great gadgets:

Samsung KS7500 Curved TV


Football Pinata

Bush 50 Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV

Football Bean Bag


Sonos Playbar


Cardboard Home Cinema


Red 5

Screen Magnifier

Subbuteo Bottle Opener


BraZen Spirit 2.1 Bluetooth Gaming Chair


Inflatable Ice Bucket


Football Popcorn Maker


Kickmaster Pop Up Goal


Mr Entertainment Partybox


Saturday 28th May

Camping essentials:

Heimplanet Fistral Tent – Surfdome


Camping without the fuss. Simple roll out and inflate. It comes with pegs, repair kit, guy lines, pack sack and pump adapter. A one pump system inflates the frame and then you secure the inner tent. It’s so easy to use.


Outdoor Sports Lantern – VARTA

This lantern is great for venturing into the great outdoors. It is water resistant and has a 16m beam range. It comes with 3 D batteries which can last up to 130 hours. It has two hooks for hands free use so the days of fumbling around with a torch in the dark are over.


Bottle Top Light – Glo


No need for fancy tech, this gadget is sweet and simple. All you need to make it work is a bottle of your favourite soft drink. Simple screw on the Bottle top light on top of the bottle and away you go. It has a handy clip so you can attach it to the roof of your tent for a cheap way to light your camping nights.


Scrubba Washbag – Scrubba


This is marketed as the world’s smallest washing machine. Its portable and convenient for those who want to keep their smalls clean on the go. Stick your clothes in the Scrubba with a bit of detergent and water and make a rolling motion on the bag. Then rinse your clothes. It’s twice as effective as a hand wash. It also doubles as a dry-bag.


Cooking around the camp fire:

Flameless Cookwear – Trekmates

£25.00 (reduced price)

This is convenience cooking with a high tech twist. With the flameless cook box there is no need for a camp fire. Great if you are at the mercy of the great British weather you can have a warm meal from the comfort of your own tent. A water activated heat pack heats your food in no time at all.


ONJA Stove – Primus


The ONJA is a compact two burner stove. It folds away neatly and has a handy strap making it portable and convenient. It can take a 100 g, 230 g or 450g gas canisters. It can fit most gas canisters with a valve on the market.


BioLite Camp Stove – BioLite


This award winning product is all the fun of a traditional campfire with a modern techy twist. Load up the burner with your firewood and kindling and light it like as you would a normal campfire. The heat from the fire powers the orange pack attached to create electricity. This can be used to charge your mobile device from its 2 USB ports.


Helinox Ultrlight Camp Table

Lightweight and convenient for your camping dining needs. It weights as much as two cups of tea and folds up to the size of an umbrella. It also has two integrated cup holders.

Happy glamping and luxury:

Inflatable sofa –  Aldi


This inflatable sofa is a cheap way to achieve campsite luxury. Just inflate and prepare to relax in the great outdoors. It’s large enough to double as a bed. Just don’t forget your electric pump.


Hammock with stand – Aldi


Whilst waiting for the BBQ to fire up, hang out in this Hammock with Stand. It’s easy to assemble with a 3-piece steel frame and includes an integrated drinks holder, removable pillow, magazine holder and carry bag. Hammocks are all the rage in the camping world at the moment and this will keep you on trend on a budget.


Solar Powered Camping Phone Charger and Speakers – Bentley


This is a great bit of tech for happy campers. A phone charger and a portable speaker in one. It has a solar panel and a rechargeable lithium battery. It also has a inner storage panel put keep your devise in for easy portability. It has a 5.5V output and 2 built in speakers.


Sound Asleep Original Speaker Pillow – Sleepy People


Made with a luxurious hollowfibre lining. No headphones required – The speaker is built into the pillow. Plug in your device and let your favourite sounds gently slip you into slumber.

Uber glamping item:

Camp champ – Camp Champ


Be the envy of the campsite with the ultimate in glamping. This is literally everything but the kitchen sink in a box. It includes a gas cooker with high-performance burners, four ready-to-go cooking surfaces, generous working space and plenty of room for pots, pans, and all your cooking utensils – all at a size of just 660 x 540 x 570 mm when closed. What more could you want? A kitchen sink perhaps?


Kids stuff:

Starwalker Sleeping bags – Vango


These put the fun back into camping. These sleeping bags are in the novelty styles of a T-rex and Panda. The bottoms zip off so you can walk around but still stay cozy.


Limbo Hop – Smyths


This is a bit like the swing-ball for the new generation of children. Its quick and easy to assemble. A limbo stick swings around a pole as players must limbo or hop over it as it swings.

Other providers:
Solar Panel – Lidl




Emergency Fire Starter – Zippo



Mos Down Slippers – Nordisk


These are like a sleeping bag for your feet. Filled with soft duck down to keep your tootsies snuggly in the chilly nights round a camp fire.


Unbreakable portable charger


Orla tent


Saturday 21st May

Thank you to the RSPB for supplying us with footage and items for our bird feature:

For more information on the products in our bird item visit:

Thank you to Urban Smoothie for their smoothie bike featured on the show:

For more information about Mind please visit:

Saturday 14th May

Thank you to the following providers:

Saturday 30th April

Thanks to B&Q for the barbecue that was supplied for the show. You can purchase it here.

Thank you to Mark Hunter for teaching our guests to drum. Find out more about Mark and his teaching.


Saturday 27th February

Gear VR headsets:

Ride One Wheel:

Logic RC Cars:


Thank you to Missie Franks from Rebounce London

Saturday 20th February

Thank you to The Gym Group for lending a hand with our running item.

French toast with Sichuan pepper roast strawberries

Serves 4



2 tbsp plain flour

2 tbsp icing sugar

4 large eggs

1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped

2 tbsp beurre noisette*

250ml whole milk

8 thick slices day old white bread or brioche

Butter for frying


For the strawberries:

1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns, crushed

450g strawberries, hulled and halved (larger ones quartered)

1-2 tbsp caster sugar


To serve:

150g mascarpone

1 tbsp icing sugar



Whisk together the flour, icing sugar, eggs, vanilla seeds and beurre noisette to a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in the milk to make a smooth batter. Dip the slices of bread or brioche into the batter and press down to soak. Heat a little butter in a a large, non-stick frying pan and fry the soaked slices for 2 minutes on each side (you may need to do this in batches). Transfer to a plate and keep warm until serving.

For the strawberries, toast the crushed peppercorns in a large, dry frying pan for a minute until fragrant then turn up the heat and add the strawberries and sugar. Cook the strawberries for 2-3 minutes, shaking and turning occasionally, until the just start to soften but still hold their shape. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly. Meanwhile beat together the mascarpone and icing sugar.

Serve the french toast with the strawberries and mascarpone.

Pork Banh Mi


I’m fairly convinced that as sandwiches go, few are better than this Vietnamese street food snack. It’s got everything you need; smoky, lemongrass scented pork, crunchy pickled vegetables, fresh herbs and a wicked sesame aioli. It may not be strictly traditional, and I’ve left out the pâté which I find a little overpowering, but it’s vibrant, fresh and utterly delicious.


Makes 4



500g pork neck fillet


For the marinade:

4 cloves garlic, peeled

2 stalks lemongrass, tough outer leaves removed, finely chopped

2 spring onions, roughly chopped

1 red chilli, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 tablespoon dark soy sauce

2 teaspoons light brown soft sugar


For the sesame aioli:

1 egg yolk

1 small clove garlic, peeled and crushed

100ml vegetable oil

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar

1/2 teaspoon fish sauce


For the pickled vegetables:

1 large daikon radish

2 large carrots

2 tablespoons caster sugar

2 teaspoons sea salt flakes

2 tablespoons rice vinegar


To serve:

4 small baguettes

2 spring onions, shredded

Bunch coriander, leaves picked

Bunch mint, leaves picked



Cut the pork into 2cm slices and put into large bowl. Combine the marinade ingredients in a liquidiser, blend until smooth then pour over the pork. Toss the pork in the marinade then cover and chill for at least two hours; overnight is even better.

Meanwhile make the aioli. Put the egg yolk and garlic into a large bowl and whisk together until smooth. Combine the oils in a jug and, whisking constantly, begin to pour the oil into the bowl in a very thin, steady stream. Continue steadily adding the oil and whisking until it’s all incorporated then whisk in the vinegar and fish sauce.

For the pickled vegetables, peel the daikon and carrots and cut into thin matchsticks. Put the vegetables into a large bowl with the sugar and salt then gently work everything together with your hands. Keep tumbling and gently kneading the vegetables for 5 minutes until they’ve softened. Drain off the excess liquid then stir in the vinegar and set aside.

Preheat the barbecue for direct grilling and remove the pork from the fridge half an hour before cooking. Grill the pork for 10 minutes until cooked through and lightly charred then remove from the grill and set aside to rest for a few minutes. Spilt the baguettes lengthways and lightly toast the insides on the barbecue. Spread the baguettes with the aioli and top with the pickled vegetables. Thinly slice the pork, pile into the baguettes and top with the spring onions and herbs.

Italian bubble and squeak


– 1 head of cavolo nero (10 leaves)

– 1 baking potato, cubed into Parmentier size

– Half a block of taleggio or gorgonzola cheese (stilton would work also)

– 1 pack of air cured/dried ham. Preferably prosciutto di parma

– 3 burford brown eggs

– Half a packet of pine nuts

– Chives



  1. Chop the potatoes into small cubes, size of a dice and sautee in butter for a few minutes.
  2. Into a pan of boiling, salted water, pop in the cavolo nero for just less than a minute, remove and cool immediately in ice water
  3. Toast pine nuts, set to one side
  4. Grease a terracotta dish/oven dish with a little butter and add the potatoes and cabbage in layers, before dotting with the parma ham, cheese. Break the eggs over the top and bake.
  5. Finish with the pine nuts and chives