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Over the last two and a half years, Chris Tarrant has travelled, literally, all around the world filming Extreme Railway Journeys for Channel 5. Chris’s journeys have taken him to the Congo, India, Australia, Bolivia (twice), Japan, Siberia, Myanmar, Canada and Cuba, and the latest programmes see the completion of filming in Alaska, Argentina, Azerbaijan, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Chris Tarrant’s Extreme Railway Journeys brings to life beautifully not only the romance of travelling by train, but also the sights, sounds and smells of the countries and places visited, while also illuminating the customs and attitudes of the people the author encountered along the way. But, as he says, ‘I should have known what I was in for and what the word “extreme” means, when the very first show saw us filming in the Congo – where the train was six DAYS late.’

Beautifully illustrated with exclusive colour photographs, Extreme Railway Journeys is not only a record of remarkable journeys in extraordinary places by one of our shrewdest commentators. It is also a demonstration of the principle that ‘to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.’

Chris Tarrant’s Extreme Railway Journeys is available on Amazon.co.uk now!

FIA Formula E is Coming to Channel 5

We are delighted to have announced that we will be broadcasting the FIA Formula E Championship for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Channel 5 will broadcast all FIA Formula E events live, with sister channel Spike broadcasting the qualifying rounds.

Formula E is the first all-electric motor racing series, with major players from the world of motor sport taking part. The championship is fought over by ten teams, made up of two drivers in each event across the globe, from Buenos Aires to Berlin, Mexico City to Monaco. Many of the drivers have Formula One credentials including Nick Heidfeld, Nelson Piquet Jr. and current Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi.

The sport not only embraces future technologies within motoring and motor sports, FIA Formula E also encourages fans to interact with the drivers and the sport via social media, with fans being able to vote for their favourites drivers to receive extra power or ‘FanBoost’.

The season kicks off on 9th October with coverage live from Hong Kong with Channel 5 showing every race up until New York on 30th July. FIA Formula E will complement Channel 5’s existing sport programming including EFL highlights, Test Cricket programming and boxing.

Bellator 158: London

Bellator is coming to London, and you can watch all the action direct from the O2 on Spike and Channel 5 on 16th July.

Arguably England’s two top welterweights, Paul “Semtex” Daley (38-13-2) and Michael “Venom” Page (10-0) have each been assigned new opponents for the upcoming “Bellator 158: London” event. Former welterweight world champion Douglas Lima (26-6) has agreed to fight Daley after an undisclosed injury forced Josh Koscheck to withdraw from the highly anticipated matchup. In addition, gritty Brazilian veteran Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos (21-17) will step in for Fernando Gonzalez to fight undefeated British superstar Page.

The main card also features a light heavyweight contest between local hotshot Linton “The Swarm” Vassell (16-5) and Francis “Limitless” Carmont (24-11) as well as a heavyweight slugfest pitting Mark Godbeer (11-2) against James Mulheron (8-1) in a British brawl that you do not want to miss.

We will have to wait a little longer for the highly anticipated faceoff between Daley and Koscheck. The 33-year-old now directs his attention to “The Phenom” as he looks to add to his five fight winning streak. A native of Nottingham, England, “Semtex” has recorded wins in nine of his last ten fights, with eight of those victories ending in a knockout. A four fight veteran of Bellator MMA, Daley has put his stamp on the welterweight division, posting a 4-0 record with three knockouts, including his most recent first round finish of top contender Andy Uhrich in the main event of “Bellator 148: Daley vs. Uhrich.”

After originally being slated for the co-main event of “Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2” on June 17, Lima has been given the opportunity to take his talents overseas and challenge Daley in a welterweight thriller. In his first 10 appearances under the Bellator MMA fray, the 28-year-old Brazilian has collected eight wins, seven of which have come by way of knockout. A former champion of Bellator’s stacked 170-pound division; Lima has continuously proven his worth with highlight reel victories over former Bellator MMA veterans the likes of Rick Hawn, Ben Saunders (twice) and Bryan Baker. With past winning streaks of nine, six, and five, Lima’s most recent string of victories consisted of five consecutive knockouts over the span of three years. “The Phenom” will look to begin another streak of success when he challenges “Semtex” Daley on his home turf on July 16.

Having made his professional debut in 1997, “Cyborg” Santos is undoubtedly one of the most experienced MMA athletes in the game today. The 38-year-old Brazilian veteran has amounted 21 victories over his illustrious career, highlighted by his 12 knockouts, 10 of which came in the first round. In his Bellator MMA debut, “Cyborg” stunned an electric Connecticut crowd when he delivered a first round win over Brennan Ward via heel hook submission at “Bellator 153: Koreshkov vs. Henderson.” Before signing a multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA this year, Santos also made four appearances under the Strikeforce banner from 2009 to 2011. “Cyborg” will have to prepare for one of the most feared fighters in the sport of MMA, when he meets the undefeated “MVP” in his home country on July 16.

With an unblemished record of 10-0, “MVP” remains one of the brightest young stars in the world of MMA. Page received a new opponent, with the news that “Cyborg” Santos would replace Fernando Gonzalez in one of the evening’s welterweight feature fights. The 29-year-old London native has a knack for finishing his challengers in the early stages of the bout, collecting nine first round victories with only one fight reaching the judges’ scorecards. “Venom” thoroughly impressed in his 2016 debut, when he forced budding star Jeremie Holloway into an Achilles lock submission just 2:15 into the first round in their clash at “Bellator 153: Koreshkov vs. Henderson.” It will be more of the same for the knockout specialist Page, as he will enter the cage on July 16 with the full intention of adding to his impressive tally of first round finishes.

“Bellator 158: London” will be broadcast free on SPIKE UK and Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, while in America the card will air FREE on SPIKE. Exact broadcast details for the event will be revealed in the near future. Tickets are on sale now and start at only £40.00. Tickets available now at TheO2.co.uk.

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).

All About Anderson: 10 things you might not know

A collection of trivial factlets regarding sci-fi novelist, active activist and star of stage and screen, Gillian Anderson.

Gillian Leigh Anderson was born in Chicago on 8/9/68. She has English, German & Irish ancestry.

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Anderson was voted Class Clown, Most Bizarre Girl and Most Likely to be Arrested in high school.

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Art lover Anderson spent her first pay cheque from The X-Files on a David Blackburn lithograph.

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“There are many things I would have done differently,” says G.A., “but Scully isn’t one of them.”

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Says Anderson of The X-Files’ Agent Scully, “I am more spontaneous than my character.”

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The X-Files creator Chris Carter is godfather to Anderson’s daughter Piper.

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“I don’t usually like seeing things I’m in,” says Anderson. “I get really depressed afterward.”

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Anderson has won a Primetime Emmy, a Golden Globe and an Evening Standard Theatre Award.

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Depending on her location, Anderson shifts easily between her English and American accents.

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Anderson & Jeff Rovin co-authored an epic sci trilogy, The Earthend Saga. Part III is due in September.

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Useful information for viewers

The Producers would like to thank everyone who made this series possible.

If you would like to experience some of the highlights of Chris’s railway adventures featured in the series here is some further information about where we stayed and how we did it…

EPISODE ONE: The Road to Mandalay

• Millenium Hilton Bangkok… For great views over Bangkok: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/thailand/millennium-hilton-bangkok-hotel-BKKHITW/index.html
• Hellfire Pass Museum… http://hellfire-pass.commemoration.gov.au/remembering-the-railway/hellfire-pass-memorial-museum.php
• Myanmar by Train… http://khiri.com/

EPISODE TWO: Crossing the Andes

• Bolivian National Railways is the best port of call for organising your train journeys
http://www.fca.com.bo/
• Salt Hotel… Feeling salty? Here’s the link to the incredible Hotel Luna Salada in Bolivia made entirely from salt!
http://www.lunasaladahotel.com.bo/
• Train Graveyard, Uyuni… http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/great-train-graveyard
• Altitude Sickness Advice… https://www.bolivianlife.com/dealing-with-altitude-sickness-in-bolivia/
• Local Airline… There are areas in the Andes that are not covered by tracks so it’s best to fly or travel by 4×4. We found the staff at the domestic airline Amaszonas extremely kind and helpful. http://www.amaszonas.com/
• Local Travel agent… in Bolivia http://www.boliviamia.net/

EPISODE THREE: One Way Ticket to Siberia

• Russian Railways… www.rzd.ru or www.russianrailways.com
• Nenets… to visit the Nenets we recommend http://www.yamalpeninsulatravel.com/ and http://yamaltravel.com/Tours/Nenet-migration-tour/
• World’s Most Northerly Railway Station… for tourist trips contact www.nordrail.com/tour_travel_yamal_arctic_railway.html
• Arctic Kit & Expedition Advice… http://www.ice-warrior.com/business/expedition-outfitters/expedition-hire-equipment/
• Visa application for Russia… www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/russia/entry-requirements

EPISODE FOUR: Slow Train to Guantanamo Bay

• General travel information… http://www.travel2cuba.co.uk
• Train Timetables and advice … http://www.cuba-junky.com/cuba/train-schedules.htm or http://www.seat61.com/Cuba.htm#.Vfsu5nBXeK0
• Hershey Electric Railway… http://bestcubaguide.com/how-to-take-the-electric-hershey-train-in-havana-cuba/
• Hotel Nacional de Cuba… http://www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com/en/home.asp
• Stay with a Local at a Casas Particulares… www.Cuba-Junky.com
• Santa Clara – Hotel La Granita… http://www.cubahotelreservation.com/hotel.asp?hotel_code=SCTCUBVGranjita
• Che Guevara Mausoleum, Santa Clara… http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/central-cuba/santa-clara/sights/landmarks-monuments/monumento-ernesto-che-guevara
• “Armoured Train Museum” (Spanish: Tren Blindado), Santa Clara station… https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Attraction_Review-g671534-d2718318-Reviews-Monumento_a_la_Toma_del_Tren_Blindado-Santa_Clara_Villa_Clara_Province_Cuba.html

 

EPISODE FIVE: The Great Japanese Train Ride

• Visitor information from JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organisation)… http://www.seejapan.co.uk/jnto_consumer/index
• Japan Rail Pass (must buy before you leave your home country)… www.japantravel.co.uk/jrp.htmm and www.japanrailpass.net
• Train Timetables and route searches… www.hyperdia.com and www.internationalrail.com/rail-passes
• Customs, Manners & Etiquette… https://www.japan-rail-pass.com/japan-by-rail/travel-tips/etiquette
• Hiroshima WWII Trams… http://www.hiroden.co.jp/en/s-howtoride.html
• Tama Cat train… http://www.wakayama-dentetsu.co.jp/images/wakayama_eng.pdf
• Oigawa Steam Railway… http://www.oigawa-railway.co.jp/pdf/oigawa_rail_eng.pdf or http://www.jrtr.net/jrtr31/pdf/f30_shi.pdf
• Trainspotter Hotel… Chris stayed at the Hotel Mets Tabata in Tokyo. http://www.jrhotelgroup.com/eng/hotel/eng121.htm
• Akita Nairiku Line… http://www.tokyoweekender.com/2014/01/the-akita-nairiku-line-winter-wonderland-by-rail/
• Gono Line… http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/routemaps/resortshirakami.html
• Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) Tours… http://www.rtri.or.jp/eng/

EPISODE SIX: The Railway that Created Canada

• Ontario Budd Car to White River… http://www.viarail.ca/en/explore-our-destinations/trains/ontario-and-quebec/sudbury-white-river
• Continental Motel, White River (Winnie the Pooh town)… http://www.continentalmotel.ca and http://www.whiteriver.ca
• The Canadian… www.viarail.ca
• Banff Springs Hotel… http://www.fairmont.com/banff-springs/accommodations/
• Sulphur Mountain by Gondola… http://www.banffadventures.com/things-to-do/summer/banff-gondola-rides.aspx
• The Rocky Mountaineer… http://www.rockymountaineer.com
• Fraser River Rafting… http://www.fraserraft.com
• Vancouver Floatplane Tour… www.harbourair.com
• For help planning your trip, speak to the friendly folks at:
Canada Tourism www.canadatourism.com
Travel Manitoba www.travelmanitoba.com/
Travel Alberta www.travelalberta.com/
Tourism British Columbia www.hellobc.com/
Tourism Vancouver www.tourismvancouver.com

Dishing On Duchovny: 10 Amazing Facts

The truth is out there… Everything you always wanted to know about The X-Files’ David Duchovny, but were afraid to ask.

Born 7/08/60 in NYC, David William Duchovny is of Scottish Lutheran and Russian Jewish descent. 

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Duchovny has a BA in English Literature from Princeton and an MA in English Literature from Yale.

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The X-Files creator Chris Carter regards David Duchovny as one of the best-read people he knows.

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Duchovny’s first significant role was transgender DEA agent Denise/Dennis Bryson in Twin Peaks.

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In ‘96, Duchovny made it onto People mag’s list of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

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Duchovny has played Fox Mulder on The X-Files, Eek! the Cat, The Simpsons and The Lone Gunmen.

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David Duchovny was best man at Mitch Pileggi’s second wedding.

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David Duchovny “…never, ever, ever cooks. And I would never eat anything I might cook.”

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Duchovny’s favourite #TheXFiles ending is Post-Modern Prometheus in which Mulder & Scully dance.

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In 2015, Duchovny wrote his first book (Holy Cow) & recorded his first album (Hell or Highwater).

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10 Classic X-Files Creatures

Mulder and Scully have, over the years, experienced more than their fair share of ghoulies, ghosties, long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night. Here, then, is a selection of ten of our all-time favourite creatures ever featured on The X-Files.

Arctic Worms from ‘Ice’

“I don’t know if we should kill it.”

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Greg Pincus from ‘Folie à Deux’

“Folie à deux. A madness shared by two.”

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Hallucinogenic Fungus from ‘Field Trip’

“Mulder, I’m admitting that I was wrong.”

Hallucinogenic Fungus from ‘Field Trip’

Rob Roberts from ‘Hungry’

“Is that brain? Is that brain matter there?”

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Bark Creatures from ‘Detour’

“You ever thought seriously about dying?”

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Chinga from ‘Chinga’

“Maybe you don’t know what you’re looking for.”

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Flukeman from ‘The Host’

“Tell Skinner his suspect is a giant bloodsucking worm.”

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Leonard Betts from ‘Leonard Betts’

“Did I mention that Mr Betts had no head?”

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Eugene Victor Tooms from ‘Squeeze’ & ‘Tooms’

“Do you think I’m spooky?”

Eugene Victor Tooms from ‘Squeeze’ & ‘Tooms’

The Peacock Family from ‘Home’

“Is there a history of genetic abnormalities in your family?”

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