Real Life: Joe Matthews – Heart transplant action man
QUESTION OF THE DAY: We’ve got MasterChef champ, Shelina Permalloo on the sofa today – so we’d like to see your works of culinary genius, send us in your photos and amazing flavour combinations.
PART 1: CELEBRITY GUEST: East 17
East 17 were one of the biggest boy bands of the 90’s, selling over 20 million records worldwide. Their biggest hits include pop classics House of Love, Steam, and Stay – but they’ve taken a more grown up and rocky direction for new album Darklight.
Tony, John and Terry are here to tell us why they chose to get back together, and why there’s no Brian this time around.
PART 2: REAL LIFE: Joe Matthews – Heart transplant action man
Joe Matthews was was studying in America when he began to feel unwell at the age of 18. Tests revealed he had an enlarged heart, and irregular heartbeat - putting him at immediate risk of a heart attack. After undergoing surgery to fit a defibrillator, doctors slowed his heart to test the device – and it stopped beating. For five minutes, he was declared clinically dead.
But Joe survived – and was forced to undergo a heart transplant. He’s here with mum, Alison, to tell us why he’s made a promise to the person who donated their heart – and to himself – to live his life to the full, despite being told he’d have to take it easy.
PART 3: CELEBRITY: Elis James
Rising comedy star Elis James is here to tell us about his new tour, Do You Remember the First Time? The show, which explores some of the biggest firsts in his life – including his first kiss – is inspired by his childhood, growing up in Carmarthern in Wales.
Blackwood Miners' Institute, High Street, Blackwood NP12 1BB Fri 27 Apr 8pm 01495 227206 £12
Borough Theatre, Cross Street, Abergavenny NP7 5HD Fri 13 Apr 8pm 01873 850805 £14 (£12)
Grand Theatre, Singleton Street, Swansea SA1 3QJ Fri 18 May 8pm 01792 475715 £12 (£10)
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3AZ Sun 1 Jul 8pm 0843 208 6000 £10
PART 4: CELEBRITY: Shelina Permalloo
MasterChef champ Shelina Permalloo became the first woman to win the show in seven years, when she wowed the judges with her Mauritian inspired cooking. Judges described her dishes as some of the best they’d ever tasted, and she’s here to tell us why a phone call each day to mum could have been key to her success.
VT – Butchery
The number of people signing up for butchery classes has shot up in the last couple of years. Thanks to shows like MasterChef, cooking from scratch has had a huge resurgence – with people wanting to know exactly where their food is coming from. We sent Kate Walsh to give it a go for herself.