Episode 2 – Useful contacts


Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence is caused by a hole in the bone between the brain and the inner ear – the organ responsible for our balance. The hole is tiny, but its effects can be surprisingly powerful- symptoms can include loss of hearing, enhanced hearing of noises inside the body, sensitivity to loud noises and vertigo.

For more information on the condition please go to http://scdssupport.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=21

HAE – Isabel Richards

HAE is a condition related to your body’s levels of C1 inhibitor, a protein found in the blood which controls inflammation in the body. Symptoms include prominent swelling of the body’s tissues (angioedema) which can happen anywhere from the hands and feet to the face, airway and internal organs, and last for up to 5 days. This disorder affects just one in 50,000 people and can be treated.

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

EPP- James Creag

Erythropoietic Protoporphyria or EPP is a rare condition where the individual becomes highly sensitive to sunlight due to a build-up of certain chemicals in the blood. These absorb sunlight and can damage the surrounding skin, leading to itching or burning pain, swelling, blistering and even scarring.

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


On behalf of everyone at Channel 5, our thoughts are with Nick Blackwell and his family during this difficult time and we wish Nick a speedy recovery.

Episode 1 – Useful contacts


P.A.N.D.A.S. – Cameron Lindsay

P.A.N.D.A.S. (Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) is a rare condition affecting children. Where normally antibodies are produced to fight bacteria and eliminate them from the body, in sufferers of PANDAS, the antibodies attack the part of the brain that controls emotions, behaviour and physical movements resulting in extreme physical and psychiatric symptoms such as OCD, anxiety, tics and personality changes.

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


Fish Odour Syndrome  or Trimethylaminuria is a condition where the body can’t metabolise a chemical called Trimethylamine, a smelly chemical that is produced when the body digests choline rich foods like fish and eggs. Whilst there’s no cure for Fish Odour Syndrome it’s possible to keep the smell at bay by not eating certain foods.

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

SIPE – Linda Whitehead

Swimming induced pulmonary edema is condition that has been found amongst the world’s fitness elite including the the US Navy Seals and the Israeli Marines. It is thought to happen when cold water restricts the blood vessels and blood pressure rises.  When combined with a tight wetsuit this results in the lungs struggling to get enough oxygen. The heightened pressure in the capillaries push blood out into the surrounding tissue, flooding the lungs and making it harder to breathe.

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

The X FIles-Ep 6-My Struggle II

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


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We are looking for fun, outgoing singletons with their own unique look, from across the UK for a brand new blind dating show with a difference!

If you fancy trying a new style to meet the partner of your dreams and stripping dating back to basics, get in touch now.

Email your name and phone number to dating@boomerang.co.uk or call 02922 450289 ASAP.

Applicants must be 18+ and based in the UK.

Support: drugs and alcohol.


Below is a list of relevant websites for information and support for those affected by drug or alcohol misuse.










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
• Salt Hotel… Feeling salty? Here’s the link to the incredible Hotel Luna Salada in Bolivia made entirely from salt!
• 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

Hotel Death Trap Week

Neighbours’ favourite Leisure Complex becomes Hotel from Hell in a week-long special on Channel 5 at 10pm on Monday 4thApril

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Coming next month to Channel 5, a UK exclusive 10pm episode of Neighbours, as part of ‘Hotel Death Trap’ week. The week promises five days of gripping and unmissable drama, when viewers will see the demise of a much-loved Ramsay St regular. In one of the soap’s most emotional and moving death scenes since Harold lost his beloved Madge, Neighbours fans – no strangers to the odd natural or man-made disaster – will be left reeling for months to come when a massive explosion at the Lassiter’s complex threatens the lives of their favourite characters in a week-long special that begins on Channel 5 on Monday 4th April.

Producers of the Channel 5 hit show have warned viewers that at least two regular cast members will be checking-out for good by the end of the week, with a number of cliff hangers to keep them guessing as to whose lives are in jeopardy. The cast departures will be counterbalanced with the arrival of two surprise returns to the show, as well as the unveiling of two mysterious strangers, at least one of whom will provide an on-going storyline for many weeks to come. And, of course, with a number of red herrings seeded along the way, the show will keep viewers guessing on the culprit behind the explosion for the next few months, in the ultimate game of whodunnit.

The action kicks off on Channel 5 on Monday 4th April with a gripping hour-long 10pm special, which sees Erinsborough’s renowned leisure complex a hive of activity. Unaware that someone is up to no good in the hotel’s boiler room, the residents go about their daily business with secret rendez-vous, surprise encounters and the arrival of not one, but two, mystery men. As the boiler room explodes, Lassiters suddenly becomes the hotel from Hell, as residents and guests are buried and trapped beneath the former hotel building. Over the course of the week each episode is set in a different room, and plays out the fate of a separate set of characters. And by the end of the week, the lives of some of the Ramsay Street Neighbours will be irrevocably changed.


Neighbours airs Monday-Friday on Channel 5 at 1.45pm and 5.30pm


UK Exclusive episode airs at 10pm on 4th April

Meet Ramsay Street’s new bad boy

Standing tall at 193cm, Australian actor Brad McMurray is used to being cast as the intimidating bad guy and is relishing his role as Ramsay Street’s newest villain Jacka Hills.

According to his co-stars of the nightly soap, Brad is the nicest baddie in the neighbourhood. His character Jacka, an old acquaintance of Steph Scully played by Neighbours’ favourite Carla Bonner, returns initially at her request. However, as viewers will soon discover, there is trouble brewing and Jacka is in the thick of it.

“It’s a great show to be apart of and I’m quite adept at playing the bad guy so this is really a lot of fun. I love causing trouble and there are definitely a few surprises in store where Jacka is concerned,” said Brad who grew up on the Gold Coast.

A graduate of the Queensland University in Fine Arts (Acting), Brad has featured in many Australian drama series including Black Comedy, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Sea Patrol and the upcoming tele-movie Brock on TEN. He has appeared in numerous feature films such as Deception with Cuba Gooding Jr, Bad Drama with Ray Liotta and soon-to-be released Australian film Pawno, a finalist at Cinefest in Canada.

Brad is skilled at martial arts which has lead to an interest in stunt work in film an television. His episodes are currently screening.

Theo’s beef sirloin with deep-fried jerusalem artichokes and butternut squash


There is nothing like a really good beef sirlion steak cooked rare. Having it with some deep-fried jerusalem artichokes and butternut squash works really well as these vegetables are quite sweet and have a lovely texture when they are deep-fried. Don’t cut the vegetables too thick or they will be less crispy.

Serves 2

2 thick sirloin or ribeye steaks, about 200g each

extra virgin olive oil


For the chilli-parsley sauce:

1 garlic clove, peeled

1 fresh red chilli, seeded and finely chopped

1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 tsp red wine vinegar


For the vegetables:

sunflower oil, for deep-frying

6 jerusalem artichokes

1/2 ripe butternut squash

500ml full-fat milk

300g tipo 00 flour

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 First make the chilli-parsley sauce. Finely chop the garlic, then sprinkle with a small pinch of sea salt and crush the garlic to a paste. Mix this with the remaining sauce ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.

2 Put a deep pan of sunflower oil on to heat to 180°C (or use a deep-fat fryer). Peel the artichokes and squash, then cut into 5mm slices. Put them in a bowl and pour over the milk. Leave to soak while you sear the steaks.

3 Heat a ridged grill pan until very hot, and preheat a warm oven. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and rub olive oil on to both sides. Place on the hot grill pan and press down with a fork so the fat starts to melt. Chargrill for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove the steaks from the pan to a warm plate and set aside to rest while you fry the vegetables.

4 Put the flour into a large bowl. You’ll need to fry the vegetables in batches so the pan of oil won’t be crowded. Take some artichoke and squash slices out of the milk and drop into the flour, tossing to coat. Transfer to a sieve and shake off excess flour, then slip into the hot oil. Deep-fry for 2–3 minutes until golden brown all over and crisp.Remove with a slotted spoon and spread on kitchen paperto drain. Sprinkle with salt, then keep hot in the oven while you fry the rest of the vegetables.

5 Trim the fat from the steaks, then cut each into threeslices at an angle. Place on warm plates, add the fried vegetables next to the steak and drizzle the chilli-parsley sauce over everything.