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. 

Comedy Bigmouths is coming to My5

My5 TV, the free to air channel, based on the Channel 5 on-demand servic, today announces its first foray into original programming with Comedy Bigmouths from Polymath Media.

The six episode series will consist of topical stand-up comedy and sketches with a live studio audience, using that audience to take the pulse of the country’s mood as they give current affairs a proper going over. The show will be hosted and MC’d by award-winning comedy star and current affairs expert Ian Stone. Well-known guest comedians will also make an appearance including: Zoe Lyons, Geoff Norcott, Ian Moore, Jo Caulfield., Ross Noble, Russell Kane, Clive Anderson and Sarah Pascoe.

Each episode will be up to the point and reactive, much like My5 TV itself. Topics will be based on the talking points of the moment, but we will feature one over-arching subject to run through the show and to challenge opinions during the audience-driven segments.

Comedy Bigmouths is coming to My5 TV soon.