Features Sneak Peek: Special 197


Can you believe it’s already time for our next Special?!

Here’s what to look out for in Special 197 . . .

Little Switzerland

The international travel feature in our latest Special is certainly unique, seeing Solange Hando visit “Little Switzerland” in Central Asia (pictured above).

Kyrgyzstan is known as the “Switzerland of Central Asia” due to its green, mountainous landscape, crisp lakes and rolling rivers.

Check out this one-of-a-kind destination for yourself.

Behind the scenes

ITV Studios is home to “Loose Women”. Shutterstock.

Gillian Thornton took a backstage tour of the ITV Daytime Studios, home to “Loose Women”, “Good Morning Britain”, “Lorraine” and “This Morning”.

Get a glimpse behind the scenes as Gillian reveals how things work on the production side of some of the nation’s favourite TV programmes.

“The Changing Mind”

You can buy Daniel Levitin’s book for £18.99. Amazon.

Many people may find their mental agility deteriorates as they age. However, this does not need to be the case.

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin’s book, “The Changing Mind”, lets us in on how old age brings many benefits, and how to keep our minds sharp as we get older.

Read more in Special 197.

Saving the Scottish wildcat

The Scottish Wildcat population is declining. Photograph by Ben Jones.

Polly Pullar introduces us to the stunning Scottish wildcat, and talks us through why their population is declining.

Find out more about the efforts now being made across the country to conserve these all important animals.

A day in the life of a property stager

Margaret runs her own business, The Pop Up Room Company. Photograph by Margaret McCarron.

Property stager Margaret McCarron has an eye for interior design.

Her job consists of dressing up properties to make them more appealing to potential buyers.

Read up on a day in her life.

That’s not all…

Elsewhere in Special 197: Gilly Pickup looks at the history of Britain’s spa towns, Karen McAulay celebrates some forgotten female composers, Christopher Nicholson takes a trip on Britain’s last coal-fired paddle steamer, and much more.

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Mairi Hughes