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FOOD

Martin Hesp tries his best; while Alice Bell is keeping up with village adulterers

Tina Rowe and Steve Roberts discover a group of poets in a Dorset pub

Fran Stothard meets the glass-blowers as they get ready for Christmas

We delve into a vintage treasure trove looked after by a girl who loved to dress up

Be more informal with your gatherings with help from a new book and the Herberts

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FOOD

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ABSOLUTE CORKERS

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SHOPPING

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BOOKS

Enjoys meals from the MasterChef finalists; or Chris Rundle’s lamb couscous

Keen to bag some bargains on wines this Christmas? Ned Halley suggests Tesco

Reach for the fake fur for a cosy winter; plus planning your Christmas decorations

Hope Bourne’s beautiful Exmoor illustrations; plus, Christmas best-sellers

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TRAVEL

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WALKS

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GARDENING

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ANTIQUES

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TELEVISION

Andy Vallis enjoys some home-grown attractions; plus the best festive markets

Sue Gearing explores Failand; while Martin Hesp finds a rather special place

Alan Down looks at the best tomatoes; while Alan Power reports from Stourhead

Classic motorcycles; Dinky toys; enamel signs; stamps; and Lady Penelope’s car

June Brown, aka Dot from EastEnders, talks to us; plus highlights for the week

TV guide Poem & Puzzles Horoscope Where in the West Cover by Clare Green

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Teal silhouetted in the morning sun at Ham Wall on the Somerset Levels

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Rural rambles

Roger Evans Working with cattle is something I enjoy. I particularly like working with the younger ones and today we are sorting out heifers to put with the bull for the first time. This is a piece of work that I particularly enjoy. We aim to calve our heifers at around two years of age with their first calf which means that they go with the bull at 15 months, which always seems no time at all since they were bay calves. Today we get in a group of 30 heifers to sort out the ones we need. Selection is based on a simple, if they are big enough they are old enough, principle. I’m expecting that about half will be fit for purpose, but when we get them into a shed they seem much bigger than they were in the field and we find we have a group to go with the bull of 24. We take these in three trailer loads to graze off two fields that are adjacent to the sheds where they will spend the winter. The next job, the obvious job, is to fetch the bull. We usually put our heifers to our Limousin bull who is a couple of miles away with the 20 or so heifers that are due to calve in the spring. This is the bit that I especially look forward to. The bull is not that easy to load on his own, so I decide to bring one heifer with him. That’s the special bit. Last year I happened to buy a pure bred Brown Swiss heifer and we’ll bring her. Pure Brown Swiss are big gentle cattle, usually a sort of grey fawn colour, with a grey circle of hair around their muzzle. When I was in college we had an animal husbandry lecturer who used to ask us, “what three species of animal has a grey mealy ring around the muzzle, boy?” He was from Devon so he called everyone, “boy”. And the answer? Jersey cows, Swaledale sheep and Exmoor ponies. Clearly he hadn’t come across Brown Swiss. If I use just a bit of imagination I can picture this heifer grazing an Alpine pasture among the sweet herbage and the flowers. Put a bit more imagination into the picture and I’ve got Julie Andrews and The Sound of Music.

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It’s something of a standing joke in this house, that The Sound Of Music is always on TV just before Christmas and I am watching it when I am called for my tea. I ignore the call, and two or three subsequent calls, so that I have to be fetched. “Can’t come yet, I have to see if that nice Von Trapp family gets away safely”. Then there’s a sort of explosion. But there’s still one thing missing from this imaginary idyllic scene and that’s an Alpine bell. Fortunately I can help you there. Because hanging on a nail in what we laughingly call a workshop is just that. It was sent to me by a reader of West Country Life years ago. I lift the bell from its nail. It’s been there two years now, since it was last hanging around a heifer’s neck. I had a phone call late one night from a man who lived in a cottage next to where this heifer was grazing. “Is that your cow with a bell around its neck?” I thought he’s phoned to say how melodious it was. “Sounds lovely doesn’t it?” I then had 10 minutes of a serious telling-off. Turns out that these heifers had taken to lying down for the night next to his cottage and every time the heifer chewed her cud, the bell rang. So we’ve turned the heifer out with her bell on and she looks a picture. Same bell, next to a different village, we’ll see what happens. “They” had one of those stop-and-search blitzes outside our local town recently. Big gangs of officials, (big gangs of high-viz jackets as well, I should imagine, though I didn’t see it myself), checking everything from road tax to insurance, to vehicles, to fuel. Star of the “show” was an artic’ lorry that had come from Kent that wasn’t taxed, had no insurance and was on red diesel. Apparently 120 checks were made, 20 vehicles and trailers impounded and 50 per cent were running on red diesel. Nice to know that anarchy is alive and well and living in the countryside.

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Columnists

Martin Hesp Please forgive me for the poor performance of this column.

Alice Bell It was a classic flog-a-dead-horse idea from Princess Anne.

People who write things like this in magazines are meant to be strident in their views – every sentence is supposed to be a clear-cut flagwaving exercise extolling the virtues of whatever opinion the columnist holds dear. But, week in week out, I have difficulties: A) because all too often I don’t give a damn either way – and B) because I seem to be getting more confused as the distant dim and murky valley called Old Age beckons. Let’s take one perpetually hot topic as an example: Britishness, its meaning – the misunderstanding and general desirability thereof – is something columnists are forever banging on about. But as I sit here writing articles in my lonely Exmoor garret, I just don’t get the parameters of the big “what is and what isn’t Britishness?” question. Maybe that’s because my name is actually Dutch – although the Hesps have been in England for over 600 years so you’d think we’d be more-or-less British by now. And anyway, my mum’s lot go back in the West Country thousands of years. So I reckon I’m British through-andthrough – which is exactly the phrase an estate agent used when speaking to me yesterday about how he’s in contact with Russian oligarchs who are apparently interested in purchasing Bantham. “I’m British throughand-through,” he declared, opining that it might be a good idea to flog the South Devon village to one of these Moscow billionaires because “they love the British way of life” and might not want to change anything. Great! But odd… Because – does that mean we need wealthy Russians who’ve somehow amassed fortunes from the bones of what used to be a communist state to come over here buying stuff in order to preserve our oldfashioned way of life? You don’t have to think about that for long before you get confused. It’s almost as mad as the nightmarish idea of talking to a British Prime Minister on top of a working nuclear reactor and hearing him say what a fantastic thing it will be when all this nation’s future energy needs are in the hands of the French and Chinese. That’s a weird dream which could never happen, surely? Except, I have this distinct memory that I actually did witness such a thing not long ago… maybe I’m going nuts. After all, I am old. So old I remember the days when most cars you’d see here were British. I haven’t got any grandchildren yet, but I can imagine trying to tell them such a thing… “Poor old granddad,” they’d whisper. “He’s losing the plot. Fancy imagining that complicated things like motor cars could be made by British companies!” Another weird thing I cannot get my befuddled brains around – this week I was on Twitter complaining I was about to do my least favourite journalistic job, i.e. transcribe a lengthy interview from my recording machine on to the written page. Even though I can type fast this is a totally uncreative part of my work that I find boring. A mate who is a world-famous travel-blogger tweeted back: “Get a VA to do it for you.” He had to explain that a VA is a “virtual assistant” – and he put me in contact with a company in the Philippines, which – despite all the mayhem that is going on there at present – immediately informed me I could have a full-time secretary meeting my every clerical need for around £100 a week. Let’s try and get our heads around this

The suggestion that if we want to really treat our equine friends with respect, we couldn’t do better than eating them. It was a barking mad idea, in fact, but don’t tell her that because before you know it she’ll be suggesting we snack on a bit of bull terrier to make hers more popular. David Cameron was quick to come back with: “Nooo, I don’t think Britain should become a horse-eating country.” That was short-sighted of him. If we all had to roast Shergar on a spit each evening for our dinner, he could scrap winter fuel payments over night. It also seems strange that Defra hasn’t yet considered a similar solution to tackling

strange new idea of Britishness by bunging all this into one concept… It seems I could be going about my journalistic duties in an archetypical English village whose quaintness had been preserved by the good offices of a Russian oligarch – using power supplied by my local French and Chinese owned nuclear power station – and relying on the full-time support of a Filipina secretary who I’d be paying 100-quid-a-week via PayPal to work for me, even though she’d be on the other side of the planet. That’s a new kind of Britishness. It’s one I have difficulty in comprehending. But that could be solved because the bloke in the Philippines told me I could hire a VJ (virtual journalist) to write these columns.

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bovine TB, by suggesting they barbecue badgers instead of shooting them. Then, according to the Princess’s logic, nobody could ever question their humaneness. Certainly not with a mouthful of badger burger, anyway. Eating is a solution to so many things, except childhood obesity. I don’t want to sound like I’m advocating cannibalism but that habit black widow spiders have of eating their male mates? Genius. We could solve the problem of an impending population boom and global food shortages in one fell swoop. Let’s be honest, we only really need one man per city. I’ve got a bloke in my office who I’m sure would be up for servicing the women of Bristol. He’s already had a good go at fulfilling the needs of every female in my nearby village. This is a typical West Country village, where everything is very prim and sedate on the outside and as seedy as Soho when you scratch the surface. It’s like living in an episode of Midsomer Murders. Everyone is sleeping with everyone else. We haven’t had any wildly improbable murders, though. Yet. We have the affairs instead. You thought it was only in Midsomer that the local womaniser was also a keen bell-ringer. Not so. One man has for the past year been having an affair with the wife of someone who lives two doors down. Everyone in the village knows this, apart from the husband of the woman. You’d think the philanderer’s wife would also be oblivious, otherwise she would have left him, but she was actually the first to know, mainly because this idiot made the mistake of admitting all to his mum. Doh! Who did he learn adultery from, Andrew Marr? It was only the next week that his mother rang up when he wasn’t in the house and the wife answered, only to be confronted with the question: “Where is he then, seeing that harlot?” This unfortunate wife is also a friend of my gran’s so we’ve all heard how he slinks in like an alley cat some mornings, full of explanations as to how he spent the night on a mate’s sofa without once explaining why that’s made him so exhausted he can’t open his mouth without yawning. The wife never lets him see that she knows exactly what he’s been up to and he thinks he’s got away with it. I suppose in a way that’s the sweetest revenge, like letting someone walk around with their flies undone and saying nothing. Men always think they’re being incredibly clever when they’ve actually forgotten to zip their trousers up, sometimes metaphorically, sometimes literally. My mate once met a man in a pub who chatted her up shamelessly and quite happily, without seeming to realise he hadn’t taken his wedding ring off. Surely that’s chapter one in Adultery for Dummies. And one of my old university pals once slept with someone just to practise wooing the woman he really wanted, as though it was some sick sort of dress rehearsal. Although I suppose “undressed rehearsal” would probably be a more accurate description in his case.

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People Tina Rowe

Above the clink of the glasses and hubbub of bar chat comes a line to arrest the attention. This November night sees the launch of an anthology. Poems From the Oak Room by Cattistock Poets, features nine writers who are prepared to lay their souls bare. The Fox and Hounds in the Dorset village is the host for these creative minds, its skittles alley the plain venue for the thoughtful work to follow. Annie Freud, author of the anthology The Best Man That Ever Was is the energetic mentor, inviting each writer to read their work aloud. Steve Wareham, a gardener, shifts his chair and moves to the front. He begins with a short address, and brings an earthiness to his writing. His influences range from John Clare to John Cooper Clarke. With Generation Game, he takes the room back to his past. The reading complete, he returns to his seat. The audience is stilled – it has yet to return to the present. Nick Morris, a graphic designer with a love of music steps forward, murder on his lips: “Wet knives gleam in candlelight Flintlocks at the belly of a pregnant queen…” His poems are full of drama, sound and colour. This is The Murder of David Rizzio. Annie sits on a stool, close to the dartboard, eloquent nurturer of the talent before her.

Poet Liz Flight, who contributed to Poems From The Oak Room, peers over the shoulder of Annie Freud as they look through the book

Daughter of painter Lucien Freud, and granddaughter of sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein, she grew up among giants of the art world. She has worked intermittently as a tapestry artist and embroiderer, and has compared that art, the selection, and rejection, of materials, to the making of her poems. Her first anthology, published in 2007 by Picador, won the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award. Tonight the group is here to celebrate the new book, which takes the reader from a lost childhood summer to the dried-up bed of an African river, and yet is formed by Cattistock itself. Usually the group is here to discuss new and on-going work. It can be tough to hear criticism, but: “that’s why we are here,” says Liz Flight, landlady of the Fox and Hounds. “We want to grow and develop.” Annie reflects: “A poem has got to be bold and stir the dust on a bowl of rose leaves at least. It has to do something to you and, and ultimately it has to do something to the world. You can’t try to write a poem that will be in the world but ultimately you can look at a poem and think: ‘That poem has real authority. That poem is so convincing, and so consistent, I so identify with that terrible predicament,’ and the poem begins to walk out and do something. “If a poem doesn’t convince, or is ten times too long, or you have a sense that in our contemporary culture it can’t find its feet you have to find a way of saying that. It’s very clear early on in a poem when words have an incompetent ring, where something is overstated. “Faulkner said you must kill all your pretty children. There will be a little verse that’s just like your baby rabbit, but you have to wring its neck.” For Nick that process is: “like a rollercoaster. You are thinking of things to write and wrestling them into shape. You have to think: ‘it’s not the end of the world’ if no one likes it.” Annie says: “There’s a theory I have called bad boyfriend theory. When I first taught poetry writing composition workshops all of my students were young women and they would bring poems about the boyfriend and the break-up and I said: ‘He was your boyfriend and so there must have been some attraction and this poem doesn’t ring true because it’s not telling the truth. Poems should come from a truth of experience and if you are simply piling it on describing a person or situation as dire and more dire something complicated and unpleasant happens, it becomes comedic. “There are some poems that take ten years to write and being armed with that kind of knowledge can help you take the longer view. It’s so hard to write anyway, so if you have any talent at all the thing is to use it. “A poetry group has an identity, and poetry comes from dark places inside people. It might

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Poets gather at the Fox and Hounds, Cattistock, above, to hear readings; poet and Lucien Freud’s daughter Annie, left PICTURES: STEVE ROBERTS be so dark that you don’t even acknowledge it, so you need some psychological safety. A group can give this. “Poetry does come out of longing, need and grief and despair a lot of the time. Art allows us to understand unhappiness, grief, loneliness, hatred and appreciate them in a way that makes life more thrilling.” All agree that belonging to the group has made a difference . Lisa Storm-Olsen, one of whose poems was short-listed for the Bridport Poetry Prize last year, says: “I’m a single mum with a young child, and the group has been one of the reasons why I decided to take poetry more seriously. “I have been studying for an MA at Bath Spa University. Annie has such immense energy, and her knowledge of art and literature is so extensive, and then we are a very diverse group from very different backgrounds. That makes it very rich. “We also discuss poems by published poets, and Annie always bring something new to the table. I have loved hearing other poets reading their work.” Maya Pieris says: “The group happily and productively encompasses a broad writing church and is a tribute to Annie’s embracing approach to words and people. She and the group have certainly encouraged me by providing a positive critiquing environment with the purpose being to really edit and craft our work. And it’s fun!” Steve adds: “It’s scary in a way to hear what people will say, but it good to have a lot of opinions. Some things are blatantly obvious, but you don’t realise that until someone else points it out.” Nick added: “It’s spiritual, so completely removed from running my own business.” The group has also relished performances by contemporary poets including Tim Wells, and Tim Cumming who have performed their work at the pub. Annie, and her husband, Dave, moved to Cattistock from London five years ago, beguiled by West Dorset’s rolling landscape and the life around them, including the busy arts scene. She has performed her own poetry at Sladers Yard Gallery, West Bay, near Bridport, and members of the Group have given readings in other venues, including the Helyar Arms at East Coker in South Somerset, and at Bridport Arts Centre.

Cattistock Poets are happy to read at other venues. To find out more ring the Fox and Hounds on 01300 320560 Poems From the Oak Room by The Cattistock Poets is published by Flagon Press at £8, with support from the Fox and Hounds

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Picture essay Fran Stothard

The first thing you feel is the intense heat, then the warm welcome. At Shakspeare Glass, in Langport, the heat from a furnace and glory hole, both fired up to an incredible 1,100 degrees centigrade, is essential for the art of glassblowing, while the warm welcome is from Will Shakspeare and his close-knit staff of four. Maybe this is because everyone who works here has such an obvious love for their craft and their new studio, which is situated in the middle of the glorious Somerset Levels. Will Shakspeare, the gaffer – an old term for a glassblower as well as the more commonly known name for the boss – says. “Who wouldn’t want to work in surroundings like these? Langport has a lot going for it. People enjoy coming here. Now I come to work in the morning across the misty moors, I can walk the dog along the river bank, and it’s free parking. I just love it. At lunchtime I can sit out on my decking overlooking the River Parrett with a mug of coffee from my own coffee shop – luxury.” Will opened his new workshop in an old warehouse in Westover, Langport, in late September, having moved from smaller premises in Taunton which he has operated from for 21 years. However the Taunton shop will remain open as a sales outlet. Glassblowing has been Will’s profession for 32 years. He recalls: “At 16 I wanted to be a potter but the course I was studying at the West Surrey College of Art and Design included glassblowing. I loved it from the moment I first tried it.” Will works closely with Richard Brine, a Dartington-trained glassblower and Christabel Angus who is soon to start an apprenticeship at the studio and with Christmas looming they are extremely busy. If you can stand the heat you are welcome to watch the glassblowers in action in the workshop. There is also a factory shop where you can purchase the wonderful glass creations, a gallery of arts and crafts with exhibitions, and a small coffee shop where you can relax and enjoy the view.

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minutes to know Michael Ball Michael Ball, 51, is one of Britain’s best loved entertainers. The Bromsgrove-born singer, actor and broadcaster talks to Roger Crow about his new live concert DVD, Both Sides Now, and his thoughts on the film Les Miserables What was the idea behind your new concert DVD? It was to try and do two different shows in one night. The first half celebrating the album (Both Sides Now), and the second half celebrating the theatre

You mention on the DVD singing a track from ‘Joseph’ as a kid. was that when you thought, ‘I want to do this for the rest of my life’?

No, I was eight. I had no idea, though I always enjoyed being on stage. The first time I went on stage was in an amateur pantomime, when I was about four, I think. We were meant to go on stage and sing Doe, A Deer with the leading lady, but I’d fallen down the stairs and had two black eyes. Instead of singing I wanted to play trombone at the front of the stage.

Are the behind the scenes extras relatively short so fans are left hungry for more? You don’t need to do warts and all [laughs]. But I’m very hands on with what I do. I’m on top of sound and lighting as much as I can be, and at the end of the day it’s me who’ll be in trouble if it goes wrong.

Do you get twitchy if you don’t play live for a bit? Yeah, I do love it. That’s where I’m most at home in front of an audience, and all audiences are different. A Chinese audience is very different from most places. They’re very respectful and quiet... and then they go mental.

Congratulations on the Olivier Award for Sweeney Todd. how do you top that? Thanks. I don’t think you top it. I think you do the next thing well, and hope it comes together as well, and is received as well, but when something has been such a lifelong dream.. it’s amazing.

You made a name for yourself as Marius in Les Miserables. Would you like to go back to the show, maybe as Javert? I’ve been asked to go back as Valjean. I did it, sort of, in front of The Queen at Windsor Castle; a shortened version, and I’ve always said no. Marius is the role I created and the role I love. I would find it really weird going back and playing a different role.

What did you think of the film version with Hugh Jackman? Eighty per cent of it is absolutely magnificent, and 20 per cent of it... not so. That’s a pretty good average. It gave people a new insight into Les Mis; people who wouldn’t have seen it on stage who have since gone and seen it live. It’s great, it’s a good film.

Can we expect a lot more of the Sunday night Radio 2 show? Absolutely. That’s my baby. There was nothing like that time slot before; we invented the show. It’s just me wittering on with some good music, which to me is a joy. I enjoy sitting in for Ken Bruce as well but it’s a challenge.

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People Suzanne Savill

A metallic jangling fills the air as the old brass bell announces the arrival of another customer. This same sound greeted Jenny Ford five years ago.

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And that was when she entered Clifton Hill Period Costume and Textiles, in Bristol, to work as a Saturday girl – stepping into the extraordinary textile treasure trove created by the late Gillian Hodder. Today, it is Jenny who is in charge of the shop – and also of the remarkable legacy of some three decades of avid collecting by Gillian, who died in 2011. Behind glazed cupboard doors, a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of costume jewellery glistens, while at the back of the shop can be seen an almost ghostly blur of white, which turns out to be a row of vintage wedding dresses and party outfits from the Twenties and Thirties – waiting to dazzle in the way that they did many decades ago. As customers browse through yards of antique lace, rails of outfits, and jars full of buttons (just some of the thousands gathered by Gillian), Jenny talks about how she went from Saturday girl to custodian of a unique shop and its contents. “Gill was 69 when I met her in 2008, and she was already quite poorly. She had motor neurone disease, and she was in a chair for all the time I knew her,” she says. “She’d been collecting for about 30 years, ever since she and her husband turned the printers shop they’d been running into an antiques shop, which then started to specialise in clothing and accessories, which I

believe began after Gill came across a container of clothes from a house clearance.” Some collectors specialise in a particular era, but as Jenny shows me around the shop, it is apparent that Gillian was unhindered by constraints of period or purpose. Jenny slides open drawers in a huge wooden cabinet. “There are a whole load of loose collars, butlers’ fronts, and wartime pyjamas in here,” she declares. “In that box up there labelled ‘War’ there was a tin hat, along with two suspender belts, and utility shirts from clothes rationing. “There’s a lot of linens and antique lace, Gill loved lace. Oh, and there are the buttons – thousands of them. She even wrote a book on buttons and buckles.” When Jenny started working at Clifton Hill Period Costume and Textiles it soon became clear that Gillian – who lived in a flat above the shop – did not run her store like a typical shopkeeper, but instead regarded it more as an extension of her home, or even her wardrobe. “She hated people opening the display cupboard doors without first asking,” Jenny recalls. “I’ve seen her shoo people out of the shop. Even now we get people coming in saying they’d been scared to come in, and asking if what they’d heard about Gill was true. But if you engaged with her and said what you

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wanted she could be incredibly helpful. She had this encyclopaedic memory of where everything was located, and would direct you – left a bit, right a bit – along the shelves and rails, and until there it was.” The shop now also provides services including alterations and sewing workshops, and is very different from the dark and cluttered premises Jenny encountered when she arrived to take the place of a friend who had been working on Saturdays but needed to change to alternate weeks because of other commitments. “It was perfect for me, because in 2008 I was only working part-time because of the recession,” recalls Jenny, 31, who produces architectural drawings for David Salisbury Conservatories and Orangeries in Highbridge in Somerset, and is now employed there fulltime, in addition to running the shop. To begin with, Jenny was one of a number of young women who helped out in the shop. So why was it that she developed such a special relationship with the notoriously feisty Gill? Jenny ponders and then says: “She was very used to having fashion students working here, and I had none of their knowledge. I’d studied sculpture at Falmouth University and had been making origami jewellery as well as doing architectural drawings. “I think we got on so well because I’ve loved dressing up ever since I was a little girl, and

Gill shared that enthusiasm. If I was looking for bows and things , or something to wear for a party with, say, a tropical theme, then Gill would help me find something. “I used to bring her items I’d found or articles that I thought might interest her. We’d eat yoghurt together on the terrace out the back, because we had to make sure she was eating lunch. “When I began working at the shop, things had got quite dusty because Gill had been unwell. After a while I started labelling things, and dusting, and sprucing up the shop. As she got more poorly, I thought it would be good for Gill if we could open the shop a bit more than just on Saturdays, which is what she had been doing for quite a while. I thought it would make her happy to see the shop open for longer, with me still helping out parttime.” During 2010, Jenny and her friend Iboyla Feher, a photographer who was also helping out in the shop, began documenting Clifton Hill Period Costumes and Textiles and its eclectic contents. Among the images was one of Gillian, which is now framed and has been placed above a large cabinet containing just a small fraction of the accessories she gathered, like a human magpie, during the final three decades of her life. “She died in 2011. It all happened very quickly,” says Jenny, who at the time of Gil-

Jenny Ford began working as a Saturday girl at Clifton Hill Period Costume and Textiles, but she took over when Gillian Hodder, who amassed the fabulous vintage collection, died. Jenny says of Gillian ‘I think we got on so well because I’ve loved dressing up ever since I was a little girl, and she shared that enthusiasm’ PICTURES CLARE GREEN

lian’s death had been on holiday in Australia with her boyfriend Tom Hoyle, an events promoter, and had met Gillian’s son, a trauma surgeon. Before she went away, Jenny had discussed with Gillian taking over the shop and continuing her work, and had given up her job with the aim of helping out more in the shop as Gillian’s illness worsened. “I think she was really pleased that I wanted to be involved. But then after she died, there were months of uncertainty about what would happen to the shop. “I wanted to reopen it because I didn’t want the shop and everything in it to disappear, and Gill’s son was very supportive. He has let me rent the shop, and also paid for refurbishment in which the lift was removed and various other structural alterations were made, and it was repainted.” The lift to which Jenny is referring had been installed to ensure that despite being confined to a wheelchair by motor neurone disease, Gillian could continue to live in the building that she and her husband had bought when derelict in 1976. “She had the lift put in to take her up and down between the flat and shop. There used to be rail upon rail of outfits up there, but apparently they ended up being put in six skips or going to auction because the fire brigade said they had to be removed because of access problems and fire risk,” says Jenny. She adds that even though she way aware that the shop – like the flat – had been stuffed full of garments over the decades, it was still a shock when she embarked upon the task of clearing out the shop and then reopening it. It ended up taking Jenny more than two years, while working full–time, to sort through the thousands of items that Gillian had amassed, which filled six rooms over two floors. She recalls: “Every time you would clear a rail it would reveal a yet more shelving or piles of bulging bin bags. “I bought a chest freezer, and with the help of friends everything was gone over with sticky rollers, then put into the freezer for four days, and then into storage. I ended up renting out a 1,000ft square storage unit. “Some clothes, particularly the furs, had been eaten by moths, which was such a shame as a lot of really lovely stuff got ruined, although I’ve managed to salvage some pieces of the fabrics.” Many of the garments are now back on the rails at Clifton Hill Period Costume and Textiles, while others have been sold at auction and at vintage and flea markets. Jenny has also revived a system that Gillian had of renting out items for film, television and theatre. “I want to have the shop as more of a resource centre, as there are some amazing historic items here,” says Jenny, who lives in Totterdown, in Bristol. The shop reopened in August of this year, but soon shut again as the result of a flood. It finally reopened about a month ago – and as the bell on the shop door now rings more than it has done for years as new customers come in, it is also heralding the start of an unexpected new chapter. For after doing so much to bring the shop back into being, Jenny has decided to step away to focus on her job as an architectural artist. She is now handing over to others much of the daily running of the shop and a variety of workshops that will be held there, notably to photographer Ibolya Feher; seamstress Abby Glanville; dressmaker and stylist Lyn Knowles; stylist Sue Fyfe-Williams; and milliner Tricia Hamilton. Jenny explains: “For a while, I thought I’d want to get the shop going again and get involved with doing things here on a day-today basis. But I’m not a trained seamstress or fashion designer and I have no training in textiles, but I have a lot of friends who can do all those things. “I’ve realised that for me, the shop in itself was the project. Just to see that I could turn it into what it is now, and to see it running successfully is enough.”

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West Country voices heard this week Glenn Cosby The Devon teacher and Great British Bake Off contestant on life after the competitive heat has died down on the Somerset-based show Now that Great British Bake Off has ended, there’s been a huge payback. The students have been ridiculously proud and excited. I’ve been chuffed to bits. People still come up to me and say “I think you should have won”. Or “my mum’s sister’s neighbour thinks you’re brilliant”.

It’s definitely inspired the kids to cook. The classes are over-subscribed for the first time ever because now it’s not just Mr Cosby, it’s celebrity Mr Cosby! It’s wonderful to see what they can achieve – it’s great to see the kids with their home-made pasta. It’s important for them to learn life skills and vital for them to understand the amazing food producers we have here and understand where their food comes from and enjoy it.

I’ve lost four stone since the show, but I’m still eating and baking cakes. It’s just that I eat more healthy food too. I’d already lost weight when I went on the show. But you do see me at my biggest. It didn’t upset me, it’s how you feel that’s important.

We had a great time in the tent. When I went in I was an enormous fan of BakeOff and I didn’t want to ruin the enjoyment of my favourite show. It was my favourite show. I think people care about the bakers because they’re real people. There was aspects of the bakers that other people didn’t see but what happened was not edited, or construed or fake. It’s great to see people get back in touch with baking. I mean, who doesn’t like cake?

I learned to cook watching both my nans, and the early telly cooks. I loved Keith Floyd [former Western Daily Press writer and Bristol restaurateur]. I think they need to make me into the new Keith Floyd! I like [Bath-based author of Dough] Richard Bertinet for the more technical stuff and previous Bake-Off chefs like James Morton and his book Brilliant Bread – you’re in such a safe pair of hands there.

When I started watching the Great British Bake Off, it re-inspired me to bake. When my parents separated I started to cook at home and I baked then ,but stopped baking so much. In the last couple of years, though, Bake-Off has inspired me.

Bake-off was incredibly hard work; those of us with full-time jobs were really struggling by week four. Straight after work on a Friday afternoon we’d head up to Bristol and we’d leave very early the next morning for the tent. Late on Sunday night we’d come up and then I had to get ready to go to work. Then in the week you’d come home and practise. I was frequently berated by Paul for not practising enough, but there just wouldn’t be enough time to do some of the four-hour bakes.

I thought Ruby was going to win at the time. It was a really exciting final and really there were about five or six bakers who could have won it.

My favourite bake was my apricot and pistachio tiffin. My recipe’s in the Great British Bake Off cookbook – one of only six recipes from the series, so I’m very proud.

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Food Janet Hughes

Home entertaining once meant stressful, sophisticated, three course dinner parties. It wasn’t a particularly enjoyable experience and the worldwide success of the Channel 4 TV programme Come Dine With Me was attributed to the universal fear of failure experienced by hosts in every corner of the gourmet globe. Not any more. Nowadays social entertaining does not have be an ordeal because enjoying the company of friends and loved ones is seen as just as important as the food being served. And as last-minute, spontaneous gatherings become more and more the norm, there’s no shame in making entertaining a team effort and asking guests to contribute to the preparation of a shared meal. Even if you want your evening to be planned, structured, and executed to perfection, you can still be relaxed enough to enjoy the meal with guests rather than shutting yourself away in the kitchen trying to create the perfect sauce. In America Kinfolk magazine has captured the art of this understated, simpler lifestyle, and founder Nathan Williams has produced a cookbook to celebrate the dawning of this new infor mality. American, Danish, English and Canadian “tastemakers” – including chefs, bakers, writers, bloggers and artisans – have been asked to contribute favourite recipes which help people rediscover the joys of casually preparing a meal with friends. Anna and Tom Herbert from the Hobbs House Bakery and Butchery in Chipping Sodbury, in South Gloucestershire, are among the seven English contributors to the beautifully illustrated 330-page book, which takes the reader into the homes and lives of those who have provided their favourite recipes. Tom has donated two family favourites, freshly baked breakfast bread and Marefield Pie, which is actually a tasty combination of tomatoes, bacon and oats and brings back memories of family visits to his grandfather. “He called all the food he made ‘pie’ and served a big spoonful of clotted cream on each dish as his signature solution,” explained Tom. “It reminds me and my siblings of our grandfather whenever we make it for breakfast at the start of special days such as weddings and Christmas.” As the eldest of six brothers and a star of the TV series The Fabulous Baker Brothers,Tom has five generations of baking know how behind him, but it’s wife Anna who prepares most of the family meals from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. She tucked in Marefield Pie on her wedding morning and said: “It’s a traditional family recipe that we have all the time. Everybody loves it and has a slightly different way of making it. “I think food needs to be interesting and when people get pleasure from it, it’s a joy to behold. I am a big cook but I get just as much pleasure from having a few friends around for supper on a Wednesday night and making what we would normally eat as pulling out all the stops for a big dinner party.” The American author was delighted by the way the Herbert’s four children, Milo, 12, Beatrix, ten, Josephine, seven, and four-yearold Prudence could bake a loaf of sourdough one minute and climb a tree the next. “There’s something special about this clan,” he wrote. “Something that radiates from the entire group, particularly when they are in one room. “Their love is effusive and their connection to one another palpable. Being in this family’s

midst meant witnessing a distinct kind of intimacy, so nearly sacred we could not help wanting to be part of it.” The Kinfolk Table is about rejuvenating traditions and a sense of community and a recipe for peanut butter and bacon sandwiches carries as much cachet as one for rosemary and anchovy sauce. “Here you will find recipes not just for onepot stews and refreshing salads, but for evenings spent with friends when the hours pass effortlessly, conversation flows naturally, cooking is participatory, and the meal ends with a satisfying sense of accomplishment,” said Nathan. “The Kinfolk Table is just as much about opening up the table to the people around you as it is about good food.” Why not have a go at producing Tom and Anna’s recipes?...

Marefield pie Ingredients for two Four slices (about 3 and half oz/100g) bacon, chopped; four large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or 24oz (680 grams) drained, chopped canned plum tomatoes; 2tblspns (1oz/30g) steel-cut pinhead oats; third of a cup (0.4oz/ 12g) flat-leaf parsley, chopped; salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over mediumhigh heat until beginning to crisp, about three minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are soft (about three minutes). Stir in the oats, reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften (about ten minutes). Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the skillet, remove it from the heat, and allow the pie to rest for five minutes. Serve in shallow bowls.

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cover it with a dish towel, and allow it to rise in a warm, draft-free place for about one hour or until doubled in size. Shape the dough into an oval, place it in the prepared pan, cover it with plastic wrap, and allow it to rest overnight in the refrigerator. Position a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat the oven to 425F (218C). Whisk the egg yolk and brush it over the loaf, then sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Place the bread in the oven and generously spray the oven with water. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden. Transfer to a rack and cool for about 15 minutes. Serve warm.

1. Choose bacon that is well streaked with fat. 2. The mixture should be soft and somewhat loose; add water, 1tblspn at a time, if it appears too dry after stirring in the oats.

Breakfast bread Ingredients for one loaf Half cup (120 millilitres) whole milk, warmed to 110F to 115F (43C to 46C); half cup (4oz/120 millilitres) water, warmed to 110F to 115F (43C to 46C); One and a quarter tspns (0.14oz/4g) active dry yeast; three and a third cups (20oz/ 550g) wheat (bread) flour; 2tblspns (One an a half oz/50g) honey; 2tblspns (1oz/30g) butter, at room temperature; sea salt; one large egg, at room temperature; and one large egg yolk, for brushing

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Adding water to the oven creates a steamy environment that allows the bread to bake without the crust’s drying out too quickly, producing a taller, fuller loaf. Use a spray bottle to spritz the oven, being mindful to step away to avoid being hit by hot steam.

Method

Line a 9x5in (23x13cm) loaf pan with parchment paper, allowing some excess to hang over the sides. Stir the milk, water, and yeast together in a small bowl and allow the mixture to stand until it foams, about ten minutes. Combine the flour, honey, butter, two teaspoons (12 grams) salt, and the whole egg in a large bowl and mix until well combined, then stir in the yeast mixture. Knead the dough until elastic and slightly sticky, about 15 minutes by hand, eight minutes with an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Return the dough to the bowl,

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The Kinfolk Table by Nathan Williams, published by Artisan Books, priced £25.99 Anna and Tom Herbert, from South Gloucestershire, have added some delicious recipes to The Kinfolk Table with dishes such as Marefield pie, top TAKEN FROM THE KINFOLK TABLE BY NATHAN WILLIAMS (ARTISAN BOOKS, £25.99), COPYRIGHT 2013. PICTURES BY PARKER FITZGERALD

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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23 2013 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 11


Food Chris Rundle

Well if you haven’t made your mincemeat yet you’d better crack on: even though there are still green leaves on the trees Christmas will be here in a month. Of course, you may simply be one of the millions who don’t even bother to make mincemeat at home. And if you are the chances are you are happy to buy shop-bought mince pies, too. That’s fine. Just as long as you eat them and keep up a fine English tradition which dates back centuries. Recipes as far back as the 14th century mention pies being made of a mixture of minced meat and fruit, usually with some wine or vinegar as a preservative. But as spices became more readily available (and, more to the point, cheaper) they began to be incorporated as well. And at the same time the pies started to swing from the savoury to the sweet side, so that by the time the last century dawned the meat had all but disappeared, apart from a token amount of suet. Even that’s almost gone now: if suet there is in commercial mince pies it’s usually of the “vegetarian” variety, though vegetarian suet is a contradiction in terms and anyway if you’re going to be all pious and vegetarian – make up your own foods. Don’t muck about with us carnivores. (Vegetarian sausages are just about acceptable because in the guise of Glamorgan sausages they were always meatfree. But the other “vegetarian” incar nations of mince or bacon are abominations. Listen: you want to preach to me about the evils of eating meat, go and chew grass.) But as to where we got this strange notion about eating sweetened meat dishes well, we have to look a long way south – much further than the Isle of Wight. For mince pies are just one of several reminders that so many of our cooking techniques originated in the Arab world. Some arrived, via France and Spain, with the Normans, while others came here by a more direct route as a result of visits by traders in spices and other exotica. But mince pies? Well, thank the Moors. They not only bequeathed us morris (originally Moorish) dancing they gave us one of our favourite yuletide delicacies which is clearly based on the pastilla, a spiced meat pie common to both North Africa and southern Spain, and still hugely popular in both regions. Where the pastilla has the edge over the standard English pie, of course, is its delicate crust of filo pastry, something we never really mastered the art of making here. But cut into a cinnamon and icing-sugar dusted pastilla and you are staring back at centuries of culinary history. The filling would originally have been of pigeon meat or other small game birds but today is normally centred on chicken, though in this case the meat-free versions using solely vegetables are just as good. Cook shops sell round, glazed pastilla dishes in which to make the things but these are by no means essential: any kind of shallow earthenware or ceramic dish will do. And while we’re on the subject of North

African food and since lamb is currently such good value in the shops, try the couscous recipe – though remember: the couscous itself will only collapse to its fluffiest, softest texture if it’s cooked for the full length of time.

Chicken pastilla Ingredients for six For the filling: one large free-range chicken; kilo of sliced Spanish onions; 100g butter, diced; 100g icing sugar; 250g crushed almonds; six hard-boiled eggs; 2tblspns chopped flat parsley; 3tspns ground coriander; sea salt; freshly ground black pepper; generous pinch of saffron; 1tspn ground cinnamon For the case: 100g butter; two beaten eggs; pack of filo pastry sheets Method Cut the chicken into ten pieces and place in a casserole dish with the chopped-up parsley, onions, butter, saffron, pepper, salt and a little sugar. Cover and bake at 180C gas mark 4 at for 40 minutes. Remove the chicken and reduce the sauce to obtain a syrup. Pull the chicken meat off the bones, shred and place in a large bowl. Add the sugar, crushed almonds, hard-boiled eggs cut into small pieces and the syrupy sauce. Mix together. Meanwhile, butter the dish and cover with a layer of filo sheets overlapping them and leaving a third to hang over the edge. Spread out a layer of the stuffing. Cover over with the sheets. Continue until the stuffing runs out, brushing each layer with beaten egg. Brush the top with butter and glaze with egg. Cook on a medium heat at 180C gas mark 4 for 20 minutes. Invert the pastilla on to a plate, brush with more butter and return to the oven for a few minutes to glaze then remove and leave to cool slightly. Dust the top with cinnamon and icing sugar and serve.

Lamb couscous Ingredients for six Kilo of lean stewing lamb in chunks; six baby turnips; three medium carrots; one butternut squash; two large courgettes, all cut into chunks; olive oil; sea salt; freshly ground black pepper; two Spanish onions, finely sliced; 100g whole almonds; 150g no-soak dried apricots, halved; 1tblspn ras-el-hanout seasoning; sea salt; freshly ground black pepper; water For the couscous: 200g dry weight couscous; 100g butter; sea salt; 75g raisins; boiling water Method Brown the lamb lightly in olive oil. Transfer to the bottom of a large steamer and add the vegetables, nuts, apricots, seasoning and enough water to just cover. Tip the couscous into a large bowl, add the butter and about half a litre of boiling water, stir with a fork until the butter has melted and the water has been absorbed. Stir in the raisins and a generous pinch of salt. Line the top section of the steamer with muslin or cheesecloth, pile the couscous in, fold the cloth over the top, cover, set on top of the lamb stew and simmer over a medium heat for an hour and a half. To serve, tip the couscous on to a large, warmed serving dish, pile the meat and vegetables over the top, and mix two tablespoons of the cooking liquid with a teaspoon of harissa paste to make a piquant accompanying sauce.

This week Chris is encouraging us to make chicken pastilla and lamb couscous, but don’t forget the mincemeat

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Eating out Tom Murdock

Last weekend I decided to go on a classic West Country expedition.

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE Richard Chisnall and Roger White from Local Food Direct have been running their company for 12 years, pictured here at Wells food festival PICTURE: CLARE GREEN PICTURE: FRAN STOTHARD

A proper, regional pilgrimage – an almost spiritual journey. No, I wasn’t visiting the Morrisons truck depot off the M5, this was a trip to the Somerset Levels and the first time I had ever taken the time to seek out the glorious sight of starlings coming into roost at the Shapwick Heath nature reserve. I knew it was time to go having seen dozens of pictures drop into the Western Daily Press inbox over the past weeks – all of them showing thousands of the critters doing their merry synchronised dance which attracts wildlife lovers to the levels every year. This spectacle, I thought, must be one of a freezing British winter’s rare mitigating factors, along with a good apple crumble, so off we went. We arrived at the reserve at about 1pm, which, although depressingly close to dusk on a November afternoon, left a couple of hours to kill. Now, no man can get through a wildlife rite of passage like this on an empty stomach and, as luck would have it, about five miles away from Shapwick, in the pretty village of Wedmore, is a little gastro pub which has recently picked up an award for regional restaurant of the year in the Good Food Guide. It had to be worth a try. Wedmore, apparently, was also once the place Gary Glitter called home. I’d try not to think about that over lunch. The Swan, like the starlings themselves, has a long history of keeping the folk on the levels entertained. It opened as an ale house in the early 18th century, later became a hotel and now, having recently been taken over by new owners, it has a kitchen led by former River Cottage chef Tom Blake. The pub has a delightful, cosy-but-modern dining room which is kitted out with a few fairly bizarre additions to the decor for added charm. Hanging above our table is a cluster of about ten antique lamp shades, which hang together a bit like a chandelier you might create if you had to cobble one together at short notice from bits bought at a car boot sale. Our starter orders are taken by some cheerful and attentive staff who then immediately bring over some freshly baked bread with olive oil and a bowl of crushed, spiced nuts (which tasted like Bombay mix) for dipping. I begin my meal proper with a warm salad of char-grilled purple sprouting broccoli with Dorset blue cheese and piccalilli. It’s a fresh, well-balanced dish and a great start. My girlfriend, Sharon, goes for the fried squid with chorizo – the sausage coming chopped and fried with garlic and tomato as a rich accompanying sauce. On to main courses, my pan-fried mullet is perfectly cooked, with crispy skin, and comes served on an ample bed of cannellini beans – enough in fact that had my mullet been alive it would have been swimming in them. It’s a delicately seasoned plate and a few salty anchovies are a welcome addition amid the buttery sauce. A couple more would have been even better. My date goes for the rib-eye steak, which at £22 is roughly twice the price of the other mains on the lunch menu. That said, a roasted garlic and parsley butter is included in the price – which is refreshing given the tendency for restaurants to add three quid to the bill for the luxury of a sauce, normally about two tablespoons of cream and a bit of black pepper. The meat is cooked perfectly medium rare to order, as you might expect from an awardwinning kitchen, and comes with salad and WCL-E01-S2

probably the biggest portion of chips I’ve ever seen. These weighty hand-cut fries are closer to crispy roast potatoes than chips if you ask me, someone who, in fairness, has won no awards for his chips. One slight downfall might be the fairly limited menu – four choices for a starter, for example. But I’m always of the thought that a few dishes done well wins over many lacklustre offerings. We skip desert as if we’re in a hurry to check out the flying spectacular down the road, which, for the record has to be seen to be believed. It’s dinner and a show Wedmorestyle – and it’s very satisfying. The pub also has rooms and anyone wanting to take a short bird-watching break with some good food thrown in could do a lot worse than to base themselves at The Swan.

Venue The Swan, Cheddar Rd, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4EQ Contact 01934 710337 Price range Mains £10 to £22 (lunch and dinner); starters from £5.50

Tom Murdock thinks he couldn’t have picked a better place for lunch during his trip to the Somerset Levels to watch the murmurations. Pictured above is that ‘car boot sale’ chandelier

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Food Andy Welch

It’s known as the toughest cooking contest of all. Ask any of the past MasterChef winners, and they’re likely to agree. One-time amateur chefs Thomasina Miers (who went on to found popular Mexican street food chain Wahaca), James Nathan or Dhruv Baker (who now fronts a range of cooking tutorials for Waitrose) can probably all recall with some terror the paces they were put through by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. As MasterChef has seemingly turned out better and better amateur cooks with each passing year, there’s also a celebrity version and MasterChef: The Professionals, currently showing on BBC Two, which pits some of the country’s best jobbing kitchen talents against one another. But it’s the original series which remains most popular, with viewers drawn to the personal stories of each contestant – their food journeys and proclamations that they “want this more than anything” – as much as the food and kitchen dramas. Three such popular contestants were Londoner Natalie Coleman, who won the mostrecent series of the show, and Dale Williams and Larkin Cen, both from Cardiff, who were in the final with her. As a trio, they have released a new cookbook, MasterChef: The Finalists, which showcases some of their favourite recipes from the show, plus a few they’ve added on top. The whole thing was a surprise at first. They were told to turn up to a photo shoot, but little else. “They said we had enough to be thinking about, without that added pressure,” recalls Cen, who previously trained as a solicitor. The day of our interview is the first time the trio have seen the completed cookbook, something Williams, who founded his own successful recruitment firm, describes as a “very proud moment”. Cen and Coleman, meanwhile, can’t stop flicking through the glossy pages. The dust has now settled on the series. Williams and Cen have overcome the initial disappointment of not winning and become not just firm friends, but business partners – they’ll launch an Asian street food venture next year. Coleman, meanwhile, who quit her jobs as a part-time DJ and credit controller after the show, has at last accepted that she won – despite expecting throughout the contest that Cen would emerge on top. She’s been spending as much time as she can in the kitchens of some of the country’s top restaurants, learning from the likes of Marcus Wareing, Tom Kitchin, Tom Kerridge, Theo Randall, Michel Roux Jr and Daniel Clifford. This time last year, filming was just starting on the series. Williams, who first remembers cooking when he was seven or eight years old, wasn’t sure he was going to be accepted, as there was a six-week gap between his audition and call-back. Cen recalls it as all being “a bit of a blur”, although he did tell friends that he didn’t think he’d win, but wanted to get to the final. The new book features 30 recipes from each finalist, half of which were cooked on the series, while the other 45 have been added since.

“It was a lot of work,” says Williams. “If you get it right early on, you might cook a dish three times. If you don’t, there’s no telling how many times. You want it to be your creation and something you’re proud to put your name to.” Talk turns to favourite recipes. Cen’s Asianinfluenced dishes fare very well with the other two, Williams singling out his mate’s Dover sole recipe in particular, while Cen remains proud of his own Triple Crown recipe. “As a rugby boy, that’s the dream – a McDonald’s, a KFC and a Burger King in one sitting!” he says. “This is my more manageable version for home, and most importantly, it’s a lot fun. So many people forget that aspect, but food is supposed to be enjoyed.” Coleman says: “My favourite recipe is the pigeon, as it made me cry when I cooked it, and it made John Torode cry too. “There’s a squid recipe in there which I wrote after going out for a meal on the night of the final, after I’d won,” she adds. “It reminds me of the meal, and winning, but most of all, it reminds me of the boys, Dale and Larkin.” Eventually, Coleman wants her own restaurant and “in five or seven years” would like to be thinking about getting a Michelin star. She knows she has a lot to learn, but has already come a long way from where she was just two years ago. “It’s down to MasterChef, really,” she says. “I always liked cooking for my friends, but the series made me push myself and try new things. “Hopefully some people will try recipes from the book and do exactly the same.” And here are two for starters...

MasteChef judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode can be quite tough on contestants through (check by cutting into a thigh or drumstick to the bone and having a look at the flesh inside). About five minutes before the end of the cooking time, stir the cornflour with three tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Stir again before adding to the wok. Mix into the sauce and carry on cooking to thicken. Add the peas, peppers, red onion, prawns and udon noodles to the wok. Stir-fry for five minutes, mixing the ingredients into the sauce. To serve, divide among four bowls and garnish with coriander.

Singapore chicken and udon noodle hot wok Ingredients for four 2tblspns vegetable oil; four chicken thighs (skin on); four chicken drumsticks (skin on); one garlic clove, crushed; one bird’s eye chilli, diced; 2tblspns Madras curry paste; 200ml chicken stock or water; 1tblspn cornflour; 3tblspns frozen peas; one red pepper, deseeded and cut into julienne; one green pepper, deseeded and cut into julienne; one red onion, halved and thinly sliced lengthways; 16 raw tiger prawns, peeled and butterflied; 400g fresh udon noodles; 4tblspns chopped coriander

Beignet souffles with hazelnut chocolate sauce Ingredients for four For the beignets: 75g unsalted butter; 95g plain flour; three large eggs, beaten; sunflower oil, for deep-frying; 50g caster sugar; 1tspn ground cinnamon; water For the chocolate sauce: 200ml double cream; 90g plain chocolate (minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids); 25g hazelnuts, toasted and blitzed to a powder in a spice mill

Method Heat a wok, then add the vegetable oil. Put the chicken thighs and drumsticks in the wok and cook over high heat for about five minutes or until browned all over; the skin should become golden and crisp. Lower the heat a bit and allow the oil to cool slightly, then add the garlic and chilli to flavour the oil. Add the curry paste and stir around the wok, making sure all the chicken pieces are coated with the mixture. Pour in the stock or water. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked

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Method This year’s MasterChef finalists, from left, Larkin Cen, Natalie Coleman and Dale Williams have brought our a book of their recipes which includes treats such as Beignet souffles with hazelnut chocolate sauce, above

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cool slightly before gradually beating in the eggs to make a smooth, glossy choux pastry. Heat the sunflower oil for deep-frying to 190C. Working in batches, so you don’t overcrowd the pan, drop heaped teaspoonfuls of the choux pastry into the hot oil and deep-fry for about five minutes, or until crisp and golden on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. You should make 24 to 30 beignets in all. Mix the caster sugar with the cinnamon in a shallow dish, add the beignets a few at a time and toss them gently until they are well coated. For the chocolate sauce, put the cream and chocolate into a small heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water (ensure the base of the bowl does not touch the water) and gently stir until the chocolate has melted and the sauce is smooth and silky. Stir in the hazelnut powder. To serve, arrange the beignets on small plates with the sauce alongside for dipping. Sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon sugar.

MasterChef: The Finalists by Natalie Coleman, Larkin Cen and Dale Williams, photography by David Loftus, is published by Absolute Press, priced £20

Foodie treat Mark Taylor With three sporty children, Bristol-based writer Kate Percy knows all about preparing healthy, nutritious and energy-boosting family meals. A marathon runner herself, Kate’s interest in food for sport was sparked when her husband, Mark, was training for the New York marathon in 2000. During his training schedule, he became tired so Kate tweaked his meal times and diet and the result was improved energy levels and performance. Since then, Kate has adopted a similar approach to feeding her family and this resulted in her first book, Go Faster Food, four years ago. Kate’s latest book is Go Faster Food for Kids, which offers healthy eating tips for active children and puts these into practice with 101 recipes including this warming chilli.

Black bean and chorizo chilli Ingredients 400g stewing beef, chopped into fairly small chunks (1cm); 2tblspns flour mixed with ¼tspn each salt, pepper and cayenne pepper; 2tblspns olive oil; 100g spicy chorizo, chopped into 1cm chunks; one onion, finely sliced; two green peppers, deseeded and chopped into 1cm chunks; one bay leaf; 1tspn smoked paprika; one large garlic clove, peeled and crushed; 100g black beans, rinsed and soaked overnight, then rinsed again and drained; 500ml chicken stock; 400g can chopped tomatoes; salt and ground black pepper; handful of coriander leaves; squeeze of lime juice; one green chilli, finely sliced and with seeds remaining, or two if you

Singapore chicken and udon noodle hot wok – one of the recipes from the MasterChef finalists

Comfort food Rosa Mashiter Our friends across the pond will be celebrating soon. The Pilgrims to America (or New World as it was known) many of whom left from Plymouth and the South West, were astounded on their arrival in New England by the culinary treasures they stumbled across. One settler wrote, “The abundance of seafish is beyond believing, and here also there is likewise an abundance of turkey, exceedingly fat, sweet and fleshy”. Thanksgiving on November 28 originated from these pilgrims who thought of it as a ceremony of gratitude for their survival in the New World and the first Thanksgiving Dinner was an elaborate affair consisting of roast turkeys, geese and duck, lobsters and eel pie as well as mounds of venison provided by friendly Indians. Today, the centrepiece of a Thanksgiving Dinner is a succulent roast turkey, with chestnut stuffing, served with sweet potatoes, corn, Brussels sprouts, squash, creamed onions and cranberry sauce. The dessert is of course pumpkin pie.

New England fish chowder For this dish you need to buy whole fish and ask your fishmonger to skin and fillet for you,

and to let you have the fish heads, tails and bones

Ingredients for six to eight 1.8kg firm white fish like Pollock, cod, haddock, or whiting; 900ml water; 125g bacon lardons; one medium onion; 675g potatoes; salt and freshly ground black pepper; 900ml whole milk; 25g butter Method Put the fish bones, heads and tails in a pan with the water, bring to the boil, skim, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the stock and set aside. Finely chop the onion and peel and dice the potatoes. Heat a large heavy saucepan and sauté the lardons until all the fat has run out, add the onions and continue to cook until they are soft and transparent, add the fish stock, potatoes and sea salt and black pepper, and simmer until the potatoes are about half cooked. Add the fish and simmer for about ten minutes, add the milk and cream and heat through taking care not to let it boil. Add the butter and let it melt. Serve in soup bowls with crusty bread.

Pumpkin pie If you cannot find fresh pumpkin try the tinned variety.

one small egg; ice cold water; two medium free range eggs; 160g caster sugar; 325g cooked pumpkin puree; 1tspn ground cinnamon; ¼tspn ground allspice; 300ml milk Method Preheat the oven to 220C (Gas mark 8). Roughly chop the butter and put into a food processor together with the flour and 25g of sugar and process until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the egg and process to mix the ingredients, add just enough ice cold water for a dough to form a ball. Remove the pastry and dust lightly with flour before dropping into a plastic bag to be placed in the refrigerator for around 30 to 40 minutes. On a well-floured board thinly roll out the pastry and use to line a 23cm flan dish. In a mixing bowl beat the medium eggs and 160g of sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in the pumpkin, spices and milk. Pour into the flan dish and place on the middle shelf of the oven for ten minutes. Reduce the heat to 180C (Gas mark 4) and continue baking until the filling is firm, and a blade inserted into the centre comes out clean. The pie should be served warm with whipped cream.

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like it really hot; rice and soured cream (optional) to serve For the salsa: half a small cucumber, diced; one avocado, peeled and diced; ten cherry tomatoes, quartered; four spring onions, finely sliced; 1tspn coriander seeds, crushed in pestle and mortar; handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped; handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped; juice of one lime; glug of olive oil Method Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3. Toss the beef chunks in the flour mix. Heat 1tblspn oil in a flameproof casserole dish and brown the beef in batches. Set aside. Brown the chorizo and set aside too. Scrape the juices off the bottom of the pan using a splash of water and pour over the beef. Add the remaining oil and gently sauté the onion and green peppers with the bay leaf for a few minutes. Stir in the smoked paprika, beef, chorizo, garlic, black beans, stock and tinned tomatoes and bring everything to the boil. Give it a good stir, cover and transfer to the oven to gently cook for 1.5 hours until the beef and the beans are tender and the sauce has become thick. Season. If you are making the dish in advance, cool and chill, and carry out the next stages before you serve. Stir in the coriander and lime juice. Taste and add more salt, pepper or paprika if you like. Make the salsa just before serving, by combining all the salsa ingredients in a bowl. Serve the chilli in bowls with rice, salsa, and a dollop of soured cream. Offer chopped green chillies on the side for those who like it extra hot.

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Absolute Corkers Ned Halley ing softness – no trace of the harshness that can afflict some pure malbecs from Argentina.

White wines Finest White Burgundy 2011 £8.99 to £6.99 (£5.24) It really does taste as you might expect white burgundy to taste (not invariably true of the region’s humbler output). It’s a proper sweetapple chardonnay by the dependable Blason de Bourgogne people, fresh and lively with a little bit of oak enrichment. Finest Tapiwey Sauvignon Blanc 2012 £8.99 to £6.99 (£5.24) It’s from Chile, and the first thing you notice is the pungent struck-flint nose, followed up by a powerful limey tanginess of fruit that is something of a sauvignon hallmark in the Casablanca region of its origin. Chile does this ubiquitous grape in its own way, and very nicely it does too. Finest St Mont 2011 £6.99 to £5 as £10 for two bottles (£3.75) This price seems crackers for such an exceptional dry white wine. It’s a fresh but lush Pyrenean blend of weird local gros manseng grapes with even odder petit courbu and arrufiac. And it’s pure gold.

Sparkling wines Finest Champagne Grand Cru 2007 £24.99 to £19.99 (£14.99) Tesco’s own vintage champagne is exceptional in this nicely maturing vintage. It’s pure chardonnay from top-rated (grand cru) vineyards, mellow, bready-nosed and richly developed.

It’s possible to get 25 per cent off wine this month at Tesco – ideal for stocking up for Christmas

For once, Tesco has told me about one of its mad 25% off all wines promotions. And well in time to include the details on this page. Usually I get the message too late in the day to be able to pass the good news on. The promotion started yesterday, but it continues all the way through next week to Sunday December 1. It applies to purchases in store or online of six bottles or more. And get this: the 25 per cent off applies to wines already on individual promotion. And as it happens, there are a number of particularly good ones on offer right now, including some of the best wines from the “Finest” own-label range (definitely the backbone of Tesco’s range) up to December 3. As a public service I have put the shelf price followed by the individual promotional price next to each wine, and added in brackets the finally reduced price based on the sixbottle-any-mix deal. The consequent discounts seem extravagant indeed, starting with the marvellous Douro red, which plummets from a more-than reasonable £7.49 to what seems a simply crazy £3.74. I suppose it’s possible Tesco will do yet another of these promos before Christmas, but my advice is to jump in now for the seasonal stock-up. In my experience, the closer December 25 gets, the less likely the supermarkets are to offer discounts. It might be to trap disorganised lastminute shoppers who leave it all so late they just have to buy the essentials (such as decent wine) whatever the price.

Red wines Finest Douro 2011 £7.49 to £4.99 (£3.74) This is easily the best vintage to date of this silky, profound red wine from the Port vineyards; 2011 has lately been “declared” as a Port vintage thanks to an ideal harvest, and the table wines are clearly as successful as their fortified seniors. Finest Côtes Catalanes Carignan 2012 £7.49 to £5.99 (£4.49) Deep purple colour and rich, concentrated briary fruit feature in this dense, spicy Pyrenean red from a grape rarely nominated on labels but in this case triumphantly delicious. Finest Côtes Catalanes Grenache 2012 £7.99 to £5.99 (£4.49) Partner to the Carignan preceding, this dark and brambly Perpignan red has a finely judged weight and balance as well as exotic spice and grip. Finest Barbera d’Asti 2010 £7.99 to £5.99 (£4.49) Muscular but silky, dark, blueberry-fruit bouncer from the misty hills of Italy’s Piedmont region is consistently delicious vintage after vintage. It has proper Italian verve expressed in its ideal pasta-matching juiciness. Finest Kulapelli Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenère 2012 £8.99 to £6.99 (£5.24) The deep colour of this distinctive Chilean red might well owe much to the constituent carmenère grape, so-called for the carmine hue it imparts. As a blend with cabernet it makes a special, slinky, cassisrich wine with plummy tannins and contemplative depths. Trivento Reserve Malbec 2012 £8.99 to £5.99 (£4.49) A bumper Argentinian red with dense maroon colour, sun-baked bramble nose and epic ripeness of fruit. It stands out particularly for its yield-

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Watering hole Ring O’ Bells, Compton Martin Ned Halley Compton Martin is twice blessed. The village is sublimely set amid the lakes and woodland of the Chew Valley, now aglow with the mellow shades of autumn, and it has an outstanding pub into the bargain. The Ring O’ Bells is centuries old, but last year was reborn. The new owners are a group of local residents including Miles Leonard, a giant of the popular music industry. The pub, I am relieved to say, is not a shrine to pop, but a smart, comfortable and good-humoured temple to the best kind of food and drink. Its ancient origins are evident from the ante-room to the main bar area, a flagstoned open space before a vast inglenook in which a welcoming log fire was crackling on the day of my lunchtime visit last week. Up a step into the Ubley Bar, as this side of the pub is called, you’re in a long, well-lit space centred on an

Fortified wines Finest 10-Year-Old Tawny Port £15.50 to £12.50 (£9.38) This is a steal. It’s a proper coppercoloured, mintily rich nuts ’n’ fruitcake old tawny of genuine class. Top tawny bargain of the season. Finest Amontillado Sherry 50cl £6.40 to £4.40 (£3.30) This is real sherry, supplied like the other styles in the Finest range (Fino, Manazanilla, Oloroso) by excellent bodega Barbadillo. It’s quite pale, very dry and gloriously nutty with preserved-fruit highlights and long, pungent sherry flavours. Astounding value even at shelf price, it should be served cool if not chilled. Don’t keep it (or the fino and manzanilla stablemates) more than a couple of days after opening.

Wine of the Week Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is £19.99 from Majestic, or £14.99 as one of two or more “fine” wines from the (enormous) Majestic range. Vergelegen is one of South Africa’s most revered wine estates, with vineyards in the happily named Somerset West region. But this wine could well be mistaken for a product of Bordeaux. It is quite gorgeously ripe and lush with the classic cassis character of cabernet grapes, but it is elegantly balanced too, with the benefit of maturity. If you’re looking for a special-occasion red but scared off by inflated claret prices, this will prove a good investment.

Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is a special occasion red that’s not too pricey

another fireplace, above which is mounted the vast hirsute head of a longhorn steer, crowned with a novelty tiara. Hee hee. I wish to believe that this is the management’s way of reassuring customers that however swish this venue is, it’s still all a bit of a laugh. Formerly a Butcombe pub, the ales on offer included that excellent brewer’s bitter and a new Butcombe name to me, Haka, billed as “seriously Maori bitter”. I liked its pale, sweetly pungent freshness. It went nicely with my home-made pork pie and beetroot chutney (£4). Plenty of ciders on offer, plus a knowledgeably chosen offering of wines by the glass at sensible prices. Sandwiches at £6 or £7 are various, clearly popular, and served with giant bowls of chips. The lunch menu is tempting and I suspect the dinner menu (there’s a stylish additional dining bar to the other side of the central serving area) would be worth a try. It was busy even on a mid-weekday, with the kind of mix of customers young and older that betokens a broadly appealing place. Through the buzz you could hardly hear the piped music, but I did detect Bye Bye Miss American Pie (circa 1971 if memory serves). Yes music does figure here. They have folk nights and occasional visits from megastars thanks to the Miles Leonard connection. He discovered The Verve and Coldplay, I hear. And he lately rediscovered Kylie Minogue, who gave an impromptu performance here in this very pub. I expect that set the bells ringing.

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Shopping Gabrielle Fagan

Decorating the tree is an enjoyable ritual, but it doesn’t have to look the same every year. It could be time to shake up your style and choose from one of the fresh new decor trends for trees so that yours is star of the show this December. “Dressing the tree is one of my Christmas highlights, and a great chance to get the whole family involved,” says interior designer Joanna Wood. “I always take the time to plan my tree in advance and try to create a slightly different look and theme each year, to keep the tree looking fresh and exciting.” By all means rely on that cherished collection of Christmas decorations, she says – there’s no need to rush out and buy a complete new set – but add a few pieces to bring a new look to life. “Bring character to a tree by varying the style and texture of baubles and ornaments when decorating,” she says. “There’s no reason why classic gold decorations can’t be mixed with a brilliant red berry garland and red hearts, or a sleek snow-white scheme can’t have rustic, white wooden decorations, such as a flock of white birds, for a more Scandi feel. “It’s all about experimenting and not relying on the same set of decorations year after year. Remember to create height and depth with the placement of your decorations, and vary hanging positions. “Decorations can be tied to the tips of trees or sit on top of branches, as well as hanging from the them. Experiment with colour and, most importantly, have fun with your tree.” Choose from one of Wood’s four favourite themes for dressing your tree this year.

Classic kitsch cocktail For a witty take, mix traditional decorations with retro-style or kitsch additions, suggests Wood. “Accentuate the traditional red, green and white decorations that are so popular at this time of year with colourful character pieces for a retro, playful look,” she says. “Start at the base of your tree and spread out your traditional decorations evenly. Finish by adding your character pieces on the ends of branches in the central section of the tree, to ensure they catch the eye. “This is a fun, tongue-in-cheek approach and a retro-style Santa works perfectly as a character piece to complete the look.” TREE & BAUBLE-TASTIC: Impress with a 6ft Norway Spruce artificial tree, £25, and 100 LED red Berry Lights, £12, Tesco. Go retro with Joanna Wood’s painted glass Santa On Scooter Decoration, £21.99, or kitsch with a Frosty Glass Dolly Dachshund Bauble, £5.60, House of Fraser.

Winter palace

A 6ft Highland Fir Christmas tree, £15, Tesco, will help bring some golden glamour and grandeur into your home this Christmas. ‘The first and most important rule when dressing your Christmas tree with gold is don’t skimp on lights’,’ says interior designer Joanna Wood

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This look plays on the romance and glamour of winter, with ice tones and plenty of glitter. “Picture a luxurious ice palace for inspiration, with crisp, clean snowflakes on the windows,” says Wood. “Place any larger dec-

orations (and those with glitter) aside, as your star items, and position your base decorations first, selecting those in silver, white and neutral tones. “Once happy with the spread of your base items, add the finishing touches with glitter and larger snowflakes.” TREE & BAUBLE-TASTIC: Dress up a Flocked Lapland artificial tree (1.8 metres), £115, Dobbies, with their selection of silver decorations, including a Glass Ornament Cone in Antique Silver, £2.99. Retreat Home’s silver Noel Snowflake Decoration, £6.50, looks good alongside their silvered Large Plain Heart Decoration, £7.99, which features an ontrend tartan ribbon.

Country chic “Woodland charm is a strong trend in interiors, and this look picks up on that theme by evoking fond memories of white Christmases and walks in the countryside,” says Wood. “Stick to a natural colour scheme for your base, using green and wood hues – pine cones suit this perfectly. I like to use animal decorations, such as frosted bristle animals. Fill in any gaps with fresh holly and ivy.” Finish the tree with fruit-shaped gilded ornaments, vintage pearls and splashes of red, to create a feeling of a vintage Yuletide. TREE & BAUBLE-TASTIC: Sainsbury’s Premium Green 6ft artificial Christmas Tree, £50. Get the “hunting, shooting, fishing” look with a Gisela Graham Natural Feather Clip On Partridge, £4, and set of three Tartan Reindeer Heads, £5, The Contemporary Home. Dunelm has a Felt Owl, £1.99, in its Woodland Retreat Collection, while Joanna Wood’s frosted Bristle Animal Decorations include a Rabbit, £5.99.

Golden grandeur Muted metallics lend an aura of faded grandeur, and old gold mixes well with copper and bronze touches too. “The first and most important rule when dressing your Christmas tree with gold is don’t skimp on lights,” says Wood. “The metallic shimmer of the gold baubles will complement the lights perfectly and create a magical sparkle effect. To fill in gaps, and make the tree look beautifully festive, use groups of three gold baubles, rather than just one on the end of each branch. Tie these baubles together with silver or white cotton ribbon to keep them perfectly in place.” Frame a treetop angel or star with a cluster of gold-sprayed leaves or gold ribbons to accentuate it, and encircle with lights, she suggests. TREE & BAUBLE-TASTIC: A 6ft Highland Fir Christmas Tree is a snip at £15, from Tesco, who also have a selection of Gold Decorations, from £1.50 each. Linea’s selection includes a pretty Prism Swirl Onion Bauble, £4.20; a Prism Copper Starburst Tree Topper, £10.50, and a Looking Glass Glitter Crown Decoration, £2.80, all House of Fraser.

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Shopping Lisa Haynes Fluffy extras Embrace the fluff factor with Siberia-inspired extras. Keep the cold out with furry snoods and scarves draped over shoulders, big hats cuddling heads, and mittens over paws – all easy ways to add fur accents to your look. Create a textural contrast by wearing against a leather jacket or wool coat. If you want a colour contrast, the high street has rainbow bright numbers for a fun Care Bear approach. When temperatures demand it, don’t be afraid to accessorise a big yeti coat with a Cossack-style hat, to create impact by wearing fur on fur. Throw practicality out of the window with this season’s surprise fuzzy evening extras: think sandals trimmed with fluffy marabou and clutch bags decked out in cosy shearling. They won’t keep you warm but they will look furry fabulous.

Hot in the cold

Feel snug this winter in this Mink Cossack hat, £35; Siberian stone fur jacket, £199; Wolf cuff knit gloves, £25; all Ruby Ed (www.rubyanded.co.uk)

Look snug and stylish with these essential tips for pulling off faux fur: ■ Fur is no longer reserved for eveningwear. Tame down a statement coat with a pair of jeans or leggings and sturdy winter boots. ■ Stay aware of your proportions. If you’re looking for a clean silhouette, switch faux fur for ponyskin-style fabrics that add less bulk. ■ Short, boxy coats will accentuate your top half, so avoid if you’re top heavy. Try on if you’re pear shaped to balance proportions. ■ The taller you are, the more likely you can carry off a knee-length longer faux fur, which is likely to swamp petites. ■ Lighten up dark, wintry ensembles with a shot of light faux fur in ivory or cream. ■ The major downfall of faux fur? It’s not waterproof, so avoid wearing on torrential downpour days.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that sub-zero temperatures require serious layers. But there’s a cosy shortcut that’s a marvel at keeping out the cold single-handedly – faux fur. Just one plush garment can shield you from the elements and make you look luxuriously snug (and smug). Forget the real stuff. In the words of designer king Karl Lagerfeld: “You cannot fake chic, but you can be chic and fake fur.” From teddy bear coats to subtle fluffy trims, there’s a winter wonder to suit everyone’s furry fashion limit. Be faux fur fabulous with our textured edit.

Full pelt A thick, faux fur coat has winter written all over it. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s a sound overcoat investment for the big freeze months, from November through to March. Colour is all-important when selecting your faux fur. Avoid an accidental matchy-matchy look by contrasting your coat with your hair colour slightly; uber-dark hair against black fur might look a touch too goth. Brown, black or mink-like neutral shades will go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe, while animal prints are the ultimate statement. Leopard used to be the go-to print, but now you’ll find Friesian cow or Dalmatian spots if you prefer a quirky monochrome colourway. Eye-catching brights have also joined the fur party, with teddy bear-style denser furs in colours like yellow or blue.

Fur panels If you’re not convinced about a full-on faux fur, look to textured panelling instead. Coats have turned indecisive this season, mixing up wool and fur, or leather and fur, for a two-tone look. It’s a half-and-half take on faux fur and allows for a flattering silhouette, if you’re worried about adding extra bulk to your frame. If you want to experiment with textured panelled clothing, such as a skirt or top, a dense, flat fur, like faux ponyskin, is also more forgiving. Look for a winter coat with fur panels flowing down the body, resembling a long gilet but with arms – hello, practicality!

Furry trims Faux fur can be used as a glamorous accent on clothes, almost like tinsel on a Christmas tree, but minus sparkle. You can pretty much forgo a scarf if you opt for a winter coat with a generous faux fur or shearling collar. The bigger the collar, the bigger the style statement. Avoid a furry collar if you’re bigger busted, as it’s likely to exaggerate your proportions but, conversely, if you’re lacking in that area, it can boost your assets. Generous faux fur trims on hemlines are the latest way to draw attention to your legs. Ensure you keep your pins streamlined in skinny jeans, leggings or tights. WCL-E01-S2

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Books John Burgess

Hope Bourne, who died aged 91 in 2010, is mainly remembered for her excellent writings on Exmoor. In beautifully measured terms, she delineated the moor through the seasons, the rhythm of the farming year and her own life lived close to nature, in four books Living on Exmoor, A Little History of Exmoor, Wild Harvest and A Moorland Year. She also wrote a popular newspaper column, On Exmoor for the West Somerset Free Press. Some memorable line drawings appeared in her books and Hope Bourne provided fullcolour paintings for their covers, but these apart, none of her paintings and sketches have, until now, been published. My new book, Hope Bourne’s Exmoor: Eloquence in Art, containing nearly 200 of her images, goes some way to remedying this and reveals how her skill as a draughtsman, combined with acute observation, produced small masterpieces that are as eloquent as her words. I got to know Hope Bourne in the early 1980s when I was working for the Exmoor National Park Authority, and we passed many happy hours chatting outside her caravan parked by the remote and ruined farmstead at Ferny Ball, near Withypool. Although she enjoyed solitude, she had a gift for friendship. Her encyclopaedic knowledge of Exmoor, its farming traditions and history, as well as its flora and fauna, always left me humbled. She was passionate about preserving this unspoilt piece of England as a wild and lovely place, untouched as far as possible by the worst effects of “civilisation”. It was for this reason that she became an early and very active member of the Exmoor Society, and no doubt, why she left the whole of her estate to the society. Although I had seen some of Hope Bourne’s paintings and sketches, I had not appreciated fully the extent and quality of her artistic output until early this year. On a visit to the offices of the Exmoor Society, in Dulverton, I was confronted by a long table covered with a mass of sketches and paintings in pencil, pen and ink, crayons and watercolours, of varying sizes and shapes. They depicted the sweep of the moorland, the colour of the hounds and huntsmen, the delicacy of the soaring bird, the

haven of the farmhouse, shippons and farm carts, beech trees blazing in autumn, deer, cattle and sheep, rivers dashing over rocks, and much more. “What”, I asked, “are these?” “Hope Bour ne’s sketches”, came the reply, “she bequeathed over 2,000 to the society.” I couldn’t get them out of my head: those Exmoor skies, the moor purple with heather, mealy muzzled Exmoor ponies, and, above all, the colours. The idea for a book took root in my mind. At this time, the Exmoor Society was putting on an exhibition to celebrate Exmoor through the life of Hope Bourne at the Guildhall Heritage and Arts Centre in Dulverton, and I was invited to join the exhibition committee. As news of the forthcoming exhibition got around, many people who had known Hope came forward offering their memories, memorabilia and paintings. In the end only objects and sketches owned by the Exmoor Society were exhibited, but I was now aware that an even greater wealth of material than that owned by the society was available. I presented my proposal for a book of Hope Bour ne’s paintings and sketches, with appropriate quotations from her own writings, to the society and to Halsgrove. Both agreed that this was an ideal way of sharing Hope’s legacy with a wider public and of paying due tribute to her skill as an artist. But there was one snag. The book had to be ready for the Christmas market, so I had only two months in which to put it together – help was needed. Caroline Tonson-Rye, who had been making an inventory of the collection for over a year, agreed enthusiastically to join forces with me. As well as using the Exmoor Society’s collection, I sought out people who owned work by Hope. All were happy to help and generously allowed me to photograph a number of their pictures for inclusion in the book. Additionally, to my delight, journalist Martin Hesp agreed to write the Foreword. Caroline and I spent many enjoyable hours selecting both pictures and quotations and, to

Hope Bourne’s pictures of Exmoor show her understanding of the region – capturing each moment

Books reviews Empires Of The Dead: How One Man’s Vision Led To The Creation Of WW1’s War Graves by David Crane is published in hardback by William Collins, priced £16.99 (ebook £8.49) This is the truly remarkable story of the man behind the war cemeteries right across Europe, containing the graves of the thousands of soldiers who fell in the First World War. What is most astonishing though is that Fabian Ware, is all but forgotten today. He was the one who saw to it that those who gave their lives were given decent burials.

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The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble is published in hardback by Orion Fiction, priced £16.99 (ebook £8.61)

Cold: Extreme Adventures At The Lowest Temperatures On Earth by Ranulph Fiennes is published in hardback by Simon & Schuster, priced £20 (ebook £10.99)

The story focuses on Anna and her mother Jess, but a neighbour whose identity is obscured – narrates their story to the reader. Jess is an anthropologist who who falls pregnant during an affair with an older man. The resulting child Anna is a “pure gold baby”, an intensely happy child, but with unspecified learning and developmental difficulties. The Pure Gold Baby might not be an actionpacked, but it is a deeply absorbing read.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has crossed the Antarctic during winter, climbed Everest, and circumnavigated the world at its poles – and this is his 21st book. Cold details his experiences surviving at brutal temperatures in inhospitable places. His exploits are interspersed with accounts of history’s other mountaineers. A mustread for explorers – but a bit long for the rest of us. WCL-E01-S2


the publisher’s surprise, we delivered the required material by the deadline. And so Hope Bourne’s Exmoor: Eloquence in Art became more than just an idea. Apart from some lessons at school, Hope Bourne appears to have been largely selftaught in drawing and painting. She discovered very early in life the “magic of drawing”, that she “could capture alike objects, scenes and thoughts”. But it was colour that touched her most deeply. Colour is “one of the most vital experiences of life”, she wrote, it plays “on the senses and emotions like the notes of music”. Her acute observation of colour and light is one of the key features of her work, visible not only in the paintings themselves but also in the pencilled comments on many of her sketches. She had, too, a gift for capturing the essence of a moment, from the drama of storm clouds and rain over moorland, to the glory of a river bank in summer. She adored horses, describing them as “the noblest of all creatures”, and carefully studied their anatomy so as to capture them on the page in all their natural beauty. Stags were also a favourite subject. Other animals affectionally drawn were “wild-eyed, bloody-minded hill sheep”, majestic red Devon cattle, and colourful bantams. However, what chiefly comes to life through her pencil and paint-brush is Exmoor itself. In Wild Harvest, Hope Bourne wrote “some corners of the earth have of themselves an intensely powerful character, something that is a sum total of all within yet more than that.” This she found in the windswept corner of England that she painted so vividly and truly. There is magic in all art and, for me, the pictures in Hope Bourne’s Exmoor have this magic in abundance.

Author profile John Burgess was born in Wellington of a farming family. He has enjoyed a varied and interesting career, including almost 25 years as a BBC radio journalist and producer. His “love affair with Exmoor”, first took root in the late 1970s when he joined the Exmoor National Park. The job, which included photography, brought him into contact with the people of Exmoor, the farmers, the huntsmen, the craftsmen and many of “Exmoor’s gems”, Hope Bourne being one of its most precious. Over the years he gained her friendship and enjoyed many visits and conversations with her, in the little caravan she called home, tucked away on the moor. John maintains a close and active association with Exmoor and is a member of the Exmoor Society’s Executive Committee. Caroline Tonson-Rye retired recently after a career in publishing. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Exmoor Society and has been responsible for making the inventories of all the material that Hope Bourne left to the society.

Book giveaway We have five copies of Hope Bourne’s Exmoor to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one, just answer this simple question: Which animals did Hope Bourne describe as “the noblest of all creatures”? Send your answer on a postcard, together with your name, address and telephone number, and an email address if you have one, to: Hope Bourne’s Exmoor Competition, Andy Vallis, Western Daily Press, Temple Way, Bristol BS99 7HD, or email your answer and contact details to andy.vallis@b-nm.co.uk The closing date is noon on Tuesday December 3. The winners will be selected at random after this date. The normal Western Daily Press terms and conditions apply.

Competition winners

Hope Bourne’s evocative work has always caught the eye: ‘She adored horses,’ says author John Burgess. ‘She carefully studied their anatomy so as to capture them on the page in all their natural beauty’

The five winners of our competition to win a copy of the book Firemen Artists 1940–45 are Marcelle Holloway of Lowbands, Gloucestershire; Mrs R Greene of Glastonbury, Somerset; Chris Legg of Cirencester, Gloucestershire; Paul Marley of Cricklade, Wiltshire; Winifred Rickard of Keynsham, Bristol. WCL-E01-S2

Animals and scenes from John Burgess’s book on Hope Bourne, who was inspired to put it together after seeing her work

Hope Bourne’s Exmoor: Eloquence in Art by John Burgess, with Caroline TonsonRye, is published by Halsgrove in association with the Exmoor Society, £24.99

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Books Sophie Herdman

Everyone likes a good book for Christmas – but which ones are set to be bestsellers? Chris White, fiction buyer at Waterstones, shares has his predictions... First up on Chris’s list is Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding (Jonathan Cape, £18.99), the third Bridget book, released 14 years after the last. With Darcy gone, our unlikely heroine’s now a single mum of two meeting men online. “Fans of the original books have not been, and will not be, disappointed,” promises White. Next, he suggests two autobiographies – Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography (Hodder & Stoughton, £25) and Morrissey: Autobiography (Penguin Classics, £8.99). “It’s the definitive autobiography by the man who dominated English and European football for over two decades,” says White of the former. “It’s the perfect gift for anybody with even a passing interest in the beautiful game.” Smiths frontman Morrissey’s memoir has been published as a Penguin Classic, a privilege normally reserved for elite writers like Austen, Darwin and Orwell. “This was the most anticipated music biography of all time,” says White. “Moz’s memoir is everything a fan could hope for – and quite a bit more.” In fiction, Ian Rankin’s newest crime novel Saints Of The Shadow Bible (Orion Books, £18.99), featuring the author’s infamous detective John Rebus, is also likely to be among the big sellers. “It’s Rankin’s best novel for years which, given that his are consistently the best crime novels going, is quite an accolade,” notes White. For some light relief, look for The Grumpy Dieter’s Handbook by Ivor Grump (Portico, £9.99) which, despite its name, is not really a diet book at all. “It’s the antidote to every dieting fad of the last decade, and the humour book everybody will be talking about,” White predicts. From the Father Ted Tribute diet to The Cross Channel Ferries diet, this one will have you in stitches.

Other Christmas big sellers ■ Solo by William Boyd (Jonathan Cape, £18.99) – The latest writer to attempt a James Bond novel since Ian Fleming’s death – previous authors include Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks and Jeffrey Deaver – sees Bond posing as a French journalist in war-torn fictional Zanzarim in West Africa. It’s up to Bond to derail the rebels’ cause, but events escalate and the spy is left with a score to settle which takes him around the world on a rogue mission. ■ The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown, £20) – Tartt’s latest offering tells the tale of Theo who, aged 13, survives an explosion in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, while his mother doesn’t make it out alive. Alone, the boy has only a painting, The Goldfinch, which he stole from the rubble, to remind him of his mother. He’s taken in by a dysfunctional, wealthy family and has many adventures, including a drugs-fuelled Las Vegas expedition. ■ War Of The Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden (Michael Joseph, £18.99) – This is the first novel of Iggulden’s new War Of The Roses trilogy and marks his first attempt at detailing Britain’s past, having previously focused on the Romans and Genghis Khan. Stormbird focuses on Henry VI, known as the Lamb, a

weak ruler who relies heavily on those closest to him to run the country. ■ The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta, £18.99) – This year’s Man Booker Prize-winner is set in 1866, and follows Walter Moody, who travels to New Zealand to make money in the gold fields. He stumbles across a group of locals discussing a series of recent mysterious events, including the disappearance of a wealthy man and a large sum of money being discovered in the home of a drunk. A story of twists and turns, mysteries and ghosts ensue. ■ Letters Of Note: Correspondence Deserving Of A Wider Audience by Shaun Usher (Canongate, £30) – Based on the hugely popular website of the same name, Letters Of Note is a collection of more than 100 letters, some funny, some inspiring, some very sad. Among them are letters from Mick Jagger, Emily Dickinson, Charles Darwin, Elvis Presley and Groucho Marx, as well as Virginia Woolf ’s heart-breaking suicide note, an appeal for peace from Gandhi to Hitler, a job application from Leonardo Da Vinci and a recipe for drop scones from Queen Elizabeth II to President Eisenhower.

Ebook predictions ■ Mhairi McFarlane’s romcom You Had Me At Hello was the best-selling ebook sensation of last Christmas, and her second novel, Here’s Looking At You (HarperCollins, ebook £2.99), is out on December 5. The Scottish writer gives her predictions for this year’s ebook hits ■ The Beatles – All These Years: Tune In Volume One by Mark Lewisohn (Little, Brown, ebook £14.25) – There’s always an appetite for Beatles analysis, and this book’s the most dazzlingly detailed yet with the first volume covering the Liverpool and Hamburg years. ■ I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk (Harper, ebook £5.29. Published Nov 21) – Kelk has a rabid army of fans for this series so this is a solid safe bet as a bestseller. I follow her on Twitter to ogle her lifestyle. She lives in New York and tweets about cocktails, gigs and nail var nish. ■ The Kills by Richard House (Picador, ebook £7.79) – Booker longlisted, this book, set in the aftermath of the Iraq war, focuses on noncombatants, the middle men civilian contractors who enter a war zone for a short term for highly-paid work in the danger zone. A gripping, original thriller, likely to do brisk business with fans of David Simon’s mini-series Generation Kill. ■ Morrissey: Autobiography (Penguin, ebook £3.99) – Ebooks have perhaps made “give it a whirl” purchases easier and more economical. Diehard Moz fans will want the Penguin Classic in paperback. The rest of us can get it in this format and chortle with laughter.

Also set to do well...

Everyone likes a good book at Christmas – but which ones will be at the top of everyone’s list?

Letters Of Note is a collection of more than 100 letters – funny, inspiring and sad

Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography is an ideal gift for anyone who loves football

Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy won’t disappoint Bridget Jones’s fans

Saints Of The Shadow Bible is one of the author’s best crime stories

■ The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (Penguin, ebook £2.99) – Already among the Kindle ebook bestsellers, the story begins with a woman’s discovery of a dusty sealed envelope with “For my wife – to be opened only in the event of my death” written on it in her husband’s handwriting. The letter reveals his terrible mistake and how it could affect her life and the lives of others. If you like Jodi Picoult, you’ll love this.

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Travel Andy Vallis

Retired sea captain Richard Gough was one of the great Victorian eccentrics. A collector of shotguns and meerschaum pipes, he was rarely seen without his menagerie of monkey, talking jackdaw and donkey. Bristol-born Gough was also the man who discovered and excavated Gough’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge and first made it accessible to the public. Now people come to admire it from all over the world. Wife Sally and I did not have far to travel, but in familiar fashion it was an attraction on our doorstep we had largely ignored. Gough’s Cave contains some beautiful sights, from a “frozen river” of calcite flowstone to the pale blue, copper and cream marbling of the breathtaking cavern known as King Soloman’s Temple. In the adjoining St Paul’s Cathedral – so called because it is said to resemble the whispering gallery of the London landmark – the calcite changes colour according to the minerals it is absorbing. We absorbed this and other facts from head guide Kay Chambers. The limestone from which the cave is formed was laid down 200 million years ago, when the area was a tropical sea, she told us. The cave itself was carved out by a river, and it is still prone to flooding. Gough’s Cave has various other distinctions. It was where Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest skeleton, was found, in 1903; it was the first cave in Britain to be lit by electricity; and it lost several of its impressive stalactites when a group of bikers broke in to hold a party in the 1970s and snapped them off. They should grow back in about 2,000 years. One thing we were not expecting to see on our way round the cave was several dozen truckles of cheese. An ideal place for the cheddar to mature, the truckles are turned and have the mould brushed off regularly but are otherwise left undisturbed for up to 12 months. After refreshments at Costa – we crossed the road to the Museum of Prehistory, in the house that was once home to Richard Gough. Outside we were given a demonstration of flintknapping, before going in to see how the flint was used in tools and weapons by our Stone Age predecessors. There was information on Cheddar Man and Richard Gough, as well as a curious section on sex and fertility that incorporated what looked like a Stone Age dildo, and a giant rotating, bloodied skull just before the exit with no obvious purpose, though it looked as if it might alarm young children. We

were told that the skull and the fertility feature will soon be replaced. From there we went to look around the smaller but still beautiful Cox’s Cave, and made it up all 274 steps of Jacob’s Ladder and the lookout tower above the gorge for spectacular views of the rain clouds sweeping towards us across Cheddar Reservoir. The lower end of Cheddar Gorge is a quirky blend of tea rooms, cheese and cider sellers, ice cream parlours and souvenir shops. One of the outlets belongs to the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, where cave-matured cheddar can be sampled, and very tasty it is too. Rich and earthy, it sells at £23.75 for a 1kg wedge. We could have spent longer at Cheddar Gorge, but we had a hotel to get to. Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa at Warminster is, like Cheddar Gorge, part of the Longleat empire. The hotel is Grade II listed and has four AA stars with a rosette for food quality. We found that we were staying in the Longleat suite, which is large enough to have two televisions in two seating areas, and very handy for the indoor pool and spa. We swam a few lengths of the pool and sat in the Jacuzzi for a while, before moving on to the sauna and steam room. A range of treatments are also available. The hotel is ideal for sport and fitness fans: it has an open air swimming pool as well as the indoor one, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and a well-equipped gym. Trout fishing is also available. Having worked up an appetite, we were looking forward to a good dinner, and we were not disappointed. Soup of the day was parsnip, which I finished in no time, while Sally had compression of Loch Duart salmon, saffron potatoes and Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a perfect cube of fish, potato and a square of white radish that had been marinated in the wine. It looked and tasted gorgeous. There followed a faultless Wiltshire lamb cutlet, shoulder and sausage, served with cumin cauliflower, chard and Gruyere gratin, and a braised beef blade with honey parsnip puree, pomme almandine – a fluffy ball of potato coated in almonds – and baby carrots. Dessert was equally delicious. My apple and blackberry crumble, with a generous dollop of clotted cream, was on the large side, but it was too good not to finish. Sally had lemon me-

Attractions on our doorstep, such as Cheddar Gorge, are something we often overlook

Travel news Holiday packages get the celebrity treatment It appears five minutes of fame is no longer enough. Nowadays, people want their whole holidays coloured by the celebrity world too, and “celebrity tourism” packages are booming. Take, as one simple example, how bookings for short hotel breaks near Highclere Castle – home of ITV’s hit Downton Abbey – have boomed by 150 per cent in the last couple of years. The effect spreads much further afield too. For devotees of TV’s I’m a Celebrity tour operator Dial A Flight has a three centre package in Queensland from £1,599, including return flights from London and Manchester on stays by December 10. It involves three nights in O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, where defeated stars stay for some pampering after their ejection from the show.

For another wildlife and celebrity themed break, tour operator Wendy Wu have recently asked TV star John Craven, presenter of BBC TV’s Countryfile and founder of Newsround, to become a UK Panda Ambassador at Chengdu Panda Base in China. Craven first visited the Sichuan Province for Newsround in 1986, documenting a unique project between the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Chinese government to help save the Giant Panda from extinction. Next September, Craven returns to work on conservation projects where he will also guide visitors on ten-day Wendy Wu packages, from £2,590 each. There’s plenty of celebrity spotting for sportier types too. Former Wimbledon and US Open star Tracy Austin holds a tennis camp at Curtain Bluff, Antigua, next spring (April 30May 4). Seven night all-inclusive stays at Curtain Bluff with tour operator Abercrombie & Kent start at £2,845, including flights and transfers.

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Presenter and, now, ‘tour guide’ John Craven

Peer-to-peer travel, where people stay with locals on their holidays rather than booking into a hotel, is reaching an all time high, with online brands like Airbnb, HouseTrip and HomeAway leading the charge. Thanks in part to the economic recession of recent years, property owners have turned spare rooms, empty settees or even cars into extra income. According to Santander Mortgages, 9 per cent of all UK homeowners (1.7m households) now have a lodger in their home, up from 6 per cent in 2011 and earning total rental income of over £3.3billion a year. Airbnb, when it follows Twitter and issues shares, could be worth more than £7 billion. As well as cheaper accommodation, these peer-to-peer – or “sleep with a local” – holidays WCL-E01-S2


ringue pie, served with a raspberry coulis. The restaurant is open to non-residents too. After a high-class cooked breakfast, we drove the short distance to Longleat Safari and Adventure Park for a visit to another of the West’s premier destinations, and another that we had previously overlooked. Children must love the Adventure Park, with its Monkey Temple, Postman Pat Village and Adventure Castle, not to mention the famous hedge maze. Our favourite was the butterfly house, containing some of the most brightly coloured specimens I have ever seen. When we reached Longleat House, one room of the West Wing was being opened up to give visitors a glimpse of the murals Lord Bath has created. This room was decorated in the 1950s, the walls covered from floor to ceiling in a mixture of paint and sawdust and then coated in oil paint, resulting in a dizzying, threedimensional swirl of peculiar scenes. All the rooms on all three floors of the West Wing have been decorated in this way, we were told. The rest of the house seemed a little gloomy in comparison, despite the priceless artefacts, and it was nice to get back outside again for a drive around the wide open spaces of the Wiltshire savannah. I clocked the safari at six miles, and the animals en route really are something to behold: zebras, wildebeest, huge white rhinos, stunning tigers, camels, timber wolves, cheetahs and, of course, the lions, often coming within a leap of the car. A gang of monkeys took a liking to the two cars in front of ours halfway round, clambering on top of them and trying to prise off aerials, windscreen wipers and anything else they could get their hands on. They left us alone, but a baby-faced ostrich did attempt to wrench off a windscreen washer nozzle. All part of the fun. Seeing such an amazing array of wildlife at such close quarters was memorable. We loved it. If he were around to see it, so, surely, would Richard Gough.

Travel facts Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 9HH. Tel: 01985 878351. Rooms start from £145 per room per night for two people to include full breakfast and use of the spa facilities. For details of special offers, visit www.bishopstrow.co.uk

Cheddar Gorge

Situated on the B3135 just off the A371 between Wells and Weston-super-Mare – a gorge and caves day ticket for adults that includes entry to caves, museum, Jacob’s Ladder, a cliff-top walk and open-top bus tour costs £18.95, with various discounts available to children, the Armed Forces and Caravan Club members. More details at www.cheddargorge.co.uk

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW.

An all-in one-day ticket giving access to the Adventure Park, Safari Park and Longleat House costs £31.50. More details at www.longleat.co.uk

also offer residents a chance to share their insider knowledge, and give travellers a real feel for areas they are visiting. Arnaud Bertrand, chief executive of HouseTrip says: “The future of peer-to-peer holiday rentals looks bright. Hosts earn extra money and guests get more value from travel money.” Phil Cliff, director of Santander Mortgages, adds: “With a quarter of homeowners (24 per cent) having one room spare, 23 per cent having two rooms spare and 19 per cent having three rooms spare in their house, the “rent-a-room” trend is clearly on the rise as the cost of living drives homeowners to find ways of supplementing their disposable income and cover monthly mortgage costs.” “It is worth bearing in mind that the UK Gover nment’s ‘Rent a Room’ scheme enables homeowners to earn up to £4,250 per year tax free from renting out a spare room.”

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Lakeland Castle Inn, near Keswick, (017687 76401) offers two, three and four-night autumn breaks from £40 per person per night, incl breakfasts and use of all facilities, through to Mar 2014. Stays of two nights start from £209 per room, and include use of the indoor pool, gym, sauna, steam room, lounge areas and gardens.

New York sales Hayes & Jarvis (01293 735831) offers three nights’ room-only at Edison Hotel Times Square from £499, with Virgin Atlantic flights ex-Heathrow, Jan 13, from £499, saving £141.

Xmas villa on Ibiza VillasIbiza.net (0203 514 8361) offers Can Calvi, villa sleeping ten near village of San Carlos and Las Dalias Christmas Market, throughout December from just £1,865 per week, with multiple terraces, 1.25 acres of grounds, swimming pool. Return BA flights ex-London City Airport to Ibiza start from £150 in December.

Egypt Red Sea Olympic Holidays (0844 576 2386) offers seven nights’ all-inclusive at Sonesta Beach Resort on Gulf of Aqaba from £355, saving £405, exManchester Dec 5. Same operator offers seven nights’ half-board at four-star Flamenco Beach and Resort in Quseir from £435, exGatwick Dec 14 and seven nights’ all-incl at Tia Heights Hotel, Makadi Bay from £485, exGatwick Dec 14.

Mauritius Hayes & Jarvis (01293 735831) offers seven nights’ all-incl at newly opened Zilwa Attitude from £1,199, to live like an islander by offering local experience and by learning to speak local language, saving £478 with a 25 per cent early booking discount and incl return international Emirates flights ex-Gatwick Dec 3.

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Steppes Travel (0845 075 6079) offers a 17-day Grand Tour in December for £2,998 (based on group of 17) via Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Kwa Zulu Natal, tiny Royal Kingdom of Swaziland and safari in Kruger National Park.

Alpine ski Crystal Ski (0871 231 2256) offers seven nights’ self-catering at three-star apartments in Sestriere, on Italy’s Milky Way for £199, saving £200, with return flights ex-Gatwick Jan 5 into Turin and transfers; same operator offers seven nights’ half-board half-board at three star pension in Scheffau, Austria for £469, saving £120, ex-Gatwick Jan 4 into Salzburg with transfers.

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Travel Abi Jackson

There’s nothing like a Christmas market to really muster the magic of the season. Whether it’s an unforgettable family day out or a Yuletide minibreak you’re after, here are seven of the best

Luxury and romance in Bath With its golden-stoned Georgian architecture, Roman Baths and Royal Crescent, Bath is one of the UK’s prettiest cities and the ideal setting for a weekend of relaxation and romance. In the run-up to Christmas, it becomes especially charming, lit up with twinkling lights, carol singers and brass bands adding to the festive magic. For 18 days, Bath Abbey provides a stunning backdrop to the Christmas Market, which sees more than 150 traditional wooden chalets fill the square and surrounding streets. Whether you want to shop or simply soak up the atmosphere, it’s sure to warm the cockles. There’s also an ice rink (until January 5) in Royal Victoria Park. A short drive from the city, set among gorgeous tree-lined grounds, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa is the perfect choice for a luxurious romantic break. The five-star 17th century country house has a Downton Abbey feel, with its antique furniture, grand fireplaces and silverware. ■ Bath Christmas Market runs from November 28 to December 15 (www.visitbath.co.uk) ■ Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa (www.lucknampark.co.uk) offers standard rooms from £345 per night for two adults sharing on a room only basis, including use of spa facilities.

Festive family fun in Salisbury Slightly smaller in scale but ideal for a weekend of festive-themed family magic, this year Salisbury Christmas Market sees 71 delightfully-decorated wooden chalets fill Guildhall Square in the city centre. A host of musical events will also take place, including performances by local school choirs. Pay a visit to Santa’s Grotto before marvelling at the arts and crafts on display and sampling some gourmet treats. The surrounding area of Wiltshire is home to a variety of attractions and things to do, and The Pembroke Arms at Wilton – a small market town a few miles outside Salisbury – is the perfect base from which to explore. Recently refurbished, this charming and comfortable hotel also welcomes your pet pooch, providing snugly beds and dog’s dinner menu. ■ Salisbury Christmas Market runs from November 28 to December 21 (www.visitwiltshire.co.uk) ■ The Pembroke Arms (www.thepembrokearms.co.uk) offers a family room (two adults and two under-13s sharing) from £154. Or, families can book the ‘Feeling Festive’ Christmas Market break, including one night’s accommodation, spiced cider and mince pies on arrival, dinner and breakfast, for £220

Style and culture in London Designer stores and high street heroes may line London’s West End streets, but it’s still possible to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas shopping experience in the capital. Set beneath trees decorated with twinkling fairy lights, the Southbank Centre’s Christmas Market has borrowed some of the best ideas from its German counterparts and concentrated them into one easy-to-navigate riverside strip of traditional huts. But while the smell of sizzling Bratwurst

and spicy Gluhwein conjures up a distinctly German flavour, there’s a global feel to the colourful stalls, selling goods ranging from knitted finger puppets made in Peru, to sugarcoated churros from Spain. The new five-star Rosewood London hotel is ideally placed between the Southbank and West End. Built in 1914, the Grade II-listed building is accessed via a wrought iron gate which opens into an almost perfectly quadrangle courtyard. A roaring fire crackles in the hotel’s gentlemanly bar, stocked with a selection of vintage books found in Portobello Market and fine whiskies, while the Mirror Room restaurant serves a menu of elegant takes on casual dining staples – perfect if you’ve overindulged on Bratwurst. ■ Southbank Centre Christmas Market runs from November 16 to December 24 (www.southbankcentre.co.uk/winter-festival/ markets) ■ Rosewood London (www.rosewoodhotels.com) offers rooms from £370, including use of mini-bar, in-room films, laundry and breakfast.

Best of the rest... Lincoln Christmas market The biggest of its type in Europe, with over 300 stalls, Lincoln’s market draws visitors from far and wide. In the heart of the historic action, the Cathedral Quarter, the looming Cathedral spires and castle walls provide a truly magical setting, with costumed carol singers and brass bands adding to the atmosphere. While the market only runs for four days, festive fun continues throughout the month, including an ice rink (until December 31) and a reindeer parade (on Thursday, December 12). ■ Lincoln Christmas Market runs from December 5 to December 8 (www.visitlincoln.com/whats-on/lincoln-christmasmarket-2013)

Swansea Christmas market and waterfront winterland Red and green wooden chalets bring a touch of festive alpine charm to the coastal south Wales city of Swansea, as the annual market sees the city centre abuzz with shoppers on the lookout for local gifts and crafts. ■ Swansea Street Market runs from November 29 to December 22. Waterfront Winterland is open until January 5 (www.swanseachristmas.com)

Edinburgh Christmas markets Soulful and vibrant all year round, the streets of Edinburgh are an extra special treat when Christmas comes to town. In various locations across the city, there’s something for everyone, with a traditional European Market taking place around The Mound, a Scottish Market in St Andrew’s Square, as well as a new Children’s Market. ■ Edinburgh Christmas Markets run until January 5 (www.visitscotland.com)

St Nicholas Fayre, York Another picturesque and historic city – and another which looks more striking than ever when illuminated with Christmas lights. You’ll find stalls aplenty lining the city centre selling a range of wares. ■ St Nicholas Fayre runs from November 28 to December 1 (www.visityork.org)

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Columnists

Martin Hesp Please forgive me for the poor performance of this column.

Alice Bell It was a classic flog-a-dead-horse idea from Princess Anne.

People who write things like this in magazines are meant to be strident in their views – every sentence is supposed to be a clear-cut flagwaving exercise extolling the virtues of whatever opinion the columnist holds dear. But, week in week out, I have difficulties: A) because all too often I don’t give a damn either way – and B) because I seem to be getting more confused as the distant dim and murky valley called Old Age beckons. Let’s take one perpetually hot topic as an example: Britishness, its meaning – the misunderstanding and general desirability thereof – is something columnists are forever banging on about. But as I sit here writing articles in my lonely Exmoor garret, I just don’t get the parameters of the big “what is and what isn’t Britishness?” question. Maybe that’s because my name is actually Dutch – although the Hesps have been in England for over 600 years so you’d think we’d be more-or-less British by now. And anyway, my mum’s lot go back in the West Country thousands of years. So I reckon I’m British through-andthrough – which is exactly the phrase an estate agent used when speaking to me yesterday about how he’s in contact with Russian oligarchs who are apparently interested in purchasing Bantham. “I’m British throughand-through,” he declared, opining that it might be a good idea to flog the South Devon village to one of these Moscow billionaires because “they love the British way of life” and might not want to change anything. Great! But odd… Because – does that mean we need wealthy Russians who’ve somehow amassed fortunes from the bones of what used to be a communist state to come over here buying stuff in order to preserve our oldfashioned way of life? You don’t have to think about that for long before you get confused. It’s almost as mad as the nightmarish idea of talking to a British Prime Minister on top of a working nuclear reactor and hearing him say what a fantastic thing it will be when all this nation’s future energy needs are in the hands of the French and Chinese. That’s a weird dream which could never happen, surely? Except, I have this distinct memory that I actually did witness such a thing not long ago… maybe I’m going nuts. After all, I am old. So old I remember the days when most cars you’d see here were British. I haven’t got any grandchildren yet, but I can imagine trying to tell them such a thing… “Poor old granddad,” they’d whisper. “He’s losing the plot. Fancy imagining that complicated things like motor cars could be made by British companies!” Another weird thing I cannot get my befuddled brains around – this week I was on Twitter complaining I was about to do my least favourite journalistic job, i.e. transcribe a lengthy interview from my recording machine on to the written page. Even though I can type fast this is a totally uncreative part of my work that I find boring. A mate who is a world-famous travel-blogger tweeted back: “Get a VA to do it for you.” He had to explain that a VA is a “virtual assistant” – and he put me in contact with a company in the Philippines, which – despite all the mayhem that is going on there at present – immediately informed me I could have a full-time secretary meeting my every clerical need for around £100 a week. Let’s try and get our heads around this

The suggestion that if we want to really treat our equine friends with respect, we couldn’t do better than eating them. It was a barking mad idea, in fact, but don’t tell her that because before you know it she’ll be suggesting we snack on a bit of bull terrier to make hers more popular. David Cameron was quick to come back with: “Nooo, I don’t think Britain should become a horse-eating country.” That was short-sighted of him. If we all had to roast Shergar on a spit each evening for our dinner, he could scrap winter fuel payments over night. It also seems strange that Defra hasn’t yet considered a similar solution to tackling

strange new idea of Britishness by bunging all this into one concept… It seems I could be going about my journalistic duties in an archetypical English village whose quaintness had been preserved by the good offices of a Russian oligarch – using power supplied by my local French and Chinese owned nuclear power station – and relying on the full-time support of a Filipina secretary who I’d be paying 100-quid-a-week via PayPal to work for me, even though she’d be on the other side of the planet. That’s a new kind of Britishness. It’s one I have difficulty in comprehending. But that could be solved because the bloke in the Philippines told me I could hire a VJ (virtual journalist) to write these columns.

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bovine TB, by suggesting they barbecue badgers instead of shooting them. Then, according to the Princess’s logic, nobody could ever question their humaneness. Certainly not with a mouthful of badger burger, anyway. Eating is a solution to so many things, except childhood obesity. I don’t want to sound like I’m advocating cannibalism but that habit black widow spiders have of eating their male mates? Genius. We could solve the problem of an impending population boom and global food shortages in one fell swoop. Let’s be honest, we only really need one man per city. I’ve got a bloke in my office who I’m sure would be up for servicing the women of Bristol. He’s already had a good go at fulfilling the needs of every female in my nearby village. This is a typical West Country village, where everything is very prim and sedate on the outside and as seedy as Soho when you scratch the surface. It’s like living in an episode of Midsomer Murders. Everyone is sleeping with everyone else. We haven’t had any wildly improbable murders, though. Yet. We have the affairs instead. You thought it was only in Midsomer that the local womaniser was also a keen bell-ringer. Not so. One man has for the past year been having an affair with the wife of someone who lives two doors down. Everyone in the village knows this, apart from the husband of the woman. You’d think the philanderer’s wife would also be oblivious, otherwise she would have left him, but she was actually the first to know, mainly because this idiot made the mistake of admitting all to his mum. Doh! Who did he learn adultery from, Andrew Marr? It was only the next week that his mother rang up when he wasn’t in the house and the wife answered, only to be confronted with the question: “Where is he then, seeing that harlot?” This unfortunate wife is also a friend of my gran’s so we’ve all heard how he slinks in like an alley cat some mornings, full of explanations as to how he spent the night on a mate’s sofa without once explaining why that’s made him so exhausted he can’t open his mouth without yawning. The wife never lets him see that she knows exactly what he’s been up to and he thinks he’s got away with it. I suppose in a way that’s the sweetest revenge, like letting someone walk around with their flies undone and saying nothing. Men always think they’re being incredibly clever when they’ve actually forgotten to zip their trousers up, sometimes metaphorically, sometimes literally. My mate once met a man in a pub who chatted her up shamelessly and quite happily, without seeming to realise he hadn’t taken his wedding ring off. Surely that’s chapter one in Adultery for Dummies. And one of my old university pals once slept with someone just to practise wooing the woman he really wanted, as though it was some sick sort of dress rehearsal. Although I suppose “undressed rehearsal” would probably be a more accurate description in his case.

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Gardening Alan Down

The Spanish impostors are back – it’s that time of year when the only good thing about tomatoes in the shops is their colour. The home-grown crop has come to an end. A friend grew those varied and attractive heritage varieties in my main picture and many had superb flavour. I’m not necessarily recommending growing just old varieties since many newer varieties not only taste good but have inherent disease resistance too. Tomatoes are occasionally referred to as ‘love apples’ and were thought to have aphrodisiac properties. Perhaps aware of this, Suttons Seeds have just launched a new very compact variety called Heartbreaker Vita F1, which has appropriately heart-shaped fruits and could easily be grown in a pot on a sunny balcony. We have been eating tomatoes since the late

1500s and of all the vegetables that we can grow, surely this is one of the most productive and worthwhile? So with a thought to next year I thought you might be interested in some tasting trial results that just came in. Ball Colegrave has conducted tasting trials for the last couple of years at their trial grounds near Banbury and, moving up from second place this year (and sixth in 2011), Sungold topped the taste charts. This comes as no surprise to us, since it is a variety that we have strongly recommended since conducting our own blind tasting trials way back in the 1990s. Sungold, as its name implies, is more yellow than red but has delightfully sweet

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tasty small fruits. It is also very heavy yielding and grows well indoors or out but the fruits are inclined to split their skins. This is a variety that, if you are like me, can be eaten like sweets – though of course much healthier. Many of the sweetest varieties have small cherry-sized fruits. In fact, the Ball Colegrave tasting trials, conducted by gardeners who visit these trial grounds each summer, are dominated by small-fruited varieties. F1 Sweet Million came second and last year’s winner F1 Sweet Aperitif was nowhere to be seen. That remains a mystery since it is a new variety. Was it a flash in the pan, I wonder? A brown-fruited variety called Chocolate Cherry did well last year but wasn’t in the top ten this. Perhaps the appearance and colour has an over-riding influence over our taste buds? Of course nutrition plays its part in flavour too, with those plants regularly fed with balanced tomato feed definitely having the sweetest fruit. Other varieties that showed consistency were F1 Suncherry Premium, the prolific Sweet Million and plum shaped varieties F1 Trilly and Rosada. But what of those varieties that most gardeners grow? Moneymaker languished 40th in 2011 and Gardeners’ Delight came 16th and 13th in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Alicante came in at 35th and fared better last year at 12th but I sense that this is not the whole picture, as there were fewer varieties in the trial and the more respectable scores of the popular varieties gives a misleading result. No, there is no getting away from it, these old varieties are not the tastiest toms to grow. If you want the sweetest-tasting tomatoes, you need to look at the cherry-sized varieties and ignore the skin colour. New seeds are in store now so what will you be growing next year? And are you finally going to turn your back on those old, but well known, varieties?

Alan’s plant of the week Viburnum – winter flowering Viburnum is a family of very varied hardy shrubs but those that flower at this time of year are outstanding garden plants. Often called Laurustinus, Viburnum tinus hardly needs any introduction and is widely planted but the variety of this called Eve Price is even better. Pink in bud and opening white, the blooms on this compact version will be on top of the evergreen leaves right through until spring. Viburnum farreri [fragrans] and V. x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ also bloom now but their flowers are sweetly scented and produced all the way up bare stems after the leaves have fallen off. Much taller at 2- 2.5m high these are good back of the border shrubs but fear not, their strong scent will not be lost as it will waft through and fill your garden on a cold winter day. Viburnum is an excellent choice for where soils have a high lime content.

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QUESTION I have a large Dierama [“Angel’s Fishing Rod”] plant which flowered beautifully this year. Now that it has finished flowering do I cut it back to ground level or should I leave it until next year? From R Croome-Johnson ANSWER I would be inclined to leave any green leaves on this South African until late spring since these can be a bit tender unless in a sheltered place. Indeed, if it is a young plant then some winter protection would be worthwhile but I find that something natural that breathes or a fleece tent is best for this.

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Gardens Diary cuttings Alan’s gardening tips for the weekend ■ Deciduous trees that have lost their leaves can be pruned now ■ Fork over borders and work into the soil a slow release feed such as fish, blood and bone or bonemeal. ■ The winter-flowering hardy Cyclamen coum are in stock now, plant with the autumn flowering Cyclamen hederifolium for an extended display of colour. Plant in the shade of trees or in the rockery and watch them form strong winter flowering colonies over the years. ■ Complete the autumn digging in of the vegetable patch, leave the ground rough and let the frost and rain break it up. Add clay breaker and plenty of organic matter (Revive, mushroom compost or farmyard manure etc.) to improve heavy clay soil and very light sandy soil too. ■ Wash bird feeders and tables with disinfectant to minimise the spread of bird diseases. ■ Wrap pots that are not frost proof or those that contain tender plants with bubble polythene, hessian or even straw. This will keep the worst of the cold out. Make certain that excess water can drain away by raising the pot on pot feet. ■ Cover your brassicas with bird netting if you get trouble with pigeons eating them in winter.

What’s On at Cleeve? Christmas glitter demonstration Felicity Down shows you how to decorate your home in an imaginative way. This ticket-only event is on at 7.30pm Thursday November 28 and at Cleeve Nursery, Cleeve near Bristol BS49 4PW. To buy tickets at £5 each, with proceeds going to Greenfingers Charity to provide gardens for children’s hospices, call 01934 832134 or email info@cleevenursery.co.uk.

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First frost means we are waiting for winter. Stourhead’s garden manager Alan Power in his fortnightly column charting the ups, downs and other events on the Wiltshire estate So, here we are poised after the first significant frost, waiting for the weight of winter to force the last of the leaves off the trees. The garden is still looking very autumnal and there are even tulip trees dressed entirely with bright yellow leaves, sweet chestnuts carrying a full yellowing crown and also the odd Japanese maple glowing. It’s been delightful watching autumn play out this year, as it made the most of an extended season to entertain and at times frustrate us. The garden team are stood ready with the leaf blowers, rakes, tractors and trailers waiting for the big assault on leaf collection. Gathering leaves once they are down is like polishing the garden and that’s our main task over the next few weeks, as well as choosing what we will eat at our Christmas dinner. The season is late this year and that in turn pushes all the winter jobs back a little; we usually start our winter jobs in December but it will be well into January before we are finished on the leaves and ready for winter work, but we cant complain; after all it was a very late spring. I mentioned in our last cutting that we had the pleasure of Eddie Mair and the PM team at Stourhead to broadcast. I have spoken with Eddie Mair for five years now from a radio car to the studio and this year was special. The team came here and based in the house and then delivered the programme nervously from the entrance hall. They even had someone on standby in the studio to step in if the Stourhead connection was lost. Eddie wrote two lovely pieces in the Radio Times about his experiences, which I hope some of you saw. He was genuinely moved by the autumnal scene. Kim and Tam, the estate rangers, (two for 2,500 acres) quite often recruit volunteers for help with their bigger tasks and they have been working on scrub clearance on Whitesheet Down over the last few months. Whitesheet is the focal point of the view from the house across the surrounding landscape, worth a walk if you have never been; a picturesque rural scene awaits. Some of the older students from Sherborne School have been a great help on Sundays and Kim constantly remarks how hard they all work. Even after rugby on a Saturday they have worked in all weathers on the down – I wonder if they realise how beneficial their efforts really are. It doesn’t stop there though for Kim and Tam; last Monday it was arranged that some of the other departments on the property should have a go on Whitesheet – so they did and they loved it – blisters and all. Kim and Tam will soon be knocking on the main door of the house with the Christmas tree for the entrance hall. A fire, a tree and school holidays for my kids, I love it. It’s definitely worth a visit to the entrance hall leading up to Christmas – warm up before you walk the garden – and the fire in the cottage will be lit too, to warm up as you walk round the lake. Wrap up, or clear leaves as we will be, both will keep you warm.

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Antiques Arts and Crafts come home Moore Allen & Innocent Arts and Crafts furniture and metalwares were the stars of an auction in the heart of Gloucestershire’s Arts and Crafts country. At Moore Allen & Innocent’s fortnightly auction in Cirencester – a stone’s throw from William Morris’ Kelmscott Manor and Rodmarton Manor, designed by craftsman Ernest Barnsley, the lots featured heavily in the list of top-sellers. At the November 8 auction, the top price was achieved by an Arts and Crafts oak dining table, together with a set of six ladder-back rush seat chairs, which achieved £1,500. The third-highest price of the day, £1,200, was achieved by a large copper urn decorated in the Arts and Crafts taste by John Pearson of the Newlyn School in Cornwall, while back in the furniture section, a set of four Clissett style chairs, named after Arts and Crafts furniture maker Philip Clissett, was sold for £440. The second highest lot price – £1,350 – was achieved by a collection of early 19th century fiddle-, thread- and shell-pattern cutlery, with a silver weight of 113oz, while a jewellery box of Victorian commemorative coins with high copper and silver content made £420. Among the garden ornaments, two pairs of natural stone urns sold for £500, while two natural stone urns on cube bases hit £380. And aptly for the closest sale to Armistice Day, war medals performed well, especially a First World War death plaque and medal set awarded to 19-year-old Private Frank Thorpe of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who was killed at Gallipoli. The collection, which also included letters of thanks from his regiment and King George V, photographs, and a local newspaper cutting reporting his death, achieved £240. A sale was due to have taken place at Moore Allen & Innocent yesterday, while the traditional pre-Christmas vintage toy and wine sale will be held on Friday, December 8.

Motorcycle is an early star Charterhouse A 1981 Triumph Bonneville T140E motorcycle is one of the lots already entered for the Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles in February. “It is quite simply amazing,” said Matthew Whitney. “We often come across low-mileage vehicles with one lady vicar owners, but in this case, the Triumph has never been registered, has never been on the road and has never been started.” This classic bike has the 750cc twin engine with front disc brake and is finished in a rare smoky-flame two-tone metallic paint. So new that it still has some of its protective grease covering from when it left the factory, it represents a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of British motorcycling history. The owner, who lives near Crewkerne but has retired and is planning a move to Devon, bought the bike for £1,064.53p in 1981, but is hoping it will reach its estimate of £9,500-

£10,500 on Sunday, February 16. Charterhouse are now accepting entries for their collector’s auction including coins, stamps, medals and clocks in December, Pictures, Beswick and Royal Doulton in January and for the sale of classic cars and motorcycles in February. Call Matthew Whitney at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset on 01935 812277 or email info@charterhouse-auctions.co.uk.

Toys for boys young and old Chippenham Auction Rooms Many people still have their childhood toys stashed away in their attic, but the collection of 1960s Dinky toys that surfaced at a recent Women’s Institute event is no ordinary collection. The cars are all in mint or near-mint condition and still retain their original boxes – but even so the owner was astonished to be given a valuation of £500-800. It goes on sale in the Enamel Signs, Advertising and Collectors’ sale at Chippenham Auction Rooms on November 30. Some great examples of early advertising are among the lots listed for sale, with a West Surrey Central Dairy, Guildford, sign in great condition sent to the saleroom via post; such is the reputation of the auction house for enamel sales. This commands an estimate of £400£600, while a rare and large Milkmaid milk brand example is in at a modest £300-£400. The famous five faces of Fry’s Chocolate is once again included and is up for grabs at a mouthwatering £4,000-£5,000, while a double-sided Mazawattee Tea sign in the shape of a leaf is in at £1,500-£2,000. Two very special replica steam engines are also included, both scratch built as accurate recreations of early 20th century traction engines. The first is unusually petrol-driven and is housed within a bespoke trailer ready to present at shows. The other is a Burrell traction engine, which carries a guide of £5,000-6,000. Other items in the sale include an unusual and early selection of typewriters, more than 30 0-gauge clockwork locomotives, Hornby 00gauge, games, puzzles, postcards, stamps, coins and lots more. The auction begins at 10am. For more information, call 01249 444544 or see www.chippenhamauctionrooms.co.uk.

Stamp collections are stunning Greenslade Taylor Hunt An exceptional album of stamps goes under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s collectors’ sale in Taunton on December 6. The Victorian stamp album, in excellent condition, contains mainly early examples, including a £5 orange stamp circa 1870 which is franked 1892. A purple blue 5d stamp from 1902-1904 is also featured. The impressive album – built up over a lifetime – has a guide price of between £25,000-£35,000. An enchanting pair of albums containing approximately around 600 postcards depicting scenes of Taunton is also offered in the sale. Images include the Taunton Vale Foxhounds outside The Castle Hotel, St Andrew’s Boy Scouts, a early line up of Taunton Town Football team and numerous landmarks around the town. Each album is guided at £400-£600. There is plenty to appeal to the young and young at heart at the auction too. It could be the perfect place to bag a special Christmas gift. A vintage child’s bright red Vespa scooter would make a delightful present for any youngster. It has a guide price of £40-£60. Another “fab” entry is Lady Penelope’s pink car from the iconic Thunderbirds series. This limited-edition toy is in mint condition and in its original box. The box is signed by Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson and has an estimate of £100-£150. A number of Harrods bears are also being offered, along with a large entry of dolls and other soft toys. Estimates for the bears range from £30-£50 per lot. Entries are now closed for the collectors’ sale, but following the success of a number of similar sales this year another is planned for next spring. Contact Mike Hooper at the saleroom on 01823 332525 or email him at mike.hooper@gth.net

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Medals and coins draw big sums Cotswold Auction Company The Books, Medals, Militaria and Collectables sale at the Cotswold Auction Company on September 24 was a great success, with much interest from internet bidders, and high prices in every section. A 19th-century Record of British Valour was one of the rarest lots and had survived in excellent condition. The 1815 bronze medal, boxed, was accompanied by 12 hand-coloured, printed roundels commemorating the victories of the British Army under the Duke of Wellington, and fetched £1,200. The weapons included another unusual piece – a 19th-century folding knife-pistol. Featuring a single-shot barrel and a tortoiseshell handle, this striking weapon was stamped “M. Schuchbauer” and achieved £950, leaving its estimate behind. Two flintlock firing mechanisms, dating from the same period, also made £900. Two late 19th century Tulwar hilted kukris sold at £520 and among the military uniform and accessories, a Victorian officer’s dress pouch with Waterloo battle honour and two gold-braid badges, from around 1880, achieved a similarly impressive £900, while a Georgian officer’s gorget, circa 1810-30, sold for £500. A Royal Marines dress uniform formerly belonging to Captain ECE Palmer DSO found a buyer at £480. Eric Charles Ernest Palmer joined the Royal Marines in 1917 and finished his career in 1948 with the rank of Colonel. He commanded the 41st Commando Regiment during the Second World War. A Victorian reserve regiment Dragoon Guards officer’s helmet plate, circa 1880, came under the hammer at £400, while an early Victorian 4th Dragoon Guards officer’s waist belt and buckle, circa 1840, made £350. Among the medals, a Civil OBE medal group of five with miniatures to C. A. Palmer achieved a hammer price of £600. This section also featured a group of First World War Star, War and Victory medals, which fetched £250. Coins also sold well at the sale. Perhaps the most interesting lot in this section was a light coinage penny from the Dark Ages. The coin dates from the reign of Offa, King of Mercia (AD757-796), and achieved £900. The books section of the sale also featured many interesting lots. Top prize went to a selection of books published by La Haule Books Ltd., Jersey, which achieved £300. A signed first edition of The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks also did well, fetching £150, while a collection of books relating principally to Indian military history made £170. The sale also featured some notable Oriental items, including a Japanese carved nephrite jade belt buckle in the form of a dragon, which achieved £550. The next auction in Cheltenham will be a sale of Vintage Costume, Textiles and 20th Century Decorative Arts. Entries are already being accepted for special Christmas Cheltenham sale, which will take place on December 17, with an emphasis on silver, jewellery, antiques and interiors. The auctioneers are happy to give presale estimates. For a valuation, call Lindsey Braune or Elizabeth Poole on 01285 642420, 01242 256363 or 01452 521177.

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Main picture: One of a series of three prints by Geoff Nutkins for sale at Moore Allen & Innocent. From left: A mint-condition 1981 Triumph Bonneville T140E motorcycle to go on sale at Charterhouse in February; one of the many signs offered in the Chippenham Auction Rooms sale, along with this bear in its Enamel Signs, Advertising and Collectors sale. From top: An Archibald Knox Liberty pewter biscuit barrel, sold for £3,200; a Cartier stainless steel and shagreen travelling clock, sold for £4,200; a Hermes black leather Birkin bag, sold for £8,000; an Hispano Suiza car mascot by Bazin, sold for £900; and Cartier Roadster watch, sold for £10,000, all at Cotswold Auctions WCL-E01-S2

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Beatles and Stones see bids fly Killens The rare and unusual met with strong interest at Killens’ monthly sale of Antiques, Fine Art and Collectables held at Mendip Auction Rooms. An excellent collection of autographs including those of The Beatles and Rolling Stones stoked up interest in the room, on the internet and on the telephone, with the lot eventually reaching £2,200. A Saxon or Roman sarcophagus that was unearthed in South Gloucestershire in the 1950s when a new sewer was laid also generated interest selling for £850. Telephone bids were in abundance on the day, with three such bidders going into battle to secure a fine 19th century stick barometer by Dolland of London, with it eventually selling for £850. There was a diverse entry of items, with other star performers including an art-deco style 18ct white-gold-and-diamond ring selling for £800; an oil-on-canvas entitled The Musicians by Frederick Goodhall RA (£800); a Victorian mahogany four-tier whatnot (£460); a four-piece Indian white-metal tea service

(£410); a claret jug in the form of an owl (£270) and The Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales” achieving. The next sale at the Mendip Auction Rooms is a general sale of Victorian and later effects on Tuesday, November 26, at 1pm, for which there are approximately 500 lots entered. Viewing takes place on November 25 from 10am to 7pm and on the morning of sale from 8.30am. For details or to arrange a valuation, call Gareth Wasp or Jake Smith on 01749 840770, or email e.enquiries@mendipauction rooms.co.uk.

Popularity online and in person Stroud Auction Rooms A two-day sale at Stroud Auction Rooms this month attracted huge interest, though markedly different on each day. The first saw a huge number of internet bidders, with textiles and pictures being sold across the globe, while day two, was packed with militaria and firearms enthusiasts. Stroud continues to attract a high volume of internet buyers, with almost 1,000 registered bidders and 269 “watchers” this month. A total of 864 lots were sold to internet buyers, realising £78,824 – almost half the total for the two-day sale. The highest selling lot was two oil paintings attributed to Frederick William Jackson, which went under the hammer for £3,600, while a pencil, ink and watercolour scene of a German brothel made £2,600. A Robert Lenkiewicz oil on canvas of Lt Paul Littleton of the Royal Navy, who died in a Sea King helicopter crash off the Needles, Isle of Wight, was sold together with his naval uniform for £950. The extensive textile section had a number of sought-after pieces including a 17th Century stump work picture of a young woman in a garden (£3,000) while a similar stump work picture and a 17th century Charles II embroidery and stump work picture dated 1662, each made £900. A rare continental stump work, embroidery, straw work and glass panelled casket went under the hammer for £800 and a 17th century Jesuit needlework of saints kneeling before a Jesuit sun also sold for £800. There was keen bidding in the rooms and on the net for many of the firearms on offer, with an 1858 Remington New Model revolver with related paperwork making £1,700; a 12-bore James Woodward & Sons double barrelled side-by-side hammer action shotgun in leather case with accessories (£950) and a Second World War Nazi dagger sold for £800. Two pieces of furniture bucked the trend and proved that quality shines through regardless – A 19th century oak three-drawer Angelsey dresser went under the hammer for £850 and a small 18th century dresser sold for £750. In the jewellery section a small collection of amber coloured bead necklaces defied its low estimate and sold for £2,300, while prize for the quirkiest item to be sold this month was a full suit of armour, which attracted bids from all quarters and eventually sold for £1,300. Items are already coming in thick and fast for the popular Christmas sale (December 11 and 12) when jewellery, silver, bijouterie and postable items suitable as seasonal gifts together with a good selection of whisky and other festive drinks are on offer. For more details about buying or selling at Stroud Auction Rooms, call 01453 873800, email info@stroudauctions.com or visit the website at stroudauctions.co.uk.

Manhattan to light party season Clevedon Salerooms This months’s specialist sale at Clevedon Salerooms is shaping up to be one of the largest in the firm’s history, organisers say. A large jewellery and watch section of more than 250 lots, brought together with Christmas in mind, is always a draw and this section includes many choice lots, including a 1970s retro Manhattan cocktail ring designed by Andrew Grima. Set with rubies and diamonds on a profile mimicking the Manhattan skyline, it has an estimate of £1,500-£2,000..

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A copy of David Hockney’s Paper Pools is also expected to make a real splash. Published in 1980 as a limited run of 1,000 copies, it includes a lithograph signed by Hockney. The lot is estimated at £2,000-£3,000. Of local interest are the 26 lots of Eltonware art pottery, with estimates ranging from £50£800 for the desirable crackle-glaze pieces. The sale catalogue can be viewed on line at clevedon-salerooms.com, with viewing in person Tuesday, from 2pm-5.30pm and Wednesday from 10am-7.30pm. Call 01934 830111

River views offer historic take Elford Fine Art Two stunning, exhibition-quality paintings by the celebrated South West artist Philip Mitchell (1814-1896) are among the highlights in Elford Fine Art’s Christmas exhibition and sale, opening in Tavistock next Saturday. The watercolours, which are of great social and historic importance, accurately depict the Navigation Canal on the River Tamar near Gunnislake more than 150 years ago. Measuring an impressive 28x 46½in (71cmx 118cm), the paintings were completed in 1862 and show the scenes looking downriver and up. The Tamar Navigation Canal was opened in 1808 as a 500-yard spur in the river. It was needed to bypass a weir which had been constructed centuries earlier by the Abbots of Tavistock, on the stretch between Morwellham and Gunnislake, to attract spawning salmon. However, the weir prevented boats from sailing further upstream and a detour was vital for the area’s economy. The canal, which cost £11,000 to build, allowed barges to transport their cargoes of lime, sand, bricks, manure, coal and granite to important indus-

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A 12-bore James Woodward and Sons shotgun sold for £950 at Stroud Auctions; this ring that mimics the Manhattan skyline carries an estimate of £1,500 when it goes for sale at Clevedon Salerooms; a copper urn fetched £1,200 at Moore Allen & Innocent; A Charles Robert Doyly-John painting of Rapallo near Santa Margarita on the Italian Riviera that sold at Stroud auctions. Opposite page: one of two traction engine working replicas sold at the Chippenham Auction Rooms; and one of the many rare stamps lined up for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s sale next month WCL-E01-S2

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Antiques FROM PAGE 35 trial, horticultural and agricultural sites in the Tamar Valley and remained in use for more than 100 years. Mitchell’s view upriver, from the Cornwall bank, shows the small island which was created between the new canal and the river itself. Lock gates were built at either end of the short stretch of waterway and, in the centre of the picture, the lockkeeper’s cottage can be seen perched on the southern tip. Looking downriver, we have a bird’s eye view from the steep, granite rocks high up on the Devon side of the Tamar. A sailing barge, navigating the canal, approaches the lock gates, and we can even see a rowing crew enjoying an outing on the river. Far into the distance, other vessels follow the meanderings of the Tamar as it winds its way towards Calstock and on to Plymouth Sound. These are two beautiful pictures which are rich in historical content, and their scale, combined with Philip Mitchell’s remarkable attention to detail, creates a compelling record of this important part of The Tamar Valley in the mid-19th century. Mitchell, who was born in Devonport, served in the Royal Navy before becoming a professional artist. He worked almost exclusively in watercolours, specialising in landscapes and coastal scenes in Devon and Cornwall. He was a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, where he exhibited 114 pictures, and his work appears in public and private collections worldwide. Like Mitchell, the eminent maritime painter Nicholas Matthew Condy (1816-1851) was also intended for a military career. At an early age, though, he had already displayed a talent for art and he chose to follow in the footsteps of his father, the established Plymouth painter Nicholas Condy Senior. It was a wise decision. His work attracted the admiration of J M W Tur ner’s patron, the Earl of Egremont, and Nicholas Matthew went on to exhibit at The Royal Academy. He continued to live and work in Plymouth, where his association with ships and the sea gave him a detailed and accurate knowledge of rigging which is so much admired in his work. Elford Fine Art’s exhibition includes an oil painting by Nicholas Matthew Condy from

A signed and limited edition print of The Welcome Storm by the renowned wildlife artist David Shepherd is expected to achieve £100 to £150 when it is sold by Moore Allen & Innocent. At 30in wide, the lithograph is signed and numbered 770/850, and is listed as ‘rare’ by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Also for sale at the Cirensecteer house is a print of Curtain Up, by artist and fan of all things feline, Linda Jane Smith, estimated at £20 to £30. Further south, in Wiltshire, a rare and large Milkmaid Brand Milk enamel sign carries a modest estimate of £300-£400 at Chippenham Auction Rooms

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1840, featuring the 484-ton brig-sloop HMS Persian in Plymouth Sound. With her crew of 110, and armed with fourteen 32-pound guns and two 18-pounders, HMS Persian played a vital role in the fight against slavery, patrolling the coast of West Africa and detaining and capturing slave ships. She served the Royal Navy with distinction for many years, suffering losses to her crew in those actions, before she was broken up in 1866. The exhibition includes traditional views of the South West from the Isles of Scilly to East Devon, complemented by an exciting variety of 21st century pictures full of scintillating light and colour. These include a selection of coastal pastels direct from the family of Julie Brett (1939-2010), summer beaches and harbours in oils by Duncan Palmar, impressionist Venetian scenes by Cecil Rice and the latest collection of exquisitely detailed watercolours by Rosalind Pierson, who has just taken over as President of The Royal Miniature Society. Elford Fine Art’s Christmas event begins next Saturday at The Gallery, 3 Drake Road, Tavistock. Opening times are 10.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Call 07712 137272 or see elfordfineart.co.uk for more details.

Schumacher’s first F1 winner Bonhams The single-seater Benetton-Cosworth Ford B194 in which Michael Schumacher won his first world championship is to go on sale, with experts expecting it to pass £600,000. Known by its chassis number B194-05 the car raced to victory at four World Championship Grand Prix races in 1994, including those at Imola and Monaco, the Canadian and the French Grand Prix, with two further secondplace finishes. But as well as success, the car has also witnessed tragedy. During its first race at Imola in Italy, Schumacher lined B194-05 up alongside triple World Champion Ayrton Senna’s Williams-Renault after qualifying. As the two drivers sped at more than 180mph into the Tamburello Curve, Senna’s car skidded and hit the wall. He later died. Freshly prepped for each race, the car also diced on the track against Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jean Alesi, and at the end of the season it was retained by the team at the factory in Enstone, Oxfordshire. B194-05 has since been demonstrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and has been meticulously prepared for sale. The auction takes place on December 1.

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Television and radio FILM CHOICE

TOP TV CHOICE

The Fugitive Durable action-man Harrison Ford is Dr Richard Kimble. Our hero is normally a mild-mannered medic, but when his wife is murdered, he’s found guilty of the crime and sentenced to jail. But, en route to his new home, a freak accident allows him to escape, and he sets out to unearth the mysterious one-armed man who really did do the deed. This film is in the best tradition of the Sixties TV series which inspired it, with enough gripping action and dramatic stunts to keep the most fickle film fan happy. There’s also a great (and Oscar-winning) supporting role for Tommy Lee Jones, as the lawman on the trail of the daring doctor. Well worth spending a Saturday evening in for. In fact, Ford really did injure himself while making the movie, so whenever you see his character limping, the actor is in genuine pain. The beard he sports at the start of the film is genuine too. (Today, Five, 10pm) LA Confidential A stylish, violent period tale set in 1950s Los Angeles, a place where nearly all the cops are milking the system and there’s little division between the big screen and the real world. Hookers are “cut to look like movie stars”, while a diminutive gossip magazine editor makes a killing from the scandal of Tinseltown. Amidst all this, two mismatched cops are thrown together to bust a complex murder case that could split the city’s corrupt police force. Even if you’ve seen it before, this cracking thriller from Curtis Hanson is well worth another look. The reasons are many: style by the bucket load; an Oscar-winning Kim Basinger proving she’s more than just a pretty face, and stunning turns from Aussies Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe. Based on a James Ellroy novel, this was originally intended to be a TV production. It went on to win two Oscars and was nominated for another seven. (Tuesday, ITV4, 11pm)

It’s here at last, the moment all Doctor Who fans have been waiting for... Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor (BBC One, tonight, 7.50pm) At 5.15pm on November 23, 1963, a TV legend was born, but in rather inauspicious circumstances. The broadcast took place a day after the assassination of US President John F Kennedy, and as a result, nobody was really paying that much attention to the arrival on British screens of a white-haired old gent who claimed he could travel through space and time in a police box. Now the sci-fi classic is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and current showrunner Steven Moffat is as excited as anybody about this special episode, which will also be broadcast and shown in cinemas in 3D. What we know about the special is that David Tennant is returning to the Tardis alongside Matt Smith, and they’ll be joined by John Hurt as an incarnation of the Time Lord that the Doctor himself would rather forget. We’re guessing a few more people will be tuning in to this episode than did so in 1963 – and anybody who misses it will feel as alien as a Cyberman when it comes to Monday morning’s school and work discussions.

DVD Red 2 (Cert 12, 116 mins, Entertainment One) Retired CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is enjoying domestic life with girlfriend Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) until sartorially challenged former associate, Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), pops up unexpectedly. Marvin’s re-appearance coincides with a dastardly plot involving US government agent Jack Horton (Neal McDonough), Russian secret agent Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and an enigmatic figure known as The Frog (David Thewlis). Subsequently, Frank, Marvin and Sarah go on the run with Chinese contract killer Han Jo-bae (Byung-hun) in hot pursuit. Stylish assassin Victoria (Helen Mirren) joins the chase, which leads to a covert exercise codename Operation Nightshade and its doddery creator (Anthony Hopkins). Red 2 is a hugely entertaining and polished sequel to the uproarious 2010 comedy about a team of retired assassins, who merrily kick butt and run rings around highly trained agents 30 years their junior. Dean Parisot’s testosterone-fuelled caper delivers as many thrills and spills as its predecessor, with tongue wedged firmly in cheek.

IN PROFILE Name Kenneth Branagh Best Known for Adapting Shakespeare’s plays for the big screen. Early Life Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, the middle child of a plumber and joiner and a housewife. He has an older brother and a younger sister. They lived in the shadow of a tobacco factory before the family moved to England to escape the Troubles, eventually settling in Reading when Branagh was nine. He lost his Irish accent as soon as possible to avoid being bullied. He loved sport as a teenager, but decided to become an actor after seeing Derek Jacobi play Hamlet on stage. Career After graduating from Rada, he made his West End debut in Another Country and enjoyed success in Northern Ireland with his appearances in three Belfast-set Play for Today productions. He then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Despite some big hits, he disliked the organisation’s structure and so set up his own theatre company. TV series Fortunes of War made him a star in the UK, but it was his film version of Henry V that catapulted him to global fame. More recently, he’s appeared in TV dramas Conspiracy, Shackleton, 10 Days to War and Wallander, and the movies Rabbit-Proof Fence, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and My Week with Marilyn. Trivia Married Emma Thompson in 1989, but they divorced six years later. He then dated Helena Bonham Carter, and was linked with Alicia Silverstone. He’s been married to production designer Lindsay Brunnock since May 2003. Quote “I resist being appropriated as the current repository of Shakespeare on the planet. That would mean I’m part of the English cultural elite, and I am utterly ill-fitted to be.” See The Gingerbread Man, Channel 5, 11.40pm, Monday

TV QUIZ ANSWERS 1 Steven Moffat; 2 The Seventies; 3 Jack Whitehall; 4 2000

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RADIO Bit cold outside this afternoon? Why not put your feet up with a cup of something warm and enjoy the drama on BBC Radio 4? Solomon and Marlon by Lara Foot, is inspired by the murder of actor Brett Goldin in Cape Town in 2006, while he was rehearsing for a production of Hamlet. The BBC website says: “Marion lives alone in her silent and isolated rural home in South Africa. She knows she is being watched so Solomon’s arrival isn’t a surprise but the reason for his visit is unclear. They form an unlikely friendship which bridges the generational and racial gaps between them but when the truth finally emerges it threatens to engulf them both.” Written originally for the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town in 2011. It was restaged at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

TV QUIZ

Would you feel slightly nervous if you saw these metal monsters coming down the escalator towards you in your town? Yes the Cybermen look like they mean business, but will they be troubling the Doctor tonight? Well, the wait is finally over and this week’s undoubted TV highlight – Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor – will be shown on BBC1 tonight at 7.50pm. Celebrating 50 years of the time lord’s adventures – it looks set to be TV gold

1. Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary with a one-off special on BBC One called The Day Of The Doctor. Who is the current head writer and executive producer? 2. Charlie Cox starts in a 90-minute espionage thriller for BBC Two called Le gacy. What decade is it set in? 3. Sarah Solemani returns, alongside Russell Tovey, for the fourth and final series of Him & Her on BBC Three. Which comedian does she star alongside in Bad Education? 4. Cast Your Mind Back... Laila Morse is one of the participants in this year’s I’m A Celebrity. In what year did she first join the cast of EastEnders as Mo?

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Television Hannah Stephenson

June Brown, left, has just published her memoirs where she charts her life before she played one of our best-known soap characters, Dot Cotton, above, in EastEasters

June Brown has brought plenty of laughter into our living rooms over the years. And it’s all down to her chain-smoking, hypochondriac, busybody character of Dot Cotton in EastEnders. But even she will admit that there aren’t many laughs in the hit soap these days. “I think there was a lot more humour [in the beginning], because there were more humorous characters, like Gretchen [Franklin] who played Ethel [Skinner]. Together, we had lovely comedy. It was a great partnership. “Of course, Leslie [Grantham] playing Den [Watts] was very witty and so was Anita [Dobson, who played Den’s wife Angie]. They were less dramatic stories but they were stories about life.” She says it’s not only up to the writers, but to the actors, to introduce more humour into the roles. “I could have played Dot as a very dreary woman with a list of illnesses, but I played her with an edge, so it was funny.” She continues: “When you have to write

four episodes [a week], you run out of stories and you have to keep regurgitating in a slightly different way.” Soaps, in general, have become more serious, because they’re all competing with each other, she reflects. “Emmerdale was a tale of country folk once upon a time. It was Emmerdale Farm. That changed because it became far more popular when it went into the mainstream, but there were lots of people who really enjoyed the fact that it had been about a farming community.” The 86-year-old actress, who has five children (a sixth, daughter Chloe, born prematurely, died at 16 days) and six grandchildren, took time off to finish Before The Year Dot, an autobiography tracing her early years, but will be re-appearing in the hit soap in December – although she can’t reveal any festive plot lines.

Brown recently said that she thinks EastEnders is unsuitable for children, but now reflects that the nature of soaps has changed since she first joined the cast in 1985. “It’s bound to, everything has. None of us [actors] wanted to be in a soap, because we thought it would ruin our career. It was very hard to do anything else when you came out. Look at Pat Phoenix [who played Elsie Tanner in Coronation Street] – when she left, all she did was tour.” Because of health issues, Brown no longer goes on night shoots outdoors in winter, because she says she runs the risk of pleurisy and bronchitis. These days, work is limited to three or four days a week. She says that Dot has endured because everybody knows somebody like her. “People say to me, ‘You’re so like the woman in the shop down the road’, and, ‘You’re so like my auntie’.” Yet appearing in the East London-based soap, set in the fictional region of Walford, went some way to dashing her hopes of a glittering career in the theatre, she recalls in her book: “By the time I joined EastEnders I’d done some films, I’d done Sunday Bloody Sunday, I’d worked for Sam Peckinpah and John Schlesinger and I’d done some television. Suddenly my salary dropped from £14,000 a year down to £3,300 with the dole included. I thought I was going to be in EastEnders for three months, which would enable me to pay back my sister who’d lent me money to survive.” Her autobiography, she says, explains the situation. “I wanted to write about the changes in my life, going from being an actress to a mother who acted, and from an actress to a mother who became everybody’s property.” Fame has had its downsides, she admits. “It

affects your family. It affected us quite a lot. Even shopping takes them [her family] twice as long if I go with them. People talk to me, have their phone cameras ready and want to have their picture taken.” However, she never regrets becoming a soap star. “I couldn’t be so ungrateful, because I really felt that my career was vanishing. EastEnders was a marvellous lifesaver.” Her memoir traces her colourful childhood in Ipswich, her days as a stage actress trained by the likes of Laurence Olivier and her tours of the Young and Old Vic Schools, playing some of her most memorable parts. The book also charts her first marriage to actor John Garley, who suffered from depression and committed suicide in 1957. In 1958, she married another actor, Bob Arnold, who died 10 years ago. She clinched the role in EastEnders after Leslie Grantham saw her in Minder and suggested her for Dot Cotton. She continued the part for eight years, before leaving in 1993 to pursue other interests, but returned in 1997 While she may have found a new companion in Lady Gaga, with whom she appeared on The Graham Norton Show recently, and has family who live close to her home in Surrey, there still seems to be something missing in her life. She admits in her memoir: “After ten years of being a widow I would still like to share thoughts, laughter, meals, visits to the theatre, problems, house repairs! Not a husband nor a lover do I want. Just a compatible companion.”

EastEnders continues on BBC One on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Before The Year Dot by June Brown is published by Simon & Schuster, priced £20

PICKS OF THE WEEK

REAL LIFE Holly Willoughby dons her best frock for another night on the sofa with Surprise Surprise (Sunday, 7pm, ITV1)

HISTORY Tony Robinson presents fascinating Stonehenge: Walking Through History (Saturday, Channel 4, 8pm)

DOCUMENTARY David Dimbleby continues his maritime jaunt in Britain and the Sea (Sunday, BBC One, 9pm)

DRAMA /COMEDY The bittersweet comedy Last Tango in Halifax continues (Tuesday, BBC One, 9pm)

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REALITY Gareth Malone wants us to reach for the high notes in The Choir: Sing While You Work (Monday, BBC Two, 9pm)

PANEL SHOW David Mitchell presents the last in this first series of Was It Something I Said? (Sunday, Channel 4, 10pm)

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TV PICKS

Saturday television&radio Saturday’s Television Guide DOCTOR WHO: THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR 7.50pm, BBC1

The Time Lord’s past comes back to haunt him and the whole of reality is at stake. Matt Smith and David Tennant star.

BBC1 BBC1

6.00 Breakfast (S,HD). 10.00 Saturday Kitchen Live (S). 11.30 Football Focus (S,HD). 12.15 BBC News; Regional News and Weather (S,HD). 12.30 Live Rugby League World Cup (S,HD). The first semifinal (kick-off 1.00pm). 3.00 Live Formula 1: Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying (S,HD). Coverage from Interlagos (Start-time 4.00pm). 5.20 BBC News; Regional News and Weather (S,HD). 5.40 Pointless Celebrities (R,S,HD).

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KILLING KENNEDY 9pm, Channel 4

Fact-based drama marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. The film combines rare historical insights and archives with storytelling to recount how the US president and his killer Lee Harvey Oswald crossed paths on that November afternoon in Dallas in 1963. Starring Rob Lowe.

BBC2 BBC2

6.00 This Is BBC Two (S). 6.50 Film: The Company She Keeps (S) (1951). ●●● 8.10 Film: The Happiest Days of Your Life (S) (1950). ●●●● 9.30 Formula 1: Brazilian Grand Prix – First Practice (S,HD). 11.15 Formula 1: Brazilian Grand Prix – Second Practice (S,HD). 12.55 Live Formula 1: Brazilian Grand Prix – Third Practice (S,HD). 2.05 EastEnders (S,HD). 3.00 Flog It! (R,S,HD). 4.00 Inspire: The Olympic Journey (R,S,HD). 4.30 Final Score (S). 5.30 Live International Rugby Union (S,HD).

STRICTLY COME DANCING 6.30pm, BBC1

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present another ballroom battle as the pro-celebrity couples set out to impress the judges and get their names at the top of the leaderboard.

ITV1 ITV

6.00 Babar and the Adventures of Badou (R,S). 6.10 Matt Hatter Chronicles (R,S). 6.35 Dino Dan (R,S). 7.00 Canimals (R,S). 7.25 Sooty (S). 7.35 Horrid Henry (R,S). 7.50 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (S). 8.15 Bottom Knocker Street (S). 8.30 Munch Box (S). 9.25 ITV News (S). 9.30 The Home of Fabulous Cakes (R,S,HD). 10.30 Murder, She Wrote (R,S,HD). 11.25 ITV News and Weather (S). 11.35 Surprise Surprise (R,S,HD). 12.35 Dinner Date (R,S). 1.35 Doc Martin (R,S). 2.35 All Star Mr & Mrs (R,S). 3.35 Film: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (S,HD) (1983). ●●●●

DH LAWRENCE: A JOURNEY WITHOUT SHAME – A CULTURE SHOW SPECIAL 10.15pm, BBC2

To mark the centenary of the publication of DH Lawrence’s novel Sons and Lovers, Geoff Dyer and scholar Catherine Brown retrace the Alpine journey that the author made with his lover Frieda Weekley in 1912. It was a trip which enabled him to complete his first masterpiece.

Channel Channel 4

6.10 The Hoobs (R,S). 7.05 Volleyball (R,S). 8.00 The Morning Line (S). 9.00 The American Football Show (S). 10.05 Frasier (R,S). 10.35 Everybody Loves Raymond (R,S). 11.00 The Big Bang Theory (R,S,HD). 11.55 The Simpsons (R,S). 12.25 Heston’s 80s Feast (R,S). The chef creates an 1980s-themed meal. 1.30 Channel 4 Racing (S). Nick Luck presents live coverage of seven races. 4.00 Come Dine with Me (R,S,HD).

Channel Channel 5

6.00 Milkshake! 10.05 Film: Doctor Who and the Daleks (S) (1965). ●●● 11.45 The Dog Rescuers (R,S,HD). 12.10 Ben Fogle’s Animal Clinic (R,S,HD). 1.10 Stobart: Trucks, Trains & Planes (R,S,HD). 2.10 Film: An Old Fashioned Christmas (S) (2010). Drama, with Jacqueline Bisset. ●●● 3.55 Film: A Christmas Visitor (S) (2002). Drama, with Reagan Pasternak. ●●● 5.40 Film: Single Santa Seeks Mrs Claus (S) (2004). Comedy, with Crystal Bernard. ●●●

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6.30 Strictly Come Dancing (S,HD). See Choices Above.

6.05 Regional News (S); Weather. 6.15 ITV News and Weather (S). 6.30 New You’ve Been Framed! (S).

6.35 News (S).

7.50 Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (S,HD). Sonic screwdrivers at the ready. The sci-fi show’s 50th anniversary celebrations reach their peak with this epic adventure that brings together Matt Smith’s Time Lord and his predecessor David Tennant – and throws veteran actor John Hurt into the mix as a third Doctor, who was first glimpsed at the end of the last series. See Choices Above.

7.00 The Chase: Celebrity Special (S,HD). 8/14. With Vic Reeves, Jenni Falconer, Michael Buerk and Francine Lewis.

7.05 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (R,S,HD). 8/22. Crossover episode set in the aftermath of Thor: The Dark World.

8.00 Dad’s Army (R,S). 8/14. The platoon chases a runaway barrage balloon. 8.25 QI XL (S,HD). 10/16. Extended edition. Sarah Millican, Jason Manford and Bill Bailey join regular panellist Alan Davies on the comedy quiz.

8.00 The X Factor (S,HD). 19/22. See Choices Above.

8.00 Stonehenge: Walking Through History (S). 1/3. New series. Tony Robinson embarks on a walk across Wiltshire, from Avebury to Stonehenge, telling the story of the development that occurred in the latter days of the Neolithic era.

9.15 Comet of the Century: A Horizon Special (S,HD). An examination of how the passage of Comet Ison through the solar system could give insights into some of the greatest mysteries of science, including where Earth’s water came from.

9.30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (S,HD). 6/20. Ant and Dec present the latest jungle stories and announce which camper will be taking part in the next Bushtucker Trial as the celebrities face another challenging day Down Under.

9.00 Killing Kennedy (S). See Choices Above.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, 7.05pm

9.05 Casualty (S,HD). 15/48. Fletch’s domestic problems compromise his work as he helps a teenage boy who hurt his ankle while on the run from his care home. Jamie gives Lily a lesson in patient care.

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10.00 The National Lottery Live (S,HD). Chris Evans reveals the results of the Lotto and the Thunderball. 10.10 BBC News; Weather (S,HD). 10.30 Match of the Day (S,HD). Including highlights of Everton v Liverpool. Followed by National Lottery Update.

10.15 DH Lawrence: A Journey Without Shame – A Culture Show Special (S,HD). 24/32. See Choices Above.

10.30 The Jonathan Ross Show (S,HD). 7/10. X Factor judge Gary Barlow chats and performs, and actor Simon Pegg talks about his film career. Entertainer Dame Edna Everage and Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan also drop by.

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Live Rugby Union, 5.30pm

11.55 The Football League Show (S). Manish Bhasin presents highlights and all the goals from today’s fixtures in the Championship, League One and League Two, including Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Town.

11.15 FILM: Bright Star (S,HD) (2009). See Choices Above. ●●●●

11.35 ITV News and Weather (S); Weather. 11.50 Take Me Out (R,S,HD). 6/8. A dance instructor, a footballer, a student and an events manager take part.

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Casualty, 9.05pm

1.15 Weatherview (S). 1.20 BBC News (S,HD).

1.05 Film: The Big Picture (HD) (2010). See Choices Above. ●●●● 2.50 This Is BBC Two Preview of upcoming programmes from BBC Two. (S).

12.55 Jackpot247 Viewers are offered the chance to participate in live interactive gaming from the comfort of their sofas, with an entertaining mix of roulette-wheel spins and lively chat from the presenting team. Featuring a variety of prizes and promotions. 3.00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA (R,S). 3.40 ITV Nightscreen Textbased information service. (HD).

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Battle Scarred … 9.10pm

7.20 Mrs Miracle (S) (2009). A widowed pianist finds it difficult to raise his six-year-old twin sons alone and also maintain his love of music. However, by hiring a very resourceful housekeeper, he manages to turn his life around, rediscover his musical talent and meet a former actress, who had also put her life on hold. Family drama, starring Doris Roberts, James Van Der Beek and Erin Karpluk. ●●● 9.05 5 News Weekend (S,HD). 9.10 Battle Scarred: Soldiering On (S,HD). 4/4. Chris Terrill examines how the loss of comradeship can affect ex-service personnel in civilian life and visits a Newcastle-based group helping veterans. Last in the series.

10.55 Devil (S,HD) (2010). Five office workers get trapped when a lift breaks down. As a cop and a security guard try to free them, it becomes clear they are in far greater danger. One of the group is the Devil himself, who has assumed human form to harvest the souls of sinners – but nobody can tell who he is. Horror, starring Chris Messina, Bokeem Woodbine and Caroline Dhavernas. ●●●

10.00 The Fugitive (S,HD) (1993). A doctor is convicted of his wife’s murder and forced to go on the run to prove his innocence – but his efforts to find the mysterious one-armed man he believes is the real killer are hampered by a tenacious US marshal. Thriller, starring Harrison Ford, an Oscarwinning Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore and Joe Pantoliano. ●●●●

12.35 Stand Up for the Week (R,S,HD). Paul Chowdhry hosts the satirical comedy show, with Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe, Simon Evans, Romesh Ranganathan and Angela Barnes discussing the news. 1.20 Paddy’s TV Guide (R,S,HD). 2.05 Hollyoaks (R,S,HD). 4.10 90210 (S,HD). 4.50 Deal or No Deal (R,S,HD). 5.45 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard (R,S,HD).

12.35 SuperCasino Live interactive gaming. 3.10 Gladiator: The True Story (R,S). 4.00 Wildlife SOS (R,S). 4.25 Make It Big (R,S). 4.50 Roary the Racing Car (R,S). 5.00 Angels of Jarm (R,S). 5.10 Hana’s Helpline (R,S). 5.20 Angels of Jarm (R,S). 5.25 The Funky Valley Show (R,S). 5.40 Roary the Racing Car (R,S). 5.50 Hana’s Helpline (R,S).

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THE X FACTOR 8pm, ITV

The remaining acts celebrate the best of the show, from the most memorable performances to hit singles released by past contestants, and there is live music by Olly Murs. Dermot O’Leary hosts.

ITV2 ITV2

6.00 Coronation Street (HD). 9.00 Emmerdale (HD). 11.55 The X Factor USA (HD). 1.45 The X Factor USA (HD). 2.45 You’ve Been Framed! (R). 3.15 You’ve Been Framed! (R). 3.45 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (R,HD). 4.45 Film: Peter Pan (HD) (2003). Fantasy, starring Jeremy Sumpter and Rachel Hurd-Wood. Including FYI Daily. ●●●

FAKE REACTION 11.35pm, ITV2

Singer Sinitta, McFly’s Harry Judd, comedian Iain Stirling and TV presenter Laura Whitmore join team captains Joe Swash and Ellie Taylor on the comedy panel show hosted by Matt Edmondson. The competitors must offer a misleading reaction when challenged to have snakes put down their pants.

E4 E4

6.00 Being Erica (R,HD). 6.50 Make It or Break It (R,HD). 7.35 Ugly Betty (R,HD). 8.35 Charmed (R). 9.35 Glee (R,HD). 10.35 Rules of Engagement (R,HD). 1.05 The Mindy Project (R,HD). 1.35 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 2.35 Made in Chelsea (R). 3.35 Rules of Engagement (R,HD). 4.35 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD).5.30 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD).

Sky1 Sky1

6.00 Road Wars 6.30 Luton Airport 7.00 Glee 8.00 The Fantasy Football Club. 9.00 Game Changers. 10.00 Soccer AM. 12.00 WWE Superstars (HD). 1.00 Film: Stargate: Continuum (S,HD) (2008). ●● 2.50 Futurama: Welcome to the World of Tomorrow (R,S). 3.00 Film: Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (S,HD) (2002). Family adventure sequel, starring Antonio Banderas and Steve Buscemi. ●●●● 5.00 Portrait Artist of the Year (S,HD)

FILM PICKS

Saturday television&radio THE BIG PICTURE 1.05am, BBC2

An executive murders his wife’s lover and assumes the dead man’s identity. Drama, with Romain Duris, Marina Fois, Niels Arestrup and Branka Katic.

Gold GOLD

6.00 Sykes 6.30 Bread 7.00 As Time Goes By 7.40 Sykes 8.15 Bread 8.55 As Time Goes By 9.35 ’Allo ’Allo! 10.15 Last of the Summer Wine 10.55 Last of the Summer Wine 11.35 Jeeves and Wooster 12.50 Jeeves and Wooster 2.00 Porridge 2.40 The Man Who Made Eric and Ernie 4.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 4.30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp

Assault on Precinct 13, 9pm

Spy Kids 2: Island ... 3pm

The Catherine Tate ... 10.20pm

6.00 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 6.30 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD).

6.00 All Aboard: East Coast Trains A look at how well the staff members get along. (R,S,HD).

6.00 One Foot in the Grave. Christmas special from 1997. Victor plans a country break.

7.00 The Lost World: Jurassic Park (HD) (1997). Scientist Dr Ian Malcolm reluctantly joins a research team on the island where his employer first designed genetically engineered dinosaurs. Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur adventure sequel, starring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore and Pete Postlethwaite. Including FYI Daily. ●●●

7.00 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD). 7.30 Suburgatory (R,HD). George becomes obsessed with his body image.

7.00 The Simpsons (R,S). Homer choreographs the Super Bowl half-time show. 7.30 The Simpsons (R,S,HD).

8.00 New Girl (R,HD). The friends travel to Chicago. 8.30 New Girl (R,HD). Nick takes Jess out for dinner.

8.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R,S,HD). Michelle resumes her CIA cover to investigate a hit on a Russian mob boss.

7.35 Only Fools and Horses. Feature-length Christmas special from 1992. Always one to jump on the latest passing bandwagon, Del-Boy goes ecofriendly and decides to create a better world for baby Damien and his generation – by starting his own bottled water business. Starring David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

9.30 The Xtra Factor (HD). Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson present the companion show, getting the first reactions from the contestants and judges following the latest Saturday night live show.

9.00 Assault on Precinct 13 9.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R,S,HD). Part one of two. (HD) (2005). A gangster Callen and Sam become is brought in to be held honorary members of a at a police station on mobile NCIS team when New Year’s Eve. a murder weapon in However, the prisoner Idaho matches one used has information on in a case back in LA. Kim several corrupt cops who Raver (24) guest stars. intend to make sure he does not live long enough to get to court. 10.00 Inside RAF Brize As they lay siege to the Norton (R,S,HD). Behind station, the officers and the scenes at the biggest prisoners inside must and busiest military work together to airbase in the UK, survive. Remake of John shedding light on the Carpenter’s 1976 action work and lives of its thriller, starring Ethan servicemen and women. Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Gabriel Byrne and Ja Rule. ●●●

The Lost World ... 7pm

10.30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! (HD). Brian McFadden and Kimberley Walsh join Laura Whitmore and former King of the Jungle Joe Swash for the live companion show, with contributions from comedian Rob Beckett.

BRIGHT STAR 11.15pm, BBC2

Biopic telling the story of John Keats’ threeyear relationship with neighbour Fanny Brawne. Starring Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish.

SkySports1 Sky Sports 1

6.00 FL72 Highlights (HD). 7.00 Premier League Preview (HD). 7.30 Froch v Groves – The Final Countdown (HD). 8.00 The Fantasy Football Club (HD). 9.00 Game Changers (HD). 10.00 Soccer AM (HD). 12.00 FL72 Live (HD). 2.30 Saturday Team Talk (HD). 3.00 Soccer Saturday (HD). 5.00 Live Saturday Night Football (HD).

FL72 Live, 12pm

(HD). Sarah-Jane Mee presents a full re-run of the day’s top Premier League match.

10.20 The Catherine Tate Show. With Siobhan Redmond. 10.50 Bottom. Wretched flatmates Richie and Eddie go camping - but their lack of basic equipment ensures the trip ends in disaster.

11.30 The Smell of Reeves 11.30 FL72 Highlights (HD). and Mortimer. Holiday Sheffield Wednesday v antics with 1970s pop Huddersfield Town. group Slade on a camping trip, a special edition of MasterChef, and a trip to an art gallery with the Bra Men.

12.20 The X Factor (R,HD). The acts perform hits released by past contestants. 1.45 You’ve Been Framed! (R). Camcorder clips, including two musical horses. 2.10 The Vampire Diaries (R,HD). Damon and Elena try to help Stefan. 2.55 Teleshopping. 5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen (HD).

12.15 Rude Tube (R,HD). 1.20 The Cleveland Show (R,HD). 1.50 Rules of Engagement (R,HD). 2.15 New Girl (R,HD). 2.35 New Girl (R,HD). 2.55 Rude Tube (R,HD). 3.50 Glee (R,HD). 4.30 Being Erica (R,HD). The timetraveller helps organise a Christmas party.

12.00 Night Cops (R,S). 1.00 Nothing to Declare (R,S). 1.50 Caribbean Cops (R,S,HD). 2.40 Road Wars (R). 3.05 Road Wars (R,S). 4.00 Crash Test Dummies (R,S,HD). 4.30 Crash Test Dummies (R,S,HD). 5.00 Crash Test Dummies (R,S,HD). 5.30 Crash Test Dummies (R,S,HD).

12.10 Big Train 12.50 Little Britain 1.20 Little Britain. 1.50 Bottom 2.20 The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer

RADIO

7.00 Frozen Planet (R). Polar bears await the return of the Arctic ice. 8.00 Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited (R). The burial of a warrior and his horse. Last in the series. 9.00 Borgen. The New Democrats are invited to a televised discussion. 10.00 Borgen. The quality of Danish bacon is called into question. 11.00 Kings of 70s Romance (R). Fantasy figures of the 1970s pop world. 12.00 Top of the Pops: 1978 Tony Blackburn presents an edition from December 14, 1978. (R). 12.40 Anyone for Demis: How the World Invaded the Charts (R). 1.40 Frozen Planet (R). 2.40 Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited (R).

10.00 SNF – Match Choice (HD). Sarah-Jane Mee presents extended highlights from the Premier League, allowing viewers to access the latest round of top-flight fixtures, which included Arsenal v Southampton.

11.00 Road Wars (R,S). Police officers combat vehicle crime. 11.30 Road Wars (R,S).

7.00 (FM) Today 8.00 (LW) Today 8.51 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament 9.00 Saturday Live 10.30 Football’s Loyal Fans 11.00 The Week in Westminster 11.30 From Our Own Correspondent Noon News 12.01 (LW) Shipping 12.04 Money Box 12.30 The News Quiz 1.00 News 1.10 Any Questions? 2.00 Any Answers? 2.30 Saturday Drama: Solomon and Marion 3.45 Witness 4.00 Weekend Woman’s Hour 5.00 Saturday PM 5.30 The Bottom Line 5.54 Shipping 6.00 Six O’Clock News 6.15 Loose Ends 7.00 Profile 7.15 Saturday Review 8.00 Archive on 4: A History of the Stiff Upper Lip 9.00 Classic Serial: The Russian Gambler

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9.00 Little Britain. The Fat Fighters welcome a celebrity addition. 9.40 Little Britain. Emily hits the town with Florence to celebrate her hen night. Sid Pegg calls an urgent Neighbourhood Watch meeting.

11.10 The Inbetweeners (R). Will helps co-ordinate the school’s Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. 11.45 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD).

12.15pm Singing for Britten 1.00 News 1.02 Britten Plus – Festival of Britten: 1970s 2.00 Britten 100: Church Parables I 3.30 Britten 100: Words and Music 4.15 Britten Plus – Festival of Britten: ECO 5.55 Britten 100: Saint Nicolas 6.50 Britten 100: Albert Herring 10.00 Britten String Quartets: Quartet No 3 11.30 Classic Britten – Festival of Britten Midnight Britten by Night 1.00 Through the Night Radio 4 5.30am (LW) Test Match Special 5.30 (FM) News Briefing 5.43 (FM) Prayer for the Day 5.45 (FM) iPM 6.00 (FM) News and Papers 6.07 (FM) Open Country 6.30 (FM) Farming Today This Week 6.57 (FM) Weather

7.00 Great TV Mistakes (R,S). On-screen mishaps and continuity errors. 8.00 Top Gear (R,S). Electric cars and a rally team made up of amputees. Last in the series. 9.00 Pop’s Greatest Dance Crazes (R,S). Robert Webb examines dance fads. 9.05 Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (S). Celebrating the broadcast of the show’s 50th-anniversary special. 10.05 Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide (R,S). An in-depth look at the sci-fi show.

12.05 Family Guy (R,S). 12.30 Family Guy (R,S). 12.50 Family Guy (R,S). 1.10 Family Guy (R,S). 1.35 Family Guy (R,S). 2.15 Family Guy (R,S). 3.00 The Revolution Will Be Televised (R,S). 3.30 Him & Her: The Wedding 8.00 SNF – Game of the Day (R,S).

11.35 Fake Reaction (R,HD). See Choices Above.

Radio 1 5.00am Rob da Bank 7.00 Gemma Cairney 10.00 Dev 1.00pm Alice Levine 4.00 Radio 1’s Dance Anthems with Danny Howard 7.00 MistaJam 9.00 Charlie Sloth 11.00 Hip Hop with Semtex 1.00am Diplo and Friends 3.00 Benji B Radio 2 6.00am Anneka Rice 8.00 Sounds of the 60s 10.00 Graham Norton 1.00pm Pick of the Pops 3.00 Dermot O’Leary 6.00 Liza Tarbuck 8.00 Johnnie Walker Meets 10.00 Sounds of the 80s Midnight Gideon Coe 3.00 Richard Allinson Radio 3 7.00am Breakfast 9.00 News 9.03 Britten 100 CD Review 11.00 Britten 100 Family Concert

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10.00 News 10.15 The Moral Maze 11.00 Round Britain Quiz 11.30 (LW) Test Match Special 11.30 (FM) The Echo Chamber Midnight (FM) News and Weather 12.30 (FM) The Boundless Garden 12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.00 (LW) Test Match Special 1.00 (FM) As BBC World Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast Radio 5 Live 5.00am Morning Reports 6.00 The Ashes: Breakfast 9.00 The Danny Baker Show 11.00 Fighting Talk Noon 5 Live Sport 12.45 5 Live Sport: Premier League Football 2013-14 3.00 5 Live Sport: Premier League Football 2013-14 5.00 Sports Report. Including the classified football

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12.00 Saturday Reloaded (HD). A round-up of the latest football goals from the top flight, Championship, League One and League Two. 1.00 SNF – Match Choice (HD). 2.30 SNF – Match Choice (HD). 4.00 SNF – Match Choice (HD). 5.30 Football Gold (S). 5.45 Football Gold (S). results. 6.06 6-0-6 8.00 Saturday Edition 9.45 5 Live Sport: 5 Live Boxing 11.30 Stephen Nolan 1.00am Up All Night Classic FM 6.00am More Music Breakfast 9.00 Alan Titchmarsh Noon Nicholas Owen 3.00 Jamie Crick 5.00 Saturday Night at the Movies 7.00 Alex James’s Magical Musical Tour. The classical delights of Milan, including favourites by composers who were born in the city. 9.00 The New Releases Show. David Mellor reviews the latest releases and picks a Best Bargain, Connoisseur’s Choice and an Album of the Week. 10.00 Smooth Classics. With Myleene Klass. Midnight Bob Jones

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Sunday television&radio Sunday’s Television Guide TV PICKS

BRITAIN AND THE SEA 9pm, BBC1

David Dimbleby continues his maritime jaunt around the coastline of Britain, as he steers his yacht, Rocket, towards the south-east coast.

BBC1 BBC1

6.00 Breakfast (S,HD). 7.30 Match of the Day (R,S,HD). 9.00 The Andrew Marr Show (S,HD). 10.00 Sunday Morning Live 2013 (S,HD). 11.00 Sunday Politics (S). 12.15 MOTD2 Extra (S,HD). 1.00 BBC News (S,HD). 1.15 Bargain Hunt (R,S). 2.00 Escape to the Country (R,S,HD). 2.45 Points of View (S,HD). 3.00 Live Formula 1: Brazilian Grand Prix (S,HD). Suzi Perry presents coverage from Interlagos (Starttime 4.00pm).

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MORECAMBE AND WISE: THE WHOLE STORY 9pm, BBC2

Dean Lennox Kelly narrates a documentary charting the comedy duo’s rise to stardom. Eric and Ernie started out on the variety circuit after the end of the Second World War and found success both there and on radio, but their first venture into TV in 1954 was a complete disaster.

BBC2 BBC2

6.00 This Is BBC Two (S). 6.10 Film: Morning Glory (S) (1933). ●●● 7.20 Film: Murder on a Honeymoon (S) (1935). ●●● 8.35 Alan Titchmarsh’s Garden Secrets (R,S,HD). 9.35 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites (S). 11.00 Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds (R,S,HD). 11.45 Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds (R,S,HD). 12.30 EastEnders (S,HD). 1.30 Live International Rugby Union (S,HD). 4.00 Rugby League World Cup (S,HD). 4.45 Coast (R,S). 4.55 Songs of Praise (S,HD). 5.30 Film: The Tuxedo (S,HD) (2002). See Choices Above. ●●

SURPRISE SURPRISE 7pm, ITV

An eight-year-old Ellie Fulcher from Telford gets a surprise visit from dance group Diversity. She’s been nominated by her mum, Carrie, for her constant support. Holly Willoughby presents.

ITV1 ITV

6.00 Babar and the Adventures of Badou (R,S). 6.10 Matt Hatter Chronicles (R,S). 6.35 Dino Dan (R,S). 7.00 Canimals (R,S). 7.25 Sooty (S). 7.35 Horrid Henry (R,S). 7.50 Victorious. 8.15 Bottom Knocker Street (S). 8.30 Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge (S). 9.25 ITV News (S). 9.30 Storage Hoarders (R,S,HD). 10.30 Sunday Side Up (S,HD). 11.30 Sunday Scoop (S). 12.30 ITV News and Weather (S). 12.35 Inside the National Trust (S,HD). 1.35 Love Your Garden (R,S,HD). 2.35 The X Factor (R,S,HD). 4.05 All Star Mr & Mrs (R,S). 5.05 You’ve Been Framed! (R,S). 5.35 Prize Island (HD).

HITLER’S 9/11 9pm, Channel 5

Documentary using original plans to explore how Nazi wartime strategists planned to launch attacks on America, with the most daring involving flying aircraft into Manhattan’s skyscrapers. Adolf Hitler was convinced that the suicide missions would have a devastating impact on American morale.

Channel Channel 4

6.10 The Hoobs (R,S). 6.35 The American Football Show (R,S). 7.35 Everybody Loves Raymond (R,S). 8.00 Frasier (R,S). 9.30 Sunday Brunch (S). 12.30 The Big Bang Theory (R,S,HD). 1.25 The Simpsons (R,S). 2.55 Gadget Man (R,S,HD). 3.25 Film: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (S,HD) (1991). Sci-fi, with William Shatner. ●●● 5.35 Film: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (S,HD) (2009). Animation, with the voice of John Leguizamo. ●●●

Channel Channel 5

6.00 Milkshake! 10.00 Film: Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 AD (S) (1966). Sci-fi, starring Peter Cushing. ●●● 11.35 Cowboy Builders (R,S,HD). 12.35 Police Interceptors (R,S,HD). 1.35 Film: A Boyfriend for Christmas (S) (2004). Drama, starring Kelli Williams. ●● 3.25 Film: Noel (S) (2004). Drama, starring Susan Sarandon. ●● 5.15 Film: Annie Claus Is Coming to Town (S,HD) (2011). Christmas fantasy, starring Maria Thayer. ●●●

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6.35 Regional News (S); Weather. 6.45 ITV News and Weather (S).

6.05 Regional News (S,HD). 6.25 Countryfile (S,HD). John Craven presents archive items on science. 7.20 Strictly Come Dancing: The Results (S,HD). Two couples take part in the dance-off and Il Divo perform.

7.00 Formula 1: Brazilian Grand Prix – Highlights (S,HD). Suzi Perry presents action from Interlagos.

7.00 Surprise Surprise (S,HD). 9/10. See Choices Above.

7.25 News (S). 7.55 The Political Slot (S). Election candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn Maajid Nawaz tours the constituency.

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8.00 The Paradise (S,HD). 6/8. Denise sets up a meeting with a potential new investor, only for her work to be undermined. Katherine confides in Moray – unaware Tom has been watching their intimacy grow.

8.00 Great Continental Railway Journeys (S,HD). 5/6. Michael Portillo travels through Bohemia and Bavaria, test driving a state-of-the-art passenger train in Pilsen and sampling the spa waters of Marianske Lazne.

8.00 The X Factor Results (S,HD). 19/22. The remaining contestants collaborate with JLS, One Direction perform their new single Story of My Life and there is also music by Mary J Blige. Dermot O’Leary hosts.

8.00 Finding Babylon’s Hanging Garden – Secret History (S,HD). A new theory on the wonder of the ancient world.

8.55 5 News Weekend (S,HD).

after

Homeland, 9pm

9.00 Britain and the Sea (S,HD). 2/4. See Choices Above.

9.00 Morecambe and Wise: The Whole Story (S). 1/2. See Choices Above.

9.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (S,HD). 7/20. The surprises keep coming for the campers as they spend another day coping with the horrors of the jungle, and one of them has to take part in a live Bushtucker Trial.

9.00 Homeland (S,HD). 8/12. Carrie and Quinn pursue a key suspect, Saul deals with a political backlash, the strain of the job takes its toll on Fara, and the Brodys receive startling news.

9.00 Hitler’s 9/11 (S). See Choices Above.

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10.00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather (S,HD). 10.25 Match of the Day 2 (S,HD). Cardiff City v Manchester United and Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur. Highlights of the respective Premier League fixtures at the Cardiff City Stadium and Etihad Stadium.

10.30 Hebburn (R,S). 2/6. Pauline is bullied at work by a fellow estate agent, Dot moves back in with the family and Jack finally gets the opportunity to clinch a book deal. Comedy, starring Gina McKee.

10.30 ITV News and Weather (S); Weather. 10.45 Off Their Rockers (R,S,HD). 2/6. A pensioner asks for help when his wheelchair is clamped, while another looks for someone to join her in a spot of snake charming.

10.00 Was It Something I Said? (S,HD). 8/8. With Vic Reeves and Josh Widdicombe. Last in the series. 10.30 Toast of London (S,HD). 6/6. See Choices Above. 10.55 Fresh Meat (R,S,HD). 3/8. Vod tries to break up with Javier.

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11.25 Soul Men (S,HD) (2008). A soulsinging duo who have not spoken in years since falling out over a woman travel across America to perform at a tribute concert. Comedy, with Samuel L Jackson and Bernie Mac. ●●●

11.00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks (R,S,HD). 9/13. 11.30 The Daisy Chain (S) (2008). Horror, starring Samantha Morton and Steven Mackintosh.●●●

11.15 Premiership Rugby Union (HD). Action from the latest top-flight fixtures, which included Harlequins v Gloucester, Leicester Tigers v London Irish and Northampton Saints v Newcastle Falcons.

11.50 Alan Carr: Chatty Man (R,S,HD). 13/18. The host is joined by comedian Micky Flanagan, actress Sheridan Smith, some of the stars of Made in Chelsea, and Bastille, who perform Of the Night.

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1.00 Weatherview (S). 1.05 BBC News (S,HD).

12.55 Sign Zone: Countryfile (R,S). Julia Bradbury reveals how Benjamin Britten was inspired by the Suffolk countryside, and goes looking for wildlife in an unusual place – Sizewell B nuclear power station. 1.50 Sign Zone: Holby City (R,S). Chrissie does not know what she wants any more. 2.50 This Is BBC Two (S). Preview of upcoming programmes.

12.15 The Store 2.15 Motorsport UK (HD). High-speed coverage from around the country, featuring action from recent events. 3.05 ITV Nightscreen (HD). 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R,S). The host invites guests to air their differences over family and relationship issues, and provides them with his own brand of no-nonsense advice.

12.50 American Football Live (S). New England Patriots v Denver Broncos (kick-off 1.30am). Nat Coombs is joined by Mike Carlson to present coverage of the week 12 fixture at Gillette Stadium. 4.45 KOTV Boxing Weekly (R,S). 5.10 Countdown (R,S,HD). With Dictionary Corner guest Ranulph Fiennes. 5.55 River Cottage Bites (R,S,HD).

6.55 Entrapment (S,HD) (1999). An elusive professional art thief suspected of stealing a priceless painting is pursued by an insurance agent. However, instead of bringing the criminal to book, she teams up with him to plot the robbery of a lifetime – although neither is sure the other can be trusted. Crime thriller, starring Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ving Rhames and Will Patton.●●

10.00 Valkyrie (S,HD) (2008). Factbased thriller, recreating the 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler using a briefcase bomb. As the tide of the Second World War turns in favour of the Allies, a group of senior German officers recruits war hero Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg to spearhead an attempt on the Fuehrer’s life. Starring Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson. See Choices Above. ●●●

12.15 7 Days That Made the Führer (R,S,HD). 1.15 SuperCasino. 3.10 The Gadget Show (R,S,HD). 4.00 Wildlife SOS (R,S). 4.25 Make It Big (R,S). 4.50 Roary the Racing Car (R,S). 5.00 Angels of Jarm (R,S). 5.05 Hana’s Helpline (R,S). 5.20 Angels of Jarm (R,S). 5.25 The Funky Valley Show (R,S). 5.40 Roary the Racing Car (R,S). 5.50 Hana’s Helpline (R,S).

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TOAST OF LONDON 10.30pm, Channel 4

Steven is pursued by musical superstar and part-time enforcer Michael Ball (playing himself) after losing £20,000 to Andrew Lloyd Webber in a game of poker. Matt Berry stars in the last in the series.

ITV2 ITV2

6.00 Emmerdale (R,HD). 8.35 Coronation Street (R,HD). 12.00 The X Factor (R,HD). 1.30 The Xtra Factor (R,HD). 2.30 You’ve Been Framed! (R). 2.55 You’ve Been Framed! (R). 3.25 You’ve Been Framed! (R). 3.55 Film: Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (HD) (2007). ●● 5.50 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (R,HD).

THE INBETWEENERS 11pm, E4

Will is asked to help co-ordinate the school’s Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, but instead of carrying out his duties, he turns the situation to his advantage and tries to flirt with a university student. Meanwhile, Simon faces problems when his parents separate. Simon Bird and Joe Thomas star.

E4 E4

6.00 Make It or Break It (R,HD). 6.45 Ugly Betty (R,HD). 7.30 Charmed (R). 8.30 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD). 9.35 Hollyoaks (R,HD). 12.15 Made in Chelsea (R). 1.20 Rules of Engagement (R,HD). 2.20 The Mindy Project (R,HD). 2.50 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 3.45 How I Met Your Mother 5.45 Rules of Engagement (R,HD).

Sky1 Sky1

6.00 Hour of Power (HD). 7.00 Micro Monsters with David Attenborough (R,S,HD). 7.30 Micro Monsters with David Attenborough 8.00 Film: Stargate: Continuum (S,HD) (2008). ●● 9.50 Futurama: Welcome to the World of Tomorrow 10.00 WWE Superstars 11.00 WWE: Experience 12.00 Film: Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (S,HD) (2002). ●●●● 2.00 Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew 3.00 Futurama 5.00 The Simpsons

FILM PICKS

Sunday television&radio THE TUXEDO 5.30pm, BBC2

A bumbling chauffeur dons a secret agent’s hi-tech suit and sets out with a rookie spy to thwart a plot to take over the world. Comedy, with Jackie Chan.

Gold GOLD

6.00 Sykes 6.30 Bread 7.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 7.30 Sykes 8.10 Bread 8.50 The Man Who Made Eric and Ernie 10.10 One Foot in the Grave 11.40 Keeping Up Appearances 12.20 Keeping Up Appearances 1.00 Last of the Summer Wine 2.20 Only Fools and Horses 3.40 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 4.10 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 5.10 Jeeves and Wooster.

The Incredible Hulk, 6.50pm

The Inbetweeners, 11pm

Arrow, 8pm

The Office, 9pm

6.50 The Incredible Hulk (HD) (2008). A bungled experiment causes a scientist to turn into a monster whenever he gets angry. He travels the world seeking a cure for his condition, while a ruthless general is determined to capture him and use the creature as a weapon. However, one of the soldiers under the officer’s command undergoes a terrifying transformation of his own. Comic-book adventure, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt. ●●●

6.15 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 6.45 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD).

6.00 The Simpsons (S,HD). Mr Burns tries to become a superhero. 6.30 Yonderland (S,HD).

6.25 ’Allo ’Allo!. Christmas special of the comedy from 1985. Starring Gorden Kaye.

7.15 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). Amy spoils one of Sheldon’s favourite films by pointing out a plot hole. 7.45 Crocodile Dundee II (HD) (1988). The rugged Australian adventurer sets out to save his reporter girlfriend from New York drug dealers. Having rescued her from their clutches, he realises they will soon be coming after him – so he decides to even the odds by luring them to the Outback for a final showdown. Comedy adventure sequel, starring Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Charles S Dutton. Edited for violence and language. ●●●

7.00 The Simpsons (S,HD). Homer must save his marriage. 7.30 The Simpsons (R,S). Homer joins the power plant’s softball team.

7.30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp. The quirky comic takes a surreal look at soap sagas and celebrities.

8.00 Arrow (R,HD). Diggle discovers that Lyla has disappeared while chasing Deadshot in Moscow.

8.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp. Comic view of Casualty. 8.30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp. Comic view of the week’s small-screen highlights.

9.00 An Idiot Abroad 3 (R,S,HD). Ricky Gervais sends Karl Pilkington on another world tour, from Italy to China – and this time he has company, in the shape of film and TV star Warwick Davis.

9.00 The Office. In the first of two Christmas specials of the comedy, David Brent is now a sales rep and Z-list celebrity, while Tim is nervous at the prospect of meeting up with Dawn again.

9.00 The Xtra Factor (HD). Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson go behind the scenes of the main results show to chat to the departing act and get opinions of the night’s performances.

10.00 You’ve Been Framed! (R). Comical clips, featuring holiday howlers and a grumpy granny. 10.30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! (HD).

10.00 Rude Tube: Ultimate Stunts (R,HD). Alex Zane showcases 50 of the most audacious stunt videos available on the internet, including a home-made Russian bungee and a snowboard train jump.

VALKYRIE 10pm, Channel 5

10.00 Revolution (S,HD). Time 10.00 The Thick of It. Hourlong episode of the is of the essence for political comedy. Monroe when he is Politicians and advisers sentenced to death by from both sides of the Edward, and Aaron’s House are under visions continue to spark pressure as they appear questions. Drama, at an inquiry into the starring David Lyons. suicide of the key worker.

Fact-based thriller, recreating the 1944 plot by a conspiracy of rebel German officers to assassinate Hitler using a briefcase bomb. Starring Tom Cruise.

SkySports1 Sky Sports 1

6.00 SNF – Match Choice (HD). 7.30 Game Changers (HD). 8.30 FL72 Highlights (HD). Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Town. 9.00 The Sunday Supplement (HD). Reviewing the latest football stories. 10.30 Goals on Sunday (HD). 12.30 Live Super Sunday (HD). 3.30 Live Super Sunday (HD). Cardiff City v Manchester United (kick-off 4.00pm).

7.00 Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (R,S). 8.20 Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (R,S). Celebrating the broadcast of the show’s 50th-anniversary special. 9.15 Russell Howard’s Good News Extra (R,S). Extended edition of the comedian’s topical show. 10.00 Family Guy (S). 10.25 The Revolution Will Be Televised (S). Live Super Sunday, 3.30pm 10.55 American Dad! (R,S). 6.55 Live Spanish Football 11.20 American Dad! (HD). Elche v Valencia. (R,S). Coverage of the second half of the La Liga match 11.40 Backchat with Jack Whitehall at the Estadio Manuel and His Dad Martinez Valero. (R,S).

8.00 Live Spanish Football (HD). Sevilla v Real Betis (kick-off 8.00pm). All the action from the La Liga encounter at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Betis are struggling to move away from the relegation zone, while the hosts need three points to boost their chances of European football next season.

12.35 Film: Body of Lies (HD) (2008). A CIA agent pursuing a terrorist is caught between allegiance to his superior and the local intelligence chief. Ridley Scott’s thriller, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. ●●●● 2.50 Teleshopping. 5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen (HD).

12.00 The Office 1.00 The Thick of It 2.05 Nighty Night 2.45 Rex the Runt A television evangelist brainwashes Wendy.

RADIO

11.20 Nighty Night. Cath 11.30 Football Gold. Classic learns she is pregnant, archive footage of and Jill decides this is the memorable moments in perfect opportunity to the sport. reveal that she is also 11.45 Football Gold. Classic expecting – and 12-yearaction. old Bruce is the father.

Radio 1 5.00am Seani B 7.00 Gemma Cairney 10.00 Dev 1.00pm Alice Levine 4.00 The Official Chart Show with Jameela Jamil 7.00 Dan & Phil 9.00 The Surgery with Aled & Dr Radha 10.00 Annie Mac Midnight BBC Introducing 2.00 Monki 4.00 Dev Radio 2 6.00am The Sunday Hour 7.00 Clare Balding with Good Morning Sunday 9.00 Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs 11.00 Weekend Wogan 1.00pm Elaine Paige on Sunday 3.00 Johnnie Walker’s Sounds of the 70s 5.00 Paul O’Grady 7.00 Sunday Night with Michael Ball 9.00 Clare Teal 11.00 Don Black Midnight Janice Long 2.00 Mark Goodier

12.00 Night Cops (R,S). 1.00 Road Wars (R,S). 2.00 Nothing to Declare (R,S). 3.00 Caribbean Cops (R,S,HD). 4.00 Crash Test Dummies (R,S,HD). 4.30 Crash Test Dummies (R,S,HD). 5.00 Crash Test Dummies (R,S,HD). 5.30 Crash Test Dummies (R,S,HD).

Radio 3 7.00am Breakfast 9.00 News 9.03 Sunday Morning Britten 11.00 Britten String Quartets 12.30pm Britten Plus: Gamelan 1.00 News 1.02 Britten 100: Private Passions 2.00 Britten 100: Church Parables II 3.30 Britten 100: Backgrounds to Britten 4.45 Britten Plus – Britten Answers 6.00 Britten 100: Noye’s Fludde 7.00 Britten Round-Up 7.30 Radio 3 Live in Concert 10.00 Drama on 3: Austerlitz 11.30 BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 12.30am Through the Night Radio 4 5.30am (LW) Test Match Special 5.30 (FM) News Briefing 5.43 (FM) Bells on Sunday 5.45 (FM) Profile 6.00 (FM) News 6.05 (FM) Something

Understood 6.35 (FM) Living World 7.00 (FM) News 7.07 (FM) Sunday Papers 7.10 (FM) Sunday 7.55 (FM) Radio 4 Appeal 7.57 (FM) Weather 8.00 News 8.07 Sunday Papers 8.10 Sunday Worship 8.48 A Point of View 8.58 Tweet of the Day 9.00 Broadcasting House 10.00 The Archers 11.15 Desert Island Discs Noon News 12.01 (LW) Shipping 12.04 I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue 12.30 The Food Programme 1.00 The World This Weekend 1.30 Lights, Camera, Akshun! 2.00 Gardeners’ Question Time 2.45 The Listening Project 3.00 Classic Serial 4.00 Open Book 4.30 The Echo Chamber 5.00 Gettysburg 5.40 Profile

5.54 Shipping 6.00 News 6.15 Pick of the Week 7.00 The Archers 7.15 My Teenage Diary 7.45 Through the Wardrobe 8.00 Feedback 8.30 Last Word 9.00 Money Box 9.26 (LW) Radio 4 Appeal 9.26 (FM) Radio 4 Appeal 9.30 Analysis 10.00 The Westminster Hour 11.00 The Film Programme 11.30 (LW) Test Match Special 11.30 (FM) Something Understood Midnight (FM) News 12.15 (FM) Thinking Allowed 12.45 (FM) Bells on Sunday 12.48 Shipping 1.00 (LW) Test Match Special 1.00 (FM) As BBC World Service 5.20 Shipping Radio 5 Live 5.00am Reports 5.30 The Non League Football Show 6.00

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12.10 Snow, Sex and Suspicious Parents (R,S). 1.10 The Revolution Will Be Televised (R,S). 1.40 Sweat the Small Stuff (R,S). 2.10 Some Girls (R,S). 2.40 Some Girls (R,S). 3.10 Some Girls (R,S). 3.40 Kerry (R,S).

BBC4 BBC4

7.00 Amazon: Unnatural Histories (R). Evidence of ancient manmade structures in the rainforest. Last in the series. 8.00 The Man Who Discovered Egypt (R). The life and work of Victorian adventurer Flinders Petrie. 9.00 Madness in the Desert: Paris to Dakar Rally (R). The story of the Paris to Dakar Rally. 10.00 The RTS Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture 2013. 10.45 Nina Conti – A Ventriloquist’s Story: Her Master’s Voice. The comedienne reflects on her life and career. 11.45 John Denver: Country Boy (R). 12.45 Country at the BBC (R). 2.15 Britain by Bike (R). 2.45 The Man Who Discovered Egypt (R).

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10.00 Football Special (HD). Cardiff City v Manchester United and Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur. Highlights of the respective Premier League fixtures at the Cardiff City Stadium and Etihad Stadium.

11.00 The Inbetweeners (R). 11.00 Road Wars (R). Police 11.30 Tricked: Favourite See Choices Above. officers combat vehicle Tricks (R,HD). Magician crime. Ben Hanlin looks back at 11.35 Drifters The girls think highlights from the Meg’s new friend Ellie 11.30 Road Wars (R,S). series, including his may have misread the pranks on the public situation when she invites and his most popular her to the flat. (R,HD). celebrity tricks. 12.10 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 12.40 Misfits (R,HD). Rudy takes Finn to the superpower support group. 1.50 The Cleveland Show (R,HD). 2.10 The Cleveland Show (R,HD). 2.35 The Cleveland Show (R,HD). 2.55 The Cleveland Show (R,HD). 3.20 Hollyoaks (R,HD).

BBC3 BBC3

12.00 Spanish Football (HD). Almeria v Real Madrid. Action from the La Liga match at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos. 1.00 Football Special (HD). 2.30 Spanish Football (HD). 3.30 Champions League Weekly (HD). 4.00 Football Special (HD). 5.30 Champions League Weekly (HD). The Ashes: Breakfast 9.00 SportsWeek 10.00 Pienaar’s Politics 11.00 5 Live Investigates Noon 5 Live Sport 12.15 MOTD2 Extra 1.00 5 Live Sport 2.00 5 Live Sport: 5 Live Rugby 4.00 5 Live Sport: Premier League Football 2013-14 6.06 6-0-6 7.30 On the Money 8.30 5 Live News 10.00 Stephen Nolan 1.00am Up All Night Classic FM 6.00am More Music Breakfast 9.00 Aled Jones Noon Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen 3.00 Charlotte Green’s Culture Club 5.00 The Classic FM Chart 7.00 David Mellor 9.00 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music 10.00 Smooth Classics Midnight Bob Jones

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Monday television&radio Monday’s Television Guide TV PICKS

THE CHOIR: SING WHILE YOU WORK 9pm, BBC2

Gareth Malone looks for hidden vocal talent among the staff of Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service as he continues his quest to get British workplaces singing.

BBC1 BBC1

6.00 Breakfast (S,HD). 9.15 The Legalizer (S). 10.00 Homes Under the Hammer 11.00 Caught Red Handed (S,HD). 11.30 Operation Hospital Food with James Martin (R,S,HD). 12.15 Bargain Hunt (S,HD). 1.00 BBC News; Weather (S,HD). 1.30 Regional News (S); Weather. 1.45 Doctors (S,HD). 2.15 The Doctor Blake Mysteries (S). 3.10 Pressure Pad (S,HD). 3.55 Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds 4.40 Flog It! (S,HD). 5.15 Pointless (S,HD).

FILM RATINGS ●●●●● Excellent ●●●● Very good ●●● Good ●● Average ● Poor

RIPPER STREET 9pm, BBC1

The killing of a messenger boy lifts the lid on a vice racket – and in turn leads to the heart of one of London’s leading banks. As Reid and his men try to untangle the trail of financial corruption, Jackson has monetary worries as he seeks to rid himself and Long Susan of the debt they owe to moneylender Silas Duggan.

BBC2 BBC2

6.00 This Is BBC Two 6.35 Homes Under the Hammer 7.35 Saints and Scroungers 8.20 Sign Zone: Real Rescues 9.05 The House That £100K Built 10.05 Swansea Market 10.35 Click 11.00 BBC News 11.30 BBC World News 12.00 Daily Politics (S). 1.00 Rugby League World Cup (R,S,HD). 1.45 Coast 2.40 Floyd’s American Pie (R,S). 3.20 Cagney & Lacey (R,S). 4.05 Are You Being Served? (R,S). 4.35 ’Allo ’Allo! (R,S). 5.00 Natural World

FRESH MEAT 10pm, Channel 4

JP (Jack Whitehall) tries to win Sam back by signing up to a medical trial he knows she will be attending, and Kingsley thinks this might also be a secure place to come clean to Josie. Zawe Ashton also stars.

ITV1 ITV

6.00 Daybreak (S,HD). 8.30 Lorraine (S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S). 10.30 This Morning (S). 12.30 Loose Women (S,HD). 1.30 ITV News and Weather (S). 1.55 Regional News (S). 2.00 Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (S,HD). Transforming a dining room and bedroom in Rochester, Kent. 3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal (S,HD). 3.59 Regional Weather (S). 4.00 Show Me the Telly (S,HD). 5.00 The Paul O’Grady Show (S,HD).

I’M A CELEBRITY GET ME OUT OF HERE! 9pm, ITV Ant and Dec present highlights from the past 24 hours in the jungle camp as the famous faces spend another day performing the odd task. With some of the contestants packing their bags this week and making the long journey home, which of them will be emerging as viewers’ favourites?

Channel Channel 4

6.10 The Hoobs 7.05 According to Jim 7.30 Will & Grace 7.55 Everybody Loves Raymond 8.55 Frasier 10.00 Undercover Boss Australia (R,S). 11.00 Beat My Build 12.00 Channel 4 News Summary (S). 12.05 Hugh’s 3 Good Things: Best Bites 12.15 Film: The Mark of Zorro (1940). ●●●● 2.10 Phil: Secret Agent Down Under (S,HD). 3.10 Countdown 4.00 Deal or No Deal (S,HD). 5.00 Four in a Bed (S,HD). 5.30 Come Dine with Me (S,HD).

Channel Channel 5

6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright Stuff (HD). 11.10 The Hotel Inspector (R,S,HD). 12.10 5 News Lunchtime (S,HD). 12.15 Charley Boorman’s USA Adventure (R,S,HD). 1.15 Home and Away (S,HD). 1.45 Neighbours (S,HD). 2.15 NCIS (R,S). 3.15 Film: The Good Witch’s Gift (S) (2010). Family drama sequel, starring Catherine Bell and Chris Potter. ●●● 5.00 5 News at 5 (S,HD). 5.30 Neighbours (R,S,HD). Chris is charged with assault.

MasterChef … 8.30pm

Coronation Street, 7.30pm

Britian’s Big Fat Bill … 8pm

Wild Things with Dominic … 7pm

6.00 BBC News (S,HD); Weather 6.30 Regional News (S); Weather

6.00 Regional News (S); Weather 6.30 ITV News and Weather (S).

6.00 The Simpsons (S,HD). 7/23. 6.30 Hollyoaks (S,HD). Sienna ensures Darren is unable to split up with her by using emotional blackmail.

6.00 Home and Away (R,S,HD). The police arrive at Leah’s looking for the twins. 6.30 NewsTalk Live (S,HD).

7.00 The One Show (S,HD). Hosted by Alex Jones and Matt Baker. 7.30 Fake Britain (R,S). Consumer show. Followed by BBC News; Regional News

6.00 Eggheads (R,S). Quiz show, hosted by Jeremy Vine. 6.30 Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two (S,HD). Zoe Ball chats to the latest couple to be eliminated. 7.00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (S,HD). 15/20. With Michaela Strachan and Martin HughesGames.

7.00 Emmerdale (S,HD). Declan lashes out at Megan. 7.30 Coronation Street (S,HD). Anna receives a call from the school after Faye gets into a fight.

7.00 News (S). 7.55 4thought.tv (S). Talks on whether people should limit the size of their families.

7.00 Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan (S,HD). The actor travels to Vietnam to look for the giant water bug. Followed by 5 News Update.

8.00 EastEnders (S,HD). Roxy and Alfie’s wedding day dawns – but the groom’s doubts are growing. 8.30 Undercover: The Truth About Amazon – Panorama (S,HD). A report on working conditions in Amazon’s warehouses.

8.00 University Challenge (S,HD). 20/37. The second round continues. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions. 8.30 MasterChef: The Professionals (S,HD). 13/24. Eight more contenders face an invention test.

8.00 Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green (S,HD). 5/8. The actor learns more about Northumberland’s sense of regional identity. 8.30 Coronation Street (S,HD). Brian calls at Anna’s to discuss Faye’s actions.

8.00 Britain’s Big Fat Bill: Channel 4 Dispatches (S). The cost of treating the NHS’s morbidly obese patients. 8.30 Health Freaks (S). 6/6. Possible treatments for insect stings, chilblains and osteoarthritis. Last in the series.

8.00 The Gadget Show (S,HD). Jon Bentley tests three of the latest tablet computers, Dick and Dom check out culinary gadgets and Jason Bradbury and Rachel Riley try out wireless vacuum cleaners. Followed by 5 News at 9.

9.00 Ripper Street (S,HD). 5/8. See Choices Above.

9.00 The Choir: Sing While You Work (S,HD). 4/8. See Choices Above.

9.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (S,HD). 8/20. See Choices Above.

9.00 The CCTV Traffic Wardens: Caught on Camera (S). Documentary following council efforts to improve Bristol’s gridlocked roads, which were branded the worst in England in a recent survey.

9.00 Monty Halls and the Kaiser’s Gold (S,HD). 1/4. See Choices Above.

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10.00 BBC News (S,HD). 10.25 Regional News (S); Weather. 10.35 Have I Got a Bit More News for You (S,HD). 7/11. Jack Whitehall asks the questions as Ian Hislop, Paul Merton and guest panellist Janet StreetPorter take a comic look at the past seven days’ stories.

10.00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks (S,HD). 10/13. Life’s Too Short star Warwick Davis hosts the comedy music quiz, with Tom Fletcher, Emma Willis, Alfie Boe and Chris Ramsey joining team captains Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding. 10.30 Newsnight (S,HD). Followed by Weather.

10.00 ITV News at Ten (S). 10.30 Regional News (S); Weather 10.35 The Agenda (S,HD). 8/10. ITV’s political editor Tom Bradby presents a discussion on the week’s main talking points, with guests from the worlds of politics and popular culture.

10.00 Fresh Meat (S,HD). 4/8. See Choices Above. 10.50 Cardinal Burns (S,HD). 4/6. Featuring the world’s tallest rock band.

10.00 The Cave: Hiding from the Nazis (S,HD). Four people return to a cave in southern Ukraine in which they and another 34 people from five Jewish families lived for more than a year to evade the Nazis.

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11.20 BBC News: The Editors (S,HD). 8/11. 11.50 The Graham Norton Show (R,S,HD). 6/20. With David Tennant, Matt Smith, Robbie Williams, Emma Thompson and Jimmy Carr.

11.20 Comet of the Century: A Horizon Special (R,S,HD). The scientific insights that could be provided by Comet Ison’s passage through the solar system.

11.05 Animal Heroes (R,S,HD). 3/3. Soldiers reveal how dogs help on patrols in Afghanistan, while back in the UK, 16 trainee handlers face their toughest challenge in a prison riot exercise. Last in the series.

11.25 Man Down (R,S,HD). 3/6. Dan learns he has not been invited to his niece’s birthday party, but is determined not to miss out and tries to prove he can be trusted to help get the occasion ready. 11.55 Random Acts (S).

11.40 The Gingerbread Man (S,HD) (1998). See Choices Above. ●●●

12.35 Weatherview (S). 12.40 BBC News (S,HD).

12.20 Sign Zone: Film 2013 (R,S). Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh review the latest big-screen releases, including Oscarwinner Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to the surprise hit of 2012. 12.50 This Is BBC Two (S). Preview of upcoming programmes from BBC Two. 4.00 BBC Learning Zone (S,HD).

12.05 Jackpot247. Viewers get the chance to participate in live interactive gaming from the comfort of their sofas, with a mix of roulette-wheel spins and lively chat from the presenting team. 3.00 Champions League Weekly (S,HD). A look ahead to the matchday five fixtures. 3.25 ITV Nightscreen (HD). 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R,S).

12.00 The Shooting Gallery: Death Row (S). Four short works about exonerated death-row inmates. 12.35 Film: The Company Men (S,HD) (2010). See Choices Above. ●●● 2.20 Nashville (S,HD). 3.00 90210 (S,HD). 3.40 Secret Removers (S,HD). 4.30 Deal or No Deal (R,S,HD). 5.25 Countdown (R,S,HD).

1.45 SuperCasino. Viewers get the chance to take part in live interactive gaming, with a mix of roulette-wheel spins and lively chat from the presenting team. 3.05 Harold Shipman: Born to Kill? (R,S). A psychological profile of the serial killer. 3.55 House Doctor (R,S). 4.20 House Doctor (R,S). 4.45 Great Artists (R,S). 5.10 Nick’s Quest (R,S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R,S).

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MONTY HALLS AND THE KAISER’S GOLD 9pm, Channel5

STRIKE BACK: SHADOW WARFARE 9pm, Sky1

The explorer investigates underwater mysteries, beginning by trying to find gold reportedly dumped in a Namibian lake by retreating German troops in 1915.

The team pursues terrorist Mairead McKenna, who is planning to ambush an arms shipment in Budapest, and comes to realise the Real IRA is working with Al-Zuhari. They successfully bring their target in, but when the British consulate orders them to fly the insurgent back to Britain.

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6.00 Emmerdale 6.25 Coronation Street 7.25 The Hot Desk – Example 7.35 Up All Night 8.00 Ben and Kate 8.25 Dinner Date 9.25 Real Housewives of New York City 10.55 Real Housewives of New Jersey 11.55 You’ve Been Framed! 12.25 Emmerdale 12.55 Coronation Street 1.55 The Jeremy Kyle Show 4.05 Real Housewives of New Jersey 5.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (R,HD).

6.00 Switched 6.25 90210 7.10 Ugly Betty 8.00 Charmed 9.00 Glee 10.00 New Girl 10.30 The Mindy Project 11.00 Rules of Engagement 11.30 Charmed (R). 12.30 Hollyoaks 1.00 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD). 2.00 The Big Bang Theory 3.00 New Girl 3.30 The Mindy Project 4.00 Rules of Engagement (R,HD). 5.00 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD).

Sky1 Sky1 6.00 Dog the Bounty Hunter (R,S). 7.00 The Middle (R,S,HD). 8.00 Stargate Atlantis (R,S,HD). 9.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R,S,HD). 10.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R,S,HD). 12.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R,S,HD). 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R,S,HD). 3.00 Stargate Atlantis (R,S,HD). 4.00 The Simpsons (R,S). 5.00 The Middle (R,S,HD). 5.30 The Middle (R,S,HD).

FILM PICKS

Monday television&radio THE COMPANY MEN 12.35am, Channel 4

THE GINGERBREAD MAN 11.40pm, Channel 5

Premiere. Three employees of a troubled corporation try to reclaim their self-respect when they end up out of work. Drama, starring Ben Affleck.

Gold GOLD 6.00 Sykes 6.30 Bread 7.10 Sykes 7.55 Bread 8.25 Last of the Summer Wine 9.50 Keeping Up Appearances 11.10 The Return of the Borrowers 11.50 The Return of the Borrowers 12.35 ’Allo ’Allo! 1.10 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 1.40 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 2.10 As Time Goes By 2.50 ’Allo ’Allo! 4.00 Last of the Summer Wine 5.25 dinnerladies

Robert Altman’s legal thriller based on John Grisham’s novel, starring Kenneth Branagh and Embeth Davidtz.

SkySports1 Sky Sports 1 6.00 Good Morning Sports Fans (HD). 9.00 Football Special (HD). 10.30 Spanish Football (HD). 11.30 FL72 Highlights (HD). 12.00 Football Special 1.30 Spanish Football (HD). 2.30 Scottish Premiership Football (HD). 3.00 The Fantasy Football Club (HD). 3.30 Game Changers (HD). 4.30 Champions League Weekly (HD). 5.00 Soccer AM: The Best Bits

Ocean’s Thirteen, 7.30pm

How I Met Your ... 7.30pm

Strike Back ... 9pm

The Vicar of Dibley, 7.05pm

Live Football, 7pm

6.30 You’ve Been Framed! (R). Harry Hill narrates a selection of camcorder calamities and viewers’ mobile phone footage.

6.00 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 6.30 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD).

6.00 Yonderland (R,S,HD). Comedy adventure, with Martha Howe-Douglas. 6.30 The Simpsons (R,S). Milhouse falls in love.

6.05 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 6.35 Harry Hill’s TV Burp. Comic view of smallscreen highlights.

6.00 FL72 Review

7.00 You’ve Been Framed! (R). Featuring a petrol station collapsing on a car. 7.30 Ocean’s Thirteen (HD) (2007). Danny Ocean rounds up his band of crooks for one last heist. Gang member Reuben has been left traumatised and in a coma after being double-crossed by crooked casino owner Willy Bank, and Danny decides that payback is in order. He plans a scheme that will leave Bank penniless, but needs the help of an old enemy. Comedy crime caper sequel, with George Clooney, Al Pacino, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and Elliott Gould. ●●●

7.00 Hollyoaks (HD). Sam suspects she might have finally apprehended Tom’s kidnapper. 7.30 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD).

7.00 The Simpsons (R,S). Grampa becomes a matador. 7.30 The Simpsons (R,S). Homer invents a new drink.

7.05 The Vicar of Dibley. Geraldine plays Cupid in her efforts to bring Alice and Hugo together, and at the same time receives an astonishing proposal.

8.00 Geeks. New series. Selfconfessed nerds are flown to the world’s most notorious party destinations. In the first edition, the geeky group heads to the Spanish resort of Marbella.

8.00 Arrow (S,HD). Moira fights for her life in court, and Oliver tries to find the cause of a mysterious illness that is sweeping through the city and infected hundreds of people.

8.00 The Two Ronnies Sketchbook. More of the duo’s favourite moments, including the Mastermind sketch and more of the Phantom Raspberry Blower’s nefarious deeds.

9.00 Rude Tube (R,HD). Alex Zane presents a top 50 countdown of the latest “kick-ass animals” of the worldwide web, including footage of a woman swimming with a great white shark.

9.00 Strike Back: Shadow Warfare (S,HD). See Choices Above.

9.00 Not Going Out. Lee grows suspicious of Guy’s motives. 9.40 Fawlty Towers. A party of German guests comes to stay and Basil resolves to ensure everyone is on their best behaviour. Starring John Cleese.

7.00 Live Monday Night Football (HD). West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa (Kick-off 8.00pm). Coverage of the Premier League derby at the Hawthorns, where Villa are looking for a rare victory over the Baggies. The last three meetings between the Midlands rivals have ended in draws, with West Brom winning the two matches before that, and Steve Clarke’s men will be confident of improving on their inconsistent start to the campaign.

11.15 Spartacus: Gods of 11.00 Celebrity Juice (R,HD). 11.10 Drifters (R,HD). Meg invites a new friend the Arena (R,S,HD). 11.50 Take Me Out (R,HD). back to the flat. Batiatus enlists the help A saxophonist, an of Lucretia, and Gaia electrician, a beatboxer 11.40 2 Broke Girls (R,HD). and gladiator recruits to Max decides to take in a and an engineer take implement a devious stray cat. Comedy, part. plan. Starring Dustin starring Kat Dennings. Clare and John Hannah.

11.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 11.30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp

11.00 FL72 Review. A roundup of recent matches, featuring all the goals from League One and League Two.

12.55 Fake Reaction (R,HD). With guest panellists Amy Childs, Kian Egan, Brian Dowling and Tiffany Stevenson. 1.40 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R,HD). The most slam dunks by a parrot. 2.00 Life’s Funniest Moments (R). 2.20 Teleshopping. 5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen (HD).

12.00 Men Behaving Badly. Tony feels depressed thanks to his expanding waistline and Gary’s secret cash stash. 12.40 Not Going Out 1.20 The Comic Strip Presents: Summer School. Comedy, with Robbie Coltrane. 1.50 Fawlty Towers 2.20 Men Behaving Badly

12.00 SPFL Round-Up (HD). A review of the latest round of fixtures from the Scottish top flight. 12.30 Soccer AM: The Best Bits (HD). Highlights of Saturday’s show. 1.30 Monday Night Football (HD). West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa. 4.00 FL72 Review. 5.00 Soccer AM: The Best Bits (HD).

RADIO

10.20 Outnumbered. The Brockmans have to make some tough decisions about work and video games, as well as who to take to a family funeral – an event that has the vicar wishing none of them had ever come.

Radio 1 6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw 10.00 Fearne Cotton 12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00 Greg James 7.00 Zane Lowe 9.00 Radio 1’s Stories 10.00 Phil Taggart and Alice Levine Midnight Rock Show with Daniel P Carter 2.00 B.Traits 4.00 Dev Radio 2 5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30 Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce Noon Jeremy Vine 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo 7.00 Paul Jones. Highlights from this year’s London BluesFest. 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00 1963: That Was the Year That Was 11.00 Jools Holland Midnight Janice Long 2.00 Mark Goodier

12.30 Road Wars (R,S). Police officers combat vehicle crime. 1.00 UK Border Force (R,S,HD). Officers refuse entry to a woman from South Africa. 2.00 Road Wars (R,S). 3.00 UK Border Force (R,S,HD). 4.00 Dog the Bounty Hunter (R,S). 5.00 Airline (R,S). 5.30 Airline (R,S).

Radio 3 6.30am Breakfast 9.00 Essential Classics Noon Composer of the Week: Camille Saint-Saëns 1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 2.00 Britten 100: Church Parables III. The Prodigal Son, with James Gilchrist as the Tempter. 3.20 Afternoon on 3 4.30 In Tune 5.30 Opera on 3: Verdi 200. Claudio Abbado conducts the 1886 five-act French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos, with Plácido Domingo in the title role. 10.00 Night Waves. Matthew Sweet talks to politician Tony Benn about his final volume of diaries. 10.45 The Essay: The Islamic Golden Age 11.00 Jazz on 3 12.30am Through the Night

Radio 4 5.30am (LW) Test Match Special 5.30 (FM) News Briefing 5.43 (FM) Prayer for the Day 5.45 (FM) Farming Today 5.58 (FM) Tweet of the Day 6.00 (FM) Today 8.00 (LW) Today 9.00 Start the Week 9.45 (LW) Daily Service 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: Mitterrand 10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00 Living with New Welfare 11.30 Ed Reardon’s Week Noon News 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast 12.04 You and Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00 The World at One 1.45 A History of Britain in Numbers 2.00 The Archers 2.15 Afternoon Drama: Countrysides. By Anita Sullivan. 3.00 Round Britain Quiz 3.30 The Food Programme

4.00 The Legacy of Uncle Tom 4.30 The Infinite Monkey Cage 5.00 PM 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast 5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News 6.30 I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue 7.00 The Archers 7.15 Front Row 7.45 Eugene Onegin 8.00 PISA – Global Education Tables Tested 8.30 Crossing Continents 9.00 Shared Planet 9.30 Start the Week 9.59 Weather 10.00 The World Tonight 10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Charioteer 11.00 Mastertapes 11.30 Today in Parliament Midnight News and Weather 12.30 Book of the Week: Mitterrand 12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC World Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast

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7.00 Top Gear (R,S). 8.00 The Call Centre (R,S). Documentary charting life at the third largest call centre in Swansea. 9.00 Come Fly with Me (R,S). Airport documentary spoof, starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams. 9.30 Come Fly with Me (R,S). A wing malfunction delays passengers. 10.00 Russell Howard’s Good News (R,S). 10.30 EastEnders (R,S). 11.00 Family Guy (R,S). 11.25 Family Guy (R,S). 11.45 American Dad! (R,S). 12.10 American Dad! (R,S). 12.30 The Revolution Will Be Televised (R,S). 1.00 Snow, Sex and Suspicious Parents (R,S). 2.00 Him & Her: The Wedding (R,S). 2.30 Russell Howard’s Good News (R,S). 3.00 Hotel of Mum and Dad (R,S).

BBC4 BBC4

7.00 World News Today; Weather. 7.30 Great British Railway Journeys (R). 8.00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (R). The boys go fishing. 8.30 Only Connect. Two teams compete for a place in the semifinals. 9.00 Light and Dark 10.00 Secret Knowledge: Tracey Emin on Louise Bourgeois – Women Without Secrets 10.30 Blackfish: The Whale that Killed: Storyville (R). 11.50 Johnny Kingdom and the Bears of Alaska (R). 12.50 Only Connect (R). 1.20 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (R). 1.50 Great British Railway Journeys (R). 2.20 Light and Dark (R).

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10.00 Spartacus: Gods of 10.00 I’m a Celebrity Get 10.00 Made in Chelsea. the Arena (R,S,HD). Me Out of Here Now! Spencer forces Jamie to Prequel to Spartacus: (HD). TV personality declare his feelings for Blood and Sand, Denise Van Outen and Lucy at a dinner party retelling the story of Lawson’s Andy Brown hosted by Phoebe, while Gannicus – the original join Laura Whitmore, Fran – who has just champion of the House Joe Swash and Rob decided to move in with of Batiatus, starring Beckett to dissect all the Binky – is asked out on a Dustin Clare and John latest news and events date by an unexpected Hannah. from the jungle. admirer.

12.10 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 12.40 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 1.10 Suburgatory (R,HD). 1.40 Rules of Engagement (R,HD). 2.05 Rude Tube (R,HD). 2.55 The Cleveland Show (R,HD). 3.40 Bob’s Burgers (R,HD). 4.00 Glee (R,HD). 4.45 Ugly Betty (R,HD).

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Radio 5 Live 5.00am Morning Reports 5.30 Wake Up to Money 6.00 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 Victoria Derbyshire Noon Dominic Laurie 2.00 Richard Bacon 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport: The Monday Night Club 8.00 5 Live Sport: Premier League Football 2013-14. West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa (Kick-off 8.00pm). 10.00 5 Live Sport: Final Whistle. Reaction to the night’s football. 10.30 Phil Williams 1.00am Up All Night Classic FM 6.00am More Music Breakfast 9.00 John Suchet 1.00pm Jamie Crick 5.00 Classic FM Drive 8.00 The Full Works Concert 10.00 Smooth Classics 2.00am Nick Bailey

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Tuesday television&radio Tuesday’s Television Guide TV PICKS

IMAGINE – HITLER, THE TIGER AND ME 10.35pm, BBC1

Alan Yentob meets author Judith Kerr, famous for The Tiger Who Came to Tea, who as a child had to flee her home country of Germany.

BBC1 BBC1

6.00 Breakfast (S,HD). 9.15 The Legalizer 10.00 Homes Under the Hammer (S,HD). 11.00 Caught Red Handed (S,HD). 11.30 Operation Hospital Food with James Martin (R,S,HD). 12.15 Bargain Hunt (R,S). 1.00 BBC News; Weather (S,HD). 1.30 Regional News (S); Weather 1.45 Doctors (S,HD). 2.15 The Doctor Blake Mysteries (S). 3.10 Pressure Pad (S,HD). 3.55 Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds (S,HD). 4.40 Flog It! (S,HD). 5.15 Pointless (S,HD).

FILM RATINGS ●●●●● Excellent ●●●● Very good ●●● Good ●● Average ● Poor

LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX 9pm, BBC1

Alan and Celia have tied the knot at last – but their first day as man and wife isn’t exactly plain sailing. Caroline finds a way to buy John out of the house, only for her relationship to be threatened by Kate’s desire for a baby, and a new arrival surprises everyone – especially Gillian. Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid star.

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6.00 This Is BBC Two 6.05 Homes Under the Hammer 7.05 Caught Red Handed 7.35 Operation Hospital Food with James Martin 8.20 Sign Zone: Real Rescues 9.05 Antiques Roadshow 10.05 The Culture Show: Samuel Johnson Prize 2013 10.35 HARDtalk 11.00 BBC News 11.30 BBC World News 12.00 Daily Politics 1.00 Cash in the Attic 1.45 The A to Z of TV Gardening 1.50 Coast 2.50 Floyd’s American Pie 3.20 Cagney & Lacey 4.05 Are You Being Served? 4.35 ’Allo ’Allo! 5.00 Natural World (R,S,HD).

STRANGE DAYS: COLD WAR BRITAIN 9pm, BBC2

Dominic Sandbrook examines how the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan led to British athletes being pressured by the government to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

ITV1 ITV

6.00 Daybreak (S,HD). 8.30 Lorraine (S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S). 10.30 This Morning (S). 12.30 Loose Women (S,HD). 1.30 ITV News and Weather (S). 1.55 Regional News (S). 2.00 Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (S,HD). 3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal (S,HD). David Dickinson and the antique dealers head to Oswestry. 3.59 Regional Weather (S). 4.00 Show Me the Telly (S,HD). 5.00 The Paul O’Grady Show (S,HD).

THE SOUND OF MUSICALS 9pm, Channel 4

Tom Chambers has been pulling in the crowds at Top Hat, but he’s coming to the end of his contract, and Kenny Wax has to go to Broadway to find his new leads. However, Gavin Lee and Kristen Beth Williams only have six weeks to learn the choreography and songs before the show is relaunched.

Channel Channel 4

6.10 The Hoobs 7.05 According to Jim 7.30 Will & Grace (R,S). 7.55 Everybody Loves Raymond (R,S). 9.00 Frasier (R,S). 10.00 Undercover Boss Canada 11.00 Beat My Build 12.00 Channel 4 News Summary (S). 12.05 River Cottage Bites 12.20 Film: Gunman’s Walk (1958) ●●● 2.10 Phil: Secret Agent Down Under (S). 3.10 Countdown (S,HD). 4.00 Deal or No Deal (S,HD). 5.00 Four in a Bed (S,HD). 5.30 Come Dine with Me (S,HD).

Channel Channel 5

6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright Stuff (HD). 11.10 The Hotel Inspector (R,S,HD). 12.10 5 News Lunchtime (S,HD). 12.15 Ben Fogle’s Animal Clinic (R,S,HD). 1.15 Home and Away (S,HD). 1.45 Neighbours (S,HD). 2.15 NCIS (R,S). A prank-loving marine is found dead on Halloween. 3.10 Film: Mrs Miracle (S) (2009). See Choices Above. ●●● 5.00 5 News at 5 (S,HD). 5.30 Neighbours (R,S,HD). Kyle and Georgia realise Gem cancelled the lease application.

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6.00 The Simpsons (S,HD). 8/23. 6.30 Hollyoaks (S,HD). Sam suspects she might have finally apprehended Tom’s kidnapper.

6.00 Home and Away (R,S,HD). Oscar stands up to Murray. 6.30 NewsTalk Live (S,HD).

7.00 Emmerdale (S,HD). Robbie is suspicious as Megan tries to conceal her bruise. 7.30 Live UEFA Champions League (S,HD). Arsenal v Marseille (Kick-off 7.45pm). Coverage of this evening’s Group F fixture at the Emirates Stadium, as the clubs play the fifth match of their campaigns. The Gunners start this clash at the top of the group following their outstanding victory at Borussia Dortmund last time out, and with their German rivals facing Napoli tonight, three points here against the group whipping boys could see Arsene Wenger’s men through to the knockout stage with a match to spare. See Choices Above.

7.00 News (S). 7.55 4thought.tv (S). Talks on whether people should limit the size of their families.

7.00 Jungle Babies: Tarsier Tails (S,HD). 8/8. Jakob goes back to Burnt Rock to see if the coast is now clear. Last in the series. 7.30 The Dog Rescuers (S,HD). Followed by 5 News Update.

8.00 Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (S). 5/8. Featuring a man who only cleans his kitchen at Easter and Christmas, and a woman whose three-bedroom flat has not been given proper attention in 19 years.

8.00 Cowboy Builders (S). Melinda Messenger and Dominic Littlewood revisit two people they helped five years ago who were victims of the same rogue tradesman. Followed by 5 News at 9.

9.00 The Sound of Musicals (S). 3/4. See Choices Above.

9.00 The Mentalist (S,HD). 5/22. A man murdered in a hotel room turns out to have been a member of the Visualize cult, leading Jane to cross swords once more with former CBI agent Ray Haffner. Guest starring Reed Diamond and Robert Picardo.

6.00 Regional News (S); Weather 6.30 ITV News and Weather (S).

6.00 Eggheads (R,S). Quiz show. 6.30 Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two (S,HD). Zoe Ball is joined by the couple who narrowly avoided elimination on Sunday. 7.00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (S,HD). 16/20. With Robert Bathurst and Amanda Donohoe.

7.00 The One Show (S,HD). Live chat and topical reports. 7.30 EastEnders (S,HD). Roxy is over the moon that she will soon be married to Alfie. Followed by BBC News; Regional News

Castle, 10pm

8.00 Holby City (S,HD). 7/52. A major accident needs all hands on deck, while a new arrival gives Serena a surprise. Malick discovers Jake is back at Holby – only for a difficult case to compromise them both.

8.00 MasterChef: The Professionals (S,HD). 14/24. Four of the eight chefs from yesterday’s heat return to face a skills test in which they must each debone a saddle of lamb and roll and tie it ready for roasting.

8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut, 11.15pm

9.00 Last Tango in Halifax (S,HD). 2/6. See Choices Above.

9.00 Strange Days: Cold War Britain (S,HD). 3/3. See Choices Above.

The Paul O’Grady Show, 5pm

6.00 BBC News (S,HD); Weather 6.30 Regional News (S); Weather

10.00 BBC News (S,HD). 10.25 Regional News (S). Followed by National Lottery Update 10.35 Imagine – Hitler, the Tiger and Me (S,HD). 5/7. See Choices Above.

10.00 Hebburn (S). 3/6. Joe and Dot take advantage of the extra freedom when Pauline goes away for a training weekend and Jack and Sarah leave their antenatal class with more than they bargained for. Comedy, starring Jim Moir and Pat Dunn. 10.30 Newsnight (S,HD). Followed by Weather

10.00 ITV News at Ten (S). 10.30 Regional News (S); Weather. 10.35 UEFA Champions League: Extra Time (S,HD). Highlights of this evening’s matchday five fixtures, which included FC Basel v Chelsea at St JakobPark, Arsenal v Marseille at the Emirates Stadium and Celtic v AC Milan at Celtic Park.

10.00 Masters of Sex (S,HD). 8/12. Masters and Johnson decide to film their work in the sexual response study, but require some extra help, while Haas and Langham discuss their married lives, and the end of Margaret’s affair leads her closer to the truth about her husband.

10.00 Castle (S,HD). 9/24. The author suspects a murder victim had been abducted by aliens. 10.55 Body of Proof (R,S,HD). 9/9. A socialite’s death is thought to be suicide, but Megan suspects otherwise and investigates further – even though the body has been embalmed, leaving few clues.

11.35 When a Man Loves a Woman (S,HD) (1994). See Choices Above. ●●●

11.20 The Choir: Sing While You Work (R,S,HD). 4/8. Gareth Malone looks for hidden vocal talent among the staff of Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service as he continues his quest to get British workplaces singing.

11.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA (R,S). The host takes his successful talk show stateside, where he invites American guests to air their differences, and dispenses his own judgment on the situation.

11.15 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut (S,HD). 8/9. With Andrew Flintoff, Lorraine Kelly, Josh Widdicombe and Rob Beckett.

11.55 The Bind and Torture Killer: Born to Kill? (R,S,HD). 4/4. A profile of American serial killer Dennis Rader.

1.35 Weatherview (S). 1.40 BBC News (S,HD).

12.20 Sign Zone: The Midwives The return of the programme offering an insider’s view of the profession in 21st-century Britain, beginning with the work of staff in the busy delivery suite of St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester. (R,S). 1.20 This Is BBC Two (S). Preview of upcoming programmes from BBC Two. 3.50 BBC Learning Zon (S,HD).

12.25 Jackpot247. Viewers get the chance to participate in live interactive gaming from the comfort of their sofas, with a mix of roulette-wheel spins and lively chat from the presenting team. 3.00 Loose Women Featuring two celebrity guests. (R,HD). 3.45 ITV Nightscreen (HD). Text-based information service. 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R,S).

12.00 Random Acts (S,HD). 12.05 Poker (S). 1.05 KOTV Boxing Weekly (S). Claudio Marrero v Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar. 1.35 Volleyball (S). 2.20 Film: Tabu (S,HD) (2012). Drama, starring Teresa Madruga. ●●●● 4.20 Deal or No Deal (R,S,HD). 5.10 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems (R,S,HD). 5.15 SuperScrimpers’ Challenge (R,S,HD).

12.50 SuperCasino. Viewers get the chance to take part in live interactive gaming, with a mix of roulette-wheel spins and lively chat from the presenting team. 3.05 Nazi Quest for the Holy Grail (R,S,HD). 3.55 House Doctor (R,S). 4.20 House Doctor (R,S). 4.45 Great Artists (R,S). 5.10 Nick’s Quest (R,S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R,S).

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LIVE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 7.30pm, ITV

Arsenal v Marseille (Kick-off 7.45pm). Coverage of this evening’s Group F fixture at the Emirates Stadium, as the clubs play the fifth match of their campaigns.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 8pm, E4

Robin tells Barney she wants to begin their married life in a new home as she feels uncomfortable living in a flat where so many women have been before her. Meanwhile, Lily’s demanding new job working for The Captain as an art consultant begins to take its toll on her relationship with Marshall.

ITV2 ITV2

E4 E4

6.00 Emmerdale 6.25 Coronation Street 7.25 Kesha: The Hot Desk 7.35 Up All Night 8.25 You’ve Been Framed! 8.55 Dinner Date 9.55 Real Housewives of New York City 10.55 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 11.55 You’ve Been Framed! 12.25 Emmerdale 12.55 Coronation Street 1.55 Jeremy Kyle Show 4.05 Real Housewives of New Jersey 5.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

6.00 Switched 6.25 90210 7.10 Ugly Betty 8.00 Charmed 9.00 Glee 10.00 New Girl 10.30 The Mindy Project 11.00 Rules of Engagement 11.30 Charmed 12.30 Hollyoaks 1.00 How I Met Your Mother 2.00 The Big Bang Theory 3.00 New Girl 3.30 The Mindy Project (R,HD). 4.00 Rules of Engagement (R,HD). 5.00 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD).

Sky1 Sky1 6.00 Dog the Bounty Hunter (R,S). 7.00 The Middle (R,S,HD). 8.00 Stargate Atlantis (R,S,HD). 9.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R,S,HD). 10.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R,S,HD). 12.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R,S,HD). 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R,S,HD). 3.00 Stargate Atlantis (R,S,HD). 4.00 The Simpsons (R,S). 5.00 Futurama (R,S,HD). 5.30 The Middle (R,S,HD).

FILM PICKS

Tuesday television&radio WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN 11.35pm, BBC1

MRS MIRACLE 3.10pm, Channel 5

A widowed pianist finds it difficult to raise his six-year-old twin sons alone and also maintain his love of music. However, by hiring a very resourceful housekeeper, he manages to turn his life around. Family drama, starring Doris Roberts, James Van Der Beek and Erin Karpluk.

A couple’s marriage is nearly destroyed by the wife’s alcoholism. Drama, with Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan and Lauren Tom.

Gold GOLD 6.10 Sykes 6.40 Bread 7.20 Sykes 8.00 Bread 8.40 Just Good Friends 9.20 As Time Goes By 10.00 Last of the Summer Wine 11.20 dinnerladies 12.05 Yes Minister 12.45 ’Allo ’Allo! 1.25 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 1.55 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 2.25 As Time Goes By 3.05 Only Fools and Horses 3.50 Last of the Summer Wine 5.05 The Vicar of Dibley

SkySports1 Sky Sports 1 6.00 Good Morning Sports Fans (HD). 7.00 Good Morning Sports Fans (HD). 8.00 Good Morning Sports Fans (HD). 9.00 Monday Night Football (HD). 11.30 SPFL Round-Up (HD). 12.00 FL72 Review. 1.00 Soccer AM: The Best Bits (HD). 2.00 Monday Night Football (HD). 4.30 Premier League Review (HD). 5.30 Sportswomen (HD).

The Vampire Diaries, 9pm

Rude Tube, 9.30pm

Revolution, 9pm

Outnumbered, 7.40pm

Soccer AM: The Best Bits, 1pm

6.00 Dinner Date (R,HD). A man from London chooses three blind dates. Narrated by Charlotte Hudson.

6.00 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). Howard returns from space. 6.30 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD).

6.00 The Middle (R,S,HD). Frankie worries Mike may be tiring of her company. 6.30 The Simpsons (R,S).

6.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 6.30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp. Comic view of smallscreen highlights.

6.00 Revista De La Liga (HD). Scott Minto presents highlights of the latest La Liga matches in Spain.

7.00 You’ve Been Framed! (R). Featuring a Reliant Robin performing a spectacular skid. 7.30 You’ve Been Framed! (R).

7.00 Hollyoaks (HD). Ruby finds out about Ziggy’s odd antics. 7.30 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD).

7.00 The Simpsons (R,S). Marge breaks her leg. 7.30 The Simpsons (R,S). Moe’s bar is threatened with closure.

7.00 You, Me & Them. A ghost from Lauren’s past returns. 7.40 Outnumbered. Sue and Pete try to resolve their differences.

8.00 You’ve Been Framed! Harry’s Favourites (R). Comedian Harry Hill presents his favourite camcorder calamities sent in by viewers.

8.00 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD). See Choices Above. 8.30 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). Amy spoils one of Sheldon’s favourite films by pointing out a plot hole.

8.00 All Aboard: East Coast Trains (HD). Stress levels rise as staff members face the last day of the Premier League football season.

8.20 Only Fools and Horses. Tempers flare between the Trotter brothers as they fall for the same girl – and Del’s efforts to win the romance war leave his future hanging in the balance.

7.00 IRB Rugby World Sevens. The Dubai Sevens. 7.30 Soccer Special (HD). Julian Warren introduces pre-match reports and news of all tonight’s goals as they go in, while studio guests keep an eye on the big games and talking points. Plus, a classified results roundup from all of this evening’s fixtures.

9.00 Revolution (R,S,HD). Time is of the essence for Monroe when he is placed under arrest by Edward and sentenced to death. Plus, Aaron’s visions continue to spark questions. Drama, starring David Lyons and Zak Orth.

9.00 Only Fools and Horses. Rodney’s plans to make a film are spoiled by DelBoy, who begins offering roles to anyone who wants one – if they pay for the privilege. 9.40 Miranda. Starring Miranda Hart.

9.00 The Vampire Diaries 9.00 Rules of Engagement (HD). Damon tries to (HD). Jeff and Audrey make a deal with Silas, enrol in a cookery class. but when he demands Comedy, with Patrick that Damon commit an Warburton and David unthinkable act, it leads Spade. to a violent 9.30 Rude Tube (R). The selfconfrontation. styled Pimpmasta Supernatural drama, General. starring Ian Somerhalder.

10.20 Mrs Brown’s Boys. 10.00 Revista De La Liga 10.00 I’m a Celebrity Get 10.00 The IT Crowd (R). Philip 10.00 NCIS: Los Angeles Newlyweds Dermot and (R,S,HD). Sam’s wife (HD). Scott Minto Me Out of Here Now! from the sixth floor asks Maria argue over Michelle resumes her presents highlights of (HD). TV personality Jen for a date – but Roy whether they should buy CIA cover to investigate the latest La Liga Denise Van Outen and and Moss invite their own home. a hit on a Russian mob matches in Spain, Lawson’s Andy Brown themselves along. Meanwhile, Grandad boss – and her husband featuring the likes of join Laura Whitmore, Comedy, starring hopes to witness his own is understandably Barcelona and Real Joe Swash and Rob Katherine Parkinson. funeral, but Mrs Brown’s unhappy about the Madrid. Beckett to dissect all the 10.35 The IT Crowd (R). plans go awry when she arrangement. LL Cool J latest news and events Denholm’s death spells mistakes two Mormons. and Chris O’Donnell star. from the jungle. trouble for Jen and Roy. 11.00 Premier League Review (HD). A look back at recent fixtures in the English Premier League.

12.55 Tricked: Favourite Tricks (R,HD). Magician Ben Hanlin looks back at highlights from the series, including his pranks on the public and his most popular celebrity tricks. 1.55 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R,HD). 2.20 Teleshopping 5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen (HD).

12.00 UEFA Champions League Goals (HD). All the strikes from the opening night of matchday five fixtures. 1.00 Football Gold (S). 1.15 Football Gold (S). 1.30 Football Asia (S). 2.00 Revista De La Liga (HD). 3.00 Football Gold. 3.15 Live International One-Day Cricket (HD). India v West Indies.

RADIO

11.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 11.00 NCIS: Los Angeles 11.00 Celebrity Juice (R,HD). 11.10 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). Comedy, starring (R,S,HD). Part one of With Conor Maynard 11.30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp Simon Helberg. two. Callen and Sam join and Chris Ramsey. a mobile NCIS team. Kim 11.45 Take Me Out (R,HD). A 11.40 The Big Bang Theory Raver (24) and John (R,HD). Stuart and Raj fitness fanatic, a builder, Corbett (Sex and the host a Halloween party. a BMX champion and a City) guest star. Buzz Aldrin guest stars. student take part. 12.05 Misfits (R,HD). Rudy takes Finn to the superpower support group. 1.10 The Cleveland Show (R,HD). 1.40 2 Broke Girls (R,HD). 2.10 The IT Crowd (R). 2.35 The IT Crowd (R). 3.00 Rude Tube (R). 3.25 Bob’s Burgers (R,HD). 3.50 Glee (R,HD). 4.30 Ugly Betty (R,HD).

Radio 1 6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast Show 10.00 Fearne Cotton 12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00 Greg James 7.00 Zane Lowe 9.00 The Review Show with Edith Bowman 10.00 Phil Taggart and Alice Levine Midnight Punk Show with Mike Davies 2.00 Nihal 4.00 Dev Radio 2 5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30 Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce Noon Jeremy Vine 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo 7.00 Jamie Cullum 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00 1963: That Was the Year That Was 11.00 Mark Radcliffe’s Music Club Midnight Janice Long 2.00 Mark Goodier

12.00 Road Wars (R,S,HD). Police officers combat vehicle crime. 1.00 UK Border Force (R,S,HD). A man is deported to Nigeria. 2.00 Road Wars (R,S). 3.00 UK Border Force (R,S,HD). 4.00 Dog the Bounty Hunter (R,S). Dog targets four outlaws to bring to justice. 5.00 Airline (R,S). 5.30 Airline (R,S).

Radio 3 6.30am Breakfast 9.00 Essential Classics Noon Composer of the Week: Camille Saint-Saëns 1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 2.00 Afternoon on 3 4.30 In Tune 6.00 News 6.02 Composer of the Week: Camille Saint-Saëns 7.00 Radio 3 Live in Concert. Husband-and-wife piano duo Robert Levin and Ya-Fei Chuang join the OAE for Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor. Plus, works by Beethoven. 10.00 Night Waves. A review of ceramicist Edmund de Waal’s new exhibition. 10.45 The Essay: The Islamic Golden Age 11.00 Late Junction 12.30am Through the Night

Radio 4 5.30am News Briefing 5.43 Prayer for the Day 5.45 Farming Today 5.58 Tweet of the Day 6.00 Today 8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament 9.00 The Politics of Architecture 9.30 15 by 15 9.45 (LW) Daily Service 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: Mitterrand 10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00 Shared Planet 11.30 Soul Music Noon News 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast 12.04 Call You and Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00 The World at One 1.45 A History of Britain in Numbers 2.00 The Archers 2.15 Afternoon Drama: Arlo 3.00 The Kitchen Cabinet 3.30 Mastertapes 4.00 Spin the Globe 4.30 A Good Read 5.00 PM 5.54 (LW) Shipping

12.00 Men Behaving Badly. Deborah and Dorothy take a weekend break. 12.40 Men Behaving Badly. Dorothy and Gary decide to get married. 1.15 The Comic Strip Presents: Consuela, or the New Mrs Saunders. 1.55 Men Behaving Badly. 2.25 Men Behaving Badly. Forecast 5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News 6.30 That Mitchell and Webb Sound 7.00 The Archers 7.15 Front Row 7.45 Eugene Onegin 8.00 The Next Global Killer 8.40 In Touch 9.00 All in the Mind 9.30 The Politics of Architecture 10.00 The World Tonight 10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Charioteer. By Mary Renault, abridged by Eileen Horne. An injured Laurie befriends a conscientious objector serving as an orderly. 11.00 The Infinite Monkey Cage 11.30 Today in Parliament Midnight News 12.30 Book of the Week: Mitterrand 12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC World Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast

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Radio 5 Live 5.00am Morning Reports 5.30 Wake Up to Money 6.00 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 Victoria Derbyshire Noon Tony Livesey 2.00 Richard Bacon 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport. Mark Chapman presents the day’s sports news. 7.45 5 Live Sport: Champions League Football 2013-14. Commentary on one of tonight’s matchday five fixtures. 9.40 5 Live Sport: Final Whistle 10.30 Phil Williams 1.00am Up All Night Classic FM 6.00am More Music Breakfast 9.00 John Suchet 1.00pm Jamie Crick 5.00 Classic FM Drive 8.00 The Full Works Concert 10.00 Smooth Classics 2.00am Nick Bailey

BBC3 BBC3

7.00 Total Wipeout (R,S). 8.00 Gavin & Stacey – Christmas Special (R,S). The couple make a surprise announcement. Last in the series. 9.00 Snow, Sex and Suspicious Parents (S). Two groups of friends jet off to the party ski resort of Tignes. 10.00 Sweat the Small Stuff (S). With Nick Grimshaw, Melvin Odoom and Rochelle Humes. 10.30 EastEnders (R,S). 11.00 Family Guy (R,S). 11.25 Family Guy (R,S). 11.45 American Dad! (R,S). 12.10 Snow, Sex and Suspicious Parents (R,S). 1.10 Sweat the Small Stuff (R,S). 1.40 Backchat with Jack Whitehall and His Dad (R,S). 2.10 The Revolution Will Be Televised (R,S). 2.40 Going Native (R,S). 3.00 Snow, Sex and Suspicious Parents (R,S).

BBC4 BBC4

7.00 World News Today; Weather 7.30 Great British Railway Journeys (R). 8.00 Refugees of the Lost Rainforest. Efforts to save endangered orang-utans on Jersey and Sumatra. 8.30 Secret Knowledge: Castiglione: Rogue Genius of the Baroque. The story of 17th-century printmaker Giovanni Bennedetto Castiglione. 9.00 Cathedrals. 10.00 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (R). 10.50 Operation Crossbow (R). 11.50 The First World War from Above 12.50 Great British Railway Journeys (R). 1.20 Secret Knowledge: Castiglione: Rogue Genius of the Baroque (R). 1.50 Refugees of the Lost Rainforest (R). 2.20 Cathedrals (R).

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Wednesday television&radio Wednesday’s Television Guide TV PICKS

NIGEL AND ADAM’S FARM KITCHEN 8pm, BBC1

Nigel Slater and Adam Henson use spring lamb, a meat that has become expensive, with Nigel rescuing the cheaper cuts to show they can be just as tasty.

BBC1 BBC1

6.00 Breakfast (S,HD). 9.15 The Legalizer (S). 10.00 Homes Under the Hammer (R,S,HD). 11.00 Caught Red Handed 11.30 Operation Hospital Food with James Martin (R,S,HD). 12.15 Bargain Hunt (R,S). 1.00 BBC News; Weather (S,HD). 1.30 Regional News (S); Weather. 1.45 Doctors (S,HD). 2.15 The Doctor Blake Mysteries (S). 3.10 Pressure Pad (S,HD). 3.55 Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds (S,HD). 4.40 Flog It! (S,HD). 5.15 Pointless (S,HD).

FILM RATINGS ●●●●● Excellent ●●●● Very good ●●● Good ●● Average ● Poor

MYSTERY MAP 8pm, ITV

Ben Shephard and Julia Bradbury conclude their investigation into some of Britain’s most intriguing mysteries. Julia visits the Gloucestershire village of Berkeley to discover why it started raining seaweed in August 2012. Plus, the stories of the so-called Devil’s Footprints and the Beast of Bodmin.

BBC2 BBC2

6.00 Homes Under the Hammer (R,S,HD). 7.00 Caught Red Handed (R,S,HD). 7.30 Operation Hospital Food with James Martin (R,S,HD). 8.15 Sign Zone: Real Rescues (R,S). 9.00 David Attenborough’s Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates (R,S). 10.00 Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food (R,S). 10.30 See Hear (S,HD). 11.00 News (S,HD). 11.30 Daily Politics (S). 1.00 Cash in the Attic (R,S). 1.45 The A to Z of TV Gardening (R,S). 1.50 Coast (R,S). 2.50 Floyd’s American Pie (R,S). 3.20 Cagney & Lacey (R,S). 4.05 Are You Being Served? (R,S). 4.35 ’Allo ’Allo! (R,S). 5.00 Natural World (R,S,HD).

TUDOR MONASTERY FARM 9pm, BBC2

24 HOURS IN A&E 9pm, Channel 4

The team joins fellow parishioners in a traditional ceremony to pray for a good harvest and Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold assist farmer Neal Careswell as he weans the piglets.

ITV1 ITV

6.00 Daybreak (S,HD). 8.30 Lorraine (S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S,HD). 10.30 This Morning (S). 12.30 Loose Women (S,HD). 1.30 ITV News and Weather (S). 1.55 Regional News (S). 2.00 Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (S,HD). A bedroom and lounge in Liverpool are transformed. 3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal (S,HD). 3.59 Regional Weather (S). 4.00 Show Me the Telly (S,HD). 5.00 The Paul O’Grady Show (S,HD).

Bill, 92, arrives at King’s with breathing difficulties and a swollen leg, while 25-year-old Sarah is finding it hard to stand up and has been brought in by her mum and grandfather. She has learning difficulties as a result of an inherited genetic disorder and doctors are concerned she may have suffered a stroke.

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Channel Channel 5

6.10 The Hoobs 7.05 According to Jim 7.30 Will & Grace 8.00 Everybody Loves Raymond 9.00 Frasier 10.00 Undercover Boss Canada 11.00 Beat My Build (S,HD). 12.00 News Summary (S). 12.05 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems (R,S,HD). 12.30 Film: The War of the Worlds (S,HD) (1953). ●●●● 2.10 Phil: Secret Agent Down Under (S,HD). 3.10 Countdown (S,HD). 4.00 Deal or No Deal (S,HD). 5.00 Four in a Bed (S,HD). 5.30 Come Dine with Me (S,HD).

6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright Stuff (HD). 11.10 The Hotel Inspector (R,S,HD). 12.10 5 News Lunchtime (S,HD). 12.15 Cowboy Builders (R,S). 1.15 Home and Away (S,HD). 1.45 Neighbours (S,HD). 2.15 NCIS (R,S). 3.15 Film: Annie Claus Is Coming to Town (S,HD) (2011). Christmas fantasy, starring Maria Thayer. ●●● 5.00 5 News at 5 (S,HD). 5.30 Neighbours (R,S,HD). Gem tries to scupper Imogen’s chances of becoming school captain.

Newsnight, 10.30pm

Coronation Street, 7.30pm

Bouncers, 11.05pm

Swordfish, 10.30pm

6.00 BBC News (S,HD); Weather. 6.30 Regional News (S); Weather.

6.00 Eggheads (R,S). Quiz show, hosted by Jeremy Vine. 6.30 Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two (S,HD). Ian Waite analyses the couples’ training.

6.00 Regional News (S); Weather. 6.30 ITV News and Weather (S).

6.00 The Simpsons (S,HD). 9/23. A columnist writes stories about Grampa. 6.30 Hollyoaks (S,HD). Ruby finds out about Ziggy’s odd antics.

6.00 Home and Away (R,S,HD). Kyle attempts to hide his feelings when Casey arrives home with Tamara. 6.30 NewsTalk Live (S,HD).

7.00 The One Show (S,HD). Hosted by Matt Baker and Alex Jones. Followed by BBC News; Regional News.

7.00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (S,HD). 17/20. Janet Ellis takes on her daughter Sophie EllisBextor as they hunt for antiques to sell at auction during a trip from Essex to Yorkshire.

7.00 Emmerdale (S,HD). The future looks bleak for Charity and Jai, and Rhona comes clean to Paddy. 7.30 Coronation Street (S,HD). Peter and Tina flirt with each other at the Rovers.

7.00 News (S). 7.55 4thought.tv (S). Talks on whether people should limit the size of their families.

7.00 Emergency Bikers (R,S). The paramedics respond to an emergency call after a child is knocked down outside a school. Followed by 5 News Update.

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New Tricks, 9pm

8.00 Nigel and Adam’s Farm Kitchen (S,HD). 2/4. See Choices Above.

8.00 MasterChef: The Professionals (S,HD). 15/24. The rest of the chefs from Monday’s heat are each challenged to make creme patissiere and use it as a base for a souffle before recreating Michel Roux Jr’s dish of lamb kidneys.

8.00 Mystery Map (S,HD). 2/2. See Choices Above.

8.00 Location, Location, Location (R,S,HD). 2/4. Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer provide an update on two couples who came to them looking for a dream life in the country.

8.00 Ben Fogle’s Animal Clinic (S,HD). A Chinese crested dog has a swollen womb, a cat must have a damaged eye removed, and a Grevy’s zebra undergoes a risky anaesthetic before having its hooves trimmed. Followed by 5 News at 9.

(R) repeat (S) subtitles (HD) highdefinition

9.00 New Tricks (R,S). 7/10. The team reopens the case of a criminal who was killed in a fire at London’s Union club in 1996, the original investigation of which was hampered by silence among witnesses. Drama, guest starring Roy Marsden, Martin Marquez and Tom Watt.

9.00 Tudor Monastery Farm (S,HD). 3/6. See Choices Above.

9.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (S,HD). 9/20. The famous faces continue their ordeal in the Australian wilderness, struggling to complete tough daily tasks and dreaded Bushtucker Trials. Ant and Dec present.

9.00 24 Hours in A&E (S,HD). 3/6. See Choices Above.

9.00 Treblinka: Inside Hitler’s Secret Death Camp (S,HD). See Choices Above.

10.30 Swordfish (S) (2001). A computer hacker recently released from prison is recruited by a mysterious criminal to help him embezzle millions of dollars. The plot draws him into the world of international espionage as he discovers his new employer is a former US anti-terrorist operative planning to steal from his old government paymasters. Thriller, starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle and Vinnie Jones. ●●●

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10.00 The Culture Show: Vicky Featherstone – All Change at the Royal Court (S,HD). 25/32. The opening season for the theatre company’s new artistic director. 10.30 Newsnight (S,HD). Followed by Weather.

10.30 ITV News and Weather (S). 10.55 Regional News (S); Weather.

10.00 Gogglebox (S). 10/13. Weekly TV review programme in which some of Britain’s most opinionated and avid viewers comment on the best and worst shows of the past seven days, as well as recent news stories, from the comfort of their sofas.

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10.00 BBC News (S,HD). 10.25 Regional News (S). Followed by National Lottery Update. 10.35 A Question of Sport (S,HD). 6/36. With Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson, Scottish rugby union star Greig Laidlaw, British tennis player Dan Evans and 400m hurdler Eilidh Child. 11.05 Film 2013 (S,HD). 4/7. Reviews of Saving Mr Banks and Carrie. 11.35 Casanova (S) (2005). See Choices Above. ●●

11.20 Strange Days: Cold War Britain (R,S,HD). 3/3. The effect of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on UK participation in the 1980 Olympics. Last in the series.

11.05 Stay Alive (S,HD) (2006). See Choices Above. ●●

11.05 Bouncers (R,S,HD). 3/3. The police face crowd-control issues in Colchester, while door staff in Clacton-on-Sea deal with everything from people stripping naked to mass brawls. Last in the series.

1.20 Weatherview (S). 1.25 BBC News (S,HD).

12.20 Sign Zone: See Hear (R,S). Following accomplished deaf flautist Ruth Montgomery on her travels past and present. With voiceover. 12.50 This Is BBC Two (S). 4.00 BBC Learning Zone: Fazer’s Urban Takeover. 4.30 Adapting Carmen: Re-imagining a Classic (S,HD). 5.00 Schools – Counting with Rodd 2 (S,HD).

12.40 Jackpot247. 3.00 Film: Columbo: Grand Deceptions (S) (1989). An army colonel kills a blackmailer who has found out about his misdeeds, only to receive a visit from the crumpled cop. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Robert Foxworth and Janet Elber. ●● 4.35 ITV Nightscreen (HD). Text-based information service. 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R,S).

12.10 Drifters (S,HD). 12.40 Random Acts (S,HD). 12.45 The CCTV Traffic Wardens: Caught on Camera (R,S). 1.40 Film: Hot Rod (S,HD) (2007). Comedy, starring Andy Samberg. ●● 3.10 Coming Up (R,S,HD). 3.40 SuperScrimpers’ Challenge (R,S,HD). 4.30 Deal or No Deal (R,S,HD). 5.25 SuperScrimpers (R,S,HD). 5.30 Countdown (R,S,HD).

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12.20 The Big Game (S,HD). Poker game in which amateurs compete against worldclass professionals. 1.15 SuperCasino 3.05 Children of the Master Race (R,S,HD). Three people who were products of a Nazi birthing programme. 3.55 House Doctor (R,S). 4.20 House Doctor (R,S). 4.45 Great Artists (R,S). 5.10 Nick’s Quest (R,S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R,S).

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TREBLINKA: INSIDE HITLER’S SECRET DEATH CAMP 9pm, Channel 5

AN IDIOT ABROAD 3 9pm, Sky1

Caroline Sturdy Colls leads a team carrying out the first forensic investigation on the site of the Treblinka concentration camp in north-east Poland.

ITV2 ITV2

6.00 Emmerdale 6.25 Holiday Airport: Palma 7.25 Lawson: The Hot Desk 7.35 Up All Night 8.25 You’ve Been Framed! (R). 8.55 Dinner Date 9.55 The Real Housewives of New York City (R,HD). 10.55 Real Housewives of New Jersey 11.55 You’ve Been Framed! (R). 12.25 Emmerdale 12.55 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now: Golden Moments (R). 1.55 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R). 4.05 The Real Housewives of New Jersey (R). 5.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now: Golden Moments (R).

Ricky Gervais sends Karl Pilkington on another world trip – and this time he has company, in the shape of diddy film and TV star Warwick Davis. The odd couple follow in the footsteps of legendary explorer Marco Polo. They begin their 5,000-mile journey in Venice, where they attend a masked ball.

E4 E4

6.00 Switched 6.25 90210 7.10 Ugly Betty 8.00 Charmed 9.00 Glee (R,HD). 10.00 New Girl (R,HD). 10.30 The Mindy Project (R,HD). 11.00 Rules of Engagement (R,HD). 11.30 Charmed (R). 12.30 Hollyoaks (R,HD). 1.00 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD). 2.00 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 3.00 New Girl (R,HD). 3.30 The Mindy Project (R,HD). 4.00 Rules of Engagement (R,HD). 5.00 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD).

Sky1 Sky1 6.00 Dog the Bounty Hunter (R,S). 7.00 The Middle (HD). 8.00 Stargate Atlantis (HD). 9.00 Hawaii Five-0 (HD). 10.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R,S,HD). 1.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R,S,HD). 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R,S,HD). 3.00 Stargate Atlantis (HD). 4.00 The Simpsons (R,S). 4.30 The Simpsons (R,S). 5.00 Futurama (R,S,HD). 5.30 The Middle (R,S,HD).

FILM PICKS

Wednesday television&radio CASANOVA 11.35pm, BBC1

STAY ALIVE 11.05pm, ITV

The legendary womaniser falls in love with the only female who seems capable of resisting his charms. Romantic period drama, starring Heath Ledger.

Gold GOLD 6.00 Sykes 6.30 Bread 7.10 Sykes 7.50 Bread 8.30 Yes Minister 9.10 ’Allo ’Allo! 9.50 As Time Goes By 10.30 Last of the Summer Wine 11.50 Yes Minister 12.30 ’Allo ’Allo! 1.10 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 2.10 As Time Goes By 2.50 Jeeves and Wooster 4.00 Last of the Summer Wine 5.20 Only Fools and Horses

Teenagers get their hands on a grisly video game and realise that the virtual killings are starting to happen in real life. Horror, starring Jon Foster.

SkySports1 Sky Sports 1 6.00 Live International One-Day Cricket (HD). India v West Indies. Coverage of the third and final match of the series, which takes place at Green Park in Kanpur. 11.00 Live International OneDay Cricket (HD). South Africa v Pakistan. Coverage of the second fixture in the three-match series, as the teams meet at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

I’m a Celebrity ... 10.30pm

Made in Chelsea, 11.05pm

An Idiot Abroad 3, 9pm

Mrs Brown’s Boys, 9.40pm

6.00 Dinner Date (R,HD). Darren from London chooses three blind dates from five potential partners.

6.00 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). Comedy, starring Jim Parsons. 6.30 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD).

6.00 The Middle (R,S,HD). Mike and Frankie decide to dedicate one day to each of their children. 6.30 The Simpsons (R,S).

6.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 6.30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp Comic view of smallscreen highlights.

7.00 You’ve Been Framed! Family Special (R). A family-themed selection of camcorder calamities. 7.45 Apollo 13 (HD) (1995). Fact-based drama about the ill-fated 1970 Apollo 13 mission to the moon. Crew leader Jim Lovell is faced with a nightmare when the mission suffers an on-board explosion – leaving the team stranded in space with a dwindling oxygen supply while flight controllers and engineers in Houston try to find a way to bring the crew safely back to Earth. With Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise. Including FYI Daily. ●●●●

7.00 Hollyoaks (HD). 7.35 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD). Marshall takes Zoey’s side in the argument about the Arcadian.

7.00 The Simpsons (R,S). Bart goes to fat camp. 7.30 The Simpsons (R,S). Bart enters a golf tournament.

7.00 Porridge Tension mounts as the parole board gathers. 7.40 Fawlty Towers Basil tries to save money on building costs.

7.00 International One-Day Cricket (HD). India v West Indies. Highlights of the third and final match of the series.

8.00 My Super Ex-Girlfriend (HD) (2006). Ordinary New Yorker Matt starts dating a woman he meets on the subway, unaware she is the superhero G-Girl. When he breaks up with the insecure crimefighter, she is outraged and uses her superpowers to make his life a misery. Fantasy comedy, starring Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson and Eddie Izzard. Edited for violence and language. ●●●

8.00 Glee (R,S,HD). The Gleeks pay a musical tribute to Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, and in New York, Kurt, Santana, Rachel and Dani are impressed by Elliot ‘Starchild’ Gilbert.

8.20 Miranda A handsome stranger loses his wallet in the joke shop, prompting Stevie and Miranda to compete for his affections, and Gary is offered a new job in Hong Kong.

8.00 International One-Day Cricket (HD). South Africa v Pakistan. Highlights of the second fixture in the threematch series.

9.00 An Idiot Abroad 3 (R,S,HD). See Choices Above.

9.00 You, Me & Them Lauren questions her future with Ed. Last in the series. 9.40 Mrs Brown’s Boys Newlyweds Dermot and Maria argue over whether they should buy their own home.

9.00 ICC World T20 Qualifier A knockout match from Abu Dhabi. 9.30 ICC World T20 Qualifier Highlights of a knockout match staged at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

10.00 Strike Back: Shadow 10.30 I’m a Celebrity Get 10.00 Misfits (HD). A gypsy Warfare (R,S,HD). The Me Out of Here Now! casts a spell on Alex team members capture (HD). Laura Whitmore, after he refuses to help terrorist Mairead Joe Swash and Rob a damsel in distress, and McKenna before she Beckett are joined by TV Rudy’s alter ego moves ambushes an arms personality Denise Van closer to finding the shipment in Budapest – Outen and Lawson’s missing superhero but Stonebridge is left Andy Brown to dissect depicted on the ‘woolly questioning his all the latest news and jumper’. leadership skills. events from the jungle.

What’s the Story?, 10pm

10.20 Blackadder Goes Forth 10.00 What’s the Story? (HD). Capt Blackadder Sarah-Jane Mee presents pretends to be insane to a discussion show escape the trenches focusing on recent sports before the big push. developments. Final episode of the comedy, guest starring Geoffrey Palmer. Guest starring Geoffrey Palmer, with Rowan Atkinson. 11.00 Football Gold (S). 11.15 Football Gold (S). Action from Arsenal v Leeds United in the 2002/03 season. 11.30 FIFA Futbol Mundial.

12.15 Take Me Out (R,HD). An engineer, an entertainer, an estate agent and a solicitor take part. 1.25 Lemon La Vida Loca (R,HD). Keith travels to Hollywood to become a movie star. 2.05 Life’s Funniest Moments (R). 2.25 Teleshopping 5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen (HD).

12.00 UEFA Champions League Goals 1.00 What’s the Story? (HD). 2.00 Football League Gold (HD). 2.15 Football League Gold 2.30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 3.00 UEFA Champions League Goals (HD). 4.00 What’s the Story? (HD). 5.00 Football Gold (S). 5.15 Football League Gold (HD).

RADIO

11.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 11.00 Road Wars (R,S,HD). A 11.30 Celebrity Juice (R,HD). 11.05 Made in Chelsea (R). Comic view of smallSpencer forces Jamie to car thief causes chaos in With Tim Westwood, screen highlights. declare his feelings for Torquay, the Road Crime Olly Murs, Caroline Lucy at a dinner party Unit tracks down a Flack, Paloma Faith and 11.30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp hosted by Phoebe, while Mercedes-Benz loaded Rick Edwards join Keith Fran is asked out on a with cocaine in Plymouth, Lemon and team capdate by an unexpected and the Tactical Aid tains Holly Willoughby admirer. Group has a training day. and Fearne Cotton. 12.10 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 12.40 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 1.10 Suburgatory (R,HD). George becomes obsessed with his body image. 1.40 Geeks (R). 2.35 The Cleveland Show (R,HD). 2.55 The Cleveland Show (R,HD). 3.20 Bob’s Burgers (R,HD). 3.40 Glee (R,HD). 4.25 Ugly Betty (R,HD).

Radio 1 6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw 10.00 Fearne Cotton 12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 3.30 The Official Chart Update 4.00 Greg James 7.00 Zane Lowe. Ground-breaking tunes, music news and a live performance from the BBC’s famous Maida Vale studios. 9.00 My Playlist. A varied team of guest celebrities takes over Radio 1, and selects the music. 10.00 Phil Taggart and Alice Levine. Music and chat. Midnight Huw Stephens 2.00 Benji B 4.00 Dev Radio 2 5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30 Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce Noon Jeremy Vine 2.00 Steve Wright in the

12.00 Road Wars (R,S,HD). Police officers combat vehicle crime. 1.00 UK Border Force (R,S,HD). Documentary series taking viewers inside the UK Border Agency. 2.00 Road Wars (R,S). 3.00 UK Border Force (R,S,HD). 4.00 Dog the Bounty Hunter (R,S). 5.00 Airline (R,S). 5.30 Airline (R,S).

Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo 7.00 The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. With live music by Devon singer-songwriter Jim Causley, who performs songs from his latest album Cyprus Well. 8.00 Jo Whiley. Music and chat. 10.00 The People’s Songs 11.00 Trevor Nelson’s Soul Show Midnight Janice Long 2.00 Mark Goodier Radio 3 6.30am Breakfast 9.00 Essential Classics Noon Composer of the Week: Camille Saint-Saëns 1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 2.00 Afternoon on 3 3.30 Choral Evensong 4.30 In Tune 6.30 Composer of the Week: Camille Saint-Saëns 7.30 Radio 3 Live in Concert 10.00 Night

12.00 Yes, Prime Minister A coalition partner threatens to leave. 12.40 The Comic Strip Presents: Slags Comedy drama about two rival street gangs. 1.15 The Comic Strip Presents: Private Enterprise 1.50 The Comic Strip Presents: Slags 2.20 The Comic Strip Presents: Five Go Mad on Mescalin

Waves 10.45 The Essay: The Islamic Golden Age 11.00 Late Junction 12.30am Through the Night Radio 4 5.30am News Briefing 5.43 Prayer for the Day 5.45 Farming Today 5.58 Tweet of the Day 6.00 Today 8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament 9.00 Midweek 9.45 (LW) Daily Service 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: Mitterrand 10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00 Leaving the Faith 11.30 Hard to Tell Noon News 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast 12.04 You and Yours 12.57 News and Weather 1.00 The World at One 1.45 A History of Britain in Numbers 2.00 The Archers 2.15 Afternoon Drama: Amah in the Bathtub

3.00 Money Box Live 3.30 All in the Mind 4.00 Thinking Allowed 4.30 The Media Show 5.00 PM 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast 5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News 6.30 What Does the K Stand For? 7.00 The Archers 7.15 Front Row 7.45 Eugene Onegin 8.00 The Moral Maze 8.45 Four Thought 9.00 Frontiers. Materials that can mend themselves. 9.30 Midweek 9.59 Weather 10.00 The World Tonight 10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Charioteer 11.00 News Quiz USA 11.30 Today in Parliament Midnight News and Weather 12.30 Book of the Week: Mitterrand 12.48 Shipping 1.00 As BBC World Service 5.20 Shipping

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Radio 5 Live 5.00am Morning Reports 5.30 Wake Up to Money 6.00 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 Victoria Derbyshire Noon Tony Livesey 2.00 Richard Bacon 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport 7.45 5 Live Sport: Champions League Football. Commentary on one of tonight’s fixtures. 2013-14 9.40 5 Live Sport: Final Whistle 10.30 Phil Williams 1.00am Up All Night Classic FM 6.00am More Music Breakfast 9.00 John Suchet 1.00pm Jamie Crick 5.00 Classic FM Drive. With John Brunning. 8.00 The Full Works Concert. Karl Jenkins, Fauré, Vivaldi, Brahms. 10.00 Smooth Classics 2.00am Nick Bailey

BBC3 BBC3

7.00 Top Gear (R,S). 8.00 The Call Centre (R,S). A new starter attracts the attention of the women. 9.00 Kevin Bridges – The Story Continues (R,S). The comedian performs at Glasgow’s SECC Arena. 10.00 Backchat with Jack Whitehall and His Dad (S). Comedy chat show, with guests including Gary Lineker. 10.30 Russell Howard’s Good News (R,S). The comedian’s perspective on the news. 11.00 Family Guy (R,S). 11.25 Family Guy (R,S). 11.45 American Dad! (R,S). 12.10 American Dad! (R,S). 12.30 Backchat with Jack Whitehall and His Dad (R,S). 1.00 Sweat the Small Stuff (R,S). 1.30 Kevin Bridges – The Story Continues (R,S). 2.30 Russell Howard’s Good News (R,S). 3.00 Don’t Tell the Bride (R,S).

BBC4 BBC4

7.00 World News Today; Weather. 7.30 Great British Railway Journeys (R). The connection between the Victorian railway and Port Talbot’s steelworks. 8.00 Natural World: Grizzlies of Alaska (R). A grizzly bear prepares her two cubs to survive winter. 9.00 CS Lewis: The Secret Lives and Loves. AN Wilson goes in search of the man behind Narnia. 10.00 Harlots, Housewives & Heroines: A 17th Century History for Girls (R). 11.00 Frozen Planet (R). 12.00 Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited (R). 1.00 Great British Railway Journeys (R). 1.30 Natural World: Grizzlies of Alaska (R). 2.30 CS Lewis: The Secret Lives and Loves (R).

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TV PICKS

Thursday television&radio Thursday’s Television Guide GETTING RICH IN THE RECESSION: SCRAPPERS 9pm, Channel 4

SURVIVING THE ARCTIC WITH CHRIS TERRILL 9pm, Channel 5

Documentary exploring the booming scrapmetal industry, with access to a scrapyard in Sydenham, south-east London.

BBC1 BBC1

6.00 Breakfast (S,HD). 9.15 The Legalizer (S). 10.00 Homes Under the Hammer (S,HD). 11.00 Caught Red Handed (S,HD). 11.30 Operation Hospital Food with James Martin (R,S,HD). 12.15 Bargain Hunt (R,S). 1.00 BBC News (S,HD). 1.30 Regional News (S). 1.45 Doctors (S,HD). 2.15 The Doctor Blake Mysteries (S). 3.10 Pressure Pad (S,HD). 3.55 Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds (S,HD). 4.40 Flog It! (S,HD). 5.15 Pointless (S,HD).

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Anthropologist, film-maker and adventurer Chris Terrill travels alone with his camera to some of the most extreme environments on the planet to find out how and why people live in the grip of nature at its most ferocious and hostile.

BBC2 BBC2

6.00 This Is BBC Two (S). 6.05 Homes Under the Hammer (R,S,HD). 7.05 Caught Red Handed (R,S,HD). 7.35 Operation Hospital Food with James Martin (R,S,HD). 8.20 Sign Zone: Real Rescues (R,S). 9.05 The Crane Gang (R,S). 10.05 Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food (R,S). 10.35 HARDtalk (R,S,HD). 11.00 BBC News (S,HD). 11.30 BBC World News (S,HD). 12.00 Daily Politics (S). 1.00 Cash in the Attic (R,S). 1.45 The A to Z of TV Gardening (R,S). 1.50 Coast (R,S,HD). 2.50 Floyd’s American Pie (R,S). 3.20 Cagney & Lacey (R,S). 4.05 Are You Being Served? (R,S). 4.35 ’Allo ’Allo! (R,S). 5.00 Natural World (R,S,HD).

LEGACY 9pm, BBC2

A trainee MI6 agent sets out to recruit a Soviet diplomat, but finds evidence of a KGB plot to mount an attack within the UK. Cold War thriller set in 1974, starring Charlie Cox.

ITV1 ITV

6.00 Daybreak (S,HD). 8.30 Lorraine (S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S,HD). 10.30 This Morning (S). 12.30 Loose Women (S,HD). 1.30 ITV News and Weather (S). 1.55 Regional News (S). 2.00 Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (S,HD). 3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal (S,HD). Valuing antiques in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. 3.59 Regional Weather (S). 4.00 Show Me the Telly (S,HD). 5.00 The Paul O’Grady Show (S,HD).

WHAT HAPPENS IN KAVOS 10pm, Channel 4

Return of the documentary following young Brits partying and working on the Greek island of Corfu. At the medical centre, there’s cause for alarm when a reveller is brought in after being found collapsed in a bar, and doctors suspect a spiked cocktail is to blame.

Channel Channel 4

6.10 The Hoobs (R,S). 7.05 According to Jim (R,S,HD). 7.30 Will & Grace (R,S). 7.55 Everybody Loves Raymond (R,S). 8.55 Frasier (R,S). 10.00 Undercover Boss Canada (R,S,HD). 11.00 Beat My Build (S,HD). 12.00 News Summary (S). 12.05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 12.35 SuperScrimpers (R,S,HD). 12.40 Film: Comanche Station (S,HD) (1960). See Choices Above. ●●●● 2.10 Phil: Secret Agent Down Under (S,HD). 3.10 Countdown (S,HD). 4.00 Deal or No Deal (S,HD). 5.00 Four in a Bed (S,HD). 5.30 Come Dine with Me (S,HD).

Channel Channel 5

6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright Stuff (HD). 11.10 The Hotel Inspector (R,S,HD). 12.05 Chinese Food in Minutes (R,S). 12.10 5 News Lunchtime (S,HD). 12.15 Stobart: Trucks, Trains & Planes (R,S,HD). 1.15 Home and Away (S,HD). 1.45 Neighbours (S,HD). 2.20 NCIS (R,S). 3.15 Film: Love at the Parade (S,HD) (2012). Premiere. Drama, with Autumn Reeser and Antonio Cupo. ●●● 5.00 5 News at 5 (S,HD). 5.30 Neighbours (R,S,HD).

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, 7pm

Too Young for … 7.30pm

George Clarke’s Amazing … 8pm

Charley Boorman’s USA … 8pm

6.00 BBC News (S,HD); Weather. 6.30 Regional News (S); Weather.

6.00 Eggheads (R,S). Quiz show, hosted by Jeremy Vine. 6.30 Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two (S,HD). A look ahead to the weekend’s action.

6.00 Regional News (S); Weather. 6.30 ITV News and Weather (S).

6.00 The Simpsons (S,HD). 10/23. 6.30 Hollyoaks (S,HD). Tony defends Trevor from an assault by thugs on the payroll of Ray McCormick.

6.00 Home and Away (R,S,HD). John and Marilyn are nervous as they set off on their first bus tour. 6.30 NewsTalk Live (S,HD).

7.00 The One Show (S,HD). Topical stories from around the UK. 7.30 EastEnders (S,HD). Ava discovers the truth about Sam. Followed by BBC News; Regional News.

7.00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (S,HD). 18/20. Rosemary Shrager and Jean-Christophe Novelli take part in the antique-hunting challenge.

7.00 Emmerdale (S,HD). A drunken Charity takes revenge on Jai. 7.30 Too Young for Technology?: Tonight (S,HD). The use of electronic gadgets by preschool children.

7.00 News (S). 7.55 4thought.tv (S). Talks on whether people should limit the size of their families.

7.00 Police Interceptors (R,S,HD). A monster-truck driver tries to give officers the slip. Followed by 5 News Update.

8.00 Animal Odd Couples (S,HD). 2/2. Part two of two. Liz Bonnin focuses on friendships between animals and humans, including a hippo treated as part of a family and a man who joins a pack of hyenas.

8.00 MasterChef: The Professionals (S,HD). 16/24. Six chefs battle it out in the quarter-final, preparing a dish of their own invention before four of them go on to cook two courses for a panel of food critics.

8.00 Emmerdale (S,HD). Charity misreads a situation with Cain and moves in to kiss him. 8.30 Britain’s Secret Treasures (S,HD). 7/8. See Choices Above.

8.00 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (S,HD). 6/9. The architect boards a doubledecker bus that has been converted into an upmarket restaurant and bar, and meets a couple living in an old railway station.

8.00 Charley Boorman’s USA Adventure (S,HD). The actor heads to North Carolina, where he takes to the air in a replica of the Wright brothers’ historic biplane and dives to the wreck of a First World War U-boat. Followed by 5 News at 9.

9.00 Crimewatch (S). Kirsty Young presents another round-up of crime reports and reconstructions aimed at cracking Britain’s biggest unsolved cases, including an update on developments in the Madeleine McCann investigation following last month’s programme.

9.00 Legacy (S,HD). See Choices Above.

9.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (S,HD). 10/20. Ant and Dec present all the highs and lows from the past 24 hours in the Australian jungle as the campmates spend another day battling bugs and Bushtucker Trials.

9.00 Getting Rich in the Recession: Scrappers (S). See Choices Above.

9.00 Surviving the Arctic with Chris Terrill (S,HD). 1/2. See Choices Above.

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Animal Odd Couples, 8pm

10.00 BBC News (S,HD). 10.25 Regional News (S); Weather. 10.35 Crimewatch Update (S). Responses to the earlier programme. 10.40 Question Time (S,HD). 12/38. David Dimbleby chairs a debate from Falkirk, as a panel of guests faces topical questions from the audience.

10.30 Newsnight (S,HD). Followed by Weather.

10.00 ITV News at Ten (S). 10.30 Regional News (S); Weather. 10.35 The Jonathan Ross Show (R,S,HD). 7/10. X Factor judge Gary Barlow chats and performs, and actor Simon Pegg talks about his film career. Entertainer Dame Edna Everage and Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan also drop by.

10.00 What Happens in Kavos (S). 1/3. See Choices Above.

10.00 Person of Interest (S,HD). 6/22. The Machine selects the social security number of Graham Wyler, the seemingly respectable owner of a hardware shop who lives in the suburbs with his wife and daughter.

(R) repeat (S) subtitles (HD) highdefinition

11.40 This Week (S). Andrew Neil introduces a round-table chat, in which he, Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott take a lighthearted romp through the political and parliamentary developments of the past seven days.

11.20 Tudor Monastery Farm (R,S,HD). 3/6. The team joins fellow parishioners in a traditional ceremony to pray for a good harvest.

11.40 Wild Britain with Ray Mears (R,S,HD). 1/10. The survival expert travels to the Isle of Mull, where he goes whale watching, encounters the world’s secondlargest fish and visits a whitetailed eagle nesting site.

11.05 Gogglebox (R,S). 10/13. Weekly TV review programme in which some of Britain’s most opinionated and avid viewers comment on the best and worst shows of the past seven days.

11.00 Myra Hindley: The Untold Story (R,S,HD). 1/3. Documentary examining the life of Moors murderer Myra Hindley, who tortured and killed five children with her lover Ian Brady in the 1960s.

12.30 Holiday Weatherview (S). 12.35 BBC News (S,HD).

12.20 Sign Zone: Undercover: The Truth About Amazon – Panorama 12.50 This Is BBC Two 4.00 BBC Learning Zone: Schools – Ten Minute Tales: Sailmaker, Kidnapped and Bold Girls. 4.30 Schools – Regency Life: 3 Lives in 1 Day 5.00 Schools – Vikings 5.35 Schools – What Makes Me, Me 5.55 Schools – Wonders of Nature: Cold – Temperature/Adapting

12.10 Jackpot247 Viewers get the chance to participate in live interactive gaming from the comfort of their sofas, with a mix of roulette-wheel spins and lively chat from the presenting team. 3.00 Too Young for Technology?: Tonight (R,S,HD). The use of electronic gadgets by preschool children. 3.25 ITV Nightscreen (HD). 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R,S).

12.10 Random Acts (S). 12.15 24 Hours in A&E (R,S,HD). 1.10 One Born: What Happened Next? (S). 2.05 Unreported World (R,S). 2.30 Britain’s Big Fat Bill: Channel 4 Dispatches (R,S). 3.05 Health Freaks (R,S). 3.30 SuperScrimpers’ Challenge (R,S,HD). 4.25 Deal or No Deal (R,S,HD). 5.20 SuperScrimpers (R,S,HD). 5.25 Countdown (R,S,HD).

12.00 SuperCasino Viewers get the chance to take part in live interactive gaming, with a mix of roulette-wheel spins and lively chat from the presenting team. 3.05 Bomb Patrol (S,HD). 3.55 House Doctor (R,S). An Egyptian-themed Glasgow flat. 4.20 House Doctor (R,S). 4.45 Divine Designs (R,S). 5.10 Nick’s Quest (R,S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R,S).

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BRITAIN’S SECRET TREASURES 8.30pm, ITV

DRIFTERS 9.30pm, E4

Mark reinvents himself as a DJ and asks Meg to help at his 90s night, but things don’t go as expected. Meanwhile, Bunny attempts to raise the rent money by selling clothes online but it spirals out of control when she agrees to do some lucrative modelling work with Laura as her agent. Guest starring Pat Sharp.

A look at important artefacts discovered by members of the public in Scotland, and Michael Buerk takes a trip along the River Tay in a Bronze Age log boat.

ITV2 ITV2

E4 E4

6.00 Emmerdale 6.25 Coronation Street 6.55 Rita Ora: The Hot Desk 7.05 You’ve Been Framed! 7.35 Up All Night 8.25 You’ve Been Framed! 8.55 Dinner Date 9.55 The Real Housewives of New York City 10.55 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 11.55 You’ve Been Framed! 12.25 Emmerdale 12.55 Coronation Street 1.25 You’ve Been Framed! 1.55 The Jeremy Kyle Show 4.05 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 5.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (R,HD).

6.00 Switched 6.25 90210 7.10 Ugly Betty 8.00 Charmed (R). 9.00 Glee (R,HD). 10.00 New Girl (R,HD). 10.30 The Mindy Project (R,HD). 11.00 Rules of Engagement (R,HD). 11.30 Charmed (R). 12.30 Hollyoaks (R,HD). 1.00 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD). 2.00 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 3.00 New Girl (R,HD). 3.30 The Mindy Project 4.00 Rules of Engagement 5.00 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD).

Sky1 Sky1 6.00 Dog the Bounty Hunter (R,S). 7.00 The Middle (R,S,HD). 8.00 Stargate Atlantis (R,S,HD). 9.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R,HD). 10.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R,S,HD). 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R,S,HD). 3.00 Stargate Atlantis (R,S,HD). 4.00 The Simpsons (R,S). 4.30 The Simpsons (R,S). 5.00 Futurama (R,S,HD). 5.30 The Middle (R,S,HD). Frankie finds a new friend for Mike.

FILM PICKS

Thursday television&radio COMANCHE STATION 12.40pm, Channel 4

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR 8pm, ITV2

A cowboy recruits a trio of outlaws to rescue a woman from a Comanche camp and reunite her with her husband. Western, starring Randolph Scott.

Gold GOLD 6.00 Sykes 6.30 Bread 7.00 Last of the Summer Wine 8.20 Yes Minister 9.00 ’Allo ’Allo! 9.40 As Time Goes By 10.20 Last of the Summer Wine 11.40 Porridge 12.20 ’Allo ’Allo! 1.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 2.00 As Time Goes By 2.40 The Green Green Grass 3.20 Fawlty Towers 4.00 Last of the Summer Wine 5.20 dinnerladies.

A shy, overweight professor invents a potion that transforms him into a slim charmer. Comedy, starring Eddie Murphy.

SkySports1 Sky Sports 1 6.00 Sports Fans (HD). 9.00 UEFA Champions League Goals (HD). 10.00 What’s the Story? (HD). 11.00 FIFA Futbol Mundial. 11.30 UEFA Champions League Goals (HD). 12.30 Football Gold (S,HD). 1.00 What’s the Story? (HD). 2.00 Football Gold 2.30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 3.00 UEFA Champions League Goals 4.00 NFL – A Football Life 5.00 Live NFL (HD).

Celebrity Juice ... 11pm

2 Broke Girls, 9pm

Trollied, 9.30pm

Yes, Prime Minister, 8.20pm

Live NFL, 9pm

6.30 You’ve Been Framed! (R). A cat that does not like DVDs, an unsupportive mattress and fun at the beach.

6.00 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 6.30 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). Comedy, starring Jim Parsons.

6.00 The Middle (R,S,HD). Sue conducts a science experiment. Starring Patricia Heaton. 6.30 The Simpsons (R,S).

6.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp Comic view of smallscreen highlights. 6.30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp

7.00 You’ve Been Framed! (R). A man falls foul of a quad bike. 7.30 You’ve Been Framed! (R). Featuring golfing mishaps.

7.00 Hollyoaks (HD). 7.30 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD). Ted addresses a meeting to decide the future of the Arcadian.

7.00 The Simpsons (R,S). Homer moves into a camper van. 7.30 The Simpsons (R,S). Bart runs away from home.

7.00 Porridge Godber revises for an exam. 7.40 Blackadder Goes Forth Capt Blackadder pretends to be insane.

8.00 The Nutty Professor (HD) (1996). An obese, shy professor invents a potion that transforms him into a slim, loudmouthed charmer. His new streamlined self immediately sets out to woo the woman of his dreams – but soon starts to ride roughshod over everything he used to care about. Remake of the 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy, starring Eddie Murphy and Jada Pinkett Smith. See Choices Above. ●●●●

8.00 Suburgatory (HD). Tessa helps Ryan make a decision about which college to attend. 8.30 The Big Bang Theory (HD). Sheldon re-evaluates the time he spends with Amy.

8.00 Inside RAF Brize Norton (S,HD). Trainee cadets feel the pressure when they undertake the gruelling fast rope course.

8.20 Yes, Prime Minister Jim’s attempt to appease the foreign secretary of Kumranistan fails, but Sir Humphrey comes up with a plan to resolve the situation. Comedy, starring David Haig.

6.00 Live NFL (HD). Continued. Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers (Kick-off 5.30pm). Coverage of the first of a triple bill of matches on Thanksgiving Day, as the NFC North rivals meet at Ford Field. The sides are locked in a three-way battle with Chicago Bears to top the group and secure a play-off berth, with Minnesota Vikings already out of the running.

9.00 2 Broke Girls (HD). The girls take jobs as baristas. 9.30 Drifters (HD). See Choices Above.

9.00 Moone Boy (R,S,HD). Martin’s sisters play a prank on him. 9.30 Trollied (R,S,HD). Julie seizes a chance to take charge in Gavin’s absence, but trouble looms when Kieran behaves like a prankster.

9.00 Only Fools and Horses A millionaire offers Del a partnership. 9.40 Gavin & Stacey With preparations for the wedding in full swing, Stacey has news for Gavin. Mathew Horne and Joanna Page star.

10.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! (HD). Laura Whitmore and Joe Swash present the latest gossip from the jungle, along with comedian Rob Beckett and celebrity guests Denise Van Outen and Andi Peters.

10.20 You, Me & Them. 10.00 Rude Tube: Rude Zoo 10.00 UK Border Force Lauren comes to Ellie’s (R,S,HD). A flight is (R). Alex Zane presents a rescue in her hour of delayed when a selection of the need, but doing so pregnant woman boards internet’s funniest makes her wonder if her a plane to America, animal clips, including relationship with Ed has because immigration footage of the ultimate a future. Starring officers are concerned dog tease, not-so-cuddly Anthony Head and Eve she may be planning to koalas, killer cats and a Myles. Last in the series. give birth on US soil to ruthless honey badger. claim citizenship. 11.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 11.00 Road Wars (R,S,HD). Comic view of smallPolice officers use screen highlights. unmarked cars fitted with on-board video 11.30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp cameras, offering an insight into vehicle crime and how it can be prevented.

1.05 Plebs (R,HD). Stylax buys Grumio an erotic vase for his birthday featuring a character who bears a striking resemblance to someone familiar. 1.35 Plebs (R,HD). Marcus befriends a stray cat. 2.00 Life’s Funniest Moments (R). 2.25 Teleshopping. 5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen (HD).

12.00 Road Wars (R,S,HD). 1.00 UK Border Force (R,S,HD). The team investigates sham weddings. 2.00 Road Wars (R,S). Police officers combat vehicle crime. 3.00 UK Border Force (R,S,HD). 4.00 Dog the Bounty Hunter (R,S). 5.00 Airline (R,S). 5.30 Airline (R,S,HD).

RADIO

11.00 Educating Essex (R). 11.00 Celebrity Juice: The Deputy Head Mr Drew Wanted Special (R,HD). deals with two talented An edition featuring the but complicated sisters boy band. and the teachers try to 11.50 Take Me Out (R,HD). persuade them to apply Paddy McGuinness their energy to their hosts. academic work. 12.05 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 12.35 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 1.05 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD). Ted is visited by two future versions of himself. 1.35 Misfits (R,HD). 2.30 Educating Essex (R). 3.25 The Cleveland Show (R,HD). 3.45 Glee (R,HD). 4.30 Ugly Betty (R,HD).

Radio 1 6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw 10.00 Fearne Cotton 12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00 Greg James. Music, chat, competitions and entertainment news. Plus, Greg presents another humorous feature. Includes Newsbeat at 5.45pm. 7.00 Zane Lowe. A selection of ground-breaking tunes and live music. 9.00 In New DJs We Trust. 10.00 Phil Taggart and Alice Levine Midnight The Residency: Mosca 2.00 Toddla T 4.00 Dev Radio 2 5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30 Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce Noon Jeremy Vine 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo 7.00 Bob

Harris Country 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00 Hello, Good Evening and Welcome: The David Frost Story. Michael Sheen looks at the career of the ground-breaking broadcaster and satirist. 11.00 Nigel Ogden: The Organist Entertains. With San Diego’s civic organist Carol Williams. 11.30 Listen to the Band Midnight Janice Long 2.00 Mark Goodier Radio 3 6.30am Breakfast 9.00 Essential Classics Noon Composer of the Week: Camille Saint-Saëns 1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 2.00 Afternoon on 3 4.30 In Tune 6.30 Composer of the Week: Camille Saint-Saëns 7.30 Radio 3 Live in

Concert 10.00 Night Waves 10.45 The Essay: The Islamic Golden Age 11.00 Late Junction 12.30am Through the Night Radio 4 5.30am News Briefing 5.43 Prayer for the Day 5.45 Farming Today 5.58 Tweet of the Day 6.00 Today 8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament 9.00 In Our Time 9.45 (LW) Daily Service 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: Mitterrand 10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00 Crossing Continents 11.30 Caledonia: A Love Song to a Nation Noon News 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast 12.04 You and Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00 The World 1.45 A History of Britain in Numbers 2.00 The

12.00 Men Behaving Badly Gary frets about not having slept with enough women as he prepares to marry Dorothy. 12.40 Men Behaving Badly Deborah gets passionate with Tony. 1.15 The Comic Strip Presents: Five Go Mad on Mescalin 1.50 Men Behaving Badly 2.20 Men Behaving Badly Archers 2.15 Afternoon Drama: Pilgrim 3.00 Open Country 3.27 (LW) Radio 4 Appeal 3.27 (FM) Radio 4 Appeal 3.30 Open Book 4.00 The Film Programme 4.30 Inside Science 5.00 PM 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast 5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News 6.30 The Secret World 7.00 The Archers 7.15 Front Row 7.45 Eugene Onegin 8.00 The Report. Current affairs. 8.30 In Business 9.00 Inside Science. Presented by Adam Rutherford. 9.30 In Our Time. The development of the microscope. 9.59 Weather 10.00 The World Tonight 10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Charioteer 11.00 Andrew Maxwell’s Public Enemies 11.30 Today in Parliament

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9.00 Live NFL (HD). Dallas Cowboys v Oakland Raiders (Kick-off 9.30pm). The triple bill of Thanksgiving Day matches continues with this inter-conference clash at the AT&T Stadium. Both sides have struggled for consistency this season, but the Cowboys are still in with a chance of topping the NFC East, with none of their rivals able to string a run of positive results together.

BBC3 BBC3

7.00 Snog, Marry, Avoid? (R,S). 7.30 Snog, Marry, Avoid? (R,S). 8.00 Traffic Cops (R,S). An 18-yearold’s car hits a tree. 9.00 Thailand’s Drug Craze: Stacey Dooley Investigates (R,S). The presenter explores the growing drug craze sweeping through Thailand. 10.00 Him & Her: The Wedding (S). Paul has a big decision to make. 10.30 EastEnders (R,S). 11.00 Family Guy (R,S). 11.25 Family Guy (R,S). 11.45 American Dad! (R,S). 12.10 American Dad! (R,S). 12.30 Him & Her: The Wedding (R,S). 1.00 Backchat with Jack Whitehall and His Dad (R,S). 1.30 The Revolution Will Be Televised (R,S). 2.00 Snow, Sex and Suspicious Parents (R,S). 3.00 Sweat the Small Stuff (R,S). 3.30 Him & Her: The Wedding (R,S).

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7.00 World News Today; Weather. 7.30 Top of the Pops 1977: Big Hits (R). With Rod Stewart, the Jacksons, Queen and the Stranglers. 8.30 The Flying Archaeologist (R). Ben Robinson makes new discoveries about Stonehenge. 9.00 4,000-Year-Old Cold Case: The Body in the Bog Investigating the discovery of a 4,000-year-old body in Ireland. 10.00 Light and Dark (R). Part two of two. Dark matter and dark energy. 11.00 Horizon: Asteroids – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (R). Scientific research into asteroids. 12.00 Cathedrals (R). 1.00 The Flying Archaeologist (R). 1.30 Top of the Pops 1977: Big Hits (R). 2.30 4,000-Year-Old Cold Case: The Body in the Bog (R).

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12.30 Live NFL (HD). Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers (Kickoff 1.30am). 4.00 Premier League World (HD). A round-up of the latest news. 4.30 FL72 Preview. A look ahead to the latest round of fixtures. 5.30 Football Gold (S). Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur from 1993/94. 5.45 Football Gold (S). Midnight News and Weather 12.30 Book of the Week: Mitterrand 12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC World Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast Radio 5 Live 5.00am Morning Reports 5.30 Wake Up to Money 6.00 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 Victoria Derbyshire Noon Tony Livesey 2.00 Richard Bacon 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport 10.00 Question Time Extra Time 1.00am Up All Night Classic FM 6.00am More Music Breakfast 9.00 John Suchet 1.00pm Jamie Crick 5.00 Classic FM Drive 8.00 The Full Works Concert. Lehár, Handel, Nigel Hess, Schubert. 10.00 Smooth Classics 2.00am Nick Bailey

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Fr iday Television television&radio Friday’s Guide TV PICKS

LIVE AT THE APOLLO 9.30pm, BBC1 Jack Dee hosts an evening of stand-up at the Apollo in Hammersmith, London, introducing routines by Seann Walsh and Milton Jones.

BBC1 BBC1

6.00 Breakfast (S,HD). 9.15 The Legalizer (S). 10.00 Homes Under the Hammer (R,S,HD). 11.00 Caught Red Handed (S,HD). 11.30 Operation Hospital Food with James Martin (HD). 12.15 Bargain Hunt (S,HD). 1.00 BBC News (S,HD). 1.30 Regional News (S). 1.45 Doctors (S,HD). 2.15 The Doctor Blake Mysteries (S). 3.10 Pressure Pad (S,HD). 3.55 Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds (S,HD). 4.40 Flog It! (S,HD). 5.15 Pointless (S,HD).

FILM RATINGS ●●●●● Excellent ●●●● Very good ●●● Good ●● Average ● Poor

8 OUT OF 10 CATS 9pm, Channel 4

Team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are joined by guests Jack Dee, Claudia Winkleman, Josh Widdicombe and Mel Giedroyc to answer questions based on opinion polls carried out around the country, finding out who best understands what is going on in Britain today.

BBC2 BBC2

6.00 Homes Under the Hammer 7.00 Caught Red Handed 7.30 Operation Hospital Food with James Martin 8.15 Sign Zone: Real Rescues (R,S). 9.00 Flog It! Trade Secrets (R,S). 10.00 Question Time (R,S,HD). 11.00 News (S,HD). 11.30 World News (S,HD). 12.00 Daily Politics (S). 1.00 Cash in the Attic (R,S). 1.45 The A to Z of TV Gardening (S). 1.50 Coast (HD). 2.50 Floyd’s American Pie (R,S). 3.20 Cagney & Lacey (R,S). 4.05 Are You Being Served? (R,S). 4.35 ’Allo ’Allo! (R,S). 5.00 Natural World (R,S,HD).

KANGAROO DUNDEE 8.30pm, BBC2

New documentary series, following the work of Chris ‘Brolga’ Barnes, who has dedicated his life to rescuing and raising orphaned kangaroos in the Outback near Alice Springs.

ITV1 ITV

6.00 Daybreak (S,HD). 8.30 Lorraine (S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S,HD). 10.30 This Morning (S). 12.30 Loose Women (S,HD). 1.30 ITV News and Weather (S). 1.55 Regional News (S). 2.00 Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (S,HD). A dining room and lounge in Maidstone are transformed. 3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal (S,HD). 3.59 Regional Weather (S). 4.00 Show Me the Telly (S,HD). 5.00 The Paul O’Grady Show (S,HD).

ALAN CARR: CHATTY MAN 10pm, Channel 4

Between 9pm and 11pm tonight Josh Widdicombe will be dominating Channel 4. If 8 Out Of 10 Cats has left you hungry for more laughs, hopefully Josh’s turn on this gloriously silly chat show will satisfy your appetite. Josh will be discussing his latest stand-up DVD, while Beady Eye join in the fun.

Channel Channel 4

6.10 The Hoobs 7.05 According to Jim 7.30 Will & Grace 7.55 Everybody Loves Raymond 8.55 Frasier 10.00 Undercover Boss Canada (R,S,HD). 11.00 Beat My Build (S,HD). 12.00 News Summary (S). 12.05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals (R,S,HD). 12.35 Film: The Tall T (S,HD) (1957). ●●●● 2.10 Phil: Secret Agent Down Under (S,HD). 3.10 Countdown (S,HD). 4.00 Deal or No Deal (S,HD). 5.00 Four in a Bed (S,HD). 5.30 Come Dine with Me (S,HD).

Channel Channel 5

6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright Stuff (HD). 11.10 The Hotel Inspector Returns (R,S,HD). 12.10 5 News Lunchtime (S,HD). 12.15 Emergency Bikers (R,S). 1.15 Home and Away (S,HD). 1.45 Neighbours (S,HD). 2.15 NCIS (R,S). 3.15 Film: Hitched for the Holidays (S,HD) (2012). Festive romantic drama, with Joseph Lawrence and Emily Hampshire. ●●● 5.00 5 News at 5 (S,HD). 5.30 Neighbours (R,S,HD). Kate visits Chris and finds him at rock bottom.

Mastermind, 8pm

Off the Beaten Track, 8pm

Was It Something I Said?, 11.55pm

Troy, 9pm

6.00 BBC News (S,HD); Weather. 6.30 Regional News (S); Weather.

6.00 Eggheads (R,S). Quiz show, hosted by Jeremy Vine. 6.30 Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two (S,HD). A look ahead to tomorrow’s live show.

6.00 Regional News (S); Weather. 6.30 ITV News and Weather (S).

6.00 The Simpsons (S,HD). 11/23. Homer wins $1million on the lottery. 6.30 Hollyoaks (S,HD). Ruby exposes Frankie’s affair to the family.

6.00 Home and Away (R,S,HD). Spencer’s erratic behaviour gives Sasha cause for concern and she confides in Roo. 6.30 NewsTalk Live (S,HD).

7.00 The One Show (S,HD). 7.30 A Question of Sport (R,S,HD). With Paul Robinson, Greig Laidlaw, Dan Evans and Eilidh Child. Followed by BBC News; Regional News.

7.00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (S,HD). 19/20. Kim Wilde and Diarmuid Gavin team up with experts Jonathan Pratt and Will Axon to search for antiques to sell at auction.

7.00 Emmerdale (S,HD). Jai gets into trouble at a frozen lake. 7.30 Coronation Street (S,HD). Anna tries to persuade Peter and Leanne to drop the charges against Faye.

7.00 News (S). 7.55 4thought.tv (S). Talks on whether people should limit the size of their families.

7.00 Arctic Icebreakers (R,S,HD). The design and engineering features of ships that transport cargo through ice-bound waters. Followed by 5 News Update.

8.00 EastEnders (S,HD). Ava gives Sam an ultimatum. 8.30 Miranda (R,S,HD). 1/6. Penny threatens to cancel Miranda’s Christmas if she fails to get her life in order, so with Stevie having found herself a new job, she decides to follow suit.

8.00 Mastermind (S,HD). 14/31. Specialist subjects include Lester Piggott and Robert the Bruce. 8.30 Kangaroo Dundee (S,HD). 1/6. See Choices Above.

8.00 Off the Beaten Track (S,HD). 4/6. Christine Bleakley explores Herefordshire. 8.30 Coronation Street (S,HD). Hayley realises Roy still feels uncomfortable discussing her funeral, and Anna is upset to learn of Faye’s fears.

8.00 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (S,HD). 9/22. See Choices Above.

8.00 Stobart: Trucks, Trains & Planes (S,HD). Gareth Ayres embarks on a 500-mile multidrop trip across Scotland, and Ashley Maddocks hits fog while delivering fizzy drinks to Livingston, West Lothian. Followed by 5 News at 9.

9.00 Have I Got News for You (S,HD). 8/11. Panellists include MP Alan Johnson. 9.30 Live at the Apollo (S,HD). 2/6. See Choices Above.

9.00 Wild Burma: Nature’s Lost Kingdom (S,HD). 1/3. New series. A team of film-makers from the BBC’s Natural History Unit and scientists from America’s Smithsonian Institution venture into Burma’s jungles to catalogue its species.

9.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (S,HD). 11/20. The celebrities have survived nearly two weeks away from home, but the eliminations so far have shown that not everyone is cut out for life amid the horrors of the Australian wilderness.

9.00 8 Out of 10 Cats (S,HD). 9/9. See Choices Above.

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The Graham Norton Show, 10.35pm

10.00 BBC News (S,HD). 10.25 Regional News (S). Followed by National Lottery Update. 10.35 The Graham Norton Show (S,HD). 7/20. Graham chats to actor Colin Farrell, Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, comedienne Jo Brand and X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne. Plus, music by Arcade Fire.

10.00 QI (S,HD). 11/18. Janet StreetPorter, Sandi Toksvig and Johnny Vegas join regular panellist Alan Davies on the comedy quiz. Host Stephen Fry asks a range of fiendish questions on the topic of kinky, with points being awarded for interesting answers as well as correct ones. 10.30 Newsnight (S,HD).

10.30 ITV News and Weather (S).

10.00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man (S,HD). 14/18. See Choices Above.

9.00 Troy (S,HD) (2004). A Trojan prince elopes with the king of Sparta’s wife, sparking a bitter and bloody war between a mighty alliance of Greek kings and the city of Troy, whose champion engages in intense personal conflict with the enemy’s most formidable warrior. Wolfgang Petersen’s adventure, inspired by Homer’s epic poem The Iliad, with Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Peter O’Toole and Diane Kruger. ●●●

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11.20 Bluestone 42 (S,HD). 7/8. The soldiers seek cover after a mortar attack on the patrol base. 11.50 The Stepford Wives (S,HD) (2004). See Choices Above. ●●

11.00 Weather (S). 11.05 Waiting for Gaga: A Culture Show Special (S). 26/32. Journalist Miranda Sawyer was due to talk to Lady Gaga for the Culture Show about her third album Artpop.

11.00 Regional News (S); Weather. 11.10 The Hitcher (S,HD) (2007). See Choices Above. ●●●

11.05 Stand Up for the Week (S,HD). 5/8. Paul Chowdhry hosts the satirical comedy show. 11.55 Was It Something I Said? (S,HD). 8/8. Extended edition, with Vic Reeves and Josh Widdicombe. Last in the series.

1.20 Weatherview (S). 1.25 BBC News (S,HD).

12.05 Film: Nemesis (S) (1992). A cyborg cop-turned-mercenary is forced to hunt down and kill his android ex-lover, who has stolen top-secret information. Sci-fi thriller, with Oliver Gruner and Marjorie Monaghan. ●● 1.35 Sign Zone: Question Time (R,S). Topical debate from Falkirk. 2.35 Sign Zone: The Paradise (R,S). 3.35 This Is BBC Two (S).

12.40 Jackpot247. 3.00 Film: Colombo: Butterfly in Shades of Grey (S,HD) (1993). A radio host kills one of his employees and thinks he has the perfect alibi – but his ruse fails to convince the slovenly sleuth. Crime drama, with Peter Falk, William Shatner and Molly Hagan. ●●●● 4.35 ITV Nightscreen (HD). Textbased information service.

12.40 Random Acts (S). 12.45 Film: The Scouting Book for Boys (S,HD) (2009). Premiere. Drama, with Thomas Turgoose. ●●● 2.15 The Big C (S,HD). 2.45 2 Broke Girls (S,HD). 3.05 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 (S,HD). 3.30 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 (S,HD). 3.50 90210 (S,HD). 4.30 Deal or No Deal (R,S,HD). 5.25 Countdown (R,S,HD).

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MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD 8pm, Channel 4

SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA 11pm, Sky1

Coulson and his team are haunted by a mysterious force that threatens to destroy them all, and only a secret from May’s past can save them. Starring Clark Gregg.

Prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand, retelling the story of Gannicus – the original champion of the House of Batiatus, starring Dustin Clare and John Hannah. Batiatus takes control of his father’s gladiator school, and uses his most skilled fighter to gain favour with a rich nobleman.

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6.00 Emmerdale 6.55 You’ve Been Framed! (R). 7.25 Nicki Minaj: The Hot Desk (R,HD). 7.35 Up All Night (R,HD). 8.25 You’ve Been Framed! (R). 8.55 Dinner Date 9.55 Real Housewives of New York City (R,HD). 10.55 The Real Housewives of New Jersey (R). 11.55 You’ve Been Framed! (R). 12.25 Emmerdale (R,HD). 1.25 You’ve Been Framed! (R). 1.55 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R). 4.05 The Real Housewives of New Jersey (R). 5.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (R,HD).

6.00 Switched 6.25 90210 7.05 Ugly Betty (R,HD). 8.00 Charmed (R). 9.00 Glee (R,HD). 10.00 New Girl (R,HD). 10.30 The Mindy Project (R,HD). 11.00 Rules of Engagement (R,HD). 11.30 Charmed (R). 12.30 Hollyoaks (R,HD). 1.00 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD). 2.00 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 3.00 New Girl (R,HD). 3.30 The Mindy Project (R,HD). 4.00 Rules of Engagement (R,HD). 5.00 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD).

Sky1 Sky1 6.00 Dog the Bounty Hunter (R,S). 7.00 The Middle (R,S,HD). 8.00 Stargate Atlantis (R,S,HD). 9.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R,S,HD). 10.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R,S,HD). 12.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R,S,HD). 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R,S,HD). 3.00 Stargate Atlantis (R,S,HD). 4.00 The Simpsons 4.30 Simpsons 5.00 Futurama (R,S,HD). 5.30 The Middle (R,S,HD).

FILM PICKS

Friday television&radio THE STEPFORD WIVES 11.50pm, BBC1

THE HITCHER 11.10pm, ITV

A TV executive leaves the rat race and moves to an idyllic town – but realises the residents are hiding a dark secret. Black comedy remake, with Nicole Kidman.

Gold GOLD 6.00 Sykes 6.30 The Green Green Grass 7.00 Bread 7.40 dinnerladies 8.20 Yes Minister 9.00 ’Allo ’Allo! 9.40 As Time Goes By 10.20 Last of the Summer Wine 11.40 Porridge 12.20 ’Allo ’Allo! 1.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 2.00 As Time Goes By 3.20 Yes Minister 4.00 Last of the Summer Wine 5.20 Only Fools and Horses

A psychotic hitch-hiker targets a couple who unwisely give him a lift, and frames them for a series of roadside murders. Horror remake, with Sean Bean.

SkySports1 Sky Sports 1 6.00 Good Morning Sports Fans (HD). 7.00 Good Morning Sports Fans (HD). 8.00 Good Morning Sports Fans (HD). 9.00 FL72 Preview 10.00 Football 12.00 Football’s Greatest 1.00 Ringside (HD). 2.00 Premier League World 2.30 FL72 Preview 3.30 Football 5.30 Football Gold (S). 5.45 Football Gold (S). Charlton Athletic v West Ham United from 2001/02.

You’ve Been Framed, 7pm

The Big Bang Theory, 6.30pm Glee, 9pm

Porridge, 8.20pm

The Fantasy ... 6.30pm

6.00 Dinner Date (R,HD). Londoner Chris picks three blind dates from five potential partners, based entirely on the menus they have created.

6.00 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). 6.30 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD).

6.00 The Middle (R,S,HD). 6.30 The Simpsons (R,S). Homer gets a new wife. With the voice of Ricky Gervais.

6.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 6.30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp Review of the Year A look back at the highlights of 2008.

6.00 Champions League Weekly (HD). A look back at matchday five. 6.30 The Fantasy Football Club (HD).

7.00 You’ve Been Framed! (R). 7.30 Totally You’ve Been Framed! (R). A review of the show’s most comical clips.

7.00 Hollyoaks (HD). Trevor and Fraser discover where Tony’s loyalties truly lie. 7.30 How I Met Your Mother (R,HD).

7.00 The Simpsons (R,S). Moe undergoes plastic surgery. 7.30 The Simpsons (R,S,HD). Mr Burns tries to become a superhero.

7.00 Gavin & Stacey Nessa and Dave’s wedding day arrives. 7.40 You, Me & Them Lauren questions her future with Ed. Last in the series.

8.15 The Incredible Hulk (HD) (2008). A bungled experiment causes a scientist to turn into a monster whenever he gets angry. He travels the world seeking a cure for his condition, while a ruthless general is determined to capture him and use the creature as a weapon. Comic-book adventure, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt. Including FYI Daily. ●●●

8.00 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). Sheldon re-evaluates the time he spends with Amy. 8.30 2 Broke Girls (R,HD). The girls take jobs as baristas.

8.00 Yonderland (R,S,HD). Excitement bubbles as the residents prepare for Ye Grand Tournament. 8.30 The Simpsons (R,S,HD). Homer must save his marriage.

8.20 Porridge Fletch tries to ensure that Godber has not blown his chances of early release after he gets into a fight a week before his parole board hearing.

7.30 Live Victory Shield Football (HD). Scotland v England (Kick-off 7.30pm). All the action from the final match of the under-16s tournament, staged at Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy. The Scots have lost to Northern Ireland and drawn with Wales during this campaign, and are aiming to cause an upset against the reigning champions.

10.30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! (HD). Laura Whitmore and Joe Swash are joined by Andi Peters and Helen Flanagan, along with comedian Rob Beckett, who offers his comic take on all the jungle happenings.

9.00 Assault on Precinct 13 9.00 Glee (S,HD). The friends 9.00 The Royle Family One9.45 The Fantasy Football (HD) (2005). A gangster pay tribute to Miley off festive edition from Club (HD). John Fendley is brought in to be held Cyrus as they attempt to 2009. Jim and Barbara and Paul Merson present at a police station on master twerking, and cannot decide whether a discussion on key New Year’s Eve. Marley is distraught to to spend a cash windfall fantasy football issues, as However, the prisoner learn that Jake has been on a holiday or a satellite well as the weekend’s has information on unfaithful. Meanwhile, HD system. Sue Johnston Premier League matches. several corrupt cops who in New York, Rachel tries and Ricky Tomlinson star. Also featuring guests intend to make sure he to persuade Kurt they from the worlds of sport does not live long should both get tattoos. and showbiz. enough to get to court. 10.20 Come Fly with Me 10.00 An Idiot Abroad 3 10.45 Premier League As they lay siege to the Peter and Judith get (R,S,HD). Ricky Gervais Preview (HD). A look station, the officers and involved in the dark arts sends Karl Pilkington on ahead to the weekend’s prisoners inside must of voodoo, airline owner another world tour, fixtures, which include work together to Omar Baba deals with a from Italy to China – and Tottenham Hotspur v survive. Remake of John staff mutiny and Tommy this time he has Manchester United, Hull Carpenter’s 1976 action finally gets his interview company, in the shape of City v Liverpool and thriller, starring Ethan to be a pilot. film and TV star Warwick Cardiff City v Arsenal. Hawke, Laurence Davis. 10.55 Harry Hill’s TV Burp Fishburne, Gabriel Byrne and Ja Rule. ●●● 11.25 Harry Hill’s TV Burp Review of the Year A look back at the highlights of 2008. 11.55 Men Behaving Badly Tony is forced to hide in a water tank.

11.15 Football Gold (S). Liverpool v Chelsea. Action from the 1997/98 Premiership clash at Anfield. 11.30 Victory Shield Football (HD). Scotland v England.

12.15 Take Me Out (R,HD). A pilot from Ayrshire, a Liverpool abseiler, a London entrepreneur and a surfer from Bournemouth try to impress 30 single women. 1.15 The Vampire Diaries (R,HD). 2.05 Life’s Funniest Moments (R). 2.25 Teleshopping. 5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen (HD).

12.35 The Royle Family One-off festive edition from 2009. Jim and Barbara cannot decide whether to spend a cash windfall on a holiday or a satellite HD system. Sue Johnston and Ricky Tomlinson star. 1.40 Come Fly with Me 2.10 Men Behaving Badly 2.40 Cr*pston Villas

1.45 Football Gold (S). 2.00 Champions League Weekly (HD). 2.30 Premier League Preview (HD). 3.00 The Fantasy Football Club (HD). 4.00 Champions League Weekly (HD). 4.30 Premier League Preview (HD). 5.00 The Fantasy Football Club (HD).

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11.30 Celebrity Juice (R,HD). 11.10 The Big Bang Theory 11.00 Spartacus: Gods of A Halloween-themed (R,HD). Sheldon has to the Arena (R,S,HD). See edition with Abbey take care of Amy when Choices Above. Crouch, Yvette Fielding, she falls ill. Fazer and Joe Swash. 11.40 The Big Bang Theory (R,HD). Comedy, starring Johnny Galecki. 12.10 Drifters (R,HD). 12.40 PhoneShop (R). 1.15 Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy (R,HD). 1.50 Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night (R,HD). 2.30 Meet the Parents (R,HD). 3.20 The Cleveland Show (R,HD). 3.45 Glee (R,HD). 4.25 Ugly Betty (R,HD).

Radio 1 6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw 10.00 Fearne Cotton 12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00 Greg James 6.00 Radio 1’s Dance Anthems with Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac. The official start to the weekend. 9.00 Pete Tong. The hottest new dance tracks, plus interviews with leading DJs. 11.00 Skream and Benga. Dubstep with the duo. 1.00am Radio 1’s Essential Mix 3.00 Annie Nightingale Radio 2 5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30 Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce Noon Jeremy Vine 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo. AllRequest Friday. 7.00 Desmond

12.15 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (R,S,HD). Oenomaus contemplates the end of his career. 1.30 Road Wars (R,S). Police officers combat vehicle crime. 2.20 Road Wars (R,S). 3.10 UK Border Force (R,S,HD). 4.00 Dog the Bounty Hunter (R,S). 5.00 Airline (R,S,HD). 5.30 Airline (R,S,HD).

Carrington: The Music Goes Round 8.00 Friday Night Is Music Night. Performance by the BBC Concert Orchestra and guest artists. 10.00 The Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman. With Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and Amy Tan. Midnight Huey Morgan 3.00 Richard Allinson Radio 3 6.30am Breakfast 9.00 Essential Classics Noon Composer of the Week: Camille Saint-Saëns 1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 2.00 Afternoon on 3 4.30 In Tune 7.00 Composer of the Week: Camille Saint-Saëns 8.00 Radio 3 Live in Concert 10.00 The Verb 10.45 The Essay: The Islamic Golden Age 11.00

World on 3 1.00am Through the Night Radio 4 5.30am News Briefing 5.43 Prayer for the Day 5.45 Farming Today 5.58 Tweet of the Day 6.00 Today 8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament 9.00 Desert Island Discs 9.45 (LW) Act of Worship 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: Mitterrand 10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00 Forever Young 11.30 On the Rocks Noon News 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast 12.04 You and Yours 12.52 The Listening Project 12.57 Weather 1.00 The World at One 1.45 A History of Britain in Numbers 2.00 The Archers 2.15 Afternoon Drama: The Vertigo Trust 3.00 Gardeners’ Question Time. 3.45 Where Were You

When Kennedy Was Shot? 4.00 Last Word 4.30 Feedback 4.56 The Listening Project 5.00 PM 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast 5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News 6.30 The News Quiz 7.00 The Archers 7.15 Front Row 7.45 Eugene Onegin 8.00 Any Questions? 8.50 A Point of View 9.00 A History of Britain in Numbers 9.59 Weather 10.00 The World Tonight 10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Charioteer 11.00 A Good Read 11.30 Today in Parliament 11.55 The Listening Project Midnight News and Weather 12.30 Book of the Week: Mitterrand 12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC World Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast

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Radio 5 Live 5.00am Morning Reports 5.30 Wake Up to Money 6.00 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 Victoria Derbyshire Noon Tony Livesey 2.00 Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport. Dan Walker presents the day’s sports news and is joined by Robbie Savage to look ahead to the weekend’s football schedule. 10.00 Stephen Nolan 1.00am Up All Night Classic FM 6.00am More Music Breakfast 9.00 John Suchet 1.00pm Jamie Crick 5.00 Classic FM Drive 8.00 The Full Works Concert. Bach, Eric Whitacre, Puccini and Brahms. 10.00 Smooth Classics 2.00am Bob Jones

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7.00 Great Movie Mistakes IV: May the Fourth Be with You (R,S). Blunders in Hollywood films. 7.30 Doctor Who (R,S). Part one of two. The Doctor visits a futuristic factory. 8.15 Doctor Who (R,S). Part two of two. A doppelganger seeks revenge against her makers. 9.00 Sherlock (R,S). Holmes meets his match while investigating a case of blackmail. 10.30 EastEnders (R,S). Ava gives Sam an ultimatum. 11.05 Family Guy (R,S). 11.30 Family Guy (R,S). 11.50 American Dad! (R,S). 12.15 American Dad! (R,S). 12.35 Snow, Sex and Suspicious Parents (R,S). 1.35 Sweat the Small Stuff (R,S). 2.05 Him & Her: The Wedding (R,S). 2.35 Badults (R,S). 3.05 Badults (R,S). 3.35 Fuzzbox (R,S).

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7.00 World News Today; Weather. 7.30 Concerto at the BBC Proms (R). Another chance to hear classical music from the BBC Proms. 8.00 BBC Four Sessions: Tom Jones (R). The singer performs at LSO St Luke’s in London. 9.00 Blues America. Part one of two. The early years of blues music. 10.00 Blues at the BBC (R). Featuring Son House, the Kinks and Eric Clapton. 11.00 Seasick Steve: Bringing It All Back Home (R). The musician reflects on his past. 11.30 Glastonbury: Seasick Steve (R). 12.30 Blues America (R). 1.30 Blues at the BBC (R). 2.30 Seasick Steve: Bringing It All Back Home (R). 3.00 Glastonbury: Seasick Steve (R).

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT Mrs. Mitchell’s penny apples were obligingly supplied But she never seemed to bother much with bags So we popped them in our pockets with the marbles and the crumbs Which lurked in linings shredded into rags.

I could hardly recommend it as a course we should adopt But, in these shrink-wrapped fashions we pursue, As we sanitise and sterilise and scrub away the skins, Perhaps more natural ways are overdue.

Preparation was to take them out and rub them on our shirts In which our busy bones had spent the day, Then down they went with cores and pips included in the feast And a bite for Joe or John along the way.

As we pamper little children, as we cosset and protect, Do we really help sustain them in the end ? Without their own resistance to infection and malaise, On what will their deliverance depend ?

We must have broken every rule good practice could invent In our disregard for cautionary care But hygiene was a word reserved for spelling afternoons And the nit-nurse when she scrabbled through our hair.

You can hardly blame young mothers inundated with advice Which finger-wagging experts have contrived, Yet the question never answered in the reams that they produce Is how the heck the rest of us survived.

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– Tiverton) 3½ and Brian Gosling (151 – Exmouth) both 3½. U-120: 1st= Joseph Clapp (109 – Norton Radstock); Alan Fraser (102 – Beckenham) and Peter Carrick (91 – Bath) all 2½. Slow Starters: (0/2): 1st= Ronnie Burton (Weymouth); Mike Kaye (Dorchester) and Hazel Welch (Seaton) all 2. Best over 75 years: 1st Alan Sherriff (127 – Dartford) 2½. “Junior” Section (50-somethings): 1st= Simon Bartlett (174 – Newquay) and Alan Brown (186 – Northampton) both 3½. Grading Prize U-165: Dave Rogers (149 – Exmouth) 3. The following game was played in the final round and lifted the winner into the prizelist. White: I S Annetts. Black: P Wood. French Defence – Advance Variation [C02]. 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Nge7 6.Na3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nf5 8.Nc2 Be7 9.Bd3 0–0 10.g4 The idea is to sacrifice this pawn for an attack. 10...Nh4 11.Nxh4 Bxh4 12.g5 Bxg5 13.Qh5 h6 13...g6 wins a piece. 14.Qxg5 14.Rg1 Bxc1 15.Rxc1 f5 16.Qxh6 White had actually seen all this before and had used less than 5 minutes with Black having used 45. 16...Qe7? In Sveshnikov v Farago, Hastings, 1984, Black played 16...Rf7 which computer analysis puts as approximately level, whereas the text move loses. 17.Ke2 As often in the French, Black’s QB & QR are untouched when needed. 17...Bd7 18.Rg3 White’s attack is overwhelming. 18...Be8 19.Rcg1 White is now all poised and ready for the “big push”. 19...g6 which takes us to this week’s position. Can you work out the winning sequence of moves that took White to ultimate victory? In last week’s position, Dave Collier played 1.Re8+! and Black has to lose either his rook or queen.

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And because those inner soldiers had seen action from the start, They’d grown to be proficient at their trade, Combating the forays of the microscopic foe Inherent in the habits we displayed.

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Yet the strange thing is, despite our crude and cavalier approach To the wisdom of precautionary advice, Our scrawny, little bodies marshalled armies of their own Which, in the face of challenge, would suffice.

The Torbay Congress starts on Friday evening at the Toorak Hotel, Torquay. Enquiries about late entries may be obtained from the secretary, Mark Batten, on 07971 626877 or email mark.batten@khlaw.co.uk. The World Championship is now well underway in Chennai, India, between the holder Vishy Anand and Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, but the first two games were fairly anodyne draws. The excitement will doubtless mount as time goes on. The 14th Beacon Seniors Congress finished last Friday with the winners being as follows:(all scores out of 5). Seniors Section: 1st Jim Burnett (196 – Doncaster) 4½. 2nd= Ken Norman (189 – Wokingham) and Raymond Gamble (165 – Derby) both 4. Grading prizes U-155: Ivor Annetts (152

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You find yourself travelling more than usual and if you have to pay out of your own pocket, it’s sure to pay back tenfold professionally. You’re telling certain close ones too much about your life. Back off and keep your life a little more private. Call now.

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You’ll be tempted to apologise for something you don’t feel you’ve done wrong. Make sure you’re not giving in to someone who’s in the wrong. Talking to those you’ve known well can help you shed light on this situation. Call me now for strength and clarity.

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Makeready ready (7) (7) 88 Make 9 Deferred (9) 913Deferred (9) Middle-distance runner (5) 13 runner (5) 14 Middle-distance Artless (5) 14 (5)(7) 15 Artless Small bird 16 Small Boorish (7) (7) 15 bird 17 Boorish Oarsman(7) (5) 16 18 Oarsman Fruit (5) (5) 17 20 Fruit Fence of shrubs (5) 18 22 Eraser(5) (6) 20 Fence of shrubs (5) 23 Hate (6) 22 Eraser (6) 25 Sleep (7) 23 (6) (7) 27 Hate Related 30 Sleep Planet(7) (6) 25 31 Related Three-legged 27 (7) stand (6) 32 Planet Liquid measure (5) 30 (6) 35 Wireless (5) 31 Three-legged stand (6) 36 Cuban dance (5) 32 37 Liquid Error (7)measure (5) 35 39 Wireless Urge (7) (5) 41 Cuban Motif (5)dance (5) 36 42 Error Precise 37 (7)(5) 43 Urge Assist(7) financially (9) 39 44Motif Type of 41 (5)bacon (7) 42 Precise (5) 43 Assist financially (9) 44 Type of bacon (7)

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This is a great week to give up things and people you know are bad for you. Emotions in the family run high but don’t be bullied into giving out information or gossip which is not yours to share. Call to hear how Saturn gives you the edge. Emotionally, you’ve come out of the end of something which you thought was going to get the better of you. Don’t fall out, but part ways with grace. Flirtations prove fun but ensure their status. Give me a call if you want to know your future. Your ambitions and dreams are changing and you’ve realised that you no longer have to please others. Where you live comes into question and you would be wise to save some funds. Wear red for luck in finance. Call me to hear how Aries can provide you with fun. There is a lot to be said for respecting others’ privacy. Don’t ask questions if you don’t want to get involved in the answers. Finances come under the spotlight. New friends put a strain on relationships. Call now to hear what I think you should do.

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Don’t give loved ones ultimata which you wouldn’t want to be given. You need to blow off some steam. New work avenues open and have your name and destiny written all over them. Phone me for a long term forecast now. You’re fighting feelings when you should be following your heart. Be true to who you are and stop worrying. Younger faces hold the key to making the most of your career so don’t be afraid to learn from youth. Ring now to hear why you may lie to others.

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Puzzles

1 Where in the West? Can you name and locate these five wellknown West Country landmarks, as seen by Fran Stothard and Clare Green? Solutions below.

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Crossword solutions West

Across: 1 Improper, 6 Ta-ta, 8 Keevil, 9 Vented, 10 Georgeham, 13 Repair, 14 Wilton, 15 Trobridge, 19 Garage, 20 Oracle, 21 Kenn, 22 Milltown Down 2 Meet, 3 Rave, 4 Polgear, 5 River, 6 Tenderly, 7 Trematon, 11 Decrease, 12 Catbrain, 14 Wigpool, 16 I-beam, 17 Hatt, 18 Slow

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1 Avon Mill, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. 2 Statue of Samuel Plimsoll, Capricorn Quay opposite the SS Great Britain, Bristol. 3 Graduates of the University of Gloucestershire at Gloucester Cathedral. 4 The Clock Tower at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire. 5 The sun sculpture at Higher Maunsel Lock on the Bridgwater to Taunton Canal.

4 Cryptic

Across: 8 Cap-ital, 9 Pulling up, 13 Aitch, 14 Mo-O-se, 15 Spatter, 16 Acted on, 17 Pla-I-n, 18 Dig-it, 20 Scrap, 22 Rattle, 23 Cur-ate, 25 Stuck-up, 27 Cha-sten, 30 Starts, 31 Shower, 32 S-ides, 35 Match, 36 Verge, 37 Hearten, 39 Lea-R-ned, 41 C-lean, 42 T-will, 43 Ann-ounce-s, 44 Re-sum-ed Down: 1 Pas-t-it, 2 Di-she-d up, 3 Salmon trout, 4 Super-able, 5 Clo-sin-g, 6 Ins and outs, 7 Butt (but), 10 M-a-C-aws, 11 Pop-pets, 12 W-rithe, 19 Go-ahead, 21 (we)Re-tract, 24 Short-handed, 26 Catching on, 28 Character, 29 S-wee-ten, 30 S-ample, 32 St-Art-out, 33 Single, 34 Ev-Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d-ent, 38 To-I-led, 40 Anna

Quick

Across: 8 Prepare, 9 Postponed, 13 Miler, 14 Naive 15 Wagtail, 16 Uncouth, 17 Rower, 18 Apple, 20 Hedge, 22 Rubber, 23 Detest, 25 Slumber, 27 Kindred, 30 Saturn, 31 Tripod, 32 Litre, 35 Radio, 36 Rumba, 37 Mistake, 39 Impulse, 41 Theme, 42 Exact, 43 Subsidise, 44 Streaky Down: 1 Frolic, 2 Aperture, 3 French fries, 4 Go-between, 5 Steward, 6 Forge ahead, 7 Feta, 10 Ambush, 11 Microbe, 12 Client, 19 Present, 21 Diluted, 24 Wisdom teeth, 26 More or less, 28 Dramatist, 29 Apparel, 30 Sordid, 32 Lessened, 33 Events, 34 Friends, 38 Alaska, 40 Plug

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West Country Life 23rd November 2013