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Second AWE strike planned next week By Christian Wilson WORKERS from the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) are set to stage a second 24-hour strike next week. Around 600 employees are expected to protest at the nuclear deterrent manufacturer’s two sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield. Members of trade union Unite are angry at what they deem to be “broken pension promises” made by AWE, with a change to the existing scheme proposing that the employer contribute 17 per cent less than before. A one-day strike took place on November 14, in response to the change to an inferior defined contribution alternative, with next Tuesday’s planned protest fol-

lowing the breakdown of talks between the union and management. Unite regional officer Bob Middleton said: “We are deep into the territory of broken pension promises, and a hardline management that rejected out-of-hand counter proposals that Unite put forward this week. “We know that the continuous overtime ban, work-to-rule, and withdrawal of goodwill from November 15 have severely hit the work at AWE, and it faces fines from the Ministry of Defence because of this impact. “But the top bosses don’t seem to care and are more intent on trying to undermine the unions’ stand in ensuring that VË ™Í‰™ÖjÄ˝™Ë¬?~jËÏ

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A MAJOR overhaul of the Market Street area of Newbury to create a ÂŁ50million “gatewayâ€? into the town has been approved by West Berkshire Council. Work is due to begin in December 2017 and will see 232 homes, a mix of shops and restaurants, office space and a multi-storey car park built on the land between Market Street and Newbury train station. The plans were approved by the council’s western area planning committee last Wednesday after a lengthy planning process, after developer Grainger was given the land for free by the council in 2013. The development aims to improve pedestrian links between the train station and the town centre, and will see the bus station relocated from its current site in Market Street to The Wharf. Nick Jopling, executive property director at Grainger, said: “We are delighted that the council has granted planning permission for this exciting scheme and new gateway to Newbury. “Hundreds of local people have contributed to the shaping of these plans and we thank them for their valuable input.

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TWO rogue traders have been fined a combined total of more than ÂŁ7,500 after carrying out “dangerous and unsafeâ€? work in Thatcham. Guy Bradley, trading as Guy Bradley Carpentry Services, and Terry Greening, trading as Greening Electrical, both pleaded guilty to consumer protection offences at Reading

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Magistrates’ Court last month. A British Gas survey carried out at random uncovered kitchen sockets installed by Bradley were unsafe for use. Further investigations then found there were serious issues with work carried out by both Bradley and Greening. Bradley was fi ned £5,120 for four offences relating to the non-

Some people were upset that the bus station was being moved away from the train station, saying the opportunity had been lost to create a transport hub within the town. The council has also faced criticism for giving away the land – valued at £3.9million – for nothing, although it has argued that it gets much more back in infrastructure improvements. And others have been unhappy that of the 232 homes, only 13 have been allocated as affordable housing – just under six per cent. Paul Bryant, vice chairman of the western area planning

compliant installation of lights and sockets, while Greening had to pay £2,620 relating to the installation of lighting, a vanity unit and underfloor heating. Both men accepted their work was not up to a professional standard. Marcus Franks, West Berkshire Council’s member responsible for Trading Standards,

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NHS scrutiny WEST BERKS: West Berkshire Council’s overview and scrutiny management commission is due to meet next Tuesday to look into the proposed £137million of cuts to health services in the district. Last month documents were leaked highlighting the NHS’s proposals to save £479million across western Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The commission is due to decide whether to scrutinise the NHS’s plans, and introduce members to what is being proposed.

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committee, said: “With a site like this, it’s quite a difficult one and everybody has their views as to what a gateway from the railway station into the town should be. “We had a meeting beforehand where we looked at the viability of it, and bearing in mind a lot of money is going to be spent on the car park, there’s not enough money to provide the affordable housing. “I think that’s unfortunate, but if the money’s not going to stack up, the buildings are not going to be put up.� It is thought the fi rst homes will be completed by spring 2019.

THATCHAM: Steve Brind, the manager of Thatcham’s Friday market, has retired after 36 years in the industry. He had been working in Thatcham for the past six years, becoming Friday market manager when Thatcham Town Council took over its running last February. Steve was presented with gifts from stallholders and Thatcham’s mayor Ellen Crumly on his last day at work on Friday.


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News Bites Scrap burglary BEENHAM: A CCTV image of a man police are looking for in connection with the theft of scrap metal from Grange Lane has been released.

Cloth merchant to be honoured By Adam Flinn A LIFESIZE bronze statue of one of Newbury’s most famous sons is set to be erected in the town centre. Last year residents were asked by Newbury BID whether a statue of John Winchcombe, better known as Jack of Newbury, should be installed in Northbrook Street. And after being given the thumbs up by those who voted, work has now begun on creating the statue to be put up outside Jack’s former residence in Northbrook Street. It is hoped it will be unveiled in the autumn of next year. Sculptor Luke Webb is creating the statue, and said: “As a Newbury resident I am familiar with Jack of Newbury and know how important he is to the town. “It always struck me that he isn’t celebrated enough and I feel his achievements are particularly underrepresented. “The bronze statue is designed

to celebrate an important part of Newbury’s heritage. “By connecting people with the town’s past I hope it will help promote Newbury’s remarkable history and bring a greater sense of civic pride.” Jack of Newbury, a cloth merchant, lived from 1489 to 1557 and created the fi rst cloth factory in England in the town, bringing many jobs to the area. He is credited with bringing Henry VIII to his home in Northbrook Street and with fi nancing the rebuilding of St Nicolas Church, where he is buried. Russell Downing, managing director of Newbury BID, said: “Newbury BID is committed to working with local organisations to further enhance the town and we believe that the Jack of Newbury statue will be a great addition. “It will be bringing a piece of Newbury’s heritage back to the town.”

The scrapyard was broken into around 3am on August 8. Investigating officer PC Matthew Midwinter said: “I would like to speak to the man in the CCTV as he may have vital information about the incident.” Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Parish election GREENHAM: Four candidates are vying for the two vacant seats on Greenham Parish Council, with the election taking place today. Liberal Democrat candidates Lindsey Middlemiss and Paul Walter and Labour’s Nick East and Alex Keegan are in the running. The polls are open from 7am to 10pm.


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of its Christmas lights. Entertainment was held in the town THOUSANDS of people got into the fes- centre throughout the day, with bands tive spirit in Newbury on Sunday night and musicians taking to the stage in the as the town celebrated the switch-on Market Place to entertain the crowd of

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illuminate the town centre and officially launch Christmas in Newbury. Afterwards, Cllr Swift-Hook said: “Being chauffeured around Newbury by Santa was a wonderful experience. “I was so pleased to see that so many people turned out to welcome the Christmas season. “The streets of Newbury were lined with wellwishers waving and cheering,

it was a fantastic way to start Christmas in Newbury.” Thatcham will join in with its own Christmas lights switch-on tomorrow evening, starting from 5pm. Around 25 stalls offering games, gifts, food and drink will be available, while Santa will also make an appearance for the turning on of the lights at 7pm.

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Council chairman resigned after colleagues ‘disrespect’ By Brian Radford THE chairman of a West Berkshire parish council was under so much pressure from ‘disrespectful’ colleagues that he “shook so badly he couldn’t hold a cup of tea”. Tony Forward’s seven-year reign as head of Greenham Parish Council ended in 2014 after he found it was no longer possible to work with his colleagues. His resignation letter has remained in an office drawer since then, but its details have now emerged following a Free-

dom of Information request. Since Mr Forward resigned, as many as 10 councillors – twothirds of the members - have also quit, six of them in the past year alone. Mr Forward’s reasons for resigning are contained in a forthright document written shortly after he left. It includes a stinging attack on councillors who he said had treated him with disdain. Bitter clashes over plans to convert the control tower into a café upset him deeply, as he struggled to manage people

whom he considered to be on a desperate personal mission. His document, presented after his resignation, began: “I have the most incredible churning in my body. I can hardly talk clearly. “I will walk to GBP (Greenham Business Park) as I’m not fit to drive there. “I’m shaking a lot, and cannot hold a cup of tea properly. “My position [as chairman] had become untenable. My position was shown disrespect, and my advice and input generally ignored.

“I was tired of being the one who picked up the pieces when someone got it wrong, and should have known better, or dealt with things we would reasonably expect a person, or consultant, to do as a routine part of their job. It made it even worse when they were paid. “I must also say that most were not disrespectful, and I was grateful for their support and hard work.” Present chairman Phil Barnett was highly complimentary when asked to comment on Mr Forward’s time as council

leader. He said: “Tony was honest, sincere and hard working, and put in a lot of effort at his own expense. “He was under huge pressure, and I was aware that he asked people to drive him because he was so shaken up.” He added: “I was surprised when he resigned because doing good for the parish was his life. “Issues involving the control tower affected him badly. “I was very sorry to see him go.”

MP welcomes Autumn Statement NEWBURY MP Richard Benyon has welcomed the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, saying the measures introduced will make sure the economy is “fighting fit” in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. The Autumn Statement was

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presented last Wednesday by Philip Hammond – his fi rst since being appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr Hammond said that the statement would prepare the UK to “seize the opportunities ahead” and “build an economy that works for everyone”. And Mr Benyon was equally positive, highlighting the increase in the living wage from £7.20 to £7.50 an hour and the

banning of upfront charges by letting agencies. Also announced was a commitment to the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, which would lead to improvements on the A34. Mr Benyon said: “The measures announced in this Autumn Statement will help local people who are just about managing, and ensure that our economy is fighting fit as we begin the

process to leave the European Union. This is about putting working families in Newbury fi rst, and building an economy that works for everyone.” However Shadow Chancellor and Labour MP John McDonnell was much more scathing, saying in Parliament that the statement “places on record the abject failure of the last six wasted years and offers no hope for the future”.

News Bites Changing dresses NEWBURY: A new exhibition showing the changing fashions of wedding dresses has begun at West Berkshire Museum in Newbury. ‘Something Old, Something New’ tells the story of the different traditions of weddings over the years, featuring dresses from the 1860s to the 1970s. Museum officer Ruth Howard said: “We are very pleased to be able to show these beautiful dresses, it has been fascinating to research the brides who wore them.”

Trees planted NEWBURY: Volunteers and members of the West Berkshire Green Party spent a day planting 100 trees and 200 daffodil bulbs in Victoria Park. The trees were planted at the north end of the park last month. It is hoped they will absorb fumes from vehicles.

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Homes refusal could yet be overturned PLANS to build 75 homes on the northern edge of Newbury were turned down by councillors despite being recommended for approval. West Berkshire Council’s western area planning committee rejected the proposals to build the homes at Coley Farm on Stoney Lane, Clay Hill, after fears were raised about flooding and the road being too narrow to handle an increase in traffic. The site was included in the council’s Development Plan Document (DPD) allocating land for housing and the council’s district planning committee could overturn the decision on December 15. Paul Bryant, who sits on both committees, said: “It surprised me that the members went against it. “I hate to see any of these nice pieces of countryside going under bricks and mortar, but while we have to produce a quota of housing and the population is increasing, what are the options? I think they made a mistake, and it will probably go through the district committee alright. “But I just can’t understand how you can vote in favour of the DPD at one meeting and vote against this when it gets to a detailed state.”

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Town’s action plan is given green light By Adam Flinn AN ACTION plan detailing 65 separate actions to improve Thatcham has been approved by West Berkshire Council. Thatcham Vision has been working on the community plan which covers all aspects of the town including childcare, support for senior citizens and infrastructure improvements. The actions were guided by a community survey involving 1,800 residents, as well as more than 100 volunteers who helped compile the plan. It was given the go ahead last month by the council’s executive member for community resilience and partnerships, Marcus Franks, which means work on implementing the actions can be started. Cllr Franks said: “This is an ambitious but deliverable plan for the town which I am very pleased to support. As a council, one of our aims is to help communities to do more for themselves and this plan for Thatcham is a great example of communities taking the lead in developing their town. “After all, it is local people

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crossing, to establish a senior citizens’ centre, and protect the green gaps between Thatcham and other communities. David Conquest, chairman of Thatcham Vision, said: “I’m very happy that the community plan and its 65 actions for the town has been officially signed off. We’ve had a huge amount of positive and supportive feedback from the council officers

on individual actions and our volunteers are now looking forward to working with them more closely. “Many of our projects aren’t dependent upon the council for funding as we can apply to groups like Greenham Common Trust so I’m hoping we’ll now make good progress.” To view the plan in full, go to

Festive advice issued over electric items ROYAL Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is issuing a seasonal reminder to residents to make sure they are aware of the dangers of faulty and unofficial electrical products. Between April 2015 and March 2016, the service attended 398 accidental home fi res, 285 of which were blamed on faulty electrical items or their careless use. With electrical gadgets high up on many people’s Christmas lists, the service is urging people to make sure they do not buy counterfeit goods that do not meet safety regulations, and to safely use official ones. Christine Bateson, the service’s community safety champion, said: “Electrical products can be very dangerous, all the more so if they are unofficial and may not have met UK safety standards. “Please ensure you buy from a reputable source and take appropriate care of these items.” The advice includes ensuring phones are not left charging for long periods of time, not overloading plug sockets, and watching for signs of dangerous wiring, such as fl ickering. Iain Harrison, RBFRS group manager for prevention, added: “Use electrical devices safely and responsibly by following our advice.”

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Campaign award NEWBURY: An advertising campaign for a pharmaceutical company reminding vets that one of its products will last for months has won an international photography award. Bayer, which is based at Strawberry Hill, Newbury, is more than happy to be recognised. Spokesman Caroline Braidwood said: “We are delighted with the campaign which has already won several veterinary marketing awards, and the fact that the photography has won such an internationally acclaimed award really is the icing on the cake.”

Santa’s schedule WEST BERKS: Santa has revealed his stops across the district in the run-up to Christmas. He will be visiting the Thatcham Christmas lights switchon in the town centre tomorrow, before attending the Ecchinswell Run from 4.30pm on Saturday and Matalan in Pinchington Lane Retail Park from 9.45am on Sunday. And for the following two weekends, he will be at The Broadway and the Tesco store in Thatcham on the Saturday, and the Tesco store in Pinchington Lane on the Sunday. The visits are being organised by the Newbury Lions.

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House for homeless given spruce-up by store’s staff By Adam Flinn VOLUNTEERS have been helping to spruce up a Thatcham house used by 16- to 25-yearolds who would otherwise be homeless. Organised by Tesco’s Newbury community champion Sheryl Scott-Clarke, the group got together to paint four rooms at Cornerstone House run by the charity Young People and Children First (YPACF). Cornerstone House opened in

Thatcham in 2010, but has been in need of a fresh lick of paint, and with funds at the charity, tight, Tesco’s London Road store stepped in to help. Lorraine Allen, of YPACF, said: “We would like to say a big thank you. Here, at Cornerstone, we are delighted when we receive a helping hand for our small charity. The team has done a great job painting and it was much appreciated by staff and all our young people.” The charity is continuing to

fundraise to furnish its second house, which helps four people get their lives back on track by learning to cook and budget and getting them back into work. Steve Hall, Tesco London Road store manager, said: “It’s fantastic to see we can put our community funds and time to great use. “Working as a team with the Tesco Metro Newbury and Hungerford superstore, we are always looking for ways to work within the community.” VË.†jÁߐË.WÍ͈ ?ÁjË®Wj™ÍÁj¯Ë?™aˆj¬jÁÄË?ÍË Á™jÁÄ͝™j˝ÖÄj

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Dillon takes charge after Lib Dem leader steps down ALAN Macro has stepped down as the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on West Berkshire Council. The council member for Theale cited personal reasons for moving aside last week, and will now become deputy leader of the group. He swaps positions with Lee Dillon, who steps up from deputy leader to become Cllr Macro’s replacement. Cllr Macro said: “I have been very impressed with Lee’s work on the council. “He has brought energy and many fresh ideas to both the Lib Dem group and to the council. “I am sure that Lee will be a very effective leader of the opposition and will give us a great chance of winning back control of the council at the next election.” Cllr Dillon said: “Alan has provided a principled approach to being opposition leader, holding the Conservative administration to account. “I intend to follow his lead and will ensure when the administration make future decisions they are aware of the impact their decisions have and that residents know they have an opposition group that will speak up for them.”

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Fiona aims to collar funds for ex-racers with her song By Alex Iszatt A NEWBURY resident has released a Christmas song in aid of a greyhound charity to save former racing dogs. Entitled ‘This Year’ (2016), musician Fiona Bennett, 54, will give any profits from the 99p song to the Birmingham Greyhound Protection charity. The Woolton Hill resident fell in love with greyhounds when she adopted her first dog, Saracen, an ex-racer, in 1997. She said: “They have such a unique character, they are incredibly gentle. “When you take a racing dog home, it is like you are taking them to another world – a world with stairs and other dogs to be loved.” Having a family put a temporary stop to her adopting again when her son Zachary, was diagnosed with autism and had a fear of dogs. Now 14, he has been transformed into a dog lover as Fiona persevered. “I wrote a book based on the transformation called Hero The Greyhound – our dogs did cure


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Stewart Stretton-Hill, of Irwin Mitchell, said: “Being physically active will help reduce the risk of dementia along with eating healthily and maintaining a healthy weight.” For more information, email or Sue Butterworth on sue.butterworth@ his fear and actually helped with his general behaviour,” she said. In 2010, the family adopted Amber, then Cleopatra and finally Rosie in 2012. Seeing first-hand how love can make these dogs the best pets, she works tirelessly to fundraise for the Greyhound Trust, recently receiving £250

from Thatcham Rotary for the charity. The money from her new song, written with comedian Ruth Graham, whom she met when they worked together on New Faces in the 1980s, will go to Birmingham Greyhound Protection. Available to download from iTunes, all profits will go to help them in their

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Enjoy this Christmas at The Malls The Malls is building up to Christmas now, after an extremely well attended Christmas Lights Switch On and our great annual event the Cairngorm Reindeer Day. The Christmas market is now installed and the hog stall will be offering a new line in roast potatoes cooked in goose fat with cheese & bacon topping, plus roast beef and turkey just to get you in the mood. Our shops have plenty of wonderful good and offers on so hopefully we can have Christmas all wrapped for you. Plenty of caroling each weekend with various bands leading up to Christmas, starting with the Salvation Army, then Sandhurst Silver Band and finally Hampshire Youth Orchestra, to give that traditional feel. Mr Scrooge & Mr Scratchit will be entertaining you with their “carol singing” carriage, and some cheeky Christmas Elves to brighten up your Christmas shopping this weekend. Barclays will be Carol singing between 12 and 2 pm on 7the November as part of their Christmas Charity fund raising. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas in The Malls with those cheeky “Acro Chaps” , so ladies make sure you are shopping on the 11th December , and finally Elvis is in town on the 17th, with the 2 lookalike “Elvis Pressies” to entertain. We hope your shopping experience is a pleasant one, and wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

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9.15 The Big Food Rescue (S) 10.00 Homes Under the Hammer (S)(R) 11.00 The Secret Life of the Hospital Bed (S) 11.45 Rip Off Britain: Food (S) 12.15 Bargain Hunt (S)(R) 1.00 BBC News (S) 1.30 BBC Regional News (S) 1.45 Doctors (S) 2.15 The Coroner (S) 3.00 Think Tank (S) 3.45 Escape to the Country (S)(R) 4.30 Flog It! (S) 5.15 Pointless (S)(R) 6.00 BBC News (S) 6.30 BBC Regional News (S)

6.00 The World’s Most Photographed (S)(R) 6.30 The Big Food Rescue (S)(R) 7.15 The Secret Life of the Hospital Bed (S)(R) 8.00 Sign Zone: Great British Menu (S)(R) 8.30 Sign Zone: The Welsh Italians (S)(R) 9.00 Victoria Derbyshire (S) 11.00 BBC Newsroom Live (S) 12.00 Daily Politics (S) 1.00 Live Snooker: UK Championship (S) 6.00 Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two (S)

6.00 Good Morning Britain (S) 8.30 Lorraine (S) 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S) 10.30 This Morning (S) 12.30 Loose Women (S) 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News; Weather (S) 1.55 ITV Regional News; Weather (S) 2.00 Judge Rinder (S) 3.00 Tenable (S) 3.59 ITV Regional Weather (S) 4.00 Tipping Point (S)(R) 5.00 The Chase (S) 6.00 ITV Regional News; Weather (S) 6.30 ITV Evening News (S)

8.00 Everybody Loves Raymond (S) (R) 9.00 Frasier (S)(R) 10.30 Jamie’s Super Food (S)(R) 11.00 A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun (S)(R) 12.00 Channel 4 News (S) 12.05 Come Dine with Me (S)(R) 1.10 Deal or No Deal (S) 2.10 Countdown (S) 3.00 Coast vs Country (S) 4.00 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun (S) 5.00 Four in a Bed (S) 5.30 Come Dine with Me (S) 6.00 The Simpsons (S) 6.30 Hollyoaks (S)

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11.05 8 Out of 10 Cats With Melanie C, Jessica Knappett, Joe Wilkinson and Tom Allen. (S) 11.55 Drifters (S) 12.25 Jackpot247 3.00 ITV Nightscreen


4.50 George Clarke’s Amazing Christmas Spaces 5.55 The Supervet 6.55 Car SOS 7.55 Grand Designs 9.00 FILM: The Sweeney (2012) (15) 11.15 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 1.15 The Undateables: Wedding Bells 2.15 Car SOS 3.20 River Cottage Bites 3.35 Close

FILM4 SKY: 315 FV: 15

11.00 Rear Window (1954) (PG) 1.20 Vertigo (1958) (PG) 3.55 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) (U) 6.45 Shallow Hal (2001) (12) 9.00 Transcendence (2014) (12) 11.20 Safe House (2012) (15) 1.35 Red State (2011) (18) 3.25 Close

DAVE SKY: 111 FV: 12

7.00 Storage Hunters 7.25 Ice Road Truckers 8.10 Top Gear 9.00 Storage Hunters UK 11.00 American Pickers 12.00 Top Gear 1.00 Deadly 60 2.00 Storage Hunters UK 3.00 Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge 4.00 Top Gear 6.00 Storage Hunters UK 7.00 Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge 8.00 QI XL 10.00 Have I Got a Bit More Old News for You 11.00 Mock the Week 12.20 Would I Lie to You? at Christmas 1.00 Would I Lie to You? 1.35 QI XL 2.35 Would I Lie to You? at Christmas 3.10 Idris Elba – King of Speed 4.00 Close

DRAMA SKY: 158 FV: 20

7.10 The Bill 8.00 Down to Earth 9.00 Bergerac 10.00 Lovejoy 11.00 The Bill 1.00 Last of the Summer Wine 1.40 Steptoe and Son 2.20 Birds of a Feather 3.00 Down to Earth 4.00 Bergerac 5.00 Lovejoy 6.00 Steptoe and Son 6.40 Last of the Summer Wine 7.20 As Time Goes By 8.00 Hetty Wainthropp Investigates 10.00 New Tricks 11.20 Birds of a Feather 12.00 Lovejoy 1.00 The Bill 1.55 South Riding 4.00 Close

SKY1 SKY: 106

6.00 Hawaii Five-0 7.00 It’s Me or the Dog 8.00 RSPCA Animal Rescue 9.00 Monkey Business 10.00 Monkey Life 11.00 Police Force: Australia 12.00 All Aboard: East Coast Trains 1.00 Hawaii Five-0 3.00 Modern Family 4.00 A Town Called Eureka 5.00 The Simpsons 5.30 Futurama 6.30 The Simpsons 8.00 Harry Hill’s Tea-Time 8.30 Modern Family 9.00 Karl Pilkington: The Moaning of Life 10.00 Football’s Funniest Moments 11.00 A League of Their Own 12.00 Hawaii Five-0 1.00 Most Shocking 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 3.00 A Town Called Eureka 4.00 RSPCA Animal Rescue 5.00 Motorway Patrol

12.25 FILM Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) (18) (S) 2.00 The Windsors (S)(R) 2.30 Liberty of London (S)(R) 3.25 Tricks of the Restaurant Trade (S)(R) 3.50 Location, Location, Location (S)(R) 4.45 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems (S)(R)


6.00 The British 7.00 Fish Town 8.00 Cold Case 10.00 The West Wing 11.00 House 12.00 Without a Trace 1.00 Blue Bloods 2.00 Urban Secrets 3.00 Cold Case 5.00 The West Wing 6.00 House 7.00 Without a Trace 8.00 Blue Bloods 9.00 Game of Thrones 11.10 Oz 1.50 Ray Donovan 2.55 Entourage 4.05 The British 5.05 Fish Town

12.45 SuperCasino 3.10 Gangland: Turf Wars (S)(R) 4.00 Gangland: Murder (S)(R) 4.45 HouseBusters (S)(R) 5.10 House Doctor (S)(R) 5.35 House Doctor (S)(R)


W SKY: 109

6.10 Singing in the Rainforest 7.00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 8.00 Traffic Cops 9.00 Brother vs Brother 10.00 The Bill 11.00 Tipping Point 1.00 MasterChef USA 2.00 Supernanny 3.00 My Dream Home 4.00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 5.00 DIY SOS: The Big Build 6.00 Tipping Point 7.00 Supernanny 8.00 Inside the Ambulance 9.00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 10.00 EastEnders 10.40 Russell Howard’s Good News 11.40 Traffic Cops 12.40 EastEnders 1.20 The Happenings 3.00 Home Shopping


7.10 Bewitched 8.00 To the Manor Born 8.40 Outnumbered 10.30 Last of the Summer Wine 11.15 To the Manor Born 11.55 Lovejoy 1.05 The Two Ronnies 1.40 Porridge 3.00 Last of the Summer Wine 3.40 Outnumbered 5.20 Last of the Summer Wine 6.00 Only Fools and Horses 7.20 We Have Been Watching Xmas Special 8.20 Blackadder’s Christmas Carol 9.20 The Office 11.30 Extras 1.15 Early Doors 2.35 I Dream of Jeannie 3.00 Bewitched 4.00 Close


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Saturday December 3rd BBC1 BBC2


Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, 8pm

7 8 9 10 11

Channel 4

Meet the Parents, 7pm

Channel 5 NCIS, 7.05pm

Britain at Low Tide, 8pm

6.00 Breakfast (S) 10.00 Saturday Kitchen Live (S) 11.30 James Martin: Home Comforts (S) 12.00 Football Focus (S) 1.00 BBC News; Weather (S) 1.15 Live Snooker: UK Championship (S) 4.30 Final Score A round-up of this afternoon’s football results. (S) 5.25 Celebrity Mastermind (S)(R) 5.55 BBC News (S) 6.05 BBC Regional News; Weather (S) 6.10 Pointless Celebrities (S)(R)

7.30 FILM Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011) (PG) (S) 9.00 Natural World: Chimps of the Lost Gorge (S)(R) 10.00 Secret Britain (S) (R) 11.00 Homes Under the Hammer (S)(R) 12.00 The Best Dishes Ever (S) (R) 12.30 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British (S)(R) 1.30 FILM Rebecca (1940) (PG) (S) 3.35 Flog It! (S) 4.30 Live Snooker: UK Championship (S) 6.00 International Rugby Union (S)

6.00 CITV 7.25 Scrambled! 9.25 ITV News (S) 9.30 FILM Carry On Girls (1973) (PG) (S) 11.10 All Star Family Fortunes (S)(R) 11.55 ITV News; Weather (S) 12.05 Judge Rinder (S)(R) 1.05 Cash Trapped (S)(R) 2.05 FILM St Trinian’s (2007) (12) (S) 4.00 Thunderbirds Are Go (S) 4.20 The Chase (S)(R) 5.25 ITV Regional News; Weather (S) 5.40 ITV News (S) 6.00 Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (S)

6.10 Gillette World Sport (S) 6.35 Everybody Loves Raymond (S)(R) 7.30 Frasier (S)(R) 9.00 The Morning Line (S) 10.00 The Big Bang Theory (S)(R) 10.55 The Simpsons (S)(R) 12.30 Deal or No Deal (S) 1.25 Channel 4 Racing (S) 4.00 Jamie’s Super Food (S)(R) 4.30 Location, Location, Location (S)(R) 5.35 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun (S) 6.30 Channel 4 News (S)

6.00 Milkshake! 9.50 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (S)(R) 10.25 The Gadget Show (S)(R) 11.25 FILM This Christmas (2007) (12) (S) 1.35 FILM A Fairytale Christmas (2013) (PG) Romantic drama, starring C Thomas Howell and Haylie Duff. (S) 3.20 FILM A Belle for Christmas (2014) (PG) Premiere. Family adventure, starring Dean Cain. (S) 5.10 FILM Mrs Miracle (2009) (PG) (S)

7.00 Strictly Come Dancing Musicals Week arrives in the ballroom. (S)

7.00 Live Snooker: UK Championship Coverage of the second semi-final. (S)

7.00 Meet the Parents Dating show, hosted by Holly Willoughby. Last in the series. (S)

7.00 China: Between Clouds and Dreams A novice monk begins a new life at China’s largest Tibetan monastery. Last in the series. (S)

7.05 NCIS Three similar executionstyle killings take place. (S)(R)

8.00 Michael McIntyre’s Big Show Michael invites Sarah Millican to take to the stage, and singersongwriter Tom Odell also performs. (S)

8.00 The X Factor Tensions reach fever pitch as the semi-finals arrive. (S)

8.00 Britain at Low Tide Evidence of Britain’s extensive maritime history found in Essex. Last in the series. (S)

8.00 NCIS: New Orleans Homeland Security agent Russo’s agenda is called into question after a bombing. Last in the series. (S) 8.55 5 News Weekend (S)

9.00 Casualty Duffy receives a surprise visitor. (S) 9.50 The National Lottery Live Gaby Roslin presents the all-important numbers. (S)

9.30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Celebrity survival challenge. (S)


9.00 Football on 5: The Championship George Riley and Lynsey Hipgrave introduce highlights from the weekend’s games in the Championship. (S)

10.00 BBC News; Weather (S) 10.20 Match of the Day Highlights of Manchester City v Chelsea and West Ham United v Arsenal; (S) National Lottery Update (S)

10.00 Mock the Week With James Acaster, Rob Beckett, Ed Gamble, Sara Pascoe and John Robins. (S)(R) 10.30 The Dresser (S)(R)

Supernatural drama, starring Kevin Costner. (S) 1.55 Weather for the Week Ahead (S) 2.00 BBC News (S)

FILM Now You See Me (2013) (12) Crime thriller, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo. (S)

10.20 FILM The Frozen Ground (2013) (15) Premiere. Factbased crime drama, with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack. (S)

10.35 ITV News; Weather (S) 10.50 FILM 10,000 BC (2008) (12) Prehistoric fantasy adventure, starring Steven Strait and Camilla Belle. (S) 11.15 FILM GI Joe: Retaliation (2013) (12) Action adventure sequel, with Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis. (S)

11.45 The NFL Show Mark Chapman looks at the major stories shaping the NFL. (S)

AFTER 12.15 FILM Dragonfly (2002) (12)



International Rugby Union, 6pm

12.15 FILM Ill Manors (2012) (18) Crime drama, starring Riz Ahmed. (S) 2.10 This Is BBC Two (S)

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ITV2 SKY: 118 FV: 6

6.00 Emmerdale 9.05 Coronation Street 11.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 12.30 Celebrity Catchphrase 1.30 You’ve Been Framed Gold at Christmas! 3.05 FILM: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011) (U) Comedy, starring Munro Chambers. 4.05 FYI Daily 4.10 FILM: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011) (U) Concluded. 4.55 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 6.25 FILM: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) (12) Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Brendan Fraser. 7.25 FYI Daily 7.30 FILM: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) (12) Concluded. 8.30 Scorpion 9.30 The Xtra Factor Live 10.00 Family Guy 10.35 I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp 11.35 Family Guy 12.35 American Dad! 1.05 FILM: American Pie (1999) (15) 2.05 FYI Daily 2.10 FILM: American Pie (1999) (15) 2.50 Teleshopping 5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen

ITV3 SKY: 119 FV: 10

6.00 Movies Now 6.10 FILM: Calamity Jane (1953) (U) 7.15 FYI Daily 7.20 FILM: Calamity Jane (1953) (U) 8.00 FILM: Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) (U) 9.00 FYI Daily 9.05 FILM: Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) (U) 10.10 FILM: Columbo: A Case of Immunity (1975) (U) Detective drama, starring Peter Falk. 11.40 Foyle’s War 5.50 A Touch of Frost 8.00 Doc Martin 9.00 The Booze Cruise 11.10 Lewis 1.15 Wycliffe 2.15 ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30 Teleshopping

BBC4 SKY: 116 FV: 9 Open 7 days a week 8am – 8pm. 7.00 Roman Britain: A Timewatch Guide 8.00 Egypt’s Lost Queens 9.00 Modus 10.30 Top of the Pops: 1982 Easy access, all on one level. Security alarms, 11.45 Reggae at the BBC. Reggae performances from the BBC archive. 1.15 Old Grey Whistle Test: Reggae Concert from the Edinburgh Festival 2.00 Sounds of the CCTV cameras and 24 hr surveillance 70s 2.30 How Quizzing Got Cool: TV’s Brains of Britain 3.30 Close

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E4 SKY: 136 FV: 28

6.00 Baby Daddy 6.40 How I Met Your Mother 7.30 Melissa & Joey 8.30 Made in Chelsea 9.30 Couples Come Dine with Me 10.30 Black-ish 11.30 The Goldbergs 1.30 FILM: Clueless (1995) (12) Comedy, starring Alicia Silverstone. 3.30 Rude(ish) Tube Shorts 3.50 The Big Bang Theory 7.20 FILM: The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) (12) Romantic fantasy sequel, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. 10.00

1.20 Hollyoaks (S)(R) 3.25 Location, Location, Location (S)(R) 4.20 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (S)(R) 5.15 Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It (S)(R)


Tattoo Fixers 11.00 Gogglebox 12.05 The Inbetweeners 1.10 Rude Tube 3.10 New Girl 4.55 Revenge

MORE4 SKY: 138 FV: 14

8.55 Tiny House Nation 9.50 Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 10.55 Jamie’s Festive Feast 11.55 Come Dine with Me: Celebrity Christmas Special 2.40 Four in a Bed 5.15 Come Dine with Me 8.00 The Year Britain Froze 9.00 Britain’s Wildest Weather 10.35 8 Out of 10 Cats 11.25 Father Ted 12.35 Very British Problems 1.35 The Year Britain Froze 2.45 8 Out of 10 Cats 3.25 8 Out of 10 Cats: Jimmy, Sean & Jon’s Best Bits 3.50 Close

FILM4 SKY: 315 FV: 15

11.00 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) (PG) Sci-fi thriller, starring William Hopper. 1.00 Epic (2013) (U) Animated adventure, with the voice of Amanda Seyfried. 3.05 Carry On Constable (1960) (U) Comedy, starring Sid James. 4.50 Congo (1995) (12) Jungle adventure, starring Dylan Walsh. 7.05 Men in Black (1997) (PG) Sci-fi comedy, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. 9.00 Taken 2 (2012) (12) Action thriller sequel, starring Liam Neeson. 10.50 Horns (2013) (15) Horror, starring Daniel Radcliffe. 1.10 Hellboy (2004) (12) 3.35 Close

DAVE SKY: 111 FV: 12

7.15 Jay Leno’s Garage 8.00 Storage Hunters UK: Celebrity Special 9.00 Celebrity Storage Hunters 10.00 Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge 12.00 Top Gear 2.00 Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit 3.00 Taskmaster 5.00 Storage Hunters UK: Celebrity Special 6.00 Celebrity Storage Hunters 7.00 Room 101 8.20 Would I Lie to You? 9.00 Have I Got a Bit More Old News for You 10.00 Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish 11.00 QI XL 12.00 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled 1.00 Have I Got a Bit More Old News for You 2.00 Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish 2.50 Idris Elba – King of Speed 3.35 The Indestructibles 4.00 Close

DRAMA SKY: 158 FV: 20

7.10 Pie in the Sky 11.00 Sharpe 1.00 The Ruby in the Smoke 3.00 Pie in the Sky 6.00 Hetty Wainthropp Investigates 8.00 Murdoch Mysteries 9.00 Rebus 10.30 Waking the Dead 1.00 The Ruby in the Smoke 2.50 South Riding 4.00 Close

SKY1 SKY: 106

6.00 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old? 7.00 Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew 8.00 Game Changers 8.30

12.15 SuperCasino 3.10 The Boy Who Can’t Stay Awake (S)(R) 4.00 Celebrity Botched Up Bodies (S)(R) 4.50 House Doctor (S)(R) 5.15 House Doctor (S)(R) 5.40 Angels of Jarm (S)(R) 5.50 Roary the Racing Car (S)(R)

Premier League World 9.00 The Fantasy Football Club 10.00 Soccer AM 11.30 Futurama 1.30 Modern Family 4.00 Harry Hill’s Tea-Time 4.30 Yonderland 5.00 Supergirl 6.00 The Flash 7.00 The Simpsons 8.00 Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 9.30 David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 11.00 A League of Their Own 12.00 Hawaii Five-0 1.00 Arrow 2.00 Stan Lee’s Lucky Man 3.00 A Town Called Eureka 4.00 Border Security: Canada’s Front Line 5.00 Road Wars


6.00 The British 7.00 Fish Town 8.00 Without a Trace 12.00 Cold Case 4.00 Blue Bloods 9.00 Game of Thrones 11.05 FILM: Manhunt (2013) (15) Documentary about CIA investigations into al-Qaeda. 1.05 Ray Donovan 2.15 Blue Bloods 3.10 Cold Case 4.05 The British 5.00 Fish Town

W SKY: 109

6.05 Bin There, Dump That 6.30 Singing in the Rainforest 7.30 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 8.20 The Bill 1.30 EastEnders 4.00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 5.00 Supernanny 7.00 My Family 9.00 Jonathan Creek 10.20 Luther 11.40 Secrets and Lies 12.40 Code Black 1.40 The Happenings 2.30 Betty White’s Off Their Rockers 3.00 Home Shopping


7.10 Bewitched 8.00 Lovejoy 10.20 Only Fools and Horses 4.00 TOTP: Christmas 2012 6.00 Blackadder’s Christmas Carol 7.00 FILM: Groundhog Day (1993) (PG) Comedy, starring Bill Murray. 9.00 Marley’s Ghosts 9.40 The Catherine Tate Christmas Show 10.35 The League of Gentlemen: Christmas Special 11.50 Harry Enfield and Chums 1.10 The Comic Strip Presents: Red Top 2.25 Bewitched 3.20 Extras 4.00 Close


6.00 Football Gold 7.00 Sporting Triumphs 8.00 Game Changers 8.30 Premier League Preview 9.00 The Fantasy Football Club 10.00 Soccer AM 11.30 Live Premier League. Manchester City v Chelsea (kick-off 12.30pm). 3.00 Gillette Soccer Saturday 5.15 Live EFL. Leeds United v Aston Villa (kick-off 5.30pm). 8.00 Joshua v Molina: The Gloves Are Off 8.30 Nissan Game of the Day 10.30 Nissan Match Choice 11.30 Premier League Highlights 2.30 EFL Goals 3.00 Premier League Highlights

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Sunday December 4th BBC1 BBC2


Countryfile, 6.20pm

7 8 9 10 11

The Next Great Magician, 7pm

Channel 4

Channel 5 Green Lantern, 10pm

Escape to the Chateau, 8pm

6.00 Breakfast (S) 7.30 Match of the Day (S)(R) 9.00 The Andrew Marr Show (S) 10.00 Fern Britton Meets Nigel Benn (S) 11.00 Sunday Politics (S) 12.15 Bargain Hunt (S)(R) 1.00 BBC News; Weather (S) 1.15 Escape to the Country (S)(R) 1.45 FA Cup Final Score (S) 4.20 Planet Earth II (S) (R) 5.20 Songs of Praise (S) 5.55 BBC News (S) 6.10 BBC Regional News; Weather (S) 6.20 Countryfile (S)

6.00 The A to Z of TV Gardening (S) (R) 6.45 Big Dreams Small Spaces (S) (R) 7.45 Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein (S)(R) 8.15 Carol Klein’s Plant Odysseys (S)(R) 8.45 Countryfile (S)(R) 9.45 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites (S) 11.15 International Rugby Union (S)(R) 12.15 MOTD2 Extra Football discussion. (S) 1.00 Live Snooker: UK Championship (S) 6.00 MOTD: FA Cup Highlights (S)

6.00 CITV 7.25 Scrambled! (S)(R) 9.25 ITV News 9.30 Bear Grylls Survival School (S) 10.00 Peston on Sunday (S) 11.00 Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury (S)(R) 11.30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 12.30 ITV News (S) 12.35 The Chase (S)(R) 1.35 The X Factor (S)(R) 3.05 Midsomer Murders (S)(R) 5.00 Tipping Point (S) (R) 6.00 ITV Regional News (S) 6.15 ITV News 6.30 Off Their Rockers (S)

6.10 The King of Queens (S)(R) 7.25 Everybody Loves Raymond (S)(R) 8.25 Frasier (S)(R) 9.30 Sunday Brunch (S) 12.30 Jamie’s Cracking Christmas (S)(R) 1.30 The Big Bang Theory (S)(R) 2.20 The Simpsons (S) (R) 3.20 FILM School of Rock (2003) (PG) (S) 5.35 FILM Miracle on 34th Street (1994) (U) Christmas family drama remake, with Richard Attenborough. (S)

6.00 Milkshake! 9.55 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (S)(R) 10.30 Football on 5: The Championship (S)(R) 11.50 Funniest Fails, Falls & Flops (S)(R) 12.20 FILM The 12 Gifts of Christmas (2015) (PG) (S) 2.05 FILM Call Me Claus (2001) (PG) (S) 3.50 FILM Deck the Halls (2006) (PG) (S) 5.45 5 News Weekend (S) 5.50 FILM Bulletproof Monk (2003) (12) (S)

7.20 Strictly Come Dancing: The Results Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the results of last night’s show. (S)

7.00 Live Snooker: UK Championship Coverage of the second session of the final from York. (S)

7.00 The Next Great Magician Featuring the Wanted’s Tom Parker and the cast of TOWIE. (S)

7.35 Channel 4 News (S)


8.00 Planet Earth II Wildlife that inhabit the world’s grasslands. (S)

8.00 The X Factor Dermot O’Leary reveals which acts are guaranteed a place in next week’s final. (S)

8.00 Escape to the Chateau Dick and Angel make plans for the moat and the woods. (S)

9.00 My Mother and Other Strangers Rose’s sister Vera arrives in Moybeg. (S)

9.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Ant and Dec present the final of the 16th series, as the remaining three famous faces take on the last challenges in the Australian jungle. (S)

9.00 Humans Milo reveals his true intentions to Athena. (S)

10.00 BBC News (S) 10.20 BBC Regional News; Weather (S) 10.30 Match of the Day 2 Mark Chapman reviews the day’s Premier League action. (S)

10.35 ITV News; Weather (S) 10.50 Peston on Sunday Political magazine, presented by Robert Peston. (S)(R)

10.00 Gogglebox Capturing the households’ instant reactions to what they are watching on TV from the comfort of their own sofas. (S)(R)

11.00 QI XL With David Mitchell, Noel Fielding and Holly Walsh. (S) 11.45 Jazzie B’s 1980s: From Dole To Soul (S)(R)

11.50 Premiership Rugby Union Highlights from the 10th round of fixtures.

11.05 8 Out of 10 Cats Jimmy Carr hosts the comedy panel show. (S)(R)

12.45 FILM Three Fugitives (1989) (PG) Comedy, starring Nick Nolte. (S) 2.20 Sign Zone: Countryfile (S)(R) 3.15 Holby City (S)(R) 4.15 This Is BBC Two (S)

12.40 Jackpot247 3.00 Motorsport UK (S) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S)(R)

12.05 The Last Leg (S)(R) 1.00 60 Days in Jail (S)(R) 1.50 FILM A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) (12) 3.35 Shipping Wars UK (S)(R) 4.10 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (S)(R) 5.05 Location, Location, Location (S)(R)

11.35 Sunny D Dane dreads a meeting between his parents and Nicola’s father. (S) 11.55 Citizen Khan (S)(R)

AFTER 12.25 Weather for the Week Ahead



QI Xl, 11pm

(S) 12.30 BBC News (S)

ITV2 SKY: 118 FV: 6

6.00 Planet’s Funniest Animals 6.20 Emmerdale 9.25 Coronation Street 11.25 The X Factor 1.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 2.00 FILM: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011) (U) Comedy, starring Munro Chambers. 3.05 FYI Daily 3.10 FILM: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011) (U) Concluded. 3.50 FILM: The Polar Express (2004) (U) Animated adventure, with the voice of Tom Hanks. 4.50 FYI Daily 4.55 FILM: The Polar Express (2004) (U) Concluded. 5.50 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 6.50 FILM: The Incredible Hulk (2008) (12) Comic-book adventure, starring Edward Norton. 7.50 FYI Daily 7.55 FILM: The Incredible Hulk (2008) (12) Concluded. 9.00 The Xtra Factor Live 10.00 Family Guy 10.35 I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp 11.35 Family Guy 12.35 American Dad! 1.30 The Cleveland Show 2.25 Teleshopping 5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen

ITV3 SKY: 119 FV: 10

6.00 Movies Now 6.10 Doctor at Large 6.35 A Touch of Frost 8.40 Heartbeat 10.45 Foyle’s War 12.45 FILM: Columbo: Dagger of the Mind (1972) (PG) Detective drama, starring Peter Falk and Honor Blackman. 2.50 FILM: The Nun’s Story (1959) (PG) Drama, starring Audrey Hepburn. 3.55 FYI Daily 4.00 FILM: The Nun’s Story (1959) (PG) Concluded. 5.50 Foyle’s War 8.00 Lewis 10.00 Alexander Armstrong’s Land of the Midnight Sun 11.00 A Touch of Frost 1.00 FILM: Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) (U) 2.05 FYI Daily 2.10 FILM: Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) (U) 3.00 May the Best House Win 4.40 Wycliffe 5.35 ITV3 Nightscreen

BBC4 SKY: 116 FV: 9

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Have a ball with Cinders By James Richings 2016 has really been the year of surprises. Leicester City won the Premier League, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union and a businessman with no political experience became President of the United States. And with it now being December, surely 2016 can’t come up with another surprise can it? Find out as the Corn Exchange’s annual pantomime has arrived. Twelve months ago, the Market Place venue had monumental success with ‘Dick Whittington’, and this year, the theatre is hoping it can recreate this with ‘Cinderella’, which began last week and runs until New Year’s Eve. Oliver Broad, who plays one of the ugly sisters, was also in last year’s pantomime in Newbury, and he believes the show will have something for everyone. “It’s aimed at everybody,” he told the Observer. “Children are a lot cleverer and more perceptive than we

often give them credit for as they know whether their grown-ups are having a great time or not. “For example, if their mum, dad, granny or grandad are having a great time and really enjoying the show then I really believe the children will just enjoy it even more.” This year’s show asks one of the most common questions in panto: will Cinders go to the ball? The title character lives with her father and two stepsisters but the latter treat our heroine with little respect and she is made to do all of the disgusting chores. She dreams that one-day she will fi nd her true love, go to a glamorous ball and live happily ever after. So when a magical fairy comes to Cinderella’s rescue, we see that the handsome Prince Charming is on the other side of the kingdom looking for love. Will Cinderella escape the shackles of her evil relatives and fi nally fi nd love? Or will she be alone forever? “I think the message of Cinderella is be kind to each other, take

care of each other and good will prevail,” Oliver said. “I also think the magic is very important. “We’re incredibly privileged to make magic happen in pantomime and Cinderella is the most magical panto of them all. “For me it’s not just the magic of a pumpkin turning into a coach, it’s also those magic moments like when a character on stage reacts to an audience member who is reacting to them. “That spark of magic fl ies between them and everyone in the room shares it too. “I’m a great believer in that famous quote by Roald Dahl: And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. “It’s often said that a pantomime is a child’s fi rst experience of theatre which means it’s crucial to get it right and do the best show we possibly can.” Tickets cost from £12 to £22. For more information, go to VË#‰ÜjÁË Á?aË®jwͯË?™aË ?™™ßË.͝jÄË®Á‰~†Í¯Ë

Taming the Lyon in Newbury By James Richings THE last 12 months have been pretty decent for Zoe Lyons. The past year has seen the comedian appear on ‘Live at the Apollo’, work with John Bishop and win the ‘Best Comic’ category at the Chortle Awards, one of the UK’s highest-profile comedy award ceremonies. But now Zoe is focusing on her brand new stand-up show ‘Misfits’, which will arrive at New Greenham Arts Centre on Saturday. Her visit to the Lindenmuth Way venue will be her last show for the year, and she hopes she can end 2016 on a high. “The show is very loosely themed on the idea of never having fitted in,” the 45-yearold told the Observer. “I am interested in how humans group themselves together and I think that we have become a lot more tribal of late, particularly when it comes to politics. “The EU referendum in this country and now the

election in the States have polarised populations like never before. “Problems occur when supporters on opposite sides of an argument refuse to engage in debate with each other.” She added: “Anybody who has seen me before will know I am quite energetic on stage. “I like to act out my bigger routines, flesh them out with voices. “I guess there is an element of clowning to my stand up.” After graduating from the University of York in 1992 with a degree in psychology, Zoe first entered the world of showbusiness when she appeared on the reality TV show ‘Survivor’ back in 2001. Despite finishing in 11th place out of the 14 contestants, the experience of being on TV gave Zoe the motivation to try stand-up comedy. A year later she made her debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her ‘Shut Up You’re Mother’ tour, which went down very well

with critics and fans, and she has not looked back since. Regular appearances at the Fringe alongside comedy festivals in Leicester, Dartmouth, Brighton and Melbourne put Zoe on the international comedy circuit, which inevitably lead to television appearances, most notably on ‘Mock the Week’, appearing on the programme six times in the last eight years. And Zoe wouldn’t change anything for the world. “I did my first gig about 14 years ago at an open mic night in London and it was five minutes that really changed my life,” she said. “I decided there and then that this was what I was going to do, I was going to be a stand-up. “I don’t think I have ever had what you would call a big break, I am slow burner. “I have had a series of things that have happened over the years that have spurred my career on.” Tickets cost £15 and it starts at 8pm.

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Return visit to arts centre LIVE MUSIC: Just like last year, the Mandolinquents will be returning to the Arlington Arts Centre on Saturday. Made up of Richard Collins, Hilary James, Simon Mayor and Gerald Garcia, the four friends will be joined by harpist Camilla Pay and clarinettist Nick Ellis as the musicians get ready to play pieces by Mozart, Ravel and Tchaikovsky all with a Christmassy twist. Tickets cost £15 and it starts at 8pm.

Alien blockbuster arriving FILM SCREENING: ‘Arrival’, will be screened at the Corn Exchange Cinema from tomorrow, Friday to Thursday, December 8. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, the movie focuses on 12 alien spaceships that enter the Earth’s atmosphere and hang over the planet. Linguistics expert Louise Banks (Adams) is called in to lead government officials to see how they can communicate with the creatures. Tickets cost from £5 to £8.50.

Fubar are back in town LIVE MUSIC: Newbury-based covers band Fubar will be gigging at The Dolphin in Newbury tomorrow night, Friday. The five-piece group, who regularly gig at the Bartholomew Street venue, will perform tracks from the ‘60s to the current day. The gig is free and starts at 9pm.

Panto with a twist PANTOMIME: The Watermill Theatre’s pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’, will be performed at the Bagnor venue from now until New Year’s Day. Fairy Good puts the land’s beautiful princess in an enchanted sleep in a fit of anger. Worried about what she has done, the mischievous fairy has to seek out a suitably brave and handsome prince to break the spell. However, things don’t go to plan as the Prince Charming she has chosen doesn’t meet the expectations of the panicky fairy. Director Bill Buckhurst said: “I’m very excited to be directing Rufus Norris’ thrilling re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty, which gives a brilliant contemporary twist to this much-loved fairytale. “We have a fantastic cast and creative team for this production and we’re looking forward to immersing The Watermill Theatre in a magical world.” The show is suitable for children aged four or above. Tickets cost from £10.50 to £22.

Take That and cover LIVE MUSIC: Covers group the Continuum Covers Band will be performing at The Mill in Thatcham this Saturday. The group, who are made up of Danny Bash, Pete Clarke, and EJ Brookes, will play songs from a range of artists and bands including The Killers, Take That, and Buddy Holly. This is a free gig, which starts at 8.30pm.

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POLICE COPS With the help of his new partner – a retired renegade named Harrison – the pair begin to unearth the secrets that the case holds. Police Cops is a cinematic joyride, speeding down Adventure Avenue in a souped-up squad car. Oh, and the steering wheel is made out of guns. Fri, Dec 2 – Thu, Dec 8 Corn Exchange Cinema, Newbury

ARRIVAL When twelve alien spacecraft enter Earth’s atmosphere and hang sentinel over the planet, linguistics expert Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is called in to lead government attempts to communicate. Working with scientist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), she seeks the answer to one very simple question: What do they want? As paranoia drives mankind to the brink of global war, the pair race against the clock to discover the aliens’ purpose. Contains infrequent strong language.

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FESTIVAL OF LIGHT: LANTERN PROCESSION A festive tradition within Newbury, the 7th Festival of Light: Lantern Procession gathers the community together to share in this stunning winter outdoor event. Join us from 4pm as the Lantern bearers meet and start to light their lamps, with the procession starting from 4.30pm on Northbrook Street, and parading to Market Place in centre of Newbury Town Centre. Why not come along to one of our free Lantern Making Workshops, or just come along on the day and enjoy the spectacle and atmosphere, as hundreds of lights process through the streets of Newbury. Wed, Dec 14, 7.30pm The Haymarket, Basingstoke



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WHO KILLED SANTA CLAUS Barbara Love is a famous TV star who, just before her Christmas party, is threatened by a chilling voice on her answering machine and then receives a macabre present boxed in a miniature coffin. Not so much a ‘whodunnit’ but more a ‘who’s going to do it’, as along troop the staff of her television show for the Christmas buffet, each one of them with a motive to murder her. Thu, Dec 8 – Mon, Jan 2 The Anvil, Basingstoke

SLEEPING BEAUTY One of the most loved and enchanting pantomimes, Sleeping Beauty, returns. Featuring traditional pantomime ingredients for the whole family, Sleeping Beauty’s glittering costumes, sensational songs and dazzling dance routines are guaranteed to keep you awake! So set your alarm clocks and don’t miss out on fun, laughter and magic in this dream of a pantomime. Sat, Dec 10, 8pm New Greenham Arts Centre, Newbury


On the night before Christmas, Emily stares out of the window, hugs her teddy and waits excitedly for the morning, while in the corner a little mouse called Eddie can’t understand why only humans are allowed to get presents. So he sets off in search of Father Christmas to find out for himself. Along the way he dodges the family cat, gets directions from a cowardly robot and is given some unexpected advice from the magical fairy on top of the tree. Will Eddie get an answer? Will Emily get her wish? And what is that funny-shaped present sitting under the tree? The Night Before Christmas is the latest production from Big Wooden Horse, creators of the hit shows Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, The Way Back Home and Aliens Love Underpants.

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THE RAT PACK An all-new spectacular brings together the UK’s number 1 Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr and Frank Sinatra for the first time ever in the most ‘swingsational’ show of the year. The brand-new production combines the full sound of big band swing with the charisma, panache and swagger of the original trio, authentically capturing Dean, Sammy and Frank during their fifties and sixties Vegas heyday, and featuring all the patter and razzamatazz of the Rat Pack’s infamous live stage show. Fri, Dec 16, 7.30pm Carol Concert

St Agnes Fountain come together for one month a year; the Christmas tour each December. Performing ‘rhythmed-up’ carols and Christmas music, interspersed with laughter and spoken word, they begin their 16th year this December.

ST MATTHEW’S CHURCH, BLACKMOOR Come and join Reverend Dominic Clarke and St Matthew’s Church Choir as we celebrate Christmas with a very special Carol Concert.

Enjoy singing all your favorite Christmas carols and experience exactly what Christmas is really about! All proceeds from ticket sales will be going to St Matthew’s Church to support their charitable activities. Fri, Dec 16, 8pm New Greenham Arts, Newbury

BARB JUNGR Celebrate the festive season with “Britain’s best cabaret singer� and acclaimed international jazz recording and performance artist in this brilliantly created collection and collaboration. With pianist Jenny Carr, Barb presents songs from every corner with her usual swing and panache, both traditional and from the box of surprises! Nodding to Dylan’s Christmas album, Joni Mitchell and the great songs from all genres and persuasions of this special time of year, prepare to party (in an elegant jazz/cabaret kind of way). Sat, Dec 17, 7.30pm The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon

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Three tries in six minutes see Blues lose to top team Thatcham hit by first home loss of season THATCHAM RFC suffered their first home defeat of the season when they lost 19-12 against Stow-on-the-Wold on Saturday. Despite dominating the match in terms of possession, Thatcham were unable to translate this into points and suffered their fourth loss of the campaign. The fi rst half was littered with Thatcham mistakes as they pressed forward, with Stow able to intercept one pass in particular on the half-way line for Ted Holmes to have a clear run for a try, converted by Jake Collett. That would be the only score before the break, but after the restart Thatcham started to put in a much better showing and got their fi rst points on the board as Arron Butt went over. And soon afterwards Thatcham took the lead as Danny Shaughnessy ran in for a try from 35 metres, before kicking the extras himself. However, with 10 minutes left on the clock, Stow pulled level following a Dan Salvage try to make for a tense end to the match. And there was confusion at the end as Thatcham’s forwards stopped mid-play, believing the referee was about the blow his whistle for an infringement, allowing Bradley Wrench to run in for the winning try for Stow. The defeat means Thatcham have dropped to sixth in the Southern Counties North table on 27 points, although they remain within three of Wallingford in third. With no league match this weekend, Thatcham’s next game is at home to Wallingford on December 10.

By Adam Flinn NEWBURY Blues lost ground in the hunt for the South West 1 East title as they were beaten 27-18 at home to league leaders Old Patesians on Saturday. The Blues are now nine points behind the top side in third place and eight off second-placed Maidenhead, with only the top two teams winning promotion. It was Newbury’s biggest defeat of the season, although they had opened the scoring after just four minutes courtesy of Nick Wackwitz’s penalty kick. Old Pats levelled the scores soon after with their own penalty, before Wackwitz re-established the Blues’ three-point lead with his second penalty of the afternoon. And things were looking promising for the Blues approaching

the hour mark as Kyle Doel got the fi rst try on the board after breaking through several tackles, with Wackwitz grabbing the extras. However, a devastating sixminute spell before the break saw Newbury crumble. Tries in the 30th, 34th and 36th minutes, of which the latter two were converted, turned the tables around completely and gave the Old Pats a healthy 22-13 lead at half-time. The Blues needed to get a fast start to the second half, but it did not happen as Old Pats extended their lead in the 55th minute with another try to secure the bonus point, although the conversion effort was just wide. There was a glimmer of hope for Newbury as they responded within four minutes with their own try as Josh Winfield scored.

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27-18 victory. The Blues will be looking for a quick return to winning form as they travel to struggling Oxford Harlequins on Saturday.

NEWBURY & Thatcham Hockey Club men’s 1sts came close to their first win of the season but ultimately lost to high-flying Oxford Hawks 2nds on Saturday. They were beaten 4-3 by the Hawks, who are currently second in the standings, while Newbury & Thatcham sit at the bottom of the pile. Two goals from Martin Hitchcock and one from Kevin Randall saw Newbury & Thatcham run the Hawks close, but they came up short in their hunt for a fi rst win of the season. They remain on one point in

the Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional 1 standings, and play host to Wallingford in their next match on Saturday. Elsewhere, the ladies’ 1sts moved to the top of the Trysports Three Counties League Premier 2 with a 5-2 win over Thame 1sts. It was a return to form for Newbury & Thatcham after losing their fi rst match of the season against Marlow the previous week. They are level on 22 points with Slough 2nds at the top, who they face in their next game on Saturday afternoon.

Both of Thatcham Town’s games are called off THATCHAM Town didn’t manage to get a game in this week as their matches on Saturday afternoon and Tuesday night were postponed. The Kingfishers were due to face Hellenic Premier League

title rivals Thame United on Saturday - the two sides currently being fi rst and second in the table. But a power failure at Waterside Park meant the match had to be postponed.

FOOTBALL: Hungerford Town were knocked out of the FA Trophy on Saturday when they were beaten 1-0 at home to Gosport Borough. Chris Flood got the only goal of the match in the 37th minute, easily beating Hungerford goalkeeper George Legg with a clinical finish. It sees Gosport move into the first round proper of the FA Trophy, in which they will travel to AFC Sudbury on December 10. Hungerford will return to National League South action away to Chelmsford City this Saturday.

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Heath and Bracknell Town in third and fourth also have extra matches to play. And Thatcham’s Tuesday night Challenge Cup fi xture versus Moreton Rangers was called off due to a frozen pitch.

GOLF: Two weeks after winning the November medal at West Berks Golf Club, in-form fourhandicapper Jason Kendal has won the Gillas Cup. Kendal scored 79 points in the four-round competition to beat vice-captain Mick Gregorace on countback, with Pete Dye in third.

Wells competes ATHLETICS: Lucy Wells finished a credible 37th out of 126 for Team Kennet Athletics Club at the British Athletics Cross Country Challenge on Saturday. Wells was competing in the under-15 girls category at the race in Liverpool, in an event that incorporated the European Trials.

First victory FOOTBALL: Newbury Ladies picked up their first win of the season in the Southern Region Women’s Football League on Sunday, beating Bracknell Town 3-2. Nicole Beesley and Caroline Harkness got the first two for Newbury, with Ellernore Reed scoring the winner after Bracknell had equalised. It puts Newbury eighth in the table on four points after eight games, with just pointless Bracknell below them. Newbury’s next game is away to Alton in the Chairman’s Cup on Sunday.

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Lucky 13 for Simpson in Hennessy Gold Cup By Adam Flinn RICHARD Simpson finally landed his first Hennessy Gold Cup success at the 13th attempt as he rode Native River to victory at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday. The 7/2 favourite took the win in the £200,000 feature race by half a length over Carole’s D e st r ie r, with Double Ross a further five lengths back in third place. Native River was always in a prominent position and took over the lead from Double Ross approaching the last jump. He then had to hold off a challenge from the strong-fi nishing Carole’s Destrier, but survived to triumph in the 60th running of the race.

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“People kept telling me how I had never won this race, so it is always nice to get one that you haven’t done before,” said Simpson. “He is a very good horse and good horses make jockeys’ lives easier because they can jump, they can travel and they put you in the right position. “I was worried 50 yards before the post but he found more when he needed to.” It was also a fi rst victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup for trainer Colin Tizzard, who also tasted success during the day with Thistlecrack in the bet365 Novices’ Chase and with Ultragold in the bet365 Handicap Chase. He said: “Everything was right for Native River and we expected a big run. “I think he travelled better than he ever has and he jumped beautifully – he only just won in the end but I can’t believe it. “If he is in the same form as this in March, we would have to think about the [Cheltenham] Gold Cup – Hennessy winners are often right up there with the best of them so we would have to consider it.” Thistlecrack put in his best display to date to see off the challenges of Ibis Du Rheu and Bidbadjohn to fi nish eight lengths clear, while Ultragold survived


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a mistake two fences out to win by half a length from Parsnip Pete. Almost 18,000 race fans attended on Saturday, the second highest total in the last 20 years. Andy Clifton, head of communications at Newbury Racecourse, said: “It was another fantastic Hennessy Gold Cup day with the large crowd treated to a fantastic display from Native River in the big race. “To have Thistlecrack also win on the same card for the Colin Tizzard team was just tremendous and it was a great day all round.” Other winners on Saturday included La Bague Au Roi in the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, O Maonlai in the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase, Onefitzall in the bet365 Handicap Hurdle, and Who Dares Wins in the bet365 Intermediate Handicap Hurdle. Friday’s winners were Unowhatimeanharry, Jenkins, Knockgraffon, Clan Des Obeaux, Roman Flight, Solomn Grundy and Reigning Supreme.

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