This week’s television picks:
Jamie: Keep Cooking At Christmas, Sunday 6th December, 8.00pm-9.00pm, Channel 4
Jamie Oliver and his family invite us to get into the Christmas spirit as they prepare for their own family celebrations, offering us a helpful guide to the whole festive season.
From creating edible presents for those who we can’t meet in person and ideas for a gorgeous Christmas dinner with our more immediate family to ways of reinventing leftovers, Jamie has loads of handy hints and tips for a bespoke Christmas 2020 as we navigate such unprecedented times.
In the first part of this two-part special, Jamie looks at ways to make cracking Christmas gifts to share with our loved ones. We might not be able to sit around a table all together as normal this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t share gorgeous festive food, starting with a sumptuous roasted mulled wine ham that’s cooked and glazed in all the flavours of Christmas. Accompanied by cheeses you can flavour and deliver ready to be baked, it’s the perfect gift for those who we might be missing this year. Jamie and the children also create the ultimate yule log for their grandparents.
For the big day itself, Jamie’s been thinking about ways to plan ahead, even if we’re not yet sure how many people we’ll be cooking for. Whether you’ve bought a turkey crown or the whole bird, Jamie shows us how we can make a beautiful sage, onion and apricot stuffing that that can be rolled and placed in the oven at the same time or saved for another day. Served with a simple but phenomenal chestnut gravy, and with a lesson in the best way to layer flavour with your veg, this is a Christmas dinner that’s perfect for whatever we need this year.
Gary Barlow’s Night at the Museum, Sunday 6th December, 9.00pm-10.05pm, ITV
Gary Barlow hosts an hour of musical fun from the Natural History Museum in London.
A stellar line up featuring some of the UK’s best loved stars join music legend Gary Barlow for a one-off TV special that promises to be a truly spectacular event held at a truly magnificent venue.
Gary Barlow’s Night At The Museum will see the award-winning singer songwriter performing both new music, from his new album Music Played By Humans, and some of his greatest hits accompanied by an orchestra in the splendid setting of London’s iconic Natural History Museum.
Gary will be joined through the night by a range of special guests including global superstar and friend Michael Bublé, Jack Whitehall, Jason Donovan, Ronan Keating, Alesha Dixon, Alfie Boe, Beverly Knight and Sebastian Yatra.
Guaranteed to be the hottest ticket in town, ITV viewers will have a front row seat at this exclusive music event.
“I am so excited to host this music special,” said Gary. “During a tumultuous time for the whole country, it feels amazing to be able to put on a proper night of entertainment at one of the most exciting locations in London and featuring some amazing guests and musicians. It’s going to be a very special evening and even though we are staying inside at the moment, let’s get our glad rags on and make believe we’re heading out for the night.”
Katie Rawcliffe, ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside the super talented Gary Barlow on what will be a wonderfully unique and exciting event giving ITV viewers the chance to sit back and enjoy some brilliant music from some of the biggest stars.”
Luxury Christmas For Less, Monday 7th December, 8.00pm-9.00pm, Channel 4
This Christmas we all need all need a festive pick-me-up. We all want to indulge. But with money being tighter than ever, we want both quality and value. So Sabrina Grant and Helen Skelton reveal how to get a luxury Christmas for less.
The consumer duo speak to former supermarket insiders and uncover what the supermarkets know about our tastes and our shopping habits – and reveal how consumers can use that knowledge to get a brilliant Christmas at bargain prices.
The programme also reveals why you shouldn’t be afraid of doing your special Christmas shop at a discounter – because there is a very good chance that you are buying the same quality product that’s sold by the high-end stores, just with different branding.
Retail psychologists reveal the covert role of party food in getting us to spend more than we need to, and why we are wasting money on champagne when we could get just as good fizz for half the price.
Also, why buying the biggest oversize chocolates and biscuits in the store almost certainly means you aren’t getting the best bang for your buck. And Sabrina and Helen reveal the secret to buying a turkey and what separates the luxury mince pies from the rest.
Coronation Street: 60 Unforgettable Years, Monday 7th December, 8.30pm-10.00pm, ITV
This special explores the legacy of the world’s longest-running soap opera. Coronation Street: 60 Unforgettable Years is a special celebrating the diamond anniversary of Britain’s favourite soap.
We’ll hear never heard before secrets from the show’s stars – from first audition nerves, to fallouts, to memorable location shoots, to remembering their special memories of the storylines that gripped the nation.
Giggles and gaffes, jaw-dropping moments unseen for decades as Coronation Street: 60 Unforgettable Years tells the story of how this treasured soap has become a national institution.
Narrated by Joanna Lumley OBE and featuring Michelle Keegan, Julie Hesmondalgh, William Roach, Barbara Knox, David Neilsen, Lorna Laidlaw, Simon Gregson, John Thomson, Sally Dynevor, Michael Le Vell, Alexandra Mardell, Jack P Shepherd, Jimmi Harkishin, Alan Halsall, Jennie McAlpine, Tina O’Brien and a host of other Coronation Street stars.
For The Love Of Britain, Tuesday 8th December, 7.30pm-8.00pm, ITV
For The Love of Britain is a new series in which Julie Walters invites us to take a great escape into our great outdoors.
Britain – the majestic isle we call home – is made up of some gloriously varied landscapes. Sitting within those landscapes are the cherished places we never tire of and plenty of hidden gems many of us are yet to discover. For The Love of Britain provides a guide to both, taking us on a journey through all that’s truly great about our country.
With the help of some familiar faces, the series explores the length and breadth of the nation, with each episode focusing on a different part of the UK. From our lakes, to our peaks and our sweeping coastline, viewers will be guided through our green and pleasant island home…from those who both live in it and love it.
In this episode we visit Britain’s most popular national park, the Lake District.
Julia Bradbury will be hiking up England’s third highest peak, the mighty Helvellyn. Ben Fogle tests his own head for heights with an unusual climbing experience at Honister slate mine. In the wild Borrowdale Valley, Ray Mears meets some of Britain’s biggest ants, while Ade Edmondson captains a vintage steamer on the waters of lake Ullswater.