Christmas fes-TV-ities

With Christmas less than a week away, we are starting to prepare for the most anticipated meal of the year – Christmas Dinner. And what better way to prepare for your festive feast than by enjoying our Christmas Fest-TV-ity countdown?

Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas

Wednesday, December 18th, 7pm, 4Seven

Kirstie Allsopp shows how fast crafts can beat the clock and make a big impact. Her home-made delights include mince pie popcorn with tree syrup, a rich red velvet Christmas cheese cake, a dazzling neon star, dramatic Christmas crowns and traditional gifts tie-dyed with a twist. Kirstie also makes a Christmas cocktail for a Yuletide party.

Food & Drink Christmas special with Mary Berry and Glynn Purnell

Wednesday, December 18, 8pm, BBC2

Mary Berry makes another appearance on BBC2, this time with Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell.

They’ll be joining Food & Drink regulars, culinary legend Michel Roux Jr and award-winning drinks expert Kate Goodman, to create the perfect yuletide feast, accompanied by a foolproof guide to the best Christmas tipples. This one-off special paves the way for the new series of Food & Drink which begins in January.

The Twelve Drinks of Christmas

Thursday, December 19, 9pm, BBC2

Pointless host Alexander Armstrong teams up with his brother-in-law, restaurant critic Giles Coren for a light-hearted guide to the best Christmas beverages.

In this hour-long programme, they’ll be looking for 12 different festive drinks they can agree on (and there are several entertaining disputes). Included in their festive shortlist is the definitive Christmas Eve cocktail, the best wines to serve with lunch, a wassail punch and the ultimate egg-nog.

Gordon Ramsay’s Festive Home Cooking

Three-part series starting Friday, December 20, 8pm, Channel 4

As part of a new three-part series, Gordon Ramsay shows off his favourite recipes for a cracking holiday period, including the perfect eggs Benedict, a delicious beef fillet with salsa verde and smoky pulled pork with chipotle mayonnaise for relaxed and laid-back

Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas

Friday, December 20th, 4:40pm, more4

Jamie Oliver was voted the chef people were most likely to turn to for advice on how to add variety to the most important meal of the year. Now Jamie brings together his all-time classic Christmas recipes in two festive specials, introduced by Jamie’s daughters Poppy and Daisy, and brought to life with animation. It’s everything you need to know about Christmas food. So let Jamie help to make this your best Christmas ever!

Jimmy’s Grow Your Own Christmas Dinner

Sunday, December 22nd. 9pm, More4

Jimmy Doherty tries to find out where the food on our Christmas plate comes from historically, and how it has evolved in the age of mass production.

Jimmy has spent months growing and making his own traditional dinner from scratch – to discover if it tastes better than the modern turkey and trimmings provided by the giant supermarket farms and factories.

Can he nurse his knobbly heritage variety vegetables (potatoes, sprouts and carrots) through the attentions of numerous farm pests just to compete with their washed, graded and uniform counterparts from the supermarkets?

Jimmy’s best mate Jamie Oliver helps decide which Christmas dinner should be declared the winner.

Nigella Bites: Christmas Special

Monday, December 23rd, 7pm, Channel 4

In this one-hour special, Nigella shares her favourite Yuletide recipes and a few personal secrets that will help take the culinary hassle out of the festive period.

There’s food that’s perfect for those unexpected guests, traditional Xmas recipes with a Nigella twist, and exquisite leftover dishes which means no hideous last-minute dashes to the supermarket.

Food Unwrapped’s Christmas Dinner

Tuesday, December 24th, 7pm, 4seven

Jimmy, Kate and Matt present a Christmas special unearthing the secrets behind our festive food

Over 10 million turkeys head for the oven at Christmas. Jimmy investigates the safest way to cook a turkey: can they ever be cooked from frozen?

On Christmas Eve its traditional for children to leave out a snack for Father Christmas and a carrot for his reindeer. But do reindeer actually eat carrots?

Do the bubbles in Champagne go to your head and make you feel tipsy sooner than other tipples?

Kate’s also on a mission to find out what’s in the suet in your Christmas pud. And Jimmy wants to know why kids hate Brussels sprouts, and if food scientists can come up with a solution.

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