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Jamie Oliver
5 Ingredients

By Jamie Oliver
Review by Jenny Itzcovitz

Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients

Not enough time to cook? Only a few things left in the fridge? Need inspiration? No problem! Jamie's 5 Ingredients focuses unapologetically on genius combinations of just five ingredients that work together to deliver an utterly delicious result, giving maximum flavour, with minimum fuss. These are dishes that are ridiculously quick to put together from start to finish, with just 10 minutes hands-on time, while the oven or hob does the hard work.

Each recipe has been tried and tested to ensure the book is packed with no-fuss, user-friendly dishes. With over 130 recipes, and chapters on Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Fish, Eggs, Veg, Salads, Pasta, Rice & Noodles and Sweet Things, there’s plenty of quick and easy recipe inspiration to choose from.

Every recipe has a visual ingredient guide, serving size, timings, a short, easy-to-follow method, and quick-reference nutrition information, ensuring everything is easy, clear and straightforward.

Food content is shared in such a variety of ways now, from Pinterest, BuzzFeed and YouTube to word of mouth and everything in between, all of it giving you great tricks, hacks and nuggets of info that are easy to digest, as well as enticing visual references. Jamie's intention with this book was to bottle all of that and make sense of it in one place, sharing solid, exciting recipes that by their very nature are based on clever tips, tricks and techniques.

I love home cooking, but I'm often put off by complicated recipes with too many ingredients, so I was delighted to receive 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver.

I was really impressed by the tempting selection of recipes and the fact they were easy to make with ingredients that were often in my store cupboard or simple to buy.

Each recipe has one stunning full colour photograph so that you can see the finished dish. There are also five smaller pictures of the ingredients, so you can immediately see what you need to buy. Everything is healthy, nutritious and appetising. There's plenty of scope here for lovely meals and desserts.

My favourites are the Lemony Courgette Linguine, Chicken Pot Pie, Cherry Chocolate Mousse, Plum Tarte Tatin, and Berry Meringue Ripple. Absolutely delicious.

This is a great buy for Christmas or for anyone who needs help and inspiration in the kitchen. It's guaranteed to give you plenty of ideas for great home cooking.

Jamie Oliver

               Author, Jamie Oliver

Jamie says, “I want everyone to enjoy cooking from scratch and, armed with this book, there are no excuses!

“I’ve made it as simple as possible to cook amazing food, celebrating the joy of five ingredients, any day of the week, whatever the occasion – everything from a quick weeknight supper to a weekend feast with friends.”

5 Ingredients, Quick & Easy Food is published by Michael Joseph. Price is £26 for the hardback.

For more information about the book click on www.penguin.co.uk
 

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 Annual
By Alison Maloney
Review by Jenny Itzcovitz

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 Annual by Alison Maloney

Series 15 of Strictly Come Dancing is back and more glamorous than ever. Let yourself be twirled around the dance floor by the 2018 annual, your perfect guide to the divas, drama and dancing.

Get the lowdown on all the celebrities and dancers. The Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2018 is simply fabulous. Featuring a sequin-studded cast of celebrities, exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes exclusives, this annual is your perfect partner for the glittering world of Strictly.

I'm a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing and always very interested to find out more about the celebrities and what goes on behind the scenes of this wonderful show, so I was keen to read this new book.

Packed with in-depth interviews with the dancers, celebrities, judges and even the talented Dave Arch who writes and  looks after the fabulous music for show, this book is a must for Strictly Come Dancing fans. There's even a fascinating section about how the Glitter Ball trophy was created.

The book includes plenty of high quality colourful photographs, trivia and fun quotes from the stars. I loved finding out about the dancers' pets, favourite foods, and what they do just before they hit the Strictly Dance floor. There's also a Word Search and a Strictly Quiz to test if you are the ultimate fan!

The perfect Christmas Gift for fans of Strictly Come Dancing. It's the perfect souvenir to what must be one of the best family television shows at the moment. Dancing is one of the greatest forms of exercise and this uplifting book is the perfect way to get you started on your own ballroom journey.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 Annual is published by BBC Books. Price is £12.99 for the hardback.

For more information about the book click on
www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk
 

Down to Earth
By Monty Don
Review by Simon Fine

Down to Earth by Monty Don

Monty Don is best known for presenting the BBC television series Gardeners' World. Millions of viewers enjoy his reflective style and his passion for gardening which helps to promote a sense of wellbeing.

His many fans will therefore appreciate that his latest book, Down to Earth, is written very much in the same style as he presents Gardeners’ World. He could almost be in the garden with you, sharing advice and encouraging those of us who try our utmost to develop our own borders of flowers and shrubs, lush green lawns and vegetable beds.

Although this is not a reference book for gardeners, there is a great deal of advice which the less experienced gardener will find helpful and encouraging. How to make the most of whatever plot of land you have at your disposal, how to plan and develop each area of the garden, selecting the most suitable plants and how to grow and look after your garden which, as Monty points out, is always a work in progress.

I found the month-by-month guide of twelve short chapters describing the jobs that we should do in our own gardens particularly helpful. How and when to perform certain tasks such as pruning, can be a mystery, as we strive to encourage healthy growth and avoid causing permanent damage.

Monty reveals the jobs he does in his own garden, that he hopes are relevant to you. Being an organic gardener, Monty encourages the reader to be more accepting of what many of us regard as weeds and pests, as they often play a beneficial role in the complex life of a garden. He also prefers to work with nature, accepting a degree of untidiness rather than producing perfectly manicured flower beds and lawns.

Throughout the book there is the pleasure of working in partnership with nature, especially during the long days of summer, as Monty writes, “my idea of horticultural heaven is to be weeding or planting as the light gently falls around me”.

This is wonderful book to relax with during the winter months and to inspire gardeners to plan for the new year. Monty's intimate and lyrical writing is accompanied by photos of his own garden. It is a great gift for the gardener in your life.

Monty Don has been gardening on TV for over 25 years and since 2003 has been the lead presenter on BBC TV’s Gardeners’ World. He is a longstanding organic gardener and was President of the Soil Association from 2008 to 2017.

Down to Earth is published by DK. Price is £17.99 for the hardback.

For more information visit the website at www.dk.com

 

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse
By Alexander McCall Smith
Review by Jenny Itzcovitz

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse is set in World War II. England is under threat, and everybody has a part to play, no matter how small. Val works on a farm as a Land Girl, supplying produce to the local air force base. Her life becomes intertwined with that of an American aviator as they do their bit to combat the Nazi menace. Even Val's sheepdog, the curiously named Peter Woodhouse, is caught up in the conflict when he is adopted as the Americans' mascot.

This is a story about the joy and necessity of unlikely friendships in troubled times. A small cog in the vast machine of war. Peter Woodhouse brings together two men on the opposite sides of history. Suddenly imperilled as an unlikely  POW, Peter inspires an act of humanity from a German soldier. From this moment of compassion, friendships develop between men and women that extend down the decades to the present.

Crisscrossing Europe and generations, this novel of love, war and the aftermath is infused with McCall Smith's trademark wisdom and humour.

I always enjoy reading Alexander McCall Smith's books, and this new stand alone wartime novel was different to his usual style, and another great read.

The story explores many different unlikely wartime relationships, including a young German soldier and an American pilot, and the intrepid sheepdog Peter Woodhouse, who helps bring them together. This also filters through to the two women who become friends after the war is over.

Warmly written and cleverly constructed, many other thought provoking themes are included in the book such as the futility of war, man's relationships with animals, and the bravery and comradeship of war. The perfect read for a cold evening by the fireside with a hot cup of cocoa. I would highly recommend it.

Alexander McCall Smith

   Author, Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world's most prolific and most popular authors. For many years he was a Professor of Medical Law, then, after the publication of his highly successful No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and he has seen his various series translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world.

These include the 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfield series and the Corduroy Mansion novels.

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse is published by Polygon, an imprint of Berlinn. Price is £14.99 for the hardback.

For more information about the book visit the website at www.polygonbooks.co.uk

 

Blue Planet II
By James Honeyborne
and Mark Brownlow

Review by Simon Fine

Blue Planet II by James Honeyborne and Mark Brownlow

Over 70% of our planet is covered in water, and it is the presence of water that makes planet earth unique. Yet our knowledge of the moon has been greater than parts of our oceans until recently. During the last decade, new species, new behaviours and new habitats have been discovered at a rapid rate. Blue Planet II, which accompanies the hugely popular 7-part series on BBC1, is a ground-breaking new look at the richness and variety of underwater life across our planet.

The Blue Planet team carried out 125 expeditions and spent 1500 days at sea including more than 1000 hours in the deep, filming in every ocean, at many depths, visiting coral reefs, coasts, undersea forests and meadows, the deep sea and the vast open oceans.

With over 200 breath-taking photographs and stills from the BBC Natural History Unit's spectacular footage, each chapter of Blue Planet II brings to life a different habitat of the oceanic world. Much of the story is of life and death conflicts, as each creature looks for food whilst avoiding being a meal for the next hunter in the food chain. Perhaps the most fascinating footage is from the depths of the oceans, over a kilometre deep, where an amazing array of colourful creatures survive in extreme pressures with little sunlight.

A theme of the book is the impact which man may be having on the seas. Overfishing has depleted stocks of fish; the shark fin trade for example has depleted the number of sharks. Pollution such as plastic waste has damaged the sensitive environments of the oceans. The warming of the seas has harmed some coral reefs and caused melting of ice flows which support walruses and others. Noise pollution has affected sea life that depends on their sense of hearing to find food and places to breed. Coastal developments have damaged the habitat of many breeds. The final chapter of the book offers hope, giving examples where these trends can be reversed if there is willingness to do so.

James Honeyborne

       Author, James Honeyborne

James Honeyborne, executive producer of Blue Planet II, is the producer and director of award-winning wildlife documentaries for the BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic. He was series producer on the BBC’s landmark series Africa, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and his other television credits include Wildlife on One and The Natural World.

He is also director of feature-length wildlife drama, Meerkats – The Movie. Mark Brownlow is the series producer of Blue Planet II. He was a producer on the BBC's landmark series Planet Earth and has produced many natural history documentaries for the BBC, including Hidden Kingdoms and Ocean Giants.

Blue Planet II is published by BBC Books in hardback. Price is £25 for the hardback.

For more information visit the website at www.penguin.co.uk
 

The Times
Great Letters

Edited by James Owen
Review by Simon Fine

The Times Great Letters, edited by James Owen

The Times was first published in 1785 and its dedicated letters page appeared for the first time in 1914. Since then it has become the most famous letters page of any newspaper. Even in today’s digital world, The Times Letters page is still the choice of opinion formers and those with a cynical or quirky perspective to address their correspondence. James Owen has compiled a delightful selection of over 300 letters written over the last century to demonstrate the unique qualities of The Times Letters Page.

The book is helpfully in chronological order which highlights how the world has evolved during the last century. In the early part of the twentieth century, attitudes towards women would shock the current generation. Marriage meant the end of one’s professional career, attitudes to unmarried mothers were unsympathetic and equal voting rights took decades to achieve.

Even in 1962, one writer was appalled by “the growing menace of women”. Contributors also complained about young men who preferred golf and tennis to the more manly game of cricket. Interestingly in the 1920s one contributor warned readers about a telephone based fraud. Nearly a hundred years later and only the modus operandi has changed.

Even in the middle of the twentieth century, some contributors expressed opinions that nowadays sounds outdated, about the importance of the correct attire, royal protocols, the need for more religious education in schools and why former public schoolboys make the best officers. One writer in 1952 claimed that the increase in juvenile crime was caused by the influence of films and comics.

Interestingly, several writers appeared to be ahead of their times. One contributor proposed secret ballots, thirty years before they were introduced and another more than twenty years ago warning of the dangers of the internet. But the gentleman who proposed that the number of stumps in a cricket wicket should vary between two and five, depending on the circumstances, was not successful in his campaign.

The readership of The Times has broadened over time and this is reflected in the letter writers who contribute, with fewer ex-public school boys, titled gentlemen and ladies than previously. Among those who have written to The Times to have their say are some of the major figures of the modern era including several Prime Ministers, Benito Mussolini, Alastair Campbell, AA Milne, Yehudi Menuhin, Spike Milligan and Reginald Bosenquet. I found this a fascinating social history as well as an informative and entertaining book.

James Owen is a British author and historian.

The Times Great Letters is published by Harper Collins. Price is £20 for the hardback.

For more information about the book visit the website at www.harpercollins.co.uk
 

The Good Hotel Guide 2018
Edited by Adam Raphael
and M. Astella Saw

Review by Simon Fine

The Good Hotel Guide 2018 edited by Adam Raphael and M. Astella Saw

The Good Hotel Guide has been reviewing hotels in the UK and Ireland for 40 years. The Guide contains frank reports on hundreds of places to stay, including great value B&Bs, restaurants with rooms, city-chic hotels and luxurious country houses. The continuing popularity of the Guide demonstrates that there is still a place for a published hotel guide, even though the Guide’s online presence is growing. The Guide provides the chance to recognise the UK and Ireland’s most revered and wholly independent properties, from refined gastropubs to plush country house hotels.

The 2018 Guide has 424 main entries, selected purely on merit, based on visits by a team of experienced inspectors and reports from trusted readers who are encouraged by the publishers of the Guide to submit unbiased reviews. Most of the hotels are family owned and family run. Hotels featured within the Guide do not pay to be included, so the reviews are completely impartial. A full page is given to each of the 424 hotels including a selection of photographs, a lengthy description of the property and much key information to assist the reader. A Shortlist section contains an additional 416 establishments, which include new entries of a notable standard and other properties that remain popular.

Each year ten César awards are presented to a selection of hotels which have demonstrated excellence in their category. The winners for 2018 are Newcomer of the year, The Mash Inn, Radnage, Buckinghamshire; Seaside hotel of the year, Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Soar Mill Cove, Devon; Luxury hotel of the year, Hambleton Hall, Hambleton, Rutland; B&B of the year, St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses, Northumberland; Romantic hotel of the year, Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria; Country house hotel of the year, Judges, Yarm, North Yorkshire; Inn of the year, Red Lion Freehouse, East Chisenbury, Wiltshire; Scottish hotel of the year, Burrastow House, Walls, Shetland; Welsh restaurant-with-rooms of the year, Llys Meddyg, Newport, Pembrokeshire and Irish hotel of the year, Viewmount House, Longford, Co. Longford.

In addition to the ten César awards, the Guide’s Editor’s Choice section highlights the top 10 hotels in 16 designated categories – This Year’s Discoveries, Romantic, Spas, Seaside, Restaurants-with-Rooms, Dog-friendly, Country House, Gardens, Rooms with a View, B&Bs, Value, Pubs-with-Rooms, Family, Walking, Boutique and Weddings.

There is a website that accompanies the published guide (www.goodhotelguide.com). This includes a selection of international hotels. Subscribers to the website receive a free monthly newsletter, special offers, advice and competitions. The paperback Guide is the perfect partner to goodhotelguide.com or is ideal for those who prefer hardcopy to IT.

The Good Hotel Guide is a long established and well respected guide to the best hotels in Britain and Ireland and I could have a seriously good time trying all the places in the Guide! An additional incentive is the discount vouchers worth a total of £150 that are included in each copy of the Guide. They entitle the reader to a 25% saving off one night’s normal B&B price at participating hotels.

The Good Hotel Guide 2018: Great Britain & Ireland is published by goodhotelguide.com. Price is £20 for the paperback.

For more information about the book visit the website at www.goodhotelguide.com 
 

Entertainment & Books

Sennheiser Redefines
TV Listening


Sennheiser redefines TV listening

Demand more from your TV experience when your hearing needs change, great sound can still be enjoyed at home thanks to Sennheiser’s new RS 5000 smart listening solution. 

The audio specialist is putting the clarity into the TV experience by adding crystal clear, high-quality sound and the freedom of digital wireless technology, so users can continue to enjoy their favourite entertainment at its very best. 

Sennheiser’s new RS 5000 smart listening solution

Sennheiser’s new ergonomically-designed TV headphones bring a new way to improve TV audio by adding exceptional sound performance, attractive modern designs and excellent quality and durability.

“These next generation devices focus on giving listeners an intensified TV sound experience. They offer excellent audio quality and clearer speech, plus wireless flexibility and greater comfort, all in an elegant and ease-to-use solution,” says Irene Strüber, Head of Portfolio Management Audiology at Sennheiser.

“Those who love to enjoy life to the fullest can now continue to demand more – even as their personal hearing needs change.”

The + of intuitive, cable free sound

The next generation listening device from the leader in the European TV headphone market, the RS 5000 has been created to be supremely easy to set up and intuitive to use

The next generation listening device from the leader in the European TV headphone market, the RS 5000 has been created to be supremely easy to set up and intuitive to use. Users can tailor the sound to meet their individual needs using the easy-to-operate volume and balance controls. Clear LED indicators for battery status and operating state on the receiver and base station add further to a system that is effortlessly simple to set up and use.

Ease of use is increased by the freedom and flexibility of these wireless solutions. Leading-edge digital wireless technology ensures that you get great sound. The RS 5000 offers an impressive 70 metres range.

The RS 5000 features durable, integrated batteries which allow for up to 9 hours of consecutive use and even offers 12 hours of battery life

The RS 5000 features durable, integrated batteries which allow for up to 9 hours of consecutive use and even offers 12 hours of battery life.

The RS 5000 provides a choice of three hearing profiles to enhance TV, movies or music to further tailor the sound to personal listening requirements. It also features a unique Speech Intelligibility function that makes speech clearer and easier to understand by dynamically reducing TV background noise that may interfere with dialogue.

The RS 5000 provides a choice of three hearing profiles to enhance TV, movies or music to further tailor the sound to personal listening requirements

This impressive new model has been designed to offer elegant, practical simplicity. The slim below-the-chin design provides comfortable ear bow pressure for any head size. Meanwhile, the base station has a sleek, high-end appearance, which makes a stylish yet subtle addition to one’s home entertainment system.

When charging the durable integrated batteries, this unit serves as a smart docking station that lets the headset lie in a compact and tidy horizontal position.

RS 5000 is part of Sennheiser’s new range of smart listening products which also includes the Flex 5000, a digital wireless audio system for headphones

RS 5000 is part of Sennheiser’s new range of smart listening products which also includes the Flex 5000, a digital wireless audio system for headphones.


RS 5000 headphones are available to buy now from http://en-uk.sennheiser.com

Father Brown

Father Brown starring Mark Williams

Opens with a Christmas Special and
 follows in January on
BBC ONE

BBC One’s hit daytime drama series Father Brown is set to return this December for its sixth series, and opens with a Christmas Special before the series continues in January.

BBC One’s hit daytime drama series Father Brown is set to return this December, for its sixth series, and opens with a Christmas Special before the series continues in January. Returning alongside Father Brown are his faithful parish secretary Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack), wayward socialite Bunty Windermere (Emer Kenny) and long suffering Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam).

Father Brown kicks off with a cold case at Christmas

The series kicks off with a cold case at Christmas. When a skeleton from a seven year old murder case is found buried in the woods, doubts are cast on the conviction of the confessed killer - a local gentle giant. Father Brown and friends investigate a miscarriage of justice at the same time as starring in the annual Christmas pantomime - Cinderella.

And visiting from Northern Rhodesia with Sid (Alex Price), Lady Felicia (Nancy Carroll) is intercepted by her old adversary from M15, Daniel Whittaker (Daniel Flynn). Is her lover Benedict (Richard Harrington) really a Russian spy?

Elsewhere Father Brown struggles to protect those closest to him when old foe Katherine Corven (Kate O’Flynn) is unexpectedly released from prison, thirsty for revenge. As the series ends Father Brown is troubled to hear about the death of Flambeau (John Light) as he races to protect a crown that contains a nail from the crucifixion of Christ.

Father Brown starring Mark Williams

Will Trotter, Head of Daytime Drama, Birmingham Drama Village says, “This series really puts Father Brown to the test, battling old foes, using wit and guile to right some serious wrongs and all while tending to his parishioners in the quaint village of Kembleford.

“This summer was spent filming in our favourite locations across the Midlands from Redditch to Warwick and showcasing the beautiful period Cotswolds villages.

“Father Brown is the most watched drama on BBC One Daytime, averaging over 2.5 million viewers and is a world-wide success with a global audience in over 150 countries.

Father Brown

“Series six is a real treat for the fans, and they won’t be disappointed.”

Sir Tom Jones and Beverley Knight Gospel Christmas

Sir Tom Jones and Beverley Knight

Watch it on Christmas Day BBC TWO
 and on BBC ONE Wales

Sir Tom Jones and Beverley Knight will join forces to celebrate Christmas in style this year as they host and perform a feast of gospel music in a special programme for BBC Two and BBC One Wales, Gospel Christmas.

Recorded in Cardiff Bay at the newly refurbished Exchange Hotel (also known as the Coal Exchange), they will be joined by BRIT and MOBO award winning singer-songwriter Jessie Ware, soul singer Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepong (better known by his stage name, Kwabs), and the London Community Gospel Choir and the House Gospel Choir. Londoner Jessie Ware has just released her third Top Ten album, Glasshouse, while Kwabs achieved international success with his 2015 debut album Love & War and the single Walk.

As he prepares to head home to Wales, Sir Tom Jones says, “I’m looking forward to celebrating this wonderful season with my co-host Beverly Knight and sharing the evening with Jessie Ware, Kwabs and the uplifting and joyous choirs. It will be an evening of beautiful singing and playing in the heart of Cardiff at the historic venue, and I hope to share this joy with you all at home on Christmas Day.”

Soul singer and musical theatre star, Beverley Knight add, “I’m chuffed to be asked to return to be a part of Gospel Christmas for a second time - this time coming to you from the great city of Cardiff! Celebrating Christmas in song once again with the wonderful choirs will be a joy - and working with the amazing Sir Tom Jones in his home country of Wales will be a huge honour. I can’t wait!”

It’s a show that sees Sir Tom pay homage to a genre that is very close to his heart whilst Beverley makes a welcome return to her roots after her success at co-hosting last year’s inaugural show. Sir Tom will accompany the audience back home to the South Wales valleys and to the church where the sounds that led Tom on his musical journey began.

Combining carols and hymns including Away in a Manger and Silent Night; traditional gospel songs such as Jesus is Here to Stay and Children Go Where I Send Thee; alongside great contemporary spiritual songs from the likes of Bob Dylan, Prince and Steve Winwood, Gospel Christmas is a celebration of the very meaning of this most special of days with songs that celebrate hope, belief and a new beginning.

Gospel Christmas was commissioned by Nick Andrews, Head of Commissioning BBC Wales TV and iPlayer, Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning, Music TV and Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two. The hour-long show is produced by BBC Studios and will be broadcast first on BBC One Wales shortly before Christmas and on BBC Two on Christmas Day itself. Further details will be released soon.

Award winning singer Sir Tom Jones hails from the land known for its fine voice, Wales, and it was at home as a young lad where he first heard the sounds of Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the like - beautiful sounds that inspired his love of gospel music which has always been at the heart and soul of Sir Tom Jones.

Theology graduate Beverley Knight has hosted four series of Gospel Nights on Radio 2, which explores the origins and impact of gospel music. Raised in Wolverhampton in a Pentecostal family of Jamaican descent, gospel music became a staple part of her childhood.

She joined the gospel choir of her local church at just four years of age and became its musical director before she left in her late teens. Her musical education continued at home where her family would sing together around the piano and listen to music from their favourite gospel and soul artists like Sam Cooke.

Peter Kay's Care
Share Returns


Peter Kay's Car Share

Watch it in December on ITV1

Peter Kay has announced the return of the BAFTA award winning Car Share with two brand new specials on BBC One. The comedian made the surprise announcement alongside co-star Sian Gibson live during BBC Children in Need.

Car Share viewers were left in dismay at the end of the second series when Kayleigh stepped out of John’s car and his life forever. Fans even set up online petition demanding a conclusion to the series which gathered over 100,000 signatures.

Peter Kay says, “We were completely overwhelmed by the response and even though we've no plans to write a third series we knew we couldn't end the story there.”

A special finale episode to be broadcast next year will reveal just what happens next to John and Kayleigh. Before then, BBC One will broadcast a special episode called Car Share: Unscripted which will follow John and Kayleigh home on their daily commute only the entire episode will be completely improvised.

Peter says, "We were always very fond of ad libbing around the script when we were filming the series so we decided to see what would happen if we took the script away and just relied on just our chemistry alone, reacting to whatever came on the radio."

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content says, "I know it will be music to the ears of millions of fans of Peter Kay's joyous award winning comedy to hear that Kayleigh and John will be coming back for one last time with a very special finale episode in 2018."

Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning says, "Car Share has been the hit comedy of 2017 with audiences of over 11 million. This new finale is going to be the TV comedy equivalent of The Space Landing, ‘Who Shot J.R.?’ or The Olympics Opening Ceremony depending on how old you are”

Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, the finale episode will be written by Paul Coleman, Sian Gibson and Peter Kay, who also directs.

Car Share: Unscripted and the finale episode will once again be produced by Gill Isles for production company Goodnight Vienna.

The finale episode will conclude a repeat of the second series and reveal just what happens next to John and Kayleigh.

Car Share: Unscripted will feature Peter and Sian improvising as John and Kayleigh and the entire episode will feature what was filmed whilst driving around with no script.

Hatton Garden

Hatton Garden starring Timothy Spall and Kenneth Cranham

Starts on Monday 11th December
9.00pm-10.00pm, four episodes

The ‘most spectacular’ British crime of the decade has been dramatised by acclaimed BAFTA winning screenwriter Jeff Pope. Hatton Garden depicts the audacious jewellery and cash burglary at the heart of London’s diamond district executed by an elderly gang of career criminals across the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in April 2015.

Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award winner Timothy Spall OBE, Olivier award-winning actor Kenneth Cranham and Brían F. O’Byrne, recently seen in Jeff Pope’s real life drama, Little Boy Blue, will play leading roles. Fellow distinguished actors David Hayman, Alex Norton, Ian Puleston-Davies, Geoff Bell and Nasser Memarzia also join the cast.

The 4 x 60 minute drama tells the inside story of how the men pulled off the heist which was considered in a class of its own in terms of scale and ambition, and the extraordinary level of planning, preparation and organisation required to penetrate the vault of the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company.

Hatton Garden depicts the audacious jewellery and cash burglary at the heart of London’s diamond district

Co-written with Terry Winsor (Hot Money, Danielle Cable: Eyewitness, Essex Boys), and directed by Paul Whittington (Little Boy Blue, The Moorside, Cilla, Mrs Biggs), Hatton Garden sheds light on how the gang meticulously planned the raid, the tensions amongst the group, the loss of livelihoods suffered by the box holders and the complex police operation that captured the gang.

Episode one begins in April 2015 with the start of the long Easter Bank Holiday weekend as the vault in the basement of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company is locked up and closed for business.

Kenneth Cranham as Brian Reader

    Kenneth Cranham as Brian Reader

The light is just beginning to fade as 76-year-old Brian Reader (Kenneth Cranham) watches the front of the building from around the corner, waiting for the building to empty.

The last security guard locks up ready to make his way home for the weekend. This is the cue for Reader and the rest of his gang to spring into life.

Timothy Spall as Terry Perkins

          Timothy Spall as Terry Perkins

67-year-old Terry Perkins (Timothy Spall), 61-year-old Danny Jones (David Hayman), 75-year-old John ‘Kenny’ Collins (Alex Norton) and 59-year-old Carl Wood (Geoff Ball) all speed into action, working as fast as ageing bodies will allow. The gang must get past security cameras, alarms and movement sensors, before somehow getting into the concrete reinforced vault guarded by a 50cm tempered steel door.

They use a disused lift shaft to get into an airlock after ‘Basil’ (Brían F. O’Byrne), the enigmatic final member of the gang, has first disabled the alarm system. Their solution to getting into the vault itself is brilliantly simple - they bypass the door by drilling through the walls of the vault with an industrial drill.

However, on the verge of pulling it off, a piece of equipment breaks and they are forced to get out empty handed. Reader instructs the team to forget about the raid and forbids anybody to return. "Whatever we do from now on we’d be making it up, and that’s how you get caught," he says.

Hatton Garden

The next episode shows the men after an eventful, stressful and agonisingly unsuccessful nights’ work, with the Hatton Garden gang all back at home, replaying their individual mistakes and failures from the night before. Reader’s number two, Perkins (Timothy Spall), tries to persuade ‘the master’ as Reader (Kenneth Cranham) calls himself, to go back in.

The two men go back a long way, and Perkins tells Reader this is his last job. He badly needs it to be successful. Reader won’t be moved so, behind his back, Perkins rallies the team and they decide to try again. First they replace the broken air ram that failed on Thursday night, then they go back in. At the last moment Wood (Geoff Bell) cries off, leaving them two men short.

Bryan F. O'Byrne as Basil

            Bryan F. O'Byrne as Basil

Against the odds, they pull it off. Basil (Brían F. O’Byrne) and Jones (David Hayman) wriggle through the hole they’ve drilled into the vault and begin to funnel tray after tray of jewellery, cash and bullion to Perkins, who is left waiting on the outside. The night almost ends in disaster when Perkins, a diabetic, keels over. But they manage to revive him and get everything out.

The haul is conservatively estimated at £30 million, the biggest burglary in British history. But their plan to stash it at Collins’ (Alex Norton) house is thwarted by his wife being at home (two days earlier she had been away). They are forced to leave it in wheelie bins outside his house, lined up along with all the neighbours bins ready for collection. The haul is hidden in plain sight. But soon, Perkins reflects, Reader will find out about what has happened…

Kenneth Cranham and Timothy Spall in Hatton Garden

Watch all four episodes to find out what happened to the Hatton Garden gang.

BBC Sports Personality of
the Year 2017


BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 is presented by Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding

Watch it on BBC ONE, Tuesday 12th December, 10.45pm-11.45pm

Gabby Logan is joined by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, World Champion diver Tom Daley and font of all sporting knowledge Richard Osman to assess the credentials of the sports stars shortlisted for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Two thousand and seventeen has been another incredible year for British sport, and the sportsmen and women nominees are all hoping to pick up the iconic trophy on the Sunday 17th December in Liverpool.

In this documentary we will hear from all of the contenders, as well as past winners of the famous trophy, as we reflect upon and celebrate the sporting triumphs of those in the running to be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017.

   Sixtyplusurfers Competition

  Win Telestrations

Win Telestrations


Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with  John Adams to offer two lucky readers the chance to win Telestrations, a fantastic game for Christmas.

Telestrations is the fast paced game of sketching and guessing, with hilarious results!

Telestrations is the fast paced game of sketching and guessing

Playing is easy – just draw what you see, then guess what you saw! All players simultaneously sketch, pass, guess and laugh to reveal hilarious and unpredictable outcomes from each player’s original word!

With over 1,100 words to choose from, you’ll have hours of fun! Telestrations comes complete with 8 dry wipe markers, 8 clean up cloths, 8 erasable sketch books, a 60 second timer, instructions and 1 die.



For more information on Telestrations and more IDEAL Games for all the family visit www.johnadams.co.uk  

For Your Chance to Win

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c) Dry wipe markers
d) White chalk sticks


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     Attenborough and
   the Giant Elephant

 

David Attenborough investigates the remarkable life and death of Jumbo the elephant


        Watch it on BBC ONE, Sunday
     10th December, 9.00pm - 10.00pm


David Attenborough investigates the remarkable life and death of Jumbo the elephant - a celebrity animal superstar whose story is said to have inspired the movie Dumbo.

Attenborough joins a team of scientists and conservationists to unravel the complex and mysterious story of this large African elephant - an elephant many believed to be the biggest in the world.

David Attenborough investigates the remarkable life and death of Jumbo the elephant

With unique access to Jumbo’s skeleton at the American Museum of Natural History, the team work together to separate myth from reality. How big was Jumbo really? How was he treated in captivity? And how did he die? Jumbo’s bones may offer vital clues.

Arriving in London Zoo in 1865, Jumbo fast became a firm favourite of Queen Victoria and her children, and was nicknamed the Children’s Pet. Yet behind the scenes, this gentle giant was living a double life - smashing his den, breaking his tusks and being pacified by large amounts of alcohol given to him by his keeper Matthew Scott, who had a deep empathy for animals, developing a particularly strong and near mystical bond with Jumbo.

David Attenborough investigates the remarkable life and death of Jumbo the elephant

Then, quite suddenly, London Zoo caused public outrage by selling Jumbo to PT Barnum’s circus in America where he travelled with his devoted keeper to start a new life.

But while his time in America turned him into star with 20 million people coming to see him, his life ended tragically and mysteriously.

David Attenborough

As well as Jumbo’s skeleton, Attenborough explores the lives of wild elephants to explain Jumbo’s troubled mind, and he discovers how our attitude to captive elephants has changed dramatically in recent years.


Watch David Attenborough and the Giant Elephant on BBC ONE on Sunday, Sunday  10th December, from 9.00 - 10.00pm.
 

    Tommy Cooper
           Forever

 

Tommy Cooper


          Watch it on ITV3, Thursday
       14th December and Friday 15th
     December from 9.00pm - 10.00pm


Tommy Cooper Forever reveals how an act that started out in the desert during the second world war went on to take the comedy world by storm.

Over three decades have passed since Tommy Cooper died but rather than the memories fade with time, the nation’s love of this unique magician has only gone from strength to strength.

Tommy Cooper

In these two programmes, using previously unseen footage, we hear how Tommy scoured the magic shops of London to create his routine.

And we trace his extraordinary journey from South Wales to top of the bill at the Palladium, with the help of family, friends who worked with him and famous fans – a cast list which includes Jennifer Saunders, Simon Callow, Lionel Blair, Anita Harris, Les Dennis and Jerome Flynn.

Tommy Cooper

Previous instalments in the ‘Forever’ series include Rising Damp and Morecambe and Wise.

Watch Tommy Cooper Forever in two episodes on ITV3. It starts on  Thursday 14th December and finishes on Friday 15th from 9.00pm - 10.00pm.
 

   Saturday Morning
   with James Martin

 

James Martin


     Watch it on Saturday mornings on
     
      ITV1 from 9.30am-11.30am

Saturday Morning with James Martin sees the hugely popular chef returning to Saturday mornings, with a two-hour show from his very own home.

The series reflects James's love of hearty food as well as some of his other passions…the great outdoors, his beloved dogs and, of course, fast cars.

Each week he welcomes two guests into his own kitchen. Familiar faces include choirmaster Gareth Malone and weather presenter Carol Kirkwood.

The chef and his guests cook together inside James’s kitchen and in his garden, making the most of his BBQ and pizza oven.

Plus, each show features a guest regional chef who cooks in their home or their own restaurant.

Viewers are joining in too as drinks VTs come courtesy of members of the public, who’ll give an authentic response to the wines and other drinks they taste.

Plus look out for an exciting twist in each episode, which sees James attempting to create a dish in the most difficult of circumstances...
 

     Judge Rinder's
      Crown Court

 

Judge Rinder's Crown Court


      Starts on Friday 15th December
                   8.00pm-8.30pm, ITV1


Crown Court, the iconic courtroom drama of of the seventies and eighties is back on our screens after a thirty-year hiatus with a brand new case, presided over by Judge Rinder.

Originally running for over 800 episodes, this classic series featured the good and the great of British acting talent from Colin Firth to Ben Kingsley, Bob Hoskins and Alison Steadman to name just a few.

Now the court is ready to be sworn-in again, with a shocking new two-part murder trial inspired by a real-life arsenic poisoning.

Judge Rinder

The first of this two part series hears from the prosecution witnesses as they give evidence against James Byron, a man accused of murdering his wife. The doctors, police, friends and family members will paint a picture of an adulterous, callous man with a penchant for poison – but was this murder, or was it a tragic accident or even suicide?

Judge Rinder guides viewers through this complex legal case, then they decide…

The second of this two part series hears from the defence witnesses, as they give evidence to clear James Byron, a man accused of murdering his wife. They’ll paint a picture of the victim as a fragile and complex character, how she’d cried wolf many times before, and importantly hear from the defendant himself.

Judge Rinder

But was this murder, or was it a tragic accident or even suicide? It’s up to the viewers to decide.

Judge Rinder guides viewers through this complex legal case before the verdict of the original jury in the case that inspired the story - but did viewers come to the same conclusion?
 

     The Hairy Bikers
  Home For Christmas

          
The Hairy Bikers

              Watch it on BBC ONE on
  4th December at 3.45pm to 4.30pm


The Hairy Bikers create mouthwatering festive dishes and get into the spirit of the season with some of the nation’s favourite celebrities.

Being home for Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends, family and food. Whether on the Big Day itself, leftover inspiration for those in-between days or in the New Year, when viewers still want to indulge and keep the party going, Si and Dave have the perfect solution for every occasion.

The Hairy Bikers with Aled Jones

In the first episode of this new series, the Hairy Bikers create the perfect alternative dishes to break with tradition as they find out how Aled Jones spends his Christmas.

They make a delicious Austrian Linzertorte, roast goose with all the trimmings, and a hazelnut chocolate brownie with clementine sorbet.

Austrian Linzertorte

Alongside the recipes and fun there are also fantastic ideas for homemade edible Christmas presents.
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It’s time to switch on the Christmas lights, light the fire, nestle down and join the Hairy Bikers Home for Christmas.
 

 John Noakes: TV Hero
 

John Noakes


        Watch it on BBC TWO, Saturday
     9th December, 5.40pm - 6.10pm


This special documentary pays tribute to one of Britain’s true TV icons, by the people who knew him best.

Celebrating some of John Noakes’ finest moments, the film is an appreciation of the extraordinary master of derring-do, featuring often astonishing - and equally often hilarious - archive, both classic and less well-known.

A health and safety officer’s nightmare, John Noakes famously climbed Nelson’s Column without a harness. He also scaled the hideously high mast of the HMS Ganges, achieved a five mile free-fall (earning himself a place in the Guinness World Record Books) and concussed himself on the Cresta Run, after which he revealed his bruises to the viewers… while wearing his wife Vicky’s knickers he had accidentally put on that morning in the dark!

The programme hears from his colleagues and co-workers, both behind and in front of camera, about what a wonderful companion he was in the studio too, making live television feel really live because he clearly loved it as much when things went wrong as when they worked.

His was a can-do quality, a have-a-go enthusiasm that endeared him to the nation. It made him a hero for viewers young and old - and set the bar for all TV presenters who followed him.

Noakes was also an actor and a showman who hid his true personality behind this Blue Peter persona. His madcap escapades were the adventures of his clowning invention - but he considered himself an ordinary bloke in the street.

Contributors include John’s wife of 55 years, Vicky; co-presenters Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves and Leslie Judd; along with Blue Peter bosses Biddy Baxter and Edward Barnes, plus the producers, directors and camera operators who kept up with Noakes’ epic adventures.
 

  The Sweetmakers
       at Christmas

 

The Sweetmakers at Christmas


        Watch it on BBC TWO, Friday
    
15th December, 9.00pm - 10.00pm


From candy canes and sugar mice to yule logs and chocolate coins, sweet treats are an integral part of our Christmas celebrations.

Following the success of The Sweet Makers on BBC Two earlier this year, four modern confectioners will recreate the treats of Christmas past - and discover how their predecessors helped create many of the culinary festive traditions that we enjoy today.

Chocolatier Paul A Young, bespoke cake decorator Cynthia Stroud, chocolatier Diana Short and sweet consultant Andy Baxendale will use original recipes and equipment to whip up the festive bestsellers of Christmases past.

Guided by food historian Dr Annie Gray and social historian Emma Dabiri, they’ll uncover the mystery of what an earth a sugarplum is, before decorating a series of exquisite Twelfth Cakes, affordable only to Georgian’s wealthy elite.

As they move into the Victorian era our confectioners encounter the gaping gulf between rich and poor and create treats for both - from Queen Victoria’s favoured Boar’s Head cake to jelly pistols and sugar mice accessible to children with just a few pennies to spend.

Finally they’ll explore the wealth of chocolate novelties launched in the 1920s, including the predecessor of that modern Christmas favourite the Chocolate Orange - the Chocolate Apple.

Produced by Wall To Wall for the BBC. The Executive Producer at Wall to Wall is Emily Shields and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Abigail Priddle.

The pictures shows Dr Annie Gray, Diana Short, Andy Baxendale, Cynthia Stroud, Paul A Young, Emma Dabiri.
 

      Blue Planet II
 

Blue Planet II


     Watch it on Sunday 10th December
          8.00pm-9.00pm, BBC ONE

Blue Planet II explored parts of the ocean that nobody has ever visited, encountered extraordinary animals, and discovered new insights into life beneath the waves. In Our Blue Planet, Sir David Attenborough examines the impact of human life on life in the ocean.

With evidence of albatross parents unwittingly feed their chicks plastic, mother dolphins potentially exposing their new-born calves to pollutants through their contaminated milk, and even man-made noise drowning out the natural sounds animals use to communicate, many creatures are struggling to survive.

Despite these devastating impacts, this film contains an inspiring message of hope. Fifty years ago Norwegian spring-spawning herring were almost wiped out. Today, the recovered herring stocks offer one of the greatest spectacles in the ocean, as hundreds of humpback whales and orca gather for the feast.

In the Galapagos one scientist has devoted much of his life to saving the largest fish in the sea - the whale shark. In the Caribbean, a community is working to save giant leatherback turtles by protecting the eggs and animals they once took as food.

But some changes in the ocean will require a global effort: warming seas threaten vast coral reefs, and predicted rising sea levels could impact the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world.