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Sun 17 Dec

2:10am
This Is BBC Two
Preview of upcoming programmes from BBC Two
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
6:05am
Coast
The Channel
Season 9 Episode 1/6

The team examines stories from both sides of the English Channel. Nick Crane is on the French coast to experience the secret life of hilltop monastery Mont St Michel and visits the historic walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where a network of sea forts foiled repeated raids by the Royal Navy. Neil Oliver investigates how the sinking of the troopship SS Mendi in 1917 became a potent symbol of racial inequality in post-apartheid South Africa, while Mark Horton reveals how 18th-century French mapmakers unwittingly gave birth to Britain's Ordnance Survey
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.5
7:05am
Gardeners' World
Season 48 Episode 10/31

With his wildlife garden beginning to take shape at Longmeadow, bees are very much at the forefront of Monty Don's mind, so he plants a nectar-rich border that will attract a host of pollinating insects throughout the growing season. Meanwhile, Joe Swift sets out to expand his knowledge of hanging baskets, starting with a visit to one of the country's leading growers
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.4
7:35am
The Secret History of the British Garden
The 20th Century
Season 1 Episode 4/4

Monty Don concludes the series by exploring how gardening has developed over the past 100 years, becoming one of Britain's most popular pastimes, with the horticulture industry becoming a key part of Britain's economy. He also reveals the stories of the pioneers who have brought about this gardening revolution. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 4.3
8:35am
Countryfile
The Brecks
Season 2017

Ellie Harrison and Matt Baker present the show from the Norfolk-Suffolk border, discovering a conservation effort to save two species of animal found in the area that are on the brink of extinction. Ellie also meets a mother and daughter trying to make Ipswich safe for hedgehogs and Matt meets a farmer who has found a way to grow vegetables all year round. Plus, a shepherd-turned-artists, alpacas with an unusual job and a report on animal diseases
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 6.7
9:30am
Saturday Kitchen Best Bites
Matt Tebbutt presents highlights of the series, recalling his favourite moments from previous years in the kitchen
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.5
11:00am
Nigel Slater's 12 Tastes of Christmas
Season 1 Episode 2/2

The food writer presents the second and final programme of tips for a special foodie yuletide. He demonstrates how people can spoil themselves on Christmas Day and beyond with recipes for centrepieces and sweet treats, and makes clever use of leftovers. He also continues his journey in snowy Scandinavia to find out how Norwegians take full advantage of festive flavours
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.1
11:30am
My Life on a Plate
Russell Grant
Season 1 Episode 11/15

Brian Turner accompanies astrologer Russell Grant as he visits places from his childhood, including the church where he was a choirboy and the flat where he lived with his parents
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 4.2
12:15pm
MOTD2 Extra
Mark Chapman presents football discussion with a line-up of guests, focusing on the headlines from yesterday's matches and news ahead of today's fixtures
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.9
1:00pm
Talking Pictures
Jane Fonda: Talking Pictures
Sylvia Syms marks the approach of Oscar-winnning actress Jane Fonda's 80th birthday with a retrospective on her successful - if sometimes controversial - career in Hollywood
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.1
1:30pm
Live Equestrian
Live Equestrian: Olympia 2017: 2017 Olympia Horse Show: Day Six
Lee McKenzie presents coverage of the sixth day of the Olympia International Horse Show at the Olympia Grand Hall in London, featuring the eighth leg of the FEI World Cup. Scott Brash and Ben Maher delighted the crowd last year, securing a British one-two aboard Hello M'Lady and Diva II respectively
(Subtitles)

Rating: 3.5
4:35pm
Ski Sunday
Including the women's World Cup downhill race from Val d'Isere and an interview with inspirational ski racer Millie Knight, who talks about her hopes for the Winter Paralympics
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.3
5:20pm
Film Nativity! (2009)
A primary school teacher is given the job of directing a nativity play and is determined to outdo a rival from a nearby private school. When he dishonestly claims his ex-girlfriend is a Hollywood producer and is coming to see the show with an eye on making a film, he finds himself becoming a local celebrity. Comedy, starring Martin Freeman and Ashley Jensen
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.2
7:00pm
Life in Polar Bear Town with Gordon Buchanan
Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan visits the community of Churchill, Manitoba, on the shores of Canada's Hudson Bay. For two months every year, the people of Churchill must share their town with huge packs of polar bears, which gather at the bay every autumn to wait for the sea ice to form, so they can begin their winter hunt. Gordon goes on patrol with the `bear cops' charged with ensuring the towns residents - and the bears themselves - stay safe, and meets the bin-men who must dodge bears every day as they deliver refuse to the dump. He also illustrates the dangers of living in the `polar bear capital of the world' as he interviews a young woman who was mauled by a bear, right in the middle of Churchill's main street
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
8:00pm
James May's Toy Stories
James May's Toy Stories: The Motorcycle Diaries
The Top Gear presenter sets out to build a motorbike and sidecar entirely out of Meccano and complete a lap of the Isle of Man's TT circuit. A total of 15,000 pieces must be assembled to create a full-size, road-legal motorcycle that James hopes will be more than a match for one of the world's most demanding courses - as well as bearing the weight of himself and passenger Oz Clarke
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.7
9:00pm
Alternativity
The Alternativity
Season 1 Episode 1/2

Documentary following the production of a contemporary one-off performance taking an alternative take on the nativity story
(Subtitles)

10:00pm
Detectorists
Detectorists Christmas Special
Lance has failed to detect even so much as a ring-pull in months, leaving Russell to suspect he has been cursed. Seasonal episode of the comedy, starring Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones and Pearce Quigley. Previously shown on BBC Four
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.9
10:30pm
Match of the Day 2
Mark Chapman reviews the latest Premier League action, featuring West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United at the Hawthorns and Bournemouth v Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium. United's away form has been patchy in recent weeks, and they needed all three points if they were to put pressure on Manchester City at the top of the table, and also add to the Baggies' relegation worries
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.1
11:30pm
Insert Name Here
Paul
Season 3 Episode 4/8

Katy Brand, Ed Gamble, Suzannah Lipscomb and Amol Rajan join team captains Richard Osman and Josh Widdicombe to answer questions about famous people who share a name, with the winners earning the right to pick the greatest bearer of the moniker. Sue Perkins hosts
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 4.1
12:00am
Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures: Roger Moore
Sylvia Syms makes use of BBC archive recordings and interviews to form a profile of actor Roger Moore, who first found fame as Simon Templar in the ITV spy thriller series The Saint. Moore, who died in May earlier this year, gained an international audience as James Bond in seven successive 007 films, a role to which he brought an unprecedented level of self-deprecating humour
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.1
1:00am
Question Time
14/12/2017
David Dimbleby chairs the debate from Barnsley, where a panel of politicians and other guests face topical questions from the audience. Guests include Conservative MP Nicky Morgan, Labour MP Rebecca Long-Bailey, scientist and broadcaster Professor Robert Winston, comedian Geoff Norcott, and political journalist and author Isabel Oakeshott
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language)

Rating: 4.1
2:00am
Holby City
Season 19 Episode 63/64

With the merger bringing new F1s Nicky and Meena to Holby, Hanssen wants to protect his staff more than ever. But is his observe-only approach really shielding them or stifling their talent? Meanwhile, new Keller F1 Meena relishes the thought of Hanssen's `hands-free' learning, but Dominic is determined to push his new colleague to the limit
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 4.3
3:00am
This Is BBC Two
Preview of upcoming programmes from BBC Two
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9

Mon 18 Dec

6:00am
Flog It! Trade Secrets
Writers and Writing
Season 3 Episode 5/15

Paul Martin and the team focus on antiques and collectibles related to famous British writers, while expert Anita Manning visits the former home of Walter Scott, one of Scotland's literary giants
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 6.7
6:30am
Island Medics
Season 1 Episode 10/10

At the Gilbert Bain hospital on Shetland, doctors and nurses attend to a school boy who has hurt his leg. A football match leads to an awkward injury for teenager Saul, but a football tournament makes a great weekend for Dr Lalia and his family. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 10
7:15am
The Hairy Bikers Home for Christmas
Russell Grant/Showing Off
Season 1 Episode 9/10

Astrologer Russell Grant joins the duo as they reveal glamorous dishes able to impress any Christmas guests, including a recipe for turkey saltimbocca with game chips
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.8
8:00am
Mary Berry's Country House Secrets
Season 1 Episode 3/4

Mary visits Powderham Castle in Devon to spend time with the Earl and Countess of Devon and their two young children, who are reinventing the Earldom for the 21st century. Mary's time with the family reveals stories of romance and tragedy as she discovers more of this extraordinary home. In the castle's historic kitchen, Mary prepares a Devon cream tea, before making a delicate peach posset for a Midsummer Eve woodland party the family are throwing to celebrate their two year anniversary at the castle
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 1.4
9:00am
Victoria Derbyshire
18/12/2017
Daily news and current-affairs programme offering discussion of breaking stories, exclusive interviews and audience interaction via social media
(Subtitles)

Rating: 1.6
11:00am
BBC Newsroom Live
18/12/2017
A chance to stay up to date on the day's leading stories, with the latest breaking news as it happens
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.1
12:00pm
Daily Politics
18/12/2017
Parliamentary proceedings interspersed with discussions, interviews and filmed reports from around the country. Presented by Jo Coburn
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.7
1:00pm
The Link
Season 1 Episode 9/25

Three teams battle it out to spot the link between an increasing number of clues - with the quickest on the buzzers earning the chance to compete for the jackpot. Quiz show, hosted by Mark Williams
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 6.8
1:45pm
Terry and Mason's Great Food Trip
Oxford
Season 1 Episode 15/20

Terry Wogan and Mason McQueen continue their culinary journey around the nation, abandoning the cab for a punt along the River Cherwell in Oxford. Terry visits the city's old jail and they investigate the origins of the Oxford sausage and the famous old Oxford marmalade factory, before meeting students at the university who have formed a society to assess the scientific benefits of pizza
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 2.6
2:15pm
Home Away from Home
South Glamorgan & Gloucestershire
Season 2 Episode 6/20

Two artistic pairs of swappers from South Glamorgan and Gloucestershire spend time in one another's homes and reveal what they have learned from the experience
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 2.4
3:00pm
Inside Claridge's
Season 1 Episode 1/3

For the first time in its long history, the famously discreet luxury hotel in Mayfair, central London, opens its doors to documentary cameras, with director Jane Treays spending a year behind the scenes following staff and guests. The Melchors from California arrive for their annual two-week stay, rekindling their relationship with personal butler Michael Lynch, while energetic general manager Thomas Kochs travels to New York to drum up new business from leading US travel agents
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 4.5
4:00pm
Alaska - Earth's Frozen Kingdom
Spring
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Documentary following the fortunes of humans and animals over the course of a year in Alaska, which is by far the biggest US state and still one of the wildest places on Earth with deep forests and vast mountain ranges. The arrival of spring sees Alaska go through a huge transformation as water, light and warmth return, with animals emerging from hibernation and rushing to cash in on the riches of the season. Dougray Scott narrates
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 10
5:00pm
The Blue Planet
Coral Seas
Season 1 Episode 6/8

Veteran naturalist David Attenborough explores the fragile marine ecosystem of the coral reef, where all creatures, including the corals themselves, have to fight for survival. From tiny beginnings, the reef grows and develops over hundreds of years, providing support for innumerable animals - yet one storm can threaten the entire community
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.6
6:00pm
Celebrity Eggheads
Season 7 Episode 9/22

Lifestyle presenters Piers Taylor, Tom Dyckhoff, Esme Young, Danny Clarke and Keith Brymer Jones take on the general-knowledge champions. Hosted by Jeremy Vine
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.7
6:30pm
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
Season 7 Episode 20/20

Ex-athletes Linford Christie and Katharine Merry join experts Christina Trevanion and David Harper to find items to sell at auction in Buckinghamshire. Last in the series
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.4
7:30pm
Inside the Factory
Inside the Christmas Factory
Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman explore the fascinating factory processes and surprising history behind the nation's favourite festive treats. Gregg follows 24 hours of production at a factory in Oldham, Greater Manchester, which will be making two million Christmas cakes for Marks and Spencer, while Cherry visits Britain's largest marzipan manufacturer as well as a sprout farm. Ruth investigates how the UK's early industrial heritage inspired Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3.3
8:30pm
University Challenge
Season 24 Episode 21/37

The second round of the student quiz continues, with two more teams of four pitting their wits against one another as they attempt to secure a place in the quarter-finals. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.3
9:00pm
Employable Me
Season 2 Episode 4/4

Psychologist Nancy Doyle invites a man with autism and a woman with Asperger's to her training centre where they learn the rules of the office environment. Alan, 26, graduated from university two years ago with a psychology degree, but has struggled to find permanent work and finds social interaction particularly challenging, while 46-year-old Erica has been unemployed for six years and lacks confidence, but is determined to do everything she can to find work again
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.6
10:00pm
The League of Gentlemen
Return to Royston Vasey
Season 4 Episode 1/3

New series. The comedy returns to celebrate its 20th anniversary at the BBC, with familiar faces coming back to Royston Vasey, settling old scores and digging up some old friends - with more bad blood than an abattoir with septicaemia. Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss star in scripts written by themselves and Jeremy Dyson
(New Series) (Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.8
10:30pm
Newsnight
18/12/2017
Analysis of the day's events, presented by Evan Davis
(Subtitles)

Rating: 4.2
11:10pm
Weather
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.9
11:15pm
Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain
Season 1 Episode 4/4

The documentary investigates the deadly impact of an incendiary bomb that set fire to St Peter's Church in the historic heart of Bristol on the night of Sunday November 24, 1940. Almost 80 years later, Geoffrey Serle, who had been attending church with his father when the raid began, recounts their desperate attempt to find shelter amongst the chaos. The film also uses accounts from the time, recalling how Bristol's firefighters simply could not cope. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6
12:15am
Countryfile
The Brecks
Season 2017

Ellie Harrison and Matt Baker present the show from the Norfolk-Suffolk border, discovering a conservation effort to save two species of animal found in the area that are on the brink of extinction. Ellie also meets a mother and daughter trying to make Ipswich safe for hedgehogs and Matt meets a farmer who has found a way to grow vegetables all year round. Plus, a shepherd-turned-artists, alpacas with an unusual job and a report on animal diseases
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language)

Rating: 6.7
1:10am
Blue Planet II
Coasts
Season 1 Episode 6/7

Footage of animals that live on the coast, including sea lions working in packs to hunt tuna in the shallows and moray eels that venture out of the water to seek out food on dry rocks. Puffins must brave predators to bring a mouthful of food back to their young and king penguins go without food for a month while they moult. Plus, footage of the bizarre Leaping Blenny, a fish that hates the water
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.7
2:10am
Nigella: At My Table
Season 1 Episode 6/6

Nigella Lawson cooks more warming, comforting and inspirational recipes, beginning with a supper perfect for winding down at the end of a long day - with the menu featuring chicken with red grapes and Marsala, followed by a sunken chocolate amaretto cake with crumbled amaretti cream. She also prepares her take on mussels with pasta, as well as her autumnal radicchio, chestnut and blue cheese salad, and an egg tortilla pie featuring a crisp crust, soft-yolked eggs, salty ham and melted cheese. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 1.7
2:40am
This Is BBC Two
Preview of upcoming programmes from BBC Two
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9

Tue 19 Dec

6:00am
Flog It! Trade Secrets
Rarities - Part One
Season 3 Episode 6/30

Paul Martin and the team examine the most unusual items they have seen over the years, and Adam Partridge tells the story of a rare Jewish manuscript he discovered in Manchester
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 6.7
6:30am
Let's Get a Good Thing Going
Season 1 Episode 1/5

New series. People from around the UK pitch their dream community projects, beginning with four residents of Cheltenham trying to win the backing of their fellow townsfolk
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

7:15am
Street Auction
Season 2 Episode 6/10

Paul Martin helps raise funds for a deserving member of a local community, using hidden treasures found in their street
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
8:00am
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
Season 7 Episode 3/20

Celebrity friends Chesney Hawkes and Debbie McGee scour the south east in search of all things antique, accompanied by experts Christina Trevanion and Charles Hanson. Debbie hopes to conjure up a profit with a mantle clock and a hunting flask, while Chesney is taken by a 100-year-old weathervane
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language)

Rating: 5.4
9:00am
Victoria Derbyshire
19/12/2017
Daily news and current-affairs programme offering discussion of breaking stories, exclusive interviews and audience interaction via social media
(Subtitles)

Rating: 1.6
11:00am
BBC Newsroom Live
19/12/2017
A chance to stay up to date on the day's leading stories, with the latest breaking news as it happens
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.1
12:00pm
Daily Politics
19/12/2017
Parliamentary proceedings interspersed with discussions, interviews and filmed reports from around the country. Presented by Jo Coburn
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.7
1:00pm
The Link
Season 1 Episode 10/25

Three teams battle it out to spot the link between an increasing number of clues - with the quickest on the buzzers earning the chance to compete for the jackpot. Quiz show, hosted by Mark Williams
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 6.8
1:45pm
Equestrian
Equestrian: Olympia Grand Prix Highlights: 2017
The Olympia International Horse Show. Lee McKenzie presents action from the prestigious event at the Olympia Grand Hall in London, featuring the latest round of the FEI World Cup. With commentary from Nick Luck and Andy Austin
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.8
3:00pm
Inside Claridge's
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Regular guest Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia, returns to stay in the suite in which he was born in 1945. There are also visits by actress Joan Collins, writer and comedian Stephen Fry and the Emperor of Japan, as well as 85-year-old former bookmaker Gerry Parker, who has breakfasted at Claridge's for the past 40 years. General manager Thomas Kochs takes any change very seriously and oversees every decision necessary - from new alarm clocks to a £10million renovation plan
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 4.5
4:00pm
Alaska - Earth's Frozen Kingdom
Summer
Season 1 Episode 2/3

The land is bathed in 24-hour sunlight during the short Alaskan summer, luring hummingbirds up from Mexico, exposing deserts in the Arctic and relying on parachuting firefighters to tackle forest fires in its vast wilderness. Grizzly bears fatten up on a sudden wealth of salmon, a caribou calf joins a vast herd on its great migration and a huge male moose finds unlikely ways to impress a female. Among the human population, a dedicated grower of giant vegetables takes his half-ton pumpkin to the Alaska State Fair
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 10
5:00pm
The Blue Planet
Tidal Seas
Season 1 Episode 7/8

David Attenborough investigates the opportunities tides create for marine life, showing giant stingrays gliding on currents for a rest, South African sea snails surfing the waves in pursuit of a meal, crabs playing football on a beach, and bottlenose dolphins embarking on a dangerous game of catch. In the oceanic world each turn of the tide can mean life or death for its inhabitants
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.6
6:00pm
Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve
The Nile
Season 1 Episode 1/3

The adventurer returns with a series that takes him around the world to areas that cannot be fully appreciated without considering the vast influence of their rivers, and he's going to explain how those sacred rivers don't just simply flow through countries - they define them. Simon begins at the source of the world's longest river, the Nile, and follows it out to sea, taking him from the Ethiopian highlands, through the desert of Sudan and then Egypt, right to the Mediterranean Sea. He also explains how the Nile has forged some of our earliest civilisations and influenced religions. However, the stability of the region looks uncertain, given that populations along its banks are growing, and Nile countries are demanding greater shares of the sacred waters
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3.8
7:00pm
The Repair Shop
The Repair Shop at Christmas
Experts try to restore family heirlooms and treasured possessions to their former glory in time for Christmas. Among the items is a Victorian version of a juke box called a Polyphon, that has rusted into silence. It moves sisters Ann and Kathryn to tears when they hear it play the family's favourite carol for first time in decades
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 9.3
8:00pm
MasterChef: The Professionals
MasterChef: The Professionals - The Finals
Season 10 Episode 19/21

After six weeks of intense culinary battles, four contestants remain from the original 48, and all need to pull out all the stops for Gregg Wallace, Monica Galetti and Marcus Wareing. Their first challenge involves catering for a gathering of leading chefs in the City of London, preparing food for diners who hold more than 30 Michelin stars between them. Each finalist takes charge of one of four courses, preparing every last element of their ambitious creations to impress their prestigious guests
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.6
9:00pm
Rick Stein's Road to Mexico
Season 1 Episode 6/7

For Mexicans, their most revered dishes come from the south, and their Mecca is Oaxaca, where locals still dress in traditional costume. Rick explores the home of Mexico's national cheese, Queso Oaxacana. It's also a land where vanilla grows wild and cacao orchards are harvested to make superb chocolate
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 2.8
10:00pm
The League of Gentlemen
Save Royston Vasey
Season 4 Episode 2/3

Royston Vasey faces a situation more terrible than anything it has faced before as boundary changes threaten to erase the town from the map for ever. The fight to save the community from administrative annihilation comes from unexpected and surprising directions, all of them local. Comedy, starring Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.8
10:30pm
Newsnight
19/12/2017
Analysis of the day's events, presented by Emily Maitlis
(Subtitles)

Rating: 4.2
11:10pm
Weather
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.9
11:15pm
NFL This Week
2017/18 Week 15
Mark Chapman is joined by Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora to present action from the 15th round of fixtures, which included Buffalo Bills v Miami Dolphins at New Era Field, Seattle Seahawks v Los Angeles Rams at CenturyLink Field, and Pittsburgh Steelers v New England Patriots at Heinz Field
(Subtitles)

Rating: 3.9
12:05am
Dara and Ed's Road to Mandalay
Malaysia
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Dara O Briain and Ed Byrne explore South East Asia, travelling more than 3,000 miles from Malaysia to Myanmar as they forge their way to the historic city of Mandalay. The comedians begin their journey in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, where they watch a beauty pageant for chickens and join a mass cycle ride through the city
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 5.6
1:05am
The Apprentice
Interviews
Season 13 Episode 12/14

This time, the final five candidates are summoned to Lord Sugar's newly refurbished offices in the City of London. There they are joined by some of Lord Sugar's closest associates, ready to put the candidates through their paces in a series of tough interviews, with each candidate going head to head with a business heavyweight in an attempt to prove their worth. There are tears, tantrums and turmoil, as confidence crumbles, egos are eradicated and business plans are pulverised, before heading back to the boardroom to face Lord Sugar once more
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language)

Rating: 7.4
2:05am
Expedition Volcano
Season 1 Episode 2/2

Part two of two. The team takes a helicopter to the crater of an active volcano that has rarely been studied. The mountain is surrounded by forests, which provide cover for armed militant groups, and the scientists will only have a few short hours to gather information. They then move on to the surrounding area, a dangerous landscape marked by craters from past eruptions
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 4.7
3:05am
This Is BBC Two
Preview of upcoming programmes from BBC Two
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9

Wed 20 Dec

6:30am
Flog It! Trade Secrets
European - Part One
Season 3 Episode 7/30

The show's experts offer advice on making money from European antiques and collectibles, while Paul Martin casts his eye over a painting by Salvador Dali
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 6.7
7:00am
Nigella: At My Table
Nigella's Christmas Table
Nigella offers her tips for relaxed entertaining during the festive season, producing dishes including roast duck with orange, soy and ginger, garlic and parmesan mashed potato gratin and sour-sweet soused red cabbage with cranberries. There's also an exotic take on brussel sprouts, a sticky toffee pudding and chocolate pistachio meringue cookies
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 1.7
8:00am
David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Peter
Season 1 Episode 1/2

The actor traces the life of St Peter, from lowly fisherman on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to Jesus' closest confidant who would betray his trust as an apostle in the fabled denial, and finally to the figure regarded by the Roman Catholic Church as the first pope and bishop of Rome. In the first of two programmes, David seeks out the man behind the biblical stories, looking at how he carved an identity as both leader and flawed believer during the earliest days of Christianity
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

9:00am
Victoria Derbyshire
20/12/2017
Daily news and current-affairs programme offering discussion of breaking stories, exclusive interviews and audience interaction via social media
(Subtitles)

Rating: 1.6
11:00am
BBC Newsroom Live
20/12/2017
A chance to stay up to date on the day's leading stories, with the latest breaking news as it happens
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.1
11:30am
Daily Politics
20/12/2017
Coverage of Prime Minister's Questions from the House of Commons at 12.00, interspersed with discussions, interviews and reports from around the country
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.7
1:00pm
The Link
Season 1 Episode 11/25

Three teams battle it out to spot the link between an increasing number of clues - with the quickest on the buzzers earning the chance to compete for the jackpot. Quiz show, hosted by Mark Williams
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 6.8
1:45pm
Terry and Mason's Great Food Trip
Bath
Season 1 Episode 16/20

Terry Wogan and Mason McQueen arrive in the Roman city of Bath, where they seek out the finest delicacies, from beetroot sorbet to honey glazed dormice. A reviving brew served by the UK's reigning king of the baristas sets them up for a visit to the catacombs where an eco food initiative is making mushrooms out of waste cardboard and coffee grounds
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 2.6
2:15pm
Home Away from Home
Taunton & Peak District
Season 2 Episode 7/20

Two couples from Taunton and the Peak District test drive a new way of life as they swap homes with each other. Presented by Gyles Brandreth
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 2.4
3:00pm
Inside Claridge's
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Thirty delegations from around the world arrive to stay at the hotel for the duration of the Olympics, with the red carpet being rolled out five times a day for heads of state. World-famous Danish eatery Noma sets up a pop-up restaurant in the ballroom and Claridge's chefs are faced with providing Nordic-foraged food to thousands of guests who have paid £195 each. A couple fly in from Atlanta for the wedding of their dreams and a butler prepares a suite for one of the hotel's most valued guests, bringing furniture, hat boxes and 20 suits out of storage for just one night. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 4.5
4:05pm
Alaska - Earth's Frozen Kingdom
Winter
Season 1 Episode 3/3

To survive the bone-chilling cold, deadly blizzards and darkness of the eight months of an Alaskan winter takes courage, cunning and remarkable endurance. This episode tells the stories of how the tough and resourceful animal and human inhabitants of the windswept mountain peaks, icy tundra and snowbound forests face up to the challenges of the season. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 10
5:05pm
The Blue Planet
Coasts
Season 1 Episode 8/8

Exploring the wealth of marine life that inhabits the ocean's edge, dealing with the dangers of an ever-shifting environment. David Attenborough observes nesting seabirds in east Russia, Patagonian killer whales, Newfoundland caplin fish, walruses, and Brazilian green turtles - which make their annual expedition to an island in the middle of the Atlantic to lay their eggs
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.6
6:00pm
Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve
The Ganges
Season 1 Episode 2/3

The adventurer travels along the Ganges to explore how India's booming economy has affected its religious culture, starting his journey at the source of the river in the foothills of the Himalayas and following it to where it empties out into the Bay of Bengal. Along the way, he meets westerners in Rishikesh seeking spiritual enlightenment, takes a dip in the fast-flowing waters at Haridwar and discovers how the river is being severely polluted in Kanpur, where it is alleged that cows are secretly being slaughtered to fuel a booming leather trade
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3.8
7:00pm
The Sweet Makers
The Sweet Makers at Christmas
From candy canes and sugar mice to yule logs and chocolate coins, sweet treats are an integral part of Christmas celebrations. Guided by food historian Dr Annie Gray and social historian Emma Dabiri, four modern confectioners uncover the mystery of what 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, they encounter the gulf between rich and poor - 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
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 5.4
8:00pm
MasterChef: The Professionals
Season 10 Episode 20/21

The four remaining chefs fight to secure their place amongst the final three, with one contestant leaving the competition after a cook-off in the Masterchef kitchen. Then, the three remaining chefs are sent to the south of France to work in the 2 Michelin starred kitchens of the fourth best restaurant in the world; Mirazur, with Argentinian chef Mauro Colegreco
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.6
9:00pm
Peaky Blinders
The Company
Season 4 Episode 6/6

In the final episode of the series, the night of the big fight arrives, and as the bell rings and the crowd goes wild, dangers lurk in the shadows for Tommy Shelby and his family, and Tommy soon discovers who he can truly trust. Meanwhile, as Changretta plays his final ace, he sets in motion a series of events that will change the Peaky Blinders forever. Starring Cillian Murphy, Adrien Brody, Tom Hardy, Helen McCrory, Charlie Murphy, Sophie Rundle, Paul Anderson, Kate Phillips, Ned Dennehy and Jack Rowan. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.9
10:00pm
The League of Gentlemen
Royston Vasey Mon Amour
Season 4 Episode 3/3

The local authorities, the newspaper and the police all play their parts as the developing situation in Royston Vasey reaches an earth-shattering climax. Can the genies be put back in the bottle? And what dark forces have been unleashed in the amphibarium? Comedy, starring Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.8
10:30pm
Mock the Week
Mock the Week Christmas Special
Season 16 Episode 13/13

Dara O Briain and Hugh Dennis host a festive special and are joined by an array of top names form the UK comedy circuit including Ed Byrne, James Acaster, Tom Allen, Rhys James, Zoe Lyons, Ed Gamble, Miles Jupp, Nish Kumar and Romesh Ranganathan for quizzes, challenges, out-takes and unseen material. Last in the series
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.4
11:00pm
Alternativity
Alternativity: The Performance
Season 1 Episode 2/2

Contemporary one-off performance of the nativity play quite unlike any other
(Subtitles)

11:30pm
Cunk on Christmas
The commentator from Weekly Wipe examines the true meaning of Christmas. She explores pagan winter festivals, the nativity story, `Sir Charles Dickings' and today's obsession with Santa. Diane Morgan stars
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
12:00am
Dara and Ed's Road to Mandalay
Thailand
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Dara O Briain and Ed Byrne continue their journey in Thailand, where they find out about locals' reaction to the tourist explosion in Bangkok, explore the ruins of the capital of Ayutthaya and visit an elephant sanctuary. Along the way, they stop off for a massage and Ed has a go at Thai boxing. They also visit a turtle conservation centre, where they help to return two of the animals to the sea, and meet members of a hill tribe who have turned their tradition of downhill racing in wooden carts into a tourist attraction
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 5.6
1:00am
Employable Me
Season 2 Episode 4/4

Psychologist Nancy Doyle invites a man with autism and a woman with Asperger's to her training centre where they learn the rules of the office environment. Alan, 26, graduated from university two years ago with a psychology degree, but has struggled to find permanent work and finds social interaction particularly challenging, while 46-year-old Erica has been unemployed for six years and lacks confidence, but is determined to do everything she can to find work again
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.6
2:00am
Attenborough and the Giant Elephant
The naturalist investigates the life of Jumbo, a famous Victorian elephant, supposedly the largest that ever lived. Jumbo arrived in London Zoo in 1865 and was popular with the royal family, but was dangerously unhappy in captivity. In later life, Jumbo would be sold to PT Barnum's circus, becoming a celebrity before dying under mysterious circumstances. Attenborough examines Jumbo's remains and considers the lives of elephants in the wild to learn more about the animal's difficult life
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 2.8
3:00am
Rick Stein's Road to Mexico
Season 1 Episode 4/7

The chef lands in the town that placed Tequila on the map and explores Guadalajara, the city that gave the rest of the world Mariachis and dishes like Carne con Chilli. He also can't resist a visit to Casa Kimberly, bought by Richard Burton for Elizabeth Taylor, and where they still serve her favourite cocktail, a Chocolate Martini
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 2.8
4:00am
This Is BBC Two
Preview of upcoming programmes from BBC Two
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9

Thu 21 Dec

6:30am
Flog It! Trade Secrets
Handmade - Part One
Season 3 Episode 8/30

Presenter Paul Martin and the team explore a selection of handmade antiques and collectibles
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 6.7
7:00am
MasterChef: The Professionals
Season 10 Episode 4/21

Six chefs face the skills test, set by Monica Galetti. They have 20 minutes to prepare a meal using cod's cheeks and an accompanying sauce or garnish. They must then cook their own signature dish for judges Monica, Gregg Wallace and Marcus Wareing, and the remaining contestants will progress to the quarter finals
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.6
8:00am
David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Peter
Season 1 Episode 2/2

The actor traces the life of Jesus' close confidant and apostle, St Peter, by looking at the New Testament's account of him taking charge after the Messiah's death. In the second part of his exploration, David wonders how a man who had previously been painted as an impetuous and confused character could have filled the shoes of such a charismatic leader. He also assesses the evidence that suggests Peter was eventually martyred as the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

9:00am
Victoria Derbyshire
21/12/2017
Daily news and current-affairs programme offering discussion of breaking stories, exclusive interviews and audience interaction via social media
(Subtitles)

Rating: 1.6
11:00am
BBC Newsroom Live
21/12/2017
A chance to stay up to date on the day's leading stories, with the latest breaking news as it happens
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.1
12:00pm
Daily Politics
21/12/2017
Parliamentary proceedings interspersed with discussions, interviews and filmed reports from around the country
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.7
1:00pm
Snow Babies
Documentary following all manner of baby animals born in some of the coldest and harshest places on Earth. Cameras follow the ups and downs of plucky emperor penguins, snow monkeys, polar bears, arctic foxes, reindeer and otters to find out what it takes to survive the first year of life in a world of snow and ice, with a little help from family and friends. Narrated by Caroline Quentin
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6
2:00pm
Natural World
Nature's Miniature Miracles: Natural World
Season 36 Episode 4/

Documentary telling how the world's smallest animals manage to survive, revealing how they have evolved extraordinary skills and achieved mindboggling feats. From the animal kingdom's greatest artist to the tiny creatures that provide people with so much of the air they breathe, the programme discovers what it takes to be a miniature miracle. Hugh Dennis narrates
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 9
3:00pm
Victorian Bakers
Victorian Bakers at Christmas
The bakers prepare Christmas recipes from the Victorian era, including twelfth cakes, bread-based punch and mince pies, which would have been filled with beef in wealthy households, while poor families would have used tripe. Historians Alex Langlands and Annie Gray reveal how a riotous midwinter holiday became a more respectable family affair, and how ovens were used to prepare everything from baked decorations to roasts that would feed entire communities
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 4.2
4:00pm
Back in Time for Dinner
Back in Time for Christmas: The 1940s, '50s and '60s
Season 2 Episode 1/2

Part one of two. The Robshaws time-travel through six decades of festive nostalgia, beginning by experiencing what the holiday season was like in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. A wartime Christmas has them embracing the make-do and mend spirit for presents and sitting down to ox heart for dinner, with a pudding made primarily of grated potato. The 1950s brings ham with tinned peaches, canapes, cocktails and the first televised Queen's speech, while youngest child Fred receives a 1960s gift of a chocolate smoking set. Giles Coren and Polly Russell present
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
5:00pm
The Lake District: A Wild Year
For the wildlife and people who live amid the stunning scenery of the Lake District, life is one of continuous change. This documentary features cutting-edge camera techniques offering a new and unique perspective on a turbulent year in the life of England's largest national park. Time-lapse photography shows months and weeks passing in seconds - snow and ice giving way to sunshine or the frequent rain showers - while the animals, plants and people find extraordinary ways to cope with the challenges of this ancient landscape. Narrated by Bernard Cribbins
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 9.1
6:00pm
Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve
The Yangtze
Season 1 Episode 3/3

The adventurer travels to China for a trip along the Yangtze, Asia's longest river and the third longest in the world. He follows the route to Dazu, where he sees 50,000 ancient rock carvings, some of the only religious artefacts not to have been destroyed under communist rule. He then takes a river cruise to the Three Gorges Dam - the biggest power station on the planet - before ending his journey in Shanghai, a shining symbol of China's new economic might and a city where many are rediscovering religious faith
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3.8
7:00pm
Inside the Factory
Inside the Christmas Factory
Festive edition from 2016 in which Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman visit places where traditional Christmas items roll off the production line. Gregg goes to Britain's biggest cake factory, where 180 million mince pies are produced each year, and pitches in on the yule log conveyor belt. Cherry finds out where tinsel and wrapping paper are made and Ruth learns the history of Christmas crackers
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3.3
8:00pm
MasterChef: The Professionals
MasterChef: The Professionals: The Finals
Season 10 Episode 21/21

The search for a chef to be crowned MasterChef: Professionals champion 2017 is almost over, as the three finalists face one last challenge. They are given three hours to cook a starter, a main course and a dessert, each of which takes their culinary abilities to a whole new level, with flawless presentation and exciting flavours. Judges Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace assess their efforts, before deciding the winner. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.6
9:00pm
Joanna & Jennifer: Absolutely Champers
In Absolutely Fabulous, Patsy and Edina were rarely seen without a glass of champagne in their hands. And it turns out their real-life counterparts, comedy collaborators and great friends Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, also like nothing more than getting together to share a glass of something chilled and bubbly. Now the pair head across the channel to explore the Champagne region of France and find out how the tipple is made. Along the way, they also quiz each other about their lives, revealing never-before-heard stories and anecdotes
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

10:00pm
Absolutely Fabulous
Cold Turkey (Christmas 2003)
Season 5 Episode 8/8

Patsy can't wait for Christmas to arrive - not because she likes the season, but because she and Eddie have always gone away somewhere exotic and drunk themselves into a stupor. But this year Eddie has decided to stay at home and play happy families with daughter Saffy and granddaughter Jane, which proves too much for her best friend. Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders star, with guest appearances by Eleanor Bron and Kate O'Mara
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 6.9
10:35pm
Insert Name Here
Christmas
Season 3 Episode 5/8

Sue Perkins hosts a festive edition of the game show, which sees Jack Dee, Martin Kemp, Liz Bonnin and Suzannah Lipscomb joining team captains Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman. As it's a Christmas special, however, there is a twist to the usual format - all the names are different, but every one of them is somehow related to Christmas
(Subtitles)

Rating: 4.1
11:05pm
QI
Merriment
Season 13 Episode 8/18

Correctness and even intelligence go out of the window in this seasonal edition of the quiz, in which the questions are so difficult points are awarded for the answers host Stephen Fry finds most interesting. Jenny Eclair, Johnny Vegas and Bill Bailey do their best with the sparse and obscure clues on offer, supplementing the efforts of regular panellist Alan Davies in a bid to generate some festive merriment
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 8.4
11:35pm
Dara and Ed's Road to Mandalay
Myanmar
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Dara O Briain and Ed Byrne arrive in Myanmar at a time of great political change. After 50 years of military rule, the first elections were held, heralding a new era of democracy. Along the way, the duo take part in a Buddhist Festival of Light, have their fortunes read from chicken bones and try to master the art of `leg rowing'. The last leg of their journey takes them up the historic road to Mandalay - not in fact a road, but a river - and when they reach their final destination, they visit a comedy troupe called the Moustache Brothers, with whom Ed has a personal connection
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 5.6
12:35am
Alternativity
The Alternativity
Season 1 Episode 1/2

Documentary following the production of a contemporary one-off performance taking an alternative take on the nativity story
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

1:35am
The Apprentice
The Final
Season 13 Episode 14/14

The two finalists take on their last challenge to win a coveted investment from Alan Sugar, with hand-picked teams of contestants from the series returning to aid them in their endeavours. They face a three-day challenge to create brands and adverts to pitch to a room full of experts - but a poor commercial and an uninspiring brand name do neither candidate any favours. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language)

Rating: 7.4
2:35am
The Apprentice: You're Fired
The Apprentice: You're Hired
Season 13 Episode 12/12

Rhod Gilbert is joined by the winner, the runner-up and Lord Sugar himself, as the business tycoon reveals the reasons behind his final decision, and also comments on some of the other candidates who have caught his eye during the series. There's also a look back at some of the highlights - and low points - of the past 12 weeks, with a celebrity panel chipping in with their thoughts. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language)

Rating: 2.8
3:35am
The Sweet Makers
The Sweet Makers at Christmas
From candy canes and sugar mice to yule logs and chocolate coins, sweet treats are an integral part of Christmas celebrations. Guided by food historian Dr Annie Gray and social historian Emma Dabiri, four modern confectioners uncover the mystery of what 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, they encounter the gulf between rich and poor - 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
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 5.4
4:35am
This Is BBC Two
Preview of upcoming programmes from BBC Two
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9

Fri 22 Dec

6:05am
MasterChef: The Professionals
Season 10 Episode 5/21

Marcus Wareing sets the six chefs the task of preparing and cooking a fresh pasta dish with tiger prawns, before they have the chance to impress with their Signature Dish, with three of them leaving the competition and missing out on a place in the quarter-final
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.6
7:05am
An Island Parish
An Island Parish: Shetland: The Island Above All Others
Season 11 Episode 1/6

The documentary chronicling life in remote communities returns, this time chronicling life on Unst in Shetland, which is the most northerly inhabited island in Britain and home to around 600 people. The island is gearing up for the biggest festival of the summer and residents are putting the finishing touches to their floats, while the Rev David Cooper is perfecting his stone-skimming skills, so he can take part in proceedings. Mark Chapman narrates
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.3
7:35am
Film Holiday Affair (1949)
A department store clerk discovers a war widow is doing market research for a rival shop, but when he does not report her to the management, it costs him his job just before Christmas. They meet again when he carries out a further act of kindness toward her son, and romance develops, despite her impending marriage. Comedy, starring Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 6
9:00am
The Big Family Cooking Showdown
Season 1 Episode 1/12

Competitive food show, presented by Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain, in which two families face a series of challenges based on the realities of everyday meals, cooking up their favourite dishes both in the studio and in their own homes. At the end of each show, judges Giorgio Locatelli and Rosemary Shrager will decide which family make it through to the next round, beginning with the Marks from west London up against the Charles family from Yorkshire
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.7
10:00am
Film Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)
A publisher offers to sponsor the first London-to-Paris air race in a bid to boost the sales of his newspaper. Among the motley assortment of characters who sign up for the challenge is a scheming nobleman bent on sabotaging the efforts of the other entrants. Period comedy, starring Terry-Thomas, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Robert Morley, Benny Hill, Tony Hancock, Eric Sykes and Gert Frobe
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.3
12:05pm
Tom Kerridge Cooks Christmas
The chef puts his own spin on a variety of festive fare, giving a twist to the traditional roast by steaming a turkey breast filled with sage and onion stuffing and then covering it in a crumble topping made from pistachios and dried cranberries. He gives advice on how to liven up vegetables by cooking glazed carrots with star anise and sprout tops with chestnuts, and makes a spiced orange cake with plum sauce as an alternative to Christmas pudding
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.5
12:35pm
Best Bakes Ever
Best Christmas Bakes Ever
Season 1 Episode 16/26

Actress and baking enthusiast Jane Asher presents a selection of festive recipes from various BBC cookery shows, as demonstrated by some of the nation's favourite TV chefs and cooks. Among the treats highlighted are Mary Berry's Christmas cake, Monica Galetti's coconut buns, Michel Roux Jr's terrine with chicken and pistachios, Tom Kerridge's spiced orange cake, and Lorraine Pascale's mince pies with a twist. Plus, Nigel Slater prepares a stilton and pastry wonder, and the Hairy Bikers demonstrate how to make a turkey and cranberry pie using the leftovers from a traditional Christmas dinner
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 2.3
1:20pm
Film An Ideal Husband (1999)
A rising politician is blackmailed into pushing a dubious scheme through Parliament, a decision that threatens his career and marriage. Turning in desperation to an old and trusted friend, he ends up dragged even further into a mire of lies, temptations and secret liaisons. Oscar Wilde comedy drama, with Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Rupert Everett, Jeremy Northam and Julianne Moore
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.5
2:50pm
The Toys That Made Christmas
Robert Webb takes a light-hearted look back at playthings of the past, offering fortysomethings the chance to reminisce about the days before PlayStations, laptops and iPods. It was a more innocent time when Fuzzy-Felt and Spirograph brought out the artist in everyone, girls spent hours with Barbie and boys were engrossed in trying to bolt together their impossibly fiddly Meccano models - to name just four of the toys mentioned
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.5
4:15pm
Back in Time for Dinner
Back in Time for Christmas: The 1970s, '80s and '90s
Season 2 Episode 2/2

Part two of two. During their trip from the 1970s to the 1990s, the Robshaws discover how the race for a Christmas number one single was born. They also meet an EastEnders star who reminisces about the soap's tradition of festive misery, and examine Christmas gluttony in the 1990s
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
5:15pm
Film Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! (2012)
A primary school teacher enters his class in a Song for Christmas competition, and ends up having to lead the busload of excitable kids - as well as his irresponsible teaching assistant - on a disastrous trip to Wales for the event. The journey also leads to an unwanted confrontation with his high-flying twin brother. Comedy sequel, starring David Tennant, Marc Wootton, Joanna Page and Jessica Hynes
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 5.8
7:00pm
Inside the Factory
Inside the Christmas Factory
Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman explore the fascinating factory processes and surprising history behind the nation's favourite festive treats. Gregg follows 24 hours of production at a factory in Oldham, Greater Manchester, which will be making two million Christmas cakes for Marks and Spencer, while Cherry visits Britain's largest marzipan manufacturer as well as a sprout farm. Ruth investigates how the UK's early industrial heritage inspired Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3.3
8:00pm
Mastermind
Season 15 Episode 21/31

John Humphrys hosts the quiz as more contenders brave the infamous black chair. The specialist subjects in the first round are Doctor Who, Concorde, punk band the Clash and Elizabeth I's `spymaster' Francis Walsingham. As usual, the second round comprises general knowledge questions
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.6
8:30pm
Only Connect
Meeples v Parishioners
Season 13 Episode 19/37

Victoria Coren Mitchell presents as round two losers the Meeples and Parishioners return for their last chance to stay in the competition. Among the challenges facing the players is to determine what connects Blockbusters, Rorke's Drift, Fox and Geese and ice hockey power play
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.7
9:00pm
Saturday Night Fever - The Ultimate Disco Movie
Documentary celebrating the 40th anniversary of the blockbuster dance movie. Bruno Tonioli, a young dancer in New York in 1977, revisit the streets where the film was shot and looks back at the success of a production that gave everyone `disco fever'. Tonioli and contributors including its star John Travolta, recount how a small-budget film and a quickly assembled soundtrack became a mega-hit that changed popular culture for ever. The programme also hears about the potent influence of impresario Robert Stigwood, whose faith in the young Travolta and then-stuttering pop group the Bee Gees proved visionary
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

10:10pm
The Joy of the Bee Gees
A profile of the pop group, following their journey from child stars on the Australian variety circuit to UK pop chart competitors of the Beatles in the late 1960s. The documentary analyses the highlights of the three Gibb brothers' careers, including the success of the Saturday Night Fever album, the creation of their `medallion man' trademark look, their triumphant 1987 comeback, and their work with famed fellow performers such as Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross. Featuring interviews with Barry Gibb, John Lydon, Guy Chambers, Mykaell Riley, Alexis Petridis and Ana Matronic. First shown on BBC Four
(Subtitles)

11:10pm
Boogie Fever: A TOTP2 Disco Special
Steve Wright presents performances of disco classics from the BBC archives, featuring George McCrae, Chic, Gloria Gaynor, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Edwin Starr, the Weather Girls, Liquid Gold, Heatwave, the Bee Gees, Earth Wind & Fire, Tina Charles, the JALN Band, Hi-Tension, Sylvester, the Village People, Boney M, Linx, Yazz, Infernal, the Three Degrees, Blondie, the Gibson Brothers and Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 3.8
12:40am
Panorama
Myanmar: The Hidden Truth - Panorama
Hundreds thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar this year to escape being killed, raped and abused by security forces and local Buddhists. Using eyewitness testimony, government documents and previously unseen footage, reporter Justin Rowlatt reveals how the minority Muslim community has been isolated and weakened over recent years and shows how recent attacks on them were part of a highly planned and organised operation
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language)

Rating: 6.3
1:10am
Employable Me
Season 2 Episode 2/4

Nicola has cerebral palsy and is willing to do whatever it takes to prove to employers she has got what it takes to be offered a full-time job. Marve has been visually impaired since birth and since he was made redundant from his job six years ago he has gradually lost the confidence and motivation to keep looking for work. Psychologist Nancy Doyle invites them both to her unique training centre where they learn how to access the `hidden' jobs market and recapture the confidence to seek and secure employment
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.6
2:10am
Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain
Season 1 Episode 3/4

The story of a tight-knit community of ship builders and factory workers in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, and how their lives were changed by the bombings of March 1941. The documentary focuses on the after-effects of one particular explosive, which destroyed number 78 Jellicoe Street, killing 15 members of the Rocks family. Surviving relatives and friends recall how they were deeply affected by the events, and how the return of the bombers led to a mass exodus from the town
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6
3:10am
This Is BBC Two
Preview of upcoming programmes from BBC Two
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9

Sat 23 Dec

6:15am
An Island Parish
Island Parish Shetland: Your People Shall Be My People
Season 11 Episode 2/6

Frank and Jem Roberts prepare their Shetland ponies for a prestigious assessment, while Eastern Orthodox nun Mother Mary gives a local youngster a lesson in history. The Rev David Cooper reminisces about his time in Ghana and Unst welcomes some unlikely visitors
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.3
6:45am
Film The Bishop's Wife (1947)
Distraught bishop Henry is struggling to cope with building a new cathedral, but receives help from on high in the form of a suave guardian angel. The heavenly visitor proves influential in fundraising, but when he turns his attention to Henry's family life, the cleric suspects his new friend has designs on his wife. Fantasy, starring Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 8.3
8:30am
The Big Family Cooking Showdown
Season 1 Episode 2/12

As Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain's culinary competition continues, the Karims from west London go up against the Dawes family from Hampshire. Aunt Zakila is queen of the kitchen in the Karim's household, but will her spice mix leave the judges wanting more when they visit the family at home? Ellie Dawes and her scientist boyfriend Sam share a passion for food, but it remains to be seen whether their bold use of ingredients will be a step too far for the judges
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.7
9:30am
Film The Muppets (2011)
Three fans of the famous puppet variety show discover a powerful businessman is going to knock down the Muppet theatre and drill for oil on the site. They track down frontman Kermit the frog and persuade him to reunite his co-stars, so they can put on one last performance to save the venue. Comedy, starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper, with songs by Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords)
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6
11:10am
Natural World
Nature's Wildest Weapons: Horns, Tusks and Antlers: Natural World
Season 36 Episode 3/

Professor Doug Emlen examines how animals use their bodies as weapons in epic battles to gore, stab, crush and batter their adversaries to death, from elephants to rhinoceros beetles, assessing whether they are more than just instruments of blunt force. For the professor this has been a lifetime's ambition to discover the secrets of nature's arms races, what triggers them and what they can teach us about the most formidable weapons on Earth - our own
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 9
12:10pm
Mary Berry's Absolute Christmas Favourites
Season 1 Episode 1/2

The Great British Bake Off judge and food writer draws on her wealth of cookery knowledge to share a selection of indulgent recipes for the festive period, with simple tips to ensure delicious results. In the first of two programmes, Mary updates her mother's Christmas Eve fish pie, makes a raised chicken and ham pie perfect for Boxing Day lunch and prepares two desserts - a blackberry and apple crumble tart and a chocolate mousse cake. Mary also visits a cheese-maker in Nottinghamshire using centuries-old methods to produce Stilton, while chocolatier William Curley takes her breath away with a spectacular Christmas buche de Noel
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.2
12:40pm
Nigella: At My Table
Nigella's Christmas Table
Nigella offers her tips for relaxed entertaining during the festive season, producing dishes including roast duck with orange, soy and ginger, garlic and parmesan mashed potato gratin and sour-sweet soused red cabbage with cranberries. There's also an exotic take on brussel sprouts, a sticky toffee pudding and chocolate pistachio meringue cookies
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 1.7
1:40pm
The Millionaire's Gift Guide
Documentary examining the world of event planners and suppliers of luxury goods. Event organisers Sophie and Charlotte launch their business with a children's Christmas party at a stately home featuring real reindeer, £50 balloons a cake worth £10,000 and a unicorn. A vintage watch dealer attends the world's most exclusive timepiece auction in Geneva, and a personal stylist meets a client who spends thousands during a 10-minute meeting
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 3.8
2:40pm
Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures: Bette & Joan
Sylvia Syms introduces profiles of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, the feuding stars who battled over roles, accolades and audience appreciation during Hollywood's `Golden Age'
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.1
3:10pm
Film Mildred Pierce (1945)
A woman vows to do anything for her beloved daughters after she divorces their father. She works her fingers to the bone, taking assorted jobs to ensure the girls have everything they could want - but it proves to be a thankless task when she ends up competing with one of her children for a man's love. Melodrama, starring an Oscar-winning Joan Crawford alongside Jack Carson
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 5.9
5:00pm
Natural World
Hotel Armadillo: Natural World
Season 36 Episode 2/

The giant armadillo, an animal so elusive few have ever seen it wild in the Brazilian wetlands region known as the Pantanal. David Attenborough reveals how the burrows the armadillos dig create homes for hundreds of other animals. Until recently man knew virtually nothing of this species, but Arnaud Desbiez, the founder of the Giant Armadillo Project, has changed all that
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 9
6:00pm
Film Bill (2015)
Premiere. William Shakespeare is determined to become a successful playwright after getting kicked out of a folk band. Heading to London to seek his fortune, he gets caught up in a plot by the king of Spain to blow up Elizabeth I. Historical comedy with the cast of Horrible Histories, starring Mathew Baynton and Helen McCrory
(Subtitles) (Premiere) (Audio Described)

7:30pm
A Life on Screen
Sir Lenny Henry - A Life on Screen
After being honoured with the Special Award at this year's Baftas, the actor and comedian reveals the story behind his success. Lenny delves into the archives to showcase work from more than 40 years in showbusiness - from his first TV appearance on New Faces in 1975 up to his present day achievements in the theatre. Featuring interviews with people who have helped shape his career, including Richard Curtis, Kim Fuller, Michael Grade, Trevor McDonald and Chris Tarrant
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 1.9
8:30pm
Dad's Army
Turkey Dinner
Season 7 Episode 6/6

Pompous Captain Mainwaring proves he is a softie at heart by organising a turkey dinner as a Christmas treat for the struggling senior citizens of Walmington-on-Sea. Festive episode from 1974, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and John Laurie
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 9.3
9:00pm
Feud: Bette and Joan
Season 1 Episode 3/8

As the production of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? reaches its climax, the dispute between Bette and Joan suddenly takes a turn for the physical. Bette's relationship with her daughter becomes strained as she bonds with a new cast member, and Joan reveals an intimate detail about her past
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

9:50pm
Feud: Bette and Joan
Season 1 Episode 4/8

Bad word-of-mouth plagues What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? on the eve of its release, and while Bette and Joan brace for failure, Pauline tries to break gender barriers. Biographical drama, starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

10:35pm
Film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Former child star Jane Hudson fails to launch an adult career, while her younger sister Blanche becomes a successful actress. Decades later, Blanche is in a wheelchair and an embittered Jane keeps her a virtual prisoner in their home, carrying out a campaign of sadistic abuse while dreaming hopelessly of a comeback. Robert Aldrich's drama, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 5.7
12:45am
Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue
Season 1 Episode 1/2

For the first time in British Vogue's 100-year history, TV cameras have been allowed to film behind closed doors, granting documentary maker Richard Macer unprecedented access to the UK's style bible, its cover stars, designers, and those who run it, as the magazine prepares to celebrate its centenary. In the first of two programmes, editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman decides she wants to change the magazine's front covers to appeal to a younger audience - the Instagram generation. Will this new relaxed style work for British Vogue?
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
1:45am
Mary Berry's Christmas Party
The food writer and former Great British Bake Off judge opens her kitchen to some of TV's best-loved faces as they join her in cooking delicious dishes for a festive gathering. The One Show's Alex Jones shows off her family's special recipe for rissoles, Strictly judge Darcey Bussell tries to create a ballet-inspired Christmas dessert, Citizen Khan star Adil Ray makes canapes, TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton whips up stuffed squash, while Classic FM's Myleene Klass entertains everyone at the piano
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 9
2:45am
This Is BBC Two
Preview of upcoming programmes from BBC Two
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9