Special

FOOD TELEVISION – Tuesday 25 December, 1.30pm, 5.30pm & 9.30pm

Nigel Slater presents a nostalgic celebration of well-loved Christmas dishes, past and present. From a sea bass starter to a roast duck feast and a dazzling party trifle, Nigel demonstrates how special dishes can be made simply, especially when it comes to feeding family and friends over Christmas. Nigel also prepares some winter warmers, inspired by his own festive memories and gives his dad’s annual contribution – the Christmas casserole – a tasty makeover. Plus, there is a bold and bright winter slaw inspired by the Slater festive cheeseboard. Finally, an invitation to a venison supper in a Scottish castle completes the celebrations and gives Nigel a great excuse to create a new cocktail to toast Christmas and the New Year.

FOOD TELEVISION – Tuesday 25 December, 12.30pm, 4.30pm & 8.30pm

Rick Stein believes that no one celebrates Christmas in greater style than the Spanish, where the celebrations last for over a fortnight and the dishes they prepare are delicious alternatives to the usual Christmas fare. Having seen how his Spanish friends prepare for the festivities in their own homes both in Spain and the UK, Rick cooks for a special Christmas party in London to share the dishes that have inspired him most and complement the Spanish love of celebrations.

THE BOX – Monday 24 December, 10.30pm

The Rock and John Cena surpassed an entire year’s worth of expectations from everyone around the world at WrestleMania XXVIII. Reminisce on this epic match as well as the rest of the spectacular annual wrestling extravaganza!

FOOD TELEVISION – Monday 24 December, 1.30pm

Follow eccentric chocolatier Willie Harcourt-Cooze and his family in this Christmas special as they prepare indulgent chocolate recipes for a huge Christmas Eve party and family Christmas dinner. Willie shows how to create boozy chocolate mince pies, a delectable chocolate tart and an extraordinary lamb dish in a magical chocolatey special episode which will sweetly inspire.

THE BOX – Sunday 23 December, 9.30pm

Talk about an all-star line-up! Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars will be rocking the runway at the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, along with the usual bevy of beauties, including Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes and Candice Swanepoel.

NICKELODEON – Sunday 23 December, 6.30am-8.30pm, Encores Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 6.30am

Nickelodeon’s Ultimate Christmas Marathon features the best live action and Nicktoon Christmas themed episodes. Including Victorious, iCarly, Big Time Rush, The Penguins of Madagascar, SpongeBob SquarePants, Kung Fu Panda and loads more.

6:50pm Tuesday, December 25 on Prime

Lifestyle

Hugh is preparing for Christmas at River Cottage. He’s decorated the bay leaf tree with fairy lights, harvested the sprouts from the vegetable garden and his Gloucester Old Spot pig is now a festive ham. Top of his Christmas list is a goose, and he heads off to admire Dave Roache’s gaggle and discuss the merits of goose keeping. Once he’s paid for his goose, he starts on his Three Ways with a Christmas Goose, making stuffed goose neck, confit from the legs and leaving the breast to be roasted on the day.

7:30pm Monday, December 24 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Restaurant critic Giles Coren and writer and performer Sue Perkins spend the week on the diet of a wealthy Victorian couple. Cooking for them at home is best selling cookery writer Sophie Grigson. As Giles dons top hat and waxed moustache, Sue dresses up in tight corset and outrageously wide skirts. During the week, they visit the Natural History Museum to try the food of Charles Darwin’s Glutton Club, attend a tea where they try and raise the spirits of the dead and find out what Oliver Twist and the poor really ate. The week culminates with a traditional Victorian Christmas complete with a giant pie as enjoyed by Queen Victoria herself.

9:30pm Wednesday, December 19 on TV2

Michael McIntyre presents a special Christmas edition of his Comedy Roadshow with some of the biggest stars in the world of comedy perform for fans at London’s Theatre Royal. Joining Michael on stage in this festive extravaganza are; Jack Dee, Miranda Hart, Sean Lock, James Corden, Rob Brydon, David Mitchell and Rhod Gilbert. The musical guest is Kylie Minogue.

10:30pm Saturday, December 15 on TV One

Grammy Award-winner and two-time Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer, rock star Rod Stewart gets into the festive spirit with his TV special, Rod Stewart – Merry Christmas, Baby.

Rod performs a night of classic Christmas tunes from his very first Christmas album, Merry Christmas, Baby in the stunning setting of the Villa de Leon in California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

It’s a night of pure entertainment as Rod is joined on stage by some of his famous friends. Michael Buble, Mary J. Blige and Cee-Lo Green drop in to help Rod spread some Christmas cheer, and the legendary Ella Fitzgerald makes a virtual appearance.

Join Rod as he sings classic carols as well as modern Christmas offerings, in true Rod Stewart fashion.