Rick Stein’s Cornish Christmas
Sunday, 8.30pm, LifeStyle Food Look out, here comes Christmas programming. This one-hour special was shown last year on the ABC on December 17. This year it plays on LifeStyle Food two and a bit weeks earlier, a harbinger of the coming onslaught, perhaps, or a warning shot over the parapet. Set in Cornwall on the English south coast, the program features the unflappable Rick Stein on his own turf. He lives in the area and is unashamedly sentimental about the effect of Christmas on his community. ‘‘ I think we all feel that Christmas is a time to tighten the fabric that keeps the community together,’’ Stein says, by way of introduction. Next he is standing among the good citizens of Padstow, his home town, overlooking the water as a local brass band plays Silent Night into the twilight. Later in the program, the chef is joined by friends for a lunch that highlights the culinary treasures of Cornwall. All the dishes are made with Stein’s favourite ingredients, grown or caught in the county, and they look superb. There is also a climactic banquet, visibly draped in Cornish Christmas spirit. real predator here, a Bengal tiger, or perhaps an ambush of them. In his effort to dramatise the hunt, Terry is the recipient of my inaugural Bette Davis award for the best overactor in a factual program or documentary.