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HINK of me as Cliff Richard dur­ing a rain de­lay,” de­clares Jack White­hall. “Here to en­ter­tain you un­til the cov­ers come back off.”

Dur­ing a sum­mer of locked gates and empty sta­di­ums, the co­me­dian hosts this cel­e­bra­tion of Bri­tain’s finest sport­ing mo­ments and achieve­ments.

In a mono­logue that’s so sin­cere it’s un­nerv­ing, an earnest Jack says: “We are a na­tion of

– with no Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, Olympic Games or Wim­ble­don, Jack is here with a ton of archive clips.

From the odd events of the 1908 Lon­don Olympics to the English tri­umph of World Cup

66, when Jack yells: “Thank God there was no VAR”, all the tri­als and tribu­la­tions are here.

He also looks back over Bri­tain’s un­for­get­table Su­per Satur­day at Lon­don 2012 when “the gold flowed like wa­ter” and asks why it is that when the United King­dom hosts a ma­jor sports event the world watches.

Jack is not afraid to look back over some of the more gut­ting mo­ments, too, in­clud­ing the bril­liant show of Euro 1996, which ended badly af­ter THAT Gareth South­gate penalty.

Over­all, it’s a comedic love let­ter to Bri­tish sport.

Jack con­cludes: “Some­day soon the stands will fill and we’ll be home again.”

IT’S the night be­fore the wed­ding and Cathy and Mar­cus have their

‘pre-nup drink-up’ – but it’s not as fun as it sounds.

Cathy (El­lie White) is ob­sessed by the scuff on the wall that Mar­cus (Amit Shah) made when he was try­ing to throw her the car keys. She needs him to run to the DIY store mid-party if she’s ever go­ing to re­lax.

Else­where, there’s a bril­liant ex­change be­tween Mar­cus’s mum Mishti, played by Shobu Kapoor, who re­ally doesn’t want to be there and won­ders who Mar­i­lyn is.

Mar­i­lyn (Siob­han Fin­neran) sheds some light: “I made love to Cathy’s father for three glo­ri­ous decades.” The pair bond over booze in the ladies’ loos.

Watch out also for Caro­line Quentin as Tess’s an­noy­ing sis­ter Dawn.

Cat (Lau­ren Socha) af­fec­tion­ately threat­ens Mar­cus that he had bet­ter treat her sis­ter well.

And there’s a run-in with Cat’s old school bully and a paint job that gets out of hand.

Jack White­hall takes us on a nos­tal­gic jour­ney through Bri­tain’s sport­ing high­lights

YOU want to make as­para­gus rib­bons? Or de-seed a pome­gran­ate? No? Well, you soon will. Chef Jamie Oliver has such an en­thu­si­asm for his easy-peasy, fail­safe cook­ing that by the end, we’ll all be speed grat­ing lemon zest like pros. You only need five in­gre­di­ents for each recipe, half an hour and prob­a­bly a speed peeler and you’re set. “What are you wait­ing for, you shouldn’t even be watch­ing any­more?” he says, hav­ing whipped up a hot sal­mon and as­para­gus tagli­atelle. Next there’s a cherry chard rice, not some­thing found on most peo­ple’s weekly menus. Ok, so you have to find chard. And sour cher­ries. But at least we’ve got rice… A no-non­sense fam­ily favourite is up next in the form of a sausage and ap­ple bake. “A scruffy, bril­liant combo” raves a Jamie Oliver shares his sim­ple and tasty recipes clearly ex­cited Jamie Fi­nally, a spiced, whole roast cau­li­flower turns that veg ev­ery­one hates into a show­stop­per.

Wed­ding eve drinks for Cathy and Mar­cus

Cat and Tess

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