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But at the week­ends my mum would make a real point of do­ing Sun­day lunch, even if it wasn’t with a joint of meat, be­cause she couldn’t af­ford it. She used to get sausage meat from one of the su­per­mar­kets and un­wrap it and bake that. But with that, you’d have the cab­bage, the car­rots, the roast pota­toes, what­ever. It was ab­so­lutely de­li­cious. The los­ing weight is some­thing that hap­pens along­side mak­ing the fresh start. It was a jour­ney of want­ing to change. For me, it was ap­proach­ing my 40th birth­day. You start look­ing at what you’ve achieved, what you’ve done, where you’re at and where you’re go­ing to be for the next 40 years, hope­fully. For me, it prob­a­bly took about 12 weeks, maybe longer, be­fore I made the de­ci­sion, be­fore I ac­tu­ally made the change. It was Jan­uary, so it was a New Year’s kind of thing.

You can’t just walk into chang­ing your life. You can’t just wake up one morn­ing and go, ‘This is what I’m go­ing to do’. Par­tic­u­larly for food, which is quite ha­bit­ual. It’s work­ing out a route that you are go­ing to go down.

A very sim­ple ex­am­ple of this is recipes, an un­der­stand­ing of what you’re go­ing to cook. FOOD FO­CUS: You have to plan go­ing out and buy­ing it. We all en­joy a busy day at work, where you’ve achieved some­thing. If you en­gage with sport, you en­joy putting the ef­fort in to get some­thing back at the end. It’s the same with cook­ing. If you cook an amaz­ing recipe that, at the end of it, you sit down and go, ‘My God, this tastes lovely’, that feel­ing that you’ve cre­ated it is spe­cial. And that, from a men­tal health point of view, is great and en­cour­ag­ing and bril­liant. I’m a nor­mal bloke that has lost a lot of weight, that is still on that daily bat­tle every day, deal­ing with: ‘When can I get to the gym? What should I eat?’ When you walk into a high street sand­wich shop, the re­al­ity is that you want the cheese and ham toastie thing, but I have to pluck up all the might and willpower to go, ‘No, I’ ll have the salad box, with the bot­tle of water’. I have the same bat­tles as every­body else. I find my­self in a po­si­tion to be able to talk about it with a voice that reaches peo­ple and I hope it reaches peo­ple. I get loads of peo­ple telling me they love my recipes. But the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple over the last 18 months say how much weight they’ve lost, how amaz­ing it’s been, how in­spir­ing it’s been and how en­cour­ag­ing it’s been that some­body has re­lated to them. It’s not like I’m 11 stone and I run marathons, I’m 6ft 3in and I’m still a mas­sive bloke, so I think there’s the re­al­i­sa­tion that I’m not dif­fer­ent to any­body else. I can’t imag­ine the amount of weight that’s been lost from peo­ple read­ing my books. It’s truly hum­bling.” Tom Ker­ridge’s Fresh Start, BBC Two, Wednes­day, 8pm SATUR­DAY, DE­CEM­BER 29 FER­DI­NAND (SKY CIN­EMA PRE­MIERE, 10.30AM & 8PM) SATUR­DAY, DE­CEM­BER 29 ANT-MAN (BBC1, 7.50PM) Cat bur­glar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is des­per­ate to pay child sup­port so he agrees to a lu­cra­tive heist set up by his for­mer cell­mate (Michael Pena). Un­for­tu­nately, the rob­bery lands Scott in a po­lice cell.

In­ven­tor Hank Pym (Michael Dou­glas) of­fers Scott a way out if he agrees to don a su­per­hero out­fit, which shrinks the wearer at the touch of a but­ton. Aided by Hank’s feisty daugh­ter (Evan­ge­line Lilly), Scott mas­ters the suit and learns to mind-con­trol four species of ants. SATUR­DAY, DE­CEM­BER 29 PHILOM­ENA (BBC2, 9PM) Jane Lee (Anna Maxwell Martin) dis­cov­ers her mother Philom­ena (Judi Dench) fell preg­nant as a teenager in 1952 Ire­land and was forced to give up the baby to the sis­ters at Ro­screa Abbey.

Jane pitches the story to for­mer Labour ad­vi­sor-turned-BBC jour­nal­ist Martin Six­smith (Steve Coogan), who ini­tially scoffs at the sug­ges­tion he should pen an ar­ti­cle about the or­deal.

Af­ter a re­al­ity check from his wife Kate (Si­mone Lah­bib), Martin agrees to help Philom­ena track down her boy. SUN­DAY, DE­CEM­BER 30 CIN­DERELLA (BBC1, 2.25PM) Ken­neth Branagh’s live-ac­tion ver­sion of the fairy­tale doesn’t skimp on the magic. Ella is con­signed to the kitchen by her vin­dic­tive step­mother Lady Tre­maine and brat­tish step­sis­ters.

When the name-call­ing be­comes too fright­ful, she es­capes on horse­back and catches the eye of the dash­ing prince, who must pick a bride at the be­hest of the dy­ing king. So, the prince throws a lav­ish ball where Ella makes her grand en­trance then dis­ap­pears as the clock chimes mid­night.

If you cook an amaz­ing recipe, the feel­ing that you cre­ated it is spe­cial

SUN­DAY, DE­CEM­BER 30 ET: THE EX­TRA-TER­RES­TRIAL (CHAN­NEL 5, 2.45PM) The child­hoods of an en­tire gen­er­a­tion were moulded by three sim­ple words: “ET phone home”.

The mem­o­ries (and the tears) come flood­ing back from the open­ing frames of Steven Spiel­berg’s mas­ter­piece.

More than 35 years af­ter its re­lease, ET: The Ex­tra-Ter­res­trial has lost none of its power to en­ter­tain and trans­port us away from the monotony of ev­ery­day life to a world of magic and pos­si­bil­ity.

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