CHRIST­MAS STARTS HERE

From Kirstie’s crafts to clas­sic car­toons, the sched­ules are start­ing to fill up with fes­tive treats. Here’s our guide to what’s on...

Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - TV TALK - Tim Oglethorpe

Pour a glass of sherry, warm the mince pies and count down to Christ­mas! The big day may still be over a fort­night away, but try telling that to the TV com­pa­nies.

The sched­ules are snowed un­der with fes­tive fare. Kirstie All­sopp shows you how to cre­ate your own per­son­alised yule­tide in Kirstie’s Hand­made Christ­mas on Chan­nel 4 ( Mon­day-Fri­day, 5pm). This week fea­tures a carver who sculpts fruit into spec­tac­u­lar fes­tive scenes, gifts for pets and a fra­grant al­ter­na­tive to shop-bought per­fume.

You may pick up some tips on how to help the chil­dren con­struct any tricky Lego sets they re­ceive, with Celebrity Lego Masters At Christ­mas. The Chan­nel 4 show unites tal­ented young builders with well-known fans of the toy – in­clud­ing Ten­able host War­wick Davis and co­me­dian Rob Beck­ett – in a bat­tle for the Lego Masters Christ­mas Tro­phy (Tues­day, 8pm).

Still look­ing for a gift with the wow fac­tor? Then tune in to Christ­mas Shop Well For Less on BBC1 (Wed­nes­day, 8pm). Hosts Alex Jones and Steph McGovern ex­am­ine this year’s in­ter­ac­tive, must-have toys, and help a fam­ily control their fes­tive spend­ing.

Culi­nary ad­vice and in­spi­ra­tion is ev­ery­where. Nadiya’s Party Feasts on BBC2 will have taste­buds ev­ery­where tin­gling when The Great Bri­tish Bake Off win­ner Nadiya Hus­sain fuses in­gre­di­ents from across the world (Fri­day, 8pm). Paul Ainsworth and Catherine Ful­vio, mean­while, with as­sis­tance from Do­minic Lit­tle­wood, aim to cook the per­fect turkey on The Best Christ­mas Food Ever (Mon­day, 3.40pm, BBC1).

Plenty of pro­grammes re­mind us that Christ­mas isn’t fun for ev­ery­one. There may be tin­sel in their cabs but the paramedics who fea­ture in W documentary In­side The Am­bu­lance At Christ­mas have to treat a girl in agony af­ter she tum- bled on the ice and a 75-year-old man who’s fallen off a roof (Fri­day, 8pm).

The NHS fea­tures in Chan­nel 5’s Kids A&E At Christ­mas (Wed­nes­day, 8pm) too. The staff at Sh­effield Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal belt out The Twelve Days Of Christ­mas be­fore ten-year-old Josh takes cen­tre stage. Over-ex­cited at the prospect of Christ­mas Day, he’s kicked a wall – with painful con­se­quences!

Old Peo­ple’s Home For 4 Year Olds: Christ­mas (Wed­nes­day, 9pm) is a fes­tive spe­cial of the Chan­nel 4 documentary that shows the mu­tual ben­e­fits of young­sters spend­ing time with the el­derly. Tenor Al­fie Boe turns up to sing for the res­i­dents of Lark Hill Re­tire­ment Vil­lage, but will tap-danc­ing Lil­ian be well enough to per­form too, af­ter a re­cent fall?

Christ­mas wouldn’t be com­plete with­out a visit to the cir­cus, and Dare­dev­ils

& Di­vas to­mor­row (9pm, BBC4) marks the 250th an­niver­sary of the first big top. Acts in­clude Cirque Bi­jou, who’ll at­tempt the first-ever high-wire cross­ing of the River Wear in Sun­der­land.

Also aim­ing high is Ge­orge Clarke, who vis­its a ski lodge dis­guised as a boul­der in the Alps, in Chan­nel 4’s Amaz­ing Spa­ces Win­ter Won­der­land (Thurs­day, 8pm). Across the snowy peaks, Giles Coren and Mon­ica Galetti are guests at the Kulm Ho­tel in St Moritz, the birth­place of win­ter tourism more than 150 years ago, in BBC2’s Amaz­ing Ho­tels: Life Be­hind The Lobby Christ­mas Spe­cial (Thurs­day, 9pm).

Sea­sonal films in­clude a trio of an­i­mated clas­sics: Fa­ther Christ­mas, with the voice of Mel Smith, The Snow­man and The Snow­man And The Snow­dog (to­mor­row, from 4.05pm, Chan­nel 4).

Melvin Odoom turns Santa to host Celebrity Lego Masters At Christ­mas, judged byLego ex­ec­u­tive James Ash­ton and de­signer Fran Scott. An Alpine tree house re­sem­bling a gi­ant acorn is one of the high­lights of Amaz­ing Spa­ces Win­ter Won­der­land with Ge­orge Clarke. WELL BUILT HEIGHT OF CHIC

Kirstie All­sopp over­sees a com­pe­ti­tion to make the best gin­ger­bread house in Kirstie’s Hand­madeChrist­mas. St Moritz’s Kulm Ho­tel im­presses Giles Coren and Mon­ica Galetti in the Amaz­ing Ho­tels: Life Be­yond The Lobby Christ­mas Spe­cial. Ray­mond Briggs fans shouldn’t miss his an­i­mated triple bill – The Snow­man, Fa­ther Christ­mas and The Snow­man AndThe Snow­dog. Pomegranate tab­bouleh, sticky lamb ribs... Nadiya Hus­sain serves up food that’s fit for a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion in Nadiya’s Party Feasts. TASTE THAT SWISS BLISS HAND­MADE TALE

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