The best of British TV over the holidays.
Christmas telly is the best, and this year's no different. Instead of re-watching the old holiday movies you've seen numerous times, get stuck in to what the BBC and Sky have to offer over the festive period. From 'Bake Off' to 'Sherlock', you're sure to find something to glue you to the box.
Here are our top 10 Christmas must-see shows:
1. The Great Christmas Bake Off (Christmas Day and Boxing Day - 4.45pm on BBC1)
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Those perfect cakes shown off by the two judges were not actually made by their hands.
‘Great British Bake Off’ judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry do not make the technical cakes featured in each episode on the show, it has been revealed.
The Sun reports that the baking masterpieces are actually made by experts hired by the show’s production team, baked while Paul and Mary sit in hair and make-up.
Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry posing with baked goods that they probably didn't make themselves
Hussain said racial abuse is part of her life and she’s been dealing with it "for years”.
‘Great British Bake Off’ winner Nadiya Hussain has opened up about the racial abuse she’s received throughout her life, saying that it’s something she absolutely expects. Appearing on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, Hussain said she mostly receives abuse after "massive things happen" in the news, especially after September 11 2001.
‘Great British Bake Off’ winner Nadiya Hussain
”I've had things thrown at me and [been] pushed and shoved," she said. "I feel like that's just become a part of my life now. I expect it. Absolutely I expect it. I expect to be shoved or pushed or verbally abused because that happens. It's been happening for years.”
Continue reading: 'Great British Bake Off' Winner Nadiya Hussain Reveals Racial Abuse
Berry said she'd never consider writing a 'cooking for one' book, which many interpreted as her throwing shade at Delia.
The 80 year old was presenting a segment in which she was preparing to have some of her friends over for afternoon tea, baking in her kitchen when the apparent shade was thrown in Sunday night’s episode (March 6th).
“I love having a crowd. I’d never write a book ‘cooking for one’,” she said to the camera. A perfectly innocuous comment, you might think, but viewers quickly pounced upon the remark as evidence that Berry was criticising her fellow chef Delia, who wrote a cooking book called ‘One Is Fun’ three decades ago in 1986.
Continue reading: Mary Berry Seems To Diss Delia Smith With 'Cooking For One' Remark
The mega popular show’s contract with the BBC expires after next years seventh series.
The BBC could face a pricey battle to keep 'The Great British Bake Off' and its stars Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. The broadcaster’s three year contract with the firm behind the show is up next year and executives will reportedly soon enter talks with the two judges.
‘GBBO’ judge Mary Berry.
According to The Mirror, Berry and Hollywood will be able to “name their price” in negotiations. Currently, the pair earn a reported £500,000 a series, but this could be set to increase drastically as the BBC battles to keep the surprise hit series.
US viewers could be about to fall in love with Mary Berry as the ‘GBBO’ tries again to go Stateside.
'The Great British Bake Off' judge Mary Berry could be about to go Stateside to critique America’s baking hopefuls in a US version of the popular British show. The 80 year old is reportedly being lined up to reprise her role as a judge in an American version of the series, which is being made by the ABC network.
Mary Berry is reportedly being eyed for the US version of the 'Great British Bake Off'.
It wont be the first time the British baking show has been repackaged for US audiences, but ABC are hoping that this version will be a lot more successful than CBS’ s ‘The American Baking Competition’ which flopped in 2013.
Continue reading: Is Mary Berry Headed Stateside For 'Great British Bake Off' US Remake?
Spoiler alert! Mary just revealed which contestant will exit the 'GBBO' next.
‘Great British Bake Off’ judge Mary Berry suffered an unfortunate slip of the tongue during her appearance on Radio 2’s breakfast show with Chris Evans this morning (August 19th), when she revealed which contestant would be exiting the show next. So if you’re a fan of the BBC baking contest it’s probably advisable to stop reading right about now.
Mary Berry revealed a big ‘GBBO’ spoiler on Chris Evan’s breakfast show.
Discussing the contestants who have already left the show with Evans, Mary mistakenly said, “Wait a minute, we’ve lost three.”
Continue reading: Oops! Did Mary Berry Just Reveal A Big 'Great British Bake Off' Spoiler?
Contestant Marie Campbell impressed the judges on the show’s first episode last week.
We’re only one episode into the new series of 'The Great British Bake Off' but scandal has already hit the cookery show as it’s been claimed one contestant has received past ‘professional training’. 66 year old Marie Campbell who was named star baker in the first episode of the show last Wednesday (thanks to her Madeira cake and Black Forest gateau) has been accused of not being an 'amateur' baker and receiving professional training.
A new scandal has hit the ‘GBBO'.
The Mail on Sunday reports that Mary has received training at top French school, the famous Ecole Escoffier at the Paris Ritz for a patisserie course before she ran an online cupcake business and taught classes for other chefs.
The 80 year old will be freeing up time in her busy schedule by stepping down from the children's edition of 'GBBO' when it returns in November.
A fortnight before the new series of cosy TV institution ‘The Great British Bake Off’ returns to screens to basically signal the end of summer, judge Mary Berry has announced that she’ll be lightening her workload by quitting the junior version of the competition.
The 80 year old baking expert Berry has been judging on the show since it launched in 2010, an incredibly popular format that attracted average audiences of over 10 million during its fifth season last year. Ahead of the sixth, she’s announced that she won’t be running the rule over the children’s offering when 'Junior Bake Off' returns in November this year.
Mary Berry will be stepping down as a judge on the kids' version of 'Great British Bake Off'
Paul Hollywood, appearing on a talk show, explained how Mary Berry vandalised his car whilst the two were on 'The Great British Bake Off'.
Mary Berry could have faced criminal charges if her Great British Bake Off co-star Paul Hollywood had chosen to press charges!
Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry at the 2014 National Television Awards.