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New & Returning TV Shows for 2016

New Year television that will have you glued to your TV set!

If you thought you might want to take a break from the telly in the new year and make plans for your social life, then think again. 2016 promises to be a great year as many exciting new television series are set to hit our screens, as well as the return of many fans favourites. Here’s our list of shows that you must check out, coming to a small screen near you:

Jimmy & Jamie’s Friday Night Feast

Friday, January 1st, 2016 – Channel 4 at 8:00pm

Those two cheeky chappies from Essex bring in the new year with their own brand of fun and food from the famous Southend Pier once again. In the first episode of the new series, Orlando Bloom drops by to show off his sword training whilst cooking up a tasty Moroccan tagine. Jamie prepares fragrant, aromatic Asian seafood parcels, whilst Jimmy takes on the great British banger, showing how to make your own tastier homemade version instead. The boys also discover a by-product of the goat dairy industry in the form of delicious meat, that’s currently being discarded.

War & Peace

Sunday, 3rd January 2016 – BBC1 at 9:00pm

For lovers of period dramas, this adaption of the famous novel for television by one of Britain’s finest screenwriters, Andrew Davies (Bleak House, Pride and Prejudice, House of Cards), may have come at just the right time, now that the nation’s beloved Downton Abbey has gone for good. Tolstoy’s epic story is brought to life by an impressive cast line-up, arguably one of the best ever assembled for a British drama, with name such as Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Lily James, Paul Dano, James Norton, Tuppence Middleton and Stephen Rea among the long list of names. The cast all shine in this story of the tangled lives and loves of young Russian aristocrats during the Napoleonic Wars. This is not one to miss surely.

Queen Victoria

Unconfirmed – ITV

If having one new period drama wasn’t enough for you then ITV have certainly not let the dust settle after Downton’s demise. They’re also getting in on the period drama act with recently departed Dr. Who star Jenna Coleman, getting to grips with her first lead role in this lavish eight-part drama mini series, as it follows the monarch’s early life, from coronation to marriage to Prince Albert.

The final release date is yet to be confirmed but we do know that the series will open with a 90-minute episode, followed by 7 one-hour episodes.

Fresh Meat

Tuesday, 5th January 2016 – Channel 4 at 10pm

The incredibly popular cult comedy series starring Jack Whitehall will definitely be returning for a fourth and final series in 2016. Filming concluded late 2015 and to date, there have been mixed messages as to when the show will be scheduled to air again. We believe it is due to air as soon as next Tuesday but some published listings state otherwise. All we know is Episode One “The Purge” will be on our screens very soon and this has to be marked as unmissable.

Vinyl

Unconfirmed – Sky Atlantic

Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter (of ‘The Sopranos’ fame) have joined forces to create this highly anticipated HBO TV series about the music industry in 1970s New York. Bobby Canavale plays record executive Richie Finiestra, with Olivia Wilde as his wife, Devon, and Juno Temple as his ambitious A+R assistant in this gorgeous 70s style adaption of life in the industry over 40 years ago.

As yet, a date for the UK premiere is yet to be confirmed so keep your eyes peeled on Sky TV to see the latest trailers and announcements of its imminent release.

What’s on UK TV this Christmas 2015?

As we enter another festive period, there’s plenty to look forward to on the telly this Christmas. Whether you’re in the UK or overseas, getting access to the best in British entertainment is simple with UKTV2C and to give you a sneak peak at what’s in store, here’s our run down of what’s coming up and our recommended list of unmissable entertainment:

Sunday 6th December 2015

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Final,  2015 – ITV1 9:00pm
If you haven’t heard about the squabbles, tantrums and torment going on in the Australian jungle this year then you must have had the TV switched off! It’s an unhappy camp this year and with evictions starting tonight, this is when the show starts to get a little nastier and more personal. With recent in-fighting mostly brought about by Lady Colin Campbell, many of the contestants are hoping for a swift eviction for the self-proclaimed high class socialite. However, the voting public may have a vindictive streak and could easily keep the “lady” in the camp to maintain the heated entertainment.

With just a week left to run, it’s going to get very interesting so make sure you tune in this week to see who stays, who goes and who gets to face the dreaded bush-tucker trials.

Sunday 20th December 2015

BBC Sports Personality of the Year,  2015 – BBC1 7:00pm
Every year, the public votes for their favourite sports man or woman and this year the contestants are yet to be finally announced. According to the bookmakers, there’s no clear out and out favourite but amongst the frontrunners, names include Jessica Ennis-Hill, Andy Murray, three-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, Chris Froome, Wayne Rooney and Mo Farah.

With the Davis Cup final starting today in Ghent, contested between Belgium and Great Britain, a win for the Brits could propel Andy Murray to the front as favourite to pick up the coveted trophy for a second time.

The Apprentice Final – BBC1 9:00pm
Love them or loathe them, every year a group of wannabe entrepreneurs battle it out to be Lord Sugar’s next lap dog and the festive period will bring the curtain down on this year’s run. With so many of this year’s supposed front-runners falling when the pressure told, some unexpected names are now starting to show their qualities. Joseph Valente is now regarded as the surprise favourite to win, with American Vana Koutsomitis, Richard Woods and Scott Saunders being seen as other plausible winners.

With just a few weeks left to run, the pressure is going to mount so make sure you catch the final two battling it out over the Christmas holidays.

Thursday 24th December 2015

Peter Kay: 20 Years of Funny – BBC1 9:00pm
Bolton’s number one entertainment export has been on our television screens making us laugh for twenty years now and there’s nothing quite like Peter Kay’s brand of humour to get us into festive mood. For one hour, the show looks back at the comedian’s career in his very own unique and larger than life style. A perfect way to start the Christmas period.

Friday 25th December 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, BBC1 6:30pm
The Christmas Day evening’s entertainment starts off with the usual ballroom dancing entertainment hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly. This highly popular show has gone from strength to strength every year and with the era of reality TV having started to get tired and predictable (X Factor anyone?), it’s great to see that good old fashioned family entertainment is still as timeless as ever!

Downton Abbey – ITV1 8:30pm
With this being the last ever episode of the much loved period drama, this feature length curtain closer is bound to bring tears to the eyes of millions of avid fans across the country and worldwide. Without doubt, this will be the most watched show in the UK on Christmas Day so is it worth watching anything else?

There’s still a large number of shows and time slots to be confirmed on both the BBC and ITV so check our Facebook page for updates on festive shows as they’re announced. In the meantime, if you want to ensure you get to watch all the Christmas TV with your family wherever you are this Christmas, then contact the UKTV2C sales team today to discuss your needs.

Who’ll be entering the celebrity jungle this November?

Ant & Dec are heading back down under again

Although no official date has been confirmed as yet, the much anticipated return of “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” is pencilled for a November launch. To date, ITV have kept their cards close to their chest and haven’t announced the final start date of this ever-popular reality show. Many believe this could be due the final line-up not being fully confirmed, with a few names yet to be agreed.

As usual, rumours are rife with who may be making an appearance this year. Possible and plausible names touted to date include Former X Factor winner James Arthur, Union J boybander Josh Cuthbert, ex-Dragon Den star and entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne, X Factor choreographer Brian Friedman, TV host Anne Robinson, EastEnders’ actor Jake Wood, actress Leslie Ash and former Pussycat Doll and Celebrity MasterChef winner Kimberly Wyatt.

There’s also been some slightly more unlikely, eyebrow raising potential candidates for the jungle this year including the highly unlikely Caitlin Jenner, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s former nanny Christine Ouzounian (how is she a celebrity exactly?) and infamous Playboy model Chloe Mafia. There’s always at least one bit of eye candy for the guys so all bets are off on that one!

Only time will tell but one thing we do know is, we can’t wait. So for all you jungle fever and bush tucker trial fans, here’s a little trailer to whet the appetite!

Michel Roux Jr cooks up something inspiring

If you prefer your food more civilised than grubs, mealworms and cockroaches then tomorrow’s new show “Kitchen Impossible” hosted by Michelin star chef Michel Roux Jr may be more suited to your tastes.

From 9:00pm on Channel 4, eight young people with disabilities are given four weeks to train in the restaurant industry under the guidance and mentorship of Michel. Amongst the tasks handed down to them, they’ll have to learn to work, live and develop together in a very pressurised environment. Their first task is to cook a signature dish, which some didn’t quite grasp. 24-year-old Jack, who is autistic, decided to bring his favourite microwaveable ready meal, which unsurprisingly isn’t quite what Michel expected and doesn’t go down too well!

Naturally, it’s a tough and challenging journey for this group of disabled contestants but one that is sure to be heartwarming and inspiring as they learn to develop their skills over the coming weeks. We think this one could be well worth the watch!

Strictly gets a little spooky!

For those who just love the ballroom dance, this Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing will have a ghostly feel as the show embraces a Fright Night fright theme. This Halloween special will feature a blend of spooky sambas, petrifying pasos and terrifying tangos as the dancers enter into the spirit of the evening in an effort to make it through to next week’s round.

Clearly the scariest prospect however, has to be the judging panels Halloween costumes, especially if Craig Revel Horwood decides to go to town. All we know is, it’s going to be spooktacular television darling!

 

Autumn UK television entertainment swings back in action

We’re just a matter of days away from October now and as the Autumn days set in, in the United Kingdom, so does the return of many of our favourites to the television screens to keep us entertained during the colder and darker months ahead. If you haven’t already noticed, here’s the pick of the bunch of just some of the shows that you may have either forgotten got under way or are set to return soon that you may have just forgotten about:

Downton Abbey

It’s no great secret that this series will be the very last season that the Grantham family airs on our screens. With season six comes a number of stories and subplots that we are waiting to finally get wrapped up. Now two episodes in, there’s the small mater of whether Mrs Hughes should agree to have her wedding at Downton Abbey amongst a number of story lines that include love, tragedy and some small doses of disaster.

As the cast recently stated in a trailer for ITV about this final outing, “there’ll be tears and laughter but like a good meal, you’ll be satisfied”. You can see for yourself in the video below.

Strictly Come Dancing

It’s only just started as Week 1 of Strictly aired this past weekend so no eliminations… yet! But already, we got a glimpse of who has the natural gift for the dance floor and those who need a little bit more work behind the scenes. Amongst this year’s celebs, it came as no surprise that Peter André took to the stage like a duck to water. With his background in pop music and live choreographed dance routines, getting back into the swing was without question a natural process for him and already, he’s one of the favourites to last until the end.

Other notable acts were Georgia may Foote, Jay McGuiness, Katie Durham and Anita Rani whilst it became abundantly clear that Carol Kirkwood, Jeremy Vine and Kirsty FGallagher may be goign back to thei rday jobs quite soon if their dances do not improve.

All round however, it was the usual good natured, fun entertainment and Strictly will be back on our screen this coming weekend on the BBC.

The X Factor

Now in it’s 12th season unbelievably, Simon Cowell is back with a new judging panel of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formerly Cole), Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora. Rumour has it that this year’s show is flagging in the ratings and there could be some shake ups to come to get fans to return to the long established show. What hasn’t changed is the sheer level of willing participants who crave the limelight of stardom.

Now already into Week 9, we’ve gone past the fun part – the auditions and now it’s getting to the serious stage of the show. So if you want to catch up with who’s got the nod or not, tune into ITV this coming weekend.

The Great British Bake Off

For those who like to watch their calories rather than eat them, fans of baking will be happy to see the return of Mel and Sue for a sixth outing on BBC. With the final just around the corner on October 7th, 2015 you’ll have to move quickly to catch up with who’s through and who’s been eliminated before they crown this year’s champion.

The bookies have suspended all betting after a run of big money bets were placed on one particular contestant which led to suspicion that the winner’s name had been leaked. Some people just want to have their cake and eat it!

Britain’s Biggest Adventures

If you’re not a foodie but more of an adrenaline junkie, then perhaps Bear Grylls final episode in the series will get your blood pumping as he treks around Britain in some extremely dangerous and tough conditions. Tonight, he concludes his wildlife expeditions in Scotland, home to Britain’s most remote and extreme landscapes. He canoes the rapids of glacial valleys to find freshwater pearl mussels, travels by dog-sled through the ancient Caledonian forests to meet conservationists, and skis the Cairngorms to observe reindeer.

The piece de resistance however, is when he scales the treacherous Aonach Morto to discover how the mighty Scottish mountains came to be formed 400 million years ago.

So if you’re an expat or away from the UK and feeling a little homesick, all of these show can be seen live and on-demand anywhere in the world with a system from UKTV2C. To get yours, simply contact our sales team online or call +441614080812 for more details.

Anyone for the new tennis season?

Nadal vs Djokovic

The big Rolland Garros showdown

Anyone who knows tennis will be well aware that today could signal a huge tectonic shift in mens tennis, as defending French Open Champion Rafael Nadal faces the in-form and seamingly unbeatable World Number 1 Novak Djokovic in Paris, in what would normally be a hugely anticipated final; yet this is just a last-eight quarter final match!

Due to some recent indifferent form on the dirt, Nadal has surprisingly not won a single clay court tournament this year and heads into the match ranked 7 in the ATP race, hence the earlier round meeting. Djokovic on the other hand, has looked imperious, having recently won both ATP 1000 Masters Tournaments in Monte Carlo and Rome, making him the outstanding leader in world tennis.

Yet with a record 9 French Open titles and 70 wins to just one solitary defeat in his lifetime, Nadal is still seen as the favourite by many pundits and tennis pros.

All we know is, a lot hinges on this match. If Nadal wins, he will cement his place as the undisputed King of Clay. Lose and it could spell the end of a glorious era for the Spaniard and the inevitable completion of the personal slam for the Serb, by completing his set of Grand Slam titles in professional tennis.

No one can predict the outcome so all we suggest is you tune into ITV4 this afternoon for what will be a pulsating and gruelling battle between two greats of the modern game. Get on your most comfy armchair as it could be a long one.

The football season ends… as does Blatter’s FIFA reign

As the domestic football season wraps up, we now have just the UEFA Champions League final to look forward to this coming weekend between Barcelona and Juventus at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, before it’s all over for another year.

This week has been a hugely controversial and tumultuous period for the beautiful game, as numerous senior figures within footballs international governing body FIFA, have been arrested on serious corruption charges; thus leading to yesterday’s sensational resignation announcement by recently re-elected head Sepp Blatter.

In truth, neither story was a great surprise to anyone who follows football. FIFA has been shrouded in controversy for years yet Blatter’s ability to dodge criticism and blame has made many believe his is made of teflon. Not anymore. Due to a US-led investigation by the FBI and IRS, many of FIFA’s senior representatives could be going from their ivory towers straight to jail in the very near future. Football’s international image couldn’t be worse and yet these recent events were long overdue!

If football is to ever regain any respect on the global stage, FIFA needs to either be dismantled or completely rebuilt. The future of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups appear to be in serious jeopardy as the awarding of both tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively, were seemingly agreed due to the exchange of millions of pounds in bribes, all now apparently traced and directly connected to those at the very top of the FIFA hierarchy. Again, no great surprise considering the numerous accusations of corruption over the years but this time, it appears the evidence and proof of wrongdoing is overwhelming.

So let’s just hope that two of football’s great international names can put on a great spectacle in Berlin, to end a sorry week for the sport and draw a positive line under what could be the beginning of a new era in world football. You can catch the match live on ITV1 this Saturday, 6th June from 7:00pm.

Game of Thrones Season 5 is coming to a head

With just two episodes left of the current run of the hugely popular fantasy epic, the story has suddenly sprung to life in what has been a slightly pedestrian and slower paced series thus far.

We expected to see a much greater emergence for the likes of characters such as Arya and Sansa Stark, the latter who was recently forcibly wed to the wicked and twisted Ramsey Bolton, yet it appears the main crescendo will be the seemingly unwinnable war between the White Walkers and the Crows, allied with the Wildlings in a battle between the living and the dead, north of the wall.

The latest episode was undoubtedly one of the best yet this series and with the recent meetings of minds between Daenerys and Tyrion, we may start to see how the battle for the iron throne will shape up. Season 5 has undoubtedly been a period where the scene is set for things to come and with many more books and television adaptations waiting around the corner, fans will just have to be a little more patient to find out the fate of the many foes including Cersei Lannister, brother and lover Jamie, as well as their recently wed son and King.

The story feels like it is ready to erupt. Daenerys Targaryen has her dragons. The Wildlings have their giants and Cersei has her Frankenstein-style experiments ready to unleash on anyone who dare challenge house Lannister. Somethign is brewing and it is about to explode.

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Game of Thrones returns tonight on Sky Atlantic HD

The long awaited Season 5 is back on our screens!

Game of Thrones Season 5The fifth outing of HBO’s epic ‘Game of Thrones’ series finally gets underway tonight, Monday April 13th, on Sky Atlantic HD after what feels like an eternity in waiting, with legions of fans of the televised depiction of George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novels counting down the days until the show returns to UK TV screens.

9:00pm tonight brings an end to that wait and new beginnings for many characters who find themselves in unfamiliar pastures. The curtain raiser to this season opens with Daenerys grappling with her tempestuous dragons, whilst Tyrion is on the run from slaying his Father, opening his eyes up to new possibilities.

With winter on the way to Westeros, and the battle for the iron throne gaining momentum, ‘Game of Thrones’ fans can expect more of the usual action, intrigue and suspense; not to mention betrayal, blood, violence, and the usual sight of naked flesh.

Since last season’s climax, fans have had to contend with a number of behind the scenes specials and character montages which has only increases the agony in waiting. Now that the wait is over, we can finally sit back and enjoy the next chapter in this unmissable, mind-blowingly superb feast of storytelling. And if another few hours is still just too much to bare, perhaps the season 5 trailer will be enough to get you all set for tonight’s Game of Thrones opening credits sequence on Sky Atlantic HD. Enjoy!

 

The Premier League is reaching it’s conclusion

If blood and guts is not your thing and you prefer to watch 22 men kick a bag of air around a park, then you’ll know full well that the Premier League run-in only has a handful of games to go.

With Manchester City seriously stuttering in their title challenge, suffering recent defeats to local rival Manchester United, as well as Crystal Palace and a humbling in the Champions League by Barcelona, their season is on the verge of collapse; now sat in fourth place and well adrift of league leaders Chelsea.

In a strange twist of fate and a large dose of luck, Liverpool now sat in 5th, host Newcastle at Anfield tonight at 8:00pm, knowing a win could take them to within 4 points of City, with 6 games remaining. Only just recently, most pundits had the top four all wrapped up however, with City’s indifferent form and apparent lack of confidence, can Brendan Rodgers’ men mount a late challenge and snatch the final UEFA Champions League place away from last season’s Premier League Champions? Stranger things have happened!

With Spurs having their usual end of season slump, only Southampton and City stand between them and a possible chance of returning the Europe’s top club competition next year. Catch all the action live from 7:00pm tonight on Sky Sports 1 HD.

The F1 season just got a little bit tasty!

Nico Rosberg is not a happy bunny and with team-mate and outright arch enemy Lewis Hamilton cruising to victory in China this weekend, relations are now becoming very strained.

With three races completed, Hamilton leads the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from newly appointed Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel by 13 points, with fellow German Rosberg just behind by a further 4 points. And this past weekend, it appears the cracks are already starting to show.

Hamilton led the race from pole to the finish however, with Rosberg chasing behind for the entire race in second, Nico was not happy with the racing style of Hamilton; claiming he had deliberately “backed up” the chasing pack to inflict unnecessary pain and difficultly on his team-mate. It all flared up during the post race press conference when Rosberg accused reigning World Champion Hamilton of compromising his race. Hamilton responded in his usual style by stating that if Rosberg “wanted to get close to overtake he could have done” claiming that he wasn’t sure “what his problem” was.

Whichever way you look at the situation, it is clear that F1 has a new and fierce rivalry that harks back to the days of Senna and Prost. It makes for unmissable viewing and with each race, the flare ups are only going to intensify. No doubt, there will come a breaking point at which we may see something never witnessed in the modern era of F1 racing. It’s great stuff and for racing fans, simply adds to the spice of the sport which has been missing for many years.

If you want to watch the world’s best coverage of this season’s Formula 1 then look no further than Sky Sports F1. Contact our sales team here at UKTV2C to get your system set up and ready for the live action!

 

Great new TV shows to look forward to in 2015

Get ready for a new season of superb entertainment!

It’s 2015 and with the new year, comes some awesome brand new TV shows to look forward to in the UK. Both terrestrial and satellite TV platforms have been hard at work in creating some of the best entertainment around and 2015 looks set to be a ground breaking year. So if you’re here in the UK or overseas, check out some of these exciting new shows that will soon be hitting our screens:

Critical (Sky1)

Lennie James heads up this brand new real-time medical drama coming to Sky television viewers, that follows trauma consultant Glen Boyle (James) and his team over a single hour every week, also starring Claire Skinner and Kimberley. This is the latest TV project from Jed Mercurio, who also created the groundbreaking medical series Bodies and Line of Duty; so unsurprisingly expectations are high for this one.

Wayward Pines (FOX UK)

Already drawing huge comparisons to the classic David Lynch TV series Twin Peaks, this is a new thriller from Director M Night Shyamalan who’s assembled a pretty impressive an all-star cast in the shape of Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Terrence Howard, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon and Juliette Lewis for this ten-part series, which follows a US Secret Service agent trapped in a small town. Sound familiar? Hmmm… just a little. Director Shyamalan has freely admitts that he’s “copying the s**t” out of his filmmaking hero Lynch. Well they do say imitation is the greatest form of flattery and with the confirmed return of Twin Peaks on the horizon, there will undoubtedly be even more comparisons made. This could be one to watch!

Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)

If you thought Wayward Pines had an impressive cast, then this Arctic-set murder-mystery thriller could just trump it, with an assembled cast that can only be described as simply stunning, including Stanley Tucci, Christopher Eccleston, Sienna Guillory, Michael Gambon, Richard Dormer and The Killing’s Sofie Grabol, returning to the genre that made her name. This epic 12-part series looks set to be Sky’s most ambitious original series to date. Definitely worth a look in.

War & Peace (BBC One)

Adapting this hugely important and vast work of internationally recognised literature for TV is no job for the faint hearted. But if anyone is up for a challenge, it’s Andrew Davies, whose past works include Mr Selfridge, the ’90s adaption of Pride and Prejudice and the original BBC House of Cards series. Downton Abbey’s Lily James, Happy Valley’s James Norton and Paul Dano, star of 12 Years a Slave will all feature in this BBC version of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel.

Thunderbirds are Go! (ITV)

I kid you not, Thunderbirds are back! 2015 is set to be a FAB year (sorry!) as ITV looks to revamp the classic Gerry Anderson puppet series using a combination of modern CGI animation and live-action footage. This reboot of the classic original will feature Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike as the new voice of Lady Penelope, funnyman Kayvan Novak as Brains and for the purists out there, veteran voice artist David Graham will be reprising his role of Parker. Superb!

Jekyll & Hyde (ITV)

Acclaimed comedian, actor and author Charlie Higson is the brains behind this small-screen sequel to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson horror novella. Set 40 odd years after the original, this new Jekyll & Hyde will follow Robert, grandson of the original Dr Jekyll, as he battles ghouls, zombies, werewolves and vampires, as well as his own inner demons.

Strange and Norrell (BBC One)

War and Peace is not the only ambitious literary adaptation in the works at the BBC, with Doctor Who writer Peter Harness bringing Susanna Clarke’s innovative fantasy novel to our screens. Ray Donovan star Eddie Marsan and Babylon standout Bertie Carvel have been cast as the titular pair in this seven-part drama, set in an alternate history where magic exists.

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UK TV makes the perfect gift this Christmas!

The perfect way to gift-wrap the seasonal period

It’s already the final month of the year and colder days have most certainly reach the British Isles. However, with less than three weeks until Christmas, there’s plenty of fabulous television entertainment to keep us warm throughout the festive period and beyond. Things are really cooking up this month and with many expats abroad, this is the time of year when the heart longs for a good old fashion British Xmas with all the trimmings back home. And that includes UK television of course!

If you know someone who is based abroad this time of year and really misses the world’s best television, why not give them the gift of UK television? It makes the perfect present and with prices starting as little as £3.99 a month, it’s the best deal any Black Friday bargain hunter or shopaholic could ever wish for.

Here’s a taster of what’s coming up this month so if you want to get yourself, a friend or a loved one connected to the best festive TV, join us today and take advantage of our amazing prices!

Unmissable Christmas soaps and dramas!

Every year, the soaps take us on a roller-coaster ride and for sure, this year won’t be any different. There’s always a disaster waiting to happen on Albert Square in Eastenders; the drama is just as chaotic up north on Coronation Street and there’s of course the other nations favourites Emmerdale, Hollyoaks plus the Aussie duo of Neighbours and Home & Away to keep us glued to our seats.

For fans of the poshest family in Britain, we’re promised another Christmas Special of Downton Abbey which is said to feature none other than a cameo appearance by George Clooney and for once, will actually be set at Christmas, this time spending the season with the newly-weds Rose and Atticus.

Sci-fi fans of Doctor Who will also be pleased to learn there’s a seasonal special in order. Clara returns to the Tardis alongside Peter Capaldi’s tetchy Doctor, but is it just for one last, climactic send-off? Of course we wouldn’t want to spoil it for you now would we! Suffice to say that it all takes place in the Arctic, Nick Frost plays Father Christmas and Michael Troughton, son of 1960s Time Lord Patrick Troughton, also features.

But don’t wait until Christmas to watch these as there’s still some great telly on right now that you don’t want to miss…

Pre-Christmas crackers to whet the appetite

If you’re quick and order your system in time, you’ll be able to catch some great reality TV this weekend.

Strictly is about to dance it’s way into the semis. We’re only three weeks from the final and most of the contestants are exhausted, with the celebrities spending more time than ever in the training room, with every hour of rehearsal a step closer to that glitterball trophy. This weekends heats are bound to say farewell to a surprise couple no doubt. Catch the show live at 7.00pm, this Saturday 6 December on BBC1.

Plus don’t forget to see the final of I’m a Celebrity on Sunday at 9.00pm on ITV. After three hilarious weeks of watching this year’s batch of wannabes brave it through bushtucker trials, share their sleeping bags with creepy-crawlies and discover their fellow campmates’ irritating habits, the time has come to crown the 14th King or Queen of the Jungle. Will it be Sykes or Foggie, or maybe a dark horse outsider? Who knows! Just tune in to find out…

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Jamie…

And last but by no means very least, we wouldn’t enjoy the festive season without enduring some mouthwatering, comfort food Christmas recipes from the nations favourite chef.

Jamie’s Christmas dinner alternatives; Beef Wellington and Goose, look so delicious and easy to make that turkeys will queuing up to thank him. There’s also a beautiful bread and butter panettone pudding, a pair of cheeky Chrimbo cocktails and a couple of slightly complicated but tasty-looking recipes for all those leftovers; including a curry and some steamed goose buns, Korean-style.

Hmmm… sounds lovely. So your best bet is to tune in on Monday, 8 December on Channel 4 at 8.00pm.

What’s cooking on British TV this November

MasterChef: The Professionals adds a new face

Tomorrow sees the return of a new series of the popular cookery competition featuring some of the country’s top professional chefs all fighting to get their hands on this year’s coveted trophy. Mainstay judges Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace remain however, longtime favourite Michel Roux Jr has departed to be replaced by new two-time Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing; adding a fresh face and angle to the ruling panel.

The series starts off with a month of heats, beginning with the simple task of asking each chef to make their signature dish. This is shortly followed up by Monica’s usual set of skills tests to trip them up, with tonight’s opening show featuring a croquembouche. Newly recruited perfectionist chef Marcus then gives the contestants some quails and a larder bursting full of ingredients and a set time in which to impress with something original, beautifully presented and of course, delicious.

If food is your passion, then tune in tomorrow at 8:00pm on BBC2 with the show continuing shortly afterwards on Wednesday and Thursday his week.

If you fancy something witty and different…

Tune into Sky 1 tonight at 9:00pm for the start of Micky Flanagan’s Detour de France; a funny and alternative view to following the exact same route as the annual bike race around the roads, villages and towns of France.

‘It’s not a travelogue,’ says Flanagan unsurprisingly. ‘If you’re at home thinking: “Ooh, I’m about to get France uncovered… the secret, hidden France” – you’re not! We’re going on a jolly-up.’

The result is a delightful trek through the French countryside in the company of one of the UK’s funniest exports, starting off with a ferry journey across the British Channel, an uncomfortable cycle down the cobbled route of the Paris-Roubaix road race known as ‘the Hell of the north’, and a quick beer detour across the border to Brussels. Much in the same vein as the infamous “Idiot Abroad” series, it will no doubt give an alternative and distinctly British take on our nearest continental neighbours with a few laughs guaranteed. So if you’re a little tired of the same old TV shows, this one could well be worth a watch.

Don’t forget that his Lordship is back too!

If it may have slipped your notice, The Apprentice has been back for its tenth season for a couple of weeks now and already, the candidates have been dropping like flies!

With a twist of the rules from previous seasons, Lord Sugar can now point the finger and wield the axe whenever he chooses and thus far, he hasn’t disappointed. With the original candidate list being top heavy by an additional five this year, boardroom firings have to date been as unpredictable as ever. What has been predictable is the cretinous and downright desperate nature of the wannabe apprentices who at face value, must have been picked on entertainment value alone as their business credence appears to be withering away with each passing moment.

No clear favourite has emerged from this sorry bunch yet and with the next show on Wednesday due to air, their latest task involves running a tourism business. The teams aim to sell tickets for tours taking in some top attractions from Hever Castle to Blenheim Palace, and unsurprisingly the results are side-splitting and cringeworthy. After being subjected to stupid hats, childish sing-songs, dodgy toilets, delays and bizarre commentary, Karren Brady is spot-on when she describes one tour as ‘the coach journey from hell’. But who’ll be sent packing in a black cab when Lord Sugar has finished with them in the boardroom? Find out on Wednesday night from 9:00pm on BBC1.

Ready, steady… bake!

The Great British Bake-Off reaches it’s climax!

If you haven’t been taking much notice lately, you may have overlooked the fact that the UK seems to have gone baking mad… literally! With the vast array of cookery shows on TV these days, the stand out show of the year has been “The Great British Bake Off” which has seen its fair share of competitiveness, bickering and cookery disasters.

The show has now reached the final with the remaining three contestants fighting it out for the coveted title. It’s been a great series with some outstanding baking and it promises to be a spectacular climax. The nation can only guess what delights will be passing Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry’s lips or if anyone will crumble when it counts in the final bake off.

We know that the signature challenge, a classic pastry technique (that normally takes 24 hours) must be completed by the finalists in three. The technical challenges are harder than ever with no recipe and the showstopper dictates the perfect sponge, caramel, choux pastry and petits fours. Will it be sweet or sour for the final three? Find out on BBC One tonight at 8:00pm.

England continue their road to France 2016

The Premier League takes a break for the international fixtures this week. Amongst the teams playing are England who host Group E whipping boys San Marino at Wembley tomorrow at 19:45pm. As hot favourites, England are expected to win and win well – with most players fancying their chances of getting on the scoresheet, hoping to impress in time for their next fixture coming up against Estonia on Sunday evening in the Le Coq Arena in Tallinn at 17:00pm.

After a disappointing summer in Brazil, Roy Hodgson’s young revolution continues and aims to develop as a force once again on the international stage. Gone are the old guard of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand who all followed the modern and slightly odd trend of announcing their international retirements; as though it were their direct decision as to whether they wore the shirt of the Three Lions or not.

Now led by an older and possibly maturer Wayne Rooney, England has a younger and more dynamic looks of fresher and faster players, if a little raw. Hodgson knows they have a long way to go if they are to challenge for honours of any note but two good results in these next two qualifiers will help to achieve that end goal.

You can catch England’s first match this Thursday against San Marino from 7:15pm and their following match on Sunday against Estonia from 4:30pm only on ITV.

Keanu Reeves premieres in 47 Ronin on Sky

Movie buffs should keep an eye out tonight at 8:00pm on Sky Movies Premiere as the reworking of the Japanese tale of an outcast samurai and a suicidal mission to avenge their dead master is delivered with some fantastical sword-and-sorcery. With Reeves playing the lead role, he is wedged into the story as a half Japanese misfit, who joins the vengence-seeking samurai and falls in love with their betrayed lord’s daughter. However, it’s Rinko Kikuchi’s shape-shifting villain who puts the oomph into the plot and delivers some fast paced action.

For anyone looking to watch something a little different with plenty of adrenaline, this could deliver perfect combination punch. Check it out tonight on Sky.