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December 26 | 2017
On Boxing Day
Oh Donald,
it’s a monster
Yes, it’s the
Boxing Day
bumper quiz
By Olav Bjortomt
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Tuesday December 26 2017 | the times
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The Boxing Day bumper quiz
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From a Great British baking blunder to
Hurricane Harvey . . . Olav Bjortomt tests
your memory of the incredible year
Who, what, where?
who thinks that GM crops could cause
an environmental disaster?
1 Which Nobel peace prizewinner
gained a place to read PPE at the
University of Oxford?
17 What did Donald Trump reportedly
call “a real dump”?
2 Under the ice caps of Antarctica,
scientists found 91 what?
3 A previously unknown void was
discovered in which ancient wonder of
the world?
4 What did builders at the O2 Arena
(formerly the Millennium Dome)
accidentally dig up and destroy?
5 Dan Brown’s latest opus, Origin,
begins at which Spanish museum?
6 Which spa town was ranked
Britain’s happiest place
to live?
Telly addicts
That’s showbusiness
18 Ridley Scott was so determined that
Kevin Spacey would not ruin his film
All the Money in the World that he
reshot his scenes as J Paul Getty with
which veteran actor?
19 In a Radio Times poll, which
Irishman was named the greatest BBC
radio presenter of the past 50 years?
20 Which Kosovo-born British pop
star “auditioned” on Germany’s
version of The Voice, but was
not recognised by any of
the judges?
21 Britney Spears caused
which country’s Labor
Party to delay its
leadership contest because it
clashed with a gig she was
putting on in the same
conference complex?
7 Which actor
returned to
finish a 1979 episode
of Doctor Who that
was left unfinished
due to a BBC strike?
8 Prue Leith accidentally
revealed Sophie to be
the winner of The Great
British Bake Off in
a morning tweet and
blamed it on being in
which Asian country?
8
12
9 The bomb-disposal expert
Camilla Thurlow became a
reality TV star on which
ITV2 show?
10 The three-bedroom Peckham
flat that featured in which sitcom
was estimated to be worth £850,000
by researchers?
11 Ryan Murphy portrayed the battle
of egos between which two ageing
Hollywood divas — played by Jessica
Lange and Susan Sarandon — in his
TV drama Feud?
12 Sesame Street introduced a new
character, Julia, a Muppet with which
developmental disorder?
Take it or leave it
13 Which woman from the West
Country caused an internet sensation
when she responded to news that there
was another general election by saying:
“You’re joking! Not another one!”?
14 A ball of chewing gum weighing
4kg was discovered during a clean-up
of which Scottish mountain?
15 What was described by the Today
programme presenter John Humphrys
as “deeply, deeply boring”?
16 In March, which royal family
member said that genetically modified
crops had important benefits for
providing food, therefore publicly
disagreeing with Prince Charles,
22 What did Theresa
May say was the
naughtiest thing she
had ever done in an
interview with Julie
Etchingham on ITV’s
Tonight programme?
What the Dickens?
2 Which “teen suicide
23
musical” picked up six
Tony awards, including best
musical and best musical actor for
Ben Platt, who plays the titular
high-school student?
24 Which London museum opened its
new Sainsbury Gallery?
25 Which broadcaster and actor retold
various Greek myths in Mythos?
26 Kelsey Grammer made his West
End debut in the musical version of
which Tim Burton film?
27 The National Gallery acquired The
Fortress of Königstein from the North
(c 1756-58), a painting by which pupil
and nephew of Canaletto?
28 What was the title of Philip
Pullman’s first book in his The Book of
Dust trilogy?
29 Which English actor originated the
role of Quinn Carney when he made
his stage debut in Jez Butterworth’s
play The Ferryman?
A question of sport
30 Fifa unanimously approved the
expansion of the World Cup from
32 to how many teams starting at
the 2026 competition?
31 Sir Bradley Wiggins broke his leg
while doing what?
32 Which boxer defeated Carlos
Takam in his only bout of 2017, after
his original opponent, Kubrat Pulev,
pulled out due to injury?
40 John Lennon’s last diary entry,
written on the day he died in 1980,
was
w revealed to be a note on a nude
photo
shoot he did with Yoko and
p
which
photographer?
w
33 Sutton United reserve goalkeeper
Wayne Shaw resigned after he was
photographed doing what during
a match?
41 Whose rules included “Don’t pick
up the phone”, “Don’t let him in” and
“Don’t be his friend”?
34 Retired swimmer Mark Foster
came out a few months after which
former flatmate, who once held an
athletics world record, did the same?
A question of taste
42 Which celebrity chef admitted
to having an irrational fear of
poaching eggs?
35 England’s Test cricket side won
both of its home summer series
against which teams?
43 Which company was criticised by
Jeremy Corbyn (“It upsets me . . .”)
when it dropped the word Easter from
its Great British Egg Hunt?
Never mind the
Buzzcocks
44 Which New York store began
offering a $29 breakfast at its new
Blue Box Café?
36 Which musician was told
off by Suffolk police for lyrics
describing his breaking the
speed limit on country roads in
the song Castle on the Hill?
45 Which Welsh fashion designer
created a luxury burger box with
crystal detailing for McDonald’s?
37 Which politician praised the
“positive impact grime has on
society” when he appeared at
the Mobo awards?
46 Kendall Jenner was ridiculed for
trivialising clashes between American
police and protest marchers when she
appeared in a TV advertisement giving
what to a friendly cop?
38 In October, which star
read Dog Loves Books by
Louise Yates for CBeebies’
Bedtime Stories?
39 Which American
rapper, born
Rakim Mayers, did
Liam Gallagher
mistakenly call
“WhatsApp Ricky”?
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47 According
co d g to a tell-all book
by
b his former
aides
Corey
a
Lewandowski
and David
Bossie, the four major food groups
eaten by Donald Trump on his
plane were McDonald’s, KFC, pizza
and what?
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peer because his theatre commitments
mean he cannot attend crucial votes
in the House of Lords on Brexit?
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64 Sarah Clarke became the first
woman to be appointed to which
parliamentary role?
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65 The MSP Kezia Dugdale
took an “unauthorised leave of
absence” from the Labour Party
to do what?
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66 What did Paul Nuttall,
the leader of Ukip, twice call
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne
Wood mistakenly in the
televised election debate?
Let’s ask America
67 Which former Republican
presidential hopeful
apparently “liked” a tweet by
the porn-related account
@sexualpositions?
68 Which US pop star featured in
a Netflix documentary subtitled
Five Foot Two?
69 Which American city of about
two million people was flooded by
Hurricane Harvey?
70 What did Michael Bloomberg
say was the “single stupidest
thing any country has done”
apart from the election of
Donald Trump as US president?
71 Who became the second
American
in a row to win the
A
Man Booker prize?
72 Steve Bannon resigned his
job
j as senior counsellor to the
president and returned to his
role as executive chairman of
which news organisation?
Wild things
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Wheel of fortune
48 Pope Francis was given an
all-white version of which Italian
sports car maker’s Huracan model?
56 Bob Geldof handed back the
freedom of the city of Dublin in
protest at which fellow recipient and
“handmaiden to genocide”?
49 The Bank of England raised
the interest rate for the first time
in ten years from which figure to
which figure?
57 Supermodel Naomi Campbell
interviewed which politician for the
December issue of British Vogue
magazine, the first to be edited by
Edward Enninful?
50 Liliane Bettencourt was the richest
woman in the world when she died
in September. The 94-year-old was
the principal shareholder of which
French company?
58 The journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer
said she was “incredibly shocked” by
Sir Michael Fallon’s resignation. What
had the former defence secretary
done to her in 2002?
51 The rarity and potential value of
AK47 and AA01 hit the headlines.
What are they?
59 Which Englishman and band
frontman was described by Jay-Z
as a “genius” and a “modern-day
Shakespeare”?
52 Sacha Baron Cohen said he
would pay the fines of six men
arrested in Kazakhstan for doing
what in public?
53 Heidi Klum, the German
supermodel and former wife of Seal,
began designing clothes for which
supermarket chain?
54 In the Penelopegate scandal, which
centre-right French presidential
candidate’s Welsh-born wife was
alleged to earn large sums of money
as his parliamentary assistant without
doing any apparent work?
The link
55 The comedian Simon Brodkin
handed Theresa May what while
she was giving a speech at the
Conservative Party conference?
773 The earliest known ancestor
o
of humans, the millimetre-sized
Saccorhytus, lived in the sea
540 million years ago and, according
to scientists, apparently lacked which
basic body part?
b
74 A Japanese zoo culled 57 of which
cute creatures because they carried the
genes of an “invasive alien species”?
46
75 Peter Dinklage urged Game of
Thrones fans not to buy which breed
of dog?
76 Which metre-long nightmarish
creature on Blue Planet II drew viewer
comparisons to the Stranger Things
villain, the Demagorgon, and the
face-hugger from Alien?
77 What was the name of the crested
macaque monkey that lost the
copyright to its selfie (taken on
equipment owned by the photographer
David Slater) in the “monkey selfie
copyright dispute”?
60 Ben Elton delivered
the inaugural lecture
named in honour of which
English comedian, who
died in 2005?
78 Yuan Meng achieved which
first by being born in France?
May the best
house win
Keep it in the family
79 Which Irish actor married
the Swedish Oscar-winner Alicia
Vikander in Ibiza?
61 How many seats did
the SNP lose in the
general election?
80 Who announced her pregnancy
on social media with a photograph of
three bicycles?
62 Which MP for
Portsmouth North
replaced Priti Patel as
secretary of state for
international
development?
63 In October, which
composer quit as a Tory
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81 Both played by Armie Hammer in
the film The Social Network, which
identical twins reportedly became the
first Bitcoin billionaires?
82 In November, Prince Harry
revealed that he proposed to Meghan
Markle over a meal of what?
83 Which US cabinet member said he
took his job because “my wife told me
I’m supposed to do this”?
84 Which Labour MP and shadow
education secretary became a
grandmother at the age of 37?
Screen test
85 Which veteran film director
wrote the acclaimed screen adaptation
of André Aciman’s novel Call Me
by Your Name that was directed by
Luca Guadagnino?
86 In a BBC poll, which Billy Wilder
film was voted the greatest comedy
of all time?
87 Which conflict was the setting for
the superhero hit Wonder Woman?
88 With a production budget of about
$180 million, which Luc Besson film is
the most expensive independent and
the most expensive non-American
film made to date?
89 Which English actor adopted an
American accent for his role as Chris
Washington, the hero of the hit horror
movie Get Out?
90 Nicole Kidman revealed that
she had once been engaged to which
American rock star and actor in
The Hunger Games franchise?
Eggheads
91 Which tech company shut down
two artificial intelligence robots after
they invented their own language?
92 Which Nasa spacecraft’s 19-year,
11-month mission to Saturn ended
with a plunge into the planet’s
atmosphere?
93 Which rocky, cigar-shaped
interstellar object — which was
detected in the solar system in
October — was given a Hawaiian
name meaning “a messenger from
afar arriving first”?
94 Which app’s chief executive
Dara Khosrowshahi said, “None of
this should have happened and I will
not make excuses for it,” after
revealing that he had paid $100,000
to keep quiet a hack that affected its
workforce and customers?
95 Which Reddit co-founder married
the tennis star Serena Williams?
Was it something I said?
96 Sales of George Orwell’s Nineteen
Eighty-Four surged in January after
which of Donald Trump’s advisers
used the phrase “alternative facts” in
an interview?
97 Who was criticised for saying he
wanted Theresa May “chopped up in
bags in my freezer”?
98 Cycling UK encouraged new
drivers to adopt the “Dutch reach”,
meaning what?
99 Which Commonwealth country
faced a “chipocalypse” because of a
shortage of potatoes?
100 The Labour MEP Seb Dance
silently heckled Nigel Farage during
a debate on immigration in the
European parliament by holding
up a piece of paper that said which
four-word phrase?
Answers on page 6
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Tuesday December 26 2017 | the times
MindGames Extra
Big Boxing Day puzzles –
Codeword
Sudoku
In this crossword grid, every letter has been substituted for a number from 1 to 26. Each letter of the alphabet
appears in the grid at least once. Use the letters already provided to work out the identity of further letters. Enter
letters in the main grid and the smaller reference grid until all 26 letters of the alphabet have been accounted for.
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17
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11
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18
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15
25
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11
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26
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Solutions
on page 6
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12
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26
7
26
15
12
25
20
12
9
7
20
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A
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25
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B
C
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12
26
16
26
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16
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E
25
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15
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R
12
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15
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S
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15
12
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25
1
Fill the grid so that
every column,
every row and
every 4x3 box
contains the
numbers 1 to 12.
Each set of cells
joined by dotted
lines must add up
to the target
number in its topleft corner. Within
each set of cells
joined by dotted
lines, a digit cannot
be repeated.
U
8
9
10
11
12
13
21
22
23
24
25
26
19
8
1
8
15
17
T
9
3
8
6 2 5 C
7
9
5 3
3 4
A
2
6
4 5 1
7 A
8
5
10
V
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X
Y
Z
23
21
27
12
11
14
N
14
12
27
23
9
33
16
16
30
35
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9
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21
Lay tracks to enable the
train to travel from village A
to village B. The numbers
indicate how many sections
of rail go in each row and
column. There are only
straight rails and curved rails.
The track cannot cross itself.
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13
35
18
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Train Tracks
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30
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24
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28
16
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Fill the grid using the digits 1-9 only. The digits in each horizontal or vertical run of white squares add up to the
total in the triangle to its left or above it. The same digit may occur more than once in a row or column, but not
within the same run of white squares.
22
12
18
15
12
20
27
12
10
Kakuro
23
B
2
6
1
9 B 8 A
C 2
8
7
C 2
1
B
6 2 8
8 5
C
15
33
H
7
3
Killer
14
2
25
26
Q
26
25
9
5 1
16
15
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26
K
20
18
6
26
J
15
15
11
17
3
18
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26
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16
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F
12
18
5
12
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25
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D
25
11
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20
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26
15
11
25
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C 8
1
9
15
12
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2 8 1 3 7 B
9
A
8
7
9
1
4
Fill the grid so that
every column,
every row and
every 4x3 box
contains the
numbers 1 to 9 and
the letters A to C.
For more
crosswords and
your favourite
puzzles go to
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MindGames Extra
and a Jumbo crossword
Jumbo crossword No 1300
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Cryptic clues
Across
1 Holding a cape, mount a grazing
animal (6)
5 Brit maybe showing discipline (7)
9 European leaves room with coat
of any cloth (8)
13 How one ham with tight clothes
dances for all (3,5,8-5)
14 Craftsman’s business in arrears
regularly (8)
15 One knew funny lines is what
writer may need (7)
16 Team’s beginning less well?
Captain should have this in
hand (6)
17 Bitter and a small wine, getting
round in (10)
20 Stars tippled, with litre getting
spilt (6,6)
23 Wheel to fix on Sierra (4)
24 Part of speech a man makes
without changes (8)
26 Return bag with tools, dropping
large items a climber needs (8)
29 Staff backing work protest,
gathering round leader’s place
(4,8)
30 Amazing Egypt, if sun’s out (10)
32 Conflict with flier featured in
foreign tale (10)
34 Woman’s piercing shriek before
comic actor’s bloomer (6,6)
36 New uranium parts hot and
unstable (8)
38 Brainbox stumped by probing
articles abroad (8)
39 Reportedly, be in power shower
(4)
41 Bird is a lark caught with trouble,
a whopper (12)
43 Finished run in fleece (10)
44 Extremely fast body of water (6)
46 Polish city in central Europe
provided retreats (7)
48 Holy man, finishing early, cut
verse (8)
50 Pick up revenue before a
gambler’s go (4,1,4,3,3,6)
51 Get back from River Tees, flowing
out of South (8)
52 Chat about dust marks in Muslim
clothing (7)
53 Holy wine by fire, mostly (6)
Down
2 Beverage knocked back with
others drinking what sounds like
tea (5)
3 A fellow to ramble with nothing
on, a stripper (5,6)
4 Clingy female’s gripped by a
depression (8)
5 Fly without large type of battery
(5)
6 Musician’s help following
Brahms’s intro (7)
7 Look and see next exploding shell
(11)
8 Tax, or what time it’s raised (5)
9 Stupid nit called not very bright?
(9)
10 Bill’s given university grant (5)
11 Do politicians need to support
courage? (6,5)
12 Get king out of capital city in
some discomfort (7)
18 Student hopes room will get
tidied up (9)
19 Religious loner before penning
sentence being rebuffed (7)
21 Body part close to collapse, and
nose is distended (9)
22 Study Count, back from soirée in
fine material (8)
25 British show good horsemanship
in old gaol (9)
27 Enduring short underwear, with
nothing on the outside (9)
28 Loving ancient city’s uncontrolled
movement (8)
31 Give a lift to solver texting kind
words (7)
33 During rocky trek, cheered wildly
for kind of sandwich (5-6)
34 Argument against tax is
circulating about lower rates (11)
35 Fanciful airline’s cut loose (11)
37 Lock fixer’s firm peeved to lose
edging work (9)
40 Intriguing people society
encourages, inspiring millions (8)
42 Champion bitter about job (7)
43 Top Labourite group to show a
bit of guts (7)
45 On the up: pressman with skill for
business (5)
47 Silly accommodation in US state
(5)
48 Composer’s first to hum a little
sound (5)
49 Unopened alcohol that is rum (5)
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Name......................................................................................................... Prizes
Address.....................................................................................................
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Phone number......................................................................................
The prize for each of the first
correct solutions to the
Cryptic and times2 Jumbo
clues to be opened will be a
collection of Times reference
books — including The Times
Universal Atlas of the World, Collins English
Dictionary & Thesaurus, and Bradford’s Crossword
Solver’s Dictionary published by HarperCollins.
Entries should be marked “Cryptic” or “times2”
and sent to: The Times Jumbo Crossword 1300,
PO Box 2164, Colchester, Essex CO2 8LJ, to arrive
by January 4. The winners and the solutions will
be published on January 6.
times2 clues
Polygon
From these
letters, make
words of four or
more letters,
always including
the central two
letters. Answers
must be in the
Concise Oxford
Dictionary,
excluding
capitalised
words, plurals,
conjugated
verbs (past tense
etc), adverbs
ending in LY,
comparatives
and superlatives.
How you rate
22 words, average;
30, good;
47, very good;
64, excellent
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Across
1 Type of Indian classical dance (6)
5 Type of cell division (7)
9 One looking for something (8)
13 Song by Irving Berlin (10,7,4)
14 Second largest city of Japan (8)
15 Assistant; follower (7)
16 Car safety device (6)
17 How money is lent at extortionate
interest rates (10)
20 Weapon using blazing fuel (12)
23 Elevator (4)
24 Mexican Pacific resort (8)
26 Mild aversion (8)
29 The measurement of potential or
currents (12)
30 Missile (10)
32 Silly behaviour (10)
34 Accidental path of very low
resistance (5,7)
36 Of lower quality (8)
38 Compound such as potassium
hydrogen sulphate (4,4)
39 Wise men (4)
41 Absolute form of government (12)
43 The adding (of territory) to one’s
own (10)
44 In a strange and frightening
manner (6)
46 (Of a shutter) slatted (7)
48 Riding over snow (8)
50 Enlist as a soldier (4,3,6,8)
51 Station (troops) in a town (8)
52 Existing in name only (7)
53 Distort out of shape (6)
Down
2 The —, historic mission in Texas
(5)
3 Relating to the rule of priests (11)
4 Site of significant eruption in 1883
(8)
5 Communication channels (5)
6 Composed of three parts (7)
7 In a grief-laden manner (11)
8 Very wet and soft (5)
9 Pig tender (9)
10 Adult Cub Scout leader (5)
11 Medium (11)
12 Final stages of play (7)
18 Having died in the womb (9)
19 Harry —, British comedian (7)
21 Without a clearly-defined shape
(9)
22 Uncontrollable emotion (8)
25 Money for expenditure on small
items (5,4)
27 Sharp reprimand (7-2)
28 Fire-raiser (8)
31 Small songbird (7)
33 Person who rejects accepted
opinions (11)
34 North American tree used
medicinally (8,3)
35 Have an accident (4,2,5)
37 Clergyman (5,4)
40 Performed exceptionally well (8)
42 Chilled drink (4,3)
43 Joseph —, co-founder of The
Spectator (7)
45 Abominable snowmen (5)
47 Reversal of policy (1-4)
48 Semi-arid region of West
Africa (5)
49 River of West Africa (5)
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champion
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bookmaker had
offered odds of 8-1
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said snack on camera
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35 South Africa (3-1) and
West Indies (2-1)
The link
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Aung San Suu Kyi
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Sadiq Khan
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touched her on
the knee — until
she threatened
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the face
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Coldplay
60 Ronnie Barker
Never mind the
Buzzcocks
36 Ed Sheeran
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38 Dolly Parton
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40 Annie Leibovitz
41 Dua Lipa— in her
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42 Nigella Lawson
43 Cadbury
44 Tiffany’s
45 Julien Macdonald
46 A can of Pepsi
47 Diet Coke
83 Rex Tillerson, the
secretary of state
84 Angela Rayner
May the best house win
61 21
62 Penny Mordaunt
63 Andrew Lloyd
Webber
64 Black Rod
65 Appear on I’m a
Celebrity . . . Get Me
Out of Here!
66 Natalie
Let’s ask America
67 Ted Cruz, who
blamed “a staffer who
accidentally hit the
wrong button”
68 Lady Gaga
69 Houston
70 Brexit
71 George Saunders, for
Lincoln in the Bardo
72 Breitbart News
Wild things
73 An anus — it was
thought to eat
(grains of sand)
and excrete
through the
same cavity
Wheel of fortune
48 Lamborghini
49 From 0.25 per cent
to 0.5 per cent
50 L’Oréal
51 New £5 polymer
note serial numbers
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DNA testing showed
they had been
crossbred with the
rhesus macaque
75 Huskies
76 Bobbit worm
77 Naruto
78 The cub is the first
panda to be born in
the country
Keep it in the family
79 Michael Fassbender
80 Olympic cycling
champion Laura
Kenny
81 Cameron and Tyler
Winklevoss
82 Roast chicken
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Screen test
85 James Ivory
86 Some Like It Hot
87 First World War
88 Valerian and the City
of a Thousand Planets
89 Daniel Kaluuya
90 Lenny Kravitz
Eggheads
91 Facebook
92 Cassini
93 Oumuamua
94 Uber
95 Alexis Ohanian
Was it something I said?
96 Kellyanne Conway
97 George Osborne
98 Vehicle drivers and
passengers open
doors with the hand
farthest away from
the door lever, so the
body turns to see if
cyclists are
approaching
99 New Zealand
100 “He’s lying to you”
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Carol
Midgley
TV review
French and Saunders
BBC One
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Upstart Crow
BBC Two
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T
he BBC scheduled 300 Years
of French and Saunders at
10.35pm, when much of the
nation was in a flatulent,
Baileys-induced coma, which
suggests it didn’t see it as much of a
crowd-puller. Ironically the comedians
mocked themselves for being past it
during a Kardashians parody in which
Dawn French wore an enormous
balloon arse. “What are we doing?
This is ridiculous,” said Jennifer
Saunders. French said that they were
being “relevant” and “connecting with
Radio Choice
Catherine Nixey
James Burke on the
End of Scarcity
Radio 4, 11am
Scarcity has driven
mankind’s innovations.
Everything from maths and
writing to marriage and
government has, says James
Burke, been invented to
help us to survive in a world
where there isn’t quite
enough. Now, however, the
end of scarcity is in sight.
You know the replicator
in Star Trek, the machine
that can make anything
from anything? Pure
science fiction, no? No. The
scientist Richard Feynman
posited it and in the MIT’s
Center for Bits and Atoms
they are making it real.
The Power of Sloth
Radio 4, 9pm
Sloth has a bad name;
medieval monks considered
it to be a deadly sin. Today
we flee from it. However, in
this charming programme,
Lucy Cooke, the founder
of the Sloth Appreciation
Society, argues that it might
not be so bad, evolutionarily
speaking. To move you need
energy, to get energy you
have to eat and to eat you
have to do things. The
sloth’s solution: don’t. It’s
stood them in good stead;
they have long outlived
flashier creatures such as
the sabre-toothed tiger.
the kids”, but Saunders, surveying the
live audience, replied: “What kids?
We are looking at a sea of grey.”
I didn’t honestly expect much from
this programme, which comprised
snippets from old shows plus
25 minutes of new material, had
been made on a small budget and
was written in three days. Though I
very much like French and Saunders,
sketch shows are tough enough when
you’re in the groove. Trying to reignite
chemistry after ten years is risky. And
there were indeed dud moments, such
as the “meh” Wonder Woman sketch.
But mostly it served as a reminder
how very good French and Saunders
were and still are. And how much of
a debt British comedy owes them. Few
people can skit popular culture as they
can. The Handmaid’s Tale parody with
its “under his eye” references was an
inspired idea, although why didn’t they
recreate the full “ceremony” sex scene
rather than a cone-bonneted French
having to spell it out? “I have to be
penetrated through my pants by my
commander.” A budget thing, I
imagine. The Gogglebox sketches were
funny and the one in which they played
two rude, elderly women perving
disgustingly over Aidan Turner in
Poldark was beautifully observed.
The flashbacks to their parodies of
The Exorcist and The Silence of the
Lambs showed how pioneering they
were and how they never lost that
Radio 1
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with
Scott and Chris 10.00 Adele Roberts
1.00pm Dev 4.00 Jordan North 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s Stories:
Rebellion with Annie Nightingale 10.00 BBC
Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s Stories: Music By Numbers
— X-Factor 11.00 Huw Stephens 1.00am
Annie Nightingale 3.00 BBC Radio 1 &
1Xtra’s Stories: Extreme Festivals —
Dominator 4.00 Early Breakfast
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
6.30am Sara Cox 9.30 Trevor Nelson 12.00
Mika. The singer performs live in the Piano
Room 2.00pm Radio 2 in Concert. A session
performance by Deep Purple (r) 3.00 Craig
Charles 5.00 Strictly Shirley 7.00 The Great
American Songbook: Don Black on Van
Morrison. Classic entries from the Great
American Songbook 8.00 Sir Roger Moore:
Nobody Did It Better. Olly Smith pays tribute
to the life of Roger Moore, with help from
people who knew him 10.00 Lost and Found.
Nina Myskow focuses on the actress Mary
Steenburgen 12.00 Sounds of the 80s
2.00am Radio 2’s Folk Playlist 3.00 Radio 2
Playlist: 90s Hits 4.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
Wednesday Workout 5.00 Nicki Chapman
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30am Breakfast
Petroc Trelawny presents listener requests
9.00 Essential Classics
Presented by Ian Skelly. Griff Rhys Jones
discusses the things that have inspired and
influenced him throughout his life and career
12.00 Composer of the Week:
Cole Porter (1891-1964)
By the 1920s, Porter is achieving
international success and Irving Berlin
commissions him to compose for a revue
in his Music Box Theatre in New York.
Presented by Donald Macleod. Porter (We
Open in Venice — Kiss Me Kate; Two Little
Babes in the Wood — Greenwich Village
Follies; I’m in Love Again — Greenwich
Village Follies; Hot-House Rose; Weren’t We
Fools; Let’s Misbehave; Let’s Do It — Paris;
Overture: Fifty Million Frenchmen; You Do
Something to Me; You Don’t Know Paree;
Paree, What Did You Do to Me? — Fifty
Million Frenchmen; and Overture — Gay
Divorce; Night and Day — Gay Divorce) (r)
1.00pm News
underrated skill of being funny
without resorting to nastiness. As
for the final punch in the face when
Saunders asked French about her
weight — I’ve a hunch that one was
for the media. For any journalist
interviewing her soon, I’d probably
leave that question until last.
Upstart Crow is a curious beast.
Ben Elton’s writing is as slick as a PPI
salesman and David Mitchell seems
born to the part of the Bard. And yet,
and yet. I can watch whole episodes
and barely crack a smile. It reminds
me of those hotels where everything is
polished and urbane, yet it leaves you
a bit unmoved. Once you’ve got the
joke that they are speaking in codShakespearey language — “What a
load of crappage” — it starts to wear
thin. It feels like a sketch stretched not
just to an episode, but a whole series.
However, just when you thought
it was going to be entirely one-note,
Shakespeare’s love poetry to his wife
and a speech from Queen Elizabeth
about how she envies true love, not
the love that is born of fear or dutybound, saved the day and made for a
rather profound Christmas message.
If it weren’t for Mitchell, though,
I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t watch it.
carol.midgley@thetimes.co.uk
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders returned for Christmas
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
Highlights of the Schubertiade, recorded last
June, with the Mandelring Quartet and the
pianist Paul Lewis. Mozart (String Quartet
in B flat, K458 — Hunt); and Beethoven
(Piano Sonata No 4 in E flat, Op 7)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Music from the world of ballet performed
by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by
Barry Wordsworth. Eric Whitacre conducts
the BBC Singers in one of his own pieces,
and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales is
joined by the pianist Beatrice Rana and the
conductor B Tommy Andersson. Arnold
(Water — Homage to the Queen); Gordon
(Suite: Les Noces Imaginaires); Delibes ed
Wordsworth (Suite: Coppelia); Whitacre (I
Carry Your Heart with Me); Bartók
(Hungarian Sketches for orchestra, Sz97);
Prokofiev (Piano Concerto No 3 in C, Op 26);
and Korngold (Symphony in F sharp, Op 40)
5.00 Words and Music
Griff Rhys Jones and Debra Stephenson delve
into nonsense literature (r)
6.15 New Generation Artists
A recording of Schubert by the tenor Ilker
Arcayürek and the pianist Marcello Ameral.
Schubert (Winterreise, D911)
7.40 BBC Proms 2017
A celebration of the music of the composer
John Williams by the BBC Concert Orchestra,
conducted by Keith Lockhar. John Williams
(Overture: Goodbye, Mr Chips; Raiders March
— Raiders of the Lost Ark; Main Theme —
Jaws; March — Superman; Suite for Cello and
Orchestra — Memoirs of a Geisha: Sayuri’s
Theme; Viktor’s Tale — The Terminal;
Dartmoor, 1912 — War Horse; Hedwig’s
Theme — Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s
Stone; Suite: A Child’s Tale — The BFG; Flying
Theme — ET the Extra-Terrestrial; Theme —
JFK; Prayer for Peace — Munich; Dry Your
Tears, Afrika — Amistad; Devil’s Dance — The
Witches of Eastwick; Escapades No 3 for Alto
Saxophone and Orchestra — Catch Me if You
Can; March of the Resistance — Star Wars:
The Force Awakens; Rey’s Theme —Star
Wars: The Force Awakens; and Main Title
— Star Wars: A New Hope (r)
9.40 BBC Proms 2017
Sian Edwards conducts Birmingham
Contemporary Music Group. John Luther
Adams (Songbirdsongs — excerpts); Olivier
Messiaen (Le merle noir); Handel (Augelletti,
che cantate — Rinaldo); Rebecca Saunders
(Molly’s Song 3) and Peter Maxwell Davies
(Eight Songs for a Mad King) (r)
11.00 Late Junction
Hosted by Gabriel Prokofiev
12.30am Through the Night (r)
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz LW: 198kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am-7.30 (LW) Test Match Special:
Australia v England
5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day (8/12)
6.00 Today
7.30 (LW) Today
9.00 Black Music in Europe:
A Hidden History
The music of black Europe at the time of the
First World War (2/3)
9.30 One to One
The comedian Mark Steel talks to the former
footballer Graeme Le Saux (1/3) (r)
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 Book of the Week:
Adventures of a Young Naturalist
By David Attenborough (2/5)
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Presented by Jane Garvey. Including at
10.45 the Drama: Incredible Women (2/5)
11.00 James Burke on the End
of Scarcity Documentary.
See Radio Choice
11.30 Tales from the Stave
Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah (1/3)
12.01pm (LW) Shipping Forecast
12.04 Home Front
By Katie Hims. In Tynemouth, Lester Reed is
finding it hard to celebrate
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Radio 4’s Pen Pals
Lemn Sissay and his Irish pen-pal talk
Halloween, Harry Potter and the stage (2/5)
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: Mr Betjeman Regrets
By Jonathan Smith. In 1984, during his last
days in Cornwall, John Betjeman continues
to worry about his chequered career
3.00 The Kitchen Cabinet
A special edition of the show examining
Christmas cooking traditions (1/7) (r)
3.30 Making History
Tom Holland finds out more about Saint
Stephen. Presented by Helen Castor (1/7)
4.00 The Half:
A Countdown to Performance
How actors react to the 30-minute call
before the curtain goes up on stage (r)
4.30 Great Lives
The life of Mahatma Gandhi is explored with
Matthew Parris and Nazir Afzal (4/9)
5.00 PM
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
For a review of Doctor Who and the
rest of Christmas Day’s TV, see News
6.15 15 Minute Musical
A musical tale of two babies, separated at
birth and tragically reunited by politics (2/2)
6.30 Mark Steel’s in Town
From Portishead, Somerset (4/6)
7.00 The Archers
Will has some bad luck
7.15 Front Row
A round-up of arts news and reviews
7.45 Incredible Women
Spoof documentary celebrating Cicely
Leyland’s 100th birthday (2/5)
8.00 A Culture of Encounter
Douglas Alexander asks what is stopping
people from getting to know and understand
those who are different from them (r)
8.30 In Touch
News for blind or partially sighted people
9.00 The Power of Sloth
Documentary. See Radio Choice
9.30 Black Music in Europe:
A Hidden History (2/3) (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime:
How to Stop Time
By Matt Haig. Tom goes to Dr Hutchinson
for help (2/10)
11.00-5.20 (LW) Test Match Special:
Australia v England
11.00 The Missing Hancocks
Comedy (5/5)
11.30 Anansi Boys
Fat Charlie wakes up to a visitor (2/6)
12.00 News and Weather
12.15am Bone Stories (1/5) (r)
12.30 Book of the Week: Adventures
of a Young Naturalist (2/5) (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
5.20 Shipping Forecast
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am The Ken Dodd Show 8.30 The Men
from the Ministry 9.00 Dead Ringers 9.30
Son of Santa 10.00 The Great Gatsby 11.00
Ballet Stories 11.15 The Further Adventures
of Sherlock Holmes 12.00 The Ken Dodd
Show 12.30pm The Men from the Ministry
1.00 A Case for Paul Temple 1.30 We Three
Kings 2.00 The Diary of a Provincial Lady
2.15 Five Hundred Years of Friendship 2.30
Dombey and Son 2.45 The Pantomime Life of
Joseph Grimaldi 3.00 The Great Gatsby 4.00
The Food Quiz 4.30 Semi Circles 5.00 Guests
Are Like Fish 5.30 Mark Steel’s in Town 6.00
Good Omens 6.30 Dad Made Me Laugh 7.00
The Ken Dodd Show 7.30 The Men from the
Ministry 8.00 A Case for Paul Temple
8.30 We Three Kings. Ian Hislop examines
the story of the three kings of the Nativity
9.00 Ballet Stories. Read by Emily Woof.
From 2000 9.15 The Further Adventures of
Sherlock Holmes. By Bert Coules. From 2009
10.00 Comedy Club: Mark Steel’s in Town.
The comedian visits Inverness 10.30 Richard
Herring’s Objective. The comedian invites
Alexei Sayle to discuss old school ties. From
2011 11.00 ElvenQuest. Lord Darkness’s
pursuit of evil is put on hold. From 2009
11.30 Lucy Montgomery’s Variety Pack
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
7.00am Ashes Breakfast 10.00 Test Match
Special: Our TMS (r) 12.00 5 Live Sport
12.30pm 5 Live Sport: Premier League
Football 2017-18 — Tottenham Hotspur v
Southampton (Kick-off 12.30) 2.30 5 Live
Sport. Football and racing coverage 5.00
Sports Report 5.30 5 Live Sport: Premier
League Football 2017-18 — Liverpool v
Swansea City (Kick-off 5.30) 7.30 6-0-6
9.00 Adrian Goldberg 11.30 Live The Ashes:
Australia v England. The second day’s play
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am My Sporting Life: Best Of 8.00 The
Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast 12.00 Matchday
Live 5.00pm The Full Time Phone-in
7.00 Live Kick-off: Brentford v Aston Villa
(Kick-off 7.30) 10.00 Sports Bar 1.00am
Extra Time with Will Gavin
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David Bowie Star Special 10.00 Jeremy
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6 Music’s Jukebox 5.00 Chris Hawkins
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FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am More Music Breakfast 10.00 John
Brunning 2.00pm Jane Jones 6.00 Classic
FM at the Movies 7.00 Smooth Classics
8.00 The Full Works Concert. Lucy Coward
features Nigel Hess’s A Christmas Carol, and
a toast to St Stephen courtesy of the Royal
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Plus,
works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky
10.00 Smooth Classics 1.00am Bob Jones
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Viewing Guide
Chris Bennion
The Miniaturist
BBC One, 9pm
Anyone
pining for the
loss of this
year’s Agatha
Christie adaptation
will be well served by
this two-part version
of Jessie Burton’s
2014 bestseller. It is no
Early
Top
pick
murder whodunnit,
but contains enough
mystery, intrigue and
suspense for a whole
series of Poirot. Set in
Amsterdam in 1686, the
drama follows 18-yearold Nella Oortman,
a poor country girl who
has been married to
a wealthy merchant.
When she arrives
in the city she finds
a decidedly odd
household, run by her
husband’s puritan
sister, Marin (Romola
Garai). However, it is
when Nella’s husband
gifts her a doll’s house
that events take a
sinister turn. Just who
is the miniaturist who
is crafting items for the
doll’s house? And what
do they want Nella to
know? Top-drawer,
and it looks stunning
too, like a moving
Vermeer painting.
it is as the perfect
Boxing Day delicacy
on the box. Bourne
has transplanted
Prokofiev’s ballet
to wartime London,
with Cinders falling
head over heels for
a wounded (and, of
course, charming) RAF
pilot. At times it’s like
watching a cherished
old movie (A Matter
of Life and Death,
to be precise). Ideal.
Matthew Bourne’s
Cinderella
BBC Two, 5.35pm
The choreographer
Matthew Bourne’s
dance company
turned 30 this year.
To celebrate, its
acclaimed Cinderella
has returned to Sadler’s
Wells Theatre this
Christmas and, in
case you’re not able to
schlep to London, here
Snow Bears
BBC One, 6.30pm
We all know that
nature is red in tooth
and claw, but, at this
time of year especially,
it’s nice to be reminded
that it can be awfully
cute too. The actress
Kate Winslet narrates
this heart-meltingly
charming “dramatised”
documentary, which
follows a polar bear and
her two cubs as they
make the treacherous
400-mile journey from
their den in Svalbard
to the seal-rich pack
ice around the North
Pole. The cubs are so
incredibly sweet that
you half-expect them
to open their mouths
and sound like Ben
Whishaw. An hour of
unashamedly lovely
telly. Prepare a surplus
of “awws” in advance.
BBC One
BBC Two
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 5
6.00am Breakfast 9.00 FILM: Tinker Bell and the
Legend of the NeverBeast (U, 2014) Animated
fantasy with the voice of Mae Whitman 10.10 FILM:
Planes: Fire & Rescue (U, 2014) Animated adventure
sequel with the voice of Dane Cook 11.25 Mary, Mel and
Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You. A festive surprise for
community centre volunteers (r) (AD) 12.25pm BBC
News and Weather 12.35 BBC Regional News; Weather
12.45 Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees. The actress
discovers how trees are a part of Britain’s history (r) (AD)
1.45 Stick Man. Animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s
children’s book (r) (AD) 2.10 FILM: Shaun the Sheep
Movie (U, 2015) Animation featuring the voice of
Justin Fletcher 3.30 Doodlebugs. Sketch show in which
inanimate objects talk 3.45 FILM: Mary Poppins (U,
1964) An Edwardian nanny with magical powers brings
fun into the humdrum lives of two children. Disney’s
musical fantasy starring Julie Andrews 6.00 BBC News
at Six; Weather 6.20 BBC Regional News; Weather
6.30 Snow Bears. Documentary following polar bears and
their cubs as they travel 400 miles to reach the North
Pole. Narrated by Kate Winslet. See Viewing Guide (AD)
6.15am Sign Zone: Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (r) (SL)
7.15 Island Parish Shetland (r) (AD) 7.45 FILM:
Chimpanzee (U, 2012) Wildlife documentary following
the development of a young chimpanzee in the forests of
the Ivory Coast, which is left to fend for itself after its
mother is killed 8.55 The Big Family Cooking Showdown
(r) (AD) 9.55 Nadiya’s British Food Adventure (r) (AD)
10.55 The Sweet Makers: A Tudor Treat (r) (AD) 11.55
FILM: A Hard Day’s Night (U, 1964) The Beatles
embark on a train journey to London for a television
show, harassed by their manager and Paul’s grandfather.
Musical comedy starring the Fab Four alongside Wilfrid
Brambell (b/w) (AD) 1.20pm FILM: The Eagle Has
Landed (15, 1976) A Nazi agent plans to kidnap
Churchill as the prime minister spends the weekend in a
Norfolk village. Wartime adventure starring Michael
Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall 3.30 The
Repair Shop at Christmas (r) (AD) 4.30 Final Score
5.35 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella. A chance meeting
results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing
RAF pilot in this interpretation of the fairy tale staged
at London Sadler’s Wells Theatre. See Viewing Guide
6.00am CITV 7.30 Scrambled! 8.30 FILM:
Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays (PG, 2012)
Animated adventure with the voice of Matthew Lillard
(AD) 9.05 Horrid Henry. A Christmas present comes early
(r) 9.25 FILM: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (12, 1986)
Comedy starring Matthew Broderick and Mia Sara (AD)
11.25 FILM: Cats & Dogs — The Revenge of Kitty
Galore (U, 2010) A rogue cat plots to take over the
world, forcing her fellow felines to team up with their
canine foes. Comedy sequel starring Chris O’Donnell, with
the voice of Bette Midler (AD) 1.00pm Live ITV Racing:
from Kempton. Coverage of one of the biggest meetings
of the National Hunt season at Kempton Park, with races
at 1.20, 1.55, 2.30 and 3.05 3.30 FILM: E.T. — The
Extra-Terrestrial (U, 1982) A lonely boy befriends a
stranded alien and helps him to contact his own people
and call for rescue. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy
starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore (AD)
5.50 ITV News; Weather 6.10 Emmerdale. Diane
comforts Robert as he crumbles after reading a thank
you card for Seb’s presents, and watching from the
shadows, Rebecca is struck by his emotion (AD)
6.40am FILM: Song of the Sea (PG, 2014) Animated
fantasy with the voice of Lucy O’Connell 8.25 FILM:
Short Circuit (PG, 1986) Sci-fi comedy adventure
starring Steve Guttenberg 10.25 The Simpsons (r) (AD)
12.10pm FILM: Alvin and the Chipmunks —
The Squeakquel (U, 2009) The trio compete in a
battle-of-the-bands contest, but encounter fierce rivalry
from another group of musical rodents. Comedy starring
Zachary Levi, Jason Lee and David Cross 1.55 Channel 4
News 2.00 Child Genius vs Celebrities Christmas Special.
Richard Osman hosts a Christmas special in which past
competitors return to take on a team of famous faces
comprising Rob Delaney, Cathy Newman, Dom Joly and
Janet Street-Porter (r) (AD) 3.05 The Great Christmas
Bake Off. Former contestants Paul Jagger, Beca
Lyne-Pirkis, Selasi Gbormittah and Val Stones face three
festive challenges in a bid to win the Christmas Star
Baker title (1/2) (r) (AD) 4.20 FILM: The Little
Mermaid (U, 1989) An undersea princess strikes a deal
with a witch to become human — but there is a price to
be paid. Animated adventure with the voices of Jodi
Benson, Pat Carroll and Christopher Daniel Barnes
6.00am Milkshake! 9.05 Aviva Premiership Rugby
Highlights. Highlights from the 11th round of matches (r)
10.00 FILM: Titanic (PG, 1953) An aristocrat trying to
stop his wife and children leaving him finds them on
board the ill-fated ship. Drama with Clifton Webb and
Barbara Stanwyck (b/w) 11.50 FILM: Chariots of Fire
(U, 1981) Drama based on the true story of British
runners Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, going for gold
at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Starring Ian Charleson and
Ben Cross 2.10pm Balmoral: A Hidden History.
Documentary offering a behind-scenes look at the
secluded royal retreat that covers 50,000 acres of the
Scottish Highlands, and is Queen Elizabeth’s favourite
home (r) 4.10 Sandringham: The Queen At Christmas.
As the Royal family get ready to welcome family
members old and new, cameras reveal where they eat
their Christmas lunch, and how they spend December 24
5.15 FILM: A Royal Night Out (12, 2015)
Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret have a night of
excitement, danger and romance during the VE Day
celebrations. Comedy drama starring Bel Powley,
Sarah Gadon, Emily Watson and Rupert Everett
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Paula Byrne Celebrated houses of fiction
Edward Allen Marianne Moore, and more
Nabeelah Jaffer Islam and Britishness
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7.30 EastEnders Life for the Brannings
will never be the same again as the
horror of what happened unfolds (AD)
7.30 Christmas University Challenge
2017 Selwyn College, Cambridge take
on St Andrews University (2/10)
8.00 Little Women New series. Heidi
Thomas’s adaptation of Louisa May
Alcott’s 19th-century American
coming-of-age tale begins as the
four March sisters contemplate a
Christmas without their father.
See Viewing Guide (1/3) (AD)
8.00 Reindeer Family & Me Gordon
Buchanan goes to live with a family
from the nomadic Sami culture in
Finnish Lapland, and undertakes a
journey across the frozen wilderness
with the help of a reindeer.
See Viewing Guide (AD)
9.00 The Miniaturist Adaptation of Jessie
Burton’s best-selling novel set in 1686,
following 18-year-old Nella Oortman
as she begins a new life in Amsterdam
as the wife of wealthy merchant,
Johannes Brandt. As a wedding gift,
Nella is presented with a doll’s house
replica of their home, but soon realises
that an elusive miniaturists tiny
creations are seemingly predicting the
future with unsettling accuracy.
See Viewing Guide (1/2) (AD)
9.00 Dragons’ Den A serial entrepreneur
pitches his online greeting card
business, a Surrey-based inventor
hopes his word game could become a
family Christmas favourite, and three
brothers pitch for a stake in their
men’s grooming products (AD)
10.00 QI A festive edition with Jason
Manford, Romesh Ranganathan,
Holly Walsh and Alan Davies
10.30 BBC News; Weather; followed by
National Lottery Update
10.45 Match of the Day Gary Lineker
presents highlights of the latest
Premier League matches, including
Bournemouth v West Ham United at
Vitality Stadium, Huddersfield Town v
Stoke City at John Smith’s Stadium,
and West Bromwich Albion v Everton
at The Hawthorns. Plus, action from
the rest of today’s fixtures, analysis of
the main talking points and post-match
reaction from managers and players
10.30 Two Doors Down: Christmas
Special Beth and Eric’s plans for a
quiet festive feast are thwarted.
Arabella Weir stars (1/7) (AD)
12.15am Stacey Dooley in the USA Stacey Dooley
meets girls who are preparing to face time in “Shock” —
the country’s only prison boot camp for women,
and spends time in a medium-security jail to see
what they will have to face if they do not succeed (r) (AD)
1.20-6.00 BBC News
12.00 Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco
Movie Documentary celebrating the 40th anniversary of
the blockbuster dance movie (r) (AD) 1.10am Tom Jones
& Beverley Knight’s Gospel Christmas (r) 2.10 Sign Zone:
Inside the Christmas Factory (r) (AD, SL) 3.10 Blue
Planet II (r) (AD, SL) 4.10-5.05 Countryfile (r) (SL)
11.00 Joanna & Jennifer: Absolutely
Champers The Absolutely Fabulous
stars Joanna Lumley and Jennifer
Saunders explore the Champagne
region of northeastern France to find
out how their characters’ favourite
tipple is made (r) (AD)
6.40 Jurassic World (12, 2015) Decades
on from its first creation, Jurassic Park
is now a fully operational attraction
filled with genetically engineered
dinosaurs. In need of a new attraction,
the company behind the park creates
an entirely new species — but it
escapes to terrorise the tourists.
Action adventure sequel starring
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan
Khan and Vincent D’Onofrio (AD)
9.00 Coronation Street Eileen keeps vigil
over a comatose Billy while worrying
about a missing Todd, Daniel finds
Adam semi-conscious, and Carla begs
Roy not to reveal her secret (AD)
10.00 ITV News
10.15 Birds of a Feather Christmas
Special Tracey’s plans could upset the
festive harmony, Sharon finds a novel
way of doing her shopping and Dorien
has a mystery to solve (r) (AD)
11.15 The Keith and Paddy Picture Show
The duo put their own spin on the 1984
comedy Ghostbusters (2/5) (r)
6.00 Back to the Future (PG, 1985)
A teenager travels back in time and
gets stuck in the 1950s — where he
has to make sure his parents fall in
love. Sci-fi comedy adventure with
Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd
8.00 Travel Man: 48 Hours in Hong
Kong Richard Ayoade is joined by the
actor Jon Hamm, star of Mad Men and
Baby Driver, for a Yuletide trek around
Hong Kong — the most visited and
most vertical city on the planet (AD)
9.00 Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2017
Jimmy Carr hosts a comedy quiz
looking back at the past 12 months,
with panellists Richard Ayoade, Noel
Fielding, David Mitchell, Big Narstie,
Roisin Conaty and Katherine Ryan
being put to the test on subjects
ranging from Theresa May’s ill-fated
conference speech to Taylor Swift’ss
unlikely musical collaborations. Special
guests including Charles Dance and Jon
Snow are on hand to set the questions
11.45 Al Murray’s Make Christmas
Great Again The Pub Landlord fronts
a lively mix of music and chat (r)
11.10 Four Weddings and a Funeral
(15, 1994) A man’s misfortunes in
love look set to change when he meets
an American beauty at a wedding.
Richard Curtis’s romantic comedy
starring Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell
and John Hannah (AD)
12.45am Jackpot247 Interactive gaming 3.00 Tenable.
Quiz hosted by Warwick Davis in which a family team
from London compete to answer questions about top 10
lists, then try to score a perfect 10 in the final round (r)
(SL) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen 5.05-6.00 The Jeremy Kyle
Show. Guests air their differences (r) (SL)
1.20am The Inbetweeners (r) (AD, SL) 3.10 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA. The Mixing Bowl diner in
Bellmore, New York (r) 4.00 Location, Location, Location
(r) 4.55 Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas (r) 5.10-6.40
FILM: Moshi Monsters — The Movie (U, 2013)
Animated adventure with the voice of Emma Tate
7.00 The Strictly Story: Fake Tan,
Tangos & a 10 from Len
The tale behind the popular dance
contest, featuring contributions from
popular past contestants as well as
the show’s judges and professional
dancers and famous fans (r)
8.30 Dirty Dancing: Making Movie
Magic A 30th anniversary celebration
of the movie phenomenon, revisiting
favourite scenes, discovering what
happened on set — with contributions
from cast members Kelly Bishop,
Lonny Price and Jane Brucker — and
hearing from the behind-the-scenes
team, including the choreographer
Miranda Garrison and the writer
Eleanor Bergstein (r)
10.00 Dirty Dancing (12, 1987)
A dance instructor at a 1960s
resort hotel fears his career will be
jeopardised when his regular partner
is forced to pull out of an important
show in which they are due to
perform. Luckily, a naive teenager is
happy to step in, and is treated to a
whirlwind holiday education in life,
love and expressing herself. Romantic
drama starring Patrick Swayze,
Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach
12.00 Football on 5: The Championship Colin Murray
introduces action from the Boxing Day games
12.55am Football on 5: Goal Rush 1.25 SuperCasino
3.05 Love/Hate (r) 4.00 Now That’s Funny! (r) (SL)
4.45 House Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 House Busters (r) (SL)
5.35-6.00 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL)
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Little Women
BBC One, 8pm
Louisa May Alcott’s
beloved Civil War-era
novel gets the Call the
Midwife treatment
in this spry three-part
adaptation from Heidi
Thomas. Emma Watson
plays Marmee to the
four girls — Meg, Jo,
Beth and Amy — with
Michael Gambon as the
crotchety Mr Laurence
and Angela Lansbury
as Aunt March. It is a
faithful adaptation and
one filled with festive
cheer rather than gritty
realism; everyone is
handsome, the girls
are pure and kind
and the consumption is
decorative. Immensely
watchable, it is like
a televisual evening
sherry. Parts two and
three are tomorrow
and Thursday.
Reindeer Family
& Me
BBC Two, 8pm
Another fabulous
offering from the
wildlife cameraman
Gordon Buchanan as
he ventures into the
Arctic circle to capture
the northern lights.
To do that, however, he
will need that certain
something — a trusty
reindeer to guide
his sleigh. Buchanan
spends time with a
Sami family in Finnish
Lapland, learning how
to survive in minus 30C
in the wilderness and,
he hopes, bond with
the animal on which
his survival will rely.
Crash course done,
Buchanan and beast
head into the beautiful
but treacherous frozen
wilds. Watch out for
the wolves, fellas.
Christmas
Lectures 2017
BBC Four, 8pm
If at this point in the
festive calendar you
have stopped talking
to your nearest and
dearest (a falling-out
over Monopoly,
perhaps), then the
annual Christmas
Lectures might be
the perfect antidote.
Over the next three
nights the professor of
neuroscience Sophie
Scott will be discussing
communication,
beginning with “The
Language of Life”. She
will take us through
what sound is, how
different species have
adapted their bodies
to make noise and
why the human voice
is its most versatile
producer. Informative
and entertaining.
Sport Choice
Sky Main Event, noon
In the early Boxing
Day match, Tottenham
Hotspur take on
Southampton at
Wembley (kick-off
12.30pm), before
Liverpool host Swansea
City (5.15pm). The
Swans are in danger
of relegation, while
the Reds are pushing
for a top-four finish.
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
Sky Living
Sky Arts
Sky Main Event
Variations
6.00am Futurama (r) 7.30 The Simpsons (r)
10.00 David Attenborough’s Natural History
Museum Alive (r) 11.30 The Last Dragonslayer
(r) (AD) 1.30pm The Bachelor King (r) 3.00
Gillette Soccer Special 5.30 The Simpsons (r)
6.00 The Simpsons. Triple bill (r)
7.30 Ratburger. Adaptation of David Walliams’
book starring Sheridan Smith. Zoe’s new pet rat
is in danger when burger van man Burt
earmarks it for his menu (r)
9.00 FILM: Minority Report (12, 2002)
A cop goes on the run when three supposedly
infallible psychics foretell he is about to kill a
man he has never heard of. Sci-fi thriller starring
Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell
11.45 A League of Their Own: US Road Trip 2.0.
The gang goes on another adventure (r) (AD)
12.45am The Russell Howard Hour (r) 1.45
A League of Their Own (r) (AD) 2.45 NCIS: Los
Angeles (r) 3.45 Futurama: Welcome to the
World of Tomorrow (r) 4.00 Dogs: An Amazing
Animal Family (r) (AD) 5.00 Zoo Tales (r) (AD)
6.00am The British (r) (AD) 9.00 David
Attenborough’s Wild City (r) (AD) 12.00 Micro
Monsters with David Attenborough (r) 4.00pm
The Bachelor King (r) 5.30 The Making of David
Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive.
Behind the scenes of the documentary (r)
6.30 David Attenborough’s Natural History
Museum Alive. The broadcaster presents a
unique tour of the institution (r)
8.00 David Attenborough’s Galapagos.
The broadcaster reveals the differences between
the 19 islands (3/3) (r) (AD)
9.00 Game of Thrones. Varys meets his match
when he talks to Lady Olenna (r) (AD)
10.10 Game of Thrones. The Hound is judged
by the gods, and Robb is betrayed (r) (AD)
11.25 Game of Thrones. Roose Bolton decides
what to do with Jaime (r) (AD)
12.35am Big Little Lies (r) (AD) 2.45 FILM:
Hello Ladies — The Movie (12, TVM, 2014)
Comedy starring Stephen Merchant (r) 4.15
Richard E Grant’s Hotel Secrets (r) (AD)
6.00am 60 Minute Makeover (r) 7.00 House
Hunters International (r) 9.00 Nashville Live at
the Royal Albert Hall 10.30 Children’s Hospital
(r) (AD) 12.00 Children’s Hospital Christmas
Special (AD) 1.00pm Criminal Minds (r)
6.00 Criminal Minds. Prentiss’s colleagues
realise her connection to Ian Doyle (2/2) (r)
7.00 Criminal Minds. Two bodies are found with
nearly 50 stab wounds each, and the killings are
revealed to be the disturbing actions of a man
prone to traumatic hallucinations (r)
8.00 Criminal Minds. The agents go on the trail
of a female serial killer (r)
9.00 Chicago Fire. Casey gets off on the wrong
foot with Chief Boden’s stand-in
10.00 Criminal Minds. The team pursues a
cannibalistic serial killer (1/2)
11.00 Criminal Minds (2/2)
12.00 Criminal Minds 2.00am Elementary (r)
(AD) 3.00 Madam Secretary (r) 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize. Following the work of Ireland’s
border force (r) (AD) 5.00 Nothing to Declare (r)
6.00am Tales of the Unexpected 8.00 Portrait
Artist of the Year 2017 9.00 Michael Bublé’s
Christmas in Hollywood 10.00 André Rieu:
Christmas in London 2016 12.00 Mario Lanza:
The Best of Everything (AD) 1.45pm Bee Gees:
In Our Own Time 3.00 Discovering: Marilyn
Monroe (AD) 4.00 Royal Air Force in Concert
5.30 Edinburgh Tattoo: Pipes and Drums
7.00 Discovering: Julie Andrews. A look at the
life and career of the actress and singer
8.00 André Rieu: Falling in Love — Live in
Maastricht 2016. The Dutch violinist performs in
the square of his home town, featuring romantic
favourites such as My Heart Will Go On
11.00 Queen: Live at Wembley. A performance
by the band recorded on their 1986 Magic tour
12.15am Queen: The Magic Years 1.30 FILM:
Billy Elliot — The Musical (12, 2014)
Recording of the musical starring Ruthie
Henshall and Elliott Hanna 4.20 Happy Holidays
with Bing and Frank 4.50 Sinatra: Featuring Don
Costa and His Orchestra
7.00am Good Morning Sports Fans 10.00
Premier League Daily 11.00 Sky Sports Daily
12.00 Live Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur
v Southampton (Kick-off 12.30). Live from
Wembley Stadium. See Viewing Guide
3.00pm Live EFL: Burton Albion v Leeds United.
Coverage of the Championship fixture at the
Pirelli Stadium (Kick-off 3.00)
5.15 Live Premier League: Liverpool v Swansea
City (Kick-off 5.30). Action from the top-flight
fixture at Anfield. See Viewing Guide
7.30 Live EFL: Brentford v Aston Villa (Kick-off
7.30). Coverage of the Championship clash,
which takes place at Griffin Park
9.45 My Icon: Anthony Joshua. The heavyweight
boxer talks about his idol
10.00 Sky Sports News at Ten
11.00 Sky Sports News. The day’s talking points
12.00 Sky Sports News 1.00am Live WWE Late
Night Smackdown. Spectacular wrestling action
with the over-the-top stars of the States
3.00 Sky Sports News
BBC Two N Ireland
As BBC Two except: 5.00pm-5.35 Final Score
from Northern Ireland. A round-up of the day’s
action along with the classified results
BBC Two Wales
As BBC Two except: 1.20pm James Martin’s
Food Map of Britain. The chef visits Northern
Ireland in the hope of gaining an understanding
of the rich flavours of the beef from native
cattle the Dexter (r) 1.50 Live Scrum V:
Dragons v Cardiff Blues. Ross Harries presents
coverage of the match from the 11th round of
PRO14 fixtures, which takes place at Rodney
Parade (Kick-off 2.00) 4.00-4.30 Land of the
Giants. Exploring the world of people who grow
outsize vegetables, following a group preparing
for the first big competition of the season at
the Vale of Glamorgan Show (r)
STV
As ITV except: 1.00pm-3.30 Live Racing on
STV: From Kempton. Coverage of today’s race
meetings 12.45am Teleshopping 1.45 After
Midnight 3.15-5.05 ITV Nightscreen
UTV
As ITV except: 12.45am Teleshopping
1.45-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
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7.00pm Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand. The
composer and author reveals how the modern
shape of the musical was established through a
series of works over the past century (r)
8.00 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2017:
The Language of Life. New series. Professor
Sophie Scott, with the aid of crickets,
cockroaches and deer, explores how humans
and other animals use noises to
communicate. See Viewing Guide
9.00 Tim Rice: A Life in Song. A concert from
London’s Royal Festival Hall celebrating the work
of the Oscar-winning lyricist (r)
10.30 Norman Wisdom: His Story. Friends and
family talk about the life and career of the
comedy actor, with contributions by Stephen
Frears, Ricky Tomlinson and Leslie Phillips (r)
11.30 British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at
Ourselves. Documentary exploring the history of
the British television sitcom (r) (AD)
12.30am Some Santas with Jokes (r)
1.00 Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand (r)
2.00 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
2017: The Language of Life (r)
3.00-4.00 Norman Wisdom: His Story (r)
6.00am Olive, the Other Reindeer (r) 6.55 The
Goldbergs (r) (AD) 7.30 New Girl (r) (AD) 7.55
Rude(ish) Tube Shorts (r) 8.10 FILM: Holiday
in Handcuffs (12, TVM, 2007) Romantic
comedy 10.00 FILM: Dr Dolittle 3 (PG,
2006) Comedy sequel starring Kyla Pratt 11.50
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation (r) 12.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (r) (AD) 1.00pm The Big
Bang Theory (r) (AD) 1.55 The Snowman (r)
(AD) 2.30 The Snowman and the Snowdog (r)
(AD) 3.00 The Big Bang Theory (r) (AD) 5.00
Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (r) 5.10 FILM:
Miracle on 34th Street (U, 1994) Family
drama remake with Richard Attenborough (AD)
7.30 The Snowman and the Snowdog (r) (AD)
8.00 The Big Bang Theory (r) (AD)
8.30 The Big Bang Theory (r) (AD)
9.00 Tattoo Fixers (AD)
10.00 Naked Attraction (r) (AD)
11.05 Rude Tube Christmas Cracker (r)
12.10am The Big Bang Theory (r) (AD) 1.05
Tattoo Fixers (r) (AD) 2.15 Rude Tube: Welcome
to 2013. Internet clips (r) 4.05 2 Broke Girls (r)
(AD) 4.25 Don’t Tell the Bride: Christmas
Revenge (r) 5.20 New Girl (r) (AD)
8.55am A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun (r)
10.00 FILM: Carry On Teacher (U, 1959) A
headmaster’s hopes of landing a job at a better
school are ruined by his naughty pupils, who do
not want him to leave. Comedy starring Ted Ray
(b/w) (AD) 11.50 Paul O’Grady’s 100 Years of
Movie Musicals (r) 1.25pm Four in a Bed (r)
4.10 Come Dine with Me (r)
6.25 Come Dine with Me. Majid Ravandi hosts
the final dinner party in south London (r)
6.55 Inside Lego at Christmas. How Lego staff
prepare for the festive season (r) (AD)
7.55 The World’s Most Expensive Toys.
Documentary exploring the world of the
craftspeople and inventors attempting to realise
the dreams of Britain’s billionaires by creating
luxurious gifts and entertainments (r)
9.00 FILM: The Green Mile (18, 1999)
A prison guard amazed by the healing power and
gentle nature of a man on death row comes to
doubt his guilt. Supernatural drama starring
Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan (AD)
12.40am 24 Hours in A&E. The staff deal with
brain-related injuries (r) (AD) 1.40 Alan Carr:
Yap, Yap, Yap! (r) 2.50-3.50 8 Out of 10 Cats (r)
11.00am Mr Popper’s Penguins (PG, 2011)
Family comedy starring Jim Carrey (AD)
12.50pm Mirror Mirror (PG, 2012) Fantasy
starring Julia Roberts (AD) 2.55 Paddington
(PG, 2014) Family comedy starring Hugh
Bonneville (AD) 4.40 The Sorcerer’s
Apprentice (PG, 2010) Fantasy adventure
with Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel
6.50 School of Rock (PG, 2003) A slobbish
guitarist posing as a supply teacher to make
money after getting dumped by his band moulds
his pupils into a new rock group. Comedy
starring Jack Black and Joan Cusack (AD)
9.00 Ex Machina (15, 2015) A computer
programmer becomes embroiled in testing the
artificial intelligence of a beautiful robot girl.
Sci-fi drama starring Domhnall Gleeson
11.10 X-Men: First Class (12, 2011) The
first generation of the superhero team is
brought together in the 1960s to avert a nuclear
war. Superhero adventure prequel starring
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender (AD)
1.45am-3.45 The Breakfast Club (15,
1985) Drama directed by John Hughes, starring
Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald
6.00am Totally Bonkers Guinness World
Records (r) 6.40 Emmerdale (r) (AD) 7.30
Coronation Street (r) (AD) 8.20 Mr Bean (r)
(AD) 9.25 You’ve Been Framed! Gold: Best of
the Best (r) 10.25 Emmerdale (r) (AD) 11.30
Coronation Street (r) (AD) 12.30pm FILM:
Nanny McPhee (U, 2005) Fantasy starring
Emma Thompson (AD) 2.35 FILM: A Bug’s
Life (U, 1998) Animation with the voice of
Dave Foley 4.40 FILM: Despicable Me (U,
2010) Animation with the voice of Steve Carell
(AD) 6.30 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Presents: The Missing Crown Jewels (r)
7.00 FILM: Uncle Buck (12, 1989) Family
comedy starring John Candy (AD)
9.00 FILM: Sherlock Holmes (12, 2009)
Action thriller starring Robert Downey Jr (AD)
11.35 Family Guy (r) (AD)
12.10am Family Guy (r) (AD) 1.30 American
Dad! (r) (AD) 2.30 The Great Xmas Rant (r)
3.40 The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (r) 4.05
Educating Joey Essex: Supermodel Student (r)
4.55 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records:
Bonkingly Big Hits (r) 5.45 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records (r)
ITV3
ITV4
Dave
Drama
Yesterday
6.00am On the Buses (r) 6.25 The Darling Buds
of May (r) 7.25 Agatha Christie’s Marple (r)
9.30 FILM: Carry On at Your Convenience
(PG, 1971) Comedy starring Sid James (AD)
11.25 FILM: Carry On Matron (PG, 1972)
Comedy starring Sid James (AD) 1.15pm FILM:
Carry On Abroad (PG, 1972) Comedy starring
Sid James 3.05 FILM: Carry On Girls (PG,
1973) Comedy starring Sid James (AD) 4.55
Carry On Forever. Triple bill. Martin Clunes
narrates the story of the comedy franchise (r)
8.00 Endeavour. The detective throws himself
into his work, and investigates the suspicious
death of a scientist from a team working on an
early computer (1/4) (r) (AD)
10.00 Lewis. Hathaway and Lewis investigate
the death of a man found shot in the head in the
basement of the Bodleian Library (1/4) (r) (AD)
12.00 The Booze Cruise 2: The Treasure Hunt.
Dave, Rob and Maurice embark on a two-day
charity treasure hunt. Comedy drama starring
Mark Benton (r) (AD) 2.00am Housewife, 49 (r)
(AD) 3.40 Sherlock Holmes: The Last Vampyre
(r) (SL) 5.30 ITV3 Nightscreen
6.00am Snooker v Darts (r) 6.05 The Chase (r)
7.45 Cash Cowboys (r) 8.50 British Touring Car
Championship Review 10.45 The Professionals
(r) (AD) 11.45 Minder (r) (AD) 12.50pm The
Protectors (r) 1.25 FILM: Tobruk (PG, 1967)
Second World War adventure starring George
Peppard and Rock Hudson (AD) 3.35 FILM:
Escape to Victory (PG, 1981) Second World
War adventure starring Michael Caine (AD) 5.55
FILM: 633 Squadron (PG, 1964) Second
World War drama starring Cliff Robertson
8.00 The Chase: Celebrity Christmas Special (r)
9.00 FILM: Lethal Weapon 3 (15, 1992)
Detectives Riggs and Murtaugh go on the trail of
a former policeman selling impounded weaponry
to criminal gang bosses. Action thriller sequel
starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover (AD)
11.20 FILM: Swordfish (15, 2001) Crime
thriller starring John Travolta and Hugh Jackman
1.25am The Classic Car Show. Motoring
magazine about vintage vehicles (r) 2.20 Bear
Grylls: Mission Survive (r) 3.10 The Big Fish Off
(r) 4.00 Fishing Allstars (r) 4.25 Bond Girls Are
Forever (r) (AD) 5.10 Minder (r) (AD, SL)
6.00am Home Shopping 7.20 Storage Hunters
7.55 Top Gear (AD) 9.00 Dynamo: Magician
Impossible (AD) 10.00 Red Bull Soapbox:
Mumbai 11.00 Storage Hunters UK: Celebrity
Special 12.00 Red Bull Soapbox Race 2015:
London 2.00pm Top Gear (AD) 3.20 Top Gear:
Burma Special (AD)
6.00 Red Bull Soapbox Race
7.00 Motorway Cops. Officers go beyond the call
of duty to help a 91-year-old war veteran
8.00 QI XL. Stephen Fry prepares for the festive
period with some seasonal merriment
9.00 Dynamo: Magician Impossible.
The illusionist goes to Ibiza (AD)
10.00 Would I Lie to You? With Jo Brand, Roisin
Conaty, Paul Foot and Ray Mears
10.40 Would I Lie to You? At Christmas.
A festive special of the comedy game with Bill
Bailey, Ruth Jones, Jo Brand and Kelly Holmes
11.20 Would I Lie to You? at Christmas
12.00 Have I Got a Bit More Old News For You
1.00am QI XL 2.00 Would I Lie to You? 2.40
Would I Lie to You? At Christmas 3.15 Parks and
Recreation 4.00 Home Shopping
7.25am Call the Midwife (AD) 10.00 The Bill
12.00 Catherine Cookson’s The Man Who Cried
3.00pm Call the Midwife
6.10 An Inspector Calls. A detective interrupts a
wealthy family’s dinner party to tell them a
young woman has committed suicide
8.00 Death in Paradise. Richard Poole meets a
sticky end at a university reunion, so another
British inspector is flown out to investigate.
With Ben Miller and Kris Marshall (1/8) (AD)
9.20 Death in Paradise. A zombie movie being
filmed on the island ends in real-life horror
when a stand-in is poisoned — and Humphrey
soon deduces the unfortunate victim was not
the intended target (2/8) (AD)
10.40 New Tricks. The team reopens the
investigation into a terrorist’s death after his
daughter receives an anonymous note saying he
was murdered. Sasha agrees to go for dinner
with her ex, Ned (3/10) (AD)
12.00 Taggart. The detective uncovers a case of
extortion and forgery when investigating the
death of a young boy 2.45am The Pinkertons
(AD) 3.35 Garden Hopping 4.00 Home Shopping
6.00am Frozen Planet (AD) 7.10 The Blue
Planet (AD) 9.00 Planet Earth (AD) 11.00
Frozen Planet (AD) 12.00 The Blue Planet (AD)
2.00pm Planet Earth (AD) 4.00 Frozen Planet
(AD) 5.00 The Blue Planet (AD)
6.00 The Blue Planet. A journey to the deepest
parts of the world’s oceans (AD)
7.00 Planet Earth. How the sun affects life on
Earth through the seasons, following a polar
bear preparing its cubs for a journey to avoid
becoming stranded on floating glaciers (AD)
8.00 Planet Earth. A tour of the wildlife in he
mightiest rivers in the world (AD)
9.00 Fleetwood Mac: Don’t Stop. Documentary
looking back over the rock band’s long career
10.00 Meat Loaf: In and Out of Hell. A profile of
the rock star’s life and music, featuring an
interview and performance by the singer, as well
as backstage footage from a Las Vegas concert
11.25 David Bowie: Five Years in the Making of
an Icon. Key years in the singer’s career
12.25am Fleetwood Mac: Don’t Stop
1.30 Meat Loaf: In and Out of Hell
2.25 The Secret Life of Marie Antoinette
BBC Alba
5.00pm Leugh le Linda 5.30 Radan an Rathaid
Mhoir (The Highway Rat) (r) 5.55 Mod 2017.
Successful performers from the Children’s Mod
in Lochaber (r) 7.00 An Là (News) 7.05 Oir a’
Chuain Shiair (Facing the Atlantic). The wildlife
and landscape of the western coast of Europe
(r) 8.00 Geamannan nan Eilean 2017 (Island
Games 2017). A look back at the special event
in which the Western Isles sports teams
participated (r) 8.30 Ceathrar air a’
Chuiltheann (Four on the Cuillin). Rosie, Zach,
Mairead and Siobhan continue their challenge
9.00 Truinnsearan ar Sinnsrean. Heather Dewar
cooks recipes featured in her favourite cookery
book, The Scots Kitchen 10.00 Opry an Iúir.
Daniel O’Donnell hosts from the Town Hall in
Newry, Co Down. The Three Amigos headline
the show, with their special guest Gráinne
Holland 10.55 Oidhche Shamhach (A Quiet
Night). Isle of Harris octogenarians share silent
Christmas memories (r)
11.00-12.00midnight Guth Ag Aithris:
Christine Primrose. Profile of the singer (r)
S4C
6.00am Cyw: Do Re Mi Dona (r) 6.15 Abadas
(r) 6.30 Halibalw (r) 6.40 Sam Tân (r) 6.50
Bing (r) 7.00 Meic y Marchog (r) 7.15 Sbarc (r)
7.30 Boj (r) 7.40 Teulu Ni (r) 7.50 Igam Ogam
(r) 8.00 Octonots (r) 8.25 Chwilio am Cyw
8.30 Y Dywysoges Fach (r) 8.45 Tili a’i
Ffrindiau (r) 9.00 Ffilm Cyw: Y Raplyfr Coll (r)
9.55 Ynys Broc Môr Lili (r) 10.00 Do Re Mi
Dona (r) 10.15 Abadas (r) 10.30 Halibalw (r)
10.40 Sam Tân (r) 10.50 Bing (r) 11.00 Meic
y Marchog (r) 11.15 Sbarc (r) 11.30 Boj (r)
11.40 Teulu Ni (r) 11.50 Igam Ogam (r) 12.00
Mynd ar Helfa Arth (r) 12.30pm Gwyl Corau
Meibion Cymry Llundain (r) 2.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 2.05 FILM: Llais y Lli (2014) A magical
selkie and her human brother go on quest to
prevent the spirit world from disappearing.
Animated fantasy 3.45 Deian a Loli (r) 4.00
Awr Fawr 5.00 Dim Byd Nadolig (r) 5.15 Live
Clwb Rygbi: Scarlets v Ospreys. Action from the
PRO14 clash at Parc y Scarlets (Kick-off 5.35)
7.35 Rownd a Rownd. Following a night out,
Philip remembers he has brought a new friend
back to the flat, and Jac wishes he had not
kissed Dani at the Christmas Fair (AD) 8.00
Priodas Pum Mil. New series. Trystan
Ellis-Morris and Emma Walford lend a helping
hand to family and friends responsible for
organising the wedding of Elliw and Steen in
Ceredigion 9.00 O’r Diwedd 2017: Am
Flwyddyn! Tudur Owen and Sian Harries take a
satirical look back at 2017, with issues
including Brexit talks going nowhere fast,
Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump 10.00
Salon Maggi Noggi. Eleri Siôn, Yws Gwynedd
and Dewi Pws join Maggi Noggi and Joyce in
the hair salon to chat about anything and
everything 10.45 Noson Lawen. Mari Lovgreen
is at Llanfair Caereinion for a festive edition of
the entertainment revue (r) 11.45-12.20am
Cythrel Canu. With Robat Arwyn, Tara Bethan,
Trystan Ellis-Morris and Heledd Cynwal (r)
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Divide by cutting (5)
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6 Relating to military ships (5)
7 South Asian garment (4)
12 Heat-resistant mineral (8)
14 Cry of praise or joy (7)
16 Large dangerous fire (7)
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♣10 7 4 3 ♠ Q 9 4 ♣KQ 9 8 2
ful defence, generously given to me
by the unlucky declarer, Martin
♥AQ J 8 5 4 2
Lee (unlucky to be playing against
♦A 6
Rhonda).
♣J
West, Rhonda, playing with her
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husband Richard, led the king of
1♥
Pass
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Pass
diamonds, East playing the nine
4♥ (1) End
and declarer winning the ace. At
trick two, declarer crossed to the (1) Optimistic but South likes the seventh
ace of clubs to lead a heart to the heart and 7321 shape.
queen — his main chance of
Contract: 4♥ , Opening Lead: ♦K
making the thin 4♥ was East
holding ♥Kx.
To cater to both possibilities, at
West beat the queen of hearts trick five West tabled the ace of
with the king and understandably spades to enlist partner’s co-operatried the queen of diamonds — tion. If he’d had the queen of
partner could have had a single- spades, East would have encourton. This crashed East’s jack, aged the spade lead (playing an
declarer following. The key unnecessarily high spot card —
moment had arrived.
throw high means aye). West
West paused to consider. would have led a second spade,
Dummy’s diamonds were now set killing the entry, and with partner
up, with the king of spades as a late ruffing the ten of diamonds (if
entry (given that she held the ace declarer led it next), the defence
of spades in front). Declarer’s deci- would score their queen of spades.
sion to cross to the ace of clubs at Here, East signalled with a low
trick two virtually marked him spade (throw low means no).
with no club losers (probably a sinIt was last chance saloon for
gleton, as East had followed with West. She led her third diamond
the two of clubs to indicate an odd and hoped partner could ruff with
number). West knew she needed a meaningful heart. Bingo. East
to find a fourth defensive trick fast. ruffed with his remaining ten of
There were two possibilities. East hearts, an “uppercut”. Although
could have the queen of spades declarer could overruff with the
(giving declarer ♠ Jxx, ♥AQJ10xxx, jack, West’s nine of hearts was now
♦Ax, ♣J), or the ten of hearts (giv- promoted. Down one.
andrew.robson@thetimes.co.uk
ing declarer his actual hand).
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logo, logon, long, loon, loop, lough,
lung, lush, plough, plow, plug, plus,
plush, polo, pool, shul, slog, sloop,
slop, slough, slow, slug, snowplough,
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capitalised words, plurals, conjugated
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How you rate 8 words, average;
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The American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana clinched victory in
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event, necessitating the tie-break.
In this decisive game White’s
dagger blow advance with e5-e6
fatally disrupted the haven of the
black king, which was mercilessly
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White is a pawn ahead but more
important is the fact that the
black kingside now becomes severely disrupted.
35 ... Bg7
After 35 ... fxe6 36 g4 Nb4 37
Qd2 hxg4 38 hxg4 Nd6 39 Ne5,
White’s knights are dominant.
36 exf7+ Kxf7 37 Nd7 Ncxd4 38
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met by 40 Bxd4, when 40 ... Nxd4
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40 Bxd4 Nxd4 41 Qxg6+ Kxe5 42
Re1+ Ne2+
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g3+ Kf3 44 Re3 is mate.
43 Kf1 Kd4 44 Rxe2 e5 45 Qg3
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can never survive without shelter
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Qd4+ Kc6 54 Qf6+ Kc5 55 Qxh4
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Qa5+ Kd6 59 Qd8+ Kc5 60 h4 e3
61 Qe7+ Kb5 62 Qb7+ Rb6 63
Rxd5+ Kc4 64 Qf7 exf2+ 65 Kxf2
Qb2+ 66 Rd2+ Black resigns
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Oblation
a A charitable offering
b A ceremonial
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c A social invitation
Crawmassing
a A large family
gathering
b Attending church
c Eating leftovers
Hypnopompic
a Drowsy
b Unable to dance
in time
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