TV picks of the week: 17th December to 23rd December

TV picks of the week: 17th December to 23rd December

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Monday, 17th December 2018
(Credit: BBC)
(Credit: BBC)

From World Cup memories to a royal wedding, here's our TV picks of the week. 

Mary Berry’s Christmas Party

Monday: BBC One, 8.00pm

Huw Edwards, Eleanor Tomlinson, Mary Berry, Dina Asher-Smith and Joe Lycett (Credit: BBC)

Mary Berry is back to collaborate with a host of celebrities as she prepares her Christmas party. Last year the former Bake Off star was joined by Alex Jones, Adil Ray and Fearne Cotton. 

Appearing in the kitchen this year will be journalist Huw Edwards, Olympian Dina Asher-Smith, Poldark's Eleanor Tomlinson and comedian Joe Lycett, who will all help prepare some festive treats. 


The Long Song

Tuesday: BBC One, 9.00pm

Inspired by Andrea Levy’s historical novel The Long Song the BBC’s newest period drama follows July (Tamara Lawrance), a young slave in 19th century Jamaica, and her cruel mistress, Caroline Mortimer (Hayley Atwell). 

July was separated from her mother at a young age and raised to be the personal maid to the mistress of her plantation. As the Christmas riots and the abolition of slavery cause chaos at the Amity sugar cane plantation, the strong-willed July's future is thrown into question.


World Cup: Summer of Love

Wednesday: ITV, 9.00pm

Gareth Southgate (Credit: ITV)

Reliving the excitement of this summer’s World Cup football tournament, the one-off special will retell the thrilling journey England’s national team took to reach the semi-finals in Russia.

Manager Gareth Southgate and England players will share their experience of the tournament, with commentary from Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid and Sir Clive Woodward.


The Christmas Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan

Thursday: BBC Two, 9.00pm

Romesh Ranganathan (Credit: BBC)

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan heads to the Canadian Arctic to confront his preconceptions of one of the coldest environments on earth.

Guided by Inuit athlete and actor Johnny Issaluk, Ranganathan steps outside his comfort zone this Christmas to brave his worst fears of freezing to death or being eaten by a polar bear.


Victoria and Albert: the Royal Wedding

Friday: BBC Two, 8.00pm

Queen Victoria (Abbie Garland) and Prince Albert (George Merrick-Cunningham) (Credit: BBC)

Historian Lucy Worsley re-stages Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s historic wedding ceremony, featuring white dress that went on to be a must-have for all brides, at a time when wearing a colourful dress was the norm.

Using Queen Victoria’s diaries and newspaper articles from 1840, each item in the documentary will be created as accurately as possible.


Gino’s Win Your Christmas Wish List

Saturday: Channel 5, 8.00pm

Gino D'Acampo & the Partridge family (Credit: Channel 5)

Celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo (Gordon, Gino & Fred's Road Trip) temporarily hangs up his apron to host a festive edition of hit game show Gino's Win Your Wish List.

This week D'Acampo is joined by the Partridge family from Folkestone, who compete to win the grand prize of a luxury holiday to Australia.

As well as an assortment of other festive treats including a spa trip, Christmas shopping spree, Champagne and witnessing the New Year celebrations in Times Square.

But under the pressure of the clock running will the contestants forget even the easiest answers.


Trollied: The Wedding

Sunday: Sky One, 9.00pm

Gavin (Jason Watkins) & Cheryl (Sarah Parish) (Credit: Sky One)

The last-ever episode of the much-loved retail sitcom, managers Gavin (Jason Watkins) and Cheryl (Sarah Parish) plan to finally tie the knot

But after a hectic stag do on the eve of the wedding, Gavin wakes up in Dublin with best man Jerome (Hugh Dennis) and his groomsmen Neville (Dominic Coleman), Brian (Stephen Tompkinson) and Colin (Carl Rice).

Will the gang of hopeless misfits arrive on time for the wedding and what else could go wrong for the happy couple?

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From World Cup memories to a royal wedding, here's our TV picks of the week.