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Channel 4 unwraps Christmas slate

British pubcaster Channel 4 has unwrapped its programming lineup for the 2017 Christmas season. Spreading holiday cheer throughout the network will be culinary competition Great British Bake Off (pictured), with two ...
November 29, 2017

British pubcaster Channel 4 has unwrapped its programming lineup for the 2017 Christmas season.

Spreading holiday cheer throughout the network will be culinary competition Great British Bake Off (pictured), with two festive-themed episodes: The Great Christmas Bake Off and The Great Festive Bake Off. Each episode will feature four former bakers from previous series returning to the tent in three head-to-head seasonal challenges.

British actor Miranda Hart, meanwhile, will offer tips on surviving Christmas in the tentatively titled Miranda Does Christmas, while Jamie Oliver  travels to the Italian Alps for a Christmas dinner in Jamie’s Italian Christmas (w/t).

C4 and RDF Television’s acclaimed docuseries The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds will return with a festive one-off special titled The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds Goes On Holiday, which will follow families on vacation in Cyprus. Social isolation and loneliness within the elderly community will be addressed in Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds Christmas (w/t), and Crystal Maze host Richard Ayoade welcomes a team of five celebrity adventurers in a yuletide-themed special: The Crystal Maze Christmas Special.

Also on the schedule this December is Alan Carr’s Chatty Man Christmas Special, a festive chat with celebrity guests and musical performances; Big Fat Quiz of Everything 2018, putting a panel of famous faces to the test with a quiz on all that happened in 2017; Gogglebox: Best of 2017, spotlighting some of the best moments in a year in review special; and Child Genius v. Celebrities Christmas Special, led by quizmaster Richard Osman.

Further programs on Channel 4′s airwaves this winter are craftsmanship series Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2017, in which C4 host Kirstie Allsopp will learn how to craft unique Christmas crafts; Travel Man Xmas, following Richard Ayoade and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm on a mini-trip to Hong Kong; The Undateables at Christmas, catching up with “extraordinary singletons” from previous seasons to see how their love lives have progressed.

Rounding out the programming schedule are Scousers in a Manger (w/t), tracing a team of “Christmas Decorators” on a journey to Bethlehem to decorate Manger Square in time for the holidays; Made In Chelsea Christmas Special, in which the cast gathers to toast the culmination of another series; and the hour-long documentary The World’s Most Expensive Presents, which examines some of the most indulgent gifts across the globe.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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