Ramsay, “Gypsy Christmas” on C4′s Christmas schedule

UK net Channel 4 will air programs starring celeb chefs Gordon Ramsay (pictured) and Jamie Oliver, a festive edition of Come Dine With Me, and the returning My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas during this year's holiday season.
November 29, 2013

UK net Channel 4′s line-up of unscripted holiday fare includes specials and series starring chefs Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver, a festive edition of Come Dine With Me, and the returning one-off My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas.

In the three-part series Gordon Ramsay’s Festive Home Cooking, the Kitchen Nightmares star departs from the intricate recipes he typically uses in his restaurants and shares the simpler, home-cooked fare suitable for the holidays. The series is produced by Optomen Television and begins airing on December 20 at 8 p.m. GMT.

Airing on the same night at 9 p.m., the Firecracker Films-produced My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas: Carols and Caravans follows drama-prone members of the traveling community as they head to the Spanish island of Tenerife for a winter wedding and an 18th birthday celebration.

Chef Jamie Oliver shares recipes for “one-pot” dishes and easy-to-make holiday party snacks in Jamie’s Festive Feast, produced by Fresh One.

The network will also air Christmas and New Year editions of October Films’ viral video series Rude Tube, Rude Tube Christmas Cracker 2013 and Rude Tube New Year.

One-off specials include A Great British Christmas with Sarah Beeny, which follows the English property developer and her artist husband Graham Swift as they explore the history of their Rise Hall home through the lens of Christmas. The special is produced by Red House and will air on December 2 at 8 p.m.

In the Endemol UK-produced Superscrimpers: Christmas Cracker, host Mrs. Moneypenny offers tips on how to celebrate Christmas in frugal fashion. The show airs on December 11 at 8 p.m.

George Clarke’s Amazing Christmas Spaces follows the small spaces enthusiast reunites with guests from his property series and visits unique sites, such as a man-made stalactite crystal grotto in Surrey and a renovated Victorian flat-pack tin chapel in Shropshire. The Plum Pictures-produced special will air on December 19 at 8 p.m.

In Raise The Roof’s Kristie’s Crafty Christmas, host Kirstie Allsopp attends a Christmas fair and shows viewers how to make fast and easy holiday crafts and decorations. It airs on December 16 at 8 p.m.

Gok Wan delves into the world of pantomime in Oh No He Didn’t! Gok in Panto (working title). The special chronicles the fashion consultant  as he rehearses for a musical production of Man in the Mirror at the Birmingham Hippodrome and l is produced by Maverick Television.

Lastly, Channel 4 has ordered two Christmas-themed versions of popular daytime series: Deal or No Deal: Ideal Christmas, produced by Endemol UK, and Come Dine with Me Christmas, produced by ITV Studios.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.