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TV highlights 16/12/2011

15 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Good Luck Charlie: The Road Trip Movie | The Culture Show | Stuffed: The Great British Christmas Dinner | British Comedy Awards 2011 | Tony Bennett's 85th Birthday Concert | 30 Rock

Good Luck Charlie: The Road

Trip Movie

6pm, Disney Channel

Disney's popular tale of the Duncan family and their mix of tolerant teenagers and one naughty toddler, Charlie, goes festive in this feature-length special. The family's journey from Denver to Palm Springs for Christmas with the grandparents is disrupted as teenager Teddy and her mum Amy have to make their own way there via a fun-filled road trip. Cue a Vegas cabaret show, an encounter with pensioners convinced they've been abducted by aliens and a sweet dose of mother-daughter bonding. A pre-teen treat that's highly watchable for older members of the family, too. Hannah Verdier

The Culture Show

7pm, BBC2

The year almost over, critics put their feet up, allow themselves a »

- Hannah Verdier, John Robinson, Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, Phelim O'Neill, Gwilym Mumford

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Tonight's TV highlights

3 June 2011 12:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Unreported World | Foo Fighters: Back and Forth | Modern Family | Annie Nightingale: Bird on the Wireless | Great British Menu | In Treatment

Unreported World

7.30pm, Channel 4

Journalist Ramita Navai uncovers the plight of refugees fleeing the regime of African nation Eritrea, and a life of conscription or imprisonment, for a safer existence in Israel. In leaving, their lives become even more perilous as they contend with armed guards and unscrupulous smugglers who see them as a product to be secretly spirited across borders. Navai meets desperate people who have given up everything to risk the journey, one that – even if they overcome the considerable risks – still has no guarantee of anything even approaching a happy ending. Phelim O'Neill

Foo Fighters: Back and Forth

11.50pm, BBC2

Dave Grohl and band celebrate 16 years of the tough alt-rock that's landed them Grammys, platinum discs, stadium concerts and small fortunes. The film looks at the making of Wasting Light, »

- Phelim O'Neill, Martin Skegg, Richard Vine, Nosheen Iqbal

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BBC2's Great British Menu versus ITV's Britain's Best Dish

6 May 2011 7:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

We find out which is the best daily teatime, Britain-centric, regional, judge-based cookery show on air

BBC2's Great British Menu and ITV's Britain's Best Dish have an awful lot in common. They're both weekday teatime cookery shows. They're both in the middle of mammoth 40- plus episode runs. They both have regional heats, a team of glowering judges, a prize at the end and a reference to this very country in their titles. But there's a problem – surely nobody can devote 90 minutes of their precious teatime to watching two almost identical cookery shows every single day. We need to put Great British Menu and Britain's Best Dish head to head to see which comes out on top as the definitive daily teatime, Britain-centric, regional, judge-based cookery show on air. Ready?


Great British Menu: A selection of some of the most up-and-coming professional chefs in the country, including Lasan's Aktar Islam, »

- Stuart Heritage

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How to be … a cookery show judge

1 March 2011 7:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There's two approaches – you can become an authority in your field or eat from a large knife pretending you're a culinary Yoda

So you want to be a TV cookery show judge. That makes sense; few things are as fun as trying a mouthful of food and then breaking the heart of whoever cooked it. The good news is that you're already perfectly qualified for the job – television has been secretly teaching you the necessary skills all along. Here's a quick refresher course.


To be a respected cookery show judge, it's important to be feared. How you make this happen is down to you. One method could be to build up decades of expertise and become one of the most authoritative voices in your field, such as The Great British Menu's Prue Leith. Another would be to just tie a manky old scarf around your head, eyeball people furiously, »

- Stuart Heritage

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