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TV highlights 13/12/2012

12 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

MasterChef: The Professionals | Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis | Timeshift: Wrestling's Golden Age: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies | Blue Bloods | Southland

MasterChef: The Professionals

8pm, BBC2

The Professionals have been to Heston's hell and back in their final week, thrown in at the deep end with the liquid nitrogen down at the Fat Duck. Now they face one final challenge: cooking three courses of fault-free food for Michel Roux Jr and Gregg Wallace. It's a proposition that's scarier than that sea urchin skills test, but they've got the potential to pull some real blinders out of the bag. High standards all round this series, with many dishes earning the ultimate Wallace accolade: "yummy" indeed. Hannah Verdier

Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis

9pm, BBC1

The hidden crisis is of people unexpectedly finding themselves homeless. The stories here are of people who have paid rent or mortgage payments for years, only to end up with the bank taking their home. »

- Hannah Verdier, Martin Skegg, Andrew Mueller, Ben Arnold, Phelim O'Neill

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Wrestling's Golden Age is a knock-out

7 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From Big Daddy to Klondyke Kate, a fond look at when 'endomorphs in bodystockings' dominated our screens

World Of Sport, 1973. A civic hall thick with smoke and fists. A bell dings. A bald man in pants hurtles into a balder man in pants. The crowd cheers. Balder attempts to wear bald like a snood. Moustaches ripple with indignation. Balder collapses. A cry of "gerrup yer git!" from the stalls. Bald does squat-thrusts on balder's chest. Another bell. Deafening applause.

Such scenes are plentiful in Wrestling's Golden Age (Thursday, 9pm, BBC4), a glorious, resolutely non-sneering look at a time when professional wrestling had Britain in a headlock, with upwards of 16 million tuning in to watch men with names like "Exotic" Adrian Street and Tally-Ho Kaye develop hernias in 80 denier tights.

While a brief "here's some history" segment covers the structureless roughhousing of the pre-regulated years, tales of audience participation from the »

- Sarah Dempster

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