Bake Off, Jamie, and Kirstie get festive on Channel 4

Channel 4 has revealed highlights of its schedule of Christmas programmes.

The broadcaster said: ‘We’re back in the tent for a double portion of festive themed Great British Bake Off, Jamie’s in Italy, Kirstie’s being Crafty and there’s so much more.’

‘The Great Christmas Bake Off/The Great Festive Bake Off’

It’s a time for spices, sweets and baked treats as the competitive baking show’s judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood and hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig bring some holiday cheer in two festive episodes.

In each episode, four bakers from previous series will return to the tent to go head to head in three seasonal challenges to find out who will top the tree as Star Baker.

Surprise musical guests will bring the spirit of Christmas to the tent, with the judges, hosts and bakers all joining in with a spot of singing (and dancing) themselves.

‘Jamie’s Italian Christmas’

This Christmas Jamie Oliver is travelling to the Italian Alps to cook up ‘a Christmas dinner with a difference’. Filmed in Piedmont, he will show viewers how to create a traditional Christmas dinner with an Italian twist.

In a log cabin deep in the mountains, Jamie and his mentor Gennaro Contaldo will cook up a Christmas Day feast. On the menu will be turkey and all the trimmings ‘with an outrageously tasty Italian twist’, porchetta, balsamic roast potatoes, cracker ravioli, pink peppercorn negroni and chocolate orange tiramisu.

‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2017 (Peak)’

Kirstie Allsopp believes Christmas is all about crafting and this year she will be learning and demonstrating the ‘coolest crafts’ in a festive peak-time show.

Out and about, she will learn about ceramic slip casting and get a crash course in the dying art of letterpress.

Back at Kirstie’s Christmas HQ, she will find out how to make a Scandi sweet that’s ‘set to take the UK by storm’ and one of London’s top bartenders will teach her the secrets of festive gin infusions.

She will also be printing gift-wrap, creating ‘thrifty and kitsch’ decorations, offering a ‘nifty hack for cool Washi tape Christmas cards’, and trying her hand at a spot of metalwork to make the ultimate topper for the tree.

‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2017 (Daytime)’

Kirstie will present 10 episodes packed with ‘inspiration, handy hints, tips and festive sparkle’. She will oversee a daily Christmas craft competition and travel round the UK to meet makers getting crafty at their studios and workshops.

‘The World’s Most Expensive Presents’

This 60-minute documentary looks at some of the ‘most indulgent and outrageous’ presents across the globe. The commission follows the success of ‘The World’s Most Expensive Toys’ which aired in December 2016, achieving the second highest rating series for its slot in a year.

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