Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and a guide to Sports Personality of the Year in this week’s Radio Times

Chris Froome, Bill Giles, Jon Snow, Alexander Armstrong, Giles Coren and Imelda Staunton, plus plenty of festive food and drink recipes in the latest magazine

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It’s been mere weeks since we waved goodbye to the fourth series of The Great British Bake Off but oh, how we’ve missed it. The good news is Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are back on our screens very, very soon with a Christmas special and to celebrate we thought we’d put them on our cover – along with a very ambitious festive showstopper…

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Bezza certainly isn’t one to put her feet up – she tells us all about her family Christmas, her recent Strictly Come Dancing debut and why her husband gives her an IOU every year. Meanwhile, her steely-eyed fellow judge reveals he’ll be spending December baking up a storm in the kitchen and why everything should be served with a generous dollop of custard. 

And while we had their attention, we got the Bake Off duo to share their favourite Christmas recipes for you to replicate this Christmas – a gingerbread house, stollen and brandy snaps are all in the mix, plus fellow kings of the kitchen, Gordon Ramsay and Tom Kerridge, have also shared their favourite festive dishes. Mmm-mmmm.

For the perfect drink to accompany your meal, brothers-in-law Alexander Armstrong and Giles Coren have shared their preferred festive tipples with us, and there are drinking tips and hangover cures for anyone who overdoes it on the mulled wine this December. 

Going by recent weather reports, we should be staying indoors this Christmas during what’s predicted to be the worst winter in 100 years – although Bill Giles tells us not to believe everything we read in the newspapers… 

It’s that time of year again and the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony is on the horizon – we caught up with Tour de France winner Chris Froome to hear about being British, going for back to back Tour victories and why Lance Armstrong should be banned for life. And while we’re sure you’ve heard of the other contenders – Andy Murray, Mo Farah, AP McCoy, to name a few – we’ve got the lowdown on their chances of taking this year’s crown. 

Chris (Broadchurch) Chibnall is back on the box with his new series The Great Train Robbery so we’ve taken a look at what notorious train robber Bruce Reynolds (played by Luke Evans) was really like, meanwhile Jon Snow dons a jazzy tie and celebrates 6,000 editions of Channel 4 News by telling us why it’s better than the BBC. 

Imelda Staunton reveals she’s a dedicated Downton Abbey fan but doesn’t let her real-life husband Jim Carter (who plays head butler Carson) reveal his storylines, plus our diarist Susanna Reid explains the similarities between dancing on Strictly and presenting live TV and sympathises with Brucie’s recent autocue stumble. 

John Pilger returns to Australia for new series Utopia and discovers the ill-treatment of the native Australians still exists today, Alison Graham dishes out the awards of the year – The Golden Grahams – and Andrew Collins looks at whether Harry Hill can make the leap to the big screen. 

We’ve packed ALL that into this week’s issue of Radio Times – on sale from Thursday 5 December, priced £1.60. And fear not, if you have not yet purchased your essential listings guide for the 7-13 December (that one with Matt Smith on the cover), it’s still on sale until the weekend. We wouldn’t want you going without your Radio Times, would we? 


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