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Invasion! with Sam Willis Premieres Tues 5 Dec on Channel 4

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In three-part series Invasion, premiering on Tuesday 5 December at 9.00pm on BBC Four, intrepid historian Dr Sam Willis reveals a remarkable story of invasion in Britain that spans thousands of years.

From the time that continuous settlement began in Britain over 10,000 years ago, to Iron Age hillforts and Viking ships, Sam Willis explores the many invasions of Britain. He unearths hidden stories to build a vivid picture of both successful and unsuccessful invasions and examines how they have shaped our psyche – including fear of invasion.

Some invasions are bloody, some bloodless. Some were by invitation, some absurd and doomed. From Barbary pirates and brutal border raids to the air attacks of the 20th century, these invasions have shaped modern Britain and made us the people we are today.

In this first programme Sam fells a tree with a flint axe in Kent, gets to grips with the technology of Viking boats and rides an Iron Age chariot. He also searches for clues of invasion at Silbury Hill and tracks down evidence of the Beaker people who brought ceramics, metalwork and beakers to Britain.

Pictured above is Dr Sam Willis with a Viking ship in Copenhagen.

Invasion! with Sam Willis Episode 1 (of 3) airs on Tuesday 5 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Four.

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A Night For the Emergency Services airs Wed 20 Dec on ITV

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In A Night For the Emergency Services, airing on Wednesday 20 December on ITV at 9.00pm, Ashley Banjo and Diversity host an evening that showcases the talents of the members of the emergency services.

Celebrating the heroes behind the uniforms, the accomplished emergency service workers display their amazing skills in front of an audience made up entirely of emergency service staff. There are a wide variety of acts from all of the services, and the night kicks off with Diversity performing alongside aerialist Hayley Wray, who is a firefighter from Jersey, and Scott Elliott from the South Yorkshire Police.

Cheshire Fire Choir perform alongside global singing star Leona Lewis and PC Paul Taylor – who touched the hearts of the nation when he was caught on camera dancing with some children at the Manchester One Love Concert – performs with his police colleagues and Diversity. RNLI volunteer Mark Daniels has a day job as a Michael Buble tribute act, and he performs an impressive rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Mentalist and Detective Sergeant Ashley Turner from Northampton Police shows off his impressive and entertaining mind-boggling act. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe perform with medical technician Lewis Quinn, accompanied by the Blue Light Symphony Orchestra – the only one in the UK made up entirely of emergency service personnel.

A Night For the Emergency Services airs Wednesday 20 December 2017 at 9.00pm on ITV.

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Raven Finale Week Begins Mon 18 Dec on CBBC

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The time has come for Raven’s One True Warrior to be crowned, as three weeks of tense challenges draw to a close.

Having won the favour of Raven (Aisha Toussaint) in their individual heats, the final contenders are all keen to be the chosen one who will face evil sorcerer Nevar.

First, however, there are challenges of strength, agility and resourcefulness to overcome.

On Monday the warriors – under the banner of the Stag – take on challenges including Conundrum and Looms Labyrinth. At the end of the day it’s time for the competitor with the fewest golden rings to leave the tournament.

On Tuesday, the warriors must take on Leap Of Faith, a challenge of endurance and bravery, among the ancient trees of the forest. At the end of a tense day’s competition the Stag with the most rings will go through the portal to join the other heat finalists.

On Wednesday the four finalists come together for the first time in the Grand Tournament and face four challenges: Scramble, Warrior’s Seat, Towering Heights and Treetop Treasure. Each has to dig deep to win the most golden rings, taking them one step closer to being crowned winner.

On Thursday, four more challenges are laid out for the brave warriors, including one-on-one face-off Orb Race and team test Wrecking Ball. Tension mounts with one warrior leaving the contest at the end of today’s show.

On Friday, only three of the four final warriors remain. Just two challenges are left to face – Demon Army and Demon Causeway – before the final Last Stand of the series. The mettle of the remaining contenders will be tested to the limit in a bid to find Raven’s one True Warrior.

Raven Finale Week airs from Monday 18 December to Friday 22 December 2017, 3.50pm-4.20pm on CBBC.

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Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life Series Final (Channel 4 18 Dec 2017)

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In the final episode of A Baker’s Life, airing on Monday 18 December at 8.00pm on Channel 4, Paul Hollywood shares his favourite Mediterranean recipes on a trip to Cyprus, where he spent six years living and working. In Paphos, he’s reunited with a Cypriot baker friend and together they prepare a classic ham and cheese croissant. He also makes a baklava with another old friend and a tray of celebratory spanikopita for a sunset gathering.

Later, Paul recalls his first appearance on TV and bakes a Cypriot village bread using a traditional village oven.

Executive Producer: Kieran Smith
Series Producers: Claire Emerson, Jane Treasure
Director: Ed St Giles
Production Company: Love

Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life Episode 4 (of 4) airs Monday 18 December 2017 from 8.00pm-8.30pm on Channel 4.

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