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The Secret Life Of The Zoo Season 4 Episode 4 (Channel 4 6 December 2014)

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As the fourth season of The Secret Life of the Zoo continues, it’s mating season for Chester Zoo’s onagers and after two years living alone, male Holmes is released into the female paddock. It’s a bruising encounter as he goes straight for his old flame Zarrin, before chasing every other female in sight, including the camel next door.

Galapagos tortoise Charlie is losing weight and keepers believe that it’s down to bullying from her older sister. They step in with an innovative system to try and alleviate the problem. Keeper Niall barters with eldest chimp Boris for the return of a large stick that the chimps have been brandishing, but Boris is wary of dominant male Dylan stealing his reward, and plays hardball with Niall.

And Plo, a village weaver, is tirelessly building a nest to impress a female. If the foundations aren’t strong enough to support a whole family it will be dismissed on first inspection, and he could be destined to remain a bachelor.

Series Producer: Pip Banyard
Executive Producers: Alistair Pegg, Tanya Winston, Edmund Coulthard
Production Company: Blast! Films

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The Sweet Makers At Christmas Premieres 15 Dec on BBC-2

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Sweet Makers at Christmas

From candy canes and sugar mice to yule logs and chocolate coins, sweet treats are an integral part of our Christmas celebrations. Following the success of The Sweet Makers on BBC Two earlier this year, four modern confectioners will recreate the treats of Christmas past – and discover how their predecessors helped create many of the culinary festive traditions that we enjoy today.

Chocolatier Paul A Young, bespoke cake decorator Cynthia Stroud, chocolatier Diana Short and sweet consultant Andy Baxendale will use original recipes and equipment to whip up the festive bestsellers of Christmases past.

Guided by food historian Dr Annie Gray and social historian Emma Dabiri, they’ll uncover the mystery of what an earth a sugarplum is, before decorating a series of exquisite Twelfth Cakes, affordable only to Georgian’s wealthy elite. As they move into the Victorian era our confectioners encounter the gaping gulf between rich and poor and create treats for both – from Queen Victoria’s favoured Boar’s Head cake to jelly pistols and sugar mice accessible to children with just a few pennies to spend.

Finally they’ll explore the wealth of chocolate novelties launched in the 1920s, including the predecessor of that modern Christmas favourite the Chocolate Orange – the Chocolate Apple.

Produced by Wall To Wall for the BBC. The Executive Producer at Wall to Wall is Emily Shields and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Abigail Priddle.

Pictured above are Dr Annie Gray, Diana Short, Andy Baxendale, Cynthia Stroud, Paul A Young, Emma Dabiri

The Sweet Makers At Christmas airs Friday 15 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.

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The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Christmas Special (Channel 4 14 Dec 2017, with Jessica Hynes)

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The Crystal Maze Celebrity Christmas Special

Maze Master Richard Ayoade guides a team of intrepid celebrity adventurers around the mighty maze in this fiendishly fun festive special in aid of Stand Up To Cancer. The Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic zones have all been dramatically transformed for Christmas. The Knight (Jessica Hynes) is clearly desperate for an invite for the holiday season, Jarhead (Adam Buxton) has already been on the sherry and Richard has to contend with a group of carol singers who have double booked the maze for rehearsals.

Gold medal-winning Olympians Ellie Simmonds and Nicola Adams, Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke, The Saturdays and Strictly star Mollie King, and Murder in Successville comedian Tom Davis form the tinsel-tastic team of stars hoping to win crystals to buy time in the Crystal Dome and earn a huge cash prize for Stand Up To Cancer. There’s snow place like dome!

Executive Producers: Neale Simpson, Peter Usher
Series Producers: Chris Lore, Myles Jenkins
Production Company: Fizz/RDF West

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Amazing Spaces Snow And Ice Special airs Thurs 14 Dec on Channel 4

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Amazing Spaces Snow And Ice Special

In this Christmas Special of Amazing Spaces, airing on Thursday 14 December at 8.00pm on Channel 4, Architect George Clarke and master craftsman Will Hardie travel to Norway, to discover how a country with some of the harshest weather on the planet has become a leader in small space design. Norwegian craftsmanship and determination puts the country at the forefront of global architecture. George travels by husky sled to a tree house in a forest that can withstand nine tonnes of snowfall and gale force winds.

There’s also a visit to an ice hotel – the mother of all igloos, complete with 30 rooms, a bar, and even a snow chapel. The boys meet members of the local Sami community, to see the moveable home that has kept members of their community safe for hundreds of years. There’s a disused oil silo turned into a circular home; a geodesic aluminium dome; and an epic family home in the mountains. And Will meets leading explorer Borge Ousland.

Executive Producers: Will Daws, Stuart Cabb
Series Editor: Jamie Wightman
Series Producer: Christian Kehoe
Production Company: Plum Pictures

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