This week's best TV & radio: 12-18 December

Fri, 11/12/2009 - 15:11
Submitted by Dave Perrett


Country Tracks
Sunday - 11am - BBC One
Ellie Harrison journeys along the eastern coast of Northern Ireland. Along the way she finds out what makes Comber potatoes so special, takes a tiny electric car on a classic drive and joins an archaeological dig at spectacular Dunluce Castle, before ending her journey with a traditional Irish folk session in a pub in Portrush.
Countryfile at Christmas
Sunday – 7pm – BBC One
Everyone heads to Adam Henson's Cotswolds farm for Christmas dinner. Matt Baker helps Adam feed his rare-breed animals while Julia Bradbury joins him to bed the cattle down for the festive season. Plant expert James Wong discovers some novel ways to dispose of your Christmas tree and John Craven meets the farmers who are harvesting their crops right through the winter.


The Hairy Bikers’ Twelve Days of Christmas
Wednesday – 9pm – BBC Two
The jolly northern chefs cook their way though the Christmas song, starting in Norwich (fictional home of Alan Partridge) for roast partridge with pickled pears and finishing with an Irish stew prepared for 12 stars of the musical Lord of the Dance. 



Robson Green's Wild Swimming Adventure
Tuesday – 9pm – ITV1
Second of a two-part programme in which Robson Green embraces the pursuit of outdoor swimming. This week the actor drops by on legendary channel swimming coach Freda Streeter, before heading north to Scotland's infamous Corryvreckan whirlpool, before returning to Northumberland ready to take on a swim to Holy Island.
Monday – 8pm – ITV1
Paul Heiney and the team explore Britain's countryside, finding memorable scenes drawn from the best of the ITV regions and meeting the people who make it special.

Jamie’s Family Christmas
Tuesday – 8pm – Channel 4
Jamie keeps the Christmas staples simple, revealing a crafty method of to keep your turkey succulent as well as giving sensible carving advice for anyone whose knife skills aren't so much forensic as Neanderthal. 


Open Country
Saturday – 6.07am – Radio 4
Helen Mark travels the length of the Ballinderry River in Northern Ireland, from the Sperrin Mountains to Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the British Isles. 
On your farm
Sunday – 6.35am – Radio 4
Adam Henson visits Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire to learn how Iron Age Britons grew and produced food. 


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