Bake Off to get two Christmas special shows

Christmas Bake Off Special

It’s 170 days until Christmas and we’ve just learnt that The Great British Bake Off is to get two Christmas specials later this year, with four bakers from previous series doing three seasonal challenges.

Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will continue to preside over the competition, once again presented by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc.

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore said: “Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue are the perfect recipe for the festive season.”

The shows will replace the Bake Off Masterclass programmes.

See the full story over on the BBC Web Site.

Also see the range of books associated with the Great British Bake Off  by clicking the pictures below to visit the Amazon web site.



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The first Sunday in Advent 2015

This Sunday marks the first Sunday in Advent 2015.  We have decided that this is a good day for us to decorate the house for Christmas.  We’ll no doubt decorate the tree with lots of suitable Christmas music.  However at 3pm we’ll be tuning in to BBC Radio 3 to hear the Advent Sunday service from St John’s, Cambridge.  I think amongst all the festivities and thoughts of Christmas presents, shopping and cooking this is a nice way to formally start our Christmas.

BBC Radio 3 3pm on Sunday

Live from the Chapel of St John’s  College, Cambridge

Motet: O Oriens (Cecilia McDowall)
Processional Hymn:  O come, O come, Emmanuel!  (Veni Emmanuel) (descant: Hill)
Bidding Prayer
Carol: People, look East (Peter Tranchell, arranged Peter Marchbank)
I The Message of Advent
Sentence and Collect
Antiphons:  O Sapientia and O Adonai
First lesson:  Isaiah 11 vv.1-5
Carol: The clouded heaven (Judith Bingham)
Second lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5 vv.1-11
Carol: Out of your sleep (Anthony Milner)
II The Word of God
Sentence and Collect
Antiphons:  O Radix Jesse and O Clavis David
Carol: Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree (Elizabeth Poston)
Third lesson:  Micah 4 vv.1-4
Anthem: The Birth of Speech (Tim Watts) ***
Fourth lesson:  Luke 4 vv.14-21
Hymn:  Come, thou long-expected Jesus (Cross of Jesus) (descant: Robinson)
III The Prophetic Call
Sentence and Collect
Antiphons:  O Oriens and O Rex Gentium
Carol:  Creator of the stars of night (John Scott)
Fifth lesson:  Malachi 3 vv.1-7
Motet: Fuit homo missus a Deo (G.P. da Palestrina)
Sixth lesson:  Matthew 3 vv.1-11
Hymn: On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (Winchester New) (descant: Robinson)
IV The Christ-Bearer
Sentence and Collect
Antiphon:  O Emmanuel
Carol: As dew in Aprylle (Peter Warlock)
Seventh lesson: Luke 1 vv.39-49
Carol: A spotless rose (Herbert Howells)
Magnificat: Westminster Service (Herbert Howells)
Eighth lesson:  John 3 vv.1-8
Sentence and Christmas Collect
Carol: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (John Gardner)
Hymn: Lo! he comes with clouds descending (Helmsley) (descant:  Robinson)
College Prayer and Blessing
Organ Voluntary: Chorale Prelude on “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (BWV 661) J.S.Bach
Director of Music:  Andrew Nethsingha
Herbert Howells Organ Student: Joseph Wicks

** This work has been commissioned by the Master and Fellows of St John’s College, Cambridge and will be first performed at this year’s Advent Carol Services.

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New Simply Nigella Christmas Special for 2015

Nigella Christmas Special Confirmed

Nigella Lawson has confirmed via Twitter that she will have a Christmas Special on BBC 2 this Christmas:

There will definitely be a #SimplyNigella Christmas Special!

 There will definitely be a #SimplyNigella Christmas Special!


Nigella’s New Book

Nigella’s new book to go with the series is due to be published on October 8th and is sure to be a bestseller this Christmas.

Nigella New Book

You can find the book online at by clicking here.

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BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition 2015 Launched

August 24 2015, 123 days before Christmas: This morning BBC Radio 3 launched their Christmas Carol Competition. This year amateur composers are invited to set “Comes the Light”, a specially-written poem by Roger McGough, for choir – soprano, alto, tenor and bass, with or without a piano accompaniment. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 3 November 2015.

Click here to visit the BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition page for full details.


BBC Radio 3 Christmas Carol competition

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New Gift Ideas for Top Gear Fans section just added

Following on from our popular Doctor Who Gift Ideas blog before Christmas we’ve decided to start adding themed gift guides. These will pull together gifts on a theme from multiple retailers and online stores.  Where ever possible we’ll be highlighting the slightly less obvious products so you can come up with a really special gift.  Today we are launching our new “Gift Ideas for Fans of Top Gear” section.

Gift Ideas for TopGear Fans

Please have a look and let us know what you think.  Do get in touch or leave a comment below if you’d like to suggest a Top Gear related product for us to include in the guide.

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