Monday 11 December 2017

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Dolly parton: song by song

Sky Arts 1, 8pm

Here, the country music legend looks back at her most famous songs, discussing their inspiration, impact, legacy and accolades. Over six episodes, Dolly reveals her drive and savvy business moves and she reflects on the conservative backlash after she wrote a song for the movie 'TransAmerica', how she came to be seen as a gay activist and her transition from country to pop.


the great british bake off christmas special

BBC2, 8pm

This was the year that 'The Great British Bake Off' consolidated its conquest of TV, prompting an upsurge in at-home baking and making superstars of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. Here, the pair demonstrates how to make a number of festive treats, including stollen, mincemeat streusel and a gingerbread house.


the call centre christmas

BBC3, 9pm

It's a festive edition of the hit reality show set at Swansea's third-largest call centre, headed by David Brent-style CEO Nev Wilshire. Tea-lady Hayley is organising the office Christmas party but with a free bar to fund, there might not be enough money left to help transform the local working men's club into the winter wonderland she has envisioned.


heston's great british food

Channel 4, 9pm

More grub on the box tonight, though not festive-themed. This week Heston Blumenthal looks at the British dish roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. His history research takes him back to late medieval times, which inspires him to try out a roast chicken dressed as a knight riding a pig into battle. Heston then travels to Switzerland to discover how mould is being used in laboratories to create surprisingly tasty aged beef.


bad education christmas special

BBC3, 10pm

Jack Whitehall's school-based comedy returns for a Christmas special. It's time for the Abbey Grove Christmas play, and with Miss Pickwell no longer around, Mr Fraser decides Alfie is the obvious replacement to direct this year's production. But the class are undecided about whether to put on 'The Nutcracker' or 'Robocop'.


borgen: outside the castle

BBC Radio 4, 2.15pm

This is a spin-off from the hit Danish political TV series 'Borgen', currently airing on BBC4. Made by the same team behind the hit TV show, this follows the character Hans Gammelgaard (played by Tim Pigott-Smith), private secretary in the Ministry of the Environment, as he seeks approval for the controlled use of genetically modified crops by Danish farmers.

Irish Independent

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