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Claire Danes stars as Carrie Mathison in Homeland

Claire Danes stars as Carrie Mathison in Homeland

Claire Danes stars as Carrie Mathison in Homeland

If you've been watching Homeland this season, there's only one show on the box for you tonight. But you haven't been following the fortunes of Carrie and co, there's still plenty more on this evening

Homeland

RTE2, 9pm

In the penultimate episode of the US thriller Carrie is forced to put her life on the line to get her team out of Pakistan. Peter has gone AWOL, hellbent on assassinating the terrorist leader Haqqani, who had just butchered a mess of CIA agents in an attack on the US embassy. It's rare that a show can scale the heights of its early successes but Homeland has managed that

 

The Great British Bake-Off Masterclass

BBC2, 8pm

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood demonstrate recipes to bake for the family this Christmas, inspired by rich traditions from all over Europe. Paul kicks off the baking with St Lucia buns traditionally eaten throughout Advent in Scandinavia, and puts a twist on the traditional mince pie by making a mincemeat and marzipan couronne. Mary offers alternatives to Christmas cake and pudding by creating a fruit-filled Genoa cake and a white chocolate and stem ginger cheesecake. Paul finishes proceedings off with a showstopping Kransekake, which is a spectacular Scandinavian tower of rings.

 

Ireland’s Christmas wishes

3e, 9pm

Martin King teams up with the Make A Wish Foundation to give deserving children a Christmas to remember by surprising them with their ultimate gifts. A little girl is introduced to her idol Ronan Keating, a boy is treated to a trip in a hot-air balloon, while another youngster gets to live the life of a celebrity for a day.

 

Black Mirror: White Christmas

Channel 4, 9pm

This feature-length special of Charlie Brooker’s dark drama series stars Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and consists of three interwoven stories. In a mysterious and remote snowy outpost, Matt and Potter share a Christmas meal, swapping creepy tales of their earlier lives in the outside world. Matt is a charismatic American trying to bring the reserved, secretive Potter out of his shell. But are both men who they appear to be? With Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin.

 

The Apprentice: the final five

BBC1, 10.35pm

With the final just a few days away – not to mention tomorrow’s daunting interview stage – the remaining boardroom survivors Bianca, Daniel, Mark, Roisin and Solomon are profiled by family, friends and former bosses, as well as Alan Sugar’s aides Nick Hewer and Karren Brady, who discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each of the participants vying for the £250,000 prize.


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