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Friday 9 December 2016

Staying in tonight? Here's the pick of what's on the box

This year's finalists Tamal (L), Nadiya (C) and Ian (R)
This year's finalists Tamal (L), Nadiya (C) and Ian (R)
Social satire: Apres Match of the Day made a welcome return
Actor Michael Douglas is shown in his role as Gordon Gekko from the 1987 Oliver Stone film "Wall Street"

Apres Match continues its hilarious run, it's the final of the Bake Off and swoon at some millionaire pads

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF

BBC1, 8PM

It’s the final (for those who give a fig roll). Over the past 10 weeks, the bakers have taken part in 27 challenges, tackling baking disciplines from cakes to bread, pastry to puddings, and biscuits to chocolate. Now, the three final contestants - Tamal , Nadiya and Ian -  must face one more weekend of baking before this year’s winner is chosen. The signature challenge sees them take on enriched dough as they make filled iced buns, and in the technical, the finalists must prove they have mastered something they have all previously struggled with.

 

APRES MATCH OF THE DAY

RTE2,11pm

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The boys are back with a selection of comedy sketches taking a fresh look at the national team’s past glories, as well as analysing defining moments in the history of football. Bill O’Herlihy, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady will make their usual appearances, but with a youthful makeover, alongside iconic figures such as Big Jack, Joe Kinnear, Don Givens and BBC pundit Jimmy Hill.

 

MILLION POUND PROPERTIES

CHANNEL 4, 10PM

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Series following Britain’s property millionaires as they buy and sell homes of wildly varying sizes across the UK. The first edition features 22-year-old Lily Gray from Fulham, who is looking to make her first step on the property ladder. In central London — and good luck with this — estate agent Toby Brown is trying to sell a tiny flat with a cupboard-sized kitchen for seven figures, and a couple search for a million-pound castle they can refurbish to their tastes in Scotland.

 

MARLEY’S GHOSTS

GOLD, 9PM

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There’s more than a touch of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) about this sitcom concerning a woman (Sarah Alexander) who’s being haunted by haunted by three ghosts, who aren’t all that long departed. Marley calls on the services of a ghost hunter, but the spirits do not make things any easier for her, getting caught up in a robbery and convincing Marley she’s going insane. With John Hannah, Nicholas Burns and Jo Joyner.

 

FILM CHOICE:

WALL STREET

CHANNEL 4, 1.30am

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(1987, Drama) It's on a little late but set the record button for this. Oliver Stone’s film, starring Michael Douglas, giving a terrific performance as financial ‘raptor Gordon Gekko, and a pre-gobshite Charlie Sheen as the young broker he sucks into his universe, is one of the great movies of the 1980s.

If you take away the horrible yuppie braces and the brick-sized mobile phones, it would not look out of place today.

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