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Friday 15 December 2017

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

Heston Blumenthal
Heston Blumenthal
Heston Blumenthal
Floppy-haired scientist Brian Cox.

Heston Blumenthal gets stuck on love, while Brian Cox celebrates the wonders of the universe

Heston's Recipe for Romance

Ch4, 11pm

Every year, around thousands of us celebrate St Valentine’s Day by going out for a romantic meal, but is there really a connection between food and love?

In this one-off special, celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal joins forces with a team of scientists and psychologists to put together a menu they hope will affect how people feel about each other. Five couples at different stages of their relationships are invited to a dinner that includes chocolate in every course, plus a ‘Cupid’s cocktail’ featuring a scent designed to trigger a romantic memory.

The Great Comic Relief Bake-Off

BBC1, 8pm

Celebrity edition of the baking show being broadcast in the run-up to this year’s Comic Relief, in which each week a quartet of famous faces enter the tent to demonstrate their baking skills – or not, as the case may be. Sue Perkins hosts the first programme, which sees Dame Edna Everage, Lulu, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders taking on three challenges – a giant biscuit, 12 fruit tarts and a show-stopping tiered chocolate cake – with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood deciding who deserves to win the Star Baker apron.

 

The Holiday Show Ireland

TV3, 8pm

Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery embark on one final staycation, visiting attractions along the Shannon. Beginning their tour in Limerick, they visit the Clarion Hotel, thought to be Ireland’s tallest, and head to the city’s medieval heart, King’s Island, to take in King John’s Castle. They also stop off at the National Kart Centre and Atlantic Airventure, the flight simulation and aero museum in Shannon.

 

Alaska – earth’s frozen kingdom

BBC2, 8pm

The land is bathed in 24-hour sunlight during the short Alaskan summer, luring hummingbirds up from Mexico, exposing deserts in the Arctic and relying on parachuting firefighters to tackle forest fires in its vast wilderness. Grizzly bears fatten up on a sudden wealth of salmon, a caribou calf joins a vast herd on its great migration and a huge male moose finds unlikely ways to impress a female. Among the human population, a dedicated grower of giant vegetables takes his half-ton pumpkin to the Alaska State Fair.

 

Wonders of the Solar System

BBC4, 11pm

Prof Brian Cox reveals how a thin layer of gas can create some of the most wondrous sights in the solar system. Taking a ride in an English Electric Lightning aircraft, he flies up 18 kilometres to witness the darkness of space above the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere. In the Namib Desert, he tells the story of the planet Mercury and explains why he has chosen Saturn’s moon Titan as his fourth wonder.

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