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Saturday, 1 December 2012, 6:30PM – 8:00PM

It’s the girl’s last chance to win a date and matchmaker Paddy McGuinness is determined to do his level best to prevent his flirty 30 from being left on the shelf.

Tonight the love lift brings forth Iain, a coach driver from Cornwall. Micky, a rock musician from Lancashire Jordan, a professional Rugby player from Cardiff and George, an engineer from Leicester.

Plus, updates on how all our couples from last week and this week got on with their dates in the Isle Of Fernando’s.

Thursday, 29 November 2012, 10:35PM – 11:05PM

Corfu is buzzing – 500,000 Brits fly there each summer and around 10,000 of us have even chosen to live there. It is the Greek holiday island of choice for many British holidaymakers, and we easily out-number every other nationality holidaying on the island.

This week we’ll meet Lisa and Marc, who have spent their last 17 holidays in the same resort; Tanya, who’s travelled from Kent to Kavos, where she is now the queen of the tattoo trade, and Mary, whose dream life out here is being rocked by the realisation that her children have to move abroad to find work.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012, 7:30PM – 10:00PM

Adrian Chiles presents live coverage of one of the fifth round matches from this year’s UEFA Champions League group stage, as Chelsea travel to Turin to play Juventus in a crucial game.

Monday, 26 November 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

Over 20,000 Brits have crossed the channel to enjoy La Belle Ville in one of the most beautiful regions of France – the Dordogne. We follow the lives of families who have upped sticks from the UK and taken on a French lifestyle with a distinctly British twist.

Throughout the series we will meet the people who have taken the bold leap to live in France, from long-standing Francophiles to new arrivals who are facing the daunting prospect of building their lives from scratch. The Brits are a resourceful lot and turn their hands to all sorts of things to ensure they can soak up a good life in the sun. Ventures include selling Britain’s favourite dish of curry at the local markets, running a campsite, owning a vineyard and setting up animal sanctuaries. There’s a surprising amount to discover in this deceptively tranquil corner of France.

Tonight on Little England the French go bonkers for conkers when long-term resident Brit, Stewart Edwards, organises one of biggest events in the Dordogne calendar – The French National Conker Championships. And we also meet former city-dweller Sarah Daniels who’s swapped her harassed London life for the good life and is
building an eco friendly sanctuary out of mud and straw in the heart of rural France!

Thursday, 29 November 2012, 7:30PM – 8:00PM

Britain’s Deadly Gun Trade: Tonight

When two unarmed female police officers were shot dead in Manchester in September, the nation was horrified and the Government responded by pledging to crack down on the trade in illegal firearms in a bid to keep guns off our streets.

This special Tonight investigation looks at how guns are finding their way into the hands of criminals and uncovers a new supply route that could see the number of illegal weapons in circulation rise dramatically.

Fiona Foster meets the family of an innocent victim who was shot dead by accident and the police officers who risk their lives every day. She also heads to America following the trail of an international gun-runner, who was allegedly arming criminals in the North West.

Monday, 26 November 2012, 4:00PM – 5:00PM

A national search for Britain’s best bakery begins weekdays on ITV1.
More than a food competition this series is a celebration of local bakeries around the UK, the delicious goods they produce, their regional specialities and their centuries old baking heritage.

Expert judges Mich Turner MBE (TV chef, author and owner of Little Venice Cake Company) and Peter Sidwell (TV chef, cookery writer and restaurateur) will be sampling the delicacies of the country’s favourite independent, family run and community bakeries, tasting and critiquing their way through breads, cakes, pastries and pies.

The shortlisted bakeries compete in a series of baking challenges that put their skills to the test from organic artisan sour dough breads to the more obscure Bedfordshire clanger and the Lancashire courting cake, and include favourite bakes whose origins lie beyond the UK, such as baklava and bagels.

Stripped across four weeks, the daily episodes of Britain’s Best Bakery will also reveal the heart-warming stories of the bakeries and the people who lovingly create and bake there.

Britain’s Best Bakery is a Shine TV production for ITV1. ITV’s Director of Factual and Daytime Alison Sharman and ITV’s Controller of Popular Factual, Jo Clinton Davis commissioned the series.

The Executive Producers for Shine TV are; Kelly Webb-Lamb, Catherine Welton and Lorna-Dawn Creanor.
Episode 01: Monday 26 November at 4 – 5pm

:A new competition pitting independent bakeries head to head begins with a trip to Dorset and Somerset. Three ocal businesses compete to impress expert judges, cake connoisseur Mich Turner MBE, and bread expert Peter Sidwell. Today the pair meet a Dorset patisserie owner, a family firm with an unusual oven, and some Bath bakers who love to forage. Only one can stay in the competition, so expect a real baking battle as each offer their take on the famous Dorset Apple Cake.
Episode 02: Tuesday 27 November at 4 – 5pm

The hunt for Britain’s Best Bakery hits the counties of Cornwall and Devon. Today’s independents outlets out to impress are a self-taught married couple from Falmouth, a flamboyant French pastry chef based in Dartmouth, and a traditional Cornish bakery who make proper pasties. But only one can progress to the next round. The Judges, Cake Queen Mich Turner MBE, and master bread maker Peter Sidwell put all their skills to the test with a Rough Puff Pastry challenge.
Episode 03: Wednesday 28 November at 4 – 5pm

In today’s episode three more independent bakeries compete for
the title of Britain’s best under the watchful eyes of expert judges, cake maker to the stars Mich Turner MBE and bread maestro, Peter Sidwell. London is the setting and the three competitors couldn’t be more different. A vegan cupcake emporium, a traditional Greek bakery and the very model of a British bakery battle it out. Expect the flour to fly as there can be only one winner.
Episode 04: Thursday 29 November at 4 – 5pm

Today expert Judges Mitch Turner MBE and Peter Sidwell head to the South East of England as they continue their search for Britain’s best Bakery. Traveling to Kent, Essex and East Sussex they sample the delights of the Garden of England. With an unusual Beetroot bread to a Kentish Apple cake and the French flamboyance of a salted caramel macaroon, all of our judges experience and expertise will be called upon as only one bakery can progress to the next round.
Episode 05: Friday 30 November at 4 – 5pm

It’s the Southern regional final, and the four bakeries that won this week’s heats are back to do battle once more. They’re summoned by the Judges, Mich Turner MBE and Peter Sidwell, and must bake side by side in the same kitchen for the first time. With each contestant expected to produce a five item afternoon tea in just three hours, the pressure is really on. With just two places up for grabs in the Britain’s Best Bakery finals week, the bakers use all the tricks of their trade as they attempt to book one.

Sunday, 25 November 2012, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

Tonight sees another heart-breaking elimination. Following last night’s breath-taking performances, the finalists have had a nail-biting day waiting to find out who stays and who goes.

The tension in the studio is palpable as host, Dermot O’Leary, reveals the names of the acts that are through to next week and those who are in the bottom three.

Two acts have to fight for survival – they must sing to try and secure their place in the competition, as one act must leave tonight. The winner of The X Factor 2012 receives A life-changing record contract.

Sunday, 25 November 2012, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Holly Willoughby presents the last in the series which gives deserving people amazing surprises.

A mother meets the son she put up for adoption nearly 50 years ago, we give a helping hand to a fundraising fiance, two child carers receive a sporting treat plus Olly Murs springs a surprise on a deserving super-fan.

Saturday, 24 November 2012, 8:00PM – 9:45PM

The X Factor’s spectacular Live Shows continue tonight with the Finalists lining up to perform in front of the live studio audience and millions of viewers at home.

Ever popular Dermot O’Leary presides over proceedings while Judges and mentors Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa and Louis Walsh take their seats behind the Judges Desk to battle it out with their contestants.

Gary has the Overs, Nicole the Boys, Tulisa the Girls and Louis the Groups. The Judges are sure to disagree over the acts as the competition hots up but one thing they can agree on is that the standard of contestants is higher than ever this year.

In an exciting first for the series, contestants can sing their own songs and can play guitar this year.

Friday, 30 November 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

A new 12-part series following the staff and patients of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey, gaining a unique insight into life on this part of the Channel Islands.

The Sark tractor ambulance comes to the rescue of one of the Island’s most important patients; Dr Mat Dorrian is worried a playground tumble may have done serious damage to six-year-old Sammy Hancock’s finger; hospital chef Dave Partington is relying on veteran scallop diver Jeff Belshaw to save his dish of the day. And horse rider Tracey hopes an operation will finally bring an end to her knee problems, and get her back in the saddle.

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