Come Dine with me

8:00pm Friday, August 24 on C4

This brand new episode sees four Paralympians past and present fight it out for podium glory and a �1000 charity prize. The line-up is: Giles Long, retired swimmer and now Channel 4 presenter for the games; Ann Wild, uber-competitive ex-wheelchair basketball captain and now member of the British shooting team; nine-times Paralympic games gold medalist, dressage rider Lee Pearson; and Rachael Latham, retired Paralympic swimmer and current Channel 4 presenter for the Games.

8:00pm Friday, June 29 on C4

In a week of surprises that include wetsuits and Willy Wonka outfits, David Hasselhoff mega-fan and solar panel engineer Julian Haddock kicks off the West Yorkshire competition with a German theme that includes beer soup and a techno rave in the shed. His guests are student Henry Trevelyan Thomas, who considers himself ‘Devon’s most eligible bachelor’ and online sweet shop owner Jilly Graham, who shocks Zumba instructor Rachel Keighley with her love of toilet humour and wild behaviour.

7:30pm Friday, June 22 on C4

The dinner party contest comes from Hampshire, where motor-mouth mum of four Selena Bartlett, punk rock band member and vegan Jhon Cosgrove, retired boat lover Anson Lane and chatty hairdresser Terese Scott battle it out. With tensions high and �1000 up for grabs, will it be tears of joy or anger as the winner is announced?

The Channel 4 Come Dine with Me Facebook page has received its 1 millionth like, making it one of the most popular Facebook pages within the Channel 4 family alongside Skins, The Inbetweeners, Shameless and Misfits.

To celebrate, the charismatic and elusive voice of the series, Dave Lamb, has recorded a special message to all Facebook fans – incognito of course – thanking them for their “devoted fan-dom” and for “keeping [him] out of prison”.

Now on air for the sixth year, the popular culinary programme regularly attracts ratings of over 2million for both daytime and peak series. And its Facebook page has proved just as popular providing a home for fans to air their opinions on the series.

Catch Come Dine with Me weekdays at 5.30pm and Fridays at 8pm on Channel 4.

8:00pm Friday, April 29 on C4

Come Dine with Me commemorates the royal wedding with this new episode. In a twist to the usual format, four strangers from four different parts of the country compete against one another by throwing their idea of the perfect royal wedding street party for up to 40 guests. The parties include an East End knees-up with a 1940s theme, a glamorous wedding breakfast/ garden party, a Caribbean-flavoured Martinique mock wedding party and a traditional boozy village party on the green with a hog roast.

5:00pm Monday, January 17 on C4

A new series starts on the Kent Riviera, with the first host of the week, full-time mum Lydia Jones. Lydia opts for a French menu and some recipes that, although tried before, she’s never succeeded with. The responses of her guests aren’t ideal: dental nurse Donna tries to work out what a canard is; hairdresser Marcello is convinced that Lydia’s serving grated toast; and artist Anthony is confused by every course. As the evening starts, Ramsgate’s “most stylish man” Marcello wastes no time offending everyone he meets with cutting comments about their appearance.

9:00pm Wednesday, December 22 on C4

Goldie, Tony Christie, Janet Ellis; and Susie Amy are donning their aprons tonight. Goldie throws an ‘Old Skool’ Christmas, putting his guests at ease with a seven-foot boa constrictor and a peculiar hip hop dress code. Susie Amy hosts a ‘Camp Christmas’, including X Factor -finalists Diva Fever. Janet Ellis wants a 1950s ‘Traditional Christmas’, but her plans are almost derailed by Goldie who arrives in the character of an American car salesman. Tony Christie plans to top them all with a stylish, sophisticated ‘Crooner’s Christmas’ while his wife helps out in the kitchen.

In an upcoming Corrie special of Come Dine with Me, The Sun reports that former Street actor Ken Morley shocked his fellow diners with his appalling behaviour.

Ken, who recently starred again as Reg Holdsworth for a Corrie spin-off DVD, stars in the special alongside Julie Goodyear, Tupele Dorgu and Phil Middlemiss.

The show was filmed as part of Corrie’s 50th anniversary celebrations, but it seems Ken managed to offend pretty much all of the other celebs.

The Sun reports that he broke wind, burped, spat and insulted various guests, including Tupele when he told her, “We thought you were from the escort agency!”

Tupele, not unreasonably, was furious at the remark, and told the paper, “He’s dribbled, I’ve been spat at and he’s farted.

“I never thought anybody could be so rude, offensive, insulting or inappropriate as Ken.”

Ken however said that his behaviour was “quite normal” but a show source said, “There’s been all sorts of behaviour on Come Dine With Me, but this beats the lot.”

You can see some of his outlandish behaviour for yourself when Come Dine With Me: Coronation Street Special airs on December 6 at 9pm on Channel 4…

Some people will do anything to get on telly won’t they?

8:00pm Friday, October 22 on C4

This brand new celebrity special comes with a soap star twist, featuring Brian Capron off Coronation Street , James “Finn” Redmond from Hollyoaks , and from Emmerdale , Lorraine “evil Steph Stokes” Chase and Adele “super-bitch Kelly Windsor” Silva. The week kicks off with Brian in Brighton and a spot of table football. On the second night it’s the turn of Adele, who begins to tire of James Redmond’s constant flirting. In turn James hosts a Mexican themed night featuring comedians. And lastly Lorraine Chase bids to be the first in the week to achieve the balance of cooking and hosting.

8:00pm Friday, September 17 on C4

A brand new run of prime time Come Dine with Me begins as four competitive strangers from Southend take it in turns to host their idea of the perfect dinner party, hoping to walk away with the �1,000 prize.

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