Best of the rest.
Nigel Slater appears to be a down-to-earth TV cook but his early life was the stuff of soap opera, as recorded in his bestselling autobiography Toast. This drama charts his miserable childhood, being raised as the youngest of three boys by a domineering father - played by Ken Stott - and, following the sudden death of his mum, a stepmother he didn't get along with, played by Helena Bonham Carter. Freddie Highmore stars as the 15-year-old Slater.
Three Men Go To Scotland BBC 2, Monday, 8pm
Rory McGrath, Dara O Briain and Griff Rhys Jones once climbed into a vessel to recreate the journey in Jerome K Jerome's Three Men in a Boat. Years later, they're still at it. Here, they head north to explore Scotland's Highlands and islands over 10 days. To justify messing about on boats on the licence fee, they use the 18th century travels of writers Samuel Johnston and James Boswell for guidance.
All About The Good Life BBC 2, Tuesday, 9pm
It's been 35 years since The Good Life burst on to TV screens. The 1975 sitcom was in many ways years ahead of its time, introducing viewers to organic gardening and self-sufficiency at a time when the ideas were far from the mainstream. It starred Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal as Tom and Barbara Good, a couple who gave up the rat race and created a smallholding in their suburban back garden, much to the horror of their upwardly-mobile neighbours, Margo and Jerry Leadbetter. This documentary reveals all about the show, from the perils of filming knee-deep in mud to the ultimate accolade of the cast performing live in front of the Queen.
Giles And Sue Live The Good Life BBC2, Tuesday, 10pm
This timely programme follows Giles Coren and Sue Perkins as they make the best of a cash-strapped Christmas.
Scotland Revealed In Winter STV, Hogmanay, 9.30pm
Vanessa Collingridge observes the country's landscapes and landmarks from the air as winter comes calling.
That means snow. Surely we've all seen enough of that in the last couple of weeks? No matter, the flame-haired presenter looks at the geological history of Glencoe, travels down the majestic Great Glen to the Cairngorms and on to Edinburgh.
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Dec 26, 2010|
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