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PICK OF THE BOX; On the right Rhodes for food.

FOOD

Food Night, BBC2, 9.00pm

IF you're bored with the idea of traditional turkey and all the trimmings, tonight's the night to pick up some innovative ideas for festive nosh.

And if you're no great shakes in the kitchen and always buy your grub ready-made, you'll just enjoy these mouth-watering dishes.

Gary Rhodes, Jamie Oliver and Keith Floyd are on hand with their own ideas of what we should be serving next week.

Spiky-haired Gary is first up with his three-course menu with a difference.

He's serving up butter salmon - no Rhodes dish would be complete without tons of butter - leek veloute soup and potatoes, followed by roast turkey and cranberry Wellington.

Pudding is fresh tangerine curd ice cream with marshmallow meringues and tangerine Grand Marnier syrup.

The Naked Chef's Christmas Party has Jamie off on a booze cruise to Calais.

His lucky guests are tucking into Japanese steamed pork rolls, monkfish, pancetta and bread served on rosemary skewers and Sicilian cannoli.

And last, but not least, is old Floyd in a Friends For Dinner special.

He surprises Denise and Phillip Black by whisking them off to his Spanish villa where they have to cook him an Indian meal.

DRAMA

Swallow, Channel 4, 9.00pm

THE battle isn't over for Lorraine and Stuart in the last in the moving three-part drama about a woman who takes on the pharmaceutical industry.

Stuart's breakdown after the death of his sister has left him incapable of work.

He turns to Lorraine (Christine Tremarco) for support and the two of them become much closer.

But Lorraine is also wracked with guilt, believing she has neglected her children during her campaign against the company that made the drug she blames for her suicide attempt.

The pair find help from an unexpected quarter in their court battle against the manufacturers of the anti-depressant Distral.

And the company itself is facing up to some devastating revelations about its product.

FOOTBALL

Scotsport Live, Scottish & Grampian, 7.30pm

THE lights went out at Almondvale three weeks ago as Livingston prepared to take on Celtic in the CIS Cup.

With the champs also suffering floodlight failure on Saturday, fingers and toes will be crossed that tonight's rearranged tie won't be left in the dark, too.

Jim Delahunt introduces the eagerly-awaited clash of Livi, the SPL's surprise package, and Martin O'Neill's runaway league leaders.

Celtic, though keen to retain the cup they won last season, will use the game to give some of their younger players a run out, including teenage strike sensation Shaun Maloney.

But Livi will be desperate to put one over on the Celts and set up a clash with Rangers in the semi-finals.

The game - barring flood, pestilence and plague - will kick off at 7.45pm. Subsequent programmes may run late.

FESTIVE

Christmas In Tinseltown, BBC1, 11.05pm

IN Hollywood, the rich and famous have people to shop for them, clean for them, do just about everything but wipe their pampered botties.

Naturally, that inability to do anything for themselves extends to Christmas - decorate their own trees, sweetie? Not a chance.

This amusing documentary takes a look at how celebs prepare for the big day. Dr Christmas - yes, I know, only in America - specialises in preparing the homes of the rich and famous for the festive season.

Gift buyers do exactly what it says on the tin, hoofing it round the shops to purchase those thoughtful pressies from A-list stars.

California also boasts a Santa school and the Hollywood Christmas parade where one million spectators join the most star-studded street party in the world.
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