I'VE finally found my vocation. While many count the cost of Christmas calorific excess, All You Can Eat (ITV1, 9pm) spotlights over-eaters who indulge themselves in supersized food challenges whenever the mood takes them.
It''s a craze that began in America, but competitive eating is gripping the world, and even becoming more apparent in the UK. I'm hoping to represent Team GB at the Rio Olympics in 2016. I've certainly been in training over Christmas.
This documentary looks at the lively characters who''ve become well known to the competition; from contestants in New York''s famous July 4 hot dog contest, where the world''s best 'gurgitators'' wolf down as many hotdogs as they can in 10 minutes, to our very own record-breaking grandad, who claims to hold more food records than anyone alive.
We meet Michael Banks, who''s about to tackle a 72-ounce steak, and last year''s stinging nettle-eating champion Sam Cunningham. ? WHEN The Undateables (Channel 4, 9pm) first aired last year, many of us held our breath and dared only look through squinted eyes at a programme that sounded as though it would poke fun at those less fortunate.
What we were faced with, though, was a heartwarming and uplifting series that highlighted that while some people aren''t as able as others, everybody has the right to love and be loved.
In this instalment, we meet 26-year-old Michael, whose autism means he struggles to hold down a conversation, let alone a date. He attempts speeddating, though, and after a pep-talk from his mum, pulls out all the stops on a blind date with Helen.
Meanwhile, Tourette''s sufferer Brent has been thrown back into the unknown since coming out of a long-term relationship.
Plus, we hear from Sarah who at 18, suffered a stroke and has been left with expressive aphasia which makes communication difficult for her.
. ? STRICTLY Come Dancing veteran Chris Hollins is back with another hour-long helping of Find My Past (Yesterday, 9pm).
The latest participants are Tanya Millard and Gill Owen, whose family history is extraordinary.
They learn how their relatives were involved in a daring plan to free prisoners of war from a Nazi camp.
Though their ancestors paid the ultimate price for their bravery, their remarkable story inspired a book and a Hollywood film.
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Jan 8, 2013|
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