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What to watch on TV tonight: Monday

This is the telly everyone will be talking about.

DailyEdge.ie rounds up the TV shows that you’ll be tweeting about tonight and talking about tomorrow.

The Best Christmas Food Ever (BBC Two, 6pm) 

Today marks one week until Christmas Eve, so you best believe there are plenty of Christmas specials on telly this week. Tonight, Irish chef Catherine Fulvio is joined by Paul Ainsworth and a host of special guests as they all share their culinary secrets to help you get the most out of your Christmas. If you cosy up to this for the food, you’ll find that there’s plenty of entertainment too, with the chats that Paul and Catherine have with Martine McCutcheon, Christopher Biggins, Dev Griffin and Jay Blades. They also go out to meet a couple with an extra-tall Christmas tree as they prepare to switch on the lights, and pay a visit to to couples attempting to break the record for kisses under the mistletoe. 

Mary Berry’s Christmas Party (BBC One, 8.30pm) 

One of the main events tonight is Mary Berry’s Christmas Party, in which she is joined by newsreader Huw Edwards, Poldark actress Eleanor Tomlinson, comedian Joe Lycett and sprinter Dina Asher-Smith who are there to give her a hand in preparing dishes perfect for any festive get-together. From traditional meals like peppered fillet of beef with brandy sauce and roast potatoes, to some new ideas like pan-fried halloumi with fresh tomato chutney and plenty of desserts too. 

Food Unwrapped (Channel 4, 8pm) 

Jimmy Doherty heads to Sri Lanka to find out if there’s anything in yuletide spices that can give an individual an extra dose of Christmas cheer, while Matt Tebbutt visits a mince pie factory as they churn out the season’s supply of baked goods. Helen Lawal checks if sprouts are as clean as we think when they make it to the supermarket, and Kate Quilton looks at the festive roasts of Christmas past. 


Everybody’s talking about… Daniel and Lily from The Undateables

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Over the weekend, news broke that Daniel Wakeford and Lily Taylor, a pair who hit it off on Channel 4′s Undateables Christmas apecial, have recently gotten engaged. Their relationship since last year’s episode has all been documented (right up to the proposal) in a new episode of the show called The Undateables: A Festive Proposal which will air tomorrow night. Keep an eye out. (Digital Spy


Or flick over for…

  • The Love Island Christmas Reunion (Virgin Media Two, 9pm) A must see for every Love Island addict. 
  • Father Ted Christmas Special (More 4, 9pm) It’s a nightmare Christmas for Ted and Dougal when they get lost in the lingerie section of a department store and have to escape to avoid a church scandal.
  • Inside the Christmas Factory (BBC Two, 9pm) In this documentary series, Gregg Wallace visits a factory that’s pumping out two million tins of festive chocolate assortments a year.
  • Airbnb: Dream or Nightmare? (Virgin Media Three, 9pm) Documentary looking at the pros of Airbnb, and the cons that seem to be outweighing them as the booking site pushes up rents and prices people out of their own communities. 
  • First Dates (Channel 4, 10pm) The usual. Blind daters end up with a perfect match or a date from hell. 
  • War of the Worlds (TG4, 9.30pm) A divorced father’s rare weekend with his two estranged children descends into horror when alien war machines rise from beneath Earth and begin to systematically destroy every human being in their path.
  • Mr. Mercedes (RTÉ 2, 9pm) The drama continues. 
  • Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas (Channel 4, 5pm) Kirstie Allsopp provides the ultimate guide for the best handmade gifts you can possibly give this Christmas. 
  • Michael Flatley: A Night to Remember (Virgin Media One, 9pm) Christine Bleakley presents a celebration of Michael Flatley’s 20-year-long career. 

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