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Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd TV Times delivers unique and exclusive access to the UK's favourite TV personalities and shows. The magazine goes behind the scenes to bring you great features, exclusive photos, soap news and story updates. Includes a guide to the week's top films and seven days of easy-to-read TV listings plus two pages of TV highlights per day. ENGLAND edition.

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your 12 christmas essentials!

1 FAMILY FILM ‘On Christmas Eve, we always sit down as a family to watch The Polar Express. We’ve done that since my daughters, Molly [26] and Ruby [23], were little. I know every word but it sets us up for Christmas. Molly bought a light-up cinema sign that says The Polar Express for when we watch the film.’ 2 TV EVENT ‘I’m looking forward to [my This Morning co-host] Holly Willoughby’s show, BBC1’s Take Off, where she and Bradley Walsh give away a trip to Lapland – that will be fun! We don’t watch much Christmas telly, though. We have about 19 people round and if they all watched telly, we’d be sitting on each other!’ 3 USEFUL GADGET ‘The greatest kitchen gadget I’ve bought is a knife sharpener because I’m just rubbish at…

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a case in the sun…

“You see Mallorca as we’re arresting people”JULIAN LOOMAN NEW DRAMA The Mallorca Files MONDAY-FRIDAY / BBC1 / 2.15PM Lucky TV Times has been invited to the beautiful island of Mallorca, the setting for BBC1’s new daytime crime caper The Mallorca Files. The marina offers a glistening backdrop for a buddy-cop adventure, which promises the romantic intrigue of 1980s US comedy Moonlighting and the fun of crime-solving shows like BBC1’s Shakespeare & Hathaway. German detective Max Winter (played by Austrian actor Julian Looman), is the charismatic, warm cop, while his reluctant Brit partner Miranda Blake (Keeping Faith star Elen Rhys) is conscientious and quieter. They might rub each other up the wrong way, but a twist of fate forces them to work with each other, cracking all sorts of cases, from murders to sports doping in the cycling…

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‘she was ahead of her time’

During the 1930s, Helena’s paternal grandmother, Lady Violet Bonham Carter, a liberal politician and close friend of Sir Winston Churchill, fought against the rise of Nazism in Germany and helped Jewish refugees find asylum in Britain. ‘Violet died when I was three, but I have a memory of her telling me there were Jelly Tots in a cupboard!’ says Helena. ‘I found out she was ahead of her time. She’d been warning about the Nazis and was deeply moved by the plight of Jewish refugees.’ Helena learns that Violet stood as guarantee for a Jewish man who fled to the UK without a visa. ‘She had great heart,’ says Helena. ‘Her work made her a marked woman, though. She was on the Gestapo blacklist to be executed in the event of a German invasion.’ Mother-of-four…

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also in this series…

SIR MARK RYLANCE The Oscar-winning star of Bridge of Spies, The BFG and Wolf Hall visits Hong Kong to look at how his maternal grandfather, Osmond Skinner, a one-time banker, fared during nearly four years as a prisoner of war being held by the Japanese. ‘He was reticent about it,’ says Mark, 59. ‘But he witnessed things that disturbed him incredibly. It was horrific. How extraordinary history is, particularly this link of grandchildren and grandparents.’ DAME KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS Kristin, who’s big-screen hits include Four Weddings and a Funeral and The English Patient, poignantly examines what her paternal grandfather, Lieutenant Commander William Scott Thomas, went through during some of the Royal Navy’s most devastating battles and how he took part in the dangerous Russian Arctic Convoys. ‘I grew up in a naval family so it…

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‘it gets really emotional…’

“It’s not just professionals, it’s also Barry down the road who made something in his shed” NEW REALITY Buy It Now for Christmas THURSDAY / C4 / 8PM Picture the scene: you have had a brainwave on the sofa, set up a workshop on the kitchen table and invented something special. Then you take your newfangled product to show Rylan Clark-Neal, who introduces you to three major retailers with the potential to transform your life. That’s the premise of Buy It Now for Christmas, a spin-off from the C4 daytime show hosted by Brian Conley. All of the products being pitched would make a good Christmas present, but don’t expect any festive goodwill – with investments on the line, only the best will secure a deal. Here, Rylan, 31, tells TV Times why he couldn’t resist hosting the…

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also this week!

Elton John: Uncensored NEW Thursday / BBC1 / 9pm The ‘Rocket Man’ himself invites Graham Norton to his home in the South of France, where he chats about his life and career. Along the way, Sir Elton talks about his recent battle with prostate cancer, and the positive effects of fatherhood. Paul Goes to Hollywood NEW Thursday / Food Network / 9pm Paul Hollywood embarks on a 3,000-mile motorbike road trip from New York to LA, stopping off to bake with stars including Lisa Kudrow. Our Guy in Japan NEW Sunday / C4 / 9pm The latest in C4’s Our Guy in… travel franchise sees the motorcycle racer go on a 2,500-mile trip of Japan to explore all things mechanical… Chris Tarrant: Railways of the Somme NEW Monday / Channel 5 / 9pm Chris Tarrant crosses Europe to find out how…