It may be hard to believe, but December is right around the corner, and while the shorter days and colder weather may not be a welcome change, the approach of the holiday season more than makes up for it! As we get closer to the start of our Christmas schedule, VisionTV is excited to announce several new additions to our holiday menu, from tasty home cooking specials to tutorials for creative (and edible) gifts. With plenty of thoughtful and unique ways to get your home and your kitchen ready for the holidays, and a healthy serving of laughter on the side, our newest seasonal British programs are sure to brighten spirits in the weeks leading up to the big day!
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First, with her easygoing sense of humour and love for the season – but no time to spend on labour intensive decorations – Kirstie Allsopp is the ideal candidate to guide viewers through a series of quick, Christmassy crafts. On Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas, she enlists the help of seasoned pros in the art of holiday décor, and gets a crash course in colourful, high-impact projects that will transform any room into a festive one. She also delves into the world of handmade and edible gifts, using everyday ingredients and a creative touch. And, to keep her guests happy, Kirstie learns how to whip up seasonally flavoured cocktails that will add life to any gathering. Premieres Monday, Dec. 1 at 9pm ET/6pm PT
Meanwhile, Kirstie isn’t the only one looking for the perfect holiday drink. Nothing warms on a cold winter evening quite as effectively as good company and a tasty beverage, and on 12 Drinks of Christmas, brothers-in-law Alexander Armstrong and Giles Coren embark on a mission to find the best pours of the season.
Not unusually, they find it nearly impossible to imagine Christmas dinner or New Year’s celebrations without the traditional libations to accompany them, and with a little bit of friendly competition added to the mix, they hope to eventually piece together a delicious, practical and satisfying drink list for the biggest days of the year. From the best brandy to fuel your flaming Christmas pudding, or the ideal wine to pair with turkey and stuffing, they seek out and offer sophisticated finds for any wintry occasion. Premieres Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 11pm ET/8pm PT
Then, using hearty favourites, Nigel Slater creates comforting cold weather meals for the days leading up to your family’s main culinary event. Warming stews, classic snacks and tasty sides get a new twist and take centre stage as he prepares for a holiday season full of time honoured rituals and evenings with friends and family. Complete with anecdotes from his own Christmases, and full of rich imagery and easy instructions, this special instalment of Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking is an ideal source of inspiration for anyone looking to both make the most of the season’s traditions, and try something new as well. Premieres Thursday, Dec. 4 at 11pm ET/8pm PT
And finally, Britain’s Secret Homes offers a look inside some of the country’s most unusual and historically significant houses – ones that aren’t open to the public, and inhabited by everyday people. With fifty of the most noteworthy residences on their list, hosts Michael Buerk and Bettany Hughes step into the past to discover snapshots of different times and moments of cultural importance (and general interest). With dramatic reenactments, and thoughtful research, each episode is sure to capture the imagination and stoke curiosity. Equally educational and enthralling, this countdown show is perfect viewing for cold winter evenings in your own home. Premieres Monday, Dec. 8 – Friday Dec. 12 at 5pm ET/2pm PT