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Council can’t commit to brownfield policy before review 


Report by Jamie Brassington 

WEST Midlands Mayor Andy 
Street is calling on Dudley 
Council to rule out building on 
green belt land around Hale¬ 

Campaigners fear the rural fringe will make 
way for development needed for the Black Coun¬ 
try’s soaring population. 

Dudley Council leader Councillor Patrick 
Harley said he could not promise open land in 
the area would not be built on, as the council 
launches a review. The region needs thousands 
of new homes and facilities. 

During the election campaign Conservative 
Mr Street said he favoure 

brownfield sites should 
be redeveloped instead 
Around 22,000 homes 
and 300 hectares for in¬ 
dustry are needed in the 
Black Country by 2036, 
according to the Black 
Country Core Strategy. 

Campaign group Hale¬ 
sowen Abbey Trust fears 
countryside to the south 
of Halesowen - areas 
such as Lapal, Hayley 
Green and Lutley - will be used for around 
6,000 homes and 75 hectares of industrial de¬ 
velopment. The trust has been supported by 
Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James Morris. 

In a letter to Councillor Harley, leader of the 
Conservative-led council, Mr Street said: “I rec¬ 
ognise well the very considerable pressure all 
West Midlands local authorities are under to 
meet future housing needs. We are both com¬ 
mitted to the policy of ‘brownfield’ first. 

“I support the views of the Halesowen Abbey 
Trust that the land they refer to is of particular 
importance, providing a valuable local amenity 
as well as beautiful green space. I very much 
hope that Dudley Council will be able to agree 
that no ‘exceptional circumstance’ condition will 
be met, and that the land can continue to enjoy 
the protection it warrants.” 

Dudley Council is launching a review of the 
green belt next month. Asked if the council could 
‘agree’ it will not be built on, Councillor Harley 
said: “Not at the moment, we haven’t finished 
the review. It has to go through the due process.” 

Mayor Andy Street 

d protecting green 
where possible and 


Youngsters from the Black Country celebrate after Telford Steam Railway offered them a free ride on the Polar Express 

A STEAM railway has come to the rescue of a 
group of Black Country youngsters who had 
been let down. 

Telford Steam Railway stepped in when a 
group of around 80 children and parents were 
let down earlier this month after it emerged 
a third-party failed to book tickets for the 
Shropshire attraction’s popular The Polar 
Express train. 

Generous trustees at the not-for-profit 
railway stepped in to offer a free trip to the 
group from the Dudley and Sandwell area 
after hearing of their plight. 

Kelly Armstrong, from Cradley Heath, and 

her children Rhiannon, 15, Fletcher, nine, 
and Erin, eight, were some of those to enjoy 
the trip on The Polar Express. 

She said: “The railway was kind enough to 
put a trip on for free for us and we had an 
absolutely amazing day. It was just magical. 

“In the end there was a big group of us 
from Quarry Bank Primary School and every¬ 
one had so much fun. 

“It was all thanks to the volunteers who 
worked really hard to put the trip on for us 
and we’re all so grateful.” 

Phil Neal, spokesman for the steam rail¬ 
way, said: “When we heard about it we 

thought we would do what we could to get 
these people on the train. 

“Tickets for almost 80 people costs a lot of 
money. We are volunteers at the railway and 
have families too. We do it because we enjoy 
it and we like to see others enjoy it here too.” 

The original trip was being organised by 
Gemma Lapping, of Gemma’s Trips, who 
apologised and said all families have now been 
reimbursed. But Mrs Armstrong, who handed 
over £200, claimed there were still a number 
of families waiting for a refund. 

A West Midlands Police spokesman con¬ 
firmed that a complaint has been made. 


Arrest after man is 
found dying in road 

A MOTORIST has been arrested in con¬ 
nection with the death of a man found in¬ 
jured in a Stourbridge street. 

The victim, aged 37, was found with 
multiple injuries in Amblecote High Street 
in the early hours of Saturday. 

It is thought the crash happened around 
two hours before emergency services ar¬ 
rived at 5.25am. 

A 20-year-old man was arrested on sus¬ 
picion of causing death by dangerous driv¬ 
ing after handing himself into a local police 
station. Police say he has been released 
pending investigation. 

Sergeant Alan Wood, from West Mid¬ 
lands Police, said: “A number of people 
have spoken to me and my team but I am 
appealing to anyone who has not yet come 
forward and who was in the area at around 
3.30am, around the time of the collision, to 
contact me.” 

Anyone with information can contact 
the Collision Investigation Unit by emailing 


Couple among six 
killed in horror crash 

A COUPLE going home in a taxi after an 
evening with friends were among the six 
victims of a horrific crash in Birmingham 
city centre. 

Mother Lucy Davis, aged 43, of King- 
standing, a British Sign Language inter¬ 
preter, is believed to have died instantly 
in the collision on Lee Bank Middleway at 
1.10am on Sunday. Her boyfriend Lee Jen¬ 
kins, 42, died later in hospital. Taxi driver 
father-of-six Imtiaz Mohammed, 33, died at 
the scene. 

Three men who died in an Audi S3 in¬ 
volved in the accident were Kasar Jehangir, 
25, Tauqeer Hussain, 26, and Mohammed 
Fasha, 30. A 22-year-old passenger from 
the Audi is in hospital with serious injuries. 

Drug dealer Jehangir was reportedly 
released from prison this year after being 
jailed in November 2016 after his involve¬ 
ment in a 130mph motorway chase. 



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Steve Edis, Roy Lees and Dave Sims at 
Walsall Training Centre with donations 

STAFF have been digging deep to help 
our Feed a Family This Christmas 

Walsall Training Centre, which pro¬ 
vides courses and assessments for gas, 
plumbing, electrical or construction 
trade sectors is the latest business to 
back the appeal. 

They have collected dozens of items 
of food as well toiletries, clothing and 
toys, which will go to help those in 
need during the festive period. 

Steve Edis, director of the training 
centre, said he was delighted to sup¬ 
port the campaign. 

“We try to support local food banks 
at this time of year, as we know there 
are a lot of families struggling at 
Christmas,” he said. 

Readers have donated festive food 
such as mince pies, chocolates and 
Christmas puddings, as well as basics 
including canned goods, long-life milk, 
fruit juice, pasta and rice. Non-food 

items such as toiletries, baby supplies, 
new socks and small presents have 
also come flooding in. 

Since the campaign launched on 
November 4, we’ve had support from 
an array of organisations and schools 
across the region. 

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YOUR incredible generosity in do¬ 
nating food to our Feed A Fami¬ 
ly This Christmas appeal will have 
a tangible effect for those in need 
across the Black Country. 

Once again, thousands of items have 
flooded in to ensure people who, for what¬ 
ever reason, rely on a food bank for a meal 
at Christmas time will not go without. 

Our drop off points 
have been kept very 
busy during the 
four-week campaign 
thanks to the amaz¬ 
ing kindness of you, 
our readers, and the 
wider community. 

To highlight just how important food banks 
and keeping them stocked up can be, the Ex¬ 
press & Star visited The Good Shepherd Min¬ 
istry at Darlington Street Methodist Church 
in Wolverhampton to speak with people who 
have been given a lifeline by the volunteers 
who put themselves out to ensure others don’t 
go without. 

Helen Holloway, admin manager at the Good 
Shepherd, said: “The problem isn’t going away 
and unfortunately food banks are more vital 
than ever.” 

The Good Shepherd Ministry also offers 
those who show the most enthusiasm for tak¬ 
ing any opportunity they can get a place on 
their Service Volunteer Programme. 

One such person who has taken on this re¬ 
sponsibility is Heriberto Garcia Vazquez, 52, 
who travels via bus from Birmingham every 
day to help out. He started out as a food bank 
service user but is now a major part of the oper¬ 
ation. He said: “These guys are like my family 
and I love it, I don’t mind what they need me 
to do I will do it.” 

Maxine Price and Stephen Dale, who are en¬ 
gaged and live in Merridale, were both given a 
meal by volunteers during the Express & Star’s 
visit to the Good Shepherd Ministry and had 
nothing but praise. 

Maxine said: “The volunteers here are 
lovely, they are really here for people and make 
a difference.They have helped us in so many 
ways recently, not just with meals but with as¬ 
sistance that is crucial to our day to day lives.” 

Volunteer Heriberto Garcia Vazquez in the kitchen 

Good Shepherd admin manager Helen Holloway 

Kind pupils hand over their 

shown their caring nature by 
donating food left over from 
their Christmas party to our 
|H Feed A Family appeal. 

Youngsters at Westcroft 
School in Wolverhampton were 
given the choice of keeping it 
for a later date or handing it 
over to help those less fortu¬ 
nate - they all voted to donate 
them. They have also been 
busy collecting hundreds of 

party food 

ries and toys, which they then 
delivered to the Express & Star 
head office. 

These are being passed on 
to food banks and other good 
causes across the Black Coun¬ 
try and Staffordshire. 

Older pupils at the school, 
for students with complex 
learning needs, have been 
taught about some of the chal¬ 
lenges people face in their lives 
in their citizenship and inde¬ 
pendent living skills lessons. 

180 people 
are steered 
into driving 
jobs by firm 

ALMOST 200 people have found driv¬ 
ing jobs across the West Midlands, 
thanks to the growth of a recruitment 
provider, with hundreds more drivers 
to be placed into work in the next 12 

Dudley-based Workforce Staffing 
established its driving division a year 
ago and has found jobs for more than 
180 people, working with more than 
120 of the region’s businesses. 

The division, which employs seven 
staff at its branches in New Mill 
Street, Dudley, Birmingham and Red- 
ditch, has found jobs for workers in 
the Black Country, Worcestershire 
and Warwickshire. 

Joe Alekna, managing director of 
Workforce Staffing, said: “This has 
been an outstanding first year for our 
driving division and it is great that we 
have been able to place so many local 
people into local jobs. 


“This is really only the beginning. 
We intend to double our current staff 
count over the next year and get 350 
drivers out working across the region. 

“Our focus is on connecting the 
right people with opportunities and 
our network of branches across the 
Midlands makes us ideally placed to 
fill vacancies - especially with the 
country’s haulage industry facing a 
shortage of 45,000 drivers.” 

In 2015 the Workforce Group was 
voted as one of the UK’s top 100 
businesses to work for in the Sunday 
Times 100 Best Small Companies sur¬ 
vey. It specialises in supplying staff 
for sectors including logistics, trans¬ 
port, professional services, office, food 
manufacturing and manufacturing. 

Faster broadband 
speeds are coming 

HOMES across Dudley borough are 
set to benefit from faster internet ac¬ 
cess as the Black Country’s superfast 
broadband infrastructure is extended. 

The Black Country Local Enter¬ 
prise Partnership and the four Black 
Country local authorities are working 
together to extend superfast broad¬ 
band infrastructure across the Black 

The initiative is part of a Govern¬ 
ment project aiming to extend the 
availability of high-speed fibre broad¬ 
band to 98 percent of homes and busi¬ 
nesses in Dudley in less than three 
years. Councillor Patrick Harley, 
leader of Dudley Council, said: “This 
initiative is long overdue.” 

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farm bail 
saved pilot 
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A MICROLIGHT pilot survived by 
crash landing on a large agricultural 
bale near Clent, an air accident inves¬ 
tigation has found. 

The 43-year-old man lost control 
of the Pegasus Quantum before spi¬ 
ralling hundreds of feet to the ground 
during the incident in August 2016. 

A report by the Air Accident In¬ 
vestigation Branch report can not 
explain how one of the wings folded 
before the crash. But it said the life of 
the pilot, who suffered serious injury, 
was saved by landing on a large agri¬ 
cultural bale. 

Witness statements in the report 
describe the small aircraft spiralling 
down like a ‘falling sycamore leaf. 

The pilot was left with little mem¬ 
ory of what happened before the 
crash, which took place off Holy Cross 
Lane on August 15 last year. He re¬ 
ceived trauma care at the scene before 
being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hos¬ 
pital in Birmingham. 

The report states: “It appears that, 
following an event, the pilot lost con¬ 
trol of the aircraft and was unable to 
recover it to normal flight before im¬ 
pacting the ground. 

“A witness who saw the aircraft in 
the final moments reported that it 
had come down on top of a large farm 
bale, which had absorbed a lot of the 
impact energy.” 

The report continues: “The arrival 
on the large agricultural bale with its 
energy absorbing qualities was proba¬ 
bly the main element that made this a 
survivable accident.” 

The report says that the pilot had 
flown to Otherton, near Penkridge, 
from Halfpenny Green, near Worn- 
bourne, in good conditions for his 
annual flight test but because of a 
problem with engine heat had decided 
to return to Halfpenny Green, when 
the incident happened. 

Nine new homes 
at former pub site 

WORK on nine houses on the site of 
a former landmark pub in Halesowen 
has been completed. 

The development includes one 
detached and eight semi-detached 
homes, all constructed on the site of 
the former Wagon and Horses pub in 
Long Lane. 

Halesowen-based estate agents Lex 
Allan Grove have put up sale boards 
in recent months with prices ranging 
from £192,000 to £220,000. 

The popular pub was saved from 
closure by legendary Birmingham 
publican, Bob Nash, in 2010. 

But due to a decline in footfall it 
abruptly closed in 2013 and was de¬ 
molished shortly after. Planning per¬ 
mission was granted for houses by 
Dudley Council in November 2015. 

Motivated pupils helping food bank 

hold tightly and celebrate. I’m delighted to be 
here celebrating the day with the Forge students 
and hopefully making a difference.” 

Principal of Ormiston Forge Academy Andrew 
Burns said: “We speak a great deal about the 
Forge family, today we welcomed CeCe and her 
friends into our family. 

“A family is all about looking out for one an¬ 
other and helping each other; it’s incredibly 
humbling to see a group of people like Speakers 
For Schools, Quinton and Oldbury Foodbank, 
CeCe and Forge, come together to make a dif¬ 

“If ever there was a great Christmas story, it’s 
right here.” 

Historic pub is saved 
from the bulldozers 

AN HISTORIC pub has been saved 
from demolition but houses will be 
built on the bowling green next to it. 

The bulldozers were poised to flatten The 
Gate Inn, opposite Cradley Labour Club in 
Colley Gate, but it will now be converted into a 
house after Dudley Council planners said it was 
a ‘heritage asset’. 

Plans to build six houses on the bowling 
green next to the pub on the corner of Colley 
Gate and Temple 
Tree Lane, will still 
go ahead. 

Dudley Council 
case officer Jenny 
North said in a plan¬ 
ning report on the 
site: “Upon consider¬ 
ation it was felt that 
it failed to provide 
clear and convincing 
justification for the 
loss of the heritage 

“Following further 
The Gate Inn discussion, the appli¬ 

cant agreed to retain (in the main) the public 
house and convert it into one dwelling.” 

Councillor Richard Body, who represents 
Cradley and Wollescote ward, welcomed the 
decision. He said: “Where the pub is positioned 
sadly there have been many shops there that 
have been closed for many years making the 
area look an eyesore. 

“Having the pub stood in a state of disrepair 
as well just adds to it, so I am extremely pleased 
that houses will be built there. 

“Being classed as a Heritage Asset it is im¬ 
portant that we take care and make it look nice. 

Overall I feel this has been the best outcome.” 

Plans would involve the removal of a single 
storey rear extension to the building and its re¬ 
placement with a new single storey extension. 

There will be a rear parking court accessed 
off Maple Tree Lane for the new development 
with provision for two parking spaces for each 
of the properties. An electrically controlled gate 
would also secure the area from anti-social be¬ 

Don’t be half-cut at the bar-bers 

Brothers Joe and Adam Ingram 

MAKE mine a short, back and ci¬ 
der! Customers can order a pint 
with their haircut after a barber 
shop installed a fully-licensed bar. 

Brothers Joe, of Cradley Heath 
and Adam Ingram, of Stour¬ 
bridge, run Xtreme Cutz in Cra¬ 
dley Heath. Named Carol’s Bar in 
memory of their mother who died 
in 2014, it was opened on Decem- 

at their barbers shop Xtreme Cutz where they have opened a bar 

ber 11 and is believed to be the 
borough’s first barber shop with a 
licensed bar. 

Joe, aged 27, said: “It is touch¬ 
ing to be able to open the bar in 
honour of our mother.” 

The opening date fell on Carol’s 
birthday, and marked 18 years 
since Adam, 35, opened the busi¬ 
ness. The brothers, who grew 

up in Halesowen, serve Special 
Cider, made at The Cider House 
in Quatt, Shropshire. 

The bar took two months to 
build, and the brothers used 
businesses who are also their cus¬ 
tomers to carry out the work. Con¬ 
ditions of the licence means only 
people who pay for a haircut can 
be served alcohol. 

Caitlyn Plant, Liam Fotheringham, Dr Lisa Mason, CeCe 
Sammy, Carol Dealey, Lauren Parkes, and Ellie Chater 

PUPILS in the Black Country donated to a food 
bank and enjoyed a performance from choir 
singers as part of a charity fun day. 

Youngsters at Ormiston Forge Academy in 
Cradley Heath donated 170kg of food to Quinton 
and Oldbury Foodbank. 

Choir singers CeCe Sammy, Sirine, Asher 
Knight, Christie Alana and James CC performed 
songs and gave a motivational talk to more than 
500 Year 7 and 8 students. 

CeCe Sammy, who visited last Friday as part 
of the Speakers for Schools initiative, said: 
“Music reaches us sometimes when other things 
can’t and being able to express yourself through 
music or any creative art is something we must 


Man in crashed car 
had cardiac arrest 

PARAMEDICS were called to help 
save a man who had suffered cardiac 
arrest in Halesowen as his car crashed 
into a wall. 

West Midlands Ambulance Ser¬ 
vice was called to Stourbridge Road 
in Halesowen at about 9.50am last 
Thursday and an air amulance was 
also sent to the scene. 

An spokesman said: “Ambulance 
crews found a man who was in car¬ 
diac arrest. He had been rapidly extri¬ 
cated by firefighters after the car had 
collided with a bush, a post box and 
a wall.” They managed to re-start his 
heart and he was taken on blue lights 
to hospital in Birmingham. 

Fly-tipping fines 
have hit £120,000 

FLY-TIPPERS in the West Midlands 
were fined a combined £120,000 in the 
past year - up from just £12,000 four 
years ago - according to new figures. 

Local authorities across the region 
secured 295 fly-tipping prosecutions in 
2016-17, up from just 67 in 2012-13. 

Statistics released by the Govern¬ 
ment show a fly-tipping fines in the 
Midlands totalled £123,318 in 2016- 
17, a huge rise from 2012-13 when the 
combined fine was £12,954. 

There were more than one million 
fly-tipping incidents in England in 
2016-17, equivalent to 114 every hour. 

Average house 
prices on the rise 

THE price of the average home in 
Dudley has risen by £7,500 in the last 
year, as demand for property contin¬ 
ues to overtake the supply. 

Across the UK property prices have 
risen by 4.7 per cent to an average of 
£240,860, but this figures is hugely 
unbalanced by the price of properties 
in London and the South East. 

In the West Midlands, on the border 
of the north/south property divide, the 
average is £186,351 and has risen 5.2 
per cent. The latest figures from HM 
Land Registry show Dudley prices av¬ 
erage £164,004, a rise of 4.8 per cent. 

Santas on the run to 
boost hospice by £l3k 

THEY donned their red suits and San¬ 
ta hats - and they raised £13,000 for 

Hundreds of joggers braved the test¬ 
ing conditions of heavy rain and cold 
to take over Mary Stevens Park in 
Stourbridge in a bid to raise funds for 
the Mary Stevens Hospice. 

The charity dubbed the response to 
the Santa Jog as ‘overwhelming’ fol¬ 
lowing its cancellation the week before 
as snow and ice hit the region. 

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Tip to stay open 
all but three days 

COUNCIL chiefs have issued a re¬ 
minder to residents that the bor¬ 
ough’s tip will be open over the 
Christmas period. 

The Birmingham Street site in 
Stourbridge will be open for people 
from Dudley borough every day apart 
from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 
New Year’s Day. People can recycle 
Christmas trees, packaging and un¬ 
wanted electrical goods at the site. 

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cab¬ 
inet member for environment, said: 
“Christmas and New Year is the time 
of year when a lot of excess waste is 
generated, which needs to be disposed 
of in a responsible way.” 

Age challenge's 
£l00k prize pot 

ENTREPRENEURS across the West 
Midlands are being given the oppor¬ 
tunity to win a slice of a £100,000 
prize fund, designed to support devel¬ 
opment of technology that will help 
people in old age. 

The first Centrica Active Ageing 
Challenge is looking for local start-ups 
with tech solutions that help meet the 
needs of an ageing society. Successful 
applicants will be asked to pitch to a 
team of industry experts in March. 
Applications should be submitted by 
February 5. Visit 
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Concert marks 100 
years since end of war 

A CONCERT in Dudley will mark 100 
years since the end of the First World 
War. The 1918 Memorial Concert is on 
March 24 in aid of the Mayor of Dud¬ 
ley’s appeal at Dudley Town Hall. The 
70-strong Restoration Chorus and 
Stourbridge Chamber Orchestra will 
perform with soprano Louise Magu¬ 
ire. Tickets £12 via (01384) 812812. 

Scrabble is a success right 
from word go for these players 

Report by Marion Brennan 

JANET Street-Porter once described Scrabble as 
more addictive than cocaine and champagne. 

The colourful broadcaster is one of many celebrity fans 
of the board game, a list that also includes Keanu Reeves, 
Madonna, Jonathan Ross, Sharon Stone, Charles Saatchi 
and Her Majesty The Queen. 

With an estimated 30,000 games starting around the world 
every hour, it is the word puzzle that refuses to go out of fashion. 
While other board games come and go, Scrabble forges ahead, 
steadily selling two-and-a-half million sets every year. 

With the festive season in full swing, the 84-year-old game 
will surely feature on thousands of Christmas shopping lists. No 
doubt, in many households the box will be brought out Christmas 
Day evening or Boxing Day to exercise the brain cells and ward 
off snoozing in front of the TV. 


Among its biggest fans are a group which meets every month 
at Blackheath Library in Rowley Regis. The mainly elderly mem¬ 
bers say it keeps their brains active and they enjoy the social 
aspect of club afternoons. 

Sheila Brueton, aged 86, a retired financial director, said: “One 
of the reasons I love Scrabble is because it’s so different from 
working with numbers as I did in my job. 

“I find Scrabble keeps the brain ticking over and keeps us all 
young. And it’s not competitive. “We don’t play for the town 
clock, which is a phrase you will hear in whist.” 

There are two games going on at this particular meet-up, with 
one of the boards showing the word zags. Not normally seen 
without a preceding zig, it means a sharp change of direction 
and can be used on its own. To the fairweather player, who might 
only have a go at Christmas or on a rainy afternoon, it’s an im¬ 
pressive word. But not to the Blackheath Library Scrabble crew 
who have become experts at words with obscure meanings. They 
even know some excellent two-letter words, an extremely useful 
means to use up remaining tiles. 

A chart is kept beside the board with a list of 123 little-known 
but acceptable two-letter words endorsed by their bible, the 
Chambers Scrabble Dictionary. You don’t need to know the 
meaning of handy fillers like bo and da, only that you can use 
them. The aim of the game is to get the longest word you can, 

Barbara Betts, Carole Green, Sheila Brueton and Beryl Smith enjoy a game of scrabble at Blackheath Library 

using all seven tiles, earning yourself a 50-point bonus. That 
rarely happens. 

The highest single-play score on record is 392 points for ca- 
ziques, the word for ancient Mexican princes, played during a 
match in Manchester in 1982 and still a world record. 

Eleanor Hebbard, a 75-year-old retired administrator at Row- 
ley College, once played a word that gave her a score of 144. So 
stunned was she that she took a photograph. “Did you cheat?” 
asks Iris Wilkinson, 84, a former colleague. “Not that time,” re¬ 
plies Eleanor. Humour is definitely a shared trait of these play¬ 

ers. Barbara Betts, 64, a former hospital clerk, says: “We have a 
laugh - especially with the words we put down sometimes, which 
we couldn’t repeat.” 

Blackheath, which meets every third Monday in the month, 
is one of 4,000 clubs worldwide - the board is printed in 29 lan¬ 
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Murder victim was too friendly, too Widows 
trusting and he paid with his life Se 

Simon Johnson - died after being woken by thieves Damilola Johnson - burglar who became a killer 

FRIENDLY Simon Johnson 
ignored the advice of pals to 
stop inviting people he met in 
the pub back to his home - 
and paid with his life. 

Now teenager Damilola John¬ 
son is facing a life sentence for his 

The 19-year-old plunged a knife four 
times into the body of Mr Johnson 
after the 41-year-old was woken while 
he and a 15-year-old youth stole plants 
from a cannabis farm at the home of 
the victim. 

Damilola Johnson was unanimously 
convicted of murder and burglary by 
the Wolverhampton Crown Court jury. 

A younger defendant, now 17, was 
acquitted of murder but found guilty 
of manslaughter. He had admitted 
burglary. They are to be sentenced in 
the new year. 

Mr Simon Denison QC, prosecuting, 
told Wolverhampton Crown Court: 
“The deceased was a naturally trust¬ 
ing man - too trusting, as it turned 


The victim had lived alone in the 
three-bedroom semi in Cradley Road, 
Netherton, since ‘amicably’ parting 
with his wife and two children follow¬ 
ing the break down of their marriage 
in of 2015. 

Window fitter Mr Johnson was 
discovered when colleague Max Rich¬ 
ardson come to collect him for work 
around three hours after the murder 
took place on August 11 last year. The 
front door was locked but the living 
room window wide open with smears 
of blood around the frame. 

Simon Johnson was a heavy can¬ 
nabis user. After a chance meeting 
with Jack Griffin at the Waggon and 

Horses in Cradley Heath on August 5, 
he invited the teenager and his friends 
Clayton Pritchard and Abbey Hughes, 
all aged 18, to carry on drinking at the 
Cradley Road address. Griffin repaid 
the act of kindness by stealing the 
host’s mobile phone and selling it for 
£180 the following day. 

Mr Johnson made the mistake of 
showing Pritchard the cannabis grow¬ 
ing in an upstairs room opposite his 
bedroom. The teenager wasted no 
time in telling his friends, triggering a 
sequence of events that led to murder. 

Mr Richardson recalled: “Simon 
smoked a lot of weed and had shown 
me the grow. It was 15 or so plants 
under lamps in a tent. He said he was 
not responsible for it, just renting out 
the room. He said it helped to pay the 

Griffin and his two friends called 
at Mr Johnson’s home again on the 
evening of August 10. Mr Johnson and 
the three teenagers spent the evening 
drinking, smoking cannabis, playing 
video games and watching TV until he 
decided to go to bed, allegedly locking 
the front door and telling the trio of 
visitors to leave through the unlocked 
living room window. They each se¬ 
cretly took a cannabis plant, and oth¬ 
ers had heard about the cannabis. 

Only the two burglars know exactly 
what happened but the youth told 
Wolverhampton Crown Court that 
Damilola Johnson delivered the fatal 
blows after accidentally bumping into 
a bed and waking the older man. 

Mr Johnson suffered a fractured 
eye socket in the vicious attack that 
followed as he tried to grab the in¬ 
truder while the younger thief ran 
from the addres, where he had stolen 
credit cards during the early hours of 
August 11. 

The fingerprints of both defendants 
were found on a bin bag full of can¬ 

nabis discovered alongside Mr John¬ 
son when his body was found on the 
upstairs landing by his workmate less 
than four hours later. CCTV film cap¬ 
tured their escape after the killing. 


A glove with traces of the DNA of 
Damilola Johnson and the blood of 
the victim was found discarded in a 
nearby street while a knife taken from 

the kitchen of the house - and thought 
to be the murder weapon - was discov¬ 
ered in the front garden of the house 
with the victim’s blood on it. 

Two more knives were later found 
behind a garden wall in nearby Dur¬ 
ham Road where they had been hid¬ 
den by the 17-year-old defendant as 
he left the scene. 

Mr Johnson had been stabbed 
four times - one blow almost severed 

his aorta - after being woken by the 
thieves. Each had a knife to strip the 
cannabis plants but one of these was 
used to end Simon Johnson’s life. 

Damilola Johnson, of no fixed ad¬ 
dress, and the 17-year-old were re¬ 
manded in custody until January 12 
when they will be sentenced by Judge 
James Burbidge QC. He warned: 
“There will be significant sentences.” 

THE widow of Simon Johnson has told 
of the impact of his murder on her and 
their two children. 

The 41-year-old was knifed to death 
by Damilola Johnson, no relation, dur¬ 
ing a bungled burglary. The 19-year-old 
and a youth, aged 15 at the time but now 
17, were stealing plants from a canna¬ 
bis farm at the house in Cradley Road, 
Netherton, where the victim lived alone, 
on August 11 last year. 

Roz Johnson, who separated from 
Simon in August 2015, said: “Those 
involved in Simon’s death did not just 
take his life, they took the people that 
our daughters and I used to be too. 

“The last 16 months without Si can 
not be described in a few words but the 
world is an emptier, lonelier and scarier 
place for us now. 

“The unimaginable and horrifying act 
of murder has become a harrowing re¬ 
ality for us and the impact of his death 
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and wide. Our daughters, aged 18 and 
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in a sudden, unexpected, brutal and vio¬ 
lent way without a chance for a goodbye. 
That is something they, and I, will never 
recover from. 


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pened to their dad was the most difficult 
thing I have ever had to do and there 
have been countless difficult times since. 

“We have been forced to deal with 
situations, experiences and emotions 
we didn’t think possible and although 
we know Simon would be so proud of us 
for the dignity, strength and courage we 
have shown, it’s no real comfort as he 
should be here. 

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were still in the middle of raising our 
girls together and we had so many plans 
for the future as a family. He will be 
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Halesowen Chronicle Thursday, December 21,2017 

Halesowen Chronicle Thursday, December 21,2017 



with Mark Andrews 

Banks - not 
wine bars 
but reason 
to whine on 

A FEW years ago, NatWest bank had an 
advertising slogan which was, if nothing 
else, repetitive. 

It seemed that every time you switched 
the TV on there was some customer 
groaning “my bank’s now a trendy wine 
bar.” The message was clear. Unlike oth¬ 
er banks, NatWest realised that to serve 
customers you actually had to have a 
network of branches they can go to. 

How times have changed. NatWest 
has just announced the closure of 197 
branches, saying that more people are 
turning to internet banking, with the num¬ 
ber of people calling into branches falling 
by 40 per cent since 2014. Maybe so, 
but I guess if you keep closing branches 
- and cutting hours - then you are bound 
to see fewer people calling into them. 

The company suggests that people 
may prefer to use a “banking app” in¬ 
stead. Now I don’t really know what a 
banking app is, but I’m fairly certain I 
wouldn’t prefer to use it. What happens 
if somebody nicks your dog and bone? 
How many passwords are we expected 
to remember? 

I can see why banks want more peo¬ 
ple to move online. The latest closure 
programme will see staff numbers cut 
by 680, and think of all the money saved 
on rent, rates and utility bills. But what’s 
in it for the customer? The very thought 
of having my bank account at the mer¬ 
cy of the hackers brings me out in a cold 
sweat. The idea that I would have my life 
savings in an account protected only by 
a password I will struggle to remember 
seems utterly ridiculous, even if the inter¬ 
est rate is half a per cent higher. 

Of course, given the state of the li¬ 
censed trade, it is probably unlikely that 
any of the latest NatWest branches will 
become trendy wine bars. 

Perhaps there should be a new adver¬ 
tising campaign. “My bank’s boarded up 
and covered in graffiti.” 

□ □□ 

IN case you hadn’t noticed we had a 
bit of snow last week. I know it took a few 
people by surprise, but these things tend 
to happen in December. 

Now I don’t want to go all Four York- 
shiremen on you, but I live on the top of 
a hill and drove 25 miles to work through 
what was supposed to be the coldest 
place in the country. It really isn’t that 
hard; just pack a shovel, broom, and ex¬ 
tra food, set out a bit earlier and take a 
different route. Anyone can do it. 

It’s funny how one of the things which 
seems to bring out the snowflakes is, 
well, a few snowflakes. 

Technical crooks don’t know how to use a hacksaw 

Prince Edward - chose strange outfit for 
a formal photograph at his home 

Pope Francis wants to drop ‘lead us not into 
temptation’ from the Lord’s Prayer 

Michael Gove - says leaving the EU might 
improve animal-welfare standards 

Unlocking the way 
to deter car thieves 

TRAVELLING in a mate’s smart new car the 
other day, I noticed a steering-wheel lock on the 
back seat. Remember those? There was a time, 
in the days when car locks were dead easy to 
pick, when a bright yellow disc bolted to your 
steering wheel was a deterrent. Next, for a few 
years, car locks became really hard to crack; 
then they got too keylessly hi-tech for their own 
good. Today, thanks to the magic of the micro¬ 
chip, any scally with the right electronic gizmo 
can drive off any limo he chooses. Hence the re¬ 
birth of the humble steering-wheel lock, the ul¬ 
timate deterrent against crooks who are experts 
on computer programming but don’t know how 
to use a hacksaw. 

ON a visit to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, 
Environment Secretary Michael Gove says leav¬ 
ing the EU might allow Britain to impose higher 
animal-welfare standards and combat puppy 
smuggling. Why was this not mentioned during 
the referendum campaign? Why were our heart¬ 
strings not tugged by the ultimate campaign 
slogan? Vote Brexit - or the puppies get it. 

POPE Francis wants to drop “lead us not 
into temptation” from the Lord’s Prayer, on the 
grounds that God does not lead humans to sin. 
His Holiness suggests replacing it with “do not 
let us fall into temptation,” explaining: “It’s Sa¬ 
tan who leads us into temptation, that’s his de¬ 

HANG on a moment. The only reason that 
Satan can tempt humans is that the Almighty 
made us so very temptable (remember that 


unfortunate business with the apple and ser¬ 
pent?). Most of the Old Testament is about God 
creating sinners and then punishing them for 
sinning. It’s a bit daft which may explain why the 
priesthood kept the Bible in Latin for so many 
centuries and had a plentiful supply of firewood 
to deal with any peasant heard uttering the 
words: “It’s a bit daft.” 

KIDS at a primary school in Telford who for¬ 
got their PE kit were invited to take part wear¬ 
ing their underpants. At least one parent com¬ 
plained but the authorities insisted that all the 
pupils enjoyed the lesson. I bet. I recall with a 
shudder being sent into the school swimming 
bath naked, aged 12, having carelessly left my 
trunks at home. Everyone enjoyed that, too. 
Except me. I really must sort out that claim for 
post-traumatic stress. 

HE is 53 and presumably allowed to choose 
his own clothes. So whatever possessed Prince 
Edward to pose for a formal photograph at his 
home, Bagshot Park, wearing a bow tie, vel¬ 
vet smoking jacket, tartan trousers and mono- 
grammed slippers? Most odd. 

CLASSY response to my item on the snow¬ 
flake generation from a reader who points out: “I 

don’t object to the term Snowflake. We’re see¬ 
ing at the moment what they can do when they 
get together, aren’t we?” At the time he wrote, a 
few billion snowflakes flexed their muscles and 
paralysed the nation. But then they very quickly 
got overheated and ran away. 

OUR changing language. According to 
the BBC website: “The snow showers have 
sweeped across into London.” Meanwhile, Mail 
Online reports someone being ‘murdered to 

WE are still a long way from being a fully on¬ 
line society. The Office for National Statistics 
reckons nearly half of single pensioners have no 
internet access. And it’s a fair guess that many 
of these older folks are claiming benefits, or at 
least trying to. Any Answers (Radio 4) took a call 
from a woman who, having no internet access 
in her home, had to use a computer at her local 
library to apply for benefit. When her passport 
and driving licence were not accepted for iden¬ 
tification purposes, the system advised her to 
download an app to her smartphone. Seriously. 
That was my angriest moment of the week and 
I dare say some of you shared it. 

MY sympathy for starving songbirds evapo¬ 
rated in the first 48 hours of Ye Great Freeze. If 
the little idiots would only eat, instead of posing 
and posturing at each other, they would fare a 
lot better. Robins bully blackbirds who bully tits 
who bully wagtails who waste hundreds of cal¬ 
ories wagging, as the name suggests, their tails. 
So much wasted energy, so little brainpower. 


Payouts are 
taking cash 
from those 
in real need 

IT’S good to know that, while the coun¬ 
try awaits the outcome of Brexit negoti¬ 
ations, there are still some inevitabilities 
during uncertain times. 

We can all be sure of death, taxes 
and Australia winning the Ashes. Now, 
it seems unwanted phone calls are a 
constant. We have all had them. People 
trying to sell you something, claims for 
PPI, better energy deals. But in this day 
an age of cost-cutting and austerity, it 
seems there is a new scourge on society, 
spurious accident claims. 

‘Have You Had An Accident At Work?’ 
the helpline commercial yells. “Our re¬ 
cords tell me you’ve had an accident re¬ 
cently,” says the voice on the phone. 

And they know that how, exactly? Of 
course the standard response would be 
something along the lines of: “No, but 
you will have one if you keep calling.” Or 
throw them completely by claiming your 
head fell off, like comedian Rob Beckett. 

Seriously, though, it seems the com¬ 
pensation craze is the latest fad. Often 
we hear of members of the public making 
spurious claims for minor incidents - or 
in some cases no accident at all - just to 
cash in. More astonishingly, supposedly 
cash-strapped authorities are paying out. 

Croydon Council, for example, paid out 
nearly £6 million in personal injury claims 
over the last three years. These, stag¬ 
geringly included £43,000 to a child who 
needed surgery to remove a splinter after 
sitting on a playground bench. 

There was an £81,000 to a claimant 
who broke a leg by jumping over the gate 
at a locked car park and another payout 
of £181,000 to someone who tripped on 
a pavement damaged during works. And 
let’s not forget the £18,000 for the school¬ 
boy hit by a javelin during a PE lesson. 

A police officer even received £12,000 
after being bitten by a flea, while in Au¬ 
gust a woman was ‘hit’ by a taxi in an al¬ 
leged attempt to cash in. The taxi firm’s 
boss admitted that without the dashcam 
footage, they would not have been pro¬ 
tected against a potential payout. 

John O’Connell, of the Taxpayers’ Alli¬ 
ance, said the ‘compensation culture’ di¬ 
verted cash from essential services such 
as social care and road maintenance. 

Too right. With the NHS in dire straits, 
care homes closing and important trans¬ 
port links axed, one can see his point. But 
these claimants serve to line their own 
pockets without a thought for what tax¬ 
payers’ money is spent on. We all know 
how The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf ends. We 
can only hope for a similar outcome when 
these ‘injured parties’ really are hurt. 



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We need more libraries that open longer 

DUDLEY Council, under Pete Lowe 
and his Labour team, did the Con¬ 
servative Government’s bidding and 
slashed the hours that our libraries 
opened. We used to be able to get into 
Halesowen library up to 7pm. That 
was all stopped. 

Then I read that libraries in the 
borough are used by 18 per cent of the 
people and the percentage has fallen. 
On the face of things it may look like a 
bad headline, but as my old dad used to 
say: “Look deeper, kid, and you’ll find 
it is hardly surprising?” If the politi¬ 
cians cut the hours that Buckingham 
Palace was opened - currently having 
a refurbishment costing £350 million - 

you can bet that visitor numbers would 
fall. It is obvious, isn’t it? 

Over the years, we have seen the 
library - a hub of this community - 
being run down with a reduction in 
staff, floors for library use and in its 
stock. There has always been in place a 
draconian management. 

I do admire the hard-working staff 
who do their best to remain positive. It 
is to the dedicated staff we should look 
to guidance for improvements, because 
they know the library and its users. 

Councillor Ken Finch warns us of 
the dangers of having volunteers run¬ 
ning centres and such like. A Labour 
councillor! From the very party who 

cut the hours and gave libraries away 
to Greenwich Leisure. I remember the 
Labour Council Leader at the time say¬ 
ing it was exciting! 

Take a real Labour man, Jeremy 
Corbyn, who is against such cuts, and 
he would agree that the Labour coun¬ 
cil made wrong decisions in office time 
after time. The emphasis is too often 
on the negative. Why not open new li¬ 
braries? Let’s educate our children and 
adults since we never stop learning, we 
progress. The money is always there 
for war, but not it seems for libraries, 
leisure centres and the NHS. 



stupid and 
not funny 

Prank was LETTERS TO T HE ED ITOR The council 

can’t grit 
every road 




WHO in their right mind de¬ 
cides with his friends to ce¬ 
ment his head with Polyfilla 
inside a microwave? 

I have read and heard 
things in my time which 
beggar belief. However, the 
man in a child’s body takes 
the biscuit. 

I dare say there could be 
many answers. So much for 
a YouTube joke - I think 

Firefighters’ precious 
time was taken up by this 
man and his friends. I hope 
they hang their heads in 

It would be justifiable for 
the fire service to charge 
this person for the time they 
spent rescuing him! 

As a footnote, I dare say 
Polyfilla works! 

Why not stick his feet in 
it, sit him on a bench, and 
let us all go and tell him 
what an idiot he’s been? 


Dudley Chronicle, 

Chronicle Editorial, 

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Wolverhampton, WV11ES 

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New deal sounds 
like extortion racket 

EXTORTION rackets can take many forms, for example: 

a) “We’ve made ya an offer ya caint refuse. We’ve sent 
ya tha ear and tha little finger. Hand over tha £40,000 and 
you’ll get tha kid back as long as ya don’t bring in da cops.” 


b) “Okay so you’ll pay the 40+ billion in readies and 
maybe we’ll give ya the worthless trade deal as long as ya 
don’t tell ya taxpayers about tha cash.” 

Both are perfect examples, the only difference is the 
number of zeros on the payment. 



I HAVE read a large num¬ 
ber of complaints on social 
media about gritting of 
roads during the cold spell. 

I even read one that said 
it was not good to leave peo¬ 
ple unable to get off their 
drives for two or three days. 

Come on people, how on 
earth can you expect coun¬ 
cils to grit every road in the 

Main roads and bus 
routes have to take priority. 

It is hard to get about, I 
know, but we are all in the 
same boat that live in side 
roads. It’s tough but we only 
get snow now and again. 

The options are stay in, 
risk going out, clear it your¬ 
self or move to a main road 
in preparation for the next 
lot of snow. 

The council cannot 
achieve the impossible and 
your road has no more prec¬ 
edence than any other side 






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League of Gentlemen 
to go local at Arena 

THE League of Gentlemen is set to bring its first UK tour 
in 12 years to Birmingham next year. 

The BAFTA-winning show, starring Reece Shearsmith, 
Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson, follows 
the lives of the bizarre townspeople that reside in the fic¬ 
tional Royston Vasey. 

The series ended in 2002, and was followed by a film The 
League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse and a stage production 
The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You! in 2005. 

It returned to TV screens this week to update view¬ 
ers with the strange, and often disturbing, goings-on at 
Royston Vasey. 

In a statement the cast of the live show said: “The 
League of Gentlemen started as a live show over 20 years 
ago and in many ways performing in front of an audience 
gives us the biggest thrill of all. We’re overjoyed to be tak¬ 
ing the citizens of Royston Vasey on a road-trip and can’t 
wait to see all the wonderful local places.” 

The League of Gentlemen will appear at Arena Birming¬ 
ham on September 14, 2018, and tickets went on sale at 
9am yesterday (Wednesday). 

Chimps chomping 
on festive veg at zoo 

Lower Primates Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden with veggie feast 

THE winter weather may have meant some cancelled fes¬ 
tive meals for the human population of Dudley but provid¬ 
ed a bonus for apes at Dudley Zoo. 

Sprouts and potatoes were on the menu for seven female 
chimps at the Castle Hill attraction when the recent heavy 
snow meant not so many folks turning up for meals at a 
local pub. 

They enjoyed a festive feast thanks to a donation from 
nearby business The Fellows pub. 

Bosses at The Broadway bar donated eight large tubs 
of leftover steamed seasonal carrots, sprouts, potatoes and 
peas to primate keepers at Dudley Zoo, who dished them 
out to their grateful apes. 

Lower primates senior keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “We 
were offered the freshly steamed vegetables from the pub 
staff, who had surplus leftovers following the recent wintry 

“We’re thankful to The Fellows for thinking of us and 
the girls all enjoyed tucking into an early Christmas din¬ 

More than 1,000 empty 
homes despite crisis 

MORE than 1,000 homes across Sandwell are empty - with 
almost 300 vacant for at least five years, new figures show. 

Hundreds of private properties were classed as ‘long¬ 
term vacant’ including 83 which have not been lived in for 
10 years. 

It comes as housing bosses continue to battle a mount¬ 
ing housing waiting list in the borough. Figures published 
under the Freedom of Information Act showed there are 
currently a total of 1,087 properties which have been empty 
for more than six months. Of these, 666 have been vacant 
for two years, 214 for five years and 83 for a decade. 

Sandwell Council leader Steve Eling said the number of 
empty privately owned properties was ‘massively frustrat¬ 
ing’, particularly as the authority faces a constant chal¬ 
lenge to house families, as well as having to find land to 
build new developments. 

He said that empty private homes were contributing to 
a ‘national housing crisis’. 

Cannabis factory burglary bust 

A MAN who had fallen on hard 
times allowed his home in Word- 
sley to be used as a cannabis 

Jason Bray, aged 41, got chatting to a 
man outside a pub soon after taking the 
lease on the three-bedroomed property in 
Brierley Hill Road. 

He allowed it to be used for growing can¬ 
nabis plants on the understanding he would 
receive payment when the drugs were sold, 
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard. But 
he was caught after a burglary at the house 
- reported by neighbours - during which 
some of the plants were stolen. 

Mr Mark Phillips, prosecuting, said police 

were alerted to the break-in in May and dis¬ 
covered a cannabis factory in full operation 

Seventy one plants in the early stages of 
production were found along with 50 empty 
pots, those which had been stolen in the 


The total potential street value of the 
crop was estimated to be between £35,000 
and £100,000. 

Investigating officers found a council tax 
bill addressed to Bray at the property. 

In the meantime he had contacted a solic¬ 
itor and voluntarily went to the police sta¬ 
tion to own up to his part in the operation. 

Mr Henry Skudra, defending, argued 
Bray had taken no part in the running of 
the operation and had been suffering from 
depression following a series of family trag¬ 
edies and had started smoking cannabis 
after losing his job. 

“This was a poor reaction to a set of ad¬ 
verse personal circumstances,” said Mr 

Bray, of Birmingham Road, West Bro¬ 
mwich, who admitted allowing his home 
to be used for the production of cannabis, 
was given a 12-month prison sentence, sus¬ 
pended for 18 months. He was also ordered 
to carry out 120 hours unpaid work and pay 
£100 towards costs. 

Drifters bring 
decades of soul 

VETERAN American soul group The 
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The Drifters were founded in June 
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Thursday, December 21,2017 


Dedicated carer Lynne 
wins national award 

A SELFLESS carer has been hon¬ 
oured with a national prize - with 
her bosses saying she would ‘crawl 
on broken glass’ to help others if she 
needed to. 

Lynne Higgins, 47, from Nether- 
ton, won the caregiver of the year 
award over 8,000 other people from 
across the UK for her dedication to 
her job caring for the elderly. 

Mrs Higgins, who works across 
Dudley borough and parts of 
Sandwell, has been known to go the 
extra mile. 

The mother-of-two was honoured 
in the Home Instead Senior Care 
awards. She once bought a cuddly 
toy dog for a client with dementia 
who loved it so much she was even 
cremated with it. 

Mrs Higgins also helped another 
client called Beryl, aged 84, walk 
again after a lengthy stay in hospital 
where she went for treatment after 
she had a fall that knocked the con¬ 

Julie Williams, co-owner of Home 

Instead Senior Care Dudley and 
Sandwell South, said: “I know, 
hand on heart, that she would crawl 
on broken glass to a client if they 
needed her. 

“We are incredibly proud to see 
that Lynne has been recognised 
from thousands of others as she be¬ 
lieves so passionately in the care she 


Mrs Higgins who lives with her 
husband Steve also cares for two 
sons, 21-year-old Joe who has Wor- 
ster drought syndrome, a type of 
Cerebral Palsy, and 13-year-old 
Peter who has Autism and insulin 
controlled diabetes. 

Mrs Higgins said: “It was amazing 
to win - I really did not expect to at 

“To me, I don’t feel like I’m doing 
anything special, I just treat clients 
like they are my family - if you don’t 
treat them like family then they’re 
not getting the best care.” 

Lynne Higgins, centre, with Home Instead owner Ian Williams and business development manager Susan Love 

Hundreds oppose 
‘garden city’ homes 
plan at former tip 

NEARLY 400 people have called for plans to build homes 
on a former tip in the Black Country to be scrapped. 

Sandwell Council wants to create a large housing de¬ 
velopment on land off Temple Way, near Rattlechain 
Lagoon, Tividale, as part of its Dudley Port ‘garden city’ 
masterplan. But the proposals have raised concerns 
among people in the area with a petition having been 
handed to council bosses. 

Ian Carroll, The Friends of Sheep wash Nature Re¬ 
serve group secretary, said: “In terms of the specific 
site there’s almost universal opposition amongst from 
local residents.The majority of signatures are from peo¬ 
ple who live in the surrounding streets. They included 
Gladstone drive, Law Close, Temple Way. People in that 
area, many of them remember all the extensive tipping. 
As for The Friends of Sheepwash, we want to see that 
area for wild life.” 

A total of 385 signatures were collected over a couple 
of weeks. Petitioners say they would like to see the site, 
situated between Sheepwash Local Nature Reserve and 
the Temple Way Estate, retained for wildlife. 

The council has set itself a target of building 250 
homes at the former brick works, that was later used for 
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A BLACK Country man accused of kidnap¬ 
ping a model has claimed the whole thing 
was staged so she could become famous. 

Lukasz Herba, from Tividale, said Chloe Ayling 
was in on the plot and that the alleged kidnap, 
which took place in Italy, was a stunt. 

The 30-year-old has been held by Italian police and a 
court in Milan last week rejected his claim that model Miss 
Ayling, 20, was in on the 
‘crime’ to gain publicity. 

She claims she was 
snatched, drugged and held 
hostage for six days after 
being lured to a fake model¬ 
ling shoot in Milan in July. 

Lukasz Herba and his 
brother Michal, 35, were 
subsequently arrested and 
accused of kidnapping the 
model. Polish-born Lukasz, 
who was living in Tividale, 
has claimed they already 
knew each other and that 
she agreed to a fake abduc¬ 
tion in order to become a ce¬ 
lebrity, according to reports. 

His lawyer, Katia 
Kolakowska, told a national 
newspaper: “He says the 
kidnap was a fabrication. 

They planned it together so 
she would become famous.” 


Lukasz Herba has in¬ 
sisted he did not knowingly 
take part in any crime. 

A judge at the Corte d’As- 
sise in Milan rejected an ap¬ 
plication by Ms Kolakowska, 
to force London mother-of- 
one Chloe to travel to Italy 
to be questioned in court. 

Police claim the brothers 
are part of a group which 
sell women as sex slaves on 
the dark web to buyers in 
the Middle East. 

Defence lawyers sug¬ 
gested the entire case may 
be a ‘publicity stunt’ to 
boost Ms Ayling’s career. 

But Miss Ayling’s former 
manager Phil Green has 
said the lawyers are ‘in 
cloud cuckoo land’ by sug¬ 
gesting the kidnap was 

Ms Ayling claimed she 
was sedated and bundled 
into the boot of a car on July 

Chloe Ayling - drugged 

Lukasz Herba - accused 

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farmhouse. Miss Ayling has 
appeared on various televi¬ 
sion shows to tell her story. 

Lukasz Herba was ar¬ 
rested after delivering Ms 
Ayling to the British Con¬ 
sulate in Milan six days 
after she was allegedly kid¬ 

His brother Michal was 
arrested by the National 
Crime Agency on a Euro¬ 
pean Arrest Warrant in 
August and is fighting ex¬ 
tradition to Italy. 

Slimline Simon loses third of 
body weight in seven months 

HE used to be 25 stone and lived on 
a diet of takeaways, ready meals, 
crisps and biscuits. But in a quest 
to get fit and find love, 51-year-old 
Simon Sims decided enough was 
enough and lost an extraordinary 
eight stone in just 28 weeks. 

The Stourbridge man joined 
Slimming World back in May and 
teamed up with consultant Pauline 
Whitehouse who had previously 
lost nine stone herself. 

Mr Sims said: “I had to do some- 

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thing or my outlook did not look 
good. My weight ballooned to 25 
stone, I lacked confidence, had no 
friends and my health was suf¬ 
fering. I walked past a Slimming 
World group at Chawn Hill Church 
in Pedmore, and I heard clapping 
and cheering and decided this was 
my opportunity to do something 
about my weight. 

“I have been a long term carer 

for my parents for the last 10 
years. I lived on fast food, takea¬ 
ways, ready meals and snacked on 
crisps and biscuits.” 

Mr Sims bagged Mr Sleek 2017 
at the Slimming World Ball at the 
Copthorne Hotel. 

Mr Sims said: “Over the 28 
weeks I have made some amazing 
friends and best of all I have just 
met a lovely lady who I have fallen 
in love with. I am so looking for¬ 
ward to the future, 2018 looks so 

Firm funds path at 11 
town’s historic park 

A NEW path has been created at a popular Dudley park 
thanks to money from a landfill grant. 

Ibstock Cory Environment Trust, which has a base in 
Dudley, provides money each year for community projects. 

This year, the waste firm has given £15,000 toward a 
new path taking people across an area called The Green at 
Priory Park in Dudley. 

Councillor Karen Shakespeare said: “Priory Park is one 
of the best in Dudley and the Priory ruins have inclusive 
access for the elderly and disabled. The Green, in contrast, 
had a crazy paving path built in the 1960s, so it was im¬ 
portant to upgrade the path so everyone can use it safely.” 

Angela Haymonds, secretary of Ibstock Cory Environ¬ 
mental Trust said: “ICET is delighted to have provided 
funding to enhance Priory Park. We hope the path across 
The Green encourages more people to use it.” 

Sex assault 
prison term 
is increased 

Report by Marion Brennan 

A DRIVING instructor who sexually 
touched teenaged pupils has had his 
prison sentence extended after two 
more victims spoke up. 

Gary Rolinson, who ran the Kingswinford-based 
500+ Driving School, would touch his students on 
the thigh when they made errors, Wolverhampton 
Crown Court heard. 

The first pupil, aged 17, blocked Rolinson’s hand, telling 
him: “I get the picture, there’s no need to do that.” When 
the instructor touched him on his gen¬ 
itals over his clothes, he grabbed his 
hand and told him to ‘pack it in.’ 

But the predatory instructor became 
‘quite blatant’ in his behaviour, mak¬ 
ing lewd comments even in front of a 
female pupil to whom they were giving 
a lift, said Ms Samantha Crabb, pros¬ 

He told the second pupil, who was 
just 16, that touching him on the thigh 
‘helped with his clutch control’. 

The teenager tried to treat his be¬ 
haviour as a joke but Rolinson became 
emboldened when he realised the 
young man was not going to report him. 

One time he told him to stop the car in a country lane 
and asked him to have intercourse. The youngster felt the 
best response was to laugh it off but the instructor re¬ 
minded him of the request during subsequent lessons. 


The defendant, now 62, last week admitted 10 offences 
of sexual touching involving the two young men between 
2009 and 2014. His appearance at Wolverhampton Crown 
Court came almost two years after he was jailed for similar 
offences involving six teenagers during driving lessons be¬ 
tween 2012 and 2014. 

Following a 14-day trial Rolinson was found guilty of 13 
offences of sexual assault and one of causing a person to 
engage in sexual activity. 

On that occasion a pupil spoke anonymously about the 
devastating effect Rolinson’s behaviour had had on him. 

He said: “I felt vulnerable and violated. Because I’m a 
boy I felt as though I couldn’t say anything. It was as if 
people would laugh at me or not believe me.” 

Increasing Rolinson’s four-year sentence to five years 
and nine months, Judge James Burbidge, QC, ordered that 
he register as a sex offender for life. He praised his victims 
for having the courage to come forward, saying they had 
carried the burden of Rolinson’s ‘secret’. 

2,800 drink-drivers 
caught in 12 months 

MORE than 2,500 motorists have been charged with 
drink-driving in the West Midlands and Staffordshire Po¬ 
lice force areas in the last year. 

In the 12 months to May, there were 1,833 people 
charged in the West Midlands - 6.47 per 10,000 population 
- and 990 in Staffordshire - 8.89 per 10,0000. 

A total of 1,112 drivers were charged in the West Mercia 
force area - 8.9 per 10,000. 

The results, based on Freedom of Information requests, 
have prompted calls for better public transport in rural 
areas and warnings to anyone tempted to drink and drive 
over the festive period not to do so as it could result in 
tragedy, prison and a road ban. 

A total of 31 forces out of 45 provided figures. 

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condition’ according to Aston Martin 

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are selling it. Its colour is described as 
‘Dubonnet Rosso’ while the interior 
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Plant, 69, who was born in West 
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Jokers go wild in Jack's 
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FE-FI-FO-FUN - expect some 
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ton’s big panto Jack And The 

It’s silly, a bit saucy and spectacular 
too, delivering all the traditional pan¬ 
tomime cliches with a local twist in a 
guaranteed Grand night out. 

Jack And The Beanstalk, on at the 
Lichfield Street theatre until January 
14, has got famous faces off the telly, 
lots of pop songs, jokey mentions for 
local towns, a hissable villain, a flam¬ 
boyant dame and... Super Yam. 

Doreen Tipton’s latest panto stunt, 
after wowing the audiences in her 
debut on a mobility scooter in last 
year’s Aladdin, is to don a superhero 
outfit in a panto closing scene that 
nearly brought the house down. 

Doreen (aka Walsall actress Gill Jor¬ 
dan) injects typically downbeat Black 
Country humour into a show that has 
no shortage of jokers. 


Adam C Booth (perhaps best known 
as Keith Lemon’s TV ‘brother’) is 
a highly energetic slapstick Simple 
Simon, whilst former Lichfield Garrick 
stalwart Ian Adams has some of the 
best lines and lots of stunning frocks 
as Dame Trot. But you may hope that 
some of their ruder double entendres 
fly over the children’s heads. 

Pop and stage star Gareth Gates 
shows a nice knack for humour too as 
Jack. I like him crooning If You Leave 
Me Cow to Daisy after he exchanges 
her for a bag of beans. His scene with 
love interest Jill (Sarah Vaughan, in 
fine voice) which is constantly inter¬ 
rupted by brother Simon was a howl, 
only topped by Mother Nature, played 
by Grand favourite Lisa Riley, with 
Dame, Simon and Doreen’s chaotic 12 
Days of Christmas. 

They’ve bean had - Gareth Gates and Lisa Riley as Mother Nature in the panto 

It ay cowin’ fair - Doreen Tipton is floored by Daisy the ‘Coo’ at the Grand 

The musical highlights, accompa¬ 
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cluded versions of Can’t Stop The 
Feeling and Rather Be. 

Gareth’s big number was, of course, 
his chart-topping cover of Unchained 
Melody (the second top selling single 
of the noughties). 

You always need some baddies and 
former The Bill actor Graham Cole fit 

the bill as Fleshcreep, main henchman 
for a giant who made a big, and I mean 
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Credit to for another Garrick regu¬ 
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If you’ve Bean you know, otherwise, 
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If ever a musical genre lent itself to theatre, it was the mass harmonics and wall-of-sound 
dramatics of Motown. Motown the Musical is the story of Berry Gordy, a former Detroit car- 
worker living in an America riven by race riots, who scraped together a shoestring budget in 
1959 to found a record label which became its own assembly-line of sensational hits. 
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Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star, decides to earn a little extra cash by posing as a 
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Michael McIntyre’s Big 
Christmas Show, on at 

6.00 Breakfast 7.25 Match of the 
Day (R) 9.05 FILM: Planes (2013) 
★★ 10.30 FILM: The Santa Clause 
(1994) ★★★ 12.00 Life in the 
Snow Gordon Buchanan meets 
animals that live in snowy 
conditions. (R) 1.00 BBC News; 
Weather. 1.15 Songs of Praise: 
The Big Sing Katherine Jenkins 
and JB Gill present a carol concert 
from the Royal Albert Hall. 1.45 
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s 
Llamas Shaun causes mayhem at a 
country fair. (R) 2.15 Hammy’s 
Boomerang Adventure Over the 
Hedge short spin-off. (R) 2.20 
FILM: Monsters University (2013) 
Animated comedy prequel, with the 
voices of John Goodman and Billy 
Crystal. ★★★ 

3.55 Doodlebugs 

4.10 Home (2015) ★★★ 

5.35 BBC News 

5.50 Midlands Today; 

6.00 Countryfile 

7.00 Mary, Mel and Sue’s 
Big Christmas Thank 

You Mary Berry, Mel 
Giedroyc and Sue Perkins 
prepare a festive surprise for 
volunteers at a community 
centre that has been a focal 
point for a struggling South 
Wales town. 

8.00 EastEnders Lauren and 
Abi make their feelings 
clear to Max, Karen 
confronts her children about 
the stolen phones and Mick 
tells Phil he wants nothing 
more to do with the job. 

8.30 Michael McIntyre’s Big 
Christmas Show The 
comedy star concludes his 
entertainment showcase 
with a festive special, 
featuring performances by 
soul singer Seal and 
comedian Bill Bailey. 

9.35 Not Going Out 
Christmas Special Lee 
buys the perfect Christmas 
present for his children, but 
the kids’ grandparents 
have the same idea, 
leaving him oir-a- race 
against time to find an 

10.15 BBC News; Weather. 

10.30 The Vicar of Dibley The 

villagers celebrate 
Christmas, and vicar 
Geraldine learns there is a 
heavy price to be paid for 
festive kindness when she 
agrees to attend three 
slap-up lunches. (R) 

ll.lSThe Two Ronnies 
Sketchbook (R) 

11.45 Midnight Mass from 
Leeds Cathedral The 
traditional Christmas Eve 
service from St Anne’s 
Roman Catholic Cathedral. 
Featuring the Leeds 
Cathedral Choir and Leeds 
Trinity Cathedral Boys’ and 
Girls’ Choirs. 

1.00 FILM: Great Expectations 

(2012) ★★★ 

The annual service from 
King’s College, Carols 
from King’s, 5.45pm 

6.15 Nature’s Weirdest Events (R) 
7.00 Island Parish Shetland (R) 
7.30 FILM: The Prince and Me 
(2004) Romantic comedy, starring 
Julia Stiles and Luke Mably. ★★ 

9.15 The Big Family Cooking 
Showdown (R) 10.15 Saturday 
Kitchen Best Bites Matt Tebbutt 
presents highlights of the series. 
11.45 Mary Berry’s Absolute 
Christmas Favourites (R) 12.20 
The Hairy Bikers Home for 
Christmas Dave Myers and Si King 
create a series of festive recipes. 
1.20 Alex Polizzi’s Perfect 
Christmas The hotelier presents a 
guide to entertaining at home over 
the festive period. (R) 2.20 
Cheetahs - Growing Up Fast Two 
years in the lives of a cheetah 
mother and her cubs. (R) 

3.20 Guys and Dolls 
(1955) Musical, 
starring Frank Sinatra 
and Marlon Brando. 


5.45 Carols from King’s The 

annual service from King’s 
College, Cambridge. 

7.00 Dad’sArmyMainwaring’s 
men face the might of a 
rival platoon in a battle to 
prove their worth. Arthur 
Lowe and John Le Mesurier 
play the superannuated 
soldiers. (R) 

8.00 Christmas University 
Challenge 2017 New 

series. Jeremy Paxman 
presents the first round, 
featuring famous alumni 
from Durham University 
and Keble College, Oxford, 
competing for a place in 
the semi-finals. 

8.30 Winter’s Weirdest 
Events Chris Packham 
explores unusuar and 
unexplained natural events 
that occur around the 
world during winter, from 
tornadoes made of snow to 
penguins attempting 
death-defying feats. 

9.30 The Great Gatsby 
(2013) Premiere. A 
naive writer befriends a 
decadent millionaire 
and slowly uncovers the 
dark underside of his 
lavish lifestyle. Period 
drama, starring 
Leonardo DiCaprio and 
Tobey Maguire. ★★★ 

11.55Christmas TOTP2 
Special Mark Radcliffe 
presents festive 
performances from the Top 
of the Pops archive, 
including cla ssy by 
Slade, Wham!, Wizzard, 
East 17, Mud, the Jackson 
5 and Johnny Mathis. (R) 
1.25 FILM: Whitney: Can I Be Me 
(2017) The life story of Whitney 
Houston, who died in 2012 aged 48. 
★★★ 3.05 Sign Zone: Holby City 
Morven is torn between her past 
and her future. Last in the series. (R) 
4.05 This Is BBC Two Preview of 
upcoming programmes from BBC 

Bradley Walsh hosts, A 
Christmas Chase: 
Celebrity Special, 5.50pm 

6.00 CITV: Sooty. (R) 6.10 Bottom 
Knocker Street (R) 6.20 Bottom 
Knocker Street (R) 6.35 Dino Dana 
(R) 6.45 Super 4 (R) 7.00 Signed 
Stories: Share a Story (R) 7.05 Om 
Norn Stories 7. 10 Nerds & Monsters 
(R) 7.20 Nerds & Monsters (R) 7.30 
The Tom and Jerry Show (R) 7.40 
The Tom and Jerry Show (R) 7.45 
Mr Bean: The Animated Series (R) 
8.00 Mr Bean: The Animated Series 
(R) 8.10 Horrid Henry (R) 8.25 Make 
It Pop (R) 8.55 Scrambled! 
Christmas Stocking (R) 9.25 Save 
Money: Good Food (R) 9.55 FILM: 
Jack Frost (1998) ★ 11.50 
Catchphrase Christmas Special 
(R) 12.45 ITV News and Weather; 
Weather. 12.55 FILM: Harry Potter 
and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) 

4.00 Cannonball Christmas 
Special Festive edition of 
the water-based obstacle 
course challenge, hosted 
by Andrew FI intoff. 

5.00 You’ve Been Framed! 
Unwrapped Harry Hill 
narrates festive-themed 
clips. (R) 

5.30 ITV News Central; 


5.35 ITV News and Weather 
5.50 A Christmas Chase: 
Celebrity Special With 
Patti Clare, Matt 
Richardson, Kirsty Wark 
and Jimmy Osmond. 

6.40 All Star Musicals 
Andrew Flintoff and 
Michael Crawford present 
a show in which seven 
famous faces each perform 
a song from a famous 
musical in front of a packed 
house at the London 

8.30 Maigret in Montmartre 

The detective investigates 
the seemingly random 
murders of a countess and 
a showgirl - and discovers 
an unexpected connection 
between the two victims’ 
past experiences. 

10.25 ITV News and Weather; 


10.45A Night for the 
Emergency Services 

Members of the emergency 
services team show off 
their performance skills, 
teaming up with the likes of 
Diversity, Leona Lewis, 
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, 
and Tokio Myers. (R) 

11.45 Christmas Carols on 
ITV Alfie Boe introduces a 
traditional Christmas Eve 
carol service, featuring 
Nadine Coyle, Alexander 
O’Neal, Howard Hewett, 
Alexis French, Ruthie 
Henshall and Natasha 

12.45 FILM: Casino Royale (1967) 
Spoof James Bond adventure, 
starring David Niven. ★ 3.00 ITV 
Nightscreen 5.00 The Aquabats! 
Super Show! (R) 5.25 Make It Pop 
(R) 5.45 Mr Bean: The Animated 
Series (R) 

Child Genius vs 
Celebrities Christmas 
Special, on at 8.00pm 

7.00 FILM: The Rugrats in Paris: 
The Movie (2000) Animated 
adventure, with the voice of 
Christine Cavanaugh. ★★★ 8.15 
The Big Bang Theory (R) 8.40 The 
Big Bang Theory (R) 9.05 Jamie’s 
Quick & Easy Food (R) 9.40 
Christmas Brunch With guests 
Anton Du Beke, Danny Mac and 
Tom Fletcher. 12.40 Paul 
Hollywood: A Baker’s Life Paul 
shares his favourite Mediterranean 
recipes on a trip to Cyprus. Last in 
the series. (R) 1.10 Jamie’s Italian 
Christmas Jamie Oliver cooks a 
festive meal with an Italian twist. (R) 
2.10 The Simpsons A corporation 
buys Springfield Elementary 
School. (R) 2.40 The Simpsons An 
adult Bart and Lisa return home for 
Christmas with their parents. (R) 

3.05 The Simpsons (R) 

3.35 The Borrowers 

(1997) Children’s 
fantasy, starring John 
Goodman. ★★★ 

5.20 The Snowman Animated 

adventure, based on 
Raymond Briggs’ festive 
tale. (R) W> 

5.55 The Snowman and the 
Snowdog (R) 

6.20 Channel 4 News 
6.30 The Muppet 

Christmas Carol 
(1992) Puppet 
comedy, starring 
Michael Caine. ★★★ 

8.00 Child Genius vs 
Celebrities Christmas 
Special Richard Osman 
hosts a Christmas special 
in which past competitors 
return to take on a team of 
celebrities comprising Rob 
Delaney, Cathy Newman, 
Dorn Joly and Janet Street- 

9.00 Gogglebox 2017 

Highlights from the most 
recent series, featuring the 
armchair critics’ reactions 
to The Crystal Maze, the 
Weakest Link Celebrity 
Special, and Mary Berry’s 
Country House Secrets. 
11.05 The Inbetweeners The 
friends decide to play 
truant from sixth form and 
buy alcohol for an all-day 
drinking session, which is 
interrupted when Neil’s 
father comes home early. 


11.35 The Inbetweeners The 

gang goes on the infamous 
sociology and geography 
field trip to Swanage, and 
Will takes a shine to new 
girl Lauren - but she is only 
interested in Simon. (R) 

12.10 The Inbetweeners (R) 12.40 
The Inbetweeners (R) 1.05 The 
Inbetweeners (R) 1.35 Man Down 
Christmas Special (R) 2.00 The 
Last Leg Christmas Special (R) 

2.55 The Crystal Maze: Celebrity 

Special (R) 3.50 Ramsay’s Kitchen 
Nightmares USA (R) 4.40 

Location, Location, Location (R) 

5.35 Four in a Bed (R) 

Last in the series. The 
Yorkshire Vet at 
Christmas, on at 8.00pm 

6.00 Milkshake! 9.20 FILM: Gone 
with the Wind (1939) A plantation 
heiress has a tumultuous 
relationship with a roguish Southern 
gentleman during the American 
Civil War. Epic romantic drama, 
starring Vivien Leigh and Clark 
Gable. ★★★★ 1.35 FILM: 

Oklahoma! (1955) A farm girl is 
torn between two suitors, a 
charming cowboy and a grim, 
brooding farmhand. Rodgers and 
Hammerstein’s musical Western, 
starring Gordon MacRae and 
Shirley Jones, ickic “ 

4.15 Scrooge - A 
Christmas Carol 
(1951) (b/w) ★★★★ 
6.00 Agatha Christie’s 
Crooked House (R) 
7.00 5 News Update The 
latest headlines, sport and 

7.05 Agatha Christie’s 
Crooked House 

Adaptation of the mystery 
novel, starring Max Irons 
and Terence Stamp. A man 
returning to London from 
Cairo investigates the 
poisoning of his fiancee’s 
grandfather. (R) 

8.00 The Yorkshire Vet at 
Christmas Peter Wright is 
called to an emergency at 
John Swales’ farm, where 
one of his prize-winning 
Limousins is struggling to 
give birth. Last in the series. 
9.00 Andre Rieu: My Life in 
Music Profile of the 
violinist, examining his 
upbringing in the 
Netherlands, early musical 
influences, and the bold 
moves that have made him 
one of classical music’s 
biggest stars. 

10.20 Andre Rieu: Christmas 
in London A festive 
concert by the Dutch 
violinist and the Johann 
Strauss Orchestra, 
featuring carols as well as 
songs including Leonard 
Cohen’s Hallelujah and the 
Concierto de Aranjuez. (R) 
11.30 An Audience with 
Donny & Marie The 
Osmond siblings entertain 
a celebrity audience in a 
programme based on their 
Las Vegas stage show, 
featuring old favourites and 
songs from their 2009 
Donny & Marie album. (R) 
12.35 Lip Sync Battle UK: Rufus 
Hound v Jorgie Porter (R) 1.00 
SuperCasino 3.05 Love/Hate (R) 
4.00 My Mum’s Hotter Than Me! 
(R) 4.50 House Doctor (R) 5.15 
Access 5.20 Wildlife SOS (R) 5.45 
Chinese Food in Minutes (R) 

Late View Prime Time 

Christmas Day 

BBC 1 


BBC 2 








Jenny Agutter stars. 
Call the Midwife, 
on at 7.40pm 

6.00BreakfastNews, entertainment 
and weather reports. 9.00 
CBeebies’ The Snow Queen 
Stage musical adaptation of the tale 
by Hans Christian Andersen. 9.45 
Go Jetters 10.00 Christmas 
Morning from All Saints Fulham A 
live service led by the Rev Penny 
Seabrook. 11.00 The Madagascar 
Penguins in a Christmas Caper 
(R) 11.10SnowChick:APenguin’s 
Tale Following the first months in 
the life of an emperor penguin. (R) 
12.10 BBC News; Weather. 12.20 
Top of the Pops Christmas Special 
With performances by Ed Sheeran, 
Dua Lipa, Clean Bandit, Rita Ora 
and the Script. 1.20 FILM: Toy 
Story 3 (2010) Animated adventure, 
with the voices of^fe^lanks and 
Tim Allen. ★★★■* 

3.00 The ^TWueen’s 
Christmas Broadcast 

3.10 Cinderella (2015) 


4.45 The Highway Rat 

5.15 BBC News; Weather. 

5.30 Doctor Who 

6.30 Strictly Come Dancing 
Christmas Special 

7.40 Call the Midwife Boxing 
Day sees heavy snowfall 
covering the country and the 
adverse weather causes 
major disruption across 
Poplar as roads become 
blocked and pipes freeze. 

9.00 EastEnders Things are 
set to explode for Max as 
Stacey’s phone - with all 
Jane’s incriminating 
voicemails - is returned to 
her. Mick discovers the 
hard way not to cross 
Aidan Maguire. 

10.00 Mrs Brown’s Boys 
Christmas Special First 
of two festive specials. 
Grandad is convinced the 
house is haunted, Cathy 
has an internet date and 
Rory hopes to improve his 
looks by undergoing 
plastic surgery. 

10.35 300 Years of French & 
Saunders ComAjy 
double act Dawn French 
and Jennifer Saunders 
mark the 30th anniversary 
of their eponymous sketch 
show, which ran for six 
series up until 2007. 

11.25 BBC News; Weather. 

11.40On Christmas Night 
Colin Salmon reads Luke’s 
account of the angels 
appearing to shepherds in 
the fields above Bethlehem 
to proclaim the joyful news 
of the birth of Christ. 

11.45 Have I Got a Bit More 
2017 News for You An 
extended compilation of 
memorable moments from 
the satirical quiz over the 
past year, with a variety of 
guest hosts and panellists 
joining captains Paul 
Merton and Ian Hislop. 

12.30 Darcey Bussell: Looking for 

Fred Astaire (R) 1.30 Weather for 

the Week Ahead 1.35 BBC News 

David Mitchell stars in 
the comedy. Upstart 
Crow, on at 8.25pm 

6.10 The Hairy Bikers Home for 
Christmas With the Rev Kate 
Bottley and Jon Culshaw. (R) 7.10 
Island Parish Shetland (R) 7.40 
FILM: Bee Movie (2007) Animated 
comedy, with the voice of Jerry 
Seinfeld. ★★★ 9.00 The Big Family 
Cooking Showdown Families from 
Wiltshire and Birmingham compete. 
(R) 10.00 Harry Potter: A History 
of Magic (R) 11.00 Carols from 
King’s The annual service from 
King’s College, Cambridge. (R) 
12.15 FILM: The Importance of 
Being Earnest (2002) Oscar Wilde 
comedy, starring Rupert Everett 
and Colin Firth. ★★★ 1.40 BBC 
Proms 2017: Oklahoma! Rodgers 
and Hammerstein’s musical 

4.30 Dame Vera Lynn: 
Happy 100th Birthday 


5.30 Sign Zone: The 
Queen’s Christmas 
Broadcast (R) 

5.35 The Morecambe and 
Wise Christmas Show 


6.45 Winter’s Weirdest 
Events (R) 

7.45 Dad’s Army Frazer is 
unable to hide his delight 
when Captain Mainwaring’s 
disreputable brother 
gatecrashes a sherry party 
for local dignitaries. Classic 
comedy, starring Arthur 
Lowe. (R) 

8.25 Upstart Crow Will’s new 
play is to be performed at 
the queen’s Christmas 
festivities, while the 
Shakespeares Jind 
themselves with some 
uninvited guests. Emma 
Thompson guest stars as 
Elizabeth I. 

9.00 Tom Jones & Beverley 
Knight’s Gospel 
Christmas Tom Jones 
and Beverley Knight host a 
festive concert from Cardiff 
featuring a blend of 
traditional gospel, carols 
and songs of spiritual intent 
by greats like Prince and 
Bob Dylan. First shown on 
BBC One Wales. 

lO.OOJudi Dench: All the 
World’s Her Stage Billy 
Connolly, Samantha Bond, 
Daniel Craig and Ian 
McKellen are among those 
reminiscing about the 
veteran actress in this 
celebration of her 60-year 
career. (R) 

11.05 Mrs Henderson 
Presents (2005) A 

widow invests her* 
fortune in an abandoned 
London theatre and 
defies censorship laws 
to stage a controversial 
nude revue. Fact-based 
comedy drama, with 
Judi Dench. ★★★ 

12.45 FILM: My Week with Marilyn 

(2011) ★★★ 2.15 This Is BBC Two 

Paul O’Grady: For the 
Love of Dogs at 
Christmas, on at 7.00pm 

6.00 CITV: Sooty. (R) 6.10 
Oddbods (R) 6.15 Om Norn 
Stories (R) 6.20 Signed Stories: 
Share a Story (R) 6.25 Almost 
Naked Animals (R) 6.35 Horrid 
Henry (R) 6.50 Horrid Henry (R) 
7.05 Horrid Henry (R) 7.20 Horrid 
Henry (R) 7.30 Scrambled!: 
Scrambled! Christmas Special 
7.35 Scrambled!: The Tom and 
Jerry Show (R) 7.50 Scrambled!: 
The Bagel and Becky Show (R) 
8.10 Scrambled!: Teen Titans Go! 
(R) 8.30 Scrambled!: Be Cool, 
Scooby-Doo! (R) 9.05 Scrambled!: 
Wishfart (R) 9.25 FILM: National 
Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 
(1989) ★★★ 11.10 FILM: Mr 
Bean’s Holiday (2007) ★ 12.50 
FILM: Santa Claus: The Movie 
(1985) ★★ 

3.00 The Queen Her Majesty’s 
annual address. 

3.10 Harry Potter and the 
Prisoner of Azkaban 
(2004) The teenage 
wizard is alarmed to 
learn a dangerous 
fugitive sorcerer is 
searching for him. The 
third in the fantasy 
adventure series, 
starring Daniel Radcliffe 
and Gary Oldman. 

5.50 Emmerdale Robert gets 
a taste of how different his 
life could be. 

6.50 ITV News and Weather 
7.00 Paul O’Grady: For the 

Love of Dogs at 
Christmas Paul follows 
the work of Battersea Dogs 
& Cats Home over the 
festive period, hoping to 
find a home for a heavily 
pregnant stray found wet 
and bedraggled on 
Hampstead Heath. 

8.00 Coronation Street Peter 
threatens to kill Billy, 
Carla’s surprise arrival 
annoys Aidan, Daniel finds 
Tracy sneaking Steve out of 
Number 1, and Brian is 

9.00 Victoria The queen and 
Prince Albert have very 
different expectations for a 
family Christmas and the 
arrival of guests at the 
palace causes further 
tension. Starring Jenna 

11.00 ITV News and Weather 
11.15 The Holiday (2006) 

Two single women from 
opposite sides of the 
Atlantic find love after 
they swap houses over 
Christmas. Romantic 
comedy, with Cameron 
Diaz. ★★ 

1.45 FILM: The Dam Busters 
(1954) An engineer designs an 
ingenious bouncing bomb to 
destroy major dams in Germany’s 
industrial heartland. Fact-based 
Second World War drama, with 
Michael Redgrave and Richard 
Todd, (b/w) ★★★★ 3.50 ITV 

The restaurant hosts a 
festive party. First Dates 
at Christmas, 9.00pm 

6.00 FILM: Rugrats Go Wild 
(2003) ★★ 7.20 The Bear (R) 7.45 
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice 
(R) 8.10 Prep & Landing (R) 8.40 
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 
(R) 9.05 The Simpsons (R) 9.35 
The Simpsons (R) 10.05 The 
Simpsons (R) 10.35 The Simpsons 
(R) 11.05 FILM: Dr Seuss’ The 
Lorax (2012) ★★★ 12.45 The 
Snowman Animated adventure, 
based on Raymond Briggs’ festive 
tale. (R) 1.20 The Snowman and 
the Snowdog Animated sequel to 
classic festive tale The Snowman. 
(R) 1.55 Father Christmas (R) 2.25 
|Channel 4 News 2.30 The 
Alternative Christmas Message 
2.35 FILM: Scrooged (1988) 
Christmas comedy, starring Bill 
Murray. ★★★ 

4.30 Dumbo (1941) 

Disney animated 

adventure, with the 
voice of Edward Brophy. 


5.50 Home Alone (1990) 

Family comedy, starring 
Macaulay Culkin. ★★★ 

7.40 The Great Christi 
Bake Off Part one of 
Former contestants P< 
Jagger, Beca Lyne-Pirkis, 
Selasi Gbormittah and Val 
Stones face three festive 
challenges in a bid to win 
the Christmas Star Baker 

9.00 First Dates at 
Christmas The restaurant 
hosts a festive party as 
maitre d’ Fred and his 
Christmas Cupids 
celebrate a year that has 
seen proposals, 
engagement rings and the 
show’s very first baby. 
10.00 Alan Carr’s Christmas 
Chatty Man With guests 
Noel Gallagher, Christian 
Slater, John Bishop, 
Lorraine Kelly, Rob Beckett 
and Gogglebox stars Giles 
and Mary. Plus, music by 
Kasabian, Adam Lambert 
and Dua Lipa. 

12.00 George Michael: Freedom 

The singer-songwriter narrates a 
documentary charting his life and 
career, focusing on the period 
around the release of his 1990 
album Listen without Prejudice Vol 
1 . (R) 1.40 George Michael: Live in 
London Footage from the singer- 
songwriter’s two shows at London’s 
Earls Court in August 2008. (R) 2.45 
The Crystal Maze A team of fast- 
food workers tackles the zones. (R) 

3.40 Location, Location, Location 
Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer 
revisit property-hunters in London. 
(R) 4.35 Four in a Bed The 
competitors are invited to 
Grassington Lodge in North 
Yorkshire. (R) 5.00 Kirstie’s 
Handmade Christmas Kirstie 
Allsopp showcases solfiie of the 
best Christmas cakes. (R) 5.20 
FILM: Moomins on the Riviera 
(2014) Premiere. Children’s 
animation, with the voice of Russell 
Tovey. ★★★ 

Britain’s Best Loved 
Double Acts: Christmas 
Special, on at 10.55pm 

6.00 Milkshake! 8.55 FILM: 
Scrooge (1970) A miserly man is 
taught the error of his ways by a 
host of spectral visitors. Musical 
adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A 
Christmas Carol, starring Albert 
Finney and Alec Guinness. ★★★ 
11.05 FILM: Seven Brides for 
Seven Brothers (1954) A cowboy 
decides to get married, prompting 
his six hellraising brothers to kidnap 
brides for 'themselves. Stanley 
Donen’s musical Western, starring 
Howard Keel and Jane Powell. 
★★★★ 1.05 FILM: Singin’ in the 
Rain (1952) A silent-movie star tries 
to win the heart of an aspiring 
actress as the dawn of sound 
changes the film business for ever. 
Musical comedy, starring Gene 
Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. ★★★★ 

3.10 Oliver! (1968) 

Musical, starring Ron 
Moody. ★★★★ 

6.00 Elf: The Musical West 
End star Ben Forster is 
Buddy, the human child 
raised as one of Santa’s 
elves in this musical stage 
adaptation of the hit 2003 
festive film of the same 
name. (R) 

9.00 The Morecambe and 
Wise Story: Look Back 
in Laughter Documentary 
making use of old 
performances, chat show 
appearances and archive 
interviews to shed light on 
the successful comedy 
careers of Eric Morecambe 
and Ernie Wise. (R) 

10.55 Britain’s Best Loved 
Double Acts: 
Christmas Special 
Festive fun featuring some 
of the greatest double acts 
on the small screen, 
including Morecambe and 
Wise, French and 
Saunders, the Two 
Ronnies, Ant and Dec, and 
Cannon and Ball. (R) 
11.55Steptoe and Son 
(1972) Harold marries 
a stripper - but makes 
the mistake of letting 
Albert tag along on the 
honeymoon. Comedy 
based on the TV series, 
starring Harry H Corbett 
and Wilfrid Brambell. 

1.45 SuperCasino Viewers get the 
chance to take part in live interactive 
gaming, with a mix of roulette-wheel 
spins and lively chat from the 
presenting team. 3.05 Love/Hate 
John Boy believes Stumpy has 
become an informant after the 
gardai raid one of his drug factories, 
and orders Darren to exact a violent 
revenge. (R) 4.00 Now That’s 
Funny! A collection of internet- 
sourced videos with a family friendly 
hook, featuring people who crash 
weddings, sporting fails and flops, 
and science experiments. (R) 4.45 
House Doctor Home improvement 
highlights from the series. (R) 5.10 
House Busters (R) 5.35 Wildlife 
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Documentary following 
polar bears. Snow Bears, 
on at 6.30pm 

6.00BreakfastNews, entertainment 
and weather reports. 9.00 FILM: 
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the 
NeverBeast (2014) ★★★ 10.10 
FILM: Planes: Fire & Rescue 
(2014) Premiere. Animated 
adventure sequel, with the voice of 
Dane Cook. 11.25 Mary, 
Mel and Sue’s Big Christmas 
Thank You (R) 12.25 BBC News; 
Weather. 12.35 Midlands Today; 
Weather 12.45 Judi Dench: My 
Passion for Trees The actress 
discovers how trees are a part of 
Britain’s history. (R) 1.45 Stick Man 
Animated adaptation of Julia 
Donaldson’s children’s book. (R) 
2.10 FILM: Shaun the Sheep 
Movie (2015) Premiere. Animation, 
featuring the voice of Justin Fletcher. 

3.30 Doodlebugs Sketch 
show in which inanimate 
objects talk. 

3.45 Mary Poppins 
(1964) Disney musical 
fantasy, with Julie 
Andrews and Dick Van 
Dyke. ★★★★ 

6.00 BBC News at Six; 

6.20 Midlands Today; 

6.30 Snow Bears 

Documentary following 
polar bears and their cubs 
as they travel 400 miles to 
reach the North Pole as 
springsets in, encountering 
other Arctic wildlife along 
the way. 

7.30 EastEnders Life for the 
Brannings will never be the 
same again as the horror of 
what has happened 
unfolds - but it soon 
becomes clear Max’s 
actions have even wider 

8.00 Little Women New 

series. Heidi Thomas’s 
adaptation of Louisa May 
Alcott’s 19th-century 
American coming-of-ag 
tale begins as tfi" 

March sisters cor 
a Christmas witho.u... 

9.00 The Miniaturist Two-part 
adaptation of Jessie 
Burton’s best-selling novel 
set in 1686, following 
18-year-old Nella Oortman 
as she begins a new life in 
Amsterdam as the wife of a 
wealthy merchant. 

10.30 BBC News; Weather; 
National Lottery Update 

10.45 Match of the Day Gary 
Lineker presents highlights 
of the latest Premier 
League matches, including 
Bournemouth v West Ham 
United, Huddersfield Town 
v Stoke City, and West 
Bromwich Albion v Everton. 

12.15 Stacey Dooley in the USA 

(R) 1.15 Weather for the Week 

Ahead 1.20 BBC News 

New series, Two Doors 
Down - Christmas 
Special, on at 10.30pm 

6.15 Sign Zone: Celebrity 
Antiques Road Trip Strictly Come 
Dancing 2016 champions Ore 
Oduba and Joanne Clifton 
compete. (R) 7.15 Island Parish 
Shetland (R) 7.45 FILM: 

Chimpanzee (2012) Premiere. 
Documentary following an 
orphaned chimpanzee. ★★★ 8.55 
The Big Family Cooking 
Showdown (R) 9.55 Nadiya’s 
British Food Adventure (R) 10.25 
Nadiya’s British Food Adventure 
(R) 10.55 The Sweet Makers: A 
Tudor Treat (R) 11.55 FILM: A 
Hard Day’s Night (1964) Musical 
comedy, starring the Beatles, (b/w) 
★★★★ 1.20 FILM: The Eagle Has 
Landed (1976) Second World War 
spy adventure, with Michael Caine. 






The Repair Shop at 
Christmas (R) 

Final Score 
Matthew Bourne’s 

Christmas University 
Challenge 2017 Selwyn 
College, Cambridge, 
featuring writer Robin 
French, take on St Andrews 
University, with BBC 
Scotland Political Editor 
Brian Taylor hoping for 
victory. Jeremy Paxman 

Reindeer Family & Me 

Gordon Buchanan goes to 
live with a family from the 
nomadic Sami culture in 
Finnish Lapland, and 
undertakes a journey 
across the frozen 
wilderness with the help of 
a reindeer. 

Dragons’ Den A serial 
entrepreneur pitch^ 
online greeting c 
business, and a Surrey- 
based inventor hopes his 
word game could become 
a family Christmas 

10.00 Ql Sandi Toksvig hosts the 
festive edition with Jason 
Manford, Romesh 
Ranganathan, Holly Walsh 
and Alan Davies answering 
the questions. 

10.30 Two Doors Down - 
Christmas Special New 
series. Beth and Eric’s 
plans for a quiet festive 
feast are thwarted when 
Cathy and Colin’s flight to 
the French Alps is 
cancelled, and Christine 
also turns up with her 

ll.OOJoanna & Jennifer: 
Absolutely Champers 

Absolutely Fabulous duo 
Joanna Lumley and 
Jennifer Saunders explore 
the Champagne region of 
north eastern France to find 
out how their characters’ 
favourite tipple is made. (R) 
12.00 Saturday Night Fever-The 
Ultimate Disco Movie (R) 1.10 Tom 
Jones & Beverley Knight’s Gospel 
Christmas (R) 

Festive edition, Birds of 
a Feather Christmas 
Special, 10.15pm 

6.00 CITV: Sooty. (R) 6.10 Oddbods 
(R) 6.15 Om Norn Stories (R) 6.20 
Signed Stories: Share a Story (R) 

6.25 Almost Naked Animals (R) 

6.35 Nerds & Monsters (R) 6.50 
Nerds & Monsters (R) 7.05 Horrid 
Henry (R) 7.20 Wishfart (R) 7.30 
Scrambled!: Scrambled! 

Christmas Special 7.35 
Scrambled!: The Tom and Jerry 
Show (R) 7.50 Scrambled!: The 
Bagel and Becky Show (R) 8.10 
Scrambled!: The Powerpuff Girls 
(R) 8.30 FILM: Scrambled!: Scooby- 
Doo! Haunted Holidays (2012) 
★★★ 9.05 Scrambled!: Horrid 
Henry (R) 9.25 FILM: Ferris 
Bueller’s Day Off (1986) ★★★★ 

11.25 FILM: Cats & Dogs: The 
Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) ★ 
1.00ITV Racing: Live from Kempton 

3.30 E.T.: The Extra- 
Terrestrial (1982) 

Sci-fi fantasy, with Henry 
Thomas. ★★★★ 

5.50 ITV News and Weather 
6.10 Emmerdale Diane 

comforts Robert as he 
crumbles after reading a 
thank you card for Seb’s 
presents, and watching from 
the shadows, Rebecca is 
struck by his emotion. 

6.40 Jurassic World 
(2015) Premiere. A 
safari park for genetically 
engineered dinosaurs 
creates a new species - 
but it quickly escapes to 
terrorise the tourists. 
Action adventure sequel, 
with Chris Pratt. ★★★ 

9.00 Coronation Street Eileen 
keeps vigil over a comatose 
Billy while worrying about a 
^ missing Todd, Daniel finds 
Adam semi-conscious, and 
Carla begs Roy not to reveal 
her secret. 

10.00 ITV News and Weather 

10.15 Birds of a Feather 
Christmas Special 

Tracey’s plans could upset 
the festive harmony, Sharon 
finds a novel way of doing 
her Christmas shopping and 
Dorien has a mystery to 
solve. Comedy, starring 
Pauline Quirke. (R) 

11.15 The Keith and Paddy 
Picture Show Keith 
Lemon and Paddy 
McGuinness enlist the aid of 
Will Mellor, Robbie Williams, 
Sarah Parish, Emma Willis 
and Chris Kamara and 
others as they remake the 
1984 classic Ghostbusters. 


11.45 A! Murray’s Make 
Christmas Great Again 

Philosopher, common 
sense commando, scholar, 
sage and bald bloke The 
Pub Landlord arranges a 
lock-in with a celebrity guest 
audience for a lively mix of 
music and chat. (R) 

12.45 Jackpot247 3.00 Tenable (R) 

3.50 ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The 

Jeremy Kyle Show (R) 

The family recalls stories 
about disasters at sea. 
The Simpsons, 10.25am 

6.40 FILM: Song of the Sea (2014) 

Animated fantasy, with the voice of 
Lucy O’Connell. ★★★★ 8.25 FILM: 
Short Circuit (1986) Sci-fi comedy 
adventure, starring Steve 
Guttenberg. ★★★ 10.25 The 
Simpsons The family recalls stories 
about disasters at sea. (R) 10.50 
The Simpsons A department store 
Santa grants Lisa’s Christmas wish. 
(R) 11.15 The Simpsons (R) 11.40 
The Simpsons Marge loses all 
memory of Homer. (R) 12.10 FILM: 
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The 
Squeakquel (2009) Comedy, 
starring Zachary Levi. ★★ 1.55 
Channel 4 News Including sport 
and weather. 2.00 Child Genius vs 
Celebrities Christmas Special 
Past competitors return to take on a 
team of celebrities. (R) 

3.05 The Great Christmas 
Bake Off Part one of two. 
Former contestants 
compete in a series of 
festive challenges. (R) 

4.20 The Little Mermaid 
(1989) Animated 
adventure, with the 
voice of Jodi Benson, 

6.00 Back to the Future 
(1985) A teenager 
travels back in time and 
gets stuck in the 1950s 
- where he has to make 
sure his parents fall in 
love. Sci-fi comedy 
adventure, with Michael 
J Fox and Christopher 
Lloyd. ★★★★ 

8.00 Travel Man: 48 Hours 
in Hong Kong Richard 
Ayoade is joined by actor 
Jon Hamm, star of Mad 
Men and Baby Driver, for a 
Yuletide trek around Hong 
Kong - the most visited and 
most vertical city on the 

9.00 Big Fat Quiz of the Year 
2017 Jimmy Carr hosts a 
comedy quiz looking back 
at the past 12 months, with 
panellists Richard Ayoade, 
Noel Fielding, David 
Mitchell, Big Narstie, Roisin 
Conaty and Katherine 

11.10 Four Weddings and 
a Funeral (1994) A 

man’s misfortunes in 
love look set to change 
when he meets an 
American beauty at a 
wedding. Richard 
Curtis’s romantic 
comedy, starring Hugh 
Grant, Andie MacDowell 
and John Hannah. 

1.20 The Inbetweeners (R) 1.50 
The Inbetweeners (R) 2.15 The 
Inbetweeners (R) 2.45 The 
Inbetweeners (R) 3.10 Ramsay’s 
Kitchen Nightmares USAiRJ 4.00 
Location, Location, Location (R) 
4.55 Kirstie’s Handmade 
Christmas (R) 5.10 FILM: Moshi 
Monsters: The Movie (2013) 
Animated adventure, with the voice 
of Emma Tate. ★★★ 

The Strictly Story: Fake 
Tan, Tangos & a 10 from 
Len, on at 7.00pm 

6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 Access 9.25 
Pets Make You Laugh Out Loud 

Clips of foul-mouthed parrots and a 
water-skiing squirrel. (R) 10.00 
FILM: Titanic (1953) An aristocrat 
trying to stop his wife and children 
leaving him finds them on board the 
ill-fated ship. Drama, with Clifton 
Webb and Barbara Stanwyck, (b/w) 
★★★ 11.50 FILM: Chariots of Fire 
(1981) Oscar-winning drama based 
on the true story of British runners 
Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, 
going for gold at the 1924 Olympics 
in Paris. ★★★★ 2.10 Balmoral: A 
Hidden HiOTory** Documentary 
offering a behind-scenes look at the 
secluded royal retreat that covers 
50,000 acres of the Scottish 
Highlands, and is Queen Elizabeth’s 
favourite home. (R) 

4.10 Sandringham: The 
Queen At Christmas 

What Christmas is like for 
the Royal Family on the 
Sandringham Estate. 
5.15 A Royal Night Out 
(2015) Premiere. 
Comedy drama, 
starring Bel Powley and 
Sarah Gadon. ★★★ 

.00 The Strictly Story: 
Fake Tan, Tangos & a 
10 from Len The tale 
behind the popular 
celebrity dance contest, 
featuring contributions 
from popular past 
contestants as well as the 
show’s judges and 
professional dancers and 
celebrity fans. (R) 

8.30 Dirty Dancing: Making 
Movie Magic A 30th 
anniversary celebration of 
the movie phenomenon, 
revisiting favourite scenes, 
discovering what 
happened on set and 
hearing from the 
supporting cast and crew. 


lO.OODirty Dancing 
(1987) A dance 
instructor at a 1960s 
resort teaches a naive 
teenager about self- 
expression as they 
perform in an important 
show. Romantic drama, 
with Patrick Swayze and 
Jennifer Grey. ★★★ 

12.00 Football on 5: The 
Championship Colin Murray 
introduces action from the Boxing 
Day games. Aviva 

Premiership Rugby Highlights 
Highlights from the 11th round of 
matches. 1.45 SuperCasino 
Viewers get the chance to take part 
in live interactive gaming, with a mix 
of roulette-wheel spins and lively 
chat from the presenting team. 3.05 
Love/Hate John Boy’s deceit 
sparks a gang war. (R) 4.00 Now 
That’s Funny! Internet-sourced 
videos with an amusing family 
friendly hook. (R) 4.45 House 
Doctor Highlights of the series. (R) 

5.10 House Busters A south 
London home. (R) 5.35 Wildlife 
SOS (R) 

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Wednesday, December 27 


BBC 1 

Anya Taylor-Joy stars in 
The Miniaturist, on at 

Documentary about the 
early years, Oasis: 
Supersonic, 10.00pm 

Neil Dudgeon stars, 
Midsomer Murders, 

Professor Noel treats a 
poorly penguin. The 
Supervet, on at 7.00pm 

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Most Shocking Celebrity 
Moments 2017, 
on at 9.00pm 

6.00 Breakfast News, entertainment 
and weather reports. 7.45 Match of 
the Day Gary Lineker presents 
highlights of the latest Premier 
League matches. (R) 9.15 FILM: 
Turbo (2013) Animated adventure, 
with the voice of Ryan Reynolds. 
★★★*410.45 FILM: The Princess 
and the Frog (2009) ★★★ 12.15 
Snow Bears Documentary 
following polar bears travelling to 
the North Pole. (R) 1.15 BBC 

News The latest national and 
international stories. 1.25 
Midlands Today; Weather 1.35 
Father Brown Sid falls for the 
heiress to a local brewery. (R) 2.20 
FILM: Shrek 2 (2004) Animated 
adventure sequel, with the voice of 
Mike Myers. ★★★ 

6.25 Sign Zone: Mary Berry’s 
Country House Secrets Mary visits 
the March family at Goodwood 
House. (R) 7.25 Island Parish 
Shetland (R) 7.55 FILM: Bears 
(2014) Premiere. Documentary 
following a family of bears in 
Alaska. ★★★9.10 The Big Family 
Cooking Showdown (R) 10.10 
Nadiya’s British Food Adventure 
(R) 10.40 Nadiya’s British Food 
Adventure (R) 11.10 The Sweet 
Makers: A Georgian Treat (R) 
12.10 FILM: The Red Shoes 
(1948) Powell and Pressburger’s 
drama, starring Moira Shearer. 
★★★★ 2.20 The World’s Most 
Extraordinary Homes Unusual 
homes built in mountainous regions 
of the world. (R) 

6.00 CITV: Sooty. (R) 6.10 The 
Oddbods Show (R) 6.15 Om Norn 
Stories (R) 6.20 Super 4 (R) 6.35 
Super 4 (R) 6.45 Mr Bean: The 
Animated Series (R) 7.00 Mr 
Bean: The Animated Series (R) 
7.10 Horrid Henry (R) 7.25 FILM: 
K-9 (1989) Police comedy, starring 
James Belushi. ★★ 9.25 FILM: 
Twins (1988) Comedy, with Arnold 
Schwarzenegger and Danny 
DeVito. ★★★ 11.25 Cannonball 
Christmas Special (R) 12.25 
You’ve Been Framed! Judy Murray 
toughens up Andy by using him for 
target practice. 12.55 ITV 
Lunchtime News; Weather. 12.58 
Central News and Weather 1.00 
Midsomer Murders A man 32 
stabbed to death during a ghost¬ 
hunting party. (R) 

6.40 FILM: Short Circuit 2 (1988) A 

curious robot meets an old friend and 
sets off for an adventure in New York. 
Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Fisher 
Stevens, with the voice of Tim Blaney. 
★★ 8.40 Lego Masters The hunt is 
on for the UK and Ireland’s best Lego 
builders. (R) 9.40 The Simpsons 
With the voice of Frances 
McDormand. (R) 10.10 The 

Simpsons Groundskeeper Willie is 
forced to move in with the family. (R) 
10.35 The Simpsons Grampa 
becomes a matador. (R) 11.05 FILM: 
Small Soldiers (1998) A computer 
chip brings a squad of toy soldiers to 
Ijje, causing mayhem for their owner. 
Children’s adventure, with Kirsten 
Dunst. ★★★ 1.15 FILM: Sunshine 
on Leith (2013) Musical, starring 
George MacKay. ★★ 

6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 Cruising 
with Jane McDonald The presenter 
embarks on a series of ocean 
odysseys. (R) 9.30 World’s 
Strongest Man 2017 Highlights of 
the World Tour Finals. 10.30 FILM: 
North Sea Hijack (1979) Thriller, 
starring Roger Moore. ★★ 12.25 
FILM: Operation Crossbow 
(1965) Three engineers parachute 
into occupied Holland to destroy a 
missile base - but there is a traitor in 
their midst. Second World War 
adventure, with George Peppard 
and Sophia Loren. ★★★ 2.40 FILM: 
Operation: Daybreak (1975) Fact- 
based Second World War drama 
about the killing of leading Nazi 
Reinhard Heydrich and the search 
for the assassins. Starring Timothy 
Bottoms. ★★★ 

3.45 The Gruffalo (R) 

4.10 Big Hero 6 (2014) 


5.45 Pointless (R) 

6.30 BBC News 

6.50 Midlands Today; 

7.00 Celebrity Mastermind 

New series. John 
Humphrys presents the 
first in a new series of the 
classic quiz show, as Jack 
Ashton, Rich Hall, Guy 
Mowbray and Pam Ayres 
face the famous black 

7.30 A Question of Sport: 
Premier League 
Special Sue Barker asks 
the questions in the light¬ 
hearted quiz, with Dion 
Dublin, Graeme Le Saux, 
Darren Bent and Alex Scott 
joining team captains Matt 
Dawson and Phil Tufnell. 

8.00 Little Women The March 
sisters must fend for 
themselves at home as 
Marmee is preoccupied 
with caring for her ailing 
husband, but the girls face 
an insurmountable 
challenge as Beth falls ill. 

9.00 The Miniaturist Two-part 
adaptation of Jesfeie 
Burton’s best-selling novel 
set in 1686. In the second 
episode, Nella desperately 
tries to turn the fortunes of 
the Brandt household 

10.00 BBC News at Ten 

10.20Midlands Today; 
Weather; National Lottery 

10.30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 
Christmas Special (R) 

11.00 Not Going Out 
Christmas Special (R) 

11.40Comic Relief 2017: 
’Twas the Thanks After 
Red Nose Day A 
compilation looking back 
at some of the highlights 
from the 2017 Comic Relief 
fundraising event, featuring 
a host of celebrities 
appearances and comedic 

12.40 Weather for the Week 

Ahead 12.45 BBC News 

3.20 Inside the Factory (R) 

4.20 The Man Who Never 
Was (1956) ★★ 

6.00 Thailand: Earth’s 
Tropical Paradise (R) 
7.00 Dad’s Army Mainwaring 
finds himself bidding 
against Pike for an orange 
at a fundraising bazaar, but 
the private reveals a 
stubborn streak that costs 
the captain dear. (R) 

7.30 Christmas University 
Challenge 2017 In the 
third match of the 
Christmas series, teams of 
university alumni from the 
University of York and 
University of Southampton 

8.00 Six Robots & Us A 

unique experiment 
exploring the latest 
innovations in robotics, to 
examine how useful robots 
can be in enhancing the 
lives of ordinary families. 
9.00 Alan Partridge: Why, 
When, Where, How 
and Whom? 

Documentary celebrating 
25 years of Steve Coogan’s 
comic creation, featuring 
contributions from writers 
and co-stars and previously 
unseen rehearsal and 
improv footage. 

10.00 Oasis: Supersonic 
(2016) Premiere. 
Documentary about the 
early years of the 
Manchester band, 
featuring concert 
footage and first-hand 
accounts of the sibling 
rivalry between Noel 
and Liam Gallagher. 

11.55 NFL This Week Action 
from the 16th round of 
fixtures, which included 
Green Bay Packers v 
Minnesota Vikings, New 
Orleans Saints v Atlanta 
Falcons, and Philadelphia 
Eagles v Oakland Raiders. 
12.45 Britpop at the BBC 1.45 Blur 
at Glastonbury (R) 2.45 Sign 
Zone: Joanna & Jennifer: 
Absolutely Champers (R) 3.45 
FILM: Sign Zone: Bill (2015) ★★★ 

3.00 Tenable A team of five 
from Cornwall answers 
questions about top 10 
lists. (R) 

4.00 Tipping Point Game 
show, hosted by Ben 
Shephard. (R) 

5.00 The Chase Quiz show, 
hosted by Bradley Walsh. 


6.00 Paul O’Grady: For the 
Love of Dogs The 

comedian returns to 
Battersea Dogs & Cats 
Home in London, meeting 
a British bulldog with a leg 
problem and helping to 
wash a smelly English 
mastiff. (R) 

6.30 ITV News Central; 


6.45 ITV Evening News; 


7.00 Emmerdale Zak enlists 
Faith’s help in faking the 
paperwork to save the 
Dingle home, while Liv is 
delighted to see that Aaron 
and Alex are together. 

7.30 Coronation Street 
Eileen tries to find out more 
about Billy’s fall, Adam 
vows to get justice for his 
mum’s death, and Alya 
discovers why new clients 
do not want to meet with 

8.00 Harry Potter and the 
Goblet of Fire (2005) 

The teenage wizard is 
chosen to represent 
Hogwarts School in a 
dangerous magical 
tournament. Fourth 
instalment of the fantasy 
saga, starring Daniel 
Radcliffe and Robert 
Pattinson. ★★★ 

10.50 ITV Evening News; 


11.04 ITV Central Weather 
11.05 Tina & Bobby Drama 
about footballer Bobby 
Moore’s life with his 
childhood sweetheart Tina 
Dean, from their humble 
beginnings to 

superstardom. (R) 

12.05 Get Shirty (R) 12.55 

Jackpot247 3.00 May the Best 

House Win (R) 

3.10 Four Rooms with 
Sarah Beeny 
4.15 Channel 4 News 

4.30 Back to the Future 
Part II (1989) ★★★ 

6.30 Hollyoaks 
7.00 The Supervet 

Christmas N 
Fitzpatrick is called upo 
help a Humboldt pent 
chick that needs surgi 
on its foot. He also treats a 
cat with a mysterious 
swelling and a husky has a 
hip operation. (R) 

8.00 Supershoppers Sales 
Special Anna Richardson 
and Sabrina Grant offer 
money-saving tips, and 
investigate some of the 
slashed prices and 
discounts from retailers 
that may not be all they 

9.00 Miranda Does 
Christmas A Christmas 
special hosted by 
comedian Miranda Hart, 
featuring a unique gospel 
choir performance, ^nd.a 
festive version of a 
Destiny’s Child classic. 
10.00 First Dates at 
Christmas The restaurant 
hosts a festive party as 
maitre d’ Fred and his 
Christmas Cupids 
celebrate a year that has 
seen proposals, 
engagement rings and the 
show’s very first baby. (R) 
11.05 East Is East (1999) 
Two Asian teenagers in 
1970s Salford are 
horrified when their 
traditionally minded 
father plans arranged 
marriages for them. 
Comedy drama, 
starring Om Puri and 
Jimi Mistry. ★★★ 

12.50 Very British Problems at 
Christmas (R) 1.45 That’s So Last 
Century (R) 2.35 Britain’s 

Favourite Superhero (R) 4.00 
Location, Location, Location (R) 
4.55 Four in a Bed (R) 5.20 
Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 
(R) 5.40 FILM: Holiday Inn (1942) 
(b/w) ★★★ 



4.55 The Guns of 
Navarone (1961) 

Second World War 
adventure, starring 
Gregory Peck; ★★★ 5 
News Update 

World’s Strongest Man 
2017 Action from the 
opening heat in Botswana, 
which featured four former 
winners including 
defending champion Brian 
Shaw - targeting a record- 
equalling fifth title; 5 News 

Most Shocking 
Celebrity Moments 
2017 Memorable 
moments featuring famous 
faces from the past year, 
including David Beckham’s 
leaked e-mails, a mishap at 
the Oscars, and Prue 
Leith’s Great British Bake 
Off spoilers. 

Blind Date Christmas 
Special A festive edition of the 
matchmaking show, in which Paul 
O’Grady gives a real-life Prince 
Charming a chance to find romance 
with either Cinderella, Snow White 
orTinkerbell. (R) 1.00 SuperCasino 
Viewers get the chance to take part 
in live interactive gaming, with a mix 
of roulette-wheel spins and lively 
chat from the presenting team. 3.05 
Love/Hate Trish gives birth on 
Christmas Eve, while Darren is 
delighted when Rosie returns to 
Dublin. However, John Boy is still at 
war with Fran - and orders Tommy 
to kill his rival. (R) 4.00 Cruising 
with Jane McDonald The singer 
embarks on a series of ocean 
odysseys, beginning with a stop-off 
at Nassau in the Bahamas, where 
Jane finds solace in'the state’s 
oldest baptist church. (R) 4.45 
House Doctor Ann Maurice and 
Alistair Appleton present more 
highlights from the series, recalling 
a basement flat in north London 
desperately in need of tidying up. 
(R) 5.10 House Busters (R) 5.35 
Wildlife SOS The team treats an 
owl that refuses to fly and a badger 
with life-threatening injuries, while 
Simon tries to free a deer that has 
become stuck in railings. (R) 

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Thursday, December 28 

BBC 1 

Granville faces being left 
alone at Christmas, Still 
Open All Hours, 7.30pm 

6.00 Breakfast A round-up of 
national and international news, 
plus current affairs, arts and 
entertainment, and weather. 9.00 
FILM: The Pirates! In an Adventure 
with Scientists! (2012) Animated 
comedy, with the voice of Hugh 
Grant. ★★★ 10.20 FILM: Kung Fu 
Panda (2008) Animated comedy, 
with the voice of Jack Black. ★★★ 
11.45 Bargain Hunt Two teams test 
their antiques knowledge. (R) 12.45 
BBC News at One; Weather 1.00 
Midlands Today; Weather 1.05 
Father Brown The clerical sleuth 
encounters a voodoo priest. (R) 
1.50 Revolting Rhymes Part one of 
two. (R) 2.20 FILM: Shrek theThird 
(2007) Animated sequel, with the 
voice of Mike Myers. ★★★ 


3.45 The Gruffalo’s Child 


4.10 How to Train Your 
Dragon 2 (2014) 

5.45 Pointless (R) 

6.30 BBC News 

6.45 Midlands Today; 

7.00 Celebrity Mastermind 

Antiques expert Philip 
Serrell, comedian and 
actor Richard McCourt, 
poet and presenter Lemn 
Sissay and Sports anchor 
Olivia Wayne compete. 

7.30 Still Open All Hours 
New series. Granville faces 
being left alone at 
Christmas as all his friends 
and neighbours make 
plans to go away - leaving 
him at the amorous mercy 
of Mrs Featherstone. 

8.00 EastEnders Fi breaks 
into Willmott-Brown’s office 
to find out the truth about 
her father, while he tries to 
manipulate Kathy. Karen 
reaches out to her sister for 
financial help. 

8.30 Little Women Jo feels 
snubbed when Amy is 
chosen over her to 
accompany Aunt Carroll’s 
daughter on a tour of 
Europe, so she flees to 
New York to pursue her 
career. Last in the serieg> 

9.30 EastEnders Fi is 
sickened to discover how 
low her family have sunk, 
Linda is hell-bent on finding 
another local pub to 
manage and Bernadette 
tells Kandice about the 
family’s money troubles. 

10.00 BBC News 

10.15 Midlands Today 

10.25 Bruno Mars: Live in 

11.10 U2 at the BBC The band 
performs some of their 
biggest hits at Abbey Road 
Studios, alongside tracks 
from their latest album, 
Songs of Experience, and 
chat to Cat Deeley about 
their lives. (R) 

12.25 Weather for the Week 

Ahead 12.30 BBC News 

BBC 2 

Steve Coogan stars, Alan 
Partridge: Alpha Papa, 
on at 11.30pm 

6.45 Sign Zone: MasterChef: The 
Professionals (R) 7.45 FILM: Ray 
Harryhausen: Special Effects 
Titan (2011) A tribute to the visual 
effects artist. ★★★ 9.15 The Big 
Family Cooking Showdown (R) 
10.15 Nadiya’s British Food 
Adventure (R) 10.45 Nadiya’s 
British Food Adventure (R) 11.15 
The Sweet Makers: A Victorian 
Treat (R) 12.15 FILM: Love Is a 
Many Splendored Thing (1955) 
Fact-based romantic drama, with 
William Holden and Jennifer Jones. 
★★ 1.55 Supercharged Otters: 
Natural World Documentary 
following three orphaned river 
otters. (R) 2.55 The World’s Most 
Extraordinary Homes Unusual 
homes in forest regions around the 

3.55 Inside the Factory (R) 

4.55 The Heroes of 
Telemark (1965) 

7.00 Thailand: Earth’s 
Tropical Paradise 

Exploring the forests, 
plains and cities of Central 
Thailand, and revealing 
how the nation’s people 
find spiritual fulfilment in 
their relationships with 
animals. (R) 

8.00 Christmas University 
Challenge 2017 Teams 
from the University of 
Leicester and UCL 
compete, with Paralympian 
Danielle Brown, Sky at 
Night presenter Pete 
Lawrence and the BBC’s 
Jeremy Bowen among the 

8.30 Six Robots & Us Part 
two of two. The experts 
deliver more robots 
families around the UK, 
including a north London 
couple who receive a 
machine designed to help 
their autistic four-year-old. 

9.30 Attenborough and the 
Empire of the Ants 
David Attenborough tells 
the story of two physically 
identical species of ant that 
have two very different 
strategies to survive the 
harsh environment of the 
Swiss Alps. 

10.30 Romesh Ranganathan: 
Irrational Live The 

comedian’s first-ever live 
stand-up show, in which 
the Bafta-nominated star 
takes shots at everyone 
from his children to a 
stranger in a coffee shop. 
11.30Alan Partridge: 
Alpha Papa (2013) 
The hapless local radio 
DJ ends up in the 
middle of a siege when 
a colleague responds to 
being fired by taking 
hostages. Comedy, 
starring Steve Coogan. 

12.55 FILM: Oasis: Supersonic 

(2016) ★★★ 2.55 Sign Zone: 

Employable Me (R) 


Bradley Walsh hosts the 
quiz show. The Chase, 
on at 5.00pm 

6.00 Good Morning Britain Shaun 
Williamson gives the lowdown on 
his appearance in Peter Pan, and 
Chris Packham talks about his 
dinosaur documentary The Real T. 
Rex. 8.30 Lorraine 9.25 FILM: 
Babe (1995) A piglet dreams of 
being a champion sheepdog but 
several greedy humans are 
determined to see him end up on a 
dinner plate. Family comedy, with 
James Cromwell. ★★★★ 11.05 
FILM: Black Beauty (1994) Family 
drama, starring Sean Bean. ★★★ 
12.45 ITV Lunchtime News 12.55 
ITV News Central 1.00 Midsomer 
Murders As Midsomer St Claire 
prepares for storms and flooding, it 
appears a murderer is using ancient 
torture methods to punish modern- 
day “sinners”. (R) 

3.00 Tenable Quiz, hosted by 
Warwick Davis. (R) 

4.00 Tipping Point Game 
show, hosted by Ben 
Shephard. (R) 

5.00 The Chase Quiz show, 
hosted by Bradley Walsh. 


6.00 Paul O’Grady: For the 
Love of Dogs The 

comedian tries to train 
three huge puppies that 
spent the first five months 
of their lives being raised 
by a homeless man, and 
sets out to reunite a Jack 
Russell with its owner. (R) 

6.30 ITV News Central; 


6.45 ITV Evening News; 


7.00 Emmerdale Rebecca 
confesses her plans, 
Jimmy and Nicola receive a 
tempting offer, and Bernice 
prepares for her date. 

8.00 Harry Potter and the 
Order of the Phoenix 
(2007) The wizard 
forms his fellow pupils 
into a secret army to 
battle the resurrected 
Lord Voldemort. 
Fantasy adventure 
sequel, starring Daniel 
Radcliffe, Emma 
Watson and Gary 
Oldman. ★★★ 

10.35 ITV News; Weather. 

10.54 ITV Central Weather 

10.55 Tina & Bobby The West 
Ham player leads England 
to World Cup glory at 
Wembley and fame and 
fortune follow, as the 
couple become icons of 
their time. Lome 
MacFadyen and Michelle 
Keegan star. (R) 

11.55Stuck on You: The 
Football Sticker Story 

How four Italian brothers 
tookachildhood obsession 
and turned it into a 
worldwide industry - and 
the British upstarts who 
took on the mighty Panini 
to beat them at their own 
game. (R) 

12.45 Jackpot247 3.00 Tenable 

(R) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen 


Joel confides in Sienna 
about his feelings, 
Hollyoaks, on at 6.30pm 

7.20 FILM: The SpongeBob 
SquarePants Movie (2004) 

Children’s animated comedy, with 
the voice of Tom Kenny. ★★★ 8.55 
Lego Masters The teams compete 
in two challenges on the theme of 
movement. (R) 10.00 The 

Simpsons Marge joins the local 
police academy. (R) 10.30 The 
Simpsons Homer gets a new wife. 
With the voice of Ricky Gervais. (R) 
11.00 FILM: Spy Kids 4: All the 
Time in the World (2011) Two 
children learn their stepmother is a 
secret agent and help her battle an 
evil genius with the power to control 
time. Family adventure, starring 
Jessica Alba and Jeremy Piven. ★★ 
12.45 FILM: The Net (1995) Thriller, 
.with Sandra Bullock and Jeremy 
Northam. ★★ 

3.00 Four Rooms with 
Sarah Beeny 
4.00 Channel 4 News 
4.20 Back to the Future 
Part III (1990) ★★★ 

6.30 Hollyoaks 

7.00 We’re Going on a Bear 
Hunt Animated adventure 
based on Michael Rosen 
and Helen Oxenbury’s 
popular children’s story, 
featuring the voices of 
Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris 
and Mark Williams. (R) 

7.30 The Secret Life of the 
Zoo at Christmas 
Chester Zoo’s keepers are 
busy making gifts for all the 
animals, and it is a chaotic 
free-for-all when the festive 
parcels are handed over to 
the chimps. (R) 

8.30 The Secret Life of 5 
Year Olds on Holiday 

One-off special in which 
familiar faces from the 
observational series are 
shown away from the 
classroom as they and their 
families jet of f Jo the 
Sunwing resort in Cyprus. 
9.00 What Britain Bought in 
2017 Mary Portas surveys 
Britain’s spending habits 
over the past 12 months, 
and looks back at some of 
the retail stories, such as 
the popularity of Prosecco 
and the fidget spinner. 
10.00 The Undateables at 
Christmas Familiar faces 
from the dating show share 
their extra special plans for 
the festive season, with 
Daniel from Brighton busy 
planning the release of his 
latest single. (R) 

11.05 About a Boy (2002) 

A womaniser who 
poses as a father to 
meet single women 
changes his ways after 
befriending a lonely 
youngster. Romantic 
comedy, with Hugh 
Grant, Toni Collette and 
Nicholas Hoult. ★★★ 
12.55 Alan Carr’s Christmas 
Chatty Man (R) 2.50 Paul 
O’Grady’s 100 Years of Movie 
Musicals (R) 


Action from the second 
heat. World’s Strongest 
Man 2017, on at 8.00pm 

6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 Cruising 
with Jane McDonald Highlights of 
Jane’s tour of Alaska, America’s 
largest state. (R) 9.30 The Gadget 
Show (R) 10.25 FILM: The 7th 
Voyage of Sinbad (1958) Fantasy 
adventure, with Kerwin Mathews. 
★★★ 12.15 FILM: The Vikings 
(1958) A Norse warrior fights to 
claim the Northumbrian throne, 
unaware his rival for the crown is 
really his half-brother. Adventure, 
with Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis and 
Janet Leigh. ★★★★ 2.30 FILM: 
Jason and the Argonauts (1963) 
The son of^ln overthrown king 
battles monsters during an epic 
voyage in search of a magical 
golden fleece. Fantasy adventure, 
with Todd Armstrong and Honor 
Blackman. ★★★ 

4.30 Andre Rieu: My Life in 
Music Profile of the Dutch 
violinist. (R) 

6.00 Andre Rieu: Christmas 
in London A festive 
concert by the Dutch 
violinist and the Johann 
Strauss Orchestra, 
featuring carols as well as 
songs including Leonard 
Cohen’s Hallelujah and the 
Concierto de Aranjuez. (R) 
7.00 Winter in Alaska 
Documentary following 
four seasons in the north 
American state, beginning 
with winter, where snowfall 
is measured in feet rather 
than inches; (R) 5 News 

8.00 World’s Strongest Man 
2017 Action from the 
second heat in Botswana, 
which featured Iceland’s 
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, a 
man who has stood on the 
podium five times but has 
never been crowned 
champion; 5 News Tonight 
9.00 Flight (2012) 
Premiere. A pilot is 
hailed as a hero for 
bringing a 

malfunctioning plane 
down safely - until it 
emerges he was drunk 
at the controls. Drama, 
with Denzel Washington 
and Don Cheadle. ★★★ 

11.45 The Taking of 
Pelham 123 (2009) 
Criminals hijack a 
crowded New York 
subway train and 
threaten to Id4| the 
passengers unless they 
are paid $1 Omillion. 
Thriller remake, with 
Denzel Washington and 
John Travolta. ★★★ 

1.45 SuperCasino Live interactive 
gaming. 3.05 Love/Hate The gang 
members’ lives spiral out of control. 
(R) 4.00 Cruising with Jane 
McDonald A Lilliputian lope round 
the Inner Hebrides puts Jane in 
touch with her Scottish roots. (R) 

4.45 House Doctor A slightly 
neglected 200-year-old cottage. (R) 
5.10 House Busters (R) 5.35 
Wildlife SOS (R) 

Late View_Prime Time|| Early View 

Friday, December 29 

Rob Brydon hosts the 
comedy panel show. Would 
1 Lie to You? 8.30pm 

Frankie Boyle’s 2017 
New Year World Order, 
on at 10.00pm 

Warwick Davis hosts the 
quiz show. Tenable, on 
at 3.00pm 

Ashley Jensen guests, 
Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday 
Night Feast, on at 8.00pm 

Action from the third 
heat. World’s Strongest 
Man 2017, on at 8.00pm 

6.00 Breakfast News, entertainment 
and weather reports. 9.00 FILM: 
Monsters vs Aliens (2009) 
Animated sci-fi comedy, with the 
voice of Reese Witherspoon. ★★★ 
10.25 Shaun the Sheep: The 
Farmer’s Llamas (R) 10.55 FILM: 
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Animated 
comedy sequel, with the voice of 
Jack Black. ★★★ 12.15 Bargain 
Hunt From Builth Wells, Powys. (R) 
12.45 BBC News at One; Weather 
1.00 Midlands Today; Weather 
1.10 Father Brown The priest 
investigates the murder of a 
B-movie director. (R) 1.55 Revolting 
Rhymes The second of two 
animations based on Roald Dahl’s 
children’s book. (R) 2.25 FILM: Up 
(2009) Animated adventure, with 
the voice of Ed Asner. ★★★.★ 

3.50 Room on the Broom (R) 
4.20 Brave (2012) ★★★ 

5.45 Pointless (R) 

6.30 BBC News at Six; 

6.45 Midlands Today; 

7.00 Celebrity Mastermind 

Actor John Bradley, hockey 
player Crista Cullen, Radio 
IXtra presenter Nick Bright 
and Hollyoaks actress 
Anna Passey compete in 
the specialist and general 
knowledge quiz. 

7.30 Tim Vine Travels 
Through Time 
Christmas Special Tim 

journeys back in time to 
Tudor England in a quest to 
find a silver lion and bring 
Christmas to Henry Vlll’s 
court. Comedy, guest 
starring Emma Bunton and 
the Rev Richard Coles. 
8.00 EastEnders Mick has to 
decide whether he is part of 
Aidan’s gang, Carmel and 
Shakil put paid to Kush and 
Denise’s hopes of a quiet 
night in, and the Vic 
regulars see the year out 
with a bang. 

8.30 Would I Lie to You? Rob 

Brydon hosts the corr^ly 
panel show, with Steve 
Davis, Craig Parkin’son, 
Sara Pascoe and Claudia 
Winkleman joining team 
captains David Mitchell 
and Lee Mack. 

9.00 BBC News 
9.10 Midlands Today; 
Weather; National Lottery 

9.15 Gone Girl (2014) 

Premiere. A man reports 
his wife’s disappearance, 
only to end up under 
media scrutiny and 
accused of murder. 
David Fincher’s crime 
thriller, with Ben Affleck. 

11.40 Michael McIntyre’s Big 
Christmas Show The 

comedy star concludes his 
entertainment showcase 
with a festive special. (R) 

12.45 Weather for the Week 
Ahead 12.50 BBC News 

6.35 Sign Zone: MasterChef: The 
Professionals Challenges include 
making a fruit-based dessert. (R) 

7.35 FILM: G-Force (2009) 
Children’s adventure, starring Bill 
Nighy. ★★ 8.55 The Big Family 
Cooking Showdown (R) 9.55 
Nadiya’s British Food Adventure 
(R) 10.25 Nadiya’s British Food 
Adventure (R) 10.55 Puerto Rico 
- Island of Enchantment: Natural 
World (R) 11.55 FILM: Three 
Coins in the Fountain (1954) 
Romantic drama, starring Dorothy 
McGuire. ★★★ 1.35 Nature’s 
Weirdest Events The town brought 
to a standstill by a swarm of flying 
insects. (R) 2.05 The World’s Most 
Extraordinary Homes A house in 
Canada inspired by two ships in dry 
dock. (R) 

3.05 Inside the Factory (R) 

4.05 The Desert Fox 
(1951) (b/w) ★★★ 

5.30 Thailand: Earth’s 
Tropical Paradise (R) 

6.30 Christmas University 
Challenge 2017 

7.00 Morecambe & Wise: 
Leading Ladies 
Penelope Keith presents a 
compilation of highlights 
from the comedy duo’s 
shows featuring 
appearances by female 
stars of stage and screen. 

8.00 Eric & Ernie’s Home 
Movies Footage of Eric 
Morecambe and Ernie 
Wise’s home movies, 
chronicling their rise to 
fame as well as recording 
key moments in their 
private lives. 

9.00 Vic & Bob’s Big Night 

Out Vic Reeves and Bob 
Mortimer preserrR mj 
updated version of Vic 
Reeves Big Night Out 
featuring new and old 
characters and a healthy 
dose of slapstick humour. 

9.30 Live at the Apollo 
Katherine Ryan hosts a 
festive instalment from the 
stage of London’s 
Hammersmith Apollo, 
featuring Marlon Davis, 
Joel Dommett and John 
Robbins. Last in the series. 

10.00 Frankie Boyle’s 2017 
New Year World Order 
The comedian tries to 
make sense of the past 12 

10.30 Ql XL With Jason Manford, 
Romesh Ranganathan and 
Holly Walsh. 

11.15 The Great Gatsby 
(2013) A naive writer 
befriends a decadent 
millionaire and slowly 
uncovers the dark 
underside of his lavish 
lifestyle. Period drama, 
starring Leonardo 
DiCaprio and Tobey 
Maguire. ★★★ 

1.35 Sign Zone: Doctor Who (R) 

2.35 FILM: Sign Zone: Cinderella 

(2015) ★★★ 4.30 This Is BBC Two 

6.00 Good Morning Britain 

Ventriloquist and America’s Got 
Talent winner Paul Zerdin talks 
about his stint in panto. Plus, news 
and current affairs, plus health, 
entertainment and lifestyle features. 
8.30 Lorraine Entertainment and 
fashion news. 9.25 Best Walks with 
a View with Julia Bradbury The 
presenter ventures towards 
Cumbria’s High Cup Nick. (R) 9.50 
FILM: Everything or Nothing: The 
Untold Story of 007 (2012) 
Documentary about the making of 
the James Bond films. ★★★ 11.45 
Bond Girls Are Forever The thrill of N 
being a Bond girl. (R) 12.45 IT§^ 
Lunchtime News; Weather. 12.55 
I TV News Central; Weather. 1.00 
Midsomer Murders A man-is 
mauled to death by a wild boar. (R) 

3.00 Tenable A team of five 
from Merseyside answers 
questions. Last in the 
series. (R) 

4.00 Tipping Point Game 
show, hosted by Ben 
Shephard. (R) 

5.00 The Chase Quiz show, 
hosted by Bradley Walsh. 

6.00 Paul O’Grady: For the 
Love of Dogs A puppy is 
rushed to the clinic when 
an injury comes to light just 
days after arriving at 
Battersea, while Paul 
pampers a Yorkshire terrier 
that has been given up by 
its owner. (R) 

6.30 ITV News Central; 


6.45 ITV Evening News; 


7.00 Emmerdale The Dingles 
get ready, and Bernice 
makes arrangements. 

7.30 Coronation Street Roy 

begs Carla not to return to 
Devon and to move in with 
him instead, and Adam 
offers to help Geraldine get 
Summer taken away from 
Todd and Billy. 

8.00 Harry Potter and the 
Half-Blood Prince 
(2009) The wizard 
must uncover the 
secrets of Lord 
Voldemort’s past to try 
to end the evil sorcerer’s 
reign of terror. Fantasy 
adventure sequel, with 
Daniel Radcliffe and 
Michael Gambon. ★★★ 
10.50 ITV News; Weather. 

11.09 ITV Central Weather 
ll.lOTina & Bobby The former 
England star winds up 
managing a lowly non¬ 
league side, and Tina 
dismisses rumours he’s 
having an affair - until her 
worst fears are confirmed. 
Last in the series. (R) 

12.10 Bear’s Mission with Rob 
Brydon (R) 1.05 Jackpot247 
Interactive gaming. 3.00 100 Year 
Old Drivers (R) 3.50 ITV 

Nightscreen Text-based 
information service. 

7.05 FILM: Black Nativity (2013) 

Musical, starring Jacob Latimore. 
★★★ 8.50 Lego Masters The 
teams compete in two challenges 
on the theme of nature. (R) 9.50 The 
Simpsons Bart develops a sense of 
civicpride. (R) 10.20The Simpsons 
Springfield gets a new telephone 
code. (R) 10.50 The Simpsons 
Homer and Marge dispense marital 
advice. (R) 11.15 FILM: Hotel for 
Dogs (2009) An orphaned brother 
and sister in foster care transform 
an abandoned hotel into luxury 
accommodation for stray dogs. 
Family comedy, with Emma 
Roberts, Jake T Austin and Don 
Cheadle. ★★★ 1.20 FILM: 

Cutthroat Island (1995) 
Swashbuckling adventure, with 
Geena Davis. ★★ 

6.00 Milkshake! 9.00 FILM: Arthur 
2: On the Rocks (1988) The 

drunken millionaire is bankrupt, 
while his wife wants to have a baby 
and pushes him into taking 
responsibility for once. Comedy 
sequel, with Dudley Moore and Liza 
Minnelli. ★ 11.10 FILM: Dirty 
Rotten Scoundrels (1988) Two 
rival conmen on the French Riviera 
make a wager over who will be the 
first to trick a glamorous heiress out 
of her fortune. Comedy, starring 
Michael Caine and Steve Martin. 
★★★ 1.20 FILM: Labyrinth (1986) 
A teenager travels through a 
magical maze to rescue her baby 
brother from a band of goblins and 
their sinister king. Fantasy 
adventure, starring Jennifer 
Connelly and David Bowie. ★★★ 

3.40 Four Rooms with 
Sarah Beeny Items 
include a Second World 
War Tommy Gun. 

4.45 Channel 4 News 
5.00 The Simpsons Lisa joins 
agroupofeco-radicals. (R) 
5.30 The Simpsons Mr Burns 
hires Homer to play pranks. 

6.00 Hollyoaks Tom 

celebrates his birthday at 
The Loft. 

7.00 Travel Man: 48 Hours 
in Hong Kong Richard 
Ayoade is joined by actor 
Jon Hamm, star of Mad 
Men and Baby Driver, for a 
Yuletide trek around Hong 
Kong - the most visited and 
most vertical city on the 
planet. (R) 

8.00 Jamie and Jimmy’s 
Friday Night Feast 

Jamie Oliver and Jimmy 
Doherty are joined by 
Ashley Jensen, who learns 
to make authentic Umbrian 
pasta with truffle. Jimmy 
also helps the RNLI create 
the perfect fundraising 

9.00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does 
Countdown Christmas 
Special Jimmy Carr hosts 
the comedy panel show’s 
version of the words and 
numbers quiz, with Jon 
Richardson and Catherine 
Tate teaming up against 
Sean Lock and Joe 

lO.OOGogglebox 2017 

Highlights from the most 
recent series, featuring the 
armchair critics’ reactions 
to The Crystal Maze, the 
Weakest Link Celebrity 
Special, and Mary Berry’s 
Country House Secrets. 

12.05 FILM: I Give It a Year (2013) 
★★★ 1.55 FILM: The River Wild 
(1994) ★★★ 3.50 Ramsay’s 
Kitchen Nightmares USA (R) 4.35 
Four in a Bed (R) 5.00 Jamie’s 
Cracking Christmas (R) 5.15 
FILM: The Three Musketeers 
(1973) ★★★ 

3.20 Look Who’s Talking 
(1989) Comedy, 
starring Kirstie Alley. 

5.10 Footloose (1984) 

Drama, starring Kevin 
Bacon. ★★★ 

7.00 Winter in Yorkshire As 

winter takes its toll, 
cameras follow grey seal 
pups at Ravenscar beach, 
and the progress of many 
short-eared owls that land 
on the moors; (R) 5 News 

8.00 World’s Strongest Man 

2017 Action from the third 
heat in Botswana, which 
featured six tasks including 
the 15-tonne Bus Pull, the 
350kg Dead Lift and the 
200kg Elephant Carry; 5 
News Update 

9.00 Victoria Wood By Her 
Friends Profile of the 
writer and comedian, 
featuring clips of some of 
the funniest performances 
of her 40-year career and 
contributions from friends, 
fans and co-stars. 

10.00 Victoria Wood: Live 
1997 The comedian 
performs stand-up and 
sketches, recorded during 
Victoria’s 1997 tour and 
acclaimed as one of the 
very best stand-up shows 
of the decade. (R) 

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the chance to take part in live 
interactive gaming, with a mix of 
roulette-wheel spins and lively chat 
from the presenting team. 3.05 
Love/Hate Nidg^ieizes his 
opportunity to take control of the 
gang and sets about getting his 
cohorts back to business and Mary 
discovers the extent of Luke’s 
obsession. Last in the series. (R) 
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following four seasons in the north 
American state, beginning with 
winter, where snowfall is measured 
in feet rather than inches. (R) 4.45 
House Doctor A bachelor pad in 
Knutsford, Cheshire. (R) 5.10 
House Busters Life-enhancing 
changes to a home. (R) 5.35 
Wildlife SOS The work ofvolunteers 
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Halesowen Chronicle Thursday, December 21,2017 

That’s Entertainment 

Theatre has planned a Grand 2018 

They got rhythm - Tom Chambers and Charlotte Wakefield Dancing Queens and Super Troupers will be heading to 
in the George and Ira Gershwin musical Crazy For You Wolverhampton Grand for the big ABBA hits in Mamma Mia! 

Natural Woman - Bronte Barbe plays singer-songwriter 
Carole King in the acclaimed show about her life, Beautiful 

In two minds - gothic horror as Phil 
Daniels plays Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 

PANTO season is in full swing but 
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre has already 
planned a bumper 2018 of top shows, 
including a new thriller, fresh adaptations 
of classics and the return of some old 

Jack And The Beanstalk continues the family 
fun until January 14. Then the Grand gets 
the new year off to a dramatic start with the 
premiere of Ruth Rendell thriller Gallowglass 
(written as Barbara Vine) a story about a 
child’s kidnapping and obsession. It’s at the 
Wolverhampton theatre from January 18 to 20. 

The National Theatre’s production of Henrick 

Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, given a modern 
makeover by award-winning playwright 
Patrick Marber, visits January 23-27. The late 
19th century masterpiece tells of the original 
desperate housewife, the conflicted Hedda, 
a woman caught in a loveless marriage. It is a 
powerful role for Lizzy Watts, who had a part in 
TV’s The Durrells as Larry’s girlfriend Nancy. 

Spine-tingling ghost story The Turn Of The 
Screw, adapted from Henry James’ novel 
by Tim Luscombe, is on from April 10 to 
14, then another classic tale of terror stars 
Quadrophenia actor Phil Daniels as Dr Jekyll 
and Mr Hyde, May 1 to 5. 

Grand musical highlights include 
blockbuster ABBA musical Mamma Mia! 
resident for three weeks, from February 6 to 
24. Fans of can say Good Morning Baltimore 
again when Hairspray returns (February 
26-March 3), and Willy Russell’s Blood 
Brothers makes a comeback April 16-21. 

A top-notch cast, spectacular staging and 
great Gershwin tunes combine to make Crazy 
For You, with Tom ‘Strictly’ Chambers, Claire 
Sweeney and Charlotte Wakefield, one of the 
most eagerly-awaited shows of the year, on 
from May 8 to 12. 

Joe Pasquale steps into the shoes of 

Michael Crawford as the accident-prone Frank 
Spencer in a new stage version of Some 
Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, based on the classic 70s 
TV sit-com. 

June is musical month with Beautiful the 
acclaimed Carole King Musical, with Bronte 
Barbe as the US hitmaker, coming to the 
Grand (12-16) as part of its first UK tour after 
West End success. 

Then Hayley Tamaddon (so good in the 
touring version of Chicago) stars in the 
1920s-set flapper musical Thoroughly Modern 
Millie (26-30). 

The Jersey Boys are working their way back 

to Wolverhampton to bring the music of The 
Four Seasons from August 28 to September 
8. The recent West End favourite Kinky Boots 
struts its stuff at the Grand from October 16 
to 27. 

And, by the way, is you are eager for further 
panto magic next year - the Grand has already 
announced that next festive season’s panto 
is Sleeping Beauty, and tickets are available 

For further details about these shows and 
many more, including one-nighters and 
amateur productions, see 
or call 01902 429212. 


Now taking bookings for Christmas 0121 602 6238 

Thursday Nialft l 
Country Music! 
Night H 

Friday Karaoke 

and Disco with 
Stevie I 

Saturday Nigra 
Live Bandiiiegen'c 


Children £7 


It is one of the best looking cars in the hot hatch segment 

Hyundai's first foray into hot 
hatch market makes its case 

By Jack Evans 

This is Hyundai’s new hot-hatch - the i30 N. Aiming 
to tackle the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI 
and Honda Civic Type R, it’s the South Korean 
manufacturer’s first foray into the ever-growing 
sports hatchback segment. 

There’s a lot going on underneath the skin of the i30 
N, but it all works together to make it as competitive as 
possible in what is a very fought over segment. 

Under the bonnet sits a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol 
engine producing 271 bhp and 353Nm of torque. The 
regular i30 N, which does without the clever differential 
or added exhaust trickery, makes do with ‘just’ 247bhp. 
In this case, we’ve been driving the more powerful 
version, capable of hitting 60mph in 5.9 seconds 
before hitting atop speed of 155mph. 

A key part of the i30 N’s armament is its Drive Mode 
selector. This allows you to cycle through various 
drive settings, with each changing the car a surprising 
amount. More importantly, it allows you to set up the 
car to your individual tastes. Usefully for the UK, it 
allows you to slacken off the suspension yet keep the 
car’s engine and exhaust in their sportiest modes - 
ideal for pothole-ridden British b-roads. 

Up and running, the i30 N gets better and better 

Sit behind the wheel of the i30 N and, in truth, you 
could believe that you were sat in pretty much any other 
Hyundai product. You get the sense that the money has 
been spent on making the car drive well and, thankfully, 
that’s exactly what it does. 

Press the engine starter button and you’re met by a 
cackle from the exhaust - immediately a good sign. 

The major control weights are well-judged; pulling away 
from a stop requires little management of the relatively 
light clutch, while the gearbox - which uses the same 
housing as the i40 - is notchy and simple to operate. 
The fundamentals, therefore, are solid. 

Up and running, the i30 N simply gets better and 
better. The steering is accurate and allows you to easily 
place the car, and this is matched by an engine that 
offers more than enough low-down grunt. 

We’d argue that, with its variety of small exterior 
additions, the i30 N is one of the best looking cars in 
the hot hatch segment. Additional air vents and a large 
rear diffuser help the car stand out just enough without 
shouting too loudly about it. 

As mentioned previously, the interior of the N isn’t 
wildly different to that in the regular i30. There are just 
enough features to keep it feeling special, though. The 
plastics surrounding the window switches are scratchy 
-though we are being picky here. 

Save for a few additional steering wheel buttons - 
most notably the drive mode selectors - it’s as you’d 
expect from the regular i30 N. Key elements have been 
changed however; the metal gear stick is exclusive to 
the i30 N, as are the sports pedals. 

The i30 N’s price tag is worth remembering at this 
point - prices for the Performance model start at 
£27,995, so it’s never going to feel completely premium. 

Whereas other manufacturers offer customers a 
wealth of optional extras to choose from, Hyundai has 
decided to keep things simple. You’re able to pick 
pearl paint for £585 - and that’s it. Despite this, you still 
get a full infotainment system with eight-inch colour 
touchscreen as standard, as well as Apple Car Play and 
Android Auto. There’s also a five-year unlimited mileage 
warranty - and this covers track use, too. 

With only a relatively young motorsport program 
and no production performance car heritage to speak 
of, you could have forgiven Hyundai for producing 
somewhat of a damp squib for its first hot hatch. 
However, this really couldn’t be further from the truth 
- the i30 N is a hugely capable car available for an 
impressively competitive price. In short, we’d think long 
and hard about going for a Golf GTI - the i30 N is the 
complete package, and one of the best hatches on sale 



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We also clean: 

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Front, from left, Colin Thompson, Peter Holmes and Alan Ryder with fellow winners Veteran of the Year went to Anna Edwards, aged 67 Kully Dulay, Angela Slater, Natalie Gilliland and Jane Langford from Ladybirds 

Volunteer of the Year, 11 -year-old Neve Egan 

The Special Award of the Year presented to Councillor Mak Singh 

Sporting heroes step into 
the spotlight for awards 

WOLVERHAMPTON’S sporting heroes 
took centre stage at the city’s Sports Advi¬ 
sory Council awards night. 

The annual event gives recognition to clubs, 
sportsmen and women as well as the unsung 
heroes who put in hours of service behind the 

The Sports Advisory Council celebrated its 50th 
birthday earlier this year and chairman Peter Holmes 
MBE, who has overseen every awards ceremony since 
its formation, was delighted to celebrate sport and to 
acknowledge the unselfish work of countless volunteers. 

“It was a pleasant evening and it was lovely to see a 
group of people who don’t normally get acknowledged 
step into the spotlight,” he said. 

“I still get a tingle when I see what these wonderful 
people have contributed to their sport. In many cases it 
has been anonymous. 

“A lot of these people have been ignored in the past, 
I hope we are highlighting what they do. I hope people 
appreciate what we try to do and it is purely and simply 
about the anonymous workers getting their true recog¬ 

“What never ceases to amaze me is the fact that we 
are a sporting city. Sport is in the DNA of every true 
Wulfrunian, whether they are a performer, a supporter 
or an official - somewhere in their DNA sport is in there. 


“We have 18 centenary clubs in the city and in five 
years time we will have four more. I wish the council 
would realise this is in selling Wolverhampton. When 
people come into Wolverhampton, one of the first things 
they get into is sport. 

“It’s the opportunity for them to integrate into life 
in Wolverhampton. It’s so simple, and yet we tend to 
ignore it. There are no barriers in sport, the only barrier 
is whether you can afford to take part.” 

Councillor Steve Evans handed out the 11 awards 
at Fordhouses Cricket Club. Wolverhampton City of 
Netball League stalwart Lorraine Shail took the Award 
of Merit for her years of service as a player, coach and 

The Disabled Athlete of the Year went to Richard 
Hammond, celebrating his 20th year as a member of 
Wolverhampton Special Olympics. He has trained with 


By Nick Elwell 

“We are a sporting city. Sport 
is in the DNA of every true Wul¬ 
frunian. Somewhere in their 
DNA sport is in there.” 

the swimming and gymnastic sections since the age 
of nine. He won two silver medals in the UK Special 
Olympic Games held in Sheffield in August to add to the 
two he won representing Great Britain at World Special 
Olympic Games in Athens in 2011. 

The Coach of the Year accolade was picked up by 
Steve Peat. Peat was nominated by Wolverhampton 
Special Olympics after taking on a table tennis coaching 
role with the group. 

He quickly made his mark with Wolverhampton the 
only group from the West Midlands to claim a gold at 
the Games in Sheffield earlier this year. 

There was further cause for celebration for Wolver¬ 
hampton Special Olympics after Jacky Silvester was 
named Volunteer of the Year. 

Silvester has been coaching gymnastics and athletics 
for 32 years and is also head coach of the West Midlands 
Special Olympics, chair of the Wolverhampton Special 
Olympics and has coached at seven national summer 

Wolverhampton City Netball netted another two 
prizes with Neve Egan scooping the Young Volunteer of 
the Year award and Anna Edwards the Veteran of the 
Year. As well as playing for Blaze, 11-year-old Egan is 
always on hand to help out with coaching and various 
other duties for her club and within the league. 

Edwards stills plays at the age of 67 for Zimmers and 
has clocked up more than 50 years on court since she 
started playing netball at Manor Secondary School. She 
has also turned out for Park Rebels and Sam and is a 
well-known and popular figure with clubmates and op- 
positionplayers alike. 

Wolverhampton & Bilston Athletics Club were also 

honoured for reaching their half-century. The club was 
formed in 1967 when Wolverhampton Harriers and Bil¬ 
ston Athletic Harriers joined forces. 

Over the years they have produced some outstanding 
athletes who have represented the club and their coun¬ 
try on the world stage. 

Javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson won Olympic gold at 
Los Angeles in 1984 while Gary and Kath Cook won sil¬ 
ver and bronze in their respective 4x400m relay events. 

The club has also been granted the Queen’s Award for 
outstanding work in the community and continues to go 
from strength to strength. 

Ladybirds Netball Club were named Team/Club of 
the Year. They joined the Wolverhampton City Netball 
League in 1986 under the name of Wood Green High 

After a few years of action they changed their name to 
Market Tavern after obtaining a sponsorship deal and 
have been playing under the Ladybirds guise since 1994. 

Their on-court successes include winning the 
league’s Handicap Tournament, Open Knockout and 
Non-Knockout Cup. 

Councillor Mak Singh walked away with the Special 
Award of the Year. Singh has given outstanding support 
to the Sports Advisory Council and was a key figure in 
organising the 50 year celebrations in the summer. 


Singh has an impressive sporting background having 
won numerous powerlifting titles and also spent several 
years as a stunt double in Bollywood films. 

The final two awards were the RV Cook Memorial 
Trophy and HE Lane Memorial Trophy. The latter 
went to Alan Ryder, a member of the JW Hunt Cup com¬ 
mittee, for services to local football, that has seen him 
involved at grassroots level as a player and secretary 
with clubs including Northicote Old Boys, Red Dragons, 
Wolverhampton Transport, Wednesfield Town and Mar- 
stons for more than45 years. 

The RV Cook Trophy went to Wolverhampton & Bil¬ 
ston AC’s Cohn Thompson. He joined the club in 1999 
as a runner and moved onto the committee a year later, 
becoming chairman in in 2004. 

He instigated numerous initiatives that have helped 
the club grow. One of the highlights was when W&B 
were voted England Athletics Development Club of the 
Year in 2010. 

Councillor Evans and Volunteer of the Year Jacky Silvester from Tettenhall 

The Disabled Athlete of the Year, Richard Hammond from Tettenhall 

Councillor Steve Evans presents Coach of the Year to Steve Peat 

Halesowen Chronicle Thursday, December 21,2017 

Page 31 

Sporting heroes are 
recognised at awards 

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The only way 
is Essex after 
Dodd winner 

MATT Dodd fired Stourbridge into the 
last 32 of the FA Trophy on his 100th 
appearance for the club. 

The Glassboys travel to Essex to face 
Billericay Town, of the Isthmian League 
Premier, in the second round on Janu¬ 
ary 13. 

On Saturday, Dodd downed former 
club Leamington by scrambling in off 
the post and via keeper Tony Breeden’s 
glove after Kyle Perry had nodded an 
Aaron Forde corner towards goal three 
minutes after half-time. 

Breeden denied Forde a second from 
Luke Shearer’s centre just before the 
hour-mark, blocking with his legs, but 
the Brakes offered little hope of a lev¬ 
eller. It meant Leamington became 
Stour’s third National North scalp in 
cup competitions this season, but boss 
Gary Hackett stressed the importance of 
repeat performances in the league. 

“I was delighted to see Matt nick a 
goal after missing him for two or three 
weeks,” said Hackett. “I hadn’t been 
aware of it being his 100th game and it 
was a great way to mark the occasion. 

“Leamington were every bit as tough 
as we expected them to be and made it 
scrappy but we deserved the win. 

“We were very disciplined and kept a 
clean sheet. Everyone deserves a lot of 
credit because it was a strong all-round 
performance. Now we need to get back to 
addressing our league form.” 

Stourbridge scooped £6,000 in prize 
money for winning and have moved 
within four stages of a Wembley final. 

Kaiman Anderson, who has previously 
enjoyed a loan spell at Yeltz, has joined 
Glassboys on a two-month loan deal 
from Southport. 

Heathens to race on 
in National Trophy 

CRADLEY Heathens will race for the 
National Trophy next year. 

The nomadic club have entered the 
competition for the first time to ensure 
the world famous name survives into a 
ninth season since their relaunch. All 
home meetings will be raced at Monmore 
Green after making the decision not to 
take Birmingham up on the offer to race 
at Perry Barr. They will face Birming¬ 
ham, Buxton, Coventry and Stoke at 
home and away. 

Manager Will Pottinger has already 
pledged his commitment to stay in 
charge of the team and will be looking to 
use a settled squad of riders. 

But it means Heathens won’t be in the 
National League. 

Co-promoter Gary Patchett said: 
“When we brought the Heathens back 
to the track in 2010 the longevity of the 
club was dependent on our success or 
failure to find a site suitable to develop 
into a permanent base. 

“We made a pledge to our supporters 
to do everything in our power to keep the 
club on track next season and this was 
the only option open to us.” 

Rugby club is tackling knife crime 

Farah Ahmed, Opening Boundaries, Robin 
Edwards, SRFC chairman, Peter Wheeler, RFU 
junior vice-president, Nick Perry, SRFC president 

STOURBRIDGE Rugby Club has joined a cam¬ 
paign to raise awareness of knife crime and how 
it can be tackled. 

The club is working in partnership with 
Opening Boundaries to organise a community 
charity event next May. 

They are teaming up with West Midlands 
Police who have given their backing to the T 
support Tackling Knife Crime’ campaign which 
was launched in November to coincide with the 
club’s first game on its new artificial grass pitch. 

The tournament aims to be fully inclusive and 

will raise money for Birmingham Children’s 
Hospital. Miranda Williams, public fundraising 
manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital 
charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to 
Opening Boundaries and Stourbridge Rugby 
Club. The money will make a huge difference 
to the lives of our brave children and their fam¬ 

Register via info@opening be¬ 
fore January 31. 

On the pitch, Stourbridge ended 2017 with a 
39-25 win over Macclesfield last weekend. 


WEST Bromwich’s Tom Stokes 
wants to come flying out of the 
blocks when he returns to ac¬ 
tion in an eight-rounder tonight 

Stokes is determined to bounce back 
when takes on former Southern area ti- 
tlist Nicky Jenman in Birmingham. 

The two top the bill at the Holiday Inn Queen¬ 
sway in Birmingham, on a show staged by Errol 
Johnson’s BCB Promotions titled ‘The Fight Be¬ 
fore Christmas, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino 
Birmingham Hill Street. 

Both are determined to get back into the title 
chase, Stokes after coming up short to Tyler 
Denny on points for the Midlands middleweight 
title in September. Southpaw Jenman, 31, from 
Brighton, lost his area strap to Grant Dennis last 
December but has won two bouts since. 

Stokes, who turned 23 this month, had racked 
up nine wins from nine before facing Denny. 


“I’ve trained hard for this fight,” Stokes said. “I 
want a solid performance and a good win to finish 
this year on a high.” 

Kane Baker also features. He could come flying 
down the weights in 2018 after signing off for this 
year on his own turf. 

The born and bred Brummie features after 
being unable to fight at Walsall FC last weekend 
as clearance was not obtained from the British 
Boxing Board of Control in time. 

Baker received the standard month-long ban 
for suffering a cut against Gary Cully, who he 
took the distance on November 18. 

The 27-year-old could travel down to super 
feather but must first deal with Chris Adaway, 
who was a well-schooled amateur with the May¬ 
flower Club in Plymouth before turning pro. 

Jordan Clayton tackles Danny Little in the 
other bout. Tickets are £65, including two-course 
meal. Contact the boxers on Facebook or online at 
iboxingtickets. com 

Event a great try from students 

Halesowen College students who organised the tag rugby event 

HALESOWEN College stu¬ 
dents organised and held a 
tag rugby competition in 
partnership with five local 
primary schools. 

Schools involved were 
St Kenelm’s Primary, in 
Romsley, Clent Primary, 
Belbroughton Primary, 
Blakedown Primary and 
Hagley Primary School. 
There were two competi¬ 
tions, one for Year Threes 
and one for Year Fours. 

The OCR Level Three 
Sports students planned 
the competition as part of 
their ‘organising events’ 
unit. They had help from 
A-Level student Geoff 
Palmer to support with 
refereeing. The Year Three 
contest was won by Blake¬ 
down and the Year Four 
competition was won by 

Sports lecturer Katy 
Skinner said: “It was great 
to see all the students pull 

Students involved were 
Mollie Bryant-Jones, 
Ben Gordon, Katie Grif¬ 
fiths, Dominique Hm- 
aissi, William Howells, 
Mathew Jenkinson, 
Mark Laing, Connor Phil¬ 
lips, Emily Reynolds, Trae 
Samuels, Fortune Sion, 
Cameron Tyrell, Jack Wal¬ 
dron, Bradley Webb and 
Alex Westwood. 

Pair facing 
darts action 

TIPTON duo Scott Baker and Jamie 
Hughes will sit out the opening weekend 
of the 2018 BDO World Championship 
after being assigned midweek slots for 
their ties. 

The Black Country throwers can’t 
toe the oche together until, at least, the 
semi-finals at Lakeside. 

Baker makes his worlds debut and 
takes on Belgium’s Andy Beatens, the 
current Belgium Masters and England 
Masters champion, in a first-to-three 
sets tie. 

The match will open the evening ses¬ 
sion on Monday, January 8 and will be 
broadcast on BT Sport. 

The winner will take on either former 
BDO winner Scott Mitchell or Lithua¬ 
nia’s Darius Labanauskas in the best-of- 
five second round clash. 

Third seed Hughes, a two-time worlds 
semi-finalist, enters the fray for the 
evening’s line-up the following day in 
the last game of the day’s schedule. 

He will play either Canada’s David 
Cameron or German open qualifier Mi¬ 
chael Unterbuchner, who will slug it out, 
in front of Channel 4 viewers, in the first 
clash on Tuesday afternoon. 

Should he prevail, Hughes will likely 
go up against Martin Phillips, who must 
first beat either New Zealand’s Craig 
Caldwell or English debutant Daniel 

Down the line, ‘Yozza’ could face a po¬ 
tential last four rematch with reigning 
world champion Glen Durrant, who beat 
him at the same stage last time. 

Stars toe the oche in 
hospice fundraiser 

FOUR international players will toe the 
oche at a charity darts event in Dudley. 

Daryl Gurney, Steve Beaton, Jamie 
Caven and Alan Norris will lock horns in 
the second annual Tungsten Hold ‘Em 
event at Parkes Hall Social Club on Feb¬ 
ruary 24. Dutchman Jelle Klaasen won 
last year, with more than £4,000 raised 
for the Mary Stevens Hospice. 

A limited number of standing tick¬ 
ets are still left. Crowd members can 
win the chance to play against some of 
the stars in a fundraising raffle. Stand¬ 
ard standing tickets are £20, with VIP 
seated tickets at £30 per person. Call 
07950 213169 or 07727 679384. 


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