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Love it or loathe it, sport is returning to our small screens

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This year we can enjoy 366 days of TV!

29 February 2020 is a leap year – that’s an extra day in this year’s calendar. A leap year occurs every […]

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It’s time to deck the halls

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28.11.19 in Everything

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09.10.19 in Everything

Let’s all eat cake

The Great British Bake Off is back. Series ten is underway and we’ve already seen some mouth-watering, scrumptious, impressive bakes. A […]

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The beautiful game

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Laying down the rubber

It’s go, go, go for Formula 1 with the first races of the 2020 season taking place this month. There are three races in July: two in Austria and one Hungary. We can’t wait to watch the highlights on Channel 4. The last weekend of July sees the British Grand Prix; a highlight of the racing calendar (not that we’re biased in any way).

Two for the price of one

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I don’t like cricket, I love it!

Highlights from every Test and One Day International this summer will be shown on BBC Two from July, marking the first time Test match cricket has been broadcast on BBC TV in over twenty years. We may not be able to be at the ground but we’ll certainly be creating our own atmosphere for the upcoming England v West Indies match.

Whether you’re cheering Hamilton on to a victory, disagreeing with the umpire or wondering who is the dark horse, it’s good to be back. If you have noticed new TV interference (we promise, it’s not goal line technology) – there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G signals. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).

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Along with our favourite soaps and dramas, there have been some other programmes lots of us have been tuning into. Here’s a short round up.

Can you fix it?

If it’s broken, the team at The Repair Shop can save it. 6.7 million of us have been watching these skilled and caring craftspeople rescue and restore sentimental objects such as music boxes, vases and clocks, proving that anything can be fixed up to be as good as new again – or even better!

Travel smart

No smartphones, no credit cards and no access to the internet. Already sounds like a challenge but add to that no air travel, how would five pairs of travellers get from Mexico City to Argentina? The second Race Across the World was an epic contest that saw an extra million of us tune into this series. Five pairs of travellers travelled 25,000 km in two months and, as two pairs raced to the finish line, the winners pipped the other pair by seconds!

Coughing Major

Remember the story of an Army Major from Wiltshire accused of tricking his way into winning £1 million on the TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The drama Quiz was a reconstruction of the programme and the trial which led to his conviction. 5.3M of us were gripped.

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A leap year occurs every four years and by adding an extra day, it keeps our calendar aligned with the astronomical seasons. Every year the calendar is out of sync by 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds. Without leap days, after 100 years the difference would be 25 days!

Why is it called a ‘leap year’? A fixed date in the Gregorian calendar normally advances one day of the week from one year to the next. However, the day of the week in the 12 months following the leap day will advance two days due to the extra day. It’s likely the name came from this "leaping over" one of the days in the week. For example, if your birthday is on 1 December and it fell on a Friday in 2019, in 2020 it will leap over Saturday to fall on a Sunday.

Are you a ‘leapling’? Babies born on leap day are called ‘leaplings’. Doesn’t seem fair to celebrate your birthday only every four years!

And what of folklore? Leap Day was also known as “Ladies Day” or “Ladies’ Privilege,” as it was the one day when women were free to propose to men.

We’re happy to have an extra day! If you decide to spend the extra time watching your favourite TV programmes and notice new TV interference – there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G signals. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).
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So how did the tradition of decorating a tree indoors start? Way before trees were bought indoors and decorated, trees outdoors were adorned with strips of coloured cloth each winter. It was believed when trees lost their leaves, the spirits living in the trees disappeared and, without tree spirits, it was thought the leaves would not grow again. So, the trees were decorated to encourage the spirits to return in spring.

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If you’re planning to put up decorations this weekend, it may not be the singing reindeer that are causing new TV interference - there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G signals. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).
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                    [post_content] => As the nights draw in and the temperature becomes decidedly chilly, we’re enjoying cosy evenings on the sofa watching some great TV. Our top line up features several long running autumn favourites alongside some new entrants to the autumn schedule.

X-Factor

A new twist to an old favourite: Celebrity X-Factor. The format is the same but the contestants include stars from the world of film, online, social media and TV. The final is on Saturday 30 November and we’re on the edge of our seats to see who will be the winner.

Strictly Come Dancing

Another favourite that never fails to catapult us into a world of glitter, sequins, twists and turns. We’ve enjoyed spectacular sambas, feisty foxtrots and cheeky charlestons. This Saturday, it’s musicals week! Grab your top hat and celebrate one of the greatest shows on earth.

Jungle fun

I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! is back. We’re already squirming at the bush tucker trials and holding our breath through the dingo dollar challenges. Who will be crowned King or Queen of the jungle? We can find out on 8 December.

We’ve also been enjoying some new shows too including His Dark Materials, where the fierce hero Lyra, while searching for a missing friend, uncovers a dark secret which she is determined to investigate; a new version of the sci-fi classic, War of the Worlds, with aliens that threaten the existence of life and finally, Seven Worlds, One Planet, a jaw-dropping look at the biodiversity and the variety of life on our planet that also shines a spotlight on its challenges.

What are you watching this autumn? Tweet us at @at800tv.

If you’ve noticed new interference to your Freeview – there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G mobile signals. We're here to help – 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).

 
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In their earliest form, cakes were round and flat and turned once during cooking. They were essentially bread until eggs were added which altered the dough consistency giving it the texture we now recognise as cake. We now have cakes that have distinctive ingredients and, depending on how the batter is prepared, a range of textures and tastes such as sponge, butter, chiffon, flourless, layered, sheet, Genoise, angel and pound cake.

If you were asked what your favourite cake was, what would it be? In one poll carried out last year, the top five favourites in the UK were voted as being lemon drizzle, chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake, chocolate brownie and Victoria sponge.

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The beautiful game

The Premier League restarted its season in June and some of the remaining matches are being shown on the BBC or broadcast free to air on Sky Pick. The FA cup semi -finals will be played on 18 and 19 July and the final, normally a May highlight, is scheduled for 1 August. We’ve got our sofa space reserved already!

Laying down the rubber

It’s go, go, go for Formula 1 with the first races of the 2020 season taking place this month. There are three races in July: two in Austria and one Hungary. We can’t wait to watch the highlights on Channel 4. The last weekend of July sees the British Grand Prix; a highlight of the racing calendar (not that we’re biased in any way).

Two for the price of one

The Derby and Oaks traditionally take place on the first Friday and Saturday in June respectively, however this year they will be combined and run on a single day - 4 July. Although the event takes place without the usual spectators, there’s no reason not to watch the race in your finest millinery creation. The race is on ITV 1.

I don’t like cricket, I love it!

Highlights from every Test and One Day International this summer will be shown on BBC Two from July, marking the first time Test match cricket has been broadcast on BBC TV in over twenty years. We may not be able to be at the ground but we’ll certainly be creating our own atmosphere for the upcoming England v West Indies match.

Whether you’re cheering Hamilton on to a victory, disagreeing with the umpire or wondering who is the dark horse, it’s good to be back. If you have noticed new TV interference (we promise, it’s not goal line technology) – there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G signals. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).

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