It's December, the days are short, the weather's chilly, and the joys of the garden are a little harder to come by. But despite all that Hugh can't help but love winter. The winter landscape has a chilly thrill all its own and it gives Hugh an appetite for hearty cooking, Christmas cheer and feasting with friends. Preparing a party for all the gang at River Cottage and friends, Hugh will be showing you how to serve up a feast both joyful and triumphant. Meaty starters to a rolly polly finale. For the main course, the turkey's of the hook as Hugh gets venison on his sights - the ultimate read meat for the Christmas table. All that plus two fairly wise men, River cottage secret Santas, and the kids are dreaming of a Whiting Christmas.
Hugh welcomes comedy actors Kathy Burke, Stephen Mangan and Mark Heap to River Cottage. What could possibly go wrong? Kathy hates Christmas; so it'll be down to Stephen and Mark to help Hugh to talk her round. Hugh takes Kathy out on a fishing trip to catch an alternative Christmas day main course - perfect for non-meat eaters like her, or anyone fancying a change from the boring bird.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his team offer tips on enjoying the perfect festive holiday. They share party food recipes for goose, brawn and speciality breads, as well as handmade delights to fill a hamper, including potted Stilton and pear cheese. They also reveal road-tested hangover cures, create their own version of a Christmas grotto and make celebratory crackers for the table.