What to Read, Watch and Listen to this December | Living North

What to Read, Watch and Listen to this December


The best of December’s entertainment, hand-picked for you


Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid 
From an exhilarating new voice, this big-hearted story delves into issues surrounding race and privilege. The plot, set around a young black babysitter and her well-intentioned employer, reveals a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. It’s a guaranteed page turner. 
31st December 2019

On Fire: My Story of England's Summer to Remember by Ben Stokes
Early evening on Sunday 14th July 2019. Lord's Cricket Ground in London. Something had just happened in the sport of cricket that had never happened before: England had won the Cricket World Cup for the very first time since the tournament's inception in 1975. At the epicentre of the historic triumph was Ben Stokes. This recount of the summer is a gripping tale of sporting endeavour and a must-have stocking filler for any fan. 
Out Now.

Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over
Packed with over 150 all-new recipes, this cook book, from New York Times columnist Alison Roman, has been written to take the stress out of entertaining. Think strategic menus that you can shop, cook and eat all in the same day – jacket potatoes have never looked so good. 
Out Now

Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special 
Oh my Christ! It’s back. Having aired its finale way back in 2010, one of the greatest British sit-coms of all time is returning to our screens on Christmas Day, thanks to James Corden and Ruth Jones. Although the trailer doesn’t reveal too much of what’s to come, with all of the originalcast making a return, we’re sure there’ll be plenty occurring. 
25th December 2019

A Berry Royal Christmas
Mary Berry always goes down well, and this Christmas her show, A Berry Royal Christmas, will see the baking legend make a series of trips to charities across the country whose staff work throughout the holidays – before creating a festive feast for a very special party in true Mary Berry style.
16th December 2019

Hugh Grant: A Life on Screen
Hugh Grant is one of the nation’s most charming and charismatic actors and this insight to his life, with contributions from Grant’s friends and co-stars, including Andie MacDowell, Richard Curtis, Sandra Bullock, Colin Firth and Nicholas Hoult, will dive deep into his illustrious career. This Christmas a 60-minute film will retell the story of his acting history, from his early days to his spell as one of the most reliable leading men, right up to his recent turn as the villain of Paddington 2. 
Air date TBC


Jesus Is Born by Kanye West
Dropping on Christmas Day Kanye West’s album, Jesus Is Born, is said to be an insight into the artist’s popular Sunday Service Sessions, which have ran throughout the year.

Heavy Is The Head by Stormzy
Scheduled for release on 13th December, Stormzy’s second studio album, Heavy Is The Head with artwork that features the iconic Union Jack stab vest that the rapper wore during his performance at Glastonbury 2019, features songs in collaboration with Aitch, Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran, Headie One, H.E.R., Tiana Major9 and YEBBA. 

Here’s To Christmas by Chris Kamara 
Chris ‘Kammy’ Kamara’s irreverent style of match analysis for Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Special on Saturday afternoons has seen him become something of a national treasure. But he’s now lent his expressive vocals to the sounds of brass, strings and swing on a heavenly host of Christmas classics with his first ever album, Here’s To Christmas.

Published in: December 2019

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