This week's UK TV & radio

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Listings for BBC 2 on Thursday, December 21 2017

03:55This Is BBC Two Highlights of programmes on BBC Two. Also in HD. [S] 
06:30Flog It! Trade Secrets Handmade - Part 1: Antiques series. This programme focuses on the work of amateur craftsmen and women. Also in HD. [S] 
07:00MasterChef: The Professionals 4/21. The search for the country's 2017 culinary superstar continues. Six chefs face a skills test, set by Monica. They have 20 minutes to prepare a dish using cod cheeks. Also in HD. [AD,S,SL] 
08:00David Suchet - In the Footsteps... ...of St Peter. 2/2. Actor David Suchet continues to trace the life of the man we know today as Saint Peter. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
09:00Victoria Derbyshire The BBC's daily news and current affairs programme with original stories, exclusive interviews, audience debate and breaking news. Also in HD. [S] 
11:00BBC Newsroom Live Stay up to date on the day's top stories with the latest breaking news as it happens. Also in HD. [S] 
12:00Daily Politics The latest political news, interviews and debate. Also in HD. [S] 
13:00Snow Babies Caroline Quentin narrates the tale of a group of baby animals, including emperor penguins and polar bears, born in some of the coldest and harshest places on Earth. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
14:00Nature's Miniature Miracles:... ...Natural World. This film tells the epic survival stories of the world's smallest animals. It really is a big bad world out there. So what happens if you are the little guy? Also in HD. [AD,S] 
15:00Victorian Bakers at Christmas 4/4. How the Victorians invented Christmas as it's known today, through the eyes of four bakers, who make favourite festive products from a revolutionary era in British history. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
16:00Back in Time for Christmas 1/2. The 1940s, 50s and 60s: A wartime Christmas has the Robshaws embracing the 'make do and mend' spirit. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
17:00The Lake District: A Wild Year Cutting-edge camera techniques give a new and unique perspective on a turbulent year in the life of England's largest national park. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
18:00Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve 3/3. The Yangtze: Simon Reeve explores the influence of rivers on the countries they flow through. Along the Yangtze, he discovers a revival of religious faith in China. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
19:00Inside the Christmas Factory In this Christmas special, Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman explore the fascinating factory processes and surprising history behind our favourite festive treats. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
20:00MasterChef: The Professionals -... ...The Finals. 21/21. Just one almighty cook off remains before one chef is crowned 2017 champion. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
21:00Joanna and Jennifer: Absolutely... ...Champers. Comedy icons Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders learn how to put the bubbles into bubbly. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
22:00Absolutely Fabulous Cold Turkey Award-winning sitcom set in the world of fashion and PR. Edina plans her first Christmas with the family. This break in tradition gives Patsy a serious trauma. [S] 
22:35Insert Name Here 5/8. Christmas: In this special festive edition, Jack Dee and Suzannah Lipscomb join Josh and Martin Kemp and Liz Bonnin join Richard. Contains some strong language. Also in HD. [S] 
23:05QI 8/18. Merriment: Quiz show in which the aim is to be interesting. Stephen Fry conjures up some seasonal merriment with Jenny Eclair, Johnny Vegas, Bill Bailey and Alan Davies. Also in HD. [S] 
23:35Dara and Ed's Road to Mandalay 3/3. Myanmar: Dara and Ed arrive in Yangon, Myanmar at a time of great political change. After 50 years of brutal military rule, Myanmar recently heralded a new era of democracy. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
00:35The Alternativity Unique, hour-long film following the production of a contemporary one-off performance of the nativity play quite unlike any other. Also in HD. [S] 
01:35The Apprentice 14/14. The Final: For the final head to head, the finalists have to bring their business plans to life by creating ad campaigns and pitching to industry experts. Also in HD. [S,SL] 
02:35The Apprentice: You're Hired 12/12. Rhod Gilbert meets the winner, runner-up and Lord Sugar himself to discuss the tears, triumphs and most memorable moments of the past 12 weeks. Also in HD. [S,SL] 
03:35The Sweet Makers at Christmas Four modern confectioners immerse themselves in the world of their predecessors, discovering how sweet makers of old helped shape the way Christmas is celebrated. Also in HD. [AD,S,SL] 
04:35This Is BBC Two Highlights of programmes on BBC Two. Also in HD. [S]