There are some things Skye Gyngell can't live without at Christmas. Better still, they can all be made in advance – leaving more time to celebrate
Makes two puddings, serving 6 each
A dip into troubled waters
Gilbert Adair found his true calling with his trilogy of Agatha Christie knock-offs involving the lesbian novelist Evadne Mount. They are, in varying degrees, pastiche, tribute and form-fiddling self-indulgence.
Ron Sexsmith is usually damned with faint praise as a songwriter's songwriter, loved by students of the form but largely ignored.
Ian Siegal's live shows confirm him as the leading bluesman in Britain. Their sweaty catharsis is hinted at here.