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27/12/11 Gordon's Christmas Cookalong Live Gives Channel 4 A Festive Ratings Treat

Gordon Ramsay’s action-packed cookery special achieved bumper viewing figures for Channel 4 on Christmas Day.

The four-hour live programme, broadcast from 10am to 2pm, trebled the slot average with 1.2 million viewers (peaking at 1.5 million), and earned a 9.6% audience share (peaking at 12%).

The show's success helped Channel 4 to its biggest overall Christmas Day audience since 1999.

During the live show, Gordon led viewers through cooking their own perfect three-course festive feast and welcomed special Christmas lunch guests to his home to chat and help him cook - including legend The Hoff, street magician Dynamo, dancing astrologer Russell Grant, stars of Seven Dwarves Max Laird and Karen Anderson, Thelma Madine from Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and footballer Jermain Defoe. Plus cooking along live from their own homes, Max Beasley and Arg and Lydia from The Only Way Is Essex.

Woven into the live cooking action, viewers enjoyed classic festive TV from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and Come Dine With Me, plus a smattering of unforgettable celebrity chef bloopers.

The show set Twitter alight, trending globally, with people loving the energy and fun whether or not they were cooking along.

Gordon's Christmas Cookalong Live was a One Potato Two Potato production for Channel 4. 

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