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The TVweek: Saturday 2nd - Friday 8th January 2021

 Saturday 

5.15pm Ant & Dec's Saturday Knight Takeaway ITV - The duo present a special mystery edition of their entertainment show, in which they attempt to unmask a criminal mastermind kidnapping members of the aristocracy. Joanna Lumley, Emilia Fox, Michael Sheen, David Walliams and Noel Edmonds are among the celebrities caught up in the case.

8.30pm The Voice UK ITV - Emma Willis hosts the return of the spinning-chair singing contest, with Anne-Marie joining the coaching panel alongside old hands Olly Murs, Tom Jones and Will.i.am. The four coaches will once again be selecting their teams through blind auditions, where looks play no part in the selection process and each singer is chosen on vocal ability alone.

9.00pm Spiral BBC Four - Eighth series of the acclaimed French crime drama. With Gilou facing the possibility of prison, Laure's team try to recover their reputation by taking on a case that no-one else wants - the murder of an identified minor in a run-down part of town. 

9.30pm Prince Phillip: The Bachelor Years Channel 5 - Documentary looking at the Duke of Edinburgh's early life, his playboy father and troubled mother, and an immediate childhood connection that blossomed into a royal romance. Experts and insiders reveal his achievements in the face of danger as a sailor in the Second World War, and the extraordinary experience of fighting against his aristocratic German brothers-in-law. 

Sunday

7.40pm The Great New Year Bake-Off Channel 4 - Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood get the New Year celebrations started in the tent. Joining them are Helena and Henry from 2019, Nancy from 2014, and 2018 winner Rahul, all hoping to impress the judges with their skills and creativity and take home the coveted Festive Star Baker title.

8.00pm A Perfect Planet BBC One - David Attenborough narrates a documentary revealing how the forces of nature drive, shape and support the Earth's great diversity of life. The first edition examines volcanoes, which responsible for both for the planet's breathable atmosphere and the oceans, but are also the architects of the planet, with over 80% of the Earth's surface being the result of magma bursting up from the molten interior - providing a platform for life.

8.00pm Jimmy Tarbuck: The Laughs are on Me Channel 5 - At the age of 80, Jimmy Tarbuck tells the story of his extraordinary career. Over three months he has recorded all the anecdotes from a lifetime in the limelight. With contributions from family, friends and stars, such as Bradley Walsh, Michael Parkinson, Cliff Richard, Les Dennis and, in their last interview together, Tommy Cannon and the late Bobby Ball.

8.00pm Expedition with Steve Backshall: Unpacked Dave - A look at some of the moments that nearly stopped the Expedition teams in their tracks, as well as the points where taking one step further meant no chance of turning back.

9.00pm Beat the Chasers ITV - Bradley Walsh returns to host the spin-off from The Chase in which contestants take on two, three, four or all five of the quiz's resident experts - Jenny `The Vixen" Ryan, Anne `The Governess" Hegerty, Shaun `The Dark Destroyer" Wallace, Mark `The Beast" Labbett and Paul `The Sinnerman" Sinha, hoping to win big money against the odds. The series will play across the week at 9.00pm Concluding 9.00pm on Friday.

9.00pm The Great Channel 4 - Elle Fanning and Nicholas Holt star in this hilarious period drama that aired on HULU in the US. In 1761, Catherine marries the Emperor of Russia, Peter. However, her hopes of tying the knot with a great love are dashed as she learns that he is a selfish, spoiled brat who stands against everything she values. 

9.00pm Magnum P.I Sky One - Third season of the remake.

10.00pm A Teacher BBC Two - Ten-part US drama series starring Kate Mara. English teacher Claire Wilson arrives for her first term at Westerbrook High full of enthusiasm. Dissatisfied in her marriage, she finds herself attracted to one of her students, and considers an inappropriate relationship that could have crushing consequences for them both. The series, which runs as half hour episodes will be played in double bills across the week at 10.00pm Concluding Friday.

10.00pm NCIS: Los Angeles Sky One - 12th season of the US drama starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J.

10.20pm And Finally - With Trevor McDonald ITV - The presenter's favourite trademark 'And Finally' news stories from across his 30-year career at ITN, which offered a glimpse into the nation's lighter, quirkier moments. He catches up with some of the protagonists, including the man who turned his lounge into the Starship Enterprise, and the girl who was christened with 217 names.

Monday

7.30pm Married At First Sight Australia E4 - A fresh group of people embarks on the social experiment, beginning by celebrating their final night of single life in style with the ultimate stag and hen parties.

8.00pm Bradley & Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad ITV - The actor and his son hit the road together again, but this time they are staying closer to home and heading for Europe as they travel from Essex to Italy's Amalfi coast. Their first stop is the Netherlands, where they try out the sport of canal jumping, before the pair don Lycra for a spot of velodrome track cycling alongside a world champion, and take on the world's tallest freestanding climbing wall.

9.00pm Traces BBC One - Crime drama that was originally shown on UKTV's Alibi last year. Emma Hedges' return to Dundee to start a new job brings her mother's unsolved murder into sharp focus as she fights to bring the killer to justice. However, before she makes the journey back to her home town, a fatal fire in a nightclub proves ominous. Crime drama by Amelia Bullmore, based on an original idea by Val McDermid, starring Molly Windsor, Laura Fraser, Martin Compston and Jennifer Spence. Continues Tomorrow at 9.00pm

9.00pm Feast to Save the Planet BBC Two - MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace and mathematician Hannah Fry take over a restaurant and invite five celebrities to enjoy a dinner party with a difference, where they will be scored on the carbon footprint of every dish they choose. Diners Sara Pascoe, Amol Rajan, Nikki Fox, Desiree Burch and Matthew Fort choose from a menu of tantalising treats, each of which tells its own environmental story.

9.00pm 24 Hours in Police Custody: Black Widow Channel 4 - First of a two-part special taking viewers behind the scenes of a Cambridgeshire police investigation into a woman who is plotting to have her ex-husband killed. A man handed police a secretly recorded conversation that appeared to show his girlfriend offering to pay someone to commit murder, and DS Mike Barnshaw has to work out whether the recording is evidence that she really wanted him dead or is pillow talk with a man she has picked up on a dating site. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm

9.00pm A&E: After Dark Channel 5 - Second series of the documentary going behind the scenes at Hull Royal Infirmary to show the night-time challenges facing NHS staff working in the A&E department.

9.45pm Stated BBC One - Second series of the Zoom comedy starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen as fictitious versions of themselves. While appearing on a chat show discussing a year in lockdown, Michael and David are pained to discover someone they respect is not a fan of their work. David's intention to go to work and Michael's plans to visit a friend abroad are both scuppered by last-minute travel rule changes. Continues Tomorrow at 9.45pm

10.00pm The Man Who Fell From the Sky Channel 4 - In 2015, two men stowed away in the landing gear of a British Airways flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow. One of them fell to his death in Richmond - making worldwide headlines - but miraculously his companion survived an 11-hour journey with temperatures reaching -60 C. In this documentary, Richard Bentley sets out to uncover who they were, how they got on the plane, and why they decided to undertake such a dangerous and desperate mission.

10.45pm Accused: A Mother on Trial BBC One - Documentary following the case of Alaskan woman Ashley Ard as she faces the prospect of up to 99 years in prison for murdering her newborn child. Her lawyer Rex Lamont-Butler compiles the defence with the help of local private detective Tank Jones, who revisits the park where the baby was abandoned, convinced that Ashley is not who the public think she is. Continues Tomorrow at 10.45pm

11.05pm Monster Channel 4 - Norwiegen crime drama. Hedda Hersoug is assigned to work with fellow detective Joel Dreyer when a young man is found dead and his girlfriend reported missing.

11.30pm The Science(ish) of Stranger Things BBC One - Comedian Sophie Duker, presenter Rick Edwards and physicist Michael Brooks dissect the science behind the hit Netflix sci-fi series, sorting the nanoscience from the nonsense.

Tuesday

7.30pm South Africa with Gregg Wallace ITV - The MasterChef presenter explores the country's most famous and best-loved landscapes and experiences, beginning by going on safari at the Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. After a drive through the reserve, he camps out overnight and tastes his first poike - a traditional South African stew - cooked over a campfire. In the morning, Gregg joins vet Will Fowlds and his team as they care for a wild leopard.

8.00pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: A Very Major Scandal ITV - Jeremy Clarkson and Chris Tarrant take a look back at the infamous cheating scandal on the quiz show, where contestant Charles Ingram used secret messages from the audience to win. Featuring contributions from past winners and celebrity contestants, including Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, who recalls getting a second chance to win a million.

8.00pm How to Lose Weight Well Channel 4 - Doctors Helen Lawal and Javid Abdelmoneim help people try out the most popular diets on the market, with participants being put on a variety of regimens.

8.00pm Dogs Behaving (very) Badly Channel 5 - Graeme Hall checks up on a 13 stone Newfoundland, whose health is in danger due to his weight - but who refuses to exercise unless he has been bribed with treats. Other pets on his list are a Great Dane with a social media following who makes his owners' lives unbearable and a dog so spoiled she even has her own car, but who has a serious dislike of children.

9.00pm The Cheetah Family & Me BBC Two - Two-part documentary. Wildlife film-maker Gordon Buchanan gets close to wild cheetah in the Kalahari, experiencing first-hand the very real dangers these beautiful big cats face. The programme follows two females, each with a litter of cubs, as they navigate a harsh environment, dangerous wildlife and dwindling prey. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm

9.00pm Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild Channel 5 - Ben meets a Pembrokeshire family living on the side of a rugged mountain, where they catch and forage for their own food and salvage junk for homemade inventions. Ben helps them put their latest creations to the test in all weathers, and learns about the special global policy for utopian living that they have signed up to.

Wednesday

8.00pm London's Greatest Bridges with Rob Bell Channel 5 - Rob Bell explores the extraordinary stories of four of London's most iconic bridges, uncovering the history behind how - and why - they were built. 

8.30pm Cornwall and Devon Walks with Julia Bradbury ITV - The presenter walks through the two counties, which boast more than 5,000 miles of footpaths, from the rugged rocks of Dartmoor to the picturesque port of Padstow.

9.00pm The Truth About Boosting Your Immune System BBC One - A guide to strengthening the immune system during cold and flu season, examining some of the so-called `miracle" products, superfoods and supplements that claim to help.

9.00pm Lucey Worsley's Royal Place Secrets BBC Four - The historian goes behind closed doors at three treasure-filled royal palaces to uncover how each building has shaped a monarchy and a nation. With exclusive access to the palaces' most secret places, she uncovers the dramatic events that changed the course of British history, from might and intimidation at the Tower of London and the rise and fall of absolute monarchy at Hampton Court, to the modern face of royalty at Kensington Palace.

9.00pm Grand Designs Channel 4 - Kevin McCloud follows more of Britain's most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams. In this first edition, Kevin meets former army captain Justin, who has spent £1.8million on an abandoned neo-Gothic cemetery keeper's lodge and adjoining ex-council toilet block in south-west London.

9.00pm The Thames: Britain's Great River with Tony Robinson Channel 5 - The actor and presenter discovers what makes the Thames one of the greatest rivers in the world. This time, Tony gains access to one of the most iconic landmarks to sit on - or over - the River Thames, the Battersea Power Station.

9.00pm Bless This Mess FOX - Shortlived US comedy starring Dax Shepard and Lake Bell. Newlyweds Rio and Mike leave their home in New York City for a farm in rural Nebraska. 

10.00pm Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back Channel 4 - Gordon Ramsay travels across the United States in search of restaurants in dire need of renovation - and after analysing their situation, he has just 24 hours to bring them back from the brink of disaster. In this opening edition, Gordon must revamp Lowery's Seafood in Tappahannock, Virginia, where his crew find two brothers - one the owner and the other the manager - at odds with each other.

Thursday

8.00pm Pooch Perfect BBC One - Dog fanatic Sheridan Smith and her fluffy co-host Stanley are on a mission to find the nation's best professional dog groomer. Heat one sees the first four contestants working on a long-haired shih-tzu - one of the most popular breeds to grace British salons. After that they let their imaginations fly as they give four curly haired canines a teddy bear trim to parade on the dogwalk in front of their owners.

8.00pm George Clarke's Amazing Spaces Channel 4 - Architect George Clarke delves into the world of ingenious small builds, meeting people creating places to live, work and play in the most unlikely of places.

8.00pm Natural History Museum: World of Wonder Channel 5 - Documentary venturing behind the doors of one of the greatest museums in the world.

9.00pm Death in Paradise BBC One - The Caribbean-set whodunit returns for its 10th anniversary series, which promises more murders and the return of one or two familiar faces. A TV news presenter is found dead in her pool at home. DI Neville Parker is convinced her co-host is responsible. But given he was live on air at the time, how could he have done it? The return of an experienced sergeant to the island could be just what Neville needs to crack the case.

9.00pm The Big Fat Quiz of Everything Channel 4 - Rob Beckett, Roisin Conaty, Nish Kumar, Katherine Ryan, Oti Mabuse and Rob Brydon join Jimmy Carr as he poses questions on anything and everything, with subjects including Only Fools and Horses, Johnny Cash and US tourist attractions. As always, Jimmy is helped by newsreader Jon Snow, actor Charles Dance and the children from Mitchell Brook Primary School.

9.00pm Egypt's Great Mummies: Unwrapped with Bettany Hughes Channel 5 - Professor Bettany Hughes takes viewers on a journey of discovery as she investigates 10 of the greatest and most intriguing Egyptian mummies - and the secrets that lie beneath the bandages. Having remained in their tombs for thousands of years, wrapped, embalmed and buried with treasure, each mummy tells the story of the criminals, priests, children and pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.

9.00pm New Amderstadam More4 - Season 2 of the US medical drama.

Friday

8.00pm Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast Channel 4 -Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty join forces at their end-of-the-pier caff to make top feasts for the weekend with guest Jack Dee.

8.00pm Susan Calman's Grand Day Out Channel 5 - The comedian aboard her vintage camper van, explores the mountainous region of north-west England and the Lake District. 

9.00pm Would I Lie To You? BBC One - Return of the comedy panel show, hosted by Rob Brydon, in which team captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack are joined by celebrity guests to hoodwink their opponents with absurd facts and plausible lies about themselves. Taking part in this first edition are Les Dennis, Richard Osman, Alice Levine and Lou Sanders.

9.00pm Gogglebox: Festive Special Channel 4 - he armchair critics cast their eyes over 2020's biggest Christmas TV shows, reviewing the most talked about hits from the festive season, including classic movies, exciting new dramas and some of telly's biggest traditional treats.

9.00pm The World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys Channel 5 - A trip through Devon to the tip of Cornwall, going back in time to recapture the golden age of luxury train travel.

9.00pm A Discovery of Witches Sky One - Return of the fantasy drama, starring Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode.

9.30pm Not Going Out BBC One - 11th series of the Lee Mack sitcom. Social niceties are stretched to snapping point when Lee and Lucy take in a neighbour's delivery for safekeeping. Lee unknowingly pulls apart the packaging, only to discover it's a somewhat personal item. To top it off, there's no way to hide the fact it's been opened. Thus, getting it back to its rightful owner proves easier said than done. 

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