December 31st 2022 – January 6th 2023

by | Dec 26, 2022 | TV Week

PICKS OF THE WEEK

  • Happy Valley Sunday 1st January BBC One
  • Search Party Sunday 1st January BBC iPlayer/BBC Three
  • Stonehouse Monday 2nd January ITV1
  • 24 Hours in A&E Tuesday 3rd January Channel 4
  • The Light in the Hall Wednesday 4th January Channel 4
  • Reservation Dogs Wednesday 4th January Disney+
  • Our Flag Means Death Wednesday 4th January BBC Two
  • The Apprentice Thursday 5th January BBC One
  • The Rig Friday 6th January Prime Video

New Year’s Eve 

5.35pm Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends BBC Two – Filmed in May, this staged production brings together many of Stephen Sondheim’s old friends to celebrate his extraordinary talents as a composer and lyricist as well as to honour his great legacy to the theatre. All profits from the evening went to the recently formed Stephen Sondheim Foundation which supports new writers. The all-star cast includes Michael Ball, Helena Bonham Carter, Bonnie Langford, Maria Friedman, Bernadette Peters and Judi Dench.

5.45pm Pointless Celebrities BBC One – Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman welcomes famous faces including Tim Key, Sharron Davies, Tommy Walsh and Diarmuid Gavin to find those all-important pointless answers.

8.30pm The National Lottery’s Big New Year’s Eve Bash ITV1 – Jason Manford and Alesha Dixon host this entertainment and music party to ring in 2023. Among the acts performing are Adam Lambert, Katherine Jenkins, RAYE, Tom Grennan and Cirque du Soleil whilst the hosts will also look back at the events that have impacted the UK over the past twelve months.

9.00pm The Last Leg of the Year Channel 4 – Two-hour special episode of the satirical talk show as Adam, Alex and Josh wave goodbye and say good riddance to 2022. They’re joined by celebrity guests Rylan, Sue Perkins, Ellie Simmonds, Tom Davis, Desiree Burch, Baroness Warsi and Mike Wozniak whilst Sophie Ellis-Bexter is on hand to provide some musical entertainment.

10.25pm The Graham Norton New Year’s Eve Show BBC One – Joining Graham on the sofa in the lead up to 2023 are Olivia Colman, Michael Ward, Romesh Ranganathan, Hugh Laurie and Leah Williamson whilst music is provided by the stars of Cabaret – Callum Scott Howells and Madeline Brewer.

10.35pm Jonathan Ross’ New Year Comedy Special ITV1 – The host ring out 2022 with an evening of stand-up comedy from the likes of Bill Bailey, Judi Love, Babatunde Alesha and Sindhu Vee as well as music from house band Ezra Collective.

11.30pm Sam Ryder Rocks New Year’s Eve BBC One – The UK’s breakthrough Eurovision act is joined by some of music’s biggest stars to put on a spectacular New Year Eve party. Sam and his guests rock into the New Year and then, after midnight, the party continues with Sam’s take on classics and special duets.

11:30pm Jool’s Annual Hootenanny BBC Two – Jools Holland presents his annual new year’s party which this year is headlined by George Ezra who will perform his hit ‘Green Green Grass’ as well as a Van Morrison cover. Also celebrating their success over the past twelve months are Rebecca Lucy Taylor, also known as Self Esteem, and Cat Burns whose hit ‘Go’ was one of the year’s best songs. Celebrating the best music of the past decades are Amen Corner’s Andy Fairweather Low, The Real Thing, Fine Young Cannibals’ Roland Gift and Gabrielle. Regulars Ruby Turner and the pipes and drums of the 1st Battalion Guards.

New Year’s Day 

Kaleidoscope  Netflix – Heist drama, loosely based inspired on real events where $70 billion dollars in bonds went missing in downtown Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy. Set over 24 years, the ensemble cast inclues Jai Courtney, Giancarlo Espisito, Paz Vega and Rufus Sewell.

Search Party BBC iPlayer –  Dark comedy series focusing on Dory who leads a group of twenty-somethings to get entangled in the mystery of former college acquaintance Chantal. All five seasons will be available on iPlayer from today, the series is also being shown on BBC Three with the first two episodes of Season One airing on Monday night at 10pm. 

10.15am New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna BBC Two – The traditional concert given by the Vienna Philharmonic from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein. Repeated on BBC Four at 8pm. 

5.30pm Celebrity Catchphrase ITV1 – Stephen Mulhern hosts as Kadeena Cox, Adam James and Ellie Taylor attempt to win money for charity by ‘saying what they see.’

6.30pm The Masked Singer ITV1 – The singing guessing game returns for a third series with Joel Dommett overseeing proceedings whilst Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Mo Gilligan will be on hand to guess whose behind the mask and lead the audience in cries of ‘take it off!’

7.40pm The Great New Year Bake-Off Channel 4 – The bake-off tent welcomes back four familiar faces; 2021 finalist Chigs, 2020’s Lottie and Manon and 2018’s Anthony who battle it out over three seasonal challenges to see who’ll be the first star baker of 2023. To see in the New Year, the bakers, along with their families and friends, are treated to a special performance from Riverdance.

8.00pm Call the Midwife BBC One – The action moves to April 1968 where new arrival Sister Veronica ruffles some feathers. Elsewhere, racial tensions cast a shadow over Poplar following Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech.

8.00pm Digging For Britain BBC Two – The historical series returns for series ten as Alice Roberts visits more archaeological sites around the country; revealing a previously unknown Roman town and evidence of Henry VIII’s financial forgery under the Tower of London. .

9.00pm Happy Valley BBC One – Third and final series of the gripping drama starring Sarah Lancashire. When Catherine discovers the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir it sparks a chain of events that unwittingly leads her straight back to Tommy Lee Royce. Her grandson Ryan is now sixteen and still living with Catherine, but he has ideas of his own about what kind of relationship he wants to have with the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father. Still battling the seemingly never-ending problem of drugs in the valley and those who supply them, Catherine is on the cusp of retirement. Returning cast includes James Norton as dangerous offender Tommy Lee-Royce. Siobhan Finneran is also back as Catherine’s sister, the recovering addict Clare Cartwright. It has also been confirmed that Con O’Neill will reprise his role as Clare’s recovering alcoholic boyfriend Neil Ackroyd. George Costigan will return as Nevison Gallagher, with Charlie Murphy as his daughter and Catherine’s police colleague Ann. They will be joined by other Happy Valley returning favourites including Derek Riddell as Richard Cawood, Karl Davies as Daniel Cawood, Susan Lynch as Alison Garrs, Rick Warden as Mike Taylor, Vincent Franklin as Andy Shepherd and Rhys Connah as Catherine’s grandson Ryan Cawood. New cast includes Amit Shah, Mark Stanley and Mollie Winnard.

9.00pm Taskmaster New Year’s Treat Channel 4 – Amelia Dimoldeneberg, Sir Mo Farah, Rebecca Lucy Taylor (aka Self Esteem), Greg James and Carol Vorderman compete in this one-off event to win the Taskmaster’s eyebrows in trophy form.

9.00pm Motorhoming with Merton and Webster Channel Five – Second series as Paul and Suki hit the road once again. Their first destination is Cornwall, where they go seal-watching at the Lizzard before they try their hand at catching spider crabs.

9.00pm Romantic Getaway Sky Comedy – Romesh Ranganathan and Katherine Ryan star as Dillon and Allison; a couple who steal £50,000 from their filthy rich boss Alfie (Johnny Vegas) in order to afford another round of IVF treatment. However, n a whim, Deacon secretly adds an extra nought to the transfer, and actually steals half a million quid. Also, Allison is secretly starting to doubt whether she wants a baby after all. Their web of lies kicks off a downward spiral into the criminal underworld of suburban Britain, and pushes them, and their plans for their future together, to the limit.

10.00pm Mrs Brown’s Boys BBC One – In this New Year’s special of the popular sitcom, Buster and Dermot are convinced Cathy’s boyfriend is a vampire and there’s only one way to deal with vampires. Meanwhile, Agnes awaits the valuation of an ‘antique’ vase that’s been in the family for generations

10.00pm When Motown Came to Britain BBC Two – Documentary telling the tale of the 1965 UK tour that featured some of Motown’s biggest acts including The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and Smokey Robinson and The Miracles.

Bank Holiday Monday 2nd January 

7.00pm Masterchef USA W – UK premiere of season twelve, as some of the most talented and memorable cooks in the competition’s history return to the kitchen for a second chance. Continues nightly 

8.00pm Frozen Planet II: Worlds of Wonder  BBC One – This special episode brings together highlights from the sister, in a journey from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

8.00pm Traffic Cops Channel Five – The twelfth series of the documentary begins with a focus on officers in North Yorkshire as they begin clamping down on young driver causing danger on the county’s roads.

8.00pm Young Masterchef BBC Three – Budding cooks aged between 18 and 25 will have their skills put to the test in this new competition. Judging the efforts of the first five competitors will be Michelin-trained internet cooking sensation Poppy O’Toole and renowned London chef Kerth Gumbs.

9.00pm Silent Witness BBC One – The long-running forensic drama returns as Nikki and the team set to uncover the truth after a man falls from a high-rise building. The Lycell Team are soon drawn into the  criminal underworld of notorious mafia-group, the ‘Ndrangheta’ and, as they descend deeper into the investigation, Nikki find herself further embroiled in the mafia’s web. Episode Two will air tomorrow at 9pm and will be available on iPlayer following the transmission of episode one. 

9.00pm The Mayfair Hotel Megabuild BBC Two – Filmed over six years, this documentary tells the story of the transformation of Claridge’s hotel. The programme follows the incredible engineering challenges involved in digging out a five storey mega-basement, adding four new floors to the top of the hotel and creating London’s most expensive penthouse.

9.00pm Stonehouse ITV1 – Three-part series telling the true story of disgraced MP John Stonehouse. A high-flying member of Harold Wilson’s Government who vanished from the beach of a large luxury hotel in Florida in November 1974, intent on faking his own death. He left behind his loving wife Barbara and three young children as a shocked public and media presumed he had drowned or been eaten by sharks. Real-life couple Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes will star as the couple at the centre of the story. The whole series will be available on ITVX following the transmission of episode one. 

9.00pm Gogglebox: Festive Special Channel 4 – In this ninety minute special, the nation’s favourite armchair critics cast their eyes over the year’s biggest Christmas TV shows.

Tuesday 3rd January 

7.00pm GPs behind Closed Doors Channel Five – In the eighth series of the medial programme, doctors who previously featured on the show travel to the hearts of communities across the UK in a custom-built mobile surgery to offer face-to-face appointments with the aim of helping to relieve the pressure on neighbouring practices.

7.30pm 2022: The Year from Space Channel 4 – The story of the tumultuous last twelve months is told via the millions of images taken over Earth every day by over a thousand satellites in space. The programme shows how the images foretold the war in Ukraine but also reveals stories of joy and optimism as Covid lockdowns were lifted and stories of joy and optimism were revealed.

8.00pm Waterloo Road BBC One – The school drama returns to BBC One after years away from the screen. Angela Griffin is back as Kim Campbell and is now Headteacher of the school, Adam Thomas is returning as Donte Charles and Katie Griffiths is returning as Chlo Charles.

8.00pm The Hairy Bikers Go Local BBC Two – In this new series, Si and Dave attempt to bring together the best local restaurant with the most innovative suppliers in their area. In the first episode, the bikers head to Penarth in South Wales where they help a father and daughter team find potential suppliers who can offer high-end ingredients for the eight-course tasting menu at their restaurant.

8.00pm Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly Channel Five – In the opener of series five, trainer Graeme Hall comes-to-face with Tilly the St. Bernard who makes a big song and dance about getting in the car, making any journey for her owners very stressful. He also helps an aspiring fashionista whose Maltipoo Maisie mouths off every time she sees another dog on the street.

9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4 – For the first time ever, the documentary series is filmed at a hospital outside of London as it focuses on Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, one of the busiest A&E departments in Europe. This opener follows the stories of those whose lives have changed unexpectedly in an instant and how important it is for them to reflect on that and celebrate the challenges they’ve overcome.

9.00pm Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild Channel Five – In the first episode of this new series, the presenter travels to the Sierra Nevada to make snowboarder Mike Baisch who left the world of professional sport behind to reconnect with nature and pursue a quieter life. Ben joins him in his extraordinary hand-built log cabin and follows him as he embarks on a life changing project.

9.00pm Kavos Weekender ITV2 – Reality series following a group of reps in the Greek Party capital led by head rep David whose brought with him his most experienced rep Tash to be his deputy. David entrusts Tash to train up a team of new recruits ‘David Style’ unfortunately the new reps start focusing more on each other than they do the job.

10.00pm Belfast Midwives Channel 4 – Documentary series focusing on the team of midwives at one of Northern Ireland’s busiest maternity units – Royal Jubilee Maternity Service in the heart of Belfast. Each episode which feature three very different birth stories whilst the midwives will tell their stories in their own words.

Wednesday 4th January 

Reservation Dogs Disney+ – Second season of the comedy which centres around a group of teens trying to escape their native American roots.

8.00pm Kirsty and Phil’s Love it or List It Channel 4 – Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer return to help more people make the decision to spruce up or sell.  In this episode, Kirstie and Phil help pest control experts Amy and Brian solve their predicament over their five-bed chalet bungalow in Newtownards, Northern Ireland.

8.00pm My Cornwall with Fern Britton Channel Five – At the start of this second series, Fern returns to Halton Quay, which was her hideaway when she worked as a newsreader in the 1980s. She also explores Tintagel Castle, one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain.

9.00pm Ukraine: The People’s Fight BBC Two -Filmmaker Olly Lambert spends two months on Ukraine’s southern front, gaining unique and privileged access to a group of volunteer special forces on the frontline as they begin the push to retake Kherson that would ultimately change the course of the war. The film follows “Hummer”, an experienced military commander who now finds himself a chaperone to completely inexperienced forces on the frontline. By meeting and living with a range of armed forces, and often under fire, Lambert sees the highs and lows as these new recruits prove increasingly effective in pushing back Russian forces.

9.00pm The Light in the Hall Channel 4 – In this six-part drama, Joanna Scanlan stars as grieving mother Sharon Roberts whose daughter Ela went missing eighteen years earlier. Mild-mannered gardener Joe Thomas (Iwan Rheon) was arrested and charged with her murder after Ela’s DNA was found in his caravan. However, he refused or couldn’t explain what he did with the body. With Joe now up for parole, Sharon fears she may never get Ela’s body back. Joe’s imminent release, prompts journalist Cat Donato (Alexandra Roach) to write an in-depth article about Ela’s murder.  As Cat returns to her hometown to write the article, will she discover the truth once and for all?  Meanwhile, Sharon is also desperate for answers – and she’ll go to any lengths to get them… Episode Two will air tomorrow night at 9pm 

9.00pm No Place Like Home Channel Five – Fern Britton is the first of six much-love TV personalities who embark on time-travelling tours of their hometowns as she travels back to her childhood home of Buckinghamshire. Fern retraces familiar haunts from her youth and uncovers Buckinghamshire’s hidden history.

9.00pm Shackleton’s Cabin BBC Four – Documentary following Sven Habermann as he restores the cabin from the Quest in which explorer Ernest Shackleton died in. The programme also reveals previously unseen archive material that brings viewers deep into the world of Shackleton’s fearless adventures.

9.00pm Hold the Front Page Sky Max – Series following Josh Widdicombe and Nish Kumar as they travel across the UK working for a different local newspaper each week. Their investigative journey sees them take part in unusual events, delve into local mysteries and cover the burning issues of the day. Along the way, they even involve themselves in the news or enlist a celebrity or two to help them.

10.00pm Our Flag Means Death BBC Two – Comedy loosely based on the true adventures of 18th century would-be pirate Stede Bonnet. Audiences will join Stede and his crew as they attempt to get their ship together and survive life on the high seas. After trading in the seemingly charmed life of a gentleman for one of a swashbuckling buccaneer, Stede becomes captain of the pirate ship Revenge. Struggling to earn the respect of his potentially mutinous crew, Stede’s fortunes change after a fateful run-in with the infamous Captain Blackbeard. Rhys Darby plays Stede whilst Taika Waititi portrays Blackbeard. Other cast includes Joel Fry, Nathan Ford, Samson Kayo and Ewan Bremner. All episodes are available on iPlayer from today 

10.00pm The Caribbean: Billionaire’s Paradise Channel 4 – The first of a four part series focusing on residents of Caribbean islands as they live, work, holiday and party in the billionaire paradise. This episode focuses on the great and good of Barbados; including the prime minister of Barbados, Bajan-born hero of the England Crick team; Jofra Archer and the island’s cultural ambassador Alison Hinds – who blazed the trail for Rihanna on the international music scene.

Thursday 5th January 

Copenhagen Cowboy Netflix – Written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, this six-part series focuses on a young enigmatic renegade name Miu who is searching for her nemesis, Rakel after devoting her life to an unknown organisation for years.

A Murder in the Family ITVX – New three-part true crime series which investigates shocking murders in which both the victim and perpetrator are family. Using found footage, each story is pieced together from the victim’s point of view, without voiceover, allowing the victim, friends and family to tell their stories in their own immediate and intimate way.

7.00pm Nick Knowles’ New Year Clearout Channel Five – In the first episode of this new series, Nick travels to Brighton helping couple Mark and Lauren de-clutter their home whilst his team of trusty builders give it a value-for-money makeover.

8.00pm Dragon’s Den BBC One – A drag queen pitching a fitness class, a young cancer survivor and her stylish pillbox alternative and two former high school friends who believe they’ve spotted a gap in the skincare market are amongst the entrepreneurs facing the Dragons as the series returns.

8.00pm The Dog House Channel 4 – The series, focusing on the Woodgreen Pets Charity, returns for a fourth series as the team continue their mission to find homes for abandoned dogs. The entire series will be available on All4 following the transmission of episode one. 

8.00pm Build Your Dream Home in the Country Channel Five – In this new series, Mark Millar helps people around the country who are building their dream homes. In this opener, he assists a family on a tight budget who are aiming to turn a timber house into their ideal abode as well as creating  a magical garden for their children to enjoy.

8.00pm Alex Jones: Making Babies W – In this new series, the presenter trains as a fertility assistant at King’s Fertility; one of the leading clinics in the UK. In this first episode, Alex starts her training as she is put straight to work caring for patients going through IVF treatment. Later, she is brought to tears in her first embryo transfer.

9.00pm The Apprentice BBC One – Lord Sugar, Karren Brady and the returning Claude Littner put eighteen new candidates through their paces in a new series of the business reality show. In this first episode, the candidates are flown to Antigua and are tasked with running and selling bespoke tours. However, after bickering on the beach and woeful negotiations, when the candidates return to the boardroom one of them is sent packing.

9.00pm The Real Stonehouse  ITV1 – Companion documentary telling the story of former Labour MP John Stonehouse who faked his own death after his business empire had fallen apart. This film explore Stonehouse’s life through interviews with his family, friends and colleague as well as talking to the UK and Australian police officers who brought him to justice.

9.00pm The Madame Blanc Mysteries Channel Five – The drama starring Sally Lindsay returns. In tonight’s episode, Jean and Charlie’s antique shop opening is interrupted by the news that Jeremy has been taken to the police station after the body of a young woman is found on a cabin cruiser.

10.00pm Sally Lindsay: In My Own Words Channel Five – The actress reflects on her career from her work on Coronation Street to becoming a successful writer, actor and producer.

Friday 6th January 

The Rig Prime Video – Supernatural thriller series which focuses on the crew of a North sea station, whose rig is due to return to the mainland until a mysterious fog rolls in and cuts off communication with the outside world. The cast includes Iain Glen, Martin Compston, Mark Bonnar and Rochenda Sandall.

1.45pm Father Brown BBC One – The gentle drama returns with Father Brown discovering that a murderer is using  Kembleford’s new model village to plan their attacks.

7.00pm Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens BBC Two – Monty Don begins his travel through Europe to explore the influence of the Venetians by exploring Venice. This includes visits to green spaces, both small and large, which are often hidden from view behind high walls.

7.30pm  Food Unwrapped’s New Year’s Health Kick  Channel 4  – The Food Unwrapped Team explore fascinating facts and ground-breaking science to help viewers jump start January after an indulgent December. John Whaite joins the team and explores how vegan streaky bacon replicates the texture of meat. Meanwhile, Jimmy Doherty travels to Alabama to discover why sweet potatoes count as one of your five-a-day, but regular potatoes don’t. Elsewhere, Kate Quilton heads to the Isle of Wight to reveal if black garlic holds the key to staying youthful.

8.00pm Would I Lie to You? BBC One  – In the return of the panel show; Rob, David and Lee are joined by guests Bez, Motsi Mabuse, Steve Pemberton and Shazia Mirza.

8.30pm Amanda and Alan’s Italian Job BBC One – Fulfilling a long-held ambition, Amanda Holden purchases two dilapidated apartments in Salemi in rural Sicily, taking advantage of Italy selling empty home in forgotten towns for one Euro. Amanda convinces best friend Alan Carr to spend a summer with her, renovating the apartments with an aim to create an Italian dream home.

9.00pm Death in Paradise BBC One – The first episode of the twelfth series, sees the team investigate the murder of an astronomer who was part of a group who came to Saint Marie to watch Jupiter and Saturn align. Elsewhere, Darlene announces that she’s ready to be a trainee officer after passing her exams.

9.00pm 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 – The comedy quiz returns as Jonathan Ross and Joe Wilkinson take on Roisin Conaty and Ahir Shah whilst Catherine Cohen joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner.

9.00pm Holidaying with Jane McDonald Channel Five – Jane’s new series sees her travel round Las Vegas to prove that there’s more to the city than just casino. She flies high above the Vegas strip on a zip wire, tests her stamina at an ‘all-you-can eat buffet and plunges off the side of an 800-foot building before being joined on stage for a performance by her teen idol Donny Osmond.

Matt Donnelly

Matt Donnelly

26/12/2022

Made in Staffordshire, Matt is the co-editor of the site and co-host of The Custard TV Podcast. Matt has been writing about TV for over fifteen years and has written for the site for almost a decade. He's just realised this makes him a lot older than he thought he was.

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