What to watch this week: December 27 – January 1
The best week of the year is here, when ordinary rules don’t apply and everyone is lounging on their sofas eating leftover mince pies and indulging in some excellent TV.
As usual, there’s no shortage of shows to watch this festive period. As well as the customary specials of Worzel Gummidge and Doctor Who, there’s also the return of talent shows The Voice Kids and The Masked Singer and regular review shows Frankie Boyle’s 2021 New World Order and The Last Leg of the Year.
Here’s what we’re watching this week:
The Voice Kids, ITV, 7.30pm
The pint-sized junior talent show returns, showcasing some of Britain’s best young singers. Presented by Emma Willis, the new series sees judges will.i.am, Pixie Lott and Danny Jones return. Mel C will appear in her first season as the fourth judge.
Jon & Lucy’s Christmas Sleepover, Channel 4, 9pm
Married comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont host a Christmas party for their funny friends, including Roisin Conaty, Romesh Ranganathan and Rob Beckett. This one-off special features food, fun and surprise guests.
Worzel Gummidge, BBC One, 7.15pm
In what has become a festive regular, Mackenzie Crook’s Worzel Gummidge returns for new episodes post-Christmas. The first of which, Twitchers, sees Worzel and the kids desperate to scare the rare birds at Scatterbrook Farm.
Frankie Boyle’s 2021 New World Order, BBC Two, 10pm
There will be plenty to make fun of in the annual Frankie Boyle-style review of the year. The famously cynical comedian is back, alongside yet-to-confirmed guests.
The Book of Boba Fett (Season 1), Netflix
One thing we’ll never say no to is more Star Wars offerings from Disney+. This new series is a spin-off from The Mandalorian, focusing on the bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard, BBC One, 8pm
Britain’s best loved naturalist explores a mammoth graveyard near Swindon to uncover secrets of the Ice Ages. Could Neanderthals be the ones at fault for the extinction of these glorious tusked beasts?
New Year’s Eve
The Last Leg of the Year, Channel 4, 9pm
Channel 4’s annual end of the year highlight: Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker return for the final time in 2021 to review to year and look ahead to 2022. As usual, they’ll be joined by hilarious guests over the course of a two hour bumper episode.
The Graham Norton New Year’s Eve Show, BBC One, 10.20pm
Graham’s got all manner of big name guests for his final show of the year, including Scenes from a Marriage star Jessica Chastain, The Crown’s Claire Foy and everyone’s favourite Lannister, Peter Dinklage. Michael Sheen, Cush Jumbo, Joe Lycett and The Divine Comedy also appear.
Stay Close, Netflix
A new Harlan Coben adaptation, which stars Cush Jumbo, James Nesbitt, Richard Armitage and Sarah Parish in an epic eight-part thriller. Stay Close tells the story of three people, linked together forever and haunted by a terrifying night some 17 years prior.
New Year’s Day
Doctor Who, BBC One, 7pm
Comedian Aisling Bea stars in a New Year’s special of the sci fi classic, as the owner of the storage centre where the Doctor, Yaz and Dan become trapped. If this situation couldn’t get worse, there are Daleks stuck there too.
The Masked Singer, ITV 7pm
The surprise hit entertainment programme, which was the first to make mask wearing cool back in early 2020, returns New Year’s Day. There’s every chance this years disguised celebs could include similar star power as last year, which saw Ne-Yo and Joss Stone in the final.
The Tourist, BBC One, 9pm
Jamie Dornan stars in this chase thriller, where he plays a man who wakes up in the Australian Outback with no memory of who he is. The Missing writers Jack and Harry Williams are at the helm.