9.00pm It’ll Be Alright on the Night ITV – Griff Rhys Jones hosts more TV outtakes.
9.00pm Alan Carr’s New Year Channel 4 – Alan Carr has been left in charge of Channel 4 HQ and is set to throw a New Year’s Eve party to remember. Alan is joined by guests including Jonathan Ross, Micky Flanagan, Melanie Sykes, Gok Wan, Kirstie Allsopp, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli, Heston Blumenthal, Olly Murs, Paddy McGuinness, Rachel Riley and Shelley von Strunckel. There are sketches, entertaining games, and music from JLS and The Ting Tings.
New Year’s Day
7.00pm Come Dine With Me Channel 4 – New Episode from Northern Ireland
7.00pm Treasure Island Sky1 – 2-part family drama starring Eddie Izzard and Philip Glenister.
8.00pm Great Barrier Reef BBC2 – Monty Hall explores Australia’s reef. The first film examines the complex structure of the coral reef itself and the wildlife that lives on it. So vast it is visible from space, the reef is actually built by tiny animals in partnership with microscopic plants. It is a place full of surprises, always changing, responding to the rhythms of weather, tide, sun and moon.
8.00pm The Hotel Channel 4 – The Hotel returns with a new seaside location, new staff and new guests In this first episode, Faye and Mike from Dudley come to the hotel to get married. Faye has high expectations for her big day, but on the big day all is far from calm. The mother-of-the-bride’s room is double booked, staff call in sick, the bride threatens to call the whole thing off and the groom heads for the bar.
8.10pm Sherlock BBC1 – Second series of the contemporary take on the books by Arthur Conan Doyle.A case of blackmail threatens to topple the monarchy itself, but soon Sherlock and John discover there is even more to it than that. They find themselves battling international terrorism, rogue CIA agents, and a secret conspiracy involving the British government. But this case will cast a longer shadow on their lives than they could ever imagine, as the great detective begins a long duel of wits with an antagonist as cold and ruthless and brilliant as himself:
9.00pm A History of Ancient Britain Special BBC2 – Neil Oliver explores a newly-discovered 5,000-year-old temple on Orkney. Built 500 years before the iconic monument of Stonehenge, the temple is opening new windows onto the beliefs of Neolithic people, turning the map of ancient Britain upside down.
10.00pm Hacks Channel 4 – A satirical swipe at the recent momentous events surrounding the British newspaper industry. Set in a fictional paper, the drive to get the story is intense. Phone hacking, blagging, pinging… the staff here do it all. But it’s all about to unravel and in a big way… Starring Alexander Armstrong, Claire Foy, Michael Kitchen, Russ Abbott, Celia Imrie and Phil Davies.
9.00am Wanted Down Under BBC1 – New series of the programme that sends families down under to try living in Australia for a week.
11.30am Britain’s Empty Homes BBC1 – Joe Crowley presents the series revealing the potential that vacant properties can offer potential buyers. Joe meets Michael Donald and his partner Ros Havard, who have just purchased an empty metal waste warehouse in picturesque Shropshire.
6.30pm Great British Railway Journeys BBC2 – Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook. Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us, and what of Bradshaw’s Britain remains.
7.00pm Celebrity Mastermind BBC1 – Chef Michel Roux Jr, actress Jessica Hynes, Politics Show presenter Jon Sopel and Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon try their luck answering questions on Auguste Escoffier’s Guide to Modern Cooking, Pam Ayres, Tony Blair and the sitcom Frasier.
7.00pm Got to Dance Sky1 – Dance competition hosted by Davina McCall.
7.30pm River Monsters ITV – New series of the show in which biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade searches for some of the world’s most terrifying fish. In this episode, he travels to Papua New Guinea to investigate a spate of bizarre deaths on the Sepik River.
8.00pm The Body Shop Channel 4 – Series that goes inside the cool, crazy world of fanatical personal trainers in one of London’s most extraordinary gyms. In each programme the personal trainers take on new recruits – men and women who feel that this is their last chance to change their bodies for the better.
8.00pm The Biggest Loser USA Sky Living – American version of the weight loss competition.
9.00pm Public Enemies BBC1 – Three-part drama exploring the relationship between a convicted murderer and his probation officer. Starring Daniel Mays and Anna Friel. Eddie Mottram is leaving prison, having served his sentence for murder. But has he learned his lesson, and is he safe to release back into the community? Probation officer Paula Radnor is tasked with managing Eddie as he settles back into life on the outside. Continues Wednesday, Concludes Thursday.
9.00pm King George and Queen Mary: The Royals who rescued the Monarchy BBC2 – Two-part portrait of Elizabeth II’s grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, which examines the lasting legacy of the couple who rescued the monarchy from potential disaster, and whose influence persists to this day. Episode one focuses on King George V. George could not have been a more unlikely moderniser. Concludes tomorrow.
9.00pm The Biggest Loser ITV – Second series of the weight loss competition hosted by Davina McCall.
9.00pm Accused: The 74stone Babysitter Channel 4 – The story of one of the most incredible murder trials America has witnessed. On 18 March 2008 a two-year-old boy was beaten to death in a Texan border town. His aunt, Mayra Rosales, was the only one with him at the time and was charged with his murder. But was this really possible? Mayra weighed nearly 500 kg, was bed-ridden and totally immobile. So why was she confessing to a heinous crime she seemingly could not have committed? This incredible film follows the many twists and turns in the case with intimate interviews with Mayra, her family and the investigators, lawyers and doctors involved.
9.00pm The Story of Musicals BBC4 – Series which tells how the British musical became a driving force behind musical theatre around the world – a tale of titanic shows, phenomenal daring, epic rivalries, prodigious talent and gargantuan fortunes, all set in just a single square mile. The first episode looks at how, from unpromising beginnings just after the Second World War, British musicals went on to reclaim the West End from American domination.
11.05pm Milton Jones’ House of Rooms Channel 4 – Sitcom from Milton Jones. Milton and his mother live together in a big, old house, renting out their spare rooms to a variety of tenants including Alice, a shy, tongue-tied girl who can’t quite communicate with Milton, who’s equally awkward in her presence. When new tenant Paul arrives, he seems to hit it off with Alice right away, forcing Milton to up his game and try to compete for her attention.
8.00pm Countryfile BBC1 – Adam Henson takes a look back through the Countryfile archives from his farm in the Cotswolds, exploring the farming seasons with the help of the rest of the Countryfile team.
8.30pm The Fabulous Baker Boys Channel 4 – Series following bothers Tom, a baker, and Henry, a chef who runs the local butcher’s shop, next door to Tom’s bakery, in the heart of Gloucestershire. With five generations of baking tradition behind them, Tom and Henry take viewers into the heat of the artisan kitchen and unlock the trade secrets of baking, which have been honed through years of practice and passion. And there won’t be a cupcake in sight.
9.00pm One Born Every Minute Channel 4 – Third series of the documentary series that places cameras in a maternity ward.
9.00pm Bigger than Beyonce Sky Living – Showbiz spin on the weight-loss genre with this new series following ordinary women as they slim down and style up to look like their idols. First up: Beyonce.
8.00pm Location, Location, Location Channel 4
8.00pm Ice Hotel Five – Documentary looking at the unique hotel in the little village of Jukkasjarvi in northern Lapland, Sweden. The hotel needs to be rebuilt every winter, as it consists of snow and ice.
9.00pm The Restoration Man Channel 4 – Architect George Clarke returns for a second series of Restoration Man with a wide range of families and brand new restoration projects. After years of living away from their families, Pete and Nikki Fagg moved back to Kent, with the dream of restoring and extending a derelict windmill which had been owned by Pete’s family for over 100 years.
9.00pm Eternal Law ITV – Quirky 6-part drama series from Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham about two angels who are sent to Earth in the guise of lawyers in order to help humankind. Moments after Zak and Tom’s arrival in York, the peace of the city is shattered by a shocking act of violence. The pair are then plunged into a court case involving an estranged family and a newlywed
9.00pm Celebrity Big Brother Five – Launch of the celebrity based reality series hosted by Bryan Dowling.
7.30pm Come Dine With Me Channel 4 – Celebrity edition. Going head to head are straight talking Tina Malone of Shameless fame, tabloid scandal sensation Imogen Thomas, ex-Hollyoaks actor Paul Danan, and 80s pop star David Van Day.
8.00pm Safari Vet School ITV – TV vet Steve Leonard acts as guide and mentor to students from the UK as they try to cope with the challenges and terrors of being a wildlife vet. 32 talented veterinary students are sent to one of the toughest vet schools in the world – the Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. In this episode, the students get their first taste of life on the game reserve. They have to pin down animals which are barely under sedation and which have claws and teeth that could rip the students to shreds. The experience provides quite a welcome to one of the toughest vet schools in the world.
9.00pm Hustle BBC1 – Eighth and final series of the drama based around a team of con artists. The grifters take on Dexter Gold, the greedy, smooth-talking owner of a corrupt gold exchange. The con is to pose as a renegade army unit in possession of a hundred bars of stolen Libyan gold, but can they pull it off without reprisals? Meanwhile, someone has defaced Eddie’s prized picture of Ian Rush, so he bars the gang until the culprit owns up.
9.00pm Sicily Unpacked BBC2 – Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli take viewers on a journey into the heart of Sicily and introduce one another to the things they love about the island. Their first stop takes them to Giorgio’s friend Vittorio and his restaurant near the seaside village of Porto Paolo. There is no menu, you are served whatever is best that day.