what to watch: 12-18 december


This week is all about winners as the BBC Music Awards return celebrating the best music of 2016, one couple will be crowned Strictly Come Dancing champions 2016 and Lord Sugar will decide who he wants to be his new business partner in the final of this year’s The Apprentice.

Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week…

1. BBC Music Awards 2016 | Monday 12th December, 8:30pm on BBC One

BBC Music Awards

The BBC Music Awards are back for a third year and the live musical extravaganza will be hosted by Fearne Cotton and Claudia Winkleman with Gemma Cairney backstage getting all the gossip.

The awards tell the story of the past 12 months in music with live performances from some of the biggest names in music, including Kaiser Chiefs, Craig David, Lukas Graham, Zara Larsson, Emeli Sandé, Robbie Williams, and The 1975.

The BBC Music Awards 2016 will feature five awards: BBC Music British Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year, BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance of the Year and BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year.

Who will win? You’ll have to tune in on the night to find out!


2. The Royal Variety Performance 2016 | Tuesday 13th December, 8pm on ITV


This year, hosting The Royal Variety Performance 2016 is comedian, actor and children’s author David Walliams who will be in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince Of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, from one of the most iconic and well loved live venues in the UK, the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.

David will introduce the legendary Barry Gibb and Sting, superstars Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams, the award winning Sheridan Smith and Emeli Sandé, plus this years magical Britain’s Got Talent winner Lance Corporal Richard Jones.

The cast of The Beatles Cirque Du Soleil’s LOVE will be flying in from Las Vegas for a special anniversary performance, there will also be sneak previews from the casts of Gershwin’s classic musical An American In Paris and Gary Barlow’s The Girls which both open in the West End early next year.

Diversity return to the stage where they first auditioned for BGT and there is comedy from Joe Lycett, Alan Davies and Rob Beckett.

More show-stopping numbers are provided by Amber Riley star of the Tony Awards winning musical Dreamgirls, One Republic, DNCE, ABC and McFly’s Tom Fletcher who will be premiering his new book The Christmasaurus with an enchanting one off performance.

The show promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre, and brilliant comedy as well as a number of sensational surprises.

The event is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity (formerly the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund), whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen. The money raised from the show helps those people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance.


3Who Do You Think You Are? | Thursday 15th December, 8pm on BBC One


This year’s brilliant series of Who Do You Think You Are? continues with Cheryl, who knows little about her heritage, beyond her sense of herself as a true Geordie.

Tracing her roots in the North East, on her dad’s side she discovers a sea-faring ancestor and a family tragedy.

On her mum’s side, she recovers the story of her long-forgotten great grandfather:a quintessential Tommy in the First World War, who fought in one of the most famous battles on the Western Front.


4. Vicious (Christmas Special) | Friday 16th December, 9pm on ITV

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Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Frances de la Tour will return to ITV to reprise their roles in Vicious for one final episode.

The hour-long special will welcome viewers back for one final time into the hectic world of newly married couple Freddie Thornhill (Ian McKellen) and Stuart Bixby (Derek Jacobi) and their best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour).

Also returning for the final hurrah are Ash (Iwan Rheon), Penelope (Marcia Warren) and Mason (Philip Voss). The special will be split into seasons as viewers will follow Freddie and Stuart’s adventures from Spring and Summer, through to Autumn and Winter.

Highlights include Freddie’s birthday, Violet deciding on a major ‘lifestyle’ change and Ash’s big news. Guest stars in the special are Frances Barber and Dame Eileen Atkins.


5. Strictly Come Dancing: The Final Saturday 17th December, 6:40pm on BBC One


The wait is finally over. After 13 amazing weeks of glitter, 15 celebrities delivered controversy, excitement and sensational dance performances and the time has come to find out which couple will be crowned Strictly Come Dancing 2016 champions and lift that Glitter Ball trophy.

Will it be Danny and Oti? Louise and Kevin? Or Ore and Natalie?

The remaining couple’s will be battling it out in the ballroom for the very last time, dancing three routines each. Their favourite, the judges’ choice, and a spectacular show-dance.

As always, and for the last time before Len says goodbye, the four Strictly judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will score each couple, but as it’s the final this is for guidance only as viewer’s votes alone will decide which couple will take home the Glitter Ball Trophy.

As well as all this, there will be spectacular group performances, magical musical moments and a host of other special surprises as the curtain comes down on another memorable series of dancefloor drama.


6. The Apprentice | Sunday 18th December, 9pm on BBC One


It used to be that The Apprentice boasted of bringing together some of Britain’s brightest business minds, but I’m not sure that claim can be made this year.

There are two episodes of The Apprentice on this week, the usual Thursday night episode where the remaining five candidates; Alana, Courtney, Frances, Grainne and Jessica take on the now infamous interviews, where the likes of Claude Littner analyse and scrutinise their CV and business plan.

Just two candidates will survive the interview stage and will go head-to-head on Sunday to become Lord Sugar’s next business partner and hear those famous words “You’re hired!”

7. Humans | Sunday 18th December, 9pm on Channel 4


All good things must come to an end, and this week sees the second series of Humans end with the aftermath of the Silo tragedy.

Karen feels she and Sam have no future and takes matters into her own hands. Joe leaves Laura shell-shocked with a frank admission and Hester seeks revenge and will stop at nothing to hurt Leo.


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