what to watch: 2-8 january


This week, The Voice UK moves channel, Through The Keyhole is back, Celebrity Big Brother returns, Gary Barlow launches Let It Shine on BBC One and there’s some great drama to enjoy too!

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

1. The Halcyon | Monday 2nd January, 9pm on ITV

Kicking 2017 off for ITV drama is The Halcyon, a new eight-part drama which stars Steven Mackintosh and Olivia Williams and tells the story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war.

The eight-part drama, set in 1940, shows London life through the prism of war and the impact it has on families, politics, relationships and work across every social strata with a soundtrack of music from the era.

The series also features Kara Tointon, Alex Jennings, Matt Ryan, Hermione Cornfield and Mark Benton and multi award-winning singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum has specially written two songs and Beverley Knight makes a special guest appearance when she performs at the Café De Paris.


2. Celebrity Big Brother | Tuesday 3rd January, 9pm on Channel 5

January wouldn’t be January without a brand new series of Celebrity Big Brother and this year is no different as it returns with its most colourful series yet.

This year’s theme is All Stars vs New Stars. Some favourite CBB housemates from the past have been asked back (All Stars) and they’ll be joined by a bunch of brand new celebrity housemates (New Stars).

As always, the identities of the housemates are top secret, but Channel 5 are saying that this series promises to be an explosion of fun and loud personalities which are sure to cause fireworks.

Together they’ll be living in the Big Brother House, which has been given a colourful pop art makeover which you can see pictures of here.

3. No Offence | Wednesday 4th January, 9pm on Channel 4


It’s an explosive start to the second series of No Offence as Viv Deering is thrust head to head against a ferocious and unpredictable matriarch, Nora Attah and her volatile son Manni, one of Manchester’s most feared crime families, The Attahs.

Viv is determined to broker peace but firebombs rain down thrusting the city back to the dark days of its “Gunchester” past. Viv and the Friday Street squad go all out to bring those responsible to justice and the battle for the streets of Manchester begins…

And all the while a tsunami of extraordinary crimes come crashing in through the door of Friday Street each and every episode. Fraudulent crematorium owners, budgie stealing teenagers crying wolf, fake paramedics, paedophile hunters and vigilante dads… and this only scratches the surface of the dark, surreal world of Manchester’s criminal underbelly which the team negotiate time and again.

See first look photos from the series here.


4. Unforgotten | Thursday 5th January, 9pm on ITV


Together with The Halcyon, and kicking off what’s promising to be a great year for ITV drama is the second series of Chris Lang’s Unforgotten, starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Over eight episodes, the new series will explore the investigation into another historic murder case.

The new series starts with the discovery of body found in a sealed suitcase in the silt of the River Lea. With the body preserved but clearly having been there a number of years, detectives DCI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunny Khan begin the complicated task of identifying the victim and investigating his murder.

Through their inquiries, the body is revealed as middle-aged man David Walker who disappeared in 1990 leaving behind a wife and young son who is now in his early 30s. With four seemingly un-connected suspects emerging, the team are tasked with finding out who wanted David Walker dead and why?

Meanwhile, we meet four seemingly un-connected suspects who may have a link to the victim; DI Tessa Nixon who is struggling with her loner son, nurse Marion Kelsey who works with chronically ill children, Brighton-based barrister Colin Osborne who is in the process of adopting a little girl with his husband, and teacher Sara Mahmoud who is interviewing for a new position in a school that needs turning around.

How do any of them link to the victim, though, and why would one of them kill him? See first look images at the new series and watch the trailer here.


5. Let It Shine | Saturday 7th January, 7pm on BBC One

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Having lost The Voice UK, BBC One were quick to announce a brand new Saturday night entertainment show Let It Shine. Over eight weeks of competition, the series will search for five talented boys that will form a band to perform the songs of Take That in a brand new stage show touring the UK next year.

The judges are Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp, and the series will be presented by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc.

Let It Shine will welcome guest judges in each stage of the competition. In this first week and throughout the auditions, the judges are joined by Amber Riley, star of hit TV show Glee and currently leading lady in the West End musical Dreamgirls and singer Lulu will join the judges for the second stage of the competition.

During the auditions the boys have just one performance to impress our judges. They will all sing, and some will dance and others will play instruments. But have they got what it takes to get through to the next round, where the lucky ones will get to perform in groups alongside hugely popular music acts?

As well as those who have applied to be on the show, Gary has gone out across the UK to find talented contestants who have been secretly nominated by their friends and families. Gary surprises them and personally invites them to audition in front of the Let It Shine judges.

First look pics from the brand new series coming soon as well as my review of the new series.


6. The Voice UK | Saturday 7th January, 8pm on ITV

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It might be the sixth series of The Voice UK, but it’s the first time that it’s been on ITV having made the switch from BBC One.

Some things are the same; the chairs still turn, Emma Willis still hosts, Will.i.am still occupies one of the red chairs and Sir Tom Jones is back after that rather dramatic axing from last year’s series.

But of course, some things are different, Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale complete the coach line-up and there’s no co-host, so to speak. Marvin Humes has been replaced by Cold Feet star Ceallach Spellman who will be in charge of The V Room.

And whilst the chairs do still spin, if a judge doesn’t press their button, their chair won’t turn and they won’t be able to see who you missed out on.

7. Through The Keyhole | Saturday 7th January, 9:35pm on ITV


Following the Christmas special, Keith Lemon is back with a fourth series of Through the Keyhole.

Once again, he’ll be rummaging around three mystery celebrity houses unearthing clues for the studio panel to guess “who habitates in a house like this”.

On this week’s star-studded panel are BBC Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton, actor Will Mellor and former Strictly contestant, Judge Rinder.

Look out for my interview with Keith Lemon soon!


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