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WHAT TO WATCH 11-17 December

This week's best telly includes a couple of early Christmas specials, a new Simon Cowell format for ITV and so much more!

Here are 7 TV shows you can't miss this week...

1. The Hit List Celebrity Christmas Special

Saturday 11th December at 6.20pm on BBC One

Rochelle and Marvin Humes are back with a special festive episode of The Hit List which tests the music knowledge of celebrities with the most addictive musical quiz on television and a real treat in the telly schedules.

Celebrities taking part are; former EastEnders stars Jake Wood and Tamzin Outhwaite, choirmaster Gareth Malone and saxophonist Yolanda Brown as well as comedians Alex Brooker and Ellie Taylor.

In each show, three pairs of contestants put their music knowledge to the ultimate test as they attempt to name as many songs and artists as possible. The songs played are all hits from a wide range of music genres from the 1950s to today, meaning the whole family can play along.

But who will sleigh the competition and get the chance to win £10,000 for their chosen charity? Get ready to play along and shout out the answers at the telly!


2. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 11th at 7.05pm and Sunday 12th December at 7.20pm on BBC One

With just two new routines standing between them and a place in this year's Strictly Come Dancing final, the four remaining couples face their most challenging week yet as they must dance not once, but twice in a bid to make it through to next week’s Grand Final.

Hoping they can do enough to impress the judges, as well as the viewers at home, will be AJ and Kai, John and Johannes, Rhys and Nancy and Rose and Giovanni. The 2021 leaderboard has been the most volatile and unpredictable ever so what happens on the night really does matter as no one wants to fall at the final hurdle.

Sunday's results show will open with a fantastic group number from the Strictly professionals plus there'll be an incredible music performance from Mabel.

With just three spots available in next week’s Grand Final, votes have never been more important and as ever, the two couples with the lowest overall points will go head-to-head in the final Dance-Off of the series.

Who will end up being one step closer to lifting that famous glitterball trophy?


3. The Beaker Girls

Monday 13th to Friday 17th December at 5pm on CBBC

Earlier this year, My Mum Tracy Beaker set a new record as CBBC’s most successful launch ever, when it was streamed 2.1m times on BBC iPlayer in its first three days of availability and now Tracy Beaker is back with a new five-part series, The Beaker Girls.

As we rejoin Tracy and daughter Jess, they're loving their new life running the Dumping Ground junk shop in the seaside town of Cooksea. As well as making new friends, they also make new enemies and cause a whole lot of trouble.

When Jordan, a runaway teen who has been repeatedly failed by the care system, finds her way into the Beaker Girls’ cosy family, Tracy’s life seems to have come full circle as she contemplates becoming a foster parent. But will Jess ever be ready to share her mum?

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4. Walk The Line

Sunday 12th to Friday 17th December at 8pm on ITV

With The X Factor gone for good and Britain's Got Talent missing this year, Simon Cowell is still hoping for a primetime ITV hit with his latest talent show format, Walk The Line. Hosted by Maya Jama, this high octane musical game show sees one music act win a life-changing prize pot of £500,000.

The musical acts, be they soloists, duos or bands, will take to the stage to perform for the nation, with panellists Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon, Dawn French and Craig David watching on from their front row seats.

But to win the money, talent alone isn’t enough. The contestants will need nerves of steel as they determine whether to cash out or physically Walk The Line and risk it all to stay in the competition.


5. Strictly The Real Full Monty

Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th December at 9pm on ITV

The Real Full Monty is back with a bang this Christmas as Ashley Banjo leads a brand-new line-up of brave celebrities, ready to take the famous Full Monty strip to a whole new level as the nervous new recruits will be baring all to raise awareness of life-saving cancer checks, whilst bringing old school glitz and glamour to the all-new supersized strip.

The class of 2021, all with their own stories to tell about how cancer has touched the lives of themselves or those closest to them, are; EastEnders actress Laila Morse, professional dancers and husband and wife James and Ola Jordan, Blue singer Duncan James, model Christine McGuinness, Olympian Colin Jackson, musical theatre and Loose Women star Brenda Edwards, TV presenter Martin Roberts and Love Island favourites Teddy Soares and Demi Jones.

They all have stories to tell about how cancer has touched the lives of themselves or those closest to them.

And once again, presenter, choreographer and mentor Ashley Banjo will support the anxious celebrities as they take on a completely new twist in front of a guaranteed-to-be-screaming audience in Blackpool, determined to remind viewers that getting private areas checked can save their lives.

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6. The Cockfields

Monday 13th December at 10pm on Gold

The second series of this brilliant comedy from Joe Wilkinson and David Earl ended last month, but now they're back for an hour-long Christmas special as Simon, played by Joe Wilkinson and his fiancé Esther, played by Susannah Fielding, travel back to the Isle of Wight.

Set on the 27th December, that time between Christmas and New Year, they return to visit Simon's ever-doting mother Sue, played by Sue Johnston and his controlling yet

well-meaning stepfather Ray, played by Gregor Fisher. Not forgetting of course his celebrity-obsessed stepbrother David, played by Ben Rufus Green.

During their flying visit, Simon and Esther can only stay for the day as Simon is so busy with work and Sue wishes they’d stay longer. And at a reunion at the local pub, Simon is reminded of what he might be missing.


7. One Night In...

Thursday 16th December at 9pm on Channel 4

The Last Leg co-hosts Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe branch out this week for a brand new series One Night In... where they spend the night in some of the UK’s most exciting attractions.

But they won't be alone. In each episode, Alex and Josh will be joined by comedian friends as they are locked in overnight, free to make mischief and have the run of the location, with no grown-ups to hamper their fun. The rules are simple, leave the venue how you found it, and if you break anything, you pay.

In this week’s first episode, Alex and Josh are joined by comedian pal Roisin Conaty as they are let loose inside the UK’s largest theme park, Alton Towers. As they hang out after hours, Alex, Josh and Roisin are free to roam the theme park’s grounds. They can enjoy high jinx anywhere in the park. But will the trio be brave enough to ride some of the worlds’ most thrilling, and scary, roller-coasters, including the infamous ‘Oblivion’?

Other locations and guests featured throughout the series include; The Natural History Museum with special guest Aisling Bea, London Zoo with special guests Guz Khan and Desiree Burch and Legoland with special guests Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont.

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