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WHAT TO WATCH 2-6 January

A new year always brings with it some great new telly and this week sees Luther and Les Misérables continue and on Saturday night BBC One and ITV go head-to-head with The Greatest Dancer and The Voice UK.

Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week...

1. Luther

Wednesday 2nd - Thursday 4th January at 9pm on BBC One

Following on from Luther's return on New Year's Day, the fifth series continues and concludes this week every night at 9pm on BBC One.

In Wednesday's episode, the police and Cornelius converge on Luther’s home and with Halliday convinced that the body in the morgue isn’t their killer, can Luther put his own troubles to one side and find the true murderer before they strike again?

On Thursday, with his friend in peril and a young woman kidnapped by the relentless serial killer, can Luther protect the innocent while preventing Cornelius’ violent revenge from consuming him? Who is Luther willing to save, and who can’t he bear to lose?

And in Friday's finale, with Luther’s increasing absence from the case, Halliday leads the hunt for a monster on the loose. A killer determined to complete his final macabre masterpiece...


2. Cuckoo

Friday 4th January from 10am on BBC Three and at 11:25pm on BBC One

Series four might only have aired in August, but with a fifth series already confirmed and seemingly filmed, the BBC have wasted no time in releasing the series on BBC Three.

The Thompson clan are getting back to peace and quiet following Dale’s departure, when Ken receives the unexpected news that he has a sister, Ivy played by Andie MacDowell, who gets in touch out of the blue, seemingly wanting to get to know her new family.

Ken is really excited about his long-lost sister arriving, especially when it turns out she’s a billionaire - but it turns out that Ivy doesn’t intend on getting to know her brother at all.

Rachel returns from travelling single as things didn’t work out with Dale, but she’s not the only person who's returned to Lichfield. Her ex-boyfriend Ben is back in touch...


3. The Greatest Dancer

Saturday 5th January at 8pm on BBC One

Can The Greatest Dancer be the Saturday night hit the BBC One are so desperate for outside of Strictly? The certainly hope it will be!

Hosted by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo, expect dramatic auditions, outstanding talent and jaw-dropping surprises as dancers give the performance of their lives. The brand-new dance talent show will see dancers of any age and dance style compete to win £50,000 and a chance to perform on Strictly Come Dancing!

Leading the charge to discover The Greatest Dancer are three superstar Dance Captains: multi-platinum-selling singer Cheryl; Broadway and Glee star Matthew Morrison; and Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse.

For the first time, the audience hold the power, if they are impressed by the audition, they will vote to open the mirror, if 75 percent of the audience vote YES, the mirror will open and the dancer will make it through to the next stage of the competition, the callbacks.

4. The Voice UKSaturday 5th January at 8pm on ITV

If The Greatest Dancer doesn't float your boat, then The Voice UK might just, as the signing contest returns to our screens to find the voice of 2019.

Once again, Emma Willis will host the competition with the unchanged line-up of coaches; Jennifer Hudson, Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones and As ever, they'll be seeking the very best solo singers, duos and, in a competition first this year, trios.

The series will commence with the Blind Auditions and each coach seeking ten acts to fill their teams. The next round sees the Battles and the coaches reduce their teams by half but, with the opportunity to steal one act each from another coach, they will take 6 through per team to the Knockouts. Those lucky enough to make it through the Knockouts will earn a place in the live semi-final where the public will decide who makes it through to the final. Ultimately the viewers will choose their winner in the spectacular live finale.

The winning act will be set on the road to realising their artistic ambitions with the ultimate prize of a recording contract with music giants Polydor Records.


5. Dancing on Ice

Sunday 6th January at 6pm on ITV

The greatest show on ice is back, as Dancing on Ice returns to ITV for a brand new series as twelve celebrity skaters will be taking to the ice in a blaze of glory as each week they go head to head in a bid to become champions of the ice.

This year’s competing celebrities are reality sensation Gemma Collins, Coronation Street's Jane Danson, Loose Women’s Saira Khan, X Factor favourite Saara Aaalto, Grease legend Didi Conn, Pussycat Dolls singer Melody Thornton, former Strictly dancer James Jordan, singer and presenter Brian McFadden, actor and comedian Richard Blackwood, cricketer Ryan Sidebottom, Love Island’s Wes Nelson and Neighbours star Mark Little.

Once again the celebrities will be paired with professional partners, and their quest for success will be overseen by skating legends Torvill and Dean, who head up the judging panel completed by Jason Gardiner and Ashley Banjo.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will present the show live every week, as one celebrity heads home after a combination of viewer votes and scores from the judging panel.

First look at the six celebrities taking part in Week One here.


6. Les Misérables

Sunday 6th January at 9pm on BBC One

As Les Misérables continues, a desperately poor Fantine is forced to leave Paris to find work and makes a difficult decision to give her young daughter Cosette a better way of life. Making her way to Montreuil she finds work in a factory, presided over by the generous Monsieur Madeleine.

Settling into his new life as the prosperous owner of a factory, Jean Valjean becomes unsettled when Javert becomes Montreuil’s new police inspector. Javert is suspicious and determined to catch him out.

Over in Montfermeil, the scheming Monsieur and Madame Thenardier, played by Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman, demand increasingly impossible sums of money from Fantine, who is forced to take desperate measures to find a way to pay them...


7. Manhunt

Sunday 6th January at 9pm on ITV

ITV's first drama of 2019, Manhunt, is based upon the memoirs of former London Metropolitan police detective DCI Colin Sutton and stars Martin Clunes as former Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, who tenaciously tracked down serial killer Levi Bellfield.

Manhunt is the real life story of how the murder of French student, Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green in August 2004 was eventually linked to the murders of Marsha McDonnell in 2003, and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler in 2002.

With the full co-operation of former DCI Colin Sutton, Manhunt dramatises the hunt to find the killer. The three-part drama follows the detailed and painstaking investigation by the former London Metropolitan police detective and his team, as they dedicated themselves to finding Amelie’s killer, and pursuing links to the other murders.


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