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WHAT TO WATCH 2-8 January

This week's best telly includes the return of lockdown favourites Staged and Beat the Chasers as well as a new reality dating format on ITV2 and much more.

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

1. The Masked Singer

Saturday 2nd January at 7pm on ITV

Last weekend we met the first six celebrities taking part in series two of The Masked Singer, and this weekend we meet the next six; Viking, Blob, Harlequin, Bush Baby, Grandfather Clock and Seahorse.

Competing in new and ever flamboyant character costumes, each celebrity must sing whilst concealing their identities, as they attempt to stump viewers and the panel alike on who they could possibly be.

Who will follow Alien out of the competition and be unmasked? That decision is up to the audience in the studio and the panel; Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross.

2/8 Continues Saturdays

2. The Voice UK

Saturday 2nd January at 8.30pm on ITV

After starting in January of last year, the 2020 series of The Voice UK only ended in November and already the series is back for 2021 with a brand new series and a brand new coach as Anne-Marie takes the place of Meghan Trainor.

As the blind auditions begin. Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones and join her in their iconic red chairs as they search for a singing superstar. Hopeful singers fight to make the chairs turn for a chance of winning a life-changing record contract.

1/14 Continues Saturdays

3. Beat the Chasers

Sunday 3rd - Friday 8th January at 9pm on ITV

Beat the Chasers became ITV's biggest entertainment launch since Britain's Got Talent, and now the hit prime time spin-off of The Chase, in which contestants must take on five Chasers at once, is back across seven consecutive nights.

Bradley Walsh hosts as The Beast, The Governess, The Sinnerman, The Vixen and The Dark Destroyer join forces again to create the greatest quiz team in the world. One by one, contestants from across the UK try to win big money. But, can anyone Beat the Chasers?

In the Cash Builder contestants have the chance to bank up to £5,000 as they face five multiple choice questions, but if they get the first question wrong, they’re out!

Next, contestants are given the option of playing between two and five Chasers for increasing amounts of money, but with a decreasing time advantage against them. As the money goes up, so does the number of Chasers they must face. But those brave enough to take on five Chasers could walk away with a huge cash prize.

Play sees questions swap from contestant to the Chasers. But get a question wrong and their individual or team clock keeps counting down until a question is answered correctly. First to run out of time loses the game.

With the Chasers forming the greatest quiz team on the planet, it’s time to see once again, can anyone Beat The Chasers?

1-6/7 Continues nightly

4. A Teacher

Sunday 3rd to Thursday 7th January at 10pm on BBC Two

Kate Mara stars in new FX drama A Teacher, in which a high school teacher starts a sexual affair with her pupil, tearing their futures apart. An abuse of power that will scar their lives forever.

In the first episode, English teacher Claire Wilson arrives for her first term at Westerbrook High, dissatisfied in her marriage and seemingly unable to discuss it with husband Matt, she finds herself attracted to Eric Walker, one of her students, and considers an inappropriate relationship that could have crushing consequences for them both.

Later in the series, when a party at Logan’s house is broken up by the cops, Eric thinks fast and asks for a favour from Claire and later asks his sweetheart Alison Miller to the prom.

1-10/10 Continues nightly with all episodes available on BBC iPlayer after episode 1

5. The Cabins

Monday 4th - Friday 8th January at 9pm on ITV2

At the start of 2018 there was Survival of the Fittest, then in January 2020, ITV2 moved Love Island to South Africa for a special winter version which turned out to be the only series that year. And now ITV2 have a new reality dating format to kickstart 2021... The Cabins.

Challenged to the most revealing first date of their lives, a group of singletons must throw out the rule book, delete their dating apps in an attempt to find true love. As their date begins, they must immediately move in together in their very own exclusive log cabin, complete with simmering hot tubs and set in beautiful surroundings within the UK.

Nestled together in their intimate cabins, the singletons will have quality time to really get to know their date. From heartfelt moments or declarations of love, to awkward silences and difficult dating conversations, viewers will be able to follow all the antics and find out if the sparks fly or quickly fizzle out.

Having made it through the first 24 hours, six couples must decide if they would like to spend more time together, or call it a day and walk away.

1-5/ Continues nightly

6. Staged

Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th January at 9.45pm on BBC One

Michael Sheen and David Tennant, or should that be David Tennant and Michael Sheen are back for another series of their hit lockdown comedy Staged as the pair attempt to navigate their ‘new normal’ at home with their increasingly exasperated families whilst simultaneously trying to tackle the world of ‘virtual Hollywood’ and their ever more fragile egos.

In episode one, David’s plans to go to work and Michael’s plans to visit a friend abroad are both scuppered by last minute travel rule changes, and some news regarding a work opportunity for the pair turns sour.

In Tuesday's episode, after discovering the plan, David and Michael are dismayed to learn news about who will be carrying on without them. The guys are also upset to find out how well Simon is doing without them.

1-2/8 Continues Mondays and Tuesdays

7. Pooch Perfect

Thursday 7th January at 8pm on BBC One

Who better to host BBC One's new dog styling competition than dog fanatic Sheridan Smith? In Pooch Perfect, Sheridan and her fluffy co-host Stanley are on a mission to find the nation’s best dog groomer.

In this first heat, the four groomers are given one of the most popular breeds to grace British salons, the long haired Shih-Tzu. Next the groomers need to let their imagination off the lead when they give four curly coated canines a cute Teddy Bear trim to parade on The Dogwalk in front of their owners.

The series also features Colin Taylor and Verity Hardcastle as judges whilst Dr Bolu Eso is the show’s resident vet.

1/8 Continues Thursdays

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