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WHAT TO WATCH 27-31 December

This week's best telly includes the return of The Voice Kids, the continuation and conclusion of A Very British Scandal, a new Netflix drama that's bound to grip and so much more!

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

1. The Voice Kids

Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th at 7.30pm and Wednesday 29th December at 8pm on ITV

Usually a summer treat, The Voice Kids has been given a festive three-night makeover as Spice Girl Melanie C joins Danny Jones, and Pixie Lott in the search for the next generation of singing talent, while Emma Willis is back to host the series.

Taking place over three exciting nights, an array of singers, aged seven to 14, will take to the stage in a bid to impress the star coaching panel and get those big red chairs turning.

With four places up for grabs on each team, these young singers will be giving it all they’ve got in the hope of making it to Wednesday's final and winning a family trip to Disneyland Paris.

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2. Travel Man: 96 Hours in Iceland

Monday 27th December at 8pm on Channel 4

It was announced back in 2019 that Joe Lycett would be taking over from Richard Ayoade as Channel 4's Travel Man, but after an enforced minibreak of its own, the series is back for a supersized Christmas special as Joe heads to Iceland with comedian and dance champion Bill Bailey.

During a packed four-day itinerary, they embrace local cuisine, alfresco bathing and some of Iceland's festive folklore. But first, they explore Reykjavik, including an immersive visit to the punk museum, housed in a disused public toilet; an art installation featuring neon synthetic hair; and lunch at a restaurant where the theme is tomato.

With Iceland one of the most active volcanic regions in the world, and with all that heat close to the surface, Joe and Bill can't resist trying to boil an egg in a hot spring. They experience an earthquake simulator and see the magical northern lights from the comfort of a heated plastic bubble.

From Iceland's second city of Akureyri, there's a scenic plane tour along Iceland's longest fjord, crossing the Arctic Circle. Joe and Bill also go husky sledding in the festive snowscape, take a dip in the geothermal 'nature bath' at Myvatn, and sample some snowflake flatbread.


3. A Very British Scandal

Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th December at 9pm on BBC One

As A Very British Scandal continues, Margaret puts aside gnawing doubts about her marriage to continue with her plan to secure her claim to Inveraray Castle.

But a private photograph has the potential to destroy everything she has ever worked for and fuel the fire of one of the most scandalous divorce trials in British history.

And in Tuesday's final episode, battlelines are drawn as the Duke and Duchess of Argyll enter into a bloody separation, all played out in the white-hot glare of a ravenous press.

As the most scandalous divorce trial of the century looms over Margaret’s life and reputation, she must decide if she is to go away quietly or fight for her side of the story to finally be heard.

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4. Worzel Gummidge

Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th December at 7.15pm on BBC One

After a special on Bonfire Night, Worzel Gummidge is back with Mackenzie Crook returning for two brand new hour-long films for the Christmas period.

In the first film, Twitchers, a flock of rare choughs turn up at Scatterbrook Farm after a raging thunderstorm. Keen to seize the opportunity of scaring such a rarely sighted bird, Worzel enlists the help of Susan and John. But their plans are soon scuppered once word of the choughs gets around and a group of avid twitchers move in before he’s even had his chance.

To make matters worse, the twitchers’ arrival forces Mr B to come face to face with his old birdwatching rival, Lee Dangerman. With the twitchers refusing to leave, can the children come up with a plan to help scare the choughs and save Worzel and Mr B from embarrassment?

And in the second film, Calliope Jane, Susan and John are excited when they learn that F R Peregrine’s Travelling Fair is coming to Scatterbrook for one night only. But as much as he’d love to join his friends, Worzel can’t be seen wandering around by humans. He recalls the legend of a fairground with an enchanted organ. It’s believed that, with the right music, the organ has the power to send humans to sleep so that scarecrows can enjoy the rides without the fear of being seen.

At the museum, Aunt Sally finds herself agreeing to go on an adventure with another ex-fairground attraction, Calliope Jane, and it turns out Worzel isn’t the only scarecrow who wants to attend the fair... As the scarecrows descend the risk of being seen intensifies, but will the legend of the enchanted organ turn out to be true?

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5. Queer Eye

New Year's Eve on Netflix

It's been a while since we were treated to new episodes of Queer Eye but now the Fab Five are back in a search for a whole new roster of heroes in need of a little TLC.

This season, Queer Eye’s fearless ambassadors head to the Lone Star state with a homebase in Austin, TX as they work their life-changing magic yet again, transforming the lives of deserving Texans.

1-10/10 All episodes available at launch

6. Stay Close

New Year's Eve on Netflix

Following the success of The Stranger, Stay Close is the next of Harlan Coben's novels to be adapted into a UK Netflix series and follows three key characters whose dark secrets resurface, setting off a chain of events that threatens to destroy their lives.

Cush Jumbo plays Megan, a working mother of three, Richard Armitage plays Ray, the once-promising documentary photographer, now stuck in a dead-end job pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids and James Nesbit plays Broome, a detective who’s unable to let go of a missing person’s cold case.

And Sarah Parish plays Lorraine, an old friend from Megan's past who delivers some shocking news that will impact all three characters. As the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them, what will be their next move?

In keeping with previous adaptations, Stay Close relocates the story from the US to UK shores and has been adapted by Danny Brocklehurst alongside Mick Ford, Victoria Asare-Archer and Charlotte Coben.

With trademark thrills, gripping suspense, and a crime to solve, Stay Close questions how much you really know someone. Three people living comfortable lives each conceal dark secrets that even the closest to them would never suspect.

1-8/8 All episodes available at launch

7. The Last Leg of the Year

New Year's Eve at 9pm on Channel 4

The Last Leg is back this New Year's Eve for an extra-special two-hour extravaganza to say goodbye, and good riddance, to 2021 as Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe are joined by a host of celebrity guests in a bumper satirical spectacular looking back at the highs and lows of the past year... and what a year it's been.

Joining Adam, Alex and Josh for the end-of-year fun are special guests Aisling Bea, Joe Wilkinson, Ivo Graham, Nish Kumar, Vick Hope and Maisie Adam with house band Alex Horne and The Horne Section providing the musical entertainment.

The Last Leg of the Year promises to be an uproarious romp poking fun at the year's news and looking forward to what 2022 might have in store. So pop the champagne, join The Last Leg of the Year and give 2022 a euphoric welcome.



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