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WHAT TO WATCH New Year's Eve & New Year's Day

As 2022 makes way for 2023, Sam Ryder is making sure we see it out in style, Taskmaster returns for a one-off treat and The Masked Singer is back to keep us all guessing.

Elsewhere, Katherine Ryan and Romesh Ranganathan star in a brand new Bonnie & Clyde-style comedy and possibly the most highly-anticipated television return in recent years, Happy Valley is back for the start of its third and final series.

Here are 5 TV shows you can't miss this New Year...

1. Sam Ryder Rocks New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve at 11.30pm and New Year's Day at 12.10am on BBC One

Following in the footsteps of Alicia Keys, Bryan Adams, Chic with Nile Rodgers, Craig David, Gary Barlow, Madness, Queen + Adam Lambert, Robbie Williams and Years & Years, Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder will round off his incredible year by seeing in the New Year on BBC One.

Bringing 2022 to a spectacular close, singing sensation Sam Ryder will be joined onstage by special guests including singer Melanie C, Norwegian singer and songwriter Sigrid, The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins and the electrifying House Gospel Choir.

This end-of-year party will see Sam perform some of his favourite songs spanning the decades with help from his guests which are guaranteed to get the nation singing and dancing as we welcome 2023.

After the River Thames fireworks display at midnight its back to the festivities as Sam and friends perform more classic hits with a few more surprises to mark the new year in style.


2. The Masked Singer

New Year's Day at 6.30pm on ITV1

The nation’s favourite guessing game is back as The Masked Singer returns for its fourth series on ITV1. Returning to host is Joel Dommett with Davina McCall, Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross and Mo Gilligan heading back to their detective chairs.

Hoping to join the exclusive Masked Singer winners’ club is a brand-new cast of celebrities playing twelve characters in the show’s signature extraordinary costumes, who will be taking to the stage to sing in disguise and stump the panel and viewers alike.

Who will follow in the footsteps of last year's winner Panda, which was revealed to be Natalie Imbruglia?

1/8 Continues weekly

3. Happy Valley

New Year's Day at 9pm on BBC One

After almost 7 years of waiting, Sally Wainwright's magnificent masterpiece Happy Valley is back for six final episodes as Sarah Lancashire returns in her iconic role of Sergeant Catherine Cawood.

Series three begins with Catherine discovering the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir, it sparks a chain of events that leads her straight back to Tommy Lee Royce, played by James Norton.

Her grandson, Ryan, played by Rhys Connah, is now sixteen and has ideas of his own about the kind of relationship he wants to have with the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father, leaving Catherine’s sister Clare, played by Siobhan Finneran, caught in the middle.

In another part of the valley, a local pharmacist gets in over his head when a neighbour is arrested.

1/6 Continues weekly

4. Taskmaster's New Year Treat

New Year's Day at 9pm on Channel 4

Greg Davies and his dutiful sidekick Little Alex Horne are back for a one-off special Taskmaster’s New Year Treat in which the Taskmaster will welcome five celebrity contestants from entirely different and diverse spheres of entertainment to compete in the name of Hogmanay.

Hoping to impress this year, are comedian, creator, host and journalist Amelia Dimoldenberg, TV host, numbers queen and First Lady of Channel 4 Carol Vorderman, presenter and writer Greg James, four-time Olympic Champion Sir Mo Farah and Mercury Music Prize & Brit Award-nominated pop star Rebecca Lucy Taylor aka Self Esteem.

They'll be applying their skill, nerve, and grit into the customary assault course of bizarre challenges that will be thrown their way. But how will they fair? And who will lay claim to the special trophy of Greg’s Golden Eyebrows?


5. Romantic Getaway

New Year's Day at 9pm & 9.30pm on Sky Comedy

Sky are kicking off 2023 with a Romantic Getaway as Katherine Ryan and Romesh Ranganathan star as Allison and Deacon in what promises to be a modern Bonnie and Clyde story.

After countless IVF attempts, the couple, desperate to have a child, are faced with the possibility it might not happen. Unable to afford more rounds of IVF, and with mounting debts, the pressure on the relationship begins to show. What is their solution? Steal. Now they must avoid getting caught.

Romantic Getaway begins directly after Deacon and Alison have defrauded their dodgy boss, Alfie, played by Johnny Vegas of £500k.

The couple are sat in their car, buzzing with adrenaline. But after the buzz wears off, they must not only contend with the gruelling process of IVF but also have to figure out how to use the money without getting found out, a challenge that draws them deep into the criminal underworld of Reading.

1-2/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch


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