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what to watch: 27 december – 1 january

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Here’s the best of what to watch on telly this week as 2016 ends and 2107 begins.

Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week…


1. Inside No. 9 (Christmas Special) | Tuesday 27th December, 10pm on BBC Two

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Before the third series starts, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are treating us to a seasonally-twisted special of their anthology comedy, Inside No.9.

It is Austria, Krampusnacht, December 1977. Julian Devonshire (Steve Pemberton), his pregnant wife Kathy (Jessica Raine), their son Toby and mother-in-law Celia (Rula Lenska) arrive at the alpine chalet for a family holiday.

They are shown around by Klaus (Reece Shearsmith) who tells the family about the local legend of The Devil of Christmas. All the good children are given gifts by St. Nicholas, and all the bad ones are punished by the demonic Krampus.

But who has been good, and who has been bad?

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2. Walliams & Friend (Christmas Special) | Tuesday 27th December, 11:20pm on BBC One

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Pushed back in the schedules due to a last-minute George Michael tribute at 10pm, this extended episode of Walliams And Friend, is a Christmas special, as well as being the last in the series, star of Downtown Abbey and W1A, Hugh Bonneville, partners with David Walliams for a variety of comedy sketches.

Hugh demonstrates his comic versatility as he plays roles as diverse as Alan Sugar, dishing out the hardest ever Apprentice tasks, and even the Countess of Grantham in her new commercial.

In addition, Hugh and David pair up to play smarmy game show hosts of the completely baffling “Double Or Nothing”, the world’s most embarrassing dancing dads (pictured) and even Bruce Wayne and his loyal butler Alfred.

Also features mini festive episodes of Middle Class Jeremy Kyle and Celebrity Slammer.

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3. Jonathan Creek | Wednesday 28th December, 9pm on BBC One

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After two year’s away, Jonathan Creek is back with a 90-minute special, reuniting Alan Davies with Sarah Alexander.

According to legend, a 19th century sorcerer named Jacob Surtees would summon the powers of Hell to terrorise and subjugate his victims at his home, Daemons’ Roost. Contemporaneous accounts describe his impossible feats of telekinesis, which have remained unexplained to this day.

One hundred and fifty years after his death, the house is occupied by another, equally macabre, figure: veteran film director Nathan Clore (Ken Bones), whose output of horror movies in the 1970s generated its own brand of terror.

With his health failing, Clore has summoned home his stepdaughter Alison (Georgie Lord), to finally share with her the chilling truth of what happened to her family there when she was a child.

However, days before her arrival Clore suffers a debilitating stroke, rendering him paralysed and unable to communicate the truth Alison has hoped to learn.

Within the house the ghostly presence of Jacob Surtees can still be felt, as Alison and her husband Stephen (Emun Elliot) unearth clues to the mystery that become more challenging and opaque, the deeper they probe.

Stephen’s own life has been marred by tragedy. When his first wife Imelda was found poisoned to death in a bizarre locked room case it was only through the deductive talents of Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies) that the puzzle was eventually solved.

Can Jonathan assist again? Or perhaps his wife Polly (Sarah Alexander), and her understandable aversion to hideous deaths, will persuade him to pass up the challenge – especially as there’s already a psychopathic killer on her husband’s trail, with a score to settle.

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4. Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe | Thursday 29th December, 9pm on BBC Two

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It’s almost as if everything that has happened in 2016 has been leading up to this moment.

Once again Charlie Brooker is back with his unique look back at the year and this week he looks back on the ups and downs of 2016.

Helping Charlie to make sense of the year’s news, TV and online phenomena is Philomena Cunk. In her most challenging interview yet, Philomena tries to understand what it is Professor Brian Cox is actually saying.

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5. Delicious | Friday 30th December, 9pm on Sky 1

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Dawn French, Emilia Fox, Iain Glen and Sheila Hancock star in Delicious, a brilliant new four-part drama for Sky 1 which tells a compelling story of love, sex, lies and betrayal, where things are never as they seem.

Dawn French plays Gina, a passionate cook who was once married to Leo Vincent (Iain Glen), a successful entrepreneur, chef and hotel owner in Cornwall. Leo owes much of his success to Gina’s exceptional cooking, but since leaving her for the glamorous Sam (Emilia Fox), his business has continued to thrive.

When Sam has suspicions that Leo is having an affair she confides in Gina, confident that she’ll recognise the signs. Only to later discover that it’s Gina herself who is the ‘other woman’. The secrets and scandals that spill out are proof that sleeping with another woman’s husband is never a good idea, even if he was your husband first.

As Sam and Gina try to fix their broken families, will a friendship rise from the ashes of betrayal or will they tear each other apart?

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6. Ninja Warrior UK | Friday 31st December, 7pm on ITV

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Ninja Warrior UK, the toughest obstacle course on TV, is back on ITV. Another batch of competitors will be pushing themselves to the limits as they try to complete the ultimate challenge and be crowned the first ever Ninja Warrior UK.

This series will be packed full of jaw-dropping challenges, heart-stopping excitement and adrenaline-fuelled action as the contestants attempt to complete three punishing and potentially hilarious stages.

Will this series find the contestant who has what it takes to conquer Mount Midoryama?

In the first show of the new series, a new batch of contestants from all walks of life ranging from ‘Have a Go Heroes’ to ‘Superhuman Athletes’ are all ready to take on the challenge, but each year the course gets much harder.

In the opening episode, contestants will face the Quintuple Steps, the Log Grip, Floating Tiles, Jump Hang, Swing Circle and The Warped Wall.

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7. Sherlock | Sunday 1st January, BBC One

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New Year’s Day wouldn’t be the same without a brand new episode of Sherlock, and 2017 isn’t about to break what’s quickly becoming television tradition.

In the first episode one of the fourth series, Sherlock waits to see where Moriarty will make his posthumous move.

One mysterious case in particular baffles Scotland Yard, but Sherlock is more interested in a seemingly-trivial detail. Why is someone destroying images of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work? Something with its roots deep in Mary Watson’s past…

Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as John Watson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson and Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper.

See the new series portraits here.

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