bbc oneSome top new series are coming up on Freeview that you just can’t miss. And if you do, there’s always Freeview Play! So as the mercury drops and the world turns icy, why not curl up on the sofa with Freeview this January?
Shetland Series 3
DI Jimmy Perez returns in the third season of Shetland, adapted from Ann Cleeves’ bestselling crime novels. In this opening episode, a young man mysteriously vanishes on the ferry to Shetland, and a small boy ends up in the ICU – but are the two events connected? The feeling of foreboding and claustrophobia is given time to come to the boil nicely over six episodes in this multi-faceted and distinctive crime drama.
Today at 9:00pm on BBC One
Gotham Season 2
‘What was the world of Batman like before Batman?’ imagined the original season of Gotham. And now with season 2 ‘Gotham: Rise Of The Villains’, the title provides a rather big clue about where things are heading, as seen through the eyes of Detective James Gordon. Can asking the Penguin for help ever end well? Of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing…
Sunday 17th January at 9:00pm on Spike
Generations have loved the works of Charles Dickens. Perhaps it’s that unique, Christmassy feel you get as you sink into a Dickens story, where goodness takes the fight to proper villains and social injustice. But Dickensian is different. This critically acclaimed series re-imagines these well-thumbed tales, bringing together some of his most iconic characters as their lives intertwine – and the drama builds.
Thursday 21st January at 8:00pm on BBC One
Take Me Out
If you relished the feast of dating entertainment that was the last series of Take Me Out, with break-ups and make-ups aplenty, you’ll be glad to know a brand new season of Take Me Out has just hit the airwaves. And, of course, that means Paddy’s back too, as he chaperones the ladies over five rounds, as various male hopefuls try to charm them into not plunging the set into darkness. Who’ll be off to Fernando’s, and who’ll be going home broken hearted?
Fridays at 8:00pm on ITV
Tracey Ullman’s Show
After nearly three decades of absence, the prodigal daughter of satirical impression has made a memorable return to the UK’s TV screens. Full of joyful energy, the 56-year-old has clearly lost none of her comedic bite; for instance, her take on some of Britain’s actresses who are approaching ‘national treasurehood’ was bracingly irreverent. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a newbie, Tracey Ullman’s Show is well worth a watch.
Monday 18th January at 10:45pm on BBC One
The Getaway Car
New for 2016 is The Getaway Car, which sees popular TV host Dermot O’Leary team up with The Stig in a completely new kind of driving show. Couples, siblings, grandparents with grandchildren, and best friends all attempt to complete a series of car challenges as they test their driving skills – and their relationships – to the limit. It’s combustive entertainment, but with a warm heart. Definitely one to check out.
Saturday 16th January at 18:50pm on BBC One
Fresh Meat Series 4
It’s been a blast from the very first time it aired in 2011, as we’ve watched Vod, Oregon, Kingsley, Josie, JP and Howard nail the lecture-skipping, shade-throwing, tequila-slamming, house-sharing student experience perfectly. But now, in this final series, their student days are all coming to an end. It’s a fretful time, so get ready for some angst-ridden, soul-searching belly laughs as they try to work it all out.
Benidorm Series 8
Benidorm first aired on 1 February 2007, and perhaps it’s a measure of the show’s continuing appeal that it seems as fresh today as it did nine years ago. Over these nine years, Benidorm’s snagged two National Television Awards and nominations at the British Comedy Awards and BAFTAs. Now change is afoot at the Solana Hotel as this sitcom marches into its eighth series with gusto.
Wednesday 20th January at 9:00pm on ITV4
Call The Midwife Series 5
At first glance, Call The Midwife may look all cuppas and cardigans, but there’s always been some real grit at its core. Series 5 is no exception as we’re taken on some challenging storylines that push the boundaries ever further. But it’s also a time of possibility and change – so join the cast as they start to break away from post-war attitudes and austerity and join the swinging sixties.
Sunday 17th January at 8:00pm on BBC One