TV & Movies

All The TV You Need To Know About In The New Year

From Mayflies to Happy Valley, we’ve got you covered.

Sarah Lancashire as Catherine in Happy Valley
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And just like that, Christmas is nearly over for 2022. But that doesn’t stop the British telly schedule from producing even more must-watch shows in the days of limbo leading up to the New Year. Because what else is there to do between Christmas and New Year?

While you can expect to see the usual celebrations from Graham Norton and Jools Holland, there are plenty of highly-anticipated dramas and reality shows that you won’t want to miss including the third and final series of Happy Valley, and the BBC’s latest period drama Marie Antoinette.

Of course, there are some major returns due for January 2023, including Winter Love Island, Dancing on Ice, and The Apprentice. But we’re talking about the shows to watch as you say goodbye to 2022 and welcome 2023 with a bang, including a new series of The Masked Singer UK. Below is your comprehensive guide to New Years telly, including the events that will help you ring in 2023 and deal with the inevitable January blues.

Mayflies

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Starring Line of Duty’s Martin Compston and Your Honor’s Tony Curran, BBC’s Mayflies is an adaptation of Andrew O’Hagan’s novel of the same name. Described by the author as “a very personal one,” the mini-series explores an “intimate and devastating portrait of male friendship between best friends Jimmy (Compston) and Tully (Curran). Showtrial’s Tracy Ifeachor, House of the Dragon’s Tom Glynn-Carney, and Vigil’s Rian Gordon also star.

Mayflies airs Dec. 28 & 29 on BBC One.

The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan

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Late-night host Mo Gilligan is joined by comedian Jason Manford, Alma’s Not Normal’s Sophie Willan, Bloods’ Samson Kayo, presenter Marvin Humes, and father-daughter duo Dani and Danny Dyer for his New Year’s edition of The Lateish Show. There will also be “hilarious sketches” in store, in addition to Christmas Nursery Grimes and the return of the Reply or Deny game.

The Latest Show With Mo Gilligan airs Dec. 28 on Channel 4.

Marie Antoinette

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There’s nothing like tucking into a good period drama over the holidays, and the BBC are certainly delivering on that front for the New Year. Written by The Favourite’s Deborah Davis, the eight-part series will chronicle the life of a young Marie Antoinette (Emilia Schüle) and her marriage to Louis XVI (Louis Cunningham), promising a new and progressive take on this historical figure.

Marie Antoinette airs Dec. 29 on BBC Two.

Celebrity MasterChef, Christmas Cook-Off

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The second episode of Celebrity MasterChef, Christmas Cook-Off sees dancer AJ Pritchard, actor Chizzy Akudolu, drag artist Kitty Scott-Claus, and X-Factor winner Megan McKenna compete to show off their culinary skills in front of judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Celebrity MasterChef, Christmas Cook-Off airs Dec. 30 on BBC One.

The Graham Norton Show’s New Year’s Eve Special

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Before the UK says hello to 2023, Graham Norton has invited some of the country’s biggest stars to his sofa including Olivia Colman and Top Boy’s Michael Ward, both promoting Sam Mendes’ latest film Empire of Light. Hugh Laurie, Romesh Ranganathan, and England captain Leah Williamson will join the pair, accompanied by music from the stars of the West End revival of Cabaret, Callum Scott Howells and Madeline Brewer.

The Graham Norton Show’s New Year’s Eve Special airs New Years Eve on BBC One.

Sam Ryder’s All Star New Years Eve

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For the first time since 2019, London will hold its annual firework display over the River Thames following two years of lockdown restrictions. To celebrate the occasion, BBC One has enlisted the help of Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder along with some very special friends, including Melanie C, Norwegian singer and songwriter Sigrid, The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins, and the House Gospel Choir.

Sam Ryder’s All Star Years Eve airs on New Years Eve on BBC One.

Jools’ Annual Hootenanny

BBC/Michael Leckie

Over on BBC Two, Jools Holland will hold his Annual Hootenanny with a bunch of musician guests, including the likes of George Ezra, Self Esteem, and ‘90s legend Gabrielle as they celebrate Holland’s 30th hootenanny. Roland Gift, Andy Fairweather Low, Tom Odell, Cat Burns, Ruby Turner, and The Real Thing will also perform among others.

Jools’ Annual Hootenanny airs on New Year’s Eve on BBC Two.

Happy Valley

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Happy Valley is set to return for its third and final series on New Year’s Day, and promises to bring a whole lot of drama to the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. Sarah Lancashire stars as police sergeant Catherine Cawood, who is nearing retirement. But it wouldn’t be Happy Valley without Catherine discovering human remains in a reservoir that happen to link back to Lee Royce (James Norton), the father of her grandson who’s currently serving time in prison.

Happy Valley airs New Year’s Day on BBC One.

The Great New Year Bake Off

As per Bake Off tradition, the British staple is back for a New Year’s special featuring some of the competition’s most beloved contestants. Lottie Bedlow from Series 11 and Chigs Parmar from Series 12 are back in the tent, alongside Manon Legrève and Anthony Amourdoux from Series 9. All four bakers must complete three holiday-themed challenges in order to win the coveted Star Baker title.

The Great New Year Bake Off airs New Year’s Day on Channel 4.

The Masked Singer

ITV1

There’s nothing like ringing in the New Year with a reality singing competition, so you’ll be pleased to know that The Masked Singer UK is back for its fourth series. While there’s no clue yet as to what 2023’s costumes will bring, Joel Dommett will return as host alongside the familiar judging panel of Rita Ora, Davina McCall, Mo Gilligan, and Jonathan Ross.

The Masked Singer Series 3 airs New Year’s Day on ITV1.

Taskmaster’s New Year Treat

Channel 4/Andy Devonshire

The third instalment of Taskmaster’s New Year Treat will be the perfect antidote to that dreaded New Year’s hangover. 2023’s special features Chicken Shop Date’s Amelia Dimoldenberg, presenter Carol Vorderman, BBC Radio 1’s Greg James, Olympic athlete Mo Farah, and pop star Self Esteem as they work to impress the ever so festive Greg Davies and Alex Horne in a series of new outlandish challenges.

Taskmaster’s New Year Treat airs on New Year’s Day on Channel 4.

Stonehouse

Based on true events, ITV’s Stonehouse sees Matthew Macfadyen play the disgraced Labour minister John Stonehouse, who attempted to fake his own death in 1974. Written by John Preston and directed by Stan & Ollie’s Jon S. Baird, the three-part drama follows the MP’s rise through government in addition to his family life, with Crossfire’s Keeley Hawes playing Stonehouse’s wife Barbara, who is married to Macfayden IRL.

Stonehouse airs Jan. 2 on ITV1 and ITVX.