Five must-see TV highlights for the New Year



January is here, the nights are still long and the weather's not great, so curl up on the sofa and enjoy these festive treats on the TV.

1. Grandpa's Great Escape - New Year's Day at 6.55pm on BBC One

This adaptation of David Walliams's children's books stars the author himself alongside Jennifer Saunders and Samantha Spiro. When Jack realises his grandfather's nursing home does not have the best interests of its residents at heart, he hatches a plan to rescue his elderly relative.

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2. The Great Christmas Bake Off - New Year's Day at 9pm on Channel 4

Bake Off was a big hit on Channel 4 last year - despite Prue Leith divulging the winner before the final aired! This second festive special welcomes back some of the series' best contestants for some Christmas challenges.

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3. McMafia - New Year's Day and Tuesday 2 January at 9pm on BBC One

This big budget drama will air throughout January. It follows the English-raised son of Russian exiles, as he tries to escape from a shadowy past and struggles against the lures of corruption.

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4. Arsenal v Chelsea - Wednesday 3 January at 7:45pm on Sky Sports Premier League

Arsenal v Chelsea

This heavyweight London derby is not just about local bragging rights, three points here will help cement the victor's place in the Premier League's top four.

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5. IT (Cert 15) on the TalkTalk TV Store from New Year's Day


On-demand viewers can now download and keep this enjoyable adaptation of Stephen King's spooky novel through their TalkTalk TV boxes or online via the TalkTalk TV Store.


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