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Freesat's top New Year TV picks

Get the TV scoop as the TV Experts count down their favourite TV picks for the festive season, from addictive dramas to must-see entertainment. Bookmark this page so you’re kept in the loop about the best telly coming up soon!

The Tourist 

BBC One, starts Saturday 1st January at 9pm 

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Starring Jamie Dornan, this new BBC drama follows a man who survives being run off the road in the Australian Outback, only to find he has no memory of who he is. While he and the police try to unravel the secret of his identity, he finds himself pursued by unknown men, prompting him to venture out to try and find out the truth of who he is.  

Taskmaster’s New Year Treat 

Channel 4, Saturday 1st January  

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It’s a whole new year, which means new devilish challenges set by Taskmaster Greg Davies and little Alex Horne. Five special guests will join them for this one-off special: Adrian Chiles, Claudia Winkleman, Jonnie Peacock, Lady Leshurr and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi. Who will best the bizarre tasks and win Greg’s Trophy of Eyebrows?  

The Last Leg of the Year 

Channel 4, Friday 31st December  

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Join Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker along with celebrity guests to ring in the new year and say good riddance to 2021. Because 2022 has to be better, right? Don’t miss this two-hour extravaganza of comedy, debate and current events. 

The Great New Year Bake Off 

Channel 4, Saturday 1st January 

Ease into 2022 with a chilled episode of Bake Off ❤️ Noel, Matt, Prue and Paul will return with some of your favourite old faces from past seasons of Bake Off, including runner up Kim-Joy and fellow baker Jon. Tune in to watch some seasonal baking challenges.  

The Masked Singer, S3 

ITV, Saturday 1st January  

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Don’t miss the first episode of The Masked Singer, returning this January with Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross, Rita Ora and Mo Gilligan judging 12 famous faces performing in elaborate costumes which hide their identities. Will their performance give them away?  

Gogglebox Festive Special 

Channel 4, Sunday 2nd January  

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The nation’s favourite armchair critics will be giving their take on this year’s biggest and best Christmas telly and most talked about hits. But will they be fans?   


ITV, Starts Sunday 2nd January at 9pm 

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Anne is a drama to watch out for in the New Year. It follows Anne (Maxine Peake) in her battle for justice for her son, Kevin (Campbell Wallace) who dies at the tragic Hillsborough football match in April 1989 at just 15-years-old. This harrowing and hard-hitting drama is an absolute must-watch, with the whole series available on ITV Hub shortly after the first episode.

A Very British Scandal 

BBC One and BBC iPlayer, from Sunday 26th December at 9pm 


Starring Claire Foy (The Crown) and Paul Bettany (WandaVision) as the infamous Duke and Duchess of Argyll, this new period drama will delve into the scandalous and nasty divorce which captivated the British media and public in the 1960s. 

The three-part series begins on Sunday 26th December (Boxing Day) at 9pm and will be shown on consecutive nights over on BBC One, or you can watch the whole series on BBC iPlayer as a box set after the first episode has aired. Perfect telly for the end of the year!  

The Girl Before  

BBC One from Sunday 19th December at 9pm, or stream on BBC iPlayer 

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Based on Anthony Capella’s bestselling thriller, The Girl Before follows Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) as she moves into an ultra-minimalist and highly stylish house designed by a famed architect (David Oyelowo). The only catch? She has to follow his rules to be allowed to live there, and soon she finds herself changing is strange ways, made worse as she slowly learns about the disturbing fate of the previous tenant who sounds uncannily like her...Stream the new series on BBC iPlayer.  

Death to 2021 

Watch on Netflix from 27th December 


Don’t miss this darkly comic mockumentary from the creators of Black Mirror and staring an amazing cast including Hugh Grant, Lucy Liu, Tracey Ullman and Cristin Milioti. Combining genuine news footage with scripted interviews, it looks back at 2021, the year which somehow tried to outdo the madness of 2020.  

Don't Look Up 

Watch on Netflix from 24th December 

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Featuring an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Timothee Chalamet, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and many more, Don’t Look Up is Netflix’s new must-see comedy. As two astronomers go on a media tour to warn mankind of a comet which could destroy the planet, who will heed their warnings?  

The Lost Daughter 

Watch on Netflix from 31st December  

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Starring Olivia Colman as Leda, a woman who becomes obsessed with a mother and daughter after secretly observing them on the beach, this film directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal explores Leda’s intense memories of early motherhood.  

Cobra Kai (Season 4) 

Watch on Netflix from 31st December 

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It’s back! The irresistible reboot of the iconic Karate Kid will see more personal conflict between LaRusso and Lawrence, but when a bigger threat comes onto the scene, they’ll have to put aside their differences and work together.  


Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer 

Watch on Netflix from 29th December 


From the Oscar-nominated director of The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, this hot new crime documentary series will have you glued to your seat. It follows the tragic and gruesome events of 1970s New York which sees the “Torso Killer” eluding police while preying on women to fulfill his twisted fantasies... 

The Real Housewives of Jersey, S2 

ITVBe and ITV Hub, starts Monday 27th December at 9pm  

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What better way to unwind after the Christmas festivities than with a spot of reality telly? Sit back and enjoy the glitz, glamour and drama of The Real Housewives of Jersey in this new series on ITVBe, or stream the whole series on ITV Hub. 

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