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TVMucho – Top ten shows of the week

What are our TV picks of the week?

Mon, December 31st, 2018

TVMucho is the perfect solution for expats and travellers abroad looking for UK TV on demand. What are our TV picks of the week ? Read on to find out our top TV picks for the next 7 days.

Raymond Briggs: Snowmen, Bogeyman & Milkmen

Monday 9pm – 10pm, BBC2

To mark the 40th anniversary of the original publication of children’s favourite ‘The Snowman’, Channel 4 brings us a profile of the author and illustrator, Raymond Briggs, narrated by Brenda Blethyn. The programme brings us Briggs other works too, including Ethel & Ernest, Fungus the Bogeyman and Father Christmas, including animated interludes by the skilled artist Chris Riddell. It also features interviews with Nick Park, Posy Simmonds, Steve Bell and Andy Serkis.


Jools’ Annual Hootenanny

Monday 11.15pm – 1.15am, BBC1

For nights at home on New Years Eve you can’t beat Jools Holland. In his 26th edition of the annual Hogmanay party he brings us Jess Glynne, Marc Almond, Yola, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Hot 8 Brass Band, Ruby Turner, Rudimental and Junior Giscombe. Canadian star Michael Buble performs his classic hits in a big band style and at midnight the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards will see in 2019.


The Great New Year’s Bake Off

Tuesday 7.40pm – 9pm, Channel 4

Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding join previous contestants in the big white tent for a New Year special competition. Kate Henry from 2014, Dr Tamal Ray from 2015, 2016 winner Candice Brown and 2017 finalist Steven Carter-Bailey all hope to impress the judges with their skills and take home the Festive Star Baker title. The London Gay Men’s Chorus provide the music.


The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

Tuesday 9pm – 11.15pm, More4

Ron Howard directs this documentary which charts the period the Beatles spent on the road, from the early days in Liverpool in 1961 through to San Francisco in 1966. While relatively short in terms of bands on the road today, the period shot them to fame across the globe and they forged a pop culture. The programme features restored footage from the live shows, including several live songs in their entirety filmed in Manchester in 1963. Contributors include Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Izzard, Malcolm Gladwell, Howard Goodall and Elvis Costello. A must for any Beatles fan.


The Twinstitute

Wednesday 8.30pm – 9pm, BBC2

Doctors Chris and Xand van Tulleken present a new series which explores health theories and puts them to the test with the help of identical twins, and in doing so reveal ways we can all live a healthier life. With matching DNA, twins are perfect for conducting scientific comparison and in the first episode Chris and Xand pit diet against exercise with a set of twins to see which regime will result in the most weight loss.


Back in Time for School

Thursday 8pm – 9pm, BBC2

New series in which fifteen teenagers and three teachers embark on an educational time-travelling adventure. Passing through 100 years of history, the group explore seven different eras, from the Victorian age to the end of the 20th century. In each time period they take in the different school dinners and new ideas about what school is actually for. Presented by Sara Cox and aided by social historian Polly Russell, the group start the journey by learning how lucky children were if they could actually attend school in the Victorian times, it was often reserved for the privileged but for some ordinary families there were funded places.


Island of Dreams

Thursday 10pm – 10.30pm, BBC2

Harry Enfield stars in this one-off comedy, alongside Al Murray, Samantha Spiro, Morgana Robinson and Dustin Demri-Burns. Necker Island is idyllic with it’s turquoise sea, white sand and bikini clad girls serving drinks, it also has Sir Richard Branson seeking to help celebrity guests with their problems, including Daniel Craig, JK Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe. While the tycoon appears to be offering a helping hand, has he a more sinister intention?


Big Fat Quiz of Everything

Friday 9pm – 11pm, Channel 4

Jimmy Carr poses questions from the last 100000 years of human history to Frank Skinner, David Baddiel, Katherine Ryan, Joe Lynette, Big Narstie and Sandi Toksvig. Jimmy is ably assisted by a host of celebrity question-setters, including Charles Dance and Jon Snow. Questions range from science to history to film & TV.


The Voice UK

Saturday 8pm – 9.35pm, ITV

Returning for an eight series, Emma Willis hosts the blind audition singing contest where judges assess performances in vocal ability alone. Contestants need judges to spin on the series’ trademark red chairs. There’s all to work for as the winner of the series stands to win a recording contract with Polydor. Judges this series are, Sir Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Olly Murs.



Match of the Day Live

Sunday 4.05pm – 6.35pm, BBC1

Kick off 4.30pm. Live from Rodney Parade comes the FA Cup third round tie between League Two Newport County and Premier League Leicester City. Newport held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw in the fourth round at home last season before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at Wembley, they’ll be full of confidence after beating Welsh rivals Wrexham 4-0 in the previous round. Leicester were eliminated in the quarter finals last year by Chelsea, they’ve never won the FA Cup and look to break that. Gary Lineker presents the show, with analysis by Ian Wright and Alan Shearer.


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