As the nights get colder, ITV has revealed their Winter highlights hoping to heat up your screens into 2021
Britain’s Got Talent at Christmas
Britain’s Got Talent is back for a spectacular Christmas special as we welcome to the stage the most memorable and talented acts from the past 14 years.
Keeping the festivities in order will be the nation’s favourite presenting duo, Ant and Dec. Joining them will be our judging panel Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Ashley Banjo, who will be ready to be impressed by a whole host of talent.
The Masked Singer
The biggest new entertainment show of 2020 is set to return and with a brand-new panelist as BAFTA award-winning comedian Mo Gilligan takes up a chair and the challenge of figuring out ‘who’s that behind the mask?’
Host Joel Dommett is back to preside over the unique guessing game that gripped the nation at its first outing. Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross will also all resume their celebrity sleuth roles.
Across eight shows a fresh cast of 12 celebrities, complete with new and ever flamboyantly elaborate character costumes, will be singing and concealing their identities as they attempt to stump viewers and the panel alike on who they could possibly be.
The new line-up will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the first series winner, Nicola Roberts, who performed as Queen Bee and triumphed over an eclectic and unexpected range of singers that numbered politician Alan Johnson, singers Kelis, Justin Hawkins, Skin, Jake Shears and Katherine Jenkins, footballer Teddy Sheringham, comedian Jason Manford and TV personality Denise Van Outen.
The Masked Singer is produced by Bandicoot TV (part of Argonon Group) and the executive producers are Derek McLean, Daniel Nettleton and Claire Horton. This second series follows the success of the first series which premiered on ITV in January 2020. It fully consolidated with 6.6m viewers and a 32% share and was the biggest new format launch on any channel.
The Masked Singer: Unmasked will be hosted by rising star and self proclaimed The Masked Singer superfan Will Njobvu, directly after the main show, which returns to ITV in 2021.
Capturing all of the magic and madness of the nation’s favourite guessing game in one glorious extra show, Unmasked will contain an exclusive first interview with that evening’s unmasked celebrity. Available only on ITV Hub, the programme will become home to all the backstage gossip with panellists Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and new recruit Mo Gilligan, as well as taking us behind the scenes to find out what really goes on at the most secretive show on TV. The Masked Singer: Unmasked is produced by Bandicoot Scotland.
The Story of SM:TV Live
The Story of SM:TV Live will air this Christmas on ITV and sees original hosts Ant & Dec and Cat reunited for a nostalgic look back at the ground-breaking Saturday morning kids show.
This celebration show will feature brand new interviews with Ant & Dec and Cat in a recreation of the SM:TV set which takes them back inside the same studio they used to broadcast from every Saturday morning.
Covering the first three years of the show (1999-2001) – which catapulted the three friends and hosts to stardom – they reminisce on how the show came to be, how it evolved, what made it a success, their favourite segments and how it made them the presenters they are today
Delving back through the archives, all the SM:TV favourites will be covered including Challenge Ant, Wonky Donkey, the Postbag dance, Pokemon Rap, Dec’s crush on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and of course, Chums.
The show will also feature interviews with regular SM:TV guests and celebrity fans who reminisce on their memories on growing up with the show when they were kids and what made it so special.
Birds of a Feather Christmas Special
Much-loved hit comedy Birds of a Feather will return to ITV for the first time in three years for a brand-new one-off extended Christmas episode.
It’s been three years since we last saw the Birds, after Tracey reluctantly sold the house they all shared to Dorien. At the end of a 2020 no-one could have predicted, we catch up with the inhabitants of our favourite Essex address… and find big changes in all their lives.
Tracey and Dorien have been getting right on each others’ thruppennies, while Sharon has escaped to the other side of the world and is stuck on a Covid-cruise… Who can fill the Sharon-shaped hole in their lives this Christmas?
Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph reprise their roles as Tracey Stubbs and Dorien Green with guest star Les Dennis as Dorien’s new flame Graeme, a cameo from Curtis Walker and Ami Metcalf as Jordan, a young friend of Tracey’s who’s looking forward to a miserable lockdown Christmas.
Beat the Chasers
The Chasers are teaming up for a second series of ratings smash-hit Beat The Chasers.
Plucky contestants must decide how many of the famous five Chasers they dare face in a speedy head to head battle to win big cash prizes. Hosted by Bradley Walsh, this is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat treat featuring the cream of the quizzing crop trying to work as a team for the first time to defeat these brave individuals.
The Cube Celebrity
Phillip Schofield is back with a one-off Christmas special as a brand-new batch of celebrity pairings prepare to take on the mighty Cube.
Hoping to sprinkle some Christmas cheer on the iconic Perspex box and walk away with a sack load of cash for charity are McFly’s Danny Jones and Dougie Poynter and comedian Emily Atack and her mum Kate Robbins.
Competing for a jackpot of £250,000 for their chosen charities, each team will have nine lives to complete seven games, each worth an increasing amount of money, as they move closer to the huge jackpot.
The celebrities will have to overcome extreme nerves and frustration as they take on deceivingly simple tasks such as bouncing a ball into a container, balancing on a beam or stopping a clock at precisely 10 seconds. But will they have what it takes to beat The Cube?
In For a Penny Christmas Special
Stephen Mulhern is back and spreading some much-needed Christmas cheer this December in a special edition of the popular series In For A Christmas Penny.
The show will see Stephen let loose in Bath and injecting some festive fun to unsuspecting members of the public unwrapping a host of hilariously funny games, including a special Christmas version of the popular In For A Penny, in which we are giving away our biggest prize yet, a holiday and £1,000.
With a Christmas sack full off cash ready to be won, Stephen will challenge shoppers to take part in a host of festive games including, ‘Get Ya Skates On’, where players will have 100 seconds to get around an ice rink without stopping or touching the sides and ‘Santa Who Who’, where Stephen, dressed as an elf, is joined by a mystery celebrity Santa – contestants will have to guess the celebrity to win the prize.
The TV special will also feature show favourites, Mum’s The Word, Pump It Up, Cross Dressing and Driving Me Round The Bend.
Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure…
Sir Billy Connolly recently announced that he was officially stepping back from live stand-up performance. To mark this major moment in comedy history, this star-studded one-hour special celebrates Billy’s anarchic genius and life-affirming brand of humour.
Built around brand new filming with Billy at his home in the Florida Keys, this fond, uproariously funny tribute will look back at his illustrious comedy career.
The special features Billy’s greatest stand-up moments, unseen performance footage and exclusive chats with some of Billy’s biggest famous fans.
The stellar cast includes Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Lenny Henry, Dustin Hoffman, Russell Brand (including a scene-stealing appearance from his dog), Whoopi Goldberg, Aisling Bea and Sheridan Smith.
There are also unique new insights from the woman who knows Billy best – his wife and soulmate, Pamela Stephenson.
His A-list fans will share their memories of Billy, send him personal messages and pick their all-time highlights from his glorious comedy catalogue. The man himself will react to their choices and reveal his own favourites.
Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure… is a definitive celebration of an all-time great. An uplifting, emotional and hilarious hour in the company of the legendary Big Yin at his entertaining best. It will make you laugh. It may even make you cry. A fitting send-off for a stand-up megastar.
Jennifer Saunders’ Memory Lane
Jennifer Saunders slips on her driving gloves and takes to the wheel of a classic Jaguar E-Type for this special show.
Jennifer Saunders slips behind the wheel of a classic red Jaguar E-Type for this special show. Joined in the passenger seat by guest Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, Jennifer drives him on an emotional journey through his own past. With cameras inside the car, every intimate moment is captured as Michael and Jennifer visit places and people that have helped shape the global star he is today.
Michael’s revealing journey down Memory Lane takes Jennifer through the streets of Port Talbot where he grew up, stopping at key locations for personal stories from his childhood right up to the present day. Drawing on evocative family photos and colourful local archive, Michael’s recollections are by turns funny, surprising and incredibly poignant.
Port Talbot is a famed for its industrial heritage and striking skyline, yet has also produced some of the greatest Welsh actors of all time – Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and now Michael Sheen. What is it about this remarkable town, and Michael’s path through it, that is such a catalyst for success? And having lived the life of a movie star in Los Angeles, walking the red carpets of London, Cannes and more, what motivated Michael to come home and resettle in South Wales?
With her wit, charm and empathy – alongside a great love of cars – Jennifer is the perfect host for this celebration of a journey through her guest’s past. This is the journey of a lifetime, his lifetime and there is no better guide and confidante than Jennifer.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? returns to ITV this January. Jeremy Clarkson hosts this brand new 6 x 60-minute series which sees members of the public hoping get a chance to win a life-changing £1,000,000.
The global hit game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? returned to ITV in May 2018 to celebrate the 20th anniversary, launching with 6.1 million viewers. In 2020, the series crowned its first millionaire in 14 years. Donald Fear answered all 15 questions correctly with three lifelines still intact, making him arguably the most successful contestant in the series’ history.
In addition, this Christmas Jeremy Clarkson will be joined by some famous faces for Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Viewers will get to see these much-loved personalities put their knowledge to the test in front of the nation as they try to answer the 15 questions and become the first ever celebrity to win the £1,000,000 prize for charity. Will they come out triumphant and win big for their chosen charity? Or will they leave red faced with embarrassment?
In both shows, contestants have the opportunity to answer 15 questions on their way to winning the £1,000,000 prize, helped along the way by four lifelines. With no audience present, the lifelines will be 50:50, Ask The Host and contestants will have two Phone a Friend lifelines.
Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow – The Price Is Right Christmas Special
Get ready to “come on down”, as Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow returns with a Christmas special of The Price Is Right.
In this festive gameshow romp, lucky audience members will get called down to ‘contestants row’ for the chance to guess if the price is indeed right on a host of hilarious Christmas prizes, before spinning the wheel and taking on the epic showcase, where they stand to win a mountain of incredible prizes.
It’s Clarkson On TV
Jeremy Clarkson will host a TV review of the year show called It’s Clarkson On TV for ITV.
The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter and broadcaster will be reviewing the best, worst and most bizarre TV offerings of 2020, a year in which the nation has enjoyed more telly than ever.
With his signature and celebrated caustic delivery, he will pass judgement on what the great British public watched … and didn’t, and what fascinating foreign TV shows managed to make it to air.
In an honest, no-holds barred review of 2020 TV, It’s Clarkson On TV will bring us a razor sharp look at the year’s TV – including what Jeremy’s loved and loathed.
He will celebrating some of the best of British TV, including gripping dramas White House Farm, Quiz and Des, as well as feature the latest offerings from the streaming services including dating shows like Love is Blind to property shows like Selling Sunset.
Jeremy will also take a trip around the world to show how our international neighbours have been televising everything from wacky game shows to some weird and wonderful daytime television offerings, giving us a peak behind the international television curtain.
True to form and with his classic Clarkson wit, Jeremy will dissect elements of these shows that might have passed us by, or elaborate on the things that viewers picked up on.
Queens of The Street
This year the world’s longest running drama serial, Coronation Street, celebrates its 60th anniversary. Coronation Street put northern, working-class women at the very centre of the national conversation for six decades and launched the careers of some of Britain’s finest actresses.
To commemorate this incredible milestone, Queens of The Street, a 60” special will air on ITV as part of the soap’s anniversary week, honouring the remarkable women who have walked the cobbles over the years entertaining millions.
Queens of The Street will take viewers on a trip down memory lane through a combination of classic clips and commentary from Coronation Street icons, as we applaud the strength, humour and warmth of the women who have been front and centre stage for the past 60 years.
Coronation Street 60th Anniversary
The world’s longest running drama serial, Coronation Street, will celebrate its word record breaking 60th anniversary on December 9th.
Coronation Street debuted on ITV on December 9th 1960, the creation of Salford-born writer Tony Warren, and the rest as they say is history.
And what a history, more than 10,000 episodes later the Guinness World Record holding programme has seen 57 births, 146 deaths and 131 weddings alongside affairs, murders, secrets and lies, and not forgetting that unique blend of pathos and northern humour that makes the show just as popular today as it was all those years ago.
To celebrate this milestone, ITV will be screening special shows, publishing an anniversary book, launching new products, unveiling unique social media content and at the centre of it all will be a fantastic week of drama on the cobbles of Weatherfield.
The anniversary week will see three storylines reach spectacular conclusions, whilst at the same time start new chains of events which will take the show into 2021.
For months the nation has been gripped by the appalling abuse inflicted by Geoff Metcalfe upon his wife Yasmeen. With Yasmeen on remand charged with Geoff’s attempted murder, the anniversary week will see the end of her trial. Will justice be done, or is the nightmare only just beginning for Yasmeen and Alya?
Meanwhile, two people battle to keep a shameful secret that will ruin their lives and those around them. Nothing stays quiet for long in soaps, and as the week progresses the web of lies and deceit they’ve created threatens to destroy them.
At the centre of the anniversary drama is of course Coronation Street itself as the residents unite to save the cobbles from the dastardly dealings of Ray Crosby. Having bought up most of the property and businesses in the area, Ray is ready to flatten the lot to make way for his new development. As the bulldozers arrive on the cobbles the race is on to save Britain’s most famous street.
With average viewing figures in the UK still topping 7 million per episode, Coronation Street is a worldwide phenomenon, having been sold to a whopping 135 countries.
Join us and celebrate 60 glorious years of this diamond of a show as we prepare to take Coronation Street into the next decade and beyond.
The Big Quiz: Coronation Street v Emmerdale
The annual quiz between ITV’s biggest soaps returns as Stephen Mulhern once again puts the stars of Coronation Street and Emmerdale to the test as they’re grilled on the most memorable soap moments of 2020.
Jack P Shepherd and Mark Charnock return as team captains for Coronation Street and Emmerdale respectively. Joining Jack are cobbles co-stars Simon Gregson and Sair Khan, while Mark is accompanied by the farm’s finest Karen Blick and Jay Kontzle.
With the scores tied at three victories each from previous years, the pressure is well and truly on for the two teams. But which soap will claim the top spot and reign triumphant this year?
Bradley Walsh’s How to Win a Game Show
Bradley Walsh’s How To Win A Game Show gives viewers the inside track on how to win big on their favourite quizzes and giveaway shows.
Filled with the quick wit and laugh-out-loud comedy fans love from Mr Walsh, it stars some of the best presenters in the business including Ant and Dec, Stephen Mulhern and Ben Shephard. They all give their top tips and cheeky insights into how to beat the game show gods and take home some serious prizes.
Gary Barlow’s Night at the Museum
ITV has commissioned a one-off music special that promises to be a truly spectacular event held at a magnificent venue and featuring one of the UK’s biggest stars.
Gary Barlow’s Night At The Museum will see the award-winning singer songwriter performing both new music, from his new album ‘Music Played By Humans’, and some of his greatest hits accompanied by an orchestra in the splendid setting of London’s iconic Natural History Museum. Gary will be joined through the night by a range of special guests, including global superstar and friend Michael Bublé.
Guaranteed to be the hottest ticket in town, ITV viewers will have a front-row seat at this exclusive music event.
The Real Full Monty On Ice
It’s back! The shows with the most front on British television are returning this festive season and promise to be bolder and ballsier than ever before.
For the very first time, the new line-up of brave celebrities will perform their routines by doing the full monty on ice, in a winter wonderland spectacular – without a thermal in sight.
The petrified class of 2020 will be led by Ashley Banjo and Coleen Nolan, joining forces once again to put them through their paces for the biggest and most daring show yet, all to raise awareness of cancers in intimate areas of the body and the crucial importance of early self-checks to help save lives.
The Emmy award-winning and BAFTA-nominated programme is now in its fourth year and the celebrities have tough acts to follow. But with less health checks taking place during lockdown for crucial early diagnosis, the message has never been more important.
Stepping up to reveal all on ice this year are Woman’s Hour legend Dame Jenni Murray, actress Linda Lusardi, Love Island’s Shaunghna Phillips, actress Hayley Tamaddon and This Morning’s Dr Zoe. While baring all for the boys will be rugby star Gareth Thomas, actor Jamie Lomas, singer Jake Quickenden, jockey Bob Champion, Diversity’s Perri Kiehly and Love Island’s Chris Hughes. All have stories to tell about how cancer has touched the lives of themselves or those closest to them.
To push them even harder, Ashley has asked some of the former Dancing on Ice professional skaters to perform with the celebrities and DOI’s Dan Whiston will be creating some amazing ice dance routines to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
The fresh set of male and female stars will learn their whole super-sized routine from scratch, before revealing all to the nation in two 90-minute specials to demonstrate the importance of shedding body inhibitions and making checks in intimate areas to prevent cancer.
Gordon, Gino and Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa
Gordon, Gino and Fred are back for another extraordinary culinary Christmas adventure.
2020 has been a bit bleak, to say the least, and the boys are keen to end the year with a bang. After Gino led them to the deserts of Morocco on last year’s mis-adventure, Gordon is determined that they celebrate the season properly this time, so he has arranged a trip to the ultimate winter wonderland destination and the official home of Santa. This year the boys and their trusty RV will be in Lapland to experience a treasure trove of festive fare and meet Father Christmas in person. Standby for a unique Christmas cracker!
Gino has a letter he wants to hand deliver to Santa from his daughter Mia, Fred is keen to witness the once-in-a-lifetime wonder of the Northern Lights and Gordon is eager that they all encounter the culinary delights of the country and chow down on some reindeer meat. He knows it tastes delicious and is one of the healthiest foods you can put on your plate. Served with buttery mashed potatoes, reindeer is eaten throughout the country in all seasons. But the boys won’t just be eating Rudolph, they’ll be having a not so traditional Christmas feast with the Sami people, the only indigenous people within the EU who have been herding reindeer for centuries. And helping with the herding will enable the boys to better understand how these majestic and mythical Christmas creatures make such good meat!
As the three foodie friends seek out the best the country has to offer their expert palettes, they’ll face plenty of off menu distractions. This is the land of ice swimming and saunas, snowmobiles and huskies, and it wouldn’t be a Gordon, Gino & Fred Road Trip unless they got snowballs deep in everything this country has to offer.
Stephen Fry’s 21st Century Firsts
As this century approaches its 21st birthday, Stephen Fry takes viewers through his pick of the fascinating and ground-breaking things that have happened for the first time, since the year 2000.
He explores an era that has seen huge tech advances that have affected all our lives, from the first iphone in 2007 to the smart speaker in 2018. He reflects on a social media revolution that saw everyone amassing Facebook friends from 2004 and communicating in less than 140 characters via a Tweet from 2006. Airbnb launched in 2008, changing the way we holidayed, and the Tinder app in 2012 shook up the world of dating with a swipe to left or the right. The first high street flat white was poured in 2010 and the first lab grown burger was eaten in 2013.
Stephen starts his nostalgic journey in 2000, examining the impact of the first accurate Sat Navs, and tracks down one of the first women to voice one. A nationwide smoking ban came into force in 2007 and smoking in pubs was forbidden for the first time.
But not everyone was happy and we hear from the landlord who went to prison for deliberately flouting the ban.
Stephen examines the huge cultural and political firsts that occurred over the last 20 years. Same sex marriage was only legalised 2014 and Stormzy became the first solo British black man to headline Glastonbury in 2019. 15-year-old school girl Greta Thunberg started striking to fight climate change for the first time in 2018 and at the other end of the age scale, Captain Tom Moore became the first 99-year-old to have a number one record in 2020, with all proceeds going to The NHS to help fight the global coronavirus pandemic.
Through interviews with experts and well-known faces, as well as ordinary people involved in some of the breakthroughs, the programme highlights some of the great advancements we’ve seen for the first time in the 21st century. Illustrated with a rich mix of archive, we turn the clock back 20 years and witness the great pace of change and ponder what the next 20 years will bring.
Dancing on Thin Ice with Torvill & Dean
Olympic champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have spent a remarkable 45 years on the ice together, but, astonishingly, have never skated in the great outdoors.
Now, in this unique, magical, 90-minute special, the pair will travel to Alaska on an extraordinary quest to fulfil a life-long dream. And, on their way, they discover first-hand the dramatic effects of climate change.
Jayne and Chris recall how as children they were inspired by a mural in Nottingham ice rink showing skaters on a frozen mountain lake. Ever since, they’ve wanted to skate free in nature, rather than around in circles on artificial ice.
But luck is against them – in Alaska’s hottest year on record there is not a lot of ice to be found. The effects of global warming on the environment are already being felt. So Jayne and Chris’s travels into the remote wilderness will become a hunt for wild ice, skating wherever they can, as they seek to find the perfect place to dance a special Bolero. From train to husky sled, from frozen lakes to glaciers, it will be a spectacular journey.
Happy Birthday Mr Bean
New to ITV comes a celebratory documentary looking back at the thirty years since comedy legend Mr Bean landed on our screens.
With only 14 episodes ever made, explore the magic behind this hapless hero, who became a comedy icon that’s still making people laugh today.
With classic clips and interviews from key creators, including Rowan Atkinson, we’ll hear how Mr Bean has gone on to become a global superstar with an animated series, two top grossing feature films and an online phenomenon, with more than 110 million online fans and growing.
The Savoy at Christmas
Filled with glamour, elegance, history and character and truly the first luxury hotel in Britain, The Savoy has sat alongside the River Thames for over 130 years. It has hosted rock stars and royalty, Oscar winners and prime ministers and is now opening its famous revolving doors to the cameras for this brand new Christmas Special.
The festive season is the busiest time of year. Across the hotel, every department is preparing for the rush and the hotel is fully booked.
Tensions are high in the Butler’s Pantry as head butler Sean is preparing his newest recruit, Michael, for his first ever Christmas at the hotel, restaurant director Anne is busily preparing the hotel’s four restaurants and her 160 staff for Christmas, and The Savoy Grill’s executive head chef Ben has a seven-course Christmas lunch to prepare for three sittings, which means serving up 4,500 dishes in total on the big day.
Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and This Morning on Christmas Day
The perfect way to unwrap your Christmas morning!
There are so many uncertainties around Christmas this year – but one thing that is guaranteed is that December 25th will be even more special than usual on ITV Daytime.
Join Piers and Susanna, Lorraine Kelly and Phillip and Holly for a festive helping of Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and then This Morning, kicking off at 7am and guaranteed to be uplifting and heartwarming in equal measure.
GMB will relive the moments created by the real stars of 2020 – celebrating Covid heroes up and down the country, from the likes of Captain Sir Tom to the incredible staff of the NHS who saved so many lives.
The Queen of Daytime, Lorraine, will also serve up an hour of heart-warming fun from 9am onwards. The TV presenter will be letting viewers into the secrets of her festive period and sharing joy and laughter with some special guests. Plus, her family of regular experts will be providing fashion and beauty inspiration to make sure you treat yourself too.
Then, get ready for for an extra helping of festive cheer at 10am when, for the first time ever, Phillip and Holly will be hosting a special episode of This Morning on Christmas Day. Packed full of heart-warming surprises, special guests, and of course favourite familiar faces – join the This Morning family as they celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.
James Martin’s Christmas Day
For the first time ever on Christmas Day, James will kick off the nation’s afternoon celebrations in style as he serves up a fantastic feast of festive food and entertainment.
There’ll be a mouth-watering recipe from the Michelin-starred Tom Kerridge, plus The Ritz’s head chef John Williams and Bake Off Creme De La Creme winner Mark Tilling will be treating viewers to some of his deliciously decadent chocolate creations.
If you’ve still got room for more, James will be serving up a delicious dish with a little help from a British food hero and laying on a culinary Masterclass that will teach you how to cook a true Christmas classic.
So join James Martin on Christmas Day and let’s get cooking.
Ainsley’s Festive Food We Love
Chef Ainsley Harriott is bringing holiday cheer to kitchens with a Christmas edition of his Saturday cooking show – Ainsley’s Festive Food We Love.
There’s festive bubble patties, Thai turkey and coconut broth with chilli, coconut and coriander scones plus chocolate bread and butter pudding with spiced cherries. If that wasn’t enough, he’s got drinks expert Olly Smith on hand to mix up some jolly tipples – including a naughty boozy chocolate milkshake, ‘The Biggins’, made in honour of guest Christopher Biggins. Martine McCutcheon and Brian Turner also join the line-up.
Tenable Christmas Cracker
Warwick Davis returns with a special Christmas themed episode of the popular general knowledge quiz.
A team of five take on the Tenable Tower and answer a series of Top 10 list questions. Can they bag themselves the ultimate Christmas present and walk away with the £125,000 jackpot?
The Chase: Celebrity Christmas Special
The Chase gets in the festive spirit, not once, but three times across the holidays.
On Christmas Day the Chasers don their best party wear for a celebrity special with Colin Jackson, Anne Diamond, Josie Long and Nicky Campbell.
On Boxing Day it’s Tim Lovejoy, Kay Burley, Eni Aluko and Richard Herring taking on the quizzing pros, who will sport their latest fancy dress outfits. This year’s theme is famous portraits. So look out for The Chasers emulating Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Holbein’s Henry VIII, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and Frans Hals’ The Laughing Cavalier.
To round out the festive specials, there’s this year’s hilarious bloopers episode, too.
Presented by Adil Ray, Lingo is a quick-thinking game of words where contestant pairs compete across a series of rounds, for the chance to win a cash prize.
Three teams are pitted against each other in a battle to find words.
With each round the stakes become higher and the prize money escalates. Tactics are paramount – if a team cannot find a word there are opportunities for their opponents to swoop in and claim the word and the money.
Only one pair makes it to the End Game, where they can double their prize pot – however, if words fail them, they could lose everything and leave empty handed.
Simply Raymond Blanc
World-renowned chef, Raymond Blanc OBE will star in a brand new cookery series for ITV.
In his first show for the broadcaster, the Michelin-starred chef will share the secrets of a new collection of simple, rustic recipes that can be put together easily and quickly whilst still delivering amazing results.
Made by Rock Oyster Media, Raymond will also reveal the workings of the extensive gardens at the world-famous Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons where he is Chef Patron, explaining how much of the produce used in the kitchens is grown there, before using some of his favourite fruits and vegetables in the featured recipes.
Love Bites is a brand-new cookery dating series coming to ITV2 this year; an exciting fusion of food and flirtation.
Hosted by TV favourite Scarlett Moffatt, Love Bites is a delicious new format that will see three suitors battle it out to win a date by each cooking a three-course meal, all using the same box of ingredients.
The plucky trio will cook side by side in the Love Bites kitchen for the single foodie, who will then choose one of them for a date based on their gastronomic efforts. Culinary skills will be put to the test in the pursuit of love, but who has what it takes to cook up a storm and bag themselves the top spot, and most importantly a date with the singleton?
Hey Tracey! Christmas Special
Comedian Joel Dommett is back with a Christmas special of his crazy quiz show Hey Tracey! for ITV2, where we see more celebrities make more hilarious prank calls to win cash for a member of the public this Christmas.
With a stocking full of laughter, the celebrities taking part in this festive special are comedian Seann Walsh, television personality Baga Chipz and Love Islander Curtis Pritchard – and playing on the opposite team are comedian Tom Lucy, West End performer and Love Islander Samira Mighty and professional dancer AJ Pritchard.
In real life if you don’t know the answer to a question you can ask Siri or Alexa, but in this show unfortunately you’re stuck with Tracey, our very own virtual assistant. Played by comedy writer and performer Donna Preston, if our celebrities don’t know the answer to Joel’s unusual questions, they can enlist help from Tracey.
Each time our celebs summon her help, Tracey can connect them with someone in the real world that might know the answer. Less phone-a-friend, more like comedy cold calling.
So, if our celebrities want to win big, they’d better make sure they say… “Hey Tracey!”
Christmas Shopping with Keith Lemon
Keith Lemon is back to get stuck into some festive, fun activities with your favourite celebrities.
In this special instalment of Christmas Shopping with Keith Lemon, Keith once again uses his unique interviewing style to ask all those questions you’ve always wanted answered… and those you didn’t realise you did.
Christmas Celebrity Juice
Funnyman Keith Lemon and his team captains, Emily Atack and Laura Whitmore, host a juicy Christmas edition of the outrageous panel show.
This Celebrity Juice Christmas special will feature the usual unique cocktail of hilarious games, this time with a delicious, festive twist. Guests enjoying some festive fun are Maya Jama, Paddy McGuinness, Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson.
The Cabins challenges singletons to the most revealing first date of their lives.
Throwing out the rule book and deleting their dating apps, the new couples immediately move in together, as their date begins in an exclusive log cabin, complete with simmering hot tubs.
Nestled together in their intimate cabins, the singletons will have quality time to really get to know their date.
From heartfelt moments or declarations of love, to awkward silences and difficult dating conversations, viewers will be able to follow all the antics and see if the sparks fly or quickly fizzle out. After 24-hours they decide whether to stay or walk away.
The Real Housewives of Jersey
Following on from the success of award-winning The Real Housewives of Cheshire, ITVBe is launching a brand-new version of the successful franchise, The Real Housewives of Jersey.
The Real Housewives of Jersey will see some of the island’s most fabulous and glamorous Housewives embrace all that Jersey has to offer. A combination of St Tropez and St Ives, Jersey has everything from tranquil beaches to fabulous parties.
The series will give viewers a unique insight into the lifestyles of Jersey’s biggest characters and promises to bring the fun, the laughter and of course, plenty of glitz.
Outside of the UK the new series will be known as The Real Housewives of Jersey, UK.
The Voice UK
Series 10 of The Voice UK will return to ITV in January with 12 episodes featuring The Blind auditions, The Battles, Semi Finals and Final. This series, the show will see a brand new Coach take her seat in the most iconic chairs on television and the introduction of a brand new twist – The Block!
Award-winning global star Anne-Marie will join Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs in the search to find the next singing sensation, with the lucky winner securing a recording contract with Universal’s label UMOD. Much-loved TV favourite Emma Willis is returning to host the show.
Anne-Marie has become one of Britain’s most-loved and successful stars since the release of her 2018 debut album, Speak Your Mind, which saw her become the biggest-selling debut artist of that year. Following a slew of track drops this year – most recently her Rudimental and Tion Wayne collaboration ‘Come Over’ – the 9 x BRIT Award nominee is currently working on her second studio album.
This series viewers will see a brand new format twist – ‘The Block’. During the Blind auditions, the four Coaches will each have the opportunity to stop a fellow Coach from adding a singer to his or her team. Each Coach will get only one chance to use their ‘Block’ button in the hope of trying to secure the best team possible – and weaken the chances of the other Coaches.
Let the battle commence!
Dancing on Ice
Dancing on Ice is back for a brand-new series in January 2021. Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby return to present the show and the expert Ice Panel of Torvill and Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo will resume their roles as judges.
The celebrities heating up the ice this year are musician and presenter Myleene Klass; actor Joe-Warren Plant; actress, singer and presenter Denise Van Outen; actress Faye Brookes; Capital Radio DJ Sonny Jay; actor and singer Jason Donovan; Olympians Graham Bell and Colin Jackson CBE; TV personality Rebekah Vardy; musician Lady Leshurr; TV personality Billie Shepherd; actor and comedian Rufus Hound.
Six of the celebrity skaters and their partners will compete in the series’ opener and the remaining six will compete in the following week’s show. The couple at the bottom of the table following the week one public vote will find themselves in the following week’s Skate Off, along with the pairing at the bottom of the table in week two, and therefore at risk of the first elimination. However, in a voting twist this series, the judges will now have the power to award their newly created Golden Ticket. For the first two weeks only, a couple per week will receive this honour which saves them from the vote and guarantees them graduation straight through to the third show of the series.
From this week forward the entire remaining cast will be skating each week for survival in the competition. The celebrities skating live with their professional partners will be giving their all to impress both the panel and the viewers who will ultimately decide who wins the show. Those professional partners are Matt Evers, Alexandra Schauman and husband Lukasz Różycki, Mark Hanretty, Hamish Gaman, Brendyn Hatfield and Vanessa Bauer. Dancing on Ice alumni Andy Buchanan and Robin Johnstone return this series. New additions to the line up are professional coach and Disney on Ice star, Angela Egan; Klabera Komini, who joins as the reigning champion of Dancing on Ice in the Netherlands; and member of the UK coaching elite and co-founder of Ice Theatre, Yebin Mok. Completing the line-up are former competitive skaters and Cirque Du Soleil performers Karina Manta and skating partner Joe Johnson.
Ahead of launching the new series, viewers will also be able to enjoy a celebration of Dancing On Ice through the years in The Greatest Show on Ice. Three special programmes celebrate the most memorable moments in the show’s history. Charting the competition from its very inception, the mini-series will take in all the drama, the shaky first steps as the celebrities’ blades first hit the ice, the falls, the clashes with the judges and the immense achievements.
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
The multi award-winning, ultimate family entertainment show is back, as Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway returns to ITV in Spring 2021.
The series will once again feature big showbiz guests, high-octane challenges and hilarious hidden-camera set ups…plus a new scripted comedy serial, a whole host of brand-new studio games and live surprises will be unleashed upon both the studio audience and viewers at home.
Every show will sign off in spectacular style when some of the country’s biggest and best performers take to the Takeaway stage for a one-off performance in the End of the Show Show, as the only series on TV that lets its’ audience ‘Win The Ads’ continues to be the happiest ninety minutes of the week.
Expect high energy live entertainment from start to finish as Saturday night’s most feel-good series returns to kick start the weekend with a bang.
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories will return to ITV with 5 x 60-minute episodes early next year.
This series sees Piers Morgan sit down and talk with award-winning actor and writer Rupert Everett, daytime TV queen Trisha Goddard, singer and Loose Woman Coleen Nolan, reality TV diva Gemma Collins and world champion ex-boxer Chris Eubank.
The ‘King of Conversation’ himself talks to each of these famous faces in depth in hour-long episodes devoted to each celebrity. Each show sees Piers delve into the lives and minds of these illustrious individuals – all of whom have enjoyed extraordinary careers and the ups and down of life, under the glare of the media spotlight.
This series sees Piers reach the iconic milestone of recording 100 episodes of this iconic show, with previous guests including Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, Kim Cattrall, Sir Rod Stewart, Mary Berry, Sir Richard Branson, Sharon Osbourne, Simon Cowell, Nigel Farage, Mel B, James Corden, Dame Joan Collins, Sir Captain Tom Moore, Gordon Brown when he was Prime Minister, Sir Mo Farah and Lionel Richie; to name but a few.
Our DNA Journey
Our DNA Journey is set to return to our screens, but this time with brand new celebrity pairings who, via their DNA, will embark on some truly epic and emotional journeys to explore their family history.
In this journey of discovery, guided by expert genealogists and historians and using cutting edge DNA technology and hidden genealogy, the celebrities will explore long held secrets and uncover relatives they never even knew they had. As Ant and Dec before them, they bring with them friendly rivalry and humour, as well as the proverbial shoulder to cry on for the emotionally charged revelations and dramatic twists, in what promises to be a life changing experience they’ll never forget.
In For a Penny
Stephen Mulhern is back with a brand-new series of his hugely popular on the street game show In For A Penny.
The people of the UK beware, Stephen could be coming to a town near you surprising members of the public to take part in hilariously silly and bonkers games.
This series Stephen will be asking the residents of Torquay, Cambridge, Sheffield, Chester, Barry, Blackpool and Southampton if they have a penny to be in with a chance to win a grand – there is no contactless on this show.
Viewers will be treated to a host of brand-new games including Pet Bet, in which the contestant will be joined by their dogs to be in with a chance to win £100, and Sausage Roll, which sees teams of two attempt to roll a sausage roll across their partner’s body without using their hands. A Gelato Fun sees one team member attempt to drop the ice cream into a cone that it precariously placed in their partner’s mouth, in Pound Pong, in which players are faced with 10 cups all worth differing amounts, ranging from £1 to £100 – players will have five attempts to accumulate as much cash as they can – and in Pedestrian Question, each contestant will have two minutes to answer as many questions as they can, but the answers will be based on Stephen’s opinion, so they have to guess what Stephen would answer to be in with a chance of winning the cash.
The series will also see the return of the popular games, Pump It Up, Mum’s The World, Cross Dressing, Driving Me Round The Bend, You Are What You Eat, Drawing A Bank, Weigh To Go, Whatever The Weather and the world famous ‘stop watch game’ which gives shoppers the chance to bag £1,000.
Last series, In For A Penny consolidated with an average of 4.6m viewers, and a 23% share with a series peak of 5.6m.
Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow
Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow will return for a second series in 2021 for more uproarious, nostalgic fun.
Once again Alan Carr will take the helm as he reboots some of the nation’s all-time favourite gameshows, including some from the first series, as well as a collection of rediscovered gems specially rebooted for this series.
Contestants will be hoping to win big-cash rewards or top-of-the-range prizes as they battle to get to that all-new epic endgame in another run of nail-biting games filled with family fun.
Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown
Paul Sinha hosts a brand new quiz show with a difference this winter. Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown will see two teams of three familiar faces from the world of telly do battle in the ultimate TV trivia quiz.
Hilariously witty Chaser, stand-up comedian and TV trivia genius Paul Sinha hosts this raucous, fiercely contested battle in which celebrities’ pride is at stake.
Each week, two regular team captains will go head to head with their respective teams. Featuring clips from the best-loved shows on TV, Paul tests the teams’ knowledge of everything on the box, from Blind Date to Bake Off and everything in between.
It’s one thing to be on the telly – but it’s another to know your stuff about it!
The BRIT Awards 2021 with Mastercard
Stay tuned for details of this year’s show, but expect spectacular performances and memorable awards presentations that are unique to the BRITs, following last year’s 40th show celebrations.
The National Television Awards
The 2021 NTAs will celebrate a year in television like no other. In the last 12 months TV has become more vital than ever, uniting us as a nation – it’s made heroes out of the unlikeliest of people, kept us informed and delivered the escapism we needed in uncertain times. On Tuesday 20 April 2021 at the 26th National Television Awards, all the dramas, entertainment shows, comedies, documentaries and personalities to have made the biggest impact will be celebrated. There’ll be new categories to mark the exciting, ever-changing world of TV, with a huge nationwide poll putting the judging into the hands of the public, who get to decide the winners of these coveted awards. All will be revealed in a stellar night of glitz and glamour.
The Pembrokeshire Murders
Acclaimed actor Luke Evans takes the lead in true crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders, a three-part mini-series depicting the pursuit of a cold-blooded serial killer.
The drama is adapted from the true crime book Catching the Bullseye Killer, written by Senior Investigating Officer Steve Wilkins and ITV news journalist Jonathan Hill. Luke Evans (Dracula Untold, The Alienist, The Great Train Robbery) takes the role of Steve Wilkins.
Two unsolved double murders from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force. In 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins decided to reopen both cases. Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his handpicked team found microscopic DNA and fibres that potentially linked the murders to a string of burglaries committed in the 80s and 90s. The perpetrator of those robberies was nearing the end of his prison sentence, but if Steve Wilkins was right, he was also a serial killer… Could Steve and his team find enough forensic evidence to charge their suspect before he was released to potentially kill again?
The series also features Keith Allen as John Cooper, Owen Teale as Gerard Elias, Alexandria Riley as Ella Richards, Caroline Berry as Pat Cooper, Oliver Ryan as Andrew Cooper and David Fynn as ITV News journalist Jonathan Hill.
An all-star line up joins award-winning actress Keeley Hawes in ITV’s new contemporary drama Finding Alice.
The six-part drama created by Roger Goldby, Keeley Hawes and Simon Nye, and written by Roger and Simon focuses on Alice’s honest, raw, blackly comic journey of grief, love and life after the death of her husband Harry.
BAFTA-nominated Hawes plays the role of Alice, and is joined by a star-studded cast including Joanna Lumley and Nigel Havers as Alice’s parents Sarah and Roger, and Jason Merrells as her husband Harry.
Also joining the cast are Gemma Jones and Kenneth Cranham as Minnie and Gerry, Alice’s in-laws. Olivier award nominated actress Isabella Pappas (Paranoid) plays Alice and Harry’s 16-year-old daughter Charlotte, and Sharon Rooney is Harry’s sister Nicola.
For Alice, Harry and their daughter, Charlotte, moving into their new home should have been a dream come true. But it quickly turns into a nightmare when Alice discovers Harry dead at the bottom of the stairs. Harry designed the smart house, so it’s weird and wonderful, and one more disorientation for Alice on top of her sense of loss and abandonment.
Alice’s beloved partner is no more, and now she can’t find the fridge. Family should be a source of comfort, but Harry’s parents, Minnie (Gemma Jones) and Gerry (Kenneth Cranham), keep popping round uninvited. Whilst Alice’s own parents, Roger (Nigel Havers) and Sarah (Joanna Lumley), only seem to add to her list of problems. With Harry gone and Alice struggling to cope, Charlotte is forced to bottle up her grief and be the responsible one. Especially when the police turn up asking questions about the night that Harry died.
To make matters worse, more unexpected visitors start knocking on Alice’s door, and she begins to realise that Harry’s business debt wasn’t the only secret he kept hidden from her.
Acclaimed screenwriter and Endeavour creator, Russell Lewis has adapted two of international bestseller Peter James’ award winning novels which introduce the audience to Brighton based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a hard-working police officer who has given his life to the job.
John Simm stars as tenacious detective Roy Grace, alongside Richie Campbell, who takes the role of DS Glenn Branson and Rakie Ayola as ACC Vosper.
Joining the lead cast are Craig Parkinson as Norman Pottings, Laura Elphinstone is DS Bella Moy, Amaka plays DC Emma Jane Boutwood, and Brad Morrison takes the role of DC Nicholl.
The first film, Dead Simple, opens with Grace running enquiries into long forgotten cold cases with little or no prospect of success. He’s fixated by the disappearance of his beloved wife, Sandy, which haunts his thoughts. His unorthodox police methods have come under scrutiny once again and Grace is walking a career tightrope and risks being moved from the job he loves most.
With so much at stake, his colleague Detective Sergeant Glenn Branson knows he has more to give and asks him for help with a case. When a stag night prank appears to go wrong and the groom goes missing, Branson calls upon Grace to unravel events that led to the mysterious disappearance three days before his wedding to his beautiful fiancé.
A successful property developer with everything to live for, there is no trace of the missing groom. Is this a case of stag night shenanigans gone badly awry? Or is this something more sinister?
With nothing but instinct, a lingering suspicion and his obsessive nature, Grace doggedly pursues the groom’s disappearance and becomes uneasily close to the bride to be…
Morven Christie heads the cast of the second series of hit drama The Bay.
The Bay series two begins with Lisa Armstrong, played by Morven Christie, at a low ebb: Demoted, she is forced to do menial police work whilst she watches Med go from strength to strength. But a new case, involving a shocking murder within a loving family, brings Lisa unexpectedly back into the front line. She must get under the skin of a new family and prove her worth; to her colleagues, to her family and to herself.
Written by award-winning playwright Daragh Carville and set in the unique costal town of Morecambe, we see Joe Absolom, James Cosmo, Stephen Tompkinson, Sharon Small and Owen McDonnell, amongst others guest stars.
Under the Innocent label, and following the critical success of the first series, a new story stars Katherine Kelly in the lead role of Sally Wright who is fighting, against all odds, to prove her innocence.
Produced by TXTV, from writers and co-creators Chris Lang and Matt Arlidge who share executive producer duties with Jeremy Gwilt, Innocent II focuses upon the scandal that rocked the small Cumbrian town of Keswick in 2015 involving schoolteacher, Sally Wright, who was alleged to be having an affair with her 16-year-old pupil, Matty Taylor.
Katherine will be joined by Jamie Bamber playing Sally’s husband Sam, as well as Priyanga Burford, Shaun Dooley, Amy-Leigh Hickman, Lucy Black, Michael Yare, Andrew Tiernan, Nadia Albina, Poppy Miller, Janine Wood, Laura Rollins and Michael Stevenson.
When Matty is found dead, brutally stabbed with a broken cider bottle, suspicion falls upon Sally who had admitted to taking special interest in the boy. In spite of having no criminal record, no history of violence and vehemently protesting her innocence and the fact she couldn’t be placed at the remote beauty spot on the day Matty was found murdered, Sally was convicted by a majority verdict and sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in jail.
The new four-part series opens with Sally in the dock of Carlisle Crown Court, steely and determined to prove her innocence and that she’s been the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice. As she waits for the jury to deliver on her appeal, Sally contemplates how she’s lost everything she holds dear. Her relationship, home and marriage to Probation Officer, Sam, her job as Head of English at a local comprehensive, her status and good name in the community, and personal contact with her aging mother who now lives in a care home.
With the unwavering support of her best friend, Jenny, Editor of the local Cumbrian Post newspaper, Sally has been given a lifeline, as new evidence, which places her six miles from the murder scene, is unearthed.
When the forewoman pronounces Sally is ‘not guilty’ of the crime which has destroyed her life her first thoughts are for Matty and his parents, John and Maria Taylor, who are still living their nightmare.
Noel Clarke (Bulletproof, Star Trek Into Darkness) leads an all-star cast in the brand new Tiger Aspect drama series Viewpoint for ITV, in association with Unstoppable Film and Television.
Based on an idea by Fleabag and Emmy award-winning director, Harry Bradbeer (Killing Eve, No Offence) and co-created and written by Edgar award-winner Ed Whitmore (Safe House, Manhunt), the gripping five-part drama follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tight knit Manchester community and explores whether it is ever possible to observe the lives of others with true objectivity and zero effect.
Clarke plays surveillance detective DC Martin Young, who sets up his observation post in the home of single mum and secret voyeur, Zoe Sterling, played by Alexandra Roach (No Offence, Black Mirror). Zoe’s windows command a panoramic view of Westbury Square, and more importantly provides a direct sightline into the home of missing primary school teacher, Gemma Hillman, played by Amy Wren (Tutankhamun, The Last Kingdom); the home she shares with boyfriend and prime suspect in her disappearance, Greg Sullivan, played by Fehinti Balogun (Informer, January 22nd).
Joining the cast are Catherine Tyldesley (Scarborough, Coronation Street), Bronagh Waugh (The Fall, Unforgotten), Sarah Niles (Trust Me, Catastrophe), Shannon Murray (Get Even, EastEnders), Phil Davis (Whitechapel, Poldark) Ian Puleston-Davies (Tin Star, Pennyworth), Dominic Allburn (Jack Irish: Dead Point, Between Two Worlds), Marcus Garvey (Broadchurch, Last Tango in Halifax), Carlyss Peer (The Feed) and Erin Shanagher (The Bay).
BAFTA-nominated actors Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar reprise their roles as DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan in the highly-anticipated fourth series of critically acclaimed drama, Unforgotten.
The main cast will be joined by Sheila Hancock, Susan Lynch, Phaldut Sharma, Liz White, Andy Nyman, Clare Calbraith and Lucy Speed, along with returning actors Peter Egan, Alastair Mackenzie, Carolina Main, Lewis Reeves and Jordan Long.
The fourth series opens with the discovery of a dismembered body in a scrap metal yard, which the team believe has been stored in a domestic freezer for thirty years. A unique Millwall Football Club tattoo leads to the victim being identified as Matthew Walsh, a young man in his mid-twenties who went missing in March 1990.
Award-winning actresses Emily Watson and Denise Gough lead Too Close, a psychological mini-series written by author and actress Clara Salaman.
Acclaimed actress Thalissa Teixeira, whose recent credits include the Sky comedy drama Two Weeks to Live and the BBC Two love story Trigonometry, also joins the cast.
Too Close focuses on the compelling and dangerous relationship between forensic psychiatrist Dr Emma Robertson (Emily Watson) who is assigned to work with Connie Mortensen (Denise Gough) a woman accused of a heinous crime but who claims she can’t remember a thing.
Dr Robertson is not easily shocked. She’s worked with her fair share of high security patients. However, when she’s sent to assess Connie for trial the two women become dangerously close.
Connie has a searing insight into Emma’s deepest insecurities and starts to brutally exploit them. Their sessions become a complex psychological game with confusing undercurrents.
Emma tries to understand Connie and her complicated relationship with her beautiful best friend, Ness Jones (Thalissa Teixeira), which seems to have made her snap. But as Emma tries to uncover the truth and learn what triggered Connie’s despicable behaviour, it seems that her attempts to see justice done may destroy her instead.
Emily, Denise and Thalissa will be joined by James Sives, Risteárd Cooper, Chizzy Akudolu, Karl Johnson, Eileen Davies, Nina Wadia and Paul Chahidi.
Innovative and gripping crime drama Marcella, from leading UK independent content production company Buccaneer Media returns to ITV.
Created by internationally renowned screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder; Marcella stars Emmy® award winning Anna Friel in the title role. Also starring in the series are Hugo Speer and Amanda Burton whilst Ray Panthaki returns to the series as Rav Sangha.
Following on from the dramatic conclusion of the previous series, the new eight-parter sees Marcella in Belfast as an undercover detective. She has taken on a new identity, Keira, and has infiltrated the infamous Maguire crime family but as she investigates their activities, questions come to the fore about how much she’s embraced the Keira personality and left Marcella behind.
In true Marcella style, the series has interweaving storylines with strands focusing upon the Maguires’ criminal operations. As she inhabits the character of Keira, Marcella’s quest for the truth puts her in danger and others in harm’s way. Her undercover role makes her take risks, but will her old life eventually catch up with her?
An array of new cast members are welcomed to the series including Amanda Burton who takes on the role of Katherine, the matriarch of the Maguire family; Aaron McCusker plays her son, Finn Maguire; whilst Hugo Speer, who made a brief appearance in the final scenes of series two, reprises his role as Frank Young, Marcella’s undercover handler. Kelly Gough also joins the cast, taking the role of Stacey, Katherine’s daughter; Martin McCann plays Stacey’s husband, with Eugene O’Hare as local police officer Eddie. Michael Colgan plays Rory Maguire, whilst Paul Kennedy plays Lawrence, Marcella’s initial contact within the crime family and Glen Wallace is Matt, a past acquaintance.
The 1% Club
Lee Mack will host a brand new ITV primetime quiz show inviting viewers to discover if they are in The 1% Club.
Made by Magnum Media, the 8×60 series is the quiz show that everyone of all ages and backgrounds can take part in, because, unlike most quizzes, you don’t need to swot up on general knowledge to do well. All you need is logic and common sense.
In The 1% Club, 100 contestants begin every show – but to make it to the end and win the top prize of up to £100,000, contestants must correctly answer a question only 1% of the country would get right.
Each contestant starts with £1000 and one free pass, but if they answer incorrectly, they are out and their grand goes into the prize pot. Beginning with questions that 90% of the country got right, based on a sample of answers given by 1000 people across Britain, and building up step by step to puzzlers smaller and smaller percentages answered correctly, each time contestants flunk their answers, the prize money swells.
As the questions get harder and the contestants numbers dwindle, host Lee breaks the tension with his quick-fire wit, teasing the contestants as their brains do somersaults in the battle to make it to the end of the show and a shot at the prize pot.
Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad
Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad is back on ITV as the father and son duo return for a brand-new six-part series of the hit show.
Bradley usually spends his holidays on the same old golden beaches of Portugal, so Barney wants to show him exactly what the rest of Europe has on offer, starting in The Netherlands and taking in Germany, Switzerland and Slovenia before finishing in Italy.
As always, Barney will be pushing his dad to the limits with more thrill-seeking activities like ski-jumping, paragliding and even a bungee jump. They’ll also immerse themselves in the local culture, enjoying everything from Swiss yodeling to Bavarian finger wrestling.
The Chasers’ Road Trip: Trains, Brains and Automobiles
Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace – three of the biggest beasts of the quizzing universe escape the confines of the studio to embark on an adventure like no other.
They will be pitting their wits against extraordinary competition as they try to answer the age old question ‘Are we really as smart as we think we are?’ To find the answers, this brand new ITV 3 x 60’ primetime series, produced by Boundless (part of Fremantle), follows our three titans of trivia as they travel the globe to take on child geniuses, great apes and the latest robots.
We get to see three of Britain’s biggest brainboxes as we’ve never seen them before. On this intellectual journey like no other, our cerebral celebrities question if we underestimate animal intelligence by exploring the brightest sparks in the animal kingdom. They journey to America to pit their wits against a Bonobo ape who can read, a chimpanzee memory wizard, a 25-year-old gamer orang-utan called Katie and that well-known genius of the ocean, the dolphin. And, using their hearts as well as their heads, they will confront the moral challenge: that if humanity fully understood animal intelligence, would we treat them differently?
Travelling the UK, they go head-to-head with child geniuses in order to weigh up to what degree intelligence is innate or can be developed. But, while some of the UK’s brightest kids impress Anne, Mark and Shaun, they are shocked to learn that they themselves have something surprising in common, which could unlock the mystery to the trio’s amazing memories.
And finally, in Japan, our quiz masters encounter some of the world’s cleverest computers and the very latest in artificial intelligence in an attempt to find out if we humans are heading for a utopian future…or are destined to be taken over by robots.
Long Lost Family
The BAFTA award-winning documentary series returns to ITV for its tenth series as presenters Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell reunite more family members with their missing loved ones.
With help from a team of trained intermediaries, DNA experts and investigators, Nicky and Davina find people that previously couldn’t be traced and answer questions that have haunted entire lives. And, at a time of international crisis which has seen many people experience separation from loved ones, these reunions have more poignancy than ever.
Each relative is guided and supported through the emotional process of tracing the family they are so anxious to find and, despite coronavirus restrictions being in place during some of the filming, the series finds a way to give the relatives the emotional reunions they have been longing for.
Outbreak: The Truth About Coronavirus (W/T)
This feature-length documentary filmed across four continents tells the dramatic story of how the greatest pandemic of the past hundred years swept across the world.
The film focuses on how the Coronavirus pandemic broke out and how it spread, exploring the science, the politics and the stories of the victims.
Following the trail of the virus from China to Italy, the UK, USA and Brazil, it explores how the pandemic was and remains potentially within our control, and how the decisions that the World Health Organisation, governments and public health officials take shape its course.
Key developments are illuminated, including the series of scientific discoveries about the Covid-19’s dynamic, the desperate learning curve as researchers sought to find out how and why the virus spread in the first place and then ignited with devastating consequences in certain places, while others escaped almost untouched.
Made by the production company behind the multi-award winning Exposure: Inside China’s Digital Gulag, this new film, Outbreak: the Truth About Coronavirus, features testimony from experts and victims to provide a vivid insight into how the suffering unleashed by Covid-19 has bound the citizens of the globe uniquely together while their leaders have struggled to unite in common cause to stop its spread.
This new two-part documentary for ITV explores the amazing world of conjoined twins, discovering how families cope with the extraordinary circumstance of being parents to these rarest of babies – one out of every 200,000 live births.
This documentary features three-year-old twins Callie and Carter from Idaho, who are fused from the chest down with two legs between them, and whose parents Nick and Chelsea only have a few months left to decide whether to opt for separation. They will meet various still-conjoined and now separated twins, including Erika and Eva – six-year-old twins formerly connected from the bottom ribcage to the pelvis – in their quest to make the best decision for their children.
The programme also explores the extraordinary lives of the twins still joined together around the world, including Krista and Tatiana, who share so much of their brains they can see out of each other’s eyes.
With parents facing impossible decisions over whether to go for separation surgery, this documentary goes up close with the twins to discover what their unique relationships are like with their siblings – and how the dynamic works once they are no longer conjoined.
The Year That Changed Britain (W/T)
Set against increasing alarm about a second wave of COVID-19, this landmark feature-length documentary from Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald tells the story of Coronavirus in Britain through the experience of people immersed in its impact, both personally and professionally.
The Year That Changed Britain [W/T] has secured access to intensive care units [ICUs] across the country – from the Whittington Hospital in London to The Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire. The film begins before the pandemic became a worldwide medical emergency and stretches through full lockdown into the peak of the crisis and beyond.
This programme offers a vivid insight into the working lives of ICU staff and the patients they treat during a crisis which proves both challenging, life-changing and often tragic for those caught in it. Through powerful personal testimony as well as observational footage the programme documents their individual stories as the Coronavirus surge hits and they reach their lowest ebb.
Cameras are also present at moments of extraordinary breakthrough, where the fightback against a deadly virus brings stories of hope, optimism and the promise of a better future.
Dunblane: 25 Years on with Lorraine Kelly
This new documentary presented by Lorraine Kelly marks the 25th anniversary of the Dunblane Primary School tragedy.
Lorraine, who reported on the events for GMTV nearly a quarter of a century ago, forging enduring bonds with people in Dunblane, revisits the town to talk to survivors and families of the victims in a film highlighting the spirit and resilience of their community.
She meets people who were never cowed by the tragedy, which is Britain’s biggest shooting, but rather were compelled to push to change laws on gun ownership, to make sure it never happens again.
The presenter also investigates how the residents of Dunblane have helped families of victims in American school shootings, such as Sandy Hook, providing support and inspiration in their quest to change US gun laws.
Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs
Animal lover extraordinaire Paul O’Grady is back for a brand new series at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, ready to meet a whole new round of canine friends.
As the National TV Award winning show enters its ninth series at the home, Paul is on hand to help more abandoned and stray dogs find owners.
Filled with laughter, uplifting and moving moments, Paul will be getting stuck in helping with feeding, walking and petting the furry residents of the home as he learns their incredible stories and falls in love with them along the way.
New Joanna Lumley Travelogue (W/T)
After a lifetime of travels that have taken her across the globe, Joanna Lumley makes her most personal journey yet.
Over three episodes, she’ll travel from the Yorkshire Dales to the Giant’s Causeway, from the Highlands of Scotland to the cobbles of Coronation Street, retracing old steps, meeting inspiring people, and exploring the wonders of the country she calls home.
Joanna was born in India and spent much of her childhood overseas. She often felt like an outsider in her native land. Now she’s using her traveller’s eye to explore the four corners of the United Kingdom.
Highlights of the series include Joanna meeting one of the oldest survivors of the Windrush generation, hitting the road with a Travelling Showman whose family have run funfairs across Britain for over a century, and discovering what it takes to become the world’s number one B&B. A former Bond girl, Joanna will also visit Aston Martin to take a replica Goldfinger DB5 for a spin.
On Dartmoor, she meets a grove of Devon Druids as they perform a pagan ceremony, drives a herd of Highland Cattle across a causeway in the Outer Hebrides and drops in on the Duke of Argyll. Joanna will also travel to Derry to learn about the power of reconciliation from one of the survivors of the Troubles.
Joanna will end her adventure in London, dancing the night away at one of Britain’s most historic gay pubs, celebrating the talent and tenacity of her beloved home town.
Secret Crush (W/T)
Secret Crush (w/t) is an exciting new dating show coming to ITV2 this winter. In this 20 x 60” series, lovestruck singletons who’ve been harbouring feelings from afar finally reveal their hidden passion to their unknowing crush.
Whether they’ve been secretly dreaming of dating their best friend, colleague or gym buddy, it’s time for the lovelorn to publicly admit the desires they’ve been keeping bottled up. But will their affections be reciprocated? Is love going to blossom? Or should their secret crush have actually stayed secret? For the four hopefuls in each episode, it’s time to find out.
Admirers from all walks of life will secretly invite their crush to join them, agreeing to be filmed as they declare their true feelings. The other person will be told before filming that someone in their life secretly likes them but won’t find out who it is until the moment they walk into the date. Honest revelations, shocked faces, tears of relief, and potential new relationships could all be in store.
The Stand Up Sketch Show
The award-winning The Stand Up Sketch Show returns to ITV2 in early 2021 for a brand new series.
The show that uniquely combines both stand-up and sketch recently won ‘Best Comedy’ at The International Format Awards.
Each episode features stand-up routines by some of the nation’s best loved comedians, to brand new material from Britain’s most exciting up and coming talent.
Some of the comedians taking part in the new series include Iain Stirling, Dane Baptiste, Jayde Adams, Tom Parry, Luke Kempner, Judi Love, Kojo Anim, Kemah Bob and Matt Richardson with many more to be announced nearer transmission.
Britbox – Winter Highlights
For the second year running BritBox will celebrate the very best festive British entertainment from 26th November.
This Britmas we will be featuring an even broader collection of Christmas treats including TV specials, pantomimes and soaps.
Subscribers can look forward to Christmas episodes from the likes of All Creatures Great and Small, Allo ‘Allo!, Are You Being Served, Bergerac, Bread, Hi De Hi!, Last of the Summer Wine, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave Em, To the Manor Born, Absolutely Fabulous, Birds of a Feather, Blackadder, French and Saunders, Gavin & Stacey, Keeping Up Appearances, Only Fools and Horses, The Good Life, The Vicar of Dibley, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, The Catherine Tate Show and many more.
A selection of pantomimes will also be made available for the first time this festive season, including Cinderella: The Shoe Must Go On (1986) starring Danny La Rue, Jack and the Beanstalk (1998) narrated by Paul Merton and Aladdin (2000) featuring the music of S Club 7 to name but a few.
The best festive episodes from Coronation Street and Emmerdale round off the collection.