Next week’s best TV looks really, really good to viewers.
The lockdown may be in full swing, but there is at least some good news for TV lovers – there are plenty of new shows and series coming next week.
From Long Lost Family and crime drama The Bay to a new series of First Dates, there’s something for everyone.
What’s the best TV next week?
Long Lost Family – Monday, January 18, 9pm, ITV
Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell return with the series that will help more people reunite with long-lost relatives.
The episode shows Phyllis and Kevin Haran struggling in vain to bring their son back to court after they put him up for adoption when they were homeless, unemployed, and desperate to put their baby’s interests first .
64-year-old Michael O’Neil is looking for his birth mother.
Tracks – Monday and Tuesday (January 18-19), 9 p.m., BBC One
It’s the last two episodes of the BBC forensics drama, and while Kathy oversees the excavation of Marie’s grave, Daniel McKinven gives the guidance he needs to make an arrest.
But it’s the very forensic science that finally brings peace to Emma.
Shut-Ins: Britain’s Biggest People – 10pm Monday (January 18), Channel 4
The return of the series that reveals what life is like for the most obese people in the UK.
AJ, 23, is from Airdrie, Scotland and has been mostly incarcerated for the last six years.
He can barely move and has to rely on Mother Sharon for all aspects of care.
Winterwatch – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (January 19, 20 and 21), 8 p.m., BBC Two
The gang returns.
Chris Packham is in the New Forest watching winter transform his home. Iolo Williams is at the alternative technology center in Wales hoping for a mumble.
Elsewhere, the young naturalist Indy Green travels to Sherwood Forest in search of the elusive hawk.
First dates – Tuesday (January 19), 10 p.m., Channel 4
Fred is back to help singletons find love.
In the opening sequence of the new seriesA parliamentary assistant fears that talking about politics will put men off, but may have hit her match in an outspoken journalist.
And a 69 year old ex-roadie is looking for someone to settle down with after surviving cancer.
The Truth About – Wednesday (January 20), 9pm, BBC One
Clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron joins former English soccer player Alex Scott in the latest installment in this myth-busting series.
Together, they will discover how the latest scientific findings can help us gain more control over our state of mind and improve mental health and wellbeing.
Handy when locking.
The Bay – Wednesday, January 20, 9 p.m., ITV
The Morecambe-based crime drama returns for a second series.
After DC Lisa Armstrong looks at the ramifications of her actions over the past year, she is given an opportunity to step up if asked to assist in a homicide investigation.
Death in Paradise – Thursday, January 21, 9pm, BBC One
Kelvin Fletcher and Jason Manford guest stars on this episode.
It seems money doesn’t buy luck when lottery winner Cherry is found dead in her luxurious mansion, much to the horror of her husband and visiting friends.
The Chasers’ Road Trip: Trains, Brains, and Automobiles – Thursday, January 21, 9pm, ITV
Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace travel the world to discover the cognitive abilities of animals and artificial intelligence.
They begin in the United States, where they compete against Kanzi, a bonobo monkey who uses a series of images and symbols to communicate with people.
Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Party – Friday, January 22nd, 9pm, Channel 4
Comedian and Great British Sewing Bee star Joe Lycett is the boys’ special guest.
Jamie teaches Joe from the restaurant he spent time in while on vacation in Italy to cook a traditional wild boar and pappardelle ragu. Yum!
The Investigation – Friday, January 22nd, 9pm, BBC Two
Danish drama about true crime starring a detective chasing the murderer of a missing Swedish journalist.
It’s a sin – Friday, January 22nd, 10pm, Channel 4
Set in the 1980s during the AIDS crisis, this brand new drama series follows the lives of a group of young gay men.
Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells and Keeley Hawes play the leading roles.
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