Long lost family, the persecutors and first dates

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.


Davina and Nicky are back (Image credit: ITV)

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 BBC Has it been before?
It’s the final installment of Traces (Credit: BBC)

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.

Best TV next week Britain's fattest people
Looking At The Lives Of Those Who Can’t Leave Their Homes (Credit: Channel 4)

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.

Best TV next week Winterwatch BBC Two
Chris and the gang return (Image credit: BBC Two)

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.

Best TV Next Week First Dates
Fred tries to find more singletons (Credit: Channel 4)

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.


Tanya and Alex investigate (Image credit: BBC)

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 generic photo of the cast of Bay ITV
The crime drama returns (Image credit: ITV)

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.

Kelvin Fletcher on death in paradise
Look out for Kelvin in Death in Paradise (Image credit: BBC)

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.

Best TV next week The Chasers Road Trip
Anne, Shaun, and Mark head out (Image credit: ITV)

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.

Best TV next week Joe Lycett
Joe cooks some Italian dishes (Credit: Channel 4)

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!

Best TV next week The investigation on BBC Two
The Danish series is based on a true story (Credit: BBC)

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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