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'Sherlock', 'Taboo' and celebrities recreating pop videos: what to watch on TV this weekend

Ellie Walker-Arnott

Christmas is well and truly over. Where once there was a tree, now there are only a hundred tiny pine needles waiting to get stuck in your socks. Where once there was Quality Street and cheese, there are food supplements and celery. But there's one cornerstone of Christmas we are not quite ready to let go of: camping out on the sofa in our pyjamas.

If you're already struggling with dry January, poor as a church mouse at the end of his overdraft or just don't want to venture outside, the TV schedulers are on your side and have stuffed this weekend full of strange new shows, a David Bowie tribute and an hour of tattooed Tom Hardy glaring and growling at the telly screen. 

Let It Shine

Missing 'The X Factor'? No? Nevermind. Gary Barlow (with the help of Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp and 'Glee' star Amber Riley) is launching 'Let It Shine', a brand new talent show searching for five talented boys to form a band and perform the songs of Take That. Yes, you did just read that. The show's saving grace? Graham Norton and 'Bake Off' megababe Mel Giedroyc are presenting. 🙌 Sat, 7pm, BBC1.

The Voice UK

More wannabe popstars? After a few fairly underwhelming years on the Beeb (can you name a single winner?), 'The Voice' has moved over to ITV. From tonight,, Jennifer Hudson, Gavin Rossdale and Sir Tom Jones will be spinning around in their chairs hoping to find the next big thing. Take That songs optional. Sat, 8pm, ITV.


Like your period dramas gritty, grimy and featuring an oft semi-naked Tom Hardy scowling and swearing? You're gonna love this. We've seen the first episode, and can report that it's thunderously entertaining, if just a teensy bit ridiculous. Sat, BBC1, 9.15pm.

Taboo Tom Hardy


David Bowie: The Last Five Years

Almost a year after the musical icon passed away, BBC2 takes a detailed look at Bowie's last albums, 'The Next Day' and 'Blackstar', and his play 'Lazarus'. It features unseen and rare archive footage as well as appearances from the people who knew him best: his friends and artistic collaborators. Stay tuned afterwards for a screening of 'The Man Who Fell to Earth'. Sat, 9pm, BBC2.

Legally Blonde

Pretend it's Boxing Day and spend your Sunday watching silly movies. There's nothing sillier, or more feel-good, than Reese Witherspoon's Elle Woods, the sorority queen who charms her way into Harvard Law School to win back her dishy ex-beau. Sun, 4.35pm, Channel 5.

Dance Dance Dance

If you haven't had your fill of reality TV competitions this weekend, we're impressed and slightly bewildered. But ITV is on hand with yet another new show. 'Dance Dance Dance' is like 'Strictly' but more internet-y. Celebrities, with a partner of their choice, recreate iconic pop video and movie dance sequences. Sun, 6.30pm, ITV.

Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington



Cumbers is back for another feature-length instalment after last weekend's jaw-dropping series premiere. The fallout from the #massivespoiler will clearly play a big part in Sunday's episode 'The Lying Detective' and we'll also get our first proper introduction to Toby Jones' cackling villain. Sun, 9pm, BBC1.

A Most Violent Year

Embrace your Sunday back-to-work dread with this dense and thrilling '80s-set crime drama. Oscar Isaac stars as Abel Morales, an up-and-coming businessman who takes out huge loans to expand his business. Sun, 10pm, BBC2. 

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✚ Tom Hardy is a bit of an animal in his new BBC show 'Taboo'
✚ Nine ways to celebrate David Bowie this week
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