2022’s Best New Years TV To Watch In The UK

2022’s Best New Years TV To Watch In The UK

And just like that, Christmas is almost over for 2022. But that’s not stopping the UK television schedule from producing even more must-watch shows in the days of limbo before the New Year. After all, what else is there to do between Christmas and the New Year?

While you can expect the usual celebrations of Graham Norton and Jools Holland, there are plenty of highly anticipated drama and reality shows not to be missed, including the third and final series of happy valleyand the BBC’s latest period drama Marie Antoinette.

Of course, there are some big returns lined up for January 2023, including winter island of love, dancing on iceand The Apprentice. But we’re talking about the shows you should watch as you say goodbye to 2022 and welcome 2023 with a bang, including a new series from The Masked Singer UK. Below is your comprehensive guide to the New Year’s show, including the events that will help you ring in 2023 and deal with the inevitable January blues.


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with exercise of duty‘s Martin Compston and Your Honor Tony Curran, BBC’s mayflies is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Andrew O’Hagan. Described by the writer as “very personal,” the miniseries explores an “intimate and harrowing portrait of the male friendship between best friends Jimmy (Compston) and Tully (Curran). show trial‘s Tracy Ifeachor, house of the dragon‘s Tom Glynn Carney and guard‘s Rian Gordon also stars.

mayflies will be broadcast on BBC One on December 28th and 29th.

The late show with Mo Gilligan

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Marie Antoinette

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There’s nothing quite like throwing yourself into a good period drama over the holidays, and the BBC certainly delivers on that front into the New Year. Written by The favourite‘s Deborah Davis, the eight-part series will chronicle the life of a young Marie Antoinette (Emilia Schüle) and her marriage to Louis XVI (Louis Cunningham), promising a new and progressive take on this historical figure.

Marie Antoinette will be broadcast on BBC Two on December 29th.

Celebrity MasterChef, Christmas Cook-Off


The Graham Norton Show’s New Year’s Eve Special

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Sam Ryder’s All-Star New Years Eve

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For the first time since 2019, London will stage its annual fireworks display over the River Thames after two years of lockdown restrictions. To celebrate the occasion, BBC One has enlisted the help of Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder along with some very special friends including Melanie C, Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid, The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins and the House Gospel Choir.

Sam Ryder’s All Star Years Eve will be broadcast on BBC One on New Year’s Eve.

Jool’s Annual Hootenanny

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Over on BBC Two, Jools Holland will be holding his Annual Hootenanny with a host of musician guests including George Ezra, Self Esteem and ’90s legend Gabrielle as they celebrate Holland’s 30th Hootenanny. Roland Gift, Andy Fairweather Low, Tom Odell, Cat Burns, Ruby Turner and The Real Thing will be among the performers.

Jool’s Annual Hootenanny will be broadcast on BBC Two on New Year’s Eve.

happy valley

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happy valley will return on New Year’s Day for its third and final series and promises to bring plenty of drama to West Yorkshire’s Calder Valley. Sarah Lancashire plays police sergeant Catherine Cawood, who is about to be retired. But it wouldn’t be happy valley without Catherine discovering human remains in a reservoir that just so happens to make a connection to Lee Royce (James Norton), her grandson’s father who is currently in prison.

happy valley airs New Year’s on BBC One.

The big New Year’s Eve baking

acc baking As is tradition, the UK magazine is back for a New Year’s special featuring some of the competition’s most popular entrants. Series 11’s Lottie Bedlow and Series 12’s Chigs Parmar are back in the tent, along with Series 9’s Manon Legrève and Anthony Amourdoux. All four bakers must complete three holiday-themed challenges to win the coveted Star Baker title.

The big New Year’s Eve baking airs New Year on Channel 4.

The Masked Singer


There’s nothing quite like ringing in the new year with a reality singing contest, so you’ll be happy to know The Masked Singer UK is back for its fourth series. While there’s still no clue what the 2023 costumes will bring, Joel Dommett will return as host alongside the well-known panel of judges, Rita Ora, Davina McCall, Mo Gilligan and Jonathan Ross.

The Masked Singer Series 3 airs New Year’s on ITV1.

Taskmaster’s New Year celebration

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