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What to watch this week

09/12/2016TV

From virtual warfare to time-hopping adventures, this week offers plenty of excuses to cosy up in front of the box.

BBC Music Awards
Monday 12th December at 8.30pm on BBC1 (CH 101)

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Why you should watch: There’s going to be glittering performances from the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, The 1975, Emeli Sandé, and everyone’s favourite Take That member, Robbie Williams.

Who’s hosting?: The ubiquitous Fearne Cotton and Claudia Winkleman, and the not-so-ubiquitous Gemma Cairney.

Who’s should be Artist of the Year?: If it’s not David Bowie we’ll have a massive strop.

When the crowd say Bo, Selecta?: Craig David will be making a comeback, this time with added grimey goodness.

What we really want to see: The BBC kept on their toes by Brits-style rock ‘n’ roll antics.

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Muslims Like Us
Monday 12th December at 9pm on BBC2 (CH 102)

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Why you should watch: This bold new series sees 10 Muslims with differing world views shack up together in a house. Intrigued?

It’s a bit like: Big Brother, but with conversational skills.

Expect: Intense debates aplenty, as well as some charmingly polite disagreements.

Don’t expect: Food fights, streaking, or under-the-duvet shenanigans.

You’ll get honest insight into: What it’s like to be a Muslim in Britain today.

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Time Commanders
Monday 12th December at 9pm on BBC4 (CH 107)

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Why you should watch: With a little help from virtual reality, teams of nerds re-enact some of history’s bloodiest battles.

Wasn’t this on ages ago?: Yep, but – like Robot Wars – it’s been given a swanky reboot.

Will Hammond be hosting again?: This time round it’ll be Gregg “Buttery Biscuit Base” Wallace. For once, his shouty antics might be actually appropriate.

Pros: While the two previous version focused on pre-gunpowder battles, some of these battles are going to be locked and loaded.

Cons: The battles are still too historically accurate to include dragons or clever wizards.

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Royal Variety Performance
Tueday 13th December at 7.30pm on ITV (CH 103)

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Why you should watch: Because it’s a world-class talent-fest that’s fit for royalty… duh!

Who’s on?: Cirque du Soleil, everyone’s second favourite Take That member Gary Barlow, as well as militant magician and Britain’s Got Talent winner, Lance Corporal Richard Jones.

Was the Queen there?: Nope, but we do have Camilla and Charles trying to figure out what’s going on.

Who’s hosting?: Our national court jester, David Walliams.

Drinking game idea: Take a shot whenever Charles looks like he wants to go home.

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Nazi Weird War Two
Tuesday 13th December at 8pm on National Geographic (CH 266)

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Why you should watch: Because it’s called Nazi Weird War Two, which is the worst/best title of any documentary since When Vacations Attack.

What’s the gist?: This new series sets out to investigate a kooky cornucopia of Nazi-related stories, to see if there’s any historical truth to them.

Who’s investigating?: A seemingly random duo made up of historian Dr. Sam Willis, and urban explorer Robert Joe.

Find out: Whether Nazis fiddled about with the occult, whether there was a lost train crammed with stolen gold, and whether some SS types got high on crystal meth.

Must-watch episode: The one about soldiers battling man-eating crocodiles. Which is this one, as it happens.

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Elementary
Tuesday 13th December at 9pm on Sky Living (CH 112)

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Why you should watch: Now into its fifth season, this continues to be a surprisingly enjoyable detective romp.

The age-old question: Is it as good as the BBC’s Sherlock? You just can’t compare them. Seriously, it’d be like comparing CSI with Silent Witness. Or Star Trek with Doctor Who.

What game is afoot?: After the father-son drama of last season, it’s down to brass tacks now with a mad bomber on the loose.

Why you’ll like it: There’s quippy drama, smooth mystery-solving, and pretty panoramas of twinkly NYC.

Bonus perk: Jonny Lee Miller’s Holmes makes a charming contrast to the coldly aloof Cumberbatch version.

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Timeless
Wednesday 14th December at 9pm on E4 (CH 144)

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Why you should watch: Who can resist a big silly exciting time travel adventure romp?

What’s the gist?: This big new series follows a dastardly villain who travels through time to mess up history, and the crew of heroes who have to stop him.

Sample history: In the first episode, our bad guy meddles with the Hindenurg disaster. And later in the series, the Lincoln assassination.

Expect: Thrills and acerbic one-liners (especially regarding how much it sucked to be an African American literally any time in America’s past).

Watch if you like: Sliders and Quantum Leap.

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Vicious
Friday 16th December at 9pm on ITV (CH 103)

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Why you should watch: Because we can never tire of seeing uber-thesps Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi slumming it in this silly sitcom.

Why you DEFINITELY should watch: It’s the last ever episode. Sob!

In case you’ve never seen it: It’s a wonderfully old fashioned comedy about an aging gay couple whose hobbies include hurling abuse at each other, and thoroughly embarrassing their guests.

Unexpected Gilmore Girls resemblance alert: This special episode follows the pair over the course of a year.

Look out for: Frances de la Tour, who is every bit as hilarious as our two old boys.

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First Humans: The Cave Discovery
Saturday 17th December at 9pm on National Geographic (CH 266)

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Why you should watch: This delves into one of the most thrilling fossil finds of the century, changing our understanding of our own beginnings.

You’ll learn: What happened during that mysterious million-year gap in our evolution, which thanks to the cave find, has now been filled with lots of new info.

Who’ll enjoy it: Science-types, modern day Neanderthals, and goths who enjoy skulls.

Best enjoyed while wearing: Rudimentary loungewear.

You’ll be triggered if: You’re a creationist. Or a fossil.

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Sports Personality Of The Year
Sunday 18th December at 6.40pm on BBC1 (CH000)

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Why you should watch: The same reason you watch it every year - to see if sports stars have any discernable personality.

And the nominees are: Tennis player Andy Murray, athlete Mo Farah, and footballer and topknot enthusiast, Gareth Bale – among others.

What happens?: Sporting clips, applause, and an unspoken reminder that you definitely should go to the gym more.

Watch if: You love sport and people talking about sport and SPORT.

Don’t watch if: You’re craving sparkling charisma.

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