It’s only early days, but 2019 is already shaping up to be the year of reality TV
Unmissable reality TV in 2019
Whether it’s sparkling new shows like The Greatest Dancer and Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club, rebooted classics such as Shipwrecked, or returning favourites Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Great British Bake Off and Love Island, the next 12 months are packed with enough entertainment to satisfy even the fussiest of viewers.
But with so much on the box to wrap your head around, you might be left more confused than a Jersey Shore cast member trying to complete a cryptic crossword. Not to worry. With 2019 geared up and ready to go, here are the 15 reality TV shows you need to know about…
The Greatest Dancer
Saturday 5 January, 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer
Hosted by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo, the search is on to find the finest movers and shakers in the UK in this brand new series. Plus, with singer/songwriter Cheryl, Glee star Matthew Morrison and Strictly Come Dancing pro Oti Mabuse onboard as Dance Captains, this is one sashaying spectacular you don’t want to miss.
Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club
Wednesday 9 January, 10pm, MTV/HD (CH 134/183). Also available for 7 days in Catch Up > Channels > MTV
Follow Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan as she expands her business empire with the opening of the Lohan Beach Club on the Greek island of Mykonos. Expect partying, drama and Lohan in full boss mode in this brand new series.
The Charlotte Show
Wednesday 30 January, 9pm, MTV/HD (CH 134/183). Also available for 7 days in Catch Up > Channels > MTV
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the life of former Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby in a new series of her hit show. It’s going to be mortal – whatever that means.
Coming in January to Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
Sit back, relax, and watch as members of the general public try to evade capture by former police and intelligence officers in the fourth series of this unmissable nail-biter.
Coming in January to E4/HD (CH 106/145)
Channel 4’s classic reality show set around a group of young and – would you believe it? – attractive people stranded on a desert island is back for a new series after seven years away. Hurrah!
Coming in January to ITV/HD (CH 103/113)
A new year, a new series of the popular singing competition. Some things are staying the same (Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Olly Murs and Will.i.am are all returning as judges), but this time around, trios will be allowed to enter the contest. Could three be the magic number?
Celebs Go Dating
Coming in February to Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
Ex-Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona, Hollyoaks actress Chelsee Healey and Pete Wicks (The Only Way Is Essex) are among the stars going on dates with members of the public in a new series of the dating show.
The Great Celebrity Bake Off For Stand Up To Cancer
Coming in March to Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
A brand new set of celebs enter the most famous tent on telly to put their baking skills to the test.
Jersey Shore Family Vacation
Coming in April to MTV/HD (CH 134/183)
Seven party-loving members from the cast of Jersey Shore are holed up together in Miami for a month, as this US offering returns for season 3. What could possibly go wrong? Spoiler alert: quite a lot.
Coming in June to ITV2/HD (CH 115/176)
A fresh batch of really, really, really good-looking contestants head to the villa in a bid to couple up and get their perma-tanned hands on £50,000. Nice work, if you can get it.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Coming in August to hayu (CH 210) + the hayu app + E! (CH 156)
Reality TV’s royal family return for season 16. Season 16. Just let that sink in for a second. But what should you expect to see when Kim, Kris, Kylie, Khloé et al return to the box? Well, after a quick skim through the family’s social media profiles, it looks like a lot has gone down in the past 12 months…
The Great British Bake Off
Coming in August to Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
Amateur bakers, assemble! The quest to find the next Rahul begins in earnest later this summer on Channel 4. Television doesn’t get much tastier than this.
The X Factor
Coming in September to ITV/HD (CH 103/113)
Who cares if you can’t remember the last winner? Simon Cowell and co are back to crown a new pop sensation. Expect an announcement later in the year as to who the judges will be.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Coming in November to ITV/HD (CH 103/113)
The last series pulled in the show’s best viewing figures for five years, as Harry Redknapp was crowned king of the jungle. Will we see José Mourinho enter the wild in 2019? Probably not, but we can live in hope.
Strictly Come Dancing
Coming in November to BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
Glitz! Glamour! Glitterballs! As the nights draw in, get ready for a new series of sways, spins and more sequins than you can shake a leg at.
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