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What to watch this week

What to watch this week

Take your viewing to the next level with the best stuff to watch on TV this week, from top shows to our pick of the best sport and movies

By Laura Rutkowski, Senior Staff Writer + Chris Miller, Writer

Check out the bumper bundle of must-watch telly heading your way on Virgin TV this week, with returning favourites, including Vienna Blood and The MOBO Awards, and brand-new shows, including Grayson's Art Club: An Exhibition For Britain, And Just Like That…, You Don’t Know Me, Superman & Lois and Ragdoll.


With so much great stuff on the box, we’ve compiled a list of the best things for you to watch. Bookmark this page for fresh listings every week.


Wednesday 1 December

Pick of the day: Positive

9pm, Sky Documentaries/HD (CH 278/277)

This unmissable documentary series explores the history of HIV in Britain, beginning with the first recorded UK case in 1981, which caused mass panic and misunderstanding. Hear from people who lived through the epidemic, including Jonathan Blake, one of the first HIV patients in the UK.

What else to watch:

  • Portrait Artist Of The Year – 8pmSky Arts/HD (CH 165/140)
  • Paddy And Christine McGuinness: Our Family And Autism – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • The Hot Zone: Anthrax – 9pm, National Geographic/HD (CH 266/268)
  • The Love Trap – 10pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
  • GamesMaster – 10pm, E4/HD (CH 106/145)

Thursday 2 December

Pick of the day: Mary Berry – Love To Cook

8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

Former judge of The Great British Bake Off Mary Berry meets fellow foodies as she creates dishes that’ll soon have you salivating in front of your TV.

What else to watch:

  • Luxury Christmas For Less – 8pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
  • Sort Your Life Out – 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • Nadiya’s Fast Flavours – 8.30pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Surgeons: At The Edge Of Life – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Cancelled – 10pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)

Friday 3 December

Pick of the day: Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas

8pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)

It’ll be tempting to go a bit overboard this Christmas, seeing as last year’s festivities probably fell a bit flat for most people, but you can still have a great time without breaking the bank. Kirstie Allsopp shows you how as she’s joined by guests that impress with thriftiness. She even walks you through how to make your own Christmas crackers, so you better start thinking of some good jokes!


What else to watch:

  • The Office (US) – 4pm, Sky Comedy/HD (CH 135/123)
  • Griff’s Great New Zealand Adventure – 8pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Strictly: It Takes Two – 6.30pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • MasterChef: The Professionals – 8.30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • St Andrew’s Day At The BBC – 9pm, BBC Four HD (CH 107)

Saturday 4 December

Pick of the day: Superman & Lois

5.40pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)

Superman, or Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin, Supergirl), and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch, Supergirl) have had their fair share of challenges, whether that’s facing supervillains, alien invaders or monsters, but nothing could have prepared them for their biggest challenge yet: raising two teenage boys.

What else to watch:

  • Strictly Come Dancing – 6.40pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • 48 Hours To Victory – 7.40pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
  • Incredible Christmas Trees & How To Decorate Them – 7.40pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 105)
  • The Chase Celebrity Special – 8.15pm, ITV HD (CH 103)
  • I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! – 9.15pm, ITV HD (CH 103)

Sunday 5 December

Pick of the day: You Don’t Know Me

9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)

Londoner Hero (Samuel Adewunmi, The Last Tree) is accused of murder, but he claims his innocence, even in the face of overwhelming evidence against him. The series is based on criminal defence barrister Imran Mahmood’s best-selling novel.

What else to watch:

  • Doctor Who – 6.20pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Jamie Oliver: Together – 7pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
  • Piers Morgan’s Life Stories – 8pm, ITV HD (CH 103)
  • Top Gear – 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Britain’s Favourite Toys – 8pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 105)


Monday 6 December

Pick of the day: Ragdoll

9pm, Alibi/HD (CH 126)

This new crime series comes from the same production company behind Killing Eve, so you know it’s gonna be good (and darkly funny). The show takes its title from six different people’s dismembered bodies sewn into one – murders that DI Emily Baxter (Thalissa Teixeira, Trigonometry), DC Lake Edmunds (Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars) and DS Nathan Rose (Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Killing Eve) must solve. With a serial killer taunting them and Rose being a considerable liability, there’s a lot of room for things to go wrong. Read our interview with US star Hale here

What else to watch:

  • UK’s Strongest Man 2021 – 7pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 105)
  • Christmas University Challenge – 7pm, BBC Four HD (CH 107)
  • Superstore – 7pm, ITV2/HD (CH 115)
  • Live: Winter On The Farm – 8pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 105)
  • Gino’s Italian Family Adventure – 8pm, ITV HD (CH 103)


Tuesday 7 December

Pick of the day: The Cult Of Conspiracy: QAnon

9pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)

Ben Zand puts American far-right political conspiracy theory QAnon under the microscope in this fascinating documentary that asks how people arrive at these beliefs, not just in the US, but also here in the UK.


What else to watch:

  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip – 7pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Sarah Beeny’s New Life In The Country – 8pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
  • Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby – 8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Shark Squad – 9pm, Sky Nature/HD (CH 279)
  • dinnerladies – 9pm, BBC Four HD (CH 107)

Wednesday 8 December

Pick of the day: MOBO Awards 2021: Access All Areas

10.35pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)

Check out highlights, performances and interviews from The MOBO Awards, which were live-streamed from Coventry on YouTube on Sunday 5 December. Nominees included Dave, Arlo Parks, Central Gee, Little Simz, Cleo Sol and Headie One.


What else to watch:

  • MasterChef: The Professionals 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Dolly: The Sheep That Changed The World – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Grand Designs: House Of The Year– 9pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
  • The Love Trap – 10pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
  • What We Were Watching – 11pm, BBC Four HD (CH 107)

Thursday 9 December

Pick of the day: And Just Like That…

9pm, Sky Comedy/HD (CH 123)

And just like that… the Sex And The City reboot has arrived! New Yorkers Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) return, minus Samantha (Kim Cattrall). You’ll have to wait to find out what she’s up to as the friends make the transition from the original series, when they were in their 30s, to now, where they’re living it up in their 50s.


What else to watch:

  • Luxury Christmas For Less – 8pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
  • The Martin Lewis Money Show: Live – 8.30pm, ITV HD (CH 103)
  • Nadiya’s Fast Flavours – 8.30pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Surgeons: At The Edge Of Life – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • How To Make It On OnlyFans – 10pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)


Friday 10 December

Pick of the day: Grayson's Art Club: An Exhibition For Britain

8pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)

Artist Grayson Perry and his wife, psychotherapist and author Philippa, helped us keep creative in lockdown with Grayson’s Art Club. They produced pieces of art and encouraged the public to get involved and submit their work. Here, go behind-the-scenes as Grayson oversees the exhibition of the artwork at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Famous participants include Boy George, Johnny Vegas and Mawaan Rizwan.


What else to watch:

  • Question Of Sport – 7.30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Griff’s Great New Zealand – 8pm, ITV HD (CH 103)
  • Vienna Blood – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Nick Cave: Idiot Prayer – 9pm, BBC Four HD (CH 107)
  • The Graham Norton Show – 10.35pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)


Pick of the week: First Ashes Test – Australia v England

Tuesday 7 December, 11pm, BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527)

BT Sport has every ball of every Test of this winter's men's Ashes series – although it might take some serious coffee consumption to watch them all – as England begin their attempt to regain the urn from the Aussies. The toss in Brisbane will see the world's number one Test bowler, Pat Cummins, facing the world's number one Test batsman, Joe Root.


With a mix of experienced campaigners like Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson alongside new stars like Ollie Robinson, Root knows his England bowling attack can take on any team… but can the batting line-up make the crucial runs? Fire up the espresso machine and find out.


What else to watch:

Looking for some more sport this week? We can help with that.


Pick of the week: A Christmas Number One

Available from Friday 10 December in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert PG

Music manager Meg (Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire) leaves New York for London, where she begins managing boy band Five Together. Her aim is for them to reach the Christmas number one spot. When an ill girl posts a song, Meg tries to obtain permission to have it re-recorded by Five Together, but the girl’s uncle (Iwan Rheon, Game Of Thrones), who wrote the song, intervenes. Cue a Christmassy meet-cute in three, two, one…

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