This week's TV offers panel shows, pottery, and travels around Devon, Cornwall and South Africa to satisfy your wanderlust from your sofa.
Monday 4th January
Channel 4, 11:05pm
The bleak nights of January call for some even darker Nordic noir.
The brand-new Norwegian series Monster sees the cop Hedda Hersoug (Ingvild Holthe Bygdnes) return from Oslo to her hometown in the rural north to investigate the disappearance of a local girl named Tyra, whose boyfriend has been fatally stabbed.
Hersoug is paired up with a detective from the metropolitan south, Joel Dreyer (Jakob Oftebro), and the pair must work together to uncover a mystery that becomes eerier by the day.
South Africa with Gregg Wallace
Tuesday 5th January
MasterChef maestro Gregg Wallace heads on a three-thousand-mile journey to South Africa in this new travelogue series, exploring the country’s world-renowned landmarks.
In this series opener, Gregg heads on a Safari on the Amakhala Game Reserve, a pioneering wildlife and conservation area in the Eastern Cape. From wildlife to food and wine, Gregg will be immersing himself in every aspect of South Africa’s rich and varied culture.
Cornwall and Devon Walks with Julia Bradbury
Wednesday 6th January
Presenter Julia Bradbury is heading to England’s stunning southern coastline in search of breathtaking views and walks that inspire.
Showcasing Cornwall and Devon’s rugged walking routes, the series will celebrate the country’s love of the outdoors.
The first episode sees Bradbury head to Land’s End, a stretch of coastline in west Cornwall famed for its mythical landscapes that have inspired artists for centuries.
The Big Fat Quiz of Everything
Thursday 7th January
Channel 4, 9pm
Comedian Jimmy Carr hosts this Big Fat Quiz spin-off looking beyond the confines of the year to include everything and anything, from Johnny Cash to Only Fools and Horses.
He will be joined by celebrity quizzers Rob Beckett, Roisin Conaty, Nish Kumar, Katherine Ryan, Oti Mabuse and Rob Brydon.
Channel 4 News legend Jon Snow, acting veteran Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and the children from Mitchell Brook Primary School will be on hand to offer hints.
Would I Lie To You
Friday 8th January
BBC One, 9pm
Hosted by Rob Byrdon, the comedy panel show with absurd facts and pokerfaced fibbing returns for a new series, with David Mitchell and Lee Mack captaining the two teams.
Former Family Fortunes host Les Dennis, radio presenter Alice Levine, Pointless brainbox Richard Osman and comedian Lou Sanders take part in the first episode.
Did David Mitchell grow a man bun during lockdown? Does Les Dennis pick his teeth with nail clippings? All will be revealed on Would I Lie To You’s opening episode.
The Great Pottery Throw Down
Sunday 10th January
Channel 4, 7:45pm
Derry Girls star Siobhan McSweeney is trading her habit for hard-paste porcelain as she hosts the new series of The Great Pottery Throw Down.
With 12 contestants battling it out at their wheels for a chance to be crowned Britain’s best home potter, judges Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller will be assessing them on their ability to make a cheese set and port chalices against the clock in the series’ first episode.