TV Picks: 4th January – 9th January

TV Picks: 4th January – 9th January

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Tuesday, 4th January 2022
Toast of Tinseltown, The Green Planet and The Apprentice (credit: BBC/Objective Fiction/Ben Meadows, BBC/Sam Barker & BBC/Boundless/Ray Burmiston)

This week in TV sees Steven Toast take on Hollywood, Sir Alan Sugar return to The Apprentice boardroom and Sir David Attenborough guide a plant tour.

Toast of Tinseltown


BBC Two, 10.00pm

Matt Berry’s flamboyant thespian Steven Toast is back and bumbling but this time in pursuit of film stardom.

Having moved to Hollywood, Toast is angrier than ever, which threatens his chances of landing any major movie auditions. He therefore signs up for Des Wigwam’s (Kayvan Novak) anger-management programme, only to experience some strange side effects. Also returning this series are Ray Purchase (Harry Peacock), Jane Plough (Doon Mackichan) and Clem Fandango (Shazad Latif).

The Language of Love


Channel 4, 10.00pm

Is love a universal language? That’s the question Channel 4 are attempting to answer with its new romantic reality series, moving single Brits and Spaniards into the same Andalusian estate to see if they can strike up connections in spite of a complete language barrier.

Hosts Davina McCall and Ricky Merino will be watching over the matchmaking and setting challenges along the way to “test whether love is deeper than just words.” But either way, if the teaser clip is anything to go by it should make for an entertaining culture clash.



Channel 4, 9.00pm

Derry Girls’ Jamie-Lee O’Donnell stars in this darkly comic look at life behind bars in an all-male prison, inspired by writer Rob Williams’ own experience of working in prisons.

O’Donnell plays Rose, a new ‘screw’ (prison officer) joining the inscrutable chief officer Leigh (Nina Sosanya) and her staff at Long Marsh men’s prison. Having devoted her life to the job, Leigh runs the tightest of ships, so the job proves a baptism of fire for Rose.

The Apprentice


BBC One, 9.00pm

After two long years off the air, Lord Alan Sugar returns to put wannabe entrepreneurs through their paces.

As always, he is in search of a new business partner from a group of sixteen candidates, who he will observe as they undertake a series of tough tasks. Joining Lord Sugar in the boardroom for this series are regular associate Karren Brady and former contestant Tim Campbell.

Ant & Dec’s Limitless Win


ITV, 8.30pm

ITV’s monumental new game show is both the first to offer a limitless jackpot and Ant and Dec’s first new show in over ten years.

In Limitless Win, contestants climb an endless money ladder by answering a series of questions. But they can also only bank by answering correctly, so if they push their luck too far they end up losing it all. The stakes literally couldn’t be higher.

The John Bishop Show


ITV, 9.30pm

John Bishop (credit: So Television/Lola TV)

Comedian John Bishop’s new series offers more variety than your standard chat show. As well as performing his own topical stand-up and chatting to celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and sport, Bishop will invite other performers to showcase their own abilities and routines.

The first episode sees Paul Weller play his new single, beatboxer Beardyman improvises some big beats and South African comedian Trevor Noah does a set.

The Green Planet


BBC One, 7.00pm

Sir David Attenborough presents what looks to be another spellbinding nature series, this time plunging deep into the dramatic life of plants on Earth. Using state of the art technology, the series promises sights “no eye has ever seen.”

His first stop is the world of tropical forests, from fast-growing trees to flowers that mimic dead animals.

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This week in TV sees Steven Toast take on Hollywood, Sir Alan Sugar return to The Apprentice boardroom and Sir David Attenborough guide a plant tour.