A Christmas Number One on Sky

Best new TV this weekend, including a comforting new Christmas romcom on Sky

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From a brand new celeb-filled Christmas romcom to an examination of what our social media obsession is really doing to us, you’ll be spoilt for what to watch on TV this week.     

Looking for something new to watch over the next few days? We’ve got you covered with a plethora of new offerings. 

For those who are feeling festive, there’s a new Christmas romcom set in the world of pop music; elsewhere, we have Jamie Oliver teaching you how to cook up a feast for your nearest and dearest, while at the other end of the scale there’s a gritty new Netflix film about life after prison and a prescient look at what social media really does to our psyches. 

So, without further ado, here is everything we recommend watching this weekend.

A Christmas Number One on Sky
A Christmas Number One on Sky

A Christmas Number One 

It’s a new Christmas film bonanza in 2021 – did the producers somehow pre-empt that we’d all need extra cheering up this December

This week’s offering is a romcom set in the world of pop music. It stars Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto as music manager Meg Rai recovering from a break-up from a super famous musician and transplanted to London from New York to manage boyband Five Together, who are in desperate need of a Christmas number one. Enter stage left thrash metal singer Blake Cutter (Iwan Rheon), who has written a Christmas song for his terminally ill niece. And you probably know what happens next…

Friday 10 December, Sky Cinema and Now 

The Unforgivable on Netflix
The Unforgivable on Netflix

The Unforgivable 

If you’re in the market for something without mention of the c-word, this new Netflix film might fill the gap. It stars Sandra Bullock as Ruth Slater, who is trying to integrate into society after being released from prison for murder and connect with her sister who has been adopted by a new family. But forgiveness is even harder to find than she expected. 

Friday 10 December, Netflix

Together at Christmas on Channel 4
Together at Christmas on Channel 4

Jamie: Together At Christmas 

If you’re on cooking duty over the festive period, or just like watching other people in the kitchen, Jamie Oliver’s two-part show is here for inspiration, and there’s not a dry turkey breast in sight. Tonight he will be making bramble cocktails, tear-and-share garlic bread, and a showstopping winter bombe ice cream dessert. We’ll have one of each please, Mr Oliver. 

Monday 13 December, 8pm, Channel 4

David Baddiel: Social Media, Anger and Us on BBC Two
David Baddiel: Social Media, Anger and Us on BBC Two

David Baddiel: Social Media, Anger and Us

Self-confessed Twitter addict and comedian David Baddiel takes a look at the impact social media is having on us all, both in our lives online and in real life. As well as speaking to users who both love and loathe platforms like Twitter, he will challenge his own habits including taking an MRI scan to see how his brain reacts to some of the trolling he receives and going cold turkey from all platforms for a fortnight to see how it might benefit him. Try to watch this one without scrolling through Instagram at the same time…

Monday 13 December, 9pm BBC Two 

One Night In on Channel 4
One Night In on Channel 4

One Night In

Hopefully not an indictment for how we’ll be spending the next few weeks, but rather a show featuring comics Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe, who will spend the night in acclaimed  attractions after hours. 

Episode one sees the pair joined by comedian Roisin Conaty at Alton Towers after the visitors have gone home, where they have the run of the park, including rides like Oblivion. 

Thursday 16 December, 9pm, Channel 4 

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