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SATUR­DAY Top of the Pops New Year Spe­cial (BBC1, 5.10pm) The Se­cret World of Emily Bronte (C4, 6.05pm)

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Fearne Cot­ton and Clara Amfo present a com­pi­la­tion of the big­gest hits of the past 12 months. Ge­orge Ezra makes a wel­come re­turn to the stu­dio to per­form Par­adise, while Chris­tine & the Queens plays Girl­friend. Jonas Blue is joined by Jack & Jack for the sum­mer an­them Rise, and Anne-Marie per­forms Friends from her de­but al­bum Speak Your Mind. There are also ap­pear­ances by Ma­bel, Tom Gren­nan, Years & Years, Lewis Ca­paldi, B Young, Tom Odell and Clean Ban­dit. Plus, the last num­ber one of 2018 will be per­formed.

It’s 40 years since Kate Bush took an 1847 novel and trans­formed it into one of the unique songs of the 1970s. Of course, Wuther­ing Heights had been an in­spi­ra­tion for many long be­fore that song be­came syn­ony­mous with glo­ri­ously bonkers pop. Like Kate Bush, model and ac­tress Lily Cole is a big fan of Emily Bronte’s work and in this film she ex­plores the au­thor’s world and that ground-break­ing novel. Just a shame the 2011 movie ver­sion star­ring Kaya Scode­lario doesn’t get an air­ing straight af­ter.

The Lon­don Stu­dios: Home of the Stars (STV, 8pm)

In 1969 work be­gan on the South Bank Tele­vi­sion Cen­tre near Lon­don’s Water­loo sta­tion. It be­gan trans­mit­ting pro­grammes for ITV in 1972; it changed its name sev­eral times, even­tu­ally set­tling on the Lon­don Stu­dios. In April it closed for the fi­nal time and is now sched­uled for de­mo­li­tion, to be re­placed by hous­ing. This pro­gramme looks back at some of the mem­o­rable mo­ments and pro­grammes filmed there, in­clud­ing Loose Women, Lor­raine, All Star Mr & Mrs, Ant & Dec’s Satur­day Night Take­away and Text Santa. Here, some of the stars who have graced the com­plex’s hal­lowed halls re­call some of their mem­o­ries, and there’s a chance to see clas­sic clips too.

Black Lake (BBC4, 9pm)

You may re­mem­ber this Swedish drama about a group of young friends and the dis­turb­ing chain of events that are set in mo­tion when they visit an aban­doned ski re­sort. It cap­ti­vated many at the tail end of 2017 and the good news is this pre­quel saga should an­swer a few of the ques­tions raised by se­ries one. In the first of­fer­ing, a boat ar­rives on the is­land of Kall­skar and peo­ple alight on the ap­par­ently de­serted isle, un­aware of its dark his­tory. Filip Berg stars, and episode two can be seen straight af­ter. Just as well, con­sid­er­ing it may be your new favourite Scandi-noir thriller.

SUN­DAY Spy in the Snow (BBC1, 7pm)

The an­i­ma­tronic “crea­tures” from Spy in the Wild are back, along­side David Ten­nant’s nar­ra­tion, to re­veal the fas­ci­nat­ing be­hav­iour of the an­i­mals who call na­ture’s win­ter won­der­land home. In the snowy moun­tains of New Zealand, Spy Par­rot so­cialises with a gang of keas, with a Snow­bal­lCam re­veal­ing how friend­ship is at the heart of these in­tel­li­gent and mis­chievous birds. In Tas­ma­nia, Spy Wallaby finds

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