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