TV Tonight: Our highlights for Saturday, January 21

The Masked Singer UK season 4 costumes
The Masked Singer UK continues... take it off! (Image credit: ITV Plc/Bandicoot TV)

On TV tonight, The Masked Singer sees mystery performances, Michael McIntyre's Big Show delivers more laughs, and Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman reunite for a new documentary. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV Tonight.

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • Keep up to date with the latest soap spoiler storylines on TV tonight with our daily soap synopsis 
  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide

What's on TV tonight

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight... 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

The Masked Singer, 7 pm, ITV1

We don’t really like to admit this, but we’re pretty stumped so far this series. We think we might have an idea who Rhino is, but at this point our big Masked Singer 2023 notebook where we record all our guesses is mostly full of question marks. 

Fortunately, tonight, we – and everyone else – will get another crack at guessing who’s inside the masks as Jacket Potato, Fawn, Rubbish, Pigeon and Rhino return to perform again, along with some more cryptic clue packages. And, well, whatever else happens, we’ll definitely know the identity of one more celebrity by the end of the show… 

★★★★★ SP

Michael McIntyre's Big Show, 6.50 pm, BBC One

Michael McIntyre's Big Show 2023

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The best entertainment shows create another world for viewers to briefly inhabit, and that’s what this series does, allowing us to step into an alternative universe where midnight intruders merely want to play games and a potentially disastrous text to all your contacts doesn’t end with you being sacked or losing friends. 

Tonight’s Send to All victim is Alison Hammond, or, as Michael McIntyre calls her, ‘the happiest woman on TV’ – and as you’d expect, she’s a pretty good sport. The same can be said of Peter Crouch, who wakes up to find Michael in his bedroom, wanting to play a Midnight Gameshow that involves Peter’s favourite curry house and the Teletubbies… 

★★★★ JP

Stock Aitken Waterman: Legends of Pop, 8.30 pm, Channel 5

Enjoy a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s and 90s in a series reuniting Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman as they reminisce on their greatest hits. The trio produced more than 100 UK top 40 singles and launched the careers of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley and Jason Donovan, who all feature in the series. But as tonight’s first episode reveals, there were difficult times, too, including struggles in the studio with the band Dead or Alive and the death of Mel & Kim’s Mel Appleby, aged just 23. Stock Aitken Waterman: Greatest Hits – Part 1 follows at 10.05pm. 

★★★ HD

Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World, 9 pm, BBC Two

Public Enemy’s Chuck D has called hip-hop ‘the Black CNN’ and in this fascinating series, he details events in US society which influenced the music genre, and in more recent history, asks if Black Lives Matter protests would have taken place without it. The first episode looks at how ‘resistance and turbulence’ in the 1960s led innovators in New York’s poorest borough to create breakdancing and hip-hop in the 1970s. 

★★★★ JP

Best box set on TV tonight

Crossroads, ITVX

Crossroads cast

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Ahead of ITVX’s much-anticipated drama Nolly, written by Russell T Davies and featuring Helena Bonham Carter as Crossroads star Noele Gordon, catch up with selected highlights from the famous long-running Midlands soap on ITVX and Britbox. These include various Christmas episodes, the Crossroads motel fire and its aftermath, and Meg’s wedding to Hugh Mortimer, which aired in 1975.

 ★★★ JP

Best film on TV tonight

The Guard, All 4 or Netflix

The Guard

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Given the amount of nominations for his role in Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin (Disney+), Brendan Gleeson could be in a for a busy awards season. In this 2011 film (directed by John Michael McDonagh, Martin’s brother), he plays a gleefully cynical and defiantly politically incorrect police sergeant in the west of Ireland who is paired with a strait-laced FBI agent (Don Cheadle) on an international cocaine-smuggling case. 

But everything isn’t as it initially seems, as the investigation proceeds in offbeat buddy-movie fashion. Beneath the banter is a cracking crime thriller that delivers intricate plotting, tense stand-offs and bloody shoot-outs as well as subversive wit. 

★★★★ JB

Live Sport

  • Snooker: World Grand Prix, from 6:45 pm, ITV3
  • Darts: Nordic Masters Live, 7 pm, ITV4

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss The Masked Singer on TV tonight. Who's that behind the mask?!

Not found anything you want to watch on TV tonight? Check out our TV Guide

Happy viewing!

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress