TV tonight: Our highlights for Saturday 2nd January

The Masked Singer, Series 2, Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Joel Dommett, Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross
(Image credit: ITV)

The Masked Singer is just one of the gems tonight...

It's time to get your thinking hat on, because the second round of The Masked Singer is here, while a new series of The Voice kicks off straight afterwards. Here's what else you shouldn’t miss tonight. 

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include three TV shows, a film 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 Voice UK, 8.30pm, ITV

The Voice UK Olly Murs

The Voice is back for a new series - but there are some big changes (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

It’s been just two months since Blessing Chitapa was named winner of The Voice UK 2020. The search for 2021’s star kicks off tonight – and there’s a new face on the panel and a new twist! Singer Anne-Marie takes her seat in one of those big, red chairs alongside Tom Jones, and Olly Murs as the Blind Audition begins. And, this series, the competition really heats up as the panellists can now use ‘The Block’, a button to stop a rival bagging a singer for their team. ★★★★ VW

The Masked Singer, 7pm, ITV 

The Masked Singer TV Tonight

The Masked Singer sees Viking, Blob, Harlequin, Bushbaby, Grandfather Clock and Seahorse take to the stage tonight (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Six concealed celebrities performed for the delight (and general befuddlement) of our star panel. One has already been unmasked. Now it’s time for the other six to get their moment in the surreal spotlight. Blob, Harlequin, Bushbaby, Grandfather Clock, Sea Horse and our early favourite (based on costume alone, anyway) Viking make their debuts tonight. Can studio guessers Davina, Rita, Jonathan and Mo rumble them? ★★★★★ SP

Amazing Grace, 8.30pm, BBC2

When director Sydney Pollack shot Aretha Franklin’s return to her roots, singing gospel music with her preacher father and choir for two nights in 1970, he believed he’d got magic in a bottle. But the audio sync was terrible and it took powerful computer technology to fix it. Then there were the legal issues – Aretha sued… twice! The film finally saw light of day in 2018, and what a night of superb singing it is, by Aretha and all involved. A tribute to the ‘Queen of Soul’ follows at 9.55pm. ★★★★ SM

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

The Cry, BBC iPlayer, series one

The Cry TV Tonight

Jenna Coleman and Ewen Leslie star in The Cry. (Picture: Synchronicity Films Ltd/Lachlan Moore/Matt Burlem) (Image credit: Synchronicity Films Ltd/Lachlan Moore/Matt Burlem)

This four-part BBC thriller, starring Victoria favourite Jenna Coleman, is a drama not to be missed. When Joanna and Alistair travel to Australia with their baby son, Noah, they are bracing themselves to fight for custody of Alistair's daughter. But soon their lives start to unravel when they face an unthinkable tragedy. However, not everything is as it seems, and soon Joanna is about to discover that the truth is far worse than she could have ever imagined.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Into the Woods, 12.40pm, BBC2 

Disney serves up a very starry cast for this big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical based on fairy tales. Childless baker and his wife - James Corden and Emily Blunt - seek to reverse a curse by Meryl Streep's vengeful witch, which takes them into various stories. ★★★

Live sport

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United, 12.30pm, BT Sport
  • Crystal Palace v Sheffield United, 3pm, Sky Sports
  • Brighton v Wolves, 5.30pm Sky Sports
  • West Brom v Arsenal, 8pm, BT Sport

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss The Masked Singer - the perfect Saturday night entertainment.

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

Happy viewing!

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.