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What’s on TV tonight? New Year’s Day schedule – soaps, specials and films

New Year's Day schedule 2021 - ITV, BBC One, Channel 4, Channel 5

Here’s what to watch on TV tonight, New Year’s Day 2021, with the full schedule for today.


On the first day of the new year, here is the line up of programmes to enjoy throughout this afternoon and evening (Friday, January 1).

Films that you can catch include Back to the How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (BBC Two, 2PM), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (BBC One, 4:30PM), The Greatest Showman (Channel 5, 5:30PM), Pitch Perfect (ITV, 10:45PM) and Mr Holmes (BBC Two, 6:20PM)

Specials airing this evening include Doctor Who (BBC One, 6:45PM), Chitty Flies Again with David Walliams (Channel 4, 7:30PM) an Taskmaster (Channel 4, 9PM) and Dancing on Thin Ice with Torvill & Dean (ITV, 9PM).

New drama The Serpent begins (BBC One, 9PM) plus there’s all the usual New Year’s drama from the soaps: EastEnders (BBC One, 8PM), Emmerdale (ITV, 7PM) and Corrie (ITV, 8PM).

See the full BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 New Year’s Day TV schedule below…

New Year’s Day schedule


10:40AM – The Boss Baby (2017)
12:10PM – Zog and the Flying Doctors
1:00PM – Dynasties: Meetkat special
2:00PM – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
4:30PM – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
6:45PM – Doctor Who
8:00PM – EastEnders
9:00PM – The Serpent
10:00PM – Mrs Brown’s Boys
10:55PM – Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)




10:15AM – New Year’s Day Concert 2021
12:45PM – Talking Pictures
1:20PM – Tea with Mussolini (1999)
3:10PM – As Time Goes By
4:45PM – Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime
6:20PM – Mr Holmes (2015)
8:00PM – Only Connect
8:30PM – Christmas University Challenge
9:00PM – Celebrity: A 21st Century Story
10:00PM – Frankie Boyle’s New World Order
10:45PM – Later – with Jools Holland



10:25AM – Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100
1:00PM – ITV Racing Live
3:30PM – Tipping Point
4:35PM – Lingo
5:35PM – The Chase
7:00PM – Emmerdale
8:00PM – Coronation Street
9:00PM – Dancing on Thin Ice with Torvill & Dean
10:45PM – Pitch Perfect (2012)


Channel 4

3:05PM – Stardust (2007)
5:30PM – The Greatest Showman (2017)
7:30PM – Chitty Flies Again with David Walliams
9:00PM – Taskmaster Special
10:00PM – Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2020


Channel 5

9:35AM – Oliver! (1968)
11:35AM – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
2:35PM – Jumanji (1995)
4:40PM – Inside the Cadbury Chocolate Factory
5:40PM – The Battle of Britain: 3 Days That Saved the Nation
7:30PM – World’s Strongest Man 2020
9:00PM – Michael McIntyre: In His Own Words
11:05PM – Michael McIntyre’s Showtime.



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