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Telly Today: From stand up comedy to masked singing


Telly Today: From stand up comedy to masked singing

TV Highlights for Saturday, December 30th…


In the second episode of the series Bradley this week turns his attention to stand up comedy.

Arguably the most nerve-wracking form of making people laugh, stand-up has traditionally been the entry point to stardom for most comics – including Bradley Walsh himself. But what makes a successful stand up and who are the best?

In this episode, Bradley tells us his own thoughts and experiences before celebrating the routines and entertainers that influenced him as well as those that he simply terms ‘genius’ – from the funny bones of Tommy Cooper to the laser-sharp writing of Bob Monkhouse and Caroline Aherne and the impressive delivery of Lee Mack.

Channel 5, 8.25 pm


The BBC mark the year in which we said a final goodbye to chat show king Michael Parkinson with another chance to see ‘Parkinson at 50’.

Produced to mark fifty years since the first episode of his memorable chat show first aired on BBC One in 1971, the host looks back on his career with his son and producer Mike, and examines how his talk show went from being a temporary 10-week filler programme to an iconic Saturday night staple.

He discusses his first celebrity interview, with Mick Jagger, how the management of movie stars’ public images shifted over the years, and reflects on the loss of the show’s entire first series – including an appearance by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The programme also looks back on some of the most memorable moments from the show, including his multiple encounters with Billy Connolly and Muhammad Ali. The celebration of chat first aired two years ago.

BBC Two, 9 pm


TV’s craziest guessing game is back for a new series.

The Masked Singer is the surreal singing show where 12 big celebrities compete undercover in elaborate costumes, keeping their true identities under wraps. As each celebrity performs our superstar panel of detectives are left to decipher the clues and unlock TV’s best kept secret. Only AFTER being eliminated are the celebrities’ true identities revealed, as they are unmasked on stage.

In tonight’s episode the first 6 masked singers battle it out. and at the end of the show, the first celebrity’s true identity is revealed. Expect tougher clues, phenomenal performances, and jaw-dropping reveals as, once again, we ask “Who is behind the Mask?”.

ITV1 / STV, 7 pm

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