January 2015 highlights
BBC Proms 2014: Last Night of the Proms
Thursday 1 January at 17:30 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv
Renowned Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo directs his first Last Night, joined by star Dutch violinist Janine Jansen.
This Proms pays tribute to the late John Tavener with his touching Song for Athene, and marks the 50th anniversary of the film Mary Poppins with a singalong medley.
Arnold’s Peterloo overture receives its first performance in a new choral version with lyrics by Sir Tim Rice, while the Strauss-anniversary celebrations conclude with the Proms premiere of the composer’s massive cantata Taillefer.
The nautical flavour of Ansell’s Plymouth Hoe (and its brief quotation of Rule, Britannia!) complements the traditional Last Night favourites, led by baritone Roderick Williams.
Would I Lie To You? Series 8 (8 episodes)
From Tuesday 6 January at 21:05 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv
Comedy panel show where celebrity contestants have to bluff about their deepest secrets presented by Rob Brydon and with regular team captains Lee Mack and Peep Show’s David Mitchell.
In series 8 the regulars are as ever joined by guests from the world of entertainment including comedians Micky Flanagan and Rhod Gilbert, TV chef Heston Blumenthal OBE, actress Emilia Fox, Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli and choir master Gareth Malone.
Strictly Come Dancing: Christmas Special 2014
Sunday 11 January at 19:45 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv
Jingle those bells, the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special is back! Sir Bruce Forsyth returns to the helm with co-host Tess Daly, as a host of stars from previous series come back to compete for the coveted Christmas Strictly Trophy 2014.
Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, gymnast Louis Smith, S Club 7’s Rachel Stevens, astrologer Russell Grant, Watchdog’s Chris Hollins and actress Lisa Riley will be filling out the six-strong seasonal line-up. This year’s theme is Christmas panto, and judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood will be keeping a watchful eye on the festive fun!
Silent Witness Series 17 (10 episodes)
Friday 30 January at 20:00 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv
Emilia Fox returns as Doctor Nikki Alexander in the award-winning crime drama series.
After the death of Professor Leo Dalton, new Lyell Centre boss Thomas Chamberlain struggles to impress the team. Nikki’s groundbreaking courtroom testimony frees a convicted killer, while a new and very similar murder sees her lock horns with the detective who worked on the original case.
Nikki and Jack investigate the violent murder of a young woman found in a remote Scottish forest. When the body of a pregnant Northern Irish girl is discovered in a suitcase, the team face the urgent task of finding the baby snatched from her womb. And the murder of a 15 year old schoolgirl forces Jack to confront his troubled past…