The best hangover TV – from Postman Pat to Sharknado

Feeling a little tender after last night's festivities? Jonathan Holmes knows how you're feeling...

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Oh god. Oh god oh god oh god. ohgodohgodohgodohGAWD. How much did you drink last night? What was that green stuff? Why are you covered in glitter? HOW CAN YOUR HEAD HURT THIS MUCH? Don’t worry, RadioTimes.com is here to ease you through New Year’s Day…

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Postman Pat (CBeebies, 8am)

Right, you’ve made it to the sofa. Nicely done. You feel strangely peaceful, perhaps because you can’t remember anything at all: what happened last night, your name, who Charlie is and why his name is tattooed on your thigh. It is a new year and you are reborn as a blessedly ignorant child. Lie back and enjoy the colours.


A Hard Day’s Night (BBC2, 9.50am)

It’s starting to hit you…

We’re not going to lie: you look rough. There’s a fair amount of drool, well, everywhere, and your head feels like a bottle bank in a multi-storey car park. You really had a hard day’s night of it. Right? Get it? Sing along with the Beatles!

Stop crying.


The Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Message (BBC1, 12.45am)

The Most Reverend Justin Welby? Of all the reverends, he’s the most. Haha. No, but seriously, you’re a bad person and you deserve to suffer. You need to sort your life out, find religion…or at least your wallet and shoes. Clean up your act. Go to the gym, never EVER drink again. Maybe you’ll even give your ex a call. They’ll be impressed by how much you’ve matured, maybe even take you back.

Wait, you already did. You did call your ex last night.

No. No no no. No.


The Italian Job (Channel 5, 1.25pm)

You still can’t move, but why not practise the power of speech by doing your Michael Caine impression over and over again? You wur only suhpowsed…Wow, that’s growly. Were you chewing on cigarettes last night? Did you get in an argument? Who were you screaming at? Ah, yes, you remember: a mirror. You screamed at a mirror for half an hour.


Pride and Prejudice (Drama, 2.00pm)

It’s just a con, isn’t it? Love, happily ever after, hygiene: it’s all one big con. When Mr Darcy climbs out of a pond in his undershirt, it’s sexy. When you swan-dive into a public fountain, your friends ditch you. Mr Darcy would never get thrown out of a KFC for insulting the bouncer. Well, he might, but he would have done it in a fancier accent. Mr Darcy definitely wouldn’t have found coleslaw in his pocket this morning.


The Wizard of Oz (Channel 4, 4.10pm)

You just want to go home. You should give your Mum a call, you don’t call her enough. Actually, you called your Mum last night, didn’t you? Or was that your ex?

Ah, it’s all coming back to you. Now you understand. 

You left a lewd come-hither message on your mother’s voicemail.


Come Dine With Me (More4, 5.15pm)

Stopped vomiting? Eat 4lbs of oven chips and watch people in Lichfield bitch about each other’s ramekins. It’s OK to nap now.


The 100 Greatest Musicals (More4, 8pm)

You have never felt worse in your life. You peer out of your eyeballs like a survivor in a nuclear bunker. What you need is some good old-fashioned schmaltz. Schnitzel with noodles (stop retching), brown paper kittens bound up with string. That will perk you up.

Hold on, is that blood? Why are your clothes soaked in blood? Is it your blood or someone else’s blood?

Someone else’s. It tastes like someone else’s blood.


Edinburgh Tattoo: Pipes and Drums (Sky Arts 2, 10.30pm)

Wakey-wakey! You leant on the remote in your sleep.

OH CHRIST MAKE IT STOP CHANGEITCHANGEITCHANGEIT


The Clash: New Year’s Day ’77 (BBC4, 10.45pm)

THIS IS WORSE THIS IS SOMEHOW MUCH WORSE


Sharknado (Pick, 11.25pm)

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Tara Reid fighting wind-powered sharks. At last, the world makes sense. Night, night.