This Time Next Year: everything you need to know about the heart-warming ITV show

Katie Rosseinsky

The third season of This Time Next Year is now in full swing, with another cohort of contestants ready to bring viewers to tears with their inspiring stories.

Each episode sees ordinary people make a vow to presenter Davina McCall and the studio audience, promising to change their lives in very special ways over the course of one year.

Twelve months later, they return to check in with McCall with a progress update, telling viewers of their struggles and successes on the way to achieving their goal. As you might expect, it's emotional stuff.

Here's everything you need to know about the show.

​What is This Time Next Year all about?

Time travel: the show is edited to make the transformation appear instant (ITV / Twofour Productions)

This show’s premise is simple enough. Contestants make a pledge to change their life in 12 months and work hard to ensure that they’ll have achieved their goals by “this time next year.”

That change can be anything from finding love to losing weight or simply fulfilling a long-standing personal ambition by learning a new skill or taking part in an event.

The programme’s ‘time travel’ format is the work of clever editing, as McCall discusses these aims with show participants, who walk off stage and then seem to ‘reappear’ transformed, ready to tell their success story.

The two segments are, as the show’s title would suggest, filmed one year apart, but McCall wears the same outfit, make-up and hairstyle to make it appear as if no time has passed.

The presenter has previously joked that she "wanted to get another tattoo" during the year-long period, but couldn't do so due to the production demands.

​What happens on tonight's episode of This Time Next Year?

Brave: Declan Bitmead has Steven-Johnson syndrome (ITV)

Tonight’s episode will feature the story of football-mad 10-year-old Declan Bitmead, who lost his sight after being diagnosed with Steven-Johnson syndrome, a severe skin condition which affects the tongue and eyes.

The show will see the Manchester United fan receive a special message from Jesse Lingard, but that’s not the only treat that ITV had lined up for the brave youngster. Appearing on This Morning earlier today, Bitmead learned from presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that he had been invited to act as a mascot for England’s Euro 2020 qualifying game against the Czech Republic next month.

He wasn’t the only one to be left overwhelmed by the news, with Willoughby left in tears by his reaction.

McCall will also talk to Steven, who had a serious accident in his youth but wants to take part in a one-man aerobatics display, and a woman who hopes to make contact with the sister her mother had to give up half a century ago.

​What time is This Time Next Year on TV?

The heart-warming show will air on ITV1 at 8pm on February 12, so stock up on tissues accordingly. The final episode will follow at the same time on February 19.