What's on TV this week: The 6 best shows, from Love Island to The Last Of Us

Love Island and The Last Of Us both begin this week. (ITV/Sky)
Love Island and The Last Of Us both begin this week. (ITV/Sky)

It's a reality TV fan's paradise this month, as Love Island adds its name to schedules already including Dancing On Ice and The Apprentice.

Video game The Last Of Us has also got a TV series adaptation that's been well received on Sky, while ITV launches medical drama Maternal and Winterwatch returns to BBC.

The best things to watch on TV this week, 16 - 22 January, 2023

Love Island - ITV2 - Begins Monday, 9pm

Love Island's 2023 cast. (ITV)
Love Island's 2023 cast. (ITV)

It's back - Love Island launches its winter series this week, with our next influx of reality stars arriving at the villa in South Africa.

This series also sees the debut of new host Maya Jama, as well as some newly tightened up duty of care processes.

Read more: All the Love Island winter 2023 contestants

Who will take Ekin-Su and Davide's crown - and who'll be dumped? Love Island continues nightly at 9pm.

The Last Of Us - Sky Atlantic - Monday, 2am and 9pm

Bella Ramsey as Ellie & Pedro Pascal as Joel in The Last of Us. (Sky/HBO)
Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal in The Last of Us. (Sky/HBO)

The video game gets a TV makeover at Sky, which continues its trend of airing big launches at 2am to keep on the same schedule as the US.

Initial reviews suggest it's worth the late night/early start, but for those who need their sleep, it's repeated at 9pm.

Taking place 20 years after the destruction of modern civilisation, a survivor breaks a teenage girl out of a quarantine zone and they cross the hazardous US together.

Maternal - ITV1 - Monday, 9pm

Lara Pulver, Parminder Nagra and Lisa McGrillis star in Maternal. (ITV)
Lara Pulver, Parminder Nagra and Lisa McGrillis star in Maternal. (ITV)

ITV launches its first new medical drama in many a year with a star cast headed up by Parminder Nagra, Lara Pulver and Lisa McGrillis.

Read more: Parminder Nagra landed Maternal role while helping best mate Lara Pulver audition

Three NHS hospital staff struggle to balance the pressures of a medical career with the needs of their small children.

Winterwatch - BBC Two - Tuesday - Friday, 8pm

Iolo Williams, Michaela Strachan, Gillian Burke and Chris Packham are back for Winterwatch. (BBC)
Iolo Williams, Michaela Strachan, Gillian Burke and Chris Packham are back for Winterwatch. (BBC)

If you're just too cold to get outdoors in person this week, at least you can see the beauty of nature from your sofa.

Winterwatch returns to document the harshest of seasons and how various creatures survive unforgiving conditions during the long wait for spring.

The Apprentice - BBC One - Thursday, 9pm

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Denisha Kaur Bharj, Joe Phillips, Megan Hornby, Lord Sugar, Shazia Hussain, Shannon Martin, Kevin D'Arcy, Emma Browne.

Back Row l-r:

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Lord Sugar whittles down the group. (BBC)

Lord Sugar's candidates continue in their quest to become his business partner, but this week they are handed the notoriously tough task of working with toddlers.

The teams will have to create a new cartoon aimed at two to four year olds, who are typically blunt in their feedback.

Dancing On Ice - ITV1 - Sunday, 6.30pm

Dancing On Ice's 2023 cast. (ITV)
Dancing On Ice's 2023 cast. (ITV)

A second lot of celebrities make their skating debut this weekend as they hope to impress the judges.

Who will join Ekin-Su Culculoglu in the bottom two - and who will be voted out first from the contest?