RTÉ TEN's Top 5 telly picks today

Updated: 01 January 2013 10:31

Check out RTÉ TEN's pick of the day's TV.

Check out RTÉ TEN's pick of the day's TV.

Entertainment: Gary Barlow and Friends, 9.00pm, UTV

After Take That split up, Gary Barlow suffered a surprise solo career slump, but in recent years since the band reformed he can simply do no wrong. Here the X Factor judge has his own New Year's Day special as Barlow brings some of his superstar friends together for a one-night only musical spectacular in the Manchester Apollo. Guests include: Peter Kay, James Corden, Mark Owen, Nicole Scherzinger and JLS. I wonder will Peter Kay bring Tony Christie along?

Drama: Sherlock, 9.30pm, RTÉ Two

Season two of this superb, modern-day version of Arthur Conan Doyle's great sleuth starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson opens with A Scandal in Belgravia. Loosely based on Conan Doyle's A Scandal in Bohemia, the episode depicts Holmes' quest to retrieve compromising photos of a minor royal held on the camera phone of Irene Adler (Lara Pulver), a ruthless and brilliant dominatrix who also trades in classified information extracted from her rich and powerful clients.

Entertainment: The Great Northern Songbook, 10.00pm, BBC TWO

The 150th anniversary of Belfast's Ulster Hall was marked with a one-off event The Great Northern Songbook - 150 Years Of The Ulster Hall. This special concert, held in May, features some of Northern Ireland's most popular musical talent joining with the Ulster Orchestra to perform ten favourite songs composed by local songwriters - as voted for by the public and BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle specialist music presenters. The acts include Cara Dillon, Brian Kennedy and The Answer.

Factual: David Attenborough's Galapagos, 7.00pm, Sky One

Using pioneering 3D-techniques and technology to explore the unique environments and species of the Galapagos, this groundbreaking new series takes viewers on a voyage to understand the stunning archipelago which changed the way we see the world and has long-remained a place of true interest with the nation's favourite naturalist. This opening episode looks at how the islands rose explosively from the ocean four million years ago. And, of course, the series is led by the legendary David Attenborough. Say no more.

Comedy: Miranda, 9.00pm, BBC ONE

Back for a new run, Miranda Hart's comedy kicks off with Penny (Patricia Hodge) embarrassing Miranda by running for local councillor with Tilly (Sally Phillips) as her wing man. Gary (Tom Ellis) has put himself on the dating scene and Miranda decides she has to do the same. They both want dates for Stevie's (Sarah Hadland) birthday party. Will they find partners or end up back in each other's company? The result is a big surprise for Stevie.

John Byrne