Live TV, much like its compatriot live sports, can be made infinitely more entertaining when combined with a bit of betting.
True to form William Hill are offering great odds on a huge range of TV shows, from live competitions like the X Factor to the next Doctor Who, despite Peter Capaldi only just moving in to the Tardis.
So whether you just want to enhance your favourite show or are looking to diversify your betting William Hill has something for you.
X Factor betting odds
TV’s biggest entertainment show is back and as competitive as ever. William Hill TV betting is offering four different markets on the X Factor: outright winner, winning manager, first manager out and specials.
The most popular markets are of course the overall winner and winning manager. Despite being new to the X Factor setup Rita Ora is the bookies favourite for winning manager. If Ora wins you can double your money as her odds stand at 2.75. The outright winner tips Louisa Johnson (4.00) to win, followed closely by Kiera Weathers at 5.50.
William Hill are also offering some interesting TV betting specials, such as odds on a live finalist being ejected for bad behaviour, aka “doing a Natalia Kills” or predicting Cheryl to announce she is pregnant before the series ends. She married Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in the summer of 2014.
Betting on Strictly Come Dancing
William Hill are offering several markets on the popular dancing show, which enters its 13th season this year. Aside from outright winner, where Peter Andre is their favourite at 3.50, there is also the option to pick the top male, top female and 1st elimination.
Unsurprisingly Peter Andre leads the top male category with odds of 1.61, ahead of The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness, while actress Helen George is the favourite for top female ahead of Georgia May Foote and Kirsty Gallacher.
Punters can also bet on the gender of the winner, with female currently standing at 1.67 on William Hill and male a little higher at 2.10. Considering Pete’s popularity betting on a male winner could be a great way to double your money.
Celebrity Big Brother winner
The celebrity version of the infamous reality show is back and the race to be the last out of the house is on. Former Apprentice contestant James Hill is the odds on favourite at 1.50. Hill who once told the press, “everything I do in life, I want to be a winner”, will be determined to live up to his bravado and emerge victorious.
Former Atomic Kitten star and serial reality TV contestant is William Hill’s 2nd favourite, but it remains to be seen if the mother of 4 has the public support to go the distance.
William Hill’s 3rd favourite is American contestant Austin Armacost who may have damaged his reputation both inside and outside the house by launching into a tirade of abuse after being nominated for eviction, despite spending the aftermath of it sobbing in the diary room.
Events like this make betting on Celebrity Big Brother extremely tricky, as it only takes one unpopular freak out from the favourite to throw everything into chaos. Proceed with caution.
The next Bond, James Bond
Although not strictly television punters can hazard a guess at who will be filling their TV screens on Easter Sunday in a decades time. William Hill’s TV betting market features a large amount of non-British actors, which given the fact Bond is usually portrayed by someone from the UK, with the exception of George Lazenby, this seems surprising.
Band of Brothers and Homeland star Damian Lewis is the favourite followed closely by Tom Hardy and Idris Elba. The next Bond is always something of much debate as the series has seen Bond take a grittier turn with Daniel Craig since the days of Roger Moore.
William Hill’s outsiders feature none other than David Beckham (who appears on the next Dr Who listing as well), Jamie Foxx at 126.00 and Hugh Grant, who did recently feature in the spy / action movie The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year odds
The BBC’s yearly celebration of sporting achievement is already open for bets on William Hill and sees track and field star Jessica Ennis-Hill as the clear favourite. Ennis won gold at the World Championships in China and a bronze in the UK Championships. Tennis star Andy Murray, cyclist Chris Froome and Monaco resident Lewis Hamilton are a distant second behind the athletics star.
A strong outside for the award is England and Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney who became England’s all-time top goalscorer this year, beating Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 international goals. William Hill currently have him as the 7th favourite at 21.00 and those betting on Sports Personality of the Year outsiders could certainly find worse options.
While Ennis has had an excellent 2015 Froome has clinched his second Tour de France win and Lewis Hamilton had a run of 16 podium finishes, the second longest in F1 history. Despite this Ennis seems like the safest bet thanks to her gold medal and extraordinary achievements.
Next Dr Who actor betting
British TV stalwart Doctor Who, the programme that had a generation of kids hiding behind their sofas, has become a huge hit since its reboot in 2005 featuring Christopher Eccleston. Since then David Tennant, Matt Smith and current Doctor Peter Capaldi have held the keys to the Tardis.
William Hill’s favourite is Reece Shearsmith, who wrote and starred in The League of Gentlemen, followed closely by Harry Potter star Rupert Grint and Russell Tovey, who has already appeared in the series as Midshipman Alonso Frame.
Professionally awkward Richard Ayode is a surprising 5th and there are some potentially great Doctors to pick from the less likely of William Hill’s candidates. Who wouldn’t want to see a Michael Bay directed Dr Who featuring Jason Statham? Or a Johnny English style Timelord played by Rowan Atkinson?
If you fancy betting on the next Dr Who then young and eccentric Rupert Grint would certainly provide an interesting contrast to Capaldi’s Dr and might be just what the show’s producers are looking for.