what to watch: 5-11 september

What To Watch 36

It’s another big week for telly with one of most loved comedy dramas ever returning…

Here are the 7 shows you can’t miss this week…

1. Stage School | Monday 5th September – Friday 9th September, 7:30pm on E4


Stage School is a brand new 30-part series which follows the lives of the students and teachers at the prestigious D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Bromley.

The series goes behind-the-scenes of a real-life stage school and will bear witness to the all-singing, all-dancing rollercoaster journey of auditions, love affairs and jazz hands.

In the first episode, it’s jazz hands at dawn as Donna and Bonnie welcome two new students, Rachael and former The X Factor contestant Casey, to Stage School.

While everyone else seizes the opportunity to eye up the new competition, unlucky-in-love Durone jumps at the chance to take nervous newbie Rachael under his wing in an attempt to win her affections.

The girlband auditions get under way and Pia takes it upon herself to invite new boy Casey along to Daniella’s birthday party.

Elsewhere in the series, dance auditions begin for the college’s all-important Summer Showcase, Casey’s girlfriend blogger and singer Betsy-Blue joins D&B and immediately ruffles a few feathers and the students are asked to perform at a local fashion show.


2Cold Feet | Monday 5th September, 9pm on ITV

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The wait is finally over. After 13 years away, Cold Feet returns to ITV this week for a brand new eight-part series.

Adam has been travelling and is coming back to Manchester with some news. Quite what that news is, I’m not allowed to reveal but it’ll be worth tuning in for, that much I am allowed to say!

Pete and Jenny are of the economic downturn. Pete is working two jobs to make ends meet and losing his zest for life. Jenny’s work as an Events Organiser is hardly raking it in and as the only couple to stand the test of time, theirs is a marriage set in stone. Or is it?

Meanwhile, David’s marriage to his divorce Lawyer Robyn has run its course. His professional life also leaves a lot to be desired and David is all too aware of the bright young things in the office ready to jump into his swivel chair. As the pressure of work and his expensive lifestyle mounts, can David retain his professional status without resorting to dirty tricks?

Karen on the other hand appears sorted and has put her marriage to David well behind her. She’s successfully climbed the ladder at work and raised three children almost singlehandedly. But it won’t be too long before the kids fly the nest and at work she’s hit a glass ceiling.

Content and confident, Karen stopped looking for love years ago, but the question is, has love stopped looking for her? As the series develops we follow the highs and lows of these much loved characters as they, like us, continue to find their way in life.

Read my review here.


3. Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit | Monday 5th September, 10pm on Dave

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Inspired by and developed from an Edinburgh Fringe show, Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit is a part comedy panel show, part physical game show.

Each week Dara is joined by his core team of respected games expert and comedian Ellie Gibson and comedians and team captains, gaming geek Steve McNeil and gaming muggle Sam Pamphilon.

The 12 very competitive star guests joining Steve and Sam are; Bob Mortimer, Jason Manford, Susan Calman, Russell Howard, Josie Long, Gina Yashere, Marcus Brigstocke,
Ed Byrne, Dave Gorman, Holly Walsh, England footballer David James and Countdown’s Rachel Riley.

The series cherry-picks 30 video games from the past four decades including classics such as Pac- Man, Galaxian, Asteroids, Resident Evil, Pong, Tetris, Tekken, Snake and Chuckie Egg plus respected modern titles including Star Wars Battlefront, Toybox Turbos, Gang Beasts, Nidhogg, Little Big Planet, Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes and Trials Fusion – all recorded in front of an interactive studio audience, who rate and score the teams via their smartphones.

Not only does Go 8 Bit revel in both the nostalgia and ephemera of much-loved retro video games, the series also demonstrates the very latest in exciting gaming technology, not to mention ending
every episode with a specially supersized, physical version of a video game classic, played out in ways like you’ve never seen before!


4. We The Jury | Monday 5th September, 10pm on BBC Two


We The Jury is a comedy by James Acaster about jury duty, something William has dreamt of doing his whole life. He’s always known he was destined to be a juror but he never imagined that when the day finally came he’d land the mother of all jury gigs – an actual murder trial.

The jury are a mismatched collection of enthusiastic fools, inconsiderate bullies and self-obsessed weirdos, constantly getting distracted from the case. Add in a demob-happy judge in her final trial and this has all the ingredients of a disaster.

William is played by Ed Easton and his fellow jurors by a stellar ensemble cast of Sophie Thompson, Diane Morgan, Oliver Maltman, David Schaal, Kenneth Collard, Kae Alexander, Vivienne Acheampong and Samson Kayo. The judge is played by Maggie Steed and the defendant by Ricky Champ. Kerry Howard also stars.

Read my 5-star review of James Acaster’s 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Show here.


5. The Last Leg: Live From Rio | Wednesday 7th September, 8pm on Channel 4


The Last Leg began during the Paralympics in 2012 and has gone on to be successful in its own right with eight series under its belt and counting!

This week the series returns with The Last Leg: Live from Rio every evening during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The new 11-part series sees Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe get back to their roots of Paralympic punditry to introduce the most entertaining sporting extravaganza known to humanity, the 2016 Rio Paralympics.


6. Our Girl | Wednesday 7th September, 9pm on BBC One

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Our Girl returns with a further five-part series, this time featuring the British Army on a posting in contemporary Kenya.

‘Two Section’ return to our screens for this African mission, with a new female medic at their centre; Lance Corporal Georgie Lane, played by Michelle Keegan (Coronation Street), a brilliant and committed soldier who loves the adrenaline and adventure of her job.

During the series, Georgie will have to earn the love and trust of her fellow soldiers, and the greater respect of her commanding officer, whilst working alongside aid workers in the biggest refugee camp in the world. Kenya is a complicated and volatile posting – one which Georgie will find full of surprises that will challenge her professionally in unexpected ways, and which will change her personal life forever.

Read my review here.


7. Celebrity Juice | Thursday 8th September, 10pm on ITV2

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Hurrah! Celebrity Juice is back this week for its sixteenth series!

Once again, Keith Lemon will be joined by a host of big name celebrities lining up to appear despite the show’s reputation for ritual humiliation of its guests.

Joining Keith, Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton and Gino D’campo for the first episode will be The Body Coach himself, Joe Wicks as well as Jonathan Ross, Anastacia, Matt Edmonson and Rylan Clark-Neal.

I can’t wait to see what Keith has up his sleeve this series!

Here’s what happened when I went down to the live episode of Celebrity Juice earlier this year.

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