what to watch: 19-25 september


This week, Robbie Coltrane returns to our screens, the boys from the Dwarf are back and Strictly Come Dancing 2016 gets underway.

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

1. National Treasure | Tuesday 20th September, 9pm on Channel 4


Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Andrea Riseborough and Tim McInnerny star in Jack Thorne’s latest drama National Treasure.

Examining the impact, both public and private, of accusations of historic sexual offences against a fictional much-loved public figure, the series is a timely exploration of truth, memory, trust and family.

As the investigation and criminal trial work their way towards a verdict, those closest to Paul must deal with the effects of the investigation. Memories that have become muddied in the intervening four decades are dredged, doubts flourish, loyalties are tested, and truths, half-truths and lies are all exposed.

Read my review here.


2. Josh | Thursday 22nd September, From 10am on BBC Three

Bed & Breakfast

After a successful debut first series in 2015, Josh Widdicombe returns for a second series of Josh, a quirky comedy about the highs and lows of life as an anxious old man trapped in an anxious young man’s body.

Josh is back and he’s nerdier and more awkward than ever. And his hopelessly selfish flat-mates aren’t helping matters. Welsh charmer and football shirt aficionado, Owen (Elis James) is sabotaging Josh’s love life – again – and disaster-prone Kate (Beattie Edmondson) is scoring more own-goals than Josh’s beloved Plymouth Argyle.

Not to mention over-familiar landlord, Geoff (Jack Dee), who always seems to be popping round and getting in the way.

In the first episode of the new series, Josh is dumped by his girlfriend, so Owen takes him on a double date with a couple of voracious cougars, Valerie and Karen. Meanwhile, an email mix-up leads to Kate breaking Geoff’s heart.

Expect plenty of exasperated grumbling, a glossary of nostalgic 90s references and a host of brilliant guest-star cameos throughout the series, including Tamzin Outhwaite (Eastenders), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Michael Ball, Emma Bunton, Miles Jupp (Rev) and Mike Wozniak (Man Down).

Read my interview with Josh Widdicombe here.


3. Paranoid | Thursday 22nd September, 9pm on ITV


Paranoid is a brand new conspiracy thriller for ITV which tells the story of a female GP who is murdered in a rural children’s playground with an abundance of eyewitnesses.

A group of detectives embark on what seems to be a straighborward murder investigation, but as they delve deeper into the case they are quickly drawn into the twists and turns of an ever-darkening mystery, which takes them unexpectedly across Europe.

The series stars Indira Varma, Robert Glenister, Neil Stuke, Lesley Sharp and Kevin Doyle.

In the first episode, when local GP Angela Benton is murdered in a children’s playground, detectives Bobby Day (Robert Glenister), Nina Suresh (Indira Varma) and Alec Wayfield (Dino Fetscher) embark on what appears to be a straightforward murder investigation.

However, it soon becomes apparent that Angela’s death has more to it than meets the eye.


4. Hunted | Thursday 22nd September, 9pm on Channel 4

Hunted - Hunter Specials

This week sees the brilliantly gripping series Hunted return to Channel 4.

10 British citizens turn fugitive and go on the run in a nationwide game of cat and mouse and this year the stakes are high with £100,000 up for grabs for those that remain at large and evade capture for 28 days.

But they’re up against a formidable force.


5. Red Dwarf XI | Thursday 22nd September, 9pm on Dave

Red Dwarf XI

It might have already been available for a week online, but this week sees the boys from the Dwarf return after 4 years with Red Dwarf XI.

That’s right, Doug Naylor’s legendary, award-winning sci-fi comedy returns to Dave for a brand new series recorded in front of a live studio audience at Pinewood Studios.

Cat (Danny John-Jules), Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Lister (Craig Charles) and Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) are back and sees two of the Dwarfers dreams come true.

Rimmer accidentally saves the life of a Space Corps Captain and is promoted to Officer, while Cat takes time off from being in love with himself to fall in love with a female Cat with a secret.

Meanwhile, Lister wakes up to discover a deranged droid has stolen some of his body parts and Kryten has a mid-life crisis and considers leaving the Dwarfers for a younger crew.

In the opening episode the posse finds itself in an alternative America where modern technology is outlawed making both Kryten and Rimmer illegal.

The Dwarfers infiltrate the tech savvy underground and try to bring down the authoritarian regime.


6. Gogglebox | Friday 23rd September, 9pm on Channel 4


Britain’s favourite opinionated TV viewers return for a brand new series of Gogglebox.

Once again, the likes of Leon and June, Sandy and Sandra and the Moffatts will be sharing more sharp, insightful, passionate and sometimes emotional critiques of the week’s biggest and best shows.

7. Strictly Come Dancing | Friday 23rd September & Saturday 24th September, 9pm on BBC One


Strictly Come Dancing is back with six celebrities taking to the dance floor on Friday and the remaining nine couples will dance on Saturday.

They’ll be performing their very first routines with their professional partner; Anastasia with Brendan Cole,  Claudia Fragapane with AJ Pritchard, Daisy Lowe with Aljaz Skorjanec, Danny Mac with Oti Mabuse, Ed Balls with Katya Jones, Greg Rutherford with Natalie Lowe, Judge Rinder with Oksana Platero, Laura Whoitmore with Giovanni Pernice, Lesley Joseph with Anton Du Beke, Louise Redknapp with Kevin Clifton, Melvin Odoom with Janette Manrara, Naga Munchetty with Pasha Kovalev, Ore Oduba with Joanne Clifton, Tameka Empson with Gorka Marquez and Will Young with Karen Clifton.

Who will surprise, who will impress and who will be worried that their stint on Strictly could be short-lived? No-one leaves this week, as there is no public vote, but the judges scores will be carried over to the following weekend when the viewers will be able to choose their favourites.

The show opens with a spectacular group performance to Burt Bacharach classic What The World Needs Now, where the entire Strictly cast is joined by all generations of dancers to launch the new series in style.

Once again, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will host the weekend’s dance extravaganza.

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