what to watch: 17-23 october


This week sees the much-anticipated return of Ordinary Lies, Marley’s Ghosts, Black Mirror as well as new comedy horror Crazyhead on E4 and new Doctor Who spin-off Class on BBC Three.

Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week…

1. Cold Feet | Monday 17th October, 9pm on ITV

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In the penultimate (boo) episode of the brilliant Cold Feet, Adam is beginning to have feelings for Tina and suspects that she may feel the same.

Pete and Jenny finally agree a compromise with Harry’s daughter. Still concerned about Pete’s mental wellbeing, Jenny persuades him to attend a mindfulness class, but for a middle-aged mother of two emptying your mind isn’t easy. Pete, on the other hand, embraces it.

And when Karen discovers that, thanks to his case and Robyn’s divorce proceedings, David’s finances have hit rock bottom, she notes that he could dip into the girls’ trust fund, little does she know that he has already done so. Karen has no choice but to send him packing and once again, David has no place to call home.


2. Ordinary Lies | Tuesday 18th October, 9pm on BBC One

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This week, Ordinary Lies returns for a second series with a brand new cast and brand new lies.

Based at the call centre and warehouse of sports sales company Coopers, the new series introduces a fresh array of compelling characters, each with their own tangled web of torrid secrets and lies.

The first episode tells the story of head of sales, Joe, played by Con O’Neill. Popular with his colleagues, Joe is the life and soul of the office and always the first to tell a joke. However, his cheery demeanour is knocked when he is sent home early from work after an injury to find wife Belinda acting strangely.

Suspecting that she is having an affair, Joe makes the desperate decision to install hidden cameras around his house to keep an eye on her and their two children. The more he watches his family, though, the more addicted he becomes to monitoring their lives.

His secret surveillance soon exposes his family’s clandestine lives, including his wife’s suspicious behaviour and his teenage son’s private life. But is the truth really what he wants, or will he realise that ignorance was bliss?

Meanwhile, Coopers’ new recruit Ash (Luke Bailey) catches the eye of recently divorced Ally (Jennifer Nicholas). Despite Ash showing initial interest, Ally can’t help but feel as though Ash is hiding something.

Will Ash let her in, or continue to keep her at arm’s length?

The series also stars Joel Fry as Toke, Rebekah Staton as Wendy, Jill Halfpenny as Belinda, Matt Di Angelo as Fletch, Kimberly Nixon as Holly, Griff Rhys Jones as Patrick and Angela Griffin as Jenna.


3. HIM | 9pm on ITV


Blink, and ITV have probably launched a new drama. This week is no different, as they launch their new three-part domestic horror (no, I’ve never heard that before either), called HIM.

Created by BAFTA winning writer, Paula Milne, HIM focuses on a 17-year-old boy known only throughout the drama as ‘HIM’ who is caught in limbo between childhood and adulthood.

Trapped in emotional flux between the two homes of his divorced parents, each now remarried with new families, ‘HIM’ is the cuckoo in both their nests, a reminder of the failure of their past and a threat to their new-found domestic bliss.

Like any teenager, he is riding a rollercoaster of confusing emotions and finds it hard to process his feelings, but ‘HIM’ has the added complication of a primal struggle to contain the terrifying secret of a supernatural power he has inherited from his grandfather. With only his aging grandmother understanding his gift, ‘HIM’ must fight his anger and frustration to take control and use his powers for good before they end in tragedy.

The series stars newcomer Fionn Whitehead as well as Katherine Kelly, James Murray, Patrick Robinson, Lucy Liemann and Simona Brown. This striking and original drama focuses on life’s major themes – the painful breakdown of relationships, love, loss, betrayal and passion.

At the heart of the story is HIM’s rite of passage from boyhood to manhood as he struggles not to lose his humanity and control his supernatural power.

In the first episode, with the repercussions his parents’ divorce and their consequent remarriages knocking HIM’sworld out of balance, he finds himself struggling with adolescence, failing grades and feelings he cannot control. However, unlike other teenagers, HIM has the additional pressure of learning to master his inherited telekinetic powers.

Living in between both his parents’ houses, HIM feels ousted by their respective new families, with his Dad expecting twins with his new wife and a baby brother to contend with at his Mum’s house. However, when his stepsister Faith moves in, the fragile balance is threatened further as he develops feelings towards her.

With only his grandmother to confide in, who urges HIM to use his abilities for good rather than in anger, will HIM be able to keep his emotions, and powers, in check?


4. Marley’s Ghosts | Wednesday 19th October, 9pm on Gold


Following a successful three-episode pilot last year, Gold have committed to a full six-part series of Marley’s Ghosts, starring Sarah Alexander, Jo Joyner, John Hannah andNicholas Burns.

The second series brings more misadventures for Marley Wise and her three deceased companions; husband Adam, lover Michael and local vicar.

In an attempt to make a fresh start Marley is moving house. But with a new neighbourhood comes new neighbours and new problems. And it’s not just her spectral sidekicks Marley is having to deal with in this series. Her wayward sister Abby, played by Juliet Cowan, and her rebellious niece Mia, played by EllaSRae Smith. seem determined to hamper her happy home, too.

To cap it all, Marley is on the lookout for a more permanent man in her life. One who’s actually alive. But Adam and Michael have every intention of stopping that happening. It seems that despite the interference of her ghosts Marley is still trying her best to work, love and, most importantly, live.

In the first episode of the new series, Marley moves into her new home and receives a visit from a handsome policeman and the local Neighbourhood Watch, while her exSlover Michael’s past comes back to haunt him.


5. Crazyhead | Wednesday 19th October, 9pm on E4

Crazyhead - Cara Theobold, Susan Wokoma and Lewis Reeves)

Crazyhead is a brand new comedy horror from Misfits creator Howard Overman.

When Amy (Cara Theobold) discovers her best mate is harbouring a mean-mouthed, hell-raised demon, she knows she has to act. Thankfully she isn’t alone, she has Raquel (Susan Wokoma). Impulsive, temperamental and prone to violent outbursts, Raquel isn’t the obvious ally, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Together the incongruous duo prepare for their first exorcism. What could possibly go wrong?

Read my interview with Susan Wokoma and Cara Theobold here.


6. Black Mirror | Friday 21st October, Netflix


This week, Black Mirror makes the move from Channel 4 to Netflix as series, written and created by Charlie Brooker, returns for a third series.

Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia.

Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm; a plasma screen, a monitor, a Smartphone, a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us.

In the new six-part series, San Junipero stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in an episode directed by Owen Harris. Shut Up and Dance stars Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in an episode directed by James Watkins.

Nosedive stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve and James Norton in an episode directed by Joe Wright. Men Against Fire stars Michael Kelly, Malachi Kirby and Madeline Brewer in an episode directed by Jakob Verbruggen.

Hated In The Nation stars Kelly MacDonald in an episode directed by James Hawes, and Wyatt Russell and Hannah John-Kamen star in Playtest, an episode directed by Dan Trachtenberg.


7. Class | Saturday 22nd October, BBC Three

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This Saturday sees Doctor Who spin-off series Class, launch on BBC Three with not one, but two episodes; For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo.

It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them. And this incursion is only the beginning.

Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed) and Tanya (Vivian Oparah), assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly), are charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, to guard against the creatures of nightmare that want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

And this incursion is only the beginning…


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