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WHAT TO WATCH: 20-26 February

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This week sees the return of some of telly’s most popular shows; Inside No. 9Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and the 2017 BRIT Awards.

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


1. Inside No. 9 | Tuesday 21st February at 10pm on BBC Two

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Series three of Inside No. 9 technically started at Christmas with the spectacular episode, The Devil Of Christmas but now two months on, we finally get to see the rest of the series.

In the opening episode, The Bill, a group of friends go for a night out at a local restaurant  after a tiresome game of badminton.

They indulge in some tapas and a few drinks, which sounds like a lot of fun – but ultimately somebody has to pay the bill at the end of the night.

What has started out as a pleasant evening ends with a shocking twist, as an argument about who is going to pick up the bill erupts and then spirals out of control.

The episode also guest stars Jason Watkins and Philip Glenister.

Read my interview with Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith here.

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2. Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled | Tuesday 21st February at 10pm on Dave

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Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled returns to Dave this week for its eighth series

The new series sees a whole host of some of the country’s biggest names in comedy and entertainment gathering with their drinks around Alan’s table for a night of chat like no other. No topic is off limits, there are no scripts, no agenda, just hilarious stories.

Some of the guest this series include Patrick Kielty, Lucy Porter, Reece Shearsmith, Bob Mortimer, Lizzie Roper and even former Spice Girl, Mel C.

In the opening episode Alan Davies hosts Davina McCall, Jimmy Carr, Alice Levine and Reginald D Hunter as they discuss meeting their heroes, crisps, shopping queues and Davina’s 90s dating show, Streetmate.

In the opening episode Alan Davies hosts Davina McCall, Jimmy Carr, Alice Levine and Reginald D Hunter as they discuss meeting their heroes, crisps, shopping queues and Davina’s nineties dating show, Streetmate.

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3. The BRIT Awards 2017 | Wednesday 22nd February at 7:30pm on ITV

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After hosting their final BRIT Awards last year, Ant & Dec paved the way for someone else to host star-studded ceremony live from The O2 in London.

That person was originally Michael Bublé, a somewhat left field choice, but after family illness he decided that he couldn’t go ahead and host so hosting duties for this year were handed to two of our finest live television presenters, Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis.

Skepta and Little Mix lead the nominations with three each and will be performing on the night along with some of the biggest names in music including Robbie Williams, Emeli Sandé, Ed Sheehan, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry.

David Bowie receives two posthumous nominations in British Male Solo Artist and Mastercard Album of the Year with Leonard Cohen receiving his first BRIT Award nomination in International Male Solo Artist

Two nominations for The 1975, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka, Calvin Harris, James Arthur, Clean Bandit, Jonas Blue, Tinie Tempah and Coldplay and sisters Beyoncé and Solange go head to head in International Female Solo Artist category

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4. Gogglebox | Friday 24th February at 9pm on Channel 4

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Britain’s favourite opinionated TV viewers return this week as Gogglebox is back for its ninth series.

Returning to share more of their sharp, insightful, passionate and sometimes emotional critiques of the week’s biggest and best shows are; Leon and June, Giles and Mary, Christopher and Stephen, Mary and Marina, series one originals the Siddiquis and all your other favourite telly watchers.

Not returning however, are Scarlett Moffatt and her family who have been booted off the show following her I’m A Celebrity win and upcoming presenting roles on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Streetmate.

With lots of great telly on at the moment, I can’t wait to see what the Gogglebox lot make of it all.


5. Stan Lee’s Lucky Man | Friday 24th February at 9pm on Sky 1

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This week, Sky 1’s most successful UK drama series, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, returns for a second run.

James Nesbitt is back as London cop Harry Clayton. Six months after he rescued his wife Anna (Eve Best) and daughter Daisy from death at the hands of Golding, Harry is a very different man. Eager to win back his family, he hasn’t laid a bet in 186 days. Knowing his good luck comes with a dose of terrible misfortune, he has also sworn off the powers of his ancient bracelet. But all is about to change…

With Golding still out there, Harry knows his family will never be safe and is determined to track down the man who very nearly took everything from him. Meanwhile, a spate of poisonings in Brick Lane sends him and Suri (Amara Karan) on the trail of a serial killer: one they could easily catch if only Harry would deploy his magic bangle’s powers.

However, it appears other forces are at work when Harry meets the mysterious Isabella (Thekla Reuten), a woman wearing exactly the same bracelet as his. She’s alluring and a gambler and is keen Harry enjoys his great powers. As strange things begin to happen, it becomes clear that their magnetic connection is about to change everything.

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6. Let It Shine | Saturday 25th February at 6:45pm on BBC One

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After seven sensational weeks of singing, dancing and show-stopping performances, the wait is finally over, as the three remaining Let It Shine bands, Nightfall, Five To Five and Drive, will take to the stage for the last time to compete in the live final.

Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc present the ultimate battle of the bands, as each band performs to impress the audience at home and the Let It Shine judges, Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp and this week’s very special guest judge Robbie Williams.

Each of the three remaining bands will perform twice and the judges will give their feedback, but this week it’s up to the viewers to decide which band they want to win the competition.

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7. Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway | Saturday 25th February at 7pm on ITV

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Fresh from winning Best Entertainment Programme at the National Television Awards, Ant & Dec triumphantly return with a brand new series of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Hot on the heels of last year’s Who Shot Simon Cowell? (the spoof mystery that kept the nation guessing) comes The Missing Crown Jewels a brand new comedy mini-serial that sees the royal regalia stolen by a mysterious masked villain on Ant & Dec’s watch.

Emilia Fox returns to investigate, while Joanna Lumley, Michael Sheen and Dame Shirley Bassey and others help Ant and Dec to recover the jewels.

After 2016’s cruise ship spectacular live from Barcelona, Ant & Dec will make British TV history by jetting up to 200 viewers overseas for their biggest series finale yet. The whole nation will be in with a chance of winning this once in a lifetime trip.

In a brand new item Make ‘Em Laugh, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will go head-to-head with Ant & Dec. The rules are simple, they have to make each other laugh using costumes, props and their imaginations. You laugh, you lose.

Stephen Mulhern once again presides over the drama of Ant vs Dec, which this time sees the duo face off in a series of themed head to heads. Stephen is also unleashed on the streets of Britain for a new pop-up game show In for A Penny. Anyone who has a one pence piece can enter and be in with a chance of winning a wedge of cash.

This year the Saturday Night Takeaway family welcomes a new addition in the shape of ‘Queen of the Jungle’ Scarlett Moffatt. She’ll make her spectacular debut by surprising members of the public in an electrifying live stunt that could see her reach new heights – quite literally!

She will also be entertaining the lucky winners of each week’s Best Seats in the House, where viewers around the country win VIP studio seats by finding one of four secret sofas placed in mystery locations across the UK.

Also back are Little Ant & Dec and the End Of The Show Show.


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