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WHAT TO WATCH: 4-10 September

This week’s best telly includes the return of Doctor Foster, the return of Mitchell & Webb and the return of Strictly Come Dancing!

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


1.  Diana and I | Monday 4th September at 9pm on BBC Two

Television hasn’t been short of Diana documentaries recently and this week BBC Two are marking the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death with a one-off drama Diana and I.

Set the week following her tragic death on 31 August 1997, four separate stories unfold as four ordinary lives are all affected in different ways.

Jack (Nico Mirallegro) is a shy 19 year-old, the only child of an adored mother who dies the same night as Princess Diana. Yasmin (Kiran Sonia Sawar) is unhappily married to Hassan, a struggling businessman who can’t admit his failure. Affected deeply by news of Diana’s death, Yasmin’s patience snaps when their television is re-possessed while she is watching the coverage.

Michael (Laurie Davidson) is a junior reporter on his honeymoon in Paris with his new wife Sophie when news of Diana’s death breaks. A fluent French speaker, Michael teams up with the charismatic Laura, a star reporter flown in to cover the story.

Mary (Tamsin Greig) is a Glaswegian florist. Living alone with her mother who is battling Alzheimer’s, she struggles for money and hatches a plan to drive to London and sell flowers before Saturday’s funeral.

With the help of her adoring friend Gordon (John Gordon Sinclair), she travels to the capital in an old coach filled with flowers. Unexpectedly caught up in the public expression of love for Diana, Mary discovers emotions she thought were long lost.

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2. Celebs Go Dating | Monday 4th – Friday 8th September at 10pm on E4

Celebs Go Dating is back and this series the Celebrity Dating Agency opens its doors to a brand new bunch of single celebrities who are all looking for love.

But the stars aren’t dating each other – they’re dating real people in the real world! TOWIE star James ‘Arg’ Argent is slimmer and fitter than ever, and ready to find love under the watchful eye of agents Nadia and Eden; Ex on the Beach star Charlotte Dawson is looking for the father figure she so desperately craves; Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo from Made in Chelsea is determined to find love outside SW3; Calum Best is keen to say ‘I love you’ to someone for the very first time; and TOWIE’s Bobby Norris wants to put his dating drought to bed.

In the first of nightly episodes, at the singles mixer event, the celebrity clients mingle with non-famous singletons and face the challenge of asking one of them out. Will Calum live up to his playboy image when he works the room? Can Charlotte bag a date in her barely-there, spangly green hot pants? Will Arg wow the ladies with his new slim-line look?

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3. Doctor Foster | Tuesday 5th September at 9pm on BBC One

When Doctor Foster aired on BBC One in September 2015, it became somewhat of a surprise hit averaging 8.2m viewers per episode (consolidated) and now after two years, the series is back.

Two years ago Doctor Gemma Foster, played superbly by Suranne Jones, dramatically exposed her husband’s betrayals and he left town.

Now Gemma’s life is destabilised once again when Simon (Bertie Carvel) returns.

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4. Back | Wednesday 6th September at 10pm on Channel 4

This weeks marks the return of Peep Show’s David Mitchell and Robert Webb in new comedy Back, written by Simon Blackwell,

Stephen’s (David Mitchell) father, a local legend and pub landlord, has died so Stephen is set to finally take over the pub. Mum Ellen and sister Cass have no interest in the family business, they’re ‘creative’, with weed to buy and energy-centres to rebalance.

With his dad dead, it’s now Stephen’s chance to shine. His only achievements so far have been marriage (followed by divorce) and a slightly disappointing pub refurb. But when the charming Andrew (Robert Webb) turns up out of the blue at his dad’s funeral, Stephen’s plans go awry.

Charismatic Andrew has lived in Sydney, Amsterdam, Chicago, the Loire valley and Berlin but crucially, spent five formative months in 1989 fostered by Laurie and Ellen as a 15-year-old. To Stephen, Andrew was just one of a string of 30-odd foster kids who he spent his childhood resenting. But Andrew remembers every single detail and sees that time as the most important of his life.

Now Andrew’s back, and keen to revisit the closest thing he’s ever had to a family. Ellen loves Andrew. Cass loves Andrew. Even Laurie’s erratic brother Uncle Geoff loves Andrew.

But Stephen doesn’t love Andrew. He thinks he’s a glib, dangerous sociopath who’s about to steal his family, his business and his life.

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5. Cold Feet | Friday 8th September at 9pm on ITV

Last year, after 13 years away, Cold Feet returned to our screens to huge fan and critical acclaim with each episode averaging 7.65m viewers (consolidated).

Off the back of that success it was a no brainer that ITV would bring the series back for at least one more run and after agreeing to take things slow, Adam and his landlady Tina have been loved up for the past ten months, living across the hall from each other but rarely apart.

It’s only a matter of time before the perpetual romantic conjures up the kind of grand gesture he’s famed for, but will commitment-phobe Tina jump in with both feet?

Finally living out her dreams, Karen is set to launch her fledgling publishing house and its debut novel, but she’s struggling to keep a grip on home-life as teenage twins Ellie and Olivia have enough issues between them to keep Karen on her toes and PA Ramona is more hindrance than help.

Thankfully Pete has managed to shake off the black dog and is earning a tidy living as a chauffeur, but is looking for something more than being a glorified errand-boy for his rich clients. With no sense of value in his job, Pete desperately wants to be appreciated at home but Jenny is distracted by work and the opportunity to rise up the ranks.

Meanwhile fourteen-year-old Chloe needs extra attention, especially after last year’s revelation that Pete isn’t her biological father. When an unexpected opportunity arises, Pete and Jenny have a tough decision to make, can they both get what they want and maintain a happy marriage, or has something got to give?

David’s fall from grace hit him hard and he’s now peddling life insurance to unsuspecting pensioners, a world away from life doling out high-brow financial advice.

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6. Strictly Come Dancing – The Launch | Saturday 9th September at 7pm on BBC One

Strictly Come Dancing is back and once again Strictly fever is set to hit the nation. This year the celebrities will be hoping to impress Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and new judge Shirley Ballas who has replaced Len Goodman. Both Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return to host the main show.

In the launch episode, they’ll be rolling out the red carpet in the launch episode as they welcome the star-studded celebrity class of 2017; Alexandra Burke, Aston Merrygold, Brian Conley, Charlotte Hawkins, Chizzy Akudolu, Davood Ghadami, Debbie McGee, Gemma Atkinson, Joe McFadden, Jonnie Peacock, Mollie King, Rev. Richard Coles, Ruth Langsford, Simon Rimmer and Susan Calman before announcing who their dancing partner will be.

Reigning Strictly champions Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton will return to the Strictly dance floor once more for their winner’s performance, plus there will be two special musical performances from Shania Twain and Avicii featuring Rita Ora.

And of course there will be a celebration and special heartfelt tribute to the beloved Sir Bruce Forsyth who hosted Strictly for many years and sadly passed away in August.


7. Strike – Silkworm | Sunday 10th September at 9pm on BBC One

Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling might have just ended but already BBC One are showing the second series (of sorts), Strike – Silkworm.

Based on the books of Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling), Silkworm is the second in what is so far a trilogy of books and following the Lula Landry success, Strike’s agency is busy.

When asked by Leonora Quine to track down her missing husband, the novelist Owen Quine, Strike agrees to take on the case and speaks to Quine’s agent Liz Tassell, who was furious because Quine’s latest book, Bombyx Mori, libeled many people.

He learns that Quine’s mistress, Kathryn Kent, was hurt by her depiction in Bombyx Mori and then discovers that Quine co-owned a house with a rival novelist, Andrew Fancourt. He finds Quine’s body there, disemboweled and surrounded by plates. Robin shows him Bombyx Mori – Quine’s grisly killing matching the death of the hero.

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