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WHAT TO WATCH: 13-19 November

This week’s best telly includes Children In Need, the annual trip to Blackpool for Strictly and the return of I’m A Celeb!

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


1. The Boy with the Topknot | Monday 13th November at 9pm on BBC Two

This one-off drama starring Sacha Dhawan tells the story of Sathnam Sanghera. Born to traditional Punjabi parents, he grew up in Wolverhampton, moving to London after graduating from Cambridge University.

Now in his late 20s he is planning to reveal to his family that he will defy expectations of an arranged marriage, but instead learns a painful family secret.

The Boy with the Topknot tells the story of a second-generation Indian growing up in Britain and how he juggles his family, love life and career. It is based on the critically acclaimed memoirs of Sathnam Sanghera which explores the sensitive subject of mental illness with courage and sensitivity.

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2. The A Word | Tuesday 14th November at 9pm on BBC One

Following last week’s heartwarming series opener, The A Word continues this week as Joe starts at a specialist school in Manchester.

But how will Paul and Alison cope with the challenge of living apart during the school week?

Elsewhere, Louise confides in Maurice and shocks him with a confession, while Eddie goes on a boys’ night out with Nicola’s dad.

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3. Motherland Tuesday 14th November at 10pm on BBC Two

Although all episodes of Motherland have been available on BBC iPlayer since the series launched to 1.3m people, Motherland does continue in its 10pm slot for those disciplined enough to watch just one episode a week.

In this episode, a school fundraiser is not Julia’s idea of an evening out, but somehow she finds herself heavily involved in order to impress a former colleague.

It’s the school’s Auction of Promises. Amanda hosts the auction. Julia is assigned a job. Kevin has a battle with the cloakroom and despite Anne’s protests, Liz takes care of the bar.

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4. Children In Need | Friday 17th November from 7:30pm on BBC One

This year’s all-star line-up of presenters on Children In Need are Tess Daly, Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc, Ade Adepitan, Rochelle and Marvin Humes.

The night will feature performances and treats from some of the nation’s most loved stars, including the cast of EastEnders who will revealing hidden talents as they sing their way round The Square in a show-stopping musical medley and six well-loved Blue Peter presenters from the past 60 years will enter the glitz and glamour of the ballroom in a special edition of Strictly Come Dancing.

Anne Robinson returns for a special edition of The Weakest Link as 7 brave celebrities work as a team and attempt to answer a series of general knowledge questions to win up to £15,000 for Children In Need.

And in the studio, the presenters of Countryfile will swap their welly boots for cowboy boots in an unmissable performance and Joanna Lumley will present the Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser Of The Year. The Children’s Choir perform live in unison across the nation and some deserving children get the surprise of their life!

Straight from London’s West End the cast of Annie featuring Strictly’s very own Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannifin, will take the stage, and three of Theatre-land’s fabulous leading ladies, Amber Riley from Dreamgirls, Beverley Knight from The Bodyguard and Cassidy Janson from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will dazzle us with a very special performance as ‘The Leading Ladies’. Rita Ora, The Vamps and Jason Derulo are just some of the names providing the music.

Along the way, appeal films will feature some of the children and young people whose lives have been changed through the support of BBC Children In Need, and the people who work tirelessly to help them.


5. Strictly Come Dancing | Saturday 18th November at 6:45pm and Sunday 19th November at on BBC One

For one week only, Strictly packs its sparkly suitcases and relocates to Blackpool as the show is broadcast live from the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

The main show kicks off with a group performance in the Tower ballroom before the eight remaining celebrities who have made it to the Strictly milestone; Alexandra Burke, Davood Ghadmai, Debbie McGee, Gemma Atkinson, Joe McFadden, Jonnie Peacock, Mollie King and Susan Calman, dance to impress the four judges.

On Sunday night, the competition heats up as another dancing couple must leave, just a month away from the Grand Final. The judges scores will be combined with the public vote and the two couples with the lowest scores must return to the dancefloor to compete against each other in the inevitable dance-off.

There will also be magnificent group performance from our celebrities and professional dancers and there will be two musical performances from Michael Ball and Alfie Boe and Tears For Fears, who will each perform a classic song.


6. Michael McIntyre’s Big Show | Saturday 18th November at 8:30pm on BBC One

Few programmes on a Saturday night (aside from Strictly Come Dancing) bring in an audience for BBC One, but one that does is Michael McIntyre’s Big Show which returns this week for a third series.

The opening episode of the series features music from Emeli Sandé and Stereophonics as well as  new comedy material from Michael himself and Strictly hero Ed Balls plays Celebrity Send To All.

Plus Michael McIntyre could be sneaking into your bedroom in the dead of night to play the jaw-dropping Midnight Gameshow. And one unsuspecting member of the public will get the surprise of their life when they become the Unexpected Star Of The Show.

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7. I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! | Sunday 19th November at 9pm

Ant is expected to join Dec one again as I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! returns with a new cast of celebrities heading down under to battle it out in TV’s toughest entertainment challenge.

Leaving their plush pads and luxuries far behind, our celebrity campers will spend up to three weeks taking on the harsh surroundings of the Australian Jungle, with a whole host of brand new nasty surprises created just for them.

Rumoured to be taking part this year are; Rebekah Vardy, boxer Amir Khan, former TOWIE star Lauren Goodger, former Corrie actor Ryan Thomas, YouTuber Jack Maynard, Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas, Corrie actress Jennie McAlpine, Made In Chelsea star Toff, Love Island’s Jonny Mitchell and former member of The Saturdays, Vanessa White.

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