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WHAT TO WATCH: 27 November – 3 December

This week’s best telly includes more I’m A Celeb, the return of Live At The Apollo and this year’s X Factor final.

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


1.  Chinese Burn | Monday 27th November from 10am on BBC Three

As BBC Three continues their Comedy Slices season, the latest to arrive is Chinese Burn which has been written by new writing talent, Yennis Cheung and Shin-Fei Chen who lead the cast alongside Yuyu Rau and a guest performance from Felicity Montagu.

Chinese Burn attempts to smash all Chinese stereotypes and follows the escapades of three ‘normal’ Chinese girls: Elizabeth the failed Chinese daughter, Jackie the feisty struggling actress, and Fufu the Buddhist princess, fresh off the plane and set to negotiate the trials of modern life in the capital.

In the pilot, Elizabeth’s crazy-rich friend Fufu visiting London for the first time, but there’s a problem, Elizabeth has lied about her job to her friends and family back home. So Elizabeth deals with the situation as she always does – by telling more lies and getting drunk.

Meanwhile, Jackie has a big casting for the role of a lifetime and it’s not the usual ‘Chinese prostitute, DVD seller or takeaway girl’. This is the worst time to be babysitting a kooky new arrival.

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2. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! | Monday 27th November to Sunday 3rd December at 9pm  (Mon-Fri) on ITV

It’s only been a week but already we’ve had one axing, two new arrivals and plenty of bush tucker trials including last night’s brilliant live trial which was a unique jungle take on Saturday Night Takeaway. One thing there hasn’t been (yet), is arguments. Could this be the second year in a row of happy campers?

This week’s episodes begin with the fallout from Sunday’s live trial. With not long before campmates get voted out of the competition, the pressure is really on to deliver in every challenge and be true to yourself.

Who will be King or Queen of the jungle? You’ll have to keep watching to find out…


3. The A Word | Tuesday 28th November at 9pm on BBC One

Paul and Alison go away for a weekend an attempt to reconnect, but will it end up being the romantic weekend away they had hoped it would be?

Spending more and more time back at home with Nicola, Eddie is determined to teach Joe how to ride a bike whilst Maurice has a crisis during a fell race.

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4. Motherland | Tuesday 28th November at 10pm on BBC Two

This week in Motherland, whilst Paul’s away he has the perfect solution to help out Julia… sending his parents to help! Luckily Kevin has a huge fondness for the elderly and assists Julia in her in-law wrangling.

Meanwhile, Amanda has a clearout and reluctantly gives Liz her old coat, which seems to have an effect on our Liz. If you’ve missed any of Motherland, the whole series is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer. Or, you can choose to wait and watch only an episode a week on BBC Two.

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5. Live At The Apollo | Thursday 30th November at 10pm on BBC Two

This week sees the return of Live At The Apollo and to kick off series 13, the wonderful Sara Pascoe who will be on hosting duties as well as introducing rising comedy star Larry Dean and master of the one-liner Gary Delaney to the stage.

Other acts to appear throughout the series include Henning Wehn, Katherine Ryan, Rob Beckett, Joel Dommett, Jen Brister, Darren Harriott, Dane Baptiste, Desiree Burch, David O’Doherty, Luisa Omielan, Ed Byrne, Nish Kumar, Lucy Porter, Guz Khan, Chris McCausland, Angela Barnes, Marlon Davis, John Robbins and Geoff Norcott.

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6. Strictly Come Dancing | Saturday 2nd December at 7:05pm and Sunday 3rd December at 7:20pm on BBC One

As the final draws even closer, this week on Strictly Come Dancing sees Borehamwood meet Broadway as Strictly goes to the musicals. The six remaining couples will each perform a routine from hit stage shows, in a bid to guarantee their spot in the competition.

Always ready to critique the couples are the awesome foursome, judges Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood. The voting lines will then open and it is down to the public to save their favourite couple from the feared dance-off.

On Sunday night, sadly another couple must leave the competition and miss out on a place in next week’s semi-final. During the results show there will be a performance from new supergroup Leading Ladies made up of Beverley Knight, Amber Riley and Cassidy Janson and they’ll be performing a track from their debut album Songs From the Stage.


7. The X Factor: Live Final | Saturday 2nd December on ITV

Whilst Strictly has been doubling the overnight audience of The X Factor each weekend, it has to be said that this year’s series has been the most enjoyable and watchable in years. Artists were allowed to sing their own songs, the number of live shows was dramatically reduced and the new Saturday and Sunday night formats felt right.

A week earlier than usual, and after only five live shows, this year’s X Factor final weekend is upon us as either Rak-Su, Grace Davies or Kevin Davy White will be crowned this year’s winner and the chance to release their debut single. One thing I love about an X Factor final are the duets, but as of yet we do not know who this year’s finalists will be duetting with.

There are also a number of huge performances across the weekend from the likes of Pink, Sam Smith, Louis Tomlinson and Little Mix!

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