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WHAT TO WATCH: 29 January – 4 February

This week’s best telly includes the live final of Celebrity Big Brother, the launch of Celebs Go Dating and the final episode of Channel 4 drama Kiri.

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


1Two Doors Down

Monday 29th January at 10pm on BBC Two


Hit BBC Two sitcom Two Doors Down returns this week for a third series and there have been a couple of cast changes. Sharon Rooney won’t be returning as Christine’s daughter Sophie and neither will Harki Bhambra as Ian’s boyfriend, Jaz. Arabella Weir, Alex Norton, Jamie Quinn, Doon Mackichan, Jonathan Watson and Elaine C. Smith all return alongside Kieran Hodgson who joins the series as Ian’s new boyfriend Gordon.

In the first episode, it’s Burns Night and a big meaty haggis for the neighbours and a tiny vegetarian one for Gordon are on the menu in Latimer Crescent as Cathy, Colin, Ian and Gordon arrive to celebrate with Eric and Beth.

Back from North Wales, where she went to visit her daughter Sophie, Christine surprises everyone by turning up, full of complaints about her trip. Sophie’s new partner has clearly failed to impress. With news that Beth has freshened up the wee downstairs toilet, a viewing is a must for the whole party.

Cathy and Colin educate Gordon about the niceties of a Burns Supper – basically everyone gets hammered – but Colin’s mention of ex-girlfriend Yvonne sets Cathy’s blood boiling and Gordon eases the tension by offering to sing a Scottish song. When dinner is served and Eric begins his enthusiastic rendition of Address To The Haggis, Gordon looks a tad squeamish… little knowing just what awaits him!

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2. Inside No 9

Tuesday 30th January at 10pm on BBC Two


If there’s one series of Inside No 9 that deserves a BAFTA win, or at the very least a BAFTA nomination, it’s this one. Series 4 has been outstanding and it feels like the series is finally getting the recognition it so richly deserves. Which makes the subject matter of this week’s episode And The Winner Is… all the more apt.

Set in the headquarters of the Royal Academy of Motion Picture Arts, we join a jury as they deliberate who should win Best Actress at the Television Awards. Will it be the star, the dame, the girl next door or the ingénue?

Making that decision are journalist and TV critic for the Sunday Mirror June (Fenella Woolgar), actor Rupert (Kenneth Cranham), actress Paula (Zoë Wanamaker) TV director Gordon (Noel Clarke), writer Clive (Reece Shearsmith) and dentist receptionist Jackie (Phoebe Sparrow). Their discussion is led by Giles, Associate Chair of the television committee at the charity, played by Steve Pemberton.

They’ll each have to choose who is most deserving for the award from a shortlist of eight great performances and on the night only one actress will be thanking the jury in their acceptance speech.

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3. Kiri

Wednesday 31st January at 9pm on Channel 4


Jack Thorne’s sensational Channel 4 drama Kiri comes to an end this week and in the final episode, Si realises that his relationship with Alice has deteriorated and is determined to find out why.

Meanwhile, DI Mercer confronts Nate with new evidence and as the truth about what happened to Kiri starts to unfold, Miriam realises she has to take responsibility for her actions. For Alice, devastation gets the better of her and Tobi has a choice to make about his son Nate.

Read my interviews with Sarah Lancashire here, Wunmi Mosaku here and Jack Thorne here.

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4. The Young Offenders

Thursday 1st February from 10am on BBC Three


Since moving online, BBC Three have continued to deliver some great comedy, including three series of Witless and last year’s breakthrough hit, This Country which returns for a second series soon.

The latest comedy on BBC Three, The Young Offenders, is based on the film of the same name which was released in 2016 and follows the coming of age adventures of lovable rogues Conor and Jock, played by Alex Murphy and Chris Walley.

We watch them navigate their awkward teenage years, hatching plans and adventures to help distract from their tough home lives and their inability to stay out of trouble at school. Conor’s long suffering mother Mairead (Hilary Rose) tries to keep both her son and his best friend on the straight and narrow, with varying degrees of success.

Friendship, loyalty, laughter and lots of mischief bring best pals Conor and Jock into conflict with their headmaster, leaving Conor’s mum to pick up the pieces. To add fuel to the fire, the lads strike up friendships with the headmaster’s daughters.

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5. Requiem

Friday 2nd February at 9pm on BBC One


Friday night is an odd night to launch a new BBC One drama, and it’s a shame because Requiem is really rather good. But all six episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer after the first episode has aired and the series is a co-production with Netflix, so you could argue that the slot is irrelevant as it suits a binge watch.

The series begins in 1994, where a toddler disappears from a small Welsh village, never to be seen again and 23 years later, in London, the mother of rising cello star Matilda Gray commits suicide, without apparent reason. Among her possessions, Matilda discovers tantalising evidence that links her mother to the Welsh girl’s disappearance all those years ago.

And so grief-stricken Matilda travels to Wales, determined to explore this mystery, even if it means unraveling her own identity. In the process, she uncovers long buried secrets in this remote community – including one secret more bizarre, terrifying and dangerous than anything she could have imagined. Dark otherworldly forces are gathering – they have been waiting many years for Matilda to arrive.

If every life is a story, then for most of us, it’s our parents who write the opening chapters. They record and remember our early childhoods as we cannot, acting as trusted witnesses to our lives. But what if you discovered that your parent might have lied to you? That almost everything they’d said about their own history, and yours, might have been untrue?

The series stars Lydia Wilson, Joel Fry, Claire Rushbrook, Tara Fitzgerald, Richard Harrington, Joanna Scanlan, Brendan Coyle and Clare Calbraith.

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6. Celebrity Big Brother: Live Final

Friday 2nd February at 9pm & 10:30pm on Channel 5


After almost 5 weeks, this year’s Celebrity Big Brother dubbed ‘Year of the Woman’ comes to an end with a live final on Friday.

It’s been one of the best celebrity series ever, but who out of Amanda Barrie, Ann Widdecombe, Ashley James, Jess Impiazzi, Malika Haqq, Shane Jenek/Courtney Act, Shane Lynch and Wayne Sleep claim victory?

You’ll have to tune in on Friday to find out who will be crowned the first CBB champion of 2018.


7. Celebs Go Dating

Sunday 4th February at 9pm on E4


Just when you thought you had your evenings back now that Celebrity Big Brother is over, Celebs Go Dating is back and at the earlier time of 9pm, making it the perfect CBB replacement.

The latest batch of celebrities putting their trust in dating gurus Nadia Essex and Eden Blackman are TOWIE legend Gemma Collins, comedian London Hughes, singer Tallia Storm, olympian Jade Jones, Made In Chelsea’s Sam Thompson and Ollie Locke, actor Jonathan Lipnicki and Love Island’s Mike “Muggy Mike” Thalassitis.

Welcoming all of the new clients to The Celebrity Dating Agency is delectable receptionist Tom Read Wilson, who provides a shoulder to cry on and dating advice when the celebs need it most.

In the opening episode we witness the first singles mixer where Gemma clashes with the agents, Muggy Mike mugs off another celeb and Ollie Locke’s gaydar doesn’t work.

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