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WHAT TO WATCH: 5-11 February

This week’s best telly is a great mix of comedy, entertainment and reality TV, including the much hyped follow-up to Love Island.

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


1. Celebs Go Dating

Monday 5th – Thursday 8th & Sunday 11th February at 9pm on E4


Last night saw the welcome return of Celebs Go Dating to our screens for its fourth series and putting their trust in dating gurus Nadia Essex and Eden Blackman this time around 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.

On Monday night, Sam Thompson tries out his Harry Potter impression and the agents are fuming when they find out about Muggy Mike in the hot tub at the after party.

On Tuesday, Jonathan Lipnicki, Jade Jones and Tallia Storm head off on their first dates and things take a turn for the worse for Gemma Collins. Walking out of her second date, Gemma is the talk of Wednesday’s episode as she is summoned for crisis talks.

On Thursday, there’s tough love for Gemma when she catches up with Jonathan Cheban and Jonathan Lipnicki heads up to Newcastle for a kebab and a second date. Meanwhile, Tallia struggles to hide her ‘resting bitch face’ and Ollie clashes with the agents.

With no episode on Friday, the final episode of the week is on Sunday and Tom is put to the test in his new role as junior client coordinator. Sam, Jonathan and Muggy Mike arrive in Edinburgh where they must date two girls each and then choose one to take to dinner.

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2. Two Doors Down

Monday 5th February at 10pm on BBC Two


Following last week’s brilliant series opener, Two Doors Down continues this week as Eric is in poor shape following a slightly bungled medical procedure. With a rear end that is very tender, he is recuperating face down on the couch and Cathy and Colin arrive, full of sympathy… and a bottle of wine!

Christine turns up, scolding Beth for forgetting to take her shopping, but is distracted by seeing the prostrate Eric. On hearing that Ian is coming over, Christine turns him into her personal shopper and he in turn gets Gordon to bring over a big crusty loaf to go along with the soup that Beth is making for everyone.

All Eric wants is to be allowed to convalesce in peace and his family and neighbours push their luck to the limit when they get a little too involved in some deeply personal matters. Eric has had enough!

2/6


3. Inside No 9

Tuesday 6th February at 10pm on BBC Two


The fourth series of Inside No 9 has by far been the most solid series yet but if Reece Shearsmith’s tweets are to be believed, this week’s final episode of the series might just well be the last ever after he tweeted “Last episode next week and that’s that.”

This week’s episode, Tempting Fate guest stars Nigel Planer with Weruche Opia joining Reece and Steve to play council contractors Keith, Nick and Maz.

When they investigate a dead hoarder’s flat they find a blood-stained floor, a dead rat, and a terrible, inescapable curse from beyond the grave. All in an ordinary day’s work!

If Series 4 was your first experience of Inside No 9 I can’t recommend going back and watch the previous series enough.

6/6


4. Derry Girls

Thursday 8th February at 10pm on Channel 4


The breakout comedy hit of the year so far, Derry Girls, comes to an end this week but thankfully we already know that Channel 4 have given the show a second series, but we’ll more than likely have to wait for 2019 before we can see it.

In the final episode, Erin is over the moon when she manages, through dubious means, to secure herself the position of editor of the school magazine. Especially when she uncovers an explosive story.

Elsewhere, Orla’s become obsessed by step aerobics, and Da Gerry is in trouble with Ma Mary for losing the docket for the photos from her birthday party and there’s romance on the horizon for Aunt Sarah.

6/6


5. Requiem

Friday 9th February at 9pm on BBC One


The whole series launched as a boxset on BBC Three in January, but this week sees the final episode of Witless air on BBC One.

Having been ambushed by the gang, Rhona and Leanne are trapped as the building around them burns down. But in this dramatic finale, we discover whether Patrick really has crossed over to the dark side and if it’s the end of the road for DJ Sound as F***. But the biggest question of all is, can Leanne and Rhona can make it out alive?

Read my interview with Kerry Howard and Zoe Boyle here.

5/5


6. Through The Keyhole

Saturday 10th February at 9:45pm on ITV


With a lacklustre Saturday night line-up on BBC One and The Voice UK delivering the same old same old on ITV, thank God for Keith Lemon’s Through The Keyhole on ITV. Week after week it’s been the only show I’ve genuinely been looking forward to watching. It’s classic Saturday night entertainment at its best.

Once again Keith will rummage around three mystery celebrity houses unearthing clues for the studio panel to guess ‘who habitates in a house like this.’ This week the panel are made up of Jimmy Carr, Eamonn Holmes and Scarlett Moffatt.

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7. Survival Of The Fittest

Sunday 11th February at 9pm on ITV2


Still not over the fact that Love Island isn’t on your TV at the moment? I hear you. Thankfully, ITV2 reckon they’ve got just the thing to fill the void, and it’s called Survival Of The Fittest.

From the same creators as Love Island the series is set against the South African savannah and will see a group of young, hot singles living together under the searing sun as they take part in the ultimate battle of the sexes, in order to win a big cash prize.

A team of girls and a team of boys will battle it out in a series of stunning physical and mental challenges to determine which sex has the upper hand, while romantic dates will test their loyalties to the limit.

Will the girls put sisters before misters and will the boys choose mates over dates? Or will the temptation be too much and they end up in bed with the enemy?

Stripped across every night of the week at 9pm, viewers will be given the power to decide who stays in the competition, who goes home, and ultimately, which sex comes out on top.

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