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WHAT TO WATCH 1-7 February

This week's best telly includes the highly-anticipated returns of Inside No.9 and Home as well as the arrival of a new six-part thriller on Channel 4.


Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week...


1. Top Gear

Sunday 2nd February at 8pm on BBC Two


Following last week's superb series opener which saw Freddie Flintoff bungee jump off a dam in a car was never going to be easy but scenes in which Chris races the £2.5m McLaren Speedtail against the RAF’s newest fighter jet make for some stunning television.


Elsewhere, Paddy reveals his ultimate cheap, luxurious off-roader, the homebuilt ‘Dirty Rascal’ and Romesh Ranganathan joins Paddy, Freddie and Chris in the studio.


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2. Cold Feet

Monday 3rd February at 9pm on ITV


Last week's episode of Cold Feet ended with Karen receiving some news about her mother and this week sees the pair attempt to make amends.


Elsewhere, a chance encounter gives Pete a boost and as David starts his new venture, he soon realises that all is not as it seems. 


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3. Inside No.9

Monday 3rd February at 10pm on BBC Two


It's been two years since the last series of Inside No.9 aired and 15 months since THAT Halloween special but now Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are back with six new original stories, bursting with new characters and surprising twists.


The series opener, The Referee's A W***er, is set in the referee's changing room and follows the four match officials looking after the last match of the season between United and Rovers.


Reece and Steve are joined by stars David Morrissey, Ralf Little, Dipo Ola and Steve Speirs for a tale of promotion, relegation, corruption, and so, so much more.


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4. Baghdad Central

Monday 3rd February at 10pm on Channel 4


Waleed Zuaiter, Bertie Carvel, Corey Stoll, Clara Khoury, Leem Lubany, Youssef Kerkour and July Namir star in Channel 4's six-part thriller Baghdad Central, an adaptation of Elliott Colla's book which starts in October 2003, six months after Baghdad has been occupied by American forces.


But in the aftermath of the invasion, no one is in charge and there's no effective rule of law. We follow Iraqi ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji who in the midst of the chaos, crime and paranoia has lost everything and is battling daily to keep himself and his sick daughter, Mrouj safe.


But when he learns that his estranged elder daughter Sawsan is missing, Khafaji is forced into a desperate search to find her and discovers that Sawsan and her two close friends Sanaa and Zahra have been leading a hidden life that’s led them into great danger. Khafaji feels powerless until he meets Frank Temple, an ex Police Officer who has arrived from Britain on a mission to rebuild the Iraqi Police Force from the ground up.


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5. Curb Your Enthusiasm

Tuesday 4th February at 10pm on Sky Comedy


As well as allowing us to watch the late night US talk shows a day after the US Sky Comedy is the new home of Curb Your Enthusiasm which launched its tenth season last week with a sensational episode which tackled the Me Too movement in a way that only Curb and Larry David can.


This week, Larry’s lawyer tries to resolve the situation with his assistant, Alice. And Larry surprises Susie with an impressive birthday gift and comes one step closer to exacting revenge on Mocha Joe.


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6. Hypothetical

Wednesday 5th February at 10pm on Dave


James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe return to Dave this week with a second series of their hit panel show Hypothetical in which top comedians are posed increasingly absurd hypothetical situations and scored on how well they would deal with them.


Over three hilarious rounds, two teams of comedians must think fast as they are faced with a series of completely made-up scenarios and interrogated on their approach to each one.


In the first episode of the new series, James and Josh are joined by Rob Beckett, Sara Barron, Maisie Adam, and Jonathan Ross.


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7. Home

Wednesday 5th February at 10pm on Channel 4


Rufus Jones' superb comedy Home, about a Syrian immigrant who ends up living with an English family after hiding amongst the luggage in their car boot, debuted on Channel 4 towards the start of 2019 and is back for a second series just 10 months since series one ended.


Throughout the first series we watched as Sami, played by Youssef Kerkour, adapted to British life and following his interview with the Home Office for his right to remain in the UK, this series pics up six months after and Sami's case is still under review.


All he can do is make himself useful to his hosts, Katy and Peter, played by Rebekah Staton and Rufus Jones, however it's not long before Sami's good-humoured patience begins to wear thin.


Read my interview with Rufus Jones here.


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