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This week's best telly includes BBC One's highly anticipated musical drama Champion, Sky Max's new drama Then You Run, Ross Kemp's return to acting in Channel 5's Blind Spot as well as the return of The Voice Kids and a thought-provoking documentary from Ellie Simmonds.

Here are 5 TV shows you can't miss this week...

1. The Voice Kids

Saturday 1st July at 7.30pm on ITV1

The search to find Britain's best young singing talent is back as The Voice Kids returns to its summer slot after two years forming part of ITV's festive telly offering with superstar coaches, Pixie Lott, Danny Jones and Ronan Keating all back together!

Over three special episodes, Emma Willis will once again preside over the competition as singers between the ages of 7 and 14 perform in front of the famous red chairs in a bid to showcase their champion vocals and become The Voice Kids winner 2023.

With four places up for grabs on each team, these young singers will be giving it all they’ve got in the hope of making it to the final and winning a seven-night trip to Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.

1/3 Continues weekly

2. Champion

Saturday 1st July at 9.15pm on BBC One

Candice Carty-Williams' first TV project finally arrives on BBC One this week, telling the explosive story of what happens when fame collides with family. Described as a love letter to Black British music and set in south London, Champion promises to celebrate a sound that has long been the beating heart of our culture.

It follows Rap sensation Bosco Champion, played by Malcolm Kamulete who is ready to dominate the music industry once more. But when his dutiful younger sister Vita, played by newcomer Déja J Bowens, has her talent discovered by Bosco’s rival, Bulla, she steps out of her brother's shadow to become a performer in her own right.

A move which sets the Champion siblings against one another and tears apart the whole family in the process. Ray BLK stars as Vita’s best friend Honey alongside Nadine Marshall and Ray Fearon as Bosco and Vita’s parents Aria and Beres Champion and Jo Martin as Bosco’s manager Dawn.

The eight-part musical drama also stars Kerim Hassan, Adeyinka Akinrinade, Tom Forbes, Genesis Lynea, Karl Collins, Francis Lovehall, Corey Weekes and Rachel Adedeji

1/8 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

3. Blind Spot

Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th July at 9pm on Channel 5

Channel 5's new four-part thriller Blind Spot sees Ross Kemp's return to acting after 15 years away, playing Police Detective Tony Warden alongside Beth Alsbury in the lead role of Hannah.

A year after witnessing a traumatising attack in her neighbourhood, Hannah, a young wheelchair user, witnesses a copycat attack on her area’s CCTV system, in the only part of the estate not covered by cameras.

The attacker enters the area with an unknown woman but emerges alone. What happened to the woman? Hannah believes she was murdered but there is no evidence of a crime. She feels thwarted by Tony, the washed-up and possibly corrupt police detective on the case, but she perseveres and soon finds her own life in danger trying to investigate what really happened in the Blind Spot.

Also stars Crystal Clarke, Sue Vincent, Kiran Landa and Michelle Bonnard as Amber, Dolly, Geri and Louisa respectively.

1-4/4 Continues nightly

4. Ellie Simmonds: My Secret Family

Thursday 6th July at 9pm on ITV1

In this one-off hour-long documentary, multiple Gold Medal-winning Paralympian, Ellie Simmonds, will explore the relationship between disability and adoption in a thought-provoking documentary which follows Ellie's own adoption journey as she tracks down her birth mother who gave her up for adoption after only two weeks.

Spending time with families who adopted Disabled children, Ellie hears deeply personal stories from Disabled people who tried to find their birth parents, only to be rejected again and highlights the pioneering work of social services teams around the UK.

Ellie explores barriers on both sides of the adoptive process – both social and institutional – and asks if we are perpetuating an unfounded stigma around having Disabled children.

From probing the existence of in-built systemic bias from the moment of birth to a lack of awareness, Ellie’s mission is to investigate and unravel this complex issue.


4. Then You Run

Friday 7th July at 9pm on Sky Max

Sky Max's new eight-part drama Then You Run, sees Leah McNamara, Vivian Oparah, Yasmin Monet Prince and newcomer Isidora Fairhurst take on the roles of four friends whose dreams of the perfect summer holiday spiral into a dark and perilous adventure after they inadvertently cross paths with some of the most dangerous people in Europe.

Adapted by Ben Chanan, Then You Run follows a close-knit group of rebellious London teenagers on a getaway in Rotterdam, but after the estranged father of Tara is discovered dead, they find themselves on the run across Europe with three kilos of heroin and a host of deadly criminals snapping at their heels.

Leading the hunt against Tara and her childhood friends, reckless Stink, sharp Ruth and loyal Nessi is Tara’s uncle Reagan, a notorious gangster haunted by his past who will stop at nothing to track down his missing cache of drugs.

But Reagan isn’t the only person they should fear, because all the while a terrifying and mythical serial killer known only as ‘The Traveller’ draws closer, on a collision course with them all.

1/8 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch


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