WHAT TO WATCH 1-7 May

This week's best telly includes what promises to be the mother of all Line of Duty finales, the start of a brand new comedy starring unlikely duo Jane Horrocks and Samson Kayo, a personal documentary from Ian Wright, and so much more!


Here are 7 TV shows you can't miss this week...


1. Call the Midwife

Sunday 2nd May at 8pm on BBC One


As Call the Midwife continues, it’s May 1966 and at clinic Shelagh examines an overweight lady who is expecting her third child. Concerned about her weight gain and subsequent symptoms, she discusses the case with Lucille, who comes across a new discovery.


Elsewhere, Dr Turner and Sister Hilda are flummoxed by a young patient whose health presents a series of challenges. They become increasingly concerned and do their best to get to the bottom of her unexplained ill health.


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2. Line of Duty

Sunday 2nd May at 9pm on BBC One


As this series of Line of Duty comes to an end - possibly for good - AC-12 finally close in on 'H'. Will the mystery finally be solved?


With time running out, AC-12 attempt to unmask 'H', the Fourth Man (or Woman) commanding the network of corrupt officers behind the murder of Gail Vella. But sinister and powerful forces appear intent on orchestrating a cover-up.


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3. Beat the Chasers

Monday 3rd - Friday 7th May at 9pm on ITV


Beat the Chasers became ITV's biggest entertainment launch since Britain's Got Talent, and now the hit prime time spin-off of The Chase, in which contestants must take on five Chasers at once, is back for a third series across five consecutive nights.


Bradley Walsh hosts as this time, The Beast, The Governess, The Vixen, The Dark Destroyer and The Menace join forces to create the greatest quiz team in the world. One by one, contestants from across the UK try to win big money. But, can anyone Beat the Chasers?


In the Cash Builder contestants have the chance to bank up to £5,000 as they face five multiple choice questions, but if they get the first question wrong, they’re out!


Next, contestants are given the option of playing between two and five Chasers for increasing amounts of money, but with a decreasing time advantage against them. As the money goes up, so does the number of Chasers they must face. But those brave enough to take on five Chasers could walk away with a huge cash prize.


Play sees questions swap from contestant to the Chasers. But get a question wrong and their individual or team clock keeps counting down until a question is answered correctly. First to run out of time loses the game.


With the Chasers forming the greatest quiz team on the planet, it’s time to see once again, can anyone Beat The Chasers?


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4. Mare of Easttown

Monday 3rd May at 9pm on Sky Atlantic


Much like the latest series of Line of Duty, the only way to watch Mare of Easttown is weekly and the other similarity is that both are absolutely worth the agonising 7-day wait in between episodes.


Following the shock revelation at the end of last week's episode, the mystery surrounding Erin’s murder continues this week. But will we get closer to the truth about what happened to Erin? And will we find out who DJ's real father is?


As Mare and Colin act on new physical evidence, phone records lead to an unlikely suspect and after lashing out at Helen about a possible custody fight over Drew, Mare receives some unprompted advice from Richard on how to move forward with Carrie.


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5. Bloods

Wednesday 5th May at 10pm on Sky One


Samson Kayo and Jane Horrocks star as a pair of seemingly mismatched paramedics in a South London ambulance service in Bloods, Sky One's brand new comedy, created by Samson Kayo and Nathan Bryon and written by Nathan Bryon and Paul Doolan.


Kayo plays South London boy Maleek who's not impressed by new partner Wendy, a middle-aged divorcee who's just moved to the capital, played by Horrocks. Their partnership looks dead on arrival, but pretty soon they’re giving each other life support and the series follows their struggle to gain the respect of their fellow paramedics.


As he struggles to guide her through the mean streets, he pines for his old partner Kevin. And team leader Jo, played by Lucy Punch, tries to flirt with grieving widower Lawrence, played by Julian Barrett, but is caught out by a major pile-up.


Read my interview with Jane Horrocks & Samson Kayo here.


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6. Ian Wright: Home Truths

Thursday 6th May at 9pm on BBC One


In the last year, 1.6 million women experienced domestic abuse, and in 90 percent of domestic abuse cases there's a child present. In this one-off documentary, ex-footballer and broadcaster Ian Wright investigates the effect on children of growing up in a psychologically abusive and violent home, in the UK.


As well as coming to terms with his own experience, Ian sets out to understand the impact this kind of childhood can have on kids growing up now and on the adults they will become. Returning to his childhood home for the first time in 50 years to revisit his past, Ian decides to travel across the UK to meet with other people who have experienced domestic abuse in their childhood


He also meets professionals to talk through his own trauma, discovering how things have changed since he grew up in the 1970s, Ian finds out how children are supported in the UK today, by visiting his former primary school and observing local and charity-led initiatives.


In the final leg of his journey, Ian visits a charity who work with people at risk of committing, or who have already committed, domestic abuse and meets a man who is on a course to help him understand and change his behaviour. Ian discovers how abuse can become a dangerous cycle and emotionally reveals that he is able to begin to forgive his mother and move on from the past.


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7. This Time with Alan Partridge

Friday 7th May at 9.30pm on BBC One


This week's episode of This Time with Alan Partridge is a special episode focussing on criminal justice.


Elsewhere, new make-up artist Tiff, played by Natasia Demetriou, puts a spring in Alan's step and a blast from Alan's past returns to make amends.


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