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WHAT TO WATCH 1-7 October

This week’s best telly includes the return of The Apprentice, more Strictly Come Dancing and some fantastic drama including the highly anticipated return of Doctor Who. Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week...

1. Roast Battle

Monday 1st - Friday 5th October at 10pm on Comedy Central

After a successful first series at the start of the year, Roast Battle is back with a week of brand new episodes that once again will see two pairs of comedians go up against one another in the hope of taking down their opponent.

Katherine Ryan and Jimmy Carr will oversee proceedings once again K who this year are joined by Jonathan Ross, who replaces Russell Brand as a judge.

Going head-to-head in the first episode will be Ivo Graham and Fern Brady as well as Tom Rosenthal and Chris Ramsey. In episode two, former couple Alfie Brown and Jessie Cave are reunited and Daniel Sloss goes head-to--head with Phil Wang.

Other pairings throughout the series are real-life couple couple Catherine Bohart and Sarah Keyworth, Mark Watson and Andrew Maxwell, Stephen Bailey and Darren Harriott, Angela Barnes and Matt Richardson as well as Rose Matafeo and Naz Osmanoglu and Alex Brooker and Rosie Jones.


2. Sick of It

Thursday 4th October at 10pm on Sky One

After an unexpected divisive reaction to the first two episodes, Karl Pilkington's debut comedy Sick of It continues this week as Karl goes on holiday on his own and takes a trip down memory lane in Eastbourne.

In the first of two episodes (episode three), Karl gives himself a break from Auntie Norma and heads to the middle of nowhere. But when his neighbour constantly pesters him, as does the owner of the cottage he's staying in, will he ever get the peace and quiet he's after?

And in episode four, Karl helps Norma to declutter her house but accidentally gives a prized photograph of her late husband away to a charity shop. Will he be able to get it back? And what family secrets will he uncover?


3. The Apprentice

Wednesday 3rd October at 9pm on BBC One

The search for Lord Sugar's next business partner begins as The Apprentice returns and this year the challenges are bigger and better than ever. Over 12 weeks, the 16 hopeful candidates will be whittled down until only one remains.

Under the scrutiny of Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner, the candidates are tasked with tackling their first challenge abroad. The teams fly to Valletta in Malta, for a day-long shopping spree. The challenge is to bag nine Maltese items for the lowest possible prices before reuniting at the airport at 7pm.

One team quickly hits the road, but they are clearly on the wrong track. On the other team, fiery personality clashes over negotiations quickly rock the boat. As both teams navigate their way to the finish, one takes a punt by returning with items missing, while disregarding the deadline leaves the others facing mutiny.

In a heated first boardroom, Lord Sugar doles out hefty fines and on the losing team and someone becomes the first to be fired.

4. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 6th at 6:30pm & Sunday 7th October at 7:45pm on BBC One

There are three weeks in Strictly that everyone looks forward to; Movie Week, Halloween and Blackpool and this week it's all "Lights, camera, action!" as the remaining 14 couples perform routines inspired by some of the greatest films of all time.

The show will open with the professional dancers paying homage to Harry Potter as they recreate some of the most iconic scenes in a truly magical group routine.

So far in the competition, Ashley Roberts has topped the leaderboard two weeks in a row with Faye Tozer a very close second. When you take a look at the other half of the leaderboard, it's sadly Susanna Constantine whose two routines have seen her finish in last place.

After saying goodbye to the first couple last weekend, the pressure is building for the remaining celebrities and in Sunday's results show, the professional dancers will perform a very modern tribute to Singing In The Rain and Gladys Knight will perform the James Bond classic Licence To Kill. Then one couple will be eliminated from the competition.


5. Killing Eve

Saturday 6th October on BBC One

This week we reach the halfway point of Killing Eve, unless like me you couldn't wait a week for another episode so watched the whole lot on BBC Three.

As intel from Berlin points to the existence of a mole, Eve is prompted to undertake her first surveillance operation.

Meanwhile, Villanelle is sent to England to eliminate a member of British Intelligence. Villanelle wonders, could it be Eve? In emotional turmoil, Eve now knows how high the stakes are.


6. Doctor Who

Sunday 7th October at 6:45pm on BBC One

The latest series of Doctor Who is perhaps the most highly-anticipated series since its return in 2015 and that's mostly due to the long overdue casting of a female doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker.

In the opening episode, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien played by Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh, are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky.

Can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?

The series also stars Sharon D Clarke, Johnny Dixon and Samuel Oatley.


7. The Cry

Sunday 7th October at 9pm on BBC One

After the dramatic opening to The Cry, this week's episode sees the police investigation ramp up as the world’s media descends on the small town of Wilde Bay to report on the terrible and mysterious events of the previous night.

Joanna (Jenna Coleman) and Alistair (Ewen Leslie) face scrutiny on social media and a horrified Joanna creates a fake online identity and takes part in the online discussions.

Cracks appear in Alistair and Joanna’s relationship as they both try to cope in different ways with the unrelenting presence of the media and the police, as well as their personal and private emotions. Joanna becomes increasingly haunted and obsessed by the online commentators, who seem determined to solve the mystery.



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