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WHAT TO WATCH 1-7 October

This week's best telly includes a brand new drama starring Stephen Graham, more culinary delights in Italy with Stanley Tucci, a highly-anticipated spin-off of The A Word and so much more!

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

1. Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

Sunday 2nd October at 8.20pm on BBC Two

It's the series in which Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci travels across Italy to discover the secrets and delights of the country’s regional cuisines, is back for a second series.

Tucci comes prepared with a bottomless appetite for it all, showing us how the diversity of Italian cooking offers a gateway through which you can glimpse Italy’s history and culture.

1/4 Continues weekly

2. The Ranganation

Sunday 2nd October at 10pm on BBC Two

Romesh Ranganathan’s topical comedy show The Ranganation is returning to BBC Two to bring a dose of optimistic entertainment to the nation.

Romesh chats through the lighter end of the news spectrum with celebrity guests and his hand-picked focus group, The Ranganation - 20 loveable, outspoken characters who represent a cross-section of modern Britain.

This week, top comic, presenter and journalist Alex Brooker joins Romesh in the studio. Together they take a humorous look at the week’s biggest talking points, from front-page news to trending topics, helping the nation navigate its way through these tricky times.

Past discussions with members of the Ranganation such as 'Small Town Girl', 'Never Voted', 'Technophobe' and 'Romesh’s Mum', have covered such disparate areas as the existence of alien life and whether or not you should wash your legs in the shower, and given rise to the infamous Trousers Or No Trousers zoom game.

1/6 Continues weekly

3. Sorry, I Didn't Know

Sunday 2nd October at 10.20pm on ITV

It's the classic panel show with a twist, and now Sorry, I Didn't Know, which takes viewers on a tour of Black British history with education and comedy is back for a third series, with host Jimmy Akingbola returning.

Also back as team leader is Chizzy Akudolu alongside comedian Eddie Kadi who takes Judi Love's seat this series as the leader of the other team.

Guests on the first episode are White Yardie, Athena Kugblenu, Verona Rose and Babatunde Aleshé.

1/5 Continues weekly

4. The Walk-In

Monday 3rd October at 9pm on ITV

Jeff Pope's new five-part drama for ITV, The Walk-In, tells the true story of how a Neo-Nazi plan to kill an MP was foiled by an inside man.

Stephen Graham takes the leading role, of activist Matthew Collins, a reformed Neo-Nazi, now working as a bona fide journalist for the anti-racist organisation, Hope not Hate. Forced to flee the UK and go into hiding in the 1990s when he became a mole from within the BNP, Collins returned to Britain to make a new life for himself. The drama focuses on Collins and his work to stop the radicalisation of young white men before it begins.

We’ll see him identify a Far Right Neo-Nazi group marking itself out with a youthful clean-cut image, hell-bent on creating race war. His modus operandi is to infiltrate such organisations by running moles, or walk-ins, with the goal of publishing information online about their activities to expose and fracture them.

In spite of repeated attempts, he wasn’t able to break into this particular group. Consequently, they continued to grow in strength relatively unchecked until the horrific murder of an MP Jo Cox brought their potential into sharp focus and they became the first Far Right organisation to be banned by the government since the Second World War.

Although the marches and the social media posts stopped Collins knew the group would only have been driven underground and that he had probably lost all chance of getting information from within. Until one day in March 2017 when he received an email from someone claiming to be a member. A mole ready to talk about a horrific plan to murder a second MP.

Promising to be a thought-provoking, conscience-stirring drama, it'll pose timeless questions - What makes people fear and hate those who are different from themselves? Can someone’s view of the world be fundamentally changed?

1/5 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

5. The Bear

Wednesday 5th October on Disney+

It's the series everyone across the pond is raving about and now The Bear is finally making its way to the UK thanks to Disney Plus. The eight-part comedy-drama is about a young chef who returns to Chicago to run the family restaurant.

Young chef Carmen "Carmy" Berzatto, from the fine dining world, played by Jeremy Allen White, comes home to Chicago to run his family sandwich shop, The Original Beef of Chicagoland, after a heartbreaking death in his family.

A world away from what he's used to, Carmy must balance the soul-crushing realities of small business ownership, his strong-willed and recalcitrant kitchen staff and his strained familial relationships, all while grappling with the impact of his brother's suicide.

The Bear is about food, family, the insanity of the grind, the beauty of Sense of Urgency and the steep slippery downsides. As Carmy fights to transform both The Original Beef of Chicagoland and himself, he works alongside a rough-around-the-edges kitchen crew that ultimately reveal themselves as his chosen family.

1-8/8 All episodes available at launch

6. Ralph & Katie

Wednesday 5th October at 9pm & 9.30pm on BBC One

If like me, you were a fan of The A Word, you'll be pleased to know that two of its most loved characters, Ralph and Katie, played by Leon Harrop and Sarah Gordy, are back in their own new spin-off, aptly titled Ralph & Katie. The last time we saw them, they’d just had the wedding of the year. So what happened next?

As we return to the beauty and splendour of the Lake District, we follow their journey as they embark on their first year of marriage. Navigating their own way through life, love and independence, Ralph and Katie will face many of the challenges faced by all newlyweds... but with the added blessing or complication that they both have Down’s syndrome.

In the first episode, Katie invites her recently dumped friend Emma to stay, leaving Ralph feeling pushed out. And as their newly hired PA Danny, tries to help, things backfire and Ralph must win Katie back.

1-2/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

7. DNA Journey

Thursday 6th October at 9pm on ITV

As this series of DNA Journey continues, this week daytime queens Kate Garraway and Alison Hammond embark on a road trip to find out about their family history, using a mix of DNA and genealogy and meeting living family members they never knew existed.

From Bristol to London and Jamaica, they cover the globe and find out that some of their own colourful and extraordinary ancestors would definitely make an eye-opening item in one of their morning shows.



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