WHAT TO WATCH 10-16 April

This week's best telly includes the return of Vernon Kay to prime time, competitive sewing and jewellery making and so much more including reaching the halfway point in the latest series of Line of Duty.


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

 

Schedule changes may occur following the death of Prince Philip



1. Game of Talents

Saturday 10th April at 7.30pm on ITV


As soon as Vernon Kay stepped into the I'm A Celebrity castle last year, it was clear that this would mark the start of a return to prime time TV for the former T4 and Family Fortunes host. Now he's back where he belongs, hosting a brand new entertainment show called Game of Talents.


Each week pairs of contestants will be partnered with a celebrity teammate, in the case of episode one it's Tess Daly and Craig Revel Horwood, as they try to figure out the surprising and often bizarre hidden talents of the eight mystery performers in each episode.


With big money prizes up for grabs if they get it right, will they be able to tell the fire eater from the footballer or the line dancer from the lion tamer, based solely on the performers’ appearances and some intriguing clues?


1/7 Continues weekly



2. Line of Duty

Sunday 11th April at 9pm on BBC One


As this series of Line of Duty continues, DCI Jo Davidson faces increasing pressure from all sides as AC-12 make major breakthroughs in the investigation.


Elsewhere, Hastings acknowledges that the disciplinary action against him put Kate and Steve in a difficult position, and a forensic report from Farida’s house results in a shock for AC-12.


4/7 Continues weekly



3. Too Close

Monday 12th - Wednesday 14th April at 9pm on ITV


ITV's new psychological thriller, airing across three nights, Too Close, is about a powerful, but dangerous, closeness between two women; forensic psychiatrist, Emma Robertson, played by Emily Watson and wife and mother Connie Mortensen, played by Denise Gough, who has been accused of a despicable crime.


When Emma is assigned to work with Connie, her assessment of the ‘yummy mummy monster’s’ sanity will determine whether Connie faces life in jail, life in a secure psychiatric hospital, or the chance of rehabilitation and release.


Emma hopes that the high-profile case will make her career, but her sessions with Connie quickly become a complex psychological game of cat and mouse with confusing sexual undercurrents. Connie has a searing insight into Emma’s insecurities and brutally exploits them.


It isn’t clear whether she is hoping to manipulate Emma to gain her freedom, or simply toying with her for her own entertainment, as she probes into Emma’s own dark past.


As Emma gradually starts to understand what drove Connie to her crime, it also seems that she may be getting too close to a woman who is beyond redemption. Can Emma see to it that justice is done without destroying herself in the process?


1-3/3 Continues nightly



4. All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star

Tuesday 13th April at 8pm on BBC Two


Baking, cooking, sewing, pottery and so much more, television loves a competition show based around one skill and the latest, All That Glitters, sees Katherine Ryan invite 8 jewellers to the workshop, nestled in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, to prove they are the next big name in jewellery.


Across two challenges, the jewellers must try and impress two of the biggest names in the business, Shaun Leane and Solange Azagury-Partridge. Each week, they'll face The Bestseller Challenge, where they must design a piece that will appeal to a mass market and The Bespoke Challenge where they have to make a real client’s dreams come true and make a piece to wear to a significant occasion.


To kick off the series, the jewellers are challenged to make three silver bangles, before facing the first Bespoke challenge of the series where Ben wants a pendant necklace for his mum to wear to Buckingham Palace when she collects her MBE.


But who will impress the judges enough to be named Jeweller of the Week? And who will be the first to be sent home?


1/6 Continues weekly



5. The Circle USA

Wednesday 14th April on Netflix


The third UK series of reality show The Circle came to an end on Friday but fans of the format don't have long to wait for another... US series that is. Whilst the first season of The Circle USA came to Netflix UK a year late, in January 2021, season two is airing at the same time.


Promising to be bigger and better and with more twists, turns, and shade thrown, the new season will once again see Michelle Buteau host as 8 new contestants enter The Circle to flirt, befriend, piss off, and compete in challenges against each other on a unique social media platform.


The aim? To earn the ultimate cash prize of $100k as top influencer. But with a huge amount of money on the line, will they be able to earn clout and figure out who is real and who is a catfish?


1-4/13 Continues weekly with 4 new episodes and finale on 5th May



6. The Great British Sewing Bee

Wednesday 14th April at 9pm on BBC One


Despite this being the seventh series of The Great British Sewing Bee, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the second. In 2019, Joe Lycett took over hosting duties from Claudia Winkleman and last year, thank to a move to BBC One (from BBC Two) and all of us being stuck indoors, series six went from an average of 3.8m viewers per episode to 6m.


This week, as the competition returns, Joe Lycett is back in charge as 12 of Britain’s most talented home sewers compete to win one of TV’s toughest creative challenges. Once again, he'll be joined by judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young, who'll be casting their expert eye over the garments, in the contest to find Britain’s best amateur sewer.


This week, Patrick and Esme settle the contestants in with a trio of challenges based on everyday wardrobe staples, starting with their first Pattern Challenge where they must create the simple, clean lines of the versatile classic sleeveless blouse known as a shell top.


For the Transformation Challenge, the sewers have just 90 minutes to turn old t-shirts into completely new garments for men, women or children and in the Made to Measure Challenge, mannequins are replaced with real-life models.


Who will whip up a well-fitting buffet dress and win themselves Garment of the Week, and whose hopes of staying in the competition will flounder?


1/10 Continues weekly



7. Frank of Ireland

Thursday 15th April at 10pm on Channel 4


Brand new Channel 4 comedy Frank of Ireland, arrives this week and sees Brian Gleeson play 32 year-old Frank, a catastrophic, misanthropic, narcissistic, fantasist in arrested development who thinks the world owes him something.


Living in Dublin with his mother Mary, Frank is single and hasn't had his pocket money increased for over a decade. Whilst Frank may think of himself as a musician, he hasn't written a song or played a gig in seven years and five months. And he knows it's been that long, because that's when he broke up with his ex-girlfriend Áine who now has a new boyfriend, for the first time since they split.


Domnhall Gleeson plays Doofus, Frank's wingman who foolishly thinks they are best friends and it’s his job to blow smoke up, facilitate and attempt to fix the relentless debris in Frank’s wake.


In episode one, Frank decides he’s going to learn MMA and secures a ‘gig’ playing at Áine's grandmother’s funeral. Will Frank master MMA, or will he keep confusing it with MDMA? And will the gig be a success, impressing Áine in the process, or will it (more likely) end in disaster?


1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch