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WHAT TO WATCH 10-16 October

This week's best telly includes a new home for Taskmaster, a new reality series where 12 strangers have to compete for £100,000 and Mo Gilligan shines a light on Britain's black comedy circuit.

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

1. The Bridge

Sunday 11th October at 9pm on Channel 4

Channel 4's new reality series The Bridge, sees twelve strangers come together on the banks of a lake in the beautiful British countryside, to win a life-changing sum of money. Only, they know nothing about the epic challenge that awaits them or what they’ll need to do to win the cash.

£100,000 lies on an island in the middle of a lake and the twelve must build an 850ft bridge by hand within 20 days in order to reach the prize.

It may sound simple but a series of twists and turns along the way offer moral dilemmas, spark rivalries and put their ability to work together as a team to the test.


2. Richard Osman's House of Games

Monday 12th - Friday 16th October at 6pm on BBC Two

If there's one thing we know for certain about the future, it's that Richard Osman's House of Games is here to stay as it returns for a brand new series, made up of 100 episodes, plus a primetime version is on the way for BBC One before the end of the year.

In case you've missed it of an evening on BBC Two, the series sees Richard Osman test the general knowledge skills of four celebrities across a week in a series of entertaining quiz rounds. As series 4 begins, this week's celebrities are Ade Adepitan, Jean Johansson, Stephen Mangan and Vikki Stone.

Fun for all the family, this feel-good quiz is not only great to play along at home to, but watching the competitiveness and camaraderie grow over the five days makes for some very entertaining television.

On Friday an overall champion is crowned, but there are also daily winners who get to pick their House of Games brand prize. Often choosing between the much-coveted House of Games dressing gown and the must-have branded fondue set.


3. Who Do You Think You Are?

Monday 12th October at 9pm on BBC One

Returning for a shorter series than usual this week, is Who Do You Think You Are? which begins with Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker.

On her father's side of the family tree, Jodie had previously heard about a romantic story of how her beloved paternal grandmother Greta came to be given the middle name of Verdun, also the name of a First World War battle. The truth Jodie uncovers about Greta’s eldest half-brother’s forgotten sacrifice is even more poignant than the family myth.

And on her mum’s side, Jodie gets to the bottom of how her great-great grandfather worked his way up from being a child labourer in a Yorkshire coal mine to a mine owner and how, controversially, his sons kept the family’s mines open during the biggest strikes of the 1920s.


4. Adult Material

Monday 12th October at 10pm on Channel 4

Adult Material started last week on Channel 4 and if you're anything like me, you've probably already devoured the whole lot on All4. But just in case you haven't, or in case you haven't heard about this series before - I can't recommend it enough.

Hayley Squires is superb as porn performer Jolene Dollar, a regular mother of three, who is proudly the breadwinner of the family. After meeting 19-year-old Amy on set one day, Jolene's own career and home life starts to unravel as she tries to protect the unstable teen.

This week, Jolene and Carroll try to control the fallout from the party, as Tom is taken to hospital and as Amy heads to the police station, Jolene vows to help her, inviting her into her home, a decision that doesn't go down well with her family.

Meanwhile, Jolene's kids are having problems of their own and as Jolene embarks on a daunting crusade to get justice for Amy, she is thrust into the public eye like she has never been before, encountering MP Stella Maitland along the way, with calamitous results for her family, friendships and career.


5. The Great British Bake Off

Tuesday 13th October at 8pm on Channel 4

This year's series of The Great British Bake Off is proving to be the most-watch yet on Channel 4 and with good reason. It's the perfect show to watch during these uncertain times and the dynamic between Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas just works.

This week it's Chocolate Week and the competition starts to heat up as Prue and Paul set three tricky challenges to test the remaining bakers. There's a deceptively simple traybake in the Signature, a Technical packed full of chocolate and nuts and a celebration Showstopper that pushes the bakers' skills with white chocolate to the limit.

Who will impress Prue and Paul enough to keep their place in the tent and who will be heading home?


6. Taskmaster

Thursday 15th October at 9pm on Channel 4

After nine successful series on Dave, Taskmaster moves to Channel 4 for its latest series which sees Greg Davies and Alex Horne return, complete with thrones, ridiculous tasks and five new comedians; Daisy May Cooper, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Mawaan Rizwan and Richard Herring.

This brand new series features a whole heap of brand new tasks, designed to test the ingenuity and creativity of these talented contestants, from teapot-decorating to footwear-catapulting.

In episode one, the new batch of contestants get stuck in with giant bears, disappearing cows and flying eggs. During the weird and wonderful challenges, Greg's PA Alex Horne will be looking on, making notes, recording times and gorging on pure, unadulterated stats.


7. Mo Gilligan: Black, British and Funny

Thursday 15th October at 10pm on Channel 4

This week, as part of Channel 4's Black and Proud season, Mo Gilligan goes on a journey through his comedy roots shining a well-deserved light on the British Black comedy circuit that's been vibrant and thriving for the past 30 years, but that most people know very little about.

The Black British comedy scene have been packing out theatres up and down the country for the last 30 years, with its stars selling out major venues like the O2 and Hackney Empire. Now Mo wants to celebrate the icons who paved the way for artists like him and shine a light on the new wave of acts coming through.

He looks back at the history of the Black comedy circuit, asking why this scene has remained hidden in plain sight and, importantly, question why he is one of the few comedians from the scene who have crossed over and ‘made it’, enjoying mainstream success.

Mo also meets icons from the late eighties including the first female Black comedian to have a sell-out show in London's West End and star of The Real McCoy, Angie Le Mar and Slim, who he first encountered when he was making his own tentative steps into stand-up and who ultimately inspired him to become a comedian.



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