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WHAT TO WATCH 11-17 April

With more time to spend in front of the TV, this week thankfully happens to be one of the biggest new telly weeks of the year, with so many new programmes launching that rather than my usual 7 suggestions, I've gone for 10 this week. A week which includes the return of Britain's Got Talent and Killing Eve as well as brand new dramas Quiz and Run plus the start of a brand new dating show on Netflix that we're all bound to be obsessed with in the coming weeks.

Here are 10 shows you can’t miss this week...

1. Britain's Got Talent

Saturday 11th April at 8pm on ITV

Whilst the live semi-finals for this year's Britain's Got Talent have been postponed until later this yeardue to Coronavirus, everything up until that point has been filmed so ITV are continuing with their plan to air the audition shows now.

Now in its 14th series, the unstoppable talent extravaganza returns with even more amazing, surprising and jaw-dropping acts, all vying to impress judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell, to secure their place in the live semi-finals.

As ever, Ant and Dec will be on hand to cheer and console those acts brave enough to face the judges and their infamous buzzers. Who will follow in the footsteps of last year's winner Colin Thackery.

2. Race Across the World

Sunday 12th April at 8pm on BBC Two

As we left Race Across the World last week, three teams had reached the checkpoint at Cafayate in Argentina with Dom and Lizzie yet to arrive and over 24 hours behind their competitors who are heading towards their next checkpoint, the island of Ihla Grande in Brazil, positioned halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo.

Leaders Emon and Jamiul are the first to leave make their longest leg of the race yet, 3,600km east across the continent, all while dealing with an ever-dwindling budget and a brand new language to contend with.

Following their disagreement in Bolivia, Jen and Rob want to try and enjoy the experience more so agree to make time to see things they have always wanted to see. With less money than any other team, the priority for mother and son Jo and Sam is to preserve their diminishing budget and after spotting a job on the Atlantic coast of Brazil with free bed and board, they decide to skip Paraguay and head straight there.

And finally Dom and Lizzie are last to leave the checkpoint but determined to catch up almost 30 hours on the leaders. Only things don’t get off to a good start when Lizzie realises that she has lost their map.


3. The Nest

Sunday 12th and Monday 13th April at 9pm on BBC One

For the past three weeks, The Nest has gripped us every Sunday night but this week the series comes to an with the final two episodes airing across two consecutive nights and with everyone reeling after the traumatic fallout of the prom, social workers James and Janis are worried about Kaya.

With the baby in a critical state, Dan keeps vigil by her side but Emily is nowhere to be seen. Devastated by the months of lies and betrayal by those closest her, Emily feels unable to trust anything but her own instincts which lead her to make a shocking discovery.

And with James doing all he can to support Kaya through this, it soon comes to light that he has his own struggles at home. Threatened with the loss of his daughter, James will do whatever it takes to keep his family together.

As Kaya becomes increasingly reliant on Siobhan, can Kaya they ever free themselves from the history they share? And when Emily regrets how bitter her relationship with Kaya has become, Dan goes on the attack and launches an aggressive legal battle against Kaya.


4. Killing Eve

Monday 13th April at 6am on BBC Three

Usually we have to wait until June to see Killing Eve, so that all episodes have aired in the US and we can get our boxset. However, shortly after the US announced that they had brought the release date forward by two weeks, the BBC announced the series would now air weekly, just hours after the US!

As the series starring Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw and Kim Bodnia returns, Eve is attempting to rebuild her life, having been shot and left for dead by Villanelle in Rome. Believing she's dead, Villanelle too is moving on, until she's approached by an old foe offering her a brand new opportunity.

Meanwhile, Carolyn is being undermined at work and Kenny can’t leave his own investigation into The Twelve alone.


5. Quiz

Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th April at 9pm on ITV

Remember when coughing was in the news for a very different reason? Cast your minds back to 2001 when Major Charles Ingram was accused of cheating his way to £1m on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? with the help of his wife Diana and accomplice Tecwen Whittock, who was sitting in the audience.

The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple choice questions posed to the Major by host, Chris Tarrant and this new three-part drama follows what happened when one family’s much loved pub-quiz hobby turns into outright obsession.

As the family’s attempts to win the ultimate prize fall short, all eyes turn to an unsuspecting Major Charles Ingram to take his turn in the coveted hot seat. While his first night on the show is a disaster, on the second, he is a brand new man with a brand new strategy.

The audience on the edge of their seats, Charles dithers and about-turns all the way up the question ladder while an increasingly suspicious production team launch an investigation that will lead them to an incriminating pattern of coughs in the studio audience.

Charged with fraud and persecuted by the public and press Charles, his wife Diana and the alleged cougher head to court. At first it seems the trial is a fait accompli, but as the case for the defence gets underway, the jury learn there is far more to the story than they know.

Matthew Macfadyen stars as Major Charles Ingram, whilst Sian Clifford plays his wife Diana Ingram and Michael Sheen play quiz show host Chris Tarrant. Mark Bonnar, Helen McCrory Michael Jibson and Aisling Bea also star.


6. Flack

Monday 13th April at 10pm on W

Following on from the destruction left in her wake at the end of series one, American PR executive Robyn, played by Anna Paquin, is white-knuckling it and trying to get her life back on track as Flack returns for another series.

Off the booze and the drugs, she’s determined to be a good girl but unfortunately life has other plans and news of an unexpected pregnancy sends her off the rails once more.

Caroline, played by Sophie Okonedo, has to deal with ghosts from her past which rear their heads and threaten her future and Eve, played by Lydia Wilson, is struggling with her place in life. Should she grow up, be a good little girl and finally get in line? Melody, played by Rebecca Benson, is finding her feet in London, experimenting with who she is but brought back down to earth by an unexpected visit from her parents.

Once again, Mills Paulson PR finds itself dealing with its usual fill of showbiz scandals with no scandal left unturned.

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7. I'll Get This

Tuesday 14th April at 10pm on BBC Two

It's the series in which five celebrities meet at a restaurant for dinner and I first caught I'll Get This by chance last year and fell in love with the show and it's format.

The catch is that at the start of the meal all five celebrities place their credit card in the middle of the table and between each course they play games with the winner able to remove their card from the the bowl, leaving the overall loser to pay for the entire meal. This week's opening episode of the second sees Jonathan Ross, Gabby Logan, Mark Wright, Anita Rani and Rachel Parris take part.


8. Run

Wednesday 15th April at 10pm on Sky Comedy

Coming to Sky Comedy this week is Run, a brand new HBO series produced by Fleabag and Killing Eve writer Vicky Jones, a romantic comedic thriller about a woman who walks away from her ordinary life in the suburbs to act on a pact made 17 years earlier.

Ruby Richardson, played by Merritt Wever, made a pact with her then college boyfriend Billy Johnson, played by Domhnall Gleeson, that if either one of them ever texted the other the word “run” and the other replied with the same, they would drop everything and meet in Grand Central Station and travel across America together.

Which of course, is exactly what happens at the start of the series...


9. Too Hot to Handle

Friday 17th April on Netflix

With the future of this summer's Love Island hanging in the balance due to Coronavirus, Netflix have arrived just in time with a brand new dating show, Too Hot to Handle, in which ten hot young singles from around the world come together in a tropical paradise to win $100,000.

But there's a twist... what they think will be the most exotic and erotic summer of their lives will actually see these commitment-phobes who love a casual hook-up, forced to give up all hanky panky for the entire retreat if they want to win the prize. That means no kissing, no heavy petting and no self-gratification of any kind.

With every slip, the prize money goes down. Will the serial singletons be able to form deeper emotional connections? Or will the temptation simply be too hot to handle?

10. Friday Night Dinner

Friday 17th April at 10pm on Channel 4

It's now Channel 4's most successful sitcom since The IT Crowd and All4's most-watched comedy EVER and this week as Friday Night Dinner continues it's Dad Martin's birthday, but he's been a misery guts all day and no one knows why.

Mum Jackie, Adam and Jonny are dumbstruck when he finally reveals the reason he's so miserable, he's realised he'll never go into space because he used a website to calculate the date he's going to die. Mum is horrified, and even more so when Dad admits he's also worked out the date of her death and that of the boys.

Meanwhile, neighbour Jim pops round to wish Dad a happy birthday and has been practising his magic and conjures up some special 'tricks' for the birthday boy. Just when Dad thought things couldn't get any worse, Grandma Goodman, aka 'Horrible Grandma', turns up uninvited and proceeds to make a terrible birthday the worst yet.



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