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WHAT TO WATCH 11-17 January

This week's best telly includes the return of Love Island, Cold Feet and Sex Education plus a new Sky Original drama starring Robert Carlyle.

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

1. The Masked Singer

Saturday 11th January at 7pm on ITV

It was possibly the most-talked about TV show in the country last weekend as the nation watched 12 celebrities singing in front of a studio audience and a panel made up of Ken Jeong, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross - dressed head to toe in elaborate costumes.

Already, Patsy Palmer and Alan Johnson have been unmasked, but with guesses flying around the internet that include Charlotte Church, Ashley Roberts, John Barrowman, MIKA, CeeLo Green, Denise VanOuten and even David Beckham - could we be in for our biggest surprise yet when The Masked Singer returns for more this weekend?

It's almost certainly the most surreal and surprising television show of recent times - but it's one you definitely want to watch live if you're to avoid any spoilers.


2. Love Island

Sunday 12th January at 9pm on ITV2

I know January seems like it's going on forever, but don't worry you haven't missed six months of the year and jumped straight to June - it's just that such is the success of Love Island that ITV2 have (unsurprisingly) decided to air two series this year - the usual summer series in Mallorca and a new winter series in South Africa.

And it's back with a brand new host as Laura Whitmore takes over from Caroline Flack to host the show alongside the voice of Love Island - and her boyfriend - Iain Stirling.

The identities of the first 12 Islanders going into TV's most famous villa have been revealed and include Rochelle Humes' younger sister Sophie Piper, former BGT contestant Paige Turley who also happens to be Lewis Capaldi's ex and the inspiration behind Someone You Loved and in a Love Island first, twin sisters Eve and Jess Gale.

Meet this year's Islanders here...

3. Cold Feet

Monday 13th January at 9pm on ITV

Thankfully Cold Feet seems to have settled into its January Monday night time slot as it returns for an incredible ninth series - its fourth since returning in 2016 - with Fay Ripley, Hermione Norris, James Nesbitt, John Thomson and Robert Bathurst all returning.

At the end of the last series, Jenny was dealing with her cancer treatment with husband Pete by her side - preparing for the long road ahead. Meanwhile Karen and Adam were figuring out the boundaries of their burgeoning relationship and the impact it had on the close knit group, especially David who with the help of his friends had been putting his life back together.

In the opening episode of the brand new series, Jenny’s finished her cancer treatment, but her struggle is far from over. David begins to see Mary in a new light. And Adam finds himself in hot water at work, while his relationship with Karen continues to affect the group.


4. Good Omens

Wednesday 15th January at 9pm on BBC Two

It feels odd to be recommending Good Omens now as it's been available on Amazon Prime Video for almost 8 months - but if you're one of the many without an Amazon subscription, then this week is your change to watch Neil Gaiman’s six-part adaptation of his bestselling novel with Terry Pratchett - as it comes to BBC Two for the first time.

Michael Sheen and David Tennant star as fussy angel/rare-book dealer Aziraphale and his opposite number, the fast-living demon Crowley. Both of whom have lived among Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and of each other.

So it’s really terrible news for both of them that, if Heaven and Hell have their way, the world will end on Saturday. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist… Together, Aziraphale and Crowley agree to join forces in order to prevent Armageddon.


5. Sex Education

Friday 17th January on Netflix

Sex Education, the series which follows Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mother Jean, became somewhat of a surprise hit at the start of 2019 and this season Moordale Secondary is in the throes of a Chlamydia outbreak.

At the end of the first season, Otis finally kissed Ola, unaware that Maeve was watching and after THAT final scene, Otis realises this season that masturbation is his secret talent and as a late bloomer must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola.

Whilst Maeve has a now strained relationship with Otis, her BFF relationship with Aimee is stronger than ever since she ditched ‘the Untouchables’ and Eric's new-found -self-confidence attracts unfamiliar kinds of attention - whilst Adam, at military school, still feels conflicted by his feelings for Eric.

Elsewhere, Lily has hit pause on her sexual endeavours to focus on her creative talents and finds a new found friend in Ola, Jackson is forced to flex his mental rather than physical muscle and is still buckling under the pressure from his parents to succeed - and Jean and Jakob’s relationship is discovered and they have to learn how to operate as a blended family.


6. Deadwater Fell

Friday 17th January at 9pm on Channel 4

Following the rather emotional and compelling first episode of Channel 4's new drama Deadwater Fell, this week's episode sees the residents of Kirkdarroch come out in force for the funerals of those who sadly lost their lives in the fire.

After meeting an old friend of Kate's, Jess is deeply shocked by what she discovers and as the village grieves, she wrestles with her part in the tragedy.

When a witness comes forward, the investigation takes a new turn and the police home in on their prime suspect. And as intimate secrets come to light, there are devastating results.



Friday 17th January at 9pm on Sky One

Robert Carlyle and Victoria Hamilton star as Prime Minister Robert Sutherland and his Chief of Staff Anna Marshall in COBRA, a new six-part Sky Original drama from the writer of Spooks, set in the heart of government during a time of national crisis.

COBRA meetings are called at times of national emergency to protect the people of Great Britain bringing together a team of Britain’s leading experts, crisis contingency planners and the most senior politicians.

In the opening episode, as the possibility of a solar storm affecting the UK mounts, and the threat of a blackout increases, the Prime Minister and his chief of Staff Anna Marshall, the Head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat Fraser Walker and the Home Secretary Archie Glover-Morgan assemble the emergency committee “COBRA” in an effort to combat the situation.

Not only having to contend with impossible political decisions, both Robert and Anna have ferociously pressured personal lives also and must be mindful of political opponents who will use any sign of weakness as the opportunity to strike.

1/6 with all episodes available to watch On Demand and via NOW TV


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