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WHAT TO WATCH 13-19 February

Whether you’re a fan of reality TV, comedy, drama or hard-hitting documentaries, this week’s television highlight really do cater for all tastes.

Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week...

1. Celebs Go Dating

Monday 13th - Friday 17th February at 10pm on E4

When better to air a series where a bunch of single celebrities, all looking for love, go on a series of dates, than the week of Valentine's Day.

As Celebs Go Dating returns to E4 for a second series, the Celebrity Dating Agency is opening its doors  once again btut the stars aren't dating each other, they're dating real people in the real world.

Former TOWIE star turned TV presenter Ferne McCann is searching for her Prince Charming, Diversity's Perri Kiely is looking for his first ever girlfriend, former Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter is looking for a hunk she can trust and reality TV rogue Stephen Bear wants to get as many girls on the agency books as he can.

At the singles mixer, the celebrity clients mingle with everyday singletons and face the challenge of asking one of them out. Will anyone rescue Ferne McCann when she fears she'll be left on the shelf? Will Stephen Bear live up to his playboy reputation when he works the room?

And what will happen when Joey Essex returns to the agency looking for love a second time around?


2. Katherine Ryan: In Trouble

Tuesday 14th February on Netflix

Filmed in front of a packed audience in London's iconic Hammersmith Apollo, Katherine Ryan's makes her Netflix Original stand-up debut with Katherine Ryan: In Trouble.

Following Jimmy Carr who had his own Netflix stand-up special, Katherine becomes the second ever UK based act to get a global special streaming in 190 countries.

At the end of an extensive sell-out tour across the UK, Katherine explores timely themes including white privilege, family dynamics, the power of celebrity, ageism, Canadian defence protocol, how to relax and that one part of her body she was surprised to learn her ex-boyfriend was paying such close attention to.


3. The Moorside

Tuesday 14th February at 9pm on BBC One

After last week's brilliant opener which drew and incredible 7.2 million viewers, The Moorside concludes this week with the second episode.

Following the discovery of Shannon Matthews, the police and the community attempt to discover the truth behind her disappearance.

Karen Matthews (Gemma Whelan) sticks to her story - flatly denying any involvement in her child’s abduction.

Suspicions deepen further until her friends Julie (Sheridan Smith) and Natalie (Sian Brooke) set about discovering the whole truth about Shannon’s disappearance.


4. No Offence

Wednesday 15th February at 9pm on Channel 4

The second series of No Offence has, in my opinion, been much better than the first and sadly this week sees the final episode air.

With Deering, Dinah and Joy’s friendship in jeopardy, and Donna Calvert missing, the race is on to prevent the Attahs' escape, but efforts to bring down the Attahs once and for all puts the team's lives at stake.

The final action-packed showdown sees Viv Deering at her finest, deconstructing Nora’s family, and trying to repair the fractures that have crept in to her own...


5. June Brown at 90 - A Walford Legend

Thursday 16th February at 8:30pm on BBC One

When you think of EastEnders, you probably think of Dot Cotton first. Having made her debut performance as Dot in 1985, June left the soap in 1993 before returning 4 years later in 1997 and has been around ever since.

"Give us a tea, Lofty. And a glass of water so I can take a Paracetamol” were the first words June Brown ever uttered as Dot Cotton and they would prove to be a turning point in EastEnders’ history.

To celebrate June Brown's milestone 90th birthday, BBC One are celebrating by spending half an hour in the company of one of Albert Square’s most beloved actors, as she talks about her life and career.

From her early days in theatre to the reason she believes she was cast in the role of Dot, June Brown’s views on almost everything are both surprising and entertaining.

She talks of how in the early days she was seen as a rival by a fellow cast member, and how she coaxed more out of her character than just being a hypochondriac and also reveals the effect Dot Cotton has had on her life and the opportunities it has given her, from BAFTA nominations to revealing all in Calendar Girls.

But who is June Brown? And how similar is she to her EastEnders’ character? Funny, eccentric and straight talking, while Dot might be often impersonated, June Brown is unique.

The one-off features contributions from many Walford regulars including Danny Dyer, Adam Woodyatt, Gillian Taylforth, Rudolph Walker, Lacey Turner and Natalie Cassidy, all of whom pay tribute to their unique colleague.


6. Mafia Women with Trevor McDonald

Thursday 16th February at 9pm on ITV

In this brand new two-part series for ITV, Trevor McDonald meets the mafia wives, girlfriends and daughters who now share their stories with the veteran journalist and broadcaster.

Many of these women have never spoken before. Yet, over a six-week journey, Trevor unpicks their stories, uncovering a fresh and penetrating perspective on what it means to live amongst the money, violence, glamour and treachery of the Mob.

Trevor spends time with Linda Scarpa, daughter of notorious hit man, Greg Scarpa Snr. Linda mourns both her father and brother, who was “rubbed out” in a hit on a south Brooklyn street, and tells Trevor an incredible story of how, on one life-changing day, she and her infant son were directly caught up in the terrifying crossfire of an all-out mob war.

In a tense, emotional encounter, Trevor meets Toni Marie, the first wife of Gambino Captain Mikey 'Scars'. Toni Marie still feels the pain of the double betrayal she felt at the hands of her husband, who both broke the oath of Omerta to testify against his Mob brothers.

And in a gripping encounter, Trevor speaks to a former captain of the Colombo family, Anthony Russo, who, after eventually cooperating with the authorities for the sake of his family is starting over, but his new girlfriend knew nothing of the Mafia and the life Anthony once led.


7. SS-GB

Sunday 19th February at 9pm on BBC One

Adapted from Len Deighton’s 1978 alternate history novel, and starring Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth, BBC One's latest Sunday night drama is SS-GB.

The five-part series is a complex thriller focusing on British Detective Douglas Archer. Forced to work under the brutal SS in occupied London, Archer is determined to continue to do his job in the service of his country, but against impossible odds.

We first meet Archer in 1941, with the vast majority of England and Wales are under Nazi occupation after losing the Battle of Britain. Pockets of resistance continue to show their defiance against the occupying German forces, but after a German pilot is murdered by a British Resistance fighter, tensions in London could not be higher.

When investigating what appears to be a simple black market murder, Archer is dragged into a much darker and more treacherous world where the stakes are as high as the ultimate outcome of the war. The elusive American journalist Barbara Barga may hold the key - but can he trust her?

And when his lover Sylvia endangers her life by bravely making a stand against the oppressive regime, Archer is forced to confront a deeper dilemma. Can he carry out his duty to defend law and order when he is working for the wrong side? What is he willing to risk in the fight against fascism?



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