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WHAT TO WATCH 13-19 February

This week's best telly includes two competition finals, a new Netflix thriller, the emotional final episode of It's A Sin and some emotional lockdown births!


Here are 5 TV shows you can't miss this week...


1. The Masked Singer UK

Saturday 13th February at 7pm on ITV


After seven weeks of guessing, TV’s biggest musical mystery will finally be solved as the final three masked singers; Sausage, Badger and Robin, compete to be crowned the ultimate champion.


Joining Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, Mo Gilligan on the panel for the final is last year's winner - Queen Bee herself - Nicola Roberts! And as a special treat, all 12 Masked Singers return for a special group performance.


Is Sausage Sheridan Smith? Or is she Joss Stone? Could Badger really be R&B superstar Ne-Yo? And there's no doubt that Robin is Aston Merrygold from JLS. And who will be crowned champion?


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2. Emma Willis: Delivering Babies in 2020

Monday 15th February at 10pm on W


Filmed during the first lockdown, this new series of Delivering Babies, sees television presenter, mother of three and fully qualified Maternity Care Assistant (MCA) Emma Willis find out just what it’s like to be pregnant and give birth during these remarkable times.


Throughout the series, Emma reaches out to parents-to-be across the UK whose birthing plans have been thrown up in the air by lockdown. She gets to know them virtually, before asking them to turn the camera on themselves and film the stress, the drama and the joy of bringing new life into the world in the midst of a pandemic. Once restrictions eased, Emma travelled to meet the families in person to find out how they’re getting on.


In the first episode, Emma meets Chris and Takkies, who recently moved to the UK from

South Africa. Takkies is finding pregnancy in lockdown difficult away from her family. And in East Sussex, Jay faces a race against time to be at Katie’s side for the birth of their child.


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3. Celebrity Best Home Cook

Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th February at 9pm on BBC One


It's one of the warmest, most comforting shows on telly at the moment, and this week Ed Balls, Ferne McCann, Rachel Johnson and Tom Read Wilson compete to impress judges Mary Berry, Angela Hartnett and Chris Bavin and be crowned champion of the first ever series of Celebrity Best Home Cook.


In Tuesday's semi-final, the four remaining celebrity cooks are challenged to cook their ultimate Friday night fish supper by Mary Berry and Chris Bavin asks the cooks to rustle up a dish that puts mushrooms front and centre in the penultimate rustle up challenge. For the eliminator round, Angela Hartnett goes back to her Italian roots, asking the celebrities to follow her technical recipe for crab ravioli with homemade pasta dough.


Then in Wednesday's final, the three remaining cooks return to the kitchen for one last time and this time they face Chris Bavin's Rustle Up challenge first as he provides the cooks with a butternut squash, and for an added twist announces that whoever cooks the best dish will avoid the Eliminator and go straight through to the decisive Ultimate challenge the next day.


Once the Rustle Up winner is chosen, the two other contestants face Angela Hartnett’s Eliminator challenge which involves the cooks making choux pastry, caramel and a dessert centrepiece fitting for the most glamorous of celebrations.


On day two of the final, Mary Berry asks the two contenders to prepare four items for their ultimate picnic; one sweet item, one meat, one plant-based and one fish. And a host of familiar faces return to support the cooks, as the judges announce the first ever Celebrity Best Home Cook.


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4. Behind Her Eyes

Wednesday 17th February on Netflix


Netflix's new six-part thriller Behind Her Eyes is based on the best-selling novel by Sarah Pinborough and stars Simona Brown, Tom Bateman and Eve Hewson.


Louise Barnsley, a young, single mum whose otherwise uneventful life is plagued by night terrors. But things take a turn when she becomes romantically involved with her handsome and mysterious boss, psychiatrist David Ferguson. To make matters more complicated, David also happens to be married to the beautiful, seemingly-perfect Adele.


When Louise bumps into Adele by chance, they form a secret friendship and bond over Adele’s own history of nightmares. Adele learned to control hers years ago and wants to teach Louise to do the same with the help of instructions in an old journal written by Rob, a troubled friend from her past.


As Louise reads through Rob’s journal and grows closer to the lonely and isolated Adele, she learns more about Adele’s complicated marriage and turbulent history filled with trauma and loss. She also learns about Adele’s friendship with Rob, who was once Adele’s closest friend during their stay at a psychiatric hospital but is now strangely absent. Adele had taught him the art of lucid dreaming - the ability to control his dreams.


From there, the love triangle and web of lies unravels, exposing secrets with the help of the supernatural.


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5. It's A Sin

Friday 19th February at 9pm on Channel 4


It's A Sin, Russell T Davies' drama about five friends living and loving in the shadow of AIDS comes to an end this week (for those watching weekly) as the story moves to November 1991 for the final chapter.


As the situation darkens, life inside the Pink Palace is bound by love and compassion, and all the flatmates try their best to help. Jill and Roscoe work extra hours, while Ritchie clings to past success and even Carol finds a kinder side. But time is running out and the truth must be told, no matter what the cost.


As the final days of the old gang unravel, everyone must face up to the spectre of AIDS and the prejudice and fear that walk alongside it. But when Valerie goes on the warpath, terrible confrontations are made. It's up to Jill to find hope and reconciliation for Ritchie in the darkest days of their lives.


Read my interview with Callum Scott Howells here.


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