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WHAT TO WATCH 13-19 November

This week's best telly includes the return of Top Gear, a follow-up to lockdown favourite Tiger King as well as what promises to be a very entertaining Scottish road trip and so much more!

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

1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 13th at 6.40pm and Sunday 14th November at 7.20pm on BBC One

With just five weeks to go until this year's Strictly Come Dancing final, eight couples will be battling it out this weekend for a place in next week's Musicals special and with the leaderboard being so varied this year, it really is all to play for.

The 8 remaining couples; AJ and Kai, Dan and Nadiya, John and Johannes, Rhys and Nancy, Rose and Giovanni, Sara and Aljaz, Tilly and Nikita and Tom and Amy, will be hoping to impress not only the Judges with their dazzling new routines but also the viewers at home.

Sunday's results show will open with a beautiful Remembrance Sunday-inspired routine from Strictly's professional dancers as well as a musical performance from James Blunt.

As always the two couples with the lowest combined judges score and viewer vote will have to face each other in the Dance Off. Then it’s over to the Judges to make the final decision. Who will they save for another week?

8/13 Continues weekly

2. Michael McIntyre's The Wheel

Saturday 13th November at 8pm on BBC One

Michael McIntyre's brilliant hit Saturday night game show The Wheel, in which seven celebrities are strapped to the outside of a giant wheel as they hope to answer questions correctly for three contestants, is back for a brand new series.

In case the first series and recent summer specials passed you by, each show sees seven celebrities bring one area of expertise to the show but it's the contestant at the centre of The Wheel, who's in control. But one wrong answer or one wrong spin of The Wheel and they’ll be back down to the Contestant Wheel, possibly never to return.

Round by round, they choose one category to answer a question from - land on the expert and they could win £10,000, land on one of the other experts, and they could win a minimum of £3,000. Oh, and if they land on the shutdown celebrity, they're immediately off The Wheel.

This week, as the series returns, spinning around on the wheel, are singer Michael Ball, comedian Tom Allen, singing sensation Lulu, rugby player Joe Marler, EastEnder Maisie Smith, presenter Anita Rani and Antiques Expert Raj Bisram.

1/13 Continues weekly

3. Top Gear

Sunday 14th November at 8pm on BBC One

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness are back behind the wheel, getting abroad for the first time in 18 months, and getting more competitive than ever as Top Gear returns for an all-new series.

Series 31 sees Freddie, Chris and Paddy battle a trio of F1 drivers in a Silverstone shoot-out, celebrate legendary rider Eddie Kidd OBE with a motorbike stunt spectacular and test the newest, fastest supercars on sale.

Later on in this series, they tackle the wilds of Iceland in some (utterly unsuitable) British ‘classics’, head to Cornwall in some (utterly unsuitable) bargains for new drivers, and reinvent the great British camping holiday with the help of three new electric cars and three very small caravans.

1/5 Continues weekly

*Please note this is the BBC America trailer

4. Dr Alex: Our Mental Health Crisis

Sunday 14th November at 10.30pm on BBC One

A&E doctor, UK Youth Mental Health Ambassador and of course, former Love Island contestant Dr Alex George is fronting his own poignant documentary - Dr Alex: Our Mental Health Crisis - in which he follows the journeys of young people across the UK who are living with mental health issues.

Children and young people across the UK are facing short, medium and long-term impacts on their mental health and emotional wellbeing as a result of the pandemic and this film will see Alex explore the wide range of mental health issues currently impacting children and young people and find out how local charities, including BBC Children in Need funded projects, are making a difference.

Alex has seen first-hand the effects of the pandemic on young people’s mental wellbeing, but he never thought it would affect his own family. In July 2020, Alex’s 19-year-old brother Llyr - who had been struggling with anxiety during lockdown - took his own life.


5. Miriam and Alan: Lost in Scotland

Tuesday 16th November at 9.15pm on Channel 4

If there's anything with Miriam Margolyes in it, I'm there! And now in this new three-part series for Channel 4, she joins up with fellow Hollywood actor Alan Cumming to roll back the decades and return to their Scottish roots in Miriam and Alan: Lost in Scotland - a joyous love letter to their homeland.

Part rediscovery, part revelation and always a total riot, the series follows the duo as they take to the high road and motorhome their way through Scotland's Highlands and into its wildest places. From their once mutual home of Glasgow to the west and east coasts, the pair show each other their beloved Scotland as they encounter a fascinating cast of characters, take trips down memory lane and relive painful memories.

With Alan at the wheel and Miriam the constant backseat driver, this raucous campervan odyssey documents a charming friendship and is packed full of laughter, personal confession and wisdom.

Their adventure begins in Glasgow where they stop off at the street where Miriam's Jewish family laid down their roots in Scotland before continuing their journey north into the Highlands where Alan reveals a special surprise for Miriam.

1/3 Continues weekly

6. Tiger King 2

Wednesday 17th November on Netflix

If you ask someone what they did in the first 2020 lockdown, their answer is likely to include "Watching Tiger King" - the shocking documentary about Joe Exotic, the gun-toting operator of an Oklahoma big cat park, accused of hiring someone to murder his chief rival, Carole Baskin.

The colourful saga of America’s most notorious big cat owners continues as sudden fame and unwanted attention from the authorities turns up the heat and unearths some stunning revelations.

With Joe Exotic behind bars and Carole Baskin closing in on ownership of his disreputable zoo, the saga continues its twisted course with Tiger King 2 as newfound revelations emerge on the motivations, backstories, and secrets of America’s most notorious big cat owners.

Old enemies and frenemies, including Jeff Lowe, Tim Stark, Allen Glover, and James Garretson return for another season of murder, mayhem, and madness.

1/8 All episodes available at launch

7. BBC Children in Need 2021

Friday 19th November at 7pm on BBC One

For the first time in BBC Children in Need's 41-year history, the annual fundraiser will be live from Media City UK in Salford with Ade Adepitan MBE, Mel Giedroyc, Graham Norton, Chris Ramsey and Alex Scott MBE on hosting duties.

They'll be live from the studio in Salford to take viewers through a glittering evening of fun and fundraising whilst some of the biggest names in showbiz entertain as the nation raises money for children and young people across the UK facing a range of disadvantages.

BBC News and Sports journalists sing their hearts out for a special lip-sync round of the BBC One singing game show I Can See Your Voice, a teddy bear gets a new lease of life at The Repair Shop, Team GB and Paralympics GB get together to compete in a school sports day and CBBC presenters Sam and Mark take on The Wall. Plus Janine Butcher and Steve McDonald take a special trip to the First Dates restaurant for an EastEnders/Corrie crossover.

Plus there'll be music performances from global superstar Ed Sheeran and fellow chart-topping artist Tom Grennan. And these are just some of the highlights in store, with more exciting performances, special guests and a few surprises promised along the way.

The money raised through BBC Children In Need’s 2021 Appeal will help support local charities and projects which are providing essential frontline help to children and young people in communities throughout the UK.

Supporting BBC Children In Need this year is easier than ever. To learn more about the charity or make a donation to help transform the lives of children and young people across the UK, visit

You can also call 0345 7 33 22 33 and make a donation over the phone. (Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply).

You can donate on the phone or on the BBC Children in Need website. Use your debit or credit card, or your PayPal account.

Pay in your fundraising money at all major banks, building societies, or the Post Office.

Send a cheque or postal order to BBC Children in Need, PO Box 648, Salford, M5 0LB.

To donate £5 text the word DONATE to 70405, to donate £10 text the word DONATE to 70410, to donate £20 text DONATE to 70420 or to donate £30 text DONATE to 70430.

Texts will cost your donation plus your standard network message charge and all of your donation will go to BBC Children In Need. You must be 16 or over and have the bill payer‘s permission. Text Services close at midnight on 30 November 2022. For full terms and more information visit


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