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WHAT TO WATCH 14-20 November

This week's best telly includes the highly-anticipated return of I'm A Celeb, the start of Steve McQueen's new anthology series on BBC One and the return of The Crown on Netflix.

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

1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 14th at 7.10pm and Sunday 15th November at 7.25pm on BBC One

It's been quite the week for Strictly, with Katya Jones testing positive for COVID-19, forcing Nicola Adams out of the competitions, It Takes Two host Rylan Clark-Neal having to self-isolate and Motsi Mabuse having to miss the next two weeks of Strictly after an urgent trip to Germany, forcing her to self-isolate.

But fear not, because despite the show being a couple down, the ballroom remains open this weekend with Anton Du Beke stepping in to cover Motsi on the judging panel.

With nine couples left in the competition, it's business as usual for the celebrities as each couple will dance to impress Anton, Craig and Shirley as well as the public watching at home, because one couple will still be leaving during Sunday night's results show. Also on Sunday, the professionals will open the show with an upbeat group number set in a supermarket and there'll be a musical performance from The Vamps.


2. The Voice UK Final

Saturday 14th November at 8.40pm on ITV

Despite launching in January, series nine of The Voice UK is yet to crown its winner, but after multiple delays for obvious reasons, the time has finally come for the four remaining acts to compete one last time for that recording contract.

Hoping to make it two years in a row and be crowned 2020 champion for Team Olly is 17-year-old Blessing Chitapa from Dudley but she faces tough competition from 28 year-old Jonny Brooks from Ireland on Team Tom, 20-year-old Brooke Scullion from Derry in Northern Ireland on Team Meghan and 17-year old Gevanni who moved to London from Jamaica two years ago.

Plus, Celeste will be performing her brand new single.


3. The Crown

Sunday 15th November on Netflix

If season three of The Crown left you a little bit disappointed, season four promises not to as the 1970s draw to a close and Queen Elizabeth and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles who is still unmarried at 30.

As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson, tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth.

While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer, played by Emma Corrin, provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided.


4. His Dark Materials

Sunday 15th November at 8.10pm on BBC One

After last week's triumphant return of His Dark Materials, Lyra crosses through to Will’s world and finds it to be very different to her own.

After encountering the enigmatic Charles Latrom, they head to find a scholar to help get answers about Dust. Lyra meets Mary Malone, who reluctantly agrees to let Lyra interact with ‘the Cave’ - and is astonished by her results.

Will is shocked to discover he has grandparents, but quickly realises he can’t trust them. After Graves’ strong performance during the interrogation of a witch consul, a calculating Mrs Coulter pushes MacPhail to act.

Lyra reveals what she has found out about Will’s father. Upon learning Lyra went through to another world, Mrs Coulter bids the Magisterium goodbye.


5. Small Axe: Mangrove

Sunday 15th November at 9pm on BBC One

BBC One's new anthology series Small Axe comprises of five films by Steve McQueen, each telling a different story involving London's West Indian community, whose lives have been shaped by their own force of will despite rampant racism and discrimination from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s.

The first of these films is Mangrove, co-written by Alastair Siddons and Steve McQueen, it tells the true story of the Mangrove 9, the group of Black activists who clashed with London police during a protest march in 1970, and their highly publicised trial that followed.

The trial which took place at the Old Bailey in 1970 was the first judicial acknowledgment of behaviour motivated by racial hatred within the Metropolitan Police. The nine protest leaders who were arrested and charged with incitement to riot were Frank Crichlow, Darcus Howe, Altheia Jones-LeCointe, Barbara Beese, Rupert Boyce, Rhodan Gordon, Anthony Innis, Rothwell Kentish and Godfrey Millett.

It stars Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes, Malachi Kirby, Rochenda Sandall, Jack Lowden, Sam Spruell, Gershwyn Eustache, Nathaniel Martello-White, Richie Campbell, Jumayn Hunter and Gary Beadle.


6. I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Sunday 15th - Friday 20th November at 9pm on ITV

So it's not in Australia this year, but I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! is back and it's already shaping up to be the treat we all deserve as the show moves to the historic Gwrych Castle in Abergele in North Wales with Ant & Dec returning as hosts.

The 10 celebrities entering the castle include TV presenter Vernon Kay, Radio 1 DJ Jordan North, broadcaster & journalist Victoria Derbyshire, soap stars Beverley Callard, Jessica Plummer and Shane Richie, plus former Strictly professional AJ Pritchard, author and podcaster Giovanna Fletcher, Paralympic gold medallist Hollie Arnold MBE and Olympic legend Sir Mo Farah.

As on the regular series, the celebrities will be undertaking gruelling trials and fun-filled challenges to win food and treats in the lead up to one of them being crowned, for the first time ever, King or Queen of the Castle.


7. The Great British Bake Off

Tuesday 17th November at 8pm on Channel 4

We're lucky to even have most of the shows on this list, considering the year we've had, but I can't help but feel sad that this year's series of The Great British Bake Off is almost over with this week's semi-final sees the four remaining bakers fight for one of three places in next week's final.

For the semi-final, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be testing the bakers' skills in patisserie as they face a booze-soaked Signature packed full of flavour and a testing Technical where they must impress the judges with their pastry horns.

And in the Showstopper, the bakers must demonstrate finesse and precision on both a small and large scale, creating a cube entirely from delicate, smaller cube-shaped cakes. But as only three bakers can go on to the final, who will be star baker and crucially, who will be going home?



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