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WHAT TO WATCH 14-20 October

This week's best telly includes two brilliant new dramas, the final of The Circle and a fascinating new documentary from Lenny Henry.

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

1. Dublin Murders

Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th October at 9pm on BBC One

Usually we have to wait until Christmas for Sarah Phelps to wow us with her writing thanks to her now annual Agatha Christie adaptations, but this year we get an extra treat with Dublin Murders, an adaptation of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad novels.

When a young girl is found murdered in an ancient wood on the fringes of Dublin, two detectives, Rob Reilly (Killian Scott) and Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene) are dispatched to investigate. But this isn't the first time a child has been lost in these woods, 21 years earlier, in a very different Ireland, three children went missing and only one ever came back alive.

Rob is savagely pulled back into an old, never forgotten case as well as his own past. Confronted by a community caught between old and new Ireland, Rob plunges into darkness and a reckoning he hoped he'd never have to face, his intense friendship with Cassie is tested to breaking point. Cassie the becomes the protagonist of the series when she's sent undercover into a student house to find a killer.


2. The Circle

Monday 14th October - Friday 18th October (Live Final) at 10pm on Channel 4

With no more new players joining the game, the time has come to find out who this year's winner will be as one player will win £100k during Friday's live final. (And yes, the photo above is a big hint at who I hope it will be).

As it stands, those in the running are Woody, Ella, Tim, Sammie (James), Georgina, Paddy, Joyce (Beth & Jack), Josh (Busayo) and most recent player Jan who only entered the game on Friday.


3. Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy

Tuesday 15th - Thursday 17th October at 9pm on Gold

In this new three-part series, Sir Lenny Henry scours the archives, chatting to friends from the world of sitcom, stand-up and sketch to celebrate the rich unsung history of multi-cultural history.

Over three nights Lenny will be unearthing gems from the past, focusing on the iconic shows and comedians that have shone a light on Britain's rich mix of multiculturalism such as The Fosters, Desmond's, Goodness Gracious Me, PhoneShop and Chewing Gum.

Lenny will also meet with the stars and celebrity fans of these iconic comedies such as Meera Syal, Javone Prince, Richard Curtis, Paul Whitehouse and Gina Yashere.


4. In The Long Run

Wednesday 16th October at 9pm on Sky One

It's time to go back to the eighties as Idris Elba's semi-autobiographical comedy In The Long Run returns for a second series which pics up right where the first series ended.

Walter Easmon has been elected union representative at the factory and is thrown into the deep end when he is forced to tackle a very slippery negotiation that tests his resolve. Much to Kirsty’s horror, Melissa’s biological father, Leon, has turned up on the Eastbridge estate and she is faced with the difficult task of telling Bagpipes, but luckily Agnes comes to her rescue.

Meanwhile, Valentine has finally moved out of the Easmon’s home, but bachelor life is not what he thought it would be.

5. Giri/Haji

Thursday 17th October at 9pm on BBC Two

Takehiro Hira and Yosuke Kubozuka star in this new eight-part drama which follows detective and family man, Kenzo Mori who is sent from Tokyo to London in search of his younger brother Yuto who has long believed to be dead but is now rumoured to have reappeared in London.

Once a troubled but sweet, much-loved kid, Yuto is now wanted for the vicious killing of a yakuza boss’s nephew, a declaration of war that threatens to tear Tokyo apart. The family’s honour, and the fragile peace between the warring gangs back home rest on Kenzo’s ability to bring his brother home.

Cut adrift from all he knows in London, Kenzo searches a strange city for the truth. Is Yuto really alive? If so, is he behind the cold-blooded murder that ignited the violence now sweeping across Tokyo and, Kenzo secretly fears, could he be responsible for the monster Yuto may have become?


6. Living With Yourself

Friday 18th October on Netflix

Paul Rudd and Paul Rudd star alongside Aisling Bea in this new 8-part series about a man who's struggling in life, told from multiple perspectives.

After undergoing a novel spa treatment which promises to make him a better person, Miles finds he’s been replaced by a new and improved version of himself. As he deals with the unintended consequences of his actions, he finds he must fight for his wife Kate, his career, and his very identity.


7. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 19th at 6.40pm and Sunday 20th October at 7.15pm on BBC One

Following Sunday's dramatic exit which saw Dev and Dianne leave the competition, the pressure is really on for the remaining twelve celebrities as now more than ever, the feeling that anyone could leave is rife.

Trying their very best on Saturday night, the remaining celebs will be hoping to impress Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse with their ballroom and Latin routines as well as the voting public watching at home.

On Sunday night two more couples will face the dreaded dance-off and one more couple will leave the competition. But before that there'll be what promises to be a sensational opener from the professional dancers and Mabel will be performing her massive hit, Don’t Call Me Up.



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