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WHAT TO WATCH 16-22 April

This week's best telly includes the welcome return of Britain's Got Talent to our screens as well as new Better Call Saul, Doctor Who, Inside No.9, Russian Doll and Selling Sunset. Plus ITV's new drama based on a true story, Channel 4's new comedy-drama from Sarah Solemani and Steve Coogan and Netflix's new coming-of-age drama based on a series of graphic novels.

Here are 9 TV shows you can't miss this week...

1. Britain's Got Talent

Saturday 16th at 8pm and Sunday 17th April at 7.35pm on ITV

After a year away from our screens, Britain's Got Talent is back for its 15th series, and it promises to be bigger than ever before, with even more awe-inspiring and show-stopping performers all vying to impress the judges and secure their place in the live-semi-finals

Reuniting with their infamous buzzers are judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams who this year celebrate their 10th year working alongside one another. Inimitable duo Ant and Dec will also be returning as hosts ready to cheer and console the acts brave enough to brace the stage of London Palladium Theatre.

Having had an extra year to perfect their acts, the calibre this year is the best BGT has ever seen. Among the eye-popping talents is a dog act like no other, harmonious choirs and in a BGT first, a phantom man who left the judges spooked like never before.

1-2/ Continues weekly

2. Doctor Who

Sunday 17th April at 7.10pm on BBC One

Before Jodie Whittaker says goodbye to Doctor Who this autumn in a final feature-length special, we've got an Easter Day special to look forward to.

In Legend of the Sea Devils, the Doctor, Yaz and Dan come face to fin with one of the Doctor’s oldest adversaries: the Sea Devils. Why has legendary pirate queen Madam Ching come searching for a lost treasure? What terrifying forces lurk beneath the oceans of the nineteenth century? And did Yaz really have to dress Dan up as a pirate?


3. The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe

Sunday 17th to Wednesday 20th April at 9pm on ITV

ITV's latest new drama, The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, written by Chris Lang sees Monica Dolan and Eddie Marsan star in the real-life story of how John Darwin faked his own death to claim life insurance and avoid bankruptcy.

The drama focuses on how Anne Darwin became complicit in her husband’s deception as she started to convince the world, their family and friends, the police and insurance companies, that he had gone missing in 2002 whilst canoeing off the coast of Seaton Carew in Cleveland, where the couple owned two large houses with panoramic views of the sea.

The deception was to take its toll on Anne who lied to their sons, Mark and Anthony, for five years whilst her husband, in the early days of the fraud, secretly lived in a bedsit next door to the home he shared with Anne.

Devastated by the loss of their father, neither son had an inkling their parents were capable of such treachery. Anne and John Darwin eventually decided to leave Seaton Carew and move to Panama City to start a new life together before their secret was exposed by the discovery of an infamous photo of them posing in a Panama real estate office in July 2006.

At her trial Anne Darwin pleaded not guilty, arguing that she had been coerced into the plot by her husband, but the jury didn’t believe her. She and her husband were both jailed for more than 6 years.

1-4/4 Continues nightly

4. Russian Doll

Wednesday 20th April on Netflix

Set four years after Nadia and Alan escaped mortality's time loop together, the second season of Russian Doll, starring Natasha Lyonne and Charlie Barnett, continues to explore existential thematics through an often humorous and sci-fi lens.

Discovering a fate even worse than endless death, this season finds Nadia and Alan delving deeper into their pasts through an unexpected time portal located in one of Manhattan's most notorious locations, the New York City subway.

At first they experience this as an ever-expanding, era-spanning, intergenerational adventure, but they soon discover this extraordinary event might be more than they bargained for and, together, must search for a way out.

1-7/7 All episodes available at launch

5. Inside No.9

Wednesday 20th April at 10pm on BBC Two

Inside No.9 returns this week for its seventh series as Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith return with six unique stories, once again filled with a delicious mix of dark comedy, high stakes, subtle twists and heart-stopping horror.

From the Welsh valleys to an abandoned house, from kidnappers to detectives, and from a day trip out in a pedalo to a public information film, it’s never quite what you expect. In the first episode of this new series, Reece and Steve are reunited with their League of Gentlemen companion Mark Gatiss and are joined by Diane Morgan for Merrily, Merrily.

Lawrence has arranged a reunion with his old university chums, Callum and Darren, at a remote lake. It’s not quite what they were expecting, and Darren has even brought along his new girlfriend. But a lot of water has passed under the bridge since their college days of course, and as they strike out across the empty lake, the conversation takes them into choppier waters.

1/6 Continues weekly

6. Better Call Saul

Thursday 21st April on Netflix

As Better Call Saul returns for the first part of its sixth and final season, we begin the conclusion of the complicated journey and transformation of its compromised hero, Jimmy McGill, played superbly by Bob Odenkirk, into criminal lawyer Saul Goodman.

From the cartel to the courthouse, from Albuquerque to Omaha, season six tracks Jimmy, Saul and Gene as well as Jimmy's complex relationship with Kim, who is in the midst of her own existential crisis. Meanwhile, Mike, Gus, Nacho and Lalo are locked into a game of cat and mouse with mortal stakes.

And rather excitedly, we now know that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will be reprising their Breaking Bad roles as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in this final season of Better Call Saul.

1-2/13 Continues weekly. With the final 6 episodes airing from 11th July

7. Chivalry

Thursday 21st April at 10pm on Channel 4

Channel 4's new comedy-drama, Chivalry, has been written by Steve Coogan and Sarah Solemani who star in this timely new series as successful film producer and 'ladies' man' Cameron and passionate indie-darling filmmaker Bobby.

Joining Coogan and Solemani are an ensemble cast including Wanda Sykes as astute studio executive Jean Shrill, Sienna Miller as Cameron's leading lady Lark, Lolly Adefope as Ama, Cameron's latest assistant, Aisling Bea as intimacy co-ordinator Tatiana, and Adjani Salmon as Bobby's devoted and patient husband, Aston.

In the opening episode, Jean arranges for Bobby to take over the reshoots of a major studio film where she meets Cameron and they have to convince a key player to come on board. Meanwhile, Bobby learns information about Cameron that makes her doubt her decision to work with him.

Offering a fresh new look at gender politics and romance, Chivalry asks the question: can one build and sustain a successful, relevant career in Hollywood without sacrificing principles? Granting viewers permission to laugh while asking complex questions that, as a society, we often find hard to discuss.

1-2/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

8. Heartstopper

Friday 22nd April on Netflix

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. Based on the bestselling graphic novels from Alice Oseman, Netflix's new drama Heartstopper tells a story about life, love and everything in between.

When gentle Charlie and rugby-loving Nick meet at secondary school, they quickly discover that their unlikely friendship is blossoming into an unexpected romance. Charlie, Nick and their circle of friends must navigate the ever relatable journey of self-discovery and acceptance, supporting each other as they learn to find their most authentic selves.

1-8/8 All episodes available at launch

9. Selling Sunset

Friday 22nd April on Netflix

As Selling Sunset returns for its fifth season, expect new loves, old foes and a fresh face as Chelsea Lazkani joins The Oppenheim Group. With the luxury market on fire, competition comes to a boil at the brokerage. Who'll shine and who'll stumble?

Set in the world of LA's high-end real estate, Selling Sunset follows the city's most successful female realtors who all work under the same roof at The Oppenheim Group, the #1 agency in the Hollywood Hills and the Sunset Strip. They work hard and play harder, as they compete with the cutthroat LA market... and each other.

1-10/10 All episodes available at launch


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