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WHAT TO WATCH 16-22 October

This week's best telly includes (of course) more Strictly plus the highly-anticipated return of Succession, another dating show to hopefully obsess over and so much more!

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

1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 16th at 7pm and Sunday 17th October at 7.10pm on BBC One

Movie Week saw the first tens of the series awarded to John Whaite and Rhys Stephenson, a close dance-off saw Katie McGlynn voted off the show and just a few days ago, Robert Webb decided to leave the competition due to ill health and Ugo Monye will miss a week of the competition due to injury.

This week, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will present another spectacular night of dance live from the Strictly Ballroom as 11 out of the 12 remaining couples give it their all, hoping to win over the judges and the audience at home.

But who will impress enough to win a place in next week’s show? We'll find out during Sunday's results show, which opens with a glorious routine from Strictly's professional dancers and also sees Westlife perform.


2. The Madame Blanc Mysteries

Saturday 16th October at 9pm on Channel 5

Created and written by Sally Lindsay, together with Sue Vincent, The Madam Blanc Mysteries is a new Channel 5 drama starring Lindsay as Jean, a renowned and respected antiques dealer running a successful business in leafy Cheshire with her husband Rory.

We meet Jean on a rainy morning in Manchester, overcome with grief as she learns that Rory has tragically died on his way home from their vintage treasure-trove stomping grounds in the South of France.

Things take a dark turn for poor Jean when she discovers that, along with her husband, all of their money has disappeared, their shop is re-mortgaged to the hilt and their assets pawned off. With the final thousands in their joint account ironically spent on Rory’s funeral, Jean’s life is set adrift until her solicitor informs her of one thing her beloved did not sell, their cottage in French antiques hub Sainte Victoire.

When Jean’s solicitor also informs her that an expensive ring is also missing from his personal effects, Jean instantly feels that something is amiss and sets off to the site of the crash in Sainte Victoire. Will Jean get the answers she is searching for?

During her flight, Jean is comforted by English ex-pat estate agent Barbara who agrees to sell Jean’s French cottage, the one thing she has left. On arrival, Jean meets local cabbie Dom, who becomes a fast friend to her, helping Jean on her quest to seek the truth about what happened to Rory.

As Jean investigates her husband’s death and the mystery of the missing ring in the seemingly sleepy town, she meets Chief Caron, who inadvertently gives Jean more catastrophic revelations. Rory had another woman!

Confronted by the news, Jean is desperate for answers about her husband’s double life and makes her way around the town for clues. Along the way, she meets a host of affable locals, pub owners Niall and Celine, local lord and lady of the manor Jeremy and Judith, the town’s mechanic Gloria and pawn shop owners Charlie and Simone.

It’s not long before chatting to the locals leads Jean to a shocking revelation about one of the locals. But not all is as it seems, when Jean receives a bunch of poisonous flowers on her doorstep with a note from Rory’s other woman, gloating about killing Rory for the ring and telling Jean to watch her back.

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3. I Like The Way You Move

Sunday 17th October on BBC Three

If there's one thing television isn't short of, it's dating shows and hoping to hit it off this week is BBC Three with I Like The Way U Move. Hosted by Jamie Laing, this new 8-part series sees professional dancers and rookie non-dancers compete to find their perfect partner both on and off the dance floor.

Renowned choreographer, dancer and actress, Kaelynn 'KK' Harris is the resident dance expert who'll be joined by a glittering array of guest judges including Oti Mabuse, Johannes Radebe, Clara Amfo, Layton Williams, Lady Leshurr, Giovanni Pernice and Maisie Smith.

In the series, professional dancers are introduced to the rookies at a mixer. If the sparks fly, the rookies are invited back to the I Like The Way U Move house, where they have 48 hours to rehearse and master a routine with their professional dance partner.

When KK sets the couples their first challenge, it doesn’t take long for things to heat up between the pairs as one couple share their first kiss in the rehearsal studio. It'll then be up to the guest judges to decide which couple have the strongest chemistry, and worthy of a date and which couple should be eliminated from the competition.

At the end of the series, the judges will choose one couple to win the competition and the final prize of a holiday to dream dance destination, Ibiza.

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4. The Trick

Monday 18th October at 8.30pm on BBC One

I only need to see the name Jason Watkins to decide that I'm definitely going to watch. In The Trick, he plays Professor Philip Jones, the Director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. This new one-off conspiracy thriller on BBC One, tells the true story of the 2009 ‘Climategate’ affair.

Back in 2009, Jones found himself at the eye of an international media storm and the victim of cyberterrorism when the IT servers at the CRU at University of East Anglia were hacked and hundreds of emails were stolen.

Days later the stolen emails went online and an international media storm exploded with data analysis gathered over decades, taken out of context and accusations spreading like a rash across the front pages of newspapers around the world.

An emotive, domestic story, The Trick charts Professor Phil Jones’ unjustified persecution and the ultimate exoneration of both himself and the science with his wife Ruth, played by Victoria Hamilton, standing fiercely by Phil’s side throughout.


5. Succession

Monday 18th October at 2am/9pm on Sky Atlantic

Revenge is a dish best served cold and after two years of waiting, it doesn’t get any colder than the third season of Succession as we are finally reunited with the warring Roy family.

Created by Jesse Armstrong, the award-winning drama series returns and following the ambush by his rebellious son Kendall at the end of season two, Logan Roy begins this season in a perilous position, scrambling to secure familial, political and financial alliances.

Tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war.

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6. Impeachment: American Crime Story

Tuesday 19th October at 9.15pm on BBC Two

Following the huge success of The People v. O. J. Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace, American Crime Story returns for a third series, Impeachment - a drama about the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and subsequent presidential impeachment.

Based on a true story, the 10-part drama unravels the national scandal that swept up Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp as principal characters in the country’s first impeachment proceedings in over a century.

The scandal is not the whole story. Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky nearly cost him the presidency, but cost her so much more. Stars Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky, Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones and Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp.

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7. Peckham's Finest

Wednesday 20th October at 10pm on ITV2

The residents of Peckham are about to be thrust into the limelight in Peckham's Finest, a brand-new observational documentary launching this week on ITV2. Over a number of weeks, cameras will follow a diverse and aspirational group of young people from the area living everyday life in this eclectic pocket of London.

With the cameras capturing all aspects of their lives, from blossoming romances to doomed relationships, from new friendships to broken ties and new ventures to everyday dramas, we follow our unsung heroes as they attempt to make their way in the world, hoping to turn dreams into a reality.

The cast includes a BMX coach, Radio DJ, fashion boutique owner, dance teacher and choreographer, body-positive coach and influencer, drag performer, barista, street food chefs, a DJ and promoter and a salon owner.

In the first episode, we meet Queen Mojo, who shows off some body positivity at a fashion show before getting vulnerable with Aunt Cassie. Plus, infamous ‘Flag Twin’ Kevin’s head is turned by local beauty Isla, and DJ Mark-Ashley hosts an event that takes a turn when his ex-boyfriend Alex leaves early.

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