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WHAT TO WATCH 16-22 September

This week's best telly includes more great drama, a gripping Peaky Blinders finale and this year's Strictly celebs will take to the famous ballroom to perform live with their partners for the very first time.

Here are 10 shows you can’t miss this week...

1. A Confession

Monday 16th September at 9pm on ITV

The series which tells the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher deliberately breached police procedure and protocol to catch a killer, a decision that ultimately cost him his career and reputation continues this week as he questions prime suspect Christopher Halliwell.

Refusing Halliwell’s requests to take him to a police station, Steve tells him that he has a chance to do the right thing and tell him where Sian is, otherwise Halliwell and his family will be “vilified” in the press.

Halliwell indicates he wants to go somewhere and they get in Fulcher’s car along with Debs Peach who records everything. Halliwell directs the car and the following police convoy and helicopter to a remote country lane where he tells Fulcher he left Sian’s dead body in a ditch at the side of the road. Fulcher tells Tracey Joyce the news and asks her to stay and search for the body.


2. Stath Lets Flats

Monday 16th September at 10pm on Channel 4

It just gets better and better and funnier and funnier and it seems like that's not about to change this week as Stath is excited about his annual siblings dinner with Sophie.

But when she decides to invite her new boyfriend Cem, Stath has to face up to the terrible state of his own love life. And after a fun day out with Al, Sophie gets second thoughts.


3. The Capture

Tuesday 17th September at 9pm on BBC One

As The Capture continues, the stakes intensify for Shaun Emery when he comes face to face with the inscrutable and mysterious Frank Napier.

The stakes intensify as he is interrogated by inscrutable US agent at a covert CIA outpost in a Belgravia safe house. While Napier is trying to discover Hannah's whereabouts, Carey is simultaneously attempting and failing to locate Shaun in the Belgravia house she saw him enter on her CCTV watch.


4. Japan with Sue Perkins

Wednesday 18th September at 9pm on BBC One

In this brand new two-part series, Sue Perkins takes a trip around Japan and starts her journey in Tokyo, home to 36 million people, where she trains with a female sumo wrestling team and meets a family who live with robots.

She finds a nation caught between the demands of a hi-tech future and the pull of a traditional past, where people work long hours but struggle to find time for love and relationships. Birth rates are falling and the population is shrinking. What does the future hold for this resilient and innovative country?

Japan will host the next Olympic Games, but the country's most traditional sport is still stuck in the Dark Ages when it comes to equality.


5. Comedians Giving Lectures

Wednesday 18th September at 10pm on Dave

Sara Pascoe hosts this brand new series in which comedians are given the titles of real lectures and invited to give their own version of that lecture. Their efforts are judged by an expert from the field of the original lecture as well as the audience.

Competing to deliver the best lecture in episode one will be Nish Kumar, Natasia Demetriou and Tom Allen. Nish’s lecture is 10 Ways the World Could End, Natasia delivers a lecture on the Anatomy of the Vagina and Tom delivers a lecture entitled Why We Make Bad Decisions.


6. Brassic

Thursday 19th September at 10pm on Sky One

It's all been available to watch as a boxset since the first episode aired, but in the final episode of series one which airs this week, Vinnie is horrified to discover that the boot of a car he’s spontaneously nicked contains stolen antiques belonging to Terence McCann.

Threatening him with horrific violence, McCann tasks Vinnie with returning the antiques and finding the individual who stole them. But it’s easier said than done. Especially when Vinnie finally locates the oddest item, McCann’s prized Antique dildo, clamped in the jaws of Petunia, a stubborn farm dog. As Vinnie and the lads scramble to find the culprit, Dylan has his mind on other things and is shocked to discover another devastating secret that Erin has been hiding from him.

Thankfully, Sky One have already announced that a second series is not only on the way, but is already being filmed. Hopefully we won't have to wait a year to see it.


7. Criminal

Friday 20th September on Netflix

This new Netflix series appears to have drawn huge inspiration from the interrogation scenes in Line of Duty, as each episode takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite.

This stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama focuses on the intense mental conflict between the police officer and the suspect in question. Rather unusually, this 12-part anthology series is split over four different countries; UK, France, Germany and Spain.

The three UK episodes star Katherine Kelly, Lee Ingleby, Rochenda Sandall, Nicholas Pinnock, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Mark Stanley, Shubham Saraf with David Tennant, Hayley Atwell and Youssef Kerkour playing the three suspects.


8. Temple

Friday 20th September at 9pm on Sky One

It launched last week on Sky One and as a boxset for those who wanted to devour the whole lot, but for those of you who have decided to wait, episode two airs this week as Daniel begins to lead a double-life.

Above ground, he's a respected doctor, but below ground he's a maverick surgeon who's complicit in harbouring Britain’s most wanted man, bank-robber Jamie Harris, With Lee keen to turn their newly established underground clinic into a going concern we begin to understand Daniel's motivation as we unpack his past and learn about how Beth’s illness affected him.

However, when Daniel is forced to put Beth’s former colleague, Anna, into an impossible position, the secrecy of the underground clinic is put in jeopardy. Anna is horrified that Daniel has both literally and metaphorically become part of London’s criminal underworld. But when Daniel reveals what he’s trying to achieve, she is moved to become his unexpected ally.


9. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 21st September at 7pm on BBC One

It's been two weeks since the launch show which saw this year's celebs partnered with their professionals and now the time has come for the 15 couples take to the Strictly ballroom to perform live on television for the very first time.

Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the first episodes promises an amazing group number from the professional dancers and each of the celebs will be performing to try and impress the judges; Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mobuse.

The judges will score each couple for the first time, but luckily there will be no farewells this week. Instead their scores will be carried over to next weekend, when viewers will get the chance to vote for their favourite couple.

Read my interview with this year's celebs here.


10. Peaky Blinders

Sunday 22nd September at 9pm on BBC One

This week sees the fifth series of Peaky Blinders come to an end as news of Tommy’s activities reach Winston Churchill.

Family tensions surface after Tommy lays out his plans for Mosley, which will take place at a rally Sir Oswald is leading.

Surprised by another strategy, coming from an unexpected corner, Tommy puts his plan for Oswald Mosley into action, but has he underestimated his opponent?



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