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WHAT TO WATCH 17-23 February

Who will be crowned this year's Masked Singer champion?



This week's best telly includes the grand final of this year's The Masked Singer, a new coming-of-age comedy drama on BBC Three and two highly-anticipated dramas, The Way on BBC One and Breathtaking on ITV1.


Elsewhere, Stacey Solomon returns with a new series of Sort Your Life Out, Lee Mack returns with a new series of The 1% Club and David Tennant takes on hosting duties for this year's BAFTA Film Awards.


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


1. The Masked Singer

Saturday 17th February at 7.20pm on ITV1


GRAND FINAL


After 8 weeks of guesses and some brilliant unmaskings, including Dionne Warwick, Shirley Ballas, Lorraine Kelly, Keala Settle and who could forget Nicky Campbell's reveal and Davina's emotional reaction to it, the time has come to crown this year's champion.


Will it be Cricket, who I think is Fame Academy favourite and popstar Lemar? Or could it be Piranha, who I believe is Danny Jones from McFly? Or maybe Bigfoot, who HAS to be The Last Leg's Alex Brooker, will walk away victorious.


Either way, before TV's biggest musical mystery is finally solved, each finalist will perform a one-of-a-kind duet with a former contestant; either Charlotte Church as Mushroom, Natalie Appleton as Fawn or Ricky Wilson as Phoenix


And joining host Joel Dommett and panelists Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Mo Gilligan for the grand final will be special guest Rob Brydon.


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2. The 1% Club

Saturday 17th February at 8.50pm on ITV1


RETURNING


Hosted by Lee Mack, The 1% Club has become a huge hit for ITV1 as each show sees 100 contestants compete to win the top prize of up to £100,000. But to do so, they must correctly answer a question only 1% of the country would get right.


It's the quiz show which asks 100 contestants how clever they are compared to the rest of the nation, for the chance to win £100,000.


Contestants of all ages and backgrounds can take part, because, unlike most quizzes, no swotting up on general knowledge is required to do well. Logic and common sense are the key to success as they answer a series of questions that have been posed to

members of the public.


As the questions are answered by an increasingly smaller percentage of the country, only one contestant will be left with the chance to win big.


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3. The BAFTA Film Awards

Sunday 18th February at 7pm on BBC One


RETURNING


It's the biggest and most glittering night in British cinema, celebrating the outstanding films of the year, but who will win a prestigious BAFTA award?


The EE BAFTA Film Awards are back and they’re more action packed and entertaining than ever with multi-award winning actor David Tennant hosting the ceremony which celebrates the year’s finest moments and performances in cinema.


With an audience of nominees including the stars of Barbie, Oppenheimer, Maestro and many more, who will be taking home one of the BAFTA masks?


The evening will also feature an exclusive Saltburn-inspired performance of Murder on the Dancefloor from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, plus a musical performance from Hannah Waddingham, and a look back at the incredible year in film. It’s a night at the cinema in your very own home.


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4. The Way

Monday 19th February at 9pm on BBC One


BRAND NEW


James Graham's new three-part drama The Way promises to be an ambitious, powerful and surprising drama which taps into the social and political chaos of today’s world by imagining a civil uprising which begins in a small industrial town.


Directed by Michael Sheen, it tells the story of The Driscolls, an ordinary family caught up in an extraordinary chain of events that ripple out from their home town. Fleeing unrest, they're forced to escape the country they’ve always called home and the certainties of their old lives. Will they be overwhelmed by their memories of the past, or will they lay their ghosts to rest and take the risk of an unknown future?


The Way stars Steffan Rhodri, Mali Harries, Sophie Melville, Callum Scott Howells and Michael Sheen as the Driscoll family with Maja Laskowska playing a young woman caught up in the family’s escape.


Luke Evans also stars as Hogwood, a mercenary in pursuit of the Driscolls, with Tom Cullen, Danny Sapani, Mark Lewis Jones, Paul Rhys, Erin Richards, Aneurin Barnard, Catherine Ayers, Patrick Baladi, Georgia Tennant, Jonathan Nefydd and Matthew Aubrey all playing key roles across the series. And making his screen debut as Rhys, the Driscolls' 4-year-old grandson, will be child actor Teilo James Le Masurier.


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5. Breathtaking

Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st February at 9pm on ITV1


BRAND NEW


ITV1's powerful, uplifting, and candid new drama, based on Rachel Clarke’s non-fiction book, Breathtaking, recounts the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Set in a fictional big-city hospital, the drama narrates how frontline medical staff endured fear and frustration as they desperately tried to save the lives of coronavirus patients.

A mother of two small children and known for her calm approach in a crisis, acute medicine consultant Dr Abbey Henderson, played by Joanne Froggatt, witnesses first-hand the virus begin to take hold, overwhelming the NHS and creating conditions of unprecedented adversity.


Against a backdrop of news footage from the early months of 2020, the drama will follow Abbey in her daily work whilst weaving together the stories of her fellow doctors, nurses, patients and paramedics whose ambulances were queued outside hospitals as the NHS tried to cope with a tsunami of devastating cases. All of human life is present, and in parts it’s an uplifting account of resilience and fortitude.


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6. Sort Your Life Out

Tuesday 20th February at 9pm on BBC One


RETURNING


Sometimes you stumble across a show that you might have ordinarily scrolled past and an hour later get sucked in and look forward to the next episode. For me, that's exactly what happened with Stacey Solomon's Sort Your Life Out, the series in which she and her crack team help families transform their homes.


With a life-changing declutter, they upcycle and recycle their way to a new home. And in the first episode of this brand new fourth series, they help single dad Craig, who has been bringing up his young daughters alone, after their Mum Lois passed away from cancer four years ago. and his young daughters transform their family home through a life-changing declutter.


With Stacey’s help, the family start packing all their possessions into boxes. Every single item is stripped from the family home, revealing just how much space there is under all their belongings.


Packing up the house is an emotional process, and with the house now empty, all the family’s possessions are taken to a giant warehouse and beautifully displayed like an art installation of their lives. There are thousands of belongings, including 197 teddies and dolls, 121 old socks, 373 pieces of unopened mail and 1,239 books.


Stacey and Dilly are on hand to guide the family through the sort-out. There will be emotional moments as the family go through their most treasured items. Mother-in law Soo and sister-in-law Cass are on hand to help Craig make decisions, and we learn about a beautiful children’s book Lois had written for her daughters.


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7. Boarders

Tuesday 20th February at 9pm on BBC Three


BRAND NEW


Written and created by Daniel Lawrence Taylor, BBC Three's new coming-of-age comedy drama Boarders, follows the lives of five underprivileged black students from inner-city London who win scholarships to an elite boarding school.


Stepping out of the urban metropolis, the show's leads will experience the highs and lows of boarding school, learning about themselves, their identity and what life on the other side is like, which they discover is nothing like life in zone three.


Led by a cast of young rising talent, Boarders stars Josh Tedeku, Jodie Campbell, Myles Kamwendo alongside Sekou Diaby and Aruna Jalloh, both making their screen debuts.


Daniel Lawrence Taylor will also appear on screen as Gus, a mentor figure to St Gilbert’s five newest students with Derek Riddell playing headmaster Bernard and Niky Wardley as Chair of the Board, Carol Watlington-Geese.


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