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WHAT TO WATCH 17-23 September

On Monday Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will laid to rest, with extensive coverage of her state funeral across a number of channels.

The rest of the week's best telly includes the return of Bloodlands, Ghosts, Strictly and more!

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

1. Bloodlands

Sunday 18th September at 9pm on BBC One

Bloodlands written and created by Chris Brandon returns to BBC One this week as James Nesbitt reprises the lead role of DCI Tom Brannick alongside Charlene McKenna, Lorcan Cranitch, Lola Petticrew and Chris Walley.

Joining the cast this series, as Olivia Foyle, an enigmatic widow at the centre of Brannick’s latest case, is Victoria Smurfit.

When the murder of a crooked accountant unravels a trail of greed that threatens to expose his identity as the legendary assassin, Goliath, DCI Tom Brannick and the accountant’s widow, Olivia Foyle must keep each other dangerously close.

As they try to solve the riddle her husband left behind, and become more and more immersed in the puzzle of each other, Tom and Olivia draw in Tom’s fellow officers DS Niamh McGovern, DCS Jackie Twomey and DC "Birdy" Bird, as well as Tom’s daughter, Izzy until deceit and betrayal force Tom to question just what lengths he will go to, to keep his legacy intact.

1/6 Continues weekly

2. The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Monday 19th September from 8am until 5pm on BBC One

(With coverage on other channels too)

Following the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's sad passing on Thursday 8th September, her state funeral will take place at 11am at Westminster Abbey, marking the end of an official 10 days of mourning.

The coverage on BBC One will be led by Huw Edwards, Kirsty Young, Fergal Keane, David Dimbleby and Sophie Raworth.

Huw Edwards and Fergal Keane will be covering events from London, Kirsty Young and David Dimbleby will be in Windsor, Sophie Raworth will be at Parliament Square, Anita Rani at the Long Walk at Windsor and JJ Chalmers at Wellington Barracks.

3. Cunk on Earth

Tuesday 20th September at 10pm on BBC Two

Charlie Brooker's genius creation Philomena Cunk, played by Diane Morgan, returns this week for a deeply profound and important mockumentary series which promises to tell the entire story of Human Civilisation from prehistoric times to the present day, covering all the main bits of History, Science, Culture and Religion.

Along the way, Philomena asks experts hard-hitting questions about humanity’s progress, and stands on or near impressive old ruins and inside museums, before the shot cuts away to some archive of the bits that don’t exist anymore or were too expensive to film at.

In this opening episode Cunk travels the world, heading down caves and up mountains in her search for Mankind’s first moments, and with the help of a variety of experts she explains how the earliest societies were formed: from the easier ones to spell like Rome and Greece, to the ones that are harder to spell, like Egypt and Mesopotamia.

1/5 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

4. Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable

Tuesday 20th September at 10pm on Dave

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, the show in which the nation’s favourite comedians and celebrities peel back their friendly showbiz veneer and compete to show you the very best of their bad sides.

To convince Mel that they’re the most unforgivable guest of all, the panel have to reveal their dirtiest lies, most outrageous sins and all the secrets they’ve kept buried… until now. In each episode, three celebrities come clean and admit to all the transgressions they kept out of their autobiographies.

Mel and her dishonourable assistant Lou Sanders are on hand to dredge up all the sordid details, the stories that still keep her guests awake at night and make sure that no stone is left unturned.

In the first episode, Mel and Lou are joined by Rhod Gilbert who reveals why he shouldn't be trusted with a campervan, Susan Wokoma who tells an X-rated story and Dermot O’Leary who lifts the lid on a rendezvous from his early TV days.

1/8 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

5. The Kardashians

Thursday 22nd September on Disney+

The Kardashians returns as cameras continue to capture the ever-changing lives of Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie.

This season, the family welcomes viewers back to stand with them through their biggest triumphs and struggles. From fiery romances and life-changing milestones to unimaginable successes.

And the family bond remains unbreakable as they navigate their public and private lives for the world to see.

1/10 Continues weekly

6. Strictly Come Dancing: Launch Show

Friday 23rd September at 7pm on BBC One

Recorded before the sad passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II and postponed from Saturday 17th September, the time has finally come to welcome 15 brand new celebrities to the Strictly ballroom for the show's 20th series.

Ahead of Saturday's upcoming first live show, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman alongside Judges Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse will discover who their professional partner will be.

The launch show promises two incredible performances from the Strictly professionals and we'll get to meet the four brand new dancers joining the Strictly family. Plus John Legend will perform and reigning champions Rose and Giovanni return to perform one of their iconic dances from the last series.

7. Ghosts

Friday 23rd September at 8.50pm on BBC One

As BBC One's brilliant sitcom Ghosts makes its welcome return to our screens for it fourth series, Mike and Alison welcome the first guests to their new bijoux B&B, determined to get a glowing review, whatever the cost.

The Plaguers have taken to idolising Thomas, since spotting Alison’s fetching portrait of him in the basement. Naturally, Thomas assumes their obsession stems from a love of his poetry - much to the annoyance of the Captain, who challenges them to endure a recital.

Elsewhere, Mary reveals she has never had a holiday, so Pat teaches her the joys and pitfalls of a week on the Costa Del Sol.

1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch


Am I Being Unreasonable?

Friday 23rd September at 9.50pm on BBC One

Originally scheduled for Friday 16th September

We fell in love with her in This Country and now Daisy May Cooper is back with Am I Being Unreasonable?, a brand new comedy thriller alongside her real-life best friend Selin Hizli about obsessive friendship, maternal paranoia and a dead cat.

Daisy May Cooper plays Nic, unfulfilled in her marriage, she's grieving a loss that she can’t share with anyone and it's only her son Ollie, played by the scene-stealing Lenny Rush, who she adores that keeps her going.

But when Jen, played by Selin Hizli, arrives in town her life is lit up with laughter and through this kindred soul, her dark secret starts to bubble up. Shot through with whip-smart humour, this mischievous and characterful blend of funny and frantic takes female storytelling to a refreshing and dynamic new level.

1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch


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