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WHAT TO WATCH 18-24 February

This week’s best telly includes the last in the series of Cold Feet, brand new drama Flack and the return of Celebs Go Dating.


Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week...

1. Cold Feet

Monday 18th February at 9pm on ITV


There's no doubt that this series of Cold Feet has been superb from start to finish, with an especially award-winning-worthy performance from Fay Ripley as her character Jenny discovers she has Breast Cancer.


In this week's final episode of the series (hopefully it'll be back next year), Adam and Karen enjoy the excitement of their fledging relationship, but are all too aware that their secret will need to come out sometime. After Adam is confronted by Pete, shockwaves are sent through the whole group as their secret gets out. But is their relationship over before it’s even begun?


Jenny in particular, hits the roof and is furious after finding out that her two best friends have been carrying on... not as if she hasn't got enough to deal with! As she heads for a chemotherapy session, Jen gets some heart-breaking news.


Elsewhere, David befriends Mary, the owner of a local café and ends up helping her out of a chaotic lunchtime rush. Business-minded David advises her on maximising profit but Mary refuses to change her ways at the expense of her loyal customers. David rethinks and suggests a way she can be both community benefactor and successful entrepreneur, by becoming a modern-day Robin Hood!


6/6



2. Pure

Wednesday 20th February at 10pm on Channel 4


If there's one series on television that everyone should be talking about, it's Pure on Channel 4, especially Charly Clive's lead performance as OCD sufferer Marnie.


Following last week's rollercoaster of an episode, Marnie and Charlie try to pick themselves up after hitting rock-bottom. Marnie gets help from an unexpectedly understanding Shereen, while Charlie tries to prove he's up to his old job.


Marnie reaches out to Amber, only to find herself thrown together with a newly interested Joe. Meanwhile, Amber gets the chance to interview one of her heroes and tries to resist temptation.


Read my interview with Charly Clive here.


4/6



3. Flack

Thursday 21st February at 10pm on W


Anna Paquin returns to our screens this week playing the lead in Flack, a new six-part drama for UKTV's W channel which shines a light on the celebrity PR industry through Anna's character Robyn.


It's not a scandal if nobody knows. That's the tagline for W's new female-led, sharp, feisty and deliciously entertaining new drama Flack. The six-part series, written by Wilson's Requiem co-star Oliver Lansley, centres around Paquin's character Robyn. She's an American PR executive who lives in London and specialises in clearing up the monumental messes caused by her hapless and selfish clients.


Robyn thrives in the work environment where she's surrounded by her tyrannical, yet impressive boss, Caroline played by Sophie Okonedo, her tirelessly hedonistic yet brilliant colleague, Eve played by Lydia Wilson and her endlessly willing intern, Melody played by Rebecca Benson.


Read my interview with Lydia Wilson here.


1/6



4. The Greatest Dancer: Live Final

Saturday 23rd February at 7:10pm on BBC One


I wasn't sure of The Greatest Dancer at first. The first audition show was OK, but the rest of the auditions failed to entertain. But once the live shows began, the competition really got going and I found myself hooked every Saturday night.


In the fourth and final live show, just four acts remain; Harry and Eleiyah, James and Oliver, KLA and Ellie, and the pressure is on for the three Dance Captains; Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and Oti Mabuse as they mentor their remaining acts in the hope they will become The Greatest Dancer.


Each act will be taking to the stage twice in a last ditch attempt to impress the audience at home, as they vote to decide who will win £50,000 and a chance to dance on Strictly Come Dancing later this year. They'll perform once on their own and once with their dance captain!


8/8



5. Jerk

Sunday 24th February from 10am on BBC Three


Originally called a Brief History of Tim, Tim Renkow's BBC comedy pilot has been turned into a four-part series called Jerk which stars Lorraine Bracco (Sopranos, Goodfellas) as his loud, proud mother and Sharon Rooney as his carer Ruth.


Tim has cerebral palsy, which means that people judge him, usually wrongly, because they don't realise that inside that severely disabled, fragile body is a bit of an asshole. He knows how to make people feel uncomfortable and does so on purpose and that his cerebral palsy means he can get away with saying what others can't.


But there is a cost to taking aim at life's easier targets, and that's taking his eyes off the bigger prize - the job, the girl, the visa. Across the series Tim offends his work colleagues, fakes it as a refugee and makes a disabled nemesis played by Lost Voice Guy (Lee Ridley)!


He becomes the master of his own downfall and it’s left to his friends Ruth and Idris (Rob Madin) to get him out of all the disastrous situations he gets himself into.


Read my interview with Tim later this week.


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6. Celebs Go Dating

Sunday 24th February at 9pm on E4


Just as Shipwrecked finishes, E4 are only giving viewers a week of their evenings back before unleashing another nightly series stripped across four weeks (Sunday to Thursday) - the sixth series of Celebs Go Dating.


This week's single celebrities hoping to find love are returnee Sam Thompson, former partners Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks, Love Island's Georgia Steel and Jack Fowler, Kerry Katona Hollyoaks actor Chelsee Healey and Ibiza Weekender's David Potts.


With Nadia Essex no longer part of the series, Anna Williamson steps into the role as dating agent and will join dating expert Paul Carrick Brunson at the Celebrity Dating Agency. And Tom Read-Wilson returns as the agency’s Junior Client Coordinator.


In the opening episode, it's time for the big mixer event and Pete gets a huge shock when his ex turns up. But will everyone bag a date?


1/20



7. Baptiste

Sunday 24th February at 9pm on BBC One


As I'm writing this before the first episode of Baptiste has aired, I have to be very careful about what I say.


All I will say is that the closing moments of the opening episode will leave you with lots of questions which hopefully begin to get answered in episode two.


And it's those final moments that cause a distrust between Julien Baptiste and Edward Stratton as Edward takes desperate measures to track down Natalie.


2/6

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