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WHAT TO WATCH 18-24 March

This week's best telly includes the highly anticipated return of Race Across the World, a new group of celebrities enter the Bake Off tent, John Simm returns as DI Roy Grace in ITV1's Grace, Greg Davies' BBC One comedy The Cleaner is back and from the makers of The Traitors comes a new reality format for Channel 4.


Here are 5 TV shows you can't miss this week...


1. The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C

Sunday 19th March at 7.45pm on Channel 4


The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand up to Cancer is back as 20 famous faces compete for the title of a Star Baker while helping fund cancer research. Each episode will see four celebrity bakers enter the hallowed canvas of the Bake Off tent and be welcomed by hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas, only this week, Noel is unwell so Matt is on his own.


Over two days they will be challenged to put their baking skills, or lack thereof, to the test. The first four celebrities hoping to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith in the signature, technical and showstopper challenges are actor David Schwimmer, popstar Jesy Nelson and comedians Rose Matafeo and Tom Davis.


Their first challenge is to bake savoury pies in the Signature. For the Technical, they take on a fiddly French confection, and for their Showstoppers, the bakers recreate their most embarrassing celebrity fail in meringue.


1/5 Continues weekly


2. Grace

Sunday 19th March at 8pm on ITV1


ITV1's adaptation of Peter James’ novels Grace, is back for a third series as John Simm reprises his role as Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. Also back are Richie Campbell as DS Glenn Branson, Zoë Tapper as Cleo Morey, Craig Parkinson as DS Norman Potting and Laura Elphinstone as DS Bella Moy.


As East Sussex police bid farewell to ACC Alison Vosper, the announcement of her replacement is not welcome news for Grace. Shaken by the recent sighting of Sandy, Roy attempts to get closer to the truth while trying to move forward with Cleo, as he is drawn into three sinister investigations.


A chilling serial offender from Grace’s past, a road traffic accident which unleashes a web of vengeance and a shocking murder attempt on the Brighton music scene, all test Grace’s skill as past and present collide for Roy, forcing him to confront old memories and learn from previous mistakes.


1/3 Continues weekly



3. Rise and Fall

Sunday 19th March at 9pm on Channel 4


From the makers of The Traitors, comes Rise and Fall, a brand new reality TV show hosted by Greg James in which 16 ordinary Brits, from all walks of life and ages must compete to win up to £100,000.


Starting as equals, they find themselves either in a position of power as a Ruler or as a powerless Grafter. While the Rulers live in a luxury penthouse, the Grafters must survive in basic conditions in the basement. And much like life, those in power are responsible for making decisions that affect those who have none.


As the Grafters work hard to complete a series of gruelling challenges to build up the prize fund, the Rulers must encourage the Grafters to work harder. But if they push them too hard, they might find themselves toppled from power.


Anyone can rise to a position of power, and anyone can fall, but ultimately only one Ruler can win the cash prize at the end of the game. Who rises and who falls is decided by the other Players. So what does it take to get to the top? How do you win power and keep hold of it? And how do you use it to influence others? Let the power struggle begin...


1-6/18 Continues nightly at 10pm



4. Race Across the World

Wednesday 22nd March at 9pm on BBC One


After a Covid-enforced three-year break, one of the best shows on telly, Race Across the World is back for a third series as five teams attempt to race sixteen thousand kilometres through the second largest country in the world, Canada. And this time, the Sunday night hit formerly on BBC Two has raced across to BBC One in a new midweek primetime slot.


Without smartphones, internet access and credit cards, and armed only with the cash equivalent of the airfare to fly the route, our teams travel this extraordinary journey at ground level. Their skill, ingenuity and determination will be tested to the extreme as they race through some of the world’s most remote regions, where they must also rely on the kindness of strangers in order to stand the best chance of reaching the finish line. This series takes viewers on the trip of a lifetime, following our racers as they embark on an epic and adrenaline-fuelled adventure, travelling into the unknown without the trappings of modern life.


Our five pairs must race across the breadth of Canada, passing through seven checkpoints, taking them from the Pacific coastline, to the edges of the Arctic and the shores of the Great Lakes, to reach their final destination on the Atlantic Ocean; St. John’s on the island of Newfoundland, the most easterly town in North America. As they experience beautiful scenery, bonds will be formed across cultural divides and relationships will be tested as never before.


In the first episode, the teams set off from Vancouver – perched at the edge of the Pacific Ocean - and must navigate their way north to Tlell on the island of Haida Gwaii – for two hundred years known as the Queen Charlotte Islands but now back in the hands of the indigenous Haida People.


1/9 Continues weekly



5. The Cleaner

Friday 24th March at 9.30pm on BBC One


After a successful first series, BBC One comedy The Cleaner, which stars Greg Davies as everyone's favourite crime scene cleaner, Wicky, is back for more.


In the first episode, Wicky faces the ultimate test of self-control: a job in a pub, after he’s promised his new girlfriend he’ll stay off the booze. But resisting a pint is the least of his challenges once he meets hard-bitten landlady Lisa and muscle-bound barman Cuddle.


Wicky is there to clean up the devastation left by a lethal brawl, but as a web of romantic and criminal intrigue slowly unravels around him, Wicky realises there’s more to this job than just cleaning up blood (and the occasional severed human ear).


Guest stars in this series include Amy Morgan, Asim Chaudhry, Cassius Thompson, Charlie Rawes, Harriet Walker, Jemma Carlton, John MacMillan, Joshua McCord, Louis Emerick, Rebecca Lee, Roisin Conaty, Shakin' Stevens, Simon Callow, Susannah Fielding and Zoë Wanamaker.


1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch


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