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WHAT TO WATCH 18-24 September

This week’s best telly includes the return of W1A, the return of Benedict Cumberbatch and of course the return of Strictly Come Dancing!


Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week...


1.  Liar

Monday 18th September at 9pm on  ITV

Forget Strictly Vs. The X Factor, the TV ratings battle everyone was talking about last week was Rellik Vs. Liar. Both new dramas have been written by The Missing's Harry and Jack Williams and whilst Rellik was watched by 3.6m on BBC One, the clear winner was ITV’s Liar which was watched by 5.31m.


Liar tells the story of a night that changes the lives of Laura Nielson (Joanne Froggatt) and Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd) forever.


Laura is a smart and dedicated teacher, not long out of a relationship and unsure about getting back on the dating scene. Andrew is a renowned surgeon whose son is a pupil at Laura’s school. An initial attraction leads to a date, but neither fully realises the far-reaching consequences that their meeting will have on each other or their families as Laura accuses Andrew of raping her.

But which side of the story do you believe? Who’s telling the truth and who’s lying?


This week, Laura’s online attack on Andrew yields unexpected consequences as a figure from her past returns to haunt her, potentially jeopardizing the case. Afraid, Laura resorts to extreme measures to find hard evidence of Andrew’s guilt.


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2. W1A

Monday 18th September at 10pm on BBC Two

W1A, the sitcom that pokes fun at the BBC, returns this week for its third and final series.


This is the year in which the BBC’s Royal Charter is up for renewal. The charter renewal process gives the BBC an opportunity to question everything it does and ask the question whether there is any point to doing any of it anymore. At the heart of this process is the charter renewal group, chaired by Head of Values Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville).


Working alongside Ian in order to help him reset the dial for everyone in the corporation and shine a new light on that dial, or at least shine the old light but with a new bulb so nobody can be in any doubt where the dial is or have any excuse for not being able to read what it says are Anna Rampton, Director of Better (Sarah Parish); Simon Harwood, Director of Strategic Governance (Jason Watkins); Siobhan Sharpe, Joint CEO of FUN Media (Jessica Hynes); David Wilkes, Commissioning Editor Primetime Factuality (Rufus Jones); Izzy Gould, Development Executive (Ophelia Lovibond); Will Humphries, Assistant to Ian Fletcher (Hugh Skinner); Lucy Freeman, Head of Inclusivity (Nina Sosanya); Neil Read, Current Head of News and Current Affairs (David Westhead) and Tracey Pritchard, Senior Communications Officer (Monica Dolan).


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3. Doctor Foster

Tuesday 19th September at 9pm on BBC One

After last week’s slightly creepy episode of Doctor Foster, the BBC are keeping very tight-lipped over what happens in this week’s episode.


What we do know if that Gemma and Simon will try and see if they can put their own feelings aside in order to help Tom.


But with the pari constantly at each other’s throats and Gemma feeling that Tom should come first, it’s not going to be plain sailing.


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4. Porters

Tuesday 19th September at 10pm on Dave

This week, Dave's brand new three-part comedy Porters launches which stars Ed Easton, Susan Wokoma, Claudia Jessie and Rutger Hauer.


Set in a fictional hospital, Porters follows deluded Simon Porter (Easton), who dreams of passing his medical exam and becoming a doctor, but by starting at the bottom, and becoming the best porter the NHS has ever seen.


All he has to do is survive a few months grafting in a hospital basement and try not to kill any of the patients. Whilst Wokoma and Jessie play Frankie and Lucy. Frankie is the cynical, self-styled “Queen of the Porters” whilst Lucy is the naïve nurse.


Look out for some very familiar faces, including Jo Joyner, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Mat Horne and Kelsey Grammer!


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5. Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father

Friday 22nd September on Netflix

Based on the comedic viewpoints of Jack Whitehall, Travels with My Father follows Jack, as he embarks on the trip of a lifetime with his father, Michael.


The two set off on a journey across South East Asia to partake in a series of adventures, mishaps and escapades with two very different perspectives.


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6. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 23rd September on BBC One

When the recent launch show for this year's Strictly Come Dancing ended, the two week wait for the competition to get started seemed like it would take forever. But as we now find ourselves days away from watching this  year’s celebrities take to the dancefloor for the first time with their partners, the day has arrived pretty quickly.


The celebrities have had two weeks to rehearse their first routine, and each of the 15 couples will be performing live as they try to impress the judges; Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and new head judge Shirley Ballas.


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


How will Shirley score? Who will be top of the leaderboard? And who will get the lowest score of the night from Craig? You’ll have to tune in on Saturday night to find out.


7. The Child In Time

Sunday 24th September at 9pm on BBC One

Benedict Cumberbatch returns to BBC One in one-off drama The Child In Time. Adapted by Stephen Butchard from Ian McEwan’s novel, The Child In Time is a lyrical and heartbreaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen.


Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children’s books, is confronted with the unthinkable: he loses his only child, four year-old Kate, in a supermarket.


In one horrifying moment that replays itself over the years that follow, Stephen realises that his daughter is gone. With tenderness and insight, the drama explores a marriage devastated by the loss of a child. Kate’s absence sets Stephen and his wife, Julie, on diverging paths as both struggle with an all-consuming grief. With the passage of time, a balance of sorts returns, until hope surfaces and triumphs unexpectedly.


Also stars Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Campbell Moore and Saskia Reeves.


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