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WHAT TO WATCH 19-25 November

This week's best telly includes the surprise return of Michael Sheen and David Tennant or should that be, David Tennant and Michael Sheen in Staged, an Addams Family sequel from Tim Burton, an eye-opening documentary from David Baddiel, a new Apple TV+ drama starring Luke Evans and Strictly returns to Blackpool.

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

1. Strictly Come Dancing: Blackpool Special

Saturday 19th at 7.45pm and Sunday 20th November at 7.20pm on BBC One

For the first time since 2019, Strictly Come Dancing is returning to the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Saturday's live show will open with an incredible routine celebrating all things Blackpool from the judges and professional dancers before our remaining couples take to the most famous sprung floor in the country. But who will steal the limelight?

Ellie and Johannes will be dancing the American Smooth to You’re My World by Cilla Black, Fleur and Vito will dance their Couple's Choice to a Destiny’s Child Megamix, Helen and Gorka will be dancing the Quickstep to Valerie by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, Hamza and Jowita will be dancing the American Smooth to (Theme From) New York, New York by Frank Sinatra, Kym and Graziano will dance the Paso Doble to Only Girl (In The World) by Rihanna and We Found Love by Calvin Harris and Rihanna, Molly and Carlos will be dancing a Jive to Bandstand Boogie by Barry Manilow and Tyler and Dianne will be dancing the Salsa to a KC & The Sunshine Band Megamix.

During Sunday's results show, the professional dancers will show us what Blackpool has meant to them in what promises to be a poignant opening routine and the brilliant Sam Ryder will be performing in the Ballroom.

At this stage of the competition, no one wants to go home. Who will the Judges save and see through to next week?


2. David Baddiel: Jews Don't Count

Monday 21st November at 9pm on Channel 4

In this brand new documentary, David Baddiel explores why, in his opinion, antisemitism isn't considered by the progressive left as unacceptable as other forms of discrimination.

When we talk about antisemitism, many tend to think about Nazis or white supremacists describing Jews as responsible for all the world's evil. But writer and comedian David Baddiel identifies a less obvious form of antisemitism, arguing that Jews are often ignored by exactly those people who loudly and proudly support other minority groups.

Using examples from popular culture and theatre to football and politics, David asks why, at a time of extreme sensitivity about racism and discrimination to minorities, does there appear to be a lack of inclusion towards Jews?

To explore this blind spot, David travels to meet a wide variety of Jews, including David Schwimmer, Stephen Fry, Sarah Silverman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Neil Gaiman, Miriam Margolyes, Howard Jacobson and Rachel Riley.


3. Echo 3

Wednesday 23rd November on Apple TV+

Based on Omri Givon's award-winning series When Heroes Fly, and inspired by the eponymous novel by Amir Gutfreund, Apple TV+'s new drama Echo 3 is an action-packed thriller set in South America starring Luke Evans, Jessica Ann Collins and Michiel Huisman.

It follows Amber Chesborough, a brilliant young scientist who is the emotional heart of a small American family.

When Amber goes missing along the Colombia-Venezuela border her brother, Bambi, and her husband, Prince, two men with deep military experience and complicated pasts, struggle to find her in a layered personal drama, set against the explosive backdrop of a secret war.

1-3/10 Continues weekly

4. Wednesday

Wednesday 23rd November on Netflix

From the imagination of Tim Burton comes Wednesday, a brand new series that charts Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy.

We follow her attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago. All while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.

Jenna Ortega stars in the title role, alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzman, Gwendoline Christie, Christina Ricci and more.

1-8/8 All episodes available at launch

5. Staged

Thursday 24th November on BritBox UK

Following two series of Staged on BBC One, the series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, or should that be David Tennant and Michael Sheen, as themselves - two bickering actors making a drama out of a crisis - is returning for an exclusive third series on BritBox UK.

In this upcoming series, things have returned to normal for David and Michael. They have moved on from lockdown and returned to their everyday working life, while Simon’s career remains stagnant.

His phone does ring, but only to ask if he can get David and Michael back together, and they’ve made it clear they want nothing more to do with him. But Christmas is approaching, and Simon hopes the warmth of the season might soften them to the idea of a radio version of a Christmas classic… but that’s as far as Simon’s plan has got!

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