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WHAT TO WATCH 19-25 September

This week's best telly includes the return of hit comedy Ghosts, the return of The Great British Bake Off and the start of a new Sunday night drama from David Nicholls which will leave you dreaming of a European getaway.

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

1. Us

Sunday 20th September at 9pm on BBC One

David Nicholls brings us the much-anticipated BBC One adaptation of his bestselling novel Us this week, starring Tom Hollander, Saskia Reeves, Tom Taylor and Sofie Gråbøl, which follows one man on a desperate quest to save his marriage on what should have been a family holiday of a lifetime.

With son Albie leaving home for university, Douglas and Connie had planned a European trip to mark their last summer together. However just before they leave, Connie drops the bombshell that she’s not sure she wants to be married to Douglas any more!

After seizing the holiday as a chance to fix things, will Douglas be able to convince Connie that he is the man she fell in love with? And can he repair his relationship with his son?

As an extra bonus too, BBC One are repeating David Nicholls' drama from 2014, The 7.39, which stars David Morrissey and Sheridan Smith, on Monday and Tuesday at 9pm.

1/4 All episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer afterwards

2. Ghosts

Monday 21st September at 8.30pm on BBC One

With an average audience of 3.6m per episode for its first series, it's no surprise that BBC One are returning to Button House for a second series of Ghosts, the hit comedy about a young couple who unexpectedly inherit a grand country estate, only to find it is both falling apart and teeming with the ghosts of former inhabitants.

As series two begins we find Alison and Mike trying to find a semi-harmonious routine with the ghostly housemates of Button House who have found a way to make their new situation work for them, while the couple are working towards a new money-making venture to fund their perpetual renovations.

Without the money to continue the extensive building work and the hotel still a distant dream, Alison and Mike decide to try to rent the place out for events. But after a paranormal photo of the house goes viral overnight, Alison and Mike worry that it will ruin the house’s reputation.

Read my interview with Kiell Bynoe-Smith who plays Mike here.

1/6 All episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer afterwards

3. The Great British Bake Off

Tuesday 22nd September at 8pm on Channel 4

This year, under exceptional circumstances, Channel 4 have delivered a freshly baked new series of The Great British Bake Off in which twelve new bakers entered a bubble for seven weeks in order to make this year's series happen.

Joining host Noel Fielding this series and replacing Sandi Toksvig is Matt Lucas and together they kick off the series with Cake Week. In the signature challenge of the series, the bakers get the opportunity to put their twist on the classic Battenberg. As for the first technical, the bakers are tasked with turning out a fruit sponge, which happens to be one of Paul’s favourites.

And finally, the first showstopper of the series gives the bakers a chance to express their creativity, as they pay tribute to their heroes. An opportunity for the judges to see what inspires this year’s bakers, and whether they have the skills to translate it into cake.

Twelve bakers in the bubble. Three challenges. Only one will be crowned star baker, and sadly one will be going home. Meet this year's twelve new bakers here.


4. Danny Dyer on Harold Pinter

Tuesday 22nd September at 9pm on Sky Arts

At the age of 22, Danny Dyer was taken under the wing of the late, great playwright Harold Pinter. The EastEnders favourite is now embarking on a deeply personal journey for a new Sky Arts documentary, trying to discover why.

Giving him credit for the man and actor he has become, Danny relives the audition where he first met Pinter, revealing how he had no idea who the playwright was having grown up on the big screen in splashy, trashy films. Despite never setting foot on a stage or never having an acting lesson, Pinter saw a talent in Dyer that he was unaware of himself.

20 years on, needing to know more about his friend, Danny steps back into Cold War Britain to discover the source of the darkness in Pinter’s plays. And with the help of fellow actors including Auriol Smith and Kenneth Cranham, Danny learns about repertory theatre, the meaning of the famous Pinter Pause and of forgiveness - apologising to fellow cast-member Keith Allen for the time when, after bingeing on drugs, he forgot his lines on Broadway in a Pinter play.


5. Gogglebox

Friday 25th September at 8.30pm on BBC One

At the end of a long week, there really is no great comfort than a new episode of Gogglebox... probably why it's lasted 16 series and counting!

From Lee and Jenny to the Malones and of course the Siddiquis, I never tire of finding out what our favourite group of professional telly watchers have been loving and loathing during the week.



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