WHAT TO WATCH 2-8 April

This week's best telly includes the final episode ever of Peaky Blinders, the final series of BBC One drama The Split, a moving tribute to Nikki Grahame and more.


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


1. Peaky Blinders

Sunday 3rd April at 9pm on BBC One


After six series, the time has come for Peaky Blinders in an extended final episode. Now in the 1930s, as the clouds of the coming storm gather, Tommy Shelby faces the consequences of his experiences and his actions.


A war veteran who fought in the trenches, Tommy Shelby has been a gangster, an entrepreneur, a captain of industry, a spy and ultimately a Member of Parliament.


In the course of this odyssey, he has taken on numerous criminal organisations, business adversaries, foreign insurgents and the British Establishment itself. But can he redeem himself before this saga ends?


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2. Travel Man: 48 Hours in...

Monday 4th April at 8.30pm on Channel 4


Returning after an enforced mini-break of its own, Travel Man is back with new host Joe Lycett and from taking in the sights of Bilbao and San Sebastián in this opening episode to jetting off to Split, Cyprus and Antwerp, each episode takes a sideways look at how visitors might spend 48 hours in some of the world's most popular mini-break destinations.


For each trip, the Travel Man is joined by a well-known travel companion starting with fellow comedian James Acaster who joins Joe for a long weekend in the Spanish part of the Basque Country.


They start in Bilbao, home to the city's most iconic building, The Guggenheim, where Joe and James soak up the art, including an installation that shrouds them in fog. They explore high-rise engineering and a vertigo-inducing walk across the world's first transporter bridge, before calming their nerves with a trip to Bilbao's atmospheric old town to sample the local favourite, kalimotxo, a combination of red wine and cola.


Joe and James then bid adios to Bilbao and head to the region's foodie capital of San Sebastián, where they delight in samples of pintxos before learning to make their own. Paying homage to Basque artist Eduardo Chillida at his seaside sculpture, they toast their trip on Mount Igueldo with a glass of local fizz overlooking the stunning vista.


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3. The Split

Monday 4th April at 9pm on BBC One


Set in the fast-paced, complex world of London’s high-end divorce circuit, The Split is back for a third and final series as we watch a divorce lawyer confronted by her very own divorce.


And as we return to the messy lives of the three Defoe sisters, Hannah, Nina and Rose and their formidable mother Ruth, adding fuel to the fire will be the catalyst to the breakdown of Hannah and Nathan’s marriage, Christie, who returns as Hannah and Nathan’s formerly rock-solid marriage unravels as they try to come to an amicable separation agreement.


As Hannah and Nathan begin to divide up their 20 years together, Hannah faces what she is about to lose and a shocking revelation dramatically changes the stakes. As the battle lines are redrawn, we wonder if their dream of achieving the 'good divorce' is even possible. Will they find a path through the wreckage, or is the split simply too deep to repair?


Stars Nicola Walker, Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button, Deborah Findlay and Stephen Mangan.


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4. Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism

Tuesday 5th April at 9pm on BBC One


In this one-off documentary, five-time Paralympics gold medallist Ellie Simmonds is investigating a controversial new drug that some people argue could bring an end to dwarfism.


Ellie is used to an environment where difference is celebrated. But now this pioneering drug is coming on the market that promises to make children with achondroplasia, Ellie’s form of dwarfism, grow closer to average height.


A genetic condition, achondroplasia is the most common type of dwarfism in the UK, and the new treatment raises the question: if cutting-edge medicine can stop disability in its tracks, should we use it?


Travelling around the UK and US, Ellie Simmonds explores all sides of this contentious debate, following currently available treatments for dwarfism, meeting families embarking on the drug trial, others who feel treatment would have positively impacted their lives, and those who are proud of their identity and question the aims of the drug.


The road to acceptance and inclusion for disabled people has been hard won, and many feel these gains are in danger of being lost, while others see only positives with breakthroughs in modern treatments. Ellie draws on her own experiences and reflects on wider questions about the relationship between science and disability.


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5. Nikki Grahame: Who Is She?

Thursday 7th April at 9pm on Channel 4


A tribute to the much-loved reality icon, Nikki Grahame, her triumphs in the Big Brother House and her lifelong battle with anorexia, which led to her untimely death in 2021.


Nikki Grahame was an icon of the golden age of reality television. Feisty, volatile and unapologetic, she was an inspiration to millions and when Nikki uttered her immortal line on Big Brother “Who IS she?! Who IS she?!”, she became a TV legend.


Behind the bright and funny media persona, Nikki was a complex woman who bravely battled anorexia for over 30 years. Her illness reached a crisis point during the UK’s third national lockdown and, tragically, Nikki lost her fight for life on Friday 9th April 2021.


This one-off film includes exclusive interviews with Nikki’s mother Sue as well as close family and friends including fellow Big Brother housemate Imogen Thomas, broadcaster Natasha Devon and Nikki's close friend Purdy.


The film promises to reveal the complexities of anorexia and the impact this cruel and misunderstood illness had on Nikki and everybody who loved her.


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