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WHAT TO WATCH 2-8 October

This week's best telly includes the first Strictly elimination of 2021, a powerful new Sunday night drama on BBC One, a murder mystery like no other on Channel 4 and so much more.

Here are 7 TV shows you can't miss this week...

1. The Hit List

Saturday 2nd October at 6pm on BBC One

After a run of celebrity specials, The Hit List returns with a brand new series as Rochelle and Marvin Humes continue to test music lovers with the most addictive musical quiz on television and a real treat in the TV schedules.

In each show, three pairs of contestants put their music knowledge to the ultimate test as they attempt to name as many songs and artists as possible. The songs played are all hits from a wide range of music genres from the 1950s to today, meaning the whole family can play along.

It’s deceptively simple because all you have to do to win a potential £10,000 prize is name the artist and title of hit songs.

1/6 Continues weekly

2. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 2nd at 6.45pm & Sunday 3rd October at 7.05pm on BBC One

After last week's sensational first live show, which saw AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington top the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard with 34 points, the couples return to the ballroom as one couple will sadly leave the competition for good.

With Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden hopefully returning next week, after testing positive for Covid and isolating, the rest of the couples will be dancing to keep their place in the competition as they have to not only impress the Judges, but also the viewers at home.

During Sunday night's results show, Tom Grennan will perform for the Strictly professionals for a group routine set in a Western Saloon before two couples go head to head to save their place in the competition.

Plus, singer-songwriter Griff will also be in the Ballroom to perform her incredible new single.

2/13 Continues weekly

3. Ridley Road

Sunday 3rd October at 9pm on BBC One

Inspired by a true story, BBC One's new Sunday night drama Ridley Road, starts in 1962 as Vivien Epstein, a Jewish hairdresser from Manchester played by newcomer Agnes O’Casey, runs away from her protective parents and her upcoming marriage to head to London in pursuit of her true love, Jack Morris played by Tom Varey.

She follows Jack to his last known address on the iconic Ridley Road, but she is warned off by her uncle, the gruff Soly Malinovsky, played by Eddie Marsan, and Soly's wife Nancy, played by Tracy-Ann Oberman.

Determined to stay in London, Vivien takes up lodgings with the very traditional Nettie Jones, played by Rita Tushingham, and finds a job at a trendy Soho hair salon run by Barbara, played by Tamzin Outhwaite. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers that Jack has gone missing while working undercover to infiltrate the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, led by Colin Jordan, played by Rory Kinnear.

With the backing of the anti-fascist 62 Group led by Soly and Nancy, Vivien decides to go undercover herself to discover what happened to Jack. Will she have the courage to do what is necessary to save Jack and protect her community?

1/4 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

4. The Ranganation

Sunday 3rd October at 9pm on BBC Two

After discovering The Ranganation in series two - during the first lockdown - the show has fast become one of my favourites. It's the show in which comedian Romesh Ranganathan two celebrity guests and a focus group he calls 'The Ranganation' chew over the lighter end of the news spectrum.

Now back for its fourth series, Romesh will once again be joined virtually by his focus group, the Ranganation - 20 loveable, outspoken characters who represent a cross-section of modern Britain.

For this series, the two celebrity guests will return to the studio alongside Romesh, with Jack Dee one of the first guests, helping Romesh and his unique focus group take a humorous look at the week’s biggest talking points, from front-page news to trending topics.

1/6 Continues weekly

5. Sorry, I Didn't Know

Sunday 3rd October at 10.20pm on ITV

Hosted by Jimmy Akingbola, ITV's hit new panel show Sorry, I Didn't Know, returns as two teams, led by Chizzy Akudolu and Judi Love, once again battle it out over four rounds, testing their knowledge of Black British history.

Extended to five episodes, series two will once again showcase some of the hottest comedians from diverse backgrounds as they have their knowledge tested of untold stories and unsung heroes, unveiling interesting Black history facts along the way.

In the first episode, Reginald D Hunter and Russell Kane join Chizzy Akudolu's team, up against Dane Baptiste and Fatiha El-Ghorri on Judi Love's team.

1/5 Continues weekly

6. Murder Island

Tuesday 5th October at 9.30pm on Channel 4

In Channel 4's brand new series, Murder Island, eight ordinary members of the public must take on the role of detectives to solve a murder mystery written by one of Britain's most successful crime writers, Ian Rankin, for a chance to win the £50,000 reward.

As the four teams of amateur detectives arrive on an island by boat, they are greeted by senior investigating officer Parm Sandhu and her two deputies, Simon Harding and Graham McMillan (Maca).

They're then whisked off to the crime scene, a rundown property called the Manse, where the body of Charly Hendricks was discovered a few hours earlier. Charly had been renting from local pub landlord Tony Slade and among the blood and forensics are the clues to understanding the victim and her lifestyle.

Simon and Maca remind the sleuths of an old police saying, if you can discover how a victim lived it will help you to find out how they died.

As each team searches the scene, they find evidence of a land dispute. A rich businesswoman from London seems to be buying up property to create a resort, but the die-hards on the island are fighting back. And who is the woman with Charly in the photos on the fridge?

The teams go straight from the crime scene to speak to the last people to see Charly alive but they soon discover that everyone seems to have something to hide. And just as they begin to understand the events of the night of the murder, new evidence lands that changes the way they must think about Charly, her life, and her death.

1/6 Continues weekly

7. Brassic

Wednesday 6th October at 10pm on Sky Comedy

Sky’s biggest original comedy, Brassic, returns for what promises to be a bigger, braver and more bonkers third series as we finally find out what Erin whispered to Vinnie, before he got arrested, at the end of series two.

Freshly out of prison, Vinnie is jubilant to be reunited with his gang of mates, but with newly promoted Detective Carl Slater watching his every move, Vinnie knows he needs to keep out of trouble. But playing it safe has never been his strong point.

But when Farmer Jim comes knocking on his shack with a very lucrative fast-cash job, Vinnie finds it impossible to refuse and soon the gang are back together doing what they do best - cooking up a scheme and causing full-on chaos - as they have to devise a madcap ball-busting plan to steal valuable bull semen from a breeder’s farm.

1/8 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

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