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WHAT TO WATCH 2-8 September

This week sees the launch of two big new dramas, the return of a Saturday night favourite a new comedy from the writer of Benidorm and A LOT of great telly.


Here are 10 shows you can’t miss this week...


1. A Confession

Monday 2nd September at 9pm on ITV


Based on a true story, written by Jeff Pope and starring Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, Siobhan Finneran, Joe Absolom and Charlie Cooper, ITV's new drama A Confession details the disappearance of 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan in March 2011, telling the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher deliberately breached police procedure and protocol to catch a killer. A decision that ultimately cost him his career and reputation.


On a night out with girlfriends, Sian left a nightclub in Swindon Old Town to walk the 15 minutes home to boyfriend Kevin Reape but when she fails to come home in the early hours or respond to his increasingly frantic texts, Kevin reports her missing. With the police investigation underway, officers arrive on the doorstep of Sian’s mother Elaine who at first thinks her daughter must have stayed overnight with a girlfriend as it was uncharacteristic of Sian to be out of touch with her loved ones.


Senior Investigating Officer Steve Fulcher leads a team which begins to piece together Sian’s last movements, scouring CCTV footage from the club and re-tracing her steps home. Believing Sian may still be alive, Fulcher operates on the premise that Sian is being held somewhere against her will. If she is, he knows it will be a race against time. Through diligent and painstaking police work Fulcher and his team discovers CCTV footage of her in the High Street, which leads to vital clues in the investigation.


Meanwhile, Karen Edwards, the mother of Becky Godden, a 20-year-old known drug addict and prostitute who disappeared eight years previously in 2003, is reminded of her daughter's disappearance as she watches the investigation unfold on the local news and in the town centre.


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2. Stath Lets Flats

Monday 2nd September at 10pm on Channel 4


It's difficult to find a funnier sitcom than Stath Lets Flats on television right now and with Stath still struggling with the smart new clients brought in by Julian, he soon changes his mind when he meets Harriet.


Harriet is a well-meaning middle class millennial, played by Charlotte Ritchie, who takes a shine to him. But Stath soon finds himself out of his depth with her intellectual friends.


Meanwhile Al uses his singing talents to get close to Sophie.


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3. The Great British Bake Off

Tuesday 3rd September at 8pm on Channel 4


It's week two of The Great British Bake Off and it's everyone's favourite... Biscuit Week!


The bakers kick things off with a luxurious chocolate coated signature bake before being taken on a nostalgia trip to make one of Paul's dad's favourite snacks.


And finally, there's an eye-catching showstopper designed to test whether the bakers will snap under pressure.


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4. The Capture

Tuesday 3rd September at 9pm on BBC One


In this ‘post-truth era’, can we really believe what we see? Holliday Grainger and Callum Turner star in BBC One's new six-part surveillance thriller The Capture which looks at a troubling world of fake news and the extraordinary capabilities of the intelligence services.


When soldier Shaun Emery’s conviction for murder is overturned because of flawed video evidence, he returns to life as a free man with his young daughter. But when damning CCTV footage from a night out in London comes to light, his life takes a shocking turn - and he must fight for his freedom once again.


DI Rachel Carey is drafted in to investigate Shaun’s case, but she quickly learns that the truth can be a matter of perspective: should she trust Shaun Emery?


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5. Taskmaster

Wednesday 4th September at 9pm on Dave


It feels like series 8 of Taskmaster has just ended but already Greg Davies and Alex Horne are back with five a brand new series and five brand new contestants; David Baddiel, Jo Brand, Rose Matafeo, Katy Wix and Ed Gamble.


This series, the challenges range from secreting shiny vegetables to bringing a classic board game to life, to performing a sensational self-serenade.


But who will follow in the footsteps of Lou Sanders and become Taskmaster champion?


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6. Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over

Wednesday 4th September at 10pm on W


Strictly champion and popular documentary maker Stacey Dooley fronts a brand new show on W this week in which she spends 72-hours in the company of a wide range of extraordinary characters and families for Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over.


Fascinated by modern family life, Stacey wants to find out about Britain’s more unusual households, with lifestyles that others might judge. Experiencing all aspects of family life, she finds out what really makes them tick.


In the opening episode she spends three days with married couple Cathy and Thomas and their 7-year-old son, Stanley. They have an open relationship and live a polyamorous life, sharing their home with Australian Nicole, who is part of their relationship, making them a ‘Throuple’.


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7. This Way Up

Thursday 5th September at 10pm on Channel 4


It's the penultimate episode of Ailsing Bea's brilliant comedy drama This Way Up this week as a text from Aine's ex, Freddie catches her by surprise.


A spontaneous night out with Bradley and his friends gives her the chance to let her hair down, but she bumps into Tom from rehab, who's started drinking again and against her better judgement turns to the person least likely to make her feel better.


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8. Scarborough

Friday 6th September at 9.30pm on BBC One


He brought us 10 series of Benidorm and this week the show's writer Derren Litten is bringing us his next television comedy Scarborough starring Jason Manford and Catherine Tyldesley. Set in the iconic North Yorkshire seaside town, the series follows the lives of a motley band of Scarborough residents who are bonded by family, friendship and their love of Karaoke.


Jason and Catherine play Mike and Karen, two nearly-40-somethings who are giving their relationship another go, five years after they split. The pair were always meant to be together, but Mike’s ambition to become a professional entertainer meant that he was never at home. Now in his late 30’s, Mike has realised what’s actually important to him - he’s given up life on the road to come back to Scarborough and give their relationship another go.


Karen truly loves Mike, but she ended their relationship first time around as she realised what she wanted was stability and that wasn’t something Mike could offer. Her life in Scarborough is doing a job that she loves and making sure her mum is OK. Karen works at Geraldine’s, a local hair salon where the elderly clientele are always keen to share the latest gossip – if they’re not talking about it in Geraldine’s then it’s not worth talking about.


The salon is the very heart of the community, but as the series unfolds is that heart about to be ripped out by unscrupulous local businessman Tony Peroni? Between Geraldine’s and the local pub/karaoke hot spot, The Good Ship, there’s never a dull day in town. But will the course of true love run smoothly for the couple the second time around, or will the trials and tribulations of their lives get in the way?


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9. Strictly Come Dancing: The Launch

Saturday 7th September at 7.10pm on BBC One


It's that time of year again when Strictly takes over our weekends with its glitz, glamour and sparkle with its 17th series and it all begins this week when Tess and Claudia will roll out the red carpet for the class of 2019 and the celebrities find out who their professional partner will be for the first time in a 90-minute launch show.


Opening the series with a bang will be queen of pop Kylie Minogue who'll perform a show-stopping medley of some of her biggest hits, alongside a dazzling routine from our professional dancers. And there'll also be a musical performance from Mark Ronson and Yebba.


New judge Motsi Mabuse will join Bruno, Craig and Shirley as they perform with the professional dancers in an unmissable group number. And there'll also be a chance to see which celebrities are better than others as they all take to the floor for the very first time to perform what promises to be a spectacular group dance.


Read my interview with this year's celebs on Saturday.


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10. Peaky Blinders

Sunday 8th September at 9pm on BBC One


This week as Peaky Blinders continues, Tommy agrees to dangerous new partnerships when a golden opportunity presents itself and a Shelby party promises fireworks.


Tommy waits by the water at Charlie’s Yard to meet a dangerous adversary and despite their past grievances, the pair agree to a truce. Later, in a private room at the Garrison pub, as Tommy meets with his constituents to hear their grievances, a mysterious stranger with a message arrives.


At his Westminster office, Tommy makes Aberama an offer he can’t refuse before inviting Mosley to a party he is throwing for Lizzie’s birthday. On the night of the party, things soon take a turn for the worse when a surprise guest arrives.


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With so much telly this week I also wanted to mention Celebs on the Farm which continues every night this week on 5STAR (read my review here), ITV2's new dating show Singletown hosted by Joel Dommett and Emily Atack which starts on Monday at 9pm, a second series of Romesh Ranganathan's sitcom The Reluctant Landlord at 9pm on Sky One on Wednesday and a new series of First Dates Hotel at 9pm on Channel 4 on Thursday.

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