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WHAT TO WATCH 20-26 January

Who will triumph as The Traitors comes to an end?



This week's best telly includes the final week of The Traitors, four star-studded new dramas to sink our teeth into, the final week of The Traitors, the return of Queer Eye's Fab Five, the final week of The Traitors and the return of Johnny Vegas' Carry On Glamping. Oh and did I mention that it's the final week of The Traitors?


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


1. Queer Eye

Wednesday 24th January on Netflix


RETURNING


The Fab Five are BACK as Queer Eye launches its eighth season on Netflix and this time they return to New Orleans to jazz up the lives of their heroes, one makeover at a time.


From a coach and teacher to Deaf students struggling to realize his value, to a Bayou-born outdoorsman looking to reignite the spark in his marriage, expect more laughter and tears as Queer Eye continues to transform lives and celebrate the power of kindness.


In November last year, interior design expert Bobby Berk announced that despite a ninth season being confirmed by Netflix, his "journey with Queer Eye" was over and was departing the popular series.


1-6/6 All episodes available at launch




2. The Traitors

Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th January at 9pm on BBC One


 FINAL WEEK


When the first series of The Traitors ended in December 2022, many doubted that the next series would be as good. Now nine episodes into series two, they were right. This series isn't as good as the first. It's better. It's more dramatic. And Claudia Winkleman is exceptional at keeping them all in check.


And it seems the ratings back this up, with Thursday's episode reaching a record 4.4m viewers, 400k more than the night before and 1.1m more than those who watched the series one finale.


As it stands, the only original Traitor still standing is Harry who is playing an absolute blinder and deserves if not all, his fair share, of the eventual prize money. But on Friday night, we saw him and recently-recruited Traitor Andrew choose Diane's son Ross to join them as a Traitor.


Accepting, in honour of his mum, Ross enters the Traitors conclave and quizzes Harry on his decision to murder his mum, Diane, but doesn’t disclose why he found her funeral more upsetting than most. Is it time for Ross to get revenge?


On Wednesday, with the game entering its final quarter, a secret shield leads to an explosive breakfast. As the players attempt to not get trapped in the day's mission, the remaining Traitors are also hoping they aren't caught at the Round Table. But will they prevail at such a key stage in the game?


On Thursday, with time running out to raise the prize pot, the players embark on a monumental mission, where one is faced with an important decision.


And in Friday's 70-minute extended finale, will the Faithful weed out all the Traitors and split the prize pot between them, or will any Traitors remain undetected, and take the life-changing sum of money, all for themselves?


10-12/12 Continues nightly



3. Johnny Vegas: Carry on Glamping

Wednesday 24th January at 9pm on Channel 4


 RETURNING


Carry on Glamping was one of the surprisingly feel-good hit shows of 2021 and now following the success of his last venture, Johnny Vegas is on a mission to relaunch his Field of Dreams glamping site. But this time he's dreaming of a bigger and better campsite, full of his unique saved and upcycled vehicles, as well as some new additions.


In search of the perfect location, Johnny and his long-suffering assistant Bev travel the country on an adventure packed with tragedy, farce and highs and lows.


First, they scope out an old racecourse in East Sussex and even visit Jimmy Doherty's Farm and Wildlife Park in Suffolk in the hope of finding the right spot, where Jimmy has lots of questions about Johnny's business plan. Although the search for a new location is still ongoing, the Yorkshire site must be cleared, and getting Patricia and the other vehicles off site is as tricky as it was getting them on.


Meanwhile, Johnny is up to his old tricks and, with the help of aeronautical-engineer-turned-furniture-designer Stu, cuts a deal to buy a dilapidated Puma helicopter to convert into a glamping pod. But the Puma needs a lot of work and Stu isn't sure how to move it, let alone where to start on the refurbishment.


1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch



4. Griselda

Thursday 25th January on Netflix


 BRAND NEW


In a week packed full of new dramas, there's a lot of buzz surrounding Netflix's Griselda, which is a fictionalised dramatization inspired by the life of the savvy and ambitious Griselda Blanco, played by Sofia Vergara, who created one of the most powerful cartels in history.


Set in 1970s-80s Miami, Blanco’s lethal blend of unsuspected savagery and charm helps her expertly navigate between business and family, leading her to become widely known as “the Godmother".


1-6/6 All episodes available at launch




5. Sexy Beast

Thursday 25th January on Paramount+


 BRAND NEW


Paramount+'s new drama Sexy Beast is a prequel to the British gangster movie from 2000 and stars James McArdle and Emun Elliott as best friends and small-town thieves Gal Dove and Don Logan who are living the good life in ‘90s East London.


Together, they find themselves descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s, while Gal’s budding relationship with DeeDee threatens everything in their world.


Sarah Greene plays Deedee Harrison, a captivating adult film star whose ambitions to control her destiny and her love affair with Gal Dove put her in danger. Stephen Moyer plays Teddy Bass, a treacherous, rising name in the gangster world, who seduces Gal and Don into his criminal web, and Tamsin Greig plays Don’s pathologically controlling and formidable older sister Cecilia.


1-6/6 All episodes available at launch 




6. Expats

Friday 26th January on Prime Video


 BRAND NEW


Directed by Lulu Wang, Prime Video's new drama Expats is based on Janice Y. K. Lee's novel The Expatriates and centres on three American women whose lives intersect after a sudden family tragedy.


Set against the vibrant and tumultuous tapestry of 2014 Hong Kong, Expats centers on three American women; Margaret, Hilary and Mercy, played by Nicole Kidman, Sarayu Blue and Ji-young Yoo. With Brian Tee playing Margaret's husband Clarke and Jack Huston playing Hilary's husband David.


The drama interrogates privilege and explores what happens when the line between victimhood and culpability becomes blurred.


1-2/6 Continues weekly




7. Masters of the Air

Friday 26th January on Apple TV+


 BRAND NEW


Based on Donald L. Miller’s book of the same name, and scripted by John Orloff, Apple TV+'s newest drama Masters of the Air follows the men of the 100th Bomb Group (the “Bloody Hundredth”) as they conduct perilous bombing raids over Nazi Germany and grapple with the frigid conditions, lack of oxygen and sheer terror of combat conducted at 25,000 feet in the air.


Portraying the psychological and emotional price paid by these young men as they helped destroy the horror of Hitler’s Third Reich, is at the heart of Masters of the Air. Some were shot down and captured; some were wounded or killed. And some were lucky enough to make it home. Regardless of individual fate, a toll was exacted on them all.


It stars Austin Butler as Major Gale Cleven, Callum Turner as Major John Egan, Anthony Boyle, Nate Mann as Major Harry Crosby and Barry Keoghan as Lt. Curtis Biddick.


1-2/6 Continues weekly.



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