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WHAT TO WATCH 20-26 March

This week's best telly includes a highly anticipated reunion on Saturday Night Takeaway, an emotional and personal documentary by presenter Kate Garraway and of course, the return of AC-12's finest in series six of Line of Duty.

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

1. Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Saturday 20th March at 7pm on ITV

For the past few weeks, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway has been the tonic we've all needed and this week's episode is set to be unmissable as Ant & Dec reunite with their SM:tv Live co-host Cat Deeley!

During this week's Undercover, Cat Deeley thinks she's doing a day of promo for her new book, but Ant & Dec have other ideas and they ensure the day has many hiccups and surprises! And in a very special End of the Show Show, sees Ant, Dec and Cat reunite for a new episode of CHUMS - their Friends spin-off which was hugely popular with viewers from 1999 to 2003 on SM:tv Live.

Elsewhere, Romesh Ranganathan is this week's guest announcer and will also take part in a game of Read my Lips, Stephen Mulhern is back for another Ant vs Dec challenge, Fleur East is out and about for another game of Chase the Rainbow plus the usual Win the Ads and surprises!

5/7 Continues weekly

2. The Voice UK: Final

Saturday 20th March at 8.30pm on ITV

It's only been four months since the last winner of The Voice UK was crowned, but after battling through in 2020 with several months of delays and challenges, the competition has managed to carry on as usual (albeit with a virtual audience) this year and the time has come to crown the 2021 champion.

After 7 Blind rounds, two Battles and two Semi-Finals, the public have voted for their favourite acts, who have each made it through to this year's live final; 18-year-old Okulaja on Team Will, 23-year-old Craig Eddie on Team Anne-Marie, 38-year-old Hannah Williams on Team Tom and 18-year-old Grace Holden on Team Olly, must battle it out in the live final, to win a recording contract.

All four Coaches will also take to the stage to perform together for the final time this series and last year's champion Blessing Chitapa, returns to perform her new single.


3. Top Gear

Sunday 21st March at 8pm on BBC One

As the 30th series of Top Gear continues, the fourth with Paddy McGuinness, Chris Harris and Freddie Flintoff at the helm, the team sample some of James Bond’s greatest ever cars, including the legendary Aston Martin DB5!

Elsewhere, Freddie and an Extreme E race car battle a man in a jet-pack, while Chris and Paddy test a new Ferrari against a very old Alfa.


4. Line of Duty

Sunday 21st March at 9pm on BBC One

A year ago, filming was postponed for six months on the sixth series of Line of Duty, but thankfully the time has come to be reunited with AC-12 and the good news is, we're getting an extra episode... not that they knew that at the time of filming!

As new information comes to light about a possible suspect in a year-long unsolved murder investigation, DCI Joanne Davidson, played by Kelly Macdonald, appears keen to finally bring Gail Vella’s killer to justice.

However, after her conduct arouses suspicions, it’s not long before AC-12 are on the case. But as AC-12’s investigation uncovers deeper and darker information, will DCI Joanne Davidson turn out to be their most dangerous adversary yet?

And after the events of series five, where will we find DS Steve Arnott, DI Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings at the start of series six?

1/7 Continues weekly

5. Unforgotten

Monday 22nd March at 9pm on ITV

As Unforgotten continues, Cassie and Sunny interview two of the four suspects again and get closer to the truth about what happened the night Walsh disappeared.

In this week's penultimate episode, they learn that phone mast data puts Ram and Dean in the same vicinity three days after the announcement about Walsh’s body being discovered.

Elsewhere, Cassie has a painful altercation with her father about his worsening dementia and later things take a devastating turn.

5/6 Continues weekly

6. Kate Garraway: Finding Derek

Tuesday 23rd March at 9pm on ITV

In this special one-off film, Kate Garraway offers an intimate insight into coping with the impact of Covid-19 as her husband Derek Draper remains seriously ill in hospital, a year on from contracting the virus.

The film begins in July 2020 and we follow Kate and her family right through to March 2021 as she opens up on camera for the first time on the reality of the past 12 months in an unflinching account of the profound effects on her family and on others.

Kate also meets survivors of the disease and discusses the somewhat unknown, longer-term effects of the virus. As Kate lays bare in the film, her family, along with many others who have suffered the effects of the virus, is now facing the reality of adjusting to a very different way of life to the one they lived before the pandemic hit.


7. The Irregulars

Friday 26th March on Netflix

The story of Sherlock Holmes has been well told - but not in the way new Netflix drama The Irregulars, is telling it.

This original take on the well-loved detective novels by Arthur Conan Doyle follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Dr. Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes.

As the crimes take on a horrifying supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, it'll be up to the Irregulars; Bea, Jessie, Billy, Spike and Leo, to come together to save not only London but the entire world.

Read my interview with Royce Pierreson, who plays Dr. Watson, here.

1-8/8 All episodes available at launch

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