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WHAT TO WATCH 20-26 May

This week's best telly includes no less than five brilliant dramas and two brilliant comedies.


Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week...


1. Hatton Garden

Monday 20th - Thursday 23rd May at 9pm on ITV


It was originally due to air towards the end of 2017, then again in May 2018 but due to legal issues which have now been resolved it's only now that ITV are able to air their four-part drama about the Hatton Garden burglary which took part across the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in April 2015.


Written by Jeff Pope, it tells the story of how the men pulled off the heist which was considered in a class of its own in terms of scale and ambition, and the extraordinary level of planning, preparation and organisation required to penetrate the vault of the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company.


Starring Timothy Spall OBE, Kenneth Cranham, Brían F. O’Byrne, David Hayman, Alex Norton and Geoff Bell, the series shows how the elderly gang meticulously planned the raid, the tensions amongst the group, the loss of livelihoods suffered by the box holders and the complex police operation that captured the gang.


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2. Back to Life

Monday 20th May at 10:35pm on BBC One


It's been a superb series but unfortunately this week sees Back to Life come to its end as Miri wakes up in a police cell once again, this time charged with arson.


Although a mystery alibi quickly clears her name, the community will take a little longer to accept her innocence. After agreeing to meet the mysterious Scandinavian man who’s been following her since her return, Miri is taken aback when he claims to know why Lara was so angry with Miri on the night that she died.


Disappointed, Miri returns home to find that the vandals have struck again. It may be Oscar’s birthday, but the Mattesons aren’t going to get a break... To make matters worse, Billy is now a target too.


Hurt and angry, Miri is still determined to move on and be judged for the person she is now, not for the terrible thing she did many years ago. Things come to a head as Miri confronts the community at a meeting held to run her out of town. As the meeting erupts in turmoil, secrets and lies are laid bare, and it turns out that Miri isn’t the only one with a dark past.


Read my interview with Daisy Haggard here.

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3. Years and Years

Tuesday 21st May at 9pm on BBC One


After last week's whirlwind of an episode and THAT final scene, this week's episode of Years and Years sees the world left reeling from the events of Hong Sha and Daniel trying to build a new life with Viktor, leaving his ex-husband to carry out a revenge which has consequences for the whole family.


Badly affected by what happened abroad, Edit returns home for good and Rosie attends Viv Rook's political rally, amazed by her power and passion which sees her elected to become an MP.


Meanwhile, Celeste loses her job, she's disturbed by Bethany's fascination with technology but her and Stephen realise their life is about to crashing down when they are woken at 4am by a series of urgent texts. But what could those messages say?


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4. The Virtues

Wednesday 22nd May at 9pm on Channel 4


After last week's incredibly emotional, hard-hitting opening episode, Shane Meadows' newest TV drama The Virtues continues as Joseph arrives in Ballybraigh.


It's there that he has an emotional reunion with an important person from his childhood and is introduced to a new family.


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5. Summer of Rockets

Wednesday 22nd May at 9pm on BBC Two


Keeley Hawes returns to our screens this week in Summer of Rockets, Stephen Poliakoff's new six-part series set during the tumultuous summer of 1958 in the UK.


Toby Stephens plays Samuel Petrukhin, a Russian-born Jewish inventor and businessman, who specialises in manufacturing hearing aids. The series follows the Soviet’s launch the first intercontinental ballistic missile, and the start of the Space Race, fear permeates the lives of all.


At the Goodwood races in 1957, Kathleen and Richard Shaw MP's eight year-old son Sasha Petrukhin wanders off leading to a frantic search. Luckily Kathleen, played by Keeley Hawes, finds him but over lunch Sasha falls ill and is rushed to hospital with appendicitis.


A few months later, Sasha is preparing to go to Downham House boarding school and his 17 year-old sister Hannah is soon to be presented as a debutant to the Queen at Buckingham Palace.


When Kathleen unexpectedly visits Samuel Petrukhin at his hearing aid business, hoping that he'll have a suitable device for her aunt, she's shown his latest invention, the staff locator, a new piece of equipment that will revolutionise the way people communicate within hospitals and other businesses.


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6. Mum

Wednesday 22nd May at 10pm on BBC Two


As is the modern way, once the first episode of the third and final series of Mum aired last week, the entire series was made available to watch on BBC iPlayer, but if you haven't been tempted or would rather wait then you're in for a real treat this week.


This series sees Cathy and her family decamp to the English countryside to celebrate Derek’s birthday, with each episode observing a different day of the week, from their arrival on the Monday to the party on the Saturday, as Cathy takes a final step towards her future.


In this second episode, it's Tuesday and Cathy has a hangover as she's trying to piece together with Michael what happened the night before.


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7. Gentleman Jack

Sunday 26th May at 9pm on BBC One


As Gentleman Jack continues, Anne begins a playful but dangerous courtship of shy local heiress Miss Walker, who quickly finds herself captivated by the attention of her charismatic and unusual neighbour.


Anne also steps up her plan to renovate Shibden Hall and her determination to sink her own coal mines brings her into the path of local magistrate Christopher Rawson and his brother Jeremiah. Hearing rumours that the Rawson brothers have been stealing her coal, Anne looks for a way to use their dirty tactics against them. While Christopher remains defiant, Anne makes Jeremiah nervous.


Meanwhile, Miss Walker prepares for a trip to the Lake District and when she tells her cousin about her friendship with Anne, she is surprised by Catherine’s reaction and begins to realise that Anne is not popular with everyone in the Halifax community.


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