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WHAT TO WATCH 21-27 January

This week's best telly includes three brand new comedies including Harrison Ford in one of his first major television roles, a brand new drama starring Jason Watkins and the US version of The Traitors.

Here are 5 TV shows you can't miss this week...

1. Everyone Else Burns

Monday 23rd January at 10pm and 10.35pm on Channel 4

Simon Bird leads Channel 4's new sitcom Everyone Else Burns, as David Lewis, head of a strictly religious family from Manchester who believes the world will end within the next decade.

For the Lewises, faith is everything. Dad David and Mum Fiona, played by Kate O'Flynn, have brought up their children with God at the forefront of their minds, and regularly drag the kids out of bed at all hours of the morning for 'apocalypse practice'. For young Aaron, played by Harry Connor, a model believer who's eagerly awaiting the rapture, it's a welcome routine. But anxious 17-year-old Rachel, played by Amy James-Kelly, is less fond.

In the first episode, as another week without the paradise of doomsday passes by, David focuses his attention on an as-yet-unfilled role as an elder within the church. Unfortunately for him, his hip neighbour and fellow churchgoer Andrew, played by Kadiff Kirwan, also has his eyes on the job.

Meanwhile, while she's out preaching the word of God around Manchester, Rachel meets a handsome boy who could change her life, or perhaps get her exiled from the whole family.

1-2/6 Continues weekly

2. The Traitors US

Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th January at 8pm on BBC Three

Following the huge success of The Traitors on BBC One just before Christmas, the BBC were quick to buy the right to the US version. So quickly in fact, that little over a week ago, all episodes dropped on iPlayer and if you haven't got round to watching it yet, or would rather watch it weekly, you can do so on BBC Three over the next three weeks.

Hosted by Alan Cumming, at an ancient castle in Scotland, 20 of America’s most cunning contestants, a mix of famous faces and everyday Americans, play the ultimate murder mystery game of deception and suspicion. Together, they'll work on a series of missions to build a prize fund worth up to $250,000.

But hidden amongst the Faithful contestants are the Traitors, whose goal is to eliminate the Faithful and claim the prize for themselves, all the while remaining undetected.

Under cover of darkness, the Traitors will murder the Faithful one by one, and alongside this treacherous spree, the players must try to uncover the Traitors and banish them from the game. If the Faithful contestants banish all the Traitors, they will share the prize fund but if a Traitor makes it to the end, they will steal all the money.

1-3/10 Continues weekly with three episodes. All episodes available now

3. Extraordinary

Wednesday 25th January on Disney+

Disney+'s brand new UK comedy Extraordinary launches this week and is about being young and finding your feet in a confusing world, when all you’ll ever be is ‘ordinary’. Máiréad Tyers plays Jen, a young, painfully self-aware woman, who lives in a world where everyone has a superpower... except her.

10 years ago, everyone over the age of 18 got their superpower. But Jen at 25 is still waiting to get hers. She’d take anything at this point. Adrift in a big, confusing world and armed with nothing but a bit of hope, a lot of desperation and her flatmates, Jen begins her journey to find her maybe-superpower. But in doing so, she might discover the joy of being just kind of OK.

Starring alongside Máiréad are Sofia Oxenham as Carrie, Bilal Hasna as Kash and Luke Rollason as Jizzlord. Extraordinary also stars Siobhan McSweeney as Jen’s mum Mary, Robbie Gee as Jen’s stepdad Ian, Safia Oakley-Green as Jen’s half-sister Andy and Ned Porteous as Luke.

Read my interview with Luke Rollason who plays Jizzlord soon.

1-8/8 All episodes available at launch

4. The Catch

Wednesday 25th January at 9pm on Channel 5

Usually, Channel 5 strips a drama across consecutive nights, but their latest, The Catch, will instead air weekly and is based on T.M Logan's 2020 novel of the same novel. The four-part drama is being adapted by Michael Crompton and tells the story of Ed Collier, a proud husband, father and local fisherman determined to do whatever it takes to keep his family together.

But when a rich, handsome younger man called Ryan Wilson enters daughter Abbie’s, life and threatens to take her away from him, Ed finds his life spiralling out of control. Secrets and lies are exposed with every twist and turn, including from Ed’s own past. As he is faced with the very real possibility of losing everything he’s worked so hard to achieve, can Ed discover the truth about his daughter’s new boyfriend before it’s too late?

Set against the hauntingly beautiful coastline of the west of England, Jason Watkins plays Ed Collier alongside Aneurin Barnard as Ryan Wilson and Poppy Gilbert as Ed's daughter Abbie.

Elsewhere, Cathy Belton plays Ed’s wife Claire Collier, Brenda Fricker plays Ed’s mother-in-law Phyllis Doyle, Ian Pirie plays Ed’s best friend and business partner Bob Chapman, Jade Jordan plays Abbie’s best friend Katz and newcomer Morgan Palmeria plays smitten lifeguard George.

1/4 Continues weekly

5. Shrinking

Friday 27th January on Apple TV+

Apple TV+'s new comedy Shrinking, created by Jason Segel, Bill Lawrence and Brett Goldstein, follows a grieving therapist who starts to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks!

Ignoring his training and ethics, he finds himself making huge, tumultuous changes to people's lives ... including his own.

Shrinking also stars Harrison Ford in one of his first major television roles alongside Christa Miller, Jessica Williams, Michael Urie, Luke Tennie, and Lukita Maxwell.

1-2/10 Continues weekly


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