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WHAT TO WATCH 21-27 November

This week's best telly includes nothing entirely brand new, but when shows this good are continuing (or sadly in Bake Off's case, ending) who am I to complain?


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


1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 21st at 7.15pm and Sunday 22nd November at 7.25pm on BBC One


It's usually around this time of year that Strictly travels up to the world famous Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, but for obvious reasons, that's not happening this year. Instead, the halfway point of the competition will be celebrated in Elstree.


But fear not, because Strictly's professional dancers will be bringing Blackpool to the Strictly ballroom in a special opening performance and the home of ballroom will be celebrated further across the show as the eight remaining celebrities dance to keep their place in the competition.


With the grand final only one month away the stakes are the highest they’ve been, as each pair do their best to impress judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke who is continuing to fill in for Motsi Mabuse who is self-isolating.


And with a different couple at the top of the leaderboard each week, will Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse find themselves at the top this week? Or will HRVY, Maisie, Ranvir or Clara make it a second week at the top?


Then on Sunday night there'll be a musical performance from Billy Ocean and one couple will sadly be waving goodbye to the competition after losing the dreaded dance off.


5/9



2. His Dark Materials

Sunday 22nd November at 8.10pm on BBC One


This week, as His Dark Materials continues, Lyra is in search of answers and heads back to Oxford, but as she accidentally betrays Will, she flees, with the policeman in close pursuit.


Managing to escape, Lyra ends up losing the alethiometer after accepting a lift from Latrom and Mary’s experiments with the Cave are interrupted by a policeman and Lyra.


Despite her sister's protests, Mary continues to fixate on work and at the Observatory where Grumman used to work, Lee has an altercation with the strange Dr Haley and is arrested.


And Will finds Pan, comforting a distraught Lyra.


3/7



3. Small Axe: Lover's Rock

Sunday 22nd November at 9pm on BBC One


Small Axe continues this week on BBC One with the second of Steve McQueen's five films, Lovers Rock, which tells a fictional story of young love and music at a house party in 1980.


The film is an ode to the romantic reggae genre called lovers rock, and to the black youth who found freedom and love in its sound at London house parties, at a time when they were unwelcome in white nightclubs.


Lover's Rock sees Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn make her screen debut alongside Top Boy's Micheal Ward. It also stars Shaniqua Okwok, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Ellis George, Alexander James-Blake, Kadeem Ramsay as well as Francis Lovehall and Daniel Francis-Swaby who are also making their screen debuts.


2/5



4. I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Sunday 22nd - Friday 27th November at 9pm on ITV


Almost 11 million of us tuned in to the launch show for this year's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and with good reason too. With all the uncertainties of 2020, having this show back on our screens has been a real treat for viewers and so far, relocating to Wales hasn't affected the show in the slightest - in fact, many don't want the show to return to Australia.


Whether it's Jordan's fears, Beverley's newfound Veganism, Shane's pranks or Victoria Derbyshire's attempts at stand-up comedy, this year has already delivered some brilliant I'm A Celeb moments, and that's just in the first week.


Quite what the week ahead holds, no one really knows, but with these twelve celebrities making up one of the best line-ups ever, I can't wait to find out. And good luck Jordan on your next trial, probably.


Technically, there is an episode on Saturday (8.45pm), but it's just a look back at the week's events so if you're after some new castle action, you're going to have to wait until Sunday. And don't worry about missing the Bake Off final, Tuesday's episode starts at 9.15pm.


8-13/20



5. The Great British Bake Off

Tuesday 24th November at 8pm on Channel 4


Quite how we've reached the 2020 final of The Great British Bake Off so quickly, I don't know. But after twelve bakers entered the bubble at the start of the competition, only one can be crowned the winner, and it's between Dave, Laura and Peter.


The stakes have never been higher, as Paul and Prue set three challenges which test every aspect of their baking skills, starting with a deceptively simple Signature combining set custard and puff pastry.


The final Technical of the series celebrates the classic combination of chocolate and nuts, before the bakers are given free rein in the Showstopper, so that they can show the judges exactly why they deserve to be crowned the winner by creating magnificent dessert towers.


10/10

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