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WHAT TO WATCH 21-27 October

This week's best telly includes a new drama from Jack Thorne starring Sarah Lancashire, the first live show of The X Factor: Celebrity and a new seven-part documentary from Sir David Attenborough.

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

1. Dublin Murders

Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd October at 9pm on BBC One

Sarah Phelps' fantastic psychological thriller, Dublin Murders continues this week with two further episodes, in which Katy is finally laid to rest and the public and media pressure to find her killer intensifies.

Superintendent O’Kelly is concerned that all lines of inquiry have led to naught however Rob is increasingly certain that his memories are leading him to the truth. As the partners dig into the past and pursue leads in the present, we learn about the dark ancient history of the woods, that Knocknaree means ‘hill of the king’ and if the archaeologists can’t finish their work, the truth about the place will be lost forever.

As one lead goes nowhere but another starts to look promising, Cassie gets a call from Sam about another dead body - leading to Frank outlining his larger plan for her to go undercover as ‘Lexie’, to find her double’s murderer.


2. The Accident

Thursday 24th October at 9pm on Channel 4

Jack Thorne's latest 4-part drama for Channel 4, The Accident explores themes of blame, revenge and justice and contentious questions of social, corporate and personal responsibility as if follows the aftermath of a gas explosion and catastrophic collapse in a small forgotten Welsh town.

The collapse claimed the lives of several teenagers who had broken onto the building site to make mischief. One of those children was Leona, the daughter of Sarah Lancashire's character Polly and Mark Lewis Jones' character Iwan - the local politician who championed the much-needed and sought-after regeneration project, hoping it would lead to a better future for those in Glyngolau. After the disaster, Leona has been left with a lifelong disability

As grief gives way to a torrent of anger and blame, Polly directs her anger at the development's project's leader, Harriet Paulsen and the community finds itself torn apart and it falls to Polly to hold the town together and face the challenging truths that emerge as they search for justice.


3. Bill Turnbull: Staying Alive

Thursday 24th October at 10pm on Channel 4

In 2017, shortly after filming The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer, journalist and television presenter Bill Turnbull was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.

This intimate new documentary follows Bill over a year as he undertakes a gruelling course of chemotherapy, celebrates the love and support he receives from family, friends and fans, tries cannabis for medicinal purposes and adopts a healthier diet.

He meets up with old friends including Sian Williams, Nick Robinson and Stephen Fry and he also throws himself back into work, commentating on his beloved Wycombe Wanderers and presenting on Classic FM.

With the unfailing support of his wife Sesi and their children Henry, Will and Flora, Bill acknowledges that 'perhaps the most important medicine of all is to have love in your life'. But as Bill's cancer continues to grow over the course of the film, will his attempts to manage his terminal illness have any impact?


4. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 26th at 6.35pm and Sunday 27th October at 7.15pm on BBC One

It's Halloween week on Strictly and the remaining 11 celebrities will be hoping to spellbind the judges in the studio and viewers at home with their routines during the annual fright-night extravaganza which will open with a spooktacular group performance.

Bruno Tonioli returns to the judging panel after his week off alongside Craig Revel-Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas.

In Sunday night's results show, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return to the ballroom to reveal the results of Saturday's frighteningly fabulous Halloween special and we find out which two couples received the lowest votes and will therefore have to face each other in the dreaded dance off. And there'll be a musical performance from Adam Lambert.


5. The X Factor Celebrity

Saturday 26th October at 8.20pm on ITV

In a surprising turn of events, people are talking positively about The X Factor this year and that's because the original format has been rested for (at least) a year in favour of a celebrity version.

After two weeks of auditions (in what would formerly have been Judges' Houses), and a real record contract at stake for the winner, we now have our final 12 acts of the competition.

Simon will mentor the groups and has chosen to put through Max & Harvey, V5, Try Star and the Love Islanders. Louis will mentor the unders and has chosen to put through Jonny Labey, Kevin McHale, Olivia Olson and Megan McKenna. And Nicole will mentor the overs, putting through Victoria Ekanoye, Ricki Lake,

They'll be joining Vinnie Jones who has agreed to take part in the live stages of the competition having previously been unable to attend the auditions following the sad passing of his wife Tanya.


6. Seven Worlds, One Planet

Sunday 27th October at 6.15pm on BBC One

Millions of years ago incredible forces ripped apart the Earth’s crust, creating seven extraordinary continents and in his latest documentary, Sir David Attenborough will reveal how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life found there.

This series will feature remarkable new animal behaviour from all the continents, including the baking plains of Africa and the frozen waters off Antarctica. In Asia, the biggest of all continents, we will showcase life at the extremes, whilst in Europe we will reveal surprising wildlife dramas hidden right alongside us. Not only will it celebrate the diversity of life on each of these continents, but also feature the many challenges faced by animals in a modern world dominated by humanity.

By telling unknown, unseen and unexpected wildlife stories, we will uncover the fundamental truth about what makes each one of our seven worlds unique. The opening episode takes us to Antarctica where only the toughest can survive.


7. World on Fire

Sunday 27th October at 9pm on BBC One

This week in World on Fire, as thousands flee Nazi-occupied Belgium, Harry, Stan and the rest of their unit take the last route out of France, the road to Dunkirk.

When the boys finally make it to a field hospital, they find an overwhelmed Webster O’Connor dealing with an endless number of injured soldiers and civilians and Harry is faced with a dilemma - should he stay with the men or save himself?

In Warsaw, Kasia’s campaign of violence and murder against German soldiers has become routine; she’s worlds away from the young, carefree woman she used to be. Her part in the emerging Polish Resistance is firmly established.

In Manchester, Lois and Connie are performing with Ensa at a northern airbase. They meet Flight Lieutenant Vernon Hunter who is immediately drawn to Lois, charmed by her candour and humour. On saying goodbye, he promises to write to her. Is this the start of a new relationship?

In Berlin the Rosslers are growing ever more fearful for Hilda. The only person Mr Rossler can turn to for help is Nancy.


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