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WHAT TO WATCH 22-28 February

This week's best telly includes the return of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Celebs Go Dating and Last Tango in Halifax plus a new ITV drama stripped across four nights.

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

1. Saturday Night Takeaway

Saturday 22nd February at 7pm on ITV

It took a break in 2019, but now Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway which never fails to put a smile on your face is back for an incredible sixteenth series. And it really is light Saturday night entertainment at its very best.

As Ant & Dec return, expect all of the favourites that viewers know and love such as Undercover and I’m A Celebrity…Get Out Of Me Ear, The Place on the Plane as well as some new features, exciting guests, live surprises and outrageous stunts.

For the first episode in the series, The Pussycat Dolls join Ant and Dec to perform some of their biggest hits in the legendary End of the Show Show plus multi-award winning, international singing sensation Camila Cabello will be the show's first Guest Announcer. And in addition, one lucky viewer in the first live show will receive a truly life changing surprise - the biggest Saturday Night Takeaway has ever given.


2. Last Tango in Halifax

Sunday 23rd February at 9pm on BBC One

When Last Tango in Halifax aired a two-part special at the end of 2016, it seemed pretty certain that that was the end. But thankfully the series was just taking a break and the hit series written by Sally Wainwright and starring Anne Reid, Derek Jacobi, Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker is returning for four brand new episodes.

Now seven years into their marriage, Alan and Celia have moved into a desirable bungalow with stunning views across the Calder Valley, however they aren’t seeing eye to eye and Celia is baffled when Alan applies for a job in a local supermarket.

At Far Slack Farm, Gillian is already stretched with bank repayments when she discovers a costly problem with her roof. And Caroline faces a fresh challenge in her new headship and recruits the help of colleague, Ruth.

However a phone call from New Zealand gives Alan and Celia pause for thought and tempers get frayed at Caroline and Gillian’s joint birthday celebration when money becomes the topic of conversation.


3. This Country

Monday 24th February at 7pm on BBC Three and 10.35pm on BBC One

After last week's hilarious and poignant episode of This Country, the third and final series of this Cotswolds-set mockumentary continues this week as Reverend Francis Seaton takes Kurtan and Kerry for a driving lesson.

However, leaving the village proves tricky, especially when local vagrant Len goes missing.


4. Flesh and Blood

Monday 24th - Thursday 27th February at 9pm on ITV

Stripped across four consecutive nights, Flesh and Blood stars Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis, Russell Tovey and Stephen Rea, explores family dynamics and modern relationships as they spiral towards a tragedy and possible crime after a body lies on the beach in the aftermath of a family celebration.

Just a few weeks earlier, a family of adult siblings is shaken when their recently-widowed mother, Vivien, announces her love for a new man, retired surgeon Mark. Tensions rise as the siblings’ question why Vivien hasn’t mentioned Mark before and are forced to reassess her entire marriage to their father. Mark seems devoted to her, but isn’t it all a bit sudden?  Even Vivien’s neighbour, Mary, is surprised by this turn of events and closely scrutinises the new arrival.  She feels protective of Vivien and this family she has known so well and for so long. At the same time, events in the siblings' own love-lives start to spiral out of control.


5. Inside No.9

Monday 24th February at 10pm on BBC Two

This series (and indeed every series) of Inside No.9 is yet to disappoint as this week in Misdirection we meet world-famous magician Neville Griffin who believes that stealing a magic trick is probably worse than murder. But who would he know?

Despite him being extremely protective of his secrets, student journalist Gabriel is determined to get an interview nonetheless.

How well that will go remains to be seen...


6. Celebs Go Dating

Monday 24th February - Thursday 27th February at 10pm on E4

Back for its eighth series, the series in which single celebrities sign up to a Celebrity Dating Agency where they must date members of the public has now become a bi-annual treat on E4, with Rob Beckett providing his inimitable piss-take voiceover.

This time, those looking for love - with the help of dating experts Anna Williamson and Paul C Brunson - are Amy Childs, Malique Thompson-Dwyer, Joshua Ritchie, James Locke, Liv Bentley, Dean Gaffney, Alison Hammond and Amy Hart.

As ever, the series kicks off with a VIP mixer, where the celebs are very much in control, but the agents still have a big surprise in store and thankfully Tom Read Wilson is back as Junior Client Coordinator. with his enviable charm, charisma and vocabulary.


7. Meet the Richardsons

Thursday 27th February at 10pm on Dave

With hints of Curb Your Enthusiasm, real-life married couple and successful comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont have opened up the doors to their home, their family and their friends in Meet the Richardsons, a new six-part scripted comedy based on their life.

Written by Lucy and Car Share co-writer Tim Reid, this keenly observed and naturally funny series offers a window into their often frustrated marriage focussing on their home life and work life as well as their celebrity friends and Hebden Bridge neighbours.

Read my interview with Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont here.


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