This week's best telly includes a fond farewell to Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, a new drama starring former Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi, the return of The Wheel, The Pact, The Handmaid's Tale, Don't Hate The Playaz and Murder, They Hope.
Plus Zeze Millz fronts a documentary about what it means to be young, Black and right-wing in Britain today and Mo Gilligan's Black British Takeover from 2021 airs on Channel 4 for the first time.
Here are 9 TV shows you can't miss this week...
1. Michael McIntyre's The Wheel
Saturday 22nd October at 5.40pm on BBC One
It's back! Michael McIntyre returns with a brand new series of his hit Saturday night gameshow that's packed with huge stars, big laughs, and a colossal spinning wheel!
Three contestants hope to answer their way to a fortune, guided by seven celebrities. But can they help them to win life-changing cash? That all depends on the spin of The Wheel.
Celebrities on The Wheel this week to kick off the new series are Anton Du Beke on musicals, Josie Gibson on West Country, Iain Stirling on Love Island, Kadeena Cox on athletics, Nigel Ng on Asian food, Tony Blackburn on rock & roll, and Emma Barnett on women.
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2. Doctor Who: The Power of The Doctor
Sunday 23rd October at 7.30pm on BBC One
The time has come for Jodie Whittaker’s last adventure as the Thirteenth Doctor and her final farewell is a feature-length centenary special that promises to be an action-adventure in space and time for all the family as The Doctor faces multiple threats…and a battle to the death.
The Power of the Doctor sees the Thirteenth Doctor fight for her very existence, against her deadliest enemies: the Daleks, the Cybermen and her arch-nemesis, the Master. Who is attacking a speeding bullet train on the edges of a distant galaxy and why are seismologists going missing from 21st-century Earth?
Who is defacing some of history’s most iconic paintings and why is a Dalek trying to make contact with the Doctor? And just what hold does the mesmeric Rasputin have over Tsar Nicholas in 1916 Russia?
3. The Handmaid's Tale
Sunday 23rd October at 9pm on Channel 4
Dystopian drama The Handmaid's Tale returns for its fifth season as June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose.
As a widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto, Gilead's influence creeps into Canada and scared, she makes an unexpected decision.
Elsewhere, Commander Lawrence works with Nick and Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. Together, June, Luke and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah.
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4. The Pact
Monday 24th October at 9pm on BBC One
Hit BBC drama The Pact returns for a second series, promising another thrilling, emotional story packed with intrigue and surprise twists. This brand new story follows new characters using the device of a secret pact as a compelling new group struggle with morality, loyalty and faith as their lives spiral out of control.
The new series centres on social worker Christine Rees, played by Rakie Ayola, and her adult children, Megan, Will and Jamie, whose lives are changed forever when they are contacted by a young man claiming to be a fifth, previously unknown, Rees sibling.
There is much debate over whether to engage with or meet this stranger, and loyalties are tested even before a decision is made. But ultimately, the siblings meet the man who claims to share their DNA, a strange loner from out of town called Connor, played by Jordan Wilks, and the spitting image of their recently deceased brother Liam.
As Christine realises her hold over her precious, dysfunctional family is under threat, she seeks to keep Connor at bay, denying his claims. But it’s clear to Connor that Christine is keeping a dark secret, and he’s determined to uncover the truth.
Meanwhile, Connor begins to ingratiate himself into the lives of his so-called siblings, winning their trust and testing their relationship with an increasingly desperate Christine. But is Connor telling the truth? And if he’s lying, if he is, as Christine claims, an imposter, why is he lying?
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