This week’s best telly includes a fair amount of new comedy as well a brand new music show and the highly anticipated return of Stranger Things.
Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week...
1. Halloween Comedy Shorts
Monday 23rd October on Sky On Demand & NOW TV
With Halloween just around the corner, Sky are releasing three brand new comedy shorts onto their On Demand platform; Andi Osho’s Twin Thing, It Should Have Been Me and A Deal. All three shorts feature a plethora of British comedy talent and showcase the work of three leading female directors; Kate Herron, Emily Greenwood and Nida Manzoor.
Andi Osho’s Twin Thing
Kehinde is excited to lead her first ghost tour through a haunted theatre, notorious for being the stomping ground of the ‘woman in green’, who slow handclaps each performance. But Kehinde is in for a shock greater than she ever imagined. Written by and starring Andi Osho.
It Should Have Been Me
It’s the morning of Kelly’s wedding and she has turned into a Bridezilla. So far only one of her bridesmaids has turned up amid strange goings on at the hotel. Phones stop working, the door is jammed shut and the wedding cake is festering with maggots. Written by Bex Harvey and starring Jessica Knappett as Kelly and Jessica Regan as Caroline.
A Deal Jen faces a dilemma when a strange woman approaches her in a pub and promises her £4million in exchange for giving her scary information about her future. What should she do? She wants the life-changing pile of cash, but can she handle the knowledge this stranger will give her? Written by Dan Mersh and starring Sheila Reid as Lucy, Jaz Deol as Tom and Mandeep Dhillon as Jen. Dan Mersh provides the voiceover for the Doctor.
2. Man Down
Wednesday 25th October at 10pm on Channel 4
Originally scheduled for a Summer start, the fourth series of Greg Davies’ sitcom Man Down finally starts this week with Roisin Conaty, Mike Wozniak, Stephanie Cole and Gwyneth Powell all returning for six brand new episodes.
Will this be the series that sees Dan finally man up? After all, he’s left his job, he’s got a baby on the way and he’s searching for a new home. Blinkered by unrealistic hopes for his impending fatherhood, Dan is helped by his oldest friends, uptight financial advisor Brian and the irrepressibly bonkers, serial 'entrepreneur’ Jo.
But can Dan finally grow up to become the man he hopes he can be?
3. Bounty Hunters
Wednesday 25th October at 10pm on Sky One
Jack Whitehall and Rosie Perez star in this new comedy thriller for Sky One. Whitehall stars at the posh, uptight Brit Barnaby Walker who is sorting out his family’s cash-strapped antiques business after his father is hospitalised following a mysterious accident. However, when he unwittingly buys a blood antiquity looted from the war-torn Middle East, he sets off a chain of events that nothing could prepare him for.
Cue help in the shape of tough New Yorker and bounty hunter Rita Morales (Perez), whose own world is also in turmoil: she’s on the run, having killed a member of a Mexican cartel. As the dynamic duo team up viewers will be taken on a comedy journey stretching from New York to London to Mexico.
4. Stranger Things
Friday 27th October on Netflix
The wait is FINALLY over as Stranger Things returns this week for its highly anticipated second series.
As Stranger Things returns, it’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
All 9 episodes
5. Sounds Like Friday Night
Friday 27th October at 7:30pm on BBC One
Sounds Like Friday Night sounds a lot like Top Of The Pops, and in many ways that’s because it’s the first mainstream music show to air in a similar slot on BBC One since Top Of The Pops was axed in 2006.
Broadcast live from the iconic BBC Television Centre in White City, the home of so many classic TV shows, this initial six-part run will be fronted by Greg James and Dotty and each week they will be joined by a different major music artist who will complete the hosting line up.
This week's guest host is Jason Derulo, who as well as hosting will be singing live in the studio. He’ll also be introducing performances from Charlie Puth and Jessie Ware. Will it cut through in the same way that Top Of The Pops did? Only time will tell...
6. Strictly Come Dancing
Saturday 28th October at 6:35pm and Sunday 29th October at 7:15pm on BBC One
It’s the spookiest event in the Strictly Come Dancing calendar and this year’s Halloween special promises the return of spiders, witches, broomsticks and ghosts to the Strictly ballroom.
If the celebrities thought the dancefloor was scary before, they’re in for an even bigger fright tonight as Tess ‘Devilish’ Daly and Claudia ‘Werewolf’ Winkleman present what promises to be a spine-tingling show as the remaining 11 couples enter into the spirit of Halloween and fight for their place in the competition.
On Sunday night, sadly one couple must leave the competition for good and there’ll be a special musical performance comes from pop-sensations Steps!
7. Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Saturday 28th October at 9pm on BBC Two
It’s 20 years since J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone but Rowling’s fantastical creation wasn’t entirely make-believe. To mark the 20th anniversary of her book, this new documentary uncovers the real life traditions of magic at the heart of Harry Potter.
A journey through legends, belief and folklore, this film goes behind the scenes with the British Library as they search to tell that story through objects in their collection, in an ambitious new exhibition: Harry Potter: A History Of Magic.
J.K. Rowling will be lending unseen manuscripts, drawings and drafts from her private archives, which will sit alongside treasures from the British Library, as well as original drafts and drawings from Jim Kay and talks about some of the personal items she has lent to the exhibition and gives new insight into her writing and looking at some of the objects from the exhibition that have fired her imagination.