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WHAT TO WATCH 23-29 September

This week's best telly includes the return of The Circle, more live dancing on Strictly Come Dancing and a new epic period drama for BBC One.

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

1. A Confession

Monday 23rd September at 9pm on ITV

This week in A Confession, now that the second body has been formally identified as that of Rebecca Godden-Edwards, Steve also has to break the news to John Godden that his daughter is dead.

Having already met with Becky’s mother Karen, the effects of the investigation weigh heavy with Steve, who is certain that murderer Christopher Halliwell has killed other victims between Becky in 2003 and Sian in 2011. But now that he has been advised by a solicitor, Halliwell is going ‘no comment’ and a question regarding the legitimacy of Fulcher’s interview tactics with Halliwell, looms like a dark cloud overhead, threatening to unravel the entire investigation.

So Fulcher tasks his dwindling task force with developing a supporting case based on evidence other than Halliwell’s confession, to help towards a guilty verdict as the Pre-Trial Hearing of the case against Halliwell starts at Bristol Crown Court. However early confidence is quickly eroded by the work of Halliwell’s legal team, who pick holes in Fulcher’s urgent interview tactics.


2. Stath Lets Flats

Monday 23rd September at 10pm on Channel 4

All good things must come to an end and sadly this week that means we've reached the end of Stath Lets Flats but it's good news for Michael & Eagle as they're nominated for a local letting agents award!

With their new partners and success for the family business, everything seems to be rosy for Stath, Sophie and their dad but shocking revelations at the awards dinner threaten their happiness.

If you haven't been watching Stath Lets Flats I cannot recommend it enough. Head to All4 now and watch it because you will not be disappointed.


3. The Circle

Tuesday 24th September at 9.15pm on Channel 4

Launching during the final series of Big Brother was bound to affect the ratings for The Circle, Big Brother's natural successor but it was still a huge draw for young audiences and there's plenty of excitement and anticipation ahead of the extended second series, especially as Emma Willis has taken over hosting duties.

Now running for three-and-a-half weeks, Tuesday's live launch show will see Emma introduce viewers to the first 8 players who will be hoping to win up to £100k. Each player lives in a separate flat in the same apartment block and can only communicate with each other through a voice activated social media platform called The Circle.

But the players can be whoever they want, they can change their identity entirely, or simply be themselves. And because the players can't see each or hear other, there is plenty of opportunity for gameplay. Across the series the least popular player will be 'blocked' meaning they have to leave the game.

This year, viewers at home will be able to influence the show with live votes via The Circle's very own app especially during the live Friday night shows called The Circle : Vote Night which will see Emma joined by celebrity guests and the latest blocked players.

Meet the players here.

4. Doc Martin

Wednesday 25th September at 9pm on ITV

Doc Martin is like a warm hug or a comfy pair of slippers and this week Martin Clunes returns to our screens to play the nation’s favourite grumpy medic for the show's ninth series as Dr Martin Ellingham's career is left hanging in the balance.

His future as a GP is under scrutiny from the General Medical Council following complaints about his irascible approach to patients, and his blood phobia. When he's visited by a representative from the GMC, Rebecca Hedden, he thinks it's a complete waste of time and makes his views very clear to her.

His wife Louisa is pursuing a new career as a child counsellor and they consider whether they should try for a little brother or sister for James Henry. Elsewhere, Morwenna helps out at the pub and feels like she's being taken for granted by Al. Wanting to show her how much he appreciates her, Al accidentally proposes!


5. Don't Hate the Playaz

Wednesday 25th September at 10pm on ITV2

Jordan Stephens is back to host a second series of the hip-hop comedy entertainment show filmed in a gig-environment, Don't Hate the Playaz.

DJ Shortee Blitz is back to drop the tracks live as the two teams, led by Maya Jama and Lady Leshurr battle it out in front of an audience with rap battles, dance-off and karaoke challenges. London Hughes also returns as a regular panelist.

The guests on this series include Katherine Ryan, Michael Dapaah, Roman Kemp, The Sugarhill Gang & The Furious 5, Ms Banks, Cariad Lloyd, Judi Love, Natasia Demetriou, Fleur East, Jay 1 and Aitch.


6. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 28th at 6.40pm and Sunday 29th September at 7.15pm on BBC One

After last week's sensational series opener, the competition really gets going this weekend as one couple will leave Strictly for good.

The scores from last week are carried over as the 15 celebrities continue to give their all in the hope that they'll impress judges Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.

On Sunday night the show will open with a flamenco-inspired routine set on the rooftops of Barcelona and the two couples with the fewest votes will take part in the dreaded dance-off after which the judges will decide which couple stays to dance another day and who will be the first couple to say goodbye. Plus there'll be a performance from Lewis Capaldi.

Also, don't miss Strictly: It Takes Two hosted by Zoe Ball and Rylan Clark-Neal which airs weeknights at 5.15pm on BBC One. Only for the first two weeks, then it will return to its usual 6.30pm slot on BBC Two.


7. World on Fire

Sunday 29th September at 9pm on BBC One

It's the next big Sunday night drama for BBC One and it's set in the summer of 1939. Translator Harry, played by Jonah Hauer-King, falls in love with Polish waitress Kasia, played by Zofia Wichłacz, whilst working at the British Embassy in Warsaw. When German tanks roll into Poland and Britain declares war on Germany, Harry and Kasia are faced with terrible choices.

With her life in grave danger, the only way for Kasia to be safe is to escape. But can Harry help her? And if he does, how will he ever explain himself to the girl he left behind in Manchester, factory worker and singer Lois Bennett?

As the Nazi threat spreads across Europe, Kasia must choose between love and fighting for her country, Harry must find his place in the world, and Lois seizes new opportunities the war throws up. The conflict overturns everything for Harry's snobbish mother Robina and for Douglas, Lois' pacifist father and her firecracker younger brother Tom, who joins the navy and finds himself under fire in one of the first major battles of the war.

Also stars Julia Brown, Lesley Manville, Sean Bean, Ewan Mitchell, Helen Hunt and Brian J. Smith.


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