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WHAT TO WATCH 23-29 September

Ballroom, baking, big eats and more! It's another bumper week of new telly.

This week's best telly includes the first live Strictly show of the year and the return of The Great British Bake Off with new co-host Alison Hammond.

Other returning favourites include hit Sky comedy Brassic, hit Dave show Big Zuu's Big Eats, hit BBC One gameshow The Wheel and a fourth season of The Kardashians.

And on ITV1, their new drama The Long Shadow depicts the desperate five-year hunt for serial killer Peter Sutcliffe.

Here are 7 TV shows you can't miss this week...

1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 23rd September at 6.15pm on BBC One

Strictly season is well and truly underway and following last week's launch show, all 15 couples will be taking to the famous ballroom for the very first time to dance live in front of judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton du Beke and Head Judge Shirley Ballas, hoping to press them and the viewers at home.

Hosted by Tess and Claudia, the first live show of the series will open with what promises to be a stunning group performance from Strictly's professional dancers, showing the class of 2023 how it's done.

Despite there being no public vote, the Judges still have their paddles, with their scores carried over to next week when viewers will have their chance to vote for their favourite couple.

2/13 Continues weekly

2. Michael McIntyre's The Wheel

Saturday 23rd September at 8.35pm on BBC One

Don't go switching channels after Strictly, because Michael McIntyre is back with a fourth series of his hit game show The Wheel which promises edge-of-your-seat jeopardy, big laughs, huge stars and a colossal spinning Wheel.

Once again, three contestants will be hoping to answer their way to a fortune, guided by seven celebrity experts. But can they help them to win life-changing cash? That all depends on the spin of The Wheel.

Celebrities on The Wheel tonight are Clare Balding on Dogs, Darren Harriott on Gaming, Jay Blades on Furniture, Josie Gibson on TV, Mollie King on 00s Music, Richard Madeley on Classic Cars and comedian Tom Allen on Hats.

1/10 Continues weekly

3. The Long Shadow

Monday 25th September at 9pm on ITV1

Written by George Kay and directed by Lewis Arnold, ITV1's new true crime drama The Long Shadow launches this week, depicting the desperate five-year hunt for serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, sensitively focusing on the lives of the victims who crossed his path and those of the officers at the heart of the police investigation.

With the victims, their families and the survivors at the heart of this series, The Long Shadow promises to bring a new perspective to a well-documented story.

One murder has the power to cast a long shadow and this case plunged a whole society into darkness. For every victim, there were friends and loved ones. For every police officer, there was the burden of failure of near misses and guilt and the knowledge that as they failed to find their man, more women continued to suffer.

The impact on the lives of those who live on after the death of their loved one remains to this day. Those who cannot escape what happened, who must sit with their incomprehensible trauma for decades after, enduring their own life sentences.

With people today holding to account the institutional foundations that foster misogyny, racism, and violence against women, The Long Shadow will speak to the societal issues of the past whilst highlighting alarming parallels between these terrible crimes and tragic events in our more recent history.

Toby Jones plays DCS Dennis Hoban, who initially led the enquiry, alongside David Morrissey as DCS George Oldfield, who famously took on the investigation. Elsewhere, Lee Ingleby plays DCS Jim Hobson, whilst Katherine Kelly plays Emily Jackson with Daniel Mays as her husband, Sydney Jackson and Shaun Thomas as their son, Neil Jackson.

Jill Halfpenny plays Doreen Hill, with Daisy Waterstone as her daughter, Jacqueline Hill. Jasmine Lee-Jones plays Marcella Claxton, Molly Wright as Donna Deangelo, Liz White as PS Meg Winterburn and Shaun Dooley as DCS Chris Gregg.

1/7 Continues weekly

4. Big Zuu's Big Eats

Monday 25th September at 10pm on Dave

Big Zuu is back alongside best mates Tubsey and Hyder for a fourth series of his hit series of Dave, Big Zuu's Big Eats, and this time Zuu is inviting guests to The Mandem Manor! They've parked the food truck on the drive and will be upping the levels with a Badman Big Eat for every guest.

Not only will the guests be cooking it up in the kitchen with Zuu, but each show will see Zuu joined by a new guest chef for inspiration.

Kicking off the series is Jonathan Ross who makes his way down the drive in the bespoke Big Eats Bimmer and the boys offer a vegan Little Eat from grime music royalty and guest chef JME.

Zuu quickly learns Jonathan is in fact an occasional vegan and after Jonathan cooks up his signature cheeseburger soup, it’s over to Zuu for the main event. Will Jonathan get onboard with sausage sushi? And will he be impressed by a Japanese dish reminiscent of a TV dinner?

1/8 Continues weekly

5. The Great British Bake Off

Tuesday 26th September at 8pm on Channel 4

Once again, the nation's most famous tent is pitched in the grounds of Welford Park as new presenter Alison Hammond joins Noel Fielding to lead the latest batch of bakers through 30 brand-new challenges set by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

Kicking off the 14th series of The Great British Bake Off is Cake Week as the bakers make the most of their first opportunity to impress the judges.

In the signature, they're challenged to produce the perfect vertical layer cake. Next, under the fabled gingham cloth are the ingredients for the first technical, an iconic chocolate cake that should be very familiar. Finally, a sponge showstopper features a menagerie of animals, giving the bakers a chance to express their architectural skills.

Twelve bakers. Three challenges. Who'll be the first Star Baker and who'll be the first to leave the tent?

Meet this year's bakers here.

1/10 Continues weekly

6. The Kardashians

Thursday 28th September on Disney+

The cameras are back with all access to the personal and private lives of Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie in a fourth season of The Kardashians.

From second chances and new beginnings to unexpected blessings, they continue to bare it all together, a reminder that the most beautiful part of life is family.

1/10 Continues weekly

7. Brassic

Thursday 28th September at 10pm on Sky Max

Reeling from the dramatic events of the series 4 finale, Vinnie and the gang face big repercussions from their entanglements with the dangerous McDonagh brothers and powerful drug buyer Manolito as Brassic returns for its fifth series.

With both criminal big-wigs now on his case, Vinnie needs to negotiate his exit strategy – and fast. But there’s a lot on his mind, especially as he’s still trying to figure out what the hell is going on between him and Erin.

Can they ever actually be together, and does she really want to share this unhinged and dangerous life with him?

1/8 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

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