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WHAT TO WATCH 24-30 April

This week, sees the start of a new ITV drama starring Stephen Graham, the return of Taskmaster and what promises to be a spectacular final episode of Line of Duty.


Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week...


1. Little Boy Blue

Monday 24th April at 9pm on ITV

Having to fill the gap left behind by Broadchurch was never going to be easy, but ITV how that Little Boy Blue is their next great Monday night drama.


Based on a true story that gripped the nation, the four-part drama focuses on the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007.


The series explores Melanie’s and Steve’s ordeal, and tells the story of how Rhys’s murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice. It centres on the devastating impact on a city of an innocent child’s murder amid a wave of gang violence.


The opening episode sees eleven-year-old schoolboy Rhys Jones brutally shot dead walking home from football practice. Detective Superintendent Dave Kelly is charged with bringing his teenage killer to justice. His identity is well known, but finding the evidence to charge him proves to be a far more difficult challenge.


The wonderful Stephen Graham takes the role of Detective Superintendent Dave Kelly who led the investigation into Rhys’s murder on behalf of Merseyside Police, while Sinead Keenan and Brian F. O’Byrne play Melanie and Steve Jones.


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2. Peter Kay's Car Share

Tuesday 25th April at 9pm on BBC One

The penultimate episode of Car Share is the first of two comedies starring Sian Gibson that you should watch this week.


If you're not one of the millions who have already watched it on iPlayer that is. And even if you have seen it, it's worth seeing again.


Kayleigh has had enough of work and fancies a day off and convinces John, who is on his way to Wigan for work, to allow her to call in sick. After a quick change in a petrol station, Kayleigh accompanies John to Wigan, hides in his car as he attends his meeting and then the pair go for a ride in a nearby safari park.


But how will they get themselves out of a sticky situation when they come back with more than they had hoped for?


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3. Taskmaster

Tuesday 25th April at 9pm on Dave

Dave’s hit show Taskmaster is back for its fourth series in two years as Mel Giedroyc, Hugh Dennis, Lolly Adefope, Joe Lycett and Noel Fielding compete agains each other in a series of tasks under the watchful eye of Alex Horne and the taskmaster himself, Greg Davies. And the good news is that the series has been extended, so it’s now eight episodes instead of five. And it’s on at a new time of 9pm.


New competitors Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett, Lolly Adefope, Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding all truly believe they have what it takes to land their hands on the much-coveted golden representation of Greg’s noble skull. Watch as they put their bodies and their reputations on the line every time they break that hallowed wax seal to reveal their next challenge.


In the opening episode they have to destroy a cake in the beautiful way they can, paint a model they can’t see and fell a load of rubber ducks! Oh and there’s also a live task involving fruit that’s very funny indeed.


Who will remain victorious in week one? And what meaningless item will they win? You’ll have to tune in to find out!


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4. Murder In Successville

Wednesday 26th April from 10am on BBC Three

This week’s episode of Murder In Successville, A Murder in Ye Olde Successville, pays homage to the likes of Peaky Blinders and Ripper Street as the episode goes back in time to Victorian Successville where guest rookie Martin Kemp is tasked with solving the very first Murder in Successville.


Local lady of the night, Rita Ora has been found slayed in an alley and DI Sleet and Kemp are tasked with retracing her last steps around the cobbled streets of Successville. Those in line for her murder are science professor Will.i.am (Samson Kayo), who has always got the better of Sleet, the landlady of the local brothel Paloma Faith (Marie Lawrence) and Jonathan Ross and his good friend Jamie Oliver.


Look out for a fourth-wall breaking scene featuring DI Sleet which occurs after Will.i.am tricks Sleet into drinking truth serum.


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5. Born To Kill

Thursday 27th April at 9pm on Channel 4

Following last week’s superb series opener, whose final scene stuck with me for a long time, Channel 4’s new psychological thriller Born To Kill continues this week as Sam treads carefully.

He has to hold back his desires as the death at the hospital is causing suspicion and as a threat from the past resurfaces, Jenny summons the courage to face her fears.


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6. Hospital People

Friday 28th April at 9:30pm on BBC One

Sian Gibson (Car Share) stars in the second episode of BBC One comedy Hospital People, as Head of Hospital Security, Hillary.


There has been an intruder at Brimlington Hospital and Hillary is told by Hospital manager Susan Mitchell, to up security at no expense spared. Hillary, is shall we say, a little distracted as she grows more and more fond of Hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury. But will Ivan realise that he has an admirer?


Meanwhile, porter and self-appointed resident psychic healer Ian gets involved in mistaken identity, and Father Kenny has a new toy.


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7. Line Of Duty

Sunday 30th April at 9pm on BBC One

It’s time for the series finale of Line of Duty which last year’ was extended to 90 minutes, but this year it’s stuck at 60 minutes. What a ride it's been. Line of Duty's move to BBC One and Sunday nights appears to have paid off with more people than ever before watching and talking about the series so brilliantly written by Jed Mercurio.


The explosive series finale pits AC-12 against Roz in a climactic duel to find Tim's murderer and unmask Balaclava Man once and for all.


Not only that, but who was Dot Cottan talking about in his dying declaration? Who is the criminal mastermind with the initial ‘H’. Hilton’s pointing the finger at Hastings, but Hastings appears confident of his innocence. Let’s hope we get to find out in the series finale.


If like me you’re already mourning the loss of Line Of Duty, the good news is that there will be a fifth series. The bad news is that it’s probably a year away.


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