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WHAT TO WATCH 24-30 April

This week's best telly includes the penultimate episode of Line of Duty with answers to THAT cliffhanger, a new comedy from rising star Rose Matafeo and the return of Alan Partridge. Plus a gripping new ITV crime drama and so much more!

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

1. Starstruck

Sunday 25th April on BBC Three

Together with Alice Snedden, rising star Rose Matafeo has co-written a brand new comedy - or romcom as she prefers to call it - about a drunken New Year's Eve hook-up with a film star.

Rose plays Jessie, a millennial living in East London juggling two dead end jobs and navigating the awkward morning-after-the-night-before when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with famous film star Tom Kapoor, played by Nikesh Patel.

But what she thought would become an amusing anecdote soon turns into something else.

1-6/6 All episodes available at launch. Repeated Monday 26th April at 10.45pm on BBC One

2. Call the Midwife

Sunday 25th April at 8pm on BBC One

This week in Poplar, it’s April 1966 and the trial of the Moors Murders sends a chill through Poplar, marking a loss of innocence.

Cyril helps a family find shelter after being evicted from their home, which prompts Fred to donate food supplies from Buckle’s paper shop, much to Violet’s annoyance.

Having developed a close bond with a patient during her delivery, Trixie is troubled when her new friend is suddenly admitted to the Lady Emily, following a collapse at home.

Elsewhere, Sister Frances feels she needs to become worldlier, if she is to truly understand her patients. In particular a mother who had an affair and now plans on giving her baby up for adoption.

And Sister Monica Joan is consumed by her private thoughts, but finds distraction in assisting Sister Frances.

2/7 Continues weekly

3. Line of Duty

Sunday 25th April at 9pm on BBC One

After the mother of all cliffhangers last week, we'll finally find out exactly what happened during that shootout between Ryan Pilkington and Kate Fleming

As AC-12 struggle to deal with the repercussions of tragic events, Hastings makes one final bid to uncover institutionalised corruption before his time runs out.

6/7 Concludes next week

4. Viewpoint

Monday 26th to Friday 30th April at 9pm on ITV

Gripping new drama Viewpoint airs across five nights on ITV and follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tight knit Manchester community and explores whether it's ever possible to observe the lives of others with true objectivity and zero effect.

Noel Clarke plays surveillance detective DC Martin Young, who sets up his observation post in the home of single mum and secret voyeur, Zoe Sterling, whose windows command a panoramic view of Westbury Square.

But more importantly, it provides a direct sightline into the home of missing primary school teacher, Gemma Hillman. The home she shares with boyfriend and prime suspect in her disappearance, Greg Sullivan.

Read my interview with Bronagh Waugh who stars alongside Noel Clarke as surveillance detective DC Stella Beckett, here.

1-5/5 Continues nightly

5. Mare of Easttown

Monday 26th April at 9pm on Sky Atlantic

It marked Kate Winslet's return to television after 10 years, in a leading role, and I defy anyone who watched last week's opening episode of Mare of Easttown to not be utterly gripped by her performance as small-town detective Mare Sheehan, investigating a local murder while her own life falls apart.

This week, the mystery continues as Mare visits a grisly murder scene before informing the victim’s enraged father.

And as a video from the night of the crime surfaces, Mare questions suspects in the case and gives an icy welcome to county Detective Colin Zabel, called in to assist.

2/7 Continues weekly

6. This is MY House

Thursday 29th April at 9pm on BBC One

On paper, I dismissed This is MY House, the show in which 4 people have 24 hours to convince a celebrity panel that the house they're in is theirs. But when I decided to give it a go, I fell in love with the format.

Hosted by Stacey Dooley, this new primetime gameshow sees four people claim to own the same house and be the same person. The catch being that only one of them is telling the truth.

The other three are actors. It's then up to the celebrity panel; Bill Bailey, Emily Atack, Judi Love, Jamali Maddix as well as a different weekly guest panelist to decide who's telling the truth. Get it right, and the homeowner wins £1000.

If you're yet to give it a go, I can't recommend catching up on iPlayer, enough. This week, as the series comes to an end, four people claim to be Erica, an artist living with partner Sam in a stylish south east London home.

They answer questions on everything from Erica’s favourite clothes, her relationship with Sam, the story of their wedding day and the name of their plumber, after which the panel are still none the wiser as to who is the real homeowner!


7. This Time with Alan Partridge

Friday 30th April at 9.30pm on BBC One

A-ha! After just over two years, Alan Partridge is back on our screens with another series of This Time with Alan Partridge.

Now officially the main man, Alan grows ever more anxious about his place in the big time, conscious of being left in the shadow of co-presenter Jennie Gresham. And with changes behind the scenes, could his position be in jeopardy?

The new series sees the return of Lolly Adefope as reporter Ruth Duggan, Simon Farnby as historian Sam Chatwin, Tim Key as social media expert Simon Denton and of course Felicity Montagu as Alan's personal assistant, Lynn Benfield.

1/6 Continues weekly


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