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WHAT TO WATCH 24-30 October

This week's best telly includes the first live show of this year's Strictly, two brand new gripping dramas and a comedy perfect for Halloween!


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


1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 24th October at 7.25pm on BBC One


Last week's sensational, feel-good launch show was watched by 8.6m people and this weekend, Strictly Come Dancing goes live for the first time this year as the 12 celebrity and professional dancer pairings take to the dance floor for their debut performance as a duo.


With their costumes ready and shoes polished, the ballroom eagerly awaits this year's celebs who will all be hoping they have what it takes to impress the judges and viewers at home.


Even though their performances will be critiqued and scored by judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse, they will all escape the public vote until next weekend when the first couple will leave the competition.


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2. The Million Pound Cube Celebrity

Saturday 24th October at 9pm on ITV


The Million Pound Cube only returned last weekend, but already after a week of episodes the series comes to an end with another celebrity special as Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley take on The Cube.


As ever, they'll be given nine lives and two lifelines, with each round seeing them move closer to the million pound jackpot, Kevin and Stacey must overcome extreme nerves and frustration as they take on deceivingly simple tasks.


We know they have the teamwork to perform on the dance floor, but how they will the fare inside The Cube? Can they handle the pressure and become the first celebrities to win one million pounds for their chosen charity?


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3. Twenties

Sunday 25th October on BBC Three


After airing in the US in March on BET, Lena Waithe's semi-autobiographical comedy Twenties, about three friends who lean on each other for guidance as they each navigate their twenties, finally comes to the UK and will be available on BBC Three.


The series follows young black lesbian writer Hattie and her friends Marie and Niaas they pursue their dreams in Los Angeles. After finding herself homeless and down on her luck, Hattie is fortunately introduced to a successful writer and producer who gives her the opportunity to work on a show as an assistant.


New to Hollywood and stumbling from relationship to relationship, Hattie searches to find her voice as a writer and the right girl. Whilst happily married Marie finds herself pitted against the only other Black film executive for a promotion, and Nia, once a successful child performer, is now a spirited yoga instructor who decides to get back into acting.


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4. The Sister

Monday 26th - Thursday 29th October at 9pm on ITV


This week's new four-part ITV drama The Sister, stars Russell Tovey, Bertie Carvel, Simone Ashley, Amrita Acharia and Nina Toussaint-White and has been adapted from the novel Burial by Neil Cross himself... the man behind Luther of course.


Stripped across the week, The Sister follows Nathan who seems to have it all, a loving wife, a beautiful home and a solid, if unexciting, career. But Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life, a party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman... the sister of the woman who is now his wife!


Only he and Bob, an eccentric old acquaintance, know what really happened and they’ve resolved to keep it that way. Until one rainy evening, years later, when Bob appears at Nathan’s door with terrifying news, they’re digging up the woods.


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5. The Undoing

Monday 26th October at 9pm on Sky Atlantic


Reuniting with Big Little Lies creator David E Kelly, Nicole Kidman stars alongside Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland in The Undoing, a new six-part series based on the book You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz.


Kidman plays Grace Fraser, a successful therapist who's living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She has a devoted husband called Jonathan, played by Grant, and their young son attends an elite private school in New York City. But her seemingly perfect world is rocked by a violent death and when her husband goes missing, a chain of terrible revelations emerges.


Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.


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6. Damilola: The Boy Next Door

Wednesday 28th October at 9pm on Channel 4


20 years ago, radio DJ, presenter and writer Yinka Bokinni, grew up on the North Peckham Estate in South London which became notorious after 10-year-old Damilola Taylor was stabbed and left alone to die in a lonely stairwell.


Within months, the entire estate had been bulldozed and all the residents resettled, with Peckham demonised as a 'no-go area' riddled with drugs, gangs and violence. But Yinka remembers an idyllic childhood, surrounded by a loving family and friends in a tight-knit community. And the boy they all called 'Dami' was her friend.


Now, aged 30, Yinka is marking the 20th anniversary of Damilola's death by confronting for the very first time, the devastating impact her friend's death had on her community and the lives of almost everyone she knew,. She discovers that she is not alone in having grown up never mentioning Damilola, or even wanting to admit that she is from Peckham.


She attempts to reconcile two versions of her past: the warm, loving and happy community she remembers so fondly that was presented in the media as a crime-ridden 'sink estate' blamed for the tragic loss of a young life.


In a moving and reflective film that explores loss and trauma, Yinka also meets childhood friends and local kids who grew up to do amazing things, such as Ashley Walters, Cornelius Walker and music producer Tinyman, who was the last to see Damilola on the day he died.


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7. Truth Seekers

Friday 30th October on Amazon Prime Video


Originally due to launch earlier this year, Amazon's Truth Seekers has (in my opinion) benefited from being pushed back to October as it's the perfect binge watch for Halloween.


The new paranormal comedy series stars Nick Frost as Gus, Simon Pegg as Dave and Malcolm McDowell, Samson Kayo, Susan Wokoma and Emma D’Arcy as a team of part-time paranormal investigators. Together they team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel for all to see.


However, as they stake out haunted churches, underground bunkers and abandoned hospitals with their array of homemade ghost-detecting gizmos, their supernatural experiences grow more frequent, more terrifying and even deadly, as they begin to uncover a conspiracy that could bring about Armageddon for the entire human race.


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