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WHAT TO WATCH 24-30 September

This week's best telly includes this year's first Strictly live show, the return of David Tennant to our screens, a fresh new ITV crime drama and so much more!

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

1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 24th September at 6.45pm on BBC One

One plus side to the launch show for this year's Strictly Come Dancing being postponed until last night, is that we don't have to wait a week for the first launch show! In fact, 24 hours after the public discovered who this year's celebs will be paired with, the 15 couples will dance live for the first time.

Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return and the series opens with a glittering group routine from Strictly's professional dancers and four judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas.

15 celebrities and their Strictly partners have been perfecting their routines in the training room and are hoping to wow our panel and you at home with their first live performance of the series.

Thankfully, there's no public vote this week, but the judges will still have their paddles, with their scores being carried over to next week where one couple will sadly become the first to leave the competition.

1/13 Continues weekly

2. Karen Pirie

Sunday 25th September at 8pm on ITV

ITV's new Sunday night drama is based on one of Val McDermid's most loved characters and has been adapted for television by Emer Kenny. Whilst staying true to the original comedy, Emer brings her and the story up to date for a younger audience, resulting in a crime drama that feels fresher and younger than the sea of crime dramas on television.

DS Karen Pirie is a young and fearless Scottish investigator with a quick mouth and tenacious desire for the truth and is played brilliantly by Lauren Lyle a role that feels like she was born to play.

The first series of Karen Pirie is based on Val McDermid’s first Karen Pirie novel The Distant Echo, and sees Karen tasked with reopening a historic murder investigation that has been the subject of a provocative true crime podcast.

When teenager Rosie Duff was found brutally murdered in the Scottish university town of St Andrews in 1996, suspicion fell on the three drunken students who were discovered at the scene of the crime, claiming to have found her body; Sigmund ‘Ziggy’ Malkiewicz, Tom ‘Weird’ Mackie and Alex Gilbey. But with a lack of forensic evidence, no charges were brought and the police investigation floundered.

Twenty-five years on, someone appears to be willing to risk everything to keep the secrets surrounding the case hidden. Do the three men know more than they previously revealed? How flawed was the original investigation? And can Karen uncover the truth of what happened to Rosie that fateful night?

Read my interview with Emer Kenny here.

1/3 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

3. Inside Man

Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th September at 9pm on BBC One

Steven Moffat's new four-part BBC One thriller Inside Man follows a prisoner on death row in the US, a Vicar in a quiet English town and a maths teacher trapped inside a cellar as they cross paths in the most unexpected way.

In the first episode, we meet a prisoner in the US on death row, played by Stanley Tucci who's seeking atonement as he faces execution. On a train in England, we meet a journalist played by Lydia West who's looking for a story and in a quiet little village, a vicar played by David Tennant is picking up his son’s maths tutor from the station, played by Dolly Wells.

All four are about to be entangled in a dilemma that could lead one of them to murder...

1-2/4 Concludes next Monday and Tuesday

4. Industry

Tuesday 27th September at 10.40pm on BBC One

Following a successful first series on BBC Two, Industry moves to BBC One for its second series which gives an insider's view of the blackbox of high finance. It follows a group of young bankers as they forge their identities within the pressure cooker environment and sex and drug-fueled blitz of international bank Pierpoint & Co's London office.

Series two picks up a year after the height of the pandemic, after almost all graduates secured positions at Pierpoint & Co. But now, they're no longer allowed to hide behind their graduate status.

The market is ripping, and Pierpoint's back to work or else mandate has the trading floor more charged up and paranoid than ever. New US management will be gasoline on the flames - an injection of cross-Atlantic energy that lights a fire under each and every employee.

Now, Harper, Yasmin and Robert must drive new business and make new alliances both in and out of the office as Pierpoint and its junior bankers seek to take every advantage in a post-Covid world.

1/8 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

5. This England

Wednesday 28th September at _pm on Sky Atlantic

New Sky Atlantic drama This England has been co-written and directed by Michael Winterbottom and is based on Boris Johnson’s tumultuous first months as Prime Minister, tracing the impact on the country of the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic.

With Kenneth Branagh playing Boris Johnson, the drama promises to take us inside the halls of power, as Johnson grapples with Covid-19, Brexit, and a controversial personal and political life.

The events in government are interwoven with stories from around the country, from the experts and scientists racing against time to understand the virus; the doctors, nurses and care-home workers on the frontline working tirelessly and heroically to contain and overcome it; and ordinary people whose lives were thrown into turmoil.​

1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

6. I Hate You

Thursday 29th September on All4 and coming soon to Channel 4

Launching next month on Channel 4, Friday Night Dinner creator Robert Popper's new comedy I Hate You is getting an exclusive early release on All 4.

The six-part series follows an intense, messy friendship between two friends in their mid-20s, Charlie played by Tanya Reynolds and Becca played by Melissa Saint.

I Hate You is about the one friend you can say anything to and do anything with: the idiotic in-jokes, the laughing till you almost puke, as well as the insane bickering and late-night shouting matches. It's about that one friend you really love - and really hate.

Charlie, a bit of a worrier who thinks 99% of humans are dickheads, and Becca, who has no embarrassment gene and usually makes the wrong decision, share a flat that is half spotless (Becca's room) and half 'shittery' (Charlie's room). Together, they're complete chaos. And you really should be crossing that road when they're walking towards you...

Across the series, Charlie learns the perils of jogging to jazz, Becca tries to seduce her own stepbrother, the girls meet a guy who believes humans came from bears, and both start dating older guys - more specifically, men in their 70s. All of this, plus a lord who keeps a fly as his pet.

Look out for my interview with Melissa Saint soon.

1-6/6 All episodes available at launch

7. Taskmaster

Thursday 29th September at 9pm on Channel 4

As Taskmaster returns for its 14th series, Dara Ó Briain, Fern Brady, John Kearns, Munya Chawawa and Sarah Millican will each be hoping to become the next champion and impress Taskmaster Greg Davies.

In the opening episode, Dara Ó Briain, Fern Brady, John Kearns, Munya Chawawa and Sarah Millican fumble frozen peas and shout about fish, while Greg's ever-loyal puppy, Little Alex Horne, lurks furtively in the background.

1/10 Continues weekly


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