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WHAT TO WATCH 25-31 January

This week's best telly includes the return of some brilliant comedies, lots of gripping drama including two concluding episodes plus a jaw-dropping series opener of Top Gear.

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

1. Shrill

Saturday 25th January from 6am on BBC Three

The first series of Hulu's comedy Shrill only reached the UK in December, some nine months after it aired in the US, but thankfully if like me you inhaled the series in one go, you'll be pleased to know that we're getting all of season two just one day after the US.

Shrill stars Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant as Annie, who in the first season took control of her own life and faced her demons which included her mom, her boss and her troll - whilst living with her best friend and roommate Fran played by Lolly Adefope.

This season, Annie starts the season feeling pretty good with boyfriend Ryan by her side until she realises that hastily quitting her job and jumping into a relationship with someone who is, well, a little less career-focused may not have been the best idea.


2. Man Like Mobeen

Sunday 26th January from 6am on BBC Three

Man Like Mobeen, which returns this week for its third series, launched with little fanfare in December 2017 and has gone on to become a cult hit for BBC Three, turning Guz Khan into a household name.

Returning alongside Guz Khan are Tez Ilyas and Tolu Ogunmefun as Mobeen's mates Eight and Nate, Dúaa Karim as his younger sister Aqsa and joining this series are Art Malik as unhinged crime boss Uncle Khan and Nikesh Patel as his useless nephew Nav.

This series, following the attack on his best friends and threats against his sister at the end of series two, all Mobeen wants to do is follow his faith, lead a good life and make sure his sister fulfils her potential. But can he juggle this when his criminal past is always chasing him?


3. Top Gear

Sunday 26th January at 8pm on BBC Two

The last series of Top Gear became somewhat of a surprise hit once more for BBC Two as viewers really warmed to its new presenting line-up made up of Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris.

In the hugely impressive opening episode of the new series, Paddy, Freddie and Chris head on a British summer holiday in super-cheap second-hand convertibles.

And Chris tests the new Ariel Atom on track whilst Freddie attempts to bungee-jump an old Rover off a dam in truly jaw-dropping scenes and some of the greatest television I've ever seen.


4. The Trial of Christine Keeler

Sunday 26th January from 6am on BBC Three

The Trial of Christine Keeler which began between Christmas and New Year comes to a conclusion tonight as Stephen’s sentence is decided.

With Christine on tenterhooks, her lie about Lucky Gordon haunts her and she faces trial herself.


5. Curb Your Enthusiasm

Tuesday 28th January at 9pm on Sky Comedy

There are many great shows launching on brand new channel Sky Comedy this week, but the highlight has to be the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

He may have survived the fatwa, but the new decade isn’t going to be any kinder to the perpetually perplexed Larry David.

For the show's tenth season, Larry gets into a series of escalating predicaments as he takes on a major project to spite a new adversary – Mocha Joe. An undertaking that proves to be more complicated than he first anticipates.


6. The Stranger

Thursday 30th January on Netflix

Richard Armitage, Jennifer Saunders, Hannah John-Kamen, Siobhan Finneran and Kadiff Kirwan star in The Stranger, a Harlan Coben novel which has been adapted for television by Danny Brocklehurst.

Armitage plays Adam Price, a man who has a seemingly perfect life, two wonderful son and a watertight marriage, until one night a stranger sits next to him in a bar and tells him a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne.

He then finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realises that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives but it will end them.


7. Deadwater Fell

Friday 31st January at 9pm on Channel 4

This week sees Daisy Coulam's dark crime thriller, Deadwater Fell comes to an epic conclusion as the villagers try to rebuild their lives.

Last week saw the emotional ripple effects of the fire take their toll on those closest to the tragedy whilst this week they have to learn to be honest with themselves and each other.

But will they ever get to the truth?



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