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WHAT TO WATCH 25 November - 1 December

Doctor Who is BACK and celebrating 60 years!

This week's best telly includes the first of three 60th Anniversary specials of Doctor Who, the return of hit drama Slow Horses as well as this year's final of The Great British Bake Off and two brand new dramas to obsess over.

Here are 5 TV shows you can't miss this week...

1. Doctor Who

Saturday 25th November at 6.30pm on BBC One

Just days after the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who, the hit BBC series returns with the first of three specials, The Star Beast, in which the Doctor is caught in a fight to the death as a spaceship crash-lands in London.

But as the battle wreaks havoc, destiny is converging on the Doctor’s old friend, Donna. And as David Tennant as the Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna come face to face after all these years, just how, and why, is about to be revealed.

Joining David Tennant and Catherine Tate across all three specials is a stellar cast including, Yasmin Finney as Rose Noble, Miriam Margolyes as the voice of the Meep, Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble, Karl Collins as Shaun Temple, Ruth Madeley as Shirley Anne-Bingham, Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart and Neil Patrick Harris as the Toymaker, set to cause all kinds of mayhem.

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2. The Doll Factory

Monday 27th November on Paramount+

Paramount+'s latest drama, The Doll Factory, stars Esmé Creed-Miles as Irish, who in London in 1851, paints dolls for a living, alongside her twin sister, Rose played by Mirren Mack, but dreams of becoming an artist and by night, secretly paints herself naked, honing her craft.

Silas, played by Éanna Hardwicke is a taxidermist who owns a shop filled with his creations. He hopes to one day find an item so unique he will be catapulted to fame. Louis, played by George Webster, is a painter and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, searching for his next muse.

In a city humming with anticipation for the Great Exhibition, their three worlds collide, and Iris is offered an opportunity to escape and start a new life. To do so, she must abandon her sister, sacrifice her reputation, and launch herself into the unknown.

As Iris’ world expands, she finds herself challenging patriarchal beliefs, exploring her sexuality, and starting to experience the things she has always dreamed of. But alongside her newfound independence, a story of dark obsession begins to unfold.

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3. The Couple Next Door

Monday 27th at 9pm and Tuesday 28th November at 9.15pm on Channel 4

Sam Heughan and Eleanor Tomlinson star in Channel 4's latest drama The Couple Next Door which promises to be an addictive, emotional roller coaster that looks at how we never know what goes on behind closed doors.

They play Evie and Pete, who move into an upscale neighbourhood and find themselves in a world of curtain twitching and status anxiety. Soon, they find friendship in the shape of the couple next door, alpha traffic cop Danny, played by Sam Heughan, and his wife, glamorous yoga instructor Becka, played by Jessica De Gouw.

As time goes on, these two couples get increasingly close to each other and one fateful night, become sexually entangled in a way that will change their lives forever.

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4. The Great British Bake Off Final

Tuesday 28th November at 8pm on Channel 4

After 10 amazing weeks in the tent, just three challenges stand before Josh, Dan and Matty as they each compete to become this year's Bake Off champion.

Alison Hammond and Noel Fielding lead the latest batch of bakers through new challenges set by Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. starting with a jaw-dropping choux pastry Signature, before taking on a blast from the past in a sticky Technical and finishing with the ultimate celebration cake Showstopper.

Whose choux will get them through, to be crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2023?


5. Slow Horses

Wednesday 29th November on Apple TV+

This week, Gary Oldman returns as Jackson Lamb, the brilliant but misanthropic leader of a team of dysfunctional British intelligence agents who end up in a dumping ground department of MI5 known un-affectionately as Slough House, due to their career-ending mistakes as they frequently find themselves blundering around the smoke and mirrors of the espionage world.

In the six-part third season, adapted from Real Tigers, the third novel in the Mick Herron spy series Slough House, a romantic liaison in Istanbul threatens to expose a buried MI5 secret in London. When Jackson Lamb and his team of misfits are dragged into the fight, they find themselves caught in a conspiracy that threatens the future not just of Slough House but of MI5 itself.

The ensemble cast also includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Jack Lowden, Saskia Reeves, Rosalind Eleazar, Christopher Chung, Freddie Fox, Chris Reilly, Samuel West, Sophie Okonedo, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Kadiff Kirwan and Academy Award nominee Jonathan Pryce.

Joining the cast this season are Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù as Sean Donovan, the former head of security at the British embassy in Istanbul, along with Katherine Waterston who plays Alison Dunn, an MI5 agent who uncovers a dark secret at the heart of the agency.

A fourth season, based on the fourth novel, Spook Street has already been announced.

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