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WHAT TO WATCH 26 August - 1 September

This week on telly there's double Dad's Army, double Peaky Blinders and the return of The Great British Bake Off and a champions series of Britain's Got Talent.

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

1. Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th August at 8pm on Gold

This week sees Gold continue to bring the three lost episodes of Dad's Army (missing, believed wiped) back using the original scripts by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, with an all-star cast; Kevin McNally, Robert Bathurst, Kevin Eldon, David Hayman, Timothy West, Tom Rosenthal and Mathew Horne.

In the penultimate episode on Monday, Captain Mainwaring instigates a competition between Frazer and Jones to see who deserves a promotion after being told he can make a member of the platoon a Corporal. Both candidates do their best to impress him, particularly during a demonstration on how to face down a Nazi stormtrooper, but things go awry when a power-crazed Frazer charges the other men with court martial offences.

And in Tuesday's final episode, tipped off by Frazer and Godfrey, Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson investigate a house from where they believe someone may have been signalling to enemy aircraft. They take the suspect back to the church hall, but chaos ensues when an incendiary bomb comes through the roof and the platoon desperately battles the blaze.


2. Amusical

Monday 26th August at 9pm on Comedy Central

This week for one night only (although surely a series is on the cards) - comedians Jayde Adams, Kiri Pritchard-McLean and musical director Dave Cribb with his band The Quavers, bring their musical and comedy extravaganza Amusical to TV audiences for the first time.

Recorded in front of a live audience at the Hackney Empire, the show in which comedians since a song from their favourite musical, sees Frank Skinner, London Hughes and Tom Allen with Suzi Ruffell.

Amusical was a huge hit when it started at Backyard Comedy Club in March 2017 and has sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe for the last three years! Read my exclusive interview with Jayde, Kiri and Dave here.


3. Peaky Blinders

Monday 26th August at 9:30pm and Sunday 1st September at 9pm on BBC One

After Sunday's incredible series opener, there's a double helping of Peaky Blinders this week with an extra episode on Bank Holiday Monday as well as the usual weekly slot of Sunday nights.

In Monday's episode, The Peaky Blinders come under fire when Tommy finds danger on his doorstep and a friend is brutally attacked. Could there be a traitor in the Shelby family’s midst?

And on Sunday, as the charismatic Mosley shows his hand, Tommy prepares to make a treacherous new alliance. And Arthur’s demons come to the surface.


4. Stath Lets Flats

Monday 26th August at 10pm on Channel 4

As the second series of Jamie Demetriou's brilliantly funny sitcom Stath Lets Flats continues, Stath's dad announces that he needs to move out.

This leaves Stath forced to experience flat hunting from the other side. Sophie agrees to look with him but has mixed emotions when Stath invites newly single Al to join them.


5. The Great British Bake Off

Tuesday 27th August at 8pm on Channel 4

It's that time of year again where the nation become obsessed with baking as The Great British Bake Off returns with its youngest group of bakers yet, and for the first time ever, a baker's dozen will be entering the iconic white tent which means that one week two bakers will be going home.

Once again, they'll be tackling challenges set by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith and as always, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will be on hand to offer their support and host the competition.

The new series kicks off with a 90-minute episode for Cake Week, in which the bakers must bake a fruit cake, deliver a retro classic and for the showstopper, create a birthday cake of their childhood dreams.


6. This Way Up

Thursday 29th August at 10pm on Channel 4

It's been available as a boxset on All4 since the first episode has aired, but if you want to watch it again or simply prefer a weekly dose, the Aisling Bea's This Way Up continues this week as Aine and Shona's mother is over from Ireland.

Over to visit Vish's family, tensions are high as Aine and her mother haven't spoken in months, leaving Shona feeling stuck in the middle.

And over dinner, Shona surprises Vish's family by saying she doesn't want kids. There's only one solution to the tension, an impromptu talent show.

Read my interview with Aisling Bea here.


7. Britain's Got Talent: The Champions

Saturday 31st August at 8pm on ITV

Usually at this time of year we're getting ready for a new series of The X Factor, however this year ITV and Simon Cowell are doing things slightly differently as the series takes a break to make way for Britain's Got Talent: The Champions and a heavily rumoured celebrity version of The X Factor.

This week, the world’s most talented and memorable acts from past series of Got Talent will compete in this supersized version of BGT, all trying to be crowned the ultimate champion and walk away with the cash prize and coveted Champions Trophy.

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams each return to the judging panel, with Ant & Dec returning as hots and each week, two acts will make it through to the grand finale, the first being a Golden Buzzer act chosen by one of the judges or Ant and Dec and the second being voted through by superfans in the arena audience.

The first episode sees the return of BGT series one winner and multi-platinum selling artist Paul Potts, along with Simon’s Golden Buzzer from series 10 Boogie Storm. Plus, sand artist and winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent series one Kseniya Simonova, and daredevil father-daughter duo from America’s Got Talent, Bello and Annaliese Nock.


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