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WHAT TO WATCH 26 August - 1 September

Comedy, lifestyle and plenty of drama!

This week's best telly includes two big autumn dramas for BBC One; The Woman in the Wall and The Following Events are Based on a Pack of Lies as well as the return of Rose Matafeo's Starstruck, ITV1 drama The Tower and Channel 4 drama Screw.

Elsewhere, Gemma and Gorka let us into their busy lives and there's a new murder mystery to get obsessed with on Disney+.

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

1. The Woman in the Wall

Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August at 9pm on BBC One

Written and created by Joe Murtagh, The Woman in the Wall follows Lorna Brady, played by Ruth Wilson, a woman from the small, fictional Irish town of Kilkinure who wakes one morning to find a corpse in her house.

Chillingly, Lorna has no idea who the dead woman is, or if she herself might be responsible for the apparent murder. That’s because Lorna has long suffered from extreme bouts of sleepwalking ever since she was ripped from her life at the age of 15 and incarcerated in a convent. There, Lorna gave birth to her daughter Agnes, who was cruelly taken from her and whose fate Lorna has never known.

Unluckily for Lorna, Detective Colman Akande, played by Daryl McCormack, is now also on her tail, for a crime seemingly unrelated to the body she has discovered in her house. The ambitious Colman quickly rose through the ranks of the Garda Síochána thanks to his natural aptitude. His scathing wit hides a quiet sadness, and when he meets Lorna Brady, he finds himself forced to confront his own haunting secrets.

As Colman searches for a murderer and Lorna searches for her daughter, their paths collide in ways they could never have anticipated. Lorna’s search for Agnes will take her deep into her own past and to the heart of Kilkinure’s darkest secrets, as she and Colman seek the answers they each so desperately need.

What is the mystery of The Woman in the Wall?

1-2/6 Continues weekly

2. The Tower

Monday 28th to Thursday 31st August at 9pm on ITV1

Gemma Whelan and Jimmy Akingbola return this week as DS Sarah Collins and DC Steve Bradshaw, in the second series of hit ITV1 drama The Tower, which is based on Kate London's thrilling second novel and has been adapted by screenwriter Patrick Harbinson. Also back are Tahirah Sharif as PC Lizzie Adama and Emmett J Scanlan as DI Kieran Shaw.

In the first episode, DS Sarah Collins joins Homicide Command and finds her new team in the thick of it as they attempt to track down the culprit behind a chicken shop shooting. At the helm of the investigation is DS Steve Bradshaw, but Sarah’s kept away from the action as her new boss, DCI Jim Fedden, tasks her with a cold case.

With young DC Lee Coutts already making headway with inquiries, Sarah is left to trace the missteps of the last police investigation and makes a fresh discovery. When a new lead points to murder and offers up a convicted sex offender as the prime suspect, it’s ‘case closed’ for

Fedden. But dead or alive, Sarah is determined to find Tania and uncover the truth about what happened to her 25 years ago.

Teaming up with DC Elaine Lucas, Sarah follows a new line of inquiry. But her life becomes more complicated when she ignores Elaine’s advice and puts her team up for a murder case. Her and PC Lizzie Adama’s paths are about to cross.

Meanwhile, Lizzie has been cleared of misconduct for her role in the Portland Tower incident and is back at Farlow Police Station, hoping to prove she can be a good cop. But whether she’s willing to do everything by the book is soon put to the test when she responds to a domestic violence call at the home of a young couple and their six-year-old daughter.

Having put their affair behind them, Lizzie and DI Kieran Shaw try to keep things professional, but their mutual attraction still remains.

1-4/4 Continues nightly. All episodes available at launch

3. Starstruck

Monday 28th August at 10pm on BBC Three

Rose Matafeo's superb romcom Starstruck is back this week for its third series and Jessie, Still living in London and working at the local cinema, is exploring a new single life having parted ways with film star Tom, played by Nikesh Patel.

Two years on from the breakup, Jessie navigates the pressures of adulthood and is confronted with the consequences of her own choices as her friends move on to the next stages in their lives, while Jessie is left questioning what she is really looking for.

1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

4. A Murder at the End of the World

Tuesday 29th August on Disney+

FX's new murder mystery drama A Murder at the End of the World, set at the remote and isolated compound of a reclusive billionaire and starring Emma Corrin, Clive Owen, Harris Dickinson and Brit Marling comes to Disney+ this week.

Emma Corrin stars as Gen Z amateur sleuth and tech-savvy hacker “Darby Hart” who's described as a new kind of detective. Darby and eight other guests are invited by a reclusive billionaire, played by Clive Owen, to participate in a retreat at a remote and dazzling location.

When one of the other guests is found dead, Darby must use all of her skills to prove it was murder against a tide of competing interests and before the killer takes another life.

1-2/7 Continues weekly

5. The Following Events are Based on a Pack of Lies

Tuesday 29th August at 9pm on BBC One

Created and written by Penelope Skinner and Ginny Skinner, The Following Events are Based on a Pack of Lies is an unpredictable thriller about three remarkable characters trapped in a tangled triangle of complexly layered half-truths and lies of epic proportions.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste plays bestselling fantasy fiction author Cheryl, who is recently bereaved and now lives alone with her poodle, Goblin. Rebekah Staton plays Alice, a formidable but long-underestimated PA who lives in a bungalow with her young son, a magician. And Alistair Petrie plays partner Rob, who's an eccentric and celebrated ecopreneur (allegedly).

Three apparent strangers with nothing in common... except Rob’s dupes, deceptions and delusions.

We all know the story of the dastardly yet charming conman who pulls off a devilish con. That story is as old as the con itself. This is not THAT story. This is a story about lies and artifice, about our weakness for self-deception, and about the rapid ascent of the modern fraudster.

It is the story of an unexpected friendship between two very different women and the power they’ll discover when they raise their voices in joyous rage. As they finally find the courage and self-belief to take charge, the con is on to try and take a sociopathic predator down.

1/5 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

6. Screw

Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st August at 9pm on Channel 4

Channel 4's hit prison drama Screw, starring Nina Sosanya and Jamie-Lee O'Donnell. returns and after the tragic events at the end of series one, the prison officers at Long Marsh are determined to make a fresh start. But when Leigh learns of a dangerous rumour about an undercover police officer on C Wing, it threatens to disrupt Rose's first day back since Toby's death.

The new governor orders Leigh to shut the operation down or the very future of C Wing will be in jeopardy. But weeding out the officer is far from straightforward. Leigh begins to doubt her team's loyalties when she discovers the identity of the undercover police officer.

Meanwhile, Rose worries for her safety when it turns out that new arrival and double murderer Tyler Reeks has links to fellow prisoner Louis.

1-2/6 Continues weekly

7. Gemma and Gorka: Life Behind the Lens

Wednesday 30th August at 8pm on W

Gemma and Gorka: Life Behind the Lens, offers exclusive access into the celebrity couple's busy lives as they embark on an exciting new phase of their life together for a new three-part series on W.

It follows the unfiltered lives of celebrity couple, actress and radio presenter Gemma Atkinson and professional dancer Gorka Márquez who fell in love in front of the nation on Strictly Come Dancing.

They'll be sharing the intimate details of what life is like as they document the imminent arrival of their second child. With hectic schedules, both at home and on the road, this series promises to be a no-holds-barred account of what it’s like to juggle work with a growing family.

1/3 Continues weekly


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