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WHAT TO WATCH 26 November - 2 December

This week's best telly includes the return of Celebs Go Dating, Slow Horses and hit CBBC drama Dodger.

Elsewhere, there's a trailblazing road trip for Mel B, Emily Atack and Ruby Wax, two trips of a lifetime for Love Island winners Ekin-Su and Davide and Claudia Winkleman introduces us to what promises to be the ultimate reality game of detection, backstabbing and trust.

Plus new comedies Live at the MOTH Club, We Are Not Alone and a new stand-up special from Romesh Ranganathan.

Here are 9 TV shows you can't miss this week...

1. Dodger

Sunday 27th December at 5.30pm on CBBC

Hit CBBC drama Dodger is set before the events of Charles Dickens’ iconic novel, Oliver Twist and following a successful first series earlier this year, it's now back for a two new specials.

Starting with Train, in which Dodger reunites with Fagin's gang to try their boldest plan to date - a train robbery!

1/2 Continues next week with a Christmas special

2. Trailblazers: A Rocky Mountain Road Trip

Monday 28th November at 9pm on BBC Two

In a brand new series for BBC Two, trailblazers Ruby Wax, Melanie Brown and Emily Atack come together to retrace the footsteps of intrepid Victorian explorer Isabella Bird, whose exploits have largely been lost to history.

At a time when most explorers were men, Yorkshire-born Isabella was a trailblazer. Being prescribed ‘mountain air’ to cure her malaise, in 1873 Isabella set off on her travels across the globe to find exactly that. Travelling alone, she crossed the lawless American Wild West, riding 800 miles on horseback through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She befriended outlaws, climbed mountains and faced grizzly bears, in what was a restrictive era for women in Britain.

Using her original 1873 book, A Lady’s Life In The Rocky Mountains, as inspiration for their own historic American adventure, Ruby, Mel and Emily want to pay homage to this forgotten pioneer. They explore the people, places and curious customs of an ever-changing America while reflecting on the changes in Western society over the last 150 years and their own experience of womanhood.

Beginning their epic journey in Cheyenne, just north of the Colorado border, Ruby, Emily and Mel immediately immerse themselves into the spirit of the Wild West. And with Isabella Bird becoming known throughout Colorado as "the Englishwoman who rode as well as a man", the trio decide to experience life in the saddle.

Then, as they journey further into the mountains, Ruby, Mel and Emily visit Estes Park, a stunning valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks where they learn about Rocky Mountain Jim, a one-eyed outlaw whom Isabella met on her travels, and with much speculation about the nature of their relationship, the trio are curious to find out more.

Embracing Isabella’s dive into uncharted territory, Ruby, Mel and Emily find themselves in an old mining town turned hippy hangout, meeting the locals and sampling the town’s delicacies before experiencing life deep in the wilderness, fishing and telling stories around the campfire with a modern-day ‘mountain man’ who lives off the land.

And they attempt to emulate a feat Isabella achieved nearly 150 years ago: to climb one of Colorado’s famous 14,000-foot mountains.

1-3/3 Continues weekly

3. Ekin-Su & Davide: Homecomings

Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November at 9pm on ITV2

In a new two-part series for ITV2, Love Island 2022 winners Ekin-Su and Davide embark on two trips of a lifetime to Davide’s beloved Italy and Ekin-Su’s hometown in Turkey.

For the first time since leaving the Love Island Villa, Davide will return to Italy and his hometown Frosinone with Ekin-Su by his side. But before he heads home, Davide will give Ekin-Su a taste of Italy as the pair embark on a whistle-stop tour of the Italian city of love, Verona, made famous by lovers Romeo and Juliet.

Then they will travel through the Tuscan valley and eventually jet off to Turkey, where they will visit Istanbul. Ekin-Su will introduce Davide to the acting colleagues she met while living and working as an actress in Turkey.

They will also venture on an eight-hour road trip in a campervan to Ekin-Su’s family village of Odemis. As they spend a night sleeping in their motorhome, cue the drama of living in confined spaces.

Along the way, we'll be introduced to the pair’s family and friends, from parents to siblings to grandparents and more. But will pancake professional Ekin-Su be able to impress Davide's family with her cooking skills? Time will tell when she prepares some homemade Gnocchi with the help of Davide's mum.

With sun, sea, Turkish baths and belly dancing, this is set to be another fantastic trip for the couple. And, of course, they'll make time for a couples workout along the way.


4. We Are Not Alone

Monday 28th November at 9pm on Dave

Dave's brand new feature-length comedy We Are Not Alone is written by Ghosts' Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond and is set six weeks after the Gu'un aliens have invaded and completely conquered Earth.

Declan Baxter plays Stewart, the Gu'un's official hapless human liaison who ends up saddled with alien Greggs for a housemate, played by Joe Thomas. Stewart must help the Gu'uns deliver their message to the masses and win favour with humankind, while also aiding the human resistance and managing his crush on Elodie, played by Georgia May Foote.

The cast also includes Vicki Pepperdine, Amanda Abbington, Mike Wozniak, Evelyn Mok, Bruce Mackinnon, Dane Baptiste, Rob Delaney, Ellie White and Miles Jupp.


5. Celebs Go Dating

Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December at 10pm on E4

E4's hit celebrity dating show - aptly titled Celebs Go Dating - is back for its 11th series that looks set to fill that reality TV hole left behind by Love Island, Married at First Sight UK and I'm A Celebrity.

Joining the world's greatest celebrity dating agency in this series and hoping to spice up their dating life with the guidance of dating gurus Paul C Brunson and Anna Williamson are eighties pop queen Sinitta, former Hollyoaks legend Gary Lucy, Love Island's Laura Anderson, The Apprentice star Navid Sole, Geordie Shore glamour puss Bethan Kershaw and back for his third stint in the agency is TOWIE lothario, Pete Wicks

Under the watchful eyes of Anna and Paul, the celebs are thrown straight into a garden party mixer in which Sinitta is immediately bowled over by international jet setter Andy and Navid is off to a shaky start.

Elsewhere, Gary and agency veteran Pete go head-to-head to win the heart of a Scottish stunner Kerri. But, with the ex-Hollyoaker and TOWIE playboy both vying for her attention, who will she choose?

1-5/20 Continues nightly

6. Romesh Ranganathan: The Cynic

Tuesday 29th November on Netflix

This week sees a brand new stand-up special from Romesh Ranganathan arrive on Netflix, along with a half-hour semi-scripted comedy doc that will chart Romesh’s desire to create the ultimate Netflix finale in his home town of Crawley and how it never quite happened.

The Cynic promises to be the Fyre Festival of comedy finales as his ambitions far outweigh what he is able to achieve.


7. The Traitors

Tuesday 29th at 9.30pm, Wednesday 30th at 9.15pm and Thursday 31st November at 9pm on BBC One

Get ready for what's being described as the ultimate reality game of detection, backstabbing and trust as Claudia Winkleman greets 22 strangers at a beautiful castle in the Scottish Highlands all hoping to win up to £120,000.

It’s not long before the players start questioning everything, and everyone. As Claudia secretly assigns three traitors, it's up to the traitors, under the cover of darkness, to pick off their fellow players one by one, murdering them from the game.

The rest of the players, the faithful, must try to work out who the traitors are and banish them from the game before they become their next victim. The lucky ones who survive to the end will have a chance to win that life-changing cash. But if a traitor remains undetected, they will take all the money.

1-3/12 Continues weekly. First three episodes available at launch

8. Slow Horses

Friday 2nd December on Apple TV+

Season one of Apple TV+'s espionage series Slow Horses, starring Gary Oldman, only launched back in April, but already it's back and in this season, long-buried Cold War secrets emerge which threaten to bring carnage to the streets of London.

When a liaison with Russian villains takes a fatal turn, our hapless heroes must overcome their individual failings and raise their spy game in a race to prevent a catastrophic incident.

Slow Horses follows a dysfunctional team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping-ground department of MI5 known unaffectionately as Slough House. Led by the brilliant but irascible leader of the spies, Jackson Lamb, they end up in Slough House due to their career-ending mistakes as they frequently find themselves blundering around the smoke and mirrors of the espionage world.

Also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Jack Lowden, Saskia Reeves, Rosalind Eleazar, Dustin Demri-Burns, Christopher Chung, Freddie Fox, Chris Reilly, Samuel West, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Kadiff Kirwan and Jonathan Pryce.

1-2/6 Continues weekly

9. Live at the MOTH Club

Thursday 1st December at 10pm on Dave

Described a comedy show with cinematic sketches and live performances, Live at the MOTH Club follows what happened when Dave sent a documentary crew to capture life on and off stage at the MOTH Club’s alternative comedy night in Hackney, East London.

It promises to showcase some of the very best acts on the alternative scene whilst also boldly pulling back the curtain on life backstage, with brilliant live performances and stories of the characters who run the club.

In the first episode, Phil Wang has an issue with the gig being filmed, and Ellen played by Lucia Keskin, has to find a solution. George, played by Mark Heap, and resident techie Freddie, played by Freddie Meredith, jump at the opportunity to get creatively involved.

Throughout the series, expect to see many of the MOTH Club's all-star comedy collective including Jamie Demetriou, Natasia Demetriou, Ellie White, Cardinal Burns, Arnab Chanda, Ben Ashenden, Alexander Owen and Kiell Smith-Bynoe.

1/5 Continues weekly


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