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WHAT TO WATCH 26 September - 2 October

This week's best telly includes the highly-anticipated launch of Little Mix's new talent show, a powerful new documentary from Freddie Flintoff and a new BBC One drama with links to Doctor Foster.

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

1. The Hit List

Saturday 26th September at 6.15pm on BBC One

Getting a Saturday night quiz show right, isn't easy - but Marvin and Rochelle Humes have managed it as they return with a third series of their exciting and addictibe musical quiz, The Hit List which now runs for twelve weeks instead of six and features a brand new round!

Each week, three teams of music lovers compete to name as many song titles and artists as possible for the chance to win £10,000! Across four rounds, the Hit Listers are put to the test as they attempt to identify huge hits from across the years and genres.


2. Little Mix The Search

Saturday 26th at 7pm and Sunday 27th September at 6.45pm on BBC One

After months of delay, Little Mix's brand new talent show Little Mix The Search is finally here and sees Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock create six different bands to follow in their footsteps and support them on their next UK tour.

Across six audition shows which were filmed back in February, the girls will become mentors to a new wave of talent as they search for a boyband, a girl dance group, a girl vocal group, a mixed group, a vocal and instrument band and a rap R&B group.

The talented hopefuls are auditioned individually, before being put through their paces alongside their competitors and as the series launches with two episodes, the girls put together a boyband and a mixed group. Only the most impressive will make it through to the final line-up, to battle it out for the prize in the performance shows which will be hosted by Chris Ramsey.


3. Freddie Flintoff: Living With Bulimia

Monday 28th September at 9pm on BBC One

Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff rose to fame in the early 2000s as one of the most extraordinarily gifted cricketers of his generation and has recently found success as a TV presenter on Top Gear. Now, for the first time, he's ready to face up to a disorder he's never sought professional help, for in a personal and powerful hour-long documentary for BBC One.

Throughout his 20 years in the limelight, Freddie has kept the fact he’s been living with bulimia, an eating disorder characterised by bingeing food and purging, a secret. In this new documentary, Freddie looks at his own eating disorder and the role bulimia has played in his life.

Along the way he meets specialists and young men with eating disorders from across the UK, together dispelling the stereotypes and finally giving a public voice to a much-misunderstood condition. Ultimately, Freddie will ask himself - does he need professional treatment to tackle his eating disorder once and for all?

Experts estimate that at least 1.5 million people in the UK have an eating disorder like bulimia, of which 25 percent are male. Yet, in this country, eating disorders are still viewed as an illness that teenage girls suffer from. As a result, boys and men with eating disorders most often live in silence, with the double stigma of having a mental health condition and an illness that ‘only girls get’.


4. Honour

Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th September at 9pm on ITV

Keeley Hawes stars in ITV's new two-part drama Honour, written by Gwyneth Hughes, which which tells the heartbreaking true story of Banaz Mahmod, the 20-year-old Londoner murdered for falling in love with the wrong man.

Hawes plays real-life detective Caroline Goode, who brought Banaz's five killers to justice. Her powerful story explores her passionate search to discover the fate of missing 20-year old Banaz as she finds out that Banaz had been to the police five times to report threats to her life from members of her own family.

Appalled that her own colleagues had missed multiple chances to save a young woman’s life and prevent a so-called “honour” killing, Caroline vowed that she would not rest until she finally got justice for Banaz.


5. Life

Tuesday 29th September at 9pm on BBC One

From the writer of Doctor Foster, Mike Bartlett comes Life, a new six-part series starring Alison Steadman, Melissa Johns, Adrian Lester and Victoria Hamilton who plays the residents of a large house in Manchester which has been divided into four flats.

As each of the four stories unfold and intertwine in surprising ways, they tell a larger story about what happens when we step out of our personal space and take a closer look into other people’s lives - exploring love, loss, birth, death, the ordinary, the extraordinary and everything in between.

Reprising her role as Gemma Foster's neighbour Anna from Doctor Foster, is Victoria Hamilton. Only now, she goes by the name of Belle as she seeks to rebuild her life as a pilates teacher. However her neatly ordered life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of her chaotic 15 year-old niece Maya. Also reprising their role from Doctor Foster later on in the series will be Adam James who returns as her now ex-husband Neil.

Elsewhere, Alison Steadman plays Gail, who is married to Henry, but just as she is about to celebrate her 70th birthday, a chance encounter throws her whole life into question! Melissa Johns plays heavily pregnant Hannah, who's happily coupled up with Liam, and has her plans upended by the return a man she had a passionate one-night stand with nine months previously. And Adrian Lester plays happily married David who is conflicted by temptation when he meets an impulsive student on holiday.

1/6 All episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer after episode one has aired


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