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WHAT TO WATCH 27-30 December

This week's best telly includes two new dramas, both starring a different Line of Duty favourite, there's what promises to be a bizarre musical about Prince Andrew on Channel 4, Mo Gilligan brings back The Lateish Show for a festive special and The Circle returns to Netflix for its fifth season.

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

1. The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan

Tuesday 27th December at 10pm on Channel 4

Last week, Mo Gilligan launched his new BBC One show That's My Jam and this week he's back on Channel 4 hosting a special festive episode of his hit show The Lateish Show.

In this yuletide edition, Mo Gilligan will be joined by an all-star line-up, including comedian and presenter Jason Manford, father-and-daughter duo Danny and Dani Dyer, singer and presenter Marvin Humes, comedian and actress Sophie Willan, actor Samson Kayo and house band The Compozers.

Expect hilarious sketches, iconic Christmas Nursery Grimes and the return of Reply or Deny, where the guests will have to face members of the public with risqué and never-before-asked questions. Funny, fresh and late...ish, this promises to be the only Christmas party you need to be at.


2. The Circle

Wednesday 28th December on Netflix

It's the hit new reality format that Channel 4 gave up on too quickly, but thankfully the new seasons on Netflix keep on coming and as The Circle returns for Season 5, the players are all single and ready to mingle!

Michelle Buteau returns as host and you can expect more flirting, more catfishing, more drama, and more surprises as a new set of contestants compete in challenges to earn the ultimate cash prize as the top influencer.

1-4/13 Continues weekly with four new episodes

3. Without Sin

Wednesday 28th December on ITVX

Another week, another new ITVX drama and this time it's Without Sin, a four-part psychological thriller which explores the relationship which develops between a grieving mother and the man she believes murdered her daughter.

Vicky McClure plays the role of grieving mother, Stella Tomlinson, whose 14-year-old daughter Maisy, is found dead at their family home with the bloodied, hooded figure of Charles Stone, played by Johnny Harris, standing over her.

The Nottingham-based drama focuses upon Stella’s life three years on from the death of her daughter and how she is still hostage to her grief. The loss of her beloved only child has created deep divisions in her life, as she struggles on a daily basis to come to terms with this.

Wracked with guilt and remorse at the events of that night, she chooses to live a nocturnal existence as an Uber driver. She is estranged from husband Paul, who still lives in the family home. When contacted by Restorative Justice, and in an attempt to move on, Stella and Paul reunite to listen to a taped recording of Charles, who they believe wants to atone for his sins and apologise for murdering their daughter.

1-4/4 All episodes available at launch

4. Mayflies

Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th December at 9pm on BBC One

Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th December at 10pm on BBC Scotland

Set in the summer of 1986, BBC One's new two-part drama Mayflies, has been adapted by Andrea Gibb from Andrew O’Hagan’s acclaimed novel of the same name and stars Martin Compston, Tony Curran and Ashley Jensen.

Tony Curran plays Tully Dawson, who's that friend everyone has. A friend who defines your life. Mayflies is set in the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, as Jimmy, played by Martin Compston and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit.

With school over and the locked world of their fathers before them, they rush towards the climax of their youth: a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicentre of everything that inspires them in working-class Britain.

There, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded, a vow is made: to go at life differently. Thirty years on, half a life away, the phone rings. Tully has the worst kind of news and a request that will test their friendship, love, and loyalty to the limit.

Ashley Jensen also stars in this new drama which promises to be a memorial to youth’s euphoria and to everyday tragedy. A tender goodbye to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.

1-2/2 Continues nightly

5. Prince Andrew: The Musical

Thursday 29th December at 9pm on Channel 4

No, you did read that correctly. Prince Andrew: The Musical is coming to Channel 4 this week as a glittering cast of comic talent star in an all-singing, all-dancing satirical biopic that charts the rise and fall of Prince Andrew, played by Kieran Hodgson.

With seven hilarious original musical numbers and revealing archive footage, the disgraced Duke of York's spectacular downfall gets a West End-style treatment, as Andrew goes from 80s war hero to present-day royal outcast amid damaging allegations and an ill-advised TV interview with Emily Maitlis, played by Emma Sidi, on the BBC.

Expect infectious show tunes, heaps of melodrama and an array of famous faces, including Andrew's older brother Charles, played by Munya Chawawa, ex-wife Sarah Ferguson played by Jenny Bede and former Prime Miniters Tony Blair, played by Harry Enfield and Margaret Thatcher, played by Baga Chipz.



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