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WHAT TO WATCH 27 November - 3 December

This week's best telly includes more Strictly and I'm A Celeb plus an intimate documentary from Paddy and Christine McGuinness and more!

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

1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 27th at 6.55pm and Sunday 28th November at 7.20pm on BBC One

After last week's spectacular Musicals special, the six remaining couples take to the Ballroom floor live with more incredible routines hoping to secure their place in this year's Strictly Quarter Final. And with Motsi Mabuse sadly unable to join the panel this weekend due to Covid restrictions, Cynthia Erivo will once again join the panel in her place.

Hoping to make it their night are AJ and Kai with their highly-anticipated Couple's Choice routine, Rose and Giovanni with their Paso Doble, Tilly and Nikita who will be taking on the Samba, Dan and Nadiya who will be tackling the Rumba, Rhys and Nancy who will dance the Waltz and John and Johannes who will take to the Strictly dancefloor to perform an Argentine Tango.

Sunday night's results show will open with a futuristic group routine from Strictly's professional dancers and there's a special music performance from Years & Years.

With a place in next week’s Quarter Final up for grabs, the Dance Off is not to be missed. Who will the Judges save and who will be your 2021 Quarter Finalists?


2. I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Saturday 27th November to Friday 3rd December at 9pm on ITV

UPDATE: Owing to technical difficulties caused by extreme weather conditions in the area, there will be no new episodes of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! this weekend (Saturday and Sunday). It will be replaced tonight and tomorrow night in the ITV schedules by compilation shows (voiced by Ant & Dec) featuring best moments from previous series.

In stark contrast to last year's harmonious, drama-free series, this year's I'm A Celeb has already had its fair share of drama.

The Clink almost made Naughty Boy and Arlene Phillips quit the show, Richard Madeley sadly had to leave the show following a late-night hospital dash which in turn broke the Covid bubble rules and there's bickering over how to cook the food and who should cook it.

On Thursday night the camp introduced two Lords, Lord Adam Woodyatt - Ian Beale in EastEnders of course - and Lord Simon Gregson - Steve McDonald in Coronation Street.

This week, as the Bushtucker Trials continue, who will get voted to do them? How well will they do? Will anyone else leave camp before voting opens? And what other English delicacies will David Ginola (legend) try next?

7-13/22 Continues nightly

3. The Outlaws

Monday 29th November at 9pm on BBC One

If you've not yet watched Stephen Merchant's new comedy-thriller The Outlaws on BBC One, then I truly believe you're missing a real gem. It follows seven strangers from different walks of life forced together to complete a Community Payback sentence in Bristol.

In the last episode of this series (a second series has already been filmed), the outlaws find their time running out and the net closing in on them. But they face a stark choice. Die apart or survive together?

Read my interview with Gamba Cole here.

6/6 All episodes available now

4. Britney

Tuesday 30th November on BBC Three and at 11.35pm on BBC One

No. This isn't another Britney Spears documentary. It's a superb comedy pilot from Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson who have been best friends ever since a shared moment of transformational theatre in Year Eight Drama Club. And it's a friendship told beautifully across the 25-minute pilot, itself a successful adaptation of their brilliant stage show which I was lucky enough to watch.

Ten years on, Charly is leaving New York and a dubious career leafleting in Broadway, to visit Ellen back in their home village of Cumwell. Neither of them can wait to relive the glory days of their friendship: a non-stop rom-com of hair crimping, MmmBop and an unhealthy level of co-dependence.

But Ellen soon discovers that Charly isn’t planning on moving back permanently, crushing the dream they’d always shared of living in London together. Now at odds and no longer as inseparable as they’d imagined, Charly discovers that her mysterious lack of periods is a result of something much bigger and scarier.

Their world is suddenly tipped upside down as they fight to make sure their friendship rom-com has a happy ending.


5. Paddy And Christine McGuinness: Our Family And Autism

Wednesday 1st December at 9pm on BBC One

The number of children receiving an autism diagnosis is increasing, particularly amongst girls and in this raw and intimate documentary, made over many months, Paddy McGuinness and his wife Christine meet other parents, experts, and people on the autism spectrum, including footballer Paul Scholes, who has a 16-year-old non-verbal autistic son.

Paddy and Christine have three children, eight-year-old twins Leo and Penelope, and five-year-old Felicity. All three have been diagnosed with autism, a condition that means your brain works in a different way from other people, and can impact how you interact with the world.

In the early days, like many parents, Paddy went down the rabbit hole of Google research trying to find out why all three of his children are autistic and in this documentary he meets Professor Simon Baron-Cohen at Cambridge University, who says "It’s just who the person is… with their unique strengths and challenges." And when Simon tests Paddy and Christine’s autistic traits, the results start a whole new journey for the couple.

Having started from very different places, over the course of filming and learning more about autism, Paddy and Christine move closer together and come to a much stronger understanding about what autism means for their family.



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