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WHAT TO WATCH 28 March - 3 April

As we continue to be locked indoors, there's never been a better time to indulge in some great telly and this week there really is something for everyone. Whether that's some great comedy, a thrilling drama or a couple of travel shows to remind us just how wonderful this planet is.

Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week and I've also left some other recommendations at the end in case you wanted to know what else might be worth watching...


1. In For A Penny

Saturday 28th March at 8pm on ITV


With Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway cut short this week and pre-recorded, what better show to fill the last 30 minutes than Stephen Mulhern's former Takeaway feature and surprisingly hilarious street gameshow In For A Penny?


Let loose in towns and cities across the UK with his snazzy gold jacket, Stephen challenges the Great British public to take part in hilariously silly games and nowhere is safe as he pops up at a host of brand-new locations all over the UK asking shoppers for a penny to take part.


In the first show of the new series it's the unsuspecting public of Nottingham who are faced with a host of games including, Driving Me Round The Bend, You Are What You Eat, Check It Out and the popular In For A Penny challenges in which contestants must win all five rounds, including the ‘famous’ stop-watch game, to bag themselves a whopping £1000.

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2. Race Across the World

Sunday 29th March at 8pm on BBC Two


As the 25,000km race to Ushuaia approaches the half-way mark, the remaining four teams compete not just with each other but with the extreme altitudes of Peru.


Current leaders Emon and Jamiul are first to learn that the fourth checkpoint is Puno, a city in southern Peru sitting at 3,827m up on the edge of the highest and largest lake in South America, Lake Titicaca.

The first hurdle is leaving the Colombian Desert and bypassing the ongoing state of emergency in Ecuador. With vast swathes of Amazon jungle making a detour around Ecuador impossible, drastic measures have to be taken to ensure the teams’ safety.

No-one escapes the effects of the altitude, making the sprint to the checkpoint Puno, at 3,800 metres above sea level, a dramatic foot race.


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3. The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer

Tuesday 31st March at 8pm on Channel 4


No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. That really is James Blunt and Alison Hammond together in the Bake Off tent who alongside Joe Sugg and Alex Jones will be hoping to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their baking skills.


This week's three tough challenges are to create decorated tray-bakes for their signature challenge, a classic British staple for their technical and an impressive biscuit scene depicting what the celebrities wanted to be when they grew up.


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4. Save Me Too

Wednesday 1st April at 9pm on Sky Atlantic


It was a huge hit for Sky Atlantic in 2018 and now Lennie James' original drama Save Me, which follows Nelly Rowe in his search for his daughter Jody, is back for a new series and the great news is that all episodes will be available at launch.


After being dragged into a dark underworld, Nelly took dangerous risks not just for himself but also those closest to him and was left devastated when his desperate search was unsuccesful.


In Save Me Too, we pick the story up 17 months later as Nelly’s quest to find his missing daughter lives on. Putting his relationships and his life on the line, Nelly heads deeper into Gideon’s hidden world as new potential suspects will be revealed and long buried secrets unearthed. Nelly is torn between protecting Grace and keeping alive his quest to find Jody.

The high-profile trial of Adrian Edmondson's character Gideon, accused of the sexual exploitation of Olive Gray's character Grace, brings newfound hope and Gideon's wife Jennifer, played by Lesley Manville who joins this series for the first time, has to face the grim truth of the monster she’s been married to.


Meanwhile, Suranne Jones returns as Claire who is confronted with the grim possibilities of her daughter’s fate. As their lives and the trial unravel, Nelly takes Grace further under his wing. But when a shocking crime throws suspicion on them all, Nelly’s attempt to protect Grace triggers consequences that neither of them could have imagined.


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5. Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip

Thursday 2nd April at 9pm on ITV


After a successful first series and Christmas special, Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix are back for another journey in the RV and this time they're hitting the highways of Mexico and the USA for their most outrageous road trip yet. Taking in the sights and culinary delights of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Texas and Tijuana, the trio’s antics will include wallet-busting burgers, dune buggy racing, goat yoga, spear fishing, cowboy capers, fine wines and wild wrestling. What could possibly go wrong? Featuring extreme adventures, sumptuous feasts and their own distinctive brand of bickering and ego-bashing, this is food on tour like never before. And with all three amigos battling it out to be king of the kitchen as well as king of the road, prepare for more bad behaviour, banter and bromance than ever before.


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6. Maxxx

Thursday 2nd April at 9.30pm on E4


O-T Fagbenle is a world away from The Handmaid's Tale in his E4 sitcom Maxxx which sees him play a former boyband star turned drug-shamed tabloid laughing stock Maxxx who may be down, but he's not out and is trying to make a comeback to prove to the world, but mostly to his supermodel ex-girlfriend Jourdan, played by Jourdan Dunn, that he's not the massive loser everyone says he is.


But with his adopted teenage son Amit in serious need of daddy advice, his cousin/superfan/stalker Rose popping up around every corner, and most people assuming he's dead, the journey back to superstardom won't be easy.


In a last-ditch attempt at a comeback, Maxxx tries to rehash things with his old boyband Boytown and pleads for the help of music mogul Don Wild. With wannabe international manager Tamzin by his side, can Maxxx rise to the challenge?


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7. Friday Night Dinner

Friday 3rd April at 10pm on Channel 4


Shit on it bambinos, with everything that's going on in the world, knowing that we have these 30 minutes on a Friday to look forward to each week is certainly reassuring and that's a testament to the show's incredible writing and performances.


This week, Martin's questionable behaviour shows no signs of stopping as he becomes obsessed with a plastic bag that's stuck up a tree. He simply must get it down and it's driving Jackie mad. The only thing more ridiculous than Martin’s latest quest is Jonny's new silver coat, which makes him look like an astronaut on his next mission to Jupiter.


Meanwhile, Adam has been interviewed about his music in the local magazine. Surprisingly, Mum is less than impressed, in fact, she seems positively put out by the interview due to Adam neglecting to mention his own mother once while Dad, Jonny and even Aunty Val all got a namecheck.


Dad, of course, is oblivious to all the commotion as his pursuit of the elusive bag becomes increasingly dangerous. True to form, Jim is on hand to create yet more chaos as he ponders just how on earth a plastic bag could have ended up in a tree.

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And because we're all spending a lot more time in front of the telly, here are some other programmes to consider this week...


BBC One's latest drama The Nest continues Sunday at 9pm, starring Martin Compston and Sophie Rundle, Steph McGovern hosts The Steph Show live from her living room every weekday at midday on Channel 4, the penultimate episode of Liar airs on ITV at 9pm on Monday, the third series of Guz Khan's BBC Three sitcom Man Like Mobeen gets its BBC One repeat on Monday at 10.45pm (all episodes available on iPlayer), Mae Martin's Channel 4 comedy Feel Good continues Wednesday at 10pm (all episodes available on All4), BBC One's adaptation of Malorie Blackman's Noughts + Crosses continues Thursday at 9pm (all episodes available on iPlayer), Daisy Haggard and Martin Freeman continue to make us laugh in Breeders on Sky One at 10pm on Thursday and you can always rely on the likes of Pete and Sophie and Lee and Jenny to entertain us in another episode of Gogglebox at 9pm on Friday on Channel 4.

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