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WHAT TO WATCH 29 April - 5 May

This week's telly includes more great comedy, a moving new series from Vicky McClure plus the final 90-minute episode of Line of Duty.


Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week...


1. Ghosts

Monday 29th April at 9:30pm on BBC One


This week in this brilliant new comedy from the team behind Horrible Histories, it’s Pat’s ‘Death Day’ and he prepares himself for his family’s annual pilgrimage to the site of his demise.


But, realising that Alison’s ‘gift’ makes her a conduit between the dead and the living, he begs her to pass on a message from the other side - a plan complicated when Pat realises a shocking truth about his marriage.


Meanwhile, Mike struggles to come to terms with his bathroom-based paranoia, and Kitty tries to find out where babies come from.


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2. Back to Life

Monday 29th April at 10:35pm on BBC One


Back to Life is so brilliant that chances are you've already devoured the entire series box set on BBC iPlayer, but just in case you haven't, BBC One's weekly showings continue as Miri’s memories of that terrible night at the Sound Mirror just aren’t going away.


Lying awake at night, Miri listens obsessively to a cassette recording of her and her friends singing when they were teenagers. Could this be a clue to what happened that fateful night all those years ago?


The next day begins badly: the doctor’s receptionist refuses to register Miri, whose head wound is in desperate need of attention, and someone has stuck press clippings from Miri’s trial all over town.


Desperate for an escape from reality, Miri and Billy embark on an adventure to the local amusement park. The day is going well and they grow closer, but will Miri ever be able to be honest with Billy about her past?


Read my interview with Daisy Haggard here.

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3. Bake Off: The Professionals

Tuesday 30th April at 8pm on Channel 4


Liam Charles and Tom Allen return to host the toughest Bake Off on television as they welcome teams from top hotels, restaurants and small businesses to do battle.


In the first of two heats, judges Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin set a pair of exceedingly tricky challenges for six new teams. The first requires them to finely craft two batches of perfectly uniform miniature classics - 24 Linzer tortes and 24 Bakewell tarts - in just three and a half hours.


For the second challenge - the Showpiece - the teams are required in five hours to reinvent a classic dessert - the red velvet cake. Can the teams transform the ordinary into the extraordinary? At the end of the two days, one of the teams must leave the competition.


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4. Urban Myths

Wednesday 1st May at 9pm on Sky Arts


I haven't really spoken much about Urban Myths, which is a wonderful series almost criminally tucked away on a Wednesday night on Sky Arts. The series tells incredible tales inspired by the worlds of art and culture and this week it's the turn of Joan Collins.


This story revolves around the trial where Joan Collins went head-to-head with Random House in the mid-nineties. She was paid a large advance for her novel, which the publishers claimed was unpublishable, leading to one of the most extraordinary and glamourous trials of the decade.


Written by David Walliams and Dawson Bros, Victoria Hamilton plays Joan Collins, whilst David plays Joan's boyfriend at the time, Monty and Mark Heap, Haydn Gwynne and Leo Wringer also star.


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5. Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure

Thursday 2nd May at 8pm on BBC One


In this new two-part series for BBC One, Line of Duty favourite Vicky McClure takes us on a deeply personal journey to discover the true extent of music’s power in fighting dementia.


Vicky has close personal experience of dementia, through caring for her Nana Iris, who died in 2015. During that period, and through her role with the Alzheimer’s Society, Vicky has seen first-hand how music and singing had affected dementia patients and those who love and care for them.


Now, Vicky is joining forces with the University of Nottingham and University College London, and specialists from the fields of medicine, music therapy and performance to for a very special choir, made up of people with different types of dementia and at different stages, who will rehearse together to put on one unforgettable performance.


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6. Lee and Dean

Thursday 2nd May at 10pm on Channel 4


It's great to see that people are really starting to get behind Lee and Dean and give it the credit it deserves.


This week, when an old friend of the firm reappears, and another runs into trouble, the boys rally round and put on an event, 'Stevenage Has Got Talent' which sees Shitty Mick channel his inner choirboy!


Elsewhere, Lee is keen to impress with his new responsibilities in business and his personal life as Nikki makes a rash decision and Dean and Mrs Bryce-D'Souza grow ever closer.


Read my interview with Mark O'Sullivan and Miles Chapman here and my interview with Anna Morris here.


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7. Line of Duty

Sunday 5th May at 9pm on BBC One


In a nail-biting 90-minute finale, closely guarded secrets are revealed as this series of Line of Duty comes to a close.


Will DCS Patricia Carmichael be able to prove that Hastings is H? Will we ever find out who Lisa McQueen really is? And is this really the end of the road for Ted Hastings?


Read my interview with Adrian Dunbar, Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Rochenda Sandall here.


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