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WHAT TO WATCH 29 April - 5 May

This week's best telly includes three new dramas, including a Bridgerton prequel, plus the second season of Bel-Air is finally available in the UK.

Elsewhere, Ed Sheeran opens up in a new documentary series for Disney+, Mo Gilligan is back for a fourth series of The Lateish Show and BBC One's new comedy Black Ops is here to keep you entertained.

Here are 7 TV shows you can't miss this week...

1. A Small Light

Tuesday 2nd May on Disney+

Based on an inspiring true story, National Geographic's new drama A Small Light, airing on Disney+, follows Miep Gies, who helped hide Otto Frank and his family from the Nazis during WWII.

Played by Bel Powley, Miep Gies was young, carefree and opinionated, at a time when opinions got you killed, and when her boss Otto Frank, played by Liev Schreiber, asks her to help hide his family from the Nazis, she without hesitation, agrees.

For the next two years, she and her daring and devoted husband, Jan, played by Joe Cole, with several other everyday heroes, watched over the Frank, van Pels and Pfeffer families hiding in the secret annexe.

Told with a modern sensibility, A Small Light promises to shake the cobwebs off history by making Miep's story feel relevant and forcing audiences to ask themselves what they would have done in Miep's shoes. And in modern times, leaves us questioning if we would have the courage to stand up to hatred. Some stood by. Miep stood up.

1-2/8 Continues weekly with two episodes

2. Ed Sheeran: The Sum Of It All

Wednesday 3rd May on Disney+

Following Lewis Capaldi's Netflix documentary, another global superstar opening up ahead of an album release is Ed Sheeran who in his four-part Disney+ series The Sum Of It All opens the doors for the first time, to a definitive and searingly honest view into his private life as he explores the universal themes that inspire his music.

In each episode, Ed faces themes and emotions that most people experience. Ed expresses his deeper thoughts as he reassesses life and explores what he thinks of the world, of himself and how this difficult time has influenced him and his new music.

1-4/4 All episodes available at launch

3. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Friday 5th May on Netflix

With the huge success of Bridgerton, it's no surprise that there's now a prequel, focussing on Queen Charlotte's rise to prominence and power, with Young Queen Charlotte played by India Amarteifio.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story tells the story of how the young Queen's marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton.

Alongside Bridgerton originals Golda Rosheuvel as older Queen Charlotte, Adjoa Andoh as Lady Agatha Danbury and Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton, the cast also includes Michelle Fairley as Princess Augusta, Corey Mylchreest as Young King George and in her television debut, Arsema Thomas as Young Agatha Danbury.

Rounding out the cast are Sam Clemmett as Young Brimsley, Freddie Dennis as Reynolds, Richard Cunningham as Lord Bute, Tunji Kasim as Adolphus, Rob Maloney as the Royal Doctor, Cyril Nri as Lord Danbury and Hugh Sachs as an older Brimsley.

1-6/6 All episodes available at launch

4. Silo

Friday 5th May on Apple TV+

Based on Hugh Howey's trilogy of dystopian novels, Apple TV+'s latest original drama Silo is the story of the last ten thousand people on earth, their mile-deep home protecting them from the toxic and deadly world outside. However, no one knows when or why the silo was built and any who try to find out face fatal consequences.

Rebecca Ferguson stars as Juliette, an engineer, who seeks answers about a loved one's murder and tumbles into a mystery that goes far deeper than she could have imagined, leading her to discover that if the lies don't kill you, the truth will.

Silo also stars Common, Harriet Walter, Chinaza Uche, Avi Nash, David Oyelowo, Rashida Jones and Tim Robbins.

1-2/10 Continues weekly

5. Bel-Air

Friday 5th May at 9pm on Sky Max

Whilst we've had to wait longer than the US for the second season of Bel-Air, the upside is we don't have to wait weekly for new episodes as they'll all be made available from launch.

In the new season of this dramatic modern-day retelling of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, we return LA as Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air continues.

The second season picks up with Will at a crossroads as a new figure comes into his life who challenges what he’s learned in Bel-Air and competes for control of his influence. He juggles this while navigating his home life with the Banks family and trying to rebuild the trust that was broken at the end of last season.

1/10 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

6. Black Ops

Friday 5th May at 9.30pm on BBC One

New BBC One comedy Black Ops has been co-created by Gbemisola Ikumelo and Akemnji Ndifornyen, who'll also star alongside Hammed Animashaun in this East London-set six-part comedy thriller.

Black Ops tells the story of Dom and Kay, played by Gbemisola and Animashaun, two Police Community Support Officers who join the Met Police in the hope of cleaning up their community.

However, they quickly find themselves unwittingly thrust into the murky world of deep-cover infiltration. For Dom and Kay, their lives become more of a fiasco than Donnie Brasco.

Black Ops also features an exceptional supporting cast including Ariyon Bakare, Joanna Scanlan, Robbie Gee, Jo Martin, Felicity Montagu, Colin Hoult, Jaz Hutchins, Rufus Jones, Lucian Msamati, Katherine Kelly, Alex Macqueen, Emma Sidi, Tyger Drew-Honey, Alan Ford, Kerry Howard and Zoë Wanamaker.

Read my interviews with Akemnji Ndifornyen and Hammed Animashaun in the coming days.

1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

7. The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan

Friday 5th May at 10pm on Channel 4

This week sees Mo Gilligan return to Channel 4 for the fourth series of his award-winning chat show The Lateish Show that promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Joining Mo and his trusted house band The Compozers for the first episode in the new series will be Chris and Rosie Ramsey, Harry Hill, Alex Scott and Priyanka Chopra,

Across the series, Mo will be joined by a dazzling array of famous faces and there'll be more iconic Nursery Grimes, unmissable musical performances and one-of-a-kind games where lucky audience members could get their hands on some incredible prizes.

Mo will be joined by a celebrity pal who'll be taking The Lateish Show on the road to venues across the UK for a competition like no other And in Reply or Deny, Mo's guests will have to face members of the public to answer some hilarious, risqué and never-before-asked questions.

1/ Continues weekly


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