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WHAT TO WATCH 29 August - 4 September

For the first time in MONTHS, I'm able to recommend seven shows to watch on telly as the schedules begin to fill up again as we head towards the autumn. So whether it's comedy, drama, entertainment or Sheridan Smith you're after, then there's bound to be something here for you.

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

1. The Voice Kids UK: Final

Saturday 29th August at 7.20pm on ITV

This year's final of The Voice Kids UK was recorded last week with the 2020 winner decided by the virtual audience who were able to watch.

So far all the winners have been 13 years-old which means the odds are in favour of Justine Afante from Team Pixie going all the way.

However hoping to break that trend and make The Voice Kids UK history by becoming the youngest ever winner are 12-year-old Dara McNicholl from Team Paloma, 10-year-old George Elliott from Team Danny and 7-year-old Victoria Alsina from Team Will.


2. The Fast Show: Just a Load of Blooming Catchphrases

Saturday 29th August at 9pm on Gold

It's been over 25 years since The Fast Show graced our screens and now the original cast (minus the late Caroline Aherne, sadly) are reuniting to celebrate the hit sketch show which brought us catchphrases such as "Suit you sir!", "Scorchio!" and "Brilliant".

This two-hour celebration will include classic clips, cast interviews and rarely seen footage. Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Arabella Weir, John Thomson, Mark Williams and Simon Day will be lifting the lid on how The Fast Show happened and why it became such a cult classic.

Not only that, some of the series’ most popular characters reveal what they've been doing over the years in brand new, specially written pieces. We discover Swiss Toni's seduction secrets, the ups and downs of Billy Bleach's tumultuous love life and hear yet more of Rowley Birkin QC's wild and fantastical adventures, all of which happened of course when he was very, very drunk..


3. Britain's Got Talent: The Finalists Revealed

Sunday 30th August at 6.30pm on ITV

It's been three months since Britain's Got Talent was last on our screens in what now feels like a lifetime ago, but as the search continues for this year’s winner and a live final in October (albeit without an audience) confirmed, it's time to find out who judges Alesha Dixon, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell think deserves a place in this year's semi-finals.

In this week's special show, they will reveal the semi-finalists who will join the Golden Buzzer acts, making them one step closer to achieving their dream of being crowned the BGT winner and securing the prize of an incredible £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at The Royal Variety Performance.

The pre-recorded semi-finals, with guest judge Ashley Banjo will take place from Saturday 5th September at 8pm, with 8 contestants performing each week. The judges will choose one act to go through and once the episode airs, the second finalist will be chosen via a public vote.


4. Strike: Lethal White

Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August at 9pm on BBC One

It's been three years since BBC One's adaptation of Robert Galbraith's (JK Rowling) Strike first graced our screens, and with three series on air in just over six months, the wait for Lethal White has been very long indeed. But of course only three books existed at the time, so now the TV series and the novels are working in tandem.

Tom Burke returns as private detective Cormoran Strike alongside Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott. At the start of the new series, a frightening visit from a potential client puts a new case on the table and Robin and Strike set to work looking into reports of a strangled child.

With the detective agency thriving, the duo are also recruited to investigate the blackmail of a Government Minister and Robin is tasked with going undercover in the House of Commons. And as Robin has to deal with frustrations in her new marriage, Strike accepts a dependency on a new girlfriend.

As their investigation deepens, the duo are taken all over London in pursuit of the truth, from a derelict warehouse filled with protestors to a high-society charity fundraiser. But ultimately, they are unable to stop another tragedy.


5. Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum

Tuesday 1st September at 9pm on ITV

She's one of the most-loved and treasured actors on stage and screen and now Sheridan Smith has allowed unprecedented access to her and her partner Jamie for a new hour-long documentary as she prepares to become a mum for the first time. This deeply personal and intimate story of her pregnancy also tackles her mental health struggles, past and present.

It is thought that as many as one in three women experience mental health issues in pregnancy and in the months that follow. It is a subject that holds huge personal meaning for Sheridan, as she reveals aspects of her own story that she has never spoken about before.

The documentary follows Sheridan as she attends her first scans, pre-natal classes and sessions with a specialist therapist. She and her partner, Jamie, are filmed at home as they talk openly of their excitement and nerves about becoming parents.

While preparing for her new arrival, Sheridan talks extensively about her own mental health and explores what help is available for other pregnant women and new mums. She visits a charity-run group which provides crucial, emotional support for other mums-to-be.

Also, don't miss Sheridan Smith's dulcet tones at 8pm on Sunday 31st August as she narrates Britain's Favourite Detective on ITV.


6. All Creatures Great and Small

Tuesday 1st September at 9pm on Channel 5

It's been 30 years since All Creatures Great and Small last graced our screens and now Channel 5 are bringing a new adaptation of best-selling author James Herriot’s cherished collection of stories to screen, with Nicholas Ralph making his television debut in the lead role.

Set in 1937, Nicholas plays James Herriot who's fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College and following his dream of becoming a vet in the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. He soon discovers that treating the animals is as much about treating their owners, and the Dales’ famers are a tough crowd to please.

At Skeldale House James gets to know his newly formed dysfunctional family including his chaotic and erratic boss Siegfried Farnon, played by Samuel West who reluctantly hires him to join his rural practice.

Other cast members include Anna Madeley as resident housekeeper and matriarch of Skeldale House, Mrs Hall, Callum Woodhouse as Siegfried’s errant and charismatic younger brother, Tristan and Rachel Shenton as Helen Alderson, an independent local farmer’s daughter who catches James' attention and gives him another, more enduring reason to stay in the Dales.


7. Two Weeks to Live

Wednesday 2nd September at 10pm on Sky One

This week sees Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams team up with Fleabag's Sian Clifford for Two Weeks to Live, a darkly comic tale on Sky One of love and revenge born from a harmless prank that goes terribly wrong.

Maisie plays Kim Noakes, a strange young misfit who was just a little girl when her father died in murky circumstances and following his death was spirited away to a remote life off-grid in the Scottish wilderness by her mother Tina, played by Sian Clifford.

Fearing for her safety, Tina trained Kim in combat and kept her from the outside world with exaggerations and lies about the dangers of modern life. Now 21, Kim’s determined to experience everything she’s missed out on and sets off into the real world on a secret mission to honour her father’s memory.

However, things get complicated when she meets hapless brothers Nicky and Jay, played by Mawaan Rizwan and Taheen Modak. And when a drunken prank goes spectacularly wrong, Kim’s rush to exact her revenge ends in violence. Bound by the mess they’ve created, the trio set in motion a chaotic series of events that puts all their lives in danger.

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