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WHAT TO WATCH 29 May - 4 June

This week's best telly includes The Masked Singer spin-off The Masked Dancer, what promises to be a gripping finale of Mare of Easttown and some fantastic comedy including the return of Mae Martin's Feel Good.

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

1. The Masked Dancer

Saturday 29th May at 7pm on ITV

Sunday 30th May - Friday 4th June at 7.30pm on ITV (Not Wednesday)

Hosted by Joel Dommett, The Masked Dancer comes hot on the heels of The Masked Singer as Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Mo Gilligan return to the panel, this time joined by Strictly favourite Oti Mabuse.

In a twist to the hit format, this time 12 celebrities will make their way onto the dance floor, in character alter egos, to trip the light fantastic, performing unique dances, whilst covered from head to toe in extravagant, colourful costumes and face masks.

From ballet to ballroom, salsa to swing and everything in between, ITV have revealed the 12 characters that will be dancing onto screens. It'll then be up to the viewers and star panel, to guess their identities.

1-6/7 Continues nightly

2. Mare of Easttown

Monday 31st May at 9pm on Sky Atlantic

To say that Mare of Easttown is the best television drama of 2021 so far is no exaggeration. Kate Winslet's immaculate portrayal of small-town detective Mare Sheehan, who is investigating a local murder.

We've watched as her own life falls apart and in last week's episode, we witnessed her at her most vulnerable following the incredibly dramatic scenes at the end of episode five and as we join her in the season finale, she's reaching the end of the investigation into Erin McMenamin's murder.

But with so many questions still to be answered, can Mare bring the case that devastated her town to an end? And what will be left of her own life in the aftermath?

7/7 Season finale available from 3am

3. Motherland

Monday 31st May at 9pm on BBC Two

When it comes to guest cameos, the new series of Motherland is really spoiling us. Last week Joanna Lumley starred as Amanda's mother Felicity and this week EastEnders legend Natalie Cassidy (who proved her comedy credentials in Mandy last year) does a sterling job as clueless teaching assistant Ms Vaughn!

If you're choosing to pace yourself and wait for Monday than race through all five episodes on iPlayer, then you're in for a treat as the time arrives for the Year 6 school trip.

When Julia, Liz and Meg find themselves on the coach journey from hell with humourless school secretary Mrs Lamb and clueless teaching assistant Ms Vaughn, it all kicks off after a boy banned for bad behaviour is allowed on the coach along with his mother Ashley. And Liz decides to play the hero.

Meanwhile, Kevin takes his driving test and Amanda pivots her lifestyle brand Hygge Tygge online. She manages to persuade Kevin to help pack up the shop, with unimaginable consequences!

4/5 Continues weekly. All episodes available now

4. Inside No.9

Monday 31st May at 9.30pm on BBC Two

Creating a brand new world every episodes, and having 30 minutes to cram in a beginning, a middle and an end is an unenviable task, yet Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton appear to achieve this with ease as Inside No.9 celebrates its 35th episode this week.

In Hurry Up and Wait, actor James - played by Reece Shearsmith - is waiting for his big moment on the set of ITV’s prestigious new crime drama, based on a true story, written by Jeff Pope and starring Adrian Dunbar in a 'different' role to Ted Hastings.

This holding area should be the ideal place to relax and go over all three of his lines, except he’s actually in a static caravan owned by Oona and Stan - played by Pauline McLynn and Steve Pemberton.

The more he learns about this couple and their strange daughter, played by Donna Preston, the more disconcerted he becomes and the clearer it becomes that they have something to hide. The episode also guest stars Bhavna Limbachia.

4/6 Continues weekly

5. Sliced

Thursday 3rd June at 10pm on Dave

Two years after the first series, hit comedy Sliced is back on Dave as Samson Kayo and Theo Barklem-Biggs return as pizza delivery drivers Joshua and Ricky alongside Weruche Opia as Naomi and David Mumeni as their short-tempered, corner-cutting boss Mario.

Dealing with disastrous nights out, rival pizza shops, freeloading paramedics, poorly researched bank jobs and unnecessary prison breaks is all business as usual for the staff at Penge's eighth cleanest pizza shop, as they try to make ends meet on a wage that isn’t even close to minimum.

In the first episode of series two, Joshua is trying to patch things up with Naomi after the humiliation of being caught dressed as a dog at a council flat sex party at the end of series one. Unfortunately for him, it may be too late as Naomi has a new boyfriend!

1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch.

6. Feel Good

Friday 4th June on Netflix

In March 2020, at the height of the pandemic, comedian Mae Martin launched their semi-autobiographical comedy Feel Good, which they'd written and created with Joe Hampson. The six-part series launched on Channel 4 in the UK and on Netflix globally. It followed Mae's character, Mae, a recovering addict and comedian who is trying to control their addictive behaviour and intense romanticism.

When Mae meets Charlotte Ritchie's character, George, it doesn’t seem possible that she could be interested in her. Nevertheless, the pair embark on a whirlwind romance, that changes both their lives forever.

As we rejoin the characters for the second and sadly final season of Feel Good, now exclusively on Netflix, Mae & George’s complicated love story continues. Mae struggles to come to terms with the ghosts from her past and George tries to reinvent her present. Can they grow together or will they grow apart?

Read my interview with Charlotte Ritchie and Mae Martin here.

1-6/6 All episodes available at launch

7. Celebrity Gogglebox

Friday 4th June at 9pm on Channel 4

There are few things better than Gogglebox on a Friday, but one show that comes extremely close, is Celebrity Gogglebox, now a regular fixture in the Channel 4 schedules.

Back to give us their take on the week's telly are; comedians Babatúndé Aléshé and Mo Gilligan, Denise Van Outen and her partner Eddie Boxshall, Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and his niece Liv, Happy Mondays duo Shaun Ryder & Bez, good friends Gyles Brandreth & Maureen Lipman and father and son duo Martin and Roman Kemp.

Returning to the Celebrity Gogglebox sofa for the first two episodes only, are Iain Stirling and Laura Whitmore, Sunetra Sarker and Georgia Taylor who will be joined by first-timers; Lorraine Kelly and her daughter Rosie Smith, Melanie C and her brother Paul, Clare Balding and her wife Alice Arnold, Clara Amfo and her brother Andy, and former Premiership footballers turned pundits Micah Richards and Jamie Carragher.

From entertainment juggernauts to the week's biggest news stories, from hard-hitting documentary series to gritty drama, Celebrity Gogglebox offers sharp, insightful, funny and sometimes emotional critiques of popular and topical TV shows, sparking debate and giving the audience the chance to share those "We said that!" moments with some of their favourite celebrities.

1/8 Continues weekly

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