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WHAT TO WATCH 3-9 December

This week's best telly includes the launch of ITVX with a number of brand new shows including The Confessions of Frannie Langton, Tell Me Everything and the final ever episode of Plebs.

Plus there's more reality dating goodness on Netflix with the return of Too Hot To Handle, Apple TV+ return to Little America, Kate Winslet stars alongside her daughter in a new Channel 4 drama and Sheridan Smith returns to comedy in Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything.

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

1. Too Hot to Handle

Wednesday 7th December on Netflix

It's the reality dating show in which a group of singles arrive for a retreat at an irresistible new villa, where they'll have to say no to their natural urges in order to win big.

They'll each be hoping to not break the rules of no kissing, no heavy petting, and no self-gratification to win the $100,000 prize.

1-5/10 Concludes next week with the final 5 episodes

2. Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything

Wednesday 7th December at 10pm on Sky Comedy

Sheridan Smith returns to comedy this week in Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything, in which she plays Manchester girl, Rosie Molloy who is addicted to everything. Smoking, alcohol, Terry's Chocolate Oranges, Xanax, Adderall, caffeine... and the list goes on!

After an embarrassing incident at her brother Joey’s wedding, Rosie wakes up in the hospital and decides to change her life by ‘Giving Up Everything’.

But as Rosie juggles her father Conall’s illness, with a dawning realisation that her addictions are destroying her friendships, family and work life, she also starts to question that by giving up everything. Is she also giving up the very thing that makes her Rosie?

1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

3. The Confessions of Frannie Langton

Thursday 8th December on ITVX

One of the dramas forming part of ITVX's launch schedule, is The Confessions of Frannie Langton, a four-part murder mystery drama adapted by author and writer Sara Collins from her debut novel of the same name.

Karla-Simone Spence leads the cast as Frannie Langton who was born into a life of slavery and is fighting to tell her own story. She is joined by Sophie Cookson as Madame Marguerite Benham and Patrick Martins as Olaudah “Laddie” Cambridge.

Set against the dazzling opulence of Georgian London, the four-part drama narrates Frannie’s journey from a Jamaican plantation to the grand Mayfair mansion of celebrated scientist George Benham and his exquisitely beautiful wife, Madame Marguerite Benham.

In a misguided and monstrous gesture, Frannie is gifted to Benham by the man who owns her, John Langton, and she is employed as a maid in the household much to her chagrin.

1-4/4 All episodes available at launch

4. Plebs: Soldiers of Rome

Thursday 8th December on ITVX

After five series, hit ITV2 comedy Plebs is coming to an end with a feature-length 85-minute special that forms part of ITVX's launch schedule. in which Marcus, Grumio, Jason and Aurelius join the army in peace-time, hoping to win respect, romance and discounts at participating restaurants.

But when war is declared, they’re sent to fight on the front line for a cause they don’t believe in. Now their main interest is the struggle for survival. The journey takes the new recruits from their humdrum lives in Rome to the army garrison and tribal villages on the Empire’s edge.

Back for one final adventure are Tom Rosenthal, Ryan Sampson, Jon Pointing, Tom Basden, and Karl Theobald who'll be joined by Patrick Baladi as Roman commander General Diomedes, Tori Allen-Martin as warrior queen Barbronelda and Kåre Conradi as Barbarian leader Segimundus.


5. Tell Me Everything

Thursday 8th December on ITVX

Another show launching on ITVX's launch day is Tell Me Everything, a coming-of-age teen drama written by Mark O’Sullivan, Yemi Oyefuwa, Rob Fraser, Kat Sadler and Cameron Loxdale.

It follows 16-year-old Jonny Murphy, who is trying his best to navigate through this world. Growing up hasn’t been easy, and although loved by his friends and family, Jonny suffers from undiagnosed depression which he does his best to hide. So when he is faced with the most gut-wrenching tragedy, Jonny has to decide – is he going to let events overtake him or is he going to learn how to live?

His oldest friends, Louis and Neve, are battling their own issues and emotional struggles, yet continue to be there for Jonny. So they are right to be suspicious of Mei when she comes into his life. She seems to understand Jonny but increasingly appears to be a dangerous influence on him.

Meanwhile, new college mates, Regan, Saj and Zia, initially appear cool and carefree, but as Jonny, Neve and Louis get to know them, it soon becomes clear that everyone is fighting their own personal battles.

It stars newcomers Eden H. Davies, Lauryn Ajufo, Spike Fearn and Callina Liang as friends Jonny, Louis, Neve and Mei alongside Tessa Lucille and Carla Woodcock as new college friends Regan and Zia.

1-6/6 All episodes available at launch

6. I Am Ruth

Thursday 8th December at 9pm on Channel 4

After two series, Dominic Savage's female-led anthology drama I Am is returning, this time for I Am Ruth, a feature-length episode in which Kate Winslet stars alongside her daughter Mia Threapleton.

The fictional storyline for I Am Ruth was developed and co-authored by Dominic Savage and Kate Winslet, who together have conceived a story for our times about the endemic mental health crisis affecting young people.

Ruth is a loving and concerned mother who witnesses her teenage daughter Freya retreating into herself as she becomes more and more consumed by the pressures of social media.


7. Little America

Friday 9th December on Apple TV+

Little America is a wonderful anthology series on Apple TV+, inspired by true stories featured in Epic Magazine and written by Lee Eisenberg Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Almost three years since its first superb season launched, it's back for a second.

Once again, it'll go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America, when they’re more relevant now than ever. This season stars Phylicia Rashad, Alan S. Kim, Ki Hong Lee and more.

1-8/8 All episodes available at launch


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