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WHAT TO WATCH 3-9 October

This week's best telly includes the highly anticipated return of Spitting Image, the first BBC One series of Top Gear and some great shows on ITV as part of Black History Month.

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

1. Spitting Image

Saturday 3rd October on BritBox

24 years after its last series, Spitting Image is back with 10 brand new episodes - but you're going to have to pay for a BritBox subscription if you want to see it as the series will no longer be airing on ITV.

For those of you unfamiliar with the popular satirical series, which began in 1984, it pokes fun at public figures - be they politicians, royals, musicians, actors, sports stars or celebrities in the broader sense of the word - by turning them into puppet caricatures, voiced by impressionists which this time around include Matt Forde and Luke Kempner.

The new series will feature 100 new puppets including Melania and Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Dominic Cummings, Vladimir Putin, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Greta Thunberg, Jürgen Klopp as well as James Corden, Piers Morgan, Billie Eilish, Kanye West and many many more which you can see in the trailer below.

In order to keep things as topical as they can be, the series is made very close to when it goes out - so your guess is as good as mine as to who and what exactly makes it into episode one.

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2. Little Mix The Search

Saturday 3rd at 7pm and Sunday 4th October at 6.45pm on BBC One

I don't know about you, but I loved the first two episodes of Little Mix The Search last week. It felt current, authentic and I loved how quickly it moved along. Already we know two of the six groups who'll be battling it out in the live shows to support Little Mix on their next UK tour.

This week, as the audition shows continue, Perrie, Leigh-Anne, Jesy and Jade are on the lookout for a girl vocal harmony group as well as a vocal and instrument band.

Once again, the talented hopefuls will be auditioning individually before having to prove themselves alongside their competitors, including a gig in front of a live crowd. Who will impress Little Mix enough to make the final line up? You'll have to watch to find out.


3. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

Sunday 4th October on Netflix

Launching globally on Netflix this week is Sir David Attenborough’s witness statement for the natural world, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, which tells the story of life on our planet by the man who has seen more of the natural world than any other.

In more than 90 years, Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. He now reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime and the devastating changes he has seen.

Attenborough's new film also addresses some of the biggest challenges facing life on our planet, providing a snapshot of global nature loss in a single lifetime. And with it comes a powerful message of hope for future generations as he reveals the solutions to help save our planet from disaster.


4. Top Gear

Sunday 4th October at 8pm on BBC One

Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness have proved to be a presenting tour de force, breathing new life and hit ratings into the motoring format - so much so that series 29 is moving to BBC One for the first time ever in the show's history.

In the opening episode, they spend 24 hours in Bolton testing three new company cars; the Tesla Model 3, Volvo S60 and BMW 3-Series. With no feet on the ground - at any point - it's the perfect opportunity for Paddy to give Chris and Freddie the grand tour of his hometown.

And Chris heads to Italy to test the most powerful, most complicated Ferrari ever made, the SF90. He pushes the 1,000-horsepower SF90 to the limit on track and discovers whether it’s just too complicated for its own good.


5. Adult Material

Monday 5th October at 10pm on Channel 4

Due to air back in April - but delayed for obvious reasons - Channel 4 are finally airing their brilliant new four-part drama Adult Material which stars Hayley Squires as porn performer Jolene Dollar, a regular mother of three, who is proudly the breadwinner of the family.

But Jolene doesn’t have the most conventional of careers: she is one of the top porn performers in the UK. One day on set, Jolene is introduced to 19-year-old Amy, played by Siena Kelly, who's not much older than Jolene’s oldest daughter Phoebe, played by Alex Jarrett, and looks after Amy the way that she looks after every new girl on set. However she can’t protect Amy from her own choices and soon her relationship with this unstable young woman will see Jolene’s own career and home life start to unravel.

Rupert Everett plays Jolene’s long-term friend, producer and businessman Carroll Quinn who has been in the business a long time and has seen the porn industry change to a multi-million-dollar proposition - and is constantly trying to keep up with the times and technology.

Other cast members include Joe Dempsie as Jolene’s loving and dedicated long-term

partner, Rich, Julian Ovenden as US porn Kingpin, Tom Pain and Kerry Godliman is MP, Stella Maitland, whose life becomes intertwined with Jolene’s when they form an unlikely friendship.


WARNING: This trailer is only suitable for adults 18+ due to its strong language and scenes of an adult and sexual nature from the start.

6. Alison Hammond: Back to School

Tuesday 6th October at 9pm on ITV

This week, This Morning favourite Alison Hammond goes on the ultimate school history trip with a twist. In her own unique and inimitable style, Alison will be travelling across the country and back in time on a historical journey to discover some of the black figures whose stories have been hidden in Britain’s history.

This revelatory documentary throws light on these special people and their achievements during different eras commonly taught on the National Curriculum; Romans, Tudors, Victorians and WWI.

As she investigates; meeting historians, exploring the archives and visiting places where history has been made, Alison brings a fresh perspective to the traditional British history narrative.


7. Sorry, I Didn't Know

Tuesday 6th October at 10.45pm on ITV

Originally a pilot way back in 2016, ITV have finally given Sorry, I Didn't Know the go-ahead for a proper series, which will air throughout Black History Month and is hosted by Jimmy Akingbola with Chizzy Akudolu and Judi Love as team captains.

The show promises to showcase some of the hottest comedians from diverse backgrounds as they have their knowledge tested of untold stories and unsung heroes, unveiling interesting Black history facts along the way.

Battling it out over four rounds this week, will be Tom Allen, Colin Salmon, Angie Le Mar and Paul Chowdhry.



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