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WHAT TO WATCH 3-9 September

This week's best telly is packed full of returning favourites as well as some brand new drama and comedy.

Here are 9 TV shows you can't miss this week...

1. The Masked Dancer

Saturday 3rd September at 6.30pm on ITV

The Masked Dancer is back as a new bunch of celebrities attempt to baffle, bewilder and bamboozle the panel and viewers with their fancy footwork and dazzling dance moves whilst covered from head to toe in extravagant and elaborate costumes.

Twelve brand new celebrities will be stepping onto the dancefloor to take on character alter egos as they trip the light fantastic in a bid to wow the panel and confuse with their moves. Clue packages will accompany every Masked Dancer to help the panel and at home detectives crack the case of who the famous faces behind the masks are.

This series footballing legend Peter Crouch will be hoping he can hit the back of the net with his guesses - a celebration that could see his unique 'Robot dance' making an appearance! With success both on and off the pitch and a host of famous friends to boot, could this give him the edge over his fellow panellists?

Alongside Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Oti Mabuse they will all be watching each performance closely as they try and work out which twinkle-toed celebrity is behind the mask. Once again, presiding over this unique and unusual dance party will be Joel Dommett.

1/8 Continues weekly

2. The Voice UK

Saturday 3rd September at 8pm on ITV

Usually, The Voice UK is a January favourite, but this year as it returns for its eleventh series, it's in a new autumn slot. Once again, Anne-Marie, Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones and assume their roles as superstar Coaches, returning to their seats in the most iconic chairs on television.

Emma Willis is also back as host, presiding over all of the action as hopefuls looking for a shot at stardom take to the stage in a bid to be crowned this series’ winner, securing a recording contract with Universal’s label UMOD.

This series will also see a fresh new addition to the format, The Callbacks, where hopeful contestants that made it through the Blind Auditions will battle it out to earn their place in the Semi-Final.


3. Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

Sunday 4th September at 9pm on Channel 4

As Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins returns for a brand new series, 14 celebrity recruits must face the toughest course to date, played out in the unforgiving and epic terrain of the Jordanian desert.

Recruits are tested to their physical and psychological limits by the DS, an elite team of ex-special forces operators from the UK and USA, in a condensed version of special forces selection. There will be no cushy treatment for the celebs as they leave their glamorous lives for one of the harshest training environments on the planet.

The latest celebrity line-up includes actors Maisie Smith and Jennifer Ellison, TV personality and entrepreneur Calum Best, Olympic medallist Fatima Whitbread MBE, reality TV stars Pete Wicks and Ferne McCann, ex-footballer and philanthropist Ashley Cain, influencer Amber Gill, professional dancer AJ Pritchard, professional dancer and TV personality Curtis Pritchard, Olympic sprinter Dwain Chambers, taekwondo Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones, professional boxer Shannon Courtenay and Paralympic high jumper Jonathan Broom-Edwards MBE.

In the first episode, the recruits face an intense start to the course, crawling through sand in the blistering 40-degree heat, before facing every desert soldier's worst nightmare - a gas attack.

Reality TV star Pete Wicks' usual lifestyle of partying and cigarettes sees him struggle, while 61-year-old Olympian Fatima Whitbread, the oldest recruit in the show's history, impresses the DS.

1/7 Continues weekly

4. First Dates Hotel

Tuesday 6th September at 9pm on Channel 4

The First Dates Hotel in Italy is opening its doors once again as singletons from across the UK have booked a room, seeking love with the help of manager Fred Sirieix and his team of Cupids.

In this week's episode, ex-military paramedic Gareth from south Wales feels as though everybody already knows each other, and has found dating very tricky. Into the restaurant walks Carys, who he was previously matched with on a dating app. As the evening progresses, it looks possible that fate has brought together two lonely hearts who would otherwise never have got past the swiping stage.

Next to check in for her romantic rendezvous is Sandy, a retired taxidermist from Lancashire, who's about to embark on her first date in 39 years. She's looking for an animal enthusiast to hold hands and walk the dogs with.

Dog lover Ray is hoping he'll be the one. Thirty-three-year-old Ruesharn has never been in love and is looking for someone who's not boring. His match Alvin is anything but, and the pair share an instant connection.

1/6 Continues weekly

5. Brassic

Wednesday 7th September at 10pm on Sky Max

As Brassic returns for what promises to be a wilder than ever fourth series, all the gang are back in Hawley which means that trouble is never very far away as they mastermind criminal plans that usually end up in total chaos!

In the opening episode of the series, It's Ringo and Babs' wedding - in deepest Wales! Erin is still in hiding, but on discovering her whereabouts, Vinnie uses the road trip as an excuse to go and get her. He also gets roped into helping Bride-to-be Babs bag a final extra-marital fling.

As the gang set off on their road trip, it's soon clear that if things can go wrong, they most certainly will. A car crash, a tense encounter with the MacDonagh brothers, and a dinner of roadkill with a creepy farmer keep one half of the gang busy.

Meanwhile the other half travel in Tommo's newly converted mobile sex dungeon attempting to babysit an out-of-control Babs.

1/8 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

6. Wedding Season

Thursday 8th September on Disney+

Written by Oliver Lyttelton, Wedding Season tells the story of Katie and Stefan who fall for each other at a wedding and begin an affair, despite Katie already having a fiancé.

Two months later at Katie’s wedding, her new husband and his entire family are murdered. The police think Stefan did it. Stefan thinks Katie did it. And no one knows for sure what the truth is.

Described as a rom-com action thriller, the series is set across the UK and the US as Katie and Stefan go on the run, all while trying to prove their innocence. It stars Rosa Salazar and Gavin Drea with Jade Harrison, Jamie Michie, Callie Cooke, Bhav Joshi, Ioanna Kimbrook and Omar Baroud.

Directed by George Cane, the series is produced by Dancing Ledge Productions and Jax Media with Chris Carey, Laurence Bowen, Toby Bruce, Brooke Posch, Lilly Burns, Tony Hernandez as Executive Producers alongside Johanna Devereaux from Disney+.

1-8/8 All episodes available at launch

7. Stuck

Thursday 8th September at 10pm and 10.15pm on BBC Two

Dylan Moran returns to television this week in brand new comedy Stuck in which he stars as Dan alongside Morgana Robinson as Carla. Together, they are at a crossroads. Dan has been recently made redundant and Carla wonders whether this is all she can expect from life.

Add their age gap to the mix, and the re-emergence onto the scene of Carla's ex-girlfriend Maya, and it’s no wonder that they're feeling stuck.

When we meet them in the first episode, Carla wonders if the two of them trapped in a pokey flat is all she can expect from life, while Dan has a chat with his boss.

In the second episode, Dan struggles to focus on finding work and instead gets distracted by the waiter at his local café. Meanwhile, Joy is offloading her emotional and physical baggage on Carla.


8. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Friday 9th September at 9pm on BBC Two

Who would have ever thought that Bob Mortimer and Paul Whithouse, two comedy legends in their early sixties, fishing - would be the most enjoyable, heart-warming and comforting show on television, yet that's exactly what Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing is and I'm so glad it's back for a fifth series.

With no format to stick to and no apparent interference by producers, Gone Fishing really is just two old mates having a chat whilst fishing. And thankfully we've been allowed to watch.

With plenty more of Britain's rivers and lakes to explore, Paul and Bob, and Ted the Dog, are back to delight and entertain audiences with six episodes full of capers and countryside as they explore more of the UK’s beautiful landscape to seek out the finest fishing spots.

The fifth series will continue to centre on each episode catching a key species of fish, with Paul using his extensive knowledge of fishing to guide Bob, and with Bob hunting out unique places to stay and creating heart-healthy menus throughout their travels. They will also be joined by special guests, old and new, to chat about matters close to their hearts.

Bob and Paul start the series by fishing the beautiful river Exe in Devon, looking for Grilse, also known as the ‘summer silver’. After a day of limited success, they enjoy a game of cricket before having a go at some shore fishing at Bossington Beach in Somerset.

1/6 Continues weekly

9. Gogglebox

Friday 9th September at 9pm on Channel 4

Britain's sharpest armchair critics return for a new series of Gogglebox, sharing their insightful and passionate takes on the week's biggest and best TV shows.

They haven't yet revealed which television programmes they'll be watching, but if any shows from this list make it on, I suspect The Masked Dancer to be at the top of their watching!

1/ Continues weekly

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