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WHAT TO WATCH 30 January - 5 February

This week Dave’s in charge of the bedtime stories, there’s some great comedy on the BBC and more celebrities put their lives at risk as the most dangerous reality series returns.

Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week...

1. Crackanory

Monday 30th January - Thursday 2nd February, 10pm on Dave

If you’ve reached a fourth series, you know you’ve done something right, so to slightly change the format is a bit of a risk. But actually, the change that Crackanory has taken is for the better. Originally two narrators per episode, this story time series for adults is back with eight brand new episodes which will all feature just the one narrator.

Making themselves comfortable in the famous chair to tell more dark, funny and inventive stories are Sheridan Smith, Dara O Briain, Doc Brown, Anna Friel, Mackenzie Crook, Miriam Margolyes, Bob Mortimer and Mel Giedroyc.

As always, each story will be brought to life with live action featuring some of Britain's best comedy actors.

Shown Monday through to Thursday for two weeks, the first four storytellers are Dara Ó Briain, Sheridan Smith, Bob Mortimer and Anna Friel.


2. Who Do You Think You Are?

Wednesday 1st February, 8pm on BBC One

This week, Who Do You Think You Are? continues with the star of Taskmaster and Man Down, Greg Davies.

His father made sure that his son was born on Welsh soil so that when he became a rugby international, he’d play for Wales.

Fortunately for comedy, Greg showed little talent for rugby; but he retains a sense of connection to his Welsh roots and, two years after his dad’s death, wants to know more about them.

Greg gets more than he bargained for when he identifies a wayward great grandfather, but is rewarded when the trail leads further back to the deepest, Welsh-est roots that anyone could wish for.


3. Unforgotten

Thursday 2nd February, 9pm on ITV

If there’s one drama that has kept me coming back week after week more than any other so far in 2017, it’s Unforgotten on ITV.

In this week’s penultimate episode, Cassie turns her attention to investigating the goings-on at the Brentford house and the theory that one or more of the suspects may have been abused at the gatherings that took place there.

Following Sinead’s allegation that Marion suggested David as a potential IRA target, Marion is questioned for a second time. Asked if she ever attended parties at the house in Brentford in the early 80s, Marion assures Cassie that this wouldn’t have been possible as she was living in Ireland with her family, leaving the team at another dead end.

Meanwhile, the allegations against Colin whilst he was working in the city don’t seem to add up as the detectives look further into the case. Was his alleged victim telling the truth and if not, why would she lie?


4. Not Going Out

Friday 3rd February, 9pm on BBC One

I had my reservations about the new family sitcom era of Not Going Out, but this week’s episode where they spend 99% of the episode inside a car is a complete return to form.

Lee's hopes for a stress-free ferry trip to France with Lucy and the children are dashed when they don't leave enough time for the car journey and listen out for a voice cameo from the one and only Rob Brydon!


5. Celebrity Big Brother: Live Final

Friday 3rd February, 9pm on Channel 5

After four weeks, several evictions, shock exits and controversies, the longest Celebrity Big Brother series to date is about to come to an ends.

At the time of writing, eight housemates remain; Bianca Gascoigne, Calum Best, Coleen Nolan, James Cosmo, Jamie O’Hara, Jedward, Kim Woodburn and Nicola McClean and one of them will be crowned the latest winner of Celebrity Big Brother in a two hour live final hosted by Emma Willis.

6. Tracey Ullman’s Show

Friday 3rd February, 9:30pm on BBC One

This week sees the return of the very brilliant Tracey Ullman’s Show. Delinquent Dame Judi Dench is back, but will being a national treasure be enough to save her this time?

Nicola Sturgeon has her sights set on more than just Scotland; and Doctor Peluzzi can cure your bad knee and make you run faster than anyone else (but if anyone asks you to pee into a cup, get a friend to do it).

There’s also a heartfelt song from Angela Merkel: she’s all on her own (apart from Birgit her faithful stylist - and a million refugees). Plus there's a guest star appearance from Ben Miller as Rupert Murdoch.


7. The Jump

Sunday 5th February, 7:30pm on Channel 4

The most dangerous reality TV series, The Jump, is back! Channel 4's epic celebrity winter sports competition returns, presented by Davina McCall. Over the next six weeks, 14 celebrities and sporting heroes train and compete in a series of fast and furious events.

With three MBE’s, one OBE and one Sir, this year’s line-up is pretty spectacular. The 14 famous faces brave enough to take part are; Sir Bradley Wiggins, Spencer Matthews, Robbie Fowler, Caprice, Jade Jones MBE, Louis Smith MBE, Kadeena Cox MBE, Lydia Bright, Mark Dolan, Vogue Williams, Jason Robinson OBE, Gareth Thomas, Josie Gibson and Emma Parker Bowles.

In the first show of the fourth series, the participants compete in one of the most famous of all Alpine events, the parallel slalom - a gruelling test of technical ability. The aim of the game is to dodge around the gates as quickly as possible, and complete the mountain course in the shortest time.

But in an exciting twist, the competitors go head-to-head on parallel courses, so anyone falling behind will know all the ground they need to make up. The losers of each race will then face The Jump live and one celebrity will be eliminated.


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