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WHAT TO WATCH 30 January - 5 February

This week's best telly includes a gripping new thriller on Channel 5, a new double-act is born - Mel and Lou, and there's of course more brilliance from It's A Sin.


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


1. The Masked Singer UK

Saturday 30th January at 7pm on ITV


With just a couple of weeks to go until the final of The Masked Singer UK, seven masked singers remain and for the first time this series, two celebrities will be unmasked and just five will remain.


Joining Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, Mo Gilligan on the panel this week is guest panellist, Alan Carr. And in another series first, all masked singers will perform together as the panel try their best to guess who's behind the mask.


For what it's worth, my guesses are Aston Merrygold for Robin. Lenny Henry for Blob, Sheridan Smith for Sausage, Gabrielle for Harlequin and Morten Harket for Viking. But when it comes to Dragon and Badger - the jury is still out on those!


6/8 Continues weekly



2. The Drowning

Monday 1st - Thursday 4th February at 9pm on Channel 5


All Creatures Great and Small, Blood, Cold Call and The Deceived are just some of the fantastic original dramas Channel 5 have made recently. And now there's The Drowning, a new four-part thriller that will no doubt leave you gripped night after night.


Written by Tim Dynevor, Francesca Brill and Luke Watson, The Drowning stars Jill Halfpenny as Jodie whose son disappeared 9 years ago. After catching sight of teenager Daniel, played by Cody Molko, she is convinced she has found her missing son. Whether she is right or not, in that moment her spark of hope is ignited and she commits to a dangerous and transgressive path that will take her to the edge of reason.


Jonas Armstrong plays Jodie's only sibling Jason, who's the only real support she has had in her life. Always in control, he is a practising lawyer and on the cusp of a huge promotion. And Deborah Findlay plays Jodie's mother Lynn, with whom she has a fractious relationship.


Rupert Penry-Jones plays Daniel's father Mark, an architect that keeps a tight rein on his emotions and on his son's life. Babs Olusanmokun star as Ade and Jade Anouka plays Jodie’s friend Yasmin.


Read my interview with Jill Halfpenny here.


1-4/4 Continues nightly




3. Joanna Lumley's Home Sweet Home: Travels in my own Land

Tuesday 2nd February at 8pm on ITV


After a lifetime of travels that have taken her across the globe, Joanna Lumley is making her most personal journey yet in Joanna Lumley's Home Sweet Home: Travels in my own Land.


In this new three-part series, she'll travel from the Yorkshire Dales to St Michael’s Mount, from the Highlands of Scotland to the cobbles of Coronation Street, retracing old steps, meeting inspiring people, and exploring the wonders of the country she calls home.


The series starts at Tilbury Docks in Essex before heading north to visit the Corrie cobbles to meet up with her former co-star William Roache. Joanna also visits the Silverstone racing circuit, where she gets behind the wheel to take a replica James Bond Goldfinger DB5 Aston Martin for a spin before visiting the ruins of Whitby Abbey.


1/3 Continues weekly



4. Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable

Tuesday 2nd February at 10pm on Dave


It's Dave's brand new comedy show and as the title would suggest - Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable - is hosted by Mel Giedroyc and sees some of the nation’s favourite celebrities compete to convince Mel that they are the most unforgivable person in the room.


To do this, they have to dredge up their most outrageous sins, lies, legal transgressions and morally bankrupt behaviour. Each week, three celebrities come clean, but Mel's not alone, because also probing the celebs for all their dastardly details is comedian Lou Sanders who is by Mel's side throughout.


In the first episode, they're joined by Graham Norton, Desiree Burch and Alex Brooker. Graham reveals a lie to his mother that went too far leading to him having to have his appendix removed, Alex Brooker talks about ‘trying to catch a girl’ in a Home Alone inspired trap and Desiree admits to cheating with a friend’s boyfriend at high school!


Read my interview with Lou Sanders here.


1/10 Continues weekly




5. Rob & Romesh vs...

Thursday 4th February at 10pm on Sky One


The series in which Rob Beckett and Romesh dip their toe into the unknown is back once again for three brand new episodes and series three begins with Rob & Romesh vs Art, as they delve into the world of art.


Before they head to a top art school to learn different disciplines, Romesh takes Rob to his first ever art gallery. And the show culminates with each of them having to present an exhibition, in front of a crowd of art fans, at the world famous Saatchi Gallery.


Next week they learn all about golf and in the series finale they become Drag Queens!


1/3 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch



6. It's A Sin

Friday 5th February at 9pm on Channel 4


It's the television drama everyone is talking about and since launching on Channel 4 two weeks ago, Russell T Davies' It's A Sin is never off my Twitter feed with everyone talking about how much they love the show - and how they couldn't wait to watch more, so chose to binge watch it rather than wait for Friday.


This week, as The Pink Palace flatmates start to find their place in the world, Ritchie is auditioning and falling in love, Jill has been cast in the chorus of a successful musical, Colin is promoted at the photocopy shop, and when Roscoe wakes up in extraordinary surroundings, he sees a way to make his whole life better.


But then the terror they've been avoiding suddenly strikes at the heart of the gang, in the most unexpected way. Reeling from the news, everyone has to rally round and when a hospital takes shocking action, the friends must fight like never before.


So whether you're more disciplined than most, or doing a weekly re-watch, this week's episode is utterly heartbreaking and will leave you in tears by the end of it.


Read my interview with Callum Scott Howells here.


3/5 All episodes available now



7. Ramy

Friday 5th February at 11.05pm on Channel 4


Last year, I took out a STARZPLAY subscription just so that I could watch Ramy, comedy drama I'd seen a lot of praise for - not least of all three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe win. So it's no surprise that Channel 4 are going to start showing the first season of this Hulu original.


Created by Ramy Youssef, Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch, the series stars Ramy as a millennial Egyptian-American on a spiritual journey and caught between the two cultures of his politically divided New Jersey neighbourhood.


The series explores what it’s like to be a first-generation Muslim immigrant in modern America, juggling work, dating and faith. Often at the same time.


1/10 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch


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