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WHAT TO WATCH 30 October - 5 November

This week’s best telly includes two finales, two musical specials and a charity special of a Channel 4 favourite.

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

1.  The Great British Bake Off

Tuesday 31st October at 8pm on Channel 4

Despite the initial furore around The Great British Bake Off moving from BBC One to Channel 4, this year's series has been very well received and has been attracting huge numbers for Channel 4. Twelve bakers started and now just three remain; Kate, Sophie and Steven - but only one can be crowned winner.

The final sees Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith set three challenges that will test every aspect of the bakers' skills. In the last signature challenge, the bakers return to bread, and the tricky task of a batch of loaves. In the technical challenge, Prue has made a simple biscuit bake very tough. There can be no room for nerves or trembling hands.

On the final day, as the bakers' families gather outside the tent, the finalists have one last challenge: a delicate, multi-layered, high-end patisserie showstopper that could win them the title.


2. Dave Gorman’s Modern Life Is Goodish

Tuesday 31st October at 10pm on Dave

Dave Gorman returns this week for his fifth series of Dave Gorman's Modern Life Is Goodish as he highlights the absurdities and contradictions of today's  world that continue to fascinate and infuriate him.

In his own unique style, combining stand-up, visual storytelling, and real-world experimentation, this series Dave pays attention to the areas of everyday life we normally take for granted.

In the first episode, Dave explores whether a knock-off can ever be as good as the real thing. For Dave, this involves examining DVDs, baking and his favourite band, Bucks Fizz.


3. Taskmaster

Wednesday 1st November at 9pm on Dave

As one show starts on Dave, another finishes, and the time has come for the fifth series of Taskmaster to reach its dramatic finale.

But who out of Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar or Sally Phillips will be crowned Series 5 champion?

Greg Davies and Alex Horne, hold their fate in his powerful hands as he weighs up Aisling Bea’s cushion- leaping, two songs about a woman named Rosalind and Bob Mortimer’s intimate knowledge of Dumfries and Galloway.

Whoever wins, will join previous winners Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Rob Beckett and Noel Fielding in a special two-part special, Taskmaster: Champion of Champions later this year.


4. Harry Styles at the BBC

Thursday 2nd November at 8pm on BBC One

Harry Styles At The BBC is a one off 60-minute special which will see Harry Styles perform tracks from his self-titled number one debut album, including songs he has never previously performed for a TV audience.

Filmed in front of a live studio audience, viewers will also see Harry talk to Nick Grimshaw about his career and life to date, being a solo artist and the start of his acting career.


5. First Dates: Celebrity Special for SU2C

Thursday 2nd November at 9pm on Channel 4

The red carpet has been rolled out and the best silver polished to perfection, as the First Dates restaurant opens its doors to some very important daters all bravely embarking on blind dates with unsuspecting members of the public.

Fred and the team will welcome celebrity singletons; Sinitta, Conservative MP Michael Fabricant, Capital FM breakfast DJ Roman Kemp and former newsreader Jan Leeming.

Will self-made businessman Nick, with his flowing locks, hit all the right notes for Sinitta? Will feisty 61-year-old fantasy writer Jan get Michael Fabricant's vote? Could Roman Kemp's fortunes change when he meets stunning marketing assistant Lucy? Or will she fancy his dad more than him?

And having been married five times before, is romantic retired businessman Richard the good news story Jan Leeming's been waiting for?


6. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 4th November at 6:50pm & Sunday 5th November at 7:15pm on BBC One

The biggest show on TV, Strictly Come Dancing continues as the remaining nine couples compete to lift the highly coveted Glitter Ball trophy.

Each dancing couple will take to the floor in a bid to impress the judges; Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood as well as the audience at home.

Voting lines will open at the end of the show and another dancing duo will leave the competition, and on Sunday night, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will reveal which two couples face this week’s dance-off in the results show.

Welsh rock band Stereophonics will perform.

7. Sheridan

Sunday 5th November at 9pm on ITV

This lavish one-off special sees the multi award-winning actress and singer, Sheridan Smith, headline her very own show for the first time.

In a celebration of her love of music and performing, the star of ITV shows such as Mrs Biggs and Cilla. showcases exclusive performances of songs from her new album as well as other musical numbers, all accompanied by a live orchestra.

Sheridan will also talk with host Alexander Armstrong about her life and stratospheric career.


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