WHAT TO WATCH 30 October - 5 November

This week's best telly includes the highly-anticipated return of Doctor Who, a new BBC One drama for Sunday nights, a Channel 5 drama based on a series of bestselling books and so much more!


Here are 6 TV shows you can't miss this week...


1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 30th at 7.10pm and Sunday 31st October at 7.15pm


It's the week where we all (quite rightly) applaud the hair, make-up and costume departments at Strictly Come Dancing as Halloween week sees some of the best, most creative costumes of the series. But it's still about the dancing as just 10 couples remain and only 9 can make it through to next week.


Each of the remaining couples will be embracing the All Hallows Eve theme with some fiery, fierce and fun routines for all the family to enjoy. With this year's leaderboard spookily close every week, it really could be any couple taking that top spot tonight.


Sunday's results show opens with a haunting routine from the Strictly professional dancers as well as a special musical performance from the incredible Gregory Porter.


As always the two couples with the lowest combined judges score and viewer vote will have to face each other in the Dance Off. Only one couple will return to dance again - who will the Judges treat this Halloween?


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2. Doctor Who

Sunday 31st October at 6.25pm on BBC One


Last on our screens on New Year's Day, Doctor Who returns for its thirteenth series, the last for its leading star Jodie Whittaker who will be stepping down after a trio of specials in Autumn 2022, before Russell T Davies takes over in 2023.


Alongside Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Mandip Gill returns as Yasmin Khan whilst John Bishop joins the series as Dan Lewis who after becoming embroiled in the Doctor's adventures, quickly learns there’s more to the Universe(s) than he could ever believe.


With one epic story told across six chapters, Chapter One, set on Halloween sees terrifying forces stirring all across the universe. From the Arctic Circle to deep space, an ancient evil is breaking free. And in present-day Liverpool, the life of Dan Lewis is about to change forever. Why is the Doctor on the trail of the fearsome Karvanista? And what is the Flux?


Guest stars for series 13 include Rochenda Sandall, Annabel Scholey, Craig Parkinson, Kevin McNally, Sam Spruell, Robert Bathurst, Steve Oram and Thaddea Graham.


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3. Showtrial

Sunday 31st October at 9pm on BBC One


BBC One's new Sunday night follows what happens when working-class student Hannah Ellis, played by Abra Thompson, goes missing. With the police and public desperate to find those who might have brought her to harm, the police soon make an arrest that nobody expected.


Arrested in connection to Hannah's disappearance is Talitha Campbell, played by Celine Buckens. Talitha is the arrogant daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur and a fellow student at Hannah’s university.


From Talitha’s arrest to the jury’s final verdict, Showtrial switches between both sides of the legal battle, as defence and prosecution fight for their version of what really happened to Hannah, and the truth about Talitha - Falsely accused? Or callous murderer?


The lead officer on the case, DI Paula Cassidy, played by Sinead Keenan, is convinced Talitha had something to do with the missing girl, and Talitha's total lack of empathy for Hannah is only raising Cassidy’s suspicions further.


But before she can charge Talitha with anything, she has to convince the Crown Prosecutor James Thornley, played by Kerr Logan, who is determined that this case needs to be done by the book, given the keen public interest.


However, in Talitha’s corner is Cleo Roberts, played by Tracy Ifeachor, the duty solicitor on call that night. It falls to Cleo to steer Talitha through her intensive and combative police interviews and evade Cassidy's questions. As Cleo desperately tries to get Talitha’s attitude under control, new evidence comes to light that changes the nature of the case entirely and sets the stage for a court case that will divide the nation.


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4. The Pride of Britain Awards

Thursday 4th November at 8pm on ITV


Tissues at the ready because The Pride of Britain Awards are back once again to salute the nation's incredible unsung heroes from around the UK, after what has been a tumultuous two years. Hosted by Carol Vorderman and Ashley Banjo, more than 100 celebrities will honour the amazing winners at the Grosvenor House in London’s Park Lane.


As well as extraordinary stories of bravery, selflessness and phenomenal fundraising feats, there will also be plenty of surprises and emotional moments, with stars from the worlds of film, television, music and sport uniting to pay tribute to ordinary members of the public who have done truly extraordinary things.


Some of the celebrities and public figures helping out on the night include HRH Prince Charles, Ant and Dec, Anne-Marie, Ed Sheeran, Pixie Lott, KSI, Harry Kane, Joanna Lumley OBE, Stephen Fry, Westlife, Jordan Pickford and Sharon Stone.


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5. Dalgliesh

Thursday 4th and Friday 5th November at 9pm on Channel 5


Channel 5's impressive run of hit dramas is set to continue as new detective drama Dalgliesh launches this week with three stories told across six episodes, based on the best-selling detective novels by PD James.


Bertie Carvel stars as Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh who in the first story, set in January 1975, investigates the death of student nurse Heather Pearce, poisoned during a training demonstration at a nursing school.


Dalgliesh is accompanied by his partner DS Masterson, played by Jeremy Irvine, who together take statements from the nurses; sensible nurse Goodale, flirty nurse Pardoe, nervous nurse Dakers, and identical twins Shirley and Maureen Burt.


According to Goodale, Pearce said something had been taken from her room and Dalgliesh thinks that bathroom disinfectant was poured into the milk used in the experiment and they question lead surgeon Courtney-Briggs, busybody Sister Brumfett, highly-strung Sister Gearing and Matron herself.


Despite Sister Brumfett’s attempts to intervene, student nurse Fallon initially denies the twins’ claim that she went back to Nightingale House the morning Pearce died, but later admits that she did in order to retrieve some intimate letters.


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6. The Big Narstie Show

Friday 5th November at 11.05pm on Channel 4


The Big Narstie Show returns this week for its fourth series as Big Narstie and co-host Mo Gilligan bring back their unique mix of big-name celebrity guests, music performances, hilarious sketches and anarchic interviews.


Kicking off the brand new series are global superstar Ne-Yo, comedian Katherine Ryan and a very special appearance from Idris Elba!


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