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WHAT TO WATCH 31 October - 6 November

This week's best telly includes more glitz and glamour in the Strictly ballroom, a tough new challenge for twelve celebrities on ITV and so much more.


Here are 5 shows you can't miss this week...


1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 31st October at 7.10pm and Sunday 1st November at 7.15pm on BBC One


Usually we'd be looking forward to a Halloween special of Strictly this week, but things are a little different this year. A shorter run means there was a feeling that it would be too early to do a theme week in what is now week two. But there will be a spooky opening group performance in Sunday's results show.


On Saturday night, this year's 12 couples will battle it out on the dance floor as last week's scores will be added to this week's scores and the public will finally get a say in who stays in the competition and who sadly, will be the first to leave.


As ever, on Sunday Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will reveal which two couples received the lowest combined scores from the judges and viewers at home and therefore must dance for survival. Plus, there's a performance from Sam Smith who will be performing their new single Diamonds.


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2. Don't Rock the Boat

Monday 2nd - Friday 6th November at 9pm (9.15pm on Tuesday) on ITV


It's been heavily trailed for what feels like months now on ITV, but finally the time has come to see what happened when twelve celebrities tackle one of television’s toughest ever challenges, a race to row the length of Britain in brand new Don't Rock the Boat, hosted by Freddie Flintoff and AJ Odudu.


Hoping to row to glory in this epic challenge are former soap stars Adam Thomas and Lucy Fallon, pop stars Fleur East and Kimberly Wyatt, olympians Denise Lewis OBE and Victoria Pendleton CBE, former politician Tom Watson, actor Craig Charles, YouTuber Joe Weller, Love Island winner Jack Fincham, supermodel Jodie Kidd, and Shaun Wallace from The Chase.


In the opening leg of the race the celebrities are split into two crews and must face their first epic leg at sea, rowing 90 nautical miles form St Ives to Pembroke. They must battle sea sickness and exhaustion in a 30-hour row. But this isn’t just a battle on sea as the six celebrities left on land are challenged to race face fist down a 170ft cliff in order to secure luxury accommodation for their crew mates.


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3. Life

Tuesday 3rd November at 9pm on BBC One


In the final episode of Mike Bartlett's drama Life, the day of Hannah's wedding to Liam finally arrives. But as she confronts the question that has been plaguing her ever since Andy came back into her life will she say "I do"?


Elsewhere, David explores memories of his own marriage, Belle makes an unlikely alliance and Gail realises she may be the only one who can help Hannah. The neighbours' lives have all become inextricably tangled: but what will the fallout be?


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4. Educating Greater Manchester

Tuesday 3rd at 9.15pm & Wednesday 4th November at 9pm on Channel 4


It's been nine years since the first series of Educating Essex and three years since Educating Greater Manchester aired on Channel 4 and after allegations against the school saw series two pulled from the schedules in 2018, Drew Povey has since resigned and with gaps in their schedule to fill, it's finally being aired.


Over the years Educating has offered moving, funny and dramatic insights into modern schooling and life as a teenager and now it's returning to Harrop Fold School in Greater Manchester. Filmed across the school year in 2018, this new series offers a real but warm snapshot of life in a British school.


In the first episode, Year 7 already have a reputation among staff for being the naughtiest yet and Jacob opens up about his struggles with dyslexia. Whilst Year 9 Katelyn is desperate to become a midwife but keeps bunking off lessons and Mr Povey worries that if she doesn't knuckle down she will end up missing out on her dream.


The school is on high alert after a member of the public calls in claiming to have seen a Harrop Fold pupil with a knife, forcing Mr Povey and his staff to instigate bag searches to find the culprit. And the staff crack down on pupils at the centre of a lucrative black market at the school, selling chocolate sweets and drinks to their classmates.


The series also catches up with some of the much-loved pupils from the previous series including cheeky Vincent who's now going into Year 10 and claims he's a reformed character.


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5. The Emily Atack Show

Wednesday 4th November at 10pm on ITV2


Since finishing second in 2018's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! there has been no stopping Emily Atack who recently replaced Holly Willoughby on Celebrity Juice and now has her very own show on ITV2, aptly titled The Emily Atack Show.


Part stand-up, part sketch, each episode focuses on a different aspect of life as a young woman, including Dating, Going Out, Family, Image, Friends and Growing Up. As well as exploring her own life experiences and showcasing her loveable, unfiltered self, Emily will also show off impressions of well-loved celebrities, from Gemma Collins and Keith Lemon, to Holly Willoughby. 


In the first episode, Emily looks at the perils and pitfalls of dating, offering some hilariously honest insights and anecdotal scenarios as she explores the many, many rituals that we all face when attempting the dating game.


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