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WHAT TO WATCH 4-10 April

As we continue to be locked indoors, peak TV viewing is up 9% on 2019 proving that there's never been a better time to recommend some good telly to watch. And hopefully, whether it's a beautiful challenge/travel series, a celebrity baking competition, a gripping drama or a laugh out loud comedy, this week's telly should have something for everyone to enjoy.

Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week...

1. Race Across the World

Sunday 5th April at 8pm on BBC Two

Race Across the World is undoubtedly one of the best shows on television right now and with just eight and a half hours between them, the four teams have reached the halfway mark in the 25,000km race to Ushuaia as they head towards the next checkpoint, Cafayate in Argentina, travelling through either Bolivia or Chile.

With half the race still to complete, emotions are pushed to breaking point and the first to leave the checkpoint are mother and son Jo and Sam. Jo is feeling the pressure of maintaining their budget and staying ahead in the race, but Sam wants to relax and enjoy themselves more.

Having begun the next leg of the race in high spirits, Jen and Rob soon find themselves clashing as they face the pressure of getting through Bolivia before a general election shuts the country down. And after a renewed sense of closeness between Emon and Jamiul, Emon opens up when questioned about leaving the family and their relationship goes from strength to strength.

Last to leave the checkpoint are brother and sister Dom and Lizzie whose race is put on hold after Dom has a health scare and their ability to continue is brought into question.


2. The Nest

Sunday 5th April at 9pm on BBC One

When The Nest began a couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed it and loved seeing Martin Compston and Sophie Rundle back on our screens but it was last week's second episode which properly caught my attention. Mirren Mack's performance was outstanding and now the drama's really getting going.

This week's episode sees the story move on some weeks since Dan learnt the truth about Kaya’s past and is tormented by the dilemma of whether to tell Emily who has built a close friendship with Kaya and is finally allowing herself to believe that there will be a baby at the end of all this. If Dan tells Emily the truth it’ll destroy her, but he also knows that he can’t have a girl like Kaya in his life. After confiding in Hilary, Dan is encouraged to take drastic action.

Ready to go public with their relationship, Kaya and Jack start to dream about what their lives will be like after the baby is born and when Jack invites Kaya to his school prom, Kaya can’t believe how her life has turned around.

But local journalist Eleanor has found someone from Kaya’s past and they’re finally ready to talk. On the night of the prom Hilary makes a decision which has devastating repercussions for everyone.


3. The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer

Tuesday 7th April at 8pm on Channel 4

As ratings for The Great Celebrity Bake Off continue to increase week on week, last week's show became Channel 4's most-watched celebrity episode to date. Hoping to beat that number will be Carol Vorderman, Robert Rinder, Kelly Brook and Mo Gilligan who are the final four celebrities to enter the Bake Off test.

They'll each be aiming to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their baking skills as they tackle three tricky challenges, a signature sandwich biscuit, a sweet bread-based technical and a cake showstopper revealing their favourite guilty pleasure!


4. Alma's Not Normal

Tuesday 7th April at 10pm on BBC Two

In 2018, comedian Sophie Willan won the inaugural Caroline Aherne Bursary, which saw her awarded a £5,000 development fund and a mentorship with a BBC Commissioning Editor to develop a comedy script. That script has manifested itself into Alma's Not Normal, which follows Boltonian wild-child Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women.

After a recent break-up, Alma tries to get her life back on track. But with no job, no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, it’s not going to be easy. Meanwhile her mum, who is battling a heroin addiction, has been sectioned for arson, and her vampish Grandma Joan wants nothing to do with it.

Starring alongside Sophie Willan are Jayde Adams, Siobhan Finneran, Nicolas Ashbury and Lorraine Ashbourne.


5. Save Me Too

Wednesday 8th April at 9pm on BBC Two

Chances are, that if you watched last week's gripping opening episode of Save Me Too, you've already binged (like I did) the entire series of Lennie James' sensational drama. But just in case you haven't, the series continues weekly on Sky Atlantic.

A high-profile sex trafficking trial brings Nelly, Claire and Barry together again. Accused of the sexual grooming of Grace, Gideon conducted the fake auction where Nelly pretended to bid for Jody. While Gideon’s wife Jennifer grapples with the grim reality of her husband’s hidden life, Nelly is hopeful that details will emerge that provide a fresh lead to Jody.

But with Grace struggling and the prosecution’s case resting on her testimony, Nelly faces the prospect of another dead end. Nelly tracks down Jennifer in a bid to keep his search alive, but an unexpected phone call gives him a nightmare choice.


6. Red Dwarf: The Promised Land

Thursday 9th April at 9pm on Dave

Some two-and-a-half years since its last outing on Dave, Red Dwarf returns with a 90-minute special, The Promised Land, which was recorded in front of a live studio audience over two nights at Pinewood Studios and reunites the original cast of Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn.

Three million years ago... David Lister, a vending machine repairman, was sentenced to 18 months in suspended animation for smuggling his pregnant cat aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf. While Lister remained in stasis, a radiation leak killed the rest of the crew. Safely sealed in the hold, the cats evolved into humanoid form. The cats now roam deep space in a fleet of their own.

This special sees the posse meet three cat clerics played by Tom Bennett, Mandeep Dhillon, Lucy Pearman, who worship Lister as their God. Lister vows to help them as they're being hunted by Rodon, the ruthless feral cat leader who has vowed to wipe out all cats who worship anyone but him. Norman Lovett is also back as Holly, the ship's computer.


7. Friday Night Dinner

Friday 10th April at 10pm on Channel 4

The opening episode of Friday Night Dinner series six was watched by 2.4m people, making it Channel 4's highest overnight audience for a comedy since The IT Crowd in 2007. Further proof if ever we needed it that this is one of the best comedies on television.

This week, Adam and Jonny arrive home to find a strange woman dressed head-to-toe in pink. That woman turns out to be the family's former au pair Gibby, played by Sally Phillips, who has made a surprise visit and cries at just about anything.

Her arrival is certainly a surprise to the boys who can't remember her and to make matters worse, Jim pops round and instantly falls in love with Gibby and it soon turns into an infatuation.



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