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WHAT TO WATCH 4-10 September

In a week where The National Television Awards finally take place, 8 months later than usual, there's plenty to watch on telly including a brand new dating show, the return of Silent Witness, a brand new comedy based on a German favourite and more!

Also on Friday, Channel 4 are showcasing Black talent on and off-screen for 24 hours with programmes including The Big Breakfast, Celebrity Gogglebox and new commissions like Big Age, Highlife and Unapologetic.

Here are 10 TV shows you can't miss this week...

1. Silent Witness

Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th September at 9pm on BBC One

Silent Witness returns this week for an incredible 24th series as Emilia Fox and David Caves return as Dr Nikki Alexander and Jack Hodgson, to investigate five exciting and distinctive cases told across 10 episodes and this time they're joined at the Lyell Centre by new-recruit Dr Adam Yuen, played by Jason Wong.

When Jack and Nikki enter a high-security prison to investigate the suspicious death of an inmate, the case brings up disturbing memories for Nikki. The victim’s cellmate is Scott Weston, the student responsible for a mass shooting she witnessed 10 years earlier.

Nikki becomes increasingly convinced that Scott is their prime suspect, but Jack worries she is not following the evidence.

1-2/10 Continues Mondays and Tuesdays

2. Ready to Mingle

Monday 6th - Friday 10th September at 9pm on ITV2

Katherine Ryan hosts ITV2's newest dating show Ready to Mingle, which follows a single girl in the search for her perfect partner, as 12 male suitors compete for her affections and the chance to win a big money prize.

However, not all the boys are single, with a number of them being guided by their partners in pursuit of the prize.

Taking up residence in a luxurious house, the single girl will get to know all the boys through activities, games and dates, eliminating each boy one-by-one until her ‘dream man’ remains.

Which boy will be left standing? Can she suss out who is the real deal? They may not all be single, but they’re all Ready to Mingle.

1-5/ Continues weeknights. 5 episodes available every Monday

3. The Circle USA

Wednesday 8th September on Netflix

The first season of The Circle USA was only made available to UK subscribers in January, a year after the rest of the world. Since then we've had season two in April and already it's back for a third season with a fourth season confirmed.

And with the UK version axed by Channel 4 following three series and a celebrity special, all eyes on Netflix to create a UK version. So while we wait for the inevitable, host with the most, Michelle Buteau is back as 8 brand new players enter The Circle to flirt, befriend, piss off, and compete in challenges against each other on a unique social media platform.

The aim? To earn the ultimate cash prize of $100k as top influencer. But with a huge amount of money on the line, will they be able to earn clout and figure out who is real and who is a catfish?

1-4/13 Continues weekly with four episodes before the finale on 29th September

4. The Big Breakfast

Friday 10th September at 8am on Channel 4

For 10 years between 1992 and 2002, The Big Breakfast defied the rules when it came to breakfast telly and now after almost 20 years, this iconic favourite is back for a one-off as part of Channel 4's Black to Front day with AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan as co-hosts.

Coming live from the show's original East London location, the Lock Keepers' Cottages, this one-off revival promises to retain plenty of its original anarchic spirit, risqué sense of humour and distinctive energy.

There'll be fresh new features, alongside some nostalgic Big Breakfast classics, including Family of the Week, Super Hints, and One Lump or Two and AJ and Mo will be joined by original newsreader Phil Gayle who'll return to deliver the morning's headlines.

Elsewhere, Melvin Odoom will be out on the streets somewhere in the UK, where one viewer will be playing for prizes on their doorstep and Big Zuu will be cooking up a storm in the kitchen, plus more famous names and surprise guests will drop in for games, music and chat.


5. Celebrity Gogglebox

Friday 10th September at 9pm on Channel 4

Celebrity Gogglebox is back for one night only as part of Channel 4's Black to Front day as a mix of famous friends and Gogglebox families, including established favourites Mo Gilligan and Babatundé Aléshé - take to their sofas, ready to share their views with the nation.

Also offering up their instant reactions, from quips to debates to emotional critiques, on the week's best and worst TV, are Wretch 32 and Ghetts, Jourdan Dunn and brother Antoine, Eddie Kadi and Michael Dapaah, and Ashley Banjo and his brother Jordan and Perri Kiely.


6. Wolfe

Friday 10th September at 9pm on Sky Max

Babou Ceesay stars as North England’s finest crime scene expert, forensic pathologist Professor Wolfe Kinteh, in Sky Max's new drama Wolfe from the creator of Shameless and No Offence, Paul Abbott.

Wolfe runs the local university forensics department working hand-in-hand with the police to investigate crime scenes and pass on his laser-sharp insight to the next generation of crime fighters. Half genius, half liability, he’s worth the hassle as he gets results.

In the opening episode of the series, Wolfe and his team are called to a meat processing plant to find a grisly sight, a worker has been ripped to pieces by one of the deboning machines. As the team piece together what happened (literally), they uncover a web of connections that leave them questioning whether the incident was an accident at all.

Each week Wolfe is propelled to a myriad of compelling locations, to piece together the parts (literally in most cases) of another outlandish and unconventional investigation. His team will face exploding vehicles, buildings…. and even bodies, doing anything to unearth the insidious truth behind these crimes. One thing is for sure though, they won’t be doing it in a way anybody expected.

1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

7. The Cleaner

Friday 10th September at 9.30pm on BBC One

With Taskmaster and a revamped Never Mind the Buzzcocks both set to launch in weeks, it's going to be almost impossible to avoid Greg Davies this month, starting with new BBC One comedy The Cleaner in which he plays Wicky, a crime-scene cleaner who after CSI finishes, mops up any grizzly remains. And you’d be amazed who you can run into at the scene of a crime.

In the first episode, he heads to the suburbs to mop up after a particularly grizzly murder: your classic 'housewife finally snaps’ stabbing-based incident. It’s a pretty standard Wednesday for Wicky, who is working with great speed to finish in time to make it to his favourite curry night at the local.

If only he would stop being interrupted by people unexpectedly dropping in on the crime scene, including a mysterious, heavily armed woman played by Helena Bonham Carter.

Written by Greg Davies, The Cleaner is based on hit German comedy Der Tatortreiniger.

1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

8. Highlife

Friday 10th September at 11.05pm on Channel 4

Launching as part of Channel 4's Black to Front day, is Highlife - a new four-part docu-ality series following the lives and loves of a group of ambitious, glamourous young British British Nigerians and Ghanaians all chasing their own idea of success.

Highlighting a community where high family expectations often impact career choices, relationships and even friendship groups, Highlife promises to be an aspirational, but utterly relatable authentic portrayal of British life.

In the first episode, as musician Tomi and songwriter fiancée Kamille plan the first of two weddings, a traditional Nigerian wedding, the Jamaican-Cuban bride realises that she has a lot to learn, and fast.

Elsewhere, Irene's mum is shocked to discover that her fashion designer daughter doesn't want to put her career on hold for a family and instead wants to freeze her eggs, its closure due to Covid-19, celebrity make-up artist Bernicia wants to reopen her salon with her big sister Donita. But with one failed business already behind them, can she persuade Donita that it won't be as disastrous as the last time?

And after discovering that her old friend Kidd Waya is back in London, international DJ Cuppy is ready to share some home truths about her former friend's diva-like behaviour as a new Nigerian celebrity.

1/4 Continues weekly

9. Big Age

Friday 10th September at 11.05pm on Channel 4

Bringing a bit of scripted comedy to Channel 4's Black to Front day is Big Age, a new 30-minute pilot from Bolu Babalola about a group of four young Black-British friends who are in the 'big age' era of their lives.

Sade Layode, played by Ronke Adékoluejo, has turned 25, dramatically quit her job to be a writer, and decided to tell her friend Zeke, played by Michael Workeye, how she really feels, all before 10am.

When her best friend, the free-spirited Dela, played by Racheal Ofori, prescribes a day of decadent distraction to celebrate turning 'twenty-thrive', Sade's quickly on board. Bumping into her old crush Tayo, played by CJ Beckford, wasn't in the plan, but that meeting, alongside avoiding telling her mother she's quit her job, and a chance encounter with an icon, are just a few of the twists and turns that Sade's birthday has in store for her.


10. Unapologetic

Friday 10th September at 11.35pm on Channel 4

Another show that's part of Channel 4's Black to Front day is Unapologetic, an hour-long topical discussion show hosted by social media star and presenter Zeze Millz and DJ and presenter Yinka Bokinni.

In a world where you can be cancelled at a moment’s notice, Unapologetic promises to be a show where guests can say what they want, without apologising for it - where Black people can talk freely about everything, offering new views on existing subjects as well as bringing new subjects and voices to the table.

Featuring guests from the worlds of politics and popular culture as well as the people who’ve been at the heart of controversies themselves, Unapologetic will challenge ideas of what Black people are allowed to say and what is off-limits.

Tackling topics such as Black Lives Matter, football, racism, colourism, and what’s making news on social media, Unapologetic won’t hold back.



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