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WHAT TO WATCH 5-11 December

This week's best telly includes the highly-anticipated return of The Vicar of Dibley as well as a special anniversary week for Coronation Street as the soap celebrates 60 years on our screens.

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

1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 5th at 7.25pm and Sunday 6th December at 7.30pm on BBC One

With just two weeks to go until this year's Strictly final, it's time for Musicals Week, and with just six couples left in the competition it could be anybody in that final. But who will impress the judges and viewers at home the most and make it through to next week's semi-final?

Kicking off the show will be Strictly's professional dancers who perform a spectacular routien inspired by the hit musical Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. And with routines inspired by the likes of A Chorus Line, Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Shop of Horrors, Waitress and Phantom of the Opera - they'll each be hoping that they do enough to avoid Sunday's dreaded dance off.

Also during Sunday night's results show, the incredible cast of hit musical & Juliet will be lighting up the ballroom with an exciting number and there's also music from West End and Broadway star Marisha Wallace.

7/9 Continues next Saturday and Sunday

2. Coronation Street

Monday 7th, Wednesday 9th & Friday 11th December at 7.30pm on ITV

It's not often I feature soaps in these lists, but with Coronation Street celebrating its 60th anniversary this week, I couldn't let that go unnoticed. Across the week, three one-hour episodes will bring stories to a gripping climax and launch new ones to take us into 2021 and beyond.

With Yasmeen on trial charged with Geoff’s attempted murder, this week will see the end of her trial. Will justice be done or is the nightmare only just beginning for Yasmeen and Alya?

Elsewhere, Adam and Carla battle to keep the shameful secret that will ruin their lives and those around them. However nothing stays quiet for long in soaps and as the week progresses, the truth about what they have done threatens to destroy them.

And at the centre of the anniversary week drama is of course Coronation Street itself as the residents unite to save the cobbles from the dastardly dealings of Ray Crosby. Having bought up most of the property and businesses in the area, Ray is ready to flatten the lot to make way for his new development.

More spoilers here.

3. The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown

Monday 7th December at 8.50pm on BBC One

This week Dawn French returns as Geraldine Granger in the first of three new short episodes of The Vicar of Dibley. Each 10-minute episode will feature a number of virtual sermons, delivered to the the good people of the Parish in Dibley.

This week, she explains the difference between metres and miles when it comes to social distancing. Upon that learning, Geraldine finds that Owen Newitt's interpretation of it may have distinctly illegal connotations.

Later in lockdown Geraldine finds, as many of us did, that getting a much-needed haircut from a friend may not always result in complete gorgeousness - especially if the scissors are held by someone rather more used to working with animals. The Vicar is also given an opportunity to share some time with some of the children of the local primary school and their teacher.

The Vicar's last viral sermon is shared with the much loved and admired Hugo Horton, son of David Horton, the least admired chairman of the Dibley Parish Council. Hugo is finding it difficult to listen to his father through lockdown tell the same anecdotes over and over again - but then Hugo may perhaps be guilty of the same crime...

1/3 Continues next Monday

4. Euphoria: Part 1: Trouble Don't Always Last

Monday 7th December at 9pm on Sky Atlantic

Euphoria, the series which looks at the lives of a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendship in a world of drugs, sex and trauma returns this week with the first of two specials.

With filming on season two delayed due to the pandemic, these two specials will hopefully keep fans satisfied following that dramatic end to season one.

Zendaya returns to play Rue, who in the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, is now celebrating Christmas. Details about the second episode have yet to be revealed.

1/2 Continues TBC

5. Big Zuu's Christmas Eats

Friday 11th December at 10pm on Dave

After a successful first series of Big Zuu's Big Eats earlier this year, and with another on the way in 2021, Big Zuu is returning this week with the first of two Christmas specials, kicking off with a music special featuring Loyle Carner, AJ Tracey, JME and Julie Adenuga.

As ever, he'll be joined by his sous chef Hyder and chief taster Tubsey as they treat their guests to a fine festive feast.

Full of festive conversation, beautifully tuned Christmas carols and rap stars reminiscing, the group catch up around the dinner table while Zuu serves up some Big Zuu Bissap, a V-Gang Gobi Christmas Curry, his take on a next level Christmas dinner and some mouth-watering desserts.

1/2 Continues next Friday


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