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WHAT TO WATCH 6-12 August

This week's best telly includes the return of Celebrity MasterChef, Shetland and Never Have I Ever as well as a celebration of the Edinburgh Fringe and a brand new original drama on Apple TV+.

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

1. Celebrity MasterChef

Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th at 8pm and Friday 12th August at 9pm on BBC One

For the next six weeks, John Torode MBE and Gregg Wallace MBE will put 20 well-known faces to the test, discovering who has the palate and skill to chop, slice and sizzle their way to lifting the iconic Celebrity MasterChef trophy and following in the footsteps of last year's champion Kadeena Cox MBE.

Following on from a hugely successful MasterChef final earlier this year, Celebrity MasterChef features four heat weeks concentrating on whittling down the celebrities; testing their abilities until only the best go through to the final stages.

The series will once again feature an array of cookery challenges designed to stretch the celebrities’ culinary ability to their limits including the returning challenges in the heat rounds; Under The Cloche, The Street Food Challenge and Dinner Party Dish.

Competing in the first heat of the competition are McFly's Danny Jones, Love Island's Faye Winter, comedian Kae Kurd, media personality Nancy Dell’Olio and comedian Paul Chuckle.


2. Shetland

Wednesday 10th August at 9pm on BBC One

Whilst Shetland will continue beyond this new seventh series, it was announced last month that after nine years in the role, Douglas Henshall will be making his final appearance as DI Jimmy Perez at the end of this news series.

In this series, DI Perez and the team investigate the mysterious disappearance of a vulnerable young man. On return from suspension, DI Perez reunites with Tosh as they meet the owners of a local B&B, Rachel and Danny Cairns, who are frantic with worry over the sudden disappearance of their son, Connor.

New to Shetland, the family moved from Glasgow after Connor suffered a breakdown. Rachel worries that history has repeated itself, but Perez suspects they are hiding something.

Perez, Tosh and Sandy find that Connor was well known and much loved, with many worried about his whereabouts. Interviews with his sister, Abbie, and his girlfriend, Bryd, highlight Connor's fraught relationship with his father, which sometimes saw him escape to his ‘safe place’.

The case takes a dramatic turn when Tosh discovers Danny Cairns’ past life and the reasons behind their sudden relocation to Shetland. As the ghosts of Danny’s past resurface, Perez and his team are under pressure to protect the Cairns family and find Connor before it’s too late.

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2. The Fringe, Fame And Me

Wednesday 10th August at 9pm on BBC Two

With this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe already underway, a new documentary on the history of the Fringe marks its 75th anniversary, told by the stars who first found fame at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The Fringe, Fame And Me is the story of how a small Scottish arts festival that began 75 years ago this year became a national institution, a crucible where new stars are forged, careers made, and sometimes, dreams dashed.

Told by the stars who first found fame at the Edinburgh Fringe, it promises to be the inside story of what it takes to make a name here, from those who enjoyed overnight success to those who slogged for years to make it.

Through their triumphs, favourite jokes, and sometimes painful failures, we’ll discover a hidden history of British comedy, revealing how the gags we find funny and the comedians we love reflect our changing culture.

Expect contributions from Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael Palin, Frankie Boyle, Stephen K Amos and Miriam Margoyles, among a host of others.


4. Five Days at Memorial

Friday on Apple TV+

Adapted from Sheri Fink's book of the same name, Apple TV+'s latest drama, Five Days at Memorial is based on actual events, chronicling the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on a local hospital.

When the floodwaters rose, power failed and heat soared, exhausted caregivers at a New Orleans hospital were forced to make decisions that would follow them for years to come.

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5. Never Have I Ever

Friday on Netflix

As Never Have I Ever returns to Netflix for its third season, Indian American teenager Devi, played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, continues to deal with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships.

This season, Terry Hu joins as Addison, a crazy hot non-binary person from the local private school who brings more than just their impressive trivia skills to Devi's friend group.

Deacon Phillippe also joins this season as Parker, Devi's debate team rival from a well-funded private school. He's able to coast through debate tournaments thanks to his school's advantages and is always down to party.



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