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WHAT TO WATCH 6-12 February

This week's best telly includes more masked singers on ITV, more celebrity home cooking on BBC One, plus heartbreaking drama, laugh out loud comedy and a celebration of musicals.


Here are 7 TV shows you can't miss this week...


1. The Masked Singer UK

Saturday 6th February at 7pm on ITV


Five masked singers remain, but only three can make it through to next week's final of The Masked Singer UK, which means there's another double elimination and two more celebrities will be unmasked.


Joining Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, Mo Gilligan on the panel this week for the semi-final is guest panellist, Matt Lucas as they try to guess the identities of Badger, Robin, Harlequin, Dragon and Sausage!


If I had to guess the identity of the remaining masked singers, I'm sticking with Aston Merrygold for Robin, Sheridan Smith for Sausage, Gabrielle for Harlequin and after last week's episode, am certain Badger is Ne-Yo, and whilst Twitter seems to think Dragon is Sue Perkins, the jury is still out on that one.


7/8 Continues weekly



2. Musicals: The Greatest Show

Sunday 7th February at 7.40pm on BBC One


One of the things I'm missing the most at the moment is the magic of theatre which is why a celebration hosted by Sheridan Smith, in which the songs, the shows, and the stars, return to the stage at the world famous London Palladium, had to make it onto my list of telly to watch this week.


Host Sheridan Smith opens the show with her rendition of Don’t Rain On My Parade from Funny Girl before teaming up later on in the show with Amanda Holden to perform I Know Him So Well from Chess.


Also taking to the world famous Palladium stage are; Michael Ball, Gavin Spokes, Aisha Jawando, Ramin Karimloo, Layton Williams, Nicole Raquel Dennis, the cast of SIX The Musical, the West End cast of Dear Evan Hansen, the three West End lead actors of MAMMA MIA! (Mazz Murray, Kate Graham and Jo Napthine) and Nicole Scherzinger who has recorded a special performance in LA.


There's also an exclusive first performance by Ivano Turcoof of Only You, Lonely You from the musical Cinderella, which is due to open in London this year and the show culminates with Kerry Ellis singing Defying Gravity from Wicked and Jac Yarrow performing Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, alongside viewers who have submitted their own rendition!


And if that wasn't enough, international superstar Idina Menzel talks to West End legend Elaine Paige and the BBC Concert Orchestra are joined by a chorus made up of some of the West End’s current crop of leading performers.


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3. The Ranganation

Sunday 7th February at 9pm on BBC Two


I discovered The Ranganation during the first lockdown - and now, the show which sees Romesh Ranganathan, two celebrity guests and a focus group he calls 'The Ranganation' chew over the lighter end of the news spectrum - is back for a third series!


Last time Romesh had to swap the studio for his garage, and now, despite still being in lockdown, he has been allowed back into the studio. But he's the only one. His focus group and celebrity guests will still be beamed into the studio via video.


The first two celebrity guests joining Romesh and his unique focus group - including his own mother - are comedian Jack Dee and TV presenter Alex Jones. With past discussions covering topics such as paranormal activity, homeschooling, dating apps and whether or not you should wash your legs in the shower - it's anyone's guess as to what the topics of conversation will be on Sunday!


1/6 Continues weekly



4. Celebrity Best Home Cook

Monday 8th and Wednesday 10th February at 9pm on BBC One


With even more time in front of the telly than usual, one of the show's I've found so comforting in recent weeks is Celebrity Best Home Cook on BBC One in which 10 celebrities must serve up brilliant and tasty food which they hope will impress judges Mary Berry, Angela Hartnett and Chris Bavin.


As we reach the second half of the series, seven celebrities remain; Strictly favourites Ed Balls and Karim Zeroual, comedian Ed Byrne, journalist Rachel Johnson, reality TV favourites Ferne McCann and Tom Read Wilson and actor Shobna Gulati. As ever, they'll be cheered on by the magnificent Claudia Winkleman who's on hand to offer plenty of encouragement and support.


In this week's first episode, Mary Berry tasks the celebs with making an Ultimate Sunday roast, where each dish must contain roasted meat and some form of potatoes. Then for Chris Bavin's Rustle Up challenge, the celebs must make something using bananas... but lockdown banana bread is strictly off the menu. And for the Eliminator Challenge Angela Hartnett asks the cooks to make a classic French dessert.


Then in Wednesday's Quarter Final, Mary Berry challenges the cooks to produce their Ultimate celebration cake, Chris Bavin tasks them with making the humble chickpea the star of their dishes in the Rustle Up challenge and Angela sets one of the hardest Eliminators to date, asking the cooks to produce three different Asian inspired dishes within a very short space of time for a place in next week's Semi-Final.


5-6/8 Continues twice weekly



5. The Stand Up Sketch Show

Monday 8th February at 10pm on ITV2


Back for an extended third series this week on ITV2, is The Stand Up Sketch Show, which as the title would suggest, uniquely combines stand-up with sketch and features an array of top comedy talent, both established and up-and-coming.


This week, Russell Kane, Kojo Anim, Seann Walsh, Elf Lyons, Josh Weller, Luke Kempner and Jayde Adams take to the stage with hilarious routines about coffee shops, disrespecting parents, Uber, an unusual birthday party, racial ambiguity, Love Island and coach etiquette. At the same time, parts of their routine are brought to life in sketch form!


Other comedians taking part this series include Kemah Bob, Iain Stirling, Dane Baptiste, Suzi Ruffell, Matt Richardson and Judi Love.


1/8 Continues weekly



6. Hypothetical

Wednesday 10th February at 10pm on Dave


Also back for a third series this week, is Hypothetical, the Dave panel show hosted by James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe, in which top comedians are posed increasingly absurd hypothetical situations and scored on how well they would deal with them!


Over four rounds, two teams of comedians must think fast as they are faced with a series of completely made-up scenarios and interrogated on their approach to each one by Josh Widdicombe, whilst James Acaster deals with the guests quibbles and queries and doles out the points.


In the first episode of this series, Suzi Ruffell, Tom Allen, Sophie Duker and Desiree Burch are faced with a number of bizarre hypothetical scenarios and scored on how well they would deal with them. As ever, it’s all improvised on the night so expect chaotic act-outs, quick costume changes and lots of laughs.


1/8 Continues weekly



7. It's A Sin

Friday 12th February at 9pm on Channel 4


With over 6.5m views so far on All 4, It's A Sin - Russell T Davies' drama about five friends living and loving in the shadow of AIDS - has become Channel 4's biggest ever instant box set and their most-binged new series ever!


If you're choosing to watch weekly, then this week's penultimate episode takes the story to March 1988 as Ritchie and Jill hatch a scheme to buy the Pink Palace! Ash finds himself battling Clause 28 and Roscoe hopes that his secret lover can take him far away from his ordinary life.


But secrets are being kept, and Ritchie knows that he'll have to come out to his parents. A lonely journey home to the Isle of Wight turns into a dark night of the soul when Ritchie has to confront certain truths.


Back in London, the protests against the government's handling of the AIDS crisis begin. Jill puts herself in danger from the police and Roscoe's set on a collision course with none other than Margaret Thatcher, an encounter that neither will ever forget.


Read my interview with Callum Scott Howells here.


4/5 Continues weekly. All episodes available now

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