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WHAT TO WATCH 6-12 May

This week's best telly includes celebrities stripping off, comedians taking part in a series of tasks and the very best telly celebrated at the BAFTAs.


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


1. The All New Monty

Monday 6th May and Tuesday 7th May at 9pm on ITV


Over two nights, ITV are raising awareness for the importance of early health checks in preventing prostate and testicular cancer as well as women’s cancers as Alexander Armstrong and Ashley Banjo persuade a brand new line-up of celebrities to take to the stage and bare all.


On Monday, we'll see Love Island winner Jack Fincham, Emmerdale’s Kelvin Fletcher, King of the Jungle Joe Pasquale, Strictly Come Dancing’s Gorka Marquez, snooker legend Willie Thorne, Crimewatch’s Rav Wilding, Dancing on Ice star Matt Evers and ex-Chelsea footballer Jason Cundy prepare to put on their dancing shoes and take off their thongs.


Whilst on Tuesday, tennis icon Martina Navratilova, EastEnders star Laurie Brett, Love Island’s Megan Barton-Hanson, So Solid Crew’s Lisa Maffia, TOWIE’s Danielle Armstrong, and Benidorm’s Crissy Rock gear up to put their inhibitions aside and lay their bodies and emotions bare, each with a very personal reason for doing so.


Victoria Derbyshire and Coleen Nolan will be on hand to show the ladies the ropes and provide support and motivation to inspire them to put on the performance of their lives.


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2. Ghosts

Monday 6th May at 9:30pm on BBC One


This week in BBC One's brilliant new comedy Ghosts, fortune smiles on a cash-strapped Mike and Alison when a TV company comes calling, looking for an old house in which to film their period drama.


But to get the money in the bank, Alison must ensure that the shoot goes without a hitch - despite a horde of curious ghosts, the house’s crumbling floorboards and her crippling crush on the show’s lead actor.


Meanwhile, Thomas and Lady Button learn the meaning of a ‘free pass’ and Julian tries his luck on the gee-gees.


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3. Back to Life

Monday 6th May at 11pm on BBC One


This week's episode of the fantastic Back to Life features one of my favourite scenes of the series; a wonderful two-hander between Daisy Haggard and Geraldine James as Miri and mother Caroline as they reveal their true feelings towards each other.


There's a realisation this week that Caroline dreads spending time alone with her daughter and when Miri tries to confront her mother, they hit a stumbling block in the road. Whilst Mandy continues her crusade to get her best friend back.


And it turns out that today isn’t any old day. It’s the anniversary of Lara’s murder and the murky events surrounding that night are starting to come in to focus.


Read my interview with Daisy Haggard here.

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4. Taskmaster

Wednesday 8th May at 9pm on Dave


Greg Davies and Alex Horne return this week with another series of Taskmaster and five brand new contestants.


Taking on the challenges this series are comedians Lou Sanders, Iain Stirling and Paul Sinha as well as actors Sian Gibson and Joe Thomas. Only one will be able to win that incredibly desirable gold bust of Greg's head at the end of the series. But who will it be?


In this week's opening episode, they have to bring in their most powerful smell, find the receiver to a baby monitor, make the most seductive ventriloquist dummy, not get found by Alex during a game of hide and seek and the first live task involves doughnuts and a bucket. Make of that what you will!


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5. Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure

Thursday 9th May at 8pm on BBC One


After last week's incredibly powerful, emotional and uplifting episode of Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure, this week's concluding episode sees the choir put on the performance of their lives!


With the choir still glowing from their first public performance in front of a handful of family and friends, Vicky announces that in a matter of weeks they are going to perform again, only this time it will be in front of 2,000 people at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.


Working with some of the country’s leading experts, Vicky and the choir also take part in a series of scientific experiments including four who volunteer to be scanned, in order to see how music affects their brains.


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6. Lee and Dean

Thursday 9th May at 10pm on Channel 4


It's the penultimate episode of Lee and Dean this week and Lee is desperate to make Dean realise he's changed by arranging a visit to a local public school.


As Dean tries to come to terms with his past and face up to the problems in his relationship with Dani, Nikki goes off the rails and Mrs Bryce-D'Souza finds a solution to her growing unease with Lee's involvement in her life.


Read my interview with Mark O'Sullivan and Miles Chapman here and my interview with Anna Morris here.


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7. The British Academy Television Awards 2019

Sunday 12th May at 8pm on BBC One


It's one of the BIGGEST nights in television, and this year the BAFTA Television Awards are hosted by Graham Norton as some of the biggest names of the small screen walk the carpet at The Royal Festival Hall before winners are announced, and masks are in hand.


Leading this year's nominations are Killing Eve and A Very English Scandal with 14 nominations and 12 nominations respectively, with the leading stars from the show, Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, receiving nominations across the Leading Actress, Supporting Actress, Leading Actor and Supporting Actor categories.


See the full list of nominations here.


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