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WHAT TO WATCH 6-12 November

This week's best telly includes more glitz and glamour in the Strictly ballroom, a gripping new ITV drama and so much more!

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

1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 6th at 6.45pm and Sunday 7th November at 7.15pm on BBC One

After six weeks of stunning routines and endless amounts of sequins and glitter, nine couples have reached the halfway point of this year's Strictly Come Dancing and as the competition continues to heat up, the remaining couples return to the Strictly Ballroom to impress the Judges and the millions watching at home, with their brand new routines.

On Sunday night, the results show opens with a fantastic celebratory group routine from the Strictly professionals as well as a special musical performance from The Script.

But it's not all celebrations as the two couples with the lowest combined judges score and viewer vote will face each other in the dreaded Dance Off and sadly another couple will leave the competition.

7/13 Continues weekly

2. In My Skin

Sunday 7th November on BBC Three

Gabrielle Creevy returns as Welsh teenager Bethan in the second series of BBC Three's In My Skin, as she leads a double life, negotiating a mentally ill mother and an abusive father with friendships and sexuality.

The new series finds Bethan embarking on her last year of school, entering an exciting new relationship and planning to fly the nest, all while still desperately trying to hide the reality of her home life.

Her mother Trina, played by Jo Hartley, has been released from the hospital and is doing well, working at the local bingo hall. Despite life still being made difficult by Bethan’s abusive father, Dilwyn, played by Rhodri Meillir, Trina appears to be thriving in her new job.

As the story progresses, Bethan is faced with the question of sacrificing her own happiness for the sake of her mother.

1-5/5 All episodes available at launch

3. Close To Me

Sunday 7th November at 9pm on Channel 4

Channel 4's new psychological drama, Close to Me launches this week and is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by author Amanda Reynolds. It follows the story of Jo Harding, played by Connie Nielsen, a woman who seems to have it all, a beautiful house in the country, a loving family and a devoted husband, Rob played by Christopher Eccleston.

The story starts with Jo waking in a pool of blood at the bottom of her stairs. She is horrified to discover that the resulting brain trauma has caused her to forget the last year of her life.

Discharged from the hospital, she has a disturbing flashback that causes her to question just what she might have been up to during the months she can't remember. As she struggles to piece her life together with the help of Rob, Jo starts to fear that her family are keeping secrets from her. Also starring Rosy McEwen, Tom Taylor and Susan Lynch.

1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

4. The Tower

Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th November at 9pm on ITV

Stripped across three consecutive nights, ITV's new drama The Tower follows what happens when DS Sarah Collins, played by Gemma Whelan and her colleague DC Steve Bradshaw, played by Jimmy Akingbola are called to an incident at Portland Tower in south-east London.

They're met by a terrible scene: on the ground at the bottom of the tower lie the bodies of the long-serving police officer, PC Hadley Matthews, and a 15-year-old girl, Farah Mehenni. When she gets to the roof of the tower Sarah finds a five-year-old boy Ben, a rookie police officer, PC Lizzie Adama, played by Tahirah Sharif and Lizzie’s boss, DI Kieran Shaw, played by Emmett J Scanlan.

Before Sarah can interview Lizzie about what exactly happened at the tower, Lizzie disappears. The more Sarah and Steve investigate, the more they realise that key evidence is being withheld and that their investigation is being subtly undermined.

Despite this, step by dogged step, they uncover the incidents that led to the tragedy of the tower, and reveal the fiercely complex moral maze that trapped the characters in the past, and still traps them in the present.

1-3/3 Continues nightly

5. The Cockfields

Monday 8th - Friday 12th November at 10pm on Gold

Joe Wilkinson and David Earl's brilliant sitcom The Cockfields returns this week on Gold for a second series and this time Simon, played by Joe Wilkinson, has brought his new fiancée Esther, played by Susannah Fielding, along with him to the Isle of Wight for what they hope will be a short relaxing summer break.

Sue Johnston returns as Simon's ever-doting mum Sue, whilst Gregor Sharp takes on the role of stepfather Ray, a role originated by the late Bobby Ball.

With Simon and Esther's engagement being a preoccupation for Sue, Esther is happy to respond to her many questions about the wedding but Simon's not so keen. He's busy trying to avoid his old school friend Tony, played by Greg McHugh, who keeps trying to rekindle their friendship.

Simon also has to juggle bumping into his estranged dad Larry who lives on the Island with his younger girlfriend Melissa, played by Nigel Havers and Sarah Parish.

Meanwhile, Ben Rufus Green returns as stepbrother David who this series is keen to find love, while dodging the advances of Sue's friend Lyn, played by Michele Dotrice, but Esther is on hand to give him some useful tips.

And things come to a head when Simon takes Sue and Ray out for what he hopes will be a nice meal to thank them for the holiday.

1-6/6 Continues nightly. Starts with a double-bill

6. Unapologetic

Thursday 11th November at 11.05pm on Channel 4

After a successful pilot airing during Channel 4's Black to Front day, presenters Yinka Bokinni and Zeze Millz return with their late-night topical discussion programme in which guests are encouraged to say what they want without apologising.

Channel 4 describe it as a show not about Black people, but the show where Black people are able to talk freely about everything, offering views on the big issues of the day; as well as topics such as cultural appropriation, sex, relationships and parenting, and what's making news on social media.

With guests from the world of popular culture, politics and commentators who have been at the heart of controversies themselves, Unapologetic promises to challenge ideas of what Black people feel able to say and what is perceived to be off-limits.

1/ Continues weekly

7. The Shrink Next Door

Friday 12th November on Apple TV+

Launching on Apple TV+ this week is The Shrink Next Door, a new 8-part dark comedy starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, based on the hit podcast.

Directed by Michael Showalter and based on the script by Georgia Pritchett, The Shrink Next Door is inspired by true events that detail the bizarre relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf, played by Paul Rudd, and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz, played by Will Ferrell.

Over the course of their relationship, the all-too-charming Ike slowly inserts himself into Marty’s life, even moving into Marty’s Hamptons home and persuading Marty to name him president of the family business.

The series explores how a seemingly normal doctor-patient dynamic morphs into an exploitative relationship filled with manipulation, power grabs, and dysfunction at its finest.

1-3/8 Continues weekly. Launches with three episodes


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