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WHAT TO WATCH 7-13 November

This week's best telly includes Movie Week on Strictly, the return of His Dark Materials and a special look back (and ahead) at I'm A Celeb!

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

1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November at 7.25pm on BBC One

Sadly, we were denied a Halloween special of Strictly last week, but this week it's Lights! Camera! Glamour! as Movie Week arrives in the ballroom and the professional dancers open the show with an all-action James Bond performance.

From The Simpsons Movie to Star Wars and Frozen II, Moulin Rouge and so much more in between, the 11 remaining celebrities will be hosting to do all they can to survive another week in the competition and not have to follow Jacqui Smith out the door.

As always, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas will score the routines out of ten before the vote lines open, giving the viewers at home the chance to have their say before one couple sadly has to say goodbye on Sunday.

Sunday night's results show will feature a musical performance by The Kanneh-Masons as well as a very special Remembrance Day performance from the Strictly professionals, in tribute to Dame Vera Lynn who sadly passed away earlier this year.


2. His Dark Materials

Sunday 8th November at 8.10pm on BBC One

The first series of His Dark Materials was without doubt one of my favourite dramas of 2019 and ever since it ended I've been counting down to series two, which is based on The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. Luckily that day has finally arrived and if the trailers are anything to go by, we are in for a treat!

Joining the cast this series are Andrew Scott, Jade Anouka, Terence Stamp, Simone Kirby and Amir Wilson, who are featuring briefly in series one takes on a much more central role this time around as Will Parry who befriends Lyra.

Together they explore the strangely deserted city of Cittàgazze, a new world which the Magisterium refuses to acknowledge exists. As they explore the city, Lyra and Will meet children who warn them about Spectres. Although children are unaffected by Spectres, they can consume the souls of adults.

At the witch council, Lee Scoresby reveals he is seeking out an explorer who could offer Lyra protection. Against Serafina’s wishes, Ruta tries to rescue Katja who is being interrogated by Mrs Coulter. And Lyra realises there is an Oxford in Will’s world too, which he reluctantly agrees to take her to.


3. I'm A Celebrity...A Jungle Story

Sunday 8th November at 8.10pm on ITV

Ahead of the new series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! starting next Sunday, Ant & Dec are taking a look back at 18 years of one of TV's biggest shows, reliving some of their favourite moments from the past 19 series.

Fans will also hear from former campmates who will talk exclusively about their time in the jungle and Ant & Dec take on three iconic Bushtucker Trials for the first time ever.

And, we've all read the rumours, but the boys will exclusively reveal which celebrities are taking part in the new 2020 series and hoping to become the first ever King or Queen of the castle as the show moves to Wales.


4. Industry

Tuesday 10th November at 9.15pm on BBC Two

One of the rare new BBC Two dramas which hasn't moved to BBC One this year is Industry which follows five recent university graduates, each aiming to make their mark on the world by proving their worth and becoming permanent hires at Pierpoint, London’s most pre-eminent financial institution.

Harper, a young graduate from New York played by Myha’la Herrold, has a different background to most of the people on the trading floor and knows that working in a bank, especially Pierpoint, means that she’ll only be judged on strength of her abilities.

Robert, a young man played by Harry Lawtey, uses his good looks and charm to get ahead in life. He enjoys London’s nightlife of repetitive beats and drugs, something that draws the ire of his superiors. And Yasmin, a young woman played by Marisa Abela, wants nothing more than people to see past her good looks and judge her as the savvy businesswoman she is.

Gus, played by David Jonsson Fray, studied at Eton and considers Pierpoint to be a mere steppingstone on his path to number 10. Hari, played by Nabhaan Rizwan, will always go the extra length to impress his bosses and prove he’s much more than his state school education suggests.

In six months’ time, the graduates will have to stand up and say why they should be hired permanently to their desks. The impression they make on clients, the business they bring in and the opinion of their line mangers will all be taken into account. It’s up to each of them to make themselves indispensable.


5. Children in Need

Friday 13th November at 7pm on BBC One

After coming together with Comic Relief earlier this year for The Big Night In, Children in Need is back in its usual November slot as it celebrates 40 years of fundraising with an unmissable live show from BBC Elstree Studios.

This year, the show will be hosted by Mel Giedroyc, Stephen Mangan, Alex Scott MBE and Chris Ramsey as they come together to help children and young people across the UK facing a range of disadvantages, who need help now more than ever.

The money raised through BBC Children in Need’s 2020 Appeal will help to support local charities and projects which are providing essential frontline help to children and young people in communities throughout the UK.

From Strictly Come Dancing to Doctor Who, there'll be exclusive sketches, exciting performances, music, dance and a few surprises including a special EastEnders crossover with The Wall, as Tony Clay and Roger Griffiths face tricky questions all about the beloved soap in the freefall round of the hit game show hosted by Danny Dyer.



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