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WHAT TO WATCH 7-13 October

This week's best telly includes the conclusion of two brilliant dramas, the return of a hilarious comedy and a celebrity twist on The X Factor.


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


1. A Confession

Monday 7th October at 9pm on ITV


In this week's final episode of A Confession, it's 3 years since he led the investigation that found murdered girls Sian O’Callaghan and Rebecca Godden-Edwards and having resigned from his job in Wiltshire to take on a role as a ‘security consultant’ in November 2014, Fulcher is happy to be away from Gablecross Police Station in Benghazi, Libya.


Things have moved on for Elaine Pickford too, as she continues trying to carry on with her life by making plans to marry her partner Pete. Meanwhile Karen Edwards refuses to give up the fight for justice for her daughter Becky, and continues to embarrass Wiltshire Police at every opportunity over their failure to re-investigate


The pressure forces Wiltshire Police to begin a new investigation into Becky’s murder, but a meeting with the CPS merely confirms to Detective Superintendent Sean Memory that any case against Halliwell would need to be able to use the confession that Christopher Halliwell made to Fulcher.


But there is enough evidence to arrest and charge him, which might smoke out a mistake. The key is for Halliwell to deny murdering Becky (first time around it never got that far) and then the team could ask a new judge to revisit the original ruling that disallowed the confession...


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2. Motherland

Monday 7th October at 10pm on BBC Two


One of the breakout comedy hits of 2018 is back as Motherland, co-written by Sharon Horgan, returns with Tanya Moodie joining the cast alongside Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Lucy Punch, Philippa Dunne and Paul Ready.


As the school year begins, Julia makes a life changing decision about her career, Amanda consciously un-couples and reluctantly joins Liz in the single mothers’ club. Whilst Kevin takes over from Julia as the resident life juggling working parent and Anne is just hungry.


And there's a new mum at the school gates, Meg, who attracts the attention of Julia, Liz and Kevin. But does the high-flyer really have it all? And what happens when the gang have a night out?


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3. The Circle

Monday 7th October - Friday 11th and Sunday 13th October at 10pm on Channel 4


Richard Madeley said it best last week when he described The Circle to host Emma Willis as far more "cutting edge" than the onslaught of reality television programmes on TV. And even if I wanted to, I can't argue with that.


It's the game where anyone can be anyone, so expect plenty more twists and turns for the players, including two players playing as one (the results of which will be revealed in Sunday's (6th October) show. And on Friday we'll find out what decision we'll have to make via The Circle app.


PS. It's still Tim for the win. With Woody a close second.



4. The Capture

Tuesday 8th October at 9pm on BBC One


It's been capturing (sorry) the attention of viewers for the last five weeks and now as The Capture comes to what promises to be a dramatic end.


Secrets of the intelligence services are in danger of being exposed as Shaun’s future, and the fate of our criminal justice system, lie with one person. And Carey has a choice to make as Jessica Mallory arrives in London.


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5. Celebrity Juice

Thursday 10th October at 10pm on ITV2


Last series it was all change on Celebrity Juice as Paddy McGuinness took over as team captain from Fearne Cotton and now it's all change again as Paddy is replaced by Spice Girl and Celeb Juice favourite Mel B.


This week, joining the panel are pop star James Blunt, TV presenter Mark Wright, stand-up Katherine Ryan and Good Morning Britain's Richard Arnold.


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6. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 12th at 6.40pm and Sunday 13th October at 7.15pm on BBC One


With the two celebrities already eliminated from the competition, the pressure is really on as the remaining 13 celebs perform to stay in Strictly.


As ever, they'll be hoping to impress Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse with their ballroom and Latin routines and also the voting public watching at home.


On Sunday night two more couples will face the dreaded dance-off and one more couple will leave the competition. But before that there'll be an electric group performance and country singer Keith Urban will perform his new single Never Comin’ Down.


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7. The X Factor: Celebrity

Saturday 12th October at 8.35pm on ITV


I think we're all agreed that a year without The X Factor is long overdue and just as we thought we were going to get that, a celebrity version comes along... and there's a real record deal in place for the winner.


The only judge to return from last year's lacklustre series is Simon Cowell which thankfully means that Louis Walsh and the Queen of The X Factor, Nicole Scherzinger are back where they belong. The new-look show brings together stars from the worlds of music, film, sport, television and social media as they compete to win a life-changing recording contract.


The show kicks off in Los Angeles where our celebrities first meet at The X Factor’s palatial HQ and prepare to audition for our judges at Simon’s Malibu home in front of big names from the music industry. As ever, Dermot O’Leary will be on hand to provide support and oversee proceedings.


Celebrities include a group made up of ex-Love Island contestants, Megan McKenna, Ricki Lake and Martin Bashir!


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