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WHAT TO WATCH 8-14 February

This week's best telly includes another Agatha Christie adaptation. some more brilliant comedy and another twisted tale in Inside No.9.

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

1. Top Gear

Sunday 9th February at 8pm on BBC Two

With rave reviews, great viewing figures and rumours of a move to BBC One, Top Gear hasn't been in such a good shape for years and it's clear to see why. The chemistry between Paddy, Freddie and Chris is undeniable and the show is starting to appeal to a much broader and younger audience than simply car enthusiasts.

This week the three of them are sent on a high-altitude mountain expedition across Peru in second-hand American cars.

Meanwhile, back at the track, Chris tests out the latest electric car from Porsche.


2. The Pale Horse

Sunday 9th February at 9pm on BBC One

Whenever Sarah Phelps writes anything for television, it's pretty safe to say that it will be worth watching. Following on from Dublin Murders, Sarah is back with her fifth and possibly final Agatha Christie adaptation - this time, The Pale Horse.

The story begins when a mysterious list of names is found in the shoe of a dead woman and antiques dealer Mark Easterbrook, played by Rufus Sewell, is determined to find out why his name is on the list,

His investigations lead him to the home of three spinsters, The Pale Horse in the village of Much Deeping. As more deaths occur, Mark finds himself thinking the unthinkable. Could this all be the work of witchcraft, and is he himself cursed? Paranoia eats at Mark. Who wants him dead, and how can he save himself from the curse?

The two-part series also stars Kaya Scodelario, Bertie Carvel, Sean Pertwee, Rita Tushingham, Sheila Atim, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, James Fleet, Georgina Campbell, Madeleine Bowyer, Claire Skinner, Poppy Gilbert, Ellen Robertson and Sarah Woodward.


3. Cold Feet

Monday 10th February at 9pm on ITV

This week's penultimate Cold Feet sees Jenny, in the wake of her mother’s death make a discovery that sends her into a tailspin.

Elsewhere, Adam comes out on top, but his excitement is short-lived when reality hits and Karen is put in an impossible position.


4. Inside No.9

Monday 10th February at 10pm on BBC Two

Following last week's brilliant series opener set entirely in a referee's changing room, this week sees Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's anthology series confided to a young couple's flat in Death Be Not Proud.

That couple are Beattie and Sam and they are played by Jenna Coleman and Kadiff Kirwan. Finally on the property ladder, the only flat they can afford has a dark and sinister past, one that demands to be heard.


5. The End

Monday 10th February at 10pm on Sky Atlantic

Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor star in Sky Atlantic's new drama The End which is about a family of three generations trying to figure out how to die with dignity whilst living with none. It’s a story about mothers and daughters, the right to die, and what makes life worth living.

Frances O'Connor plays Kate Brennan, a doctor specialising in Palliative Care medicine. Long ago, she fled her uptight English village for a life of sunshine on the gaudy Gold Coast in Australia. Kate’s personal life is a hot mess, but she is passionate about her work and fights every day to give her patients just a bit more time.

Her mother Evie, played by Harriet Walter, is just as passionate about her right to die. She’s been depressed for decades and after discovering her dead husband’s infidelity, tries to end her own life in spectacular fashion… and fails disastrously.

Kate already has more than enough on her plate with a husband in jail, a son who’s also not convinced life is worth living, and a daughter who might be a sociopath. And yet, it’s her responsibility to move her mother out to Australia and try to keep her alive.


6. Curb Your Enthusiasm

Tuesday 11th February at 10pm on Sky Comedy

Over 19 years and 10 seasons in, Curb Your Enthusiasm is still producing some of the best comedy on television... my only wish is that we didn't have to wait a week for a new episode.

This week, Larry drops the ball when he gets the chance to make amends with Alice. And him and Richard go to extreme lengths for their upcoming lunch date.

Guest stars Laverne Cox.


7. Home

Wednesday 12th February at 10pm on Channel 4

Rufus Jones' superb comedy Home continues this week (although all episodes are now available to watch) as Syrian asylum seeker Sami returns to Dorking and is determined to be part of the local community.

Raj who owns the local shop, invites him to enter the Dorking Marmalade Festival while Katy walks into a sticky situation of her own at school which makes Peter's promotion at work all the more important

This week features quite possibly the funniest and most outrageous scene yet! Two words... yucca plant.

Read my interview with Rufus Jones here.



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