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WHAT TO WATCH 9-15 March

It's time for Sir Lenny Henry's final Red Nose Day!

This week's best telly sees Sir Lenny Henry bid a fond farewell to Red Nose Day, a new champion is crowned on Dancing on Ice and Jonathan Ross hosts ITV1's coverage of the 2024 Oscars, the first time in almost 20 years that the ceremony has been availbale for free in the UK.

Elsewhere, Sally Lindsay leads Channel 5's new four-part psychological thriller Love Rat, Roisin Gallagher returns in a second series of The Dry on ITVX, Mel Giedroyc and Lou Sanders encourage more celebrities to reveal their deepest darkest secrets in a new series of Unforgivable on Dave plus Alan Carr and Michelle Ogundehin return for another series of Interior Design Masters on BBC One.

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

1. Dancing on Ice

Sunday 10th March at 6.25pm on ITV1


This week sees Dancing on Ice come to an end as just four celebrities remain, each hoping to be crowned 2024 champion. But will it be Miles Nazaire and his partner Vanessa Bauer, Greg Rutherford and his parnter Vanessa James, Adele Roberts and her partner Mark Hanretty or Ryan Thomas and his partner Amani Fancy?

As the show reaches its epic conclusion, the remaining celebrities must pull off their most spectacular routines yet, including the iconic Bolero, if they're to lift that all-important Dancing on Ice trophy at the end.

But who will impress the ice panel, made up of Olympic legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean and dance stars Ashley Banjo and Oti Mabuse, the most? I'd love to see Adele win, but something tells me it's going to be between Miles and Ryan .


2. Oscars Live

Sunday 10th March at 10.15pm on ITV1

For the first time in almost two decades, UK viewers will have free and exclusive access to the Oscars® as Jonathan Ross hosts a bespoke live show alongside a raft of celebrity guests and film fanatics, talking through the night's predictions and sharing behind-the-scenes footage from the most famous evening in film.

Jonathan and his guests will react in real-time to the winners, speeches and must-see moments from the prestigious 96th Academy Awards in Hollywood, celebrating along with viewers at home.

But who will win big on the night? You'll have to tune in to find out!


3. Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr

Monday 11th March at 8pm on BBC One


There's no shortage of challenge shows on television, but Interior Design Masters is one of my favourites. With Alan Carr back as host and Michelle Ogundehin back as judge, 10 novice interior designers meet in Brighton before the competition begins.

Alan Carr then sends them off to a former convent in Norfolk where they must transform former nuns' cells into single bed B&B bedrooms to raise money for a charity that provides former homeless people with accommodation and meaningful employment.

The designers need to demonstrate their signature style and judge Michelle Ogundehin, with the help of interior designer Abigail Ahern, decides who will wins ‘Stand out Space’ and who will be the first to leave.

The revamped B&B rooms will create an extra income stream for the charity and will provide employment for the former homeless workers. As well as the B&B rooms, the charity has an on-site charity shop. The designers are tasked with purchasing at least one second-hand item of furniture from the shop and incorporating it into their design.

As well as considering the practicalities and comfort required for a small B&B space, the designers must create an unforgettable short stay experience that showcases their signature style and which also takes inspiration from the beautiful gothic building and bucolic surroundings.

Challenge over, the designers return to Brighton to hear the verdict. It’s relief and celebrations for seven designers while three designers have to face Michelle on the sofa and explain their design decisions. Once the first elimination takes place, just nine designers remain to face the next tough design challenge in episode two.

1/8 Continues weekly

4. Love Rat

Monday 11th to Thursday 14th March at 9pm on Channel 5


Sally Lindsay stars in Channel 5's latest four-part psychological thriller, Love Rat, as Emma, an English woman abroad whose romantic dreams of a new start turn into a nightmare. Divorced from Pete, played by Neil Morrissey, and estranged from her embittered daughter, she escapes her dull life for a holiday in Cyprus where she gets chatting to Niko, played by Gerald Kyd, the handsome, wealthy owner of the hotel.

As he sweeps Emma off her feet with trips to secluded beaches, romantic meals and making love with carefree abandon, Niko suggests she move into a beautiful villa with him and Emma makes the huge decision to turn her back on her life in the UK, much to the horror of her loved ones.

When Niko needs what he says is a short-term loan to complete the villa purchase, Emma happily lends him the money. But then Niko, her money and her dreams of a new life disappear.

Desperate, she sets out to find him and get her money back, descending into a shadowy underworld of conmen where nothing is at is seems, and uncovering an even more twisted truth as she battles for justice.

1-4/4 Continues nightly

5. Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable

Tuesday 12th March at 10pm on Dave


It's the show where the nation's favourite comedians and celebrities peel back their friendly showbiz veneer and compete to show the very best of their bad sides, and now Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable is back for its fourth series.

To convince Mel Giedroyc and her dishonourable assistant that they're the most unforgivable guest of all, the panel must reveal their dirtiest lies, most outrageous sins and all the secrets they've kept buried... until now.

Joining Mel & Lou in the first episode will be Rylan Clark who spills the beans on how he combined a pigeon meeting a sticky end and getting revenge on a colleague, Lucy Beaumont who admits she nicked knickers in school and Fatiha El-Ghorri reveals her secret cooking ingredient is sheep poo!

1/8 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch on ITVX

6. The Dry

Thursday 14th March on ITVX


Following a successful first series, Roisin Gallagher is returning as recovering alcoholic Shiv Sheridan in series two of The Dry, which picks up seven months on from the events of the first.

We now meet the Sheridans in their new normal. To all outward appearances, it seems like the family is relatively content: Shiv’s been sober, celibate, and solvent for 6 months, Ant has hung onto his job at the estate agents and his relationship with Max, and Caroline’s making up for a lost time by shagging everyone she meets on Tinder. So far, so normal… Or is it?

After all, how normal is it for 3 grown adults to still be living at home with their parents? And are the Sheridans really happy with this new status quo, or have they just rearranged their dysfunction and found another groove of denial to fit into?

1-8/8 Continues weely. All episodes available at launch on ITVX

7. Comic Relief: Funny for Money

Friday 15th March at 7pm on BBC One


This year's Red Nose Day for Comic Relief, will be hosted by Joel Dommett, Maya Jama, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness, Rosie Ramsey, Romesh Ranganathan, David Tennant and, for one last time, Sir Lenny Henry.

With the tagline Funny for Money, this year's night of fundraising includes a W1A reunion to find Sir Lenny’s replacement host, a French and Saunders reunion for a hilarious Red Nose Day message, an all-star line-up for The Traitors: The Movie in which Suranne Jones plays Claudia Winkleman and Alan Partridge returns to our airwaves and is joined by a very special guest.

As well as a star-studded line-up of sketches, the night promises live performances from the cast of Just For One Day, the Live Aid Musical and special surprises including appearances from darts sensation Luke Littler, money maestro Martin Lewis and The Gladiators!



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