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WHAT TO WATCH 9-15 May

This week's must-see telly includes a brand new crafting competition, a legendary sitcom pairing on a trip across the North of England and highly-anticipated returns for two of Netflix's most popular comedies.


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


1. The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft

Sunday 10th May at 8pm on Channel 4


During lockdown, there's a strong chance that some of you have taken to crafting, which makes the arrival of Channel 4's new craft competition, The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft, all the more pertinent.


Hosted by Keith Lemon and Anna Richardson, each episode will see skilful amateur crafters create prop-like, mic-drop crafts of epic proportions, using their artistic talent to create spectacular makes.


In the first episode, each of the four crafters must make mythical creature puppets to impress 'factory boss' Keith who chooses the best three to go on to craft for a special celebrity client, which in the first episode is Eamonn Holmes who challenges the crafters to make a sea-themed garden feature, before choosing his favourite and taking home their craft.


Read my interview with Keith Lemon and Anna Richardson here.


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2. Dave

Sunday 10th May at 10pm and 10.30pm on BBC Two


BBC Two don't often get the credit they deserve when it comes to bringing us some brilliant shows from the US, in the last few years we've had the likes of Pose, Better Things and Devs, to name only three and this week sees the UK premiere of FXX's Dave.


Dave is a new half-hour comedy based on the life of rapper and comedian Dave Burd, better known by his stage name Lil Dicky. In it he plays a neurotic man in his late 20s who has convinced himself that he's destined to be one of the best rappers of all time.


Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he actually might convince the world. Simultaneously exasperating and inspiring to his friends, he vows to leave no stone unturned on his quest to become the next superstar.


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3. Ricky & Ralf's Very Northern Road Trip

Monday 11th May at 8pm on Channel 4


They're arguably one of television most-loved father and son duos, and now over twenty years since Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little first met on the set of The Royle Family, they're heading out on the road, for six weeks, for a Very Northern Road Trip.


Along the way, Ricky and Ralf will visit a wide range of locations including the banks of the urban Mersey, the Lakes, the steel works of Sheffield and the Angel of the North, all in their very own home-from-home, a sturdy camper van.


They'll be meeting some old friends from the world of showbiz as well as making some new ones as they explore what makes the people in this part of Britain so special. And with Ricky now 80 and Ralf (at the time of recording) approaching 40, they reflect on how life has changed them as individuals and the North itself since they first met.


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4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tuesday 12th May at 8am on Netflix


When the fourth season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt finished at the start of 2019 on Netflix, the pretty perfect season finale tied up everything it needed to and gave Kimmy the ending she deserved. Yet here we are with the return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt, albeit for a one-off interactive special called Kimmy vs. the Reverend.


Much like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, it will be up to viewers at home to drive the narrative. With just days to go until Kimmy's wedding to Frederick, played by Daniel Radcliffe, she comes across some evidence which suggests that Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, the same man who imprisoned her for 15 years, has another bunker of women in captivity.


With Kimmy determined to save them, what does this mean for her wedding? Will you be able to defeat the Reverend and get Kimmy to her wedding on time? Or will you accidentally start a war against the robots?


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5. Schitt's Creek

Thursday 14th May on Netflix


They say that all good things must come to an end and this week that means it's time to say goodbye to the Rose family as the sixth and final season of Schitt's Creek finally makes its way to Netflix in the UK.


The Roses are achieving success in their careers and personal lives, forcing them all to contemplate their inevitable next steps.  But as their pursuits push them closer towards their long-awaited escape, the Roses see how connected their lives have become to the town and its residents. When they finally face the decision to stay or leave, it is much harder than expected and Johnny takes on a second motel. But as the costs pile up, he worries it may have been a huge mistake. 


Meanwhile, Moira’s movie has thrust her back into the limelight, but when she passes on a major opportunity, she fears she’s lost it all (again). With a wedding in sight, David throws all of his energy into the planning, but when he and Patrick clash on their vision of their future together, David is forced to confront the fact that marriage is more than a wedding.


And as Alexis focuses on her publicity work, Ted is in the Galapagos and much to her surprise, her career begins to take off. 

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6. Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe

Thursday 14th May at 9.30pm on BBC Two


For the first time since his 2016 Wipe, Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker is returning to our screens with his Antiviral Wipe, taking a look at life under lockdown.


As well as coverage of the crisis itself, he'll also be exploring what we’ve been watching to while away the hours. Guest contributors joining him, from a safe distance, include the ever-insightful Philomena Cunk, played by Diane Morgan and Barry Shitpeas, played by Al Campbell.

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7. Big Zuu's Big Eats

Friday 15th May at 10pm on Dave


Well-known in the Grime scene, Big Zuu is making his television debut this week with his very own cooking show... but with a twist. Over 10 episodes, this self-taught chef will be hitting the road with best mates Tubsey and Hyder to cook up some amazing dishes in the back of their very own food truck for some of the UK's best-loved comedians as they tour the country.


The series begins with Jimmy Carr, who Big Zuu meets in Croydon. The challenge is to come up with Jimmy's ultimate meal, taking into account his occasional vegan lifestyle as well as his love of dirty fast food.


Helped by his trusty sidekicks Tubsey and Hyder, Big Zuu knows that impressing this comedy legend could be the perfect way of ensuring his reputation spreads throughout the comedy circuit. No pressure then!


Read my interview with Big Zuu here.


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