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WHAT TO WATCH 9-15 October

This week's best telly includes Movie Week on Strictly, a new gripping ITV thriller, the return of a Sunday night favourite after 28 years and so much more.

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

1. Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 9th at 6.45pm and Sunday 10th October at 7.10pm on BBC One

As Strictly continues, it's time for the first themed week of the series... Movie Week! Who will follow Nina Wadia out of the ballroom? And who will join AJ Odudu, Sara Davies and Tilly Ramsay at the top of that all-important leaderboard?

Saturday's show opens with a stunning and cinematic period drama inspired group routine from the Strictly professionals, before the remaining couples take to the Ballroom floor for a night of movie inspired performances including Greg Wise as 007, Robert Webb as Kermit the Frog and AJ Odudu as Whitney Houston from Bodyguard.

Sunday night's results show, opens with a spectacular routine by the Strictly professionals, inspired by 2021 smash hit film, In The Heights, plus star of stage and screen Ben Platt will grace the Strictly ballroom with a special performance of You Will Be Found from the movie, Dear Evan Hansen.

Sadly, two couples will face each other in the dreaded dance-off. Who will the Judges save? And who will leave the competition this weekend?

3/13 Continues weekly

2. The Larkins

Sunday 10th October at 8pm on ITV

After 28 years away from our screens, Sunday night ITV favourite The Darling Buds of May, which originally starred David Jason and Pam Ferris, is back with a brand new cast and updated for 2021. The Larkins sees Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan take on the iconic roles of golden-hearted wheeler dealer Pop Larkin and his wife Ma.

Set in the late 1950s, we meet their six children, including the beautiful Mariette, played by Sabrina Bartlett - a role originally played by Catherine Zeta-Jones - as they bask in their idyllic and beautiful patch of paradise in Kent.

Fiercely loyal to each other and their community, there’s an overwhelming sense of plenty in their lives and a lot of joy and raucous laughter. With an endless supply of delicious, hearty meals alongside the odd cocktail or two, the Larkins are always happy to share what they have with others, despite the fact that what they have is sometimes obtained by unusual means!

Sadly their good heartedness is not always shared by certain members of the local community and village gossip (particularly from the Normans) about Pop and his family is often rife.

From government officials and snobbish second homeowners to aggressive urban developers, the Larkins never take threats to their idyllic way of life lying down but when Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton, played by Tok Stephen, arrives to inspect their taxes things are looking bleak for The Larkins.

Soon distracted by the beautiful Mariette, Charley quickly discovers that he has a romantic rival in the form of the handsome and mysterious Tom Fisher, played by Stephen Hagan. Mariette, on the other hand, may have plans of her own, which don’t involve men.

From May Day Fairs, to straw-man pram races and donkey derbies, there’s never a dull moment with The Larkins.

1/6 Continues weekly

3. Angela Black

Sunday 10th October at 9pm on ITV

No stranger to an ITV drama, Joanne Froggatt returns to our screens this week in Angela Black. Angela is a suburban housewife who seems like a happy mum of two, but is hiding something, her seemingly charming husband, Olivier, played by Michiel Huisman, who is in fact violent and manipulative.

Beneath this façade of charmed domesticity, Angela is a victim of domestic violence. Olivier is controlling and brutal; but Angela loves him and he’s the father of her children. She can’t leave him, even though she has threatened to countless times. So, she covers her bruises with makeup and fabricates lies to explain away her missing teeth.

But when Angela’s sons unexpectedly ask to stay the night at their friends’ house, she is left at a loose end. She doesn’t realise that deciding to go for a quiet drink will alter the course of her life.

In an apparently fortuitous encounter outside the crowded pub, she meets a man named Ed, played by Samuel Adewunmi, a Private Investigator who later reveals astonishing truths about her husband. But can Angela trust Ed? And what truths will be revealed in the ferocious fight between Angela and her husband?

1/6 Continues weekly

4. Question Team

Tuesday 12th October at 10pm on Dave

Richard Ayoade hosts Question Team, a brand new panel show in which the players set the questions. All that Richard asks is that their questions have proper answers, otherwise what goes down during their game is entirely up to them.

Each episode, Richard will invite three comedians to join his Question Team and outsource the lion's share of the preparation to his guests by demanding they each bring a unique round of questions.

In the first episode, Richard is joined by Bob Mortimer, Thanyia Moore and Kerry Godliman and he chooses prolific author Christopher Bliss (aka Rob Carter) to be his special guest to lead a round on his behalf, on books.

1/8 Continues weekly

5. Guilt

Thursday 14th October at 9pm on BBC Two

Award-winning drama Guilt - about two brothers who get involved in a hit and run - returns for a new four-part series full of twists, turns and deception as Mark Bonnar returns as Max McCall whose release from prison gradually comes together with another event - two gunshots ringing out of an Edinburgh cellar and across town.

As Max tries to rebuild his life, new arrival Erin, played by Sara Vickers, tries to save hers. When Roy Lynch rebuffs Max’s efforts at a reconciliation, Max turns to Kenny for help - despite their troubled history.

However, this is a newly confident Kenny, with a budding new relationship, and he provides Max with a tougher challenge than expected. To help his daughter, Roy finally turns to Max and Kenny and forces them to help him. It appears that Max’s fall from grace is complete - but he has a secret motivation to reveal.

1/4 Continues weekly. All episodes available from 10pm on Tuesday on BBC Scotland and BBC iPlayer

6. Myleene: Miscarriage and Me

Thursday 14th October at 9pm on W

One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage and in this new one-off documentary, Myleene Klass opens up on the trauma of her miscarriages, with the aim of breaking the taboo which

often surrounds this type of pregnancy loss.

For the first time, Myleene opens up to her husband and meets women from across the country who share their experience of baby loss, including close family and friends.

Myleene also follows a major campaign led by pregnancy charity Tommy’s, which urges the Government to change the care system so that more families can get the help they need following a miscarriage.

And when Myleene meets with MP Olivia Blake, Olivia opens up about her own miscarriage and pushes for a debate in Parliament to call for better miscarriage care.


7. Stand Up to Cancer

Friday 15th October from 7.30pm on Channel 4

Davina McCall, Maya Jama, Adam Hills and Alan Carr host a spectacular, star-studded night of fundraising for Stand Up To Cancer, live from London as an array of famous faces come together to raise funds for vital cancer research.

Joe Lycett will cajole the audience all night via his high-tech hub, with help from his nationwide band of celebrity reporters. Celebrity Gogglebox returns with a raft of surprising A-list names inviting us into their front rooms. Plus, Harry Styles will share some of his most intimate moments with SU2C.

And there are sketches, appearances and performances from a host of names including Olivia Colman, Usain Bolt, Jack Black, Tom Jones, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Sue Perkins, Rosie Jones, Mo Gilligan, James Blunt, Kate Beckinsale, Steve Coogan, Jeremy Clarkson, Natalie Imbruglia, the Jonas Brothers, the Derry Girls, Tom Daley, Becky Hill, Big Zuu, Stephen Mangan, David Oyelowo, The Wanted, Martin Freeman, Josh Widdicombe, Jamie Oliver, Liam Payne, Becky Hill, Jamie Laing, Aaron Paul and many more.

There are also live performances from Dermot Kennedy, Sigrid and Joy Crookes. Plus, friends and family members including Martin and Roman Kemp and Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy will take each other on in fiendishly silly challenges and famous faces will throw themselves into ridiculous stunts, all to illustrate the incredible science behind SU2C's goal of ending cancer.


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