What’s on TV tonight: The Strictly Come Dancing professionals chart their careers so far

Pick of the day

Strictly The Professionals

7pm, BBC One

While the now paired-off celebrities exit for some dance lessons before the first of the live shows, BBC One keeps Strictly in the nation’s consciousness with this programme focusing on the professional dancers, looking back at their “journeys”, some of their best moments from the show and their “behind-the-scenes secrets” – albeit presumably not touching on the “curse of Strictly”.

Last Night Of The Proms

7.15pm, BBC Two and 9pm, BBC One

The traditionally jingoistic send-off to the greatest classical music festival on Earth was last year subverted by the EU flags being waved alongside the Union Jacks, and a really provocative programmer would this year have scheduled Beethoven’s Ode To Joy. Let’s see who turns their back now. Anyway, the first “serious” half of the bill sees a world premiere by Daniel Kidane, ballet music from Manuel de Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, Laura Mvula performing “Sing to the Moon”, plus classics by Bizet, Saint-Saëns and Verdi. And then it’s full tilt into “Rule, Britannia!”, “Land of Hope and Glory” and “Jerusalem”.

Tori Herridge
Torri Herridge at Kennetpans in Scotland (Photo: Channel 4)

Britain At Low Tide

8pm, Channel 4

Palaeobiologist Tori Herridge and experts return to trudge among more seaweed-encrusted rocks, starting with the north coast of Kent around the trendy town of Whitstable. They look at the excavation of one of the most significant shipwreck discoveries of recent times, the origins of a strange sandbar, and a forgotten military base in an unusual location that proved pivotal in deciding the outcome of the First World War. But will rising sea levels and coastal erosion mean that a great deal of precious artefacts may be lost before they can be documented?

Jack Carroll
Jack Carroll is favourite to win BGT: The Champions (Photo: ITV/Twitter)

Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions

8.15pm, ITV

This week’s visitors include DJ Arch Jr whose DJ skills saw him win South Africa’s Got Talent at the age of just three, up against old British favourites such as dancers Paddy and Nico, and Jack Carroll, runner up in 2013 and favourite to win this year’s competition.

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Darkness: Those Who Kill

9pm, BBC Four

An opening sequence explains why Stine, female accomplice of girl-abducting serial killer Andres Kjeldsen, doesn’t want to attend her brother’s birthday party – and when she does finally agree to come along, why her speech wipes the smiles off the faces of the other guests. The penultimate double bill of this Danish noir thriller also sees detectives Jan and Louise raiding Kjeldsen’s boat and discovering a dress belonging to his first victim. Time to issue his description to the general public?

Jonathon Ross, Martin Freeman, Stephen Fry, Craig Davies, Charli XCX, Christine and the Queens, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern
Martin Freeman, Stephen Fry, Craig Davies, Charli XCX, Christine and the Queens, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern all appear on tonight’s Jonathan Ross Show (Photo: ITV)

The Jonathan Ross Show

10.15pm, ITV

The chat show returns to give ITV Saturday nights a familiar autumnal feel (minus, of course, The X Factor, but not Simon Cowell). Ross is joined tonight by Downton Abbey stars Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery, who discuss reviving the period drama for a new movie. Other guests include Stephen Fry, Craig David and Martin Freeman, while Charli XCX and Christine And The Queens perform together.

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Temple, Sky One, review: Mark Strong’s going underground – and full-on Gothic – in a blackly comic English version of ‘Valkyrien’

Temple
Sky One
★★★★

On a weekend that saw the Drake-produced return of Top Boy, courtesy of Netflix,  the London underworld was also the focus of new drama Temple – in this case, literally.

Below the streets of London, grieving surgeon Daniel Milton (Mark Strong) has built an illegal clinic to treat those whose injuries render plonking yourself in A&E out of the question.

In the opening episode, going off the NHS grid involved helping himself to a few supplies from his old hospital, then making his excuses from the memorial service for his wife to remove the spleen from Jamie (Tobi King Bakare), a getaway driver shot in a bungled robbery.

Mark Strong (left, with Tobi King Bakare as Jamie), brought real-world gravitas to an outlandish scenario (Photo: Sky One)

 He was helped in all this by Lee (Daniel Mays), a disgruntled Tube worker who had provided the premises (below the Temple station of the title) but can’t stand the sight of blood; and Anna (Carice van Houten from Game of Thrones), a colleague and ex-lover whose initial reaction spoke for us all: “This is crazy”.

It’s also blackly comic, gloriously Gothic and potentially very addictive. Much like the Norwegian original Valkyrien, which so impressed Strong that, Drake-style, he put on a producer’s hat to help create an English version. As in many a Hollywood blockbuster, his classy presence adds a real-world gravitas to the most outlandish scenario.

Daniel Mays as Lee was a disgruntled, lugubrious Igor to Daniel’s Dr Frankenstein (Photo: Sky One)

The opener (two more parts to come, or you can binge it on Now TV) ended with him weighing up the dilemma of whether to use the raid money for a few clinic extensions – and a plot twist which  explained why he set it up in the first place. Well, sort of explained – this is one of those programmes where it’s best not to look too closely at the many absurdities of the premise.

But a top-notch cast play it straight. The script (by playwright Mark O’Rowe) is tight and pacy. And director Luke Snellin creates a suitably surreal atmosphere from the landscape of tunnels, staircases and side doors that Tube travellers glimpse out of the corners of their eyes every day.

Well worth a look if you like your medical drama full-on and a bit bonkers. A word of warnng, though – if you’re as squeamish as Lee, be prepared for frequent use of the fast-forward button.

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Is Unbelievable a true story? How Marie Adler’s real experiences inspired the Netflix crime series

Amid the popularity of real life and true crime genres, Netflix has released a new drama based on the Pulitzer Prize winning article, An Unbelievable Story of Rape.

Unbelievable tells the story of teenager Marie Adler, an 18-year-old who filed a report claiming she had been raped in 2008. But police detectives and those closest to her doubted the truth of her claim, and Adler later retracted her story, telling the police she had lied.

While Adler went through this, hundreds of miles away, detectives Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall meet while investigating an eerily similar pair of intruder rapes, and partnered up to catch a what they suspected was a serial rapist.

Here’s all you need to know about Unbelievable.

Unbelievable on Netflix
The police believed that Adler was making up the claims that she had been raped (Photo: Netflix)

Is Unbelievable based on a true story?

Yes it is. The eight episodes have been inspired by the real events in The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning article, An Unbelievable Story of Rape, written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, as featured in the This American Life radio episode, “Anatomy of Doubt”.

In 2008, Adler reported that she had been “tied up, blindfolded, gagged and raped” in her apartment in Washington.

Unable to remember much about the attack, the sparse details that she did have was that her attacker was a “white man” who was wearing a “grey sweater”.

In the aftermath of the attack, Adler came under suspicion from her former foster mother Shannon, who claimed that Adler showed “no emotion” when they met after the attack. Friend Peggy Cunningham, who Adler lived with for a short while, also wondered whether she was telling the truth.

It had been documented that Adler’s upbringing had been unstable as she was in and out of foster homes for much of her childhood. However, by the age of 18 she was living independently and had got a job at Costco.

As the police were alerted to the concerns that her claims may not have been entirely truthful, Adler was asked to go through the incident again. After noticing inconsistencies in her story, the police believed the idea that Adler had made it all up and asked her to write out a true statement of what really happened that night. In her statement, she wrote that she had “dreamt that someone broke in and raped me”.

However, after some time, Adler wrote another statement where she said that she had lied. As a result, she was charged with false reporting and faced spending a year in prison.

But she was spared jail when she agreed to a number of conditions which included attending mental health counselling for her lying and paying $500 to cover court costs.

However, two years later, detectives Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall were investigating a similar rape case and found a man called Marc O’Leary was actually guilty. He had taken pictures of his victims, and detectives discovered photos confirming he had attacked Adler.

O’Leary was later found guilty of two rapes in Washington, with Adler named as one of the victims.

Toni Collette can be seen in the role of Detective Rasmussen alongside Merritt Wever as Detective Duvall
Toni Collette can be seen in the role of Detective Rasmussen alongside Merritt Wever as Detective Duvall (Photo: Netflix)

What happened after Adler’s rapist was convicted?

Following O’Leary’s conviction, the police removed the charge against Adler and returned the $500 she had paid to cover the court fees. She went on to sue the city of Lynwood and was awarded $150,000 in settlement.

According to reports, Adler is now married with two children.

When is Unbelievable on Netflix?

Unbelievable is available to stream and watch now.

Who is in the cast?

Booksmart actress Kaitlyn Dever plays the role of Adler while Toni Collette can be seen in the role of Detective Rasmussen alongside Merritt Wever as Detective Duvall.

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DJ Arch Jr: meet the BGT: The Champions DJ who won South Africa’s Got Talent when he was 3 years old

Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions returns for another week with nine more acts taking to the stage in a bid to make it to the show’s grand final.

Along with the usual mix of singers, dancers, comedians and magicians, one act who will be trying to impress Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams viewers will be  South Africa’s Got Talent star DJ Arch Jr who is just six years old.

The world’s youngest DJ already as a Got Talent winner’s title under his belt after he won South Africa’s Got Talent in 2015 at the age of three.

As we prepare for his roof raising set, here’s all you need to know about DJ Arch Jr.

DJ Arch Jr on America's Got Talent: The Champions
Dj Arch Jr currently holds the title of being the youngest Got Talent winner after he was crowned winner on South Africa’s Got Talent in 2015 (Photo: NBC)

Who is DJ Arch Jr?

DJ Arch Jr, whose real name is Oratilwe AJ Hlongwane, currently holds the title for being the youngest ever act to win Got Talent in the world.

He also holds the record for being the world’s youngest DJ and has become so popular that his YouTube videos have amassed a total of 38 million views.

According to reports, DJ Arch Jr got his first taste of music at the age of eight months when his dad bought him an iPad mini.

After winning South Africa’s Got Talent in 2015, the young DJ went on to appear on America’s Got Talent: The Champions where he received standing ovations from Cowell, Mel B, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum.

However, he sadly failed to make it into the top three which meant that he was sent home.

DJ Arch Jr’s dad Glen Hlongwane recently spoke about how proud he was of his son.

“I keep getting asked the question of how proud I am of my son, and to be honest I have run out of words to describe how proud I am. He does so well in every aspect of his life, from his deejaying career to his achievements at school,” South African website iol quoted him as saying.

“He is constantly learning new things. Recently, he started learning how to produce. Everything’s coming together really nicely, like a perfect puzzle.”

How old is DJ Arch Jr?

DJ Arch Jr is six years old.

DJ Arch Jr on America's Got Talent
The young DJ appeared on America’s Got Talent: The Champions earlier this year but failed to make it to the finals (Photo: NBC)

When are they on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?

DJ Arch Jr will be seen showing off his talent on the Britain’s Got Talent stage on Saturday 14 September at 8.15pm.

They will be up against: Richard Jones, Mayyas, Jack Carroll, Paddy and Nico, Richard & Adam, Darcy Oake, The Fire and Cristina Ramos.

How does the show work?

The episodes will differ slightly from the normal Britain’s Got Talent format because the judges will choose the act they want to see in the final by pressing their golden buzzer. The second act through to the final will be chosen by the audience.

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Doc Martin series 9 cast: who stars in the new series – and when it starts on ITV

This month will mark the return of ITV‘s ever-popular medical comedy-drama, Doc Martin.

Starring Martin Clunes as the curmudgeonly Doctor Martin Ellingham, the show will begin its ninth season on Wednesday 25 September. 

Set in the fictional seaside village of Portwenn, the show follows the trials and tribulations of a high -flying London surgeon consigned to life as a local GP after he develops a phobia of blood. 

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A brusque, urbane figure in a sea of old-fashioned locals, he often finds himself at loggerheads with his neighbours. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the new series.

Who else stars in the new series?

Martin Clunes as Doc Martin in the ITV series. (Picture: ITV)

Alongside Clunes as the titular Doc Martin, Caroline Catz stars as Louisa Ellingham – headmistress of the local primary school, and the good doctor’s wife. 

In the last season, Louisa struggled to balance her job alongside her marriage and their baby son, James Henry. 

BAFTA-winning actress and The Crown star Eileen Atkins plays Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth. A retired psychiatrist, she suffers fools about as readily as her nephew. 

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Another BAFTA-winner completes the Doctor’s support circle – with Jessica Ransom playing his receptionist, Morwenna Newcross. 

Ian McNeice, who once played Winston Churchill in an episode of Doctor Who, appears as the enterprising Bert Large. Joe Absolom, of Eastenders fame, completes their father-son duo as Al Large. 

Fellow Eastender John Marquez maintains order as PC Joe Penhale, while Selina Cadell mans the local pharmacy as Mrs Tishell. 

American tourist Beth Traywick, played by none other than Oscar-winner and Sci-Fi legend Sigourney Weaver, has appeared twice before and may yet return. 

When does the new series start?

The new season begins on Wednesday 25 September at 9pm on ITV.  It will be an eight-part series, with episodes arriving weekly. 

What has Martin Clunes said about the new series?

While Doc Martin has complained long and hard about his Cornish surroundings, Martin Clunes has spoken of his time there with unrestrained enthusiasm. 

“We love going to Cornwall to make Doc Martin, and we miss it when we are not there.” he told Digital Spy ahead of the new series. “The county is so beautiful and the people have been so warm and welcoming to us.”

“It’s the best job in television.”

 

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Autumn TV: The best shows to watch over the next few months from The Crown to Strictly Come Dancing

DRAMA

Top Boy

Netflix

Kane Robinson as Sully in Top Boy series 3
Rapper Kane Robinson, also known as Kano, plays Sully in the show (Photo: Netflix)

Channel 4’s hit drama has been resurrected and transported to Netflix with the help of Canadian rapper and London fanboy Drake. Dushane (Ashley Walters) is out of prison and taking his place back as Summerhouse’s premier drug dealer alongside frenemy Sully (Kane Robinson). With Simbi Ajikawo and David Omoregie – better known as Little Simz and Dave – joining the cast, the new series promises to be a showcase of Britain’s best black talent.

The Crown

Netflix

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip in The Crown series 3 on Netflix
Olivia Colman takes over from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II for series three (Photo: Netflix)

Olivia Colman makes her debut as Queen Elizabeth II following on from Claire Foy’s two-year tenure. Hers are big shoes to fill, even for an Oscar winner, though it’s doubtful the Broadchurch star will fall short of the world’s high expectations. The third and fourth series were filmed back-to-back and span across 1964-76, meaning we’ll be privy to Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) and Lord Snowdon’s (Ben Daniels) divorce.

World On Fire

BBC Two

Jonah Hauer-King as Harry Chase in World On Fire on BBC One
Jonah Hauer-King plays Harry, a young soldier in the Second World War (Photo: BBC)

This epic World War II series has already been bought by US broadcaster PBS, so is already looking rather promising. Starting with the day Germany invaded Poland and ending with the Battle of Britain, World On Fire aims to tell the story of the second world war through the eyes of “normal people” on every side. Lesley Manville and Helen Hunt head up an international cast, and are also joined by Sean Bean. Bets on whether he’ll die in the first episode are now closed.

Unbelievable

Netflix

Merritt Weaver and Toni Collette in Unbelievable (Photo: Netflix)
Merritt Weaver and Toni Collette as the detectives who uncover the truth about a serial rapist in Unbelievable (Photo: Netflix)

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning ProPublica article, this difficult and emotional adaptation tells the true story of 18-year-old Marie who was charged with reporting a false rape in 2008. She accepted a plea deal, but two years later a team of investigators tracked down her attackers and proved her story to be true after all. You’ll recognise Marie as Kaitlyn Dever, the sidekick to Beanie Feldstein in hit summer movie Booksmart.

Dublin Murders

BBC One

Killian Scott as Rob and Sarah Greene as Cassie in Dublin Murders
Killian Scott and Sarah Greene star in the BBC adaption of Tana French’s novels (Photo: BBC)

Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series has been crying out for a TV adaption for years, and with help from Irish national broadcaster RTÉ the BBC has finally stepped up. Killian Scott (Strike) and Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) play detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox tasked with solving two equally disturbing murders – a ballerina found on an ancient altar and a woman found stabbed to death inside an old Famine cottage.

Britannia II

Sky Atlantic

David Morrissey as Aulus in Britannia II
David Morrissey takes on the role of Roman commander Aulus (Photo: Sky Atlantic)

Mackenzie Croook takes on a second role in this year’s series of Britannia, Sky’s original drama charting the birth of the country we know today. Created and written by Jez Butterworth, the playwright behind The Ferryman and 2015 James Bond movie Spectre, the second round will see the Romans settle into their new role as rulers – “In the pantheon of right s***holes, Britannia is right up there,” says Steve Pemberton’s Emperor Claudius of his new home.

The Politician

Netflix

David Corenswet as River and Ben Platt as Payton Hobart in The Politician on Netflix
The Politician is the first of Ryan Murphy’s shows for Netflix (Photo: Netflix)

American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy goes back to his Glee roots with this new high school drama-comedy. Ben Platt plays a privileged, high achieving wannabe politician who will stop at nothing to become high school president. It’s essentially the 2016 US presidential race under a microscope, with all the subterfuge, games and underhand tactics you could ever want. Gwyneth Paltrow also stars as Peyton’s mum, with a less-than-subtle nod to her oft debated public image.

Undone

Amazon

Undone on Amazon Prime Video
Undone comes from the brains behind BoJack Horseman (Photo: Amazon Prime Video)

A step away from the grown-up cartoons of Bojack Horseman and Big Mouth, Amazon’s Undone is a little more stylish in its animation. Starring Rosa Salazar (Bird Box, Maze Runner) as Alma and Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) as her dead dad, it tells a trippy story of time when the 28-year-old finds herself the victim of a life threatening accident. One for fans of Doctor Who, but with a little more grit.

Catherine The Great

Sky Atlantic

Helen Mirren in Catherine The Great on Sky Atlantic
Helen Mirren makes a return to TV as one of Russia’s most famous rulers (Photo: Sky Atlantic)

Helen Mirren returns to serialised TV for the first time since 2005, when she played Queen Elizabeth I on Channel 4. Now she’s taking on Russia’s former empress, Catherine II, in a four-part co-production between Sky Atlantic and HBO. The monarch was in charge of the Russian empire for 34 years and this series chooses to focus on the latter part of the 18th century, otherwise known as the Golden Age of Russia.

Modern Love

Amazon

Anne Hathaway in Modern Love on Amazon Prime
Modern Love has an impressive ensemble cast, including Anne Hathaway (Photo: Amazon Prime Video)

The phrase ‘ensemble cast’ might be overused to plump up an average line up every now and then, but that’s certainly not the case for anthology series Modern Love. Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Andrew Scott, Dev Patel, John Slattery, Andy Garcia and Cristin Milioti are just a small handful of the A-listers set to appear in the series, which is based on the popular New York Times column of the same name. Think Love Actually, but for 2019.

The Accident

Channel 4

You might not recognise Jack Thorne’s name, but you will have almost certainly watched his work – National Treasure, Kiri, This Is England ‘86, ‘88 and ‘90 as well as theatre production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. For the final instalment of his Channel 4 trilogy, Thorne has recruited Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire to help tell a story of “justice” after a huge explosion kills a number of residents – including children – of a small town.

DOCUMENTARIES/FACTUAL

Seven Worlds, One Planet

BBC One

Seven Worlds One Planet
David Attenborough will teach us about the Guanaco in Torres del Paines, Chile (Photo: BBC)

David Attenborough’s much-anticipated follow up to last year’s Blue Planet promises to live up to expectations, as we’re taken on a journey through each of Earth’s seven continents. From sparring lizards and gravity defying monkeys in Asia, to the charging bison of Europe and humongous blue whales of Antarctica, the natural history legend’s newest venture promises to leave no stone of our glorious but endangered planet unturned.

Inside The Vatican

BBC One

Easter procession in St Peter’s square, Vatican
The BBC take an in-depth look at The Vatican’s inner workings (Photo: BBC)

This documentary fits a whole year’s worth of footage of the seat of the Catholic world into just two hour-long programmes. Pope Francis himself makes an appearance, but it’s the day-to-day running of the Vatican and the confines of the city walls that really make this an interesting watch.

The Cheltenham Literature Festival

Sky Arts

As the only channel on UK television completely dedicated to culture, it’s a no-brainer that Sky Arts would set up camp to broadcast live from one of the nation’s biggest book festivals. With headliners ranging from Blondie’s Debbie Harry and comedian Lenny Henry to former Prime Minister David Cameron, the coverage promises to be as interesting as it is diverse.

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Smuggled

Channel 4

Just how easy is it to sneak through the UK’s borders illegally? This new reality show aims to find out as Channel 4 have tasked a series of normal British citizens to find their way back home from Europe without using their passport. A thinly veiled attack on Brexit, this two-parter has billed itself as a “dramatic experiment” with “real purpose at its heart”.

Population with Chris Packham

BBC Two

Chris Packham
Chris Packham turns his attention to the world’s population problem (Photo: YUI MOK/AFP/Getty)

Chris Packham isn’t scared of controversy, but this might well be his most opinion splitting documentary yet. According to forecasters, by 2050 there’ll be a billion people in the world – a figure pretty much everyone agrees is far too big. But what are we supposed to do? Stop Having children? Well, maybe.

ENTERTAINMENT/COMEDY

Strictly Come Dancing

BBC One

Strictly Come Dancing celebrities and professional dancers
The nation’s favourite dance show returns (Photo: BBC)

Former national footballer Alex Scott is the current favourite to take home the 2019 Strictly glitterball trophy, but for now, it’s all to play for. New judge Motsi Mobuse will step up to the panel for the first time, though she won’t be the only newbie – Latin dancer Nancy Xu also joins the professionals for 2019.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

BBC Three

RuPaul's Drag Race UK contestants
Who will take home Ru’s first UK crown? (Photo: BBC)

This UK version of RuPaul’s reality show has finally arrived, a mere ten months after its announcement. Queens competing for Ru’s crown of Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent include Baga Chipz, Sum Ting Wong and Scaredy Kat, while chat show hosts Graham Norton and Alan Carr will take it in turns to sit on the judging panel. Fans of the US version will be glad to hear the Snatch Game challenge has safely made it across the pond.

Defending the Guilty

BBC Two

Will Sharpe and Katherine Parkinson in Defending The Guilty
Will Sharpe plays a student barrister in new comedy Defending The Guilty (Photo: BBC)

A new comedy from the clever brains behind Mum and Cold Feet, Defending the Guilty pretty much does what it says on the tin. At once hilarious and questioning of our impossibly complicated and tricky legal system, it follows student barrister Will (Will Sharpe, Flowers) who is guided by the world weary but impressively staunch mentor Caroline (Katherine Parkinson, The IT Crowd). A word of warning to any readers in the legal profession – the constant battle between holding onto your principles and doing your job might hit close to the bone.

State of The Union

BBC Two

Rosamund Pike as Louise and Chris O'Dowd as Tom in State of the Union on BBC Two
Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd star in Nick Hornby’s State of the Union (Photo: BBC/Confession TV)

Not strictly a comedy, but funny all the same, these ten-minute vignettes of a marriage in crisis are some of the best TV this autumn. Proper Hollywood stars Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) play husband and wife Louise and Tom, who meet in the pub ten minutes before their weekly couple’s counselling session. Whether they’re discussing Louise’s affair or Call The Midwife, the razor sharp dialogue straight from Nick Hornby’s novella of the same name is enough to keep you hooked.

The Circle

Channel 4

The Circle on Channel 4
The Circle sees contestants manipulate social media to win a cash prize (Photo: Channel 4)

Former Big Brother presenter Emma Willis takes the reigns for the second series of social media reality show The Circle. The concept is simple: a group of people are locked away in separate rooms in a block of flats, with only The Circle – a sort of online network – as a form of communication between them. The twist is that, thanks to the anonymity of The Circle, the contestants can choose to be whoever they want and since the winner is the most popular, most of them decide to present as someone entirely different to their true self. Terrifying and entertaining in equal measures.

The Good Place

Netflix

The Good Place
The Good Place gang are back for one last season (Photo: NBC/Netflix)

After four seasons, the standout NBC comedy takes its final bow at the end of September, much to the dismay of its fans. For the uninitiated, The Good Place refers to the space where intrinsically good people go once they die – as opposed to The Bad Place. Over the years it has gotten a lot more complicated, though also much funnier. Not an accolade often afforded to a TV with roots in philosophical theory.

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Jack Carroll: what happened to the BGT: The Champions comedian after he appeared on Britain’s Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Jack Carroll returns to the BGT stage this weekend, taking part in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.

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The show features winners and finalists of the talent show from years gone by, with the promise of exciting new routines.

Over six weeks, judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and David Walliams will decide which act they want to see progress the final before opening it up to the audience who will pick the second act.

In week three of the show, youngster Jack Carroll is among the performers. Here’s everything you need to know about the up-and-coming funnyman.

Who is Jack Carroll?

Born and raised in West Yorkshire, Jack Carroll showed a prodigious talent for comedy from a young age.

A video of Carroll speaking at his mother and father’s wedding anniversary in 2010 caught the eye of Manchester comedian Jason Manford who invited the then 12-year-old Carroll to perform as a warm-up act at one of his shows.

The performance was featured on the One Show and work in television followed with Carroll appearing on CBBC show Ministry of Curious Stuff alongside Vic Reeves.

The eye-catching performances of Carroll caught the eye of Britain’s Got Talent scouts, who handed him a slot on the 2013 edition of the talent show.

Carroll’s routines, which often made light of his cerebral-palsy condition, were a hit with viewers who voted Carroll through to the final where he lost to Hungarian shadow theatre group Attraction.

Since his first appearance on Britain’s Got Talent the now-20-year-old has forged a successful career as a comedian, appearing on Live at the Apollo in 2016.

The comic has also appeared on Sky One’s Trollied, CBBC’s The Dog Ate My Homework and Radio 4 topical comedy show The Now Show.

Who will he be competing with?

Richard Jones
Richard Jones won 2016’s edition of Brigtain’s Got Talent (ITV/Twitter)

On this week’s episode of The Champions Carroll will go up against magician Richard Jones, Welsh singing duo Richard and Adam, illusionist Darcy Oake, and salsa dancers Paddy & Nico.

There will also be acts from other ‘Got Talent’ competitions taking part: Spain’s Cristina Ramos, DJ Arch Jr from South Africa, and dance group The Fire from Holland’s Got Talent.

Completing the line up are dance group Mayyas from Lebanon, who first appeared on Arabs Got Talent.

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Paddy and Nico: when the BGT: The Champions dancers were on Britain’s Got Talent – and what they have done since

Paddy and Nico won the nation’s heart when the salsa dancing duo took to the Britain’s Got Talent stage in 2014.

Their quick moves and high energy had the judges up on their feet, including Amanda Holden who secured their place in the live semi-finals after she pressed her golden buzzer for them.

Almost five years after their last performance on the show, the duo will be proving to the audience that age is just a number when they take to the stage to secure their place as Britain’s Got Talent’s ultimate champions.

With a range of acts from BGT of yesteryear all taking part in the special spin off show, here’s all you need to know about Paddy and Nico.

Who are Paddy and Nico?

Paddy and Nico on Britain's Got Talent
Paddy and Nico auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent in 2014. Following their audition, Amanda Holden pressed her golden buzzer for them (Photo: ITV)

Paddy, whose real name is Sarah Patricia Jones, is a British salsa dancer who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent’s eighth series. She currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest acrobatic salsa dancer.

Nico Espinosa is Paddy’s dance partner whom she met while attending his dance school in Spain following the death of her husband.

After Paddy took up acrobatic salsa, she and Nico formed a duo and began dancing together. They went on to make appearances on the Spanish version of BGT which they won and even appeared on the Argentinian version of Dancing with the Stars.

Despite their strong bond on Britain’s Got Talent, the pair’s dancing partnership wasn’t always smooth sailing, as Paddy recalled the time Nico left area in Spain he was living in without even telling her following a falling out.

“Seven years down the drain — you think surely he could have said something, but no — absolutely nothing. I think he realised it was worth his while to keep in touch with me,” The Sun reported her saying.

However, they later reconnected.

When did they appear on Britain’s Got Talent?

Paddy and Nico appeared on Britain’s Got Talent during the eighth series of the show in 2014.

Having been given a straight pass into the semi-finals, the duo’s chance at making it to the finals was put in jeopardy when Paddy cracked a rib during rehearsals for a routine with Nico.

However, despite the injury, Paddy carried on and performed the routine and made it through to the finals. But the pair ended up coming in at seventh place with Collabro taking the coveted winner’s title.

Paddy and Nico dancing on Britain's Got Talent
The duo made it through to the final but failed to win the series (Photo: ITV)

What are Paddy and Nico doing now?

Following their appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, Paddy and Nico auditioned for the French version in 2016 and were voted through to the next round.

When are they on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?

Paddy and Nico will be back on the Britain’s Got Talent stage on Saturday 14 September at 8.15pm.

They will be up against: Richard Jones, Mayyas, Jack Carroll, DJ Arch Jnr, Richard & Adam, Darcy Oake, The Fire and Cristina Ramos.

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Strictly the Professionals: When it’s on BBC One, and full line up of professional dancers for the 2019 series

It’s fair to say that the celebrities who sign up to appear on Strictly Come Dancing get the majority of the attention during the show’s run, unless the professional dancers are caught doing something they shouldn’t.

But this year, the pros have been given their own show before the latest series kicks off.

Strictly The Professionals will look at how the current group of professionals made their journey to the famous ballroom and the sacrifices they made to get to the top of their game.

Viewers of the show will also be given behind the scenes access where some of the show’s most guarded secrets will be revealed, including how the annual pairings between the celebrities and the dancers are decided by the show’s producers.

Here’s all you need to know about Strictly The Professionals.

Janette Manrara and Katya Jones on Strictly The Professionals
Janette Manrara and Katya Jones feature in the special episode as they recall the journey they took to reach the Strictly ballroom (Photo: BBC)

When is Strictly The Professionals on TV?

Strictly The Professionals airs on BBC One on Saturday 14 September at 7pm.

What to expect?

The 90 minute special will feature appearances from former Strictly celebrities including Jeremy Vine, Ed Balls and Ann Widdecombe as they join the professionals on their trip down memory lane as they recall some of the astonishing highlights from their time on the show.

The format will be relaxed as the pro dancers reunite to discuss their time on the hit BBC talent show so far.

Professional dancer Kevin Clifton will be seen recalling how he was rejected by the show’s producers twice before finally joining the line up. During a conversation with Aljaz Skorjanec, Clifton reveals how he auditioned with then girlfriend Karen Hauer, only to find out that she had been asked to join the cast in 2012 and he hadn’t.

“They said, ‘We’d love to take Karen, but not that guy’. We’ve no need for that gothic scarecrow who thinks he’s the rock star of the ballroom,” he states in the special episode.

Meanwhile, Anton du Beke, Giovanni Pernice and Skorjanec will be seen admitting that they only got into dance to meet girls.

“All the boys were doing football, wanting to be firemen – all the girls were dancing… I’m going to go with the girls. I loved it, Skorjanec, who is married to fellow Strictly pro Janette Manrara, states.

Pernice adds: “If I play football, I’m going to have, for the rest of my life, to shower with boys. So I’m going to be a dancer and spend time with the girls.”

Revealing that he had the same idea, du Beke adds: “I went with my sister, It was a room full of girls, I was 14, so I thought… ‘Hello.’”

Aljaž Skorjanec and Kevin Clifton on Strictly The Professionals
Kevin will be seen revealing how he was rejected from the show twice before he joined the line up (Photo: BBC)

Who are the professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing this year?

  • AJ Pritchard
  • Aljaž Škorjanec
  • Amy Dowden
  • Anton Du Beke
  • Dianne Buswell
  • Giovanni Pernice
  • Gorka Marquez
  • Graziano Di Prima
  • Janette Manrara
  • Johannes Radebe
  • Karen Clifton
  • Katya Jones
  • Kevin Clifton
  • Luba Mushtuk
  • Nadiya Bychkova
  • Neil Jones
  • Oti Mabuse
  • Nancy Xu

When does the Strictly Come Dancing live shows start?

The Strictly live shows kick off on Saturday 21 September on BBC One.

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Richard Jones: what happened to the BGT: The Champions magician after he won Britain’s Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent winner Richard Jones returns to the BGT stage this weekend, taking part in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.

The show gives past winners and finalists of the worldwide talent show franchise a chance to be crowned the ultimate champion, with the promise of exciting new routines and the transformations of acts like Connie Talbot (who was just six when she appeared on BGT for the first time).

Over six weeks, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and David Walliams will decide which act they want to see again in the final before handing it over to the audience who will pick the second act.

But who is Jones? When did he first appear on BGT, and what has he been up to since?

Who is Richard Jones?

Born in Leytonstone in 1990, 28-year old Jones grew up in Chigwell, Essex before joining the British Army in 2010 and studying for a year at the Royal Military School of Music.

He spent three years with the Parachute Regiment band, before being posted to the band of the Household Cavalry in 2014 as a mounted dutyman.

Even before taking to the bright lights in front of the judges for the first time, Jones had been on TV, appearing as a contestant on The Chase just a month before BGT kicked off.

Jones became the first magician ever to win BGT in 2016, with a performance that included a tribute to the Forces, and telling the story of a 97 year old war veteran with a card trick

His connection to the Army was always likely to get the ITV audience on side, and just a month after his win, Lance Corporal Jones performed as a bandsman in the Trooping the Colour, as part of the 90th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II.

Since then, he’s had his own shown on ITV – Operation Magic – and toured the UK with his magic show Power of Imagination.

Jones’ career really took off when he toured Butlins holiday camps during half terms and summer holidays throughout 2018.

Who will he be competing against?

Mayyas
Mayyas (Photo: ITV/Twitter)

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In Week 3 of The Champions, Jones will be up against Welsh singing duo Richard and Adam, comedian Jack Carroll, fellow illusionist Darcy Oake, and salsa dancers Paddy & Nico.

There will also be acts from other ‘Got Talent’ competitions taking part: Spain’s Cristina Ramos, DJ Arch Jr from South Africa, and dance group The Fire from Holland’s Got Talent.

Completing the line up are dance group Mayyas from Lebanon, who first appeared on Arabs Got Talent.

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Downton Abbey movie: release date, cast, review round-up, filming location and everything else you need

When it was announced that Downton Abbey would be finishing with a final sixth series back in 2015, fans were devastated.

For five years, the exploits of the Crawley family, their friends, enemies and staff entertained much of the nation, until the creator and writer Julian Fellowes decided to take it out on a high.

But then, in 2016, a Downton movie was announced – and now, it’s almost upon us. Here’s everything you need to know…

When will it be in cinemas?

Downton Abbey will be released in the UK on 13 September 2019.

Maggie Smith is back on fine form as the Countess (Photo: Universal / Focus Features)

Fans who have missed the Countess (Maggie Smith) and her biting cut-downs, simmering upstairs-downstairs elicit affairs and just a general taste of the retro good life will be pleased to know that it looks ready to deliver on that front.

But the main thrust of the film seems to centre around some royalty coming for dinner.

It is set 18 months after the end of the finale series, in 1927.

Who appears in it?

Most of the main cast from the ITV series will also be appearing in the movie.

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Expect to see Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley), Laura Carmichael (Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Talbot), Matthew Goode (Henry Talbot) and Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates).

Also returning are Jim Carter as Charles Carson, Raquel Cassidy as Phyllis Baxter, Brendan Coyle as John Bates, Kevin Doyle as Joseph Molesley and Michael C. Fox as Andrew “Andy” Parker .

Hugh Bonneville as the Earl of Grantham (Photo: Universal / Focus Features)

Other actors include Harry Hadden-Paton, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol and Douglas Reith.

Newcomers to Grantham House include Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Tuppence Middleton, Simon Jones, David Haig, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Where was it filmed?

The primary set for the Downton Abbey castle in both the film and TV series is in actual fact, Highclere Castle in Hampshire.

The Gothic style house, which boasts grand, historic rooms such as a library and a great hall, is set in 1000 acres of parkland.

In real life, it is the home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnavaron, whose family have lived there since 1679 – Julian Fellowes, reportedly had the castle in mind when writing the series.

While some scenes are filmed in studios and other locations, the exterior shots and certain indoor scenes are filmed at Highclere.

Other film locations for Downton Abbey include Bampton Village in Oxfordshire, which appears in the ITV series as the village of Downton, Cogges Manor Farm in Oxfordshire, which is the setting for Yew Tree Farm and Basildon Park in Berkshire, where the interiors of Grantham House are set.

What do the reviews say?

Overall, the critics seem to have been appreciative, with the film holding an early approval rating of 85 per cent from the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes after the previews.

However, many of these come from US writers, a country that famously goes wild for Downton’s idealised version of aristocratic English life.

Indeed, Empire magazine call the film “England as Americans see it, a horrendously dated perspective”, and reviews from critics on this side of the pond are far less kind.

That publication called it an “aggressively gentle nostalgia trip”, although it also acknowledged that the “big-screen debut will likely delight” fans of the series.

The Guardian described it as “the most intensely glucose and sometimes baffling Christmas special,” adding “every so often you can feel the rhythmic thud of where the ad break would normally go” on TV.

Despite all this, reviewer Peter Bradshaw again conceded that while it is “at all times ridiculous” it was also “quite enjoyable”.

What does Julian Fellowes say about the film?

Speaking during a Twitter Q&A, he said: “The idea of a film didn’t really cross our minds when doing the series. When we finished, the idea of a film started to form. I was keen to bring the theme of a royal visit, where everyone upstairs and downstairs would be on their best behaviour. This became the centre of the film.”

He was also asked if it was nice to have the cast together again. He replied: “Very slightly strange to find ourselves back in Highclere and everyone back in their costumes. It was peculiar but very nice. And they’ve all been doing different things, so it’s certainly nice to have everyone back sitting around the dining table again.

“It was nice coming home.”

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The Great Model Railway Challenge 2019: what time the series is on Channel 5 tonight, judges and what to expect

The Great Model Railway Challenge has returned to Channel 5 for another series to find the country’s best railway modellers.

Fronted by Tim Shaw and James Richardson, the latest batch of episodes will show the teams of skilled railway modellers demonstrating their talent and attention to detail in a bid to impress judges Steve Flint, editor of Railway Modeller magazine and Kathy Millatt, who is a modelling expert.

As each episode pushes the 15 teams to the limit, here’s everything you need to know about the new series of The Great Model Railway Challenge.

When is The Great Model Railway Challenge on TV?

Great Model Railway teams building sets
The teams are tasked with building model railway sets in line with a set theme each week (Photo: Channel 5)

The Great Model Railway Challenge returns to Channel 5 tonight (Friday 13 September) at 8pm.

However, the new series is slightly different from the last as the duration of each episode has got longer.

What is the show about?

The unique series follows railway modellers as they compete to create miniature masterpieces against the clock.

With the focus being on the detail and the skills of creating a railway model masterpiece, the teams must demonstrate their attention to detail in order to impress the judges in a bid to make it all the way to the final.

Each episode of the series covers one round of the competition where the teams are tasked with creating a variety of sets based on a specific theme they have been given.

But as the weeks go on and the final draws closer, the tasks become more and more complex.

The first episode will see the contestants being given the challenge to create a set based on the theme of “The Restless Earth”.

With all to play for, the teams set their creativity free with volcanoes, earthquakes and other natural disasters.

Judge Millatt previously aired her concerns about how the show would be perceived when it launched in 2018 but was comforted by the fact that it didn’t happen when the show was being made.

Great Model Railway team admire their creation
One of the teams admire their creation after being set the challenge of creating a set depicting ‘The Restless Earth’ (Photo: Channel 5)

The Mail Online reported her saying at the time: “People were worried the TV channel wanted to take the mickey out of the model railway community but I can assure you that didn’t happen during filming.

“The production company and Channel 5 treated what we do as a serious endeavour and tried to show the trials and tribulations evenly as well as the achievements.”

What does the winner get?

The winner receives the coveted title and the accolade of having their model going on display at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition on Saturday 23 November 2019.

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Top Boy, season 3 review, Netflix: Return to the mean streets, courtesy of Drake, still has pace, bite and atmosphere six years on

Top Boy
Netflix
★★★★

A celebrity fan brings a bit of kudos to any television programme. But Canadian rapper Drake’s love for the east London drug-dealing drama Top Boy is almost single-handedly responsible for its return after a six-year gap.

He’s an executive producer for this third series, now on Netflix, and has managed to persuade several members of the original team back – including writer Ronan Bennett and Ashley Walters, whose charismatic dealer Dushane grew from a subsidiary character to series lead in its original Channel 4 incarnation.

As the series opened, he was in exile in Jamaica attempting to go straight. But the temptation for “easy money” proved too strong and a botched robbery landed him in debt to a seriously scary Kingston crime kingpin. He offered to pay off the favour by returning to London and opening up a market for Jamaican drugs in his old stomping ground. But he faced competition from his long-time friend/partner/rival Sully (Kane Robinson), recently released from prison and a new kid on the block, Jamie (Micheal Ward), who is just as ruthless as the veterans.

Jamie (Micheal Ward) is the new kid on the block – and just as ruthless as the veterans (Photo: Chris Harris/Netflix)

The series has attracted criticism (as did the original) for glamorising drug dealing and stereotyping black Britons, with comedian and writer London Hughes making the fair point that it is possible to grow up black in London without joining a gang or witnessing a shooting.

But on the evidence of the first two episodes, the spurious glamour of the “player” lifestyle is depicted as just that – spurious. Dushane may think he’s in control but, like his fellow dealers, he’s simply perpetuating a grim cycle which only serves to make the bigger fish richer.

The attention to detail, sense of desperation and constant danger which marked the original out were still very much in evidence. But it’s been updated with some wry nods to Hackney’s gentrification – Dushane is baffled by a hipster barista the first time he tries to order a coffee, while Jamie’s suppliers are well-heeled but amoral white incomers.

Little Simz as Shelley was one of several impressive new additions to the ensemble (Photo: Chris Harris/Netflix)

And other plot strands – Jamie’s determination to keep his younger brothers in education and away from the route he’s taken; a hard-working mum on the estate becoming a casualty of the Windrush scandal – were a reminder that, while nobody is born a criminal and there is always a way out, social deprivation and government indifference don’t make it easy to be a saint in the city.

There was a bit too much going on, and an overly extensive cast was introduced in the first two episodes, but it’s got eight more to develop what look to be compelling storylines. The new additions to the ensemble – especially the rappers Dave, as Sully’s prison adversary Mobie, and Little Simz as Shelley, the carer who looks after Dushane’s mum –  are as impressive as the familiar faces. And neither the passage of time nor a change of channel have dulled its pace and bite.

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The best TV shows to watch this week, from Drake’s Top Boy reboot to a documentary on David Cameron

Top Boy

Friday 13 September, Netflix

Kane Robinson as Sully in Top Boy series 3
Rapper Kane Robinson, also known as Kano, plays Sully in Top Boy (Photo: Netflix)

The first two series of Channel 4 crime series Top Boy – about drug dealing and gang violence on a London estate – were billed as England’s answer to The Wire when they aired in 2011 and 2013. This revival, filmed after rapper Drake bought the production rights, brings back Dushane (Ashley Walters) and his rival Sully (Kane Robinson) for a new, stand-alone story. Additions to the cast include Simbi Ajikawo (aka rapper Little Simz) and David Orobosa Omoregie (Dave).

Unbelievable

Friday 13 September, Netflix

Kaitlyn Dever as Marie Adler in Unbelievable (Photo: Netflix)
Kaitlyn Dever as Marie Adler in Unbelievable (Photo: Netflix)

This harrowing true-crime miniseries, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape”, tells the story of Marie Adler (Kaitlyn Dever), an 18-year-old who is raped by a masked stranger in her home. The high-calibre cast includes Elizabeth Marvel and Bridget Everett as Marie’s foster parents, and Merritt Wever and Toni Colette as detectives who discover a similar case elsewhere.

Temple

Friday 13 September, 9pm, Sky One

Mark Strong as Daniel Milton in Temple on Sky One
Mark Strong opens a underground surgery in Temple (Photo: Sky)

A remake of the Norwegian crime series Valkyrien, set in a secret underground tunnel system beneath Temple tube station in central London. Mark Strong stars as Daniel, a tragedy-stricken surgeon who runs an off-the-grid medical centre below ground. Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones) plays Anna, Daniel’s troubled medical researcher, and Daniel Mays (Line of Duty) is Lee, a dissatisfied transport worker.

Last Night of the Proms

Saturday 14 September, 7.15pm, BBC Two

Proms 2019 artwork by Loch Ness
Proms 2019 artwork by Loch Ness (Photo: BBC)

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, Katie Derham hosts proceedings from the world’s most celebrated classical music festival as it draws to a close. Highlights include a world premiere by Daniel Kidane, ballet from Manuel de Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat and classics by Bizet and Verdi. Shifting to BBC1 for part two at 9pm, there are pieces by Offenbach, Grainger and Gershwin, before the traditional Last Night classics.

Cyprus Avenue

Sunday 15 September, 10pm, BBC Four

David Ireland’s award-winning play comes to television through a combination of shooting on location in Belfast and live capture of a performance at the Royal Court Theatre. A pitch-black comedy, Cyprus Avenue focuses on a Belfast loyalist (Stephen Rea) who, in the midst of a psychotic episode, mistakes his five-week-old granddaughter for Gerry Adams.

Crime and Punishment

Monday 16 September, 9pm, Channel 4

Prisoner with a freedom tattoo
Is the criminal justice system fit for purpose? (Photo: Channel 4)

This series takes a closer look at the criminal justice system and whether its archaic ways are still fit for purpose. In the first episode, we meet 28-year-old Paul Bousell, who is being held in prison without a fixed release date after robbing a shop at knife point. He is on an IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) sentence, a controversial ruling that was abolished in 2012. However, there are still 3,429 IPP prisoners in the UK, each struggling to convince a parole board that they are safe to release.

Defending The Guilty

Tuesday 17 September, 10pm, BBC Two

Will Sharpe and Katherine Parkinson in Defending The Guilty
Will Sharpe plays a student barrister in new comedy Defending The Guilty (Photo: BBC)

Another legal-themed show, but this time designed to make you laugh. Will (Will Sharpe) is a fledgling barrister, thrown into the lion’s den of chambers, where his fellow pupils are desperate to prove their worth. Taken under the capable but rather cold wing of senior barrister Caroline (Katherine Parkinson, The IT Crowd), he finds himself navigating a world of politics and backstabbing. And that’s not even the clients he finds himself defending, every one of them as guilty as sin.

Japan with Sue Perkins

Wednesday 18 September, 9pm, BBC One

Sue Perkins trains with members of the Sumo Club at Asahi University
Sue Perkins trains with members of the Sumo Club at Asahi University (Photo: BBC)

Sue Perkins has really leaned in to travel presenting since leaving Bake Off behind and who can blame her. This time Japan beckons, so off we go to Tokyo, home to 36 million people and a booming tech industry. After spending a night in a “robot hotel”, Sue finds herself learning how to sumo wrestle with an all-female team and attending a wedding with only one participant. Away from the city, the presenter is put through her paces in “Hell Camp” – Japan’s toughest business school.

City on a Hill

Wednesday 18 September, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

Kevin Bacon as Jackie Rohr & Aldis Hodge as Decourcy Ward in City On A Hill
City On A Hill is produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (Photo: Sky Atlantic)

Set in 90s Boston, this 10-episode cop drama stars Kevin Bacon as a corrupt FBI veteran who teams up with the district attorney to clean up the city’s streets. It is loosely based on the policing initiative known as “The Boston Miracle”, which resulted in a ceasefire across the city. A second season of the Ben Affleck and Matt Damon-producedshow has already been greenlit.

The Cameron Years

Thursday 19 September, 9pm, BBC One

David Cameron
The first part of the BBC’s David Cameron documentary airs tonight (Photo: BBC)

Broadcast to coincide with the release of David Cameron’s memoir, this two-part documentary explores the political career of the maligned former prime minister. Going back to 2013, the first episode looks at the Conservative infighting which prompted him to hold a referendum on EU membership – a decision the British political system is still grappling with today.

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What’s on TV tonight: The nation’s favourite TV critics take to their sofas in a new series of Gogglebox

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Gogglebox

9pm, Channel 4

The nation’s favourite TV critics return for a 14th series – proof of the enduring genius of the format, although regular cast changes are required to keep things fresh. Surely returning are Giles and Mary, caravan-residing best friends Jenny and Lee, and married Shirley and Dave. There’s no coincidence that the programme returns alongside the new autumn season, providing plenty of choice (I think we can expect Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions and Bake Off), and it would certainly be an overdue meta-moment if they watch this week’s Celebrity MasterChef, featuring former fellow couch potato Dom Parker.

The Great Model Railway Challenge

8pm, Channel 5

The charming model-railway building contest returns with an opening theme entitled “the restless earth”. Co-presenter James Richardson tells representatives of the Corby Model Railway Society that they have created “an extraordinary amount of catastrophe for one layout” as the modellers prepare for a volcano, earthquake and landslide on their ten-by-five baseboard, a family team from Fancott in Bedfordshire won’t endear themselves to the fracking industry with their layout, while a quartet of cancer researchers prove nifty with the dry ice.

Corby Team Captain Francis Rossi stands over his layout, Fawley Hill
Corby Team Captain Francis Rossi stands over his model railway layout, Fawley Hill (Photo: Channel 5)

Showbands: How Ireland Learned To Party

9.10pm, BBC Four

Ardal O’Hanlon’s documentary is well worthy of this repeat, as the actor drives around Ireland to tell of the country’s unique showbands phenomenon. In the 50s and 60s, he tells us, Ireland was poor, priest-ridden, and a million miles from Swinging London. But out of this musical vacuum arose the showbands, “versatile hard-working human jukeboxes in shiny suits”. At the height of their popularity, 600 or so bands played to packed halls on both sides of the border. The phenomenon was fading by the time UVF gunmen murdered three members of the Miami Showband in 1975 and brought it to a grisly end.

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Temple

9pm, Sky One

Some NHS surgeons work privately on the side, but Mark Strong’s bereaved doctor runs an illegal secret clinic deep underneath Temple underground station in London. Swallow that premise and you’ll enjoy this new three-part thriller that co-stars Daniel Mays as the Tube worker who provides him with an unwelcome new patient.

Jason Manford and Catherine Tyldsley play the central roles in Scarbourgh on BBC One
Jason Manford and Coronation Street’s Catherine Tyldesley are at the centre of BBC comedy series Scarborough (BBC)

Scarborough

9.30pm, BBC One

There is a whole sub-genre of gently entertaining sitcoms set in seaside towns, and Derren “Benidorm” Litten’s new comedy fits snugly into the mould. Jason Manford provides an easy, natural performance as Mike, the musician eager to rekindle his relationship with Karen (Catherine Tyldesley). The second visit to the North Yorkshire resort finds Bigsy hiding from jealous ice cream Mr Big Tony Peroni.

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QI

10pm, BBC Two

With more alliteration than a lazy tabloid headline, this week’s Q words are addressed to guests “quirky” Holly Walsh, “quizzical” Cariad Lloyd and “quixotic” Josh Widdicombe. Among the interesting facts is that, in the 20s, it was thought you might be able to cure deafness by giving sufferers a fright: patients were taken up in a plane and subjected to aerobatics without warning.

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Unbelievable on Netflix is an excellent, important, and relentlessly bleak depiction of rape reporting

Unbelievable
Netflix, available now
★★★★★

In the opening episode of Netflix’s absorbing new true-crime drama Unbelievable, 18-year-old Marie Adler is forced to recount the details of her rape more than six times. The first time, she is sitting on the floor, wrapped in a sleeping bag, flinching and shivering.

When asked how it happened, she finds it hard to verbalise the answer directly – to make the specifics clear, she can only say, “Not his fingers”.

By the fourth or fifth time the words are prised out of her she is bouncing up and down in her seat with impatience, frustration and indignation, panic swarming around her as she is scrutinised by stern, accusatory pairs of eyes.

Merritt Weaver and Toni Collette in Unbelievable (Photo: Netflix)
Merritt Weaver and Toni Collette in Unbelievable (Photo: Netflix)

In the brutal first hour, there is barely a moment that Marie (played by Booksmart’s Kaitlyn Dever) – a woman with an apartment in a kind of foster-care independent facility – is not on screen. Dever’s performance is intimate and sensitive, displaying the sort of resigned acceptance that someone with a difficult upbringing might possess about life’s injustices.

Eventually, she comes to doubt her own memory and concedes to the police – who pounce on every inconsistency – that perhaps she did hallucinate, perhaps she did black out, perhaps it didn’t happen at all.

Unbelievable probes the fragility of those surviving in the aftermath of barbaric crimes

She is soon punished by officers who accuse her of lying, wasting time and impeding their ability to “protect the public” – though they fail ever to make any committed attempt to protect her. Her trauma becomes their inconvenience, and after a life of being made to feel like an inconvenience, she accepts it.

Kaitlyn Dever as Marie Adler in Unbelievable (Photo: Netflix)
Kaitlyn Dever as Marie Adler in Unbelievable (Photo: Netflix)

In its portrayal of a vulnerable woman devastatingly mistreated, Unbelievable is relentlessly bleak. Throughout, Marie flashes back to the crime, when she was gagged and blindfolded, her wrists constrained by shoelaces. Sometimes it is the sound of the smacks and pounds and grunts; at others, it is the distorted vision of a terrifying shadow in a balaclava looming over her.

Then there is her wearying ordeal in hospital, another invasion: bright camera flashes and swabs wherever he might have touched, cold speculums, a cup to unscrew and aim into, a gown to button up and rip off. The “phut, phut, phut” of syringes.

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Everything is sterile and she is alone and exhausted, all her senses heightened and confused on no sleep. There is the deafening rustle of a paper bag (side-effects of STD exposure medication: “excessive bleeding”, “shortness of breath”, “thoughts of killing yourself”, all matter of fact). There is a growing, tinnitus buzz in our ears, too. Every colour is muted, most of them a shade of grey. Except for her chipped blue sparkly nail polish, a reminder – if you needed one – that she is just a child.

Toni Collette in Unbelievable (Photo: Netflix)
Toni Collette in Unbelievable (Photo: Netflix)

The eight-part series, which is available to watch from today, broadens out to tell another story in tandem, in which the superb Toni Collette and Merritt Wever star as (far kinder, more diligent) police on the search for a serial rapist who operates in a similar way to the man who attacked Marie. It’s a desperately sad starting point, and the show is not an easy watch.

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But it is powerful, compelling television – even more so as the two narratives begin to bind and our hopes build for justice for Marie. Most of all, it is one of very few times that a story of sexual assault is used not as a lazy plot device, nor as an excuse to indulge in violence, nor to shock, nor as a vehicle to tell the twisty-turny story of a male hero detective.

Instead, Unbelievable probes the fragility of those surviving in the aftermath of barbaric crimes and examines the innate, institutionalised misogyny that means their testimony is so rarely believed.

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The Walking Dead season 10: cast, release date, how many episodes there are and everything else about the new series

There’s not long to go until the new season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead, returns to TV screens in the US and the UK.

Following on from the last season which came to an end in March of this year, season ten will pick up several months after the massacre that took place during the community fair and will focus on the group’s preparation and war against the Whisperers.

Ahead of the show’s highly anticipated new season, showrunner Angela Kang recently teased details of romantic developments and how Michonne will bow out after actress Danai Gurira confirmed her departure earlier this year.

Here’s all you need to know about The Walking Dead: Season 10.

The Group on The Walking Dead
The group prepare to go to war against The Whisperers in the new season (Photo: Fox)

When is The Walking Dead season 10 on TV?

The Walking Dead returns to TV screens on Sunday 6 October in the US and a day later on Monday 7 October on FOX in the UK.

What’s going to happen in season 10?

After being left heartbroken over adoptive son Henry’s death at the hands of Alpha and The Whisperers, Carol will seek nothing but revenge in the new season when she takes the fight with Alpha and The Whisperers to the masked group.

In an interview with EW, Kang explained: “Carol will be surprisingly not exactly in the same place she was emotionally when we ended last season…We’ll see what that does to her over the course of the season as she’s pursuing revenge against [Alpha].”

As for Daryl, well, he’ll remain by Carol’s side but there’ll be bumps along the way after Kang teased: “There’s some really deep stuff between them. There’s funny stuff and then there’s stuff that gets pretty hairy. They’re just kind of on this adventure together.”

Meanwhile, a recent trailer also teased a possible romance between Ezekiel, played by Khary Payton, and Michonne, as well as the possible death of Alpha.

Alpha on The Walking Dead
Will the group be able to defeat Alpha? (Photo: Fox)

Who stars in The Walking Dead season 10?

Norman Reedus will return as Daryl Dixon alongside Carol Peletier who plays the role of Melissa McBride and Danai Gurira, who stars as Michonne in the hit drama.

Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos and Seth Gilliam will also be seen back on screen as Eugene Porter, Rosita Espinosa and Gabriel Stokes respectively. They will be joined by actor Ross Marquand,who returns as Aaron, Khary Payton in the role of Ezekiel and Samantha Morton as Alpha.

Fans will be pleased to hear that Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan has been confirmed to return.

However, it will be the last season that Gurira will appear in as she confirmed her departure from the show earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con.

“I can confirm this is the last season I’ll be on this amazing TV show as Michonne. I would just like to say this has been one of the purest joys in my life. I am very, very thankful for the experience I’ve had in ways that I can’t even express right now,” the Radio Times reported her saying at the time.

“My heart does not leave… it doesn’t ever end, the connection between us never ends. It was a very difficult decision. It was about my calling and other things I feel called to… as a creator of work. All I’m filled with is a lot of pain about leaving and a lot of gratitude.”

How many episodes are in season 10?

Season ten is expected to air 16 episodes, assuming it follows the same format as previous seasons.

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Gogglebox 2019 cast: who are the families in the current series and how can you apply?

Ever since watching people watching telly became a thing, many have been addicted to tuning in to C4’s Gogglebox.

The light hearted show is simple in format – families and friends gather around to watch television and comment on what they see.

It’s straight forward, honest entertainment and doesn’t require too much attention to follow.

As the new series gears up to start on Friday, here’s all you need to know about the families on the show.

Calling themselves the “three aunties”, this funny trio bring their quips from Leeds into homes (Credit: Channel 4)

Kathy, Cilla and Elvie

Calling themselves the “three aunties”, this funny trio bring their quips from Leeds into homes.

They first made an appearance on series 11 of the show, so this is not their first run for the pals.

The Leeds natives are known for their love of rum and raisin ice cream.

Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan

Blood brothers Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan Plummer joined Gogglebox in early 2017 – and will be back on screens bringing laughs soon.

The Plummers are based in Bristol and are seriously football crazy.

In fact, Twaine Plummer is also a footballer for Bradford Town.

Giles and Mary

Giles Wood and Mary Killen are the eccentric couple of Wiltshire, that everyone likes to watch.

The quirky couple met when they were just 21 and while Mary was working as a model, Giles was studying at Wimbledon Art School.

Mary doubles up as a journalist and writer – and even has her very own etiquette book, “How the Queen Can Make You Happy”.

Giles Wood and Mary Killen are the eccentric couple of Wiltshire, that everyone likes to watch (Credit: Channel 4)

Little known fact – they’re also said to be friends with Boris Johnson.

Stephen Webb and his mother Pat

The Gogglebox favourite is a hairdresser from Brighton.

Chris has been on the show for the past five years along with his former partner Stephen Webb.

Taking her son’s place, Stephen’s mum Pat replaced him on the sofa and the pair have been a dynamic duo since.

The Siddiqui family

On the show since 2016, brothers Baasit and Umar and dad Sid are show staples but the Siddiqui women have cameos, making the family unit complete.

Baasit’s one-year-old daughter even made a special appearance for Halloween once – so who knows how many of the clan we’ll get to see this time.

Dad Pete, mum Linda and their son George (Credit: Channel 4)

Linda and Peter McGarry

The Witham hairdresser Linda and her family are fan favourites – and are on the show once again.

The pair recently made headlines for sharing that they have fostered an incredible 68 children.

The 66-year-olds said taking the children from difficult backgrounds in has “enhanced” their lives.

The Michael family

Always bringing laughs the Michael family, from Brighton, comprises of Louis and his sister Alex, alongside their parents Andrew and Carolyne.

In 2015 they were dropped from the show because Andrew stood as a candidate for UKIP during elections.

They returned when he failed to get a seat.

Other appearances comes from: 

The Woerdenweber family, Bill Hartston and Josef Kollar, the Malone family, Jenny and Lee, The Lampards, Giles Wood and Mary Killen, Ellie and Izzy Warner, David and Shirley and the McCormick family will also star.

The Plummer family, Mary and Marina, The Delaney-Ellwoods family, the Johnson-Aley family, the Patric and Savion family, Amira and Iqra, Alison, George and Helena, and Pete and Sophie complete the line-up.

How do I apply?

Past cast members have been told the best way to get in contact is by emailing: applyforgogglebox@studiolambert.com

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Gogglebox 2019: who are the newest families in the cast and has anyone left in the new series?

Gogglebox is back with a new set of families to brighten up our TV watching experience, as they give us their view of the world from in front of the telly.

The first episode of series 14 airs on Friday 13 September and will air each week for three months.

Along with some familiar faces, there will also be a few new armchair critics. Here’s an introduction to the families on this season’s show.

Who are the families?

The Lampards

The Lampards are the latest to join Gogglebox (Photo: Channel 4)

Sisters Olivia, 22, and Grace, 25, join their 51-year-old mum Jacquie on the sofa with their pug.

Stephen & Daniel

Stephen and his husband Daniel, the pair tied the knot in July 2018 (Photo: Channel 4)

Stephen has been a long-standing star of the show. His former partner, Chris Butland, quit the series after the pair parted ways, and Stephen was joined by his mum on the sofa. Now he is married to Daniel, who will appear alongside him (with their dogs) for this series.

Kathy, Cilla & Elvie

Kathy, Cilla & Elvie on Gogglebox (Photo: Channel 4)

Known as the “three aunties”, the funny trio from Leeds are back to share their quips for the second time on the show. They first made an appearance in series 11, so this is not their first run as Goggleboxers.

The Siddiquis

The Siddiquis on Gogglebox (Photo: Channel 4)

Baasit, Umar and their dad Sid. Another brother Raza sometimes makes an appearance.

The Woerdenwebers

The Woerdenwebers on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

German-born Ralf Woerdenweber, 52, his English wife Viv, 53, and their daughter Eve, 21 still appear in series 13.  But fans of Eve’s boyfriend “Silent” Jay may be disappointed as he won’t be making any more cameos after the pair broke up.

The Tappers

The Tappers on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Mum Nikki, dad Jonathan and their children Josh and Amy has been on the show since series 1.

The Michaels

The Michaels on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Louis and his sister Alex along with mum and dad, Andrew and Carolyne, are from Brighton.

Linda & Peter

Linda and Pete on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Linda, Pete and their son George are from Clacton-On-Sea, Essex. The family were briefly axed from Gogglebox in 2014 when George opposed rules about appearing on other TV shows, by taking part in Celebrity Big Brother.

Bill & Josef

Bill & Josef on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Bill Hartston and Josef Kollar have been best friends since meeting seventeen years ago at a Monopoly charity walk. Bill is a Cambridge maths graduate, journalist and former British Chess Champion, while Josef is an accountant.

The Malones

The Malones on Gogglebox (Photo: Channel 4)

Tom and Julie and their two sons Tom junior and Shaun are from Manchester. The family have many dogs and are partial to snacking on sweet treats in front of the telly.

Jenny & Lee

Jenny & Lee on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Caravaners Jenny and Lee are best friends from Hull. The pair met 21 years ago when she was the landlady of a pub in Yorkshire village Paull, and he was a regular customer.

Giles & Mary

Giles and Mary on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Giles Wood, an artist, and Mary Killen (aka “nutty”), a writer for The Spectator, joined the show since 2015. The couple live in rural Wiltshire.

Ellie and Izzi

Ellie and Izzi on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Sisters Ellie and Izzi are from Leeds. The self-confessed couch potatoes enjoy hanging out in Ellie’s flat with her new dog and eating takeaways.

David and Shirley

Fans of Gogglebox love David and Shirley. (Photo: Channel 4)

The pair from Wales only joined the Gogglebox family in 2015. Shirley is 62 and David is 61.

The McCormicks

The McCormicks on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

The family from Peterborough include mum Georgia, who has a different hair colour every week, dad Scott whose beard seems to grow three inches every time we see him, and son Isaac.

The Plummers

Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan Plummer on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Three brothers Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan Plummer from Bristol have appeared on the show since series eight.

The three are seriously football crazy, and Twaine Plummer is a footballer for Bradford Town.

Mary & Marina

Mary & Marina on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Both widowed, best friends Mary and Marina live in the same retirement home in Bristol. They share a love of cream teas and sexual innuendo.

Amira, Amani & Iqra

Amira and Iqra on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

School girls Amira, Amani and Iqra have appeared on the show since series 10.

Alison, George & Helena

Alison, George & Helena on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Alison, husband George and her daughter Helena from a previous relationship have appeared on the show since series 10. A Gogglesprog will soon be on the way as Helena is now pregnant.

Pete & Sophie

Pete and Sophie Sandiford on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Siblings Pete and Sophie Sandiford from Blackpool have been on Gogglebox since series 10. Listen out for Sophie laughing hard at Pete’s jokes.

Marcus, Mica, Sachelle & Shuggy

Marcus, Mica, Sachelle & Shuggy on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

South Londoners Marcus, Mica, Sachelle and Shuggy joined Gogglebox in series 11.

John & Beryl

John & Beryl on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Well-spoken retirees John and Beryl have left viewers in hysterics with their constant bickering.

Abbie & Georgia

Abbie and Georgia on Gogglebox. (Photo: Channel 4)

Durham best friends Abbie and Georgia joined Gogglebox in series 12 after the departure of much-loved Durham family The Moffats.

Who has left the show?

Amy Tapper, who has appeared on the show with her family from North London since series one, announced that she would not be appearing in the thirteenth series.

Best friends Fawn and Andrew from the North East were also absent from the last series.

When is Gogglebox back on telly?

The reality series will be back on TV every Friday. Episode two airs on Friday 1 March at 9pm on Channel 4.

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Britain’s Got Talent The Champions line-up: which BGT acts are appearing in week 3, from Jack Carroll to DJ Arch Jr

The search for the champion of Britain’s Got Talent continues as a new group of international Got Talent stars take to the stage to perform in front of Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.

Sticking to tradition, the nine acts taking to the stage this weekend are varied and include singers, magicians, dance troupes and comedians.

Here’s what to expect from episode three of the series.

When is Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions back on TV?

Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions returns to ITV on Saturday 14 September at 8.15pm.

Who’s appearing on this week’s show?

Richard Jones

Richard Jones
Richard Jones (Photo: ITV/Twitter)

British magician Jones won the show in 2016, wowing the audience and judges when he told the story of a 97 year old war veteran with a card trick. Despite his win, Jones still serves as a solider in the Household Cavalry.

Mayyas

Mayyas
Mayyas (Photo: ITV/Twitter)

The dance group from Lebanon won Arab’s Got Talent earlier this year. Made up of 31 dancers, the group were the first Lebanese act to take the winner’s title in the show’s six seasons.

Jack Carroll

Jack Carroll
Jack Carroll (Photo: ITV/Twitter)

Carroll, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was runner up at the end of series seven in 2013.

Since his appearance on the show, Carroll has gone on to star in a number of other TV shows, including the Sky One show, Trollied and more recently in the film, Eaten By Lions.

DJ Arch Jnr

DJ Arch Jnr
DJ Arch Jnr (Photo: ITV/Twitter)

The talented act from South Africa was just three years old when he won the country’s Got Talent in 2015.

DJ Arch, whose real name is Oratilwe AJ Hlongwane, became the youngest act ever to win Got Talent in the world.

Richard & Adam

Richard & Adam
Richard & Adam (Photo: ITV/Twitter)

The classical singing brothers took the third place spot during the Britain’s Got Talent 2013 finals.

Their debut album stayed at number one in the UK for four consecutive weeks.

Paddy & Nico

Paddy & Nico
Paddy & Nico (Photo: ITV/Twitter)

The Acrobatic Salsa Duo wowed the audience and judges with their showstopping performance on the show in 2014. The pair made it through to the finals thanks to Amanda’s golden buzzer, but they failed to make it all the way to the end.

Darcy Oake

Darcy Oake
Darcy Oake (Photo: ITV/Twitter)

Oake featured on Britain’s Got Talent in 2014 and was described as the “best magician ever on Britain’s Got Talent” by Simon Cowell.

The Fire

The Fire
The Fire (Photo: ITV/Twitter)

The Fire are a dance group from The Netherlands who appeared on Holland’s Got Talent.

Cristina Ramos

Cristina Ramos
Cristina Ramos (Photo: ITV/Twitter)

Spanish singer Ramos won the country’s first Got Talent series in 2016. Her first audition reached more than 100m views in one week.

She’s no stranger to the Got Talent champions format as she participated in the American version earlier this year.

Who is in the Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions final so far?

So far, Bello & Annaliese Nock, Alexa Lauenburger, Kseniya Simonova and MerseyGirls have all made it through to the Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions grand final.

When is the final?

The final is expected to take place on Saturday 5 October. However, the date has yet to be officially confirmed by ITV. Unlike the previous Britain’s Got Talent finals, this one won’t be live.

The series was filmed earlier this year. It has been reported that some fans know the identity of the winner after the recipient of the coveted title reportedly showed off their trophy to the general public.

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When is The Graham Norton Show back on, and who’s in the line-up for the first show?

Graham Norton and his red sofa are back for the 26th series of his BBC chat show.

Following a summer break which saw Norton leave the British isles to go on a tour across America to promote his book, viewers will be pleased to know that the talk show host will be back on TV screens very soon.

With a number of high profile guests confirmed to share funny stories and the latest updates about their current projects, here’s all you need to know about the latest series of The Graham Norton Show.

When is The Graham Norton show back on TV?

The new series launches on Friday 27 September on BBC One at 10.35pm.

As always, the episode will be available on BBC iPlayer following the original broadcast.

Which celebrities are on the Show?

Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren
Dame Helen Mirren will appear on The Graham Norton Show (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Mirren will be chatting to Norton about her appearance as Russian Empress Catherine The Great in the new TV drama with the same name.

Jack Whitehall

Jack Whitehall
Whitehall returns to The Graham Norton Show as a guest (Photo Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Having stepped in for Norton whilst the chat show host fulfilled his Eurovision Song Contest duties, Whitehall returns as a guest to talk to about his latest TV projects.

Simon Reeve

Simon Reeve
Simon Reeve will also be a guest on the red sofa (Photo: BBC)

The author, adventurer and documentary-maker will be telling Norton about his latest travels and his upcoming UK theatre show that kicks off in October.

RuPaul

RuPaul
RuPaul will be on The Graham Norton Show to talk about the UK version of Drag Race (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Following the confirmation that RuPaul’s Drag Race was heading to the UK, a long list of well known faces have signed up to guest judge the hit show when it airs on the BBC – and RuPaul himself will be gracing Norton’s sofa to spill the tea.

Normani

Normani
Normani will perform her new single, Motivation on the show (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

The guests and audience will be entertained by Normani when she performs her new single ‘Motivation’.

Which other celebrities will be appearing on the show?

The list of this year’s celebrity guests are yet to be revealed. However, viewers can expect the same calibre as those who have adorned the red sofa in series gone by. The most recent series saw the likes of Tom Hanks, Madonna, Will Smith, and Kevin Hart catch up with Norton and talk about their latest projects.

Is this the last series of The Graham Norton Show?

At the moment, no. However, Norton recently spoke about the idea of going into semi-retirement.

During an appearance on SiriusXM, the host, who has fronted his talk show for 12 years, explained: “Having observed friends of mine who’ve stopped working, it doesn’t seem like a great thing to do. What I might try to do is cut back on my workload.

“We are on air right now 35 to 36 weeks a year. So if I cut that down, maybe lob ten weeks off it, then I think that would be ideal. Then I would be able to stare at a wall, write a book, walk the dogs.”

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Is The Spy a true story? How Eli Cohen’s real life and death inspired Sacha Baron Cohen Netflix series

Sacha Baron Cohen has left his comedic characters Ali G and Borat behind to tell the story of an Israeli spy in new Netflix political thriller, The Spy.

Inspired by spy Eli Cohen’s (not related to the actor) life story, the drama documents how he successfully went undercover in Syria in the early 1960s and became close to ambitious military leaders and their rich friends to earn a game changing level of trust about the country’s biggest anti-Israel secret initiatives.

But during the mission the Mossad agent becomes torn between his beliefs as a man who wants nothing more than to be of service to his country – and his job.

Following four years of operation in Syria, the country’s counterintelligence operatives eventually uncovered Cohen’s work as a spy. He was sentenced to death and publicly hanged in Damascus in 1965.

Here’s all you need to know about Eli Cohen.

Sacha Baron Cohen in The Spy
Sacha Baron Cohen plays the role of Eli Cohen in the hit Netflix political thriller (Photo: Netflix)

Who was Eli Cohen?

Cohen was a Israeli spy who began working for Israel’s national intelligence agency Mossad in 1961. He was given a false identity as a Syrian businessman who was returning to Syria after living in Argentina for some time.

In order to make his story believable, Cohen moved to Buenos Aires in 1961, before heading to Damascus in 1962 where he lived under the alias of Kamel Amin Thaabet.

Cohen’s methods of gaining top secret military information from highly placed officials involved him hosting parties where he feigned intoxication and listened to them reveal confidential details. Due to the trust that he had built with government officials, they also asked for his advice on various matters.

He later became the Chief Adviser to the Minister of Defense.

During the four years of espionage, Cohen provided an array of intelligence to the Israeli army via secret letters and radio.

What happened to Cohen?

Cohen was eventually captured in 1965 when he was caught sending a secret radio transmission to Israel.

Having been found guilty of espionage at a military tribunal, he was sentenced to death. Despite international appeals and attempts of clemency, Cohen was publicly hanged in the Marjeh Square in Damascus.

He was 40-years-old at the time of his death, and was survived by his wife and three children.

Sacha Baron Cohen on The Spy
Eli Cohen was a spy for four years before being exposed and later sentenced to death (Photo: Netflix)

Is The Spy still available to watch on Netflix?

The six-part series landed on Netlfix last month, and all episodes are available to stream.

Who stars in The Spy?

With Baron Cohen in the lead role, the drama also features Noah Emmerich (The Americans) in the role of Dan Peleg, Cohen’s Mossad handler who tries to ease his own guilt over the sacrifices the spy makes.

Homeland star Hadar Ratzon Rotem can be seen in the role of Cohen’s wife, Nadia, who knows something isn’t right about her husband’s government job, and Waleed Zuaiter (Colony) stars as  Amin Al-Hafz, a military officer who thinks he’s found the perfect ally in the undercover Cohen.

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When is the Apprentice 2019 on BBC One? Start date, trailer and when we’ll know the candidates

Lord Alan Sugar is on the hunt for another business partner following the confirmation that a new series of The Apprentice is returning to BBC One.

With Karren Brady and Claude Littner back by Lord Sugar’s side, we can definitely expect more raised eyebrows and sarcastic comments as this year’s contestants are put through their paces to prove to the business mogul that they have what it takes.

Despite the seriousness of the competition – £250,000 investment and a 50/50 partnership with Lord Sugar – it appears he and his team still know how to have a laugh as the trailer for the new series pokes fun at the ill-fated Fyre Festival.

As two enthusiastic hopefuls enter the boardroom, they tell “Lord Shugs” and co about their idea to create a festival to promote The Apprentice.

Lord Sugar has already teased details of his interview with Morgan Photo: BBC)
Lord Sugar has some fun in the new trailer (Photo: BBC)

Entitled Fired Festival (get it?), the two men in suits detail how the festival goers will hear the best music and see the best DJs, including Pants Man, during the extravaganza.

However, Lord Shugs isn’t having any of it and is quick to point his finger at the two hopefuls and utter the famous words, “You’re fired!”

Having been given a little taste of what we can expect, here’s all you need to know about the new series.

When is The Apprentice on TV?

The BBC has yet to release an official air date for the new series. However, previous series’ have launched in the autumn with the launch episode usually airing the first week of October.

Meanwhile, the candidates are usually announced just a few weeks before the series begins.

Who won the last series of The Apprentice?

The last series of The Apprentice was won by Sian Gabbidon who beat the 15 other candidates, including runner up Camilla Ainsworth, to go into business with Lord Sugar with her swimwear line.

Speaking about joining forces with the businessman shortly after her win, Gabbidon told The Independent: “It’s been great. I’m very much a workaholic and people are like, ‘Are you gonna have time off?’ and yeah, I probably will but I’m happy to go straight into it.

“We’ve met up and chatted about the business and discussed plans and it’s really exciting. I’ve had a crazy few weeks of tasks, but now this is the first and most important step really.”

Sian Gabbidon claims to identify with Coco Chanel as a role model in business. (Photo: BBC/PA)
Sian Gabbidon won the last series of The Apprentice (Photo: BBC/PA)

Where is she now?

Since winning, a number of celebrities including Michelle Keegan and Love Island’s Hayley Hughes have been spotted wearing swimsuits from Gabbidon’s line.

Earlier this year, Gabbidon revealed her future plans for her business when she told This Is Money: “We are working on retailer orders which will be announced and available to purchase very soon, as well as opening our very first three day pop up shop experience at the Trinity in Leeds… and much more.”

Most recently, her swimwear line has branched out into apparel.

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Sorry Drake, bringing back Top Boy is a step back for black British culture

I want to start by saying that I bloody love Drake, I enjoy his music, his eyebrows weirdly do it for me and he’s the only celebrity ever to apologise to me after accidentally stepping on my foot. You’d be surprised at the number who don’t – I’m looking at you, Kanye West, and you, Judge Rinder.

Aubrey Drake Graham has championed black British music from day one, sampling our funky house songs, shouting out our UK Garage artists, collaborating with our grime stars. He’s even used our slang, bless him. And I’m all for it. I’m so proud of black British music, and everything Drake has done to bring it to the forefront of popular culture is epic. To quote Kris Jenner: Drake, you’re doing amazing sweetie… But bringing back Top Boy? The gangs, guns and drug-ridden black drama that Channel 4 cancelled six years ago? Why Drake, why?

To understand my view, maybe you should learn a bit about me, first, so you can gain a bit of perspective and I can humblebrag a bit.

My name is London Hughes, I’m 30, I’m a hilarious black female comic from Thornton Heath, Croydon (the birthplace of Stormzy and south London’s first 24-hour Tesco). I’ve been working in British TV and entertainment for almost a decade now and I recently became the first black British woman ever to be nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy award, so let’s just say, I’m used to taking up space in white places.

Drake at the Top Boy premiere
Drake is the executive producer on Top Boy series three (Photo: Netflix)

On television, I have often played the role of the token black person, making me a spokesperson for all things black culture for white people who have no black friends or who haven’t bothered to do their research.

When Top Boy arrived on Channel 4 in 2011, written and created by the Northern Irish screenwriter Ronan Bennett (a white man, lol), the same thing happened: British people thought that here was black culture. I couldn’t blame them: what other shows were depicting Black Britain on TV at the time? The extent of black British culture seemed to be one black family on Eastenders.

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The television industry jumped on Top Boy – the show was gritty, edgy, critically acclaimed and constantly came up in meetings I found myself in. I forever had to explain to white people that, no I had never been in a gang (that’s a lie, I was in a library gang: we used to sit and read books at speed because we were very, very cool), yes I was from South London, but no I’d never heard a gunshot in real life.

The depiction of black people on British TV over the years has not only been sparse, but terribly one-sided. Black men have been portrayed as thugs, while black boys made delightful cameos on popular shows such as Crimewatch and the News at 10. By the time Top Boy arrived, that was the version of Black Britain that stuck.

Off the back of Top Boy’s success came shows such as BBC Three’s true crime dramas, “My Murder” (2012) and 2014’s “Murdered by my Boyfriend”. (Fun fact – there are no BBC Three dramas about black people which don’t have the word “Murder” in the title). As important and gripping as these stories are, they shouldn’t be the only ones being told. For every Top Boy, there should be at least one “Keisha goes to Uni”.

The narrative is slowly starting to shift, however. In 2016, BBC1 aired the six-part drama Undercover, which starred Britain’s first upper middle-class black family in which Sophie Okonedo played a barrister. This year, Dark Money told the story of a working-class black family, but with no gangs and no knife crime. Last year, there was even Sky One’s Bulletproof with Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters (who also stars in Top Boy), playing two black policemen.

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We’re finally starting to see black actors playing people and not just stereotypes. We’re finally shifting the narrative and offering more to the mainstream than the downsides of black Britain and gang culture. We’re finally starting to see different parts of black culture being celebrated, different black voices being heard. Black talents are finally being allowed to create their own stories, in their own words. And then Drake comes along and says, ‘Let’s take Top Boy and put it on the world stage! Let’s introduce Black Britain to the world this way! Here you are, Netflix!’

I’m currently in the process of making my own scripted comedy show in America, and I cannot wait to explain to them, too, that yes, I am black, yes I am from South London, but no, I have never been in a gang, nor heard a gunshot in real life.

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What’s on TV tonight: Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson opens up on trolling and body image

PICK OF THE DAY

Jesy Nelson: “Odd One Out”

9pm, BBC One

You might think that being part of an internationally famous pop group would make you immune to the pea-brained trolls who delight in stalking social media. However, the online abuse that Jesy Nelson of Little Mix has suffered began when the group first broke on The X Factor – cyber bullies instantly dubbing her the “fat one” in the band – has seemingly never abated. In this intensely personal documentary, Nelson meets other victims of online abuse and shares her own strategies for coping, while fellow Little Mix members Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade discuss how her torment affected the band and their ability to perform.

Hairy Bikers: Route 66

8pm, BBC Two

Billy Connolly, who also happens to appear in the USA tonight (Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail on ITV), crossed Route 66 – the legendary road that links Chicago to Los Angeles– for television in 2011. Dave Myers and Si King naturally have a more foodie agenda as they nose their motorbikes down the “highway that’s the best,” starting in Chicago, where they’re shown how to eat a “wet beef sandwich” without dripping gravy down their shirts. They also cook a meat loaf for some camera-shy Amish and eat apple pie in Missouri, but in an effort to “get beyond nostalgia,” the duo also decide to stay in the post-industrial ghost town of Lincoln.

Si King, Dave Myers Monument Valley, Arizona-Utah Border
The Hairy Bikers in Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah Border (Photo: BBC)

China: A New World Order

9pm, BBC Two

This excellent, strangely overlooked (maybe we just can’t keep our eyes off our own political story) series ends by exploring the growing tension between China and the West concerning allegations that the Chinese state has engaged for years in large-scale industrial espionage and hacking in order to steal the West’s business secrets and technological know-how (a campaign described by one US official here as “the greatest transfer of wealth in human history”). China denies any such wrongdoing – but growing suspicion and anger in the US is one factor which is fuelling the trade war with President Xi Jinping’s superpower.

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First Dates Hotel

9pm, Channel 4

Another group of singletons check in to the luxury hotel. Paul is a shy, unassuming radio station manager who just happened to have been part of one of the biggest English pop groups of the early 2000s – no spoilers as to which one, a diffidence shared by Paul himself, as he’s set up with a date with dance teacher Anna. “It can sometimes skew off in weird directions,” he explains of his reluctance to share. Meanwhile, fun-loving lawyer Lianne is paired with fellow legal eagle Sia, and hanging out at the pool is Finn, who has a “Romeo syndrome,” meaning he falls instantly in love with every woman he finds attractive. There may be a romcom in that.

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Fred Sirieix is back to matchmake a new gang of lovebirds on location in Italy (Photo: Channel 4)

Lost Films Of WW2

9pm, BBC Four

The personal cine footage includes
a Royal Navy officer on duty in the Mediterranean, the only colour film of a Bomber Command squadron on a mission, a British spy in the field and, most tantalising of all, snippets recorded during the early days of the German occupation of Jersey.

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This Way Up

10pm, Channel 4

Aisling Bea’s promising debut sitcom works best when Aine is sparking off her screen sister Shona. It ends tonight with them largely apart, as Aine and Richard grow closer, while Vish goes down on one knee to a flustered Shona.

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The Man Who Shot New York, review: Harold Feinstein’s life made for an enthralling film

The Man Who Shot New York
Sky Arts, 9pm
★★★★

Harold Feinstein, the subject of Sky Arts’ fascinating documentary, The Man Who Shot New York, was the sort of rare talent who should have been more widely known.

The photographer, who died aged 84 in 2015, made his name at the ferociously young age of 15 thanks to his haunting pictures of adolescents in Brooklyn’s Coney Island.

It was the sort of mesmerising work that saw him mentioned in the same breath as the celebrated likes of Diane Arbus, yet Feinstein would be almost unknown by the time he reached old age.

Harold Feinstein in The Man Who Shot New York (Photo: Sky Atlantic)
Harold Feinstein in The Man Who Shot New York (Photo: Sky Atlantic)

The story of why that came to be the case was enthralling. The youngest of six, Feinstein left home as soon as possible to escape his violent father and began snapping people who caught his eye on the teeming Brooklyn streets.

Within four years the great gallerist Edward Steichen would purchase his work for the Museum of Modern Art. But Feinstein was a free spirit above all and as Steichen pushed harder, he chose to retreat, pulling his pictures from a career-changing exhibition, and heading out of New York to spend the rest of his life as a teacher.

Harold Feinstein with Rolleiflext in Brooklyn, 1949 from The Man Who Shot New York (Photo: Harold Feinstein)
Harold Feinstein with Rolleiflext in Brooklyn, 1949 from The Man Who Shot New York (Photo: Harold Feinstein)

It was at this point that The Man Who Shot New York truly became interesting. Because Feinstein, who featured in interviews ahead of his death, clearly had no regrets. He loved teaching, adored the laid-back life he built in Vermont and, crucially, was good at it.

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Taskmaster, review: Jo Brand and David Baddiel together make a potent comic force

Taskmaster
Dave, 9pm
★★★★

As all fans of the divinely silly Taskmaster know, the key to a good series lies in the chemistry between the five comedians taking part.

I’ll admit I was unsure last week that this ninth series had got it right. Had the jokes finally started to feel flat and forced, a pale re-tread of the surreal fun of seasons past?

Thankfully this second episode proved me delightfully, hilariously wrong, thanks in large part to the great and grumpy chemistry between David Baddiel and Jo Brand, a potent comic force – particularly during the team exercise, which involved following a series of clues for an adventure that began with finding an egg in a shed.

Greg Davies and Alex Horne on Taskmaster on Dave
Greg Davies and Alex Horne on Taskmaster on Dave (Photo: UKTV)

While the gang’s younger members – Ed Gamble, Katy Wix and Rose Matafeo – ran around like headless chickens collecting and dropping eggs and growing increasingly confused by each clue, Brand and Baddiel simply hung out, pottering around.

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Forget actually bothering to complete the mission in question, Brand and Baddiel instead wandered into the kitchen, melted some butter, had a chat and put together what looked like extremely tasty sausage sandwiches, all while shooting the breeze.

Was it going to win them points? Absolutely not. But the simple act of spending time together has rarely seemed more appealing.

Things took a slightly more hectic turn in the final task, where Alex Horne seemed genuinely worried that a blindfolded Baddiel might fall off the stage as he scrambled for plasticine balls. At this (admittedly early) stage, it seems unlikely that either of them will be able to reel in either the efficient Gamble or the entertaining Matafeo.

Then again, Taskmaster is never really about the victory and Brand, in particular, is threatening to waltz away with the whole thing thanks to an unflappable, sublimely unbothered charm.

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When is The Circle 2019 on Channel 4? Start date, how it works and everything else about the second series

It’s back – the show where anyone can claim to be anyone as they compete for a grand prize of £100,000.

The dystopian catfishing game pulled in 0.62 million viewers during its finale in 2018, and has since been picked up by Netflix. The format has also been sold for a US remake.

Channel 4 has announced the release date for the new series of The Circle, which will be hosted by Emma Willis.

Here’s everything you need to know about.

When does The Circle launch?

The new series of The Circle will hit the small screen on Tuesday 24 September at 9.15pm.

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The 75-minute season premiere will be broadcast live on Channel 4. It will then be on every night at 10pm until the game comes to an end. There will also be a live show on Friday that is 90 minutes long.

Who will appear on the show?

The first contestants of this year’s series are yet to be revealed. As in the show last year, players will join The Circle as via the social media platform as the show progresses.

How does the show work?

During the show, “players” move to a refurbished block of flats in London where they live for the duration of the series.

Each of the contestants lives by themselves, and can communicate with each other via their social media profiles on platform The Circle.

This allows them to portray themselves as anyone, or in anyway, they want to.

Most of the players in the 2018 series decided to be honest with the other contestants, although some of them did catfish the others by altering their ages, what they did for a living, or even pretending to be an entirely fabricated character.

The players are then asked to rank each other out of five, before their cumulative scores are listed as averages from highest to lowest.

The top two players become “influencers” while the others face the prospect of being “blocked” and eliminated from the competition.

The final showdown sees contestants rank each other one last time, and the highest ranked player wins.

The viewers at home are also asked to select their winner.

Who won the last series of The Circle?

The first series was won by Alex Hobern, a 26-year-old internet comedian, who joined The Circle claiming to be a 25-year-old woman called Kate. He used pictures of his actual girlfriend, Millie, to deceive the other players.

Who will host the show?

Former Big Brother presenter Emma Willis will take over from Maya Jama and Alice Levine to host the second series, which will run for an extended period and feature a live show on Fridays.

The live broadcasts will give viewers at home a chance to twist the plot and change the narrative direction of the game.

Presenter Emma Willis during the Celebrity Big Brother final 2018 at Elstree Studios on September 10, 2018 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

“I’m an avid people watcher and fascinated by the positives and negatives of social media,” Willis said in a statement on her new role.

“I got hooked on the first series and thought it was a smart format that highlights how we shouldn’t take everything on social media at face value.

“I’m delighted to be part of something that is incredibly relevant and can’t wait to join the team and see how mischievous people are prepared to be for £100,000.”

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When is Sinead Tinker leaving Coronation Street? Katie McGlynn’s character dies of cancer in ‘poignant’ storyline

The Coronation Street character Sinead Tinker will leave the soap this autumn following her death from cancer.

Played by Katie McGlynn, Sinead has been a fixture on the ITV favourite since 2013, appearing in over 500 episodes.

The character was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2018, but had appeared to be recovering well throughout this year.

However, in episodes airing this week it is revealed that the disease has returned, with tragic consequences for the character and her family.

When will Sinead Tinker leave?

Beth Tinker discovers a lump on Sinead Tinker's neck helping her to prepare for her wedding day
Beth Tinker discovers a lump on Sinead’s neck while helping her to prepare (ITV)

Sinead finds out that her cancer has spread to her lymph nodes and liver after her aunt, Beth, discovered a lump on her neck as she helped her prepare for her wedding day.

After getting married to Daniel Osborne, played by Rob Mallard, she goes for tests at hospital, and the couple prepare to go on a mini-moon as a distraction.

However, their travel plans are interrupted by the hospital calling Sinead in urgently, and she finds out that her cancer is now aggressive and untreatable – giving her three or four months to live.

Previews to upcoming episodes reveal that Sinead visits a hospice with Daniel, who is shown struggling to come to terms with losing his wife, and the prospect of raising their baby son, Bertie, alone.

Although ITV has only officially confirmed that the character will leave in autumn, on 8 September McGlynn confirmed on social media that she has completed filming on the soap.

She posted on Twitter: “Officially finished filming today… anybody hiring actresses around here? Seven years experience on the worlds longest running soap?”

‘Incredibly moving and poignant storyline’

To ensure the storyline was treated appropriately, ITV worked “very closely” with the charities Mummy’s Star and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

Mummy’s Star CEO Pete Wallroth, who founded the charity when his wife died after the birth of their daughter, described his involvement as “a wonderful opportunity”.

“Cancer in pregnancy is a subject that few understand and even less realise happens to two women a day in the UK,” he said.

“So to have been asked by the Coronation Street team to work with them in advising on the storyline over the last 12 months with Rob and Katie has been both a pleasure and a wonderful opportunity.

Sinead will leave her new husband Daniel to raise their baby Bertie alone (ITV)

“They have listened to first hand accounts from women, asked for so much advice and this has been reflected so professionally and realistically on screen through their portrayal of Sinead and Daniel’s harrowing experiences.”

Rebecca Shoosmith, the Head of Support Services for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said it was “fantastic that the programme has been able to raise awareness of the disease”.

She added: “We have been working very closely with Coronation Street on this incredibly moving and poignant storyline over the last year to ensure it is portrayed as accurately and sensitively as possible.”

McGlynn: ‘Support has been gratefully received’

McGlynn paid tribute to Mummy’s Star for their role in preparing her for the scenes: “It’s been really helpful chatting to them, some of the families and the founder Pete Wallroth who’ve been through this in real life.

“Every story is different, and it’s quite a unique experience battling cancer in pregnancy, Sinead blames herself, so their advice and support has been very gratefully received.”

Digital Spy reported that the actress said at the TV Choice Awards: “You don’t really realise the impact that it has in the outside world. When I heard about the story, I jumped at the chance.

“So far I have had so many messages from young women who have gone for their smears because of what they’ve seen on screen and they’ve found pre-cancerous cells which is really saving someone’s life.”

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Apple TV+ streaming service to launch on 1 November, with a UK subscription of £4.99 a month

The wait is finally over – Apple has today formally announced its plans for the launch of its new TV streaming service, Apple TV+.

The service will be available to consumers from 1 November 2019 for just £4.99 a month for the whole family – undercutting Hulu, Disney and Netflix’s price plans.

It will be made available across all of Apple’s various platforms in over 100 countries via the Apple TV app, too.

Additionally, content will be accessible through tv.apple.com on the internet, newer Samsung smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, LG, Roku, Sony and Vizio in the future.

As an added bonus, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that customers who purchase an Apple device from 10 September will be awarded a year of Apple TV+ for free.

Shows to look out for

Apple officially revealed its streaming project in March, introducing a raft of stars at a launch event to discuss the work they have been doing on Apple exclusive films and TV shows.

Among the big names were Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrell and J.J. Abrams.

For All Mankind is a hot new Apple TV + space drama
For All Mankind is a hot new Apple TV + space drama (Photo: Apple)

Eagerly anticipated new programmes include a morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, a thriller starring Octavia Spencer called Truth Be Told, space drama For All Mankind by Ronald D. Moore, who created Battlestar Galactica and a new series by La La Land director Damien Chazelle.

A revival of Amazing Stories, executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, and original shows produced by Oprah Winfrey, are also in the offing.

Original content is king

Unlike Netflix, the focus of Apple TV+ is on original content, rather than providing reams of licensed TV shows and films to scroll through endlessly. However, if choice is what is required, users can subscribe to other premium services and Apple TV Channels.

Most of the new series are set to launch with three episodes at a time, rolling out new episodes on a weekly basis. Some shows will be released all at once, in a Netflix style.

CUPERTINO, CA - MARCH 25: (L-R) Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey and filmmaker Steven Spielberg pose for photos during an Apple product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on March 25, 2019 in Cupertino, California. Apple announced the launch of it's new video streaming service, unveiled a premium subscription tier to its News app, and announced it would release its own credit card, called Apple Card. (Photo by Michael Short/Getty Images)
(L-R) Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey and filmmaker Steven Spielberg pose for photos during an Apple’s Apple TV+ launch event (Photo: Michael Short/Getty Images)

“Our mission for Apple TV+ is to bring you the best original stories from the most creative minds in television and film,” Cook said at the iPhone 11 press event on Wednesday.

“Stories that help you find inspiration that are grounded in emotion. Stories to believe in. Stories with purpose.”

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