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what to watch: 14-20 november

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This week Hammond, Clarkson and May are reunited for Amazon’s The Grand Tour, it’s time for this year’s Children In Need appeal night and Strictly Come Dancing heads to Blackpool!

Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week…


1. NW | Monday 14th November, 9pm on BBC Two

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NW is the television adaptation of Zadie Smith’s bestselling book of the same name, now a 90-minute drama for BBC Two.

NW tells the story of Natalie and Leah, friends who grew up together in North West London, whose lives have taken them in different directions.

Set apart from the friends and family she grew up with, Natalie finds herself asking not only who she really is, but where she belongs. In an area where wealth and poverty are only streets apart, life is fragile and secrets are dangerous – as Natalie and Leah are about to find out.

Nikki Amuka-Bird plays the outwardly successful but unfulfilled Natalie, with Phoebe Fox as Leah, her more grounded friend whose life is also at a crossroads. Adapted by Rachel Bennette, directed by Saul Dibb and made by Mammoth Screen.

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2Stacey On The Frontline: Girls, Guns And ISIS | Thursday 17th November, From 10am on BBC Three

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In this new documentary, Stacey Dooley embeds herself on the frontline with the extraordinary all-female Yazidi battalion, who are fuelled by the need to take revenge against the so-called Islamic State for what the UN has condemned as “the largest mass kidnapping this century”.

As the battle to take nearby Mosul out of ISIS hands moves into its final phase, Stacey finds these young women’s lives have been transformed by a desire to avenge ISIS, and shows what daily life is like in these war zones, in this extraordinary film for BBC Three.

In 2014, around 50,000 Yazidi people fled their ancestral lands in Northern Iraq to Mount Sinjar, away from the advance of ISIS. Without food and water thousands died on the mountain and the ones left behind were massacred or captured. More than 5,000 women were taken to be used as sex slaves, with an estimated 2,000 women still held in captivity.

Two years after the genocide, Stacey spends a tough and moving two weeks with this battalion of brave young women. Formed by the renowned Yazidi singer Xate Shingali they have transformed into brave fighters. Many of them have escaped the incomprehensible horrors of ISIS and are determined to rescue Yazidi women still under ISIS control. These female fighters strike fear into the heart of the Jihadists as they believe if they are killed by a woman they will not make it the heavenly afterlife.

Stacey meets cadets at their training camp, a former secondary school, as they prepare to join the ranks of this powerful military force. She then journeys with them in their military get up to the frontline as they prepare to fight.

Along the way these women share with Stacey happy memories of their previous lives, then the unimaginable trauma they have endured at the hands of ISIS. With extraordinary access, Stacey Dooley for BBC Three finds young lives transformed by a desire to avenge ISIS and shows what daily life has really become in these war zones threatened by ISIS control.

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3. The Grand Tour | Friday 18th November, Amazon

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Following THAT ‘fracas’ with a producer that led to a mass Top Gear exit, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back with The Grand Tour on Amazon.

It’s a show about adventure, excitement and friendship, on a global scale, and as long as you accept that the people you call friends are also the ones you find extremely annoying. Sometimes it’s even a show about cars.

Rather than a complete series drop, a new episode will be released every Friday for twelve weeks. In the first episode, The Holy Trinity (California), Clarkson, Hammond and May take their famous studio tent to Dry Rabbit Lake.

Hundreds of fans from across the U.S. travelled to the desert, near Lucerne Valley, outside of Los Angeles, California to be part of the first ever episode of The Grand Tour.

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4. Children In Need | Friday 18th November, BBC One

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Children in Need is back with a stellar line-up of presenters for the BBC’s annual appeal night.

Tess Daly, Graham Norton, Greg James, Ade Adepitan, Rochelle and Marvin Humes will guide viewers through a night of dazzling entertainment to raise millions of pounds/

Tess Daly and Greg James open the show with sketches, performances and treats from some of the nation’s most loved stars. Highlights include a children’s special from the Would I Lie To You? team, a spectacular performance from the cast of EastEnders, the Strictly Come Dancing Children In Need Special, which this year features stars of Team GB, plus the performance of the annual charity single by Craig David and much more.

Graham Norton and Ade Adepitan will present the central part of the night with Marvin and Rochelle Humes closing the show and revealing the final total amount raised/

Along the way, appeal films will feature some of the disadvantaged children and young people whose lives have been changed through the support of BBC Children in Need, and the volunteers who work tirelessly to help them.


5. Strictly Come Dancing | Saturday 19th November

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For one week only, Strictly packs its sparkly suitcases and relocates to Blackpool, as the show is broadcast live from the world-famous Tower Ballroom.

Expect lots of magical moments as presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are joined by the seven remaining celebrities and their professional partners – as well as the ‘awesome foursome’ judging panel of Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

Tonight’s show begins with a spectacular opening number, as the stars of Strictly light up the famous seaside town and take to the floor alongside the professional dancers in an eye-catching group dance.

Then it’s down to business, and the stakes have never been higher as the celebrities and their professional partners perform their routines. With the Grand Final on the horizon next month, the Glitterball trophy is now firmly in sight.


6. Michael McIntyre’s Big Show | Saturday 19th November, 8:10pm on BBC One

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Michael McIntyre’s Big Show is back for a brand new series and it’s bigger than ever. Filmed in front of a live audience at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane with even more celebrity guests, musical performances, stand up and surprises.

This week there is an exquisite musical performance from Ellie Goulding, an exclusive look at the brand new musical School Of Rock, and a grandfather surprises his grandson with hilarious results.

Plus it’s a family affair when Olly Murs plays celebrity Send To All. Michael has fun looking through Olly’s phone before sending a text to his contacts. Unexpected Star also returns, but this series it’s been taken up a notch.

Tonight Michael makes a firefighter’s dream of performing on the West End stage come true.

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7. Humans | Sunday 20th November, 9pm on Channel 4

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Mia and Ed get closer but their relationship is thrown into jeopardy when their secret is discovered. Toby gets closer to Renie but offends her when he breaks through her synthie mask. Things look bleak for Niska until Laura brings in a surprise witness. Karen and Pete delve deeper into the ‘seraphim’ investigation.

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