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WHAT TO WATCH: 27 February – 5 March

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This week is a HUGE week for telly. Broadchurch, Catastrophe, Benidorm and Top Gear make their much-anticipated return and there are some new shows to enjoy too!

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


1. Broadchurch | Monday 27th February at 9pm on ITV

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Broadchurch is returning for its third and final series, but will it live up to expectations?

Olivia Colman and David Tennant reprise their roles as DS Ellie Miller and DI Alec Hardy, this time investigating a serious sexual assault in the Dorset community.

Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan return to play Beth and Mark Latimer, along with Arthur Darvill as local vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.

Julie Hesmondhalgh joins the cast as well as Lenny Henry and Georgina Campbell along with Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley.

The first series saw the murder of 11-year-old Danny Latimer rock the small Dorset town of Broadchurch, as DI Alec Hardy – still haunted by the collapse of a previous murder case he worked on – was put in charge of the case, much to the chagrin of local officer DS Ellie Miller.

In series two, the town faced the trauma of a trial when after pleading not guilty, the murderer found another lawyer to fight his case, a lawyer so strong, that the Latimers were terrified they may not win.

Read my review here.

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2. The Nightly Show | Monday 27th February – Friday 3rd March at 10pm on ITV

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Could The Nightly Show be the UK’s answer to US shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Late Late Show with James Corden?

Hosted by a different host every week, The Nightly Show will air Monday to Friday at 10pm on ITV every night from Monday through to Friday for half an hour.

Hosting the first week will be award-winning comedian and Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams

The series promises a high tempo mixture of topical monologue, studio games, celebrity guests, stand up and VT’s and will be recorded ‘as live’ each day.

Next week John Bishop will host and Gordon Ramsay has also been confirmed to host one week.

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3. The Replacement | Tuesday 28th February at 9pm on BBC One

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This week sees the start of BBC One’s stunning new three-part drama The Replacement, starring the magnificent Vicky McClure and Morven Christie.

This three-part psychological thriller set in Glasgow follows the paranoia of a woman who sees her identity being dismantled and can’t work out whether the cause is another woman or her own baby.
Ellen (Morven Christie) gets unexpectedly pregnant just after landing a big contract for her architects’ practice. She hopes to be away for the shortest time and hires someone to cover the gap.

Paula (Vicky McClure) is the same age as Ellen but already has a ten year old daughter. She made the opposite life choice, took a big chunk of her career out to dedicate herself full time to her child.

As Paula shadows Ellen for the last months of her pregnancy, she at first seems the perfect hire – enthusiastic, personable, super-competent. But Ellen soon begins to worry Paula has another agenda. Paula refuses to believe Ellen when she says she plans to return in a couple of months.

She’s confident Ellen will change her mind when she falls in love with her baby. Ellen thinks that maybe Paula doesn’t want her back. Ever.

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4. Catastrophe | Tuesday 28th February at 10pm on Channel 4

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Catastrophe is back! And the first episode of the brand new series picks right back up from where the last one left off.

Rob, with an unexplained receipt for the morning after pill in his hand, understandably has a lot of questions for Sharon. Too drunk at the time to remember what she did, Sharon dodges Rob’s interrogation and goes to see Nico perform with his band to find out the truth.

Will she tell Rob what actually happened? The issue is unexpectedly forced when one of the kids has an accident.

Read my review here.

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5. Benidorm | Wednesday 1st March at 9pm on ITV

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Benidorm is back for another series as the new holiday season kicks off at the Solana resort.

In the opening episode, the Dawsons’ holiday starts with a bang when Eddie has an accident and Sheron’s fashion taste is put into question.

An old inheritance puts a smile Kenneth’s face. Tiger and Joey are in a party mood as Sam, the new holiday rep, takes them under her wing.

Nigel Havers guest stars in the opening episode and other guest stars throughout the series include John Challis, Jason Manford, Uri Geller, Amanda Barrie, George Shelley, Madness and of course Dame Joan Collins.

Read my chats with Sherrie Hewson and Jake Canuso here, Danny Walters, Nathan Bryon and Shelley Longworth here, Tony Maudsley and Adam Gillen here and Julie Graham and Steve Edge here.

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6. Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief | Saturday 4th March at 6:45pm on BBC One

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Let It Shine might be over, but Mel Giedroyc is moving nowhere, staying firmly put on Saturday nights on BBC One. This time, she’s joined by her Bake Off partner in crime Sue Perkins as they host Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief.

Formerly known as Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, the hit BBC One series will see more celebrities donning more fantastic outfits and learning more iconic dance routines for Comic Relief, but this time the brave celebrities will be facing double the challenge – dancing and singing!

Each week, celebrities will take to the stage to perform in front of a different panel of guest star judges.

In the first episode, Mel & Sue will be joined by TV Presenter and Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson, stargazer Russell Grant, funny girl Sara Pascoe, DJ’s Rickie and Melvin and Absolutely Fabulous actresses Helen Lederer and Harriet Thorpe.

Comedy royalty Paul O’Grady, Jo Brand and Frank Skinner are on the judging panel, plus there will be some very special guests.

Other guest judges confirmed for the series are Julian Clary, Tameka Empson, Miranda Hart, Rufus Hound, Russell Kane and Adil Ray as Citizen Khan, Jason Manford, Jennifer Saunders and Claudia Winkleman.

Celebrities already confirmed to be taking part are Alison Hammond, Danny-Boy Hatchard, Pete Firman & Ellie Taylor, Boy Allowed (Gareth Gates, Duncan James, Jon Lee, Ritchie Neville & Ben Ofoedu), The Chasers (Anne Hegerty, Jenny Ryan, Mark Labbett & Shaun Wallace), James & Ola Jordan, Steph & Dom Parker, Sally Lindsay, Sara Pascoe, Chizzy Akudolu, Tony Marshall & Amanda Henderson and from The One Show; Angellica Bell, Iwan Thomas, Alex Riley, Michelle Ackerley and Dominic Littlewood.

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7. Top Gear | Sunday 5th March at 8pm on BBC Two

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Can a Chris Evans free Top Gear make the post-Clarkson series finally work? With Matt LeBlanc now at the helm, the answer the BBC will be hoping for is yes.

The series begins with the astonishing, ultra-exclusive Ferrari FXX K, tested to the max by Chris Harris at the Daytona circuit in Florida. Matt, Chris and Rory then race across Kazakhstan in three high-mileage cars: a Mercedes saloon, a Volvo estate and a London taxi, all of which have done at least 480,000 miles, the equivalent distance of going to the moon and back.

Actor James McAvoy guest stars in the studio and on the famous Top Gear test track.

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