Be sure to come dance
Friday 23 September 7pm, Saturday 24 September 6.45pm BBC One
After a week’s delay, it’s finally time to fake a tan and don your best sequins – Strictis back! After being brought together with their partners tonight, Helen Skelton, Fleur East, Matt Goss, Ellie Simmonds and the other 11 celebrities will be performing live for the first time tomorrow. To give them a chance to (literally) settle in, no one will go home for the first week, although that won’t stop the judges from sharing their unfiltered thoughts.
Friday 23 September at 8.50pm BBC One
In a recent interview with IThis is revealed by her author and star of the hit spectral sitcom Jim Howick ghosts could well come to an end with its fifth series. Then enjoy this new, possibly penultimate, part better. Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) and Alison (Charlotte Riley) are finally ready to welcome their first B&B guests to the Button House, while Thomas (Mathew Baynton) becomes a plague celebrity in the basement.
am i being unreasonable
Friday 23 September at 9.50pm BBC One
Daisy May Cooper swaps her brother and This country Co-Writer Charlie for Best Friend Selin Hizli (mummy) with whom she is co-writing this new sitcom. Cooper plays Nic, a woman who is fed up with her husband and whose only zest for life comes from her young son. That changes when she meets Jen (Hizli) at the school gate and the two form a strong, alcohol-fueled bond.
Sunday September 25, 9pm, ITV
Actress Emer Kenny (Father Brown) wrote this three-part detective drama based on Val McDermid The distant echo. When the unsolved 1996 murder of barmaid Rosie Duff becomes the subject of a true crime podcast nearly 20 years later, eponymous Detective Sergeant Karen Pirie (Lauren Lyle) is tasked with reopening the cold case and finding new evidence.
Monday 26 September, 9pm, BBC One
This new thriller features an impressive cast including Dolly Wells (Dracula), Lydia West (It’s a sin) and David Tennant (Of), but the biggest draw has to be American actor Stanley Tucci. Writer/creator Steven Moffat wants to keep details to a minimum, but we do know that the story involves a prisoner on death row in the US (Tucci), a seemingly peaceful minister (Tennant), and a math teacher locked in a basement.
Sensationalists: The Bad Girls and Boys of British Art
Tuesday 27 September, 9pm, BBC Two
25 years after Charles Saatchi presented the irreverent Sensation exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, this documentary looks back on the careers of members of the Young British Artist collective, from Tracey Emin to Damien Hirst. Narrated by Keith Allen, the opening episode traces the beginnings of the YBA era, detailing its journey from the British art schools of the mid-1980s to Saatchi’s private collection.
Make me prime minister
Tuesday, September 27, 9:50 p.m., Channel 4
Do you think you have what it takes to rule the country? Led by Alastair Campbell and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, 12 candidates from across the UK (including lockdown celebrity and Handforth local councilor Jackie Weaver) will be put through their paces to see if they meet the demands of former Prime Minister No10 David Cameron, and Sir Tony Blair are on hand to offer advice and assistance.
Tuesday 27 September at 10.40pm BBC One
The second season of this terrifying drama about young investment bank workers just ended to great acclaim in the US. After surviving their brutal graduate program, Harper (Myha’la Herrold), Robert (Harry Lawtey), Gus (David Jonsson) and Yasmin (Marisa Abela) face even greater pressure to impress their bosses.
Wednesday, September 28, 9 p.m., Sky Atlantic
Kenneth Branagh plays a prosthetic-laden version of Boris Johnson. In five episodes, we watch him take office as Prime Minister as Covid-19 sweeps the world. Based on statements from government officials, nursing homes, hospitals and legends, this is Michael Winterbottoms (The trip) version of Johnson’s lockdowns. Expect little mercy.
I hate you
From Thursday 29 September, All4
Robert Popper, author of the Excellent Dinner on Friday nightis behind this new sitcom about two best friends in their twenties, Charlie (Tanya Reynolds, sex education) and Becca (relative newcomer Melissa Saint). The two roommates couldn’t be more different and together they embody chaos. A cute, silly sitcom to watch with your own best pal.