Strictly Come Dancing
Friday 23 September 7pm, Saturday 24 September 6.45pm, BBC One

After a week-long delay, it’s finally time to fake tan and don your best sequins – Strictly’s back! After being matched with their partners tonight, Helen Skelton, Fleur East, Matt Goss, Ellie Simmonds and the other 11 celebrities will perform live for the first time tomorrow. To give them a chance to find their feet (literally), no one will go home in week one, though that won’t stop the judges sharing their unfiltered thoughts.

Friday 23 September 8.50pm, BBC One

In a recent interview with i, writer and star of the hit spectral sitcom Jim Howick revealed that Ghosts may well come to an end with its fifth series. Better savour this new, possibly penultimate instalment, then. Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) and Alison (Charlotte Riley) are finally ready to welcome their first B&B guests to Button House, while Thomas (Mathew Baynton) becomes a celebrity among the Plaguers in the basement.

Am I Being Unreasonable?
Friday 23 September 9.50pm, BBC One

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Daisy May Cooper as Nic and Selin Hizli as Jen in Am I Being Unreasonable? (Photo: Boffola Pictures / Simon Ridgway / BBC)

Daisy May Cooper swaps her brother and This Country co-writer Charlie for best friend Selin Hizli (Mum), with whom she writes this new sitcom. Cooper plays Nic, a woman fed up with her husband, whose only joy in life comes from her young son. That all changes when she meets Jen (Hizli) at the school gates and the pair form a strong, alcohol-fuelled bond.

Karen Pirie
Sunday 25 September 9pm, ITV

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Lauren Lyle as DS Karen Pirie (Photo: World Productions / ITV)

Actress Emer Kenny (Father Brown) wrote this three-part detective drama based on Val McDermid’s The Distant Echo. When the 1996 unsolved murder of barmaid Rosie Duff becomes the subject of a true crime podcast almost 20 years later, the titular Detective Sergeant Karen Pirie (Lauren Lyle) is assigned to reopen the cold case and hunt down new evidence.

Inside Man
Monday 26 September 9pm, BBC One

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Stanley Tucci as Jefferson Grieff in Inside Man (Photo: Paul Stephenson / BBC / Hartswood / Kevin Baker)

This new thriller boasts an impressive cast including Dolly Wells (Dracula), Lydia West (It’s a Sin) and David Tennant (Des), but the biggest draw has to be American actor Stanley Tucci. Writer and 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), an ostensibly placid vicar (Tennant) and a maths teacher locked in a cellar.

Sensationalists: The Bad Girls and Boys of British Art
Tuesday 27 September 9pm, BBC Two

Twenty-five years after Charles Saatchi presented the irreverent exhibition “Sensation” at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, this docuseries looks back on the careers of the members of the Young British Artist collective who were featured, from Tracey Emin to Damien Hirst. Narrated by Keith Allen, the opening episode heads to the dawn of the YBA era, detailing their journey from Britain’s art schools in the mid-80s to Saatchi’s private collection.

Make Me Prime Minister
Tuesday 27 September 9.50pm, Channel 4

Reckon you’ve got what it takes to run the country? Under the stewardship of Alastair Campbell and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, 12 candidates from across the UK (including lockdown celebrity and Handforth local councillor Jackie Weaver) are put through their paces to see if they could handle the demands of No 10. Former prime ministers David Cameron and Sir Tony Blair are on hand to dish out advice.

Tuesday 27 September 10.40pm, BBC One

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The second series of this anxiety-inducing drama about young workers at an investment banking firm has just wrapped up in the US to great acclaim. Having survived their brutal graduate scheme, Harper (Myha’la Herrold), Robert (Harry Lawtey), Gus (David Jonsson) and Yasmin (Marisa Abela) are under even greater pressure to impress their bosses.

This England
Wednesday 28 September 9pm, Sky Atlantic

Kenneth Branagh stars as a prosthetic-laden version of Boris Johnson. Over five episodes we’ll watch as he takes office as the prime minister just as Covid-19 sweeps across the world. Based on testament from Government officials, care homes, hospitals and Sage, this is Michael Winterbottom’s (The Trip) version of Johnson’s lockdowns. Expect little mercy.

I Hate You
From Thursday 29 September, All4

Robert Popper, writer of the excellent Friday Night Dinner, is behind this new sitcom about two twenty-something best friends 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 sweet, silly sitcom to watch with your own best mate.

One thought on “The 10 best TV shows to watch this week, from Ghosts to Inside Man”
    Kenneth Branagh should have called “This England” My Londongrad and had Russian puppets playing Larry the Cat and Dilyn The Dog and of course emulating the puppet master Carrie. Why?

    First ask yourself why hasn’t MI5 thoroughly investigated Russian interference in British politics? Why should anyone believe Johnson put his country before himself or believe his anti-Russian rhetoric? In 2016 when campaigning for Brexit he accused the EU of provoking Russia’s attacks on Ukraine. Indeed, Johnson/Cummings delivered Brexit beyond Putin’s wildest dreams. Combine Brexit with Trump’s divisiveness and no wonder Putin concluded the USA/EU/UK/NATO club was a crippled anachronism.

    There is some fascinating fact based research published on the web by Bill Fairclough (ex-spook codename JJ and author of The Burlington Files autobiographical espionage series) about Boris Johnson et al called Britain’s Dismal Dossier on Russian Political Infiltration. He puts forward hard evidence to support the facts that not only have many past British Prime Ministers been compromised by Russian intelligence, but so too have Trump, Johnson and Cummings (prior to becoming political bigwigs). Dozens of other Tory Party supporters, MPs et al with Russian leanings are named in the article. Any of them, Trump, Johnson and Cummings included, could have been unwittingly manipulated. After all, flattery is a narcissist’s best friend.

    In fact, Kenneth Branagh could have made hay while the sun shines with this research. It is published in Bill Fairclough’s name on LinkedIn or Google TheBurlingtonFiles and in the News Section select the article for July 21, 2021. You might also want to read Bill Fairclough’s biographical novel Beyond Enkription – it’s a must read for espionage cognoscente.

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