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
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.
Sunday 25 September 9pm, 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.
Monday 26 September 9pm, BBC One
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
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.
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.