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The 10 best TV shows to watch this week, from An Evening with Adele to Selling Sunset

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The Wheel of Time

Friday 19 November, Amazon Prime Video

The Wheel of Time (Photo: Amazon)

Based on Robert Jordan’s series of fantasy novels, this new epic (and expensive – each episode cost $10m) series is billed as Amazon’s answer to Game of Thrones. Rosamund Pike plays Moiraine, a magical woman who shepherds four young men and women on a dangerous journey around the world in the hope that one of them is the reincarnation of the Dragon, an almighty being with the power to save – or end – the world.

Children in Need

Friday 19 November, 7pm, BBC One

BBC Children In Need 2021({Photo: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Graham Norton, Alex Scott, Mel Giedroyc, Ade Adepitan and Joel Dommett are this year’s charity telethon hosts, promising a night of sketches, musical performances and various high jinks, all in the name of a good cause. At 10pm on BBC Two is a special charity episode of University Challenge presented by Kirsty Wark, in which stars of the BBC will take on faces seen on ITV.

Empire State of Mind

Saturday 20 November, 9pm, Channel 4

Empire State of Mind (Photo: Fred Windsor-Clive/Sandpaper)

Sathnam Sanghera, the journalist and author of The Boy with the Topknot, presents this two-part documentary exploring the historical roots of racism in Britain and how an exceptionalist view of the Empire has contributed to it. He starts in Wolverhampton – the city his Indian parents immigrated to in 1967 – before heading to Edinburgh to meet fellow writer Alex Renton, who recently discovered that his family was instrumental in the West Indian slave trade.

An Evening With Adele

Sunday 21 November, 7.25pm, ITV

Adele: One Night Only on CBS (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty)

The superstar singer releases her fourth album, 30, today and marks the occasion with an exclusive show at the London Palladium. Performed in front of a specially invited audience of friends, family, musicians, artists, actors, sports stars and some of Adele’s personal heroes, expect renditions of her greatest hits as well as new songs – including her most recent single, “Easy On Me”.

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Sunday 21 November, 9pm, ITV

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (Photo: Joel Anderson/ITV)

The rumours are true – the real-life Alan Partridge, Richard Madeley, is heading to the I’m a Celebrity… castle. He will be joined by Frankie Bridge of girl band The Saturdays, choreographer Dame Arlene Phillips and Tom Daley’s diving partner Matty Lee, who won a gold medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympics. With Ant and Dec at the helm, the show will once again broadcast nightly from Gwrych Castle in North Wales.

The Princes And The Press

Monday 22 November, 9pm, BBC Two

The Princes and The Press (Photo: BBC/Anwar Hussein/Getty)

In this first of two documentaries, BBC media editor Amol Rajan looks back at how Princes William and Harry have coped with press interest throughout their lives. Representing a new generation of royalty and giving the family a much-needed modern face, the young men drew positive coverage at first, but became tabloid targets before long.

Hawkeye

Wednesday 24 November, Disney+

Hawkeye (Photo: Disney)

Following in the footsteps of WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is the latest Marvel superhero to head to the small screen. Renner reprises his role as the Avengers’ resident archer, though the series will find him taking a potential successor (Hailee Steinfeld) under his wing.

Selling Sunset

Wednesday 24 November, Netflix

Selling Sunset (Photo: Netflix/Lindy Lin)

The glamorous estate agents of the Oppenheim Group are back for a long-awaited fourth season. Chrishell, Christine, Amanza, Heather and Mary all return to the addictive reality series, which also welcomes a number of new characters, including Emma Hernan, who already has beef with one of the agents. Those who have been following the cast while the show has been off-air will be hoping to see Heather’s wedding and Chrishell’s rumoured relationship with boss Jason Oppenheim featured.

Zara McDermott: Uncovering Rape Culture

Wednesday 24 November, BBC Three

Zara McDermott: Uncovering Rape Culture (Photo: BBC/Summer Films)

Following her intensely personal documentary about revenge porn, the former Love Island contestant investigates the rape culture fostered by Britain’s high schools. Revealing that she was sexually assaulted by a boy at school, McDermott speaks to young students about their experience of unwanted sexual attention and explores the effect of Everyone’s Invited, a website that was flooded with anonymous stories of abuse from schoolgirls in the summer.

The Beatles: Get Back

Thursday 25 November, Disney+

The Beatles: Get Back (Photo: Disney)

The latest Beatles documentary, directed and produced by Peter Jackson, promises to change the way we view the band’s 1970 break-up. With the title taken from the original name of The Beatles’ final record, Let It Be, this three-parter tells the story of how the Fab Four made their final masterpiece and brings old footage to glorious life.

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