The 10 best TV shows to watch this week, from The Morning Show to Strictly Come Dancing

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Sex Education

Friday 17 September, Netflix

Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs and Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley in Sex Education (Photo: Sam Taylor/Netflix)

It’s all change in Moordale for series three of Netflix’s horniest comedy drama: Jean is pregnant, Adam and Eric are finally together and Otis is having casual sex with the most popular girl in school, Ruby. But it is new headteacher, Hope Haddon (Jemima Kirke, Girls) who really upsets the balance when she introduces a restrictive uniform policy and abstinence-based sex education.

The Morning Show

Friday 17 September, Apple TV+

Hasan Minhaj and Reese Witherspoon in The Morning Show (Photo: Apple/AP)

Apple TV’s most successful show to date (the first series was nominated for eight Emmys in 2020) returns to pick up the pieces of Alex (Jennifer Aniston) and Bradley’s (Reese Witherspoon) on-air outburst. Julianna Margulies joins the cast as news anchor Laura Peterson, who acts as an oasis of calm in the ever-growing tumult of workplace politics.

Strictly Come Dancing

Saturday 18 September, 7.45pm, BBC One

Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Sara Davies, Ugo Monye, Nina Wadia, John Waite, Robert Webb, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Adam Peaty, Judi Love, Tom Fletcher, Tilly Ramsay, Rhys Stephenson, AJ Odudu, Dan Walker, Katie McGlynn, Greg Wise (Photo: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire)

The annual launch show of the dancing competition will reveal which professionals will be paired with which celebrities, including who will be dancing with John Whaite in the series’ first all-male couple. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return to hosting duties, while Anton Du Beke will resume his temporary seat on the judging panel alongside Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.

Hawking: Can You Hear Me?

Monday 20 September, 9pm, Sky Documentaries

Hawking: Can You Hear Me?(Photo: Liam White/Alamy Stock Photo)

This feature-length documentary features Stephen Hawking’s friends, families and colleagues, who share their memories and stories of the late, great physicist. As well as telling the story of how he became one of the world’s most famous scientists, it will also explore how his genius changed the lives of those around him.

Manhunt: The Night Stalker

Monday 20 September, 9pm, ITV

Manhunt: The Night Stalker (Photo: Bufallo/ITV/Neil Genower)

Martin Clunes resumes his role as DCI Colin Sutton in this sequel to the 2019 ITV procedural drama, based on the real diaries of the man who caught Levi Bellfield – a case covered in the first series. This new four-parter follows the hunt for “The Night Stalker”, a serial rapist and burglar who first targeted the elderly residents of south-east London in 1992 and continued to terrorise victims for 17 years.

The Great British Bake Off

Tuesday 21 September, 8pm, Channel 4

Hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas with Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith (Photo: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions)

A police detective, a student, an engineer and a software developer are among this year’s Bake Off cohort, who will enter the tent next week in the hope of impressing judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood. First up is cake week, as the bakers are challenged to make 12 mini rolls before designing cakes that defy the laws of physics.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Tuesday 21 September, 9pm, Sky Max

Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix (Photo: Andrea Southam/Sky)

After six years off air, the raucous music panel show returns with a new look. Greg Davies hosts, while This Country writer and actor Daisy May Cooper is team captain against old guard comic Noel Fielding. Jamali Maddix is a regular panellist, while this week’s opening episode welcomes pop stars Anne-Marie and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall.

Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers

Wednesday 22 September, 9pm, BBC One

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 2015 (Photo: Danny Lawson – WPA Pool/Getty)

This documentary was originally scheduled to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday in June, but his death in April turned it into an unexpected obituary. All of Prince Philip’s and the Queen’s children and grandchildren – including Princes Harry and William – appear to pay tribute to the late patriarch and tell the story of his life. It will also give an insight into the Duke’s day-to-day duties and explore footage from the Queen’s private video collection.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Thursday 23 September, 7pm, BBC Three on iPlayer

Scarlett Harlett, Elektra Shock, River Medway, Veronica Green, Vanity Milan.Ella Vaday, Choriza May, Krystal Versace, Charity Kase, Kitty Scott-Claus, Victoria Scone and Abubis (Photo: BBC/World of Wonder/Ray Burmiston)

Victoria Scone will be the first cis woman to compete in any Drag Race competition when the third UK series arrives next week. RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr all return as judges, and will be joined through the series by celebrities including Lulu, Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Strictly professional Oti Mabuse.


Thursday 23 September, 9pm, Channel 4

Desiree Burch, Morgana Robinson, Greg Davies, Guz Khan, Alex Horne, Victoria Coren Mitchell and Alan Davies (Photo: Channel 4/Simon Webb)

Alan Davies, Guz Khan, Desiree Burch, Victoria Coren Mitchell and Morgana Robinson are the latest comics to relinquish their dignity in the name of entertainment as Taskmaster returns to Channel 4. Greg Davies plays the Taskmaster, aided by creator Alex Horne, as the comedians try to master increasingly frustrating and pointless challenges.

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