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What to watch this week

What to watch this week

Take your viewing to the next level with the best stuff to watch on TV this week, from top shows to our pick of the best sport and movies

By Laura Rutkowski, Senior Staff Writer + Jack Prescott, Senior Staff Writer

There’s a bumper bundle of must-watch telly heading your way on Virgin TV this week, with Daniel Craig revealing what life is like as 007 in new documentary Being James Bond, the start of Strictly Come Dancing’s live shows, gripping ITV drama Hollington Drive, and the return of 24 Hours In Police Custody.


And if that’s not enough, get ready to party on Channel 100 at 7pm on Wednesday 22 September, as superstar DJs Pete Tong and Carl Cox bring the Ibiza vibes straight to your living room with Club Rewind!


With so much great stuff on the box, we’ve compiled a list of the best things for you to watch. Bookmark this page for fresh listings every week.



Wednesday 22 September

Pick of the day: Sex Actually With Alice Levine

10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

The presenter steps into homes across the UK as she explores what sex means for modern Brits, whether it’s purely for pleasure, for money or even for seeking spiritual enlightenment. She starts off in Bournemouth, meeting a couple who have quit their jobs to make adult content, and heads to Newcastle, where a pair stream their bedroom activity to an online audience.

What else to watch:

  • Inside Greggs: Britain’s Best Bakery – 7pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)
  • Changing Rooms – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • Gossip Girl – 10.35pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

Thursday 23 September

Pick of the day: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

7pm, Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Bing, bang, bong, sing, sang, song, ding-dang-dong! RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is back for series 3 with 12 new queens! Among them is a very familiar face… Veronica Green, who caught COVID last series and had to drop out of the competition. Thankfully though, she’s back and fiercer than ever. Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Emma Bunton, Alesha Dixon, Oti Mabuse and Matt Lucas are just a few of the guest judges, while RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr return on the judging panel. We hope everyone got Ru’s note about H&M…

What else to watch:

  • Christmas movies – all day, every day until Tuesday 4 January 2022, Great! Movies Christmas (CH 424)
  • Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • The Hairy Bikers Go North – 8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Taskmaster – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • All Creatures Great And Small – 9pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)

Friday 24 September

Pick of the day: Inside Culture

7.30pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

Mary Beard returns with the cultural review show. The topic this time is laughing and why we do it, as well as what it can tell us about ourselves and our relationships. Beard visits the artist Maggi Hambling in her Suffolk studio to find out why laughter has inspired so much of her work. As she told The Guardian, “There are people who don’t laugh. I tend to avoid them.”


What else to watch:

  • The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • The Resident – 9pm, Sky Witness/HD (CH 111)
  • Grantchester – 9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • The Cleaner – 9.30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • The North Water – 9.30pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)


Saturday 25 September

Pick of the day: Strictly Come Dancing

7pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

Grab your glitterballs and settle in for a Saturday night of solid-gold entertainment, because it’s the start of the Strictly live shows! The celebrity contestants have been hard at work behind the scenes, honing their dancing skills with the help of their professional partners – and now it’s time to show the nation what they can do.


What else to watch:

  • Global Citizen Live: Music Festival For The Planet – 5.30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • Queen: Live In Budapest – 7pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 165/140)
  • The Cube – 7.30pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Hollywood Icons – 7.55pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)
  • Britain’s Forgotten Wars With Tony Robinson – 8.20pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)


Sunday 26 September

Pick of the day: Being James Bond

10.20pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)

With No Time To Die finally hitting cinemas at the end of September, Daniel Craig reflects on his 15 years as 007 in a special one-off documentary. Featuring previously unseen footage from Casino Royale, Craig chats with producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli about life as the world’s most iconic spy. Consider us shaken and stirred.


What else to watch:

  • Lost Treasure Tombs Of The Ancient Maya – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Vigil – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • The Bambers: Murder At The Farm – 9pm, Sky Crime/HD (CH 137/136)
  • Foxy’s Fearless 48 Hours With Rob Delaney – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Karaoke Club: Drag Edition – 10pm, ITV2/HD (CH 115/176)


Monday 27 September

Pick of the day: 24 Hours In Police Custody

9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

The true crime docuseries which puts you at the heart of the action returns for a brand new series. When an assault on three women at a house in Luton is caught on CCTV, the police are soon on the case. But when a family member of one of the victims posts the footage on social media offering a £20,000 reward to catch the man responsible, detectives must act quickly or risk the culprit going into hiding for good. The race is on.


What else to watch:

  • Chateau DIY – 4pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • The Perfect Pitch – 5.30pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Strictly It Takes Two – 6.30pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek – 9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • For Life – 9pm, Sky Witness/HD (CH 112/111)


Tuesday 28 September

Pick of the day: Unbelievable Moments: Caught On Camera

9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)

From a man in danger after falling into a perilously icy river to a family home being invaded by thousands of birds, Alexander Armstrong narrates this new episode of the clip show, with those involved sharing their memories. Think of it as an extreme version of You’ve Been Framed.


What else to watch:

  • The Great British Bake Off – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Supergirl – 8pm, Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)
  • Sky Arts Book Club – 9pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 165/140)
  • D-Day Remember: Minute By Minute – 9pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)
  • Never Mind The Buzzcocks – 10pm, Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)


Wednesday 29 September

Pick of the day: Hollington Drive

9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)

Say hello to ITV’s newest thriller. Set over four gripping episodes, the lives of two sisters (Anna Maxwell Martin and Rachael Stirling) are turned upside down when a local boy goes missing following a family barbecue. With their own children acting suspiciously in the wake of the disappearance, it’s a mystery that has far-reaching – and devastating ­– consequences…


What else to watch:

  • Location, Location, Location – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow – 8pm, Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)
  • Coastal Devon & Cornwall With Michael Portillo – 8pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)
  • Grand Designs – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Hitmen: Reloaded – 9pm, Sky Comedy/HD (CH 135/123)


Thursday 30 September

Pick of the day: Don’t Exclude Me

9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

With permanent exclusions from state schools at their highest rate for nearly ten years, this fascinating two-part documentary sees behavioural expert Marie Gentles OBE head to Southend’s Milton Hall Primary School to work with some of its most challenging pupils. Can she help them enjoy school and stay in class?


What else to watch:

  • Show Me The Honey – 5.30pm, CBBC HD (CH 701)
  • Taskmaster – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • The Real Manhunt: The Night Stalker – 9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • A League Of Their Own – 9pm, Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)
  • The Russell Howard Hour – 10pm, Sky Max/HD (122/121)


Friday 1 October

Pick of the day: Shirley Bassey At The BBC

9pm, BBC Four HD (CH 107)

Give your Friday night a touch of glamour, thanks to this compilation of musical performances from Dame Shirl. Featuring some of her most-loved hits – and one or two surprises – this special proves why Bassey is one of the all-time great vocalists. Not that we needed reminding.


What else to watch:

  • Forged In Fire – 7pm, Sky HISTORY HD (CH 270)
  • The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Gogglebox – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Wolfe – 9pm, Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)
  • The Cleaner – 9.30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)



Pick of the week: Manchester City v Paris Saint-Germain

Tuesday 28 September, 7pm, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)

Forget all the talk about this UEFA Champions League clash being between the world’s richest clubs. With the likes of Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne, Neymar, Raheem Sterling, Kylian Mbappé and Jack Grealish all set to feature at the Etihad Stadium, just sit back, crack open the popcorn and enjoy a truly blockbuster showdown on the big stage.


What else to watch:

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Pick of the week: Judas And The Black Messiah

Available from Friday 1 October in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15

LaKeith Stanfield and Oscar-winner Daniel Kaluuya star in this compelling drama that’s based on a remarkable true story. FBI informant William O’Neal (Stanfield) is tasked with infiltrating the Illinois Black Panther Party and monitoring its leader, Fred Hampton (Kaluuya). But as he goes deeper within the party, and gets closer to its charismatic figurehead, O’Neal questions who he should really be helping.

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