By James Leyfield
The coming week’s TV features some exciting new additions to our viewing calendar in the shape of a new game show presented by X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, former Emmerdale star Adam Thomas’ return to the small screen in BBC show Moving On, and six wannabes will battle it out to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Elsewhere, the 22nd series of crime drama Silent Witness will come to a chilling end, Martin Clunes heads Stateside in Martin Clunes: Islands of America (Tuesday February 5th ITV), and our TV taste buds will be tingling when we tune into a Food Unwrapped Takeaway Special (Monday February 4th Channel 4).
Small Fortune – ITV – Saturday February 2nd – 7pm
We know him for The X Factor nowadays, but Dermot is back with new an X-citing new game show, Small Fortune, on Saturday, and what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in excitement and prize money. The format sees friends or family members attempt to master tiny challenges with the aim of scooping a whopping £150,000.
There are games based on miniature versions of landmarks, such as Marble Arch and Stonehenge, and in one challenge contestants are tasked with sliding pint glasses across a tiny version of Coronation Street’s Rovers Return.
While Small Fortune faces a big task in taking on The Greatest Dancer, which airs its first live shows on BBC One on Saturday, the new series should have far more than a tiny chance of success.
Moving On – BBC One – Monday 4th February to Friday February 8th – 2.15pm
One star who is no stranger to the Rovers Return is former Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati (Sunita Alahan) who will appear in BBC Daytime drama Moving On. She plays Pauline, the boss of Ben Tavassoli’s cleaner character Carl, who ends up in a life-changing situation following a misunderstanding.
Ex-Emmerdale actor Adam will portray Carl’s flat mate Rob in the show, which marks his first big TV appearance since departing the Dales when his character Adam Barton went on the run. Eagle-eyed soap opera fans will spot numerous past and present serial drama stars during the week of episodes, including Hollyoaks actress Lucy-Jo Hudson and former Corrie actor Ian Puleston-Davies.
And fear not, if you miss one of the dramatic standalone episodes you can catch up with the new Freeview app.
Silent Witness – BBC One – Tuesday February 5th – 9pm
Fans of Silent Witness who are behind on the series should get their box set binge on asap – because you will not want to miss the thrilling two-part conclusion on Monday and Tuesday.
The 22nd series has featured an impressive roster of guest stars, from former EastEnders actress Samantha Womack, to ex-Miss Moneypenny Samantha Bond, as Emilia Fox reprised her role as Dr Nikki Alexander. The forensics expert faces humiliation in court in the penultimate episode of the series, but can she bounce back for yet another exhilarating ending? You don’t want to miss it.
Eurovision: You Decide 2019 – BBC Two – Friday February 8th – 7.30pm
The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in May, but before the UK contestant has attempted to avoid the dreaded “nil points” score, six acts will sing for the chance to take on that mantle at this year’s spectacle. Among them are former X Factor hopeful Holly Tandy, who reached the quarter finals of the talent show in 2017.
Whoever makes it to Tel Aviv will follow in the footsteps of greats such as Engelbert Humperdinck, Bonnie Tyler, and Michael Ball, who have all carried the UK’s feint Eurovision hopes on their shoulders over the years.
It will be a tough ask trying to replicate Katrina and the Waves’ 1997 triumph, but the wannabe’s song won’t have to be up to much to outdo Jemini’s unfortunate 2003 effort Cry Baby, which scored precisely “nil points” across the board.
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