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What to watch this weekend.

November 17, 2023
What to watch this weekend.

As the weekend approaches, it’s time to unwind and enjoy some quality television. Whether you’re in the mood for dazzling dance performances or solving mysteries with a legendary detective, this weekend’s TV lineup has something for everyone.

Friday: Children in Need on BBC One at 20:00 CEST.

Kickstart your weekend with an evening of philanthropy and entertainment as “Children in Need” airs on BBC One. The 2023 fundraising event promises a delightful mix of sketches, performances, and celebrity appearances, all aimed at supporting the charity’s mission to improve the lives of children across the UK.

This year’s lineup includes a puppet takeover of MasterChef, a Doctor Who sketch, and a parody of Race Across the World. Music performances by Jerub, Leigh-Anne, and STAND UNIQU3 add a musical touch to the evening. The star-studded event will be hosted by a dynamic team including Ade Adepitan, Mel Giedroyc, Chris Ramsey, Alex Scott, Jason Manford, and the talented 14-year-old actor Lenny Rush.

Lenny Rush, known for stealing the show in Daisy May Cooper’s comedy “Am I Being Unreasonable?,” is set to make history as the first child presenter in over 40 years of Children in Need. The Bafta winner’s rising star adds a unique charm to the event.

Celebrities, including the cast of the new Stock Aitken Waterman musical “I Should Be So Lucky,” will showcase their talents, with a special guest duo singing “Especially for You.” The evening promises a mix of laughter, tears, and heartwarming moments as celebrities take on Graham Norton’s red chair, and the total raised by Vernon Kay’s Radio 2 challenge is announced.

Tune in for a night of entertainment with a purpose, supporting a charity that has been making a difference for over four decades.

Saturday: Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One at 19:40 CEST.

Get ready for an evening of glitz, glamour, and impressive dance moves as “Strictly Come Dancing” airs its Blackpool Special. The show, now in its 21st season, has brought together a diverse lineup of celebrities, including Adam Thomas, Angela Rippon, and Les Dennis, among others.

The Blackpool Special is a highlight of the season, with the show’s hosts, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, broadcasting live from the iconic Blackpool Tower. The episode promises an incredible opening routine from the Strictly cast, setting the stage for the remaining couples to deliver spectacular dance routines on the famous sprung floor.

Interestingly, historical data reveals that leading the scoreboard at the Tower Ballroom doesn’t necessarily guarantee victory in the overall competition. While it might seem logical that the couple with the highest scores will be the eventual winners, past seasons have shown otherwise. Keep an eye on the mid-point of the table this evening – it could be where this year’s champion emerges.

Will this year’s frontrunners follow in the footsteps of Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse, the only couple to secure victory after topping the Blackpool leaderboard in the past decade? Tune in to find out and witness the magic of the Blackpool Special.

Sunday: Agatha Christie’s Poirot on ITV3 at 18:55 CEST.

For those who prefer a touch of mystery and intrigue, “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” on ITV3 is the perfect choice. The episode airing this Sunday is “The Mystery of the Blue Train,” featuring the iconic Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, portrayed by the talented David Suchet.

In this installment, Poirot finds himself aboard Le Train Bleu, a luxurious train bound for the French Riviera. The passenger list includes English socialites, American millionaires, and a magnificent ruby known as the Heart of Fire. As the train travels through picturesque landscapes, tensions rise among the wealthy passengers, leading to a murder that Poirot must solve.

“The Mystery of the Blue Train” may not be as renowned as some of Agatha Christie’s other works like “Murder on the Orient Express,” but it still promises a captivating narrative filled with suspense and sharp wit. Join Poirot and his little grey cells as they navigate a web of intrigue, villainy, and deceit in this classic mystery set against the backdrop of a glamorous train journey.

Whether you’re a fan of dance extravaganzas or thrilling mysteries, this weekend’s TV lineup offers a delightful mix of entertainment. So, grab your snacks, settle into your favorite spot, and let the weekend television festivities begin.

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