PICKS OF THE WEEK: 21-25 SEPTEMBER 2020

What to watch this week.

Ghosts

Monday, 8:30pm, BBC One

Return of the comedy, starring Charlotte Ritchie, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Simon Farnaby. Alison and Mike are trying to find a semi-harmonious routine with the ghostly housemates of Button House. The ghosts have found a way to make their new situation work for them, while the couple are working toward a new money-making venture to fund their perpetual renovations. But after a paranormal photo of the house goes viral, Alison and Mike spot an opportunity to bring money in more quickly by using the ghosts' `talents" to create an authentic haunted-house experience.


The Great British Bake Off

Tuesday, 8pm, Channel 4

Matt Lucas takes over from Sandi Toksvig as host for the 2020 series, alongside returning presenter Noel Fielding and regular judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. The 12 contestants for this series have been required to form a social bubble due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The contest begins with Cake Week, beginning with a signature challenge to produce a classic Battenberg. For the technical round, Paul sets the contestants the task of making a fruit sponge, and the final Showstopper Challenge gives the bakers a chance to express their creativity.


The Write Offs

Tuesday, 9:30pm, Channel 4

Part one of two. Sandi Toksvig helps eight adults who cannot read or write to master basic literacy, setting them fun challenges to put what they have learned so far to the test. In the first episode, Sandi meets the group for the first time, and after four weeks of tuition, they are set a travel-based challenge in the Peak District, getting to grips with map reading , signs, and railway departure boards. Prue Leith joins Sandi to set a cookery challenge - they must prepare a chicken pie from her recipe, including acquiring all the ingredients.


Celebrity Karaoke Club

Wednesday, 10pm, ITV2

Seven celebrities head into a karaoke bar with the hopes of winning this exciting music competition, performing everything from epic solo performances to group battles. Featuring contestants Scarlett Moffatt, Courtney Act, Jess Wright, Melvin Odoom, Tallia Storm, Luke Kempner and David Potts.


Grayson Perry's Big American Road Trip

Wednesday, 10pm, Channel 4

Artist and social commentator Grayson Perry travels across the pre-pandemic US, spending time with people from all walks of life to explore the divisions across the nation - issues that have since been thrown into sharper focus. He begins in the American South, where he tackles race - arguably the oldest and most intractable division in the US. Travelling from Atlanta, Georgia, to Washington, DC, he explores older ideas of African American success with members of the so-called `black elite" and reflects on the issue of white privilege.

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