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The best of what Netflix, ITV, BBC, C4, C5 has to offer this week

Just in time for Halloween, BritBox adds the definitive horror maestros' back-catalogue to their library, a spine-tingling collection of timeless chillers which includes The Plague of the Zombies (1966), The Devil Rides Out (1968), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Twins of Evil (1971), Vampire Circus (1972), Hands of the Ripper (1971) and the Hammer House of Horror anthology TV series from 1980 featuring the likes of Peter Cushing, Brian Cox (no, not that one), Pierce Brosnan, Paul Darrow and other big names. Hammer's charms lie in the films' visual style - gothic, atmospheric and often rather campy - and while the stories themselves are often familiar, rarely are they told with more gusto and flair.

The Owl House (Disney+, from Fri)

One of the Disney Channel's newest - and most warmly received - cartoon series finally makes its debut on Disney+. Mixing a traditional animation style with a wonderfully modern sense of representation in its cast of characters (the lead, 14-year-old Dominican-American Luz Noceda, is Disney's first bisexual main character), The Owl House is a magical tale that resonates with - and celebrates - anyone who has ever felt like they don't always fit in. The story follows Luz as, on the way to a juvenile detention summer camp, she stumbles through a portal into a magical realm - where she fulfils a lifelong dream by apprenticing to a powerful witch. Top fantasy fun from the studio that does it best.

Six Nations Live (ITV, Saturday 2.45pm)

At the end of February, Ireland's Six Nations match against Italy in Dublin was cancelled as the coronavirus pandemic began to take an increasingly devastating grip around the world. Now, seven months on from the last fixture, and the competition is finally ready to resume at the Aviva Stadium. This is both teams' fourth match of the championship, with Ireland winning both their home fixtures, against Scotland and Wales, but losing at Twickenham. However, they will be expecting to get back to winning ways today as the Italians have not won a Six Nations contest since 2015.

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, Saturday 7.25pm)

Last week, we got the launch show and found out which celebrities had been paired with which professionals. Now it's time to see the partnerships in action as the 12 couples take to the floor to make their debut performances in the first live episode. The pandemic means there have been some changes -- for a start, there are only three judges, Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse, as Bruno Tonioli is set to miss some of the early live shows due to the difficulties of commuting between Britain and the US. However, there will still be glitz, fancy footwork and presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. Plus, as in previous years, the celebs won't face being booted off this week. Instead, their scores will be carried over to next week, when the public will get a say in who stays and who goes.

DNA (BBC4, Saturday 9.00pm)

An impressive international cast, including Britain's Charlotte Rampling and rising Polish star Zofia Wichlacz, appear in this new Danish crime thriller from Torleif Hoppe, the co-creator of The Killing. It follows Rolf Larsen, a respected Copenhagen detective whose life changes forever when his baby daughter goes missing. Five years later, a serious flaw is uncovered in the Danish police's DNA basis, which offers a new lead and raises hopes that Rolf's daughter may still be alive. Will investigating a parallel case finally lead him to the truth about what happened to his child?

Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix Highlights (Channel 4, Sunday 6.30pm)

Two weeks ago, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton matched the career-win record of Michael Schumacher with his 91st Formula victory at the Eifel GP. The Brit triumphed over the Red Bull of Max Verstappen at the Nurburgring, while Daniel Ricciardo secured his first podium for the Renault squad. As well as overtaking the great German's race-win mark, Hamilton will be looking to take another important step towards his own record-equalling seventh F1 title today with victory at the new 4.684km Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. Steve Jones and David Coulthard present highlights of what could be a historic race.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories (ITV, Sunday 9.00pm)

He was arguably Britain's first true rock 'n' roll star and he's also proved to be the most enduring. So, no wonder UK television bosses want to prolong Cliff Richard's 80th birthday celebrations. The Bachelor Boy reached the milestone on October 14 and two days later, BBC4 celebrated by devoting an evening of programmes to him. And now its ITV's turn to pay tribute as he appears on an edition of Piers Morgan's Life Stories. Here, Cliff talks about how he went from an impoverished childhood to become one of the biggest-selling singles artists in the world. He also opens up about how the tragically early death of his father led him to publicly convert to Christianity, which he admits could have damaged his career.

Roadkill (BBC1, Sunday 9.00pm)

Peter (Hugh Laurie) is the new Minister for Justice, which makes it a particularly bad time for him to learn, via Duncan (Iain DeCaestecker), that scandalous photos of his youngest daughter Lily (Millie Brady) are about to hit the newspapers. Sadly, that isn't the only problem he's facing at home, as his family are starting to ask questions about his own private life. Meanwhile, Charmian Pepper is making headway in her Washington DC-based investigation into Peter's dealings, but her findings will have huge consequences.

ABBA: In Their Own Words (C5, Sunday 9.00pm)

Although they didn't officially become a band until 1972 - or adopt the name Abba until 1973 - Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad first began working together in 1970. To mark the 50th anniversary, this documentary retells their incredible story, from the early days to worldwide fame. It combines rarely seen archive footage and interviews with all four band members with some of their incredible songs. The programme also hears from celebrity fans and people who worked with them, including original studio engineer Michael Tretow and costume designer Owe Sandstrom.

Morning Live (BBC One, Monday 9.15am)

Hosted by Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones, the new daily morning programme designed to "kick-start the day and reflect the mood of the nation" during the mornings leading up to Christmas. Each day, the hosts will be joined by a familiar face from the BBC daytime presenting family including Dr Xand van Tulleken (HealthCheck UK Live), Rav Wilding (Crimewatch Roadshow), Anna Haugh (Ready Steady Cook), Will Kirk (The Repair Shop) and Sabrina Grant (the forthcoming Saved and Remade).

The Sister (ITV, Monday 9.00pm)

Halloween may be a bit different next Saturday, with trick-or-treating and fancy dress parties curtailed due to the pandemic. However, ITV are getting us in the mood by premiering this creepy psychological thriller across four nights this week. The series, inspired by Neil Cross's 2009 novel Burial, stars Russell Tovey as Nathan, a well-meaning but directionless lost soul who harbours a terrible secret he's desperate to keep buried. Nathan now has a new life and is devoted to his wife, Holly (Amrita Acharia). However, his world is turned upside down when the disheveled Bob (Bertie Carvel), an eccentric and shocking face from the past, turns up on his doorstep during one rainy night.

Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1, Monday 9.00pm)

Actor, writer and Gavin and Stacey creator Ruth Jones is proud of her roots and wants "to share the wonderful characters in Wales". In the third edition of the current series, Ruth finds several in her own family tree, including Welsh mariners who travelled the world on her mum's side. Meanwhile, on her late dad's side, she learns that her grandfather Henry Richard Jones was a leading figure in the Medical Aid Societies of South Wales. Her granddad's work led him to lobby the Minister of Health Aneurin Bevan - a fellow Welshman who became known as the father of the NHS. "Good on you, grandfather," says Ruth. "You gave back to life and you helped a lot of people. And that's pretty good going, I think."

President Trump: Tweets from the White House (C4, Monday 9.00pm)

While Franklin D Roosevelt was known for his 'fireside talks', and JFK won the Presidency partly because he was good on television, Donald Trump is truly Amrica's first social media leader. He has tweeted tens of thousands of times since moving into the White House, giving the American people unique access to his innermost, unedited thoughts, and giving him access to his 'base' - without the interference of the traditional media. This is the story of how, whether they have caused controversy or solved intractable foreign policy problems, tweets have changed American politics for ever.

The Great British Bake Off (C4, Tuesday 8.00pm)

Back in April, TV viewers followed Paul Hollywood as he headed on a culinary and cultural road trip across the Land of the Rising Sun, for his Channel 4 series Paul Hollywood Eats Japan. And tonight, the GBBO judge puts his experiences to good use as he and Prue Leith set the remaining bakers three challenges in Bake Off's first ever Japanese week. For the signature, the contestants tackle a Japanese version of the Asian staple, steamed buns. That's followed by a tricky layered technical, and finally a showstopper inspired by Kawaii, the Japanese love of all things cute, loveable and adorable. So who will be named Star Baker this week, and who will leave the tent? Hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas are on hand to congratulate and commiserate.

Damilola: The Boy Next Door (C4, Wednesday 9.00pm)

On November 27, 2000, 10-year-old Damilola Taylor was on his way back home from Peckham Library, when he was stabbed in the leg with a broken bottle on a dank concrete stairwell. He died in hospital from the wounds. To mark the 20th anniversary of his death, Capital Xtra presenter Yinka Bokinni, who was a childhood friend of 'Dami', discusses the impact of the tragic event. In the aftermath of the crime, the 'notorious' North Peckham Estate, which had been seen as a hotbed of gangs, drugs and violence since the 1980s, was demolished and the families dispersed. However, Yinka remembers it differently as a warm, loving and happy community, rather than the crime-ridden "sink estate" that was somehow to blame for the tragic loss of a young life.

Orson Welles in Norwich: Urban Myths (Sky Arts, Wednesday 10pm)

Harry Potter and Cracker star Robbie Coltrane take on the role of Orson Welles in this comedy telling the story of his time spent presenting mystery dramas in Norwich. It's 1972, and Welles is working on F For Fake, a faux documentary now regarded as his last masterpiece. But F For Fake has run out of funds, and Orson is skint, according to his manager. However, opportunity comes from the most unlikely of places - East Anglia. Orson accepts work at a regional television station in Norfolk where he encounters an ambitious local newswoman, and then swiftly goes missing.

Sing It Loud: Black and Proud (C4, 11.10pm)

Maya Jama is at the legendary Ronnie Scott's to present a one-off celebration for Black History Month, alongside some of the UK's finest gifted young jazz musicians. Zara McFarlane, Ashley Henry, Poppy Ajudha, Reuben James and Ayanna Witter-Johnson all take to the world-famous stage to perform their own interpretations of iconic Black protest anthems from Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye and James Brown. Multi-talented saxophonist Soweto Kinch also delivers a rousing rendition of his recent work to complete a joyous evening.

Powering Britain (BBC2, Thursday 7.30pm)

It takes an awful lot of work to keep our kettles boiling and our tellies ticking over, and even more so as we realise we must make every effort to leave behind fossil fuels as a source of our power. In this new series (although today's report has previously been shown in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire), Keeley Donovan meets some of those responsible for keeping the power flowing. This edition goes 75 miles off the Yorkshire coast, where Hornsea One - the world's biggest offshore wind farm - harnesses the power of nature. It took over 10,000 people to construct, and has broken every record for its size and scale. Here, Keeley hopes to take in the view from the top of one of its 174 massive turbines.

The Trump Show (BBC2, Thursday 9.00pm)

The last in the series telling the inside story of the most extraordinary US presidency in recent times tells of Donald Trump's fourth (and final?) year in office. It saw some remarkable events, from Trump inviting the Taliban to Camp David to suggesting buying Greenland - prompting no small amount of ridicule. But then even his tumultuous reign was overshadowed by something truly unprecedented: the Covid-19 pandemic, alongside Black Lives Matter protests. Trump's handling of both would come to define his presidency.

Taskmaster (C4, Thursday 9.00pm)

The move to Channel 4 of Dave's flagship original comedy could have come at a better time - it's hard to gauge like-for-like how successful the transition has been when the live audience has been removed. Still, Johnny Vegas, Richard Herring, Daisy May Cooper, Mawaan Rizwan and Katherine Parkinson make for a great cast of competitors this series, as they set about softening pasta, creating farm-related illusions and destroying garden arches along with other bizarre tasks in the name of comedy.

Between the Covers (BBC2, Friday 7.30pm)

The fourth chapter of this excellent series celebrating the joys of a good book, and host Sara Cox invites four more celebs to each bring along their favourite book of all time to discuss with one another. It's a tried-and-tested format as far as the radio, with Radio 4's A Good Read being a firm fixture, but it's pleasing to see how well it has transferred to the telly. It could be that we've all had a little more reading time over the summer just gone, but this celebration of the written word seems well past due.

The Same Sky (More4, Friday 9pm)

The compelling Cold War drama set in 1970s Berlin continues. Lars proves to be a natural at his Romeo assignment. After finding a way to break the ice with Lauren at the cafe she frequents, he effectively gets under he skin leaving her prey to emotions that she thought she'd buried. Back in East Berlin, Klara develops a troubling side effect while doggedly pursuing her Olympic goal in the hope of gaining her parents' approval. Plus, Axel is let in on an incredible secret when he meets up with an ex-lover.

The Last Leg (C4, 10.00pm)

It's amazing to celebrate the success of this show, originally intended to be a short-term sidebar to the London 2012 Paralympics - now in its 20th series as one of Channel 4's flagship topical programmes. It just goes to show that, when you put marginalised issues (in this case, disabilities) front-and-centre in a show, that show can appeal to everyone and not just those directly affected. In tonight's edition, hosts Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe are joined by more big-name guests from the worlds of sport, entertainment and politics, although as ever it's the trio themselves that people tune in for. That, and the hashtag #IsItOK, once again helping to open up conversations about the issues that matter.

Football news:

Inter want to sign Giroud in January
ISCO agent: he wants to try to play in another League
Roberto De Derbi is the new Serie A coaching star. His Sassuolo is the best control team in Italy, but it lacks improvisation
Wayne Rooney: Chelsea and Mourinho wanted to sign me, there were also Real Madrid and Barcelona
Eriksen can go to Real Madrid, ISCO-to Inter as part of the exchange (Sky)
Beckham returned to the cover of FIFA 23 years later. For this, he will get more than paid in real PSG
Barcelona transferred a 5 million Euro bonus to Borussia for Dembele's transfer. Catalans have already paid more than 130 million