TV Guide 20.09.22

TUESDAY 20th

Crossfire, 9pm, BBC1

Jo Cross's (Keeley Hawes) world is shattered when gunmen attack the luxurious Spanish hotel where she's holidaying with family and friends. The ensuing horror puts lives at risk and exposes numerous secrets. Also stars Anneika Rose and Josette Simon.

Cunk On Earth, 10pm, BBC2

Philomena Cunk tells the story of human civilisation from prehistoric times to the present day, covering history, science, culture and religion. In the opening episode, she heads down caves and up mountains in her search for humanity's first moments, and with the help of a variety of experts she explains how the earliest societies were formed. Spoof documentary, starring Diane Morgan.


WEDNESDAY 21st

Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker, 8pm, Channel 4

Mel Giedroyc returns with the carpentry contest, which sees 10 woodworking enthusiasts create various projects that combine epic scale with fine craftsmanship and cutting-edge design. To remain in the competition, they have to impress the judges – entrepreneur and woodworking expert Sophie Sellu and design academic Tom Dyckhoff – while a series of surprise challenges keep them on their toes.

Escape From Kabul Airport, 9pm, BBC2

This documentary tells the inside story of the largest airlift in modern US history, which took place in August 2021 when America withdrew its troops from Afghanistan, marking the end of its longest war. The film combines never-before-seen on-the-ground archival footage from the evacuation, alongside interviews with evacuees, eyewitnesses, US Marines and Taliban fighters.


THURSDAY 22nd

John & Joe Bishop: Life After Deaf, 9pm, ITV

Comedian and actor John Bishop's eldest son Joe has an autoimmune condition causing progressive deafness. After a decade of trying to 'fix' Joe's hearing, the family come to the realisation it’s time to reconsider and find out more about the deaf community – and John sets himself the target of delivering an entirely signed stand-up comedy gig to a deaf audience.


FRIDAY 23rd

Strictly Come Dancing, 7pm, BBC1

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host the launch of the 20th series, joined by judges Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse as they welcome 15 new celebrities to the ballroom. The debut show will feature a guest appearance by John Legend, and last year's champions Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice will reprise their winning routine.

Ghosts, 8:50pm, BBC1

The supernatural comedy – starring Charlotte Ritchie, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Simon Farnaby – returns. Mike and Alison welcome the very first guests to their new bijoux B&B. While serving the couple breakfast, Alison realises they are not enjoying their break and, fearing a bad review, utilises the surprising skills of Lady Button and Julian to ensure the pair make the most of their weekend away.

Am I Being Unreasonable? 9.50pm, BBC1

Bored within her depressing marriage, Nic is haunted by a secluded fact that she cannot share with anyone. Only her son, who she adores, keeps her going. However, when fellow mum Jen arrives in town her life is lit up with laughter and through this kindred soul her dark secret starts to bubble up. A new comedy thriller, written by and starring This Country’s Daisy May Cooper and Selin Hizli.


SATURDAY 24th

Strictly Come Dancing, 6:45pm, BBC1

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host the first live show of the series. Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas assess the routines of the 15 couples, with the scores they award tonight being carried over to next week when viewers will have their chance to vote for the first time.

Kylie at the BBC, 9pm, BBC1

This special features a joyful selection of archive performances by Kylie Minogue – from the early days with Stock, Aitken & Waterman to the dance sounds of the 1990s, the 2000s and beyond, including her collaborations with Robbie Williams, Nick Cave and Jason Donovan.


SUNDAY 25th

Karen Pirie, 8pm, ITV

The 1966 murder of barmaid Rosie Duff in the university town of St Andrews has become the subject of a provocative true-crime podcast and DS Karen Pirie is unexpectedly chosen to head up the enquiry. It becomes increasingly apparent that Rosie harboured a secret that could unlock the mysteries surrounding the case. The crime drama is based on the novels by Val McDermid and stars Lauren Lyle.

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