The 10 best TV shows to watch this week, from The Walk-In to Ralph & Katie – iNews

As he promotes his new, re-orchestrated greatest hits compilation XXV, Robbie Williams – once the most notorious pop star in Britain – joins Dermot O’Leary for a look back at archive footage from his storied career, from playing the Artful Dodger as a child to performing to hundreds of thousands at Knebworth, via his years in the record-breaking boyband Take That.
This suspenseful eight-part ensemble drama is set up with a familiar premise: an idyllic community floats on as normal, until the disappearance of a young woman raises questions about what is really going on under the surface. Sophie Wilde, who appeared in the BBC’s You Don’t Know Me, stars.
The actor’s wildly popular tour of Italy one piece of tortellini at a time returns for a second series. Tucci will visit locations including Venice, Umbria and Piedmont, as well as pushing his search for Italy further afield, as he explores the contributions and innovations of Italian immigrants to London.
Stephen Graham (Line of Duty, Help), one of Britain’s greatest actors, is back, refocusing somewhat on the subject matter that helped make his name in This is England. In this drama written by Jeff Pope, he gives a powerhouse performance as an activist who attempts to infiltrate a far-right hate group with plans to kill an MP.
University Challenge host and journalist Jeremy Paxman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 18 months ago; this one-off film follows him as he learns to live with the disease. He meets others with the illness – one in 37 people in the UK will be diagnosed with it – as well as Jane Asher, the president of Parkinson’s UK. This is a varied documentary – Paxman attends a dance therapy class and meets with those on the cutting edge of research – which is all the more moving for its host’s matter-of-fact approach.
Fans of the BBC’s The A Word, rejoice: finally there is another instalment of the family drama, though in a slightly different guise. This spin-off follows the titular newlyweds (played by Leon Harrop and Sarah Gordy) as they navigate married life as a couple with Down’s syndrome. Expect lots of returning A Word characters, including Pooky Quesnel as Ralph’s mum, and Nigel Betts and Sherry Baines as Katie’s parents.
Steve Thompson, a member of England’s winning 2003 Rugby World Cup squad, was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in 2020. In this film, he, his wife and their family explain the impact the condition is having on all of their lives, and explore the effect that his rugby career, during which he was repeatedly concussed, has had on his health.
Netflix brings its most opulent reality show back for a third season, as we return to LA to follow the programme’s cast of Asian and Asian American socialites. It picks up on the cliffhanger ending of season two, with Kelly Mi Li’s ex-boyfriend Andrew Grey knocking on her door. Expect outrageous fashion and moreish drama.
Essentially a more extreme version of Mr and Mrs, this six-part entertainment series hosted by comedian Rob Beckett pairs celebrities with their real-life partners, as they compete to find out which couple has the strongest bond. The famous faces include actress Denise Welsh (along with her abstract artist husband Lincoln Townley) and Olympic cyclist Shanaze Reade and her businesswoman partner Teddy Edwardes.
Riffing on a classic 70s comedy trope as well as a more contemporary penchant for travelogues featuring parents, stand-up Jon Richardson pairs up with his mother-in-law Gill Adams for a journey around Spain, as Adams considers making the move from the UK to sunnier climes. The two filmed in Andalusia and Alicante for the programme, making it perfect (or terrible, depending on how bitter you’re feeling) viewing as the nights start drawing in.
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