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Six of the best

October 12, 2013


The Jonathan Ross Show Saturday, ITV, 10.15pm THE chat show charmer returns for a new series with a host of hot guests for this first episode, including Lord Tom Hanks and Dame Sandra Bullock. Oh yes, and Cilla Black too. More of her later. X Factor winner James Arthur provides the musical entertainment.

Stephen Fry: Out There Monday, BBC2, 9pm IT'S been at least a fortnight since Fry last had a documentary on the telly - so here's another to keep us going. This time the broadcaster travels the world to talk to people about their experiences of coming out as gay. Along the way he meets the likes of Elton John, David Furnish and US actor Neil Patrick Harris.

When Gastric Bands Go Wrong Wednesday, Channel 5, 9pm DOCUMENTARY from this notoriously sensitive channel (not) following the stories of three people who suffered the consequences when their weight loss surgery didn't go to plan, including one woman who nearly died when her gastric band caused a stomach infection.

Man Down Friday, C4, 10pm COMEDY written by and starring Greg Davies as a teacher who hates his job and, in a rather genius spot of casting, Rik Mayall as his dad. Tonight, our hero loses his trousers - but is also in danger of losing his girlfriend as she runs outs of patience with his inability to complete even the simplest task.

Peaky Blinders Thursday, BBC2, 9pm LAST episode of the stylish period drama set in glamorous Birmingham and The Shelbys are finally forced to face up to the problems that have been dividing them. Meanwhile, Campbell (Sam Neill) has one last plan to destroy the gang - leaving Irish songstress Grace (Annabelle Wallis) in an impossible position. Ooh-er.

The One and Only Cilla Black Wednesday, ITV, 9pm PAUL O'Grady (surprise, surprise) hosts an evening celebrating Cilla's 50 years in showbiz, from her years singing in the clubs of Liverpool to her success as a TV presenter. Includes the return of Blind Date and a special scene filmed with Rita and Norris of Coronation Street.

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