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The 10 best TV shows to watch this week, from Angela Black on ITV to Who Do You Think You Are on BBC1

The Larkins

Sunday 10 October, 8pm, ITV

The Larkins (Photo: Objective Fiction/Genial Productions/ITV)

Thirty years after ITV brought its adaptation of HE Bates’s The Darling Buds of May to our screens, the channel returns to the source novel for a new six-part drama about a family living in the idyllic Kent countryside in the late 50s. Bradley Walsh takes over the David Jason role as wheeler-dealer patriarch Pop, Joanna Scanlan plays Ma, made famous by Pam Ferris and Sabrina Bartlett (Bridgerton) takes on Mariette, the part that famously began Catherine Zeta-Jones’s ascent to stardom.

Angela Black

Sunday 10 October, 9pm, ITV

Angela Black (Photo: Two Brothers Pictures/ITV/Jon Hall)

Joanne Froggatt stars as the eponymous Angela, a housewife and mother-of-two married to charming Olivier (Michiel Huisman). In typical ITV thriller fashion, all seems well in suburbia – but Olivier is soon revealed to be a violent and manipulative abuser. Angela is approached by a private investigator who shares her husband’s darkest secrets about her – but can she trust him?

Tom Parker: Inside My Head

Sunday 10 October, 9pm, Channel 4

Tom Parker: Inside My Head (Photo: Alun Callender/Channel 4)

Last year, Tom Parker, best known as a member of boyband The Wanted, was diagnosed with an inoperable glioblastoma – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. Here, he allows cameras to follow him and his family of him as they cope with the life-changing news and adapt to Tom’s needs as he undergoes his first round of treatment. The singer also organizes a star-studded charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall, which sees The Wanted reform for the first time in seven years.

Scenes From A Marriage

Monday 11 October, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

Scenes from a Marriage (Photo: Sky)

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain re-examine ideas of monogamy and desire first put under the microscope in Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 miniseries, as married couple Jonathan and Mira learn how to navigate the breakdown of their relationship following a devastating revelation.

Paul Merson: Football, Gambling & Me

Monday 11 October, 9pm, BBC One

Paul Merson: Football, Gambling & Me (Photo: BBC/Little Gem Media Ltd/Chris Collerton)

Footballer-turned-pundit Paul Merson has been addicted to gambling for 35 years. In this personal and honest film, he describes the devastation his habit has brought to his life and sets out to understand how he and others like him become addicted – is it nature, nurture or both? He also asks what the sports industry is doing to tackle the links between football and gambling.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Tuesday 12 October, 9pm, BBC One

Who Do You Think You Are? (Photo: BBC/Wall to Wall Media Ltd/Sarah Widdicombe)

The genealogy series connecting celebrities to their ancestors returns with comedian Josh Widdicombe as its first subject. While his journey into the past gets off to a disappointing start, with the discovery of a family member cut off from the family fortune, he soon finds he is related to one of King Charles I’s closest advisers to him.

Portrait Artist of the Year 2021

Wednesday 13 October, 8pm, Sky Arts

Portrait Artist Of The Year (Photo: Matt Frost/Sky)

Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell welcome nine new artists to the painting competition. Celebrity sitters this year include singer Celeste, comedian Nish Kumar, political strategist Alastair Campbell and historian David Olusoga, but it is the turn of singer Gabrielle, actor Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, and model Grace Neutral in this opening episode. The winner will be handed a £10,000 commission to paint the classical violinist Nicola Benedetti. The Blackprint

Thursday 14 October, 9pm, ITV The Blackprint (Photo: Twofour/Colin Hutton/ITV) has become a staple of British entertainment over the past 20 years, from coaching on The Voice touring the country with the Black Eyed Peas. Hailing from LA, the singer has a unique perspective on what it means to be black in Britain and here he meets civil rights heroes, inspiring schoolchildren and tech trailblazers who offer their own outlook on their place in the UK.


Thursday 14 October, 9pm, BBC Two

Guilt (Photo: BBC/Expectation/Happy Tramp North)

The Scottish drama starring Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives as murderous brothers returns for a second series. It opens with two seemingly unrelated events – a shooting in an Edinburgh cellar and the release of Max McCall (Bonnar) from prison. Over the next four episodes, the crime pulls Max back into a web of secrets and, of course, guilt.

Complaints Welcome

Thursday 15 October, 10pm, Channel 4

Complaints Welcome (Photo: Channel 4/Rob Parfitt)

Like a transparent (hopefully more entertaining) version of Ofcom, comedians Tom Allen, Jessica Knappett and Munya Chawawa are joining forces to form a “complaints committee” who, together with a celebrity guest, will put viewers’ televisual flus to the test through the media of investigation, debate and… comedy sketches, naturally.

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