TV Picks: 23rd November - 30th November

TV Picks: 23rd November - 30th November

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Monday, 23rd November 2020
John Boyega in Small Axe (credit: BBC)

This week in TV sees Michael McIntyre host a new wheely fun game show, Luca Guadagnino directs another love story in Italy, and three bakers battle it out for the Bake Off crown.

Crossing Swords


ITV2, 10.00pm

As its title implies, Crossing Swords is a sitcom medieval in setting and toilet in humour.

Using a collection of Fisher-Price’s Little People toys, John Harvatine IV and Tom Root stop-motion animate the story of a pleasant peasant, Patrick, who lands his dream job as a squire at the royal castle.

Patrick soon learns that the monarchy of his beloved kingdom is morally bankrupt, and, much to the dismay of his familyhe attempts to “go pro” as a hero to take on the corruptors.

The Great British Bake Off: The Final


Channel 4, 8.00pm

The grand final of The Great British Bake Off sees Peter, Dave and Laura vie for the Bake Off crown after Hermine’s shock exit from the tent last week.

Hermine went into the semi-final having won Star Baker two weeks on the bounce, but having struggled through the 12 Savarins and Cube Cake bakes, she was sent home by the judges.

The challenges this week are a set-custard and puff pastry signature, a choccy-nut technical and a dessert tower final showstopper.

We Are Who We Are


BBC One, 10.45pm

Director of Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino, hits the small screen with another intimate, Italy-set, coming-of-age love story.

American 14-year-olds Fraser Wilson (Jack Grazer) and Caitlin “Harper” Poythress (Jordan Seamón) are growing up on a U.S. army base in Chioggia, Italy, but for Fraser it’s not enough like home.

It’s just one of the many struggles the teens face, along with friendship, first love and identity, in a place where conformity rules. Meanwhile, the adults in the barracks fight their own interpersonal battles; the struggles are lifelong.

Walking Britain's Lost Railways


Channel 5, 8.00pm

Rob Bell returns for another series of historic railway explorations.

Britain’s railways were once the envy of the world, but in the 1960s, around 5,000 miles of track were cut and more than 2,300 stations closed following the Beeching report.

Bell rescues these routes from the past and recounts the stories of the cities, towns and villages they transformed.

The series opener sees Bell rediscover the train travel that opened up North Devon, including the Atlantic Coast Express.

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel


BBC One, 8.30pm

Stand-up favourite Michael McIntyre hosts this new game show packed with stars, laughs and a huge human roulette wheel.

Guided by seven spinning celebrity experts, three contestants have to answer their way to a life-changing cash prize.

However, even if they answer correctly, as the wheel spins with each question, there’s a one in seven chance of landing on the expert or being thrown off completely. A deadly combination of luck and skill.

Small Axe


BBC One, 9.00pm

Steve McQueen’s Small Axe is at once a searing indictment of institutional racism and a hopeful ode to resistance. The first two films have received universal acclaim.

John Boyega leads as Leroy Logan in a timely biopic for the third, Red, White and Blue.

As a child, Logan witnessed the assault of his father by two policemen, which drove him to join the force and change its racist attitudes from within.

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This week in TV sees Michael McIntyre host a new wheely fun game show, Luca Guadagnino directs another love story in Italy, and three bakers battle it out for the Bake Off crown.