This week's top TV: 16 - 22 October

This week's top TV: 16 - 22 October

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Robert Catesby (Kit Harington) meets Guy Fawkes (Tom Cullen) (Credit: BBC / Kudos)

Beware the things that go bump in the dark - this week it's Kit Harington in BBC One's explosive new drama Gunpowder (see what we did there?)

Documentary: Gordon Ramsey on Cocaine


ITV, 9pm

Cocaine use is spiraling ot of control in the UK, says Gordon Ramsey, and the celebrity chef is on a mission to de-glamourise the drug. The UK now consumes more cocaine than anywhere else in Europe, he finds. 

In the first of this two-part series, Ramsey travels to Bournemouth where he follows the local police as they nab drivers who are thought to be under the influence of the drug, before heading off to Columbia to take a look at the other end of the supply chain. 


Entertainment: QI


BBC Two, 10.00pm

Sandi Toksvig and Alan Davis return for the O series (Credit: BBC/Fremantle Media/Talkback)

QI is back and Sandi Toksvig and the team will be discussing all things 'O'. 

This week we get a first-time appearance from Claudia Winkleman, a 38th-time appearance from Phil Jupitus and and 42nd-time appearance from show veteran Bill Bailey. 

And Alan Davis? Well he's always there.


Sport: Boxing on Dave


Dave, 9pm

David Haye with tonight's headlines: Ian Lewison & Joe Joyce (Credit: UKTV)

As part of Dave's growing catalogue of live sport, this week David Haye's new stable of fighters gets its first outing on the channel. 

Former Olympian Joe Joyce headlines the fight night as he goes up against South London rival Ian Lewison. 

Speaking to the RTS earlier this year, David Haye praised Joyce, who has recently been Anthony Joshua’s sparring partner. “If you ask [Joshua] what he thinks of Joe Joyce, he will say, ‘you can’t hurt him. He’s 6’6”, solid grip at 18st and he’s a force to be reckoned with. [Plus] he’s a very nice lad as well. You can’t help but want this guy to succeed.”


Drama: Gunpowder


BBC One, 9pm

Remember remember the fifth of November - or in this case the 21st of October. 

Kit Harrington (Game of Throne) and Liv Tyler star in this dramatic retelling of one of the most famous stories from British history

Following the death of Elizabeth I, King James of Scotland takes to the throne, declaring war on Catholic Spain and forcing British Catholics into hiding. 

Robert Catesby (Harrington) devises a treacherous and treasonous plot to kill the King, however for his plan to work he must recruit a gang of influential and passionate accomplices - including a hardened war veteran Guy Fawkes.

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Beware the things that go bump in the dark - this week it's Kit Harington in BBC One's explosive new drama Gunpowder (see what we did there?)