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The 6 must-watch shows on TV this week

Between mindless action and royal history in the making, your evening's sorted with these five best things to watch this week. Put the kettle on and grab those biscuits: it's time to veg out.

CBeebies Bedtime Story with Regé-Jean Page (CBeebies, 14 Mar)

Mother’s Day treat, anyone? CBeebies’ daily Bedtime Story show has some serious impressive alumni (hello Tom Hardy) and now they’ve bagged another Hollywood hottie to send kids off to the land of nod. This Sun, Bridgerton’s Duke of Hastings, Regé-Jean Page, will be reading Smriti Halls and David Litchfield’s Rain Before Rainbows at 6.50pm. Is this meant for children? Yes. Will we be tuning in and most probably drooling? Oh absolutely, my grace.

The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer (C4, 9 Mar)

Join one of the greatest celebrity line-ups yet for a well-needed dose of low-stakes baking meltdowns. Hollywood megastars James McAvoy and Daisy Ridley join comedian Tom Allen and rapper Dizzee Rascal in the tent for this series of haphazard charity bakes. The first episode sees some instantly out of their depth with a ganache technical (“What’s a ganache??”), but will also reveal a surprising streak of talent in others. Catch up on All 4.

DNA Journey (ITV1, 10 Mar)

ITV seems to be trying to give BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are a run for its money with this new three-part series, but it’s sure to hook us nosy parkers in anyway. Using modern DNA technology, eight celebrities will trace their genealogy back through history. Up first is Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff, who wander through the mists of time to the tune of their own easy banter. As expected with these two, family revelations soon descend into bloke-ish rivalry over whose ancestor did it better.

The One (Netflix, 12 Mar)

Adapted from John Marrs’ unputdownable psychological thriller, The One has already garnered a bit of a buzz. Set in the near future, scientists discover that a simple DNA test can find out a person’s perfect romantic partner but things, of course, don’t turn out quite as hoped. After the recent release of Amazon Prime’s Soulmates, which also interrogated the predetermined love thing, we can’t help but wonder if this TV trend speaks to some cultural mood. Lockdown loneliness? A pandemic-driven scepticism of happily ever afters? Something to ruminate on as you binge.

SAS: Red Notice (Sky Cinema, 12 Mar)

Jamie from Outlander, is that you?! This new British action thriller, adapted from the Andy McNab novel of the same name, sees Sam Heughan up against a small army of well-trained war criminals that seize control of the Eurostar. It’s a classic set-up: Heughan (an SAS Operator) just happens to be the only man standing in their way. Gripping action that gets points for being unapologetically British in a US-centric genre. Also, you know, for Sam Heughan.

And in case you missed it… Oprah with Meghan and Harry (ITV1, 8 Mar)

Well, by now you’ll know the salient points (racism, mental health denial, petty point scoring against the Duchess of Cambridge) but if you want to be across all the gory details, block out two hours in the diary and settle down for this: quite possibly the interview of the decade. The UK finally has rights to broadcast Oprah chatting to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and explosive it most certainly is. Catch up now on ITV Hub and get prepped for the inevitable toxic fall-out to come.

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