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Richard Arnold's Armchair Guide - October 2

Spitting Image - Exclusively on BritBox from Saturday.

After 24 years, Spitting Image returns to our screens on October 3rd.

The likes of Barack Obama, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Boris Johnson, Kim Kardashian, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Zuckerberg, Matt Hancock, Ed Sheeran and our very own Piers Morgan have all been given the Spitting Image treatment with their puppets set the feature on the legendary satirical show.

Britain's Got Talent - Saturday, 8pm on ITV, then available on the ITV Hub.

Britain's Got Talent returns for the fifth semi-final of the series.

As usual, Ant and Dec will host whilst Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams will be joined by Ashley Banjo at the judges’ desk. Eight contestants will perform in each semi-final and the judges will choose one act to go through. The second finalist will then be chosen via the public vote when the episode airs.

The series will then culminate with the live final where one act will triumph as Britain’s Got Talent 2020 Champion and win the life-changing £250,000 prize plus that coveted role on The Royal Variety Performance.

Celebrity Karaoke Club - Wednesday, 10pm on ITV2 and available to watch on the ITV Hub.

Seven celebrities unleash their vocals as they head into a karaoke bar with the hopes of winning this exciting music competition. Whether their voice is like Mariah Carey or Mariah Scarey, in this competition it’s all about the love of karaoke and commanding a stage - in everything from epic solo performances to group battles.

But there’s a twist because the people they will have to impress are their fellow competitors, every celebrity karaoke singer is also a karaoke judge. At the end of every episode, they’ll be sending someone home, with new celebrities joining the competition also hoping to be crowned the karaoke king or queen. 

The Savoy - Wednesday, 9pm on ITV and available to watch on the ITV Hub.

Filmed over the most dramatic period of the hotel’s history – from the incredibly busy winter season to its devastating coronavirus shutdown - the series will give viewers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of those lucky enough to be able to afford this slice of luxury, and those who serve them, as cameras capture the upstairs, downstairs and the most secret of corners.

As a global crisis looms, the series sees the challenges the staff face to continue to make the magic happen with their hard work and attention to detail before the hotel was forced to shut its doors for the first time ever in its history. 

It’s Valentine’s week at the Savoy and the hotel is preparing for one of the busiest and most profitable days of the year.

All Around Britain, Sunday, 11.50am on ITV and available to watch on the ITV Hub.

Our very own Ranvir Singh and Alex Beresford explore the secrets of Highclere Castle this week in All Around Britain and of course Highclere is the home of Downton Abbey.

They also visit an orchard in Somerset to hear from the Thatcher family about the business of brewing cider and head to the north-east coast to find out about the past and present of Holy Island oysters.

The Singapore Grip - Watch the latest episode on Sunday, 9pm on ITV and the full boxset is exclusively available on BritBox.

There is more gripping stuff from The Singapore Grip this week, as the second world war drama continues.

Following his controversial announcement, Matthew is given the cold shoulder by the Blacketts as they prepare for the company’s jubilee. While he and Vera get closer, Matthew promises to help her leave Singapore. Walter petitions the Governor in an attempt to solve his problems, and he and Joan conspire to remove the threat Matthew poses to their plans.

The Japanese tighten their grip on the continent and Sylvia’s brother, Charlie, and Ehrendorf are caught up in the fighting. After putting their past differences aside to evacuate their women, the Langfeld’s find themselves at the mercy of the Blackett household.

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