Soap drama, 'Strictly' and 'Ridley Road': The best TV this weekend, 22-24 October

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The weekend's highlights include 'Emmerdale', 'Strictly' and 'Ridley Road'. (ITV/BBC)
The weekend's highlights include 'Emmerdale', 'Strictly' and 'Ridley Road'. (ITV/BBC)

Super soaps week on ITV has seen no end of drama in both Emmerdale and Coronation Street - and with storylines reaching their conclusions on Friday, the shocks aren't over just yet.

On Saturday, we're back in the BBC One Strictly ballroom for more sensational routines, and Casualty has a special episode following just the paramedics.

Read more: The true story behind Ridley Road

Rounding out the weekend on Sunday, acclaimed drama Ridley Road airs its final episode on BBC One, and in Channel 4's Joe Lycett vs the Oil Giant the comedian takes on Shell.

The best TV to watch this weekend, 22 - 24 October

Friday

Emmerdale - ITV - 7pm


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STRICT EMBARGO - No Use Before Tuesday 26th October 2021

Coronation Street - Ep 10474

Friday 5th November 2021 - 1st Ep

Abi Franklin [SALLY CARMAN] persuades Gary Windass [MIKEY NORTH] to help her track down Corey and Stefan. 

Picture desk contact - David.crook@itv.com

Photographer - Danielle Baguley

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It's been a terrifying week in the Dales. (ITV)

The survival event of nightmares reaches its terrifying conclusion with lives changed forever...for those who are still around.

Who will have paid the ultimate price, and will Meena finally have been caught?

Coronation Street - ITV - 7.30pm and 8.30pm

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Coronation Street - Ep 10459

Monday 18th October 2021 - 2nd Ep

Kevin Webster [MICHAEL LE VELL] arrives at the crash site but is attacked by Harvey Gaskell [WILL MELLOR] who steals the pick up truck.

Picture contact David.crook@itv.com 

Photographer - Joseph Scanlon

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The reign of terror has hit Weatherfield, too. (ITV)

The drama has seen more threads but no less intensity on the cobbles, with Johnny trying bravely to save Jenny in tonight's first episode.

In the second instalment, Shona tries to rescue the Connors, Nick makes a shocking discovery, and Kevin finds out what has happened to Abi.

Zappa - BBC Four - 9pm

Programme Name: Frank Zappa - TX: 22/10/2021 - Episode: Frank Zappa (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Frank Zappa performing at the Whisky a Go Go in 1968, with The Mothers of Invention.  - (C) Cal Schenkel - Photographer: Cal Schenkel
Get a never-before-seen look at the work of Frank Zappa. (Cal Schenkel)

If you're not so into soaps, this film-length documentary about Frank Zappa provides a weighty alternative.

With unprecedented access to the musician's unreleased music and movies, unseen interviews and unheard concert footage, it curates his artistic and political life that was in danger of being lost forever.

Saturday

Strictly Come Dancing - BBC One - 7.15pm

Many fans will be cheering on Tilly Ramsay this week. (BBC)
Many fans will be cheering on Tilly Ramsay this week. (BBC)

The celebrity dance contest heads into week five, but with Judi Love on the bench after a positive COVID test, she won't be taking up what was becoming her regular slot in the dance off.

Read more: Stars rally round Tilly Ramsay over body shaming comments

It leaves the competition even more wide open this weekend in one of the closest contests there's been in years.

Casualty - BBC One - 9.30pm

Programme Name: Casualty - Series 36 - TX: 23/10/2021 - Episode: Casualty Series 36 - EP IS THE PATIENT BREATHING (No. IS THE PATIENT BREATHING) - Picture Shows:  Iain Dean (MICHAEL STEVENSON), Sah Brockner (ARIN SMETHURST) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Grabs
The paramedics take centre stage. (BBC)

A special episode follows just the hospital's paramedics, rather than sticking inside the A&E department.

It gives a snapshot of the many situations real paramedics face each shift, with one woman having lain dead for months, and a man who's had a long wait for an ambulance to be free in the pressured service.

Sunday

Ridley Road - BBC One - 9pm

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 10:00:01 on 12/09/2021 - Programme Name: Ridley Road - TX: n/a - Episode: Generics (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Colin Jordan (RORY KINNEAR), Vivien Epstein (AGNES O'CASEY), Jack Morris (TOM VAREY) - (C) Red Productions - Photographer: Ben Blackall
'Ridley Road' airs its final episode. (Red Productions/Ben Blackall)

The acclaimed period drama about the 62 Group and their work fighting fascism in Sixties London draws to a close tonight.

Pressures and risks are mounting for both Jack and Vivien, but while he wants to run while they still can, she wants to stick things out to the end.

Joe Lycett vs the Oil Giant - ITV - 9pm

Joe Lycett Climate Investigation
The comedian tackles Shell. (Channel 4)

Comedian Joe Lycett has turned into something of a consumer champion of late, and tonight he tackles his biggest battle yet - with Shell.

He questions whether their eco-friendly marketing really rings true as the Cop26 conference looms in the coming weeks.

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