Back for our winter run, as the nights draw cold and the days get shorter ATV Today Editor Shaun Linden picks his weekend Telly highlights in Best on the Box.

One to Watch: Strictly Come Dancing – 2018 Launch Show, Saturday 7.35pm, BBC One

Dust off your dancing shoes, Strictly Come Dancing is waltzing back onto BBC One for its 16th series. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are rolling out the red carpet to welcome the star-studded celebrity class of 2018 as they begin their Strictly adventure in Strictly Come Dancing: The Launch.

Tonight the 15 celebrity contestants will make their grand entrance into the famous Strictly ballroom and discover which professional dancer they will be paired with. Once the pairings have been announced the celebrities and professionals will take to the dancefloor for the very first time for a spectacular group performance.

‘Queen of Latin’ Shirley Ballas returns as Head Judge and joins legendary judges Dame Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood as the fabulous four cast their eyes on the class of 2018 for the very first time – although tonight they will be leaving their scoring paddles at home.

The show opens with a spectacular red carpet event as the Strictly family dance to a medley of Nile Rodgers’ greatest hits performed by Chic and the man himself. Later in the show Craig David and Stefflon Don will join Nile and Chic to perform their new single.

Great North Run, Sunday 9.30am, BBC One

Gabby Logan presents live coverage of the 2018 Great North Run, the world’s biggest half-marathon.

Global superstars of distance running and wheelchair racing go head to head, including four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah, who defends his 2017 title, and also has an unprecedented fifth consecutive victory in his sights. In the women’s competition, 2016 champion Vivian Cheruiyot heads the pack. And in the wheelchair race, legend David Weir is favourite to add another winner’s medal to his impressive collection.

But it’s not just the world’s elite taking to the streets. Around 57,000 entries have signed up to raise money and awareness for many good causes, some of which we’ll hear about in the programme. Commentary comes from Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter & Paula Radcliffe with live updates out on the course from JJ Chalmers, Radzi Chinyanganya and Jeanette Kwakye.

S.W.A.T. – Seizure,  Sunday 9pm, Sky One

Get ready for the most intense episode yet as the team head straight into a prison riot. There’s danger at every turn in this action-packed houras the team climb the walls and try to take back the cell blocks.

Faced with hundreds of violent prisoners, Hondo needs every member of his and Mumford’s teams if they are to save the hostages and make it out alive. So when a tragedy strikes Annie while she’s dropping off a cake to celebrate husband Deacon’s 10th SWAT anniversary, Jessica must decide what comes first: Deacon’s family or the mission.

That’s So… 1982, Sunday 9pm, Channel 5

Following on from the recent popular Matthew Kelly hosted Top of the Box, which took us to years ranging from 1978 to 1995, Channel 5 return to nostalgia with That’s So… however unlike Top of the Box this series isn’t focusing on just television. This time the producers take a look at the world as whole in 1982 from the big news stories to the best of the music charts and popular culture.

The first episode takes a look back at 1982, featuring news, pop and TV archive clips. It was a year that saw the Falklands War, the birth of Prince William, Channel 4’s launch together with the first episode of Countdown, and Steven Spielberg’s ET: The Extra-Terrestrial break box office records. It was also the age of new romanticism and electropop, while tracks such as Come on Eileen, Eye of the Tiger and Pass the Dutchie stormed the charts.

The Imitation Game, Sunday 10.05pm, ITV, STV and UTV

The Imitation Game is a high-energy panel show for ITV hosted by Alexander Armstrong, that sees team captains and top impressionists Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson lead teams of the UK’s favourite mimics and comedians in a number of fast-paced games and challenges. Each week, both teams go head-to-head as they re-enact iconic movie scenes, re-voice news footage, blast out some surprising cover versions and put unlikely words in the mouths of all kinds of celebrities.

This week, in the show’s second outing, Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson are joined by special guests Christina Bianco and Jon Culshaw to perform a series of comedy games. With guest star Julian Clary.

Battle of Britain: Model Squadron, Sunday 8pm, Channel 4

The Battle of Britain is brought to life like never before as top model airplane pilots recreate three days that changed history. This exciting and ambitious three-part series sees model-makers use cutting-edge technology to recreate dive bombing, aerial encounters and dogfights. Looked over by historian James Holland, the series uncovers the tactics and history of those key moments of the summer of 1940 when the future of the British Isles hung in the balance.

The skills of British and German model flyers are pitted against each other, with the RAF’s Spitfire taking on the Messerschmitts. By unpicking the complexities of the greatest aerial engagements in military history they bring fresh understanding of the skills of the pilots of 1940. Coinciding with the RAF centenary, the model aircraft enthusiasts push themselves and their miniature flying machines to the limit to commemorate the sacrifices of the past and celebrate the bravery of the ‘few’.

Glitz and Glamour is back on BBC One with Strictly 2018
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