Best on the Box highlights this Saturday November 23rd and we mingle with Michael McIntyre, Dolly Parton and The Queen.
ONE TO WATCH: MICHAEL McINTYRE’s BIG SHOW, BBC ONE at 8.10pm
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show returns to Saturday nights on BBC One for more superstar celebrity guests, amazing musical performances and a few extra surprises along the way – and all filmed in front of a live audience from the world-famous home of British entertainment, The London Palladium in the heart of theatreland.
This week, global superstar Liam Payne will perform his new song Stack it Up, survival expert and TV presenter Bear Grylls will face one of his toughest challenges as he hands over his phone to Michael for Send To All.
Plus there will be an amazing surprise for the Unexpected Star, as they get the opportunity to perform live in front of over 2,000 people on stage at the Palladium.
DOLLY PARTON’S HEARTSTRINGS, now streaming on NETFLIX
The Dolly Parton music you love, the stories you’ve been waiting for. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is an anthology series that showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind her most beloved songs.
New and classic Dolly music will score every episode. Each story will vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, westerns, and revenge comedies.
Parton was born on January 19th, 1946, the fourth child of 12, Dolly grew up in Locust Ridge, nestled against the Great Smoky Mountains. Music runs deep in the Parton family and while many played important parts in Dolly’s success, she credits Uncle Bill Owens for helping her get started in the music business.
From taking the stage of “The Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour” in Knoxville, TN, to landing a spot on “The Porter Wagoner Show,” Dolly’s talent soon catapulted her to super-stardom. Her songs have captured the hearts of generations. Her electric smile has brightened the lives of millions. Her trademark style is recognized across the globe.
CASUALTY, BBC ONE at 9.10pm
Whilst out on a call, Lev (Uriel Emil) gets into a scuffle with a football hooligan and Ruby (Maddy Hill) is shocked to discover her new colleague has a shady past. Put off by what she finds out, will Ruby give Lev a second chance – and can he prove he’s changed?
Rosa (Jacey Salles) and David (Jason Durr) are practicing their fake relationship in preparation for Rosa’s mother Xiomara’s (Anna Savva) arrival, but David soon has a lot more to deal with when Xiomara drops a bombshell on him.
After dealing with a patient who brings back traumatic memories from the terrorist attack, Ethan (George Rainsford) decides he needs to get away and have a break.
ZZ TOP: THAT LITTLE OL’ BAND FROM TEXAS, SKY ARTS at 9pm
The story of how three oddball teenage bluesmen – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard – became one of the biggest, most beloved bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers 50 years after the band’s inception.
ZZ Top are an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas with the group releasing their first album, ZZ Top’s First Album, in 1971. Beginning with blues-inspired rock, the trio later incorporated new wave, punk rock and dance-rock by using synthesizers. Their songs have a reputation for containing humorous lyrics laced with double-entendres and innuendos that Kenneth Williams would be proud of.
Their top-selling album comes from 1983 with the release of Eliminator, which sold more than 10 million copies stateside. Total record sales of 25 million place ZZ Top among the top-100-selling artists in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. By 2014, ZZ Top had sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
THE ROYAL HOUSE OF WINDSOR, CHANNEL 4 at 7.50pm
With the recent goings on concerning Prince Andrew and his dubious friends and Harry and Meghan suing several newspapers Channel 4 have timely scheduled another chance to see this epic six-part series that tells the family saga of the world’s most famous dynasty over the last 100 years. Based on evidence from archives around the world and the Queen’s own personal family archive held at Windsor, the series provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into how the Windsors have weathered four generations of crisis, and the secrets of their survival.
This episode reveals fresh insights into how George V rescued the monarchy by dumping their German roots and rebranding the family as quintessentially British, until his wayward son Edward VIII nearly brought the dynasty crashing down with the abdication crisis, only for his stammering younger brother Bertie and his wife Elizabeth to step in and save the day.
In July 1917, Britain was at war with Germany and hatred of all things German, including the royal family, was rife. King George V faced a crisis. In response, he ruthlessly forced all of his German relations living in Britain to change their identity. He changed his family’s name from the German Saxe Coburg-Gotha to the couldn’t-get-more-English Windsor.
And he allowed his cousin the Russian Tsar and his family to perish at the hands of the Bolsheviks. As monarchies around the world were toppling, the Windsors triumphed. They have always followed one crucial rule: survive, no matter what it takes, whatever the cost.