Five must-see TV highlights for the week ahead

Recommendations for 25 September - 1 October 2017

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As the nights draw in you can bring a little sunshine back into your life this week with a lavish BBC wartime drama set on the Gulf of Aden, or by gazing at the sun-kissed bods of American lifeguards when you watch the new Baywatch movie via the TalkTalk TV Store. If cold weather is more your thing(!) then Simon Reeve is back with some fascinating stories from his travels around Russia.

1. My Kitchen Rules - Monday at 4pm on Channel 4

Renowned chef and food writer Rachel Allen and Michelin Star restaurateur Glynn Purnell are the new regular judges for this lively amateur cooking contest and there'll be celebrity guests coming along to the contestants' houses too.

2. First Dates - Monday at 10pm on Channel 4

Among the daters looking for love this week is glamorous 22-year-old dental nurse Cece who can see that beauty is more than skin deep and Aldine, 42, who's been engaged five times without ever making it down the aisle.

3. Russia with Simon Reeve - Thursday at 9pm on BBC2

This decade's answer to Michael Palin is back with his cheeky grin and boyish charm (he's actually 45!) as he wends his way across the huge country of Russia, unearthing interesting stories and meeting the extraordinary folk who call Siberia their home.

4. The Last Post - Sunday at 9pm on BBC1

The trailer for this period drama set in 1960s Yemen indicates the BBC have invested heavily to create a glossy, action-packed series. The six-parter will follow a unit of Royal Military Police officers and their families as they deal with the challenges of politics, love and war in the British-controlled city of Aden.

5. Baywatch on TalkTalk TV Store

On-demand viewers can now download and watch this light-hearted remake of the classic TV show through their TalkTalk TV boxes or online via the TalkTalk TV Store.

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