Rillington Place - Tim Roth reaches new levels of creepy, but Samantha Morton steals the show in serial killer drama

It’s that time of the year – and that type of weather – which means the days never seem to get properly light.

Claire Goose and Matt Bardock star in The Coroner

What to watch on BBC iPlayer this week

Here's our pick of the best entertainment, documentaries and drama on the BBC iPlayer.

Andrew Sachs

Andrew Sachs - Manuel’s best moments

Actor Andrew Sachs,best known for his portrayal of Manuel in the 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers, has died aged 86.

Charlotte Bower, 16, from Chorley got the chance to work on the set of CCBC show Blue Peter.

‘My dream job’ - Teen spends a day working on Blue Peter

A MEDIA student said working behind the scenes on one of her favourites children’s television shows was “one of the best days of my life”.

Andrew Sachs

Stars pay tribute to Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs

John Cleese has led tributes to Andrew Sachs, the actor best known for starring as Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers.
Kirsties Handmade Christmas.

TV Choice: What to watch on TV and streaming this week

Check out our Weekend Magazine TV editor Stuart Chandler's picks for the coming week.

Douglas Henshall.

Big preview: Catching a real-life monster - In Plain Sight comes to ITV

The first episode opens as Detective William Muncie is celebrating his 40th birthday at home with his friends and family when a birthday card is hand delivered.

Elizabeth appearing with other Miss England contestants in pop video

Preston beauty queen looking good for Xmas No 1

PRESTON beauty Elizabeth Grant might be taking on the world in Washington DC, but she also has her sights set on a Christmas Number One.

Danny Dyer confounded expectations in Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? A compelling journey with ruff diamond Danny Dyer

Danny Dyer. He’s the living embodiment of chirpy Cockney sparrer-dom, isn’t he? Star of countless films about moody geezers and football hooligans, current landlord of TV’s most dramatic boozer the Queen Vic – if you cut him, he probably bleeds jellied eels.

Natalie Lowe and Greg Rutherford leave the Tower Ballroom

Strictly Grexit for Rutherford after hit show sparkles in Blackpool

Olympic long jumper Greg Rutherford became the ninth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing after the show dazzled in Blackpool.

James May drives another fast car in The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour - Clarkson can't get out of first gear

When the BBC declined to renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract in the wake of the Top Gear presenter’s well-publicised bout of fisticuffs with a producer, there was huge outcry.

Chinstrap penguins and their chicks cover the slope of Zavodovski Island, an active volcano in the Southern Ocean

Planet Earth II - A bit like the Apprentice, but with penguins

Sometimes, in my darker moments, I feel like one of the chinstrap penguins of Zavadovski island.

John Lewis has partnered with The Wildlife Trust for its Christmas ad and hopes the campaign will encourage more children to discover a love of British wildlife.

VIDEO: John Lewis unveils 2016 Christmas TV advert

John Lewis has revealed its latest Christmas TV advert, signaling the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

Hayley Attwell stars as Hayes Morrison in the new US drama series Conviction

Conviction - This US drama comes across as New Tricks in killer heels

We open on a woman stalking around what appears to be a prison cell.
Rodney and Del Boy Trotter are still the nations favourite. Photo: BBC

Only Fools and Horses is most-watched show of the last 80 years

Today we celebrate 80 years of TV - and these are the 20 most watched shows during that time.
Katherine Kelly stars as Miss Quill in the BBCs new Doctor Who spin-off, Class

Dr Who spin-off is no Class act, more of a Buffy-lite

Halloween has become quite the thing, hasn’t it? You can’t move for pumpkin spiced lattes – pumpkin, by the way, is not a spice – sexy skeleton costumes, and various ghost-shaped sweets jostling for supermarket shelf space alongside family-sized tins of Quality Street and festive cream cracker selections.

Winter Gardens in Blackpool

The roaring 40s return to Winter Gardens

Blackpool Winter Gardens will be transported back to the 1940s for an event to celebrate the range, versatility and power of black actors on film and TV.

Caroline Aherne

£15m boost for cancer charities

Fund-raisers across the country helped generate more than £15m after an evening of television in aid of cancer research.

Fionn Whitehead stars as the nameless Him in the new ITV drama of the same name, which started this week

HIM review - Carrie for the millennials leaves me unconvinced

It can be tough being a teenager – raging hormones, acne, exams, the pressures of social media, nosebleeds, telekinesis...

Simon Cowell

Police in 999 hoax warning

To misquote Simon Cowell: “I don’t like it . . . I loathe it.”

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