'Freddie Mercury: The Final Act', 'Doctor Who': The best things on TV this weekend, 26-28 November

·TV Reporter
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The weekend's TV highlights. (Getty Images/BBC Studios)
The weekend's TV highlights. (Getty Images/BBC Studios)

The weekend kicks off with six celebrities debating modern womanhood and their experiences of it on BBC Two with Womanhood, while there's a chance to relive the highlights of Bake Off series 12 in Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice.

On Saturday, BBC Two gives itself over to an evening celebrating Queen, featuring the documentary Freddie Mercury: The Final Act, and the Strictly Come Dancing couples are aiming for the quarter-final on BBC One.

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Sunday night drama includes Showtrial drawing to a close on BBC One and more twists and turns in Channel 4's Close To Me, while Doctor Who airs its second last episode of series 13 and nears the end of Jodie Whittaker's reign.

The best things to watch on TV this weekend, 26-28 November, 2021

Friday

Womanhood - BBC Two - 9pm

Programme Name: Womanhood - TX: n/a - Episode: What Do Women Really Want (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Jacqueline Gold, Shirley Ballas, Chidera Eggerue, Sinitta, Suzi Ruffell, Kirsty Wark - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: Lisa Stonehouse
Six celebs gather to discuss womanhood. (BBC Studios/Lisa Stonehouse)

Kirsty Wark gathers together five other famous women of different ages to spend a week discussing issues facing women today, including safety on the streets, cosmetic surgery and coercive relationships.

The group includes Strictly judge Shirley Ballas, writer Chidera Eggerue, businesswoman Jacqueline Gold, singer Sinitta Malone, and comedian Suzi Ruffell.

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice - Channel 4 - 8pm

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
Winner Giuseppe talks about his time in the tent. (Channel 4)

If you're already pining over the end of the glorious season 12, there's one last instalment of the Bake Off spin-off show to look forward to.

Read more: Bake Off winner Giuseppe thanks co-stars after 'draining, exciting experience'

Relive the final including its triumphs and disasters as the 2021 finalists give their views on what it was like to be in this year's tent.

Saturday

Freddie Mercury: The Final Act - BBC Two - 9pm

Programme Name: Freddie Mercury: The Final Act - TX: n/a - Episode: Freddie Mercury: The Final Act - Announcement (No. Announcement) - Picture Shows:  Freddie Mercury - (C) Getty Images - Photographer: Getty Images
Freddie Mercury's last years are documented. (Getty Images)

BBC Two dedicates much of its Saturday evening schedule to Queen, with an earlier programme showcasing their best TV appearances and a later showing of their Christmas Eve 1975 Hammersmith gig.

The jewel in the crown, though, is this documentary about frontman Freddie Mercury's last years and the lead up to his Wembley Stadium memorial concert in 1992, with those who knew and loved him sharing their memories.

Strictly Come Dancing - BBC One - 6.55pm

Will Tilly lead the scores again? (BBC)
Will Tilly lead the scores again? (BBC)

It's all to dance for in tonight's show as the couples try to bag a place in next week's quarter-final.

Last week featured the shock result of Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden being voted out - who will manage to evade the red light this weekend?

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Judge Craig Revel Horwood is also expected to return from his COVID isolation.

Sunday

Doctor Who - BBC One - 6.25pm

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 22:55:01 on 15/10/2021 - Programme Name: Doctor Who S13 - TX: n/a - Episode: Doctor Who - Generics (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Dan (JOHN BISHOP), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Yasmin (MANDIP GILL) - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: Zoe McConnell
The penultimate episode is here. (BBC Studios/Zoe McConnell)

The penultimate episode of series 13 sees Jodie Whittaker's Doctor and her companions, played by Mandip Gill and John Bishop, face seemingly insurmountable obstacles as the forces of evil mass.

Guest stars this episode include Robert Bathurst, Rochenda Sandall and Craig Parkinson.

Showtrial - BBC One - 9pm

Showtrial 9BBC)
The drama reaches its conclusion. (BBC)

The legal drama reaches its final episode tonight, with some answers over what really happened to Hannah and the events leading up to her death.

Lawyer Cleo Roberts is pushed to the limit in defending her privileged teenage client against the murder charges and faces some tough decisions in ensuring a fair trial.

Close To Me - Channel 4 - 9pm

Connie Nielsen and Christopher Eccleston
Jo continues to piece together the last year. (Channel 4)

As one Sunday night drama draws to a close on the BBC, Channel 4's must-see series is just getting going.

Jo, who has suffered a brain trauma and disturbing flashbacks, feels she is finally beginning to piece together the lost year of her life and wants to confront the woman she was - but as her hallucinations get worse, she suffers a setback.

Starring Connie Nielsen and Christopher Eccleston.

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