Butterfly, Sabrina and Delivering Babies: What to watch on BT TV this October

The best shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BBC, ITV and the BT Player for October.

Autumn is officially here, and as the nights draw in, we’ve got a whole load of TV shows for you to watch on BT TV from the comfort of your sofa.

From new episodes of Riverdale and Roast Battle to brand new shows including Emma Willis: Delivering Babies and Butterfly, there’s no reason not to settle into your sofa with our pick of the best telly.

And don’t forget, with BT TV, you can access catch-up services for Freeview channels, watch Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and buy or rent box sets from the BT TV Store.

Keep reading for our must-watch guide for the month of October:

Roast Battle series 2

Roast Battle

When is it on?

Catch up on the new episode on the BT Player now. Watch Roast Battle series 2 on Comedy Central (BT channel 307/370 HD).

What’s it about?

Comedians take turns to roast each other with their quick wit and brutal jokes. Presented by Jimmy Carr alongside judges Katherine Ryan and Jonathan Ross (replacing Russell Brand), series 2 features comedians Chris Ramsey, Tom Rosenthal and Matt Richardson.

Why watch it?

The first series of Roast Battle featured comedians including Joel Dommett and Iain Stirling - and has the accolade of smashing all previous ratings records on Comedy Central UK. A third series has already been commissioned before the second series has even aired, a testament to the popularity of the show.

 

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The Apprentice

The Apprentice

When is it on?

The Apprentice continues Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC One. Catch up on the BBC iPlayer app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Candidates compete to go into business with multi-millionaire Lord Sugar.

Why watch it?

For Lord Sugar’s epic put-downs in the boardroom, the clashes between the candidates, the frequently failed overseas trips and the annual race around London trying to collect quirky antiques.

The Man in the High Castle season 3

man in the high castle

When is it on?

The Man in the High Castle season 3 is available to stream now Amazon Prime Video.

What’s it about?

Based on the alternate history novel by Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle - starring Rufus Sewell, above - reimagines America in 1962 as though Nazi Germany had won World War II. Season 3 finds Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) grappling with her destiny after seeking safety in the Neutral Zone.

Why watch it?

It’s the most-watched drama on the streaming platform with an army of loyal fans. A fourth season has already been ordered.

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Watch the trailer for series 3:

Doctor Who series 11

Doctor Who

When is it on?

Doctor Who series 11 continues Sunday nights on BBC One. Never miss an episode with the BBC iPlayer app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Doctor Who depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called ‘the Doctor’, who explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the Tardis.

Why watch it?

Series 11 introduces the 13th doctor, Jodie Whittaker, after Peter Capaldi's exit in the 2017 Christmas special Twice Upon a Time. She’s the first ever female Doctor - and it’s the first time the show has evrn aired on Sunday nights instead of its usual Saturday evening slot, so all eyes will be on it.

Preacher series 2

Preacher

When is it on?

Preacher series 2 airs Mondays at 9pm on AMC - BT channel 332/381 HD.

What’s it about?

Based on the popular cult comic book franchise, Preacher is an absurdly twisted and action-packed thrill ride. When Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a small-town preacher with a criminal past, realises God is absent from Heaven, Jesse sets out to find Him.

Why watch it?

Developed by Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad), Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express) and Seth Rogen (The Interview), the show has an 89% approval rating on review aggregation site RottenTomatoes.com.

Snatch series 2

Snatch

When is it on?

Snatch series 2 airs Tuesdays at 9pm on AMC - BT channel 332/381 HD. All episodes are available to stream now on BT TV.

What’s it about?

The series takes viewers to Spain’s Costa del Sol and follows the Hill Gang in a fight to save their fortune and their lives. The Hills run afoul of the local kingpin and find themselves pressed into the malevolent crime boss’s service, as the heroes attempt to outsmart their enemies even as they take over the town.

Why watch it?

Missing your Peaky Blinders or (spoiler alert) Luke Pasqualino after Our Girl fix? This AMC show – airing exclusively on BT TV – is one to add to your watchlist this October.

[Read more: 5 reasons to binge-watch the Snatch series 1 box set now]

Women On The Verge series 1

women on the verge

When is it on?

Women On The Verge continues Thursdays at 10pm on W (BT channel 311/383 HD). 

What’s it about?

Women on the Verge is based on the best-selling book Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Lorna Martin, and her much loved Grazia column Conversations with My Therapist. The series stars Kerry Condon (Three Billboards, Better Call Saul) Nina Sosanya (Marcella, Last Tango in Halifax) and Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe, Patrick Melrose).

Why watch it?

The book has been adapted by the supremely talented Sharon Horgan, who created, wrote and starred in Catastrophe - earning her Bafta and Emmy nominations.

Riverdale series 3

Riverdale

When is it on?

New episodes of Riverdale series 3 will be available to stream on Netflix on Thursdays.

What’s it about?

Based on the Archie Comics comic book series, Riverdale sees Archie and his gang (Jughead Jones, Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper) entangle murder and mystery in the town of the same name. Little is known about series 3 at this stage but we do know that there will be a flashback episode, with the main cast playing their parents who have been keeping a secret from their kids since high school.

Why watch it?

The show has developed a cult following, with Riverdale fans taking to Twitter in droves with fan theories, storyline predictions and weekly chat about each episode.

[Read more: BT TV's Netflix must-watch list]

The Romanoffs series 1

Romanoffs

When is it on?

The first two episodes of The Romanoffs are available to stream on Prime Video on Friday, October 12, with one episode released weekly after that.

What’s it about?

The Romanoffs features eight separate stories spanning seven countries, where seemingly unconnected people all claim to be Romanoffs, aka descendants of the last Russian Royal Family.

Filmed in Europe, the Americas and the Far East, each episode takes up a different story, in a different location, with a new cast.

Some of the 'Romanoffs' are social climbers, others seem deluded about their identity, while some are just interested in their ancestry - but all of them have a riveting story to tell.

Why watch it?

The Romanoffs was written, directed and produced by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. He's won nine Emmy awards – seven for Mad Men and two in his role as producer of the Sopranos - so expect the most exciting new series to debut in a while. It also stars Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks.

[Read more: Everything you need to know about the Romanoffs]

Above and Beyond: Nasa’s Journey to Tomorrow

Rory Kennedy

When is it on?

Above and Beyond: Nasa’s Journey to Tomorrow airs Sunday, October 14 at 8pm on Discovery (BT channel 322/376 HD).

What’s it about?

This one-off film builds on the long-standing history of Discovery’s Nasa programming, and sheds light on the role Nasa has played in monitoring the health of our home planet. However far Nasa may travel, its gaze has always returned to Earth, monitoring our seas and skies, our ice and sands, in an ongoing struggle to meet today’s great challenge - protecting our planet.

Why watch it?

The film was produced by Rory Kennedy (above) - the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker and niece of the late US President, John F. Kennedy.

Butterfly

Butterfly

When is it on?

Butterfly is coming to ITV on Sunday, October 14 at 9pm. Catch up on the ITV Hub on BT TV. 

What’s it about?

Butterfly follows the story of an 11-year-old boy, Max (Callum Booth-Ford, in his first acting role), who decides that he wants to live life as a girl. He’s always dressed as a girl at home, but now he no longer wants to hide who he is outside of the family home.

Why watch it?

The ITV family drama is bringing trans issues to primetime TV - with its stars Anna Friel and Emmett J. Scanlan encouraging parents to let their children watch the show. Find out why everyone is talking about the show.

Emma Willis: Delivering Babies

Emma Willis

When is it on?

Emma Willis: Delivering Babies is coming to W Channel (BT channel number 311) on Monday, October 22 at 10pm.

What’s it about?

Cameras follow the TV host as she trains for three months on a busy maternity ward as a Maternity Care Assistant. Emma will be working four shifts a week - day and night - alongside the nursing staff, where she'll discover first-hand what makes a midwife one of the toughest, but most rewarding careers you can have.

Why watch it?

If you’re missing your One Born Every Minute or Big Brother fix, this brand new show combines Emma Willis and babies - the best of both worlds.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series 1

Sabrina

When is it on?

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday, October 26.

What’s it about?

The show imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina The Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story.

Sabrina (played by Kiernan Shipka, best known for her role in Mad Men) wrestles with her dual nature - half-witch, half-mortal - while standing against the evil forces that threaten her and her family.

Why watch it?

The show is exec produced by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa - the writer and producer of dark teen drama, Riverdale.

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