Monday, 7 March 2011

TV Picks: 7-13 March 2011 ('24 Hour Panel People', 'Hellcats', 'Law & Order UK', 'Monroe', 'Ricky Gervais Show', 'Stand Up For The Week', etc.)

Monday, 7 March 2011
'Monroe' - ITV1, Thursday, 9PM

Every Monday I browse the UK television schedules for the coming week, selecting each day's best new TV shows. Below you'll find the result of that work...

Royal Upstairs Downstairs (BBC2, 6.30pm) Series where antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and chef Rosemary Shrager visit the houses, castles and stately homes beloved of Queen Victoria. (1/20)
Parents Under Pressure (BBC2, 7pm) Sophie Raworth investigates the unruliness of today's children.
Law & Order UK (ITV1, 9pm) Series 4 of the crime drama. Stars Bradley Walsh, Jamie Bamber & Freema Agyeman. (1/6)

Caroline Quentin: A Passage Through India (ITV1, 9pm) The actress travels through India, starting in Varanasi at the River Ganges. (1/3)
Agony & Ecstacy: A Year With The English Ballet (BBC4, 9pm) Behind-the-scenes of the English National Ballet, as they prepare for a production of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall. (1/3)
The Ricky Gervais Show (E4, 11pm) Season 2 of the comedy where Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington's old podcasts are animated. Repeated on Channel 4 every Thursday at 11.35pm (1/16)
$#*! My Dad Says (5*, 10.30pm) US sitcom based on the popular Twitter feed about a son's relationship with his outspoken father. Stars William Shatner. (1/18)

The Great British Food Revival (BBC2, 8pm) Series where ten well-known chefs try to popularize British food. (1/5)
23 Week Babies: The Price Of Life (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary set in Birmingham's neonatal unit.
Better With You (5*, 10pm) US romantic comedy. Stars Jennifer Finnigan & Josh Cooke (1/17)

Crufts 2011 (More4, 7pm) Annual prestigious dog show. Presented by Clare Balding & Dougie Anderson. Continues tomorrow. (1/4)
Bang Goes The Winter Weather (BBC1, 8pm) Special hour-long episode of the science entertainment series where the gang build a weather chamber to artificially created clouds, rain and snow.
The British At Work (BBC2, 9pm) Kirsty Young investigates the country's working classes since WWII. (1/4)
Hellcats (MTV, 9pm) Season 1 of the US comedy-drama about high school cheerleaders. Stars Aly Michalka, Ashley Tisdale, Robbie Jones, Heather Hemmens, Matt Barr, Gail O'Grady & Sharon Leal.
Monroe (ITV1, 9pm) Brand new medical drama about a gifted neurosurgeon. Stars James Nesbitt, Sarah Parish, Tom Riley & Susan Lynch. (1/6)

Comic Relief: Girl On A Wire (BBC1, 7.30pm) Documentary about Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton's attempt to walk between two chimneys of London's Battersea Power Station, on a high-wire, for Comic Relief.
Gardener's World (BBC2, 8.30pm) Return of the long-running gardening series, with Monty Don back as host. (1/28)

Stand Up For The Week (Channel 4, 11.10pm) Series 2 of the standup comedy show. Hosted by Kevin Bridges with regular performers Andi Osho, Jack Whitehall, Rich Hall & Jon Richardson. This week's guest comedian is Micky Flanagan. (1/10)

Waking The Dead (BBC1, 9pm) Series 9 of the crime drama. Stars Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston & Tara Fitzgerald. (1/10)
24 Hour Panel People (BBC3, 10pm) Highlights of David Walliams' 24-hour panel show marathon for Comic Relief on 5-6 March, where he participated in a non-stop array of comedy panel shows, including The Generation Game, Just A Minute, Blankety Blank, Through The Keyhole, They Think It's All Over, Room 101, Celebrity Juice, QI, Room 101, Call My Bluff, and Whose Line Is It Anyway. Guests participating included Jack Dee, Stephen Fry, Miranda Hart, Jason Manford, David Mitchell, Dara O Briain, Paul O'Grady, Sue Perkins, Jo Brand, Jimmy Carr, Lee Mack, Charlie Brooker & Jedward. Continues daily until Thursday 17 March. (1/5)