Monday, 19 September 2011

TV Picks: 19-25 September 2011 (Ask Rhod Gilbert, The Fades, Fresh Meat, Fry's Planet Word, Glee, An Idiot Abroad 2, Modern Family, That Sunday Show, This Is Jinsy, X Factor USA, etc.)

Monday, 19 September 2011
THE FADES - BBC3, Wednesday, 9PM

Every Monday I scour the British TV schedule, picking the best new offerings each day has to offer. This is the result of that work, which I hope you find helpful...

My Forced Unwanted Wedding (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary about two British teenager of Bangladeshi backgrounds who are expected to participate in an arranged marriage.
Sandhurst (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary following the workings of the famous Royal Military Academy over a year. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY This Is Jinsy (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) Crazy comedy about a bizarre island. Guest-starring Harry Hill & David Tennant. Double-bill. (1 & 2/8)
Made In Chelsea (E4, 10pm) Series 2 of the reality soap. (1/11)
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards (5USA, 10pm) Highlights of this year's Emmy awards in America.

PICK OF THE DAY Real Food Family Cook Off (Channel 5, 7.30pm) Brand new home-cookery competition. Hosted by Celebrity Masterchef winners Matt Dawson & Lisa Faulkner. (1/7)
Regimental Stories (BBC4, 8.30pm) Series looking at the many amazing stories of military life, from past and present. (1/5)
Later Live – with Jools Holland (BBC2, 10pm) Series 39 of the live music show. Featuring Snow Patrol, Emeli Sande, Duke Spirit, Trombone Shorty, Roy Harper & Little Dragon. An extended edition airs Friday at 11.50pm. (1/9)

Midsomer Murders (ITV1, 8pm) Return of the murder mystery series.
X Factor USA (ITV2, 8pm) Season 1 of the US version of the smash-hit UK singing competition. Hosted by Steve Jones, with judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul & L.A Reid. Continues on Thursday at 8pm.
Dragons' Den: How To Win In The Den (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary retrospective on the business reality series, hoping to discover the best and worst things entrepreneurs can do in the den. (1/4)
PICK OF THE DAY The Fades (BBC3, 9pm) Brand new supernatural drama about a teenaged boy haunted by apocalyptic dreams, who starts to see the spirits of the dead. Starring Iain de Caestecker, Natalie Dormer, Ian Hanmore, Daniel Kaluuya & Johnny Harris. (1/6)
Fresh Meat (Channel 4, 10pm) Brand new sitcom about six university freshers sharing a house together. Written by Peep Show's Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain. Starring Jack Whitehall, Joe Thomas, Greg McHugh, Kimberley Nixon & Zawe Ashton. (1/8)
Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC1, 10.45pm) Series 2 of the comedy panel show with Rhod Gilbert. Guests are David Hasselhoff, Pussycat Dolls' Kimberly Wyatt, Phil Jupitus, Greg Davies & Rhod's friend Lloyd Langford. (1/8)

Educating Essex (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary set in a secondary school over a year. (1/4)
PICK OF THE DAY Glee (Sky1, 9pm) Season 3 of the high school musical-comedy-drama. Starring Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Diana Agron, Corey Monteith, Chris Colfer & Amber Riley. (1/22)
Jo Brand's Big Splash (Dave, 9pm) Comedy travelogue with Jo Brand looking at Britain's watery pastimes. (1/5)
The Closer (More4, 10pm) Season 6 of the US crime drama. (1/15)

The Middle (Sky1, 7pm) Season 3 of the US comedy-drama. Starring Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn & Charlie McDermott. (1/22)
Nigel Slater's Simple Cooking (BBC1, 7.30pm) Culinary series. (1/8)
Modern Family (Sky1, 8pm) Season 3 of the US sitcom. (1/22)
E20 (BBC3, 8.30pm) Series 3 of the online EastEnders spin-off gets a televised compilation. (1/5)
PICK OF THE DAY An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List (Sky1, 9pm) Series 2 of the comedy travelogue, where Karl Pilkington travels the world doing things you should theoretically do before you die. (1/8)
8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4, 10.30pm) Series 12 of the comedy panel show based on statistics and polls. Hosted by Jimmy Carr, with team captains Sean Lock & Jon Richardson. Guests include Amir Khan and Richard Ayoade. The uncut edition airs Saturday at 10.50pm. (1/11)
Jack Whitehall: My Funniest Year (Channel 4, 11.05pm) Standup comedy series, recorded live at the Hackney Empire in London. (1/3)

Nothing new.

Fighting On The Front Line (Channel 4, 9pm) Fly-on-the-wall documentary following British troops on a tour of Afghanistan. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY Fry's Planet Word (BBC2, 9pm) Brand new series where Stephen Fry investigates language in all its forms. (1/5)
That Sunday Night Show (ITV1, 10.15pm) Series 2 of the news roundup and discussion show. Hosted by Adrian Chiles. Guests are Shaun Ryder & Frank Skinner. (1/7)
The Only Way Is Essex (ITV2, 10.15pm) Series 3 of the reality soap. (1/14)