Monday, 23 July 2012

TV Picks: 23-29 July 2012 (Absolutely Fabulous, The Angel, Bert & Dickie, The Churchills, Come Dine With Me, Olympics 2012, A Year in the Wild, The Zoo, etc.)

Monday, 23 July 2012

During the Olympic period, I won't be noting any of the live coverage during this time, because there's just too much, with the exception of the opening and closing ceremonies.

Megastructures: London's Olympic Stadium (Channel 5, 8pM) Documentary on the making of the 2012 Olympic Stadium in London, which has been built to enable a variety of future uses.
Horizon: The Truth About Looking Younger (BBC2, 9pm) Science documentary exploring why our ski n ages.
PICK OF THE DAY Absolutely Fabulous (BBC1, 9.30pm) Olympic-themed special of the smash-hit sitcom. Starring Jennifer Saunders & Joanna Lumley.
Ruby Wax's Mad Confessions (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary on the comedian and her experiences of clinical depression.
Arena: Amy Winehouse – The Day She Came To Dingle (BBC4, 10pm) Profile of the late singer.
Tom Daley: Diving For Britain (BBC1, 10.35pm) Profile of the 18-year-old diver, who's going for gold at the London Olympics.
The Daily Show (Comedy Central, 10.30pm) Return of the popular US satirical show to UK airwaves, airing 24-hours after its American premiere.
A Running Jump (Channel 4, 11.10pm) Short film comedy directed by Mike Leigh, about the complications of a man's attempt to buy a second-hand car. Starring Lee Ingleby, Eddie Marsan, Samantha Spiro, Robert Putt & Sam Kelly.

PICK OF THE DAY The Angel (Sky1, 8pm) Brand new business gameshow with billionaire John Caudwell looking to invest £100,000 into successful entrepreneurs. Presented by Amanda Byram. (1/5)
The Bad Boy Olympian (BBC3, 9pm) Profile of Ashley McKenzie, a British model hopeful with ADHD.
Girl Power: Going For Gold (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary on three young female weight-lifters vying for a spot on the British Olympic team.
Jon Richardson: A Little Bit OCD (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary on obsessive compulsive order, presented by comedian Jon Richardson.

Superscrimpers (Channel 4, 8pm) Series where FT columnist Mrs Moneypenny gives the audience cash-saving tips. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY Bert & Dickie (BBC1, 8.30pm) Biopic of rowers Bert Bushnell and Dickie Burnell, who won gold in the double sculls rowing at the 1948 London Olympics. Starring Matt Smith, Sam Hoare, Geoffrey Palmer, Douglas Hodge, Thomas Arnold, John Bird, Ron Cook, Don Cotter & Matt Barber.
Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (ITV2, 9pm) Compilation of memorable and bizarre world record-breaking attempts. Narrated by Adrian Edmondson.
A History Of Art In Three Colours (BBC4, 9pm) Art series examining colour in art. Presented by art historian James Fox. (1/3)
World's Maddest Job Interview (Channel 4, 10pm) Series where eight volunteers with psychological disorders are tested to assess their leadership skills. Featuring Claude Littner, Elaine Holt & Austin Gayer. (1/2)

PICK OF THE DAY The Churchills (Channel 4, 8pm) Profile of Winston Churchill, whose knowledge and insight into a 17th-century ancestor perhaps helped him as Prime Minister during WWII. Presented by David Starkey. (1/3)
The Big Sports Quiz – Boys vs Girls (ITV1, 9pm) Comedy quiz show hosted by Stephen Mulhern, with captains Paddy McGuinness & Charlotte Jackson. Guests are Joe Hart, Kriss Akabusi, Mark Foster, Amy Williams, Karen Pickering & Louise Hazel.

Cowboy Builders (Channel 5, 7pm) Series 6 of the show investigating dodgy builders. Hosted by Dominic Littlewood & Melinda Messenger. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY A Year In The Wild (BBC2, 9pm) New series exploring some of the UK's national parks, beginning with a look at Snowdonia in Wales. Narrated by Hermione Norris.

PICK OF THE DAY Olympics 2012 (BBC1, 7pm) Live coverage of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics 2012.

Royal Greenwich (ITV1, 7pm) Documentary on Greenwich, the south-east London royal suburb. Presented by John Sergeant.
PICK OF THE DAY Come Dine With Me (Channel 4, 8pm) Olympic special of the culinary gameshow. Starring Tasha Danvers, Mark Foster, Louise Hazel & Derek Redmond.
The Zoo (ITV1, 8pm) Follow-up to the 2010 series looking at London Zoo in Regent's Park. Narrated by Sarah Lancashire. (1/2)
The Dark: Nature's Nighttime World (BBC2, 9pm) Wildlife series looking at South and Central American during the night. (1/3)
Sex Story: Fifty Shades Of Grey (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary on the phenomenal success of E.L James's erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey. Contributions from Pamela Stephenson, Belle de Jour and Brooke Magnanti.
MotoGP (BBC2, 10pm) Live coverage of the 10th round of the MotoGP season at Laguna Seca in California.