Monday, 13 August 2012

TV Picks: 13-19 August 2012 (Accused, Bad Education, Celebrity Big Brother, Jonathan Ross Show, Person of Interest, Red or Black?, Verry Terry, Wilfred, X Factor, etc.)

Monday, 13 August 2012

Here are my picks of the best new television shows premiering in the UK, for the week commencing 13 August:

Celebrity MasterChef (BBC1, 6.30pm) Series 7 of the celebrity culinary challenge, featuring Jamie Theakston, Anne Charleston, Javine Hylton & Steve Perry. Hosted by Greg Wallace & John Torode. (1/30)
Frontline Police (Channel 5, 8pm) Documentary with ex-cop Rav Wilding looking at crime prevention in Essex.
Lorraine's Fast, Fresh & Easy Food (BBC2, 8.30pm) Brand new cooking show with Lorraine Pascale. (1/6)
The Premier League's Most Amazing Moments (BBC3, 8.30pm) Countdown of some memorable moments from the Premiership. Presented by Robbie Savage & Donovan Daily.
The Riots: In Their Own Words (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary reflecting on August 2011's riots, with actors performing the words of the people involved. (1/2)
Ruth Rendell's Thirteen Steps Down (ITV1, 9pm) Return of the psychological thriller. (1/2)
Growing Children (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary about how child development is affected by major psychological disorders, beginning with autism. Presented by Laverne Antrobus.
Escape From Colditz (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary about the allegedly inescapable WWII prison.
PICK OF THE DAY James May's Things You Need To Know (BBC2, 10pm) Series 2 of the show hoping to inform the public, giving them a good working knowledge on a variety of topics. (1/6)

The Great British Bake Off (BBC1, 8pm) Series 3 of the bakery competition with 12 amateur bakers hoping to be crowned the best. Presented by Mel Giedroyc & Sue Perkins. (1/10)
Gates (Sky Living, 8.30pm) Sitcom set around the daily school run. Starring Joanna Page, Tom Ellis & Sue Johnston. (1/5)
PICK OF THE DAY Accused (BBC1, 9pm) Series 2 of the drama specials, each one focusing on a different character who finds themselves in court. Episode 1 begins with a story about a satellite engineer who has an affair with a transvestite college professor. Starring Sean Bean, Stephen Graham, Stephen Walters, Michael Moloney & Rachel Leskovac. (1/4)
Seven Dwarves: The Wedding (Channel 4, 9pm) Follow-up documentary to last year's series, where dwarves Max Laird and Karen Anderson prepare for their wedding.
Don't Tell The Bride (BBC3, 9pm) Series 6 of the show where a groom's given £12,000 to plan his fiance's wedding, without her knowledge or input. (1/12)
Styled To Rock (Sky Living, 9pm) Brand new talent search for a top fashion designer. Judges are Henry Holland, Nicola Roberts & Lysa Cooper. (1/10)
Person Of Interest (Channel 5, 10pm) Season 1 of the US thriller about a vigilante employed by a billionaire to stop crimes before they happen, using the information from a high-tech surveillance computer. Starring Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraj P Henson, Kevin Chapman, Natalie Zea & Susan Misner. (1/23)
Bad Education (BBC3, 10pm) Brand new sitcom about a juvenile teacher. Starring Jack Whitehall, Mathew Horne, Michelle Gomez & Sarah Solemani. (1/6)
The Rob Brydon Show (BBC1, 10pm) Series 3 of the chat show. Guests are Michael McIntyre, Alex James & Amy Macdonald. (1/6)

The Flowerpot Gang (BBC1, 8pm) Brand new series where Anneka Rice, Phil Tufnell & Joe Swift rejuvenate the nation's neglected gardens. (1/4)
Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1, 9pm) Series 9 of the celebrity genealogy show, beginning with actress Samantha Womack.
PICK OF THE DAY Celebrity Big Brother: Live Launch (Channel 5, 9pm) Series 10 of the three-week celebrity special. Hosted by Brian Dowling.
Peter Andre's Bad Boyfriend Club (ITV2, 9pm) Brand new series where the fame-hungry leech tries to transform luckless boyfriends into heartthrobs with a makeover.
Death Camp Treblinka Survivor Stories (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary about two men who escaped from a Nazi concentration camp in Poland.
The Only Way Is Essex (ITV2, 10pm) Series of the structured reality drama. (1/10)

The BBC 999 Awards (BBC1, 8pm) Awards ceremony honouring the UK's emergency services. Presented by Kirsty Young & Lenny Henry.
The Restoration Man (Channel 4, 8pm) Follow-up to the 2010 documentary series where George Clarke would renovate historical buildings.
9/11: The Woman Who Wasn't There (Channel 5, 8pm) Documentary about Tania Head, a woman who claimed to have survived the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, but wasn't actually involved.
The Best Of Men (BBC2, 9pm) Drama about the birth of the Paralympic Games in 1948. Starring Eddie Marsan, George Mackay, Rob Brydon & Niamh Cusack.
Jennifer Saunders: Back In The Saddle (ITV1, 9pm) Documentary about the world of show jumping from comedian Jennifer Saunders, who was once part of the sport 40 years ago.
Peter Kay Live: The Tour That Didn't Tour – Tour (Channel 4, 9pm) Stand-up comedy from the popular comedian, recorded live at the Manchester arena.
Wilfred (BBC3, 10pm) Season 2 of the US comedy-drama about a lonely man who can't stop imagining his next-door neighbour's dog is a brash Australian man in a dog costume. Starring Elijah Wood, Jason Gann & Fiona Gubelmann. (1/13)
Neighbourhood Watched (BBC1, 10.35pm) Documentary series about Manchester housing officers. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY Verry Terry (Channel 4, 10.55pm) Kayvan Novak's popular Facejacker character Terry Tibbs gets his own spoof chat show as part of the Funny Fortnight strand. Guests are Mickey Rourke & Anthea Turner.
Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil (Syfy, 11pm) Season 2 of the Canadian high school comedy-horror.

Blue Bloods (Sky Atlantic, 8pm) Season 2 of the US cop show. Starring Tom Seleck, Donnie Wahlberg & Bridget Moynahan. (1/22)
Corrie Goes To Kenya (ITV1, 9pm) Documentary special where Coronation Street soap stars Sue Cleaver, Ryan Thomas, Brooke Vincent & Ben Price travel to Kenya to investigate the dangers of HIV in the region. (1/2)
Alan Carr's Summer Specstacular 2 (Channel 4, 9pm) Second summer special of entertainment, games and chat. Guests are Jonathan Ross, Keith Lemon, Tulisa, Paloma Faith, Melanie Sykes & Labrinth. Hosted by Alan Carr.
In With The Flynns (BBC1, 9.30pm) Series 2 of the family sitcom. Starring Will Mellor, Warren Clarke, Niky Wardley, Alex Carter, Nadine Mulkerrin & Daniel Rogers. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY People Just Do Nothing (BBC3, 10pm) Spoof documentary pilot about a west London pirate radio station called Karupt FM. Starring Allan Mustafa & Hugo Chegwin.

PICK OF THE DAY The X Factor (ITV1, 8pm) Series 9 of the singing competition. Judges are Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa & Louie Walsh.
Casualty (BBC1, 9.10pm) Series 27 of the hospital drama.
Red Or Black? (ITV1, 9.15pm) Series 2 of the gambling gameshow with a top prize of £500,000. Hosted by Ant & Dec.
The Xtra Factor (ITV2, 9.30pm) Sister show to The X Factor with behind-the-scenes gossip and news. Hosted by Caroline Flack & Ollie Murs.
Micky Flanagan's Out Out Tour (Channel 4, 9.15pm) Stand-up comedy recorded live.
The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV1, 10pm) Series 3 of the chat show. Guests are Colin Farrell, Kelly Brook & Rita Ora. (1/10)
Frankie Boyle: If I Could Reach Out Through Your TV & Strangle You I Would (Channel 4, 10.15pm) Stand-up comedy recorded live from the Hammersmith Apollo in 2010.

Britain's Hidden Heritage (BBC1, 7pm) Series 2 of the show exploring people and objects that shed new light on the UK's rich heritage. Featuring Richard E Grant.
The Last Weekend (ITV1, 9pm) Brand new suspense thriller about two competitive couples spending time together in the Suffolk countryside. Starring Rupert Penry-Jones, Shaun Evans, Genevieve O'Reilly, Claire Keelan, Alexander Karim & Hugh Mitchell.
PICK OF THE DAY Lee Evans: Roadrunner (Channel 4, 9pm) Stand-up comedy recorded live at London's O2 in 2011.
The Batman Shootings (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary on the massacre in Aurora, Colorado, where a crazed gunman shot dead cinemagoers at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
Mutt Ugly: World's Ugliest Dog (Channel 5, 10pm) Documentary on the annual competition to find the world's ugliest dog in California.
I'm Spazticus (Channel 4, 10.10pm) Brand new hidden camera prank show, hosted by pranksters with disabilities. (1/4)
The Function Room (Channel 4, 10.40pm) Sitcom about a function room above a pub. Starring Blake Harrison, James Fleet, Reece Shearsmith, Paul Ritter, Kevin Eldon, Simon Day, Marek Larwood & Daniel Rigby.