Monday, 27 August 2012

TV Picks: 27 August– 2 September 2012 (Citizen Khan, Doctor Who, Good Cop, Hunderby, The Paralympic Games, Strike Back, Trollied, etc.)

Monday, 27 August 2012

Once again it's time for my weekly TV picks of the best new shows British TV has to offer, as the new TV season begins in earnest...

Dig WW2 with Dan Snow (BBC2, 7pm) New series where historian Dan Snow explored Northern Ireland's role in WWII. Continues daily until Wednesday. (1/3)
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2012 (BBC1, 7pm) Live coverage of the annual ceremony from Edinburgh Castle. Narrated by Bill Paterson.
Only Connect (BBC4, 8.30pm) Return of the tough mental gameshow. Hosted by Victoria Coren.
New Tricks (BBC1, 9pm) Series 9 of the crime drama about a group of retired detectives tackling new cases.
Horizon: How Big Is The Universe? (BBC2, 9pm) Science documentary looking at how cosmologists estimate the size of the universe.
Harry's Mountain Heroes (ITV1, 9pm) Documentary where five wounded soldiers climb Mount Everest, aided by Prince Harry.
PICK OF THE DAY Hunderby (Sky Atlantic, 10pm) Brand new comedy about a 19th-century female shipwreck survivor who's washed ashore near an English village and falls in love with a local man. Starring Julia Davis, Alexandra Roach & Alex MacQueen. (1/8)
The Boyle Variety Performance (Channel 4, 10pm) Entertainment show compered by controversial comedian Frankie Boyle.
Citizen Khan (BBC1, 10.20pm) Brand new sitcom about a self-appointed Muslim community leader and his Pakistani family. Starring Adil Ray, Shobu Kapoor, Kris Marshall, Maya Sondhi & Bhavna Limbachia. (1/6)

PICK OF THE DAY Islam: The Untold Story (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary exploring the divide between history and religious faith in the context of the Koran's origins.
The Lock Up (BBC1, 10.35pm) Fly-on-the-wall documentary series following officers in the custody suite of a Hull police station. (1/6)

PICK OF THE DAY London 2012: The Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony (Channel 4, 8pm) Live coverage of the Games' opening, which originated in the UK as the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948.
Britain Then & Now (ITV1, 9pm) Documentary where residents of an east London street replicate a celebration of the Queen's coronation in 1953. Narrated by Sarah Lancashire.
John Barrowman's Dallas (Channel 5, 10pm) Special where the actor visits the set of Dallas, which has been revived with original cast members Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy & Linda Gray.

Revealed (Channel 5, 8pm) Documentary about a Celtic cauldron found at the bottom of a lake in Bavaria, which has been connected to various historical figures.
PICK OF THE DAY Good Cop (BBC1, 9pm) Brand new crime drama about a young cop out to avenge the death of his partner. Starring Warren Brown, Michael Angelis, Stephen Graham, Stephen Walters & Aisling Loftus. (1/4)
Britain By Night (ITV1, 9pm) Documentary about a group of people awake during the night; from a street cleaner, to an anxious Indian bride, a homesick choirboy, a radio presenter, a midwife, and a pilot.
Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) Series 8 of the celebrity/gossip comedy panel show. Hosted by Keith Lemon with captains Holly Willoughby & Fearne Cotton. Guests are Kelly Brook, Ronan Keating & Chris Ramsey. (1/14)
The Last Leg with Adam Hills (Channel 4, 10.30pm) Alternate view of the Paralympics, from Australian comedian Adam Hills (who was born with one foot).
The Odyssey (Channel 4, 12.05am) Documentary about how London has changed over the seven years it had to prepare for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Comedy Marathon Spectacular (BBC3, 9pm) Highlights of the eight-hour comedy marathon gig from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Hosted by Chris Ramsey & Jameela Jamil.
Trollied (Sky1, 9pm) Series 2 of the supermarket sitcom. Starring Jane Horrocks, Mark Addy, Jason Watkins, Stephanie Beacham & Nick Brood. (1 & 2/13)
PICK OF THE DAY The Tape Face Tapes (BBC3, 10pm) Surreal comedy pilot from the award-winning silent stand-up The Boy With Tape On His Face.

PICK OF THE DAY Doctor Who (BBC1, 7.20pm) Series 7 of the sci-fi family drama. Starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan & Arthur Darvill. (1/14)

PICK OF THE DAY Strike Back: Vengeance (Sky1) Series 3 of the military action thriller. Staring Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Rhona Mitra & Charles Dance. (1/10)