Monday, 1 October 2012

TV Picks: 1-7 October 2012 (Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story, Friday Night Dinner, Hotel GB, Homeland, Hunted, Merlin, Monroe, Red Dwarf X, Strictly Come Dancing, etc.)

Monday, 1 October 2012

The autumn season's definitely arrived in the UK, as my picks for the week's best new shows proves...

May The Best House Win (ITV1, 4pm) Brand new series where homeowners visit and rate each other's home, focusing on British expats in France and Spain.
PICK OF THE DAY Monroe (ITV1, 9pm) Series 2 of the medical drama about a brilliant neurosurgeon. Starring James Nesbitt, Sarah Parish, Tom Riley, Neil Pearson, Susan Lynch, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Andrew Gower & Lisa Milett. (1/6)
Hotel GB (Channel 4, 9pm) Brand new series where a fictional hotel opens for business, populated by celebrities Gordon Ramsay, Mary Portas, Gok Wan, Katie Piper, Phil Spencer, Kirstie Allsopp, Christian Jessen, Kim Woodburn & Hilary Devey, who are there to train a group of unemployed people. (1/5)

Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip: An Emotional History Of Britain (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary investigating how the British have expressed their feelings throughout history, most famously with the 19th-century's adoption of the "stiff upper lip". (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY House Of Lies (Sky Atlantic) Season 1 of the US comedy-drama about a management consultant and his team. Starring Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz & Josh Lawson. (1/12)

The Best Of Kenny Everett (BBC4, 8.30pm) Highlights of the maverick broadcaster's popular 1980s sketch comedy The Kenny Everett Television Show.
Welcome To India (BBC2, 9pm) Factual series about India, beginning with a look at how the residents of Kolkata and Mumbai raise families in such densely populated regions. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story (BBC4, 9pm) Biopic of the iconic, anarchic entertainer and radio DJ. Starring Oliver Lansley, Katherine Kelly, Simon Callow, James Floyd, Adam Garcia, Jonathan Kerrigan & James Wilby.
Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile (ITV1, 11.10pm) Documentary investigating claims broadcaster and entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually abused young girls in the 1970s. Presented by Mark Williams-Thomas.

Hunted (BBC1, 9pm) Brand new espionage thriller about a female agent being pursued by her own agency for mysterious reasons. Starring Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Morven Christie & Lex Shrapnel. (1/8)
PICK OF THE DAY Red Dwarf X (Dave, 9pm) The sci-fi comedy returns for a tenth series, 13 years after the last full series on the BBC. Starring Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn & Danny John-Jules. (1/6)
Perception (Watch, 9pm) Season 1 of the US crime drama series about a neuroscience professional with schizophrenia who helps the FBI solve cases. Starring Eric McCormack & Rachael Leigh Cook. (1/10)
The Judy Garland Show (Sky Arts 2, 9pm) Repeat airing of a 1963 variety show starring Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney.

Modern Family (Sky1, 8pm) Season 4 of the US family comedy. Starring Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet & Jesse Tyler Ferguson. (1/22)
PICK OF THE DAY Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 9pm) Series 10 of the pro-celebrity ballroom dance show, following its preview a few weeks ago. Featuring Richard Arnold, Johnny Ball, Fern Britton, Nicky Byrne, Jerry Hall, Dani Harmer, Sid Owen, Victoria Pendleton, Lisa Riley, Colin Salmon, Louis Smith, Denise Van Outen, Michael Caughan & Kimberley Walsh. Hosted by Bruce Forsyth & Tess Daly. Continues tomorrow.
Mr Blue Sky: The Story Of Jeff Lynne & ELO (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary about singer-songwriter Jeff Lynne, the brains behind ELO and a Traveling Wilbury. Featuring Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Barbara Orbison & Eric Idle.

Take Me Out (ITV1, 7pm) Return of the dating gameshow. Presented by Paddy McGuinness.
PICK OF THE DAY Merlin (BBC1, 7.45pm) Series 5 of the supernatural drama. Starring Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Angel Coulby, Richard Wilson, Katie McGrath, Liam Cunningham, Lindsay Duncan & Eoin Macken. (1/13)
Arena: The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour (BBC2, 9.45pm) Documentary on The Beatles featuring never-before-seen footage.

Built In Britain (BBC2, 8pm) Documentary about various engineering projects of British origin. Presented by Evan Davis. (1/2)
Antiques Roadshow (BBC1, 8pm) Series 35 of the antiques series. Presented by Fiona Bruce. (1/35)
The Glee Project (Sky1, 8pm) Series 2 of the talent show hoping to find a fresh star for the musical comedy Glee. (1/12)
PICK OF THE DAY Homeland (Channel 4, 9pm) Season 2 of the US espionage thriller about a US war hero suspected of being an Al Qaeda agent. Starring Damian Lewis, Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, David Harewood & Morena Baccarin. (1/12)
Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4, 10.05pm) Series 2 of the comedy about two brothers who have dinner at their parents' house every Friday. Starring Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter & Mark Heap. (1/6)