Monday, 5 November 2012

TV Picks: 5-11 November 2012 (Comic Strip Presents, Dara O'Briain's Science Club, I'm A Celebrity..., Nick Nickleby, Secret State, etc.)


Below are my picks of the best television shows hitting UK screens this week...

BONFIRE NIGHT
PICK OF THE DAY Nick Nickleby (BBC1, 2.15pm) Brand new series updating Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby to modern times. Starring Andrew Simpson, Linda Bassett, Adrian Dunbar, Jayne Wisener & Jonathan Harden. (1/5)
Hugh's 3 Good Things (More4, 7.30pm) Brand new culinary series where Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall provides viewers with cookery tips. (1/25)
Masterchef: The Professionals (BBC2, 8.30pm) Series 5 of the Masterchef spin-off. (1/24)
Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature (BBC1, 9pm) Brand new science series exploring animals and their amazing abilities. Presented by Richard Hammond. (1/3)
The Road to El Alamein: Churchill's Desert Campaign (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about the 1942 battle for North Africa. Presented by Jonathan Dimbleby.

TUESDAY 6th
Dara O'Briain's Science Club (BBC2, 9pm) Brand new science series where comedian Dara O'Briain tackles a subject from unexpected angles, starting with the world of reproduction and inheritance. (1/6)
Food In England: The Lost World Of Dorothy Hartley (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary about the eponymous food writer, whose 1954 book Food In England told of the process behind farmers and labourers preparing the nation's food. Presented by Lucy Worsley.
PICK OF THE DAY Heston's Fantastical Food (Channel 4, 9pm) Brand new culinary series where Heston Blumenthal super-sizes various treats. (1/7)
Don't Tell The Bride Goes Global (BBC3, 9pm) Highlights of the show's international versions.
Some Girls (BBC3, 10pm) Comedy about a 16-year-old girl growing up on a London estate. Starring Adelayo Adedayo, Alice Felgate, Natasha Jonas, Mandeep Dhillon, Dolly Wells & Colin Salmon. (1/6)
Imagine (BBC1, 10.35pm) Return of the arts series, beginning with a look at crime writer Ian Rankin. Presented by Alan Yentob.

WEDNESDAY 7th
Pound Shop Wars (BBC1, 8pm) Documentary about the expansion of two family-run retail businesses: 99p Stores and Poundworld.
The Great British Property Scandal: Every Empty Counts (Channel 4, 8pm) Update on the documentary looking at the scandal of the UK's 350,000 long-term vacant homes. Presented by George Clarke.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary about the origins of three core daily meals. Presented by Clarissa Dickson Wright.
The Comic Strip Presents: Five Go To Rehab (GOLD, 9pm) Sequel to the classic '80s parody, where the characters are now grown up. Starring Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders, Adrian Edmondson, Dawn French, Phil Cornwell & Robbie Coltrane.
30 Years Of The Comic Strip (GOLD, 10pm) Tribute to the spoof series that started in 1982.
PICK OF THE DAY Secret State (Channel 4, 10pm) Political drama based on the novel "A Very British Coup", about a Deputy Prime Minister who takes on a US petrochemical company after a devastating accident on British soil. Starring Gabriel Byrne, Charles Dance, Stephen Dillane, Rupert Graves, Douglas Hodge, Ralph Ineson, Gina McKee, Ruth Negga & Jamie Sives. (1/4)

THURSDAY 8th
Kirstie's Vintage Home (Channel 4, 8pm) Brand new series looking to the past for inspiration, helping families transform their neglected homes. Presented by Kirstie Allsopp. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY Great Continental Railway Journeys (BBC2, 9pm) Travelogue taking a tour of Europe's railways. Presented by Michael Portillo. (1/5)

FRIDAY 9th
Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan (Channel 5, 8pm) Wildlife series where actor Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings, Lost) explores some of the world's most remote places, looking for unusual creatures. (1/4)
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? I'm A Celebrity Special (ITV1, 9pm) Special episode of the big money quiz show, with celebrity pairings who once participated in I'm A Celebrity: Vic Reeves & Nancy Sorrell and Phil Tufnell & Joe Pasquale. Hosted by Chris Tarrant.
Attenborough's Ark: Natural World Special (BBC2, 9pm) Wildlife special where naturalist Sir David Attenborough chooses 10 endangered species he would most like to save from extinction.
PICK OF THE DAY Derren Brown: Fear & Faith (Channel 4, 9pm) Brand new two-part special where the illusionist claims to remove people's fear via a powerful new drug. (1/2)

SATURDAY 10th
The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance (BBC1, 9.15pm) Live coverage of the annual event from the Royal Albert Hall, attended by The Queen. Presented by Huw Edwards. Guests include Rod Stewart, Alexandra Burke, Russell Watson, The Overtones, Amore, Jonjo Kerr & The Military Wives Choir.
PICK OF THE DAY The Making of QI (BBC2, 9.45pm) Behind-the-scenes of the popular general knowledge comedy quiz.

SUNDAY 11th
Remembrance Sunday: The Cenotaph Highlights (ITV1, 7pm) Highlights of the morning's ceremony in London. Presented by David Dimbleby & Sophie Raworth.
PICK OF THE DAY I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV1, 9pm) Series 12 of the popular celebrity endurance challenge begins. Hosted by Ant n' Dec. Celebrities rumoured to be appearing include Trinny & Susannah, Rebecca Adlington, Helen Flanagan, Pussycat Dolls' Ashley Roberts, Kate Middleton's burlesque dancing cousin Katrina Darling, Linda Robson & Eric Bristow. (1/19)
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