Monday, 21 January 2013

TV Picks: 21-27 January 2013 (Comic Relief Bake Off, The Following, Good Wife, Last Leg, Louie, Suits, Top Gear, Wonders of Life, etc.)

Monday, 21 January 2013

Below are my week's picks of notable TV shows premiering/returning to UK screens this week...

PICK OF THE DAY The Comic Relief Bake Off (BBC2, 8.30pm) Charity special of The Great British Bake Off. Hosted by Sue Perkins & Mel Giedroyc, with judges Mary Berry & Paul Hollywood. Featuring Jo Brand, Stephen K Amos, Lorna Watson, Ingrid Oliver & Lorraine Pascal. Continues nightly Thursday. (1/4)
Wild Things (Channel 4, 8.30pm) Documentary series exploring the ways plants help us understanding the change in British wildlife. Presented by Chris Myers. (1/6)
Natural World: Jaguars (BBC2, 9.30pm) Wildlife special about three orphaned jaguar cubs adopted by a family in the Brazilian rainforest. Narrated by Zoe Wannamaker.
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (Fox) Season 2 of the comedy about a lowly American administrator sent to London to sell a revolting energy drink. Starring David Chase, Sharon Horgan, Blake Harrison & Will Arnett. (1/6)

Great Houses with Julian Fellowes (ITV, 9pm) Documentary looking at the history of stately homes Burghley House and Goodwood House. Presented by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. (1/2)
Louie (Fox, 9pm) Season 1 of the semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about a New York comedian and single father. Created by and starring Louis C.K. (1/13)
PICK OF THE DAY The Following (Sky Atlantic, 10pm) Season 1 of the US crime thriller about an imprisoned serial killer who's inspired a network of acolytes to continue his work. Starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Natalie Zea, Maggie Grace, Billy Brown & John Lafayette. (1/15)
Allotment Wars (BBC1, 10.35pm) Documentary about the underhanded ways gardeners try to beat their rivals.

PICK OF THE DAY The National Television Awards 2013 (ITV1, 7.30pm) Annual awards ceremony celebrating the best of British TV, live from the O2 Arena in London. Hosted by Dermot O'Leary.
Life After War: Haunted by Helmand (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary about the survivors of a 2009 attack on a British Army foot patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. Narrated by Shaun Parkes.
Ethel (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) Documentary about the history of the Kennedy family, using the testimony of 84-year-old Ethel Kennedy—the widow of former US attorney general Robert Kennedy.
The Joy of (Train) Sets: The Model Railway Story (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary charting the rise in popularity of the model railway set, which became an iconic child's toy in the '50s and '60s.
Bob Servant Independent (BBC4, 10pm) Brand new comedy about a Dundee man who decides to become a politician after his local MP dies, resulting in a by-election. Starring Brian Cox, Jonathan Watson, John Buick, Moyo Akande, Greg McHugh, Kevin O'Laughlin & Pollyanna McIntosh. (1/6)

The Genius of Invention (BBC2, 9pm) Factual series examining the chain of events that have led to some ingenius inventions and breakthroughs in science. Presented by Michael Mosley, Mark Miodownik & Cassie Newland. (1/4)
PICK OF THE DAY The Good Wife (More4, 9pm) Season 4 of the legal drama. Starring Julianna Magulies, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi, Matt Czuchry, Nathan Lane, Marc Warren & Kristine Chenoweth. (1/23)
Suits (Dave, 9pm) Season 2 of the legal drama. Starring Gabriel Macht, Patrick J Adams, Rick Hoffman & Meghan Markle. (1/16)

PICK OF THE DAY The Last Leg (Channel 4, 9.30pm) Series 2 of the comedy discussion show, which began life during the London Paralympics, hosted by Adam Hills with Josh Widdicombe & Alex Brooker. (1/8)

PICK OF THE DAY Howard Goodall's Story of Music (BBC2, 9.30pm) Brand new series where the composer looks at the development and evolution of music. (1/6)

Top Gear (BBC2, 8pm) Series 19 of the motoring magazine. Hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May. This week's Star In A Reasonably Priced Car is Damian Lewis. (1/7)
PICK OF THE DAY Wonders of Life (BBC2, 9pm) Brand new science series revolving around how life began on the planet. Presented by Brian Cox. (1/5)
Prisoner Number A26188: Henia Bryer (BBC1, 10.25pm) Documentary about a Jewish girl who lost her father, brother and sister during the Nazi occupation of Poland during WWII.
Fleetwood Mac (BBC2, 11pm) Documentary on the iconic band.