Monday, 7 January 2013

TV Picks: 7-13 January 2013 (American Dad!, Death in Paradise, New Normal, Primeval: New World, Revenge, Spies of Warsaw, Stargazing Live, Stella, World Without End, etc.)


Below are my picks of the most notable TV shows debuting on UK TV screens this week...

MONDAY 7th
Cornwall with Caroline Quentin (ITV1, 8pm) Series 2 of the show where the comic actress travels around the county of Cornwall. (1/10)
PICK OF THE DAY Revenge (E4, 9pm) Season 2 of the US drama about a young woman plotting vengeance on a rich community. Starring Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe & Jennifer Jason Leigh. (1/22)
Lewis (ITV1, 9pm) Return of the murder-mystery. (1/6)
Embarrassing Fat Bodies (Channel 4, 9pm) Series where doctors try to help obese patients. (1/4)
Stacey Dooley Investigates (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary about the working conditions of the Spanish staff on the island of Magaluf.
Baby Makers: Fertility Clinic (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary set in the Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool.
Ben & Kate (ITV2, 9pm) Season 1 of the US sitcom about siblings with very different personalities. Starring Dakota Johnson & Nat Faxon.
The Polar Bear Family & Me (BBC2, 9.30pm) Wildlife series following a polar bear family over three seasons. Continues tomorrow, concludes Thursday. (1/3)
Up All Night (ITV2, 9.30pm) Season 1 of the US sitcom about first-time parents. Starring Will Arnett, Christina Applegate & Maya Rudolph. (1/24)
What Happens in Kavos (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary series following three British holidaymakers in Kavos, Corfu. (1/3)
World's Craziest Fools (BBC3, 10pm) Funny video compilations introduced by Mr T.


TUESDAY 8th
PICK OF THE DAY Stargazing Live (BBC2, 8pm) Series 3 of the live astronomy series. Hosted by Dara O'Briain, Brian Cox, Mark Thompson & Liz Bonnin. Continues nightly until Thursday. (1/3)
Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (ITV1, 8pm) Celebrity edition of the quiz show.
Supersize vs Superskinny (Channel 4, 8pm) The extreme dieting series returns.
Death in Paradise (BBC1, 9pm) Series 2 of the murder-mystery series about a British detective working on a Caribbean island. Starring Ben Miller, Sara Martins, Gary Carr, David Ajala & Danny John-Jules. (1/8)
Primeval: New World (Watch, 9pm) Season 1 of the Canadian spin-off to the UK sci-fi drama about a group of people tackling portals that spew forth dinosaurs and monsters. (1/13)
Sun, Sex & Suspicious Parents (BBC3, 9pm) Series 3 of the show where teenagers go on holiday abroad, unwittingly watched by their parents. (1/7)
The Undateables (Channel 4, 9pm) Series 2 of the fly-on-the-wall documentary where a collection of unusual people try to find love, including a dwarf, a man suffering from Tourette's, and someone with Down's Syndrome. (1/5)
The Riviera: A History in Pictures (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary following the footsteps of artists who painted on France's Cote d'Azur. Presented by Richard E. Grant. (1/2)
Pramface (BBC3, 10pm) Series 2 of the comedy about two teenage parents. Starring Sean Michael Verey, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Dylan Edwards & Yasmin Paige. (1/7)
Don't Blame Facebook (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary recounting some hilarious and legendary mistakes that have occurs on social media platforms in recent times.
Parking Mad (BBC1, 10.35pm) Documentary about people who take action against their parking fines.

WEDNESDAY 9th
Food Inspectors (BBC1, 8pm) New series looking at the work of food inspectors. Hosted by Matt Allwright & Chris Hollins. (1/4)
PICK OF THE DAY Spies of Warsaw (BBC4, 9pm) Drama adaptation of Alan Furst's novel set on the eve of WWII. Starring David Tennant, Janet Montgomery & Burn Gorman. (1/2)
Charley Boorman's South African Adventure (Channel 5, 8pm) Brand new adventure where Charley Boorman goes to South Africa on his BMW motorcycle. (1/4)
Growing Up Poor (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary following three teenage girls living on less than £10 a day. (1/2)
On the Verge of a Midlife Crisis with Sharon Horgan (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary looking at six women who have gone through the fabled midlife crisis.


THURSDAY 10th
PICK OF THE DAY The New Normal (E4, 9pm) Season 1 of the US comedy about two gay men who invite a single parent to be a surrogate mother for their daughter. Starring Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King & Ellen Barkin. (1/22)
Rizzoli & Isles (Alibi, 9pm) Season 3 of the cop drama. Starring Sasha Alexander & Angie Harmon. (1/15)
Silent Witness (BBC1, 9pm) Series 16 of the crime drama. Starring Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, David Caves, Sharon Small & Tim Pigott-Smith. Continues tomorrow. (1/10)
Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary profiling influential figures of British wood craftsmanship.
American Dad! (FX, 9.30pm) Series 8 of the US animated comedy. (1/18)


FRIDAY 11th
First Time Farmers (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary series about modern-day young farmers. (1/5)
Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein (BBC2, 8.30pm) Documentary following a year in Carol Klein's garden in Devon.
PICK OF THE DAY John Bishop's Only Joking (Sky1, 8.30pm) Brand new stand-up comedy series, featuring Jason Manford & Robbie Williams.
Italy Unpacked (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary looking at Italy's history, culture and geography. Presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon & Giorgio Locatelli. (1/3)
Great Night Out (ITV1, 9pm) Comedy-drama. (1/6)
16 Kids & Counting (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary on the country's biggest family living under one roof.
Stella (Sky1, 9pm) Series 2 of the comedy-drama written by and starring Ruth Jones. (1/10)

SATURDAY 12th
PICK OF THE DAY World Without End (Channel 4, 9pm) Adaptation of Ken Follett's novel set in the 14th century. Starring Cynthia Nixon, Peter Firth, Ben Chaplin, Charlotte Riley &Miranda Richardson. (1/6)
From the Basement (Sky Arts 1, 10pm) Music series featuring a performance from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. (1/6)

SUNDAY 13th
Nothing.
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