Monday, 25 February 2013

TV Picks: 25 February – 3 March 2013 (Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Celebrity Juice, CSI, Cube, Heading Out, Lightfields, Mary & Martha, Oscars 2013, Shameless, etc.)

Monday, 25 February 2013

Below are my weekly picks of the most notable TV shows premiering/returning to UK screens...

Operation Hospital Food with James Martin (BBC1, 9.15am) New series where chef James Martin tries to improve the quality of food in UK hospitals. (1/5)
PICK OF THE DAY Beat the Ancestors (Channel 5, 6.10pm) New series where modern-day amateur engineers are challenged to create machines from history. Hosted by Dick Strawbridge. (1/5)
Robson's Extreme Fishing (Channel 5, 9pm) Series 2 of the angling show where actor Robson Green travels the world to find the best and most dangerous places to fish. (1/8)
Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses (More4, 9pm) Series 2 of the property improvement show. (1/12)
Horsemeat and Other Food Shocks (Channel 5, 10pm) Documentary on the recent scandal where horsemeat was found in European products advertised as containing beef.
My Little Princess (E4, 10pm) New dating show where eight men vie for the affection of a girl from inside a fairy tale kingdom. (1/9)
Oscars 2013: The Highlights (Sky Living, 10pm) Highlights of the 85th Academy Awards, originally broadcast live on Sunday night.

Secrets of the Pickpockets (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary exposing the tricks of the pickpocketing trade.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Channel 5, 9pm) Season 13 of the forensic crime drama. Starring Ted Danson, George Eads & Jorja Fox. (1/22)
PICK OF THE DAY Heading Out (BBC2, 10pm) New comedy about a middle-aged lesbian vet. Starring Sue Perkins, Mark Heap, Steve Oram, Jeff Rawle, Harriet Walter, Shelley Conn & Ella Kenion. (1/6)
Shameless (Channel 4, 10pm) Series 11 of the working class community drama. Starring David Threlfall, Aaron McCusker, Nicky Evans, Tina Malone & Michael Taylor. (1/14)
Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask (Dave, 10pm) Series 2 of the comedy panel show where guests have to impress with their obscure and interesting knowledge. (1/7)
My New Hand (BBC1, 10.35pm) Documentary about the transplant of a human hand for 51-year-old Mark Cahill.

Food Glorious Food (ITV, 8pm) New series to find Britain's best home-cooked dish. Hosted by Carol Vorderman, with judges Lloyd Grossman, Anne Harrison, Tom Parker Bowles & Stacie Stewart. (1/9)
Child of Our Time (BBC1, 9pm) Series 10 of the occasional documentary series that's been following a group of children born at the start of the current millennium. Presented by Professor Robert Winston. Concludes tomorrow. (1/2)
PICK OF THE DAY Lightfields (ITV, 9pm) Supernatural drama set in a Suffolk farmhouse, telling a story across three different eras. Starring Jill Halfpenny, Sam Hazeldine, Dakota Blue Richards, Lucy Cohu, Karla Crome, Danny Miller & Kris Marshall. (1/5)
From Romania with Love (ITV, 10.35pm) Documentary revealing what happened to many of the Romanian children abandoned in orphanages during the early-'90s.

The Sea King: Britain's Flying Past (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary profiling the very recognisable Sea King helicopter, which came into service back in 1969.
PICK OF THE DAY The Wedding Shop (ITV, 9pm) Documentary going behind-the-scenes of a wedding shop in Leeds.
Celebrity Juice (ITV1, 10pm) Series 9 of the comedy panel show with a tabloid and celebrity slant. Hosted by Keith Lemon, with team captains Holly Willoughby & Kelly Brook temporarily replacing Fearne Cotton. (1/13)
Bank of Dave (Channel 4, 10pm) Follow-up to documentary to last summer's show about a man who created his own bank and intended to make it profitable within six months.

Mary & Martha (BBC1, 8.30pm) Drama about two women who are brought together by a common tragedy in their lives. Starring Hilary Swank & Brenda Blethyn. Written by Richard Curtis.
Dusty Springfield at the BBC (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary profile of the famous pop diva, 14 years after her death.
PICK OF THE DAY Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4, 10pm) Series 10 of the chat show. Guests are Robbie Williams, Jack Dee, Dara O'Briain & Mel C. (1/13)

Pointless Celebrities: Comic Relief Special (BBC1, 6.10pm) Charity special of the popular gameshow, with celebrity contestants Ben Miller, Danny John Jules, Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Ed Byrne, Shappi Khorsandi, David Schneider & Andi Osho.
PICK OF THE DAY The Cube (ITV, 8.15pm) Series 6 of the physical and mental gameshow challenge. Hosted by Phillip Schofield. (1/7)

Meteor Strike: Fireball from Strike (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary on the recent Russian meteor that hit the country and injured 1,000 people.
PICK OF THE DAY Mayday (BBC1, 9pm) Drama about the disappearance of a child during a quaint village's Mayday celebration. Starring Sophie Okonedo, Lesley Manville & Aidan Gillen. Continues nightly until Thursday. (1/5)