Monday, 4 February 2013

TV Picks: 4-10 February 2013 (BAFTA 2012, Common Ground, Dancing on the Edge, Nashville, The Spa, Spiral, etc.)


Below are my picks of the week's most notable TV shows, premiering/returning to UK television screens. Feel free to leave a comment about what you will be watching, or if I've missed anything worth watching...

MONDAY 4th
Food & Drink (BBC2, 8pm) Revival of the popular '90s series, hosted by Michael Roux Jr. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY Dancing on the Edge (BBC2, 9pm) Period drama about a black jazz band in the 1930s. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, John Goodman, Angel Coulby, Tom Hughes, Janet Montgomery, & Jenna-Louise Coleman. Written by Stephen Poliakoff. (1/5)
Richard II: The King in the Car Park (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary about the alleged discovery of Richard III's final resting place in 2012, beneath a car park in Coventry.
The Year of Making Love (BBC3, 9pm) New series where singletons meets their ideal date, chosen scientifically. (1/6)
Common Ground (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) New series of comedy shorts set in south London. This opener stars Charles Dance, Amelia Bullmore & Hugo Speer. (1/10)
Being Eileen (BBC1, 10.35pm) New sitcom about a close-knit family, spun off from the Christmas comedy-drama Lapland. Starring Sue Johnston, Elizabeth Berrington, William Ash, Julie Graham & Dean Andrews. (1/6)


TUESDAY 5th
Danny Baker's Great Album Showdown (BBC4, 9pm) New series where the broadcaster interviews celebrity guests about their favourite music albums. Featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Stephen Street & Kate Mossman. Continues nightly until Thursday. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY Leverage (Fox, 9pm) Season 5 of the heist and con drama. Starring Timothy Hutton, Christian Kane, Gina Bellman, Aldis Hodge & Beth Riesgraf. (1/15)
Sons of Anarchy (5USA, 10pm) Season 5 of the US biker drama. Starring Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal & Charlie Hunnam. (1/13)
Out of Jail & On The Streets (BBC1, 10.35pm) Documentary about probation officers.

WEDNESDAY 6th
Holiday Hit Squad (BBC1, 8pm) New series looking at holiday inspectors and how to make a vacation special. Presented by Angela Rippon, Helen Skelton & Joe Crowley. (1/4)
The Brain Doctors (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary series on the neurosurgery department of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY People Like Us (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary following the lives of a group of young adults from a suburb of Manchester. Narrated by Natalie Casey. (1/6)

THURSDAY 7th
Martin Clunes: Heavy Horsepower (ITV, 9pm) Documentary on the role of working horses from around the world. Hosted by Martin Clunes.
How to Build a Bionic Man (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary on the challenges in creating an artificial life form.
Ben Fogle's Year of Adventures (Discovery Channel, 9pm) New series of global challenges, including a race in Australia, a London urban assault course, and treacherous waters surrounding Alcatraz prison. (1/5)
The Spa (Sky Living, 9pm) Sitcom set in a health club. Starring Rebecca Front, Niky Wardley, Derren Litten, Tim Healy, Vilma Hollingberry & Debbie Chazen. (1/7)
PICK OF THE DAY Nashville (More4, 10pm) Season 1 of the US drama set in the heartland of Country & Western music. Starring Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen, Eric Close, Charles Esten & Jonathan Jackson. (1/22)


FRIDAY 8th
Nothing.

SATURDAY 9th
PICK OF THE DAY Spiral (BBC4, 9pm) Series 4 of the French crime drama. (1/12)

SUNDAY 10th
PICK OF THE DAY The British Academy Film Awards 2012 (BBC1, 9pm) Delayed coverage of the annual awards ceremony, from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. Presented by Stephen Fry.
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