Monday, 18 March 2013

TV Picks: 18-24 March 2013 (Boss, The Challenger, Goodbye Television Centre, James Nesbitt's Ireland, Our Girl, The Syndicate, Youngers, etc.)

Monday, 18 March 2013

Below are my picks of the week's most notable premieres and returning shows to UK screens...

WPC 56 (BBC1, 2.15pm) New series about a female police officer working in the male-dominated 1950s. Starring Jennie Jacques, Kieran Brew, Gerard Horan, John Light, Chris Overton & Justine Michelle Cain. Continues daily until Friday. (1/5)
Countryside 999 (BBC1, 3.45pm) New series following various rural emergency services around the UK. (1/15)
James Nesbitt's Ireland (ITV, 8pm) New travelogue where the Irish actors explores his homeland, looking at its history and culture. (1/8)
That Petrol Emotion: Motor Racing at the BBC (BBC4, 8pm) Documentary series looking at the heyday of British motor racing in the 1950s. (1/5)
Paul Hollywood's Bread (BBC2, 8.30pm) New cookery series focusing on the creation of bread. (1/6)
Motorway Cops (BBC1, 9pm) Series 7 of the fly-on-the-wall documentary following cops from the Central Motorway Police Group.
PICK OF THE DAY The Challenger (BBC2, 9pm) Drama about an American physicist aiming to expose the truth behind the notorious Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986. Starring William Hurt, Brian Dennehy, Bruce Greenwood, Joanne Whalley, Kevin R McNally, Eve Best & Henry Goodman.
Don't Just Stand There... I'm Having Your Baby! (BBC3, 9pm) Reality series about fathers expecting children. (1/5)
Can Eating Insects Save the World? (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary positing the notion that the global food crisis could be solved if more people started eating the abundant insects of the world.
Snog, Marry, Avoid? (BBC3, 10pm) Series 6 of the makeover show. Presented by Ellie Taylor. (1/12)

What Do Artists Do All Day? (BBC4, 8pm) Documentary short following various artists over the course of a typical day, starting with landscape painter Normal Ackroyd.
Bedtime Live (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary series broadcasting live from various homes around the UK, as a team of psychologists tackle children's bedtime habits. Presented by Jake Humphrey & Tanya Byron. (1/5)
PICK OF THE DAY The Syndicate (BBC1, 9pm) Series 2 of the drama following a group of people who win the lottery, this time focusing on five hospital workers who share £72m on the Euromillions. Starring Alison Steadman, Mark Addy, Jimi Mistry, Sally Rogers, Siobhan Finneran, Natalie Gavin & Steven Waddington. (1/6)
Stacey Solomon: Depression, Teen Mums & Me (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary looking at young mothers with post-natal depression.
Mud Men (History Channel, 10pm) Series 3 of the show uncovering treasure from the muddy banks of the River Thames. Hosted by Johnny Vaughan & Steve Brooker. (1/10)

PICK OF THE DAY Youngers (E4, 7.30pm) New comedy drama about two south-east London teenagers hoping to break into the music industry. (1/8)
Castle (Alibi, 9pm) Season 5 of the US crime drama. (1/24)
This World - Iraq: Did My Son Die in Vain? (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary where retired headmaster Geoff Dunsmore visits Basra 10 years after the Iraq invasion, whose RAF reservist son was killed in 2007.

The Martin Lewis Money Show (ITV, 8.30pm) Series 2 of the financial show aiming to help consumers. Hosted by Martin Lewis & Saira Khan. (1/10)
Horizon: How to Avoid Mistakes in Surgery (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary on ways to avoid mistakes during emergency situations. Presented by Dr Kevin Fong.
Home Delivery (ITV, 9pm) Documentary about a private midwife who helps couples with home births.
The Baby Bomb (BBC3, 9pm) New documentary series about three young couples becoming parents. (1/4)
Who Killed My Dad? The Death of Terry Lloyd (ITV, 10.35pm) Documentary about the death of reporter Terry Lloyd in 2003, where his daughter Chelsey and ITV's Mark Austin return to Iraq to retrace his steps.
PICK OF THE DAY Boss (More4, 11pm) Season 1 of the US political drama about a Chicago mayor with a terminal illness. Starring Kelsey Grammer, Hannah Ware, Martin Donovan, Kathleen Robertson & Connie Nielsen. (1/8)

PICK OF THE DAY Goodbye Television Centre (BBC4, 8.30pm) Documentary on the iconic BBC HQ, which is being closed after 53-years. Hosted by Michael Grade.
My New Home (More4, 9pm) New series looking at immigrant children who moved to the UK in 2005.
Ancient Egypt: Life & Death in the Valley of the Kings (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary on the lives of Egyptian citizens 3,500 years ago.

PICK OF THE DAY Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses (Channel 4, 7pm) Series 2 of the property development show. (1/12)

PICK OF THE DAY Our Girl (BBC1, 9pm) Single drama about a 18-year-old girl who decides to become a soldier. Starring Lacey Turner, Matthew McNulty, Kerry Godliman, Sean Gallagher, Katherine Pearce, Dan Black & Steven Miller.