Monday, 10 June 2013

TV Picks: 10-16 June 2013 (Big Brother, Dates, Hell's Kitchen USA, Micro Monsters, Mock the Week, The White Queen, etc.)

Monday, 10 June 2013

After a few week's break, my TV Picks resume; once again, highlighting the most notable new/returning shows to UK screens...

The Roux Scholarship 2013 (Watch, 7pm) Cookery contest where the winner receives a placement in a Michelin-star restaurant. Judges are Rick Stein, Raymond Blanc, James Martin & Angela Hartnett. (1/10)
Bollywood Carmen Live (BBC3, 9pm) Live arts event where Bizet's opera Camen is performed in Bradford.
90210 (E4, 9pm) Season 4 of the US drama. (1/24)
Precision: The Measure of All Things (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary about units of measurement. Presented by Marcus du Sautoy. (1/3)
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings: Life on the Run (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary about the gypsy community and how their way of life has adapted to modern life.
PICK OF THE DAY Dates (Channel 4, 10pm) New romantic drama about people going on first dates. Starring Will Mellor, Oona Chaplin, Annie Hulley, April Pearson & Madeline Duggan. Continues tomorrow and Wednesday. (1/9)
Helicopter Rescue (BBC1, 10.35pm) Documentary about the RAF Search & Rescue crews in Wales. (1/2)

Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun (Channel 5, 8pm) Documentary about the British Overseas Territory on the south coast of Spain. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY Child Genius (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary following the lives of young children participating in a Mensa test to find the UK's brightest youngster. (1/4)
Hell's Kitchen USA (ITV2, 9pm) Series 11 of the culinary challenge with chef Gordon Ramsay. (1/22)
Agnetha: Abba & After (BBC1, 10.35pm) Documentary on Swedish singer Agnetha Faltskog, one quarter of iconic pop group Abba.

PICK OF THE DAY Professor Hutton's Curiosities (Yesterday, 9pm) New series where Ronald Hutton looks at some of the UK's most unusual museums. (1/12)

Compare Your Life (Channel 4, 8pm) New series where Carlton Hood, former CEO of, helps change lives using the principles of a comparison website. (1/6)
Horizon: The Secret Life of a Cat (BBC2, 9pm) Science special investigating what domesticated cats get up to at night.
Happy Families (ITV, 9pm) New documentary series about three UK households with devoted mothers. (1/4)
Life Savers (BBC1, 9pm) New series following patients at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. (1/3)
Confessions of an Alien Abductee (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary about an unusual helpline set-up for people who believe they've been abducted by extra-terrestrials.
PICK OF THE DAY Big Brother (Channel 5, 9pm) Series 14 of the fly-on-the-wall reality gameshow. Hosted by Emma Willis.
Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm) Series 12 of the satirical news quiz. Hosted by Dara O'Briain, with regulars Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons & Chris Addison. (1/12)
Sex Toy Stories (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary about eight volunteers working at Ann Summers to create a new vibrator.

Harbour Lives (ITV, 8pm) New series where Ben Fogle looks at people working in Dorset. (1/8)
PICK OF THE DAY The Million Pound Drop Live (Channel 4, 9pm) Series 12 of the big money quiz show. Hosted by Davina McCall. (1/12)

Trooping the Colour: The Queen's Birthday Parade Highlights (BBC2, 6.30pm) Highlights of the annual military ceremony.
PICK OF THE DAY Micro Monsters with David Attenborough (Sky1, 8pm) New wildlife series focusing on the world of bugs. (1/6)
Goodbye Granadaland (ITV, 8.30pm) Special celebrating Granada Studios, which is closing after 56 years, having been used to film the likes of Prime Suspect, Coronation Street, Stars in Their Eyes, Brideshead Revisited, etc. Hosted by Peter Kay.

PICK OF THE DAY The White Queen (BBC1, 9pm) New drama based on the novels by Philippa Gregory, set during the War of the Roses. Starring Rebecca Ferguson, Max Irons, James Frain, Juliet Aubrey & Amanda Hale. (1/10)