Monday, 24 June 2013

TV Picks: 24-30 June 2013 (The Cube: Celebrity Special, Eye Spy, Top Gear, The Walking Dead, Wimbledon 2013, Your Face Sounds Familiar, etc.)


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

MONDAY 24th
PICK OF THE DAY Wimbledon 2013 (BBC1, 5pm) Live coverage of the opening day of this year's Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon. Presented by Sue Barker. Continues over the next fortnight, various times.
Brendan's Magical Mystery Tour (Channel 4, 5pm) New series where Coach Trip host Brendan Sheerin plays tour guide to eight tourists around the world. (1/20)
The Man with the 10 Stone Testicles (Channel 4, 9pm) Medical documentary about a 49-year-old resident of Las Vegas whose testicles haven't stopped swelling since 2008, and are now 10-stone in weight.
Don't Call Me Crazy (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary on the experiences of mental health patients at Manchester's McGuinness Unit. (1/3)
Kung Foolery (Sky1, 9pm) Documentary where two martial arts enthusiasts travel across Thailand replicating the antics of their favourite fighters.
The Wanted Life (E! 9pm) Reality fly-on-the-wall series following British boyband The Wanted, living together in L.A.

TUESDAY 25th
Love Your Garden (ITV, 8pm) Series 3 of the gardening show. Presented by Alan Titchmarsh. (1/8)
PICK OF THE DAY Secrets from the Workhouse (ITV, 9pm) Documentary series where celebs look at their shared history of ancestors who were driven into Victorian workhouses by poverty. Featuring Fern Britton, Brian Cox, Kiera Chaplin (granddaughter of Charlie) & Barbara Taylor Bradford. (1/2)
The World's Most Beautiful Eggs: The Genius of Carl Faberge (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary on renowned jeweller Stephen Smith, who made precious gemstones for the last tsars of Russia.

WEDNESDAY 26th
PICK OF THE DAY Horizon (BBC2, 9pm) Science special looking at black holes.

THURSDAY 27th
Who Were the Greeks? (BBC2, 9pm) Historical documentary looking at important Greek people, objects and ideas. Presented by Michael Scott. (1/2)
India: A Dangerous Place to be a Woman (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary examining India's attitude to women, in the wake of a 15-year-old girl being attacked with acid. Presented by Radha Bedi.
PICK OF THE DAY Eye Spy (Channel 4, 10pm) Hidden camera series testing the nation's moral compass. Narrated by Stephen Fry. (1/3)

FRIDAY 28th
PICK OF THE DAY Glastonbury 2013 (BBC3, 7pm) Live coverage of this year's summer music festival, including highlights of earlier performances. Presented by Greg James & Gemma Cairney. Featuring Rita Ora & Jake Bugg. Continues over the weekend.

SATURDAY 29th
Heritage! The Battle for Britain's Past (BBC4, 7pm) New documentary series looking at the efforts to protect the nation's heritage sites and buildings. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY Your Face Sounds Familiar (ITV, 7.30pm) New entertainment series where six celebrities must transform themselves into different icons of music each week. Hosted by Alesha Dixon & Paddy McGuinness. Featuring Alexander Armstrong, Bobby Davro, Cheryl Ferguson, Denise Lewis, Matt Johnson & Natalie Anderson. (1/6)
The Walking Dead (Channel 5, 11pm) Season 3 of the US zombie drama, getting its terrestrial premiere. Starring Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson & David Morrissey. (1/16)
All Star Family Fortunes (ITV, 8.45pm) Series 10 of the celebrity gameshow. Hosted by Vernon Kaye. Featuring Patrick Robinson & Rylan Clark. (1/6)

SUNDAY 30th
PICK OF THE DAY Top Gear (BBC2, 8pm) Series 20 of the motoring magazine. Hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May. Featuring Warwick Davis, Charles Dance & Joss Stone. (1/6)
The Cube: Celebrity Special (ITV, 8pm) Special episode where Olympian Louis Smith and reality star Mark Wright enter The Cube for charity. Hosted by Phillip Schofield.
Michael Buble's Day Off (ITV, 9pm) Fly-on-the-wall documentary following the Canadian crooner's day.
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