Monday, 26 August 2013

TV Picks: 26 August – 1 September 2013 (Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Celebrity Juice, Doctor Who at the Proms, Stepping Out, Through the Keyhole, Wentworth, X Factor, etc.)

Monday, 26 August 2013

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

Doctor Who at the Proms (BBC1, 4pm) Highlights of the annual concern celebrating the music of Doctor Who. Featuring Matt Smith & Jenna-Louise Coleman.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2013 (BBC1, 6.30pm) Highlights of the annual military ceremony.
Attack of the Zeppelins (Channel 4, 8pm)
Ultimate Swarms (BBC1, 9pm) Wildlife documentary about various swarms of creatures. Presented by George McGavin.
Horizon: Dinosaurs – the Hunt for Life (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about the discovery of dinosaur soft tissue and red blood cells.
PICK OF THE DAY Louis CK: Oh My God (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) Stand-up comedy recorded live at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

Nothing. *twiddles thumbs*

Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary about Ancient Greece and the origins of drama. Presented by Michael Scott. (1/3)
Martin Luther King and the March on Washington (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary on the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, marking the 50th anniversary of his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech. Narrated by Denzel Washington.
Comedy Fest Live 2013 (BBC3, 9pm) A selection of stand-up performances from the Edinburgh Festival, hosted by Kevin Bridges. Featuring Russell Kane, Seann Walsh, Jason Byrne, Roisin Conaty, Charlie Baker, Gary Delaney, Ivo Graham, Neil Delamere, Andrew Lawrence & Tom Stade. (1/2)
Crash Test Dummies: A Smashing History (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary on the prevailing use of crash test dummies to check for vehicular safety.
PICK OF THE DAY Wentworth (Channel 5, 10pm) New Australian prison drama; a re-iminaging of 1980s classic Prisoner: Cell Block H. Starring Danielle Cormack, Catherine McClements, Nicole de Silva, Leanna Walsman & Kris McQuade. (1/10)

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5, 8pm) Documentary following the people involved with running the Great Western railway between London, south-west England and south Wales. (1/12)
Burgled (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary following West Yorkshire Police and their fight against burglary in Leeds.
PICK OF THE DAY Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) Series 10 of the comedy panel show. Hosted by Keith Lemon with team captains Holly Willoughby & Fearne Cotton. (1/14)
The Man Who Ate Himself to Death (Channel 5, 10pm) Documentary about a man who weighed 64 stone before his death at the age of 39.

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings: The Luck of the Irish (Channel 4, 9pm) Special edition of the reality show focusing on the nuptials of travellers.
PICK OF THE DAY Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4, 10pm) Series 11 of the chat show. Guests are Sharon Osbourne, Lee Evans, Keeley Hawes, and the dragons of Dragons' Den. (1/18)

Stepping Out (ITV, 6.30pm) Celebrity dance contest. Hosted by Davina McCall. Dancers are Brian McFadden, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Oritse Williams, Carl Froch, Glynis Barber, Michael Brandon & Denise Welch. (1/5)
9/11: 102 Minutes That Changed America (Channel 4, 7.25pm) Documentary compiled using footage and audio of witnesses to the 9/11 tragedy in New York City.
Through the Keyhole (ITV, 9.20pm) Revival of the gameshow where celebrities must guess the famous owner of a house from a video tour containing clues. Hosted by Keith Lemon. Guests are Martine McCutcheon, Eamonn Holmes & Dave Berry. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY The X Factor (ITV, 8pm) Series 10 of the singing competition. Hosted by Dermot O'Leary. Judges are Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger & Louis Walsh. (1/22)

PICK OF THE DAY The Story of the Jews (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary on the history of the Jewish people's experiences. Hosted by Simon Schama. (1/5)