Monday, 16 September 2013

TV Picks: 16-22 September 2013 (By Any Means, Downton Abbey, Father Figure, Orphan Black, Rise of Animals, etc.)

Monday, 16 September 2013

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

The Fried Chicken Shop (Channel 4, 9pm) Fly-on-the-wall documentary series set in a south London takeaway. (1/3)
Fazer's Urban Takeover (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary where seven urban music artists switch to classical music. Hosted by N-Dubz's Fazer. (1/2)
Ice Road Truckers (History, 10pm) Series 7 of the documentary series following truckers across the frozen wastes of north America. (1/12)
PICK OF THE DAY David Frost: Hello, Good Evening & Goodbye (ITV, 10.35pm) Tribute to the legendary British broadcaster and chat show host, who died recently.

Posh Pawn (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary about the world of high-end pawnbroking at a Surrey firm.
The Magaluf Weekender (ITV2, 9pm) Series 2 of the documentary series following a group of holiday reps working in Magaluf, aiming to ensure British holidaymakers have fun. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY Fabulous Fashionistas (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary about six women who are defying the ageing process without plastic surgery.
Crazy Beaches (ITV2, 10pm) Documentary series looking at the holiday resort of Malia in Greece. (1/8)
Later Live with Jools Holland (BBC2, 10pm) Series 43 of the music show. Featuring Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Sting, Lorde, Drenge & Bill Medley. (1/8)
Britain's Broken Families (BBC1, 10.35pm) Documentary about Newcastle's Family Intervention Project, where staff try to improve the lives of dysfunctional families in the city.

The House that 100k Built (BBC2, 8pm) New series following people choosing to build instead of buy their own homes.
The Three Day Nanny (Channel 4, 8pm) New series following child minder Kathryn Mewes. (1/4)
Fabric of Britain (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary series on the history of knitting. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY Science Britannica (BBC2, 9pm) New series exploring 350 years of British science. Hosted by Professor Brian Cox. (1/3)
Father Figure (BBC1, 10.35pm) New sitcom about an enthusiastic, accident prone dad, based on the Radio 2 comedy. Starring Jason Byrne, Karen Taylor & Pauline McLynn. (1/6)

The Wonder of Dogs (BBC2, 8pm) Documentary about man's relationship with canines. Presented by Kate Humble & Steve Leonard. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY Panorama: The Honeymoon Murder – Who Killed Anni? (BBC1, 9pm) Documentary looking at the tragic case of young bride Anni Dewani, who was murdered while on honeymoon in South Africa three years ago.

Ronnie's Animal Crackers (BBC1, 7.30pm) New series looking at people's obsession with pets. Presented by Ronnie Corbett. (1/6)
Celebrity 15 to 1 (Channel 4, 8pm) Special edition of the classic gameshow, which ran from 1988 to 2003. Hosted by Adam Hills with celebrity contestants Fern Britton, Alex Brooker, Dawn Harper, Eamonn Holmes, Konnie Huq, Jonathan Ross & Stephen Mangan.
David Attenborough's Rise of Animals (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary on the evolution of vertebrates over the past 500 years. Hosted by Sir David Attenborough. (1/2)
Piers Morgan's Life Stories (ITV, 9pm) Series 10 of the interview show, opening with soap star Julie Goodyear. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY Orphan Black (BBC3, 9pm) New Canadian sci-fi drama about street smart outcast who assumed the identity of her dead doppelgänger. Starring Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard & Michael Mando. (1 & 2/10)

PICK OF THE DAY When Miranda Met Bruce (BBC1, 7.30pm) Special where comedian Miranda Hart meets and chats with legendary entertainer Bruce Forsyth.
The Making of Merkel with Andrew Marr (BBC2, 8pm) Profile of the German Chancellor, who has managed to keep her country out of financial meltdown after the credit crunch.

PICK OF THE DAY Downton Abbey (ITV1,9pm) Series 4 of the period drama about a wealthy family and their servants living in the 1920s. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Lily James, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech & Phyllis Logan. (1/9)
By Any Means (BBC1, 9pm) New cop thriller about a secret unit of cops who operate in a moral grey area to bring criminals to justice. Starring Warren Brown, Shelley Conn, Andrew-Lee Potts, Elliot Knight, Keith Allen, Martin Jarvis, Richard Lumsden & Paul Thornley. (1/6)