Monday, 30 September 2013

TV Picks: 30 September – 6 October 2013 (8 Out of 10 Cats, The Blacklist, Glee, HIGNFY, Homeland, The Psychopath Next Door, True Blood, etc.)

Monday, 30 September 2013

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

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30pm) Series 11 of the fanzine to the ballroom dancing show. Hosted by Zoe Ball.
Inside Broadmoor (Channel 5, 9pm) Documentary on the famous high-security psychiatric hospital. (1/2)
The Face (Sky Living, 9pm) New reality series to find the face of a leading cosmetics brand. Coaches are Naomi Campbell, Erin O'Connor & Caroline Winberg. (1/8)
Porn on the Brain (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary about how pornography affects the brain.
Some Girls (BBC3, 10pm) Series 2 of the comedy about a group of sixth-formers living in south-London. Starring Adelayo Adedayo, Natasha Jonas, Alice Felgate, Mandeep Dhillon & Dolly Wells. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY True Blood (Fox, 10pm) Season 6 of the US supernatural drama. Starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Deborah Ann Moll, Joe Manganiello, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Lucy Griffiths, Kristin Bauer Van Straten & Sam Trammell. (1/10)

The Hairy Bikers' Bakeation (BBC1, 7pm) Special where the two upbeat chefs travel from north to south across Europe, meeting various bakers.
My Big Fast Gypsy Christening (Channel 4, 9pm) Special edition of the show looking at the odd customs of the UK's travelling communities.
PICK OF THE DAY Drama Matters: The Psychopath Next Door (Sky Living, 9pm) New series of solo dramas, beginning with a story about a psychopath psychiatrist. Starring Anna Frield, Eva Birthistle, Kathryn Drysdale & Claire Keelan. (1/5)
The Two Ronnies Spectacle (Gold, 10pm) Documentary series on the comedy double-act Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. Continues Wednesday & Thursday. (1/3)
Forbidden History (Yesterday, 10pm) New series looking strange and mysterious stories from history, beginning with the Knights Templar and their associations with the Holy Grail. Presented by Jamie Theakston. (1/6)
Stephen Lawrence Unity Concert (BBC1, 10.35pm) Highlights of Sunday's O2 concert supporting the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Hosted by Nick Grimshaw & Reggie Yates. Featuring Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Plan B, Jamie Cullum, Jessie J, Rudimental, Ed Sheeram, Soul II Soul, Tinie Tempath, and more.

PICK OF THE DAY The Great British Year (BBC1, 9pm) Documentary following British wildlife through the four seasons. (1/4)
Exposure (ITV, 10.35pm) Series 3 of the current affairs documentary strand.

Mayhem & Mishaps: Britain Caught on Camera (BBC1, 9pm) One-off show about everyday accidents. Presented by Mark Chapman.
Hotel of Mum & Dad (BBC3, 9pm) New series about young people moving out of their parent's home. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY Pain, Pus & Poison: The Search for Modern Medicine (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary on how scientists exploit the natural world to create medicines. Presented by Michael Mosley. (1/3)
Drama Matters: Lawless (Sky Living, 9pm) Single drama about the UK;'s youngest judge. Starring Suranne Jones. (2/5)

Have I Got News For You? (BBC1, 9pm) Series 46 of the topical comedy panel show. Team captains are Ian Hislop & Paul Merton. David Mitchell it this week's guest host. (1/11)
Glee (Sky1) Season 5 of the high school musical comedy, beginning with a Beatles tribute episode. Starring Melissa Benoist, Chris Colfer, Darren Cross, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet & Naya Rivera. (1/22)
8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4, 9pm) Series 16 of the comedy panel show based on stats and polls. Hosted by Jimmy Carr with Sean Lock & Jon Richardson. (1/9)
PICK OF THE DAY The Blacklist (Sky Living, 9pm) Season 1 of the US crime drama about a master criminal who agrees to help the FBI catch villains. Starring James Spader, Megan Boone & Harry Lennix. (1/13)
Elton John in Concert 2013 (BBC4, 9pm) Music concert recorded live at the BBC's Radio Theatre.
Citizen Khan (BBC1, 9.30pm) Series 2 of the sitcom about a Muslin community leader. Starring Adil Ray, Shobu Kapoor, Maya Sondhi & Bhavna Limachia. (1/6)


The Ottomons: Europe's Muslim Emperors (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary series about the 600 years when an Islamic empire rules most of Europe. Presented by Rageh Omaar. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY Homeland (Channel 4, 9pm) Season 3 of the US drama. Starring Claire Danes, Damien Lewis, Mandy Patinkin. Morena Baccarin, Morgan Saylor, F Murray Abraham & Tim Guinee. (1/12)
Was it Something I Said? (Channel 4, 10.05pm) New comedy panel show based around quotes, tweets and autobiographies. Hosted by David Mitchell with team captains Micky Flanagan & Richard Ayoade. Guests are Jimmy Carr, David Harewood & Charlie Higson. (1/8)