Monday, 9 September 2013

TV Picks: 9-15 September 2013 (Bates Motel, Blackout, Hustling America, Mount Pleasant, Peaky Blinders, Surprise Surprise, Teen Exorcists, etc.)

Monday, 9 September 2013

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

Hustling America (Channel 5, 7pm) New series where con artist Alexis Conran travels around the USA tricking and deceiving members of the public. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY Blackout (Channel 4, 9pm) Docu-drama exploring what would happen if the UK fell victim to a cyber-attack that shut-down the National Grid.

Building the Dream (More4, 9pm) New series where land owners to build their dream home on their empty plot. Presented by Charlie Luxton. (1/10)
PICK OF THE DAY The Roast of James Franco (Comedy Central, 10pm) Comedy tribute to the actor, where famous friends merciless make fun of him. Featuring Jonah Hill, Sarah Silverman & Andy Samberg.

Harvest 2013 (BBC2, 8pm) New series revealing the results of this year's harvest. Hosted by Gregg Wallace & Philippa Forrester. Continues Thursday & Friday. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY The Wipers Times (BBC2, 9pm) WWI comedy-drama about the birth of a satirical newspaper to raise morale of British troops. Starring Ben Chaplin, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Michael Palin, Ben Daniels, Emilia Fox, Steve Oram, Hugh Skinner & Josh O'Connor.
Mount Pleasant (Sky Living, 9pm) Series 3 of the comedy-drama about a family living in Manchester. Starring Sally Lindsay, Daniel Ryan, Samantha Womack, Nigel Harman, Bobby Ball, Sian Reeves, George Sampson & David Bradley. (1/8)

PICK OF THE DAY Peaky Blinders (BBC2, 9pm) New post-WWI drama about a Birmingham-based family of gangsters. Starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Annabelle Wallis, Iddo Goldberg & Sophie Rundle. (1/6)
Teen Exorcists (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary about three American teenagers who travel to London to perform public exorcisms.
Bates Motel (Universal Channel, 9pm) Season 1 of the US drama, acting as a loose prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho set in modern-times. Starring Vera Farmiga & Freddie Highmore (1/10)

Gino's Italian Escape (ITV, 8pm) New series where chef Gino D'Acampo travels around southern Italy sourcing ingredients for various dishes. (1/6)
Brits Icon: Elton John (ITV, 9pm) Music special honouring Elton John as the first recipient of the Brits Icon award. Featuring Annie Lennox, Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Ed Sheeran, Gary Barlow, Emeli Sande & Mumford & Sons.
PICK OF THE DAY Celebrity Super-Spa (Channel 5, 10pm) New reality series where a group of celebrities run a health spa. Featuring Helen Flanagan, Rustie Lee, Yvette Fielding, James Argent, Jody Latham & John Burton-Race. (1/6)


PICK OF THE DAY Surprise Surprise (ITV, 7pm) Series 2 of the show where members of the public are given surprises, often as a thank you for something they've done in their lives. Presented by Holly Willoughby. (1/10)
Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made the Movies (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary looking at the art of the film soundtrack. Featuring Martin Scorsese & Hans Zimmer. (1/3)