Monday, 14 October 2013

TV Picks: 14-20 October 2013 (Freshers, Gadget Show, Hello Ladies, Man Down, The Millers, The Paradise, Toast of London, The Tunnel, Veep, The Walking Dead, etc.)

Monday, 14 October 2013

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

PICK OF THE DAY The Gadget Show (Channel 5, 8pm) Series 18 of the technology magazine show. Hosted by Jason Bradbury, Rachel Riley, Jon Bennett & Pollyanna Woodward. (1/22)
Dogs: Their Secret Lives (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary using hidden cameras to explore the lives of dogs when their owners aren't around.
Stephen Fry: Out There (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about people's experiences when they decide to announce to the world they're homosexual. Featuring Elton John, David Furnish & Neil Patrick Harris. (1/2)
On Benefits & Proud (Channel 5, 9pm) Documentary about people living on benefits beyond many hard-working people's wages, who don't feel embarassed doing so.
Diary of a Teenage Virgin (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary about the experiences of young virgins in a culture increasingly filled with pornography.
Dual Survival (Discovery Channel, 10pm) Series 3 of the survival series. (1/13)

PICK OF THE DAY Talking to the Dead (Sky Living, 9pm) Two-part thriller about a cop with a deep empathy for the dead. Starring Russell Tovey, Sophie Rundle, Keith Allen & Christine Tremarco. Part of the Drama Matters season. (5/6)
Sweat the Small Stuff (BBC3, 10pm) Series 2 of the panel show about petty annoyances. Hosted by Nick Grimshaw and team captains Rochelle Humes & Melvin O'Doom. (1/8)

River Cottage to the Core (Channel 4, 8pm) Series 19 of the rustic culinary show. Hosted by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. (1/4)
The One & Only Cilla (ITV, 9pm) Special celebrating the 50-year career of singer/presenter Cilla Black. Hosted by Paul O'Grady.
PICK OF THE DAY The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) UK remake of the Scandinavian drama, concerning a joint murder investigation between a British and French detective. Starring Stephen Dillane, Clemence Poesy, Tobi Bakare & Mathieu Carriere. (1/10)
Freshers (ITV2, 9pm) Series about a group of students at the University of Bedforshire. (1/3)
Hello Ladies (Sky Atlantic, 10pm) New comedy about a lonely, socially-awkward Englishman living in Los Angeles. Starring Stephen Merchant & Christine Woods. (1/8)
Veep (Sky Atlantic, 10.35pm) Season 2 of the US political comedy. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh & Timothy Simons. (1/10)

Britain's Secret Treasures (ITV, 8.30pm) Series 2 of the archaelogy show about treasure unearthed by members of the public. Presented by Michael Buerk & Bettany Hughes. (1/8)
PICK OF THE DAY Up All Night (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary series about the people who work and keep the country running after dark. (1/4)

The Millers (Comedy Central, 9.30pm) New US comedy about a recently-divorced TV reporter and his family. Starring Will Arnett, Beau Bridges, Jayma Mays & Margo Martindale.
PICK OF THE DAY The Walking Dead (Fox, 10pm) Season 4 of the US zombie drama. (1/16)
Man Down (Channel 4) New comedy about a secondary school teacher who hates his job. Starring Greg Davies, Rik Mayall & Roisin Conaty. (1/6)


Dive WWII: Our Secret History (BBC2, 8pm) Documentary two-parter about the search for shipwrecks of the Battle of the Atlantic. (1/2)
The Paradise (BBC1, 8pm) Series 2 of the period drama about a luxury department store. Starring Emun Elliott, Joanna Vanderham, Elaine Cassidy, Sarah Lancashire, Ben Daniels & Matthew McNulty. (1/8)
Bigfoot Files (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary series about a quest to solve the mystery of the sasquatch. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY Toast of London (Channel 4, 10.40pm) New sitcom about an eccentric actor. Starring Matt Berry, Robert Bathurst, Gus Brown, Emma Fryer & Doon Mackichan. (1/6)