Monday, 21 October 2013

TV Picks: 21-27 October 2013 (Ambassadors, Arrow, Boardwalk Empire, Elementary, The Meaning of Monty Python, Misfits, etc.)

Monday, 21 October 2013

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

PICK OF THE DAY Arrow (Sky1, 8pm) Season 2 of the US superhero drama. Starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Emily Rickards, David Ramsey, Manu Bennett, Summer Glau, Willa Holland, Paul Blackthorne & Susanna Thompson. (1 & 2/23)
Health Freaks (Channel 4, 8.30pm) New medical series where members of the public try to convince health experts and doctors that their own homespun remedies work. (1/6)
Murder in the Alps (BBC1, 9pm) Panorama special about the murder of a British family and a French cylist in the Alps back in 2013, where the only survivors were the family's two daughters.
Iceland Foods: Life in the Freezer Cabinet (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about supermarket frozen-food chain Iceland. (1/3)
Cherry Healey: Old Before My Time (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary series about the health implications of over consumption. (1/3)
Date My Porn Star (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary where three British men are flown to Los Angeles to meet their favourite adult film stars.

PICK OF THE DAY Elementary (Sky Living, 9pm) Season 2 of the US detective drama. Starring Jonny Lee Miller & Lucy Liu. Guest stars include Rhys Ifans & Sean Pertwee. (1/24)
Fox Wars (BBC1, 10.35pm) Documentary on the 33,000 urban foxes that are encroaching on people's lives more and more.

Ambassadors (BBC2, 9pm) New comedy-drama about two British diplomats in the fictional country of Tazbekistan. Starring David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Keeley Hawes, Igal Naor & Susan Lynch. (1/3)
You, Me & Them (GOLD, 9pm) New sitcom about a couple with a 20-year age difference, which is a problem for their families. Staring Eve Myles, Anthony Head, Lindsay Duncan, Nigel Betts, Joshua McGuire, Susie Blake & Jeff Rawle. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY Misfits (E4, 10pm) Fifth and final series of the sci-fi drama about a group of urban delinquents with super-powers. Starring Karla Crome, Joseph Gilgun, Nathan McMullen, Natasha O'Keeffe, Matt Stokoe & Shaun Dooley. (1/8)

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces (Channel 4, 8pm) Series 2 of the architectural show focusing on everyday people's small builds. (1/9)
PICK OF THE DAY No Sex Please, We're Japanese (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about Japan's problem with a decreasing population, which some people blame on a lack of dating as young people turn to virtual partners. Presented by Anita Rani.
Shackleton: Death or Glory (Discovery Channel, 9pm) Series where six young men explore the South Pole in a replica of Ernest Shackleton's 22.5ft sailing boat.
The Meaning of Monty Python (Sky Arts 1, 10pm) Tribute to the pioneering 1960s sketch show troupe, with contributions from John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones.

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PICK OF THE DAY Boardwalk Empire (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) Season 4 of the US gangster drama. Starring Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Kelly Macdonald & Gretchen Mol. (1/12)

Britain's Classroom Heroes (BBC2, 5.30pm) Awards ceremony honouring teachers. Hosted by Clare Balding.
PICK OF THE DAY Great Continental Railway Journeys (BBC2, 8pm) Documentary series where Michael Portillo travels on the European rail network, retracing journeys featured in George Bradshaw's 1913 book Continental Guide. (1/6)
A Very English Education (BBC2, 9pm) Follow-up to the 1979 documentary Public School, about life at Radley College. This new documentary catches up with some of the former pupils.