Monday, 13 January 2014

TV Picks: 13-19 January 2014 (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Call the Midwife, Death in Paradise, House of Fools, The Kumars, Mob City, Mr Selfridge, The Musketeers, Uncle, etc.)

Monday, 13 January 2014

Below are my picks of this week's most notable shows returning/premiere to UK screens...

Go Hard, Or Go Home (Channel 5, 8pm) New series where members of the public are challenged to undertake a variety of extreme endurance races. Presented by Hannah White. (1/4)
PICK OF THE DAY The Great Sport Relief Bake Off (BBC2, 8.30pm) A second celebrity special of the baking competition, with Johnny Vaughan, Samantha Bond, Bonnie Wright & Michael Vaughan. Continues weekdays until Friday. (1/4)
Dogs: Their Secret Lives (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary looking at the lives of dogs when their owner's backs are turned.
I Want My Baby Back (BBC1, 9pm) Investigation into the world of family courts.
Sun, Sex & Suspicious Parents (BBC3, 9pm) Series 4 of the show where youngsters go on holiday, unaware their antics are being covertly documented for their parents. (1/6)
Dave: Loan Ranger (Channel 4, 10pm) Follow-up to Bank of Dave, where entrepreneur Dave Fishwick tries to help poor people.
Baby Face Brides (Channel 5, 10pm) Documentary following three couples where the bride is a teenager.
Uncle (BBC3, 10pm) New comedy about an out-of-work musician who forms an alliance with his 12-year-old nephew. Starring Nick Helm, Elliot Speller-Gillott, Daisy Haggard, Con O'Neill & Esther Smith. (1/6)

Death in Paradise (BBC1, 9pm) Series 3 of the Caribbean detective drama, with Kris Marshall replacing Ben Miller in the lead. (1/8)
Wild Brazil (BBC2, 9pm) New series about capuchin monkeys. (1/3)
Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans (ITV, 9pm) New series where the comedian and presented travels to Africa to help hand-rear orphaned animals. (1/3)
Underage and Over the Limit (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary following youth worker Phil Tye as he attempts to tackle underage drinking.
PICK OF THE DAY House of Fools (BBC2, 10pm) New sitcom about a man whose life is constantly being interrupted by his outlandish friends and neighbours. Starring Bob Mortimer, Vic Reeves, Matt Berry, Morgana Robinson, Daniel Simonsen & Dan Skinner. (1/6)

PICK OF THE DAY The Kumars (Sky1, 9pm) Reviva of the BBC spoof comedy chat show, with guests Chevy Chase, Olivia Colman & Daniel Radcliffe. (1/6)
Hidden Histories: Britain's Oldest Family Businesses (BBC4, 9pm) New series profiling the bosses of three family companies that have stood the test of time. (1/3)

Hidden Kingdoms (BBC1, 8pm) Documentary about small creatures and their amazing survival techniques. (1/3)
PICK OF THE DAY Brooklyn Nine-Nine (E4, 9pm) New US comedy about an immature police officer. Staring Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Stephanie Beatriz & Terry Crews. (1/22)

An Island Parish (BBC2, 8.30pm) Series 8 of the documentary series about life on Sark in the Channel Islands. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY Mob City (Fox) Season 1 of the US period gangster drama. Starring Jon Bernthal, Milo Ventimiglia, Neal McDonough, Alexa Davaolis & Jeffrey DeMunn. (1/6)

Nothing, really. Have you ever considered learning a language? I hear Esperanto is gaining popularity again.

Fake of Fortune? (BBC1, 4.30pm) Series 3 of the antiques show. (1/4)
PICK OF THE DAY The Musketeers (BBC, 9pm) New adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel. Starring Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Peter Capaldi, Howard Charles, Alexandra Dowling, Luke Pasquialino & Ryan Gage. (1/10)
Call the Midwife (BBC1, 8pm) Series 3 of the 1950s medical drama. (1/8)
Mr Selfridge (ITV, 9pm) Series 2 of the period drama about a wealthy and charismatic American entrepreneur who founded a pioneering British store. Starring Jeremy Piven, Frances O'Connor, Katherine Kelly, Aisling Loftus & Gregory Fitoussi. 1/10)