Monday, 12 May 2014

TV Picks: 12-18 May 2014 (BAFTA Television Awards, Episodes, Four Rooms, Man vs Weird, Monks, etc.)

Monday, 12 May 2014

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

DIY Dummies (Channel 5, 8pm) New series where comedian Al Murray looks at tales of DIY disasters. (1/4)
This World: Copacabana Palace (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about Brazil's billionaires, who gravitate towards the Copacabana Palace hotel.
Barely Legal Drivers (BBC3, 9pm) Series 2 of the documentary series following some of the UK's newest drivers. (1/6)
Man vs Weird (Channel 4, 10pm) New series where comedian Simon Farnaby searches the world for people with extraordinary abilities. (1/3)

Monks (BBC1, 10.35pm) Comedy Playhouse sitcom about an unemployed slacker who joins a brotherhood of monks to avoid prosecution for defrauding the dole office. Starring James Fleet, Mark Heap, Seann Walsh, Fergus Craig, Justin Edwards & Angus Deayton. (3/3)

Secrets of Britain (Yesterday, 9pm) New series exploring various British landmarks. (1/6)
Episodes (BBC2, 10pm) Series 3 of the Anglo-American comedy about a British couple struggling to adapt their hit sitcom for an American audience. Starring Matt Le Blanc, Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig, John Pankow, Mircea Monroe, Daisy Haggard & Kathleen Rose Perkins. (1/9)

The Food Inspectors (BBC1, 8pm) Series 3 of the show investigating the condition of UK food. Presented by Matt Allwright, Chris Hollins & Gaby Roslin. (1/4)
Trauma Doctors (Channel 5, 9pm) Series 2 of the documentary show about a team of doctors working at the Royal London Hospital in the East End of the capital. (1/6)
Thalidomide: The Fifty Year Fight (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary looking at how the Thalidomide scandal of the 1950s has affected some of the now-adult children born with deformed limbs as a result.
Tyger Takes on Porn (BBC3, 9pm) Actor Tyger Drew-Honey (Cuckoo) explores the youth's connection to pornography in the modern age, and how it's affecting their perception of sex. (1/3)

Stacey Dooley Investigates (BBC3, 9pm) Series 6 of the investigative show, where the presented travels to Sunny Beach on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria to look at the region's party scene. (1/3)

Museums at Night (BBC2, 7pm) Celebration of the three-day festival where museums across the country open their doors after dark.

Four Rooms (Channel 4, 7pm) Series 4 of the antiquities show where sellers attempt to flog unusual collectibles and art pieces to four antiques dealers. Presented by Anita Rani. (1/8)
The British Academy Television Awards (BBC1, 8pm) Annual celebration of the best in UK TV. Hosted by Graham Norton.

For a look at what the rest of the year's going to bring,