Monday, 5 May 2014

TV Picks: 5-11 May 2014 (24: Live Another Day, Almost Human, Eurovision, Hannibal, The Island with Bear Grylls, Louie, When Corden Met Barlow, etc.)

Monday, 5 May 2014

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

Four in a Bed (Channel 4, 5pm) Series 9 of the show where B&B sample each owner's businesses and rank their experiences. (1/20)
When Corden Met Barlow (BBC1, 9pm) Lifelong Take That fan James Corden spends time with his idol, lead singer Gary Barlow, on a road trip.
The Island with Bear Grylls (Channel 4, 9pm) New reality show where 13 men are left to survive on a remote Pacific island, overseen by famous survivalist Bear Grylls. (1/5)

Comedy Playhouse: Miller's Mountain (BBC1, 10.40pm) One-off sitcom about a group of mountain rescuers. Starring Jimmy Chisholm, Kevin Guthrie, Sharon Rooney & Jonathan Watson. (2/3)
Almost Human (Watch, 9pm) Season 1 of the US sci-fi drama about a futuristic cop partnered with a robot. Starring Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor, Minka Kelly & Mackenzie Crook. (1/13)
Hannibal (Sky Living) Season 2 of the US crime horror. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Mads Mikkelsen & Hugh Dancy. (1/13)

The Supervet (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary series following the work of a pioneering veterinarians. (1/4)
Vertigo Roadtrip (BBC1, 9pm) Special where Mel Giedroyc takes five people with extreme fears of heights on a trip to cure their debilitating phobia.
Billy Connolly's Big Send Off (ITV, 9pm) Two-part documentary where the comedian embarks on a personal journey about the issues surrounding death. (1/2)
24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4, 9pm) Series 6 of the fly-on-the-wall documentary looking at the medical staff of King's College A&E. (1/7)
24: Live Another Day (Sky1, 9pm) Revival of the hit action thriller for a miniseries where Jack Bauer finds himself embroiled in a plot to assassinate the US President on British soil. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Devane, Kim Raver, Yvonne Strahovski, Michelle Fairly, Stephen Fry, Benjamin Bratt, Tate Donovan, Michael Wincott & Colin Salmon. (1 & 2/12)

Blurred Lines: The New Battle of the Sexes (BBC2, 9.30pm) Debate looking at the culture where some men believe they have the right to sexist language against women. Presented by Kirsty Wark.
Jonah from Tonga (BBC3, 10pm) New mockumentary series from Chris Lilley, focusing on disobedient teenager Jonah Takalua. (1/6)
Louie (Fox) Season 4 of the US comedy. Starring Louis C.K. (1/14)

The Minster (BBC2, 8pm) New series following the goings-on at York Minster over a year. (1/3)

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 (BBC1, 8pm) 59th annual song contest from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Nothing. So, um, Tantric Sex with a willing partner?

= Pick of the Day

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