Monday, 21 July 2014

TV Picks: 21-27 July 2014 (Alan Carr – Chatty Man, Commonwealth Games, Kevin Bridges Live, Virtually Famous, etc.)

Monday, 21 July 2014

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...

This World: Clothes to Die For (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh last year.
Child Genius (Channel 4, 9pm) Series 2 of the factual show following gifted youngsters participating in a program set-up by Mensa to find the UK's cleverest child. (1/4)
Every Breath We Take: Understanding Our Atmosphere (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary about the oxygen we breathe. Presented by science writer Gabrielle Walker.
Virtually Famous (E4, 10pm) New comedy panel show focusing on people who achieve fame through internet videos and memes. Hosted by Kevin Mchale from Glee, with team captains Seann Walsh & Radio 1's Chris Stark. Guests are Tyger Drew-Honey, Rachel Riley & Romesh Ranganathan. (1/8)
Kevin Bridges Live at the Commonwealth (BBC1, 10.35pm) An evening of stand-up comedy to celebrate the beginning of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Hosted by Kevin Bridges with guests Katharine Ryan, Trevor Noah, Simon Evans & Danny Bhoy.

Nothing. Time to crack open that Complete Works of Shakespeare...

Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony (BBC1, 8pm) Live coverage from Celtic Park, Glasgow. Hosted by Gary Lineker, Hazel Irvine & Clare Balding. Commentary by Huw Edwards.

Diamond Geezers (ITV, 9pm) Documentary on Hatton Garden, London's 200-year-old jewellery district. Narrated by Larry Lamb.
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of... (Channel 5, 9pm) Series 2 of the investigative documentary series concerning famous autopsies, beginning with a look at INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, who was discovered dead from auto-erotic asphyxiation in November 1997. (1/3)

The Secret History of Our Streets (BBC2, 9pm) Series 2 of the documentary looking at six London locations from Victorian times, unearthing their amazing histories. (1/3)
Alan Carr: Chatty Man Summer Special (Channel 4, 9pm) Entertainment special with guests Miranda Hart, Vin Diesel, The Inbetweeners cast, Kevin McHale, Noel Fielding, Rizzle Kicks, and others. (1/2)

Human Planet (BBC4, 7pm) Documentary series about how mankind has adapted to survive in all of the world's environments. (1/8)
Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year (Channel 4, 8pm) Spin-off to the series, where George Clarke presides over the annual Shed of the Year competition. (1/3)

Tom's Fantastic Floating Home (Channel 4, 7pm) New series where inventor Tom Lawton tries to create a derelict boat into a gadget-packed home. (1/3)
Red Arrows: Inside the Bubble (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary looking at the RAF's premiere acrobatic display team, based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

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