Monday, 7 July 2014

TV Picks: 7-13 July 2014 (The 100, Extant, Hemlock Grove, John Bishop's Australia, Million Pound Drop, True Blood, etc.)

Monday, 7 July 2014

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

John Bishop's Australia (BBC1, 9pm) Celebrity travelogue Down Under. (1/3)
Scotland: For Richer or Poorer? (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary examining the financial implications for Scotland, if this summer's Referendum has them decide to leave the UK.
Slum Survivors (BBC3, 9pm)
The 100 (E4, 9pm) New US post-apocalyptic drama about a group of teenagers sent to repopulate Earth, 97 after nuclear armageddon. Starring Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonnell, Bob Marley, Marie Avgeropoulos, Devon Bostick & Christopher Larkin. (1/13)
True Blood (Fox) Final seventh season of the supernatural drama. Starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley & Ryan Kwanten. (1/10)
Guilty by Association (BBC1, 10.35pm) Documentary about the Joint Enterprise Law, which says that anyone involves in a criminal act committed by others can be held equally responsible.

Kirstie's Fill Your House for Free (Channel 4, 8pm) Series 2 of the show where Kirstie Allsopp transforms home with high-quality furniture sources for free. (1/5)

Harlots, Housewives & Heroines: a 17th Century History for Girls (Yesterday, 10pm) Historical series about the lives of Restoration women. (1/3)
Britain's Youngest Carers (Channel 4, 11pm) Documentary where JLS singer Oritse Williams raises awareness of the UK's many people who care for the elderly.

Extant (Amazon Prime) Season 1 of the US sci-fi drama about an astronaut who returns to Earth mysteriously pregnant. Starring Halle Berry.
Champneys (ITV, 9pm) Documentary going behind-the-scenes of the luxury British spa industry.
OAPs Behaving Badly (Channel 5, 9pm) Documentary about British ex-pat pensioners living large in Tenerife.

Hemlock Grove (Netflix) Season 2 of the horror drama created by Eli Roth. Starring Famke Janssen.
The Cruise Ship (ITV, 8pm) New series going behind-the-scenes of the 3,600-passenger Royal Princess cruise ship. Narrated by John Thomson. (1/4)
The Million Pound Drop (Channel 4, 8pm) Series 13 of the big money gameshow. Hosted by Davina McCall. (1/8)
On the Yorkshire Buses (Channel 5, 8pm) Documentary following the staff of a family-run bus and coach company in Yorkshire. (1/8)
T in the Park (BBC3, 8pm) Highlights of the music festival. Featuring Ellie Goulding, Haim, Ed Sheeran, Biffy Clyro, and others.
Pipers of the Trenches (BBC2, 9.30pm) Documentary about the 2,500 pipers from Scotland, England, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in WWI.

The Men Who Made Us Spend (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary examining how advertisers make consumers spend. Presented by Jacques Peretti. (1/3)

Nothing. Why not ask someone out, go on a date together?

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