Monday, 4 August 2014

TV Picks: 4-10 August 2014 (Almost Royal, Cuckoo, In the Club, Masters of Sex, Siblings, Touch of Cloth III, Tumble, Walter, etc.)

Monday, 4 August 2014

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

The 21st Question (ITV, 5pm) New gameshow. Hosted by Gethin Jones. (1/10)
Railways of the Great War (BBC2, 6pm) New series looking at the impact railways had on WWI. Presented by Michael Portillo. (1/5)
World War I Remembered (BBC2, 9pm) Live coverage of the commemorative event marking the centenary of the outbreak of WWI. Hosted by Huw Edwards, Sophie Raworth & Dan Snow.
The Sheriffs Are Coming (BBC1, 7pm) Documentary about High Court enforcement officers, or Sheriffs.
Cooks' Questions (More4, 9pm) New cookery series where chefs answer questions from an audience of cooks. Hosted by Sue Perkins. (1/6)
Dangerous Dog Owners & Proud (Channel 5, 9pm) Documentary about people who own illegal or dangerous animals.
Tulisa: The Price of Fame (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary charting the ups and downs of pop star Tulisa, whose career has hit some major setbacks after being let go from her role as an X Factor judge.

In the Club (BBC1, 9pm) New drama series following the lives of six pregnant women attending the same antenatal class. Starring Hermione Morris, Katherine Parkinson, Jill Halfpenny, Christine Bottomley, Taj Atwal, Hannah Midgley, Sacha Dhawan, Tara Fitzgerald & Will Mellor. (1/6)
Kids Behind Bars (ITV, 9pm) Documentary about some of America's most dangerous young offenders in the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility of Indiana.
Don't Tell the Bride (BBC3, 9pm) Series 8 of the show where a groom plans a £12,000 wedding, to surprise his bride-to-be. (1/12)
Sexy Beasts (BBC3, 10pm) Series 2 of the dating show where people go on dates disguised as animals. (1/6)
Masters of Sex (More4, 10pm) Season 2 of the U.S period drama about two sex researchers in the 1950s. Starring Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Teddy Sears, Beau Bridges & Caitlin Fitzgerald. (1/12)
The Stuarts (BBC2, 11.20pm) Historical series looking at the Stuart family during the 17th-century. Presented by Clare Jackson. (1/3)

The Great British Bake Off (BBC1, 8pm) Series 5 of the baking competition. Hosted by Mel Giedroyc & Sue Perkins with judges Mary Berry & Paul Hollywood. (1/10)
Sarah Beeny's Double Your House for Half the Money (Channel 4, 8pm) Series 3 of the property show. (1/10)
Operation Wild (BBC1, 9pm) New wildlife series where Clare Balding and vet Steve Leonard travel around the world meeting other vets. (1/3)
The World's War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire (BBC2, 9pm) Historical retelling the WWI story from the perspective of African and Asian troops serving alongside Europeans. (1/2)
Secrets from the Clink (ITV, 9pm) New two-part documentary where celebrities learn how their ancestors coped with serving prison sentences in Victorian times, beginning with Len Goodman, Johnny Vegas & Mariella Frostrup. (1/2)
Man-eater of the Congo (More4, 9pm) Wildlife documentary about the search for a crocodile that killed a friend of kayakers Ben Stookesberry & Chris Korbulic.
Who Do They Think They Are? 10 Years, 100 Shows (BBC1, 10.35pm) Celebration of the hit genealogy show, which has been running a decade.

Scrappers (BBC1, 8.30pm) New documentary series looking at life working at a scrapyard in Bolton. (1/6)
Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1, 9pm) Series 11 of the celebrity geneology show, beginning with Julie Walters. (1/10)
Kids with Cameras: Diary of a Children's Ward (ITV, 9pm) Documentary series compiled of footage taken by 100 children aged 6 to 16 in a children's ward.
Our World War (BBC3, 9pm) New drama based on the real-life experiences of British soldiers arriving in Belgium to fight in WWI. (1/3)
First Time Farmers (Channel 4, 10pm) Return of the documentary looking at the lives of young farmers across the UK.
Cuckoo (BBC3, 10pm) Series 2 of the sitcom about a middle class family dealing with the fact their daughter's dating an American bohemian. Starring Helen Baxendale, Greg Davies, Taylor Lautner, Tyger Drew-Honey & Esther Smith. (1/7)
Siblings (BBC3, 10.30pm) New sitcom about the world's worst brother and sister. Starring Charlotte Ritchie, Tom Stourton, Tracy-Ann Oberman, David Proud & Steve Brody. (1/6)

Sweets Made Simple (BBC2, 8.30pm) New series informing viewers how to make home-made sweets. Hosted by husband-and-wife confectioners Mark Greenwood & Kitty Hope. (1/4)
Walter (BBC1, 9pm) Single comedy-drama about a world-weary detective who takes on the workload of a colleague who committed suicide. Starring Adrian Dunbar, Alexandra Roach, Kayvan Novak & Harry Hadden-Paton.
The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (BBC2, 9pm) New companion series where three celebrity fans discuss the week's baking exploits. Presented by Jo Brand. (1/9)
Edinburgh Nights with Sue Perkins (BBC2, 10pm) New series highlighting some of the best acts at the annual Edinburgh festival. (1/3)

Tumble (BBC1, 6.30pm) New light entertainment gymnastic series where celebrities compete in the various disciplines. Hosted by Alex Jones & Louis Smith. Featuring Amelle Berrabah, Peter Duncan, Carl Froch, Sarah Harding, Bobby Lockwood, Andrea McLean, Lucy Mecklenburgh, John Partridge & Ian "H" Watkins. (1/6)
A Touch of Cloth (Sky1, 9pm) Return of the spoof crime thriller. Starring John Hannah, Suranne Jones, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Navin Chowdhry, Adrian Bower, Daisy Beaumont, Karen Gillan & Adrian Dunbar. Concludes tomorrow. (1/2)
The Walking Dead (5*, 10pm) Terrestrial premiere of the horror drama's fourth season. Staring Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Scott Wilson & Steven Yeun. (1/16)

Come on Down! The Game Show Story (ITV, 7pm) New series looking at the history of the TV gameshow, which has endured for 60 years. Hosted by Bradley Walsh with contributions from Ant n' Dec, Terry Wogan, Bruce Forsyth, Barry Cryer, Ben Shepher, Les Dennis, Lorraine Chase, Nick Knowles, Phillip Schofield, and many more. (1/4)
The Village (BBC1, 9pm) Series 2 of the 1920s drama charting the lives of some Peak District villagers. Starring John Simm, Maxine Peake, Rupert Evans, Joe Armstrong, Julian Sands & David Ryall. (1/6)
Made in Chelsea NYC (E4, 9pm) Spin-off reality show where the Made in Chelsea gang travel to New York City. (1/6)
Almost Royal (E4, 10pm) New U.S faux-reality series where two fake British aristocrats, Georgie and Poppy Carlton, cause mischief across America. (1/6)

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