Monday, 29 September 2014

TV Picks: 29 September – 5 October 2014 • The Blacklist • Forever • Have I Got News For You? • Never Mind the Buzzcocks • QI • Scrotal Recall

Monday, 29 September 2014

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

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30pm) Series 12 of the companion fanzine to the ballroom reality show. Hosted by Zoe Ball. (1/60)
24 Hours in Police Custody (Channel 4, 9pm) Spin-off to 24 Hours in A&E, charting round-the-clock action at Bedforshire Police. (1/5)
Too Tough to Teach (Channel 5, 9pm) Two-part documentary about five school kids with behavioural problems. (1/2)
Hotel of Mum & Dad (BBC3, 9pm) Series 2 of the show about children leaving the family nest. (1/6)
Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2, 10pm) Series 28 of the pop music panel show, now hosted full-time by Rhod Gilbert with team captains Phill Jupitus & Noel Fielding. Guests are Professor Green, Roison Conaty, Matt Healy & Gabby Logan. (1/13)
Dapper Laughs: On the Pull (ITV2, 10.30pm) New dating series where Daniel O'Reilly gives tips to members of the public. (1/6)

My £999 Wedding (BBC1, 10.35pm) Documentary about the astonishing fact couples now spent an average of £18,000 on their wedding day.

This World: Rwanda's Untold Story (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary 20 years after the genocide in Rwanda that shocked the world.
The Paedophile Hunter (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary about an online vigilante, who entraps paedophiles.

Peaky Blinders (BBC2, 9pm) Series 2 of the period gangster drama about Birmingham-based mobsters. Starring Cillian Murphy, Sophie Rundle, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Joe Cole & Ian Peck. (1/6)
Blenheim Palace: Great War House (ITV, 9pm) Documentary about the impact of World War I on the great house of Blenheim Palace. Presented by Julian Fellowes.
Forever (Sky1, 9pm) New U.S supernatural medical/cop drama about an immortal New York doctor. Starring Ioan Gruffudd, Judd Hirsch, Alana De La Garza & Lorraine Toussaint. (1/13)
Scrotal Recall (Channel 4, 10pm) New comedy about a man with chlamydia, who must therefore contact all of his ex-girlfriends to inform them they could be infected. Starring Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas, Daniel Ings & Joshua Maguire. (1/6)

Stars at Your Service (Channel 4, 8pm) New series raising money for cancer, where celebrities are hired by viewers for bespoke duties and tasks. Starring Mel C, Ollie Locke, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Conor Maynard, Ashley Banjo, Russell Howard, Rhod Gilbert & Jon Snow. (1/4)
Have I Got News For You? (BBC1, 9pm) Series 48 of the satirical news panel show. Guest host is Jennifer Saunders. (1/10)
Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes (BBC2, 9pm) New series where the Michelin-starred chef revamps classic British grub. (1/6)
The Blacklist (Sky Living, 9pm) Season 2 of the U.S drama about a renowned villain who joins an FBI task force to help capture his criminal comrades and associates. Starring James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Krysten Ritter, Mary-Louise Parker & Peter Stormare. (1/22)
QI (BBC2, 10pm) Series 12 of the comedy quiz show, now focusing on the letter L. Hosted by Stephen Fry with co-hort Alan Davies. Guests are Sarah Millican, Ross Noble & Colin Lane. (1/18)

Nothing. Have you ever tried learning the alphabet backwards? It's great as an after-dinner party piece.

Wonders of the Monsoon (BBC2, 8pm) Wildlife documentary about the lives of people and animals during the dry season of northern Australia. (1/5)
Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve (BBC2, 9pm) New travel series venturing to locations accessed via impressive rivers. (1/3)

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