Monday, 12 January 2015

TV Picks: 12-18 January 2015 - Ascension • Cocked • Cockroaches • Get Your Act Together • Girls • Mad Dogs • Marry Me • Mel & Sue • Point of Honor • Togetherness

Monday, 12 January 2015

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

Mel & Sue (ITV, 4pm) New live chat show with Mel Giedroyc & Sue Perkins. Guess are Jennifer Saunders & Gareth Malone. (1/30)
Horizon What's the Right Diet for You? (BBC2, 9pm) Three-part special testing 75 people with various diet plans. (1/3)
Girls (Sky Atlantic, 10pm) Season 4 of the U.S drama about a group of female friends living in Brooklyn, New York. (1/10)
Drunk History (Dave, 10pm) New comedy series where celebrities perform key moments from an historical character's life, while drunk. Narrated by Jimmy Carr. (1/8)
Togetherness (Sky Atlantic, 10.35pm) New U.S drama about a married couple trying to rekindle their relationship. Starring Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet, Steve Zissis & Abby Ryder Fortson. (1/8)

The Secrets of the Tea Chimps (Channel 5, 8pm) Documentary about the chimpanzees who filmed the famous PG Tips adverts between 1956 and 2002, including visit to the last remaining chimp in Twycross Zoo.
Suspects (Channel 5, 10pm) Series 3 of the half-improvised crime drama about three detectives. Starring Fay Ripley, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Damien Molony & Emmett J Scanlan. (1/4)
Cockroaches (ITV2, 10pm) New comedy about a family joining a group of misfits in a post-apocalyptic world. Starring Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Esther Smith, Jack Whitehall, Tom Davis & Robert Bathurst. (1/6)

Life of a Mountain: A Year on Scafell Pike (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary looking at England's highest peak.
Angry, White & Proud (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary looking at the growing number of right-wing splinter groups.

Cyber Bully (Channel 4, 9pm) Drama about a young girl targeted by a bully online. Starring Maisie Williams, Ella Purnell, Haruka Abe & Jake Davies.
Marry Me (E4, 9.30pm) Season 1 of the U.S sitcom about a Chicago couple at a crossroads in their relationship. Starring Ken Marino, Casey Wilson, Sarah Wright Olsen & John Gemberling. (1/18)
Suits (Dave, 10pm) Season 4 of the U.S legal drama. (1/16)
Cocked (Amazon Prime) Drama pilot about a businessman who left his rural family behind 20-years ago, and is forced to return home from the big city to help run the family's gun business. Starring Sam Trammell, Jason Lee, Brian Dennehy, Laura Fraser & Dreama Walker.
Down Dog (Amazon Prime) Drama pilot about a thirtysomething Southern Californian called Logan Wood (Josh Casaubon), who was raised by hippies and now spends his days teaching rich women yoga. Starring Josh Casaboun, Paget Brewster, Lydsy Fonseca, Will Greenberg, Kris Kristofferson & Alysia Reiner.
The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Prime) Drama pilot adapted from the Philip K. Dick 1962 story, positing an alternate history 20-years after the Allies lost World War II—where the world has been divided between the conquering Germany and Japan.
The New Yorker Presents (Amazon Prime) Docuseries pilot about the award-winning magazine, written by Simon Rich (SNL) and directed by Troy Miller (Arrested Development).
Point of Honor (Amazon Prime) Civil War drama pilot about a Virginia family who free their slaves and decide to defend the South. Starring Nathan Parsons, Christopher O'Shea, Annabelle Stephenson, Lucien Laviscount& James Harvey Ward.
Mad Dogs (Amazon Prime) US remake of the UK thriller about a group of childhood friends reuniting in middle-life, before being thrown into a dark and sinister situation overseas.
Salem Rogers (Amazon Prime) Sitcom pilot about a blunt former supermodel (Leslie Bibb) who re-enters that world after 10-years in rehab, with help from her old assistant (Rachel Dratch) who's since become a self-help guru.

Ascension (Sky1, 9pm) New U.S sci-fi miniseries about a spaceship launched in the 1960s to reach a nearby star, which is now halfway through its 100-year journey. Starring Tricia Helfer, Brian Van Holt, Brandon P. Bell, Andrea Roth & Tiffany Lonsdale. (1/3)

Planet's Got Talent (ITV, 6.30pm) New series offering a compilation of clip from the many Got Talent versions from around the world. (1/6)

Get Your Act Together (ITV, 6.45pm) New series where celebrities try to master a new skill for a variety performance. Hosted by Stephen Mulhern. Starring Danielle Lloyd, Brian McFadden, Ray Quinn, Debra Stephenson, Sherrie Hewson & Gareth Thomas. (1/6)

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