Monday, 16 February 2015

TV Picks: 16-22 February 2015 – Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway • The Big Painting Challenge • Bear Grylls: Mission to Survive • EastEnders: Live • Gogglebox • House of Fools

Monday, 16 February 2015

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

More Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green (ITV, 8pm) Series 2 of the travelogue with the actor. (1/8)
UKIP: The First 100 Days (Channel 4, 9pm) Docu-drama set in a possible future, where UKIP won a general election and Nigel Farage is Prime Minister. Starring Priyanga Burford, Hubert Burton, Tom Reed & Jamie Glassman.
House of Fools (BBC2, 10pm) Series 2 of the surreal house-share sitcom. Starring Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Morgana Robinson, Matt Berry & Dan Skinner. (1/6)
The Graham Norton Show: EastEnders Special (BBC1, 10.45pm) Celebration of the 30-year-old soap, with guests including June Brown, Pam St Clement, Adam Woodyatt, Letitia Dean, Jessie Wallace, Shane Richie, Danny Dyer, Kellie Bright, John Altman & Richard Blackwood.

Can Property Pay My Wages? (Channel 4, 8pm) Factual documentary looking at the pro's and con's of property development.
The Romanians are Coming (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary series looking at Romanian immigrants to the UK. (1/3)
Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) Season 13 of the culinary challenge show. Starring Gordon Ramsay. (1/18)

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways (Yesterday, 9pm) Travelogue where the DJ and presenter uses some of the world's railways that cover harsh terrain. (1/3)
Junk Food Kids: Who's to Blame? (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary looking at the sobering fact that a third of British kids are now overweight or obese. (1/2)

Saints and Sinners: Britain's Millennium of Monasteries (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary series looking at how monasteries shaped medieval Britain. (1/3)

EastEnders: Live 30th Anniversary Episode (BBC1, 8pm) Special episode broadcast live.
The Million Pound Drop (Channel 4, 8pm) Return of the big money gameshow.
EastEnders: Backstage Live (BBC1, 8.30pm) Zoe Ball meets the cast and crew as the live episode ends. Co-hosts are Joe Swash & Ore Obuda.
Bear Grylls: Mission to Survive (ITV, 9pm) New survival series where eight celebrities are taken to Costa Rica for 12-days. Contestants are Kelly Holmes, Mike Tindall, Emilia Fox, Laurence Fox, Max George, Jamelia, Vogue Williams & Rom Rosenthal. (1/6)
Gogglebox (Channel 4, 9pm) Series 5 of the reality show where ordinary member of the public provide commentary and opinions on the week's TV shows. (1/12)

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV, 7pm) Series 12 of the light entertainment extravaganza. (1/7)
Homes by the Sea (Channel 4, 7pm) New series where Charlie Luxton visits various seaside properties. (1/7)
Reginald D. Hunter's Songs of the South (BBC2, 9pm) New series where the London-based U.S comedian goes on a road trip through the American South, focusing on the region's music. (1/3)

The Big Painting Challenge (BBC1, 6pm) New series where 10 amateur painters compete in special artistic challenges. Hosted by Una Stubbs & Richard Bacon with judges Lachlan Goudie & Daphne Todd. (1/6)
Speed Dreams: The Fastest Place on Earth (BBC2, 6pm) Documentary looking at the annual event where motor sports enthusiasts descend on Bonneville, Utah, in the hope of becoming the fastest people on earth. (1/2)
The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway (BBC2, 7pm) Documentary on the making of Crossrail, which will link east and west London after excavating 26-miles of tunnels. (1/3)

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