Monday, 16 March 2015

TV Picks: 16-22 March 2015 – Alan Carr: Chatty Man • Bloodline • Community • Louis Theroux • Ordinary Lives • Raised by Wolves • Stargazing Live

Monday, 16 March 2015

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

The Sheriffs are Coming (BBC1, 11am) Series 4 of the documentary following High Court enforcement officers on their daily business. (1/20)
India's Frontier Railways (BBC4, 8pm) New series following trains crossing Asian borders. (1/3)
Kew on a Plate (BBC2, 9pm) New series where chef Raymond Blanc and broadcaster Kate Humble try to re-establish fruit and veg plots once provided for the royal family at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond-upon-Thames. (1/4)
Fair Cop: A Century of British Policewomen (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary examining the past 100 years of female policing in the UK.
Gotham (Channel 5, 9pm) Season 1 of the U.S comic-book prequel returns after a mid-year hiatus. Double-bill.
Britain's Benefit Tenants (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary on the fact an increasing number of people ate being forced into the private rental market, where they struggle to pay their rent.
Raised by Wolves (Channel 4, 10pm) New comedy about a family from a council estate in Wolverhampton, inspired by the childhood of creator Caitlin Moran and her sister Caroline. Starring Rebekah Staton, Philip Jackson, Helen Monks, Alexa Davies, Molly Risker, Caden Ellis Wall & Lucie Brown.

Back in Time for Dinner (BBC2, 8pm) New series where a family spend six weeks sample meals from the 1950s, when rationing was still in effect. Hosted by Giles Coren & Polly Russell. (1/6)
Terry Wogan's Ireland (BBC4, 8pm) Travelogue with the broadcaster discovering how his native land's changes since he moved to the UK 40 years ago. (1/2)
Ordinary Lives (BBC1, 9pm) New drama series about the workers of a car showroom. Starring Max Beesley, Jo Joyner, Jason Manford, Michelle Keegan, Mackenzie Crook, Sally Lindsay & George Bukhari. (1/6)
The Lady Who Flew Africa: The Aviatrix (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary on Mary Heath, who flew solo from Cape Town to London in 1928, with Tracey Curtis-Taylor retracing her journey in a vintage biplane.
Life After Suicide (BBC1, 10.45pm) Documentary on the issue of suicide and the families left behind to grieve.

Britain's Got the Builders In (BBC2, 7pm) New documentary series looking at the relationship between builders and their clients. (1/6)
Stargazing Live (BBC2, 8pm) Series 5 of the live astronomy show. Hosted by Dara O'Briain & Professor Brian Cox. Featuring Buzz Aldrin. (1/3)
Three in a Bed (Channel 4, 8pm) Series 3 of the reality gameshow, where three B&B owners stay in each other's establishments and rate the experience. (1/6)
The Billion Dollar Chicken Shop (BBC1, 9pm) New documentary series looking at the operation of KFC, from ground level in the high street restaurants to the boardrooms. (1/3)
Eat to Live Forever with Giles Coren (BBC2, 9.30pm) Factual special where food writer Giles Coren takes up three extreme eating regiments to increase his life expectancy.
Community (Sony Entertainment TV, 10.05pm) Season 6 of the U.S comedy, airing the day after its US broadcast. Starring Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Keith David & Paget Brewster.

The Truth About... (BBC1, 9pm) Documentary series casting light on various health issues, beginning with sugar. Presented by Fiona Phillips. (1/4)
The Triplets are Coming! (ITV, 9pm) Two-part documentary about multiple pregnancy, filmed over 8 months. (1/2)
Things We Won't Say About Race that are True (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary looking at racial stereotypes, and whether or not some of them are true. Presented by Trevor Phillips.
Muslim Miss World (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary following Dina Torkia, a fashion blogger who travels to Indonesia for the finals of the World Muslimah beauty pageant.
Resurrection (Watch, 9pm) Season 2 of the U.S supernatural drama about a town experiencing the return of dead friends and family. (1/13)

Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4, 10pm) Series 14 of the chat show. Guests are Rita Ora,, Ricky Wilson, Tom Jones, Antonio Banderas, Ella Henderson, Steph Parker & Dom Parker. (1/13)
Bloodline (Netflix) New U.S thriller about a wealthy Florida family whose lives are thrown into turmoil with return of a 'black sheep' relative. Starring Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepherd, Sissy Spacek & Chloe Sevigny.

Selling off Britain (Channel 4, 7.05pm) Documentary on the state of the British economy, in the wake of politicians selling off companies for easy profits that is driving down wages.
Murder on the Victorian Railway (BBC2, 8.15pm) Drama-documentary examining the death of banker Thomas Briggs, who became the first person murdered on a British train in 1864.
Richard III: The Princes in the Tower (Channel 4, 9pm) Drama-documentary on the events of 1483, when Richard III imprisoned two princes in the Tower of London, who were never seen again.

Caribbean with Simon Reeve (BBC2, 8pm) Travel series where the adventurer journeys around the coast of the Caribbean Sea. (1/3)
Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity (BBC2, 9pm) Two-part documentary where the journalist visits Ohio's maximum security state psychiatric hospitals. (1/2)

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