Monday, 2 March 2015

TV Picks: 2-8 March 2015 – Arthur & George • Banished • DCI Banks • First Dates • Mom • Moone Boy • Poldark • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Monday, 2 March 2015

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

The Gadget Show (Channel 5, 7pm) Series 22 of the consumer electronics magazine show. (1/12)
Arthur & George (ITV, 9pm) Drama adaptation of Julian Barnes' novel, concerning the real-life case of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle investigating the wrongful imprisonment of an Anglo-Indian doctor. Starring Martin Clunes, Arsher Ali, Charles Edwards, John Hollingsworth & Alan McKenna. (1/3)
Moone Boy (Sky1, 9pm) Series 3 of the comedy about a young boy living in Ireland who has an imaginary friend. Starring David Rawle, Chris O'Dowd, Deirde O'Kane, Peter McDonald & Clare Monnelly. (1/6)
Mom (ITV2, 9pm) Season 2 of the U.S comedy about a former alcoholic mother. Starring Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Sadie Calvano & Mimi Kennedy. (1 & 2/22)

Bargain Fever Britain (ITV, 8pm) Documentary about the success of discount retailers in the UK, despite the economic downturn. Narrated by Jill Halfpenny. (1/2)
Exposure: When Pregnant Women Drink (ITV, 9pm) Science special about the impact of drinking whilst pregnant. Presented by Ranvir Singh.
Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial (Channel 4, 10pm) Live science special, where volunteers take part in a six-month trial looking at the effects of taking skunk and hash. Presented by Jon Snow & Christian Jessen. Contributors are Val Curran, David Nutt, Matthew Parris & Jennie Bond.
No Place to Call Home (BBC1, 10.45pm) Documentary looking at two families evicted by their landlords, who are followed by award-winning filmmaker Jesse Neumann for a period of 18-months.

Big Star's Little Star (ITV, 8pm) Series 3 of the gameshow where celebrities answers questions based on the answers their children gave. Hosted by Stephen Mulhern. Contestants are Joe Swash, Sharron Davies & Duncan Bannatyne. (1/6)
This World: Surviving Sandy Hook (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary looking at the effects of 2012's tragedy, when Adam Lanza killed 20 pupils and 6 member of staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
DCI Banks (ITV, 9pm) Series 4 of the crime drama. Starring Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz & Jack Deam. (1/6)
My Violent Child (Channel 5, 9pm) New documentary series about parents who are being abused by their children. (1/3)
Being Bipolar (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary exploring the condition, with psychotherapist Philippa Perry.
Pop Gold (ITV, 10.45pm) New series of musical clips, opening with a 'hellraiser' theme. (1/8)

The Supervet (Channel 4, 8pm) Series 3 of the documentary following a pioneering veterinary practice. (1/6)
The Nation's Favourite '70s Number 1 (ITV, 8.30pm) Music special counting down the UK's favourite number 1 hits from the 1970s. Contributions from Art Garfunkel, Blondie, Abba, Kiki Dee, The Four Seasons, Gloria Gaynor, and more.
Banished (BBC2, 9pm) New drama series about a group of British convicts sent to Australia in 1788, living as prisoners alongside their Royal Navy marine guards and commanding officers. Starring Russell Tovey, MyAnna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt, David Wenham, Ewan Bremner, Rory McCann & Genevieve O'Reilly. (1/7)

Nelson in his Own Words (BBC2, 9pm) Drama-documentary focusing on Horatio Nelson's letters. Starring Jonathan Slinger.
First Dates (Channel 4, 10pm) Series 3 of the dating show where singletons meet up with possible partners at restaurants, filmed by cameras. (1/6)
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) New U.S comedy series about a cheerful and optimistic young woman, released from an underground bunker after 15-years spent believing in a doomsday cult's teachings. Starring Ellie Kemper.

Nothing. Maybe start thinking about a Mother's Day present, if you're from the UK? 15 March, remember!

Poldark (BBC1, 9pm) New adaptation of Winston Graham's novels (famously turned into a 1970s drama once before), concerning a Cornish man who joins the army to avoid charges of smuggling, only to return home after three years fighting in the American War of Independence to find his father dead, his estate in ruins, and his sweetheart engaged to another man. Starring Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Warren Clarke, Mary Woodvine, Harriet Ballard, Robert Daws & Kyle Soller. (1/8)

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