Monday, 20 April 2015

TV Picks: 20-26 April 2015 – Ballot Monkeys • Jane the Virgin • The Last Leg • Madam Secretary • The Paul O'Grady Show • Safe House • W1A

Monday, 20 April 2015

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

Channel Patrol (BBC1, 11am) Series 2 of the observational documentary following the RNLI volunteers who patrol the English Channel. (1/10)
The Paul O'Grady Show (ITV, 5pm) Return of the tea-time chat show. Guests are Christopher Eccleston & Russell Tovey. (1/60)
Alex Pollizi: Chefs on Trail (BBC2, 8pm) New reality series where the hotelier tries to find head chefs to work in a restaurant. (1/16)
Safe House (ITV, 9pm) New drama about a former city cop and his wife, who move to the Lake District to run a guest house, which an old colleague suggests could become a safe house for threatened witnesses. Starring Christopher Eccleston, Marsha Thomason, Paterson Joseph, Jason Merrells & Nicola Stephenson. (1/4)

Plus Sized Wars (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary about the state of obesity in British women, and its effects on three well-known clothing brands.
Ballot Monkeys (Channel 4, 10pm) New comedy about a group of politicians on the campaign trail ahead of an election. Starring Ben Miller, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sarah Hadland, Andy Nyman, Rhashan Stone & Esther Smith. (1/5)

The Restoration Man: Best Builds (Channel 4, 8pm) Special where presenter George Clarke chooses four of his favourite renovations and builds from the series.
World's Richest Terror Army (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about how jihadi fighters became the world's richest army.
Jane the Virgin (E4, 9pm) New U.S comedy about an ambitious young woman. Starring Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas & Justin Baldoni. (1/22)

W1A (BBC2, 9pm) Series 2 of the spoof documentary about a team working behind-the-scenes in the BBC. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Monica Dolan, Jessica Hynes, Rufus Hound, Sarah Parish & Nina Sosanya. (1/4)
Madam Secretary (Sky Living, 9pm) New U.S drama about a former CIA analyst who ends her semi-retirement to become the U.S secretary of state. Starring Tea Leoni, Zeljko Ivanek, Tim Daly, Erich Bergen & Patina Miller. (1/22)
The Last Leg (Channel 4, 10pm) Series 7 of the satirical discussion show. Hosted by Adam Hills with Josh Widdicombe & Alex Brooker. Guest is Piers Morgan. (1/3)

Tales From the Tour Bus: Rock n' Roll on the Road (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary where Rick Wakeman corals first-hand accounts of bands going on the road since the 1950s. Featuring Dr Feelgood, Suzi Quatro, The Shadows, Happy Mondays, Aswad, Girlschool, The Damned and others.

Gallipoli: When Murdoch Went to War (BBC2, 8.30pm) Docu-drama about the 'Gallipoli Letter', written in 1915 by Australian journalist Keith Murdoch for the British and Australian Prime Ministers, exposing the harsh realities of WWI in the Turkish peninsula.

Nothing. Been listening to any good music lately?

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