Monday, 11 May 2015

TV Picks: 11-17 May 2015 • The Affair • Big Brother • Episodes • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell • A League of their Own • Nashville • Wayward Pines

Monday, 11 May 2015

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

Damned Designs: Don't Demolish My Home (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary about three people who have fallen foul of planning laws. (1/3)
Benefit Street (Channel 4, 9pm) Series 2 of the observational documentary, this time focusing on the residents of James Turner Street.
Episodes (BBC2, 10pm) Series 4 of the Anglo-American comedy about married British writers struggling with the U.S entertainment business in L.A. Starring Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan, Kathleen Rose Perkins & John Pankow. (1/9)
The Night Bus (Channel 4, 10pm) New fly-on-the-wall documentary filmed inside a London night bus. (1/3)

Big Brother (Channel 5, 9pm) Series 16 of the reality gameshow, this year with a 'timebomb' theme and '60s-style house. Hosted by Emma Griffiths.

The World's Most Expensive Food (Channel 4, 8pm) New documentary series about the private network of food suppliers the very wealthy use. (1/2)
Modern Times: The Great British Garden Watch (BBC2, 9pm) Special film where Lucy Cohen visits people who have transformed their gardens into natural history filming environments.
The Affair (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) New U.S drama about a married writer who starts having an affair with a beautiful waitress he meets on a family holiday, whose own marriage is going through difficulties after the death of her infant son. Starring Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson & John Doman. (1/10)
A Taste of the Yorkshire Dales (More4, 9pm) Documentary following Michelin-star chef Frances Atkins, one of only six female British chefs with the culinary distinction.
Nashville (E4, 10pm) Season 3 of the U.S drama about the counry music industry. Starring Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen & Aubrey Peebles. (1/22)

Born Naughty? (Channel 4, 8pm) New documentary two-parter where paediatrician Dr Ravi Jayaram and Dr Dawn Harper try to discover if misbehaving children's issues sometimes stem from undiagnosed medical conditions like ADHD or autism. (1/2)
Wayward Pines (Fox, 9pm) New U.S mystery drama about a Secret Service agent investigating the disappearance of two colleagues in rural Idaho. Starring Matt Dillon, Toby Jones & Juliette Lewis. (1/10)
The Secret World of Tinder (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary about how social networks have changed the dating scene.

Man and Beast with Martin Clunes (Channel 4, 9pm) New series where the actor investigates the relationship between man and beast, beginning with a trip to Nepal. (1/2)
A League of their Own (Sky1, 9pm) Series 9 of the sports-based comedy panel show. Hosted by James Corden with team captains Jamie Redknapp & Andrew Flintoff. Guests are Jack Whitehall, Josh Widdicombe, Ian Poulter & Olivia Wayne. (1/10)

How to Win Eurovision (BBC3, 8pm) Greg James and Russell Kane explore what's necessary to win the Eurovision Song Contest.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 (BBC1, 5.35pm) New series covering the annual gardening show. Presented by Sophie Raworth, Joe Swift, Monty Don, Carol Klein, Nicki Chapman & James Wong.
Hotel India (BBC2, 6pm) New documentary series going behind the scenes of the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. (1/4)
Demolition: The Wrecking Crew (BBC2, 8pm) New documentary series following various demolition crews around the UK, as they demolish some of the country's biggest buildings. (1/3)
The Detectives (BBC2, 9pm) New documentary series following the work of a Greater Manchester police team focusing on sex offences. (1/3)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (BBC1, 9pm) New series set in an alternate 19th-century, where magic was once very real, about two very different men who discover they have magical powers. Adapted from Susanna Clarke's award-winning novel. Starring Bertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan, Marc Warren, Charlotte Riley, Alice Englert, Samuel West, Enzo Cilenti, Paul Kaye, Edward Hogg, Ariyon Bakare & Vincent Franklin. (1/7)

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