Monday, 1 June 2015

TV Picks: 1-7 June 2015 • Gadget Man • Halt and Catch Fire • Man Down • Sense8 • Strike Back • The Syndicate

Monday, 1 June 2015

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

Johnny Kingdom's Wild Exmoor (ITV, 8pm) New series where the wildlife photographer explores the natural environment of Exmoor National Park. (1/4)
Gadget Man (Channel 4, 8.30pm) Series 4 of the quirky consumer technology entertainment show. Hosted by Richard Ayoade.
Rome's Invisible City (BBC1, 9pm) Historical documentary looking at the underground treasures of Italy's capital city. Presented by Alexander Armstrong & Dr Michael Scott.
Vicious (ITV, 9pm) Series 2 of the sitcom about a pair of ageing gay lovers. Starring Ian McKellen & Derek Jacobi. (1/6)
Where Am I Sleeping Tonight? (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary about homelessness in Britain.
Off Their Rockers: Blue Badge Specials (ITV, 9.30pm) Prank show spin-off focusing on disabled tricksters. (1/2)
Man Down (Channel 4, 10pm) Series 2 of the sitcom about a middle-aged loser. Starring Greg Davies, Stephanie Cole, Roisin Conaty, Mike Wozniak, Gywneth Powell & Jeany Spark. (1/6)

Rebuild Our Home (ITV, 8pm) Documentary on the incident on Christmas Day 2013, when a family home in Glasgow burned down.
The Syndicate (BBC1, 9pm) Series 3 of the drama about a group of lottery winners. (1/6)
An Hour to Save Your Life (BBC2, 9pm) Series 2 of the medical show focused on the first critical hour of emergency care. (1/3)
The Secret Life of Your House (ITV, 9pm) Documentary looking at a house deliberately infested with animal pests. Narrated by Davina McCall.
Halt and Catch Fire (Amazon Prime) Season 2 of the U.S drama about computing in the 1980s. Starring Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis & Kerry Bishé.

DIY SOS: The Big Build (BBC1, 8pm) Series 26 of the home renovation show.
The Cube (ITV, 8pm) Series 6 of the physical and mental gameshow. Hosted by Phillip Schofield. (1/6)
The Auction House (Channel 4, 8pm) Series 3 of the documentary going behind-the-scenes with Lots Road Auctions in Chelsea. (1/5)
Fright Club (Sky1, 8pm) New series where people with various phobias confront their fears. (1/6)
Long Lost Family (ITV, 9pm) Series 5 of the show that unites families that have lost contact. Hosted by Davina McCall & Nicky Campbell. (1/6)
Strike Back (Sky1, 9pm) Season 5 of the action thriller. Starring Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton & Robson Green. (1/10)
Modern Times: Weekend Warriors (BBC2, 9.30pm) Documentary on the the rise of military-style obstacle courses, beginning with a look at the 12-mile Tough Mudder course.
Doll & Em (Sky Atlantic, 10pm) Series 2 of the semi-improvised comedy about two friends. Starring Dolly Wells & Emily Mortimer. (1/6)

Big Box Little Box (ITV, 8.30pm) New consumer series where ordinary people test various gadgets and gizmos. Narrated by Tom Baker. (1/6)
The Truth About Your Teeth (BBC1, 9pm) Two-part documentary about the dentists at King's College, London. Presented by Jasmine Harman. (1/2)
Britain's Busiest Airport (ITV, 9pm) New documentary series focusing on Heathrow airport. (1/3)
Dementiaville (Channel 4, 9pm) New documentary series looking at patients with mental illnesses. (1/3)
Kellie Maloney: No Going Back (Channel 5, 10pm) Documentary following ex-boxing promoter Frank Maloney, who revealed he's been living as a woman in 2014 and has now undergone sex-change surgery to complete his transformation into Kelly.

Kate Humble: Living with Nomads (BBC2, 9pm) New series where the presenter lives with three nomadic peoples. (1/3)
Sense8 (Netflix) New sci-fi drama about eight strangers from around the world whose senses become inexplicably linked. Starring Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Aml Ameen, Bae Doona, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Max Riemelt & Jamie Clayton. Created by the Wachowski's and J. Michael Straczynski.

Pinewood: 80 Years of Movie Magic (ITV, 9pm) Documentary special where Jonathan Ross gains access to the world-famous film studio, which was famously home to the Carry On films and most recently the Harry Potter saga.

Channel 4's Comedy Gala (Channel 4, 9pm) Annual stand-up comedy event raising money for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. Featuring Aisling Bea, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jon Richardson, Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Kevin Bridges, Michael McIntyre, Paul Chowdhry, Rich Hall, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Russell Kane, Sean Lock, Sarah Pascoe, Seann Walsh, Trevor Noah, Warwick Davis & Shappi Khorsandi.
Love Island (ITV2, 9pm) Revival of the short-lived dating series set on a tropical island. Hosted by Caroline Flack.

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