Monday, 4 April 2016

TV Picks: 4-10 April 2016 • 11.22.63 • Army Girls • Colony • Marcella • Outlander • Plebs • Rectify • Sex Box

Monday, 4 April 2016

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

Four in a Bed (Channel 4, 5pm) Series 14 of the reality gameshow, where B&B owners sample each other's businesses and vote on the value-for-money quality of their stay.
Too Many Cooks (Channel 4, 5.30pm) New culinary competition where three amateur cooking couples create a food party in an attempt to win a cash prize.
The Vikings Uncovered (BBC1, 8.30pm) Historical documentary about Viking settlements in North America, which may prove they settled the continent 500 years before Columbus. Presented by Dan Snow.
Marcella (ITV, 9pm) New crime drama series about a former detective, newly separated from her husband, who returns to work after the split. Starring Anna Friel, Nicholas Pinnock, Laura Carmichael, Andrew Lancel, Ian Puleston-Davies & Patrick Baladi. (1/8)
James May: The Reassembler (BBC4, 9pm) New series about the intricacies of engineering various objects, beginning with a 1959 Suffolk Colt petrol lawnmower. Hosted by James May. (1/3)
Sex Box (Channel 4, 10pm) Series 2 of the programme offering sex advice from a panel of experts, featuring real couples having sex in a soundproof box. Hosted by Steve Jones.
Plebs (ITV2, 10pm) Series 3 of the comedy set in Ancient Rome. Starring Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry, Ryan Sampson & Doon Mackichan.

How Not to DIY (ITV, 8pm) New DIY documentary series looking at the country's attempts to self improve their homes. (1/2)
Drive (ITV, 9pm) New motoring series where eight celebrity racers are given powerful cars and battle to be named Drive Champion. Hosted by Vernon Kaye, with contestants Professor Green, Louis Walsh, Johnny Vegas, Angus Deayton, Ella Eyre, Colin Jackson, Mariella Frostrup, Laura Tobin & Jason Plato. (1/5)
Murdered By My Father (BBC1, 10.45pm) New drama about a widowed father trying to arrange the marriage of his daughter, who falls for a charismatic charmer instead. Starring Adeel Akhtar, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Mawaan Rizwan & Salman Akhtar.
Rectify (AMC UK, 9pm) Season 3 of the drama about a man released from Death Row. (1/6)

The People Next Door (Channel 4, 9pm) Drama about a middle-class couple disturbed by sounds from their next-door, who begin to suspect their neighbours could be abusing their baby. Starring Joanne Horton, Karl Davies, Anthony Flanagan, Kate Fleetwood, Mark Weinman & Jamie Michie.
The Almost Impossible Gameshow (ITV2, 9pm) Series 2 of the physical challenge gameshow.

Millionaires' Mansion: Designing Britain's Most Exclusive Homes (Channel 4, 8pm) New series about the interior design industry for wealth homes, which is worth more than £100bn a year. (1/3)
How to Stay Young (BBC1, 9pm) New series about the anti-ageing process science is grappling with. Presented by Angela Rippon & Chris van Tulleken. (1/2)
British Army Girls (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary following female army recruiters, aged 17-32, through 14-weeks of training. (1/3)
Colony (Sky1, 9pm) Season 1 of the U.S sci-fi drama, about a world living in a dystopia after aliens seized control of various cities. Starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson, Amanda Righetti & Tory Kittles. (1/10)

Lookalikes (Channel 4, 10pm) Structured fly-on-the-wall documentary about the antics of a lookalikes agency. (1/4)

Outlander (Amazon Prime) Season 2 of the historical fantasy drama about a 20th-century nurse, who has travelled back in time to live in 17th-century Scotland. Starring Caitriona Balfe & Sam Heughan. (1/13)

11.22.63 (Fox, 9pm) Miniseries adapting the Stephen King novel, about an English teacher who travels back in time to 1960 with a plan to prevent the assassination of JFK in three year's time. Starring James Franco, Sarah Gadon, Chris Cooper, Daniel Webber & Josh Duhamel. (1/8)

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