Monday 26 January 2015

TV Picks: 26 January – 1 February 2015 - Attenborough's Paradise Birds • Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe • Fortitude • The Good Wife • The Jump

Monday 26 January 2015

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

The Holidaymakers (Sky1, 8pm) New reality series where a group of vacationers are thrown together in a luxury Spanish villa. (1/8)
David Starkey's Magna Carta (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary investigating the origins of the Magnta Carta, issued by King John in 1215 that put limitations on the power of the crown and formed the basis of modern democracy.
South Side Story (BBC3, 9.30pm) New reality series about a group of 18-25 year olds who sing to express themselves. (1/6)

Alex Polizzi: The Fixer (BBC2, 8pm) Series 3 resumes after a mid-year break, with the hotelier continuing to help small businesses. (3/6)
Bad Builders: Bang to Rights (ITV, 8pm) New series where Dominic Littlewood confronts unreliable contractors. (1/3)
Benidorm ER (Channel 5, 8pm) Series 4 of the documentary following British tourists and expats in Benidorm who need medical attention. (1/10)
Touched by Auschwitz (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, featuring interviews with survivors.

Midsomer Murders (ITV, 8pm) Series 17 of the murder-mystery drama. Starring Neil Dudgeon & Gwilym Lee. (1/4)
Churchill: The Nation's Farewell (BBC1, 9pm) Documentary looking at the death of Winston Churchill 50 years ago. Presented by Jeremy Paxman.
Age Gap Love (Channel 5, 10pm) Series 2 of the documentary about people in relationships with a large age difference. (1/3)

Eat Well for Less? (BBC1, 8pm) New culinary series where Masterchef's Gregg Wallace and greengrocer Chris Bavin try to help families with their food shopping. (1/3)
Attenborough's Paradise Birds (BBC2, 8pm) Documentary where Sir David Attenborough travels to New Guinea to film the so-called birds of paradise.
Fortitude (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) New crime drama about an isolated arctic community dealing with a murder. Starring Stanley Tucci, Sofie Grabol, Christopher Eccleston, Michael Gambon, Luke Treadaway, Jessica Raine & Nicholas Pinnock. (1/11)
The Good Wife (More4, 9pm) Season 6 of the U.S legal drama. Starring Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi, Chris Noth, Michael J. Fox & Alan Cumming. (1/22)
Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe (BBC2, 10pm) Series 3 of the satirical comedy, with observations of the news, current events, culture and media. (1/6)
The Mega Brothel (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary about a German brothel, on the eve of the UK updating longstanding prostitution laws.

Nothing. I hear bird watching is a really interesting hobbie.

The Secret Life of Lewis Carroll (BBC2, 9p) Profile of the famous Alice's Adventures in Wonderland author, on the 150th anniversary of the novel's publication.

The Jump (Channel 4, 7pm) Series 2 of the celebrity ski jump challenge. Hosted by Davina McCall. Contestants are Dom Parker, JB Gill, Joey Essex, Jon-Allan Butterworth, Louie Spence, Mike Tindall, Phil Tufnell & Steve-O. (1/8)

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