PICKS OF THE WEEK
- How to with John Wilson Sunday 25th September BBC Two
- Inside Man Monday 26th/Tuesday 27th September BBC One
- Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Monday 26th September Sky Comedy.
- Industry Tuesday 27th September BBC Two
- The Old Man Wednesday 28th September Disney+
- The Rehearsal Wednesday 28th September Sky Comedy
- The Great Wednesday 28th September Channel 4
- Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing Friday 30th September BBC Two.
- Bad Sisters Friday 30th September AppleTV+
- Ghosts Friday 30th September BBC One
6.00pm The Hit List: Strictly Come Dancing Special BBC One – A Strictly Come Dancing special of the music-based quiz show, hosted by Marvin and Rochelle Humes. Joining them and hoping to win big for charity are TV personality Jamie Laing and rugby star Ugo Monye, presenter AJ Odudu and her Strictly partner Kai Widdrington, and Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies and Strictly professional Amy Dowden.
9.00pm The Unforgettable Diana Dors Channel Five – Documentary charting the highs and lows of the actress from her big break in David Lean’s 1948 adaptation of Oliver Twist to her final film; Streaming which was released posthumously in 1986.
9.10pm Blankety Blank BBC One – Bradley Walsh hosts the return of the comedy quiz show, in which a panel of six celebrities fill in the missing blanks to help contestants win some brilliant prizes. In this first edition, he is joined by Denise Van Outen, Ellie Simmonds, Chris Eubank, Frank Skinner, Vick Hope and Joey Essex.
6.15pm The Andrew Neil Show Channel 4 – The current affairs programme returns for a second series.
8.00pm Karen Pirie ITV – Three-part adaptation of the novels from Val McDermid with Outlander star Lauren Lyle taking the lead role. Karen is a refreshingly normal and charmingly unfashionable young woman – slick, maverick cop she is not – but her quick mouth and ingenuity make her an impressive investigator. Following her promotion to Police Scotland’s Historic Cases Unit, Karen is tasked with reopening the investigation into a murder that has been the subject of a provocative true crime podcast. When teenage barmaid Rosie Duff was stabbed to death in 1995, suspicion fell on the three drunken students who discovered her body. But despite police suspicion, the boys were never charged. Nearly 25 years on, DS Karen Pirie is determined to uncover what happened that fateful night. Do the men know more than they previously revealed? When Karen uncovers flaws in the initial investigation, she finds herself in conflict with the very officers who led the original hunt for the killer.
9.00pm Fresh Cops BBC Three – Four-part documentary focusing on the youngest recruits of Leicestershire Police as the reveal the highs and lows of being on the frontline and navigate the early stages of their career. *Episode two follows at 9:30 and all four episodes are available on iPlayer*
6:30pm Strictly: It Takes Two BBC Two – The spin-off series hosted by Janette Manrara and Rylan returns.
9.00pm Inside Man BBC One – Four-part drama series from Sherlock creator Steven Moffat. The drama focuses on a woman trapped in a cellar under an English vicarage and an American death row prisoner who cross paths in an unexpected way. David Tennant, Dolly Wells, Lydia West and Stanley Tucci confirmed to star lead the cast whilst Lynsey Marshall, Dylan Baker and Kate Dickie will also feature. *Continues tomorrow at 9pm and then returns next Monday and Tuesday at 9pm*
9.00pm Trouble at Topshop BBC Two – The first of a two part documentary exploring the changing fortunes of the high street store through interviews with insiders and journalists. The programme explores how a date teenage store was transformed into a mecca for everyone who loved fashion as well as telling the tale of an entrepreneur who had ambitions to be King of the High Street.
9.00pm Bad Chefs ITV2 – YouTube sensation Chunkz oversees this competition show in which ten takeaway addicts are tasked with ditching the delivery apps and learning to cook for the very first time. Faced with daily challenges, the rookie chefs will have to learn fast to avoid eviction and stay in the competition. *Continues nightly*
10.00pm I Literally Just Told You Channel 4 – Second series of the entertainment game show where contestants are asked questions on what they’ve just been told by host Jimmy Carr. Tonight’s episode is a celebrity special featuring John Barnes and Gabby Logan. *Series continues on Friday 30th September at 10pm*
10.00pm Stuck BBC Two – Short-form comedy series written by and starring Dylan Moran, about a couple, Dan and Carla, who are at a crossroads in their relationship. Carla wonders if the two of them trapped in a pokey flat is all she can expect from life, while Dan has been called in by his boss for a chat about his relevance. *Rescheduled from Thursday 8th September*
Reasonable Doubt Disney+ – Legal drama starring Emayatzy Corinealdi as Jax Stewart, a brilliant and fearless L.A. attorney who bucks the justice system at every chance she gets; she’s judged for her questionable ethics and wild interpretations of the law until she’s needed.*Full Season Available now*
9.00pm Sensationalists: The Bad Girls and Boys of British Art BBC Two – Documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of Sensation – the iconoclastic exhibition of Charles Saatchi’s private collection, held at The Royal Academy in September 1997.
10.00pm The Emily Attack Show ITV2 – The return of
10.40pm Industry BBC One – Second series of the drama series focusing on young bankers and traders working for the world’s preeminent financial institution. The opening episode sees Harper having a huge deal lined up only to be iced out by Will who believes working at home has made her soft. Elsewhere, Yasmin struggles with the return of her cruel mentor Kenny and Rob battles confidence issues. *The full series is available on iPlayer from today*
The Old Man – Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, this series stars Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, and Alia Shawkat and centres on Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges), who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future, he now must reconcile his past. *Episodes One and Two to air today and then new episodes weekly*
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Disney+ – Second season of the spin-off from the nineties film franchise.
9.00pm This England Sky Atlantic – Five-part drama series co-written and directed by Michael Winterbottom that will tell the story of the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. It will tell the tale of some of the most devastating events to ever befall the United Kingdom, and of a Prime Minister leading in these unprecedented times. The drama will trace the impact on Britain from this once in a generation pandemic, and the response of scientists, nurses, and doctors as they worked tirelessly and heroically to contain and overcome the virus. It is based on the first-hand testimony of people from all walks of life; from Number 10 Downing Street, the Department of Health, The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), and from hospitals and care homes across the country. Kenneth Branagh is confirmed to star as Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
10.00pm Nine Perfect Strangers Channel 4 – Drama focusing on nine very different people who have been promised total transformation at the boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquilium House. Nicole Kidman stars as the resort’s mysterious wellness guru Masha.
I Hate You All4 – New sitcom from Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper focusing on the complicated relationship between Charlie and Becca; two best friends in their mid-twenties. Across the series, Charlie learns the perils of jogging to jazz, Becca tries to seduce her own stepbrother, the girls meet a guy who believes humans came from bears, and both start dating older guys – more specifically, men in their 70s. All of this, plus a lord who keeps a fly as his pet. *Launches as a boxset on All4 today*
9.00pm Taskmaster Channel 4 – Greg Davies and Alex Horne return for a 14th series. Confirmed contestants are Dara Ó Briain, Fern Brady, John Kearns, Munya Chawawa and Sarah Millican.
9.00pm DNA Journey ITV – The documentary returns as Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan embark on a road trip to find out about their family history using a mixture of DNA and genealogy, meeting family they never knew existed.
10.00pm Fantasy Football League Sky Max – The iconic 1990s comedy sports show returns with new hosts Matt Lucas and Ellis James being joined by special guests Sally Lindsay and Russell Howard to discus the week in football and their fantasy teams. Comedian Andrew Mensah is on hand to oversee the celebrity league and to share weekly comic clips from the world of football.
Jungle – Six-part musical drama hybrid. the series follows the connected lives of two separate strangers, each facing their own struggles, viewed through the prism of UK grime and drill music, and giving a perspective on often unseen worlds of inner-city London. Frequently misunderstood, it’s a world where one law governs everything: eat or be eaten. As the strangers’ worlds begin to unravel around them, they come to the realisation that every action, no matter how small, has a consequence. The series will be told through a unique blend of music and dialogue, working alongside creatively ambitious cinematography and design to create a tilted, timeless version of today’s world and bring to life a compelling and complex narrative. The series will feature some of the UK’s top grime, drill and UK rap artists and looks to capture a very different side to an often-told story. Portraying the city through compelling visuals, whilst detailing the many twists and turns and double-crossing involved in day to day life on London’s streets and ultimately conveying a bigger message about the true value of life.
10:40pm The Graham Norton Show BBC One – The chat show returns for a new series.