PICKS OF THE WEEK
- Better Things Sunday 28th August BBC Two *Final Episodes*
- House of the Dragon Monday 29th August Sky Atlantic
- Welcome to Wrexham Wednesday 31st August Disney+
- The Rehearsal Wednesday 31st August Sky Comedy
- The Great Wednesday 31st August Channel 4
- Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power Prime Friday 2nd September Prime Video
- Bad Sisters Friday 2nd September AppleTV+
9.00pm Noel Edmonds: Mr Saturday Night Channel 5 – A profile of the TV and radio presenter, revealing the extraordinary rise, fall and return of one of Britain’s most unpredictable and ambitious TV personalities. Starting out at Radio Luxembourg, Edmonds reached his peak with Noel’s House Party and Mr Blobby in the 1990s, but failed personal ventures led to his disappearance from the nation’s screens until he made a comeback with Deal or No Deal in 2005.
6.30pm Holiday Travel Hell Channel 5 – First-hand accounts of people who had disastrous vacations, with a family recalling a nine-hour wait at the airport only to be told their holiday is cancelled at the departure gate. There are also the stories of a nervous flyer whose worst nightmare came true when her flight to Gibraltar was rocked by turbulent crosswinds, and a couple who flew into Amsterdam through the eye of a storm.
7.00pm The Chase: Celebrity Special ITV – Bradley Walsh presents as celebrity contestants Sunetra Sarker, Matty Lee, David Arnold and Basil Brush pit their wits against one of the ruthless Chasers in the hope of winning a potential prize pot worth thousands of pounds.
8.00pm Ridley ITV – Crime drama starring Adrian Dunbar in the title role. When a local farmer is found dead, retired detective Alex Ridley is called upon by his former colleague and protegee DI Carol Farman to assist on an unsolved missing person’s case. As they delve deeper, they uncover another body, and a shocking secret.
9.00pm The Capture BBC One – Return of the detective drama, starring Holliday Grainger. Rachel Carey has been promoted to DCI and seconded to the highly classified Correction team, where she lives with paranoia, isolation and thwarted ambition. She investigates the case of a man murdered by seemingly invisible assailants, which brings her into the orbit of a rising politician and exposes repercussions for national and international security. Paapa Essiedu and Indira Varma guest star in the second series. *All Episodes available on BBCiPlayer from tonight with the second episode airing tomorrow night at 9.00pm.
9.00pm Princess Diana: Who Do You Think She Was? More4 – Stories of Princess Diana from before her time in the public eye, examining her family life and childhood.
8.00pm Blackpool’s Dance Fever BBC One – Behind the scenes at the Blackpool Dance Festival, following competitors from more than 60 countries as they showcase their skills at Latin and ballroom dancing. Cameras follow an accountant and estate agent from south London performing in the samba contest, and teams from Wales, the US, South Africa and Ukraine competing in the Amateur Latin event. Featuring contributions from 16-times World Champion Donnie Burns.
9.00pm University Challange at 60 BBC Two – Samira Ahmed narrates a look back at the history of the academic quiz, which is the longest-running programme of its kind on British TV, telling the stories behind its most memorable players. Among those featured are Jenny Ryan, Eric Monkman and Gail Trimble, along with Sandya Narayanswami, who helped change the face of the quiz, when back in 1975 she became the first Asian woman to ever take part. The programme also reveals the secrets of two of the current question-setters for the quiz, and Griff Rhys Jones recalls the infamous Young Ones episode where Scumbag College appeared in a spoof of the programme.
9.00pm The Suspect ITV – Aidan Turner stars in this five-part thriller. A recent life-changing medical diagnosis has thrown psychologist Joe O’Loughlin off-balance, and he is feeling reckless. When a young woman is found murdered, the unusual manner of her death prompts DS Riya Devi to suggest asking Joe for a professional opinion. Joe is shocked by the sight of the body – but is he just shaken by the brutality of the killing or is there something from his past he’s not telling the police? *All Episodes available tonight on the ITVHUB*
9.00pm Married at First Sight E4 – The return of the experiment to see whether science can help people fall in love, with experts Mel Schilling, Paul C Brunson and Charlene Douglas ready to help 16 hopeful singles find their perfect match. Before these strangers walk down the aisle, they get to celebrate their final night of freedom together at the ultimate stag and hen parties – where a surprise is in store.
10.00pm Animal Airlift: Escaping the Taliban Channel 4 – Nowzad Dogs charity founder Pen Farthing and his team’s controversial attempt to evacuate stray dogs and cats from Afghanistan during the West’s chaotic withdrawal, and how public attitudes to the effort shifted dramatically, with massive public support quickly turning to accusations of prioritising animals over people. With exclusive access to those behind the evacuation and never-before-seen footage from their personal archives.
11.00pm The MTV VMA’s 2022 Channel 5 – The MTV Video Music Awards from the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey, honouring the biggest names in music.
11.20pm Big Brother Australia E4 – Down Under version of the reality show as a group of strangers move in together, isolated from society, to compete to win a $250,000 prize.
9.00pm Days That Shook the BBC with David Dimbleby BBC Two – A personal take on controversies that affected the BBC during the presenter’s time there, including its role in key moments of political and cultural change. In the first episode, David examines the way that the BBC has dealt with power, and how it has sought to preserve and assert its independence over the last half century. From Margaret Thatcher and Harold Wilson, to the British monarchy, David considers moments in which the BBC has come into conflict with key parts of the establishment. Following conversations with current and former BBC staff members, including broadcaster Emily Maitlis, David argues that ensuring the BBC’s separation from those in power lies at the very heart of the Corporation’s remit.
Andor Disney+ – Prequel to Rogue One starring Diego Luna as thief-turned-rebel-spy Cassion Andor. The series is set five years before the events of Rogue One and co-stars Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård and Fiona Show.
9.00pm Grand Designs Channel 4 – Kevin McCloud returns to follow more ambitious home-design projects, beginning by meeting adventurous couple Colin and Adele. They have employed a Swedish architect, an Italian interior design company and a Latvian building company to complete the eye-popping curved glass family home in the Manchester suburb where they both grew up.
9.00pm The Bay: The Murder of Lynette White Channel 5 – Documentary examining the extraordinary story of Lynette White’s murder in 1988 and the hunt for her killers, which began after the gruesome discovery of her body at a flat in the docklands area of Cardiff. Through first-person testimony from the accused and convicted as well as their families and the police officers and legal experts involved, this programme reveals the twists and turns in this landmark story, which ended in the conviction of Lynette’s killer, 15 years after her murder.
9.00pm Killer In My Village Sky Crime – Sixth series of the true-crime documentary profiling crimes in rural areas.
10.15pm Send Nudes: Body SOS E4 – Using ground-breaking technology, individuals considering cosmetic surgery get to see themselves like they have never seen before through full-size avatars of their naked bodies. In the opening episode, Vogue Williams meets chiselled carpenter Steven, who wants a porn star-sized penis, and single mum Steph, who is desperate for smaller boobs. But as they both confront their life-size naked avatars, will they decide to push ahead with their plans for surgery or will their minds be changed by what they see in front of them?
8.00pm Secrets of Your Supermarket Shop Channel 5 – Return of the consumer strand. Alexis Conran lifts the lid on the nation’s vitamin supplement habit, while Angellica Bell investigates the truth about the carbon footprint of favourite sandwich fillings. And the team reveals how to cook a Sunday roast while saving on energy bills.
9.00pm Huge Homes with Hugh Dennis More4 – The actor visits some of the most incredible houses in the UK, and is given a guided tour by the owners. In the first edition, he heads to Surrey, Wales and Scotland.
10.00pm Naked Attraction Channel 4 – Return of the dating show, hosted by Anna Richardson, in which potential dates bare all bit by bit in a bid to prove they are the one.
10.00pm Grand Designs: Australia More4 – Peter Maddison follows the progress of more people designing and building their dream home. In this first edition, he visits the Goobarragandra hills in New South Wales, where Trevor and Jeanette Robinson begin building their house on 15 acres of land.
10.00pm Late Night Mash Dave – Rachel Parris hosts and is joined by special guests to deliver topical insights and fake news reports from the dystopian parallel universe known as modern Britain.
Devil in Ohio Netflix – Based on the book of the same name. When a psychiatrist who shelters a mysterious cult escapee, her world is turned upside down as the girl’s arrival threatens to tear her own family apart. Emily Deschanel stars.
Fakes Netflix – Comedy drama that follows two teenagers who are best friends who accidentally build one of the largest fake ID empires in North America.
The Lord of Rings: The Rings of Power Prime Video – Drama set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
8.00pm The Cotswolds & Beyond with Pam Ayers Channel 5 – The poet explores places surrounding the region, along the way meeting people who call this corner of England home, beginning by heading to Stonehenge in Wiltshire. With private access to this ancient stone circle, Pam watches the sun rise and chats to expert Susan Greaney to find out more about this historic landmark.
9.00pm It’ll Be Alright on the Night ITV – David Walliams reveals more TV clangers, gaffes and fluffed cues featuring favourite TV stars. Peter Andre is clawed by a kitten, Martin Clunes is slapped by a monkey, and one of The Real Housewives falls down a flight of stairs. Plus, a fly causes chaos for Jane McDonald on live TV.
9.30pm Have I Got News for Boris: A Special Tribute BBC One – The 64th series begins with a show dedicated to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Jack Dee hosts, with journalist Janet Street-Porter and comedian Phil Wang joining regular team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop on the panel.