Monday 20th August
MNF: Everton vs. Manchester United (Sky Sports 1, 7pm)
After the much awaited Premier League kicked off with a flourish last weekend, it’s time for a new season of Monday Night Football. Hosted by everyone’s favourite pundit Gary Neville, Sky’s impressive show is full of discussion, expert analysis and more technology than a goal-line official can shake a flagless stick at.
Our War (BBC 3, 9pm)
The breathtaking BBC documentary series returns for a second season with more stories from the frontline in Afghanistan. The first person accounts from the young soldiers and the extraordinary situations they encounter are insightful, emotional and essential television.
Tuesday 21st August
Person of Interest (Channel 5, 9pm)
Episode two of the popular American crime drama, which was conceived from the minds of J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, debuted last week. Harry Harris reviewed the previous episode and revealed why you should definitely be watching this series.
C4 Comedy Presents: Them from That Thing (Channel 4, 10pm)
A brand new two-part sketch show from Channel 4, as part of their Funny Fortnight, features an ensemble cast of celebrated comedians including Blake Harrison, Kayvan Novak and Sally Phillips as well as stars from C4 drama. The concluding second part will air Wednesday night at 10pm.
Wednesday 22nd August
Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC 1, 9pm)
This week’s episode of self discovery features MasterChef co-host Greg Wallace as he hopes to uncover information about his family history. Genealogy has never been tougher than this!
A brand new two-part sketch show from Channel 4, as part of their Funny Fortnight, features an ensemble cast of celebrated comedians including Blake Harrison, Kayvan Novak and Sally Phillips as well as stars from C4 drama.
The Revolution Will Be Televised (BBC 3, 10pm)
Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein’s sketch-based series sets out to tackle the weekly news stories and scrutinise the Nation’s blunders with a satirical slant, ballsy stunts and wind-ups. Politicians, bankers and celebrities beware as the two hosts will be following in a similar vein as Dom Joly, Michael Moore and Balls of Steel.
Thursday 23rd August
Superheroes (Sky Atlantic, 9pm)
HBO’s television documentary focuses on a group of people who take dressing up too seriously. These wannabe vigilantes, with their ridiculous costumes and honest intent, take to the streets across America to fight crime. Mike Barnett’s documentary includes interviews with clinical psychologists, veteran police officers and the legend Stan Lee in order to give insight into the lives of these “super”heroes.
Live Spanish Football (Sky Sports 2, 9:25pm)
Football is back, and in a big way. The English football leagues started on the weekend and Champions League and Europa League qualification began in midweek, now attention turns towards Spain. It’s time for El Clasico, and no doubt one of several this season. The first leg of the Supercopa that sees La Liga champions Real Madrid travel to the Nou Camp to face Copa Del Rey holders, and bitter rivals, Barcelona.
HBO’s television documentary Superheroes focuses on a group of people who take dressing up too seriously. These wannabe vigilantes, with their ridiculous costumes and honest intent, take to the streets across America to fight crime.
Friday 24th August
Parade’s End (BBC 2, 9pm)
With Olympics-mania over, the BBC switches back to providing an ungodly amount of soaps, but more importantly exciting British drama. Having already gained much attention with season two of Accused, sights are set on BBC/HBO adaptation of Ford Maxod Ford’s novels of the same name continuing that success. The series boasts an all-star cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Rupert Everett and Adelaide Clemens.
Idris Elba’s How Clubbing Changed the World (Channel 4, 10pm)
From its genesis as an underground movement to its development into a multi-billion dollar industry, the actor/DJ Idris Elba explores the dance music culture. The two-hour documentary features opinions from an array of dance music legends, including Armand Van Helden, David Guetta and Goldie among many others.
Saturday 25th August
X Factor (ITV 1, 8pm)
I couldn’t give a toss who eventually wins it and get annoyed by its obviously scripted fake moments, but whether it’s the ludicrous personalities craving their fifteen seconds of fame or the genuinely talented performers hoping to spark a career in the music industry, the preliminary stages of the show are unarguably entertaining.
For those of you who aren’t aware, Sundays are football days. Whether you like it or not Sky’s Super Sunday has captivated fans for years and with two Premier League games on offer this week isn’t going to be any different.
The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV 1, 10pm)
While his show on ITV is yet to match the quality of his Friday night show for the BBC, Jonathan Ross is still the closest thing the UK has to The Late Show. With a great line-up of guests and irreverent humour, Wossy is a fine alternative to those who will be avoiding Match of the Day and The Football League Show.
Sunday 26th August
Super Sunday (Sky Sports 1, 1pm/4pm)
For those of you who aren’t aware, Sundays are football days. Whether you like it or not Sky’s Super Sunday has captivated fans for years and with two Premier League games on offer – Stoke vs. Arsenal and Liverpool vs. Manchester City – this week isn’t going to be any different.
A Touch of Cloth (Sky 1, 9pm)
Having previously created the brilliant Screenwipe, Dead Set and Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker is one of the finest television writers and his latest show, a spoof detective crime-drama, debuts on Sunday night. Combining wit, pun and irony, the humour is typical of the genre and seems to have been taken straight from the files of Police Squad.
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