Monday 27th August
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (BBC 1, 7pm)
For those of you whose heart isn’t full of British pride already this year, this extravaganza is perfect for you. The annual event will celebrate the year of Creative Scotland and pay special tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Boasting a combination of performances from different cultures throughout the Commonwealth, I can’t think of a better excuse to get drunk on a Monday.
Citizen Kahn (BBC 1 10:20pm)
Envisioned by Adil Ray, who also stars as the central character, and written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, the minds behind The Kumars at No. 42 fame, comes a brand new comedy sitcom. The show is centred on a Pakistani family living in Birmingham, but specifically the highly-opinionated, loud-mouthed father, Mr. Kahn. Expect plenty of laughs from the show, particularly as Kris Marshall steps away from the infuriating BT ads and back into the genre that created his identity.
Tuesday 28th August
Islam: The Untold Story (Channel 4, 9pm)
This documentary charts the debated history of Islamic faith as Tom Holland explores the boundary between true history and religious faith. With an in depth analysis of the religion’s central figure, Muhammad, the origins of the Koran and how the religion has evolved this knowledgeable documentary is sure to ask plenty of questions and provide much debate.
Accused (BBC 1, 9pm)
The acclaimed BBC drama continues, and due to the anthological format of its episodes, it isn’t a problem to join in at any time. Much like the previous episodes, there are many recognisable faces, including Robert Sheehan (Misfits), Sheridan Smith (Two Pints of Lager) and the barely understandable, but always funny John Bishop.
Wednesday 29th August
London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony (Channel 4, 8pm)
After the BBC’s triumphant coverage of the Olympics, the bar has been set very high for Channel 4 to match the quality of their rivals. Before a gun had even started a race, questions were asked of the broadcaster’s maturity, premiering a new comedy show titled I’m Spazticus just a week before the games unfold. Regardless, the 2012 Paralympic Games kicks off with its opening ceremony that is set to include incredible feats of human triumph, with a large majority of the performers being disabled themselves. Due to the excitement surrounding it and its gargantuan runtime the opening ceremony monopolises television. However, if this really isn’t your cup of tea, then Channel 5’s thoroughly exciting two-part documentary, John Barrowman’s Dallas, starts at 10pm.
Thursday 30th August
Good Cop (BBC 1, 9pm)
BBC continues with its release of new television series, and as expected an addition to one of its most popular genres, crime drama. The show follows a young police officer who returns from injury to the streets of Liverpool where his partner was killed. Boasting a cast including Warren Brown, Stephen Graham and Tom Hopper this is certainly one to cuff to your planner.
The Last Leg with Adam Hills (Channel 4, 10:30pm)
Trust Channel 4 to see the necessity to provide a comedy show that will take a light-hearted approach on the day’s events at the Paralympics. Adam Hills and Josh Widdacombe must be expecting complaints to come flooding in as they toe the line between irreverent humour and piss-taking.
Friday 31st August
UEFA Super Cup Live (ITV, 7:30pm)
The holders of the UEFA Champions League Chelsea play last year’s winners of the Europa League, Athletico Madrid. Chelsea had a chance of winning seven trophies this season, but after their embarrassing defeat to Manchester City in the Community Shield, they hope to redeem themselves and continue their rich run of league form to earn their first, of a possible many, pieces of silverware this season.
The Tape Face Tapes (BBC 3, 10pm)
Following a highlights reel at 9pm from Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a one off special from the Kiwi performer who gained a lot of attention there. Sam Willis, as his character The Boy with Tape on his Face, performs a semi-silent sketch based comedy performance. This old-fashioned approach to comedy blends, mime, audience participation and sight-gags will provide a refreshing change to the increasingly popular, frustratingly similar television comedian.
Saturday 1st September
Fool Britannia (ITV, 6:55pm)
Dom Joly is back, with a show aimed at the whole family. A hidden-camera show, not too far removed from Trigger Happy TV, sees the legendary prankster armed with a brain-full of tricks and for the first time, prosthetics, to embarrass the nation with his oddball humour.
Doctor Who (BBC 1, 7:20pm)
The seventh season of the infamous Doctor sees Matt Smith return, as well as Daleks and Cybermen, but shamefully the same sidekicks. Despite the continuously annoying Amy and Rory the show remains thoroughly entertaining and fantastically written.
Sunday 2nd August
Live Formula 1 (Sky Sports 1, 12pm)
After a summer break, the illustrious sport returns with the Belgian Grand Prix. Though it is also available on the BBC, much like with any sporting event, Sky’s coverage is comfortably better; having assembled a strong cast of pundits and presenters to go alongside their incredible HD footage and technology. With seven different winners from eleven races, this is already proving to be a fantastic season of racing.
Super Sunday (Sky Sports 1, 1pm)
I had warned you in last week’s article that Super Sunday would always feature. The Premier League season is once again staking its claim as the greatest football league in the world, with a host of upsets and mammoth score lines already. The coming Sunday sees an unsettled Arsenal travel to a transfer-happy Liverpool with impressive newcomers Southampton hosting a resurgent Manchester United.
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