What To Watch On TV This Week

It's the week of hard men as Ross Kemp, Ronnie Biggs and Malcolm Tucker all grace our screens. Here's all your highlights for the coming week
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Monday 3rd September

Ross Kemp: Extreme World (Sky 1, 9pm)

The award winning series returns with the shiny-headed ex-Eastender reporting from the most dangerous places around the world. The Cockney hard man begins the series in Karachi, bringing to light the city’s racial issues that are being exploited by the political parties and the large amount of criminal gangs who violently rule the Pakistani city.

A Mother’s Son (ITV, 9pm)

The most success ITV have found is with their original psychological thrillers. With the amount of critical acclaim the two-part show is receiving, A Mother’s Son looks set to be a real treat. The show focuses on the residents of a small seaside town that are rocked by the murder of a schoolgirl. The cast includes notable British television talent, including Hermione Norris, of Wire in the Blood and Spooks fame, Martin Clunes and Paul McGann. The second, concluding part airs the following night same channel, same time.

Tuesday 4th September

Live Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Football (Sky Sports 1, 7:30pm)

The remarkable talents of lower league football are exhibited in the competition reserved for the bottom two football league divisions. The beauty of this cup is that it creates fixtures like this; financially inept, but battling Portsmouth host their local rivals Bournemouth in a first round encounter sure to be full of eagerness and excitement.

Strike Back: Vengeance (Sky 1, 9pm)

The military-action drama returns for a ten-part third series and the story continues from where its predecessor left off. Leading character Michael Stonebridge struggles to adjust outside of Section, following the decision to leave the service in order to aid in the upbringing of his newborn child. Meanwhile, those who remained in the force continue the action.

Wednesday 5th September

Mrs. Biggs (ITV, 9pm)

With a surprising ninety-minute runtime the new ITV series focuses on the lives of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs and his wife Charmian. Fresh from her exceptional performance in last week’s episode of Accused, Sheridan Smith stars as the infamous crook’s spouse with Daniel Mays featuring as the leading man.

Doomsday Preppers (Discovery Channel, 10pm)

The opening night of new documentary series, narrated by Stephen Mangan, that presents the people who are preparing themselves and their families for the end of the world. From stockpiling food for an impending catastrophic oil crisis to building shelters ahead of a social Armageddon, these unique personalities are sure to provide entertaining, and interesting television.

Thursday 6th September

The British (Sky Atlantic, 9pm)

Sky planners beware; Thursday is set for plenty of programme clashes with three exciting shows starting at the same time. Firstly, and most significantly, is the first episode of Sky Atlantic’s landmark series The British. Each factual episode will cover British history spanning over two thousand years and include an ensemble cast of British icons including Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Terry Wogan and Russell Brand.

The Bletchley Circle (ITV, 9pm)

Secondly, another ITV drama makes its debut. It’s a big week for ITV and they hope their wartime drama can reach similar acclaim as their other shows. The series focuses on four women who, having decoded German intelligence as part of the war effort, operate as investigators on a murder case.

Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2012 (Channel 4, 9pm)

Alternatively, for those sick to death of television dramas, Channel 4 are offering their annual live stand up show. The nasal, but undeniably funny Seann Walsh hosts the show and introduces popular acts including Jason Byrne, Charlie Baker and Russell Kane.

Friday 7th September

Live International Football (ITV, 7:30pm)

ITV have monopolised the week’s television and they look to end on a high with the first of England’s World Cup qualifiers. Roy Hodgson’s new look side, following their vengeful victory over Italy, look to begin their campaign with a successful start against Moldova. It’s important to note that kick off is at 7:45pm which gives you the chance to tune in as late as possible in order to avoid the excruciatingly boring Adrian Chiles and his assembled morons as they make their usual ham-fisted attempt at football punditry.

Saturday 8th September

Live International Twenty20 Cricket (Sky Sports 1, 2pm)

Saturday afternoon sees the first of the three T20 matches to conclude South Africa’s tour of England. With both the test match and ODI series providing hours of excitement respectively, it’s safe to expect more top level cricket from the two best teams in the world. If cricket really isn’t your thing, I assure you that the quick and intense format of the shorter game along with the brilliant commentary from the Sky team, lead by a comically geriatric David Bumble Lloyd, will make fans of you yet.

The Thick of It (BBC 2, 9:45pm)

Armando Ianucci’s critically acclaimed, political satire returns for a fourth season. The series is headlined by a fantastic character performance from Peter Capaldi as the foul-mouthed and brutally aggressive Malcolm Tucker.

Sunday 9th September

Super (kind of) Sunday (Sky Sports 1, 1pm)

With an International break halting any Premier League action, attention turns towards League One, an entirely different beast. Route one tactics, scruffy pitches and crunching tackles – the lower echelons of English football hark back to a primitive form of the game. This week’s matches see Coventry host Stevenage while Portsmouth travels to Crawley. It’s all so exciting.

London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony (Channel 4, 7pm)

Channel 4’s coverage of the Paralympic Games has been dreadful – a stream of constant advertisements occasionally interrupted by sport and terribly patronising commentary. However, things did begin well with an impressive opening ceremony, and I expect a similarly grand occasion for the closing of the games.

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