What To Watch On TV This Week

To those of you who've been hiding in a ditch for the last month, you can come out! London 2012 is over, and the schedules are filled up with great shows this week, including the return of our favourite panel show...


Monday 10th September

Leaving (ITV, 9pm)

Another week and another new series of home-grown drama on ITV. From acclaimed television writer Tony Marchant, the three-part character-driven narrative focuses on the complex relationship between a twenty-five year old university graduate and a forty-five year old, married, mother of two.

Game of Thrones (Sky 1, 10pm)

For those of you who missed the fantastic television adaptation of George R R Martin’s epic novels, you are in luck. Sky are re-running every episode of their gloriously crafted series encouraging anticipation in returning fans for the fast approaching third series as well as entertaining newcomers with its breathtaking narrative.

Tuesday 11th September

Live International Football (ITV, 7:30pm)

Following their five-goal-romp over Moldova, England host Ukraine at Wembley for their second World Cup qualifier. With free-scoring Lampard turning back the years and along with the emergence of Cleverley, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Baines who display the strength of England’s future, the qualification campaign couldn’t have started better. Additionally there is a full schedule of International Football with all of the home nations playing their respective matches, each available on Sky Sports.

Vikings (BBC 2, 9pm)

Part one of the new three-part documentary series from the BBC. The show focuses on the history of the Norse warriors, charting their origins, exploring their development and revealing the truth behind their fearsome reputation.

Wednesday 12th September

River Cottage: Three Go Mad (Channel 4, 8pm)

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall teaches comedians Robert Webb, Lee Mack and Ruby Wax how to cook. From Rustic recipes to unorthodox cooking methods Mr back-to-basics is set to take a light hearted approach to the cookery show format. With the trio tasked with a sausage-making competition, expect innuendo to be on the menu.

Grand Designs (Channel 4, 9pm)

Following straight after is a new series of the popular architecture series that champions dream-like ambition, innovative design and elaborate structures. The highlight of the show however is its blunt host Kevin McCloud who berates the ambitious developers as their budgets are broken, mistakes are made and reality eclipses their fantasy.

Thursday 13th September

Location, Location, Location (Channel 4, 8pm)

If last week belonged to ITV, then this week certainly belongs to Channel 4. With a number of their champion shows returning and debut shows premiering, Channel 4 are cashing in on the attention they have gained from their exclusive Paralympic coverage. If you can survive the increasingly uncomfortable sexual tension between its hosts, there’s a thoroughly interesting concept at the heart of this property programme set during a recession.

The Audience (Channel 4, 9pm)

Another new show from Channel 4 sees advice (*cough* attention *cough*) seeking members of the public express their personal matters to a diverse panel of fifty strangers. It’s really hard to predict just how interesting a trivial Dragon’s Den will be.

Friday 14th September

Moone Boy (Sky 1, 9:30pm)

The first two episodes of Sky’s new series Moone Boy airs back to back on Friday night. Created by Chris O’Dowd of The IT Crowd, the Irish sitcom sees the Hollywood newcomer star as the imaginary friend of a ten year old boy. There’s an autobiographical sentiment at the heart of Moone Boy as the experiences that face young Martin Moone are, or at least were, realities for the show’s creator.

QI (BBC 2, 10pm)

The best panel show on television returns with a new series. Funny, educational and memorable, each series of QI has brought much attention from audiences and also made pub quizzes all the more difficult. The new series focussing on the letter J, and beginning with Jargon, sees the ever present Alan Davies compete against regulars Bill Bailey and Jimmy Carr as well as newcomer Victoria Coren.

Saturday 15th September

Football (Sky Sports, from 10am)

The International break is over, and normal programming can resume. With all forms of English leagues returning, Saturday is fully fit for football. Beginning at 10am on Sky Sports 2 with comedy/chat show Soccer AM, remarkably still the only morning show to bring you goals goals goals. This is immediately followed by coverage of the first of the day’s scheduled Premier League matches as Norwich host West Ham. Then, at 3pm, attention turns towards Sky Sports News as Jeff Stelling and the gang supply loud and live coverage of all of the matches in the English leagues for Gilette Soccer Saturday. Next, to ESPN, where lacklustre Liverpool travel to Sunderland in hopes of putting past performances behind them and kicking their season into gear as they push for a Champions League place. Finally, after a bite to eat and a few pints, unless you intend on watching the usual Saturday night television, it’s time for Match of the Day and The Football League Show. Perfect.

The Clintons (BBC 2, 10:25pm)

Alternatively to those two highlight shows is a new series from the BBC. The biographical series recounts the life of former American President Bill Clinton, from his difficult childhood to his presidential campaign.

Sunday 16th September

The Great North Run 2012 (BBC 1, 9:30am)

The most famous half-marathon in the world, for serious fans there’s plenty of competition on offer with double Olympic champion Mo Farah hoping to truly make it a golden year. But the numerous comedic outfits bravely, and often madly, worn by people racing for various charities makes this causal viewing entertaining.

Super Sunday (Sky Sports 1, 1pm)

This week’s Super Sunday comes in two parts, with a Championship match preceding the typical Premier League clash. On the back of relegation, the sacking of Terry Connor and the loss of Steven Fletcher, Wolves hope to improve their form against big spending Leicester to ensure a quick fire return to the top flight. Shortly after, Premier League new boys Reading host a slow-starting Spurs with all the attention falling on their new, widely despised, manager and his “project”.

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