What To Watch On TV This Week

Channel 5's "The Truth About Hillsborough" stands out in this week's scheduling. The tragedy and the subsequent 23 year wait for justice has dominated the news recently, and hopefully the doc will shed some light for the uninitiated.
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Monday 17th September

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

After experiencing the dangerous gang rivalries within Karachi and the lawless barrios of Venezuela, Sky’s devastatingly revealing series moves closer to home. This week in Glasgow, the latest episode focuses on exposing the city’s battles against alcoholism, drugs, crime and homelessness. By comparing it to these seemingly more extreme locations, is this presentation of Glasgow a tough truth that was hidden from the city’s successful 2014 Commonwealth Games bid or an unhealthy exaggeration of reality? We’ll have to wait and see.

True Blood (FX, 10pm)

Following on where the dramatic season four finale left off, the celebrated supernatural series returns with the debut of its fifth season. With vampire-based literature, film and television spreading like the plague, True Blood remains one of the most entertaining and well crafted of the lot.

Tuesday 18th September

UEFA Champions League Live (ITV, 7:30pm)

In a tribute to Fifa’s head-to-head seasons those at the Champions League draw threw up Group D. Manchester City travel to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid. While both sides prevailed in their domestic leagues, but both dropped points on the weekend with one eye on this fixture, they have a lot of prove in Europe as they hope to make up for last season’s mistakes. Alternatively on Sky Sports 2 you can see free-scoring Arsenal travel to Champions League debutants, surprise Ligue 1 winners and new-Gunner Giroud’s former club Montpellier.

Derren Brown: Svengali (Channel 4, 9pm)

The mind-control expert returns with coverage of his award-winning live show from Nottingham’s Theatre Royal. Expect brain-bending illusions, spellbinding trickery and audience participation, but hopefully something more impressive than predicting the lottery results just after they are drawn.

Wednesday 19th September

The Truth About Hillsborough (Channel 5, 7pm)

This is essential television for people who, like myself, have heard of the Hillsborough disaster, but don’t know all of the information. In light of last week’s shocking findings I need to know more. This hard-hitting documentary describes the traumatic event that shocked a nation and presents the families who have strived for justice ever since. The show explores the details of the review that revealed a large-scale cover up, where statements were altered in order to place all of the blame on to the victims. This is corruption I naively didn’t think existed and this is an issue that, the more you hear the more unbelievable it becomes.

This hard-hitting documentary describes the traumatic event that shocked a nation and presents the families who have strived for justice ever since

Live UEFA Champions League (Sky Sports 2, 7pm and Sky Sports 4, 7:30pm)

There are two more Champions League fixtures for English clubs this week and both kick off at 7:45pm. Cup-holders Chelsea are set the tough task of picking up points away at a resurgent Juventus, while Manchester United, wary of last season’s cup failures, host Turkish champions Galatasaray.

Thursday 20th September

Live Europa League football (from 5:30pm)

Television drama takes a back seat this week as European football steals the show. With the week’s Champions League fixtures out of the way, attention turns to its sister competition that allows more teams to get a taste of European football. Starting on ITV4 at 5:30pm its BSC Young Boys vs. Liverpool or Maritimo vs. Newcastle on ESPN and then immediately followed by Tottenham Hotspur vs. Lazio.

Making Faces (Channel 5, 9pm)

A new documentary series that shows the work of surgeons and prosthetics experts, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, as they try to rebuild the faces of patients affected by serious injuries and diseases.

Friday 21st September

Being Liverpool (Channel 5, 9pm)

A new fly-on-the-wall documentary takes a look behind the scenes at Liverpool Football Club. Paying close attention to the FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea, the sacking of King Kenny and the early stages of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure as manager, this show is very dangerous. Liverpool have started this season poorly, and while this show may shed some light on the positivity at the club, it may also highlight the reasons why things are going wrong.

ICC World T20 Cup (Sky Sports 4, 8pm)

Live coverage of England’s opening game of the World Cup in Sri Lanka. Stuart Broad’s team hope to start their campaign convincingly as they hope to retain the title they won in 2010.

Saturday 22nd September

Baggage (Channel 4, 7:15pm)

Gok Wan hosts a new dating game where single men and women pick one of three strangers to take on a romantic holiday. Borrowing from every dating show before it, the contestants slowly reveal increasingly bizarre secrets and habits over the course of the game.

Doctor Who (BBC 1, 7:30pm)

From overwritten dialogue to the excruciating incidental music, this season has started very poorly. However, things took a turn for the better with last week’s western-themed episode. Similarly the next episode sees a return to when Doctor Who is at its best – when Earth is at stake. The Power of Three focuses on an invasion of Earth by millions of black cubes, I’m intrigued.

Sunday 23rd September

Live Formula 1 (Sky Sports F1, 12pm)

After a week’s break the teams return with the Singapore Grand Prix. With Ferrari’s Alonso managing to consistently score big points, it’s going to be a tough task for anyone to catch him, but Hamilton is slowly closing the gap as he hopes to launch a late attack and stealing the title from the Spaniard.

Super Sunday (Sky Sports 1, 1pm)

With midweek Champions League fixtures behind them, the leading teams can turn their attention back to the Premier League. Starting with one of the biggest rivalries in football sees finally-firing Manchester United travel to Anfield to play relegation-battling Liverpool. This game is then followed by Arsenal vs. Manchester City. Any result either way in these matches could provide the platform for a truly stunning season.

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