It’s been called the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness (that’s your actual poetry right there). But for telly addicts, autumn means a host of great new shows tumbling onto our screens like golden leaves from the oak, the maple and the hickory (ok, enough of the poetry).
The autumn season kicks off this Saturday:
The Family Chase
Saturday 2 September 2017 at 6pm
Bradley Walsh hosts a new series of The Chase, this time with families pitting their wits against the formidable brains of the professional quizzers. If the Governess is on form, we could see a whole family cut down by a battle-axe!
Saturday 2 September 2017 at 7pm
Join Andrew Flintoff for a new game show where contestants bounce, splash and leap through a series of obstacles. And if they make it through all that, they’ll get a chance to become human cannonballs in a bid to claim the Cannonball Cup.
The X Factor
Saturday 2 September 2017 at 8pm
It’s that time of year again when people say is it really that time of year again? Yes, The X Factor is back to delight our eyes and ears with a parade of wannabe pop stars, every one of whom believes it’s their destiny to win, win, win! Dermot O’Leary returns as our twinkle-eyed host, and judges Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell are also back for – can you believe it – the 14th series of this iconic talent show.
The Jonathan Ross Show
Saturday 2 September at 9:30pm
Completing ITV’s Super Saturday selection, Jonathan Ross returns with a great line-up of guests, including Harry Styles, Suranne Jones (back on BBC One for another cracking series of Doctor Foster on 5 September) and Sir Mo Farah. What’s the odds the whole sofa will end up doing the Mobot?
Wednesday 6 September 2017 at 10pm
The two stars of Peep Show are reunited in this new sitcom, but in a very different set-up. Stephen (David Mitchell) is preparing to take over the family pub after the death of his father. But Stephen’s efforts to show he can follow in his dad’s legendary footsteps are overshadowed by the arrival of his charismatic foster-brother Andrew (Robert Webb). Everyone loves Andrew – except Stephen, who thinks he’s a dangerous sociopath intent on taking over the business. With writing by Simon Blackwell (The Thick of It, In the Loop and Veep), this could be a classic comedy in the making.
Whitney: Can I Be Me
Saturday 2nd, September at 9pm
Didn’t she almost have it all? At the height of her powers, Whitney Houston was one of the best-selling singers of all time. But in the 1990s, the girl next door image was tarnished by rumours of addiction and increasingly erratic behaviour. Director Nick Broomfield’s film tells the story of a talented performer’s life and death in the spotlight.
The Hotel Inspector Returns
Tuesday 5 September 2017 at 10pm
“You look knackered.” Yes, you can always rely on Alex Polizzi to tell it like it is. After taking a break from giving B&Bs a makeover to travel across Spain and Italy, she’s back in her role as the fearsome Hotel Inspector. In this series, Alex revisits some of the places she previously advised. Will the owner of the Blue Inn get black marks or a gold star?
Thursday 14 September 2017 at 9pm
It’s been billed as “Gladiator Meets Love Island”. But while it contains familiar ingredients from other reality shows, it’s fair to say that Bromans is like nothing we’ve seen on TV before.
Eight young couples go back in time, living and fighting as in ancient Rome. The boys are trained as gladiators by the terrifying Doctore. Meanwhile, their girlfriends have to ensure that only the best will get through to the grand final of the Emperor’s Games. What did the Romans ever do for us? We’re about to find out!
Strictly Come Dancing
Saturday 9 September 2017 at 7:00pm
Waltzing, quick-stepping and cha-cha-cha-ing back onto our telly boxes, this year’s Strictly opens with last year’s champions Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton performing their winning routine. But even before the contenders have put on their dancing shoes and slipped into their sequins, there are questions aplenty: who will be this season’s John Sergeant? Can anyone match Ed Balls’ Gangnam Style? How will new girl Shirley Ballas rub off on the other judges? And who will win the coveted glitterball trophy?