With the 2015 Rugby World Cup kicking off on Friday, the TV schedule will be overloaded with game after game after game…for six whole weeks. But if burly men chasing an egg around a field aren’t really your cup of tea, there are plenty of other programmes you can watch instead on Freeview.
Saturday 19 September at 7:40pm, BBC One
You won’t catch a Time Lord watching rugby, they’re out saving the world and stuff. The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is back on our screens with Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) for Series 9 of the smash hit sci-fi drama.
Shed and Buried
Saturday 19 September at 8:00pm, Travel Channel
Like American Pickers and Storage Hunters? Then Shed and Buried will be right up your alley. Motorcycle fanatic Henry Cole and friend Sam Lovegrove go in search of automotive bargains hidden away in people’s sheds and garages.
Saturday 19 September at 21:00, on BBC 4
The Swedes don’t like Rugby. They have better things to do, like creating sinister crime dramas such as Beck. This week’s episode sees the discovery of young woman’s body in a Stockholm hotel room…but something doesn’t add up.
Monday 21 September at 9:00pm, ITV
‘Clunatics’ across the country rejoice, TV’s grouchiest doctor is back for another series. Doc Martin now has fans all over the world, this run even features a cameo from Signourey Weaver.
Sunday 20 September at 9:40pm, ITV
Was Rugby even around back in the days of Downton? Oh, yes it was. Anyway, it’s time for the sixth and final series of the award winning period drama – rifts and secrets are threatening the unity of the Downton family.
Thursday 24 September at 9pm, Channel 4
Channel 4 has dubbed this reality TV show a ‘Real life thriller’ – and it’s easy to see why. This original and gripping new series sees fourteen ordinary people set the task of trying to evade capture from a team of expert hunters.
Strictly Come Dancing
Friday 25 September at 9:00pm, BBC 1
Funnily enough, sports people tend to do well on Strictly – although cricketers have the bragging rights over rugby players. This year’s crop includes Jamelia, Kirsty Gallagher, Peter Andre and Anthony Ogogo. Here’s a flavour of what to look forward to.
And there’s plenty more…
If you’d rather give the 2015 Rugby World a miss, you could also watch The Plan That Saved Britain (Saturday 19 September at 21:35, more4), This is England ’90 (Sunday 20 September at 10:00pm, Channel 4), The Go-Between (Sunday 20 September at 9:00pm) and The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone (Tuesday 22 September at 9:00pm, BBC 2).