Did we feel a slightly Autumnal breeze? And were those leaves falling? Surely not – get the barbecue!
There’s still plenty more summer to be had, with temperatures soaring back up to a reassuring level later this week. But that won’t stop the cracking new season TV from flooding onto our screens as well – so the best of both worlds! Besides, Autumn officially starts on the 22 September – we checked (and duly stuck the leaves back on the tree – it was probably the wind).
This bank holiday weekend is set to be hot though, and that’s without even factoring in the TV.
Bank Holiday Weekend:
Friday 26 August
You have to wait two days, but you finally get the perfect accompaniment for your cake in An Extra Slice, presented by Jo Brand on BBC Two at 9pm. This will explore the week’s shenanigans in the tent with a celebrity panel, and there will be an interview with the first poor hopeful who was ousted from the tent in Wednesday’s show.
Summer: Earth’s Seasonal Secrets, on BBC One at 8:30pm, is a documentary narrated by Andrew Scott which explores the effects of summer on some of the most magnificent animals on earth. Watch a preview below.
The Reading Festival is on BBC Four and the red button service at various times from the 26 – 30 August, kicking off with Fouls At Reading 2016 on BBC Four at 10:30pm. Other key concerts include the Red Hot Chili Peppers (BBC Four, Saturday, 11:30pm) and Biffy Clyro (BBC Four, Sunday, 10:30pm).
Saturday 27 August
Ease yourself into your bank holiday weekend with a pretty awesome TV line-up. The new stuff continues well into the weekend.
The X Factor returns for another series at 8pm on ITV, with judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Sherzinger on this year’s panel.
Casualty is celebrating its 30th birthday with a feature length (yes, a 1 hour 30 min) episode. Charlie is celebrating (you guessed it) his 30th anniversary at Holby City but the celebrations don’t last long as things are thrown into chaos.
Can you down four pints of milk, or work out the square root of any number? Well, Go For It (on ITV at 7pm) is the show for you! Contestants demonstrate their bizarre party tricks and unusual skills, and the most successful is rewarded with a £1000 prize. It’s not the first show to do this kind of thing, but it certainly looks like it’s going to be a great hour of entertainment.
The new series of Childhood’s End, a Sci-Fi about a utopia where humanity is indirectly ruled by friendly aliens, comes to Freeview channel Pick (channel 11) at 10pm. With a starry cast (including Charles Dance) and a fantastic premise, it’s definitely one to look out for.
Sunday 28 August
After weeks of anticipation, Victoria finally arrives on ITV at 9pm. The drama, starring Doctor Who‘s Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria, focuses on the early life of the infamous queen. The second episode airs at 9pm on Bank Holiday Monday, so pop that in the diary too.
Comfortable old favourite The Antiques Roadshow rolling gracefully back onto BBC One at 8pm seems a harbinger for the two one-off special reboots that follow.
Brand new episodes of Are You Being Served? (BBC One 9pm) and Porridge (BBC One 9:30pm). Nothing seems to escape the reboot culture these days with Open All Hours making a return in 2013 (followed by a subsequent two series). Porridge is set forty years on from the original, the focus shifting to Fletch’s grandson, er, ‘Fletch’ who is in for cyber crimes. Fletch is played by Kevin Bishop.
Set in 1988, Are You Being Served? sees Young Mr Grace determined to modernise the store. All the familiar characters are present, and here’s to hoping Mrs Slocombe’s pussy is alive and well.
If you don’t want to wait until the evening, family blockbuster Ice Age 4: Continental Drift is showing on Film 4 at 1pm, with more antics from Sid, Manny and the gang – not forgetting the relentless squirrel, Scrat.
Bank Holiday Monday (30 August)
Celebs Go Dating is a new series starting on E4 at 10pm. There are some interesting names in the line-up (Tyger Drew-Honey from Outnumbered) and we know that when Channel 4 plays Cupid it usually has some brilliant results, so definitely worth tuning in.
New series All Aboard! The Country Bus is on BBC Four at 8pm. It covers the two hour journey from Richmond, North Yorkshire across the Dales to Ingleton. It’s leisurely, but it’s also charming and oddly compelling.
Great British Menu returns to BBC Two at 7:30pm. Top chefs battle it out to impress the judges and a guest chef, hoping to win the honour of serving the Queen at a banquet celebrating ordinary citizens.
Don’t forget Victoria continues today on ITV at 9pm. Next week’s new season top picks will be released on Tuesday, but don’t forget there have been lots of great new season shows since Monday this week so –
Catch up with the shows you missed this week on demand, and don’t forget to look out for the second episodes next week:
Monday 22 August
Ripper Street returns at 9pm on BBC Two. Inspector Reid goes back to Victorian Whitechapel after learning Isaac Bloom is about to be hanged for murder. Meanwhile, a Muslim lawyer’s body is washed up at the docks and the story of the Whitechapel Golem continues. Look out for Matthew Lewis (aka Neville Longbottom) who makes an appearance.
Four Rooms returns with new host Sarah Beeny on More 4 at 9pm (appropriately renamed Sarah Beeny’s Four Rooms). Four investors, lots of visitors bringing their quirky items to sell – you know the drill. This week, potential sales include a first edition of Winston Churchill’s novel, an Elvis concert banner and a drinks cabinet made from a 1971 cluster bomb.
A new addition to daytime TV, Gok’s Fill Your House for Free on Channel 4 at 4pm, saw Gok and three experts attempt to ‘turn trash into treasure’ filling rooms with furniture on no budget – catch up on All 4.
Tuesday 23 August
One of Us, at 9pm on BBC One, is a brand new series from Harry and Jack Williams, writers of The Missing. Gripping, suspenseful, dramatic – we could go on but it’s probably best you just watch the trailer and see for yourselves.
Simultaneously at 9pm (get your Freeview HD Recorders primed), the new series of documentary Rookies starts on ITV. Once again, Rookies follows seven police officers complete their probation, starting work in the fast response cars of Surrey.
Wednesday 24 August
It’s the big one. From quirky competition to national institution in just six series, The Great British Bake Off starts again at 8pm on BBC One, with the kind of anticipation usually reserved for . . . well, dessert. Twelve eager bakers will battle it out over the next ten weeks to become the winner, with a star baker crowned each week and one person eliminated.
This is immediately followed (at 9pm on BBC One) by The Chronicles of Nadiya, a two-part series that sees last year’s winner, Nadiya Hussain, explore her Bangladeshi heritage. There’s, of course, cooking and plenty of culture, and we get to meet Nadiya’s family who, she says, propelled her to win Bake Off with their thoughts and prayers.
Meanwhile, The Watchman, on Channel 4 at 9pm, is a one-off drama starring Stephen Graham as a CCTV operator who decides to tackle a group of drug dealers on his own when the police refuse.
Thursday 25 August
A Horizon special My Amazing Twin explores the life of Adam Pearson and his Twin brother Neil. They are genetically identical so share the same genetic disease, neurofibromatosis 1, yet their symptoms are shockingly different. Neil explores why the disease manifests itself so differently in each twin and if there is anything he can do to stop it from tearing their lives apart.
CCTV: Neighbourhood Watching, is essentially a clip show of crimes and misdemeanors caught on ever-present CCTV cameras. It makes for an interesting (and often shocking) watch.
Don’t forget to check back for part two on next week’s new TV (released on Tuesday 30th)