The bank holiday weekend may be over, but don’t let that get you down – there’s still loads more new season TV to come; a plethora of new series, established shows, some one-offs and also things we’ve never seen before.
Don’t forget, if you missed last week’s New Season TV Picks (Part 1) that most of these shows are still on and you can easily catch up on demand.
Get your pens (or tablets) ready to jot down your choices.
Tuesday 30 August
New York: America’s Busiest City, on BBC Two at 9pm, sees Ade Adepitan, Anita Rani, Ant Anstead and Dan Snow explore some of the quirks of the Big Apple. Between them, they examine how the 5.5 million commuters arrive in the city, look at future transport plans, explore Grand Central Terminal, examine bizarre items of lost property left at the station, and take a look at the past porn-and-drug culture of Times Square.
New show Garden Nightmares, on ITV at 8pm, shows us some of the more extreme problems we never imagined could happen to our gardens. If you thought slugs nibbling your tomatoes was bad, imagine being the woman who counted an infestation of 350 Spanish slugs in one night – we still recommend sheep if you actually want to sleep. Other problems include excessive waste, badgers digging tunnels, and even someone whose lawn was stolen (yep, you read that right). Somebody, somewhere is having a picnic on grass that simply isn’t theirs!
Documentary Inside Birmingham Children’s Hospital returns to Channel 4 at 9pm. Parents of Evan face tough decisions about a Kidney transplant while Keanu’s life is changed by kidney and heart problems.
Drugs Map of Britain starts at 11:40pm on BBC One. It follows Liam on his struggle to beat his addiction to a synthetic cannabinoid known as ‘Black Mamba’. Billed as a ‘landmark’ series, and it is as hard-hitting as you would expect from a late night documentary exploring drug use.
Curiously titled Dance Moms starts at 8pm on Five Star (channel 30). It’s a reality show about the relationships between young people in the dance & show industries, and their mothers. They’re notoriously tough industries, so there’s drama from the off.
Wednesday 31 August
Bake Off continues this Wednesday – read last week’s picks for more of the most recent additions to the TV Guide – but there are a couple of new series starting as well.
DCI Banks returns for a fifth series at 9pm on ITV. It kicks off with a two-parter in which Banks investigates a small-time drug dealer who is found dead in the woods with head injuries. Will Banks be proved wrong by his team when he tries to pin the murder on an ‘untouchable’ crime boss? The story won’t conclude until next week, but it’s sure to be a good’un.
To prepare yourself for all that tension, first, unwind with All Star Mr and Mrs at 8pm on ITV. Philip Schofield presents the show that sees real life celebrity couples work together to win up to £30,000 for their chosen charity. This week, contestants include: Adam Thomas from Emmerdale and fiancee Caroline Daly, professional dancers Kevin and Karen Clifton, and Private Pike himself, Ian Lavender with wife Michelle Hardy. It’s a great line-up to kick off the new series.
Thursday 1 September
One-off drama Ellen, on Channel 4 at 10pm, follows the life of teenager Ellen try to take control of her chaotic life on a London estate. Unfortunately, an introduction to the charming Jason leads to unfortunate events. Compelling from the start, Channel 4 are rightly very proud of this programme.
Complimenting reboots of Porridge and Are You Being Served, The BBC’s Lost Sitcoms series has all-new remakes of classic episodes of sitcoms that were broadcast, but have since been lost from their archives. These shows remain faithful to the original scripts, offering us a chance to see something again that would otherwise be, well, lost. Lost Sitcoms: Till Death Us Do Part, on BBC Four at 9pm, stars Simon Day as Alf in an episode where Alf returns home to find his supper burned – which turns out to be the least of his worries. It’s immediately followed by a documentary about the controversial character called Lost Sitcoms: Let’s Talk About Alf. It is set to be a fascinating watch and with so much potential for similar programming, here’s to hoping the BBC do more like this.
We’re a nation of animal lovers, and tonight’s schedule certainly shows that! Ingenious Animals is on BBC One at 8pm while Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs starts again at 8:30pm on ITV. It’s also the last episode of The Supervet: Bionic Specials at 8pm on ITV.
Meanwhile, Really (channel 17) is going supernatural tonight from 8pm. Along with regular Ghost Adventures they have new series starting of The Other Side and Most Haunted.
Friday 2 September
Would I Lie To You, hosted by Rob Brydon, returns to BBC One at 8:30. Panelists attempt to fool one another with their lying skills. If you’ve never seen it, watch the classic clip below – you’ll pick it up pretty quickly!
Channel 5 have three new programmes today. Building The London Underground at 7pm explores the construction of the biggest metro system in the Western world, and documents the technological advancements that made it all possible.
This is followed (at 8pm) by new series The Cars That Made Britain Great, which looks in detail at some of the cars that revolutionised the way we get around. From the Austin Mini to the Rolls Royce and everything in between.
Finally, Carry On Caravanning is at 9pm, which follows regular caravanners Sally and Jayne (who happen to have 12 ferrets – okay . . .) on a trip to a campsite in Sussex.
Don’t forget Bake Off: An Extra Slice continues today as well!
Saturday 3 September
Strictly Come Dancing has it’s launch show tonight on BBC One at 6:50pm. Hosted by Tess and Claudia, it will see celebrities including Will Young, Louise Redknapp, Judge Rinder, Anastacia and Ed Balls. For a full list of celebs and their professional dance partners, see the official Strictly page.
Sunday 4 September
The second series of hit BBC show Poldark starts again on BBC One at 9pm. Set in 1790, once again Ross Poldark has to fight for his freedom. If the trailer (below) is anything to go by, it’s going to be epic.
Monday 5 September
It was a landmark cultural series in its day, proving a pleaser of critics and audiences alike. Today, Cold Feet returns to ITV at 9pm. This long-awaited reboot sees Adam return to Manchester after years working abroad, but not everyone is pleased to see him. Everything has changed since he left, so there’s plenty to catch up on. Watch the trailer below for a taster.
So that’s it – Parts 1 and 2 of your guide to what’s new this season.