The weather is getting nippier, the nights are longer, but the TV schedule is certainly heating up. The BBC has plenty treats to keep you warm this November. From spellbinding nature documentary The Hunt to cookery lessons with Simply Nigella, there’s lots to sink your teeth into.
Children in Need
Friday 13 November at 7:30pm on BBC One
The 35th edition of Children in Need is almost here and important today as it ever was. Thanks to public support every year, the charity has made a real difference to the lives of children across the UK since 1980.
This year’s Appeal Show will feature the cast of EastEnders and BBC Strictly Come Dancing, as well as exclusive performances from Ellie Goulding, Rod Stewart, Shane Filan and Nadine Coyle. Terry Wogan takes up the mantle of host once again.
Sunday 15 November at 9:00pm on BBC One
Sir David Attenbourgh’s latest show is a hit…are we really surprised? His narration style possesses a timeless appeal that’s as captivating as the wildlife images he describes. The Hunt takes a close look at the strategies used by predators to catch prey as well as those used by the prey to escape. The series takes us around the world; each episode is based in different habitats from the icy arctic to lush savannas.
Monday 9 November at 8:30pm on BBC Two
Does Nigella get paid by the innuendo? We’re not complaining, keep them coming. In this new series, Nigella is at her soothing and charming best as she takes us through healthy and nutritious recipes which can make us feel better and more alive.
The Great Pottery Throw Down
Tuesday 10 November at 9:00pm on BBC Two
Think Bake Off but with lots of clay…no, we haven’t gone potty. The Great Pottery Throw Down aims to find the most skilled potter in the country. Presented by Sara Cox and judged by acclaimed potters Keith Brymer Jones and Kate Malone, the contestants take on a series of technical tests and challenges each week.
The Last Kingdom
Thursday 12 November at 9:00pm on BBC Two
Sorcery and dragons aside, it’s easy to see why The Last Kingdom has been compared to Game of Thrones – but this well-written historical drama deserves plenty of respect in its own right. Set in England 872, a Saxon man raised by Danes must choose a side and play his part in the birth of a nation, alongside the man who would become King Alfred the Great.
Saturday 21 November at 9:00pm on BBC Four
Speaking of the Danes, one thing they produce in mass high quality is TV noir – and of course rashers of bacon. Critically acclaimed drama The Bridge returns for a third series, this time detective Saga Noren investigates the murder of a woman prominent in debating gender issues.
Frank Skinner On Demand With…
Saturday 13 November exclusive to BBC iPlayer
Each week Frank Skinner chats to a different celebrity about programmes they’re enjoying on BBC iPlayer, from hidden gems to guilty pleasures. The first three interviewees on the show, will be comedians Lee Mack and Josh Widdicombe, plus presenter Zoe Ball.