Parents, grandparents, and put-upon aunts will be rejoicing as the summer is nearly over and the kids are heading back to school. Yes, there’s still one more weekend to get through, but Freeview’s got you covered. Here’s our selection of the best TV shows for keeping the family entertained this weekend.
Deadly on a Mission: Pole to Pole: Arctic
Saturday 1 September at 12:10pm
Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall treks from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, placing himself in the path of the world’s most dangerous animals. During his epic journey he goes from being stalked by a male polar bear to gaining the attention of boisterous walruses. It’s possibly his most dangerous adventure – well if you don’t count his appearance on Strictly!
The show’s an exciting way for kids to explore the wonders of nature, and perfect for adults looking to improve the pub quiz game.
Pokémon the Movie – Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
Saturday 1 September at 3:30pm
For 20 years Pokémon has been loved by kids and adults alike. The show about Ash Ketchum’s quest to become a Pokémon Master, has inspired TV and movies, computer games, trading cards, and a whole host of other merchandise.
In this animated movie Ash and his friends come to the aid of a Pokémon who’s travelled to the surface to repair a magical diamond (which might have the power to unleash a terrible monster).
Saturday 1 September at 4:30pm
Finally, wrestling has returned to ITV. But long gone are the days of Big Daddy and Mick MacManus. Today, there is a new generation of wrestlers, from cheeky chappy Grado to WOS champion Rampage Brown. There’s also an appearance from Love Island’s Adam Maxstead aka “The Most Handsome Man in Wrestling”. And unlike its uglier cousin WWE, its PG-rated take on wrestling ensures that it’s a show the whole family can enjoy.
Sunday 2 September at 1:35pm
Find out where it all started for the Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper. The show transports us to when the eccentric genius was a nine-year-old high school student in football mad East Texas. It focuses on his daily struggles, as well as his family’s attempts to deal with his ‘quirks’. Packed full of age-appropriate laughs, the show has more in common with the Wonder Years or The Goldbergs, rather than the original Big Bang Theory series.
Sunday 2 September at 6pm
Strictly contestant and stand-up comedian Susan Calman quizzes kids to find out which school is the smartest in the UK. In this episode, Hamilton College takes on Chalfont. But who will make it to the quarter finals?
Men in Black 2
Sunday 2 September at 7:15pm
This sci-fi comedy follows Agent Jay (played by Will Smith) as he attempts to restore the memory of his mentor Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones), now retired and working for the US postal office. Much of the humour comes from the verbal sparring between the two – even when Kay can’t remember his former self he still treats Jay like the rookie.
There’s also great performances by Rosario Dawson, Johnny Knoxville (as a two-headed alien), and even a cameo from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson!