What To Watch – Week Commencing 26th Aug

Sunday 26th August

A Touch of Cloth (Series 1 Episode1) 9:00pm Sky1

“Part one of two. Spoof crime drama by Charlie Brooker about DCI Jack Cloth (John Hannah), a maverick, alcoholic, widowed detective, and his incompetent partner DC Anne Oldman (Suranne Jones), who is redeemed only by her taste in personalised ringtones. The pair investigate a series of gruesome murders, and are assisted by foul-mouthed pathologist Natasha Sachet (Daisy Beaumont) and results-obsessed chief Tom Boss (Julian Rhind-Tutt).”

Satirical ridicule and Charlie Brooker go hand in hand like, well, satirical ridicule and Charlie Brooker. There’s a kind of irony in seeing one of the nation’s most well known TV critics making his own tv shows to be, uhh, possibly criticised.

Anyway, I have high hopes for A Touch of Cloth, not only because the trailers seem very good, but Brooker has managed to cast two very excellent leads in John Hannah and Suranne Jones. If A Touch Of Cloth can reach the heights of his Black Mirror trilogy then we’ll have another gem on our hands.

Monday 27th August

Hunderby (Series 1 Episode 1) – 10:00pm Sky Atalantic

“Hunderby, set in the 1800s, features Helene (Alexandra Roach, The Iron Lady), a shipwreck survivor washed ashore near a small English village. There, she is swept off her feet by widowed pastor Edmund (Alex MacQueen, The Inbetweeners, This Is England 88) and the two soon marry, the puritanical Edmund believing his bride to be untouched by another man. But she has a history, a dark past that she cannot escape.”

I have to tip my non-existent hat off to Sky, are they becoming the new darlings of Comedy on these murky shores?

The cast list for Hunderby is pretty epic and the show’s created by the very wonderful Julia Davis (Nighty Night), Is it too soon to say this show has the potential to be an absolute classic?

Tuesday 28th August

James May’s Things You Need to Know – 11:20 BBC2

“The Top Gear presenter embarks on another light-hearted voyage of discovery, answering questions that have always baffled him on a particular subject. He begins by finding out about German physicist Albert Einstein. Using a combination of animation and motion graphics, James focuses on such topics as – How did a man falling off a roof change the universe? Who wanted Einstein for president? And what happened to his brain?”

I know it’s a Tuesday night; do you really want to listen to James May giving you the low down on Albert Einstein? Of course you do. I can’t quite put my finger on but I find James May quietly entertaining, maybe it’s because he looks like a shed enthusiast from the 70’s. Whatever the reason, it usually makes his educational shows a bit of a treat to watch.

Wednesday 29th August

Paralympics Opening Ceremony – 8:00pm Channel 4

“Jon Snow and Krishnan Guru-Murthy present coverage from the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, as the 14th edition of the Paralympic Games is declared open. The ceremony, entitled Enlightenment, has been designed to challenge perceptions of human possibility and showcase the achievements of British disabled artists and performers, including members of the charity Aerobility, who have overcome barriers to fly aircraft, and a group of people who acquired circus skills on a training course. The event also features a parade of athletes from each of the competing nations, before the arena’s cauldron is lit by the Paralympic flame, marking the official start of the Games.”

“Meet the Superhumans” say the channel 4 billboards plastered across the country. Or is that just Wales? Anyway the Paralympics start this weekend and it’s fair to say it’s been one helluva month for sports  this past month, especially with the new football season starting.

I’d like to be the first person on the internet to wish Team GB Paralympians all the best in the upcoming games.

Thursday 30th August

Good Cop (Series 1 Episode 1 of 4) – 9:00pm BBC1

“Drama series about a beat cop whose his life changes forever when his best friend and colleague is attacked. Starring Warren Brown (Luther).”

Early previews for Good Cop seem strong indeed. One previewer going as far as to say… “This is one of the best opening episodes to a crime show I’ve seen this year, Line of Duty included.”

Massive praise, that.

It’ll also be grand to see boxer-turned-actor Warren Brown getting his first major lead, after his successful stint as John Luther’s sidekick in the aptly named Luther. I’m sure I’ve seen brown in another procedural drama recently though the name currently escapes me; let’s hope he doesn’t end up down the route of being typecast.

Friday 31st August

Parades End (Series 1 Episode 2) 9:00pm BBC2

“A public reunion appears to draw a line under Christopher and Sylvia’s relationship troubles – but behind closed doors, their marriage remains on unsteady ground. Valentine’s continued presence does not make matters any easier, as Christopher struggles to uphold his vows and resist his attraction to her. However, as their domestic dramas continue, a far greater threat looms in the outside world as war seems increasingly likely.”

Benedict Cumberbatch? Enough said.

Saturday 1st September

Doctor Who (Series 7 Episode 1): Asylum of The Daleks  – 7:20pm BBC1

“Matt Smith returns as the oldest time-traveller in the universe. The Doctor, Amy and Rory are kidnapped by their deadly foe the Daleks and forced to go on a seemingly impossible mission – to enter the Asylum, a planetary prison containing the most terrifying and insane of the aliens’ kind. They need an escape route, and fast – but with a mad, mechanised army closing in, and the Ponds’ relationship in meltdown, it is up to the Time Lord to save not only their lives but his friends’ marriage.”

It’s close. So, so very close.

Waiting for the new series of Doctor Who to start has been extremely painful, though nowhere near as bad as waiting for series 3 of Sherlock – that’s just ridiculous – anyway, we’ve been promised much less of a story arc this time round. Each episode is going to be a more contained blockbuster spectacle!

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