What To Watch – Week Beginning October 7th

Homeland, Channel 4 – Sunday 9pm

After showing season 1 earlier this year, Channel 4 have managed to get the rights to show season 2 of Homeland just a week after it airs on Showtime in America.  The season kicks off with Brody receiving two offers he can’t refuse, while Carrie is reluctantly convinced to return to the job that nearly cost her sanity.  Expect the second season of Homeland to be can’t miss TV once again.

Fresh Meat, Channel 4 – Tuesday 10pm

Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain’s other Channel 4 sitcom returns (Peep Show is back later this year) for a second series after the first won a host of awards.  The main characters may be slightly less fresh than they were last year, but it should be another successful outing for Armstrong and Bain’s comic stylings.

Have I Got News For You, BBC1 – Friday 9pm

Claire Balding hosts, while Father Ted creator Graham Linehan and former mayor of London Ken Livingstone join Paul Merton and Ian Hislop for the 44th series (!) of everyone’s favourite topical news quiz show.  Flights of comedy fancy from Merton and political satire from Hislop guaranteed.

The River, SyFy – Tuesday 10pm

Two things you need to know about The River.

  1. ABC cancelled it after 1 season because no-one watched it.
  2. It’s actually really good.

The show takes place in the Amazon, as a mother and son search for missing explorer Dr. Emmet Cole.  It’s presented as found footage, but that format works well on TV and it’s a genuinely creepy, and often quite scary show.  Give it a chance and you’ll enjoy it.

Spy, Sky1 – Friday 8:30pm

Series 2 of Spy comes to Sky after a successful first series helped go some way to erase the memories (if anyone actually remembers it) of Robert Lindsay starring in My Family for far too long.  Darren Boyd won a BAFTA for his performance as Tim Elliott, and he should be able to repeat that form in series 2.

Freeview Film of the Week:

Man On Wire (2008) BBC4 – Thursday 9pm

The awe-inspiring (or horrifying, if you’re afraid of heights) story of Philippe Petit, the Frenchman who dreamt of walking between the World Trade Centre towers, so you know, did it.  It’s a mesmerising tale of a man driven to great heights (literally), and directed by James Marsh whose Shadow Dancer was released earlier this year.