OLD BOY’S TV CHOICE

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    OLD BOY’S TV CHOICE


    This thread is designed to draw your attention to the best new films and also those unmissable movies from the last 20 years; the most watchable dramas; new documentaries; and popular music being screened each week on your TV, as assessed by OLD BOY.


    These listings are designed to be used for recording and bookmarking, and so programmes repeated at a later date will not normally feature on the list. However, discretion will be used where a programme has proved to be very popular or otherwise has particular merit, just in case you didn’t list it first time around.


    Sport, soaps and reality shows generally will not feature in these listings.


    Watching programmes live from the schedules is not the best use of your time and does not provide a particularly good experience for the TV viewer - on demand and pre-recorded viewing is highly recommended! If you record or bookmark all the programmes of interest to you on this thread each week, you will be surprised how quickly your list builds up, week by week, even during the summer season, when the good programmes are harder to find.


    I hope you find these listings useful. If you have any suggestions on how this thread can be improved, please post your ideas here.

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    OLD BOY’S TV CHOICE: 22 January 2022


    🔘 - Standard definition

    🤗 - Sounds good

    🤔 - Might be worth a look

    🆕 - New to TV

    ↔️ - Series

    📀 - Film

    👬 - For under-12s

    📲 - Channel/time


    ***SUGGESTED RECORDING PICKS

    From your TV channels


    All content is presented in HD or UHD except where otherwise indicated


    Regional variations may apply for certain programmes on BBC and the main ITV channel.


    These listings apply to viewers in England on the Virgin Media platform. Sky Atlantic listings are included for those who also have the Now entertainment package.


    The focus of these listings is on films, dramas, music, entertainment shows, important scheduled events (not sport) and documentaries.


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    👁SATURDAY

    22 January 2022

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    📀NOBODY (2021) 🤗

    A placid family man shows another side to his character when he is burgled.

    📲Sky Cinema Vengeance, 8pm


    🆕📀SUPERNOVA (2020)🤔

    A writer/astronomer has to come to terms with his partner’s early onset dementia. A touching and well-made film which may not be to everyone’s taste.

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm


    🆕DOLLY PARTON AT THE BBC

    This programme is followed by a series of music programmes performed by the singer.

    📲BBC2, 8.30pm


    🆕THE ALPINIST

    Documentary about Marc-André Leclerc, a mountain climber renowned for his daring ascents.

    📲Sky Documentaries, 9pm


    📀ROBIN HOOD (2010) 🤔

    The familiar story of how Robin Hood first came to be an outlaw.

    📲ITV4, 9.05pm


    📀MIDWAY (2019) 🤗

    This film tells the true story of the Battle of Midway, which turned the course of the war against Japan in 1942.

    📲Channel 4, 9.30pm


    📀THE RIVER AND THE WALL (2019)

    Five friends embark on a 1,200-mile expedition down the Rio Grande to document the borderlands before the construction of a wall to explore how it would impact wildlife, immigration, public lands, border security and landowners.

    📲Virgin Ultra HD, 9.30pm


    📀RUN ALL NIGHT (2015) 🤔

    A drunken father pulls himself together when his estranged son is targeted by criminals after witnessing a murder.

    📲ITV, 10.30pm


    🆕MUSIC VAULT

    A Robert Burns special programme.

    📲BBC Scotland, 11pm


    🆕🔘THE GRIM SLEEPER: MIND OF A MONSTER

    📲Quest Red, 11pm


    🆕📀THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (2016) 🤗

    Two coroners investigate the death of beautiful ‘Jane Doe’. As they aim to ascertain who she is and how she died, they find an increasingly bizarre set of clues.

    📲Film4, 11.25pm


    📀PERSONAL SHOPPER (2016) 🤔

    A personal shopper buys clothes for her employer, but she is distracted by her need to contact her brother who recently died of the same condition that she has.

    📲BBC2, 1.25am


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    👁SUNDAY

    23 January

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    📀CAPTIVE STATE (2019) 🤗

    In a future Chicago, people have had to adapt to a world under alien occupation. A resistance movement has been formed to undermine their objectives.

    📲Sky Cinema Sci-Fi/Horror, 3.10pm


    📀A QUIET PLACE PART II (2020)🤗

    When the Abbotts step back out into the world, they become aware that the blind creatures that hunt by sound are not the only thing that threatens them.

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm


    🆕↔️THE GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL 🤔

    A girl with a highly contagious virus is admitted to hospital.

    📲ITV, 8pm


    TOP PICK

    🆕↔️TRIGGER POINT 🤗

    A team of bomb disposal experts are directed to look into a suspected bomb factory in a block of flats.

    📲ITV, 9pm


    🆕THE CARIBBEAN WITH ANDI AND MAQUITA

    📲BBC2, 9pm


    🆕THE ROYAL BALLET: THE DANTE PROJECT

    📲BBC4, 9pm


    🆕MAUTHAUSEN: CAMP OF NO RETURN

    Documentary about the Nazi prison camp, where hundreds of thousands died.

    📲Sky History, 9pm


    📀PASSENGERS (2016) 🤔

    Two space travellers wake up some 90 years before schedule.

    📲E4, 9pm


    🆕RED ELVIS: THE COLD WAR COWBOY

    Documentary on the pop star who defected to the Soviet Union in the 1970s.

    📲Sky Documentaries, 9pm


    📀THE SOUVENIR (2019) 🤗

    A shy but ambitious film student falls into an intense and emotionally fraught relationship with a charismatic but untrustworthy older man.

    📲BBC2, 10pm


    🆕NUMBERED

    Documentary. Auschwitz prisoners were tattooed with serial numbers, first on their chests and then on their left arms. This film documents the dark stories of these markings and what they mean today.

    📲Sky History, 10.15pm


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    👁MONDAY

    24 January

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    🆕↔️🔘CITIZEN HEARST

    Documentary about William Randolph Hearst.

    📲PBS America, 8.40pm


    TOP PICK

    🆕↔️THE RESPONDER 🤗

    Martin Freeman stars in this crime drama about a police response officer who tries to hold down his busy job while his marriage is falling apart.

    📲BBC1, 9pm


    TOP PICK

    🆕↔️BILLIONS 🤗

    Mike Prince has landed Axe’s bank and hedge fund.

    📲Sky Atlantic, 9pm


    🆕↔️THE NILSEN FILES

    Documentary about the investigation relating to serial murderer Dennis Nilsson.

    📲BBC2, 9pm


    📀🔘MR BROOKS (2007)🤗

    A serial killer with an eye for detail leaves few clues as a frazzled cop tries to bring him down.

    📲GREAT! movies, 9pm


    🆕↔️🔘SKIN

    Treatment of skin conditions.

    📲5STAR, 9pm


    🆕↔️FASTER WITH FINNEGAN

    📲Discovery, 10pm


    🆕I, SNIPER: THE WASHINGTON KILLERS

    Documentary about the US sniper who terrorised Washington in 2002.

    📲Channel 4, 10pm


    🆕SOLD: SEX SLAVES NEXT DOOR

    Documentary with a report by Jean MacKenzie.

    📲BBC2, 11.15pm


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    👁TUESDAY

    25 January

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    📀SUFFRAGETTE (2015) 🤗

    Prior to World War I, equal rights for women was the big issue of the day, and many joined up for the suffragette movement to campaign for the right to vote. They met with tough male resistance.

    📲Film4, 6.50pm


    🆕🔘LOVE PARADE: THE TRIAL

    A planned open-air party at Duisburg becomes a catastrophe when hundreds of visitors are trapped at the entrance.

    📲PBS America, 7.20pm


    🆕↔️THE NARROW SEA, THE FATHER SHORE WITH PHIL CUNNINGHAM

    Phil Cunningham celebrates the relationship between Scotland and Ulster with his music.

    📲BBC Scotland, 8pm


    📀LIMITLESS (2011) 🤗

    A writer decides to bolster his inspiration with a new pill that is reputed to boost brain power, but it has side effects. Not only that, but criminals have their sights on stealing the drug for themselves.

    📲Sky Cinema Thriller, 8.35pm


    🆕↔️THE DECADE THE RICH WON

    Documentary on how the rich have profited since the 2008 crash.

    📲BBC2, 9pm


    🆕↔️SECRETS OF THE KRAYS

    Documentary about the notorious Kray brothers, who were gangsters operating in the East End of London on the 1960s.

    📲ITV, 9pm


    TOP PICK

    🆕↔️THE GILDED AGE 🤗

    Period drama set after the American Civil War when the conflicts between the established wealthy elite and the up and coming middle class company owners was causing increasing tension.

    📲Sky Atlantic, 9pm


    📀🔘KNUCKLEBALL (2018) 🤗

    When his grandfather dies unexpectedly, a boy is subjected to a terrifying situation with nowhere to run.

    📲Horror, 9pm


    🆕REOPENING NIGHT

    Public Theatre reopens after lockdown.

    📲Sky Documentaries, 9pm


    🆕↔️KINGS OF THE WOOD

    Alex is asked to make a beautiful bench, Robin works on a surfboard coffee table and Ella builds an aviation themed garden planter.

    📲Quest, 9pm


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    👁WEDNESDAY

    26 January

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    🆕HUNTING ALASKAN DINOSAURS

    📲National Geographic, 8pm


    🆕↔️KATIE PRICE’S MUCKY MANSION

    📲Channel 4, 9pm


    🆕JAY BLADES: LEARNING TO READ AT 51

    📲BBC1, 9pm


    📀WIND RIVER (2017) 🤗

    The murder of a young woman in a Wyoming reservation is investigated by a hunter and an FBI agent.

    📲Film4, 9pm


    NEW FOREST: THE CROWN’S HUNTING GROUND

    A remarkable year in the life of New Forest, told through the eyes of its most iconic inhabitants - newly born New Forest foal, a pair of goshawks nesting in the ancient woods, a fallow deer and its fawn, and a family of foxes.

    📲Smithsonian, 10pm


    🆕FINAL ACCOUNT

    A ‘Storyville’ documentary with accounts of people with stories about Adolf Hitler, including witnesses who were part of the Nazi machine.

    📲BBC4, 10pm


    🆕↔️🔘GOOD BONES

    Modernising a traditional house.

    📲HGTV, 10pm


    ↔️SIX FEET UNDER 🤔

    Another chance to watch this series from the beginning.

    📲Sky Atlantic, 11pm


    🆕📀LITTLE JOE (2019) 🤔

    A plant that has been engineered to produce a scent providing a sense of well being proves to have additional abilities. Different….

    📲BBC2, 11.15pm


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    👁THURSDAY

    27 January

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    🆕SMART MOTORWAYS: HITTING THE BRAKES?

    A ‘Tonight’ documentary.

    📲ITV, 7.30pm

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    🆕HOTSPOTS: ON THE FRONT LINE

    The reinstatement of the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

    📲Sky Documentaries, 9pm


    🆕SURVIVORS: PORTRAITS OF THE HOLOCAUST

    📲BBC2, 9pm


    🆕📀OLD BOYS (2018) 🤔

    A public school boy tries to engage his French teacher’s aloof daughter, assisted by his friend who is also infatuated with her.

    📲Film4, 9pm


    🆕↔️MURDOCH MYSTERIES

    📲Alibi, 9pm


    📀EX MACHINA (2014) 🤗

    A young coder wins a competition to participate in a bizarre experiment which involves interacting with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, a beautiful female robot.

    📲Film4, 10.55pm


    🆕NIGHT WILL FALL (2014)

    Documentary about the Nazi concentration camps filmed by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945.

    📲More4, 11.05pm


    📀THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS (2008) 🤗

    A concentration camp commandant’s eight-year-old son makes friends with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence.

    📲BBC2, 11.15pm


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    👁FRIDAY

    28 January

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    🆕↔️THE WORLD’S MOST SCENIC RIVER JOURNEYS

    📲Channel 5, 7pm


    🆕🔘IN SEARCH OF MONSTERS

    A man who was tortured at Guantanamo Bay tries to seek out his former tormentors.

    📲PBS America, 8.35pm


    🆕FRIDAY NIGHT IN A&E

    📲Channel 5, 9pm


    🆕MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE (2019)

    Profile of Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of INXS.

    📲BBC4, 9pm


    🆕↔️THE LAST LEG

    Exploring the amusing events of the week.

    📲Channel 4, 10pm


    🆕↔️80s GREATEST POP VIDEOS: 1980

    📲Channel 5, 10pm


    🆕ARETHA: THE QUEEN OF SOUL’S BIGGEST HITS

    📲Channel 5, 12.05am



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    OLD BOY’S TV CHOICE: Previous week


    🔘 - Standard definition

    🤗 - Sounds good

    🤔 - Might be worth a look

    🆕 - New to TV

    ↔️ - Series

    📀 - Film

    👬 - For under-12s

    📲 - Channel/time


    ***SUGGESTED RECORDING PICKS

    From your TV channels


    All content is presented in HD or UHD except where otherwise indicated


    Regional variations may apply for certain programmes on BBC and the main ITV channel.


    These listings apply to viewers in England on the Virgin Media platform. Sky Atlantic listings are included for those who also have the Now entertainment package.


    The focus of these listings is on films, dramas, music, entertainment shows, important scheduled events (not sport) and documentaries.


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    👁SATURDAY

    15 January 2022

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    🆕📀THE PAPER TIGERS (2020)🤔

    Comedy drama about three men who have turned 50 who decide to investigate who killed their martial arts master.

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm


    TOP PICK

    🆕↔️HIDDEN ASSETS 🤗

    Detectives from Ireland and Belgium have to work together when a bag of diamonds linked to recent Belgian bombings are discovered in Ireland.

    📲BBC4, 9pm


    📀MAN ON FIRE (2004) 🤗

    A bodyguard takes responsibility for taking a schoolgirl into school each day and is filled with a need for revenge when she is kidnapped.

    📲Film4, 9pm


    TOP PICK

    ↔️🔘TRACES 🤗

    Emma’s return to Dundee brings her mother’s unsolved murder into sharp focus. Resolved to find the truth, Emma puts love and life at risk as she fights to bring the killer to justice.

    📲Drama, 9pm


    📀YULI (2018) 🤔

    Drama about the life of a Cuban dancer who leads some of the best ballet productions.

    📲BBC2, 10pm


    📀THE TAKE (2016) 🤗

    A rogue CIA agent forms an unlikely partnership with a pickpocket to stop a terrorist conspiracy in Paris.

    📲Channel 4, 11.50pm


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    👁SUNDAY

    16 January

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    🆕↔️DANCING ON ICE

    📲ITV, 6.30pm


    🆕📀PIG (2021) 🤗

    A man who owns a pig to sniff out truffles is devastated when his ‘pet’ is stolen and he plans to retrieve it.

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm


    🆕↔️THE 80s TOP 10

    Rob Lowe talks about the things he remembers most about the 1980s.

    📲National Geographic, 8pm


    🆕↔️SPYCRAFT

    📲Sky History 2, 8pm


    🆕↔️KALAHARI: LAND OF SECRET ALLIANCES

    📲Sky Nature, 8.30pm


    🆕↔️SUE PERKINS’ BIG AMERICAN ROAD TRIP

    Sue travels through California and Colorado in her camper van.

    📲Channel 4, 9pm


    📀TULIP FEVER (2017) 🤔

    A young married woman falls for the artist commissioned to paint her portrait during the tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.

    📲BBC2, 10pm


    ↔️🔘DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS 🤔

    Cerebral police detective Adam Dalgleish investigates a death at a theological college where he spent happy times as a youth.

    📲Drama, 10pm


    ↔️🔘BROKEN 🤔

    Father Michael reaches out to a troubled parishioner, a single mother of three, who is struggling for money following a series of unfortunate events.

    📲Drama, 12 m’t


    📀END OF WATCH (2012) 🤗

    Two LAPD officers deal with marriage, love and fatherhood amid the harsh realities on the streets of Los Angeles.

    📲BBC1, 12.10am


    📀THE WITCH (2015) 🤗

    When their baby son disappears in the year 1630, the parents blame their teenage daughter, who is a witch.

    📲Channel 4, 12.55am


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    👁MONDAY

    17 January

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    🆕↔️RIP OFF BRITAIN: HOLIDAYS

    📲BBC1, 10am


    🆕↔️WATERCOLOUR CHALLENGE

    📲Channel 5, 4pm


    🆕↔️PROPERTY BROTHERS: FOREVER HOMES

    📲W, 6pm


    🆕↔️WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? USA

    📲Dave, 7pm


    🆕↔️GEORDIE HOSPITAL

    📲Channel 4, 8pm


    🆕↔️BREAKING DAD

    With Bradley & Barney Walsh.

    📲ITV, 8pm


    🆕↔️DRIVING FORCE

    Documentary on the life of footballer Eniola Aluko.

    📲ITV4, 8pm


    🆕↔️AIR CRASH INVESTIGATION

    National Geographic, 8pm


    🆕KELVIN’S BIG FARMING ADVENTURE

    📲BBC1, 8.30pm


    🆕↔️KEEPING UP WITH THE ARISTOCRATS

    📲ITV, 9pm


    📀CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013) 🤗

    The Captain of a container ship is taken hostage by Somali pirates.

    📲ITV4, 9pm


    🆕↔️999: WHAT’S YOUR EMERGENCY?

    📲Channel 4, 9pm


    🆕IMPRACTICAL JOKERS: TWISTS AND TURNS

    📲Comedy Central, 10pm


    🆕ATTILA’S FORBIDDEN TOMB

    📲Sky History, 10pm


    🆕📀LOVING VINCENT (2017)🤔

    Animated drama about the life and death of Vincent van Goch

    📲Film4, 11.45pm


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    👁TUESDAY

    18 January

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    🆕↔️WINTERWATCH

    📲BBC2, 8pm


    🆕GHISLAINE, PRINCE ANDREW & THE PAEDOPHILE

    Documentary about the sex trafficking case.

    📲ITV, 9pm


    🆕WHY SHIPS CRASH

    Documentary featuring the story of the ‘Ever Given’ container ship that blocked the Suez Canal last March, contributing to supply chain problems even now.

    📲BBC2, 9pm


    🆕↔️24 HOURS IN A&E

    📲Channel 4, 9pm


    📀🔘EVEREST (2015) 🤗

    Two teams of mountaineers are trapped on Mount Everest is a fierce snowstorm.

    📲GREAT! movies, 9pm


    📀LAND (2021) 🤔

    A local hunter brings a grieving lawyer back from the brink of death after she retreats to the harsh wilderness of the Rockies.

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 10pm


    📀🔘CARRIE (2013) 🤗

    Updated version of the film about a girl with a strange kinetic power who turns the tables on the pupils at her school who have been tormenting her.

    📲5STAR, 11.50pm


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    👁WEDNESDAY

    19 January

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    🆕↔️DREAM HOME MAKEOVERS

    With Sophie Robinson.

    📲Channel 5, 7pm


    🆕AZF: FRENCH FACTORY EXPLOSION

    Documentary about the Toulouse incident.

    📲National Geographic, 8pm


    TOP PICK

    🆕↔️PRETTY HARD CASES 🤗

    Comedy drama about Kelly, a drug-squad detective, who works with a crime detective, Samantha, to take down a drugs lord.

    📲Alibi, 9pm


    📀CONCRETE PLANS (2020)🤗

    When builders are brought in to renovate a farmhouse, they fall out amongst each other, and on top of that, the owner refuses to pay them. Expect a violent reaction…

    📲Film4, 9pm


    🆕↔️TREADSTONE 🤔

    🔘on Sky

    Superhuman assassins created during a covert operation are reactivated to resume their deadly missions.

    📲5Action, 9pm


    📀APOLLO 11

    Documentary.

    📲Sky Documentaries, 9pm


    📀HUMMINGBIRD

    🔘on Sky

    📲5Action, 10.05pm


    🆕STACEY DOOLEY: STALKERS

    📲BBC1, 10.35pm


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    👁THURSDAY

    20 January

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    🆕📀MASS ( 2021)🤗

    The parents of a boy who was a victim of a school shooting and those of a boy who did the shooting meet years afterwards and try to make sense of it all.

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm


    🆕🔘GERMANY’S NEO-NAZIS AND THE FAR RIGHT

    📲PBS America, 8.40pm


    🆕↔️🔘BANGERS AND CASH

    📲Yesterday, 9pm


    🆕↔️THE ROOKIE

    John Nolan goes full speed ahead to solve a kidnapping case.

    📲Sky Witness, 9pm


    🆕↔️BUILDING OFF THE GRID

    Looking at buildings constructed in dangerous places.

    📲Discovery, 9pm


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    👁FRIDAY

    21 January

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    🆕📀NOBODY (2021) 🤗

    Once an assassin, a bored middle-aged man suddenly faces a home invasion, and he puts his old skills back into use. Plenty of action in this film!

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm


    🆕↔️THE GREAT SONGWRITERS

    Gary Kemp starts the series with a look at his songwriting process and his creative vision.

    📲Sky Arts, 8pm


    🆕DEPECHE MODE - EXCITER LIVE IN PARIS

    📲Sky Arts, 9pm


    🆕↔️NEW YORK HOMICIDE

    📲Sky Crime, 9pm


    🆕↔️THE IMPOSSIBLE ROW

    📲Quest, 9pm


    🆕🔘NETHERWORLD

    Documentary about the Paris catacombs.

    📲Really, 9pm



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    Sport, soaps and reality shows generally will not feature in these listings.

    Oh well, just have to live with that! ;)^^


    These lists are a very good reminder of just how much good telly there is, but still spread across too many channels. One day we might be down to a couple of dozen channels or less and that is more than plenty to offer a wide range of shows and films.


    Thanks OB as always. :)

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    Oh well, just have to live with that! ;)^^


    These lists are a very good reminder of just how much good telly there is, but still spread across too many channels. One day we might be down to a couple of dozen channels or less and that is more than plenty to offer a wide range of shows and films.


    Thanks OB as always. :)

    Thank you, Horizon. There is quite a lot of stuff to watch spread over all those channels as you say, but most of the scripted drama at the moment is films. There are lots of new dramas in the making, though, so hopefully the Autumn season will show a big improvement.

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    The latest TV listings have now been added above for the week commencing 17 July.


    The eagerly awaited third series of ‘Manifest’ starts on Sky 1 tonight at 9pm. All 13 episodes of the new series are available on demand already. If you have not watched the first two series about the mystery of the plane that disappeared off the radar for five years, then suddenly reappeared, this is a must-see, and you can catch up from the beginning on demand.


    Also worth a look is ‘The Pact’, in which a snap decision at a work party has shocking repercussions. Watch this series from the beginning on the BBC I-player.

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    As the summer season groans on, it is necessary to pick and choose what to watch. Fortunately, there are some good films to enjoy when our entertainment channels fill their schedules with game shows, reality programmes and the like.


    Just two dramas of note in the week commencing 24 July. We have ‘Quiz’ which is the story about an attempt to cheat on the ITV show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’. This is a second chance to view this drama, which is actually well worth a look if you missed it first time around.


    The ‘Law and Order’ series was good, and the spin off being shown on Friday ‘Law and Order: Organised Crime’ should not disappoint if you liked the original series.


    The murky truth behind Ted Kennedy’s car crash which killed his campaign worker is re-enacted in the 2017 film ‘Chappaquiddick’. This incident was suspicious at the time for those who were around then - this film tells us that we were right to have our doubts. I thought his political career would be over after that, but amazingly he was elected President not long afterwards.

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    The murky truth behind Ted Kennedy’s car crash which killed his campaign worker is re-enacted in the 2017 film ‘Chappaquiddick’.

    I remember a sketch on TV from Alas Smith and Jones, I think, with Teddy Kennedy at the lectern: Chappaquiddick taught me a lot, it taught me never drive over narrow bridges when you're blind drunk.

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    If you missed ‘The Rook’ first time around and you enjoy the well produced futuristic stuff, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s back on from the start - Thursday just after midnight on Virgin Ultra HD. See above listings for details in post #2.

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    Well, we are coming to the end of the summer season, and so there is still a heavy reliance on films, documentaries and repeats for the best entertainment this coming week (see post #2).


    The only Top Pick this time is ‘The Bay’, which is well worth watching.

  • A new series of Start-Up (Virgin Ultra HD) and Brittania (Sky Atlantic) start this week.


    I have followed ‘Start-Up’ from the beginning and have really enjoyed this series. It follows a group of young people who start up a cryptocurrency business. If you have not seen this to date, all three series are available on Virgin On Demand and on Amazon Prime.


    Brittania I have yet to see, but it looks to be pretty outrageous and so it should be fun (if not rather near the knuckle!). If you missed the first series, Sky viewers can watch it on demand, but Virgin viewers will need to access both series via Now (TV).


    Only two weeks to wait for the much improved Autumn season!


    The updated listings for next week are available in post #2 above.

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  • Never heard of Start Up, so thanks for that OB. I did at the beginning of the year watch the first series of Britannia and hope to get back to that soon.

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  • Next week’s listings are displayed on post #2 above.


    For the beginning of the Autumn season, some Sky channels change from 1 September. Sky One is replaced by Sky Showcase and there is a new channel as well - Sky Max.


    Many programmes on Sky Showcase are highlights of other Sky channels, and are simulcast with them. All in all, this does not mean we are getting lots of new content, and I suspect that this re-arrangement is cleverly disguised to cover up the reality that most of the new US content is going directly to the streamers now.


    Hopefully, the promised additional programming from Sky Studios will help to plug the gap, along with some original stuff from Comcast.


    Top Picks this week include ‘Vigil’ which sounds very promising.

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  • 3 September 2021


    This week’s top dramas are ‘Snitch’ (Virgin Ultra HD), a repeat of ‘Limetown’ (Alibi) and new drama ‘Wolfe’ (Sky Max/Sky Showcase) - see #2 above.


    As the Autumn Season progresses, more new dramas should be appearing on our screens, and as this happens, we will be concentrating more on these than the lower quality programming to which we are regularly subjected during the Summer Season. I am pleased to note that a lot more watchable new series will be available soon, despite the rise of the streamers and after the hiatus caused by the recent lockdown.

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  • Top dramas this week are ‘Endeavour’ (ITV, 8pm Wednesday) which is a bit old school, but interesting storylines nonetheless; ‘Manhunt’ (ITV3, 10pm Monday) which is well worth seeing if you missed it first time around; ‘Help’ (Channel 4, 9pm Thursday), a powerful story starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham; and ‘All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5, 9pm, Thursday).


    See post # 2 above for details.

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  • W/c 18 September 2022


    Nothing much stands out in the listings this coming week - we still await those nice new programmes for the autumn season (see #2). One or two tasty bits to watch, though!

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  • ‘Hollington Drive’ and ‘The Undoing’ are two dramas to watch out for in particular this week, although ‘Powers’ also sounds promising if you enjoy stories about superheroes!


    See #2 for details.

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  • I am pleased to report that things are looking up on the drama front this week, although most of the programmes are repeats which you may well have missed. For example ‘Underground’ on Virgin Media Ultra HD (Monday) about a man who owns a slave plantation who wants to be a US senator, ‘Your Honour’ and ‘Succession’ on Sky Atlantic (Sunday and Monday respectively), and series 5 of ‘Blue Murder’, with previous series available on demand.


    There is also a repeat of ‘Honour’ on Thursday, about a woman who goes missing after repeated attempts to get the police involved. It doesn’t stop there - another chance to see ‘Guilt’ is provided on Friday, in which two brothers try to cover up a road traffic accident.


    In the week commencing 2 October, we have two new series beginning - Ridley Road from the BBC on Sunday about the British fascist threat in the 1960s, and ‘Valley of Tears’ about the Yom Kippur War in 1973, in which Israel faced a threat of annihilation.


    Together with some decent films to watch, next week is not an altogether bad one! Full details at #2.

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  • ‘Angela Black’, ‘Scenes from a Marriage’ and ‘Cobra: Cyberwar’ are the top pick dramas showing in the week commencing 9 October.


    Full details of recommended listings are shown in #2 above.

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  • The recommended listings for the week commencing 16 October are now on post #2.


    A key new one-off drama this week is ‘The Trick’, which follows the hapless scientist as he is embroiled in the events surrounding the climate scandal.


    Another scandal involving President Clinton and intern Monica Lewinsky is dramatised in ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’, the second good drama this week from the BBC.


    ‘Succession’ and ‘Shetland’ also make a welcome return to our screens.


    Full details above.

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  • Ray Donovan and Chernobyl are repeated and are two of the three of my top picks this coming week commencing 23 October (see #2 above).


    The only original top pick is Temple, which returns with a new series this week.


    All of these shows including the previous series will be on demand (or on Now TV for the Sky Atlantic shows not on Virgin Media).

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