what to watch: 29 august – 4 september

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From an hour-long interview with James Corden, a ton of new comedy on the BBC and the return of Strictly Come Dancing, there’s no shortage of great programmes to watch if you plan to spend your evenings in front of the telly.

Here are the 7 shows you can’t miss this week…

1. Mount Pleasant | Tuesday 30th August, 9pm on Sky 1

Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is back for a sixth series on Sky 1 and is showing no signs of slowing down.

We find Lisa continuing to navigate her not-so-simple suburban life in Manchester but she’s excited as Fersa has been nominated for a small business award. Her now best friend Jenna expresses her hatred for the judge, Adam Wyatt, but Lisa still wants to win.

The new series kicks off with the opening of a revamped Dog and Dart pub, now under the ownership of Bradley. With this role, he has turned over a new leaf and has promised his daughter Ella that he will follow the right path. What could possibly go wrong?

As the wedding gets close, Greg worries Tanya has unresolved feelings for ex-husband Bradley. Elsewhere Fergus is back on the property ladder and having left the cloth, Roger embarks on his  ‘new career’ and Pauline excitingly waits for her husband Charlie’s return.

Read my interview with Sally Lindsay here.

2. John Bishop: In Conversation With… | Thursday 1st September, 9pm on W

Ep1: James Corden

This week John Bishop: In Conversation With… launches on UKTV’s W channel and sees John Bishop swap his stand-up mic for an interviewer’s chair and his first chat is with James Corden.

He talks candidly candidly to James Corden about everything from his first big break in Fat Friends, to creating Gavin And Stacey and his phenomenal new career as a TV chat show host in the USA including personal insights into his life in America.

In each episode John has chosen ten fascinating names from the worlds of comedy, entertainment and sport to join him for an intimate conversation, leading him to discover the person behind the public persona in a series of intelligent, insightful and often revealing one-on-one interviews.

Those popping in to have a chat with John include James Corden (who’s first up in the hotseat), then Charlotte Church, Steve Coogan, Alex Brooker, Kirsty Young, Freddie Flintoff, Sir Lenny Henry, Jo Brand, Rupert Everett and Miriam Margolyes.


3. Lost Sitcoms: Till Death Us Do Part | Thursday 1st September, 9pm on BBC Four

Lost Sitcoms

No BBC channel escapes Sitcom Season, and BBC Four have chosen to celebrate with Lost Sitcoms, the scripts exist, but they were never made into an episode.

First up is Till Death Us Do Part, written by Johnny Speight the episode sees Simon Day (Brian Pern) reprise the role of Alf Garnett in the episode, A Woman’s Place Is In The Home.

Alf arrives home to find himself in an empty house with a burnt supper, and sets about putting things right using his local telephone box. Other cast includes Lizzie Roper (Boy Meets Girl) playing Else; Sydney Rae White (Uncle) playing Rita and Carl Au (Waterloo Road) playing Mike.


4. Our Ex-Wife | Thursday 1st September, 10pm on BBC Two

Our Ex Wife - Angus Young. c BBC

As well as reviving some classic BBC sitcoms, Sitcom Season on the BBC is also looking to discover the next big hit and BBC Two are showing a series of pilots, the first of which is Our Ex-Wife.

Robert Webb (Peep Show) stars as divorcee Jack in this brand new, hate-filled comedy. Jack has finally found real happiness with fiancée Sara (Melanie Lynskey), but his unhinged ex-wife and mother of his kids, Hillary (Victoria Hamilton) is determined to destroy it.

Whilst Jack wants Hillary out of their lives, Sara has made it her personal crusade to build a relationship with her for the sake of children Ava (Holly Earl) and Max (Archie Lyndhurst). Peter Egan guest stars as Jack’s phlegmatic father George.


5. Goodnight Sweetheart | Friday 2nd September, 9pm on BBC One

Goodnight Sweetheart

This week sees the return of Goodnight Sweetheart, one of the BBC’s longest running and best-loved sitcoms from the 90s, which is being given sparkling new life as part of the BBC’s landmark sitcom season.

We last saw time-travelling TV repairman Gary Sparrow, played by Nicholas Lyndhurst, 17 years ago when his mysterious time-portal closed for good, leaving him trapped forever in 1945 with his East End pub-owning wife Phoebe (Elizabeth Carling), their none-too-bright friend Reg (Christopher Ettridge) and their toddler son Michael.

Abandoned in 1999, and sadly resigned to never seeing him again, were his original wife, the successful and glamorous Yvonne (Emma Amos) and his oldest friend Ron (Victor McGuire).

Now, 17 years have gone by and it’s 1962 – the year Gary was in fact born. Is it possible he could actually witness the event? Well, obviously not, according to the elementary rules of time travel: it might cause some very startling consequences such as being catapulted ahead into 2016 – a world he knows nothing about.

This one-off special is written by original creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran and sees the return of the entire original cast from 1999. They’re joined by youngsters Tim Preston, Esme Coy, Liam Jeavons and Khali Best.

Directed by Martin Dennis (Men Behaving Badly), executive produced by Jon Rolph (Chewing Gum) and produced by Humphrey Barclay (Desmond’s), Goodnight Sweetheart looks set to find its place in the nation’s affections all over again.


6. Young Hyacinth | Friday 2nd September, 9:30pm on BBC One

Young Hyacinth

It’s the prequel to Keeping Up Appearances we didn’t know we wanted. Young Hyacinth is set in the late 1950s in a crowded canal cottage and sees Kerry Howard deliver a wonderful performance as Hyacinth Buckey (pronounced Bouquet).

Hyacinth’s desperate attempts to transform her sisters and her Dad (Mark Addy) into an altogether better class of family are not always appreciated.

The sisters have their own dreams and ambitions, Violet (Tamla Kari) dreams of wealth, Daisy (Katherine Pearce) dreams of the great outdoors and Rose (Katie Redford) dreams of film stars and boys; whilst Hyacinth dreams of the day she’ll have matching china. Oh and how she wishes that her darling Daddy, currently scraping by as a part-time brush salesman with a tricycle and a drink problem, could be more like ex-Squadron Leader Cooper-Smith for whom she works as a maid.

Young Hyacinth also features Tony Gardner, Debra Stephenson, Tim Downie and James Wrighton.

Read my review here.


7. Strictly Come Dancing – The Launch Show | Saturday 3rd September, 6:50pm on BBC One


The X Factor started last week and this week the countdown to Christmas OFFICIALLY begins as this year’s Strictly Come Dancing launches on BBC One. The live shows don’t start for another couple of weeks but this is the moment we find out who will dancing with who every Saturday night.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, here’s a reminder of this year’s celebrities; Ed Balls, Will Young, Laura Whitmore, Melvin Odoom, Ore Oduba, Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac, Daisy Lowe, Greg Rutherford, Anastacia, Naga Munchetty, Claudia Fragapane, Judge Rinder, Lesley Joseph and Tameka Empson.

Once again Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will host the main show with Zoe Ball overseeing proceeding on weekday sister show It Takes Two over on BBC Two.

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