what to watch: 12-18 september


This week on telly, Dave goes all political with a topical comedy show fronted by Matt Forde, Sky 1 launch their brand new action drama and we’re once step close to Christmas as The X Factor reaches Bootcamp stage.

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

1. Cold Feet | Monday 12th September, 9pm on ITV

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After last week’s triumphant return to our screens, I can confirm that the opening episode of Cold Feet wasn’t a one-off. They’ve managed to keep the standard up through episode two which is Cold Feet at its very best.

As Pete chauffeurs the happy couple away from the wedding venue Adam reveals that he’s changed his mind about starting a future together in Singapore because his son Matthew needs him in Manchester.

Pete and Jenny continue to worry about money and it’s all taken a toll on their marriage and in particular, their sex life. In an attempt to lift Pete’s spirits, Jenny reminds him of the bedroom fantasies they used to act out when they were younger, but it’s going to take more than a French maid’s costume to snap Pete out of this one. Jenny knows that she’s turned the head of a client at work and can’t fail to be flattered. Trevor is persistent but Jenny would never cheat on her beloved Pete, would she?

Under pressure from his boss, David continues to try and impress Adam’s father-in-law, millionaire businessman, Eddie Zubayr, even enlisting the help of ex-wife Karen, whom Eddie clearly has a thing for.

When David invites Eddie along to the corporate box at Old Trafford his CEO gets wind of the fact and invites himself along forcing David to let his old friends down. As the dads and lads watch on the match on the pub’s big screen, Adam notices that even the win isn’t putting a smile on Pete’s face. Could there be more to his mood than simply being miserable and middle-aged?


2Lost Sitcoms: Steptoe And Son | Wednesday 14th September, 9pm on BBC Four


We’ve had Hancock’s Half Hour and Till Death Us Do Part and now it’s the time for the third and final episode in the Lost Sitcoms series on BBC Four, Steptoe And Son.

That’s right, Steptoe And Son, which originally ran from 1962 to 1965, is also part of the Lost Sitcoms and sees Jeff Rawle (Drop the Dead Donkey) and Ed Coleman (Pride) re-create one of the most successful double acts in the history of British television – Albert Steptoe and his son, Harold.

The episode, A Winter’s Tale, sees Harold desperate to go on a skiing holiday but he doesn’t want Albert there, under any circumstances.


3. Unspun with Matt Forde | Wednesday 14th September, 10pm on Dave

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In a time of unprecedented national and global upheaval, the most exciting voice in political comedy, Matt Forde, brings an up-to-date, fearless weekly political comedy show to inject comedy into the heart of politics.

Recorded the day before airing, the programme will feature reactions to the fast-changing news agenda as well as interviews with leading political figures and additional reporting from international comedians. Joining Matt on the first show of the series will be Labour leader candidate Owen Smith.

Unspun With Matt Forde will bring a brand new, critical style of entertainment to the UK in a time where political satire has never been more essential.


4. John Bishop: In Conversation With Steve Coogan | Thursday 15th September, 9pm on W


We’ve already had James Corden and Charlotte Church and this week John Bishop is joined by Steve Coogan for his new show, In Conversation With…

Steve Coogan pops in to have an intimate chat with John in an insightful, intelligent and revealing one-on-one about his life and career from Alan Partridge to Philomena.


5. Hooten & The Lady | Friday 16th September, 9pm on Sky 1

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Sky 1 love a drama on a Friday night and this week sees the start of their brand new eight-part action drama Hooten & The Lady.

The series follows the nail-biting escapades of maverick adventurer Hooten, played by Michael Lande (CSI, Love Soup) and fearless historical expert Lady Alexandra Lindo-Parker, played by Ophelia Lovibond (W1A, Elementary).

Together, Hooten and Lady team up to travel the globe in search of hidden treasures, from Buddha’s missing scroll to the tomb of Alexander the Great.

In episode one, while following in the footsteps of Victorian explorer Percy Fawcett, Lady Alex is thrown together with Hooten in the thick of the Amazon. But despite hair-raising encounters with the jungle’s wildlife and a lost tribe, the pair stumble upon El Dorado, the lost city of gold.

The series also stars Jessica Hynes (W1A), Shaun Parkes (The Nightmare Worlds of HG Wells), Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers), Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch) and Joanna Scanlan (No Offence).


6. The X Factor | Saturday 17th September & Sunday 18th September, 8pm on ITV

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Let’s face it, The X Factor has been a million times better so far this year, and dare I say it, a return to form.

It might feel like just yesterday that we were watching our first X Factor audition of 2016, but Saturday night sees the end of the room auditions, with just a final few hopeful facing the judges ahead of Bootcamp.

Once the final contestant has sung, those lucky enough to make it through are welcomed to Boot Camp, which this year takes place at Alexandra Palace.

Boot Camp really gets going in Sunday night’s episode where the remaining contestants are put through their paces, having to perform once again for the judges in a series of dancing and singing challenges.

If they succeed in impressing Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, the contestants will earn a coveted place at next week’s Six Chair Challenge and be one step closer to being crowned The X Factor winner following in the footsteps of Louisa Johnson.

7. Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies | Sunday 18th September, 7pm on Gold

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This week sees a brand new series land on Gold called Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies which, as the title would suggest, celebrates the very best of Ealing Studios. Ealing set a comedic benchmark to which all other British studios were in awe. From the mild anarchy of Passport to Pimlico, to the wistful dreams of The Titfield Thunderbolt, these films have remained in the British psyche to this day.

Throughout the series, Richard E. Grant goes on a personal journey through these timeless comedies, exploring the stories, examining their cultural impact and having the time of his life along the way.

n the first episode of the series, Richard traces the history of Ealing Studios, from the Silent Films made at the turn of the century, to the Music Hall comedies of the 30s and a film from the
40s that brought the phrase ‘an Ealing Comedy’ into the national lexicon, Passport to Pimlico.

Joining Richard in the first episode are Jonathan Ross, Al Murray, Michael Palin, Reece Shearsmith and Charlie Hinson who will be giving their personal views on why the Ealing Comedies really are comedy gold.


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