This week’s best telly includes two new dramas from the writers of The Missing and two new comedy pilots.
Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week…
1. Rellik | Monday 11th September at 9pm on BBC One
From the writers of The Missing comes a brand new six-part drama for BBC One called Rellik, a crime thriller which turns the serial killer story on its head.
Starting at the end, with a prime suspect caught, the series moves backwards in time through the string of gruesome murders, gradually unraveling the truth.
Enigmatic, unrelenting and charismatic, we follow DCI Gabriel Markham, played by Richard Dormer, as he is propelled in an obsessive hunt for a serial killer who left a mark on him both physically and mentally. As the clock ticks back, and Gabriel’s personal and professional lives unfurl, we explore the painful psychology of a man disfigured, while the shockwaves from the crime ripple out in reverse.
Alongside a thrilling chase to catch a brutal killer, Rellik explores the very nature of motivation, as we delve deeper into the past to uncover the events that shape a person into who they will become.
2. Liar | Monday 11th September at 9pm on ITV
Also from the writers of The Missing, and up against Rellik is new ITV drama Liar which tells the story of a night that changes the lives of Laura Nielson (Joanne Froggatt) and Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd) forever.
Laura is a smart and dedicated teacher, not long out of a relationship and unsure about getting back on the dating scene. Andrew is a renowned surgeon whose son is a pupil at Laura’s school. An initial attraction leads to a date, but neither fully realises the far-reaching consequences that their meeting will have on each other or their families.
Truth and consequences go hand in hand in a tense and gripping thriller that examines both sides of a relationship and both sides of the truth. Are there really two sides to every story?
Liar explores the devastating cost of deceit on both the couple and their friends and family, as secrets and lies are laid bare…
3. Doctor Foster | Tuesday 12th September at 9pm on BBC One
Following last week’s triumphant return of Doctor Foster to 6.3m viewers on BBC One, the series continues this week as Gemma attempts to fight back after the fallout from Simon’s return.
Reeling from the repercussions of Simon’s return, Gemma scrambles to uncover his secrets and find out what is going on with Tom.
4. Taskmaster | Wednesday 13th September at 9pm on Dave
The last series of Taskmaster only ended in June, but already Taskmaster Greg Davies and his assistant Alex Horne are back with five brand new comics, each fighting for Greg’s love and admiration.
Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar and Sally Phillips will spend 8 weeks taking part in ridiculous challenges and hoping to follow in the footsteps of last series champion Noel and win Greg’s decapitated head on a spiked plinth.
In the opening episode, they must play basketball without hands, get stranded in a lake and devise special cuddles for a special someone.
5. The Other One | Wednesday 13th September at 10pm on BBC Two
The Other One kicks off BBC Two’s New On Two strand this week, a 30-minute comedy pilot about a girl called Catherine Walcott. And another girl called Catherine Walcott. Sisters who had no idea the other existed until their father drops dead.
Written by Holly Walsh, The Other One stars Siobhan Finneran, Rebecca Front, Ellie White, Lauren Socha and Amit Shah.
6. Static | Friday 15th September at 10:35pm on BBC One
This week BBC One conclude their Comedy Playhouse season with Static, a sitcom all about twenty-something Rob, played by Rob Beckett.
Jacking in his job in London, he moves back in with his parents (Alison Steadman & Phil Davis) in their southeast London family home, only to discover they’ve just sold the house and moved to a static caravan park in Margate.
Not only is Rob now jobless, but he’s now having to live on a sofabed in his parents’ caravan in a holiday park 80 miles from London whilst he figures out his next move.
It seems like a disaster to begin with, but his mum’s delighted to have someone to cook for, and his dad’s figured out how to get thousands of football channels on the telly.
Before long Rob’s getting used to being with mum and dad again, and through them he’s quickly drawn into the world of the park, not to mention the extraordinary characters within it. Static is at heart a family sitcom – warm, working-class, multi-generational and broad, with acutely and affectionately observed characters.
7. Strike – The Silkworm | Sunday 16th September at 9pm on BBC Two
In the concluding part of Strike – The Silkworm, in Robin watches a TV interview in Yorkshire with Fancourt where he accidentally reveals that he’s read Bombyx Mori, despite his previous denials.
Matthew is upset to learn that Robin drove Strike to Devon.
Strike introduces lawyer friend Ilsa Herbert to Leonora, and reveals that ropes and overalls were bought on the family credit card. Strike and Robin are suspicious of Fancourt, who had access to the house and a feud with Quine. They meet him at a party where it is announced he’s joining Quine’s publisher.
Strike and Robin speculate that the killer wrote Bombyx Mori and hire a literary analyst to help. They confront the killer who tries to escape…