jeudi 20 juin 2013

Celebrity Big Brother, Waterloo Road and Great Northern Cookbook: TV picks topic

Brian Dowling and Emma Willis present CBB once again this year (Picture: Channel 5)
Brian Dowling and Emma Willis present CBB once again this year (Picture: Channel 5)

TV preview: Celebrity Big Brother unveils its latest gaggle of Z-listers, Waterloo Road heads back to school for another series and Great Northern Cookbook kicks off in Whitby.

Celebrity Big Brother: Live Launch, Channel 5, 9pm

Doesn’t time fly? In the blink of an all-seeing eye, it’s time for a new batch of celebs to step into Big Brother’s wired-up lair for our voyeuristic guilty pleasure. Brian Dowling and Emma Willis are back on hosting duties, welcoming anyone and everyone – from Katie Price and X Factor’s Rylan to Frankie Dettori and Dowling’s old mate Jim Davidson – if the rumour mill is to be believed. One thing’s (almost) for certain: there’s bound to be a fame whore from The Only Way Is Chelsea Shore, because that’s the law.

Waterloo Road, BBC1, 8pm

It’s back to school for the long-running drama which demonstrates that the dysfunction in the staffroom is way worse than anything the students can dream up. Things could change, though. As the new academic year kicks off, Footie Wives legend Zöe Lucker causes a stir as Carol Barry, mother to a trio of not-so-baby Barrys who are hell bent on adding their names to Waterloo Road’s long list of infamy.

Great Northern Cookbook, Channel 5, 8pm

Ever wondered what became of actor Sean Wilson after his Corrie alter ego Martin Platt vanished from the cobbles? Well wonder no more. Wilson has engineered a remarkable career change: he’s now an award-winning cheesemaker and self-taught chef. In this series, he takes us on a culinary tour celebrating the ‘proper food’ of his beloved North, starting in Whitby to batter up some fish’n’chips. But first he’s got to catch the fish…

Star Trek: The True Story, Discovery, 9pm

Taking a look under the bonnet of the TV franchise that’s still boldly going… this series reveals the evolution of the show that starred William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as Captain James T Kirk and Mr Spock and spawned a slew of spin-offs. When it was started by Gene Roddenberry, it was scarcely recognisable as the warp-factor hit it became.

Trouble Abroad, ITV1, 9pm

Cautionary tales should be taken with a pinch of salt, or none of us would ever do anything. But this documentary might dent dreams of moving to a perfect home abroad as we hear from ex-pats who tried to put down new roots in foreign pastures only to come a cropper. Sally’s move to France quicky soured, not because of her newly adopted country but because her husband’s online poker habit blew the budget. Sacré bleu.

Film choice: Mrs Brown, BBC2, 10pm

Billy Connolly returns to cinemas tomorrow in Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet, but he’s unlikely to top his Bafta-nominated turn in this 1997 drama. An ageing Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) is stuck in extended boo-hoo mode after the death of husband, Albert, and has all but vanished from the world. Until, that is, her irreverent Scottish servant Mr Brown (Connolly) bullies and jollies her back to life. If you liked The King’s Speech, you’ll love it. It’s kind of the same, without the stuttering.

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