August is shaping up to be a treasure trove for TV, packed full of hidden gems 💎 just waiting to be discovered. Our team of telly experts have done the digging for you, so you can sit back, relax and simply tune into some seriously good telly.
Check out what we've got in store for you... 👀
Knightfall, BLAZE, 18th August, 10pm
Starring Downton Abbey's Tom Cullen and Jim Carter, this new drama follows the history of the Knight's Templar. The series begins after the fall of the city of Acre, the Templar’s last stronghold in the Holy Land, where the Holy Grail is lost.
Years later, a clue emerges suggesting the whereabouts of the Grail and sends the Templars, led by the noble, courageous and headstrong Templar Knight Landry (Tom Cullen), on a life or death mission to find the lost Cup of Christ. Focusing on themes such as belief, sacrifice, politics, love, power and revenge – Knightfall goes deep into the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks to find out who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing.
Did you know that the series was executive produced by Jeremy Renner and that popular UK historian, Dan Jones, advised on the drama’s accuracy. We have set our reminders!
The Magic of a Dish, NHK World, 9th August, 3:30pm
New York chef David Bouley has made a name for himself, and for his food. His interpretation of French cuisine has come to be called “Bouley Magic.” Now in his 60s, Bouley embarked on a journey to sample local cooking across Japan in hopes of creating the ultimate health cuisine. The plan is to take what he’s learned and create a magical dish that will move dining in a new direction. Looks delicious!
Secrets of War, Forces TV, 12th August, weekdays at 4pm
New to Forces TV and narrated by Charlton Heston, this new series examines the most significant military and political intelligence operations from all sides during World War Two, Korea, Vietnam and Gulf War conflicts. A fascinating watch.
Wonders of Burma, Smithsonian Channel, 13th August, 8pm
Before Burma was a country, it was a patchwork of kingdoms and dynasties, until one of the greatest religious reformations in Asian history transformed the area into a Buddhist wonderland. See the myths and monuments that united kings and peasants and created the Burmese culture that still exists today. This two-part series showcases how this devotion to the Buddha is represented in the remarkable golden architecture that dots the cities and countryside with magnificent temples, stupas, pagodas, and statues.
Train Truckers, Yesterday, 29th August, 9pm
In this new series, we follow an elite crew of truckers, mechanics and railway enthusiasts as they race to haul the heaviest, longest and most precious locomotives around the world. Imagine the colossal challenge of trucking a precious 100-year-old steam locomotive across the country by road, or the huge hassle of shifting a pristine 250-ton bullet train across the ocean in a ship. Things get incredibly tense...
Secrets of a Psychopath, CBS Reality, 24th August, 10pm
This compelling three-part docu-series unravels one of the most intriguing and contrived murders of recent years. The case was ultimately solved due to meticulous police investigations, attention to detail, and a strong gut feel that things were not as they seemed. The programmes open a door on a secret and disturbing sub-culture, revealing a very dark, dangerous and manipulative killer.
This is the tragic tale of Elaine O’Hara, a vulnerable preschool teacher, whose loving family believed she had taken her own life. Until dogged police work and an extraordinary set of coincidences reopened her cold case in the most dramatic and traumatic manner.
Carnivourous, Food Network, 6th August, weekdays at 10pm
Courtney Rada is on a mission to discover the most sumptuous and surprising meat dishes in the US. Along the way, Courtney sets out to meet the ranchers, farmers, butchers and cooks behind these iconic beefy bites! In Washington, she chows down on a sandwich even bigger than her head, gets hands on with some seriously spicy chicken and sweet French Toast in Nashville, and finally ends up in Chicago to sample a delightfully decadent burger!
Hugh's War on Waste, Together TV, 6th August, weekdays at 10pm