New TV shows coming soon
His Dark Materials, Season 2
Season 2 of this hit fantasy trilogy is coming soon to the BBC. The battle rages over a mysterious particle called Dust in a parallel world ruled by Magisterium, but can Lyra stop the fight from breaking through into our time? Stay tuned for the release date of this must-see drama.
Extinction: The Facts
BBC One, Sunday 13th September at 8pm
Part of the BBC’s ‘Our Planet Matters’ series, Extinction: The Facts is a follow up to Attenborough’s previous show, Climate Change: The Facts. The hour long film explores the staggering number of wildlife and plants which face extinction and the impact their loss will have on the planet and humanity in turn. Tune in on Sunday 13th September at 8pm on BBC One, or catch up on iPlayer.
Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge
BBC Two, Starts Sunday 6th September at 9pm
This four-part series looks back at Louis Theroux’s outstanding 25 years of work, with over 60 hours of some of the most watched and celebrated documentaries on British television. Watch the first episode on Sunday 6th September at 9pm on BBC Two and on the following Sundays at the same time, or catch it over on iPlayer.
Little Mix: The Search
BBC One, Starts Saturday 26th September at 7pm
Join global pop superstars Little Mix on their hunt for incredible singers around the UK, giving top new talent the chance to become members of bands to support their UK tour. Watch the first episode on Saturday 26th September at 7pm.
BBC One, Starts Wednesday 26th August at 10:45pm
New to the BBC is Fort Salem, starting Wednesday 26th August on BBC One. Three young witches are in training to master their powers and act as soldiers against supernatural threats in an alternative version of the U.S.A. Watch on Wednesdays at 10:45pm, or binge the whole first season now on iPlayer.
BBC One, Starts Sunday 30th August at 9pm
Based on the writings of Robert Galbraith, a.k.a. JK Rowling, Strike is a compelling crime drama following the emotionally and physically wounded detective, Cormoran Strike. Strike will have to work through his issues in order to solve some of the trickiest cases along with his trusted assistant, Robin Ellacott. Catch the first episode on Sunday 30th August, or catch up over on iPlayer.
Sue Perkins: Along the US-Mexico Border
BBC One, Starts Monday 7th September at 9pm
Join Sue Perkins as she sets off on the amazing journey along one of the world’s most renowned and controversial borders. With her signature humour and compassion, Sue travels 2,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, crossing between the U.S.A. and Mexico to learn what life is like for those who live on the border. Watch the first episode on Monday 7th September on BBC One.
The Diagnosis Detectives
BBC Two, Starts Monday 31st August at 9pm
In this all new four-part series, Michael Mosley gathers 12 of the UK’s leading medical experts to diagnose patients with bizarre symptoms which have baffled doctors - until now. Tune in on Mondays at 9pm on BBC Two.
Frankie Boyle's New World Order, S4
BBC Two, Starts Thursday 3rd September at 10pm
Comedian Frankie Boyle returns with a new season of New World Order. Join him and other comedian guests as they try to work out what on earth is going on in 2020 on Thursday 3rd September at 10pm.
BBC Four, Friday 4th September 9:30pm
This three-part series explores the journey of soul music in America, from its birth in gospel music to R&B in the 1960s. With soul music came a new assertive black America, producing stars like Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Otis Reading. Watch the first episode on BBC Four on Friday 4th September at 9:30pm.
The Singapore Grip
ITV, Starts Sunday 13th September at 9pm
The Singapore Grip is an all new historical drama set on the backdrop of World War Two in Singapore, just on the cusp of the Japanese invasion in 1942. Based on J.G. Farrell’s Booker Prize winning novel of the same name, the show focuses on Brits living in Singapore. Starring likes of OBE Charles Dance, Luke Treadaway, Colm Meaney, Elizabeth Tan and many other big names and up and coming talent, this new drama is well worth a watch. Find out more about the characters of The Singapore Grip and make sure you don’t miss the first episode on Sunday 13th September at 9pm.
ITV, Starts Monday 14th September at 9pm
David Tennant gives a chilling performance as serial killer Dennis Neilson in ITV’s new true crime drama, Des. Based on the book Killing for Company by Brian Masters, the series follows the efforts of law enforcement to catch the serial killer in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the grisly way he was finally discovered. Watch the first episode on Monday 14th September at 9pm, and find out more about what's coming up on ITV.
Another exciting new drama coming to ITV is The Sister, starring Russell Tovey, Bertie Carvel and Amrita Acharia. When a face from the past arrives with news that could tear Nathan’s (Russell Tovey) life apart, he must find a way to hide his secrets. You won’t want to miss what sounds like a thrilling new show, so keep checking back to find out when you can tune in.
ITV, Starts Monday 28th September at 9pm
Based on the real “honour killing” of 20-year-old Banaz Mahmod in 2006, this new two-part drama stars Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard, The Durrells) as Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, who swore to bring Banaz’s killer to justice. Find out the whole harrowing story soon in this new crime drama.
Family Fortunes with Gino
ITV, Starts Sunday 20th September at 8pm
The classic gameshow is back, and this time it’s being hosted by beloved celebrity chef, Gino D’Acampo. Families will go head to head to guess the most popular answers to questions for their change to win a huge cash prize, as well as bonus prizes along the way.
Hey Tracey, Season 2
ITV2, Starts Saturday 29th September at 10pm
Another great show which is returning this September is Hey Tracey, which is back for season 2. Joel Dommett hosts the comedy quiz show along with the help of Tracey, his virtual assistant. Watch as celebrities make cold calls to businesses and win cash prizes for members of the public. Get ready to laugh from Saturday 29th September at 10pm on ITV2.
Sam and Billie: The Mummy Diaries, Season 8
ITVBe, Starts Wednesday 2nd September at 9pm
Good news for reality fans, Sam and Billie are back for season 8 this September. Join the sisters as they continue to balance motherhood and their glamorous celebrity careers on ITVBe from Wednesday 2nd September.
Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum
ITV, Tuesday 1st September at 9pm
Follow actress and singer Sheridan Smith in this 60-minute film with unprecedented access to her pregnancy and mental health story. From first scans to sessions with a specialist therapist, meet Sheridan in a way you never have before on Tuesday 1st September at 9pm.
All Creatures Great and Small
Channel 5, Starts Tuesday 1st September at 9pm
Based on the early career of vet James Herriot, this all new remake stars Nicholas Ralph as James Herriot and is set in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales. Herriot travels from Scotland to the fictional village of Darrowby where he has to win over the locals and demonstrate his skills. We had the chance to interview Nicholas Ralph and Rachel Shenton, who plays a local farmers daughter named Helen. Find out about their experiences filming what promises to be a great new drama.
Racism: My Story
Channel 5, Thursday 3rd September at 10pm
100 days after the death of George Floyd shook the world, this documentary explores British perspectives on race in 2020. Contributors include actor and comedian Andi Osho, along with nurse Neomi Bennett, Dawn Butler MP, football commentator and former player Mark Bright and many others who share their experiences with the police, in the workplace or on the streets.
Secret Scotland with Susan Calman, Season 3
Channel 5, Starts Friday 18th September at 8pm
Join comedian Susan Calman for an all new season of Secret Scotland as she explores the tales behind some of Scotland’s most famous and fascinating locations. From Falkirk and the Lothians to Midlothian, Susan finds royal hideaways, visits the site of the world stone-stacking championship, tries her hand at falconry and much more. Starts Friday 11th September at 11pm on Channel 5.
The Great British Bake Off
Channel 4, Starts Tuesday 22nd September at 8pm
That's right, Bake Off is back! Matt Lucas takes over from Sandi Toksvig and joins Noel Fielding as host, along with the judges, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. This Covid-19-friendly series has the 12 contestants safely in their bubbles, taking on some tough (but delicious) baking challenges. First week is cake week, where they'll take on a classic Battenberg and a fruit sponge. Tune in every Tuesday at 8pm 🍰
The Write Offs
Channel 4, Starts Tuesday 22nd September at 9:30pm
If you're missing Sandi on The Great British Bake Off, never fear, you can catch her right after on The Write Offs. Sandi Toksvig tries to help eight adults who can't read or write master some of the basics, setting them fun challenges to put what they've learnt to the test. You'll even spot Prue Leith making a crossover appearance for a cooking challenge! Watch part one on Tuesday 22nd September at 9:30pm.
Grayson Perry’s Big American Roadtrip
Channel 4, Wednesday 23rd September at 10pm
This personal three-part documentary follows award-winning artist Grayson Perry as he travels across the US on a custom-built motorbike. Join him as he explores some of the biggest cultural and political fault-lines in the country as America gets closer to what will likely be a history-making presidential election in the ever-more divided country.
Call the Cops
Channel 4, September TBC
The hit documentary series Call the Cops is back for season two. The show follows Devon and Cornwall police officers as they prevent and solve crimes in the area. This show is set to air in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled on the TV guide!
24 Hours in Police Custody
Channel 4, September TBC
24 Hours in Policy Custody returns with a new set of films giving you exclusive access to the police investigation into a major crime. This time the show will focus on organised crime and drug crime which remains rife in the UK, and the lengths police will go to bring criminals to justice.
Gogglebox, Season 16
Channel 4, Friday 11th September at 9pm
Yep, that’s right, Gogglebox is back for season 16. Step into a wide range of different homes across the UK to watch Britain’s armchair critics give their views and insights into what the nation’s watching this week.
Faking It: Tears of a Crime
Quest Red, Saturday 12th September at 10pm
Faking It: Tears of a Crime is back for a new season on Quest Red. Take a closer look at the criminals who insisted they were innocent through the eyes of body language experts, linguistic professors and criminal psychologists to spot the signs of deception. No matter how hard they try to hide, the truth always comes out.
My Feet are Killing Me
Quest Red, Tuesday 1st September at 10pm
Podiatrists Dr. Brad Schaeffer and Dr. Ebonie Vincent are here to ail your feet woes. From excruciating bunions to extreme fungal infections, watch as the team perform surgery which could change lives for the better.
Iron Resurrection, Season 2
Quest, Thursday 3rd September at 10pm
Join car enthusiast Joe Martin and his team at Martin Bros Customs to watch him bring old cars back to life. Whether it’s a broken down old bike or a rusted Chevy, there’s no challenge they won’t take on as they scour Texas for hidden gems and wrecks.
UFOs: The Lost Evidence, Season 2
Quest, Friday 18th September at 9pm
The second season of this compelling series continues to explore the chilling accounts of government officials, pilots, astronauts and astrophysicists, revealing new UFO evidence and instances of UFO contact. As this show reveals, man’s contact with UFOs may be more far-reaching than we ever could have imagined. Tune in to learn the truth on Friday 18th September at 9pm on Quest.
Quest, Friday 18th September at 10pm
Following on right after is Alien Contact, a show exploring how aliens may have made contact without us ever realising. On the show, an international task force uses CIA analysis to reexamine UFO sightings, declassified files and UFO evidence spanning over 24 countries to see if they can find patterns which could reveal extra-terrestrial contact with Earth.
Find It, Fix It, Flog It
Quest, Wednesday 2nd September at 7pm
Could you old junk be worth something? Motor enthusiast Henry Cole and upcycling genius Simon O’Brien are trying to find the answer to that very question by sorting through old clutter to reveal hidden gems. Whether they’re restoring retro relics to their former glory or turning everyday objects into amazing furniture, they’re sure to help you make a pretty penny by uncovering hidden potential in your home’s clutter.
DMAX, Wednesday 9th September at 9pm
Speaking of hidden treasure, the UK premiere of Yukon Gold will hit your screens on Wednesday 9th September on DMAX. Watch as four gold mining crews travel all the way to Yukon, Canada, to fight it out to get the chance to dig for the precious gold ore hidden under the surface. Miners have been on the hunt for gold here since the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s, but now miners are back with state of the art machines, and the rewards have only gotten bigger. Tune in to see what they unearth.
Jade Fever, Season 2
DMAX, Wednesday 2nd September at 10pm
And it's not just gold that treasure hunters are after. Claudia and Robin Bunce are the owners of a huge jade mining chain in the remote Jade City in Canada. Watch as Bunce’s mining operation digs deep with even more challenges along the way, and even higher stakes. Will they find that million dollar boulder?
Maine Cabin Masters, Season 3
Thursday 27th August at 10pm
DMAX is treating us to another channel premiere with the third season of Maine Cabin Masters, starting on Thursday 27th August at 10pm. Join Mark Bowe and his crew of master craftsmen as they create stylish modern homes with wood from old barns and cabins. Tune in to see the team completely renovate an old summer camp, relocate a family yurt and many more amazing recreations.
Bitchin’ Rides, Season 4
DMAX, Friday 25th September at 10pm
Back for season four, Dave Kindig and his custom car fabrication shop, Kingdig-It Design, is open for business. Watch as Dave and his team work on cars from the 50s to modern day racers to restore and remake them.
The Last Alaskans, Season 2
DMAX, Tuesday 22nd September at 10pm
Take a look into the lives of the few remaining Alaskans allowed to live within the 19 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Life out here isn’t easy, dwelling 400 miles away from civilisation in almost complete seclusion from the outside world, battling daily to overcome harsh arctic conditions and fierce wildlife. But Heimo, Bob, Ray, Tyler and their loved ones can’t imagine living any other way. Tune in to learn more about their spectacular lives out in the wild from Tuesday 22nd September on DMAX.
DMAX, Monday 7th September at 10pm
Watch the ultimate game of survival in Survive That! A group of elite survivalists drop each other in dangerous and wild situations with a simple goal – survive, and find your way out within 100 hours. In episode one, John Hudson of the Royal Air Force is blindfolded and dropped in the middle of Alaska with no food or equipment as his friends watch from base camp, where they’ll also be tested soon enough.
Ray Winstone’s Sicily
BLAZE, Monday 7th September at 9pm
Join actor Ray Winstone as he sets off to discover more about the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sicily. Travelling with his close friends, restauranteur Bruno Zoccola and TV broadcaster Matt Lorenzo, Ray tours the islands historical sites, kitchens and vineyards to learn about its history and culture, as well as the impact of the Mafia with a visit to the house from The Godfather. Check out this fab travel series, starting on Monday 7th September and airing every Monday at 9pm.
Ronnie O’Sullivan’s American Hustle
BLAZE, Monday 7th September at 10pm
Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan and sports broadcaster Matt Smith are heading over to the USA to explore the country’s 300-year history with the game and check out America’s most notorious pool hustlers. From New York to San Francisco, the duo learn the history and local quirks of each region, seeking out local pool sharks to see if they can beat them at their own game.
Murder by the Sea
CBS Reality, Tuesday 8th September at 10pm
While the beach may seem like a fun day out, many British seaside towns have gained worrying reputations and have seen some of the country’s most chilling crimes. This CBS Reality original takes a closer look at deadly tales from the coastlines of the UK. Watch on Freesat channel 135 from Tuesday 8th September at 10pm.
Evidence of Evil, Season 3
CBS Reality, Wednesday 9th September at 10pm
Using witness testimonials, interviews, archive footage and dramatic reconstructions, Evidence of Evil looks at how modern advances in forensic science and technology have revolutionised police work and legal cases. Learn more about how forensic science can prove someone guilty or innocent.
Medical Detectives, Season 15
CBS Reality, Thursday 10th September at 10pm
Watch the medical detectives solve real crimes by analysing all the evidence and using cutting-edge forensic techniques. When it comes to forensics, the truth can be discovered in something smaller than a hair. We spoke to Vice President of Program Development Nancy Duff to go behind the scenes of Medical Detectives – read the interview to find out more and get ready for the first episode of the new season.
Adolf Hitler’s War
Yesterday, Thursday 3rd September at 8pm
Find out more about Hitler’s plan to extend Germany eastwards to make it the new continental power, and how his determination to fulfil this goal propelled the world into the devastating World War II. Watch on Thursdays at 8pm.
Forbidden History, Season 6
Yesterday, Wednesday 30th September
Jamie Theakston embarks on season 6 of Forbidden History, uncovering the truths behind legends, myths, conspiracy theories, ancient treasures, lost civilsations and secrets of war. From a Japanese treasure horde to the witches of Salem, the mysterious crystal skull and many more mysteries, learn about the history you weren’t taught in school in this all new season.
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