The Edge is back for its weekly TV round-up and this week there is plenty to keep you entertained. David Walliams returns to our screens tonight with his comedy Big School as well as the long-awaited return of The X Factor this weekend. However, if you’re looking for something to get you prepared for returning to university, The Secret Life of Books is a perfect way to get you back in the mood to read.
Big School: David Walliams’ hit BBC One comedy show returns this evening for its second series. The show focuses on life at a secondary school which is characterised by its dysfunctional nature, particularly honing in on Mr Church’s (Walliams) growing fascination with Miss Postern (Catherine Tate). See Mr Church and Miss Potern’s relationship take a turn for the worse as well as the unqualified Mr Gunn (Philip Glenister) take on the role of Geography teacher tonight on BBC One at 9.30pm.
A League of Their Own: The Bafta-winning sports-based comedy quiz returns for a new run. Host James Corden, joined by team captains Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff and regular panellist Jack Whitehall, welcome New York City FC’s Frank Lampard – currently on loan at Premier League champions Manchester City – comedian Kevin Bridges and Judy Murray, mother of tennis star Andy Murray. A perfect alternative for those sports fans out their who want to get their fix. Tune in tonight on SKY1 at 9pm.
The X Factor: Back for its 11th season, you can tune in this weekend to see how the new judges, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Mel B, handle tricky contestants and discover new stars. It seems after much deliberation everyone’s favourite ‘mean’ judge Simon Cowell returns to battle it out. Can he discover the next One Direction or Olly Murs? Find out this Saturday and Sunday on ITV at 8pm.
Jamie’s Comfort Food: Jamie Oliver gives some of the nation’s favourite dishes a twist, reinventing British classics like shepherd’s pie, rustling up outdoor treats and transforming old-school desserts such as pavlova and sticky-toffee pudding. Perfect if you’re trying to teach yourself how to cook and want to start out with something a little easier. Tune in for the first exciting set of dishes next Monday (1st September) on Channel 4 at 8pm.
The Secret Life of Books: Ideal for the bookworms among us, this new series explores the works of classic fiction, with the first episode focusing on the epochal Great Expectations. TV script writer, Tony Jordan, takes on the challenge of examining one of Charles Dickens’ most renowned works, looking at why the ending was changed, the original manuscripts and how the author’s troubled life could have affected Pip’s fate in the novel. Catch what is promising to be an extremely compelling programme on BBC Four, next Tuesday at 8.30pm.
Our Zoo: This new drama focuses on the life of the man that created Chester Zoo, and the impact this endeavour had on his family. The series is written by the award-winning playwright, Matt Charman, and stars The Royle Family‘s Ralf Little. Watch the first instalment for this original British drama on BBC One next Wednesday at 9pm.