TV round-up: 12/09/14 – 18/09/14

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This week’s round-up sees the return of Would I Lie To You? with Rob Brydon, David Mitchell and Lee Mack and Come Dine With Me, as well as a new ITV biopic that charts Cilla Black’s rise to stardom starring BAFTA award-winning Sheridan Smith. Also returning for its final season is the critically-acclaimed Boardwalk Empire, starring Steve Buscemi.

Would I Lie to You?: The popular comedy panel show returns for its eighth series this evening. Based on panellists who have to convince the rest of the show’s guests that the statement that they have been provided with is the opposite of the unknown truth, Would I Lie to You? is a light programme to lose yourself in after a hefty week. Presented by Rob Brydon and with Lee Mack and David Mitchell as team leaders, this week sees the one-off appearances of Micky Flanagan, Steve Jones, Claudia Winkleman and Fiona Bruce. Catch it on BBC One, tonight at 8.30pm.

Boardwalk Empire: Returning for its fifth and final season, this popular show is sure to entertain you with its seedy underworld . Steve Buscemi returns to his role as sleazy Nucky Thompson political fixer and back room dealer who takes on the role of gangster and politician while taking full advantage of Atlantic City’s location for rum-running. Tune in this Saturday on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.

Come Dine With Me: The ever-popular cooking show returns for its whopping 27th series, where we see a group of cooks compete to win a cash prize, the winner dependent upon the group’s rating. This series begins close to home: in Hampshire. The contestants consist of a radio DJ, gardener and fantasy novelist. Watch the hit series on Channel 4, next Monday at 5pm.

CILLA_LAUNCH_03Cilla: Starring Sheridan Smith, this biopic focuses on the rising fame of the national treasure, Cilla Black. The three-part drama will chart Black’s entrance into the public domain in the 1960s, which originally began with a passion for singing and resulted in one of the most eclectic careers in showbiz. In the first episode, Cilla meets Bobby Willis, a songwriter, who (despite initial confusion) becomes her manager. The ITV drama’s first instalment airs on Monday at 9pm.

Bad Education: Jack Whitehall reprises his role as Alfie Wickers for the third time in the new season. Perfect for laugh-out-loud moments, as we watch Mr Wickers embark through the troublesome task of trying to educate in Abbey Grove and inevitably succumbing to some cringe-worthy moments. Back on our screens this Tuesday on BBC Three at 10pm.

The Strain: A new horror TV show from Guillermo del Toro, The Strain tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself. Based on the Chuck Hogan novels, this show is already piqued for success so tune in this Wednesday on Watch at 10pm to catch it bloom.

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