TV round up (19/09/14 – 25/09/14)

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This week looks to be a tough decision for that Sunday night top spot with both the BBC and ITV releasing new series at 9pm. Elsewhere in the round-up sees BBC introduce a new drama series, entitled The Driver, as well as The Job Lot returning for its second series on ITV2 this time around. The round-up finishes with the pleasing return of Question Time discussing the outcome of Scotland’s vote against independence.

Our Girl: Initially piloted as a 90 minute drama last year, Our Girl tells the story of East Londoner Molly Dawes, who joins the British Army as a medic. We catch up with Molly as she is sent on one of the army’s last deployments in Afghanistan but soon finds she’ll have to prove herself to her new platoon. Tune in this Sunday on BBC One at 9pm.

Downton Abbey: Back for its fifth season, this popular period drama returns to our screens this weekend. Catch up with Crawleys as their fortunes change with a new Labour government coming to power whilst facing an ever-evolving Britain. Starring such acting gold as Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville, watch for the stars if not just for the riveting 1920’s narrative. Catch it this Sunday over on ITV at 9pm.

Ramsay’s Costa Del Nightmares: Our favourite fiery chef is back! Gordon Ramsay visits some of Europe’s holiday hotspots, meeting Brits abroad struggling to keep their restaurants in business. In the first quarter of this four-part series the chef visits Mayfair, situated in a prime location on the busy seafront in Fuengirola, southern Spain. He meets Londoner Pat and husband Jack. Their eatery should be raking it in, with thousands of hungry sun seekers on its doorstep; but the place is empty, due in part to being stuck in a 1970s time warp. If you’re prepared for some epic swearing rants, tune in next Tuesday on Channel 4 at 9pm.

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 08.59.52The Driver: Starring David Morrissey, this new crime drama looks at Vince, who leads a new life as a taxi driver after splitting with his wife after their son cut ties with them both. As a result, Vince begins to become wrapped in the life of a gang organised by his ex-con mate, Colin. Becoming the driver for the gang starts off as enthralling but soon Vince wishes for his old life back. Catch it on BBC One at 9pm, next Tuesday.

The Job Lot: Back for a second series but hosted by ITV’s sister channel, ITV2, this time around, The Job Lot is the ideal sitcom for some well-needed escapism from the relentless buzz of Freshers’. Set in a job centre, the first episode of the second series will see the staff nursing hangovers after a night out celebrating Trish’s divorce. Karl’s one-night stand becomes the talk of the town, with a new deputy manager changing the group’s dynamics. Starring Sarah Hadland, Russell Tovey and Jo Enright, watch The Job Lot next Wednesday on ITV2 at 10pm.

Question Time: The iconic political debate show returns next week with David Dimbleby in Kelso. After it being revealed that Scotland have voted against independence and want to stay in the United Kingdom, Question Time will debate the outcome of this vote and what the future holds for Scotland and the rest of the UK. Tune in next Thursday at 10.35pm.

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