This week’s TV round-up is the equivalent of a varietal Quality Street tin. From the return of a thriller to the return of some of our favourite comedy panel shows including QI, this week sees the arrival of many loved TV shows. As well as this, ITV’s new drama, Grantchester, is one of the most exciting TV shows airing next week, showcasing the up and coming James Norton. Read the full round-up below.
The Blacklist: Back for its second series, this conspiracy thriller, starring James Spader and Megan Boone, is perfect if you like a bit of grit. A few months on from the carnage caused by Berlin, master criminal, Red (Spader) continues to battle his deadliest enemy while managing a new threat from an elusive figure known as Lord Baltimore. There’s a new addition to the task force too, with Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) taking a guest spot as data-analyst Rowan Mills. Mozhan Marno (House of Cards) also joins this series as a spy and former agent of Mossad. Tune in tonight on Sky Living at 9pm.
Have I Got News For You: The news-based panel show is back and with the recent vote on air strikes in IS and the Scottish independence referendum, this show should be packed full to the brim giving guest host Jennifer Saunders plenty to go on as she quizzes team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, along with their guest panellists. If you’re looking for a quiz show rather than grit, watch this tonight on BBC One at 9pm.
QI: A new series of QI is finally upon us, returning Stephen Fry to our TV screens. The comedic panel show’s first episode is entitled ‘L-Animals’ where the panel will be tackling questions on the animal kingdom. Joining Fry this week is Sarah Millican, Ross Noble and Colin Lane as well as Alan Davies. Be sure to watch the beginnings of QI‘s 12th season tonight on BBC Two at 10pm.
Grantchester: A detective drama set in a 1950s Cambridgeshire village, where local vicar Sidney Chambers portrayed by James Norton, (Belle, Happy Valley) develops a sideline in sleuthing with the initially reluctant help of grumpy DI Geordie Keating, played by Robson Green. The cleric’s first case finds him presiding over the funeral of a solicitor, who is believed to have taken his own life. However, the dead man’s mistress has a different theory. He uncovers evidence that the suicide was staged, but while he’s busy delving into the personal life of the victim, will the vicar miss his own big chance with Amanda Kendall (Morven Christie)? This feels similar to that of Miss Marple, piqued to be the next big thing, this crime drama looks to be perfect for a Monday night. Tune in on ITV at 9pm.
8 Out of 10 Cats: The popular panel show is back for its 18th season this week. Reuniting Jimmy Carr with team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson, 8 Out of 10 Cats continues to discuss what the country has been talking about over the past week. Joining the teams this week are comedians Jack Dee and Rob Beckett along with The Only Way Is Essex ‘star’, Arg, as well as radio presenter, Gemma Cairney. Returning on Monday at 10pm on Channel 4, 8 Out of 10 Cats is a perfect release from a day full of Monday Blues.
The Street: A brand new documentary following the lives of the people who live, work and play on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, one of Scotland’s most famous shopping and party destinations over the course of the year. Savoy Centre manager, Jim, decides to put a cunning new plan into action but ends up with a mutiny on his hands and chef, Nick, puts a trainee through the mill while the Street Pastors are out in force mopping up the aftermath of a busy weekend’s partying. Check it out this Tuesday on BBC One at 11:35pm.