This week’s TV round-up consists of the long-awaited return of American Horror Story to UK screens. Into its fourth series, entitled Freak Show, the first episode of the drama-horror promises to be one not forget after breaking network records upon its airing last week in the US. Elsewhere in the round-up, Not Going Out and The Jonathan Ross Show both return for their seventh series while Wednesday looks to hold Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder and House of Lies all battling it out for that top spot.
Not Going Out: The Lee Mack-created comedy is back this evening for its seventh series. After feeling cultured having watched a French film at the cinema, Lee and Lucy walk back for Lucy then to get mugged right under Lee’s nose. Given the fact that he was no help at all at identifying the muggers or preventing it, Lee sets out to prove his conscientiousness side. Catch it tonight at 9.30pm on BBC One.
The Jonathan Ross Show: Returning this weekend, The Jonathan Ross Show is back for its seventh season, armed with a handful of famous faces to assert its stance as a credible talk show amongst other competitors like The Graham Norton Show, airing the night before. Talking to Ross on Saturday will be Mel B and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, David Attenborough, who talks about his new natural history series, and Steve Carell. Paolo Nutini performs. For light chats, watch on Saturday at 10.20pm on ITV.
Criminal Minds: This Monday sees the return of the crime drama following a team of FBI profilers for its 10th season. In the aftermath of the shooting, Reid, Morgan and Garcia are still nursing wounds, both physical and emotional, as they try to recover some semblance of normality. They also welcome new team member Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ghost Whisperer), who impresses with her vast knowledge of criminal psychology as she helps investigate a string of brutal murders in California. Tune in this Monday at 9pm on Sky Living.
American Horror Story: Freak Show: Back for a fourth series, this year American Horror Story looks at one of the last-standing freaks shows in 1950s Jupiter. The first episode shows police making an astonishing discovery, with the freak show owner sensing an opportunity. The show sees the revival of many cast members such as Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates, and follows previous instalments of the anthology series: Murder House; Asylum and Coven. When airing in the US, this opening episode broke the network’s ratings record and as a result, the Ryan-Murphy created drama-horror has already been renewed for a fifth season. Watch it next Tuesday on FOX UK, where it begins at 10pm.
Grey’s Anatomy: The long-running medical drama returns for its 11th season, as Meredith deals with Derek’s impending move to Washington. DC and clashes with new doctor Maggie, who happens to be her half-sister. Meanwhile, Amelia discovers a colleague’s secret and Arizona is wooed by a surgeon (guest star Geena Davis, Thelma & Louise) who is keen to have her join her fellowship. If you’re looking for a little drama and still sore after the end of Scrubs tune in this Wednesday at 9pm on Sky Living.
How To Get Away With Murder: A brand new show following a group of ambitious law students, presenting some familiar faces such as Matt McGory (Orange is the New Black), are challenged by their ruthless professor Annalise Keating who is also an attorney (Viola Davis), to solve some of the most difficult cases her firm has taken on. Far grittier than Franklin & Bash and from the creators of Scandal, this show is sure to be a big hit so be sure to watch it this Wednesday at 10pm on the Universal Channel.
House Of Lies: On a lighter note, you can round off Wednesday with the return of this comedy about corporate management consultants. With the economy back on its feet, Marty has set up his own firm Kaan & Associates and jets off to China to secure the business of an organic foods CEO Robert Tretorn (Daniel Stern). Jeannie, (Kristen Bell) decided to stay put at Galweather & Stearn and now leads her own little pod, which includes a dejected Doug, while Clyde is seriously regretting his move to work for Monica. Tune in this Wednesday at 11:45pm on Sky Atlantic.
Big Bang Theory: Back for its eighth season, we catch up with our favourite nerdy gang as they eagerly await the arrival of Sheldon who was last seen leaving to ride the trains through America. Unfortunately after this ends in disaster, Leonard and Amy have to make the trip to Arizona to bring him home. Howard also finds himself struggling with Stuart’s newfound relationship with his mother, while it looks like there may be new career prospects on Penny’s horizon. Check it out next Thursday at 8:30pm on E4.