TV round-up: 13/02/15 – 19/02/15

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This week’s round-up sees the TV adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy hit our screens, starring the likes of Michael Gambon over on BBC One. Elsewhere, new Channel 4 drama starring Julie Walters airs and Hell’s Kitchen returns for its 13th season. Read the full round-up below.

Bosch: Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling book series, Bosch (Titus Welliver), an LAPD homicide detective works to solve the murder of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court for the murder of a serial killer.Tune in on Amazon Prime Instant Video this Friday.

The Casual Vacancy: Drama adapted from the novel by JK Rowling, set in an English village whose seemingly idyllic facade hides a community at war. At the parish council meeting, chairman Howard Mollison (Michael Gambon) introduces his plans to turn the community centre into a health spa, but he reckons without local solicitor Barry Fairbrother, who makes an impassioned speech about the importance of the centre to the impoverished people of the nearby estate. However, an unexpected turn of events leaves an empty seat on the council – leading to the biggest battle Pagford has ever seen. Watch it on BBC One this Sunday at 9pm.

Indian Summers: Drama set in 1932, telling the story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India. Ralph Whelan and the rest of the Indian Civil Service begin the annual move to Simla, while doyenne of the social scene Cynthia Coffin (Julie Walters)  prepares the exclusively white British Club for the start of the summer season. The train to Simla is delayed, however, when a boy is found collapsed on the railway tracks, while a mysterious assassin makes his way to the city. Catch it on Channel 4 this Sunday at 10pm.

I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse: Survival horror-themed game show set six months after a nationwide epidemic has transformed the vast majority of the UK’s population into ravenous zombies. Ten contestants are challenged to hole up at Monroe Shopping Village, a rescue point that served as an army base before being over-run by the living dead. The survivors must work together to secure their makeshift base, finding shelter, safety and essential supplies while avoiding contact with the flesh-eaters – since even the slightest touch could mean death. Anyone still ‘alive’ after seven days is rescued by helicopter and taken to a tropical quarantine zone as a reward. If you’re looking to see Greg James presents all of this with zombies, tune in this Sunday on BBC Three at 10pm.

House of Fools: The return of the comedy set in a chaotic household, written by and starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Bob feels that his 23-year-old son Erik has come of age and decides to arrange a surprise blind date for him at Julie’s bistro with a woman found on the internet. However, Erik has problems selecting an appropriate outfit, while Vic and Bob fall out over their band’s debut gig, which is also due to take place at the restaurant that night. Tune in this Monday on BBC Two at 10pm.

Hell’s Kitchen: For an astounding 13th season, Gordon Ramsay returns to challenges 18 ambitious chefs to improve their standards, beginning with the hopefuls preparing their signature dish for their mentor’s appraisal. One contestant’s overly speedy delivery makes the judge suspicious, and they must win back his respect during the dinner service. Watch this Tuesday at 9pm on ITV2.

Elementary: Back for part two of season three, An unforeseen incident puts Watson in contact with crime boss Elana March. Holmes signs up Marcus to help him solve a theft at the local zoo. Tune in on Sky Living this Tuesday at 9pm.

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