What's worth watching on the box: something for the weekend
Time for a round-up of the delights coming to the small screen this weekend, or big screen depending on the size of your television...
While it looks increasingly like summer is a washout, there is a steady stream of great TV to watch at the weekend and even if the weather keeps you from the great outdoors, there is always something to enjoy on the box. So sit back and enjoy the best of the weekend.
After the excitement of Wimbledon 2012 and Euro 2012, there is room again on the schedule for more entertainment and this weekend sees some real gems. Friday night plays host to new show The Angelos Epithemiou Show (Channel Four). Popular from Shooting Stars with Vic and Bob, Angelos now has his own brand new show where potential guests need to perform some truly zany tasks in order to ‘earn the right to be on the show’. Alongside his best friend Gupta, there promises to be some anarchic comedy from the pair to brighten up your Friday night.
Talking of new shows, Friday night also gives you the chance to be amazed by the magical New Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Watch). An amazing magician, this man must be seen to be believed. Having performed tricks such as walking on water, bending glass and appearing to levitate leaning back; Dynamo is truly astounding. With his new series, always worth a look to see what new surprises he has in store.
Falling Skies Season Two (FX) is underway and after an extremely popular first series, there is more to come over the next few weeks. After Tom was taken by the aliens and has now been returned, he is having some odd experiences and these have left him wondering if they meddled with his mind during the encounter. Tom finds himself in trouble again; will he manage to struggle to safety?
When it comes to films, this weekend is packed with high drama, vampires, fun for the kids with Shrek and a good old fashioned adventure movie! This Friday, the first film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy graces our screens in all its Gotham glory with Batman Begins (ITV1). As a young Bruce Wayne is devastated after witnessing the death of his parents, he grows up to be the saviour of Gotham City with inner strength fuelled by vengeance and a plethora of fascinating gadgets. Will Batman be able to save the residents of Gotham from the terrifying Scarecrow? On Saturday there is the chance to watch the first film in the vampire saga Twilight (Channel Four). Kristen Stewart plays Bella whose life is altered completely by her feelings for local vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).
Chasing another man on the run is Tommy Lee Jones in the sequel to The Fugitive – U.S. Marshalls (Sky One). After the crash of a prisoner transport plane, one of the prisoners makes a daring escape and the search is on but all is not as it seems and there are many secrets to be revealed. Harrison Ford is also back this week, this time in adventure film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (BBC One) on Saturday. The courageous explorer has his hands full, escaping booby traps and dodging enemies as well as having a terrified nightclub singer along for the ride and she is not happy with anything at all. Classic escapades with Indiana Jones.
For the young at heart, there is the ever entertaining Shrek (BBC Three) on Sunday. Grumpy green ogre Shrek lives alone in the forest but his idyllic life comes to an abrupt halt when banished fairy tale residents throng to his swamp. On trying to get back his privacy Shrek finds that the company of friends is perhaps something that he craves, especially when he meets the beautiful Princess Fiona.
For the keen scientists, Professor Brian Cox explores some of the most astonishingly fascinating aspects of the solar system in Wonders of the Solar System (BBC Four). This week he is talking about the search for extra terrestrial life and water on other planets. Always an insightful and extraordinary programme with a truly inspiring presenter.
Superstar (ITV1) is still going strong with Andrew Lloyd Webber in his search to find the star of musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The contestants travel to Mallorca to visit Andrew Lloyd Webber’s villa before performing for Judges Jason Donovan and Mel C. Who will win out and get to join the show?
This weekend also allows you another chance to watch some of the top shows that you may have missed such as gentle comedy Stella (Sky One) on Friday starring Ruth Jones, three classic episodes of Not Going Out (Dave) on Saturday night, the last episode of The Office (GOLD) on Saturday with the brilliant Ricky Gervais and the latest episode of Twenty Twelve (BBC Two) on Sunday . Fantastic British comedy to have you chuckling all weekend. As well as all this, GOLD is showing a series of hilarious programmes on Sunday night to ease you into Monday. Rock and Chips, Rowan Atkinson Live, Victoria Wood Live and The Thick of it all complete the Sunday night line up on GOLD. Warning, The Thick of It has strong language that is definitely not suitable for younger viewers.
With a great range of programmes on TV this weekend, there is something for all and from all of us here at Bright Shiny News, have a fantastic weekend!