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What's worth watching on the box: TV picks

We've picked an eclectic mix for you this week...

With everything from animals, bosses, teenagers, and cops so hopefully we've found something that will take your fancy. We hope you enjoy.

*New Series* Undercover Boss – Monday Channel 4 9.00pm
The thought of your boss prying in to your working day might send shivers down most people’s spines but this is exactly the premise of this programme which is returning for a new series. The chief executive of DHL, Phil Couchman, is an Australian who tells it like it is and in the three years he has been in charge of the delivery firm he has seen their turnover sour to £800m but as he returns to the shop floor he makes some unpalatable discoveries; one, that the drive for competitiveness is pushing his staff to the limits of their physical endurance and, two, he finds systems in place that he doesn’t agree with. Do the staff actually buy that he is an elderly man looking for work or will his cover be blown? You will have to watch to find out.

*New Series* Skins – Monday E4 10.00pm
This is the final series of the teen drama which follows the lives of a group of Bristol teenagers. We meet up again with some old characters such as, Cassie (Hannah Murray), Cook (Jack O'Connell), and Effy (Kaya Scodelario) with their stories being told over two episodes. The first double bill looks at Effy, who appears to have managed to get herself a receptionist job at a hedge fund management company. After beginning an affair with her boss, she then stumbles across errors in the accounting which relates to a troubled deal. Naomi, her flat mate, feels sure she is on the verge of ruining her life, and rushes in to try and save the day.



*One Off* Coming Up – Monday – Channel 4 11.05pm
This is a new strand of one off single plays which showcases upcoming talent of new writers and directors, beginning with Henry, written by John Donnellly about a single mum who is on the verge of a breakdown and is thinking that her son would be better off without her. Struggling with unpaid bills she manages to get a job interview but it all falls apart when she is unable to sort out childcare. A frantic, emotional trip to the park presents an opportunity for her to regain her freedom but will she take it? The acting is brilliant, and there are some gaps in the script which will allow viewers to make up their own minds.  Starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joseph Gilgun

*New Series* Gok Live: Stripping For Summer – Tuesday Channel 4 8.00pm
For a moment we wondered if Gok was actually going to be getting his kit off (well, it’s only fair) but no, of course it’s the poor women he surprises who will have to be going through that indignity. The premise is, he will take two women who are hoping to go on holiday and give them a style re-vamp to make them feel fit for the beach whilst hopefully building their body confidence. This week he focuses on the dreaded bikini and tries to convince us all that any of us, no matter what shape or size, can manage to pull one off (not literally, you understand.) Katie Piper also appears giving a step by step guide on body maintenance for summer which us girls already know means, fake tan, waxing, and scrubbing. Make sure you watch in case she tells us something we don’t already know. Here’s to bikini buying.

*New Series* Luther – Tuesday BBC1 9.00pm
We can hardly contain our excitement at the return of the brilliant cop thriller starring the compelling (and a bit sexy) Idris Elba as we were absolutely gripped to the last two series. For the more timid viewer we warn you that the opening sequence is quite terrifying and grotesque so you might want to watch between your fingers. DCI John Luther returns to his beat for a four-week stint of duty and it looks like he’s going to be busy. A corpse is discovered and it appears to be the handy work of a copycat serial killer. For those of you that watched The Fall you might be thinking, hmmm, sounds familiar but fear not, the men will get it too in this one and the body count is set to rise. This slick, compelling drama is a must see and Idris plays the role of charismatic lead to perfection.

*One Off* Me And My Guide Dog – Wednesday ITV 8.00pm
This is a lovely heart-warming documentary about man’s best friend and the difference he makes to people’s lives who are blind or visually impaired. Narrated by the most famous dog lover, Paul O’Grady, we hear the stories of those who couldn’t live without their pooches. A guide dog is a costly thing, raking up costs of £50,000 pounds over its lifetime, from puppy proficiency tests to being matched for height, stride, weight and personality; but the cost can’t be argued with when you hear these touching tales. One of the nicest being the couple, Mark and Claire, who’s dogs own romance at a training programme led them to make a date and they are now set to be married. Ahh.

*One Off* Shot For Going To School – Wednesday BBC3 9.00pm
Presented by Newsround’s Nel Hedayat this upsetting documentary looks at the story of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by Taliban gunmen who disagree with girls being educated at all. Aged just 14 she now campaigns for all girls to have the right to education, and as Hedayat discovers when she travels to Pakistan there is still a huge amount of violence being meted out to female students and teachers. She meets two of Malala’s friends also injured in the attack, discovers that the school has been forcibly shut and there is a lot of fear within the village, and sees the reality of what Taliban approved education actually means in a girls’ school. After watching this you will never feel so glad of your education.



*One Off* Horizon: What Makes Us Human? – Wednesday BBC2 9.00pm
Professor Alice Roberts is six months pregnant with her second child and it has got her thinking about what makes us human rather than chimpanzees considering that we share 99 per cent of our DNA. Despite our almost identical DNA, from the moment of birth our lives are completely different, so, she ponders, is there something special about us or are we just another animal? She examines all the things that make us essentially human; our bodies, genes, brains, and questions why childbirth is more difficult for humans and our babies then much more reliant on parents. She also competes with chimps in a series of intelligence tests which brings about some surprising results. If you like your science light-hearted and soft then Roberts’ sweet, smiley presenting style will be perfect for you to take it all in.

*New Series* Scandal – Thursday More 4 9.00pm
Shonda Rhimes’s Washington DC series about the exploits of professional crisis management expert, Olivier Pope returns tonight. Her ex-lover, The President, needs her advice on handling his manipulative first lady, and on whether to go to war. A sex tape is about to go public but she manages to put her spin on it. Client Lindsay Dwyer is accused of bombing seven people and killing them but Olivia is convinced Dwyer will not be found guilty. The more Pope & Associates learns about her past, the more they feel she could be their biggest scandal yet. Gripping stuff.

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