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What to watch this week

09/01/2017

Ramsay’s back, someone from NCIS has his own courtroom drama, and a Series Of Unfortunate Events unfold…

The Great Indoors
Monday 9th January at 9.30pm on ITV2 (CH 115)

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Why you should watch: Because it’s a timely new US comedy poking fun at our Instagrammy, hashtag-ridden, swipe-obsessed world.

What’s the gist?: A 40-something outdoorsy adventurer-type is relegated to a desk job with a bunch of young hipsters, and is horrified.

You’ll like it if: You’re fed up of clickbait articles, dating apps, and the over-use of the phrase “zombie apocalypse”.

Unexpected British national treasure alert: Stephen Fry is in it! For some reason!

Quotes to live by: “Do you want me to hand you these beers, or should I just text them?”

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MasterChef Junior USA

Monday 9th January at 8pm on W (CH 125)

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Why you should watch: Because it’ll be funny to watch Gordon Ramsay bark into the face of a pasta-bothering 9-year-old.

He wouldn’t, would he?: Ah, probably not. The man’s not TOTALLY heartless.

How you can tell it’s American: It’s got an 11-year-old named Derek. Because over there that’s still a cool and totally acceptable name for kids, like Colin. Or Gordon.

What to say: “It’s heartening to see that kids can have a passion for cooking in an era of junk food convenience.”

What not to say: “Oh eat some Haribos, ya nerds.”

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The Goldbergs

Tuesday 10th December at 8pm on E4 (CH 144)

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Why you should watch: It’s season four of the hit comedy that, despite its title, is definitely NOT a reality show about Whoopi Goldberg.

So what is it, then?: A vaguely autobiographical sitcom about the childhood of comedy writer Adam F. Goldberg.

When’s it set?: The 80s. That’s right: we’ve got a whole load of 80s nostalgia going on. Like Stranger Things, only with fewer terrifying hell-beasts.

Where we’re at: The new season kicks off with young Adam’s first day at high school. We’re sure that’ll go without a hitch.

Don’t you forget about: The Breakfast Club. It’s heavily referenced in the episode…

Record The Goldbergs now on TV Anywhere

 

The Chris Ramsey Show

Wednesday 11th January at 10pm on Comedy Central (CH 132)

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Why you should watch: Rising comedy star Chris Ramsey brings us a brand new show, and it will almost certainly make you snort tea from your nose.

What’s the set-up?: Celebrity guests join Chris as he sifts through social media posts and orchestrates fun, games and crazed shenanigans.

Who’s up first?: Comedian Natasia Demetriou and some bloke called Jimmy Carr.

Any obligatory reality show stars?: May we interest you in Vicky Pattison from Geordie Shore?

Watch if you like: Celebrity Juice, A League of Their Own, and anything containing pratfalls.

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Love At First Kiss

Wednesday 11th January at 9pm on TLC (CH 167)

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Why you should watch: Thought outrageous novelty dating shows were just a 2016 thing? Think again!

What’s this one about?: Lovelorn singletons kiss complete strangers, THEN go on a date.

Really?: Yes. They literally go into a room, having never met before, and kiss.

Actual sample quote: “Maybe I’ll be able to, like, slip tongue.”

Best watched while: Wearing an anti-cringe neck brace, to stop you looking away in agony.

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Common Sense

Wednesday 11th January at 10pm on BBC Two (CH 102)

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Why you should watch: Soon to be the talk of the nation, this new show shows ordinary British people nattering about the news.

In other words: It’s a kind of current affairs-flavoured Googlebox.

Sample Brits: Dinner ladies from Leeds, market traders in East London, butchers from Birmingham.

Obvious drinking game idea: Take a shot whenever anyone mentions “Brexit” or “Trump”.

Best watched with: Your own family and friends, so you can out-quip the people on screen.

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Bull

Friday 13th January at 10pm on FOX (CH 157)

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Why you should watch: Because this is a courtroom drama like no other.

Objection!: Overruled. We mean it, this is unique, because the hero is a guy who meddles with juries and plays the system. But legally.

Who is he?: Dr Jason Bull, a psychology wizard who is hired to deduce and manipulate the mindset of jurors.

Why does he look familiar?: He’s the chap who plays the chap from NCIS. You know, the cocky handsome one.

Unlikely trivia tidbit: This series is based on the real-life exploits of US talk show host Dr Phil.

Record Bull now on TV Anywhere

 

Tina And Bobby

Friday 13th January at 9pm on ITV (CH 103)

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Why you should watch: It’s a big, soapy drama about the relationship between football legend Bobby Moore and his wife Tina (played by Michelle Keegan).

Nostalgic much?: Oh yes. Think 60s music and scratchy home video-style sequences.

In other words: It’s like if Heartbeat did a Footballer’s Wives spin-off.

Who’s Bobby Moore?: He only captained England in the ’66 World Cup. That’s all.

Near miss or back of the net?: If a juicy, unashamedly emotional true life saga is what you’re after, this three-parter should score a hat trick.

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Revenge Body With Khloe Kardashian

Friday 13th January on hayu

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Why you should watch: It’s a new Kardashian show! (Resistance is futile.)

What’s the gist?: Khloe helps out-of-shape people get fit, regain self esteem, and “shut down the shamers”.

What this actually means: Lots of sweaty exercises, mixed with up-lifting messages, weepy hugs, and Khloe looking dead proud.

Money quote: “Who can say their life was changed by a Kardashian?”

Best watched with: A giant bowl of kale. It’s what Khloe would want.

Revenge Body will be available to watch from Friday 13th January on hayu

 

Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Friday 13th January on Netflix

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Why you should watch: Because Neil Patrick Harris is playing a bizarre skulking, scheming count, and that’s fantastic.

Where have we seen this before?: There was a movie version with Jim Carrey as aforementioned skulking scheming count.

What’s the general story?: Orphaned kids are stalked by their diabolical guardian, Count Olaf, who’s after their inheritance.

Sounds dark: Yes, but in a fantastical, vaguely gothy, Tim Burton sort of way.

Who is Lemony Snicket?: The author of the original books, which have sold a bazillion copies. So this may well be this year’s big Netflix must-watch.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will be available to watch from Friday 13th January on Netflix