A quick test of the waters to see how well received UK round up goes down. I may split sport into its own entry in future postings.
9:00pm BBC1/ BBC HD Spooks.
The penultimate episode in series 9.
Ruth is approached by an official council snooper claiming to have witnessed covert activity. She initially dismisses his claims, but on learning the man has applied to MI5 four times and been rejected due to mental instability following his wife's death, she visits his flat to follow up the lead. However, she becomes embroiled in a dangerous situation linked to the death of a Mafia leader that Dimitri is investigating.
10:00pm BBC2/BBC HD - The Trip
New series. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon star in this improvised comedy about two actors on a culinary tour of the north of England.
10:55pm Dave - Dave's One Night Stand.
Dave (yes that is a channel name) is predominately know for endless Top Gear repeats. So its nice to see Dave branch out into some original content. A solid hour of stand-up comedy from Sarah Millican, Jarred Christmas and Alun Cochrane.
Tuesday night is Champions league night with games between
7:30pm (Sky sports 3) Bursaspor v Man Utd, GpC
7:00pm (Sky sports 2) Tottenham v Inter Milan, GpA
7:30pm (Sky sports 4) Valencia v Rangers, GpC
For the non-sports fans Check out:-
BBC1 9:00pm - Turn Back Time - The High Street
New series. Shopkeepers experience life on the high street in re-creations of six eras of British history in the market square of Shepton Mallet, Somerset. The first episode gives the traders a taste of the 1870s, and the butcher, baker, grocer and ironmonger try to adapt to Victorian life under the scrutiny of MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace. The bakers endure physically demanding work through the night
9:00 ITV1 71 Degrees North.
The finale of the gripping semi celeb extreme challenge program. The three finalists face the daunting challenge of swimming under the ice of a frozen lake in one of the harshest and most remote environments on the planet. However, after weeks of gruelling tasks and personal struggles, only two will get the chance to go head to head in the final race to the finish.
Clear your Wednesday night as the Apprentice is on.
9:00pm BBC1 The Apprentice and BBC2 10:00pm The Apprentice: You’re fired!. The round up show on BBC2 is worth watching just for the continually funny Dara O Briain.
The weeks 2nd half of champions league coverage concludes across multiple channels.
7:30pm ITV1 Chelsea v Spartak Moscow
7:30PM Sky Sports 2 Shakhtar Donetsk v Arsenal
9:00pm Channel 4 Grand Designs
Kevin McCloud follows the progress of Robert and Milla Gaukroger, as they try to add three extensions to a 1980s property overlooking Lake Windermere in the Lake District. Robert has designed his own heating system to achieve maximum sustainability, but the project begins with only £100,000 of the £400,000 budget in place, and he and his family have to move into the existing building while work goes on around them
9:00pm BBC4 Mad Men (The Beautiful Girls)
Don Draper has an exhausting "lunch" with comely market researcher Dr Faye Miller, though no one mentions demographics or focus groups and both are out of breath by the end of their little break. And, luckily for us ladies, it's the kind of "business meeting" that necessitates Draper removing his shirt. It's a saucy scene, replete with some saucy dialogue, and is a thrilling little aperitif at the start of a meaty episode that sees a gunpoint mugging, a death in service and the rekindling of an old romance.
9:00pm BBC1 Have I Got News for You
Guest host Chris Addison joins regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton for the satirical current affairs quiz. With panellists including singer-songwriter James Blunt
7:30pm ITV1 Live UEFA Europa League Football
If you aren’t sick of live football just yet check out Liverpool v Napoli (Kick-off 8.05pm).
9:00pm SKY1 An Idiot Abroad (Last in the series)
Reluctant explorer Karl Pilkington visits Peru, where he is unhappy with the Amazon jungle's toilet arrangements, and fails to impress a local tribe with his hunting skills. Arming himself with oxygen, the Mancunian then sets off on a high-altitude, eight-hour trek to witness Machu Picchu, the fortress city of the ancient Incas.
10:00pm BBC2 Never Mind the Buzzcocks
Jack Dee hosts the comedy music quiz, with team captains Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus joined by singer Eliza Doolittle, actor and author Charlie Higson, comedienne Katy Brand and pop duo Jedward
11:05pm Channel 4/HD True Blood (Timebomb)
I’m not a fan but i hear good things from various friends.
10:00pm FX/ FX HD The Walking Dead
Not much to say. Just watch it.
8:00pm FIVE. White van man
New series. Documentary following the lives and work of some of Britain's independent tradesmen. Sounds dull but various media websites are calling it the British ice road truckers.
9:00pm FIVE. The Mentalist. Series 3 ep 4
If you still like the mentalists its likely you will be watching this.
3:00PM BBC1 Formula 1: The Brazilian Grand Prix - Qualifying
Jake Humphrey is joined by David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan to present live coverage of the qualifying session at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos
Saturday night is BBC3 night
We have a two American animation double bills back to back followed by one of the greatest movies of all time.
10:15 Family Guy - Series 4 ep 9
10:35 Family Guy - Series 4 ep 10
11:00 American Dad! - Series 4 ep 9
11:20 American Dad! - Series 4 ep 10
11:45 Blade Runner 1992 Directors cut. This definitive version of Ridley Scott's dystopian masterpiece finally allows his ambitious themes about the meaning of life in an ailing society to shine through.
10:00pm ITV4 - 8 mile
The story follows aspiring rap artist "Rabbit" (Eminem), who hopes to escape his bleak life in Detroit's 8 Mile district - the dividing line between the city's white suburbs and the predominantly black inner city. But, after losing his job and his (pregnant) girlfriend, he's forced to work in a soul-destroying factory and to live with his alcoholic mother (Kim Basinger) and her lover.
10:20pm BBC1 Match of the Day
Gary Lineker presents highlights of today's Premier League clashes, including Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City v West Ham United.
11:40pm BBC1 The Football League Show
Manish Bhasin presents highlights of today's fixtures in the Championship
11:40pm ITV1 FA Cup Highlights
Matt Smith presents action from the first-round ties
Sunday is an orgy of sport.
11:15 ITV1 Live FA Cup Football - Southport v Sheffield Wednesday
12:30 BBC2 Live MotoGP - Valencia Grand Prix
1:00pm BBC1 Match of the Day live - Cardiff City v Swansea
Forget the Milan, Glasgow and Manchester derbys this is the premium derby in world football. The game is being called “The biggest derby in Swansea City’s history”. Both teams go into the game in red hot form with teams being places 1st and 3rd respectively. However suspensions to Swansea’s Darr en Pratley and Cardiffs goal talisman Jay Bothroyd means both teams will be looking for the derby to create new heroes.
Expect crunching tackles, extremely obscene and offensive chants and the largest congregation of police in Wales. Swim away Swim away.
3:10pm BBC1 Formula 1: The Brazilian Grand Prix - Live
Spain's Fernando Alonso goes into this race with an 11-point lead in the drivers' championship following his win at the rain-affected Korean Grand Prix last time out, which also saw Red Bull's Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel fail to finish. Australian Webber won this race last year, but Jenson Button stole the headlines when his fifth-placed finish, after starting in 14th position on the grid, was enough for him to claim the 2009 World Championship with one race remaining.
6:15pm BBCi Formula 1: Forum
9:00pm ITV1 Downton Abbey (Last in the series)
News of Cora's pregnancy throws the inheritance issue into confusion and, under pressure from her aunt, Lady Rosamund Painswick, Mary is prompted to keep Matthew waiting for an answer to his proposal.