A feast of fabulous autumn viewing!
If you thought coronavirus had pulled the plug on brilliant new TV shows, think again. This autumn promises to be richer than ever, with a host of superb thrillers boasting A-list stars, stunning new nature series and the return of surefire hits like Strictly and I’m A Celebrity. In this dazzling special issue, we count down the 60 shows you really won’t want to miss – and serve up some criminally good cocktails to enjoy them with… by order of the Peaky Blinders! Back to the future! Aldous Huxley’s dystopian nightmare tops the bill in a season of sizzling thriller THRILLERSBack to the future! Aldous Huxley’s dystopian nightmare tops the bill in a season of sizzling thrillers 1. BRAVE NEW WORLDOCTOBER • SKY ONE Weekend rounded up a selection of not to be missed thrillers airing throughout autumn including Brave New World (pictured) Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne take a trip to the Savage Lands, where they encounter John and his mother Linda played by Demi Moore (pictured) in Brave New World Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne also meet low-ranked CJack60, played by Joseph Morgan (pictured)The lives of Bernard Marx (Harry Lloyd) and Lenina Crowne (Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay) may appear perfect in the Utopian world of New London. Soothingly delivered through loudspeakers in their ordered city, where residents all have a ranking, come the words: ‘Everybody in their place – everybody happy now.’ But Bernard and Lenina are restless, and take a trip to the turbulent Savage Lands, where they encounter John and his mother Linda (Demi Moore) and become embroiled in a nightmare that engulfs others including the low-ranked CJack60 (Joseph Morgan). The nine-part series is based on the 1932 novel by Aldous Huxley.2. LIFESEPTEMBER • BBC1Mike Bartlett has created a six-part BBC series based on the life of Anna Baker (pictured) who was serially cheated on by her husband Doctor Foster lives on – or at least one of the characters does! The creator of that hugely successful BBC drama, Mike Bartlett, has taken the long-suffering Anna Baker – a woman who was serially cheated on by her husband – and transported her to Manchester for this six-part series. Still played by Victoria Hamilton, she’s started a new life as Belle, a Pilates teacher and one of the residents of a house converted into four flats. We follow the lives and loves of Belle and the people in the other properties, including Gail (Alison Steadman) and her husband Henry (Peter Davison), and Helen (Elaine Paige).3. RATCHED18 SEPTEMBER • NETFLIX Sarah Paulson (pictured) stars as Nurse Ratched in a Netflix series about a sweet nurse who began using her position in the psychiatric hospital to intimidate patients Netflix’s Ratched has a cast of eccentric characters including Lenore Osgood, who is played by Sharon Stone (pictured)Award-winning 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, set in a mental institution, remains a cult classic. Little wonder then that producers have decided to revisit the story – but in a novel way. This is the ‘origin’ tale of Nurse Ratched (Sarah Paulson), who uses her position in the psychiatric hospital to intimidate her patients. The story delves into Ratched’s past to reveal how she went from sweet nurse to stony-faced monster and boasts a cast of eccentric characters such as heiress Lenore Osgood (Sharon Stone) and her pet monkey.4. INDUSTRYCOMING SOON • BBC2Girls star Lena Dunham directs one of the episodes in this eight-part series, in which a group of graduates compete for a limited number of permanent positions at one of London’s top investment banks, immersing themselves in a company culture defined as much by sex, drugs and ego as it is by deals and dividends. The largely young cast includes Nabhaan Rizwan, star of the BAFTA-nominated BBC thriller Informer.5. YOUNG WALLANDERTHURSDAY • NETFLIX Swedish actor Adam Palsson (pictured) stars as detective Kurt Wallander in Netflix’s six-part series Young Wallander Swedish actor Adam Palsson takes on the role of a younger version of detective Kurt Wallander in a six-part series set in modern-day Stockholm. Based on the bestselling novels by Henning Mankell, the tales begin with a savage attack on a teenager, which Wallander feels guilty about not stopping.The series reimagines the policeman as a recently graduated officer and also stars Ellise Chappell, who played Morwenna in Poldark.6. SMALL AXECOMING SOON • BBC1 Micheal Ward and Amarah-Jae St Aubyn (pictured) star in Steve McQueen’s six-part series exploring London’s West Indian community in the 1960sSteve McQueen has devoted pretty much his entire career to the movies, but the Oscar-winning director of 12 Years A Slave heads to the small screen for his latest project. He’s written a six-part series set in London’s West Indian community, which starts in the late 1960s and runs through to the early 1980s. Actors include Micheal Ward and Amarah-Jae St Aubyn, and much of the action centres on The Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill.7. ADULT MATERIALCOMING SOON • CHANNEL 4This explicit four-parter examines the adult movie business through the eyes of experienced actress and mother-of-three Jolene Dollar (The Miniaturist star Hayley Squires), as well as industry newcomer Amy. Hayley says, ‘Jolene tries to protect and look after Amy when she enters the adult movie business but can’t protect her from some of her own misguided choices.’ Rupert Everett appears as adult movie maker Carroll Quinn.8. THE SINGAPORE GRIPSEPTEMBER • ITV ITV’s six-part drama The Singapore Grip is an adaptation of JG Farrell’s novel. Pictured l-r: Walter and Joan Blackett, Mr Webb, Sylvia Blackett, Matthew Webb, Major Archer and Vera ChiangA privileged world of excess is about to come to a violent end. This beautifully crafted six-part drama, adapted from JG Farrell’s novel, tells the story of the Brits in Singapore before the Japanese invasion of 1942 and then amid the full force of it.Central to the drama are the Blackett family: fabulously rich businessman father Walter (David Morrissey), his wife Sylvia (Jane Horrocks), fun-loving son Monty (Luke Newberry) and scheming daughter Joan (Georgia Blizzard). Charles Dance portrays Walter’s business partner Mr Webb, with Luke Treadaway as his son Matthew.Colm Meaney plays a British Army officer, Major Archer, and Elizabeth Tan is Chinese refugee Vera Chiang. The series was shot in Malaysia last year.9. AGATHA AND THE MIDNIGHT MURDERSCOMING SOON • CHANNEL 5 Helen Baxendale stars as legendary writer Agatha Christie, alongside Blake Harrison (pictured) as Travis Pickford in Channel 5’s Agatha And The Midnight Murders Former Cold Feet star Helen Baxendale takes on the role of legendary writer Agatha Christie in an absorbing thriller that imagines the great author fallen on hard times. Set during the Second World War, it sees Agatha under investigation from the tax authorities. Her unlikely solution to her financial woes is to write a novel featuring Hercule Poirot, solely for the eyes of a very rich superfan. She calls on the dubious Travis Pickford (Blake Harrison) to broker the deal. This is the third in a trilogy of films in which writer Tom Dalton has imagined and embellished incidents from Agatha’s own life.10. ROADKILLCOMING SOON • BBC1 Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie, plays self-made charismatic politician Peter Laurence (pictured) in BBC1’s four-part political drama Roadkill Hugh Laurie won a Golden Globe for his stunning performance as arms dealer Dicky Roper in 2016 BBC thriller The Night Manager, so expect him to engross us once more when he plays self-made charismatic politician Peter Laurence in this four-part political drama.The tale by David Hare follows a man whose public and private lives are falling apart, or rather being picked apart by his enemies. But Peter may just have the chutzpah to survive and prosper…11. THE UNDOING26 OCTOBER • SKY ATLANTIC Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant (pictured) are at the centre of Sky Atlantic’s six-part thriller The Undoing, about a therapist whose husband goes missing Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star in this gripping six-part thriller (above). Nicole is Grace Frazer, who appears to have it all – a successful career as a therapist, a devoted husband in Jonathan and a young son Henry, who attends an elite private school in New York City. But shortly before her first book is due to be published, disaster strikes. There’s a violent death, Jonathan goes missing and Grace faces a chain of terrible revelations about him. Can she dismantle one life and create another for herself and her child?12. DESSEPTEMBER • ITV David Tennant (pictured) plays notorious serial killer Dennis Nilsen, who was responsible for the death of 15 boys in ITV’s three-part drama Des This three-part drama looks at one of the most notorious serial killers in British crime history – Dennis Nilsen, known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, who was responsible for the deaths of 15 boys and men between 1978-1983. Nilsen is played with chilling precision by David Tennant. True-crime fans will also enjoy Honour (September, ITV), produced by and starring Keeley Hawes as a tenacious detective determined to find out what happened to Londoner Banaz Mahmod after her boyfriend reported her missing to the police. DARK DRAMAS Lady killers! Three murderous women, a man with a very guilty secret and lashings of supernatural intrigue – if you like your drama dark and dripping with suspense, make sure you don’t miss these13. WHY WOMEN KILL11 SEPTEMBER • ALIBI Weekend rounded up a selection of not to be missed gritty dramas airing throughout autumn, including Why Women Kill. Pictured left to right: Ginnifer Goodwin as Beth Ann Stanton, Lucy Liu as Simone Grove and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Taylor Harding Dark ten-part US comedy-drama Why Women Kill explores issues of infidelity in the relationships of three women connected by the same Californian mansion. Pictured left to right: Lucy Liu as Simone Grove, Ginnifer Goodwin as Beth Ann Stanton and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Taylor HardingThree women are separated by time but connected by the same Californian mansion and their experiences of infidelity.Each of the three stories in this dark ten-part US comedy-drama from Marc Cherry (the creator of Desperate Housewives) ends in murder, with the three women at the centre of the action either the victims or perpetrators.Lucy Liu plays Simone Grove, a socialite married to a man who is secretly a homosexual in the 1980s. Beth Ann Stanton (Ginnifer Goodwin) has to deal with her husband’s infidelity in the 1960s, while lawyer Taylor Harding (Kirby Howell- Baptiste) finds her relationship tested when she and her husband are attracted to the same woman in 2019.14. THE SISTEROCTOBER • ITV Russell Tovey who plays Nathan in ITV’s The Sister, revealed he was left emotionally troubled by the role. Pictured: Russell Tovey, centre, with Bertie Carvel, Amrita Acharia and Simone Ashley in The SisterRussell Tovey admits he was left emotionally troubled by his role in this four-part murder-mystery – and you can understand why. He plays Nathan, who’s been carrying around the guiltiest of secrets for years and may even be haunted – literally – by what he did. He faces the terrifying prospect of his actions coming to light when a face from the past turns up with awful news.Co-starring Bertie Carvel, Amrita Acharia and Simone Ashley, The Sister is written by Luther creator Neil Cross. 15. TOMMYOCTOBER • ALIBI American actress Edie Falco (pictured) who is known for her role as Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos, is on the right side of the law as Abigail ‘Tommy’ Thomas in Alibi’s TommyAmerican actress Edie Falco mixed with The Mob when she played Carmela Soprano, wife of gangster Tony, in The Sopranos. But in her latest series she’s on the right side of the law as Abigail ‘Tommy’ Thomas, a former high-ranking NYPD officer whose career hit the buffers after she accused her boss of sexual misconduct. Now she’s re-emerged as the first female chief of police for Los Angeles.JOURNEYS INTO FANTASY LANDS16. JURASSIC WORLD: CAMP CRETACEOUS18 SEPTEMBER • NETFLIX Netflix is set to release a spin-off of the Jurassic World movie franchise with a new animated eight-part series (pictured)As the continuing success of the Jurassic World movie franchise underlines, our appetite for all things dinosaur shows no sign of waning. A spin-off from the films, this new animated eight-part series focuses on a group of six teenagers. They embark on a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience at a new adventure camp on Isla Nublar. But before you can say ‘Tyrannosaurus rex’ they’re under attack, and in order to survive they must team up and fight the baddest dinosaurs on the planet.17. UTOPIA25 SEPTEMBER • AMAZON Nine-episode Amazon series Utopia, is focused on a group of comic book nerds (pictured) who are obsessed over a graphic novel series called Dystopia An American remake of the cult Channel 4 drama which ran for two seasons from 2013, this version has been reimagined by Gone Girl creator Gillian Flynn.The nine-episode series is focused on a group of comic book nerds (below), who are part of an online forum that obsesses over a graphic novel series called Dystopia. The group realise there are hidden messages in the books that predict real threats to humanity, and when they arrange to meet up, they find themselves hunted by trained assassins…18. THE THIRD DAY15 SEPTEMBER • SKY ATLANTIC Jude Law plays Sam (pictured) in the first three episodes of chilling thriller The Third Day, set to air on Sky Atlantic this September Expect chills and thrills aplenty in this thriller about visitors to a mysterious island off the British mainland. In the first three episodes, Jude Law plays Sam (left), who encounters a group of residents set on preserving their traditions at any cost. In the final three instalments Naomie Harris appears as Helen, a strong-willed outsider whose arrival on the island precipitates a bitter battle. In between there will be a special live episode filmed in one continuous take, airing on Sky Arts on 3 October.19. HIS DARK MATERIALS 2COMING SOON • BBC1 Dafne Keen (pictured) stars as Lyra in an eight-part series coming to BBC1, based on Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials novels Stand by for more breathtaking adventures involving heroine Lyra (Dafne Keen, below), in an eight-part series based on the second of Philip Pullman’s trilogy of His Dark Materials novels, The Subtle Knife. Once again set in a parallel world where everyone has daemons – physical representations of their souls – the series was filmed soon after the first eight episodes were shot so teenager Dafne wouldn’t have aged too much. Series two introduces Fleabag’s Andrew Scott as explorer Colonel John Parry and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the voice of his daemon.20. BLACK BEAUTYCOMING SOON • DISNEY+Kate Winslet voices Black Beauty in an updated adaption of the Victorian novel coming to Disney +, starring Mackenzie Foy as Jo Green (pictured)In this update of the Victorian novel, told from the point of view of a horse, Kate Winslet stars as the voice of wild mustang Black Beauty, who was born free in the American west but is captured and taken away from her family. She encounters Jo Green (Mackenzie Foy), a teenager grieving the loss of her parents.DARK COMEDY Game for a laugh? Game Of Thrones’s Maisie Williams in a dark comedy, an all-new Spitting Image, the latest from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – there are giggles galore in store21. TWO WEEKS TO LIVEWednesday, 10PM • SKY ONE Weekend rounded up a selection of not to be missed entertainment programmes airing throughout autumn, including Two Weeks To Live. Pictured: Game Of Thrones’s Maisie Williams as Kim Fleabag’s Sian Clifford (pictured) plays Tina, who has trained her daughter to be an expert in fighting and survival in Sky One’s Two Weeks To Live Kim (Game Of Thrones’s Maisie Williams) has lived with her mother Tina in a rural hideaway since the mysterious death of her father when she was just a small girl. Tina (Fleabag’s Sian Clifford) has trained her daughter to be an expert in hand-to-hand fighting, guns and survival, and left her with the distinct impression that the apocalypse is just around the corner. Kim, now 21, escapes in order to experience the outside world for the first time, and it’s quite a shock – she meets the socially awkward Nicky (Mawaan Rizwan) along the way, and embarks on a blackly comic, six-part adventure that involves murderous gangsters, a corrupt cop (Jason Flemyng), and a big bag of stolen cash.22. TRUTH SEEKERSCOMING SOON • AMAZON Amazon’s Truth Seekers is a thrilling eight-part series featuring Nick Frost (picture centre) as paranormal investigator Gus, alongside Simon Pegg as Dave Simon who plays Dave (pictured) uses homemade-equipment to record strange goings-on in Truth Seekers Shaun Of The Dead’s Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are combining thrills with chills again in this eight-part series, playing Gus (Nick) and Dave (Simon), part-time paranormal investigators who use homemade equipment to film and record strange goings-on, before sharing their spooky adventures with viewers of an online channel.Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell appears in his first regular role in a British series since he starred in acclaimed BBC drama Our Friends In The North 24 years ago.23. USOCTOBER • BBC1 Tom Hollander stars as a man fighting to save his marriage in BBC1’s six-part series US, coming to screens in October. Pictured: Tom Taylor, far right, with Tom and SaskiaRev star Tom Hollander battles to save his marriage in this six-part series that combines humour and heartbreak. Tom plays Douglas, whose world is turned upside down when his wife Connie (Saskia Reeves) tells him she’s no longer sure she wants to be married to him. But a family trip through some of the world’s most beautiful cities offers Douglas a chance to win back the love of his wife – and repair the troubled relationship he has with his son Albie (Tom Taylor).24. MAXXXCOMING SOON • Channel 4 OR E4 The Handmaid’s Tale actor O-T Fagbenle stars as ex-boyband member Maxxx (pictured) in Channel 4 or E4’s MaxxxThere are plenty of laughs in this sitcom about a former pop star trying to relaunch his music career. It was written by The Handmaid’s Tale actor O-T Fagbenle, who plays ex-boyband member Maxxx. The six-part series follows Maxxx, who’s become a laughing stock since abandoning his bandmates for a solo career, as he attempts to prove to the world and his famous former girlfriend – model Jourdan Dunn, playing a fictional version of herself – that he isn’t the has-been everyone thinks he is.25. SPITTING IMAGEOCTOBER • BRITBOX Spitting Image is set to return to screens with puppets including Boris Johnson (pictured), after previously racking up 15 million views Spitting Image ran for 18 series from 1984 until 1996, and is set to feature puppets of Harry and Meghan (pictured) in its reboot John Major, Mick Jagger and Paul Gascoigne were among the targets when the satirical puppet show, which ran for 18 series from 1984 until 1996 and drew audiences of 15 million, was last on our screens. Now there’s a new generation in the firing line for the reboot, including Boris Johnson and his adviser Dominic Cummings (whose puppet can be seen on our cover) and Harry and Meghan.THE BIG-HITTERS ARE BACK IN BUSINESS26. I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE!COMING SOON • ITV This year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is set to go ahead at ‘haunted’ Gwrych Castle in North Wales (pictured) Ant and Dec (pictured) will host this year’s show with rumoured appearances from Vernon Kay and Carole Baskin ITV bosses were determined the ratings juggernaut hosted by Ant and Dec (right) would go ahead despite the many issues of filming around the coronavirus, so they’ve switched the location from Australia to ‘haunted’ Gwrych Castle in North Wales, where the winner will be crowned king or queen of the castle, rather than of the jungle. Celebrities rumoured to be appearing include actress Tamzin Outhwaite, presenter Vernon Kay, Tiger King’s Carole Baskin and comedian Jason Manford. To mark the show’s 20th anniversary ITV will also be airing a one-off documentary, I’m A Celebrity: A Jungle Story, featuring the most entertaining moments.27. THE MILLION POUND CUBEOCTOBER • ITVIn an updated version of this game show, which previously ran from 2009-2015, Phillip Schofield returns to offer contestants the chance to win £1 million by completing fiendish physical and mental challenges while boxed in a 4m-square Perspex cube.28. THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFFCOMING SOON • CHANNEL 4 Contestants and crew of this year’s The Great British Bake Off isolated in a bubble during filming. Pictured: Paul Hollywood, with fellow judge Prue Leith The nation’s favourite cookery show is back. Matt Lucas has replaced Sandi Toksvig as Noel Fielding’s co-host, and the contestants and crew had to be in a Covid isolation bubble together – luckily, that means Paul Hollywood has been allowed to dole out his coveted handshakes!29. WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?SEPTEMBER • ITVChampagne corks will be popping for the first million-pound winner since 2006. Quizmaster Jeremy Clarkson says the contestant – the sixth jackpot winner – was the best the show’s had in its 22-year history, adding, ‘It felt like we whizzed through the 15 questions.’30. BRITAIN’S GOT TALENTSEPTEMBER • ITVIt’s time to see who’ll take home the title as the show returns, starting with the semi-finals and featuring acts such as Sign Along With Us, a choir that uses sign language.31. DON’T ROCK THE BOATCOMING SOON • ITVTwo teams of celebrities race around the UK in rowing boats. Ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff and The Voice’s AJ Odudu share the presenting duties.32. STRICTLY COME DANCINGOCTOBER • BBC1Strictly Come Dancing is set to return to screens on BBC1 this autumn with judges including Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas (pictured)BBC bosses have pledged the jewel in the BBC’s autumn and winter schedule will go ahead, with pro dancers forming an isolation bubble with their celebrity partners. Hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly return, and judges will include Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas. Royal Zara Tindall is one of the famous names in the frame.33. THE VOICE COMING SOON • ITV The Voice whose judges include Will.I.Am (pictured) will return with a catch-up show before airing a semi-final and live final Forced off the schedules by the virus, the series – whose judges include will.i.am – will return with a catch-up show before going into a semi-final and live final.34. FAMILY FORTUNESSEPTEMBER • ITV This Morning chef Gino D’Acampo (pictured) is set to host the revamped Family Fortunes game show airing on ITVThis Morning chef Gino D’Acampo follows in the footsteps of Bob Monkhouse and Les Dennis as host of this revamped game show. He’ll be giving families big-money prizes and gifts if they can correctly guess the most popular replies given to questions asked in surveys.35. LITTLE MIX: THE SEARCHCOMING SOON • BBC1 Superstar girl group Little Mix (pictured) mentors bands from the thousands of singers who applied, in the hopes of producing the perfect pop group Superstar girl group Little Mix – Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall – are trying to produce the perfect pop group. They’ll put together bands from thousands of singers who applied, mentor them and give them access to the experts, then watch as they compete to be crowned the winners.NATURE They’re naturals! There are plenty of wonderful wildlife shows coming to TV this autumn – and the highlights are two new specials from Sir David Attenborough36. DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET COMING SOON – NETFLIX The world’s favourite naturalist returns with two new shows this autumn. A Life On Our Planet sees Sir David, who turned 94 in May, reflect on the defining moments of his stellar TV career and the devastating changes to the natural world he has witnessed during that time. David Attenborough returns to British TV screens with two new shows this Autumn. Pictured: David meeting a green mamba snake in Life in Cold Blood in 2008 Sir David will reflect on the standout moments of his TV career in A Life On Our Planet. Pictured: The naturalist chatting to an bull elephant seal in 1990’s Trials of Life But there’s a powerful message of hope for future generations, a message that continues in hard-hitting documentary Extinction: The Facts (September, BBC1). Populations of animals, birds and fish have shrunk by 60 per cent in the last four decades, according to the WWF, while around a third of the world’s corals and marine mammals are in serious danger of extinction. Sir David and leading scientists explore why this is happening, what the consequences will be and what can be done about it. Sir David is also presenting hard-hitting documentary Extinction: The Facts (September, BBC1) Sir David has also studied tigers in the boreal forests of Russia Sir David has also encountered countless juvenile orangutans 37. JOHN BISHOP’S GREAT WHALE RESCUE SEPTEMBER • ITV This two-part documentary series is a heartwarming triumph as funnyman John Bishop develops an extraordinary bond with Little White and Little Grey, beluga whales who were kept together in an entertainment park in China but are now set for freedom. John says, ‘You establish a relationship with these creatures that is unique and it leaves you with no choice but to see the whole thing through to the end, no matter what.’Conquering a series of logistical difficulties, including the poor health of the whales, John swims with Little White and Little Grey and helps to train them in readiness for their new life in an open-water sanctuary in an Icelandic bay. In John Bishop’s Great Whale Rescue, the comedian develops an amazing bond with two beluga whales, names Little White and Little Grey. Pictured: Little Grey is moved to a new homeJohn said he established a relationship with the whales, forcing him to see the mission through to the end, ‘no matter what’ John also swims with Little White and Little Grey in the series. Pictured: Little White and Little Grey together38. LONDON ZOO: AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR OCTOBER • ITV ITV’s cameras were on site as London Zoo and its sister zoo Whipsnade in Bedfordshire went into lockdown in March. This fascinating two-part documentary shows how both staff and some of the 20,000 animals, including giraffes (right), tigers, monkeys, meerkats and pygmy goats, coped with life amid the eerily silent surroundings.Bringing matters bang up to date, it also shows the zoos’ fight for financial survival, with no visitors for so long and now only limited numbers allowed. The documentaries feature archive footage from London Zoo’s rich 192-year history. ITV’s cameras were on site as London Zoo and its sister zoo Whipsnade in Bedfordshire went into lockdown in March39. CAT AND DOG TALESCOMING SOON • BBC4 These two documentaries draw on the latest discoveries of neuroscientists, behavioural scientists and archaeologists to enlighten us about our favourite pets. Cat Tales traces their 10,000-year history from goddesses, demons and muses in the Ancient World to the wildcats of North Africa, Turkey, Egypt and Norway. Dog Tales, meanwhile, reveals the canine traits that allowed the tamest wolves, attracted by our campfires more than 16,000 years ago, to evolve into the human’s best friend.40. FLYING FOR BRITAIN WITH DAVID JASON SEPTEMBER • ITV Comedy legend Sir David Jason gets a close-up view of a Hurricane, a Spitfire and a Lancaster bomber and learns more about Second World War airmen when he meets the RAF team who fly and maintain the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft. The qualified helicopter pilot watches formation flying practice and sees the hangars where the machines are kept safe. In Flying For Britain With David Jason, comedy legend Sir David Jason gets a close-up view of a Hurricane, a Spitfire and a Lancaster bomber. He also learns more about Second World War airmen when he meets the RAF team who fly and maintain the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight aircraftDOCUMENTARIES AND REALITY SHOWS41. SARAH BEENY’S NEW LIFE IN THE COUNTRYNOVEMBER • CHANNEL 4 It’s the most ambitious project of property and design expert Sarah Beeny’s life – to build the house of her dreams. Sarah plans to construct a carbon-neutral mini stately home in 220 acres of Somerset with husband Graham Swift. This eight-part series also sees them, with their four sons, landscaping the groundsof the semi-derelict former dairy farm and re-wilding other parts. In Sarah Beeney’s New Life in the Country, the presenter sets out to construct an eco-friendly stately home42. THE REPAIR SHOP SEPTEMBER • BBC1Presenter Jay Blades and the team of skilled repairers in the barn at the Weald And Downland Living Museum in Sussex lovingly restore battered keepsakes in episodes recorded last year that will keep fans satisfied throughout 2020. A new daytime series starts next week with primetime episodes later in autumn. BBC 1’s The Repair Shop will see presenter Jay Blades and a team of skilled repairers restore battered keepsakes43. MY FAMILY, THE HOLOCAUST AND ME – SEPTEMBER • BBC1Barrister and TV personality Robert Rinder examines the Holocaust’s impact on both sides of his family in this two-part series. He travels to Lithuania to hear a traumatic eyewitness account of what became of his paternal relations and takes his mother Angela to the Treblinka concentration camp in Poland where they talk to the last survivor.44. TOM’S PUB RESCUEOCTOBER • BBC2 At a time when pubs in Britain are closing at an alarming rate – 13,000 from 2001 to 2018 – who better than chef Tom Kerridge, whose two gastropubs have three Michelin stars between them, to take on the task of keeping at least a few endangered ale houses open. This four-part series sees Tom immerse himself in the fortunes of pubs and, with the help of staff and customers, analyse where they’re going wrong in an effort to get punters through the doors again.At a time when pubs in Britain are closing at an alarming rate – 13,000 from 2001 to 2018 – who better than chef Tom Kerridge, whose two gastropubs have three Michelin stars between them, to take on the task of keeping at least a few endangered ale houses open45. LOVE YOUR WEEKEND WITH ALAN TITCHMARSH SEPTEMBER • ITV Capitalising on the enduring popularity of Alan Titchmarsh, ITV have offered him a new show all to himself. The 71-year-old presenter will be hosting Love Your Weekend With Alan Titchmarsh every Sunday morning. The programme will be a tribute to all that is best about the British countryside’s art, crafts, manufacturing and produce.COOKERY AND TRAVELDead good! Sue Perkins in Mexico, Gregg Wallace in South Africa plus new shows from Mary Berry and Nadiya Hussain – you’re in for some tasty treats46. SOUTH AFRICA WITH GREGG WALLACE SEPTEMBER • ITV We normally find Gregg checking out dishes on MasterChef or filming Inside The Factory. Now he’s exploring South Africa for a six-part combination of travelogue, food show and wildlife adventure. He goes on safari, visits winelands around Cape Town, samples fat cakes in Soweto, faces sharks and helps leopards and African penguins. South Africa With Greg Wallace sees the Masterchef star explore the country for a six-part travelogue, food show and wildlife adventure 47. GREAT CANAL JOURNEYS WITH SHEILA & GYLES COMING SOON • Channel 4Friends and Celebrity Gogglebox co-stars Sheila Hancock and Gyles Brandreth take over from Timothy West and Prunella Scales when this soothing tour of British waterways returns this autumn.48. THE ROMANTICS AND US SEPTEMBER • BBC2 Historian Simon Schama explores the 19th century’s Romantic movement and how it still influences the way we think and love. A feast for the eyes and the brain.49. NADIYA BAKES 8 SEPTEMBER • BBC2 Former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has two new shows coming up. The first is this six-part series in which she travels the UK in search of the tastiest bakes, then she’ll front Nadiya’s American Adventure (December, BBC1) exploring the evolution of modern US cuisine. In Nadiya Bakes, Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain travels across the UK to look for the most delicious bakes 50. THE GRAND TOUR: MADAGASCARCOMING SOON • AMAZON James May (see My Life Through A Lens, page 78) says Madagascar was ‘arduous and sweaty’ but ‘incredibly beautiful’. But this could be the last Grand Tour for a while for May and co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, as Covid-19 scuppered plans to film in Russia.51. AINSLEY’S FOOD WE LOVE SEPTEMBER • ITV Veteran chef Ainsley Harriott will be joined by a special guest each week to talk about favourite meals, what food means to them and to share a recipe for Ainsley to cook. There will be suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with celebrity chefs cooking in their kitchens at home. Described by Ainsley as ‘a fabulous foodie feelgood feast’, the show will be full of new ideas for home cook Veteran chef Ainsley Harriott will be joined by a special guest each week in his new show Ainsley’s Food We Love, which airs on ITV52. MARY BERRY’S SIMPLE COMFORTSSEPTEMBER • BBC2 Mary Berry’s journey around Britain, discovering simple dishes to warm our hearts, is just what we need as the nights draw in and the air becomes chillier. Cookery queen Mary meets people and learns about their favourite dishes, then puts her own spin on them. The ethos is fuss-free recipes to lift the spirits – foodie escapism when we need it most.In Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts, the much-loved former Bake Off star journeys around Britain to explore simple dishes which warm our hearts 53. BORDERLANDS7-8 SEPTEMBER • BBC1 Sue Perkins travels 2,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico for a pair of absorbing documentaries aimed at showing the reality of life on either side of the US/Mexican border. She celebrates the Day Of The Dead in style in Nogales, and meets some of the many American retirees who have settled south of the border for the good life, joining a group of them for a keep-fit session on the beach. She also helps a group of Honduran volunteers build a hostel for fellow refugees fleeing violence in their country, while on the US side of the divide she spends a day with the sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, to find out about the battle with the Mexican drug cartels. In Borderlands, which airs on BBC 1 in September, Sue Perkins explores the US/Mexico border 54. LONG WAY UP 18 SEPTEMBER • APPLE TV+ It’s been more than a decade since actor Ewan McGregor and his motorcycle-loving mate, presenter Charley Boorman, first went on a TV adventure together. Long Way Up follows their popular travelogues Long Way Round and Long Way Down as they aim to cross from South to Central America. The pair will cover 13,000 miles over 100 days on specially adapted bikes, through 16 border crossings and 13 countries in their most challenging expedition yet.Starting from Ushuaia, in Argentina, they plan to highlight the lesserknown landscapes of countries including Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico. In the Long Way Up, Ewan McGregor reunites with his motercycle-loving mate, presenter Charley Boorman55. GRAYSON PERRY’S BIG AMERICAN ROAD TRIPSEPTEMBER • CHANNEL 4 The award-winning artist and social commentator sets out to discover what’s creating fault lines in American society – and suggests how things can be put right – riding a custom-built motorbike he designed especially for the journey. As the US gears up for November’s presidential election, Grayson meets people from all walks of life – from Wisconsin farmers to African-American business people in Atlanta – in this three-part series, to understand how they view issues of identity, race, money and class. In Grayson Perry’s Big American Road Trip, the award-winning artist sets out to discover what is making fault lines in American society A SUPER SEASON OF TOP SPORT 56. GOLF: US MASTERS12-15 NOVEMBER • SKY SPORTS The 2019 US Masters signalled a return to glory for American golfer Tiger Woods – his fifth Masters triumph but his first in the major tournaments since 2007.Tiger will be hoping to retain the famous Green Jacket at Augusta, but prior to that he’ll be shooting for glory at theUS Open (17-20 September, Sky Sports) – which was won last year by American Gary Woodland – before being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2021. the US Masters returns in September. In 2019, Tiger Woods enjoyed a return to glory57. MOTOR RACING: FORMULA ONETODAY TO NOVEMBER / DECEMBER • SKY SPORTS The race is on to catch six-time champion Lewis Hamilton, who won this month’s British Grand Prix while suffering a puncture on the last lap. It’ll be tough for anyone to beat the Mercedes driver, who’s won five of the last six championships, but there are the Belgian, Italian, Russian, German and Portuguese races still to go. This season of Formula One continues until November. Lewis Hamilton is in prime position to win a seventh world title 58. CYCLING: TOUR DE FRANCE TODAY TO 20 SEPTEMBER • EUROSPORT Every stage of this year’s race will be broadcast live. Mark Cavendish has 30 individual stage wins, just four behind Eddy Merckx’s record, and after overcoming a bout of illness he’ll be trying to overtake that achievement this year. Bradley Wiggins will provide analysis. 59. FOOTBALL: MATCH OF THE DAY 12 SEPTEMBER • BBC1 Liverpool will be back, defending their first league title for 30 years, barely 11 weeks after winning the Premier League in June, as the football highlights show returns. Last season’s Championship winners Leeds United plan a big splash during their first season in England’s top flight since 2004. The BBC’s Match of the Day returns on September 12 to cover the new Premier League Season You can catch live Premier League action on Sky Sports too. And don’t miss The United Way (coming soon, Sky Documentaries), in which former Manchester United star Eric Cantona guides us through the club’s story with unseen footage and fresh interviews.60. BOXING: TYSON VS BRUNO NOVEMBER • SKY DOCUMENTARIES More than 30 years after Londoner Frank Bruno nearly caused a sensationagainst world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, Sky are putting the fighters back together to talk about their Las Vegas showdown in February 1989. More than 30 years after Londoner Frank Bruno nearly caused a sensationagainst world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, Sky are putting the fighters back together to talk about their Las Vegas showdown in February 1989