What’s Brewing on the Box: 10-16 February 2014

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Written by Liam Hughes
As love is in the air this week, Channel 4 brings back its fly-on-the-wall dating show.

As love is in the air this week, Channel 4 brings back its fly-on-the-wall dating show. It also sees the return of a much-loved soap character and the exploits of an author who created one of the most iconic fictional characters. We are also given an insight into the world of medical care through students’ eyes but we must start with the return of the Golden Globe-winning zombie-thriller.

1. The Walking Dead (Monday, Fox)

Walking Dead
With the haven that was the prison ruined, what is next for our band of survivors? We last saw them scattered with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and son Carl looking in particularly bad shape as The Governor laid a serious assault as the end of the first half of season four. As well as being seperated from Maggie, Glenn is not fully recovered from the sickness that swept through the prison, whilst Michonne is back on her own. 
There are plenty of unanswered questions in season four, none as burning as what’s happened to baby Judith and whether Carol, who Rick had earlier exiled from the prison, will meet up with any of the survivors. Fans are hoping that the show will follow its comic book roots and see the survivors head to Washington in search of another sanctuary, but I guess we’ll just have to watch this space!


2. First Dates (Wednesday, Channel 4)

First Dates   
Modern dating has never been so complicated. Millions of Britons go online each month, hoping to find that special person they can spend the rest of their lives with. Finding someone to go out with is half the battle, but nothing gets the heart pumping faster than the make-or-break first date.
The first series of the fly-on-the-wall show had us cringing as a date was asked ‘Where’s the nearest Marks and Spencer’s to you?’ and the dating show returns this week just in time for Valentine’s Day.    
For all the entertaining antics of the participants, the first episode is completely stolen by a Chihuahua named Bentley. His owner Chloe doesn’t have the best date with Mo but she can’t resist introducing her pet pooch to him. It isn’t all humour though as the show tells some difficult stories, allowing it to be funny and poignant without ever being cruel. A must see!     


3. Eastenders (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, BBC One)

      Eastenders: Stacey Returns      
Welcome back, Mrs Branning! Eastenders fans celebrate as Lacey Turner returns to Walford after three years away from the Square. After Kat spotted Stacey in a hairdresser’s in London, she is on a mission to track her down. Finding a way into what she hopes is Stacey’s flat, she comes face-to-face with her boyfriend Luke Riler – played by McBusted star Matt Willis – and a cute little girl: could it be Stacey’s daughter Lily? And will Kat reveal who she is?
You’ll have to tune in to find out. But we’re sure it won’t be an easy ride as there are plenty of people who know her deadly secret, including the Mitchell sisters, Lauren Branning and bitchy Janine!

4. Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages (Friday, ITV)

         Student Nurses         
With negative stories about poor wages and staff shortages in the NHS appearing frequently in the media, it’s a wonder anyone goes into nursing any more. But they do, and this new series tales a look at the reality of the job as it follows the lives of trainee nurses in Birmingham and Manchester.
We meet 24-year-old Alistair start his first day full of nerves after giving up a place in his family’s business to tend to the sick and needy. We also meet Helen, 21, who’s always dreamed of being a nurse but for a rather unusual reason. She has a bit of an obsession with wounds and scabs…make your own mind up about that one.

5. Fleming (Wednesday, Sky Atlantic)

This slick new four-part drama has a licence to thrill as it tells the story of James Bon creator Ian Fleming, played by Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia and Captain America: The First Avenger), who’s life had the potential to be just as explosive as the super spy he created. The drama suggests the man behind 007 was a roguish playboy spy, whose real-life exploits were not too dissimilar from those of the legendary character he would go on to write about.
What was certainly true was that there were plenty of women in Fleming’s life, including real-life Moneypenny (Anna Chancellor) and the one he would eventually marry, Ann O’Neill. Played by Lara Pulver, who found fame as dominatrix Irene Adler in the BBC’s Sherlock series, their romance is one of the most gripping aspects of the drama.


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