What’s Brewing On The Box: 13-19 January 2014

Are you someone that struggles to find something to watch on the ol’ gogglebox? Fear not, Kettle Magazine is here to help.

Are you someone that struggles to find something to watch on the ol’ gogglebox? Fear not, Kettle Magazine is here to help. Each week Liam Hughes will be bringing you the top TV picks for the week ahead to help you navigate through the multitude of channels. This week sees the return of a comedy chat show, the start of a celebrity bake off and more intense US drama.

1. The Great Sport Relief British Bake Off (Mon to Thurs, BBC Two)

The Great Sport Relief Bake Off
Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry return to test the culinary skills of celebrities in the nation’s favourite baking programme, all in aid of charity Sport Relief. Each night will see four famous faces swap the glamorous life for baked goods as they tackle three challenges and battle it out to be crowned top baker. Celebrities taking part in this year’s series include Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton, cricket pundit Michael Vaughan, Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright, and The Saturdays’ Rochelle Humes. There are also reports from South Africa on how the money raised by the charity is making a difference. 


2. Paul O’Grady’s Animal Orphans (Tuesday, ITV)

  Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans  
It’s no secret that Paul O’Grady has a soft spot for our four-legged friends as we’ve seen him helping abandoned pooches at Battersea Dogs Home. In this brand new three-part series, Paul travels further afield to the plains of South Africa to meet animals that have been orphaned in the wild. He struggles to fight back his emotions as he encounters a whole host of magnificent creatures – including lions, cheetahs, elephants and baboons – whose parents have been killed by poachers and are now being brought up by a set of loving humans. Make sure to grab that box of tissues, it’s a weepie!



3. Hostages (Saturday, Channel 4)

Missing your fix of political intrigue since Homeland finished? Tense new US drama, Hostages will fill that void! Starring Toni Collette as surgeon Ellen Saunders and Dylan McDermott as a dodgy FBI agent who’s taken Ellen and her family hostage. This week’s second episode – don’t worry if you’ve missed the first episode, you can catch up on 4od – sees the family being told to go back to living their normal lives for two weeks with a warning that they’re being watched. If you enjoy watching television on the edge of your seat, then this is one for you.



4. The Kumars (Wednesday, Sky One)

      The Kumars      
It’s been seven years since the hilarious Emmy-award winning TV family were last on our screens and they’re back after a move over to Sky One. Following various misfortunes, the Kumars are now living in a rented flat in Hounslow. Divorcee Sanjeev (Sanjeev Bhaskar) is trying hard to resurrect his talk show with the ‘help’ of his family, including Grandma Ummi (played by Meera Syal). The first guests heading over to the pokey flat to be asked awkward questions whilst being force-fed food are Daniel Radcliffe, Chevy Chase and Olivia Colman.

5. Death in Paradise (Tuesday, BBC One)

        Death in Paradise        
This third series of the Caribbean crime drama kicks off with its most shocking death yet as its hero, DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller) is murdered within minutes of the first episode. His death paves the way for newcomer Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman, played by Kris Marshall, to take over the Saint-Marie police force. Kris Marshall has some big boots to fill as Ben Miller was such a pivotal part of the show and popular with fans but Marshall’s comedic touch should make this another great series.

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