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Pass the remote with Rob Smyth – OCTOBER

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 08, 2012

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WELCOME to a third instalment of our round-up of all things television.

With the summer over and the nights drawing in, what better time to have a look at some of the new programmes that will be featuring on our television screens for the next few months.

From the makers of Spooks comes Hunted on the BBC. Starring former Home and Away actress Melissa George as a spy for hire. It is glossy, high budget and could be a hit in the making.

Friday Night Dinner makes a welcome return to Channel 4 with a second series of the shows that takes an off the wall look at a Jewish families weekly meal times together.

Staying on Channel 4, university comedy Fresh Meat is also set to arrive back on our screens after a highly acclaimed first series.

TV lovers should also look out for the new series of Boardwalk Empire on Sky Atlantic, the ludicrous but at the same time excellent Strike Back on Sky 1 and quirky comedy Suburgatory on E4.

A mention should also be made of the five episodes of Dr Who that have just recently been screened.

The series saw the departure of assistants Amy and Rory, the return of the Daleks and the Weeping Angels and the effortlessly excellent portrayal of The Doctor by Matt Smith.

The show once again proved that it is in good hands with showrunner Steven Moffatt and that fans have a lot to look forward when the series returns with a special on Christmas Day (introducing new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman) and more episodes in 2013 – which is the show’s 50th anniversary.

ONE TO WATCH THIS WEEK – Homeland – Channel 4 – Sunday nights – 10pm

The Emmy award winning drama returns to screens this month with pressure to try and match its impressive debut season. Set six months after the end of the first series, Damien Lewis as US soldier/terrorist is now a politician with his foe Claire Danes thrown out of the CIA due to her personal problems. Shows that have such a hit first year often struggle to match the momentum in the ensuing seasons, let’s hope that this isn’t the case.

TV TURNOFF – The Valleys – MTV – Tuesday nights 10pm

Following in the footsteps of Geordie Shore, this latest piece of car crash television features a mix of men and women who descend on Cardiff from ‘The Valleys’ to try and get a better life. What follows is a disgusting mix of nudity, profanity and immoral excess that should never make it to air. Avoid like the plague.

Also a special mention should also go to Being Liverpool – Channel 5 – Friday nights – this syrupy look at the Merseyside club is clearly aimed at the oft impenetrable American sports market and it shows. Manager Brendan Rodgers is supposed to look like a footballing svengali but is instead made to look like David Brent in a ‘you have to see it to believe it’ fly on the wall documentary. Save your time and watch the excellent documentary screened on the BBC earlier this year on the behind scenes shenanigans at QPR.

HIDDEN GEM – Supernatural – Sky Living – Wednesday – 10pm

This show has been around for a quite awhile but is often overlooked by many. It features brother Sam and Dean Winchester who fight all manner of horrors from vampires to demons. But it is more than a monster of the week show. It features a touching and complex relationship at the heart and often features gut-wrenching emotional moments spliced with witty writing and funny one liners. Fans of Buffy and Angel would be remiss not to give this one a try.

Do you agree or disagree? Join the debate by emailing rob.smyth@burtonmail.co.uk or on Twitter via @rsmyth24

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