Week in TV (Week 3)

With essay deadlines and exams creeping closer for many of us, it's good to have some healthy distractions on standby, and what better way to procrastinate than watching these fine programmes?

Episodes: Beverly Lincoln (Tamsin Greig), Matt LeBlanc, Sean Lincoln (Stephen Mangan) ©Hat Trick; Image credit: BBC/Hat Trick/Colin Hutton

TV picks

  1. Do you remember Episodes? The first series of the comedy, which stars Tamsin Greig, Matt leBlanc and Stephen Mangan provoked some mixed reactions from us at the Yorker last year, but we’re pleased to see it return for another series on Friday (10pm, BBC2).

  2. Be sure to catch the finale of Homeland on Sunday (9pm, Channel 4), which promises to be just as extraordinary and explosive as the series so far.

  3. A reminder that Season Two of the epic Game of Thrones continues on Mondays at 9pm for those of us blessed with Sky Atlantic. Who will win? Who will die? And will anyone ever smile?

  4. The Voice UK is still going strong on Saturdays on BBC1 (7.10pm), but could be made twice as entertaining if the public were allowed to vote for how many times Will.i.am will say 'dope' or 'fresh' in one episode.

  5. For a healthy dose of cute animal footage this week, you won't go far wrong with Planet Earth Live (BBC1, Sun, 9pm). Julia Bradbury and Richard Hammond present LIVE footage of polar bears, otters and meerkats.

In the news

  • ITV have settled for the very safe choice of Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones as the new presenters of breakfast show Daybreak. This will cause absolutely no public outcry whatsoever, but will the pair be enough boost the ratings?

  • In our regular Sherlock news of the week, writer Mark Gatiss has revealed more details about Series 3, which will include ACD's story of 'The Adventure of the Empty House'. Unfortunately, there's still an agonisingly long wait for the next series, as filming is still not expected to begin until 2013.

  • Eastenders was the winner of the Best Soap at The British Soap Awards this week, but Emmerdale and Coronation Street didn't do too badly either. A full list of winners is here

  • The BBC has commissioned a bundle of new drama programmes this week, which includes The Musketeers, described as a ‘contemporary take on the classic characters’. Hmm, where have we heard that one before? Also newly commissioned for BBC3 to fill the supernatural quota is In The Flesh, promising a new spin on zombie uprisings.

  • And speaking of the supernatural, the popular TV series Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries have been reportedly been renewed by The CW this week, along with 90210.

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