Au­tumn TV Spe­cial

The big shows and the big stars com­ing our way on the small screen

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Alone At Home, Chan­nel 4

Bed­times, re­stricted screen time and mol­ly­cod­dling are the bane of ev­ery child’s life but what would they do with­out these rules of be­hav­iour? Alone At Home asks if mod­ern par­ent­ing styles ad­e­quately pre­pare our chil­dren for adult­hood. To work this out, each episode fol­lows some sib­lings whose par­ents have been sent away for a long week­end.

Amer­i­can Van­dal, Net­flix

In the wake of the rst doc­u­men­tary’s suc­cess, Peter and Sam seek a new case and set­tle on a stom­achchurn­ing mys­tery at a Wash­ing­ton high school.

Blood, Vir­gin Me­dia

This new Ir­ish drama, star­ring BAFTA nom­i­nee Adrian Dun­bar, airs on Vir­gin Me­dia One this Oc­to­ber. The six-part psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller fo­cuses on a woman who re­turns to her ru­ral Ir­ish home fol­low­ing her mother’s seem­ingly ac­ci­den­tal death.

Bren­dan O’Car­roll’s Bri­tain, RTÉ One

Brexit is com­ing but so is Bren­dan O’Car­roll. The ir­re­press­ible comic, a star in Bri­tain and Ire­land as a re­sult of his hugely pop­u­lar Mrs Brown’s Boys TV and stage shows, ex­plores the tur­bu­lent yet in­ti­mate bonds of iden­tity be­tween the two coun­tries.

Catas­tro­phe, Chan­nel 4

Rob De­laney and Sharon Hor­gan’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed com­edy re­turns for a fourth sea­son. Rob De­laney con rmed that the up­com­ing se­ries wrapped lm­ing back in July. “Se­ries 4 of Catas­tro­phe is ‘in the can’ as they say,” he wrote. “It’s pretty good. Now we’ll edit it, add some mu­sic and ground-break­ing CGI and then (at a date I don’t yet know) you’ll be able to watch it with your cousin Brad. I hope this news makes some peo­ple happy.”

The Celebrity Is­land with Bear Grylls, Chan­nel 4

The sur­vival­ist is back to ma­roon ten more brave (or fool­hardy) celebri­ties for four weeks in one of the tough­est en­vi­ron­ments on earth. This year, the group in­cludes ac­tor Eric Roberts, ac­tor and mu­si­cian Martin Kemp and model and TV per­son­al­ity Jo Wood among oth­ers.

The Chilling Ad­ven­tures Of Sab­rina, Net­flix

Yes – she’s back! Sab­rina the Teenage Witch’s re­boot is based on The Chilling Ad­ven­tures Of Sab­rina comic book. Could be a big hit with teenagers as well as some former ones.

The Cir­cle, Chan­nel 4

So­cial me­dia has changed the way we make friends, as­sess pop­u­lar­ity, con­duct re­la­tion­ships, ar­gue and even fall in love, but how truth­ful are our net­worked iden­ti­ties? In The Cir­cle, peo­ple from all walks of life com­pete in an on­line pop­u­lar­ity con­test to win up to £50,000. The Cir­cle will let them chat, make friends, ar­gue and maybe even fall in love. Build­ing their on­line pro les, con­tes­tants will only get to know each other from what they choose to re­veal on The Cir­cle.

Daniel and Ma­jella’s USA Road Trip, RTÉ One

Hav­ing vis­ited just about ev­ery B&B in the coun­try, the duo head down the high­ways of the US, trav­el­ling from Chicago to North Dakota in an RV, like a cross be­tween Na­tional Lam­poon’s Va­ca­tion and Four Coun­try Roads. Will they get a sim­i­lar re­cep­tion in the USA’s Mid­west as they did in the west of Ire­land?

Death and Nightin­gales, RTÉ One & BBC

Eu­gene McCabe’s ac­claimed 1992 novel about a shat­ter­ing 24 hours in the life of a young woman is adapted for the small screen by writer/ director Alan Cu­bitt ( The Fall). Set in Fer­managh in 1885, Death and Nightin­gales revolves around Beth Win­ter’s (Ann Skelly) de­ci­sion to leave her au­thor­i­tar­ian step­fa­ther (Matthew Rhys) and run away with the charm­ing Liam Ward (Jamie Dor­nan) on her 23rd birth­day. It is an act that tears apart fam­i­lies and worlds. The three­part drama is a BBC pro­duc­tion in as­so­ci­a­tion with RTÉ.

Do­ing Money, RTÉ & BBC

This 90-minute drama is based on the true story of Ana, a young Ro­ma­nian woman who was snatched from a London street in broad day­light, tra cked to Ire­land and used as a sex slave in a num­ber of ‘pop up’ broth­els. The in­ter­na­tional cast in­cludes Allen Leech ( Down­ton Abbey) and Ro­ma­nian ac­tress Anca Du­mi­tra. Do­ing Money is a BBC pro­duc­tion in as­so­ci­a­tion with RTÉ.

Dr Eva’s Great Es­cape, RTÉ One

Healthy life­style guru Dr Eva Orsmond might have left the coun­try but she has not aban­doned the air­waves. In this three-part re­al­ity show, the good doc­tor and her South African hus­band, Wy­att, pur­sue a dream to trans­form a run­down Por­tuguese ho­tel into a weight-loss des­ti­na­tion ho­tel in the sun.

Doc­tor Who, BBC One

The rst fe­male Doc­tor (the steely Jodie Whit­taker is the 13th Timelord) is not the only change for the BBC in­sti­tu­tion this sea­son. There’s also a new showrun­ner (Chris Chib­nall), a new look and a new nar­ra­tive to run through the whole se­ries. There’s also Bradley ( The Chase) Walsh. Some fans have said that if it ain’t broke af­ter 55 years, why try to x it? Oth­ers say the Doc­tor is dead, long live the Doc­tor.

Find­ing Joy, RTÉ One

One woman gang, Amy Hu­ber­man, is writer and star of this quirky com­edy drama in which Joy (that’s Amy), hav­ing be­ing dumped by

her boyfriend, searches for a new be­gin­ning. Will try­ing to avoid her ex (and her ex’s glam­orous new girl­friend) give Joy in­ner peace or just drive her round the bend? The cast also in­cludes award-win­ning co­me­dian Ais­ling Bea, Laura Whit­more and Jen­nifer Rains­ford.

The First, Chan­nel 4

Sean Penn and Natascha McEl­hone star in the The First, a new eight-part se­ries cre­ated by Beau Wil­limon ( House of Cards, Ides of March).

Sean Penn, in his rst foray into tele­vi­sion, leads an en­sem­ble cast in a near-fu­ture drama about a crew of as­tro­nauts at­tempt­ing to be­come the rst hu­mans to reach Mars.

“It’s a story about the hu­man spirit, about our in­domitable need to reach for un­known hori­zons” (Beau Wil­limon on The First)

Gen­tle­man Jack, BBC One

A new show from the great Sally Wain­wright ( Last Tango in Hal­i­fax; Happy Val­ley) should be enough to rope in even the most jaded TV watcher. For the BAFTA award-win­ner, it’s a change of pace and pe­riod, as she chron­i­cles the in­cred­i­ble life and times of Anne Lis­ter, the 19th Cen­tury pioneer in travel, busi­ness and moun­taineer­ing, but per­haps most fa­mously, the “ rst mod­ern les­bian”. Su­ranne Jones works with Wain­wright for the fourth time.

Get Shorty, Sky At­lantic

Sea­son two of the com­edy crime ca­per gets rolling as gang­ster Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd) strug­gles to rec­on­cile his am­bi­tion as a lm-maker and a fam­ily man with his skill set as a career crim­i­nal. Jeop­ar­dis­ing his Hol­ly­wood dreams fur­ther is washed-up pro­ducer Rick (Ray Ro­mano), who has agreed to wear a wire.

The Good Doc­tor, Sky Wit­ness

A break-out suc­cess story of 2017, The Good Doc­tor broke records for a new se­ries in the US. This Oc­to­ber, Fred­die High­more re­turns to Sky Wit­ness as the bril­liant autis­tic sur­geon Dr Shaun Mur­phy. With Shaun’s po­si­tion at St Bon­aven­ture Hospi­tal still hang­ing in the bal­ance, will the young sur­geon have what it takes to break the pre­con­cep­tions that sur­round him?

The Good Place, Net­flix

Sea­son three of this Net ix and NBC com­edy about the af­ter­life takes us back to the Good Place (or the Bad Place!) and stars Ted Dan­son, Kris­ten Bell, Wil­liam Jack­son Harper, Jameela Jamil and Manny Men­doza. Rein­car­nated and back on Earth af­ter Michael’s ar­gu­ment on their be­half, Eleanor and her fel­low con­demned souls have an­other chance to nd the right road.


Find­ing Joy

Chef’s Ta­ble, Net­flix This sea­son, meet four in­no­va­tive chefs who are shak­ing up the food cul­ture in Philadel­phia, Is­tan­bul, Bangkok and Barcelona.

Amer­i­can Van­dal

The Celebrity Is­land with Bear Grylls The Cry

The Chilling Ad­ven­tures Of Sab­rina The Good Place

The Cir­cle

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