What to watch on TV this week, including Homeland and Mad Men
MSN TV's five television highlights
Last week, the BBC apologised after brutal scenes in the popular forensic drama prompted nearly 500 complaints. To be honest, it was pretty grim, but I'm glad the BBC didn't censor the controversial scenes.
Mad Men, Tue 1 May, 21:00 - 22:00 on Sky Atlantic
* AMC trailer below relates to this week's Sky Atlantic episode
This superb drama set in the world of 1960s American advertising continues. Don Draper and his colleagues at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce continue to fight for their fledgling company's future. However, while the world outside undergoes rapid cultural and social change, pressures at work and at home leave them struggling to keep up.
This week, the teams must each spend £150 on wholesale goods and try to sell them on for a profit in Essex. The trailer below shows team Phoenix at work.
Setting up in markets and shopping centres with mops, MP3 players, fake tans and false eyelashes, they must push their products hard and reinvest in the best sellers. Lord Sugar is waiting to be impressed.
I still love The Apprentice, but I'll be the first to admit that this series hasn't quite hit the heights yet; it's lacking big characters to take episodes by the scruff of the neck. That it remains watchable is a testament to its solid foundations, and the indomitable Lord Sugar.
The Bridge, Sat 5 May, 21:00 - 23:00 on BBC4
Another heart-stopping Scandinavian crime drama. This week, the murderer uses schizophrenics to commit violent crimes. Police officers who beat a man to death are found innocent.
* At the time of publish, trailers/clips for this week's episodes weren't available. The preview trailer below does give a flavour of what to expect if you tune in, but bear in mind it was intended for pre-publicity.
In this week's instalment, Saga and Martin hope a teenage runaway could prove to be the witness who gives them a vital break in the case. I am hooked on this Scandinavian crime drama, which is in Danish and Swedish, and stars Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia. Swedish detective Saga Noren (played by Sofia Helin) is intriguing; cold and dispassionate, she's as much of an enigma as the criminals she hunts. Maybe even more so...
Homeland, Sun 6 May, 21:00 - 22:45 on Channel 4
This is it, ladies and gents. The last episode of season one. Brody makes his final preparations to die for his country, claiming the vice-president is a domestic threat to the US.
* Showtime trailer below relates to this week's Channel 4 episode. Please note it contains rather fruity language.
Fellow marine Walker is setting up his rifle across the road from where the policy summit is taking place. Carrie is confined to bed after her betrayal and sacking - but when she finally realises what is happening, she convinces Virgil to drive her to the scene, hoping she won't be too late.
Get ready to chew your nails down to the cuticles in this feature-length conclusion of the thriller, starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, Mandy Patinkin and David Harewood.
Homeland is one US import enjoying critical and commercial success in the UK;. Channel 4 must be dead chuffed. Season two will air soon - let's hope it continues to be free-to-air.
So that's me. What are you planning to watch this week? Let us know by sharing your faves comment.
MSN TV editor Coops
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