What to watch on TV this week, including Steps: On The Road Again
MSN TV's five must-see television treats
What are you watching on TV in the coming week? I try to catch a wide variety of programmes across terrestrial and multichannel; both good and bad. Here's what's on my telly radar for this week:
Steps: On The Road Again, Mon 23 Apr, 21:00 - 22:00 on Sky Living
As the trailer shows, this new series follows pop quintet Steps as they prepare for their comeback tour. For the life of me, I don't get the fascination with Steps; I was probably too busy listening, and clubbing, to real music back then.
However, even I can see why fans are excited about this programme; the band are hitting the road together for the first time in 11 years. Can they still do the routines?
Mad Men, Tue 24 Apr, 21:00 - 22:00 on Sky Atlantic
* AMC trailer below relates to this week's Sky Atlantic episode
Set in an advertising agency in 1960s New York, this superlative series may not be setting the ratings on fire, but it's sublime television. This week, a particularly difficult pitch tests Peggy and - having already faced rejection from Heinz over her 'bean ballet' concept - she soon starts to question her copywriting abilities.
Very Important People, Fri 27 Apr, 21:30 - 22:00 on Channel 4
If you liked BBC's The Impressions Show with Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson, this new Channel 4 impressions show might be right up your street. Starring Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott, Very Important People takes a satirical stab at popular culture.
So yes, it will poke fun at some well known celebrities including Adele and Gordon Ramsay. In addition, sketches are recorded during the week of transmission to keep the humour as topical as possible.
In the first episode, the legendary 'David Attenborough' examines the fascinating behaviour of comedian 'Frankie Boyle'. Some of the impressions sound pretty spot on from what I've seen. Let's hope the writing is as good.
The Bridge, Sat 28 Apr, 21:00 - 22:00 on BBC4
* At the time of publish, trailer for episode three wasn't available. The preview trailer below does give a flavour of what to expect
We Brits can't get enough of Scandinavian crime dramas at the moment. Not that I'm complaining because The Bridge is yet another heart-stopping addition to UK schedules.
In this week's instalment, the killer's next brutal act results in the deaths of several homeless people in Copenhagen, supposedly to highlight how easily people can fall through the cracks in Danish society. The Bridge is in Danish and Swedish, and stars Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia.
Homeland, Sun 29 Apr, 21:00 - 22:05 on Channel 4
* Showtime trailer below relates to this week's Channel 4 episode. Please note it contains rather fruity language
I've been banging on about Homeland for ages now. So pleased to see this US import enjoying critical and commercial success in the UK;. Channel 4 must be chuffed to bits (and looking over their shoulders in case Sky homes in). This week, Carrie ends up in hospital in the wake of the explosion that killed Al-Zahrani in Washington.
When Saul comes to retrieve her, he finds the unstable agent postulating frantically about Abu Nazir, but realises her chaotic theories have merit. Kudos to Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Damian Lewis for top-notch performances.
So that's me. What are you planning to watch this week? Let us know by sharing your faves comment.
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