TV picks of the week: 08 October – 14 October

TV picks of the week: 08 October – 14 October

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(Credit: Channel 4)
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From the young integrating with the old, to exploring gender identity, here's what's on this week.

Old People’s Home for Four-Year-Olds

Monday: Channel 4, 9.00pm

The three-month experiment returns for a second series, with a new host of frantic pre-schoolers integrating with senior citizens at a retirement village in Nottingham.

Intended to have a positive effect on the seniors’ mobility skills, memory and mood, the series will document the experiment and the impact the four-year olds will have on their lives.

 

A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad

Tuesday: BBC Two, 9.00pm


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A new three-part documentary from the BBC that examines the history of Syria and the Assad family.

With rare footage and testimonies from individuals who have studied, worked with and know the Assad family, the first episode analyses Bashar al-Assad’s rise to power.

 

The Bisexual

Wednesday: Channel 4, 10.00pm

Living in London, New Yorker Leila (Desiree Akhavan) realises that she is living a lie with her business partner and girlfriend Sadie (Maxine Peake).

Where Sadie wants children and marriage, Leila is the opposite and begins to question her relationship and explore her sexuality dating both men and women.

The new comedy drama stars Desiree Akhavan (Flowers) and Maxine Peake (Three Girls).

 

Women on the Verge

Thursday: W, 10.00pm


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New comedy sitcom following three friends, Laura (Kerry Condon), Alison (Eileen Walsh) and Katie (Nina Sosanya), as they all deal with the shared disappointment of how their lives have turned in their mid-30s.

Living in Dublin, the three navigate their way through their troubled love lives with Laura being her boss’ mistress, Alison settling for pursuing her ex, and Katie, hurt by her former partner’s new family, looks to artificial insemination.

The sitcom stars Kerry Condon (Better Call Saul), Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe) and Nina Sosanya (Strike Back).

 

The Romanoffs

Friday: Amazon Prime

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner returns to the small screen with a new anthology series set in the modern-day.

The series centres around individuals who claim to be descendants of the last family to rule Russia, the Romanoffs.

Each episode follows a different protagonist who claims to be a descendant of the last family to rule Russia, the Romanoffs.

The first episode is set in Paris, where a family’s future lies within an ancestral home.

Aaron Eckhart (Sully), Marthe Keller (The Escape), Inès Melab (Agathe Koltès) and Louise Bourgoin (The Full House) star in the first episode of the eight-part series.

 

Black Hollywood: ‘They’ve Gotta Have Us’

Saturday: BBC Two, 9.00pm

Filmmaker and photographer Simon Frederick journeys through the history of Hollywood’s biggest turning points in the rise of black filmmakers and actors, as well as the trials and tribulations behind and in-front of the lens.

Frederick interviews some of Hollywood’s greatest talent, including pioneers Harry Belafonte (Odds Against Tomorrow), Earl Cameron (Pool of London) and Diahann Carroll (Julia), as well as recent stars including John Boyega (Star Wars).

The first episode begins with an analysis of Moonlight’s success at the Oscars, as the first film to win Best Picture with an all-black cast.

 

Butterfly

Sunday: ITV1, 9.00pm

Separated couple Vicky (Anna Friel) and Stephen (Emmett J Scanlan) reconnect as their 11-year old son Max (Callum Booth-Ford) begins to identify as a girl.

While Max’s sister Lily (Millie Gibson) fully supports Max in her transition to becoming Maxine, Stephen and Vicky are divided in their opinion of Max’s transition and future. Vicky fears for her child’s mental health and Stephen believes it be a passing phase.

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From the young integrating with the old, to exploring gender identity, here's what's on this week.