This week: Donald Trump gets roasted, celebrities speak out about their struggles with mental illness and Planet Earth returns, its breathtaking visuals bolstered by cutting-edge tech.
Halloween’s terrifying pick is new two-part drama, Dark Angel. Based on the true story of Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton, played by Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), the programme explores Mary’s descent from a loving mother to a ruthless poisoner, adulterer and fraudster.
Living in extreme poverty in the North East, she gets a taste for finding husbands only to kill them shortly afterwards, making off with their life insurance money. Her methods leave no visible scars, allowing her to pass undetected. But as the death toll rises, her chances of being caught mount.
Me and My Mental Illness
Channel 5, 10pm
In this one off documentary, a group of famous faces and members of the public talk frankly about what it’s like to suffer from a mental health condition. Celebrity contributors include former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell and ex-Boxer Frank Bruno, who opens up about being sectioned due to his Bipolar Disorder.
This Time Next Year
This Time Next Year, hosted by Davina McCall, is a new entertainment series that features ordinary people pledging to change their lives over the course of 12 months.
Davina’s guests set their goals, which range from losing half their body weight, becoming a parent or finding love, and then return a year later to discuss whether they’ve achieved them. Expect to be moved as people’s lives are transformed.
The Gun Shop: Cutting Edge
Channel 4, 9pm
This Cutting Edge documentary explores the contentious U.S. debate around gun laws by observing the daily custom at the Freedom Firearms gun shop in Battle Creek, Michigan. As well as introducing the shop’s owners and staff, the film features customers who explain the myriad of reasons behind their desire to own guns.
Among them is Gina, 44, who is determined to buy a Glock 43 following her and her daughter having a gun pulled on them during a road rage incident. We also meet student nurse Courtney, 28, who prepares her young sons to tackle violent intruders on the Freedom Firearms shooting range.
BBC 1, 8.30pm
The fifth series of the sitcom which follows the outspoken, stingy, self-appointed community leader Mr Khan (Adil Ray) starts on Friday. This episode sees another famous Khan make a surprising cameo appearance – the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, as well as cricket stars Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan.
This week Mr Khan is in trouble after forgetting his wedding anniversary, and finds himself in a pickle after lying about knowing famous England all-rounder Moeen Ali.
The Roast of Donald Trump
Comedy Central, 10.30pm
Comedy Central are screening Donald Trump’s roast from earlier this year, in accordance with the upcoming presidential election. Among those dishing out the insults are Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane, comedian Lisa Lampanelli, and Snoop Dogg.
Trump’s bid to run in the elections was ridiculed in the show, and with hindsight, it's astonishing to see, how much he has defied everyone's expectations.
Planet Earth II
BBC One, 8pm
Sir David Attenborough’s seminal nature documentary series, Planet Earth, returns for a second series ten years after the first was screened. The fact that significant technological advances have been made since, means that this time, the visuals will be more breathtaking than ever.
The series is a combination of dramatic animal behaviour and wildlife spectacle, filmed over three years in jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities.
It promises to show us natural phenomena we have never seen before, in the most immersive form to date.