After a long luxurious summer in TV land, we have been gifted with sudden shower of TV gems, sparkling like dew on our screens. Oh, and Blue Planet II starts on Sunday.
Comedy: Bounty Hunters
Barnaby is in over his head – and it is all thanks to his dodgy dealing dad whose counterfeit collectibles have landed the hapless Brit at the centre of an international crime saga.
Jack Whitehall (Barnaby) co-wrote this comedy drama with his collaborator Freddy Syborn (Bad Education) and stars in it alongside Oscar nominee Rosie Perez as gun-toting Brooklyn bounty hunter Nina Morales.
Entertainment: Tracey Breaks the News
BBC One, 9.30pm
Impressionist and comedian Tracey Ullman takes on politics in new comedy sketch series Tracey Breaks the News. Ullman revisits her impressions of key politicians Theresa May, Angela Merkel and Nicola Sturgeon, as well as first-time impersonations of Jeremy Corbyn and French first couple Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron. The topical series uses impressions of the public and important political figures to comment on the current political climate and reactions to this year’s news events.
Drama: Stranger Things
The Emmy and SAG Award winning sci-fi drama is back for a highly anticipated second season. Weirdly it’s only been a little over a year since the show first burst into our lives, rapidly becoming part of the public consciousness.
Last season Will Byers was dragged into the Upside Down and his pals teamed up with psychokinetic escapee Eleven to bring him home. In the new season Will wrestles with the memories of his time in the Upside Down – occasionally taking a moment to cough slugs into the sink. Can life return to normal for the residents of Hawkins, Indiana? Probably not.
Documentary: Blue Planet II
BBC One, 8pm
Sixteen years since the original series graced our screen, the grandfather of nature documentaries is back with seven new episodes which take us beneath the ocean surface into the most exciting and varied environments in the world.
With a score by Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer, over 6,000 hours of underwater recordings and incorporating 125 expeditions to 39 countries across four years, the series promises a scale and wonder that has even the most reluctant of nature documentary viewers rubbing their hands with glee.
Sir David Attenborough narrates and presents the series, beginning this week with an episode titled ‘One Ocean.’