This week's top TV: 7 - 13 December

This week's top TV: 7 - 13 December

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Monday, 7th December 2015
Hunderby on Sky Atlantic
Hunderby on Sky Atlantic

Julia Davis's historical comedy returns


Las Vegas with Trevor McDonald



Sir Trevor McDonald in the Neon Boneyard
(Credit: ITV / Plum Productions)

The veteran journalist travels to Sin City, to meet some of its 1.3 million inhabitants, who bear witness to the glamour and violence the city is known for.

In this first episode, McDonald meets one of Vegas’s most infamous residents, former heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson.

He visits Tyson’s mansion in the hills outside the city to hear about the former boxer’s turbulent past, which saw him go bankrupt after once earning $300 million.



That’s So Last Century

Channel 4


James Corden tests the Sony Walkman
(Credit: Channel 4 / Objective Productions)

With tech companies bringing out a new must-have gadget every week, it’s easy to forget that just a few years ago we had to remember to rewind video tapes and use an actual camera to take photographs.

That’s So Last Century sees some familiar faces re-acquainting themselves with gadgets, games and gizmos from the recent past.

This week, James Corden, Jimmy Carr and Vic Reeves and family have fun revisiting massive mobiles, Walkmans and the Spectrum computer.






MyAnna Buring and Philip Glenister star as Jules Hope and David Murdoch
(Credit: ITV / Ben Blackall)

Philip Glenister stars as prison officer David Murdoch, a widower whose pregnant daughter Lucy (Sammy Winward) is the light of his life.

When Murdoch has to accompany prisoner Jules Hope (MyAnna Buring) to hospital, he receives a phone call that turns his world upside down.

If Murdoch wants to see his daughter again, he must break Hope out of hospital and deliver her to the man holding Lucy hostage. If he speaks to the police, Lucy will die.

Rosie Cavaliero (The Enfield Haunting) returns as DS Susan Reinhardt, who tries to unravel why Murdoch is behaving so out of character.




Sky Atlantic


The cast of Hunderby reunites for a two-part special
From left: Dr Foggety (Rufus Jones), Helene (Alexandra Roach), Hesther (Rosie Cavaliero), John (Reece Shearsmith), Dorothy (Julia Davis), Edmund (Alex Macqueen) and Biddy Ritherfoot (Jane Sunns)
(Credit: Sky Atlantic / Baby Cow)

Julia Davis’s period comedy returns to Sky Atlantic for a two-part special.

Picking up where series one left off, the comedy is set in an isolated rural parish in the early nineteenth century, in a twisted Austen world of “doomed romance, closet homosexuality and accidental incest.”

Heroine Helene (Alexandra Roach) has her dreams of a happy life with husband Dr Foggerty (Rufus Jones) thwarted by wicked housekeeper Dorothy (Davis) and Foggerty’s sister/wife Crippled Hesther (Rosie Cavaliero), who herself is after the Master of Hunderby, Pastor Edmund (Alex Macqueen).



The Definitive History of Star Wars 

Channel 5 



In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a new Star Wars film coming out soon. In anticipation of the release of The Force Awakens, The Definitive History of Star Wars does what it says on the tin; looking at how the multi-billion pound film franchise came to be.

This is followed at 10pm by How Star Wars Changed the World, a documentary examining how the films have impacted the lives of fans around the world, from making lightsabers to changing religions.



F1 Review 

BBC One 



Suzi Perry
(Credit: BBC / Peter J Fox)

​Suzi Perry is joined by expert analysts Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard to critique the 2015 Formula 1 season.

In the year where Great Britain’s Lewis Hamilton won his third world title, matching the achievement of his childhood hero Ayrton Senna, the F1 presenting team will look at what helped Hamilton pull away from Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.



Horizon Tim Peake Special: How to be an Astronaut 

BBC Two 


Tim Peake prepares for space travel
(Credit: BBC / Bill Stafford - NASA)

The result of two years of unprecedented access to British astronaut Tim Peake, the documentary follows him as he prepares to head into space.

With exclusive access to Peake’s video diary as he trains at Star City in Moscow, it will show just what it takes to become an astronaut on the International Space Station.

With problems ranging from dealing with 8Gs in a centrifuge, to hours spent in a cramped capsule, it will also show how Peake’s six months in space will affect his wife Rebecca and their two sons.

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Julia Davis's historical comedy returns