Channel 5

Paul O'Grady to host Blind Date reboot

The hit dating show will take romantic hopefuls back to a time when you could not be judged on your best selfie and there was no such thing as an online dating profile. 

The 90s match-making show has had a modern update; a new generation of singletons will compete to find their potential mates in front of a live audience with new twists, as well as the introduction of LGBT contestants for the first time on the show. 

Brand new celebrity barging show commissioned for Channel 5

The four-part barging show will see well-known faces take two narrow boats and a dog along Britain's canals to sample life at a slower pace.

Nigel Havers, Debbie McGee, Lorraine Chase and Simon Callow face obstacles and hilarity as they commandeer a course down two of Britain’s most favourite canals, the Kennet and Avon and the Llangollen. 

Taking a step back from the limelight to sample life in the slow lane, the four bargers pair up to enjoy their first-ever canal boat holidays.

Families left Stripped and Stranded in Channel 5 reality show

Stripped and Stranded (w/t) is a four-part series starring a different set of relatives each episode. Deserted on an island, the dysfunctional households have only each other for support and face daily survival challenges as well as battling their existing familial tensions. Expect high-octane drama and fiery conflict as each family work to overcome their issues and ultimately survive their time in the wild.

The programme is made by Naked Entertainment, and is one of two brand new titles to come out of the fledgling prodco.

This weeks’ top TV: 22 – 28 August

One of Us will explore morality, human nature, and family secrets (Credit: BBC)


Sarah Beeny’s Four Rooms

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Sarah Beeny (Credit: Channel 4)

RTS award-winning Four Rooms is back with a new host, Sarah Beeny. A cross between Antiques Roadshow and Dragons' Den, the programme sees members of the public try and sell their prized items to stone-faced dealers for a good price.

Channel 5 commissions Freddie Mercury and Karen Carpenter docs

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender Revealed and Karen Carpenter: Goodbye to Love will both be produced by ITV Studios' indie Potato. 

Each film will be 120 minutes long and will feature archive footage, as well as one-to-one interviews, and scripted dramatisations based on firsthand accounts of the singers' lives.

Freddie Mercury rose to fame as the frontman and lyricist of rock band Queen, and counted Princess Diana as one of his close friends, he passed away in 1991 after battling with AIDS.