Here’s this coming week’s TV highlights including prize fighting couples, Swedish robots, the legend that is Stephen Hawking and more cookery programmes.
BBC 1 Saturday 7pm
Presented by Emma Willis and Reggie Yates, and filmed in Morocco and the slightly less exotic surroundings of Farnborough airport, it sees 10 couples battling it out for the chance to win a life-changing prize.
Each pair has been split into an adventurer and a studio player – and sadly, there are no prizes for guessing who is based in which location.
The adventurers are whisked off to Morocco with Reggie Yates to take part in a set of physically and mentally challenging tasks, where the aim is to perform well enough to stay in the competition and avoid coming back to Blighty for as long as possible.
Meanwhile their partners remain in the UK with Emma Willis, where they could be called on to answer make-or-break questions to keep their other half in the running.
Channel 4 Sunday 9pm
This highly anticipated eight-part sci-fi drama, which comes from the makers of Utopia and Broadchurch, is based on an award-winning Swedish drama.
In this opening instalment, we’re introduced to Joe Hawkins (Tom Goodman-Hill), whose relationship with his wife Laura (Katherine Parkinson) is becoming increasingly strained. He thinks that buying a highly developed robotic servant, known as a synth, to take over some of the chores will give them back the time they need to reconnect as a couple.
But while his kids take an instant shine to ‘Anita’ (Gemma Chan), Laura isn’t quite so convinced by this new addition to the family.
Dara O’Briain Meets Stephen Hawking
BBC1 Tuesday 10.35pm
It’s official: science is cool. Okay, so it’s not actually official, and there are no actual scientific studies or findings to prove it either. However, physics is certainly going through a golden age as far as popularity in concerned.
And if you are in any doubt about its appeal, then you should note that next weekend none other than Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the most recognisable and cleverest scientists on Earth, is set to appear at one of the biggest and coolest places on Earth: Glastonbury.
In addition to his forthcoming gig on Glasto’s The Kidz Field alongside magician Dynamo, Hawking has also made four appearances on The Simpsons, Star Trek and Comic Relief, as well as being sampled by rock band Pink Floyd.
BBC 1 Thursday 9pm
Can you believe it’s been nearly a year since actress Sophie Thompson beat fellow finalists Charley Boorman and Jodie Kidd, to be crowned Celebrity MasterChef champion? Perhaps that’s because the MC franchise is rarely off the air.
Nevertheless, John Torode and Gregg Wallace return with the ‘Sleb’ version on Thursday, putting their taste buds through a range of lip-smacking and possibly distasteful dishes, as they seek out which stars have the palate and skill to secure a place in the semi-finals.
This summer, a sizzling line-up from the worlds of music, sport and showbiz will be on air to satisfy your televisual palate by battling it out in the show’s 10th anniversary series.
The 20 apron-clad celebrities hoping to follow in the footsteps of Thompson, are actors Scott Maslen, Tish Potter, Craig Gazey, Amanda Donohoe and actor and presenter Sheree Murphy; soul singer and presenter Mica Paris; former Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding; Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt; The Wanted singer Tom Parker; singer-songwriter Chesney Hawkes; one half of TV presenter duo Sam and Mark, Sam Nixon; presenters Keith Chegwin, Andy Akinwolere, Most Haunted presenter Yvette Fielding, and TV presenter and singer Rylan Clark; comedian Syd Little; choreographer Arlene Phillips; journalist, writer and broadcaster Samira Ahmed; professional dancer Natalie Lowe; and British Paralympian world-record-holder Danny Crates.