14/08/2014 16:41 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

The Idiot Box: 10 Things You Need To Know About TV This Week


Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return for another magnificent foodie jaunt and this time it's The Trip To Italy (BBC Two, Friday, 10pm). It might seem like not much more than an excuse for the duo to trade silly voices and impressions (Michael Caine and Morrissey in this week's episode) while stuffing their faces with posh grub, but it's so much better and funnier than that sounds. Not to be missed.

Speaking of silly voices, this week fans of Coronation Street bid farewell to Michelle Collins's Stella. For some bizarre reason, she's decided to swap Weatherfield for New York. Oh, how we'll miss her and, most sadly, her terrible Mancunian accent.


Channel 4 unleashes New Worlds (Channel 4, Tuesday, 9pm) this week, its new big budget period drama that features lots of spilled blood, plenty of silly wigs and a glamorous young cast (Freya Mavor, Joe Dempsie, Jamie Dornan and Alice Englert) doing some serious ACTING.

The current series of The Voice (BBC One, Saturday, 7pm) is coming to an end, with the final on Saturday. In this glitzy advert for scrapping the licence fee, the quality of the contestants has been appalling, remains a tosspot, and Ricky Wilson has looked increasingly like a fella who sold his soul to the devil and got a really, really shit deal in return. After only one series Kylie is rumoured to be jumping ship, which, if it's true, will be the most sensible decision anyone involved in this rubbish has made.

And while we're on the subject of, we should probably all watch his interview with Joanna Lumley on iPlayer again, just to check that it actually happened.

The Guard (Channel 4, Saturday, 11.05pm) is the film to catch this week. A very funny black comedy that sees Brendan Gleeson's booze and prostitute-loving Irish copper teamed up with Don Cheadle's slick FBI agent to solve a murder and drug trafficking case.

And then there's The Holiday (ITV1, Wednesday, 10.30pm). I probably risk getting the boot from MyDaily for saying this, but it's drivel.

Made in Chelsea is returning to E4 on April 7 and here's a trailer that is actually quite entertaining, and therefore completely misleading as an advert for the show...

Just a tiny bit more exciting than the news that MiC is back next week, is the fact that on the same day Game of Thrones finally returns to Sky Atlantic (Monday 9pm, or 2am for the loyal fans/saddoes). Next week The Idiot Box will be a GoT special whether you like it or not.

Finally, in case you didn't know what the word 'neighbour' means... The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door (Channel 5, Tuesday, 8pm).

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