ATV Today Editor Shaun Linden picks the best from the box for the coming week, August 19th to August 25th, in ATV Saturday.
ITV tonight (7.15pm) air another say what they see show Catchphrase as it concludes its current series. Presenter Stephen Mulhern once again takes the reins as three ordinary members of the public take on the famous Mr Chips and his state-of-the-art 3D graphic animations. The show follows the rules of the original format, which sees contestants going head to head in a bid to identify familiar phrases hidden in the animated clues.
In a twist for these STV produced episodes the pressure is more intense as one contestant, of the three, is eliminated from the competition after the first round leaving the two remaining players to battle it out to reach the final. During the course of the show the contenders must bank cash from correctly guessing the catchphrases. Trying their luck this week is Djennah, John and Tracey all hoping to get to the end to take part in the Super Catchphrase and take home up to £50,000.
ITV, STV, UTV bring us Catchphrase tonight (Aug 19th) 7.15pm
BBC and its a welcome return for Len Goodman to BBC One with Len Goodman’s Partners In Rhyme. (6.45pm) Described by the beeb ‘as the fun, play-along family show all about rhyming.’ The first episode in this brand-new series sees contestants Winston and Yve joined by four celebrities hoping to help solve a range of rhyming rounds. In the first team are Strictly’s Anton du Beke and BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Dotty, and in the second team are EastEnders actress Laila Morse and comedian and radio presenter Matt Richardson.
Yve and Winston first go head to head in quick fire animated rhyming round, at the end of which the one with the most points gets first pick of the two celebrity teams, and then it’s on to three rounds; Mime the Rhyme, Rhymewatch and News At Len. The contestant with the most points after these rounds goes on to play Rhyme Against Time, where they must solve six 3-part rhymes against the clock in order to win a holiday. The losing contestant doesn’t go home empty handed though, they leave with the coveted consolation prize of a Pen from Len.
7.05pm tomorrow (Aug 20th) on BBC One sees the first in a four part series, Fake or Fortune. The establishing edition sees the team take on one of the most important cases they’ve ever faced. Can they prove that a beautiful English landscape is a work of national importance – a lost masterpiece by John Constable, and quite possibly an alternative view of his greatest work The Hay Wain. Now owned by a Gloucestershire businessman, the painting appears to have all the hallmarks of Constable’s sketches – his more impressionistic, preparatory works. If genuine, it could be worth at least £2 million.
There are few more iconic paintings in British art than Constable’s The Hay Wain. A picture with a direct link to this milestone in British art would be the holy grail for any collector or museum, and the picture appears to depict the very same scene, Willy Lott’s cottage on the banks of the river Stour. The trouble is, Constable is one of the most faked artists of the 19th century and the painting has a chequered past. Find out the results if it is indeed genuine or a hoax in Fake or Fortune tomorrow.
Thursday BBC Two (8pm) and The Pacemakers follows the fun, surprising story of a group of men, all over the age of 90, as they pursue their dream of becoming world champion athletes. For this BBC one-off, director Selah Hennessy spent a year filming with an international sub-culture of athletes as they prepare for the Olympics of OAP sport: the World Masters Championship. These are a highly competitive group of athletes, all hell bent on being champions. They’re also very determined old men battling major obstacles, from early onset dementia to terminal lung disease, in order to fulfill their ambitions.
Its strictly Rhyme all the way for Len Goodman tonight at 6.45pm.