Pick of the Week: Monday 27th October

October 27, 2008 by  
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SPOOKS
BBC 1, Monday 27th October, 9pm
A magnifcent start to the new season, tonight sees Adam fight to save a soldier who has been kidnapped by al-Quaeda. A new father, the soldier is threatened with death unless the government agrees to cancel rememberance day.  Jo struggles to get back to work after their traumatic ordeal at the end of last season and Harry gets a protege back, but will he be the same? Richard Armitage joins the cast as a mysterious spy that has been locked in a Russian prison for 8 years.

DEAD SET
E4, Monday 27th October, 10pm
Acclaimed writer and critic Charlie Brooker is more known for his witty reviews and blogs than for his screenplays, but he penned the dark zombie horror which premiere’s tonight on E4 and continues every night until Friday.  A gory, brilliant take on the Zombie genre, this sees the Big Brother House (Davina included) attacked by the walking dead. With cameos aplenty, Brooker manages to create something even scarier than the Big Brother we know and loathe.

Film: HERO
Film4, Tuesday 28 October, 9pm

Zhang Yimou’s stunning all-action film is set during the time of China’s warring states, before the country was unified. To the court of the King of Qin (Chen Dao Ming), who seeks to rule the united country, comes Nameless (Jet Li), who claims to have killed three deadly assassins (Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Donnie Yen) who were all determined to kill the King. As Nameless recounts his exploits in flashback, each time the wily King responds with his version. Is Nameless a true servant of Qin or does he have a secret agenda?

THE RESTAURANT
BBC 2, Wednesday 29th October, 8pm

After seven exhausting weeks running their restaurants, the two surviving couples go head-to-head in Raymond Blanc’s final challenge. Afterwards, Raymond will hand the winners a once-in-a-lifetime prize: the chance to join him in a brand-new restaurant business venture. In this ultimate challenge the couples set off on a surprise journey and find themselves having to cook for, serve and delight 40 discerning guests aboard one of the world’s most exclusive and romantic trains. After the train shudders to a halt, Raymond must decide which couple will go home with nothing and whose dream has finally come true.

LIFE
ITV 3, Thursday 30th October, 10pm

After spending twelve years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) rejoins the force with a shiny new Detective badge. Crews, accompanied by his new partner Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi), works to solve the inexplicable murder of a young boy. Crews’ unconventional tactics put Reese on edge causing both Reese and Lt. Karen Davis (Robin Weigert) to question his motives for rejoining the force. Adam Arkin, Brooke Langton and Brent Sexton also star.