MasterChef (S8)Daily from Monday 6 October at 21:05
Having survived the knockout rounds by impressing judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with their culinary skills, techniques and creativity, the finalists battle it out for the MasterChef crown.
They must prove themselves in a professional kitchen, preparing food for paying customers under the watchful gaze of top industry chefs, before proving their gastronomic worth at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe. Next, they must tackle complex recipes, unfamiliar ingredients and uncompromising standards as they cook for a table of Michelin-starred chefs.
The competition reaches its climax as the finalists put everything they've learned into practice to create a winning three-course meal.
Police Interceptors (S2)Tuesdays at 21:00
Police Interceptors follows a crack Essex Police unit dedicated to running dangerous criminals off of the road.
Using the most powerful rally cars in the world marked up in police colours, they present a truly formidable opponent to those who think they can run from the long arm of the law.
In series two, the unit faces two knife-wielding robbers in a stolen Toyota, an 83-year-old driver who fails to pull over, and the Lakeside shopping centre car park is put under lockdown. There’s also a motorbike weaving through the traffic at 130 mph, and at that speed it's up to the hi-tech police chopper to stop him.
The Dealership (S1)Thursdays at 21:05
The Dealership reveals the reality behind car salesman patter, and how, with finances tight, customers are giving dealers more of a run for their money than ever before.
The salesmen at Essex Car Company in Rainham will do anything they can to close a deal.
James has the gift of the gab, shifts over 30 cars every month and could, according to his colleagues, 'sell sand to the Arabs'. But for some, living on commission is tough. Scott is still on probation, and he needs to start closing deals…
Friday Night Dinner (S2)Thursdays at 22:00
The Goodman family returns for a second helping of ground-breaking comedy.
In series two, Adam goes on a date with a girl who smells like Mum, Jonny starts going out with an older woman, Mum is forced out of the house by a mouse, dad starts drying fish in the downstairs cupboard, Jim makes a birthday cake for his dog Wilson, Grandma has an affair with a married man, and we meet dad’s mother – ‘Horrible Grandma’.
Featuring a stellar ensemble cast, Friday Night Dinner is a truly quirky, original series about growing up but not growing away.
- Sundays at 21:00
The irreverent BAFTA award-winning chat show host from the Emerald Isle returns with a new series of The Graham Norton Show.
Each episode is brim full of chat, comedy, celebrity gossip and general weirdness. And there’s just enough risqué material to make viewers cringe with delight. At the end of each episode, Graham introduces some of the best contemporary music acts to wrap things up and finish the show off with a bang.
- Sundays at 21:45
Stephen Fry and the world’s most impossible quiz is back for a brand new series of topics beginning with the letter J – from jargon, right through to jumpers and jobs.
Guests include QI regulars as Jimmy Carr, Jo Brand, David Mitchell and Sandi Toksvig, along with such less-frequent panellists as David O'Doherty, Brian Cox, Jason Manford and Rhys Darby. And Alan Davies retains his place as the ever-present clown and butt of Stephen Fry’s wicked wit.