Alan Dee’s guide to the pick of the week’s TV


Primeval (ITV1, 6pm)

Series five is set one year after the death of Johnson and the disappearance of three key ARC personnel. New recruits have been found to take their place –Matt, the new field leader, now handles the incursions, and Jess handles operations from the ARC Control Centre.

But it seems there’s more to Connor’s new lab assistant April Leonard than meets the eye.

On the surface she may seem like a shy science geek, but does she have a hidden agenda?

Meanwhile, the team investigate a giant burrowing insect which is causing panic across the city.


True Love (BBC One, times vary)

When actors are asked what attracted them to a certain role, they rarely say it was the money or the chance to get their face on telly, instead insisting it was the strength of the writing.

However, the big names in this new series can’t use that line, as they didn’t even see a script.

Showing across the week, True Love explores five overlapping love stories, all set against the backdrop of the same town.

The first focuses on Nick (David Tennant), who appears devoted to his wife Ruth (Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt) and their children. Then his first love re-appears, and Nick is suddenly left wondering if perhaps he can recapture the past.


The Walking Dead (Five, 10pm)

Most of America has been overrun by brain-hungry ex-humans in the second series based on Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard’s graphic novels.

Thankfully Sheriff Rick Grimes and a small band of survivors are beacons of hope in this rotting wilderness. This week, Glenn really has his hands full. Not only is he asked to keep quiet about the presence of undead ‘walkers’ in the barn, he is also struggling to come to terms with Lori’s pregnancy.


All In The Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry (Channel 4, 9pm)

In the final instalment of his fascinating three-part series exploring how our taste defines us, the out there artist turns his attention to the upper-classes.

Grayson wonders if reverence for tradition, inheritance and appropriateness makes it difficult for the upper crust to develop their own sense of style.

He finds out by meeting aristocrats, such as the flamboyant Marquess of Bath and Longleat, as well as the ‘new money’ incomers who have acquired some of the Cotswold’s most impressive stately homes


The Killing (Channel 4, 10.30pm)

In this latest instalment, Sarah is understandably shocked after receiving a disturbing call from Holder’s phone. It sounded like he was being beaten up, so she orders a police search team at the Wapi Indian Reservation. With the election now only four days away, the press continue to hound Richmond about his whereabouts on the night of Rosie’s death.


Mock the Week (BBC Two, 10pm)

The show that first aired in 2005 will pass the 100th episode mark in a fortnight’s time. Carl Donnelly, Jo Caulfield and Milton Jones join regular panellists Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons and Chris Addison.


Simon Schama’s Shakespeare (BBC Two, 9pm)

The recent slew of Shakespeare-related programmes on the BBC is mainly down to the Cultural Olympiad, the non-sport-related side of the 2012 Games – but it’s also very timely thanks to another recent event, the Diamond Jubilee.

Simon Schama looks at the questions being asked in Shakespeare’s plays that still concern us today on topics such as national identity, and who our monarchs really are behind the mask of royalty.

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