Something old, something new, something baked and all for you. This week’s TV Highlights start the proceedings for what will surely be a bittersweet goodbye to a modern British TV classic, as well as welcoming a brand new entry to the genre of dark and stark dramas, and sounding the trumpets for the return of a very special speculator on the society we live in, and the societies we could live in if we’re not careful:
The Great British Bake Off (BBC One – October 19th, 8pm)
It’s the semi-final! The seventh series of the BBC’s beloved autumnal midweek appointment television, which sadly seems set to be its swan song what with the recent headlines, has whittled its competitors down to the final four. Andrew, Candice, Selasi and Jane must now turn their talents towards the culinary craftsmanship of patisserie making. Can Selasi escape the danger zone he’s endured the past two weeks? Has Candice got it in her to make Star Baker for a fourth time? Whatever happens, we’ll all be savouring these final days of sweet, simple Bake Off times.
Him (ITV – October 19th, 9pm)
A new three-part coming-of-age/domestic horror series with a twist: supernatural abilities. Inherited from a grandfather and understood only by the ageing grandmother of ‘Him’, a seventeen-year-old boy trapped between childhood and adulthood, as well as between divorced parents to whom his very existence is a reminder of their failed past. Starring Fionn Whitehead, it’s anyone’s guess whether the boy can learn to put aside his pain and use his power for good, or go the way of Carrie. Fans of this year’s Outcast series may well be in for a homegrown delight.
Black Mirror (Netflix – October 21st)
After a three-year gap, the agony of which only Sherlock fans can appreciate, Charlie Brooker’s wildly popular series returns in full on Netflix this weekend for a third series. Totalling six episodes, as opposed to previous seasons’ typical run of three, not to mention boasting the acting talents of Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Game of Thrones alum Jerome Flynn and Faye Marsay, the show is certainly making up for lost time.