In our future look at TV for this week, we see Channel 5 going for an animal outlook, firstly with Animal Maternity, a new series offering a unique insight into the world of animal birth. Exactly how the animal kingdom deals with motherhood and the help it sometimes needs from humans will be brought to the small screen thanks to unique access to a range of Britain’s zoos, safari parks and animal sanctuaries. Meanwhile, Animal Clinic will be returning for a second series, to be fronted by presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle. The show will continue its unique insight into the work of the University of Liverpool’s Vet School, one of the world’s leading veterinary institutions.
Channel 4 announced the commission of a trio of shows, airing in September, that sheds light on three British businesses doing well despite the recession or are flourishing on the back of tough times. The Pawn Shop, The Man Who Will Buy Anything and Scrappers are the working titles of the programs that all deal with the trade of buying and selling.
Following the long-running success of BBC Two’s living history series, Victorian, Edwardian and Wartime Farm, this autumn BBC Two takes up residence in the stunning medieval landscape of Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Chichester to explore life on a Tudor Abbey Farm, complete with the greatest variety of 15th and 16th century buildings in the country.
The BBC announced three brand-new commissions – Digby Jones’ New Industrial Revolution; No Country For Young Men; and Junior Paramedics, as well as a second series of The Planners (now known as Not In My Back Yard).
On ITV, Ben Fogle turns up there too, along with Liz Bonnin and Paul Heiney lacing up their boots as they get Countrywise, returning with a new presenting team for a brand-new series, exploring the best of Britain’s coast and country this September. Cameras will follow Tom and his best friend Sophie as they kiss their families goodbye, pack their bags and head for the wilds of some of the most incredible countries on earth such as Thailand, Japan, Australia, Morocco and New Zealand, and excitement is starting as previews of the next series of Vera are starting to emerge, with Brenda Blethyn reprising her lead role as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope.
Finally, sticking with ITV, this week it was announced that the much anticipated sixth series of their hit comedy Beindorm will return to our screens in January, 2014.