1, The Great British Bake Off (Tuesday 27th August 8pm on Channel 4)
Bake Off is back, this time with a baker’s dozen as 13 of the nation’s best amateur bakers enter the iconic white tent to tackle challenges set by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. The extra baker means extra pressure as one week two bakers will be going home. The new series kicks off with Cake Week. First the bakers tackle a fruit cake, but being Bake Off, it’s not as simple as it sounds. Next, under the gingham cloth are the ingredients for their first Technical: creating a retro classic that demands precision and intricate decoration. Finally, a Showstopper that takes the baker’s dozen back to their childhoods as they create the birthday cake of their childhood dreams. It’s a great chance for the contestants to express themselves and give the judges a window into their personalities.
2, Sanditon (Sunday 25th August 9pm on ITV)
When a coach accident introduces Charlotte Heywood to Tom and Mary Parker, she quickly seizes the opportunity to throw herself into the adventure she has craved all her life by agreeing to return with them to the developing seaside resort of Sanditon. However, young and naïve Charlotte soon has her father’s warnings ringing in her ears when she discovers that the inhabitants of the town behave in curious and unpredictable ways that she could never have imagined.
3, Peaky Blinders (Sunday 25th August 9pm on BBC One)
When Tommy Shelby MP (Cillian Murphy) is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family’s future – but that of the entire nation.
It’s 1929. While his family deals with the repercussions of the Wall Street Crash, Tommy Shelby MP faces new dangers from unexpected quarters.
4, Midsomer Murders (Monday 26th August 8.30pm on ITV)
Ex-rugby player and businessman Mark Adler (Nicholas Goh) seems to have the whole world at his feet; he’s the owner of the successful Causton Lions rugby team and has his beautiful and successful wife Samantha (Tamzin Outhwaite) by his side. However, Mark is mysteriously found dead in a cryotherapy chamber, normally used by the players for their physio. Is it murder or suicide? DCI Barnaby and DS Winter are called in to investigate.
5, Celebs Go Dating: The Finale (Thursday 29th August 9pm on E4)
For four weeks the celebs have been searching high and low for love. And it all culminates here. Tom has arranged a wonderful soiree for friends and family to come and pass judgement on the love choices the celebrities have made. The big buzz is who will Nathan arrive with? And will Lady C have pared back her partner choice to just one man?
6, Nadiya’s Summer Feasts (Monday 26th August 8pm on BBC Two)
In this hour-long special Nadiya will cook up an array of mouth-watering dishes that she’ll serve up to her loved ones at her own summer party feast.
She’ll fire up the BBQ and cook up a delicious butterflied leg of lamb with sticky rhubarb glaze, perfect for feeding a crowd without all the fuss. Colourful sides include zingy kiwi and feta salad, fresh and fragrant edamame wild rice, and a spectacular glazed bread shaped like a crown. For dessert, Nadiya goes all out with a magical princess torte cake and her ingenious raspberry ripple éclair pops provide a spectacular centrepiece.
7, Poldark (Monday 26th August 8.30pm on BBC One)
Several months have passed as Ross gets in deeper with the French invasion force and they prepare to welcome their leader, General Toussaint. However, Ross’ belief in the need for secrecy revives old insecurities and risks his friends, his marriage and his life. Meanwhile, Morwenna and Drake are ready to welcome their baby and George stumbles on the means to undo Ross once and for all with the help of Merceron and Hanson. With their lives are on the line, Ross and his friends must launch their most daring plan yet, to save themselves and the country from enemies both at home and abroad.