Alan Dee’s pick of the week’s TV coming up


Tony Robinson’s Gods and Monsters (Channel 4, 8.15pm)

Mr Time Team sets out to show that the UK is more steeped in superstition than you might think.

Each episode will explore a different category of belief or superstition, beginning with our fascination with death.


River Cottage Veg (Channel 4, 8pm)

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has spent four months dedicating his time and attention to vegetables, giving up meat and instead tucking into some natural tasty treats.

In this final episode his experiment of not eating meat ends and it’s fish he turns back to first.

Still keen to share the vegetable love, Hugh invites a group of local children who hate veg to join him in the garden, and attempts to win them over with pizzas and garlic butter.


Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers (Five, 9pm)

Charley Boorman has spent a lifetime on screen, from his early days acting in Deliverance and The Emerald Forest, to his recent round-the-world biking adventures with Ewan McGregor.

In the first of a new series, the serial adventurer takes his trusty motorbike from the east to the west coast of the world’s second largest country, Canada.

Along the way he tries his hand at iceberg hunting, canoeing and dirt-biking.

His Canadian odyssey starts off the coast of the most easterly point of Newfoundland, where he seeks a giant iceberg in the rough seas of the Atlantic ocean, before jumping on his bike and heading west.


True Blood (Channel 4, 11.10pm)

Throughout the run we’ve seen Erik dealing with his personal demons, a matter that comes to a head in the final episode of the series as he grapples with his conscience while putting his plan to kill Russell into effect. Will he go through with it, or back out at the last moment, putting his own undead existence in danger?

Meanwhile, Tara learns alarming news about Sam, whose fury re-emerges when he discovers Tommy’s latest shenanigans.


Film 2011 with Claudia Winkleman (BBC One, 11.15pm, regions vary)

Following Jonathan Ross’s lengthy stint in the hot seat (1999 to 2010), Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh took over in October last year with a new live format, which has proved a hit with viewers. This week Claudia and Danny review Happy Feet 2, director George Miller’s sequel to his dancing penguin movie from a few years ago. However, it should receive stiff competition from Martin Scorsese’s first 3D feature, the family flick Hugo.


It’s All about Amy (Five, 10pm)

The The Only Way is Essex redhead gets her own reality show, picking up from the moment she leaves the Celebrity Big Brother house. It’s billed as an in-depth look into the world of a reality telly princess keen to move away from stereotypes.


Peter Kay’s Top 43 Greatest Comedy Moments (Channel 4, 9pm)

An evening devoted to Bolton’s favourite son, whose biggest hits have been honed by Channel 4. With a recipe of classic clips, unseen out-takes and rare archive footage.