TV Guide's top 5 picks of the week

17:00, Jul 23 2014
TV Guide

Not sure what's good on TV? The TV Guide has rounded up the five best shows this week.

Go Glasgow!

Just as the dust settles on the Fifa World Cup, the next major international sports event gets under way this week in the form of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. You'll have to be a Sky TV subscriber to get the most out of this event but Prime TV does the free-to-air stuff, including live coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Thursday morning. Prepare for an overload of kilts, massed pipe bands and Highland dancing, followed by quite a bit of sport. (Prime, 7.55am; Sky Sport 5, 8am, Thursday)

Kids in space

Halle Berry becomes the latest big-screen star to find a role on the small screen in a new sci-fi thriller titled Extant this week. She plays the role of Molly Woods, a scientist who returns to Earth after a 13-month solo mission. There's just one problem: she's pregnant. While everyone waits to find out exactly what alien life-form Molly is about to produce, the expectant mother has another issue on her hands: Her husband has bonded with the android he created as their son. And you thought your family life was complicated! (Prime, Thursday, 8.30pm)

Open more hours


Among the many BBC TV sitcoms that we never expected to see revived, the hilarious Open All Hours must be high on the list - especially as Ronnie Barker passed away nine years ago. However, his co-star, David "G-G-Granville" Jason has decided to roll the dice with a new version of the comedy, titled Still Open All Hours, in which the much-put-upon delivery boy has inherited his uncle's business. We get to the see the pilot special this week with fingers firmly crossed. Can you resurrect a classic? (Jones!, Sunday, 8.30pm)

Nigel Latta: The Haves And Have Nots

Noted criminal psychologist and TV presenter Nigel Latta reckons "people think I'm great, until I say something they disagree with". Well, ain't that the way with all who deign to express their deeply-felt convictions (no pun intended) on TV? This week, Nigel steps - or rather jumps - into the poverty debate in New Zealand, which is bound to upset a few politicians along the way, as he lays about the economic policies of the past 30 years with a vengeance and blames them squarely for the current level of social inequality. (TV1, Tuesday, 9.30pm)

Red letter day looms

It's been a long time coming but The Mentalist star, Simon Baker, predicts that this season fans will finally get to know the identity of the serial killer, Red John - and who isn't ready for that particular showdown? Seven suspects are in the frame for the murder of Patrick Jane's family and he has worked towards his moment of revenge for six years now. The trick will be for Jane to eliminate the suspects one by one, all the while trying to avoid being eliminated himself! (TV1, Tuesday, 8.30pm)

-TV Guide