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Although summer may not be over yet, we are fast heading towards autumn, which means the television schedules are set to change once again, so we can snuggle down in front of the box as the nights start to get longer and the temperature starts to drop.

A new six-part BBC One drama, Our Zoo, will follow the inspiring real story of the Mottershead family who established Chester Zoo in the 1930s. With incredible single-mindedness, George Mottershead, played by Lee Ingleby, drove himself and his family to realise his ambition to transform a ramshackle house, on the outskirts of Chester, into a unique zoo that would change the way animals are kept for forever. The drama follows George’s inspiring and challenging journey as he moves his wife, two young daughters and parents – along with a monkey and a parrot – into a draughty old stately home. With a derelict plot of land, mounting debts, no resources or manpower and a concerted campaign from the local villagers to halt George’s plans entirely.

Our Girl returns to BBC One with a five-part series which follows on from the 2013 single drama which saw Lacey Turner playing the unstoppable Molly Dawes who, having been born and raised in East London with few prospects, went from nobody to a soldier in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Six months later from where we last saw her after completing her initial training, Molly is deployed to Afghanistan as a serving medic. As one of the last missions before the British Army withdraws from the country, Molly is thrilled but things only get worse when Molly discovers Smurf, a face from the past she’d rather forget, is a member of the platoon. As Molly feels the pressure to prove herself, a growing friendship with a local Afghan girl puts Molly in a precarious position with more than her reputation in jeopardy.

In the year 2000, the BBC started 7 Up 2000, a new cycle of the landmark ‘Up’ documentary series that charts the lives of ordinary people every seven years. Now, in 2014, we catch up with them again as they approach the milestone of their 21st birthdays.

BBC One are also looking at education, with Our School, a brand-new fly-on-the-wall documentary series, following the ups and downs of a group of young people as they make the important transition between primary and secondary school. Episode one introduces the new intake of 11 year-olds at Conyers School in Yarm and follows the pupils as they begin year seven – the most important year of their lives so far. By the way, Channel 4´s award winning “Educating” returns too, this time focusing on the East End of London.

The talent juggernaut, The X Factor, is back in action as the competition scours all corners of the UK in search of a singer worthy of landing a life changing record contract. The nation’s most talked about entertainment show sees former ‘frenemies’ reunited with the welcome return of music mogul Simon Cowell, and pop princess Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, or Cheryl Cole as we might otherwise remember her. They are joined by straight-talking Spice Girl, Mel B, and music manager and long standing judge Louis Walsh.

Chasing Shadows is a thrilling, new four-part ITV drama, set in a missing persons field unit that hunts serial killers who prey on the vulnerable. Reece Shearsmith plays Ds Sean Stone and his partner, Ruth Hattersley is played by Alex Kingston, whilst Noel Clarke takes on the role of Di Carl Prior.

ITV has commissioned a brand new series of the legendary TV classic Stars In Their Eyes. In what they describe as an “exciting new revival of the hit series”, the host will be Harry Hill, who will unleash his unique wit on this much loved British TV favourite. As well as an abundance of dry ice and sizzling new sliding doors, the hugely popular TV format will feature all-new extraordinary transformations and exceptional musical imitations… They say!

“You´re Back in the Room” is a brand new game show for ITV, hosted by Phillip Schofield, a team of five strangers take on apparently simple challenges to win money but each of these contestants have been hypnotised. The contestants, each willingly open to hypnotic suggestion, will be hypnotised by International mentalist Keith Barry and seemingly straight forward tasks will get much harder as their hypnotic triggers cause them to inadvertently sabotage their chances of winning with hilarious consequences.

Retro music lovers will be pleased to hear that ITV will be having a Spandau Ballet special coming soon. Having first burst onto the music scene over 30 years ago, the New Romantics soon dominated the charts with anthems including, True, Gold and Through The Barricades selling over 25 million albums worldwide. Hosted by Christine Bleakley, the pin ups, who cemented the New Romantic scene within music history, will discuss their long spanning careers, which saw them emerge from the underground club scene in the early 80’s to become teen idols with armies of fans

Surreal black-comedy Black Mirror, written by Charlie Brooker, returns to Channel 4 for a Christmas Special, described as the “Twilight Zone for the modern age”’, the feature-length film will give us three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia collide in the most chilling and mind-bending Black Mirror yet. Brooker said, “I always enjoy a good ghost story at Christmas, and I’m a sucker for the Amicus’ compendium horror movies of the 70s. Our aim is to create the Black Mirror equivalent of that”.

Gogglebox also returns to Channel from September, with a 12-part series and on Fridays at 9pm. Now in its fourth series, we see the return of some old favourites, including the loveable Leon and June, Steph and Dom the posh couple who like a tipple, hairdressers Christopher and Stephen, and Brixton’s own Sandy and Sandra, along with some new additions too. If you´re a fan of the show, maybe you know the names behind such phrases as, “He’s quite nice looking, Richard Hammond, but he’s too little for me”, “Did the Titanic actually happen?”, “The Queen is a Top Bird” or “[The Full Monty] is quite a simple routine, we could do that”, then you might want to ask Santa for the brand new Gogglebox board game which is set to be released to coincide with the launch of the series.

The doors of Liberty of London are flung open once more as Channel 4 returns to gain a closer look behind-the-scenes of one of London’s oldest and iconic department stores in the run-up to the busy festive period. With unprecedented access, we catch up with the work of Liberty’s cast of charismatic buyers and workers to find out what challenges and opportunities the past year has brought.

With lots more shows announced to keep us entertained, including the return of Homeland, a new drama focussing on coalition government, comedy, and even the return of Sunday Night at the London Palladium, there really is something for everyone this autumn. We will of course keep you updates in our comprehensive TV listings in The Leader newspaper, so that´s another good reason to pick up your favourite FREE weekly, if you ever needed on.

Now it’s time to make sure you´ve got enough supplies to ensure you can settle down, switch off your mobile, relax and snuggle down to some new, some traditional and some returning televisual entertainment.

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