Old friends, old houses, new bodies, new love ...

08 February 2018

Channel 4 has a whole host of new series and returning old favourites to keep you entertained through chilly February. So whether you fancy getting in shape with Joe Wicks, brushing up your interview skills or seeing ‘The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon in a new light, there’s bound to be something that tickles your February fancy.

Fresh to E4 comes YOUNG SHELDON, the eagerly anticipated US comedy series and spin-off prequel to THE BIG BANG THEORY. Now is the chance to meet the eccentric and extraordinary Sheldon Cooper in childhood as he embarks upon his awkward and hopeful journey towards the man he will become. It isn't easy growing up in East Texas as a nine-year old with a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science, especially when it’s a land where church and football, not physics, are kings. But Sheldon’s family have their own struggles as his father, George, tries to figure out how to be both a high school football coach and a father to a boy he doesn't understand while his mother, Mary, fiercely protects and nurtures her boy in a town where he just doesn't fit in. Narrated by Jim Parsons, who plays the adult Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory, this new arrival on E4 starts its atomic run on Thursday 22 February at 8.30pm.

But if you want your comedy British and acerbic then there’s always the return of DAMNED, the fearless topical comedy from Jo Brand, Morwenna Banks and Will Smith, back for a second series. All the old faces are back at Elm Heath Social Services where much has changed - but quite a lot hasn't. Over the next six weeks (starting on Wednesday 14 February at 10pm) the team come under pressure as their cases and their private clash in messy fashion. In the first episode, they try to deal with a single mum sex worker, a case of historic abuse, missing files, know-all students, ex-partners and incontinent puppies. The familiar faces back at Elm Heath include Jo Brand, Alan Davies, Kevin Eldon, Georgie Glen, Himesh Patel, Isy Suttie, and Lolly Adefope.

If anyone could make the social workers at Elm Heath shape up it would be Joe Wicks, the health and fitness guru and social media sensation. In JOE WICKS: THE BODY COACH he brings his 90-day body confidence revolution to Channel4, inviting all couch potatoes to jump off the sofa and take part. Pairing short intense work outs and super-fast tasty recipes, Joe promises to turn your health and lifestyle around with a body confidence boost that brings spectacular results. Over two episodes Joe meets several people battling their health, diet and body confidence including Natalie who doesn't want to be a fat bridesmaid at her brother's wedding; and teacher Asa, whose bad-boy diet and fondness for a G&T has caused his weight to balloon. Join Joe and his fitness revolution, on Tuesday 13 February at 8pm.

It’s houses, not people, that desperately need a make-over in THE £1 HOUSES: BRITAIN’S CHEAPEST STREET (starting Wednesday 14 February at 9pm). In Liverpool, the City Council are selling off derelict houses for just £1 each. But is this the dream scenario that it appears to be? The houses are in an area of the city now renowned for crime, drugs and anti-social behavior, they haven't been touched for 10 years, and the buyers must invest at least £40k of their own cash to renovate them. If the work is not completed within 12 months, the council can take the houses back, with no compensation. This series, filmed over two and a half years, captures the highs and the lows as the newcomers, relying on each other to build a solid community from scratch, gamble their savings to step on the first rung of the property ladder. Can they carve their dream homes out of these run down streets through sheer hard graft and optimism?

From dream houses to dream marriages and jobs as two shows make welcome returns to Channel 4, both starting on Thursday 15 February. In a new series of MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT (9pm) more couples get married when they meet for the first time. Putting their trust in science, the participants have signed up to allow a panel of experts to make them a match, with the possibility of marrying someone they'll only meet seconds before saying 'I do'. And before they can get married, the newly engaged singles need to persuade their friends and family that marrying a stranger isn't a completely crazy idea. Then comes the ultimate test - how will they react when they first set eyes on one another - on their wedding day?

After the wedding day jitters come interview nerves as THE JOB INTERVIEW (10pm) puts us back inside the nerve-wracking interview room, looking on as an eclectic assortment of real job-seekers from across the country interview for real roles at some of Britain's biggest and best-known brands. How does it really feel to be in touching distance of your big career break, or to narrowly miss out on your dream? With jobs at Virgin Trains, British cosmetics brand Ciaté and luxury spa Champneys up for grabs, the stakes are high, competition is fierce and first impressions are vital. Follow the candidates as they try to prove their mettle and secure that dream position over the next six weeks.