7 TV shows you can’t miss this September

Strike, Silkworm

The kids are back at school, uni is about to re-start, and the leaves are falling outside. Time for a lazy night in and a binge-watch, we reckon.

There's plenty to watch this month, whether you want to laugh, cry, reside on the edge of your seat, or just get plain old scared. Here are our top TV picks for September.

BoJack Horseman

(Netflix, 8 September)

BoJack Horseman

BoJack's back, baby. A brand new season of Netflix's animated satire is ready to arrive, and early reviewers are hailing it as the best yet.

This time, Mr Peanutbutter is running for governor of California; and BoJack himself is leaving Hollywoo to reconnect with his family, in a surprisingly touching (but nonetheless hilarious, don't worry) season of the show.

The whole thing lands on Netflix on 8 September - available online, or through the app on your smartphone, tablet, smart TV, TiVo, or YouView box.

Strike: The Silkworm

(BBC One, 10 September, 9pm)

Strike: The Silkworm

Tom Burke stars as private detective Cormoran Strike in this mini-series, based on the Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) novel of the same name. Set in the obviously seedy underworld of publishing, Strike is called to investigate when a libellous author goes missing… and an even bigger mystery unfurls.

The first story, The Cuckoo's Calling, aired last month - but it's still on iPlayer, so you've got time to catch it before the new one. Which, incidentally, airs on BBC One, 10 September at 9pm.

The Great British Bake Off

(Channel 4, Tuesdays 8pm)

The Great British Bake Off

Bake Off is back! The nation's favourite cake competition is now in its new home on Channel 4, and it's as iconic as ever.

Sure, a few things have changed: Mel and Sue are now Sandi and Noel (Toksvig and Fielding, that is), and Mary Berry is now Prue Leith. But rest assured that everything else is the same - same old tents, same charming contestants, same delightful illustrations, same three-and-a-half tubs of gel in Paul Hollywood's hair per episode. And there are ad breaks, which at least means you can make a cup of tea without missing any oven-based action.

Find it on Tuesday evenings, 8pm on Channel 4. Or catch up later on All4 if you miss it - and don't forget about Extra Slice with Jo Brand on Thursdays too.

X Factor

(ITV1, from 2 September, 8pm)

X Factor

Want to watch someone judge other people whilst in turn wearing the most judgeable bootcut jeans on the planet? Well, good news - The X Factor is back, and so is head judge Simon Cowell.

As per usual, he's joined by fellow judges-slash-mentors Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne, and Louis Walsh - but this time there are a few changes to the format. ITV have cut down the number of episodes so your Sky+ won't get bogged down, and Simon says he wants to discourage novelty acts in favour of real talent. Who knows, maybe they'll discover the new Little Mix.

Catch it on Saturday nights as always, starting at 8pm on 2 September.

Doctor Foster

(BBC One, from 5 September, 9pm)

Doctor Foster

In the first series of BBC's Doctor Foster, our eponymous GP (Suranne Jones) found her life in turmoil, with her husband revealing he's both having an affair and embroiled in some dodgy business dealings.

The new upcoming season returns to the family two years later - and it's time to find out how 'divorce, deceit and revenge has taken its toll' on Gemma. It's going to be edge-of-your-seat intense, guys.

The Doc's back on our screens on 5 September, 9pm on BBC One.

American Horror Story: Cult

(FOX UK, from 8 September, 10pm)

American Horror Story: Cult

The seventh round of American Horror Story, subtitled Cult, is set to be a doozy. It all starts on election night 2016 - already pretty petrifying in itself - and explores, you guessed it, a cult.

This season centres around Ally (Sarah Paulson) and Ivy (Alison Pill), a wholesome suburban couple who find their lives torn apart in some very spooky ways when the new president is announced. There are some rather nasty clowns in the trailer, so if Stephen King's It freaks you out, you may want to give it a miss.

If you're up for a scare, on the other hand, tune into FOX UK (Sky channel 124, Virgin Media 157, TalkTalk 316), 10pm on 8 September.

The Tick

(Out now, Amazon Prime Video)

The Tick

We've had quite enough dark and gritty superheroes lately - it's time for some comic relief. Enter The Tick, so called because, like his namesake, he just won't die.

Peter Serafinowicz plays our hero, a seemingly invulnerable dude in blue lycra who rolls into The City to do something about its high crime rate. It's silly, dramatic, and of course full of peril.

The first half of the series is out now on Amazon Prime Video, which you'll find online or via the smartphone, tablet, or smart TV app.

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