PICKS OF THE WEEK
- Peaky Blinders Sunday 20th March BBC One
- Starstruck Monday 21st March BBC Three
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Monday 21st March Sky Comedy
- This is Going to Hurt Tuesday 22nd March BBC One
- Peacemaker Tuesday 22nd March Sky Max
- Somebody Somewhere Tuesday 22nd March Sky Comedy
- The Dropout Thursday 24th March Disney+
- Dragons’ Den Thursday 24th March BBC One
- The Apprentice Thursday 24th March BBC One
- My Brilliant Friend Thursday 24th March Sky Atlantic
- Pachinko Friday 25th March Apple TV+
- Severance Friday 25th March Apple TV+
- Bridgerton Friday 25th March Netflix
- Gogglebox Friday 25th March Channel 4
8.45pm Top of The Pops: The Story of 1992 BBC Two – A review of the year via Top of the Pops performances from the likes of the Orb, the Shamen, Manic Street Preachers and Shakespears Sister. Contributors include Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield of the Manics, Mr C from the Shamen, Rob Birch, Nick Hallam and Cath Coffey of Stereo MC’s, Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit, Marti Pellow and Graeme Clark of Wet Wet Wet, and David Gedge of the Wedding Present. Narrated by Mel Giedroyc.
9.00pm Hidden BBC Four – Third series of the Welsh/English crime drama.
8.00pm Dynasties ll BBC One – New wildlife series from David Attenborough. A mother puma must battle rivals, tackle prey nearly three times her size and endure the wild mountain weather of Patagonia in her bid to raise four cubs.
8.00pm The Speedshop BBC Two – Following custom bike builder Titch Cormack and his team as they take on a range of mechanical challenges to convert broken and battered vehicles into beautiful, bespoke machines. In this first edition, the team builds an adapted motorcycle sidecar for a quadriplegic ex-Special Forces soldier. They also create cordless-drill-powered bicycles for an inter-workshop race.
8.00pm Happy Campers: Brits on Holiday Channel 5 – Return of the documentary following life at two West Country holiday camps.
10.00pm Skint BBC Four – The first in a series of monologues by writers with experience of poverty, beginning with Lisa McGee’s Northern Ireland-set tale, performed by Saoirse-Monica Jackson. An evening out takes a dark turn in this exploration of misunderstanding across the class divides.
9.00pm Then Barbara Met Alan BBC Two – Drama telling the disability civil-rights love story of two cabaret performers, who met at a gig, fell in love, and became the driving force behind an unprecedented campaign of direct action that ultimately led to the passing of the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act. Ruth Madeley stars as comedian and activist Barbara Lisicki, and Arthur Hughes as singer-songwriter and activist Alan Holdsworth.
9.00pm Killed by Rich Kid Channel 4 – Documentary examining the 2019 death of teenager Yousef Makki in one of the country’s most affluent suburbs. The programme features evidence from the case, traces the events of the trial, where Makki’s friend was acquitted of murder and manslaughter, and the inquest into his death. Three years on, the family still have questions about how and why he died.
10.35pm The Apprentice: Why I Fired Them BBC One – A look back at the contestants from the 16th series who fell before the final hurdle, in which Alan Sugar reflects on the reasons he found them wanting. Featuring memorable moments from the series, and analysis of some of the best and worst decisions made in the run-up to the final.
8.00pm The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer Channel 4 – Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding are back with the charity version of the baking show, as TV presenter Emma Willis, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, Taskmaster co-host Alex Horne and Inbetweeners actor Blake Harrison make their way to the tent. They take on three challenges – decorated biscuits, madeleines in the technical and a showstopping choux sculpture embodying their secret talent, with Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith passing judgement.
9.00pm British Grandma on Death Row with Susanna Reid ITV –
The presenter travels to Texas to meet grandmother Linda Carty, the only British woman on death row anywhere in the Western world. Convicted in 2003 of the murder of young mum Joanna Rodriguez so she could steal her new born son, Linda has been awaiting execution for almost 20 years. Susanna hears her story and interviews lawyers in both sides of this incredibly horrific case.
9.15pm The Simpler Life Channel 4 – Reality show in which 24 Britons leave behind their jobs and homes for an extraordinary six months cut off from the modern world on a remote farmstead in Devon. Here they will live by the principles of the Amish community, which rejects modern values and technology, eating what they sow and harvest themselves, and going to bed by candlelight when the sun goes down. In the first edition, the volunteers are touched by the beauty of Devon’s landscape and the satisfaction of honest physical toil. But the limited selection of food proves frustrating for some.
10.00pm Peacemaker Sky Max – Picking up where The Suicide Squad left off, Peacemaker returns home after recovering from his encounter with Bloodsport – only to discover that his freedom comes at a price. Action comedy, starring John Cena, Danielle Brooks and Freddie Stroma. The full boxset will be available from tonight on Sky Boxsets and NOW.
8.00pm MasterChef BBC One – John Torode and Gregg Wallace kick off this year’s competition with an audition round, in which the first nine cooks serve up a signature dish to prove themselves worthy of a place. Three will go through, leaving the other six to cook something else – and for two, this will be the last thing they make on the show. Continues Friday.
10.00pm The Island Dave – Sara Pascoe, Johnny Vegas, Ninia Benjamin and Ahir Shah accept host Tom Allen’s challenge to set up four new nations and give their islands a name and, crucially, a drink.
9.00pm Hospital: The Road to Recovery BBC Two – In March 2020, as the country entered lockdown, Hospital revealed the frontline of medicine at the Royal Free London. Now, two years on, cameras revisit the Trust as it implements its recovery programme and does its part to tackle the longest waiting lists in the NHS’s history.
9.00pm Murder My Sweetheart: The Killing of Delores McCrea Channel 5 – One freezing night in January 2004, Dolores McCrea left her home and never came back. Police later found her car, but that was where the trail ended. The investigation led to the door of estranged husband Gary. This feature-length documentary combines interviews with family members, detectives and forensic scientists to tell the story of cold-blooded murder, and the man who nearly got away with it.
10.00pm Celebrity Juice ITV2 – Keith Lemon returns alongside team captains Laura Whitmore and Emily Atack. Joining them for more games, fun and anarchy are TV legend Jonathan Ross, king of grime Big Narstie, pop sensation Ella Henderson and Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Bridgerton Netflix – Second series of the Shonda Rhimes period drama that became one of the streamers’ biggest ever hits.
Pachinko Apple TV+ – The highly anticipated series, based on The New York Times bestselling, acclaimed novel by author Min Jin Lee, chronicles the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. Epic in scope and intimate in tone, the story begins with a forbidden love and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan and America to tell an unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning.
9.00pm Tutankhamun: Waking The Dead Channel 5 – Professor Bettany Hughes takes a forensic look at the body of Tutankhamun. She uses a century of research and the latest scientific evidence to understand the true story of the boy king and the world he lived in.
9.05pm Drugsland BBC Three – Documentary on `County Lines” drug dealing in rural Devon. Police tackle a criminal gang who are taking over local drug supply by using violence and intimidation.
9.30pm Not Going Out BBC One – It’s been over a year since Frank’s death and Wendy, rediscovering a long lost love for painting, decides to create a very unique tribute to him in oils. The usually curmudgeonly Geoffrey seems very keen on the commemorative artwork, but Lee and Lucy simply hate it. Once it’s hanging on their wall, the pair contrive to `lose” the painting without Wendy or Geoffrey noticing. Comedy, starring Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Deborah Grant and Geoffrey Whitehead.