PICKS OF THE WEEK
- Peaky Blinders Sunday 3rd April BBC One
- Winning Time: The Rise of the Laker Dynasty Monday 4th April Sky Atlantic
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Monday 4th April Sky Comedy
- Peacemaker Tuesday 5th April Sky Max
- Wellington Paranormal Tuesday 5th April Sky Comedy
- The Dropout Thursday 7th April Disney+
- Dragons’ Den Thursday 7th April BBC One
- My Brilliant Friend Thursday 7th April Sky Atlantic
- Pachinko Friday 8th April Apple TV+
- Severance Friday 8th April Apple TV+
- Gogglebox Friday 8th April Apple TV+
7.35pm TOTP: The Story of 1993 BBC Two – Mel Giedroyc narrates a review of the year via Top of the Pops performances, featuring 2Unlimited, Saint Etienne, Suede, Shaggy, M People, East 17, Take That, the Bluebells and New Order. Contributors include Anita Doth and Ray Slijngaard, Bob Stanley, Shaggy, Heather Small, Peter Hook, the Bluebells, Apache Indian, Gabrielle, Terry Coldwell and Mr Blobby.
9.35pm Take That at the BBC BBC Two – A selection of the group’s appearances on the BBC over the years, from their early days with Robbie Williams as a five-piece, through to their current line-up of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald.
7.30pm All Star Musicals ITV – John Barrowman hosts as celebrities Michaela Strachan, Jacqueline Jossa, Alex Beresford, Lisa George, Colin Salmon and Danny Care perform songs from hit musicals including Hamilton, Les Misérables, Frozen and The Greatest Showman. West End stars Elaine Paige, Samantha Barks and Trevor Dion Nicholas judge their efforts, while the performer who gets the most votes from the studio audience will be crowned the winner.
8.00pm Inside the Superbrands Channel 4 – Helen Skelton uncovers the inside secrets of some of Britain’s most popular brands. In the first episode, she is joined by Ed Sheeran to go behind the scenes at Heinz. Helen discovers the new products the company is developing, explores if baked beans are good for you, and meets the owner of a bean museum.
9.00pm Thatcher & Reagan: A Very Special Relationship BBC Two –
Part one of two. Margaret Thatcher’s authorised biographer Charles Moore explores the formr prime minister’s extremely close relationship with US president Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. The two leaders came together in the shadow of the Cold War and nuclear Armageddon, and Charles meets the people who were in the room with them as they faced the great challenge of their age.
9.00pm The Big Fat Quiz of Everything 2022 Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr hosts the panel show, joined by celebrity guests including Rob Beckett, Richard Ayoade, Rosie Jones, Roisin Conaty, Mawaan Rizwan and Joanne McNally. Charles Dance heads up a cast of celebrity question-setters, posing puzzling queries on the world’s hottest chilli, deodorants, bomb disposal dogs, and what Ringo Starr not want people to do.
10.20pm Muhammad Ali BBC Two – Ken Burns’ documentary about the sporting legend and activist, born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1942. The first instalment looks at his rise in the world of amateur boxing to win gold at the 1960 Olympic Games, after which he turned professional and moved to Miami to train with Angelo Dundee, sharpening his boxing skills and honing his genius for self-promotion.
8.30pm Travel Man: 48 Hours In… Channel 4 – Joe Lycett is joined by James Acaster for a long weekend in the Spanish part of the Basque Country, travelling from the Guggenheim in Bilbao to Mount Igueldo. Alojng the way, they sample the local tipple Kalimotxo, a combination of red wine and cola, take a vertigo-inducing walk across the world’s first transporter bridge, and pay homage to artist Eduardo Chillida.
9.00pm The Split BBC One – Abi Morgan’s drama examining modern marriage and separation returns for its third and final series. Hannah and Nathan are in the final stages of negotiating their divorce, but Lennie advises her that going through with it would be a terrible mistake. When Nathan reveals he has met someone else, the amicable separation takes a turn for the worse. Nina and Hannah take on a new client, the fianceé of the now deceased Earl of Brode, who is struggling to evict his ex-wife. Guest starring Lindsay Duncan, Lara Pulver and Jemima Rooper. All Episodes available on the BBC iPlayer after tonight’s episode.
9.00pm House of Maxwell BBC Two – When Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of grooming and trafficking underage girls, she became a household name, but she wasn’t always the most notorious member of the her family. This documentary charts an extraordinary family saga, a tale of fortunes built and lost, mysterious deaths, society intrigue and a spectacular descent into scandal. The opening instalment tells the story of how Robert Maxwell started out and the formative influence he had on the lives of daughter Ghislaine and his other children. Secret tapes reveal for the first time the shockwaves his disappearance at sea sent through his business empire as news spread that millions of investors’ money had seemingly vanished with him.
9.00pm Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism? BBC One – The five-time Paralympic gold medal-winner investigates a controversial drug that promises to make children with Achondroplasia, her form of dwarfism, grow closer to normal height. But there is a concern – could this bring an end to dwarfism, and if so, should people be using it? Ellie explores all sides of the debate, meeting families embarking on the drug trial and others who are proud of their identity and question the aims of the drug. She also draws on her own experiences and asks wider questions about the relationship between science and disability.
9.00pm DNA Journey ITV – The return of the show in which celebrities explore their family histories using DNA technology and genealogy, beginning with The Chase stars Anne Hegerty and Shaun Wallace. The duo discover where they come from and unearth secrets from their past in a life changing and emotional voyage of discovery, as well as coming face to face with living relatives they never before knew existed.
9.00pm Deadline Channel 5 – Thriller, starring James D’Arcy and Charlie Murphy. James Alden is a washed-up investigative journalist making trashy documentaries when he lands the interview of the decade with Natalie Varga, who is suspected of murdering her rich Hungarian husband. She tells him that if he finds the killer, she’ll give him the exclusive everyone wants. Continues Tomorrow Night, Thursday Concludes Friday.
9.00pm Wellington Paranormal Sky Comedy – Fourth series of the mockumentary series from Jermaine Clement. Minogue and O’Leary’s investigation into the theft of shiny objects from around the city leads to a confrontation with a half-bird, half-human creature. Return of the spoof documentary, starring Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary.
9.30pm Los Espookys Sky Comedy – Mexican sitcom about a group of horror-loving friends who provide scary experiences to those who need them. In Spanish.
9.00pm Smother Alibi – Second series of the thriller, starring Dervla Kirwan. Still picking up the pieces after the death of her husband Denis and the cover-up that followed, Val Ahern’s world is rocked once again when a stranger turns up on her doorstep. He introduces himself as Denis’s estranged son Finn, and his existence is an unwelcome surprise for the family.
8.00pm The Great Home Transformation Channel 4 – Emma Willis and Nick Grimshaw travel the country transforming family homes, using no structural changes and based purely on the owners’ activities and needs – as illustrated on a hi-tech immersive mood board. The team starts off in Eastbourne, where Becca, Sam and their four children are struggling for space. The family feel stifled by their chaotic living situation and their stress is heightened as one of the children has a medical condition requiring regular treatment at home. Resident designer Alex Dauley comes up with several solutions – now the team has just three days to do the work.
8.00pm Behind the Scenes of the Museum BBC Two – Return of the documentary going behind closed doors at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, getting a glimpse at some of the two million items not on public display.
9.00pm Art That Made Us BBC Two – An alternative history of the British Isles told through 1,500 years of art. Leading British creatives explore key cultural works that have shaped British art and culture. This first edition examines the turbulent era that followed the Roman occupation of Britain. Once known as the dark ages, this documentary reveals how, in reality, it’s a time of glittering art and extraordinary cultural fusions.
9.00pm Falklands War: The Forgotten Battle ITV – Ben Fogle uncovers the untold story of a small garrison of British Marines and the battle they fought against near-impossible odds during the Falklands War. Throughout the programme, Ben hears from veterans of Naval Party 8901 who, with fewer than 70 lightly armed men, were left to face an Argentine invading force some ten times that number.
9.00pm Nikki Grahame: Who Is She? Channel 4 – A tribute to the much-loved reality icon, who was a contestant on the seventh series of Big Brother UK in 2006 – finishing in fifth place – then became runner-up in Ultimate Big Brother and went on to star in her own reality series, Princess Nikki. This documentary details her triumphs and temper tantrums on the small screen and lifelong battle with anorexia, which led to her untimely death in 2021.
9.00pm Daisy Maskell: Insomnia & Me BBC Three – For as long as she can remember, Daisy Maskell has suffered with insomnia, surviving on as little as a couple of hours a sleep a night. In this documentary, the breakfast radio host sets out to uncover the root cause of her problem and take the first steps toward treatment. She meets fellow sufferers to investigate why thousands of young people in the UK are struggling with sleep disorders, and tries a multitude of remedies and treatments in the hope of finally getting a better night’s sleep.
9.00pm A League of Their Own Road Trip: Dingle to Dover Sky Max – Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp travel around Britain and Ireland, taking on audacious challenges with a variety of famous faces, beginning by competing at the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Co Laois with guests Romesh Ranganathan and Patrice Evra.
10.00pm The Rise & Fall of John Leslie Channel 5 – Documentary charting the career of one Britain’s most famous TV presenters, who found himself at the centre of a media storm that began with a simple slip of the tongue.
10.00pm Transplant Sky Witness – Second season of the medical drama starring Hamza Haq.
11.05pm My £2 Dream Home Channel 4 – How brothers Daniel, Jason and Will are shaking up the property market one online contest at a time. Their project began in 2020, when they offered Daniel’s own three-bedroom house in south London, as a prize, charging a small fee for each entry. The giveaway went viral on social media, stirred headlines in the press, and received over 200,000 entries. Since then, the brothers have built a loyal online following, particularly among young, ethnic minority and working-class hopefuls who yearn to get on the property ladder. This documentary follows the siblings as they build their business, search for the perfect properties, attract interest on social media, and hand over the keys to the lucky winners.
9.00pm Pilgrimage: The Road to the Scottish Isles BBC Two – Seven well-known personalities with differing faiths and beliefs put on their backpacks and waterproofs and set out on foot, by road and sea, travelling over 1,600km to learn about a key figure in early British Christianity – St Columba. Following ancient paths and heritage walking trails are interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen – a non-conforming pagan; England cricketing legend Monty Panesar – a practising Sikh; actor Louisa Clein, who is Jewish; TV personality Nick Hewer – an agnostic; social media influencer Scarlett Moffatt – a Christian; comedian Shazia Mirza – a Muslim; and Paralympian Will Bayley – a lapsed Christian.