PICKS OF THE WEEK
- Gentlemen Jack Sunday 10th April BBC One.
- Winning Time: The Rise of the Laker Dynasty Monday 11th April Sky Atlantic
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Monday 11th April Sky Comedy
- Derry GIrls Tuesday 12th April Channel 4
- Peacemaker Tuesday 12th April Sky Max
- Julia Tuesday 12th April Sky Atlantic
- Wellington Paranormal Tuesday 12th April Sky Comedy
- Single Drunk Female Wednesday 13th April Disney+
- My Brilliant Friend Thursday 14th April Sky Atlantic
- Pachinko Friday 15th April Apple TV+
- Slow Horses Friday 15th Apple TV+
- Roar Friday 15th April Apple TV+
- Gogglebox Friday 15th April Apple TV+
6.30pm In For a Penny ITV – Stephen Mulhern is in Birmingham as he returns with game show in which he travels around the UK setting members of the public unusual challenges, giving them the chance to win anything from the price of their petrol to £1,000 in the final game.
7.15pm TOTP: The Story of 1994 BBC Two – Mel Giedroyc narrates a review of the year in which an under-threat Top of the Pops was revamped by Radio One producer Ric Blaxill, just as Britpop takes off with the likes of Blur, Oasis, Pulp and Elastica and more all making standout debuts. The year also saw reggae rediscovering a lost classic by Dawn Penn, the Cranberries conquering the world with a trio of international hits, Danish popstar Whigfield taking the charts by storm, and Wet Wet Wet’s 15-week stay at No 1 with Love Is All Around.
8.30pm The 1% Club ITV – Quiz hosted by Lee Mack in which the questions have nothing to do with remembering facts, but are all about logic and common sense. A hundred contestants begin every show, but who will make it to the end and answer a question only one per cent of the country can get right – and win up to £100,000?
9.00pm Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Come Off Sky Documentaries – A wide-ranging, definitive look at the skateboarder’s life and career, and his relationship with the sport with which he’s been synonymous for decades.
10.15pm Rock Family Trees: The Birth of Cool Britannia BBC Two –
Sara Cox reveals the story behind the birth of Britpop and how a handful of like-minded musicians paved the way for a revolution in British music. The programme explores the intricately connected lineage of Suede, Elastica and Blur, featuring interviews with Brett Anderson, Justine Frischmann, Mat Osman, Justin Welch and numerous other key players to chart the friendships, fall-outs and changing line-ups.
8.00pm The Lonely Londoners: The Read BBC Four – The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon is the first in a series of readings of iconic British novels. The book portrays the experience of a group of Caribbean immigrants who arrived in London in the 1940s and 1950s searching for a prosperous future. Performed by Danielle Vitalis and directed by Yero Tim-Bui.
9.00pm Gentleman Jack BBC One – Return of the historical drama, starring Suranne Jones as controversial 19th-century landowner Anne Lister. A month on from their private marriage ceremony, Anne and Ann consider moving in together at Shibden Hall – a prospect that horrifies Ann’s protective family, even if they are not quite sure what it is they disapprove of. The couple prepare for a honeymoon abroad, but the devastated Mariana Lawton’s jealousy signals more trouble ahead.
9.00pm SAS: Who Dares Wins Channel 4 – The reality show returns with its toughest training course yet, against the backdrop of the Jordanian desert. The initial 21 recruits are sent on an intense journey to their base through searing heat. Once they have made it back to safety, their ability to work as a team is tested when they cross a ravine by balancing on a rope suspended 165 feet above the ground.
9.00pm Worlds Collide: The Manchester Bombing ITV – First of a two-part documentary examining the events surrounding the Manchester Arena bombing on May 22, 2017, when a terrorist detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 people and injuring more than 800 others. The opening edition begins with a countdown of the hours leading up to the bombing, as well as rewinding back to the childhoods of the brothers who planned and carried out the attack and those of their victims, contrasting their respective upbringings. Concludes Thursday at 9.00pm.
9.00pm The Great British Dig: History in Your Back Garden More4
10.00pm Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over W – Stacey spends the weekend with former glamour model Carla Bellucci, who built her career around creating controversial headlines about herself and her family.
Hard Cell Netflix – Docucumentary-style comedy set in the fictional female prison, HMP Woldsley. Writer and creator Catherine Tate plays multiple characters from Laura Willis, the Governor who believes creativity leads to rehabilitation, to Big Viv, the psychopath lifer. Set over a 6 week period during which the inmates rehearse a musical directed by ex-Eastender’s star Cheryl Fergison. Rehearsals draw together an oddball collection of women as they find their voices, grow in confidence and strengthen their friendships. Funny yet surprisingly moving, Hard Cell leans into the comical truth of prison life.
9.00pm Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof BBC One – Holly Willoughby and Lee Mack present this new show which sees eight celebrities undertake a series of sub-zero challenges designed to test them to their limits, both physically and mentally. They are being guided by Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof, aka `the Ice Man”, who believes that embracing the cold can change lives for the better. Those taking part are West End star Alfie Boe, singer and footballer Chelcee Grimes, dancer Dianne Buswell, sports presenter Gabby Logan, weatherman and drummer Owain Wyn Evans, footballer-turned-coach Patrice Evra, rapper Professor Green and actress Tamzin Outhwaite. How will they cope with the freezing conditions?
9.00pm Compulsion Channel 5 – Leanne Best stars in this new drama as Jenny, a paramedic who falls into a gambling addiction. Continues Nightly, Concludes Friday.
9.00pm Julia Sky Atlantic – Drama inspired by Julia Child’s extraordinary life and her long-running television series, The French Chef. In 1992, Julia Child pitches a groundbreaking idea for television centred on demonstrations for the home cook. Starring Sarah Lancashire and David Hyde Pierce.
9.15pm Derry Girls Channel 4 – Lisa McGee’s comedy returns for a third and final series, and while there is hope that the Troubles may finally be over, the gang’s troubles are only just starting as they get ever closer to adulthood. Tomorrow is GCSE results day and confidence is at rock bottom. If things go badly, how will the gang face their mammies again? Meanwhile, a new member of the Quinn household is causing chaos in the neighbourhood.
9.45pm Hullraisers Channel 4 – Comedy about a trio of female friends in the East Yorkshire city of Hull, as they juggle the demands of children, work, relationships and having a good time. Out-of-work actress Toni has not had a night out in years and things are getting desperate, so she secretly skips daughter Grace’s drama club rehearsal for a sneaky pub visit. Meanwhile, Rana has a date with the Hull City player she met last night, and Paula is tearing her hair out about her daughter’s new boyfriend.
10.00pm Munya and Filly Get Chilly BBC Three – Comedians and social media stars Munya Chawawa and Yung Filly go behind the scenes of the BBC One series Freeze the Fear with Wim Hoff. They take a tour of the teepee village, meet up with Wim for the first time, and catch up on the latest gossip with Holly Willoughby and Lee Mack.
Single Drunk Female Disney+ – A public flame-out at a New York media company forces 20-something alcoholic Samantha Fink to seize the only chance she has to sober up and avoid jail time: moving back home with her overbearing mother, Carol. Back in Greater Boston, Samantha restarts her life, working at the local grocery store while surrounded by all of the triggers that made her drink in the first place. Confronted with remnants of her old life, including run-ins with her perfect former best friend, who is now dating her ex, Samantha sets out on a path to move past her worst self and figure out her best self. Sofia Black-D’Elia stars. All episodes will be available at launch.
8.00pm Mary Berry’s Fantastic Feasts BBC One – Mary comes to the aid of three novice cooks – fireman Mark, youth worker Callum and boxing instructor Thaer, who want to throw a spectacular afternoon tea to say thank you to Soraya, who runs a youth charity in Cardiff. While the trio join Mary at her home for a series of cooking lessons, Roman Kemp and Tom Read Wilson oversee the extras to make the party extra special – and also offer moral support when temperatures rise in the kitchen. When everything is ready, they head to Langley Hall near Cardiff to cook their feast for 15, and give Soraya the surprise of a lifetime.
9.00pm Gazza BBC Two – Documentary charting the life and career of football legend Paul Gascoigne, whose on-field brilliance has been rivalled by a troubled private life. The first episode looks back to Paul’s early years, when the exciting young talent from Newcastle found fame and fortune as he made his way in the world of professional football, but the intense media attention and constant scrutiny proved difficult for him to deal with.
9.00pm Grand Designs: The Street Channel 4 – Kevin McCloud returns to Graven Hill in Oxfordshire, the UK’s largest mass self-build site, to witness the trials, setbacks and successes of those who are designing and building their own, highly individual homes. First up are Carlos and Maite, who have ambitious plans to build a bold, Spanish-inspired home. But Maite does not just want to live in it, she is also designing it – without any professional qualifications. Meanwhile, co-presenter Natalie Huq follows the birth of a new street in Glasgow, where the local council have given six families an opportunity to construct their own homes on a small plot – beginning with an American-style ranch.
8.00pm Luxury For Less Channel 4 – How to enjoy a home and garden a luxury makeover as prices soar. Sophie Morgan and Michelle Ackerley speak to industry insiders who reveal where to find identical plants for a fraction of the normal price, and how to buy premium paint and tiles for much less. They weigh up whether to buy cheap copies of designer furniture or save up, and show how to buy high-end electronics at half-price. Plus, the truth about premium catalogues and luxury scented candles.
9.00pm Taskmaster Channel 4 – The award-winning celebrity challenge returns, with Greg Davies as the all-powerful Taskmaster and Alex Horne as his sidekick, setting all manner of perplexing and downright extraordinary tasks for five contestants from the comedy world – Ardal O’Hanlon, Bridget Christie, Chris Ramsey, Judi Love and Sophie Duker. They’ll be facing all manner of tasks to test their daring, dexterity and dignity under pressure – and to also make them look just a little bit silly too.
9.00pm Brickies BBC Three – Documentary following young bricklayers trading banter, earning cash and building their futures through fallouts and friendships, life-changing purchases and relationship dramas. In this first edition, three groups of brickies are on a housing development in Stoke-on-Trent. They are under pressure to get the job done, but with a national shortage of materials, nothing is guaranteed.
10.00pm One Night Stand E4 – Singletons who previously shared a one-night stand together reunite to explore whether their former lover could be the one that got away. In this episode, Summer brings back Biggs to see if their one night of passion was enough to convince him to move across the country.
Roar Apple TV+ Eight-episode series based on a short story collection by Cecelia Ahern, the series tells futuristic and magical realism stories that mirror the common dilemmas of modern women in today’s world. The episodes will feature acclaimed actors including Nicole Kidman, Issa Rae, Merritt Wever, Cynthia Erivo, Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Meera Syal, Fivel Stewart and Kara Hayward. The series comes from GLOW showrunners Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. All Eight episodes will be available at launch.
Outer Range Prime Video – Outer Range Friday 15th April Prime Video – Western sci-fi mystery hybrid starring Josh Brolin as Royal Abbott, an old-school cowboy and patriarch tested by horrors both known and unknown. In the former category: His daughter-in-law has gone missing, and simmering tension with the rival Tillerson family is about to reach a boil. And in the latter: A giant metaphysical void has popped up on the Abbott property, representing…something. An alternate dimension? Aliens? Nightmares? As Royal stumbles upon it, we quickly glean that it’s his—and our—destiny to find out. Eventually.
Anatomy Of A Scandal Friday 15th April 2022 Netflix – Thriller from Big Little Lies and Undoing adapter David E. Kelley. The series is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Sarah Vaughan. The story centres around British politician James Whitehouse who is accused of sexual assault, throwing his marriage and political career into jeopardy. Doubts, accusations, and outcry follow as the public, and his wife, try to uncover the truth. Rupert Friend, Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery are confirmed to star in the six-part series set in London.