Want to know what delights are in store on that magical box of colours that sits in the corner of your living room? We have all the best picks of unmissable TV for you to enjoy throughout the week.
Monday 25th April at 10pm on Sky 1 (CH 110)
Why you should watch: Sean Bean’s in it and he hasn’t died yet. Not since Sharpe have we had this much sustained not-dying from Sean Bean.
What if I haven’t seen the first season? Doesn’t matter, it’s an almost total reboot. All you need to know is Bean plays a former undercover agent who can’t remember his own past, so he’s as much in the dark as you.
Interesting plot line alert: Parts of the episode are set in 2001, adding an extra layer of backstory.
What to say: “It’s like a thinking person’s Bourne Identity.”
What not to say: “All it lacks is a good Sean Bean meme. I wish someone would make one.”
Monday 25th April at 10pm on Channel 4 (CH 104)
Why you should watch: A twisted comedy which subverts the traditional family sitcom and stars Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt as a warped children’s author? Literally everyone should be sold on this.
Why you DEFINITELY should watch: Olivia Colman. Yes, our newest national treasure plays Julian Barratt’s wife, who thinks he’s in a gay relationship with his Japanese illustrator.
What it might be like: Set in creaky old house, this looks like a darkly witty mash-up of Spaced, Rising Damp and My Family. In a good way.
Why it’s called Flowers: The family in it are called the Flowers.
What to say: “This has to be Julian Barratt’s most compelling performance since Nathan Barley.”
The A Word
Tuesday 26th April at 9pm on BBC One (CH 101)
Why you should watch: It’s the last episode of the series, with the whole family gathering for the launch of Paul’s pub. Expect revelations, twists and turns a-plenty.
The best thing about the show: Max Vento as autistic lad Joe, who single-handedly proves not all child actors are annoying. He is, in fact, awesome.
The worst thing about the show: Realising Christopher Eccleston is now old enough to play a grandfather.
Best line so far: “Making toast under another woman’s grill” – widower Maurice, on sleeping with new love Louise.
What to say: “A brilliant, bittersweet drama that tackles difficult subjects in a sensitive, human way.”
Scott & Bailey
Wednesday 27th April at 9pm on ITV (CH 103)
Why you should watch: It’s the last episode ever. As in, ever ever.
Watch this when: You want to see a cop drama fronted by two strong, charismatic women rather than the usual hardbitten blokes.
Why it’s so good: Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp. In five years they’ve become one of the all-time iconic cop duos in British TV history.
What to say: “Why the heck have they pulled the plug on a show this massively successful?”
What not to say: “Scott & Bailey? Isn’t that a firm of chartered accountants?”
Wednesday 27th April at 9pm on Syfy (CH 135)
Why you should watch: It’s an epic, end-of-the-world saga with more timey-wimey shenanigans than an entire season of Doctor Who.
Why it surprised us: Fans of the original Terry Gilliam film were all set to hate this TV reboot when it first started. How wrong we were.
Watch this if you like: Fringe, Continuum, and any film/book/TV show ever made about terrifying epidemics wiping out humanity.
Look out for: Brendan Coyle, aka Bates from Downton Abbey, who joins the cast this season.
What to say: “Yes I know the film is a classic but the show is brilliant too. Seriously. Watch it.”
Line Of Duty
Thursday 28th April at 9pm on BBC Two (CH 102)
Why you should watch: It’s only the series three finale of the best British police drama of all time. That’s all.
Shock death of the year: Danny Mays was hyped as the new lead for this series, only to snuff it in the very first episode. Even by Line Of Duty standards, that was quite the twist.
Shock re-appearance of the year: That sound you heard during episode two was the nation’s jaws hitting the floor at the return of Keeley Hawes.
What to do straight after: Hit Twitter to see the inevitable meltdown as the credits roll.
What to say: “Line of Duty surely confirms Jed Mercurio as the finest TV writer in the land.”
Thursday 28 April at 9.30pm on E4 (CH 144)
Why you should watch: Because it’s from the minds of Steve Carell and his wife Nancy, and they do funny stuff really, really well.
What it’s about: Think Police Squad/Naked Gun, only with Rashida Jones from Parks and Recreation in the Leslie Nielsen role.
Look out for: Celebrity cameos from the likes of Lisa Kudrow, James Franco, Gene Simmons, Alfred Molina and… Bill Murray.
We say again: Bill. Murray.
How it will make you a better person: The way Angie gets out of bed in the morning should be the way we all get out of bed in the morning.
Friday 29th April at 9pm on ITV (CH 103)
Why you should watch: Set in 1990, this sinister saga about a forbidden affair and its lethal consequences is bound to be the talk of Twitter.
Peculiar coincidence alert: Protagonist Colin Howell is played by James Nesbitt, whose sister once shared the same cleaner as the real Colin Howell.
Watch this if you like: British crime dramas about secrets, lies and trickling guilt, like Broadchurch.
What to say: “I’ll never look at that nice James Nesbitt the same way again.”
What not to say: “I hope they make a prequel called The Key.”
Friday 29th April at 9pm on TLC (CH 167)
Why you should watch: If you’re a fanatic for glossy US medical dramas, this is just what the doctor ordered.
Who’s in it: Melissa George turns the sass up to 11 as a brashly brilliant, quick-quipping heart surgeon who spits when she talks.
Hunky dreamy doctor quota: At least two main ones. And our heroine is torn between them, obviously.
Most quotable moment: “My patient is dying! I want that heart!”
Watch out for: Incredible heart operations that would leave even Dr Gregory House impressed.
Coastal Walks With My Dog
Saturday 30th April at 8pm on Channel 4 (CH 104)
Why you should watch: It’s Bill Bailey, Cerys Matthews and Debra Stephenson literally walking their dogs and chatting about stuff, and that sounds just lovely.
What not to be put off by: That title. We’re hoping it was a deliberate attempt to sound as dull as possible, in a funny way (?).
Watch out for: Staggering panoramic views of craggy coastlines and Bill Bailey’s perpetually bizarre hair.
Watch this when: You’re hungover and in need of soothing viewing. Or you fancy getting back to nature but can’t be bothered to leave the sofa.
What to say: “I really never thought I’d enjoy a programme called Coastal Walks With My Dog.”
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