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What to watch this week


There are intriguing spin-offs galore this week, as well as the return of an epic hip-hop drama, and the sight of a beardless Jack Whitehall.

Monday 27th March at 10pm on E4 (CH 144)


Why you should watch: Because it’s the return of the hip-hop mash-up of all the best possible things.

Be specific!: It’s a bit Shakespeare, it’s a bit Dallas, and it has some great tunes too. It’s highbrow, lowbrow and it’ll make you want to rap. Do not rap.

Where are we at?: Musical kingpin Lucious Lyon is about to announce a big new project. Meanwhile, Jamal is about to have an interesting time in rehab.

The best thing about it: Probably the fact that it’s got someone called Lucious Lyon. He could be a Marvel villain with a name like that.

Unlikely offspring alert: Look out for a guest appearance from Rumer Willis. You know, Bruce and Demi’s sprog.

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Baby Daddy
Monday 27th March at 7.30pm on E4 (CH 144)


Why you should watch: It’s season six of the feel-good comedy about a young chap whose life is turned upside down by the sudden appearance of his infant daughter.

Season SIX?: Yep, but it doesn’t matter if you’re late to the party. Just watch it and guffaw, already.

What you should know about our hero: His middle name is “Bon Jovi”.

And what is he up to?: The new season begins with our guy desperately seeking a woman he met for a few moments in a laundrette, because she’s clearly his soulmate, or something.

This can’t end well: Oh come on, where’s your sense of romance?

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Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge
Tuesday 28th March at 8pm on Sky Arts (CH 122)


Why you should watch: Because you get to see members of the public ogling works of art, and giving casual opinions on masterpieces.

Why?: Fakes have been hidden among them, and it’s down to ordinary folks to figure them out.

Actual opinion on actual painting: “He’s buff though, isn’t he, Jesus?”

In other words: It’s Gogglebox meets Antiques Roadshow.

Bonus reason to watch: The devilishly charming Giles Coren will be doing his trademark scowl as one of the hosts.

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The Blacklist: Redemption
Wednesday 29th March at 9pm on Sky1 (CH 110)


Why you should watch: The Blacklist has spawned a spin-off, and we’re curious to know if it’s even 50% as awesome as the original.

What’s the connection?: Tom Keen, from the original show, joins a group of ex-baddies who now do lots of cool, heroic, espionage-style stuff.

Oedipus alert: The leader of the group is Tom’s mum, and boy do they exchange some smouldering looks. Let’s hope Tom doesn’t go all Bates Motel on us.

First mission: Rescue a CIA agent. And look cool while doing it.

Reason to feel old: His mum is played by Famke Janssen. You know, the lithe beauty from GoldenEye? She is now a grown adult’s mum.

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Wednesday 29th March at 8pm on BBC One (CH 101)


Why you should watch: Because it’s MasterChef. OF COURSE you’re going to watch it.

Has Gregg Wallace left yet?: No. No he hasn’t. But we love him, right? Guys?

Will Gregg Wallace make disturbing sex noises when looking at pudding?: Yes.

What else is new?: There’s now a “MasterChef” market. Which is basically just a room filled with ingredients.

Kitchen calamity of the day: Custard ravioli, anyone?

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The Good Fight
Thursday 30th March at 9pm on More4 (CH 147)


Why you should watch: It’s the second big spin-off series of the week, and this one has been birthed by The Good Wife.

What’s the gist?: It follows the legal eagle adventures of two of The Good Wife’s best characters: Diane Lockhart and Lucca Quinn.

Why is Diane having a really bad time?: Her savings have been wiped out in a financial scandal. Yikes.

Look out for: Rose Leslie from Game of Thrones, playing a young intern.

What about Donald Trump?: Oh yes, you’ll be seeing him too…

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Thursday 30th March at 10pm on Channel 4 (CH 104)


Why you should watch: It’s the newest Nordic Noir thriller, and it’s got a peach of a beginning.

How so?: We start with two teenage lads meeting for a secret romantic tryst – ie lots of snogging in the woods. Which is then interrupted when they witness vicious killings.

Probability of dark intrigue, personal secrets, secret conspiracies: 100%.

What to say: “All these years after The Killing, we’re still suckers for angsty, moody crime shows with subtitles.”

What not to say: “Seriously though, this show has the most boring title ever.”

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Chicago Justice
Thursday 30th March at 9pm on Universal (CH 164)


Why you should watch: Because it’s the glossy, sexy, courtroom-filled show you’ve been waiting for.

Any relation to Chicago Fire?: Yep, they’re set in the same universe.

Oh really?: The first episode even covers the legal fallout from a story featured in Fire.

Bonus fact for nerds: It’s also set in the same overall universe as Law & Order.

Apollo Creed alert: Yes, that guy playing that attorney really is Carl Weathers, star of Rocky and Predator.

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Carters Get Rich
Friday 31st March at 8pm on  Sky1 (CH 110)


Why you should watch: It’s a wacky new comedy and it’s got Dawson from Dawson’s Creek in it, weirdly enough.

What’s the gist?: An ordinary, working class family become gazillionaires overnight when their kid creates a hot new app.

Aspirational viewing then?: It’s more like a madcap kids’ sitcom, with adult gags sprinkled on.

What about Dawson?: Oh yes, and James Van Der Beek is perfectly cast as a strutting “tech bro” billionaire.

Swipe right or left?: Just watch the darn thing, you 21st Century maniac.

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Decline And Fall
Friday 31st March at 9pm on BBC One (CH 101)


Why you should watch: The classic social comedy from Evelyn Waugh gets the full, glossy BBC treatment, and by jove it’s going to be a hoot.

Who’s in it?: Some top thesps, including David Suchet, Tim Pigott-Smith and a curiously beardless Jack Whitehall.

What’s it about?: A posh Oxford type (Whitehall) is hit by a scandal and dispatched to teach at a school in the wilds of Wales.

Is that a Desperate Housewife in the mix?: Yes, that really is Eva Longoria, in a Waugh adaptation. Mind: blown.

A word from the author: Evelyn Waugh himself cautioned against reading too much “social critique” into it, saying “Please bear in mind throughout that IT IS MEANT TO BE FUNNY.”

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