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What to watch on TV this week

What to watch on TV this week

Here’s all the very best entertainment on your TV this week across your favourite channels, including the biggest night in British music and the return of a reality TV juggernaut

By Simon Ward, Content Director

There was a time when the BRIT Awards was must-see television, but for all the wrong reasons. Bizarre host choices, wild celebrity pairings and winners’ speeches that went so far off-topic, you wondered what they were serving on that artist’s table.

 

As the years have gone by, the wildness of past years might have disappeared (although it still has its moments). But that’s a good thing. Now it’s as slick and entertaining as any of the US awards shows, with era-defining performances from some of the world’s biggest artists.

 

This year’s line-up live at The O2 includes Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding, Becky Hill x Chase & Status, Dua Lipa, Jungle, Kylie Minogue, RAYE and Rema. RAYE, of course, might also be the night’s big winner, with a record-breaking seven nominations under her belt.

 

Meanwhile, while the BRIT Awards represents the big night out for British music, a TV show is returning that sees celebrities being locked indoors. That’s right, Celebrity Big Brother is back. But will any moments in this year’s edition rival “David’s dead”?

 

Also, don’t miss the final episode of Trigger Point, new NSFW royal drama Mary & George and a new one from Death In Paradise creator Robert Thorogood, The Marlow Murder Club. Plus, there are all your regular favourites across Virgin TV channels this week.

 

There’s so much good stuff on this week that we’ve compiled a list of the best TV shows to watch. Bookmark this page to keep up to date with the latest changes.

 

Wednesday 28 February

Pick of the day: Air Fryers: The Easy Way To Lose Weight

9pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)

People love air fryers, that much is certain. But can a kitchen gadget that includes the word “fry” in it (and is great for cooking oven chips, in case you didn’t know) actually help us lead healthier lifestyles? Alexis Conran looks at how air fryers can be used to make low-calorie meals that will also save you money. And if you fancy putting what you’ve learned in the show into practice, the programme also includes recipes from author Clare Andrews.

 

What else to watch:

  • Shop Smart, Save Money – 7pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)
  • Miss Scarlett And The Duke – 9pm, Alibi HD (CH 114)
  • The Jury: Murder Trial – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Alice & Jack – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Boarders – 10.40pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)

 

Thursday 29 February

Pick of the day: Rob Beckett’s Smart TV

9pm, Sky Max HD (CH 111)

If you talk telly as much as we do, then you’ll have sensed a glaring gap where a TV-based comedy panel show should be for some time. Hosted by Rob Beckett and from the makers of Never Mind The Buzzcocks, this new one looks like it has answered our prayers as two celeb teams (including captains Josh Widdicombe and Alison Hammond) put their small screen knowledge to the test. As well as silly games, it’s also proper quiz featuring new and classic shows.

 

What else to watch:

  • Married At First Sight Australia – 7.30pm, E4 HD (CH 106)
  • Somerset: Wonder Of The West Country – 8pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)
  • The Dog House – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Darren McGarvey: The State We’re In – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • The Mighty Mississippi With Nick Knowles – 9pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)

 

Friday 1 March

Pick of the day: Eurovision: Graham Meets Olly

10.40pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)

The Eurovision Song Contest is still some way off (although this programme is followed by Big Eurovision Party, a celebration featuring Conchita Wurst, Johnny Logan and more). But there are very few times when we’d feel confident about the UK’s chances in the competition. You might say it’s been, ahem, Years & Years. But with Olly Alexander signed up as the UK entrant for 2024, we firmly believe it’s coming home. Graham Norton catches up with him in this one-off special.

 

What else to watch:

  • MasterChef New Zealand – 7pm, W HD (CH 125)
  • Gogglebox – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Fantasy Football League – 9.45pm, Sky Max HD (CH 111)
  • Martin Compston’s Norwegian Fling – 10pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • The Last Leg – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)

 

Saturday 2 March

Pick of the day: The BRIT Awards 2024

8.30pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)

The annual celebration of British music is back. Leading the pack is BRIT School graduate RAYE, taking the title of the most nominated artist in a single BRITs year, with seven nods in total – a first by any artist since the BRITs began in 1977, beating the six-nomination also-rans Gorillaz (2002), Craig David (2001) and Robbie Williams (1999). Expect some big performances from your favourite artists and maybe the odd surprise thrown in, too.

 

What else to watch:

  • Lost Temples Of Cambodia – 6.50pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – 7pm, ITV1 HD (CH 101)
  • The Weakest Link – 7.50pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Clarence House: A Royal Residence – 8.30pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)
  • G’wed – 10.50pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)

 

Sunday 3 March

Pick of the day: Trigger Point

9pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)

If you have somehow managed to avoid bingeing the show on ITVX, the finale of Trigger Point is well worth the wait as Lana (Vicky McClure) is given an impossible choice: doing her duty or saving the lives of the only people who matter to her. McClure’s bomb disposal expert has been put through the wringer this series and, in a show that has proven that no character is safe, will even she make it out alive? You’ll have to watch to find out.

 

What else to watch:

  • World’s Most Dangerous Roads – 8pm, Dave HD (CH 127)
  • Call The Midwife – 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • FDR – 9pm, Sky HISTORY HD (CH 131)
  • Death In Paradise – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • The Push: Murder On The Cliff – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)

 

Monday 4 March

Pick of the day: Celebrity Big Brother

9pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)

If you think of Big Brother, it’s almost certain the moments that most stick in your mind were from the celebrity edition. “David’s dead”. George Galloway as a cat. Vanessa Feltz and her blackboard. We could go on. As always with Big Brother, it will depend not just on the celebrities involved this year (rumoured to include Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh), but how well – or not – they all gel as a household. AJ Odudu and Will Best host.

 

What else to watch:

  • The Way – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Little People, Big World – 9pm, TLC HD (CH 165)
  • Discovering The Music Of Antiquity – 9pm, BBC Four HD (CH 1087/108)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – 9.45pm, Sky Comedy HD (CH 112)
  • Navalny: Storyville – 10pm, BBC Four HD (CH 107/108)
  • Celebrity Big Brother: Late And Live – 10.30pm, ITV2 HD (CH 115)

 

Tuesday 5 March

Pick of the day: Mary & George

9pm, Sky Showcase HD (CH 109)

Academy Award and BAFTA winner Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Nicholas Galitzine (Red, White & Royal Blue) are positively throbbing with royal ambition in this scintillating drama about a mother and son rising (and riling) up the ranks of high society in 17th-century England. Tony Curran (Mayflies) plays King James I, the ruler whom Mary and George have in their sights. With The Favourite and The Great vibes, this is very NSFW – and terrific.

 

What else to watch:

  • Dream Car Fixers – 8pm, Yesterday HD (CH 129)
  • Sarah Everard: The Search For Justice – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • 24 Hours In A&E – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Catch Me A Killer – 9pm, Alibi HD (CH 114)
  • Newark, Newark – 10pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

 

Wednesday 6 March

Pick of the day: The Marlow Murder Club

8pm, Drama HD (CH 116)

If you love of Death In Paradise, then you’ll love this new crime drama from the series creator Robert Thorogood. Retired archaeologist Judith Potts (Samantha Bond, Downton Abbey), vicar’s wife Becks (Cara Horgan, Traitors) and local dog-walker Suzie (Jo Martin, Doctor Who) forge an unlikely friendship as amateur sleuths as they race against time to stop a serial killer in their town. Fans of Richard Osman’s books will love this one as well. Don’t miss part 2 on Thursday.

 

What else to watch:

  • This World: Why Planes Vanish – The Hunt For MH370 – 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • M&S: Secrets Of The Food Hall – 8pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)
  • The Titan Sub Disaster: Minute By Minute – 9pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)
  • Gold Divers – 9pm, Discovery HD (CH 177)
  • Naked Attraction – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)

 

Thursday 7 March

Pick of the day: Crufts 2024

3pm & 7.30pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)

There are two types of Crufts viewers. Those who watch the competition, marvelling at the agility and training or breed-standard grooming on display from the dogs. Then there’s the rest of us, who enjoy looking at lots of Very Good Boys and Very Good Girls trotting around an arena in Birmingham having the time of their fluffy little lives. Extra points if the pups do something unexpected or fail to listen to commands. You can guess which camp we’re in…

 

What else to watch:

  • The Marlow Murder Club – 8pm, Drama HD (CH 116)
  • Bangers & Cash – 8pm, Yesterday HD (CH 129)
  • Car SOS – 8pm, National Geographic HD (CH 183)
  • Warplane Workshop – 9pm, More4 HD (CH 147)
  • Naked And Afraid – 9pm, Discovery HD (CH 177)

 

Friday 8 March

Pick of the day: Great British Cities With Susan Calman

9pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)

Since taking over Cruising duties from Jane McDonald, Susan Calman has proven a revelation. So this new series, as Susan explores the powerhouses of our country, is very welcome indeed. Beginning with Liverpool, the show will also take us to Bath, Cambridge, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow, to uncover their secrets and find out more about the people who made them. We couldn’t have picked a better tour guide if we’d tried.

 

What else to watch:

  • Here We Go – 8.30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Would I Lie To You – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Ted – 9pm, Sky Max HD (CH 111)
  • Gogglebox – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Guy’s All-American Road Trip – 11pm, Food Network (CH 190)

 

Pick of the week: Formula One – Bahrain Grand Prix

Saturday 2 March, 3pm, Sky Sports F1®/HD (CH 516/506)

In every Formula One season, change is a constant. Even the day on which this F1 season begins is different (the race is on a Saturday, thanks to Ramadan). But one thing that isn’t changing is the drivers. For the first time in F1 history, the driver line-up is the same as the final race of last season. No new faces. No drivers making way, either through retirement or switching teams. But that doesn’t mean this season will play out like last year.

 

With Sir Lewis Hamilton off to Ferrari next year, he’ll be desperate to leave on a high by winning an eighth title with Mercedes, cementing his legacy in the most successful relationship in F1 history. But Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will certainly have a lot to say there, as he eyes up a fourth world title in a row. With new rules, six sprint races, and the longest F1 calendar ever with 24 races, nothing is guaranteed until that final chequered flag in Abu Dhabi.

 

Pick of the week: Lady Bird

Thursday 7 March, 12.25am, BBC One HD (CH 101)

Even the most committed night owl may not manage to stay up until just after midnight (on a Wednesday night!) to watch the film that put Barbie and Little Women director Greta Gerwig on the map. But Lady Bird, which was Gerwig’s solo directorial debut and scored five nominations at that year’s Academy Awards, will also be on BBC iPlayer for those who still want to seek it out. And you should do, because this coming-of-age story about an artistically inclined 17-year-old girl (Saoirse Ronan) was one of 2017’s best movies and remains as good today. In Ronan, Gerwig struck gold with a beguiling central performance that taps into the turmoil of adolescence. Laurie Metcalf, as Lady Bird’s strong-willed mother, is also excellent.

 

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