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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 Virgin TV channels, including the return of a talent juggernaut

By Simon Ward, Content Director

Don’t miss a brilliant week of top telly across Virgin TV. From the return of Britain’s Got Talent to new knife-edge dramas Red Eye and The Red King, plus get your next cheap getaway sorted with Joe & Katherine’s Bargain Holidays, it’s a packed seven days.

Dropping on Friday 19 April is also Taylor Swift’s new album, The Tortured Poets Department, which is set to be the biggest album since… well, Taylor’s last album. And the UK leg of her record-breaking Eras Tour begins in June. Get hyped for both with the Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version) film on Disney+ (Apps > Disney +) and the documentary Miss Americana on Netflix (Apps > Netflix).


With all this plus our usual sport and movie picks of the week, there’s something for all tastes across your service. And don’t forget, with Virgin TV Go, you can take your telly on the move with you.


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 17 April

Pick of the day: Mammoth

10pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

If you were frozen in time – literally in an avalanche – what would you do 42 years later? When PE teacher Tony Mammoth is found and brought back from the dead after a seemingly devastating school skiing trip to the French Alps, all he wants is his old job back. Created by, co-written by and starring Mike Bubbins, Mammoth is a fish-out-of-water comedy about what happens when a man from the 70s is dropped into 2024.


What else to watch:

  • Race Across The World – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Professor T – 9pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)
  • The 1980s Supermarket: Posh Food Revolution – 9pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)
  • Danny Dyer: How To Be A Man – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Resident Alien – 10pm, Sky Showcase HD (CH 109) + Sky Max HD (CH 111)


Thursday 18 April

Pick of the day: Bottom: Exposed

9pm, GOLD HD (CH 124)

This new documentary delves deep into the outrageous sitcom that spanned 18 episodes across three series from 1991 to 1995, as well as five sell-out stage shows. From its anarchic production to its enormous success, through to its legacy and the relationship between Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall, it speaks to the people who were there and its famous fans.


What else to watch:

  • Wildlife Rescue – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Giant Lobster Hunters – 8pm, ITV4 HD (CH 118)
  • The Apprentice – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Taskmaster – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Inside Out – 10pm, HGTV (CH 191)


Friday 19 April

Pick of the day: Gogglebox

9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)

Despite our best efforts (and we really do put in a shift), we can’t watch everything. That’s the beauty of Gogglebox. There are some TV shows and movies that we’ve only seen through the eyes of the nation’s favourite armchair critics. The couples and families give their instant reactions to this week’s best (and not-so-best) TV.


What else to watch:

  • Beyond Paradise – 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Moonshiners – 8pm, Discovery HD (CH 177)
  • Disclosure: Dead Man Running – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Late Night Lycett – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Help! My House Is Haunted – 10pm, Really (CH 128)


Saturday 20 April

Pick of the day: Britain’s Got Talent

7.30pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)

After their emotional goodbye on Saturday Night Takeaway, you don’t have to wait long for your next fix of Ant and Dec. They’re back hosting the annual search for acts up and down the country to face judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Bruno Tonioli. Last year’s contest was won by comedian Viggo Venn. But after comics won three series on the bounce, who will take it home this year?


What else to watch:

  • In For A Penny – 6pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)
  • In With A Shout – 6.30pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)
  • 60 Songs: BBC Two At 60 – 8.25pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • 2024: A Hundred Days That Rocked The Royals – 9pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)
  • Wisting – 9pm + 9.45pm, BBC Four HD (CH 108/107)


Sunday 21 April

Pick of the day: Red Eye

9pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)

Flights are the perfect situation for tense drama – random people thrown together, a confined space and no potential for escape. This new six-part thriller is set on the red-eye flight from London to Beijing. Whilst escorting a doctor (Richard Armitage, Fool Me Once) being renditioned, an incident on-board leads DC Hana Li (Jing Lusi, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man) to uncover a wider conspiracy.


What else to watch:

  • Our Changing Planet – 6pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Hunted – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Ibiza: Secrets Of The Party Island – 9pm, BBC Three HD (CH 107/113)
  • 60 Classical Years: BBC Two At 60 – 10pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Good With David Tennant – 10pm, BBC Four HD (CH 108/107)


Monday 22 April

Pick of the day: Fern Brady: Autistic Bikini Queen

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Dropping today is Scottish comedian Fern Brady’s first Netflix special. After a bestselling book, multiple sell-out tours (including this one) and a starring role on Taskmaster, her star is rising and she’s one of the country’s most exciting comedians. In a show filmed this February in Bristol, Brady tackles big themes like death, decline and the disappointments of middle age.


What else to watch:

  • Jamie’s Air Fryer Meals – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Golden Age: Milos At Blenheim Palace – 8pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 140/123)
  • Blue Lights – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • The Jinx: Part Two – 9pm, Sky Showcase HD (CH 109) + Sky Documentaries HD (CH 188)
  • Meet The Richardsons – 9pm, Dave HD (CH 127)


Tuesday 23 April

Pick of the day: Royal Autopsy

9pm, Sky HISTORY HD (CH 131)

If The Favourite was your favourite, then you’ll love the final episode of this fascinating series, which this time delves into the life and death of Queen Anne (played by Olivia Colman, in a role that bagged her an Oscar). The monarch was plagued with poor health and suffered through 17 failed pregnancies and births. Professor Alice Roberts is our guide into a Queen like no other.


What else to watch:

  • For The Love Of Dogs With Alison Hammond – 8pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)
  • The Yorkshire Vet – 8pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)
  • Dream Car Fixers – 8pm, Yesterday HD (CH 129)
  • Love Triangle – 9pm, E4 HD (CH 106)
  • Murder In The Heartland – 10pm, Quest Red (CH 168)


Wednesday 24 April

Pick of the day: The Red King

9pm, Alibi HD (CH 114)

Created and written by Being Human and Doctor Who’s Toby Whithouse, this is a knotty police investigation set against chilling, atmospheric folk-horror. This one will hook you from the off and won’t let go across six spine-tingling episodes. The cast includes Anjli Mohindra (The Lazarus Project) as Grace Narayan, Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton) as Lady Heather Nancarrow and Marc Warren (Van Der Valk) as Dr Ian Prideaux.


What else to watch:

  • Mysteries From Above – 8pm, Sky HISTORY HD (CH 131)
  • Race Across The World – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Hold The Front Page – 9pm, Sky Showcase HD (CH 109) + Sky Max HD (CH 111)
  • Ghost Ships – 10pm, Sky HISTORY HD (CH 131)
  • Growing Up Jewish – 10.40pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)


Thursday 25 April

Pick of the day: Joe & Katherine’s Bargain Holidays

10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)

If you’re anything like us, then all your web browser tabs have some kind of holiday inspiration or cheap deals calling out to you. Comedians Katherine Ryan and Joe Wilkinson are here to help you seek out the best bargain holidays, showing you how you could have a fantastic break for a next-to-nothing price. The pair have tons of ideas for cut-price getaways that won’t drain your pockets.


What else to watch:

  • Reuben: Life In The Dales – 8pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)
  • Murder, They Hope – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Taskmaster – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • GPs: Treating Rural Britain – 9pm, More4 HD (CH 147)
  • Johnson & Knopfler’s Music Legends – 10pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 140/123)


Friday 26 April

Pick of the day: Beyond Paradise

8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)

What is a TV wedding without one or two blips along the way? For long-suffering Martha (Sally Bretton, Not Going Out) and her husband-to-be, Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall), their wedding day blips consist of cybercrime and a museum heist. They’ve had a bumpy road, this couple, so will they finally tie the knot at long last? We’ll find out in this series finale.


What else to watch:

  • MasterChef – 7pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Avoidance – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Gogglebox – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Late Night Lycett – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Cut To The Crime – 10pm, Crime+Investigation HD (CH 133)


Pick of the week: London Marathon

Sunday 21 April, from 8.30am, BBC One HD (CH 101). Coverage continues on BBC Two HD (CH 102) from 2pm

Beginning at Greenwich Park and ending on The Mall, the twisting 26.2-mile race across London and its famous landmarks commences early on Sunday. Yes, the world’s most famous marathon (fight us, New York) still features one of the most impressive elite rosters of runners with 20 athletes in the women’s elite race and 43 in the men’s, while the wheelchair races feature Britain’s David Weir, set to complete his 25th consecutive London Marathon.


But this event isn’t about them – even if it’s expected that the women-only world record (set in 2017) may fall this weekend. It’s about the rest of the nearly 60,000 runners. The ordinary people who said yes to running a ridiculous distance. Whether it’s for themselves, their family, someone they’ve lost or a cause that means something to them, it’s London at its very best as the capital cheers them on to the finish line.


Pick of the week: BlackBerry

Available from Friday 19 April in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15

The rise of the BlackBerry – the original smartphone with its colour screen, full QWERTY keyboard and secure messaging platform – was meteoric. But then it all went wrong. Following the rollercoaster story of this slick device and its Canadian creators, this fact-based comedy-drama takes you on a whirlwind ride through the ruthlessly competitive world of Silicon Valley. Starring Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) and Jay Baruchel (FUBAR) alongside director and co-writer Matt Johnson, it’s fast-paced, intelligent and compelling.


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