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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 story of a heroic rescue effort plus two brilliant new comedy panel shows

By Simon Ward, Content Director

You know what they say about buses and comedy panel shows? You wait ages for one and then two come along at once. But unlike buses arriving at your stop at the same time, you can clamber aboard both these panel shows this week on Virgin TV.


First up, it’s the hilarious Rosie Jones finding out which team of comedians have the best judgement in Out Of Order. Could you rank a group of strangers in order of who makes the most money, simply by looking at them?


Then it’s Rob Beckett’s Smart TV, a TV quiz featuring questions on classic and new telly favourites, that will help you crown your own home’s ultimate telly addict. And if you’re hooked on Scandinavian drama, don’t miss Prisoner, starring The Killing’s Sofie Gråbøl.


Meanwhile, World’s Most Dangerous Roads continues to offer up thrills on the road. Thrills of a different kind can be found in new documentary The Rescue, detailing the 2018 cave rescue in Thailand that gripped the world. Plus, don’t forget 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 21 February

Pick of the day: Internet Scams: Don’t Get Caught Out

8pm, Channel 5 HD (CH 105)

The truth is that anybody has the potential to get caught out by internet scams. Something that pulls on your emotional strings when you can’t cope. The right question at the wrong time. Even the savviest person may get pulled in. So, Alexis Conran looks at some of the eccentric schemes that scammers are trying to pull, including one case where a fraudster tried to convince a woman he had kidnapped her missing dachshund.


What else to watch:

  • The Great Escape: True Story – 11am, PBS America (CH 187)
  • Kirstie And Phil’s Love It Or List It – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Great British Menu – 8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Breathtaking – 9pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)
  • Inseparable Sisters – 10.40pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)


Thursday 22 February

Pick of the day: Billy Connolly Does…

9pm, GOLD HD (CH 124)

The final episode of the series sees the Big Yin talking revolution. From bedroom politics to the race to conquer space, Billy has more wise words to say on this wide-ranging topic. We have truly loved this series, showcasing classic and hidden treasures of Billy’s stand-up routines, proving beyond doubt (if there ever was any doubt) that when it comes to the art of comedy, there are very few comedians out there who can even come close.


What else to watch:

  • Bangers & Cash – 8pm, Yesterday HD (CH 129)
  • Gymnastics: A Culture Of Abuse? – 9pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)
  • Alice & Jack – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • The Apprentice – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Laura Whitmore Investigates: Cyber Stalking – 9pm, ITV2 HD (CH 115)


Friday 23 February

Pick of the day: Here We Go

8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)

We’re into the fourth episode of the second series of what already feels like a classic sitcom. There’s so much to love about Tom Basden’s brilliant show, from its perfect casting and performances (Katherine Parkinson, Jim Howick, Alison Steadman and – for her looks to camera alone – Freya Parks) to its clever plot conceits and pacing. Above all else, it’s just one of the funniest things on TV. In this one, Cherry and Robin’s “hag” party falls apart spectacularly.


What else to watch:

  • Monty Don’s Spanish Gardens – 8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • National Trust: My Historic Home – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Martin Compton’s Norwegian Fling – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • The Last Leg – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • The Graham Norton Show – 10.40pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)


Saturday 24 February

Pick of the day: Prisoner

9pm + 10pm, BBC Four HD (CH 107/108)

Remember what a huge word-of-mouth hit Danish crime thriller The Killing was? Unbelievably, that was more than a decade ago. That’s right, the final series aired on BBC Four in 2012 – so it’s about time we saw Sofie Gråbøl, who played dour but beautifully bejumpered detective Sarah Lund, back on our screens in a crime-focused drama. In Prisoners she’s Miriam, one of four prison guards trying to keep order in a prison rife with violence and corruption, while also attempting to hold on to their jobs and have private lives. 


What else to watch:

  • Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – 7pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)
  • Gladiators – 7.10pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • New Zealand By Train – 7.10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Genius: MLK/X – 9pm + 10pm, National Geographic HD (CH 183)
  • Led Zeppelin: In The Light – 10pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 140/123)


Sunday 25 February

Pick of the day: World’s Most Dangerous Roads

8pm, Dave HD (CH 127)

This brilliant series continues as a new crew of brave comedy stars and celebs buckle up to tackle extraordinary road trips through breathtakingly beautiful and remote parts of the world. This week, we’re heading to Guatemala. Joe Swash and Seann Walsh are no strangers to the jungle, having appeared on I’m A Celebrity..., but this new adventure will test them to their limits. After all, very few of our road trips require a chainsaw…

What else to watch:

  • The Great Pottery Throw Down – Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Call The Midwife – 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Secret World Of Sound With David Attenborough – 8pm, Sky Showcase HD (CH 109)
  • The Rescue – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Trigger Point – 9pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)
  • Ukraine: War From The Air – 9pm, National Geographic HD (CH 183)


Monday 26 February

Pick of the day: Out Of Order

9pm, Comedy Central HD (CH 112)

At what point can we finally crown Rosie Jones a national treasure? Because it feels like it should be now, right? So, national treasure Rosie Jones hosts this brilliantly chaotic new comedy game show as two teams of comedians are pitted against each other to see who has the best judgement. They win points by placing members of the public in the correct order in categories like “Who earns the most?” Katherine Ryan and Judi Love captain the teams.


What else to watch:

  • Married At First Sight Australia – 7.30pm, E4 HD (CH 106)
  • The Way – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • The Space Shuttle That Fell To Earth – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • The British Airways Killer – 9pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)
  • The Jury: Murder Trial – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • G’Wed – 10pm, ITV2 HD (CH 115)


Tuesday 27 February

Pick of the day: New Model Agency

10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)

This excellent new documentary series follows a young and dynamic cast of models represented by an inclusive model agency for disabled, visibly different, non-binary and trans models. It explores the highs and lows of the industry through the lens of the hopefuls and the agency that represents them, bringing us closer to the drama, glamour and realities of the highly competitive and changing world of fashion.


What else to watch:

  • Bargain Mansions – 1pm, HGTV (CH 191)
  • Great British Menu – 8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • The Jury: Murder Trial – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104)
  • Seduced To Slay – 10pm, Quest Red (CH 168)
  • Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives – 11pm, Food Network (CH 190)


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)


Pick of the week: Men’s Six Nations – Scotland v England

Saturday 24 February, 4pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)

Even the most glass-half-full Scotland fan would have struggled to find the positives in their last Men’s Six Nations match against France. To be clear, the game should never have come down to a last-gasp “try” and Scotland should have walked away as comfortable winners. The fact they didn’t and then had what looked like a clear match-winning try ruled out will surely give the team a little bit of extra fire in their belly. Not that they needed that against the auld enemy.


History is on the side of Gregor Townsend and his team, who have won their past three Six Nations matches against England. But England arrive at Murrayfield having won two from two against Italy and Wales. There’s a Calcutta Cup classic in prospect.


Pick of the week: Asteroid City

Available from Friday 23 February in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 12

Drumroll, please, for the latest Wes Anderson cinematic sensation – and we don’t mean another Instagram video your mate posted in the director’s style. This is the real deal, and not only does it offer a roll call of Hollywood greats, from Tom Hanks and Scarlett Johansson to Jason Schwartzman and Edward Norton, but it has all the quirk and stylised panache we’ve come to expect from the director of The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel.


A play within a play, the story centres on a youth astronomy convention held in a space-obsessed 1950s desert town (the Asteroid City of the title), as attendees deal with grief, love and an unexpected visitor. With beautiful backdrops, fantastically eccentric characters and a good dose of whimsy, this is one not to be missed.


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