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Your big TV round-up
What does the end of winter mean to you? The smell of freshly cut grass? Lighter evenings? A little less rain?
Here at Virgin TV Edit, it means Mark Strong as an MI6 agent, Antonio Banderas as Picasso and Bill Nighy as, well, Bill Nighy. Read on to find out what’s in store on your screens this month…
Thursdays from 5 April, 9pm, FOX/HD (CH 157/199). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > FOX
Expect plenty of sweat and self-doubt – and not just on screen – as this pulsating new British spy drama forces you to second-guess everything and everyone. There are twists and turns aplenty as ex-spy Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) looks to avenge the death of his son. It’s a proper, old-school thriller – think The Night Manager meets The Bourne Ultimatum.
Tuesdays from 10 April, 9pm, Universal/HD (CH 137/164). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Universal Channel
This unflinching hospital drama revolves around world-weary Dr Hawkins (The Good Wife's Matt Czuchry) as he strives to make a good doctor out of new medic Dr Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) With patients flooding in and problems mounting, can they heal and help each case that presents itself. Emily VanCamp (Captain America: Civil War) provides a welcome softer touch as Hawkins' ex, while Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) is his devil-may-care superior.
Mondays from 23 April, 8pm, National Geographic/HD (CH 266/268). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > National Geographic
Following the fascinating first series on Einstein, Genius returns – this time delving into the mind of artistic innovator Pablo Picasso (played by The Mask Of Zorro’s Antonio Banderas and Glow's Alex Rich in flashback). This suitably colourful new series plunges into Picasso’s life and mind as he pushes the boundaries of his craft, chronicling a career every bit as controversial as it was prolific. Watch out for a cameo from Johnny Flynn, who played the young Einstein in series 1.
Ordeal By Innocence
Sundays from 1 April, 9pm, BBC One/HD (CH 101/108). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer
Agatha Christie’s classic crime novel comes to life in this long-awaited adaptation. With a stellar cast including Bill Nighy (Limehouse Golem), Anna Chancellor (Grantchester), Alice Eve (Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Matthew Goode (The Crown), this star-studded drama sees an old case blown wide open, putting everyone under suspicion. Read our preview and interviews with the cast here.
Kiss Me First
Mondays from 2 April, 10pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141). Also available for 7 days in Catch Up > Channels > All 4
Worlds collide with the flick of a switch in the enthralling and innovative adaptation of Lottie Moggach’s best-selling young adult novel. After her friend Tess disappears, Leila (Tallulah Rose Haddon, Taboo) is forced to assume Tess’ identity and delve into the online world where they met, unravelling dark secrets in a mysterious virtual realm.
Coming soon to BBC One/HD (CH 101/018)
BAFTA-winning writer Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) returns to your living rooms with a witty and layered legal drama. High-flying lawyer Hannah (Nicola Walker, Last Tango In Halifax) navigates the tough world of divorce courts, finding that fighting cases doesn’t get easier when old flames reappear and you’re up against the family firm you tried to leave behind.
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Image credits: Deep State © Des Willie / Fox Networks Group
The Split © Sister Pictures – Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian
Genius: National Geographic