Monday, 31 March 2014

TV Picks: 31 March – 6 April 2014 (About a Boy, Bates Motel, Crimson Field, Da Vinci's Demons, Graham Norton Show, New Worlds, The Trip to Italy, etc.)

Monday, 31 March 2014

Below are my picks of the most notable shows, returning/premiering on UK screens this week...

Our Gay Wedding: The Musical (Channel 4, 10pm) Coverage of the UK's first same-sex weddings, which became legal a few days ago.

New Worlds (Channel 4, 9pm) Sequel drama to The Devil's Whore, set in the 1680s, about four young idealists who commit their lives to a fair future. Starring Joe Dempise, Jamie Dornan, Freya Mavor, Alice Englert, Eve Best, James Cosmo, Patrick Malahidem, Jeremy Northam & Sean Baker. (1/4)
Horizon: Living with Autism (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary on the transformation of autism understanding, from a lifetime of study by psychologist Uta Frith.
Killer Magic (BBC3, 10pm) New pilot where five illusionists compete in themes challenges.

Monkey Planet (BBC1, 9pm) New widlife series exploring the world of primates. Presented by zoologist George McGavin. (1/3)
Kim Philby: His Most Intimate Betrayal (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about the life of Societ double agent Kim Philby. Concludes tomorrow. (1/2)
Invasion of the Jobsnatchers (BBC3, 9pm) New documentary series about 11 trainees in the workplace. (1/6)
Bates Motel (Universal Channel, 9pm) Season 2 of the US prequel drama to Psycho. Starring Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Max Thierot & Nestor Carbonell. (1/10)

15,000 Kids & Counting (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary about the adoption process in the UK. (1/3)
About a Boy (Sky1, 9.30pm) New US sitcom based on the Nick Hornby novel.
Jockey School (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary looking at how horse jockeys are trained.

Have I Got News For You? (BBC1, 9pm) Series 47 of the satirical comedy panel show. Jennifer Saunders guest hosts with guests Richard Osman and Sadiq Khan joining team captains Ian Hislop & Paul Meron. (1/9)
Martin Clunes and a Lion Called Muggle (ITV, 9pm) Wildlife special where the actors visits Kenya to meet a man who takes care of orphaned lions.
Flintoff's Road to Nowhere (Sky1, 9pm) Documentary where ex-cricketer Andrew Flintoff travels along Brazil's Trans-Amazonian Highway. (1/2)
The Trip to Italy (BBC2, 10pm) Series 2 of the semi-improvised road trip comedy where Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon now find themselves sampling food in Italian restaurants. (1/6)
Da Vinci's Demons (Fox UK, 10pm) Season 2 of the historical fantasy drama about the early life of Leonard Da Vinci. Starring Tom Riley, Laura Haddock, Elliot Cowan & Tom Bateman. (1/10)
The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, 10.35pm) Series 15 of the chat show. Guests are Russell Crowe, Kylie Minogue, Cameron Diaz & Richard Ayoade. (1/13)

Nothing. Crochet a hat for a loved-one.

The Boat Race (BBC1, 4.3pm) Live coverage of the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge University. Presented by Clare Balding.
The Crimson Field (BBC1, 9pm) New period medical drama about doctors and nurses working in WWI France. Starring Oona Chaplin, Liam Loughrey, Alice St Clair, Marianne Oldham, Hermione Norris, Michael Nardone, Simon Wilson, Kerry Fox, Alex Wyndham & Richard Rankin. (1/6)

= Pick of the Day