Monday, 9 March 2015

TV Picks: 9-15 March 2015 – Bluestone 42 • Comic Relief • Masterchef • Nurse • Powers • One Born Every Minute • You're Back in the Room

Monday, 9 March 2015

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...

WPC 56 (BBC1, 2.15pm) Series 3 of the crime drama about a female policewoman working in the 1950s. Starring Claudia Jessie, Charlie De'Ath, Oliver Rix, James Barriscale & Mark Healy. (1/5)
The Billion Pound Hotel (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary about the Burk Al Arab hotel in Dubai, that cost £1bn to build and is considered the world's most luxurious hotel.
Bluestone 42 (BBC3, 10pm) Series 3 of the military comedy-drama. Starring Matthew Lewis, Oliver Chris, Katie Lyons, Scott Hoatson & Jamie Quinn. (1/6)

Masterchef (BBC1, 9pm) Series 11 of the culinary challenge. (1/24)
One Born Every Minute (Channel 4, 9pm) Series 7 of the fly-on-the-wall documentary series, focusing on couples going through the birthing process, now taking place in Liverpool Women's Hospital.
The Benefits Estate (Channel 5, 9pm) New documentary following the life of residents in the notorious Darndale estate in north Dublin. (1/2)
Nurse (BBC2, 10pm) New comedy series abut a psychiatric nurse going on her rounds, interacting with a variety of unusual patients in their homes. Starring Paul Whitehouse, Esther Coles, Cecilia Noble & Rose Cavalariero. (1/4)
The Kids Who Can't Stay Awake (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary looking at the increase of narcolepsy across the UK and northern Europe.
Kids in Camps: Comic Relief (BBC1, 10.45pm) Documentary looking at the lives of children displaced by civil war in South Sudan.
Powers (Playstation Network) New comic-book adaptation, about a former superhero who now polices a world where people with superpowers are the norm. Starring Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Michelle Forbes, Max Fowler, Adam Godley, Eddie Izzard, Noah Taylor & Justice Leak.

Stop Cutting Our Girls: A Comic Relief Special (BBC3, 10pm) Documentary investigating female genital mutilation, which affects three million women around the world. Presented by Zawe Ashton.

Comic Relief: Operation Health (BBC1, 9pm) Charity special where Lenny Henry leads a group of celebrities on a mission to rebuild a decrepit rural health centre in Uganda.
Fighting the System (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary charting the lives of four extreme protestors.

Comic Relief 2015 (BBC1, 7pm) Red Nose Day's live spectacular telethon, featuring Mr Bean, the Vicar of Dibley, Ella Henderson, Peter Kay, Little Britain, Eddie Izzard, Sam Smith, and much more.

Afghanistan: A Service of Commemoration Highlights (BBC2, 6.30pm) Coverage of yesterday's ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral.
You're Back in the Room (ITV, 8.20pm) New gameshow where five strangers are hypnotised and have to complete challenges to win £25,000. Hosted by Philip Schofield. (1/4)

Great Canal Journeys (BBC4, 8pm) Series 2 of the show where acting married couple Timothy West and Prunella Scales travel the UK's canals, beginning with Oxford. (1/4)

For a look at what the rest of the year's going to bring,