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The TV is calling you: 10 shows to watch this week

OK, so we get it: that garden needs weeding, but you can’t scrabble about in the dirt forever. Give yourself a break and instead watch the best TV this week has to offer.

The Syndicate (BBC One) – Tues 30 March

Kay Mellor’s lottery-based drama returns for a new series (No.4 if you’re counting) and this time it’s a brand new group of winners who have their own issues (financial and otherwise) to deal with that all twist around a win of £500 – or should that be £27m? Make a brew and settle down with this one.

Remarkable Places to Eat (BBC Two) – Tues 30 March

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain is the very first guest in series three of this charming programme that sees famous chefs and cooks take Fred Sirieix (he of First Dates fame) to the places they most like to eat. Nadiya ships Fred up to Yorkshire and introduces him to various gastronomic delights including fruit cake with cheddar. (Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.)

Dragons’ Den (BBC One) – Thurs 1 April

It’s back, unbelievably, for its 18th series. Are you not yet wholly bored of the format and premise, then tune in to see Peter Jones (still going… ), Deborah Meaden (also still going…. ), Touker Suleymen, Tej Lalvani and Sara Davies hear the elevator pitches of various business ideas dreamt up in lockdown.

Pandemic 2020 (BBC Two) – Thurs 1 April

As we’re just starting to see chinks of light appear in the Covid blackout, this might be a series you can now stomach. It’s a three-part documentary that follows the action (and panic) as a little known but rather persistent respiratory virus starts to cross borders out of China early 2020. As current figures show that Covid has caused an estimated 2.8m deaths worldwide so far, this is fascinating and terrifying in equal measure.

Gardeners’ World Easter Special (BBC Two) – Fri 2 April

Gardeners' World

PUT DOWN THE SECATEURS. I REPEAT: PUT DOWN THE SECATEURS. Phew. Now listen up: Monty Don is here to make sure you don’t royally mess up with your bank holiday by inflicting some barbaric pruning on your roses or whatever else you intended to do with your patch of earth this weekend. Watch this first and take (better-informed) action later. You’re welcome.

Fleetwood Mac’s Songbird: Christine McVie (BBC Four) – Fri 2 April

Christine McVie

Arguably the shyest and least showy member of the British/American hit machine of the 1970s and 1980s, Christine McVie hasn’t done much press and has been rarely seen on the more recent Mac tours, mostly because she has a deep set fear of flying. So good to hear her side of the crazy, drug-addled, affair-ridden story, don’t you think?

My Years With the Queen (ITV)  – Thurs 1 April

My years with the queen

Insight into royal life and protocol could not be more hot right now (thank you Meghan), so this hour long interview with Lady Pamela Hicks (one of the Queen’s bridesmaids and latterly a good friend) should shine some light on the life of the nation’s favourite great granny. She’s a good egg, no?

Worn Stories (Netflix) – Thursday 1 April

This sounds fun. Jenji Kohan, creator of Orange is the New Black, is behind this docuseries which adapts a book of the same name by Emily Sprivack. The premise is simple: everyday people unravel the stories about their most meaningful items of clothing. I’m betting on interesting tales entwined with tear-jerking moments.

Run (Netflix) – Fri 2 April

Love horror films? Love Sarah Paulson? Well you’re in luck, friends, as she stars in this full-length feature that is finally streaming in the UK and guaranteed to have you eyeing up your family members in shifty ways for the foreseeable. The story is as follows: Kiera Allen stars as Chloe, a girl who has been isolated for most of her childhood due to medical issues. But now she’s a teenager, she’s starting to reevaluate the past actions of her mother (Paulson) and something doesn’t quite add up…

Romeo and Juliet (Sky Arts) – Sun 4 April

Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles in The Crown)  and Jessie Buckley (Rose-Lynn Harlan in Wild Rose) are taking up the lead roles here in this gorgeous, intimate production of the doomed tale of starcrossed lovers, filmed in the National during lockdown with zero audience, but intended instead to be streamed into people’s homes. Dim the lights, get someone to supply you with ice cream at the interval, and pretend you’re there.

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