BBC highlights for the month of March include Beyond Paradise, Sanditon, Father Brown, Midsomer Murders, Richard Osman House of Games, Louis Theroux: Forbidden America, Wildlife Wednesdays, Supertato and My Pet & Me Teeny Tiny Creatures.
Saturdays at 8.30pm from March 4
Available on Foxtel On Demand and Binge
Starring: Kris Marshall & Sally Bretton
6 x 60′
This spin-off from the phenomenally popular Death in Paradise follows DI Humphrey Goodman and his fiancée, Martha, as they leave London to start a new life on the Devon coast.
Seeking a quieter life away from the stress of the city, Humphrey (Marshall) has taken a job as a Detective Inspector in fiancée Martha’s (Bretton) hometown. However, they soon find that country life is anything but peaceful and Humphrey can’t help but be distracted by the town’s surprisingly high crime rate with a new, and very different, case challenging him and the team each week. The not-so-sleepy town of Shipton Abbott will be rocked by an entire family disappearing without a trace, a woman claiming she was attacked by a suspect from the seventeenth century, the robbery of a highly prized painting, a body bizarrely discovered in a crop circle and a serial arsonist with a seeming distaste for local businesses. As Humphrey gets stuck into his new job, he and Martha must also navigate life’s ups and downs, as faces from the past, the decisions they make and the challenges of setting up life in a new town put their relationship to the ultimate test yet.
Cast includes Zahra Ahmadi, Dylan Llewellyn, Felicity Montagu amd Nina Singh.
Sanditon – Series 3
Wednesdays at 8.30pm from March 22
Starring: Rose Williams, Kris Marshall & Crystal Clarke
6 x 60′
The hugely popular period drama based on Jane Austen’s unfinished story returns. Can a now engaged Charlotte come to terms with her feelings for Colbourne?
When Charlotte returns to Sanditon with her fiancé in tow, she’s forced to confront her feelings for Colbourne. Can the two keep ignoring their mutual attraction? Meanwhile, Georgiana battles in court to protect her newfound inheritance and the public scrutiny sends her spiralling out of control. Lady Denham rediscovers an old flame from her youth and Edward insists that he’s a new and reformed man – but will Augusta Markham’s fortune be too irresistible a proposition? With a flurry of weddings and failed engagements, will the Sanditon residents find true love and happiness after all?
Cast includes Anne Reid, Kate Ashfield, Jack Fox, Lily Sacofsky and Rosie Graham.
Father Brown – Series 9 (M)
Mondays at 8.30pm from March 27
Starring: Mark Williams, Sorcah Cusack & Jack Deam
10 x 45′
The beautiful English countryside is the setting for more charming mysteries featuring the charismatic clergyman sleuth.
The year is 1953, and the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford is stirred by such dastardly deeds as murder at the local holiday camp and at Lady Felicia’s illustrious New Year Masked Ball. With a killer in his midst, could this be the last waltz for Father Brown? He also faces a race against time to unmask a mystery attacker before pernicious newcomer Lord Hawthorne has him hounded out of the parish… for good!
Midsomer Murders – Series 22
Saturdays at 8.30 March 25
Starring: Neil Dudgeon, Nick Hendrix & Sinead Matthews
4 x 100′
This series follows Barnaby and Winter as they investigate an urban myth becoming a murderous reality, a post-operative heart rehabilitation club whose members’ dreams of a second chance at life are cut short, a murder mystery weekend, a twisted scarecrow festival and an amateur dramatics company with deadly secrets.
Richard Osman House of Games – Series 2
Mondays at 6.30pm from March 20
25 x 30′
Our presenter really loves games, and now he’s putting all that knowledge to work in this brand new quiz where celebrities go head-to-head in a succession of entertaining rounds of knowledge-based games, all carefully curated by our quiz-crazed host.
Each episode, our four famous challengers compete in fast-paced rounds of general knowledge games, selected at random by the press of our presenter’s desk button.
The questions in each round reimagine familiar subjects in new ways, lacing the games with moments of strategy that our celebrities can use to gain an advantage over each other.
The same celebrities return each day over the week, building up points on the leaderboard as they vie to become the weekly winner.
At the end of each episode, the celebrities take on a quick fire round to decide the daily winner, cumulating with the week’s champion crowned at the end of the week.
Celebrities this series include Josh Widdicombe, Tom Allen, Rachel Riley, Miles Jupp, James Acaster, Rory Reid and Susie Dent.
Louis Theroux: Forbidden America (MA15+)
BBC Earth Premiere
Thursdays at 9.40pm from March 23
3 x 60′
Louis Theroux returns with a gripping series exploring three controversial corners of American entertainment, and meets those accused of dangerous, toxic, and criminal behaviour.
He meets the content creators of the far right and their leaders, who are breeding a fast-growing ‘dissident’ nationalist movement. He meets the rappers striving for glory, those who have risen fast and those who have fallen hard. And as the porn industry grapples with its own MeToo movement, he meets the accused and the accusers. Is justice being handed out fairly?
Wildlife Wednesdays (PG)
Wednesdays at 7.30pm from March 1
7 x 60′
Join BBC Earth each Wednesday during March as we showcase an award-winning strand of nature documentaries which bring stories of incredible animal and locations to your screens. These films feature great animal characters and often the filmmakers, vets and researches who have dedicated their lives to their care. Each story offers viewers a unique, engaging and very personal take on the natural world.
Fantastic Foxes: Their Secret World – In this unique series, Steve Backshall explores every aspect of fox life: an animal that’s a true natural history success.
Super Fast Falcon – Through these groundbreaking experiments and intimate views of the falcons in the wild, this film reveals the secrets behind these super-fast birds.
Humpback Whales a Detective Story – This film meets whale experts who explain why they think whales breach. Does a whale see us as friend or foe? Would a whale attack us? Or are they complex creatures, capable of thought? Are they more human-like than we ever imagined?
Nature’s Biggest Beasts – Nature’s biggest beasts must go to extraordinary lengths to thrive. These are their epic survival stories.
Owls – Behind the Magic – Through the eyes of two special barn owl chicks and with the help of world leading scientists, Natural World reveals the magic behind owls’ super powers.
Super Squirrels – It’s time to meet the animal family we should never underestimate – the super squirrels.
Weekdays at 7.50am from March 13
10 x 7′
Good battles against evil among the aisles of a local supermarket in this slapstick comedy animation series featuring the world’s greatest potato superhero.
The supermarket may be closed but everything is far from quiet in the aisles. Evil Pea has escaped her icy lair in the freezer and is determined to take over the store forever. Based on the bestselling books by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, this brand-new-action packed animation series follows the adventures of Supertato, the world’s greatest potato superhero, as he and his fruit and veg pals do everything they can to try and stop Evil Pea. Each episode brings new challenges and slapstick silliness – from riding an out-of-control toy dinosaur to building a baguette rocket to visit the stinky cheese mmon in the deli aisle, but will our superhero be able to protect his friends and return Evil Pea to the freezer where she belongs?
My Pet & Me Teeny Tiny Creatures – Series 3
Weekdays at 10:00am from March 6
15 x 15′
The show that puts insects and tiny creatures in the spotlight returns for a third series with even more fascinating specimens from the animal kingdom.
Animal expert Rory and his son uncover more creatures, while new friend Chantelle discovers how these mini-beasts play a vital role in the environment. Together, they showcase an array of creatures including mice, millipedes, seahorses and bats
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