WHAT TO WATCH: 19-25 February

This week on telly, Anna Friel returns in Marcella, ITV celebrate 10 years of Benidorm, Lesley Manville returns in Mum, Christine Lampard hosts Celebrity Haunted Mansion, E4 launch The Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon, Ant & Dec return with brand new Saturday Night Takeaway and BBC One show the latest instalment in the Strike series.

Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week…


Monday 19th February at 9pm on ITV

On Monday night, Anna Friel returns to ITV in the second series of Marcella, written by Hans Rosenfeldt, creator of The Bridge.

Series 2 takes place five months after the events of Series 1 and DS Marcella Backland is called to a house where a workman has drilled through a wall and discovered an ear.

When the wall is taken down, Marcella is horrified to discover that the ear belonged to Leo Priestley, a 7-year old boy who’s been missing for four years and who knew her son. Leo was meant to walk home with Edward, Marcella’s son on the day he went missing.


2. Benidorm: 10 Years on Holiday

Tuesday 20th February at 9pm on ITV

As fans of Benidorm prepare for the launch of Series 10 next Wednesday, Tuesday night sees ITV take a trip down memory lane as they celebrate 10 years of the popular sitcom.

The series began in 2007 as 30-minute episodes and soon became the hour-long episode series we know it to be today. In this one-off look back at the last 10 years, writer and creator Derren Litten guides viewers around Benidorm on a mobility scooter (of course) revealing how the show was created whilst visiting the show’s many real life locations.

There’s insight from many members of the cast of Benidorm as well as bloopers and exclusive behind the scenes footage of the upcoming series. And finally there’s somewhat of a Garvey family reunion as Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran, Sheila Reid, Ollie Stokes and Hannah Hobley all return to reminisce about their time on the show.


3. Mum

Tuesday 20th February at 10pm on BBC Two

Tuesday night sees the return of Lesley Manville as Cathy in Stefan Golaszewski’s hit BBC Two sitcom Mum.

Once again we follow another year of Cathy’s in Series 2 as she moves closer and closer to Michael. In the opening episode, it’s her 60th birthday and the family are going for lunch.

Read my interview with Lesley Manville and Lisa McGrillis here.


4. Celebrity Haunted Mansion

Wednesday 21st – Sunday 25th February at 9pm on W

This week Celebrity Haunted Mansion sees 10 celebrities take part in what promises to be one hell of a spooktacular, all under the watchful eye of hosts Christine Lampard and Matt Richardson.

For five nights, two paranormal experts, Jack Osbourne and Jason Hawes, will each lead a team of five celebrities as they face a variety of challenges in a truly terrifying haunted gothic mansion. The location of which is (for now) being kept under wraps.

Each night, there will be a live ghost hunt, where two of the celebrities will leave the show. Only one celebrity can survive until the final night and become the champion celebrity ghost hunter.

The 10 celebrities confirmed to be taking part are Alison Hammond, Anthony Ogogo, Jay Hutton, Jorgie Porter, Katie Price, Lydia Bright, Luisa Zissman, Mark-Francis Vandelli, Simon Gregson and Simon Webbe.

Companion show High Spirits, hosted by Matt Richardson, will air every evening at 7pm and you can read my interview with Matt here.


5. Young Sheldon

Thursday 22nd February at 8:30pm on E4

It was the biggest comedy launch in the US since 2011 and this week The Big Bang Theory spin-off/prequel Young Sheldon launches on E4.

The series follows nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper, played by Iain Armitage, as he grows up in East Texas and embarks upon his awkward and hopeful journey towards the man he will become. Possessing a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are kings.

While the vulnerable, gifted and naive Sheldon deals with the world, his family, made up of his father George, his mother Mary, his older brother Georgie and Sheldon’s twin sister Missy, must find a way to deal with him. The series is narrated by Jim Parsons, who plays the adult Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory.


6. Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Saturday 24th February at 7pm on ITV

This week Ant & Dec are back along with Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern for a brand new series of Saturday Night Takeaway and this series they’ll celebrate their 100th episode.

There’ll be more I’m A Celebrity….Get Out Of Me Ear, more Guest Announcers starting with Olly Murs, more In For a Penny with Stephen Mulhern and Amanda Holden falls victim of the first Undercover of the series, as Ant and Dec wreak havoc during a shopping segment on QVC, in their most nerve wracking hidden camera prank in the show’s history.

The sequel to The Missing Crown Jewels will see the geordie duo play members of secret service The Honoured. But when members of the organisation start to go missing, can Ant & Dec reveal the identity of the Big Baddie at the centre of the whodunit?

Taking part in the first End of the Show Show will be Kylie Minogue who’ll be performing her brand new single as well as some of her more well-known hits and Rita Ora, Paloma Faith and George Ezra have all been confirmed for future End of the Show Shows.


7. Strike: Career of Evil

Sunday 25th February at 9pm on BBC One

This week sees the return to BBC One of the third instalment in the Strike series, Career of Evilbased of course on the novels of Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling).

Arriving to the office in a rush to accept a package, Robin is horrified when she opens it and discovers a severed leg inside. As Strike begins to pull together a list of potential suspects from his past, one of the names, Jeff Whittaker, relates directly to Strike’s dead mother Leda. Robin begins to research all three suspects as he brings in Shanker to help him.

Robin and her fiancé Matthew descend into rows over her close working relationship with Strike. Adding pressure to the relationship, the investigation takes Robin away to Barrow-in-Furness with Strike overnight.


Keep up with all the latest upcoming TV dates here.