WHAT TO WATCH: 5-11 March

This week’s best telly includes a host of great comedy and entertaiment shows including a celebration of one of television’s finest entertainers, Sir Bruce Forsyth.

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

1This Country

Monday 5th March from 10am on BBC Three

Hit BBC Three comedy This Country returned last week with Kerry carrying out random acts of kindness and this week, Kerry starts to receive some threatening letters.

Thankfully, Kerry’s neighbour, ‘Big’ Mandy Harris, is on hand to help and advise. Elsewhere, Kurtan takes a labouring job with Kerry’s father, Martin, and learns some invaluable life lessons.

Read my interview with Paul Chahidi who plays Rev. Francis Seaton here.


2. Action Team

Monday 5th March at 9pm on ITV2

He was responsible for bringing us one of the funniest television programmes in recent years, Murder In Successville and this week Tom Davis is back with a brand new show, this time on ITV2 alongside Vicky McClure, Laura Checkley, Kayode Ewumi and Jim Howick.

Action Team can best be described as a spoof comedy action thriller, which follows the exploits of a special branch of MI6. The team is made up of four secret agents; the heroic Logan Mann, mix martial arts and bomb expert Monica Lang, crack sniper Graham Hooper and Huxley, who’s just on work experience. They are overseen by the straight shooting head of operations Ruth Brooks and her assistant called Anne.

In the first of two opening episodes, a dead agent catapults Action Team into an Austrian adventure, as they try and protect an international charity conference from a deadly attack. But who can be trusted and what is the secret of ‘Abacus’?


3. The Great Celebrity Bake Off

Tuesday 6th March at 8pm on Channel 4

The Great British Bake Off tent is back in business this week as the series returns with five special episodes for Stand Up To Cancer.

As Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding return as hosts, as Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith set 15 exciting new baking challenges over five episodes which push the celebrities to their baking limits.

The celebs wanting to impress Paul and Prue in the first episode are Martin Kemp, Roisin County, Bill Turnbull and Harry Hill. But who will be awarded the coveted star baker apron?


4. Mum

Tuesday 6th March at 10pm on BBC Two

This week, as Mum continues on BBC Two, Cathy’s having a barbecue and Michael hasn’t replied to her email and she wants to know why.


5. Benidorm

Wednesday 7th March at 9pm on ITV

Benidorm returned last week with an audience of 4.6m, a cameo from Tony Hadley and a very memorable wedding speech from Mateo.

This week, following Monty and Joyce’s wedding, the party gets back after a messy night out with no sign of Kenneth. Jacqueline’s concern turns to joy when he turns up after ‘the night of his life’.

Elsewhere, Rob checks in with his much anticipated South American friend, Cyd and Joey is back with a new mate, Callum.


6. Not Going Out

Thursday 8th March at 9pm on BBC One

BBC One’s longest-running sitcom on air, Not Going Out returns this week for an incredible 9th series.

We rejoin Lee and Lucy in the anarchy of a packed family house with kids Charlie and twin siblings, Benji and Molly. Not to mention Lee’s lovably feckless father Frank, close friends, Toby and Anna and Lucy’s parents  least Lucy’s parents Geoffrey and Wendy.

In the opening episode, Home Improvements, Geoffrey reluctantly allows Lee to help Lucy clear up the builder’s mess in their new kitchen extension.


7. Sir Bruce: A Celebration

Sunday 11th March at _pm on BBC One

This Sunday, BBC One are paying tribute to the late Sir Bruce Forsyth with a very special show that was filmed at the London Palladium last month which I was lucky enough to be in the audience for.

Hosted by Tess Daly, the celebration sees a variety of famous faces and friends, including Shirley Bassey and the Strictly Come Dancing band and professionals, honour one of this country’s biggest and best-loved entertainers and broadcasters through music, dance and entertainment. The perfect tribute.

The celebration features some of Sir Bruce’s favourite songs, some dance performances, onstage tributes and fond memories of Sir Bruce from guests with whom he shared a special connection.


Keep up with all the latest upcoming TV dates here.