WHAT TO WATCH: 12-18 March

This week’s best telly includes a live special from Ricky Gervais, more celebs in the Bake Off tent and a celebration of Victoria Wood’s dinnerladies.

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

1This Country

Monday 12th March from 10am on BBC Three

2017’s breakout comedy hit This Country continues this week and after last week’s episode saw Kerry receive some threatening letters, this week she’s helping the vicar run the local football practice and ends up requiring medical attention.

As for Kurtan, it’s the first Saturday of the month, and he wishes to make a pilgrimage to Swindon in order to buy the new clothes of the season. But his plans are disrupted by engineering works on the bus route and a lack of alternative transport options.

Read my interview with Paul Chahidi who plays the Vicar here.


2. Ricky Gervais: Humanity

Tuesday 13th March on Netflix

Ricky Gervais returns this week with a brand new stand-up show, Humanity.

His first special seven years sees him sling his trademark snark at celebrity, mortality and a society that takes everything personally.


3. The Great Celebrity Bake Off

Tuesday 13th March at 8pm on Channel 4

Last week Channel 4 returned to the Bake Off tent for a very good cause as it launched The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer.

Hoping to follow in Harry Hill’s footsteps this week and be crowned Star Baker are Diversity’s Perri Kiely, Loose Women’s Stacey Solomon, Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson and Countdown’s Nick Hewer.

There’s fierce competition amongst the celebrity bakers in their quest to impress the judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith as they tackle scones, a devilish technical and of course the showstopper challenge which this week is self-portrait croquembouches.


4. Mum

Tuesday 13th March at 10pm on BBC Two

This week, Mum continues on BBC Two with a rather emotional episode that will leave you reaching for the tissues.

Michael’s had a terrible night and has something he wants to tell Cathy. Elsewhere, Kelly and Jason are up early and going on holiday.

Read my interview with Lesley Manville and Lisa McGrillis here.


5. dinnerladies diaries

Wednesday 14th March at 8pm on Gold

This week Gold are telling the story of Victoria Wood’s first sitcom dinnerladies in dinnerladies diaries, a three-part series which features never before seen footage, archive interviews with Victoria Wood and contributions from co-stars and fans alike, such as Julie Walters, Maxine Peake, Duncan Preston, Jim Moir and Jo Brand.

As an extra special treat, four of the original cast members, Andrew Dunn, Shobna Gulati, Anne Reid and Thelma Barlow meet up to discuss making dinnerladies and in the opening episode, Victoria Wood describes why she wanted to have a go at making a sitcom, how she came up with the idea of dinnerladies, and how she came to use a mixture of long-time collaborators coupled with some new actors to create the perfect cast.


6. Benidorm

Wednesday 14th March at 9pm on ITV

As Benidorm continues this week, Monty plans a magical night at Neptunes.

Having been appointed by Joyce as the new Solana Entertainments Manager, his first task is to find that evening’s entertainment. And who better to ask to perform than The Great Crostini and Co, played by TV legends Paul and Barry Elliot aka the Chuckle Brothers! What could possibly go wrong?!

Read my interview with Paul & Barry Chuckle here.


7. The Durrells

Sunday 18th March at 8pm on ITV

This week, The Durrells returns for a third series. The perfect series for a Sunday evening.

In the opening episode, Larry is furious over the reception of his last novel and Margo is bored out of her mind so has taken up soap sculpting as a hobby, whilst Gerry is trying his best to keep his animal family growing despite his mother’s best efforts.

However, it’s Leslie who Louisa is desperately worried about when she discovers that he is seeing three different girls… at the same time.


Keep up with all the latest upcoming TV dates here.