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WHAT TO WATCH 11-17 March

This week's best telly includes the return of hit comedies Jerk and Ted Lasso, two new dramas A Town Called Malice and Extrapolations plus Fred Sirieix takes on the hardest challenge of his career for a new E4 series.

Here are 5 TV shows you can't miss this week...

1. Jerk

Tuesday 14th March at 10pm and 10.30pm on BBC Three

Tim Renkow is back in the third series of the hit BBC Three comedy Jerk, in which he plays Tim, a man who uses the fact that he has cerebral palsy to try and get away with anything.

Tim makes people feel uncomfortable. He knows that because he does it on purpose. But that’s his problem, time spent taking aim at small targets means he constantly misses out on life’s bigger prizes.

In this new series, Tim further bulldozes the sensitivities of modern life with a lead role in a movie, a stint as a drug mule, a job advising the government on disability and generally attacking anything that takes itself too seriously. Plus there's a touching love story as Tim falls for a disability activist with an agenda. Could wedding bells be ringing as Tim finally meets his match?

Starring alongside returning actors Tim Renkow, Sharon Rooney, Lorraine Bracco and Rob Madin will be Saida Ahmed and Mysie, who makes her acting debut and guest stars James Norton, Lee Ridley, Sally Phillips, Lydia Fleming, Oliver Maltman and Gary Beadle.

1-2/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

2. Fred's Last Resort

Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th March at 9pm on E4

In this brand new series for E4, Fred Sirieix is determined to find out if 12 eager young Brits have what it takes to make it in the rarefied world of high-end hospitality. He'll be plunging his novice Gen Z hopefuls in at the deep end as they're tasked with running the five-star Hôtel Les Roches Blanches in the spectacular south of France.

Across a stressful summer season, Fred's contenders compete in a variety of demanding challenges, exposing them to all that the land of lavish luxury has to offer, as well as the exacting standards expected of those serving the super-rich.

At the end of it all, one will win a life-changing job for an international hotel group, as well as a handsome cash prize to boot. But they'll have to impress Fred, first. Anything less than five-star service, and they'll be on the first plane home.

The competition begins as the excitable youngsters arrive at Les Roches Blanches with sun, sea and... more on their minds. But before they've had a chance to unpack their suitcases, Fred immediately sends the recruits off on a whistle-stop tour of the resort to introduce them to the mountain of jobs they'll be undertaking over the summer.

After serving a gourmet meal to 30 VIPs, Fred's fledglings must throw an opulent birthday party, sourcing the food and drinks themselves in the local town. Twelve young Brits sampling luxury beverages in the sun on the French Riviera, what could possibly go wrong?

1-2/8 Continues weekly

3. Ted Lasso

Wednesday 15th March on Apple TV+

As Ted Lasso returns for its third (and potentially, final) season, the newly-promoted AFC Richmond faces ridicule as media predictions widely peg them as last in the Premier League.

In the wake of "wonder kid" Nate's contentious departure to work for Rupert at West Ham United, Roy Kent steps up as assistant coach, alongside Beard.

Meanwhile, while Ted deals with pressures at work as he continues to wrestle with his own personal issues back home, Rebecca is focused on defeating Rupert and Keeley navigates being the boss of her own PR agency.

Things seem to be falling apart both on and off the pitch, but Team Lasso is set to give it their best shot anyway.

1/12 Continues weekly

4. A Town Called Malice

Thursday 16th March at 9pm on Sky Max

Sky Max's new crime thriller/family saga, A Town Called Malice, is set in the early '80s and follows the Lords, a family of South London gangsters who’ve fallen to the bottom of the criminal food chain, and they're not happy about it.

When they flee to the Costa del Sol in Spain following a gangland battle, the Lords realise this is a golden opportunity to re-invent themselves and re-capture their former glory. However, they spend as much time battling each other as they do their opponents.

The Lord family is headed up by Jason Flemyng as Albert Lord, Jack Rowan as Gene Lord, Tahirah Sharif as Cindy Carter, Gene’s girlfriend, and Martha Plimpton as Mint Ma, who will be joined by wider family members Dougray Scott as Uncle Tony, Lex Shrapnel as Leonard Lord, Daniel Sharman as Kelly Lord, George Jaques as Anthony Lord and Eliza Butterworth as Carly Lord.

1-8/8 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch

5. Extrapolations

Friday 17th March on Apple TV+

Apple TV+'s new anthology drama Extrapolations features 8 interwoven stories about love, work, faith and family from across the globe, which explore the intimate, life-altering choices that must be made when the planet is changing faster than the population.

Every story is different, but the fight for our future is universal. And when the fate of humanity is up against a ticking clock, the battle between courage and complacency has never been more urgent. Are we brave enough to become the solution to our own undoing before it’s too late?

From writer, director and executive producer Scott Z. Burns, Extrapolations is a bracing drama that introduces a near future where the chaotic effects of climate change have become embedded into our everyday lives.

It stars Meryl Streep, Sienna Miller, Kit Harington, Daveed Diggs, Edward Norton, Diane Lane, Yara Shahidi, Matthew Rhys, Gemma Chan, David Schwimmer, Keri Russell, Adarsh Gourav, Indira Varma, Marion Cotillard, Forest Whitaker and more.

1-3/8 Continues weekly


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