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WHAT TO WATCH 13-19 March

This week's best telly includes the return of three hit shows, two very personal documentaries and two brilliant new dramas.


Here are 7 TV shows you can't miss this week...


1. Top Gear

Sunday 14th March at 8pm on BBC One


When Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris joined forces in 2019, Top Gear's ratings shot up before moving to BBC One in 2020 - all for good reason. Their brilliant chemistry on-screen breathed new life into the format making it must-watch television once again.


Now as Top Gear returns for its 30th series, the first episode sees Freddie, Chris and Paddy head to the Lake District for an emotional reunion with their own dads' old cars. And Chris heads out on the track to test Lamborghini's most powerful car ever, the hybrid Sian.


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2. Grace

Sunday 14th March at 8pm on ITV


Fans of Peter James' novels will already be familiar with Brighton based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a hard-working police officer who has given his life to the job. Now for the first time, Endeavour creator Russell Lewis has adapted his debut novel Dead Simple, for ITV with John Simm taking the lead role of the tenacious detective in Grace.


The first two-hour-long drama opens with Grace’s career at rock bottom. He’s fixated by the disappearance of his beloved wife, Sandy, which haunts his thoughts. He’s in the last chance saloon running enquiries into long forgotten cold cases with little prospect of success.


Following another reprimand for his unorthodox police methods, Grace is walking a career tightrope and risks being moved from the job he loves most. With so much at stake, his colleague Detective Sergeant Glenn Branson, played by Richie Campbell, knows he has more to give and asks him for help with a case.


When a stag night prank appears to go wrong and the groom goes missing, Branson calls upon Grace to unravel events that led to the mysterious disappearance three days before his wedding to his beautiful fiancé. A successful property developer with everything to live for, there is no trace of the missing groom.


Is this a case of stag night shenanigans gone badly awry? Or is this something more sinister? With nothing but instinct, a lingering suspicion and his obsessive nature, Grace doggedly pursues the groom’s disappearance and becomes uneasily close to the bride to be….


1/2 Continues later on in the year



3. Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency

Tuesday 16th March at 9pm on BBC One


In August last year, Roman Kemp’s life changed dramatically with the sudden and unexpected death of his best friend, radio producer Joe Lyons and in this candid, personal documentary, Roman takes a closer look at the urgent issue of young men’s mental health.


In this candid and personal exploration of mental health and suicide in young men, Roman explores why increasing numbers are taking their own lives and the reasons why so many of them never ask for help.


Wanting to find some answers in a difficult time, Roman explores what can be done to encourage people to seek help, what preventative action we need to be taking and the lasting impact mental health and suicide can have on friends and families.


This is a film about Roman’s generation, young men and boys as they become adults, and how he himself could help add to a dialogue that might help those who are struggling in silence.


1/1 Available on iPlayer from 6am



4. The Circle

Tuesday 16th March at 9.15pm on Channel 4


Fresh off the back of Monday's final of The Celebrity Circle, comes the third series of The Circle as nine new players enter television's most famous block of flats for a chance to win £100k!


It's the unpredictable game of popularity where not everyone is who they seem, and the players have no idea who is real and who is a catfish. The players will be living just metres apart, but they can't see or hear each other, instead they communicate via a voice-activated platform called The Circle.


As the new series begins, one player won't be staying for long... or will they? Get ready for a huge twist, delivered by host Emma Willis.


Meet the first nine players here.


1/21 Continues nightly at 10pm



5. Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death

Wednesday 17th March at 9pm on Channel 4


In February 2020, at the height of her fame, TV presenter Caroline Flack took her own life. In this powerful film, Caroline's mum Christine, her twin sister Jody and many of her closest friends and colleagues pay tribute to one of Britain's biggest TV stars, telling the story of her life in order to try to understand what led to her death.


Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death combines never-before-seen footage, childhood home videos and intimate testimonies from her family and friends, as they try to come to terms with their loss.


The film reveals the complex woman behind the public persona, the pressures that fame, mental health issues, press and social media had on Caroline throughout her life and explores the circumstances that led to her death. But it's Caroline's experience of heartbreak throughout her life that is the most revealing.


The film also charts Caroline's rise to fame, from stage school to presenter of some of Britain's biggest TV shows as Olly Murs and Dermot O'Leary speak candidly about the pressures Caroline faced during her time on The X Factor.


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6. Taskmaster

Thursday 18th March at 9pm on Channel 4


Taskmaster returns this week for its 11th regular series (second on Channel 4), as Greg Davies and Alex Horne return, complete with thrones, ridiculous tasks and five new contestants; Charlotte Ritchie, Jamali Maddix, Mike Wozniak, Sarah Kendall and Lee Mack!


As ever, Greg's personal beard-trimmer Alex Horne diligently takes notes, records times and offers very little assistance to the five competitors, as they attempt tasks involving the perils of airport security, fashion for insects and the creative application of cling film and gaffer tape.


In this first episode, we meet our merry band of comics and Alex records the key details as pests are controlled and plates are delivered.


1/10 Continues weekly



7. The Flight Attendant

Friday 19th March at 9pm on Sky One


Kaley Cuoco stars in The Flight Attendant, an addictive new dark comedy thriller based on the book by Chris Bohjalian, about how an entire life can change in one night!


Cuoco plays Cassie Bowden, a New York-based, globe-trotting flight attendant with a devil may-care attitude and a history of binge drinking, who relishes flying off at a moment’s notice to her next great adventure.


But Cassie’s glamorous world is thrown into a tailspin when she wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man - and no idea what happened. Haunted by the bleak future she faces if she doesn’t clear her name, Cassie scrambles to put together the pieces of a night in Bangkok gone terribly wrong, leading her down a twisted path filled with unsettling discoveries.


1/8 All episodes available at launch


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