Silent Witness (BBC 1 / 9 PM / Monday +Tuesday)
Silent Witness, now in its 18th series, has been a big part of BBC drama ever since in came onto our screens in 1996. It’s 19 years old, had gone through many cast changes, but is still better than ever with the latest two-part episode promising to be an explosive finale. This episode, called ‘One of Our Own’, is about an Essex police officer who is murdered and the team are placed under enormous pressure to find the killer in what the BBC say is “a hugely emotive and political case”.
Broadchurch (ITV 1 / 9 PM / Monday)
If forensic pathology isn’t your cup of tea, you can watch the critically-acclaimed gritty crime drama set in Dorset. Although the second series has been criticised for many reasons, such as unrealistic court procedure and bad accents, it has still been successful in the ratings and serves as a worthy sequel to the first series. While you should probably watch the previous episodes before you watch this one, I’m sure it’ll be worth your time.
Wolf Hall (BBC 2 / 9 PM / Wednesday)
Wolf Hall, based on the novels by Hilary Mantel, is another critically-acclaimed drama series set in the court of Henry VIII. Set during the time of the King’s second marriage to Anne Boleyn, the central character is Thomas Cromwell and his rise to power. Even i you’re nor interested in the historical aspect, it’s still a great drama series.
Six Nations Rugby: England vs Wales (BBC 1 / 7.30 PM / Friday) , Ireland vs Italy (BBC 1 / 2 PM / Saturday), France vs Scotland (BBC 1 / 4.30 PM / Saturday)
The first Six Nations match of the year is the one most of likely to fire up passion on both sides of the border. It will also set the stage for exciting matches between Ireland and Italy and France and Scotland on Saturday. Six Nations Rugby is always great fun to watch and it should be no different this time.
The Voice (BBC 1 / 7.15 PM / Saturday)
It may be yet another singing contest, but it’s certainly better than The X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent. The coaches are nicer, the acts are generally better and it does have a unique element instead of just being generic. It isn’t the most intellectual of shows, but it’s a decent piece of Saturday night entertainment and much better than the much-criticised revival of Stars in Their Eyes.
Moonraker (ITV 1 / 4.15 PM / Sunday)
Starring Roger Moore as James Bond, this classic Bond film from 1979 is outlandish and camp, and that’s what makes it so great. These days, it seems that all action movies, spy ones especially, are dark and gritty; they take themselves too seriously. Once in a while, it’s nice to have a more light-heartened with a good balance of action and humour and that’s what Moonraker, and all the Roger Moore Bond films, provide.
Top Gear (BBC 1 / 8 PM / Sunday)
I’m sure everyone knows what Top Gear is about. It’s a truly great show that consistently gets millions of viewers and has done from 38 years. IT has been running continuously since 1977, with a short break in 2001 when it was briefly cancelled before being re-launched in 2002 with the format we all know and love.