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American Horror Story
Pilot episode of the spooky series sure to keep you awake at night. It centres on the Harmon family, who move from Boston to Los Angeles in the wake of a serious family trauma. However, their new home contains some unwelcome occupants…
First in a suspenseful new NBC series finds Elizabeth Keen having a strange first day at her new work as an FBI profiler. Turns out the country’s most-wanted man has turned himself in – and he’s refusing to deal with anyone but her.
A woman is found dead in the opening episode of this Danish/Swedish crime series. However, what looks like one murder is in fact a double killing – the bodies have been cut in two and joined at the waist…
In this first episode of the Batman backstory series, Thomas and Martha Wayne are mugged and shot by a master criminal. Investigating is rookie detective James Gordon and his partner Bullock, who meet the young Bruce Wayne and his butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
House of Cards
The opening episode of this political thriller finds Seven director David Fincher taking the reins as Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) discovers he has been overlooked for the post of Secretary of State – and vows revenge.
A family holiday turns into every parent’s nightmare when a couple’s five-year-old son vanishes from a large crowd in Northern France. Years later, Tony (James Nesbitt), cannot move on, and is still doggedly searching for his missing son.
Michael is imprisoned in Fox River State Penitentiary as part of an elaborate plan to break out his brother, Lincoln. When the two reunite, Michael reveals that his mysterious body tattoo is in fact a blueprint of the prison.
In this opening episode, ambitious Viking Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) thinks he has finally found a way to sail ships to the west. However his beliefs are seen as insane so he must make a decision – should he choose to go against the law?
In the opening episode of the eccentric hip hop comedy, Earn (creator Donald Glover) is caught up in a dispute between his rapper cousin, Paper Boi, and a man who breaks the wing mirror off his car.
Suburban couple Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) consider the state of their marriage after a drama-filled party. With Sharon Horgan on scripting duties, you can be sure this will be very, very funny indeed.
The Good Place
Welcomed into ‘the good place’, the recently deceased Eleanor (Kristen Bell) realises they’ve mixed her up with another, much more altruistic Eleanor. Thing is she really enjoys life – well, death – In ‘the good place' and wants to stay…
The Big Bang Theory
It’s all about the mums and dads in this final episode of the season, as plans for Leonard and Penny’s ‘second’ wedding move ahead and the in-laws begin to squabble among themselves. Meanwhile, Howard has an attack of paranoia.
Bow deals with feelings about her bi-racial identity when Junior brings home a white girlfriend. Meanwhile, Dre counts on Charlie to teach him how to relate to a white, female, point-person for a project at work.
‘Hostage Situation’ is an episode from season three of the cop-based comedy. Wanting kids, detective Boyle has to rescue his sperm, but ex-wife Eleanor is holding the samples hostage until the detectives can get her out of a lawsuit.
In ‘Hot Pocket Dial’ Quagmire accidentally tells Ida he’s in love with Lois (how? the clue is in the show’s title). Peter becomes furious with Quagmire over this, which results in Lois attempting to resolve the situation.
Fleabag, (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) recounts her day, beginning with a highly unsatisfactory one-night stand followed by arguing with her sister and ending with another unsatisfactory one-night stand. Can you see a theme developing?
Friday Night Dinner
In this opener to season four of the excruciatingly funny British sitcom, Dad accidentally invites someone he used to hate round for dinner: an annoying man who talks with his eyes closed. How will Dad get rid of him?
House of Lies
In this opening episode of season five, ‘Creative Destruction Phenomenon’, Marty, Doug, and Clyde consult for their old pal Jeannie, who along with Marty has parenting issues. Meantime, Doug and Clyde fight for Jeannie's former office.
Everyone’s having a tough day, including Mike, whose football is ruined by a power outage. When he decides to teach Brick how to play poker, they’re joined by Sue, Axl and Frankie as they return from their own awful days.
In this first episode, January, it’s the funeral of Cathy’s (Lesley Manville) husband. Keeping her company are her best pal Michael (Peter Mullan), son Jason and his girlfriend Kelly, her brother Derek and his new partner Pauline, and her in-laws.
People of Earth
In this first episode of the debut season, reporter Ozzie (Wyatt Cenac) travels to do a story on StarCrossed, a support group for experiencers of alien abduction. Sceptical at first, Ozzie soon begins uncovering repressed memories of his own abduction.
2 Broke Girls
Max and Caroline learn Han is in trouble with a gang and can't pay gambling debts. Wanting to help and sensing an opportunity, the girls decide to pay off Han's $30,000 debt in exchange for part ownership of the diner.
In this opening episode we meet Neil Gamby (Danny McBride), who despite being bad-tempered and unpopular is determined to de-throne the new principal at school and take her place.
Before the Flood
Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio sees for himself the effects of climate change in this eye-opening feature-length documentary. Dismayed to encounter lobbyists who refuse to acknowledge the problem, he takes his findings to President Barack Obama.
The First Monday in May
From acclaimed documentary-maker Andrew Rossi comes this behind-the-scenes look at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Preparations are in full swing for the 2015 exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass – the most popular fashion exhibit in the Met’s history.
At 34, US football hero Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS and given two to five years to live. As this acclaimed documentary shows, he decides to do just that – live – while also making a heartbreaking final video diary for his wife and infant son.
Abz on the Farm
Abz and Vicky start hunting for smallholdings and fall in love with a remote farm that needs renovating. Typically undaunted by the scale and cost of the work, they take their first steps by purchasing livestock at auction.
Channel Four special in which composer, musician and recovering alcoholic James McConnel invites ten classical musicians whose lives have been blighted by addiction to compose and perform a spectacular one-off piece with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Documentary inviting us into the lives of Hollywood legends Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, the irrepressible mother and daughter who both died at the end of last year, but were best friends and neighbours in life.
In this episode of the fishing-vessel reality show, ‘Into The Gale’, the arrival of Winter crab season also heralds the year's biggest storm. Now, every captain must choose whether to play safe or risk heading out into the storm.
Don't Look Down
This documentary presents the story of Sir Richard Branson’s crossings of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by hot air balloon – death-defying adventures that helped put the Virgin brand on the map. From near disaster to record-breaking feats making headline news.
Facing: Pablo Escobar
The true story of drugs baron Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, who built his cocaine empire on bribes, bodies and trust, is told through rarely seen archival footage, classic photos and cutting-edge visuals.
Tech journalist Ashlee Vance travels to the United Kingdom to meet the eggheads helping to shape the country’s technological future. Once a computing pioneer, England has struggled to remain relevant in tech. Now, a revival appears to be on the way.
How to Find Love Online
Singleton Dr Xand van Tulleken lets mathematician Dr Hannah Fry use him as a guinea pig to test whether the algorithms that dating sites use to match people actually work. In other words: can we use maths to makes us more attractive online?
Ice Road Truckers
While hauling construction supplies to Pikangikum, Darrell learns that a stretch of the route has been closed and pulls. Meanwhile Art pushes on into the night, while Lisa hurries from Garden Hill toward Winnipeg with a loader.
Ice Station Antarctica
BBC weatherman Peter Gibbs makes a return to the place he once called home, the Halley Research Station – only to find that it’s in need of rescue. The ice shelf on which it stands has developed a chasm that could cast Halley adrift on a massive iceberg…
The Kennedy Files
The Kennedy’s willingness to risk everything has led the family to the heights of the American dream. Yet what goes up must come down. Is it a curse? Or does that very risk-taking also steer the family toward danger?
Award-winning documentary telling the uplifting story of Owen Suskind, who at three years old developed autism and stopped speaking – then found his voice via the dialogue in Disney movies. However, new challenges soon present themselves…
In 2033, the first human mission to Mars enters its atmosphere, while in the real world, SpaceX is attempting to land the world’s first reusable rocket. Interviews with real-life experts put fictional and factual efforts into fascinating context.
In this episode of the show that takes a look at infamous murder cases, we delve into the story of Edith Thompson, Frederick Bywaters, and a 1922 crime of passion that shocked society and fascinated none other than Alfred Hitchcock.
National Enquirer Investigates
From the home of celebrity scandal, The National Enquirer magazine, comes this documentary revealing new evidence that could show Marilyn Monroe’s death was the result of a murder plot, as well as proposing possible culprits.
New York: America's Busiest City
What keeps the Big Apple fully fuelled? In this episode, Anita, Ade and Ant trace New York’s food to its source. Ade discovers the state produces an astonishing 600,000 tonnes of apples annually, more than 2.5 times Britain’s entire production.
Planet Earth ll
Jaw-dropping wildlife photography and Sir David Attenborough’s authoritative narration feature in this episode showing how animals have adapted to overcome the challenges of living on isolated islands. An astounding centrepiece shows two snakes ruthlessly hunting down a lizard.
Reggie Yates: Touchdown USA
Wanting a closer look at the famed NFL, the irrepressible TV presenter Reggie travels to the States to meet the Green Bay Packers, visit a cheese factory and hang with the superfans – the most hardcore supporters in the world.
The Secret Life of Brothers and Sisters
Follow-up to The Secret Life Of Four-Year-Olds sees Tia, Tyler, Theo, Lola and Taylor return, alongside great friends Alfie and Emily. How do they each respond to meeting up with their old friends when they have their younger siblings in tow?
Feature-length documentary following Serena Williams throughout her 2015-2016 season, focusing not just on her immeasurable playing talent, but the relationship with her father and sister, and the almost constant media criticism.
Set to music from Damon Albarn, and sure to give you goosebumps, this remarkable BBC documentary profiles the modern day endurance-swimming community and the unlikeliest of athletes who risk it all on punishing cross-channel swims. Brr!
The Tube: Going Underground
Documentary series filmed over the course of a year going behind the scenes on the London transport network as it undergoes a £10bn modernisation programme to cope with record demand.
After lightning strikes the antenna of her father Frank’s old ham radio, cop Raimy begins to communicate with a man, who she realises is Frank nearly 20 years earlier. Not only that, but he wants her to investigate one of his old crimes.
Taut drama series in which French sleuth Julien Baptise investigates when a missing girl reappears after years presumed dead. However, his investigation reveals painful truths for her parents, as well as forcing him to confront the ghosts of his own past.
The Young Pope
After being appointed Pope, Lenny Belardo (Jude Law) must first get to grips with the ins and outs of Vatican City. With that done, the new Pope shocks the high-ups with a series of new broom policies that threaten the status quo.
In season three it’s three years later and Noah (Dominic West) is now a professor at a university. His father has just died and he is coming to terms with what has happened to him through a series of flashbacks.
Pity poor ‘J’. In this opening episode of the new drama series he loses his mother to an overdose, and so goes to live with his grandmother, Smurf. At first he admires his new family’s freewheeling ways. But then things take a darker turn…
Convinced to appear on a talk show, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) ends up facing off with an old adversary, which puts his company and reputation in jeopardy. Meanwhile, a reformed Ricky gets bad news in advance of his 30th birthday party.
Trial consultant Jason Bull is hired to take on the case of a murder involving the son of a wealthy man. Though Bull can prove the boy is innocent of the killing, he believes the kid is hiding something else. But what?
Back after over a decade away we find Adam (James Nesbitt) being a single father to his child with Rachel – and making a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, Karen and David struggle with separation…
The Girlfriend Experience
First episode of a new drama show executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh. When a friend reveals she has been working as an escort, she encourages Christine (Riley Keough) to tag along and introduces her to a friend of one of her clients…
Pilot episode of the Lethal Weapon reboot, in which we meet a slightly unhinged former Navy SEAL, Riggs, who lands a job as a cop in LA and is partnered with a veteran detective trying to maintain low stress levels.
The opening episode of season two finds Lucifer helping Chloe with a murder case involving a stand-in for a popular teen show actress (Jessica Sula). He becomes convinced his mother's soul is occupying the body of the murderer to torment him.
When her husband Jason leaves her, Marcella (Anna Friel) is devastated. Duty calls when she’s visited by the detective in charge of a serial killer investigation and she begins to form her own theories about the killer’s true motives…
A month after the dramatic events of the previous season and Rayna and Juliette couldn’t be further apart. Rayna is sad and sleeping alone; Juliette is visited by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, who surprises her at a gig with a performance of Crazy.
First episode of the topical drama. Ageing TV comedian Paul Finchley (Robbie Coltrane) finds he has questions to answer when he’s accused of raping a 15-year-old girl several years before. Did he do it? Jack Thorne’s script will keep you guessing.
New cop drama. A sinister drugs trial in India has repercussions years later when a teacher is murdered, and trainee detective Rash and junior SFO investigator Stefan are separately drawn into the case.
The Night Of
In this first episode, ‘The Beach’, Nasir 'Naz' Khan awakes after a night of passion to find his lover stabbed to death. When world-weary defence attorney Jack Stone (John Turturro) hears of the arrest, he steps in to represent Naz.
One Of Us
In this first episode, The Storm, childhood sweethearts Adam and Grace are brutally murdered on their return from honeymoon. Next their devastated families discover the identity of the badly injured stranger who turns up on their doorstep.
In episode seven of Cameron Crowe’s new music drama, Bill, Reg and Phil embark on a quest to retrieve Christopher's stolen iPad; an idiosyncratic rock photographer arrives to shoot the band, causing chaos.
In the first episode of this powerful new version of the 1977 miniseries Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby) is forced into slavery and then transported to Virginia in the United States, where he is sold to John Waller (James Purefoy).
Spin (Les Hommes de l'Ombre)
With topical themes, nail-destroying tension and superb performances, it’s easy to see why this French drama is so acclaimed. The story involves the assassination of the president of France – then the lies, wrangling and spin that follow in the wake of the attack.
Tremendous first episode introducing us to WestWorld, a wild west theme park where visitors act out fantasies with android ‘hosts’. However, despite being programmed to obey pre-prepared storylines, the hosts are prone to going ‘off-script’ and park owners need to know why.
Here are the TV shows currently showing to keep the kids entertained. Onboard, you'll also find plenty of family friendly movies.
This spin-off from Disney sitcom Jessie finds Emma, Ravi, and Zuri leaving New York and heading off to Moose Rump, Maine to stay at Camp Kikiwaka and start a new life. Lots of fun lies ahead.
Short film set in the Ice Age world. After he causes Scratlantis to be sucked down the plughole, sabre-toothed squirrel Scrat chances upon a spaceship, pulls a lever and finds himself zooming into space and crashing into the Moon.
Animated series about Doc McStuffins, a little girl who wants to become a doctor like her mother. With a few years to wait until she can fulfil her dreams, she practices her dream by fixing her toys and dolls.
Otherwise known as Scrat’s Missing Adventure, this Ice Age short finds Scrat involved in a meteor strike that results in shaping the Earth’s continents into their present-day form.
‘History with all the nasty bits left in’ is what they say about Horrible Histories, and as this special about the Great Fire of 1666 goes to show, they’re not messing about. Funny, gory, educational… what a combo.
Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Jake, Izzy and Cubby are pirates in Never Land, looking for treasure. It should be great, apart from the fact that Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and Tick-Tock the Crocodile are all out to spoil their fun.
Zendaya (of Shake It Up fame) stars as K.C. Cooper, a high school math genius who gets recruited by her parents after she discovers that they’re secretly undercover spies working for an organisation called… The Organisation.
The Lion Guard
Based on Disney’s The Lion King, this animated show centres around Kion, the son of King Simba and Queen Nala, who becomes the leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals who protect the Pride Lands and defend the Circle of Life.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
This animated follow-on from the movie finds Rocket Raccoon and Groot abducted and taken back to their home planet Halfworld, where Rocket finds that all the animal life including his family have become just as enhanced as he is.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mickey and pals never stop entertaining – apart from when Donald complains that everyone is in his way. The solution? Hammers, nails, pots of paint – Mickey and pals build a clubhouse.
No Time for Nuts
Brothers Rahul and Arjun are accustomed to surprises thrown up by their dysfunctional family. However, things get stranger when they return home and find their parents’ marriage in trouble. Not only that, but more revelations are on the horizon.
Oggy and the Cockroaches
Oggy is a cat who would like to spend his days watching television and eating – and would do exactly that if not for the three roaches in the household: Joey, Dee Dee and Marky.
Plenty of adventures here, as Peppa, George, mummy and daddy take a well-earned vacation. As you can imagine, any holiday involving Peppa and George features a lot of jumping in muddy puddles.
Scrat's Continental Crack-Up
Who doesn’t love Scrat, the toothsome squirrel from the Ice Age movies? Given his own adventure he’s in pursuit of an acorn, and as ever his tenacity is quite something to behold, his efforts causing the Earth to split into continents.
Sofia the First
When Sofia’s mother marries King Roland II, she goes from being a commoner to a princess. As she adjusts to her new role, Sofia works to live among the Royal family and has adventures along the way.
Thunderbirds Are Go
This reboot of the 1960s television series follows the exploits of International Rescue, a secret life-saving organisation equipped with technologically-advanced rescue crafts for sea, land, air and space rescue.
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