From a new season of Broadchurch, to a poignant remake of Roots, don’t get caught out when your coworkers start talking TV dramas. Not that there’s anything wrong with a 48 hour Doritos and Come Dine With Me binge (in fact, we encourage it) but with the quality of drama on British TV this year, there’s no excuse getting caught out. Luckily it’s even easier to catch up on these over the weekend, through the TV Guide with Freeview Play.
Catch up on ITV Hub
Watch live on Monday, March 6 at 9pm
DS Ellie Miller and DI Alec Hardy return for the third and final time. This time they’re on a brand new case, investigating the rape of Trish, brilliantly played by Coronation Street’s Julie Hesmondhalgh. Whilst series two was a little muddled, bringing up a confusing case from Hardy’s past, Broadchurch’s last iteration is a cracking return to form.
Catch up on BBC iPlayer
Watch on BBC One, Tuesday 7 March at 21:00
A melodrama around the fear of what might happen when I go on maternity leave, The Replacement focuses on Ellen, a flashy Glaswegian architect who, in the midst of her flourishing career, finds herself pregnant. Her replacement is Vicky – the woman who slowly begins to take over Ellen’s personal life. The Replacement is delightfully psychological and promises to get steadily more bizarre with each progression.
Line of Duty
Catch up on BBC iPlayer
Watch on BBC One, Saturday, 12 March at 1am
Line of Duty does a good job of bringing excitement and drama while being true to real policing. The fourth season sees a move from BBC Two to BBC One, after the last run of episodes became the channel’s highest-rated drama (consolidating over 5.1 million viewers). Season four picks up with a fresh face in the AC-12 unit – DCI Roz Huntley, played by Thandie Newton. After the handling of a career-defining case called Operation Trapdoor is called into question and the AC-12 brass begin snapping at her heels.
A dark tale of passion, hedonism and intrigue, written by Tom Hardy, his father Chips and Steven Knight (the brains behind Cillian Murphy’s serious crime drama, Peaky Blinders). Hardy plays James Delaney, an unorthodox vagrant who returns to London from India to inherit his father’s shipping company. What ensues is an onslaught of savagery, black magic and a sprinkle of political intrigue.
The hit 4-part US series Roots has concluded on BBC Four. Alex Haley’s 1977 series was such a hit that it was watched by more than 50% of homes in the US and stands as a revolutionary piece of television in the 20th Century, it tells the story of Kunta Kinte, a man taken from Gambia and sold into slavery. The remake feels more poignant than ever in 2016 and tells Alex Haley’s original story with greater accuracy than the original. Told over eight hours in four parts, Roots is essential viewing.
This eight-part drama focuses on the workings of The Halcyon hotel in the run-up to the Blitz, filled to the brim with political intrigue, betrayal, and infidelity. See London life through the prism of war and the impact it has on families, politics, and work across the social spectrum.
Inside No. 9
Step inside the door marked number 9, a dark comedy series with each episode being its own self-contained story with new characters and settings. From suburban houses to gothic mansions, Steve Pemberton’s third season is the perfect amalgamation of comedy and horror.
Watch on Blaze, Friday 3 March at 11pm
For the first time ever on free to air, Vikings has launched on BLAZE, Freeview Channel 83. Coming from humble beginnings, Ragnar Lodbrok divides his time between farming and splitting heads. Soon after Vikings begins, it’s clear that he’s destined for greater things. With a rebellious attitude and a desire for greener pastures, Ragnar sets off in search of riches abroad. Arriving in Britain, Ragnar and his fellow adventurers find a land ripe for plunder – and the odd spot of diplomacy.
Catch up on All4
Watch on Channel 4, Tuesday 7 March at 10pm
Channel 4 addresses the blunt issues of lust, pregnancy and disaster from people from stumbling their way through a relationship. The third season picks up straight where things were left, misplaced Plan B receipts, fumbles after a few glasses of wine and relegation to sleeping on the sofa. 30-minute episodes always leave us wanting more.