TV Journalist Katie Begley gives us her top TV shows coming up in March
The Bachelor – Channel 5 – Starts Monday March 4, 10pm
If you have a Love Island shaped hole in your life then this show might just plug it until the famous villa opens its doors again this summer. Mark Wright is back on the box hosting the most one-sided dating show ever as bachelor Alex Marks takes his pick of seventeen single ladies. Filmed out in South Africa the show promises more drama than ever before as the personal trainer gets to grips with each lady in the hope of igniting a spark. At the end of every episode in the ten part series Alex will send one unlucky lady packing in a savage dumping until only one contender is left standing. Let’s just hope the last lady standing actually has feelings for Alex or that’s going to be one very long and awkward flight back to Britain!
Fleabag – BBC One -Monday March 4, 10:35pm
The comedy genius that is Phoebe Waller-Bridge is back on the box this month for the second outing of her BAFTA winning comedy. The first series was packed full of cringe-worthy sex scenes and outrageously dysfunctional family relationships and the latest series won’t disappoint as it’s once again packed full of addictive outrageousness. This time around she appears to have found religion but could a meeting with a flirty priest, played by Andrew Scott, lead to better luck in the love stakes? Probably not! Get ready for more toe-curling family dinners where Oscar winner Olivia Colman gives us an acting masterclass.
Altogether Now – BBC One- Saturday nights at 7:30pm
What do you get if you take a Spice Girl mix her with a cheeky comic, a couple of drag queens and some fairly decent singers you might expect to find down your local pub? The answer… the BBC’s vibrant singing show Altogether Now which is back for a second series. Ginger Spice Geri Horner returns as the boss of the 100 – who look like a real life version of the Muppet Show – as they judge another batch of warbling wannabes. The aim of the game is for the singer to be so good Geri and her 99 mates stand up and join in with the song. The more people they can get on their feet the higher their chance of making the final and getting their hands on the £50,000 prize pot. Last year’s contest discovered Michael Rice, who’s now representing the UK at this year’s Eurovision, so the bar has been set high for this year’s competition.
Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me – Channel 4 – March 6 and 7 at 9pm
The documentary that has caused a sensation around the world finally arrives on Channel 4 this month giving viewers the chance to make up their own mind about King of Pop Michael Jackson. Is he a child abuser who used his wealth and celebrity status to cover his tracks or is his name being dragged through the mud at a time when he’s not around to defend himself? The documentary, split over two nights, gives a shocking insight into life behind the gates of Neverland as two men – James Safechuck and Wade Robson – make fresh claims about abuse they say they suffered at the hands of the superstar. Critics who have seen the documentary believe viewers will be shown clear proof Jackson was a predator who should have been locked up for his crimes, but his family have fiercely denied all the accusations made against him. If, like the critics, you believe he was a child abuser then you’re left with a moral dilemma – if he’s guilty do you have to banish his music to the bin along with his reputation, or can you separate the man from the music? This documentary is sure to spark a debate in living rooms up and down the country.
Catch 22 – Channel 4 – Coming later this month
George Clooney brings some Hollywood star power to Channel 4 this month in a dark comedy that he both stars in and directs. The six part series is based on Joseph Heller’s satirical World War II novel of the same name and follows a bombardier in the US Air Force called Yossarian and his determination to survive the conflict. His big problem is his superiors and their hilariously frustrating belief that only an insane man would willingly fly into danger, yet asking to be removed from duty because of this fear is considered evidence of sanity, and the rule states only the insane can be withdrawn from missions. Clooney rocks a uniform as he takes on the role of barking mad Lieutenant Scheisskopf who drives his recruits mad, adding to the frustration about the Catch-22 rule. And if you’re not captivated by his hilarious antics in this dark comedy, you certainly will be by his moustache, which is a character in its own right.
The Widow – ITV – Launches later this month
ITV have also bagged themselves a Hollywood A-Lister in the shape of Kate Beckinsale who fronts this tense thriller set in the Congolese jungle. Kate plays Georgia Wells, a woman who sees her world come crashing down in the blink of an eye when a midnight phone call reveals her husband of ten years has been killed in a plane crash. Three years after the tragedy Georgia discovers a shocking secret that blows everything she thought she knew about her old life wide open. Get ready for nail-biting, gun-toting action as this feisty widow heads to the Congo, hell bent on uncovering the truth about her husband’s disappearance. This series is the brainchild of brothers Harry and Jack Williams who wrote hit shows like Liar and The Missing, so fans can expect to be taken on another rollercoaster of emotions.