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Your Guide to Easter TV on Freeview

Posted March 29, 2018 - Blog Posts,News and Blog

It’s Easter, which means a long weekend of cracking open chocolate eggs and enjoying some cracking good telly.

Here’s our selection of the most egg-cellent programmes – and because it’s Freeview, you won’t have to shell out to tune in.

Good Friday

102 Dalmations
BBC One at 1:25pm

Cruella de Vil has been released from prison and insists she’s a reformed character. Anyone who believes that must be barking! And sure enough, it’s not long before she’s up to her old dog-napping tricks, teaming up with a French designer (Pierre Le Pelt!) to create the ultimate in haute couture: a dalmatian puppy coat with a hood! But watch out, Cruella – the woof will out!

Mastermind – The Final
BBC Two at 7:30pm

There are six contestants, but only one can carry off the prize. John Humphrys quizzes the finalists on their specialist subjects, which include golf majors, the Hannibal Lecter novels and Hadrian’s Wall.


Fast and Furious 7
ITV at 9pm

Welcome to a fuel-injected, turbo-charged thrill ride, featuring cars flying between buildings and parachuting automobiles. There’s a plot in there somewhere, but it’s fair to say the cars are the stars. This was Paul Walker’s final film, and the ending is a fitting tribute to a great actor.

The King’s Speech
Sony Movie Channel at 9pm

It’s not hard to see why this movie won four Oscars. The story of how King George VI overcame his dread of public speaking is inspirational. With fine performances from Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush, it’s a right, royal tour de force.

Easter Saturday

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
ITV at 7pm

Dec might be missing his best buddy, but there are still plenty of pals around to ensure that the show must go on. Stephen Mulhern takes to the streets for another round of In for a Penny, while Paloma Faith is on stage for the End of the Show Show. There’ll be plenty of prizes and surprises, as more Places on a Plane are given away and another lucky person wins the ads.

BBC Two at 9pm

To see, or not to see? That’s not really the question, since if you miss Hamlet tonight, you can always catch up on BBC iPlayer. And the Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s tragic hero is definitely worth a look – one review called it “an all-consuming marvel”. Andrew Scott plays Hamlet, and director Robert Icke has given the play a contemporary setting, including the appearance of the ghost on CCTV.

Taken 3
Channel 4 at 9pm

Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, an ex-covert operative who’s trying to solve the murder of his ex-wife while evading the Los Angeles Police Department (who are convinced he’s the killer). Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace and Dougray Scott also star in this final instalment of the Taken trilogy.

5USA at 10pm

Based on talk show host Dr Phil McGraw’s early career as a trial consultant, Bull stars Michael Weatherly as Dr Jason Bull. His main aim is to read people, especially prospective jurors so that his clients will win their trials. It’s been described as Person of Interest meets Boston Legal, and fans of procedural crime dramas with slick dialogue will enjoy this intelligent, fast-paced show.

Easter Sunday

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
 6:45pm on ITV2

Here’s a movie to give chocoholics the best kind of sugar rush. Johnny Depp stars as Willy Wonka in a film with all the eccentric, but entertaining, hallmarks of Tim Burton’s crazy imagination. From the wondrous workings of the factory to the crazed Oompa-Loompas it’s a witty and playful homage to the Chocolate Factory’s original imagineer: Roald Dahl.

The Generation Game
BBC One at 8pm

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are back on our screens to offer a new take on an old favourite. Viewers who remember the show’s previous incarnations will be pleased to see classic elements, such as plate spinning. But there’ll also be some new games, including Bollywood dancing. This is just the kind of fun show that Mel and Sue revel in, and no doubt as the closing titles run, we’ll all be saying: Didn’t they do well!

Ordeal By Innocence
9pm on BBC One

Agatha Christie’s 1958 page-turner has been transformed into a gripping TV adaptation. Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor and Eleanor Tomlinson are among the fine actors adding lustre to the drama. The Argyll family are only just getting over the murder of their mother Rachel by her adopted son when it emerges that the wrong person was put away. Every one of the Argylls has secrets, but who knows the truth about Rachel’s murder?

Easter Monday

Channel 5 at 3:10pm

Half a century on, this wonderful musical remains a family favourite. Based on the Charles Dickens classic story, it follows the path of workhouse orphan to backstreets of London, where he falls in with a gang of young thieves. With plenty of great music, you’ll consider yourself at home with stars like Ron Moody, Jack Wild and Harry Secombe.

Travel Man: 48 Hours in Brussels
Channel 4 at 8:30pm

Richard Ayoade has his bags packed again for another city break in the company of another comedian. This week, his fellow funny man is Lee Mack, and they’re both exploring the beauties of Brussels. That includes cartoons, puppets and the Atomium. And, appropriately for this Easter Monday, they also discover the secrets of chocolate making.


Lenny Henry: The Commonwealth Kid
BBC One at 9pm

If it weren’t for the Commonwealth, we might never have had the pleasure of watching Lenny Henry on our TV.  Thanks to the Commonwealth, Lenny and his parents were able to move to England from Jamaica in the 1950s. Lenny examines the history of this organisation of 53 countries and 2.3 billion people and considers its role in the 21st century. He also explores his own heritage and the relationship between the Caribbean and the UK.


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