Richard Arnold's Armchair Guide
With the Easter Bank Holiday looming and ways of enjoying it somewhat limited this year, we're helping viewers stay entertained while staying home this spring with Richard Arnold’s guide to what's on the box, what to rewatch on BritBox, binge-worthy series to stream and live-streamed events which aren't to be missed.
BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT
The unstoppable multi-award-winning talent extravaganza is back for it’s 14th series, filmed before the Coronavirus pandemic. Ant and Dec and return to cheer and console those acts brave enough to face the judges and the infamous buzzers, while Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams return to the panel to preside over the best talent Britain has to offer. Expect even more jaw-dropping acts vying to impress the judges and secure their place in the semi-finals, which will be taking place later in the year. Watch: Saturdays 8pm ITV / ITV Hub
BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT: UNSEEN
From the mystifying to the magical, plus everything in between, Britain’s Got Talent: Unseen will give even more contestants their moment in the spotlight where they can showcase their incredible talents to both the judges and the audience at home. And with extra interviews from the nation’s favourite TV duo, Ant and Dec, as well as unseen comments from our formidable foursome – show creator Simon Cowell plus Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams – Britain’s Got Talent: Unseen will be unmissable viewing. Watch: Saturdays 9:25pm, exclusive to ITV Hub
Starring Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant, this brand new mini-series following the fascinating true story of how one family’s pub-quiz hobby took them to the top of the question ladder on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ through a series of twists and turns, only to then land them in court. Watch: Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th April, 9pm, ITV / ITV Hub
HOME ALONE WITH JOEL DOMMETT
Joel Dommett is taking the reigns on his new show, filmed by himself… at home! Watch: Sunday 19th April, ITV2
The third series continues the compelling cat and mouse story of two women with brutal pasts now trying desperately to live their lives without the other. For Villanelle (Jodie Comer), the assassin without a job, Eve (Sandra Oh) is dead. As for Eve, the ex-MI6 operative is hiding in plain sight, hoping that Villanelle will never find her. All seems fine until a shocking death sets them on a collision course yet again. The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family, and allegiances. And perhaps a share of their souls. Monday 13th April, BBC
Follow filmmaker Eric Goode as he explores the wild world of big cat keepers in the US. From Joe Exotic who has his eyes on the White House, to the polyamorous doctor of mystical science Doc Antle, to the animal rights activist Carol Baskin who has some secrets of her own… this seven-part true crime series has to be seen to be believed. Available now on Netflix
STREAM YOURSELF SILLY
BritBox is jammed packed with the best British boxsets from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Settle into your sofa and enjoy some of the nation's favourites, from comedies The Office and Peep Show, gripping crime dramas Deadwater Fell and Liar, and the infamous The Inbetweeners. Sign up for your free 30 day trial of ad-free TV now www.britbox.co.uk.
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
Audiences around the world can stream National Theatre Live productions for free each week, with previous weeks remaining available on demand for seven days. This week’s performance of Jane Eyre is still available to watch. Next week expect Bryony Lavery’s Treasure Island followed by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Watch: Thursdays, 7pm GMT, via the National Theatre YouTube page.
ANDREA BOCELLI, MUSIC FOR HOPE
On Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020), Italian tenor and global music icon Andrea Bocelli will give a solo performance at the historic Duomo, the cathedral of Milan, Italy. There will be no audience present but the concert will be exclusively streamed live globally, uniting the world in the face of a global pandemic. Watch: Sunday April 12th, 6pm GMT, via the Andrea Bocelli YouTube page.
The bingo night which you might want to leave your nan out of, Bongo’s Bingo stream live from their isolation bungalow with bingo, pub quizzes, music, prizes, live call-ins and audience dares thrown in. Players are encouraged to donate to the NHS throughout the show. Watch: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8pm GMT, via Twitch app.
DRAG AEROBICS WITH DOLLY TROLLEY
If you’re not feeling the burn from working from home and miss working up a sweat, join London’s cabaret star Dolly Trolley for an aerobics class with a twist. Party With Ginger events are inviting people of all shapes, sizes, genders and physical abilities to dig out their 80s lycra for an unforgettable ‘werkout’ streamed straight from Dolly’s living room. Watch: Wednesdays, 7:30pm GMT, via Instagram @DollyTrolleyDrag / Facebook.