Television Time: BBC Shows – April 2020
It’s a great time to stay home and watch TV, and this April, BBC has a line-up of great programmes to look forward to. Catch Emmy-nominated actress Ashley Jensen as she returns as Agatha Raisin to solve more mindboggling crimes in Agatha Raisin Series 3, join popular presenter Joanna Lumley as she discovers the enigmatic cities of Havana and Haiti in Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti, work up an appetite with Rick Stein as he takes you around France to uncover its gastronomical delights in Rick Stein’s Secret France, and catch-up on your favourite shows on BBC Player, relaunching this April with a brand new design.
Grantchester: Series 4
A stylish period crime series set in 1950s Britain: for the Vicar of Grantchester, the beautiful small village just outside Cambridge, life has been pretty quiet. Or at least, it was – right up till the moment murder came his way. Season four sees Sidney Chambers (James Norton) departing for pastures new, and soon there is a new Vicar of Grantchester, firebrand Will Davenport (Tom Brittney, Outlander, Call the Midwife). Idealistic and energetic, Will is a man of the people but as he makes the parish his own he quickly finds himself drawn to Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green, Strike Back), and his world of murderous plots, crimes of passion, and unexpected tragedies
Catch the premiere of Grantchester: Series 4 on Friday, 3rd April 2020 on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502). Available as catch up on BBC Player.
Agatha Raisin: Series 3
A quiet village life can be murder – our favourite amateur detective is back! Starring Emmy-nominated actress Ashley Jensen (Catastrophe, Extras, Ugly Betty) Agatha Raisin is based on MC Beaton’s bestselling novels. Having consciously coupled at the end of series two, Agatha Raisin is optimistic that her future with James Lacey is secure and their troubles are behind them. Newly qualified as a Private Detective and with her new investigations agency all set up and raring to go, things have never been better for the Cotswolds’ premier PI, but plans have a funny way of going awry in Agatha-land…
Catch the premiere of Agatha Raisin: Series 3 on Friday, 10th April 2020 on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502). Available as catch up on BBC Player.
Starring Primetime Emmy winner Julia Ormond and Ben Barnes (Westworld), Gold Digger is a contemporary, character-driven relationship thriller filled with unexpected twists and turns.
Mother first, wife second, woman last, 60-year-old Julia (Ormond) has spent her whole life putting the needs of others before her own. Then she meets Benjamin (Barnes), a 30-something copywriter with a shrouded history. As the drama unfolds, the consequences of their relationship are explored, as devastating secrets from the past tear the family’s fragile bonds further apart. Has Julia finally found the happiness she’s always deserved? Or is Benjamin really the gold digger her family thinks he is?
Catch the premiere of Gold Digger on Friday, 17th April 2020 on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502). Available as catch up on BBC Player.
Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti
Actress and presenter Joanna Lumley explores two of the most enigmatic countries in the Caribbean to uncover their hidden gems. Travelling from Cuba to Haiti on a variety of different transports, she starts her adventure in the Cuban capital Havana and finishes in the vibrant country of Haiti. Both countries might be poor in monetary terms, but abundantly rich in many other ways. Truly a riot for the senses: cities full of colourful streets bursting with the rhythm of life, which give way to unspoiled coastlines, pristine beaches, majestic mountains and lush forests, Joanna relishes the chance to experience it all.
Catch the premiere of Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti on Wednesday, 8th April 2020 at 9pm on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407). Available as catch up on BBC Player.
Meat: A Threat To Our Planet
Following 2018’s award-winning Drowning in Plastic, animal biologist and meat-eater Liz Bonnin embarks on one of the toughest investigations of her career. Taking her from cattle farms in the decimated Amazon rainforests to US research labs growing in-vitro meat, Liz discovers the stark and sometimes stomach-churning reality of the meat industry. Her aim is to discover if our insatiable appetite for meat is killing the planet. On her travels, she meets characters on all sides of the debate; scientists who argue that meat is an essential part of our lives; environmentalists charting the effect of three billion tonnes of animal manure and food scientists developing meatless alternatives to our everyday meals. This film is a fascinating investigation into the global meat industry and a planet’s ecosystem on the brink of collapse.
Catch the premiere of Meat: A Threat To Our Planet on Monday, 20th April 2020 at 9pm on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407). Available as catch up on BBC Player.
7.7 Billion People and Counting
By 2050, there could be 10 billion people living on the planet. For Chris Packham, who has dedicated his life to protecting the natural world, that may be too many people for the Earth to sustain. Travelling around the world in search of answers to difficult and controversial questions, Chris investigates what he believes may be the most important challenge of our time. Can we reduce the impact of our growing human population, and could humans ever choose not to reproduce, for the sake of the planet?
Catch the premiere of 7.7 Billion People and Counting on Tuesday, 21st April 2020 at 9pm on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407). Available as catch up on BBC Player.
Grand Designs: Series 17
Presenter Kevin McCloud follows some of Britain’s most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams.
Catch the premiere of Grand Designs: Series 17 on Monday, 20th April 2020 at 9.20pm on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432). Available as catch up on BBC Player.
Rick Stein’s Secret France
Rick Stein travels to France to prove how the nation’s gastronomic pull has never been stronger. Some people think French cuisine is no longer among the best in the world. This globe-trotting chef sets out to discover if that’s the case. He embarks on a personal road trip off the beaten track to talk to chefs, vineyard owners and even those who came to visit and decided to stay. One thing is certain: Rick’s adventures, new friends and stories will ignite your curiosity, your need to travel… and your appetite.
Catch the premiere of Rick Stein’s Secret France on Monday, 27th April 2020 at 7.30pm on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432). Available as catch up on BBC Player.
Yes, Prime Minister (2013) Series 1
The hit political satire is back, reinvented for a new generation but losing none of the sharp bite and laugh-out-loud wit of the highly acclaimed original series as a new cast steps in to lampoon the inner workings of government. Centred around fictional British Prime Minister Jim Hacker, his slippery advisor Sir Humphrey Appleby and principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, this contemporary-set series is scripted by the original writing team, Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay, and is based on their successful and critically acclaimed play.
Catch the premiere of Yes, Prime Minister (2013) Series 1 on Wednesday, 1st April 2020 on BBC Brit. Available exclusively on BBC Player.
Keeping Up Appearances: Series 1
Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “bouquet”) goes to incredible lengths in her quest for perfection. Hers is a spick-and-span house. Her downtrodden husband, Richard, acts as chauffeur in their immaculately kept car. Their permanently absent son has a superior name, Sheridan. Even the empty milk bottles sparkle on the doorstep after their obligatory rinse in the dishwasher.
Catch the premiere of Keeping Up Appearances: Series 1 on Wednesday, 1st April 2020 on BBC Brit. Available exclusively on BBC Player.