TV Picks: 21st March – 27th March

TV Picks: 21st March – 27th March

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Monday, 21st March 2022
Then Barbara Met Alan (Credit: BBC), MasterChef (Credit: BBC), The Simpler Life (Credit: Channel 4)

This week in TV, Lizzo is on the lookout for the next big dancer to join her on tour, ordinary Brits live the life of the Amish and Bridgerton is back for series two. 

Then Barbara Met Alan 


BBC Two, 9pm 

Starring Ruth Madeley and Arthur Hughes, the drama tells the true story of the group behind the unstoppable and fierce campaign of direct action that significantly moved forward the battle for disabled rights in Britain. 

Written by Jack Thorne and Genevieve Barr, the series is told through the eyes of Barbara Lisicki (Ruth Madeley) and Alan Holdsworth (Arthur Hughes), two disabled cabaret performers who first met at a gig in 1989. 

They then went on to become the unrelenting driving force behind the Direct Action Network, whose coordinated protests helped bring the campaign for disabled rights into the spotlight. 

The Simpler Life


Channel 4, 9:15pm 

Credit: Channel 4
Credit: Channel 4

Over a six-month period, 24 ordinary Brits come together to rebuff modern life in favour of living together in a community that follows the rules of the Amish.

From a rapper to a former soldier, the community will live off grid on a 40-acre farm in Devon, with no technology, mains electricity, or gas. 

The project will be supervised by renowned psychologist Barry Schwartz, who believes that modern life affords us too many choices, which increases stress and unhappiness. 

The group will need to come together to learn how to raise a barn, harvest acres of hay, trade and sell in the local town and find happiness living a humble existence.

They will be joined and guided by an Amish family of five from Ohio, which is home to the biggest Amish community in the world. 



BBC One, 8pm 

John Torode and Gregg Wallace (Credit: BBC)
John Torode and Gregg Wallace (Credit: BBC)

This year MasterChef is introducing a new set of challenges to put amateur cooks to the test to see if they have what it takes to become MasterChef champion.

The first round is the audition round, which will see nine chefs cook their signature dish. However, judges John and Gregg will not watch the chefs in the kitchen, but instead blind taste each dish in the new tasting room. 

The best three dishes will automatically secure their place in the next round and the remaining six chefs will compete for the four remaining aprons to progress to the next stage.

If the six chefs remaining cooked a savoury dish in the first round, they must create a sweet dish for the next and vice versa.




Series two of Bridgerton will focus on the activities of another Bridgerton sibling, the eldest brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey).

Anthony is ready to give up his bachelor status and look for a bride, which seems him meet the Sharma sisters Kate (Simone Ashley) and Edwina (Charithra Chandran).

Older sister Kate is determined to prevent any courtship between Edwina and Anthony, seeing him as nothing more than a rake, which leads to a tense discord between the pair. 

However, there is a thin line between love and hate, and Kate and Anthony start to become close as feelings arise. 

Lady Whistledown aka Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) is up to her old tricks, but keeping up her lies is not easy.

Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls 


Amazon Prime 

Musical sensation Lizzo is on the hunt for the best backing dancers to join her on her world tour. 

The talent contest will celebrate body positivity and will follow ten contestants move into the Big Grrrls House and compete to be the top dancer. 

Hosted and executive produced by Lizzo, the series will be full of vibrant energy, diversity and emotion. 

Lizzo will be supported by choreographer Tanisha Scott and her dance squad members Marie Van, Shirlene Quigley, and Grace Holden.

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This week in TV, Lizzo is on the lookout for the next big dancer to join her on tour, ordinary Brits live the life of the Amish and Bridgerton is back for series two.