From Paul Hollywood to actual Hollywood, this weeks TV offers some foodie delights and big budget period dramas to get stuck in to.
Grayson’s Art Club
Monday 27th April, 8pm
The Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry hosts a new show to get the nation’s creative juices flowing during lockdown.
With each week offering a new theme, the artist will be leading masterclasses, creating new artworks and chatting to artists, creatives and celebrities about what they’ve been up to in isolation.
This week the theme is ‘Portraits’: family members, friends or even a picture of a celebrity. Joe Lycett will reveal his portrait to Perry, and the artist Chantal Joffe will discuss the meanings behind her own paintings.
After lockdown, Perry will be exhibiting the artwork created by the public and celebrity guests to reflect Britain’s imagination and mood during isolation.
Sophie Petzal’s acclaimed Irish crime drama Blood returns for a second series, set a year on from the last series’ finale.
The first series followed Cat Hogan (Carolina Main) as she returned home to West Meath after the sudden death of her mother. Old secrets and older betrayals came to the surface as Cat tried to uncover whether her mother’s death was ‘accidental’ as reported.
In series two, Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty) returns as Jim Hogan, a man desperately trying to heal the fractured relationships with his children.
Jim is now living with his ill, troubled daughter Fiona (Grainne Keenan) on her farm with her husband Paul (Ian Lloyd Anderson). A disturbing discovery in the barn leads to a police visit.
Paul Hollywood Eats Japan
Tuesday 28th April, 9pm
Bake Off’s bread master Paul Hollywood is providing the perfect escapist material as he ventures into the foodie wonderland of Japan.
Kicking off his journey in the capital of Tokyo, which is home to the most Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world, Hollywood learns a frank lesson in food etiquette (never eat in the street in Japan) and visits crazy themed restaurants.
Wednesday 29th April, 10pm
RTS-Award winner Stephen Graham (The Virtues) takes a break from hard-hitting drama in this brand-new comedy for Sky.
Graham plays Roy Carver, a detective mourning the loss of his partner Detective John Major, played by Daniel Mays (Line of Duty) who was killed after a failed sting operation.
In the year since Major’s death, Carver has since started a relationship with his partner’s widow (Anna Maxwell Martin). The new couple are in for a shock when Major comes ‘back from the dead’ as a new (yet slightly malfunctioning) AI prototype as part of an experimental artificial intelligence project.
The Real Marigold Hotel
Thursday 30th April, 9pm
Based on the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, this travel documentary sees eight celebrities take a trip to India to see whether it would be a good place for their retirement.
Chuckle Brother Paul Chuckle and Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne are joined by cricket commentator Henry Blofeld, EastEnders actor John Altman, actress Susie Blake, actress Britt Eckland, singer Barbara Dickinson and fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes as they travel to colourful, cultural city of Puducherry on India’s east coast.
Friday 1st May
There’s no business like show business in Ryan Murphy’s new drama Hollywood.
The creator of Glee and American Horror Story explores a revisionist history of the Golden Age of Hollywood, post-World War II, with a spotlight on the unfair systems and biases across race, sexuality and gender that dictate the film industry.
The series will weave together multiple Tinseltown tales with a mixture of real-life figures and fictional characters.
Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) leads the period piece as Raymond, a big budget movie director, Jake Picking (Horse Girl) plays acting star Rock Hudson, while Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) plays Hollywood talent agent Henry Willson.