This week's top TV: 13 - 19 March

This week's top TV: 13 - 19 March

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Monday, 13th March 2017
Big little Lies
Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman) & Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley). (Credit: Home Box Office/HBO)

This week sees Reece Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman star in Sky Atlantic's highly-anticipated drama Big Little Lies, while RTS award nominee The Last Kingdom returns for a second series.

Monday: Big Little Lies

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Life in the affluent Californian seaside town of Monterey seems idyllic, but when a fundraiser for the local elementary school goes horribly wrong, someone ends up dead, and the dormant frictions in the town begin to spiral out of control. Sky Atlantic's new twist-filled drama, based on Liane Moriarty's novel, features an all-star cast including Reece Witherspoon, who plays tightly-wound mother Madeline Mckenzie, and Nicole Kidman who plays her seemingly flawless best friend Celeste Wright, alongside Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard.

Tuesday: Inside No. 9

BBC Two, 10pm

Louise (Keeley Hawes), Sally (Rosa Strudwick), Tyler (Reece Shearsmith) 
(Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)

A missing shoe seems an unlikely premise for a TV show, but Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's off-the-wall comedy-drama Inside No. 9 is no stranger to bizarre subjects.

Keeley Hawes and Mathew Baynton guest star in this tale of how one couple's world is changed forever by the appearance of a single black shoe outside their house.

Wednesday: Midnight Sun

Sky Atlantic, 10pm

Peter Stormare (Burlin), Leila Bekhti (Kahina), Gustaf Hammarsten (Anders Harnesk), Richard Ulfsäter (Thor) (Credit: Atlantique Productions/SVT/Nice Drama/Canal+)

Kahina Zadi, a French police officer, travels to northern Sweden to investigate a brutal murder of a French citizen. With help from Anders Harnesk, a Swedish DA, they must find the culprit behind new killings after the initial murder turns out to be the tip of the iceberg.

Thursday: The Last Kingdom

BBC Two, 9pm

Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon). (Credit: BBC/Carnival/Steffan Hill)

The second series of historical drama The Last Kingdom makes a bold return to BBC Two this week. In ninth century England, fearless warrior Uhtred begins his voyage north to avenge Earl Ragnar’s death and recapture his land from his uncle, Aelfric.

Meanwhile, King Alfred's plan to unite the separate kingdoms of England is stronger than ever, as he sets his sights on the wild lands of the north, which are under the tyranny of Dane brother Sigefrid and Erik.

Friday: Unreported World: Peru's Monkey Business

Channel 4, 7.30pm

Ade Adepitan with a rescued monkey. (Credit: Channel 4/Production Company)

Animal trafficking has seen an unprecedented spike in recent years, threatening dozens of species with extinction. Ade Adepitan and director Will West travel to the remote city of Iquitos in Peru, where they discover the shocking scale of illegal wildlife sales, where market traders sell protected Amazonian wildlife for bushmeat.

Saturday: RBS 6 Nations - Ireland v England

ITV, 5pm

England may have already won this year's Six Nations, but in the final match of the tournament, they face Ireland in a bid to win the Grand Slam and Triple Crown. Mark Pougatch is joined by Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Clive Woodward and Brian O'Driscoll for live coverage of the final game.

Sunday: Carnage - Swallowing The Past

Available on BBC iPlayer from 9pm

Simon Amstell. (Credit: BBC/Pete Dadds)

Comedian Simon Amstell directs his first feature-length film Carnage - Swallowing The Past exclusively for BBC iPlayer.

Set in a vegan utopia in 2067, Amstell looks back at a time when human beings ate other animals. The film aims to break the taboo around Britain’s animal eating past, while showing compassion for a generation now seeking therapy to cope with their actions.

The film stars Martin Freeman, Joanna Lumley, Dame Eileen Atkins and Mawaan Rizwan, with many more familiar faces.

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This week sees Reece Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman star in Sky Atlantic's highly-anticipated drama Big Little Lies, while RTS award nominee The Last Kingdom returns for a second series.