This week's top TV: 27 March - 2 April

This week's top TV: 27 March - 2 April

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Monday, 27th March 2017
Liz Bonnin in the Scalesia Forest on Santa Cruz, Galapagos. (Credit: BBC/Atlantic Productions/Freddie Claire)

This week new drama series Harlots starts on ITV Encore, Liz Bonnin explores the Galapagos Islands and Jack Whitehall takes on a rural boarding school in new comedy series Decline and Fall.

Monday: Harlots

ITV Encore, 10pm

William North and Samantha Morton in Harlot (Credit: ITV)

Set in 1763 London, a time it was difficult for women to make climb the economic ladder without marrying into wealth or selling her body for money.

Margaret Wells' (Samantha Morton) owns a brothel in a down-trodden area of London, but she aims to move her family and her girls to the area of Soho.

Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville) who already owns one of the most successful brothels in Soho has a scheme up her sleeve. When Well's brothel is raided, she realises her ambition has conjured an enemy, and stirred up an old feud.

Tuesday: Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad

BBC One, 9pm

Rio Ferdinand. (Credit: BBC/Richard Ansett)

In May 2015 Rio Ferdinand's wife Rebecca died from cancer. Since then he's been coping on his own and coming to terms with her loss along with his three children.

This documentary looks at the effect her loss has had, as well as other families dealing with bereavement and what help is out there for others in similar positions. 

Wednesday: Bare Knuckle Fight Club

Channel 4, 11pm

(Credit: Pro Co/Channel 4)

Bare Knuckle Fight Club shows us into the subculture of bare knuckle boxing and what attracts people to become part of a fight club.

Shaun Smith who is a former enforcer in one of the UK's biggest criminal gangs leads the documentary, and he's determined to move on from putting on fights in working men's clubs to launching the biggest bare knuckle fight ever seen in the UK.

Thursday: Galapagos 

BBC One, 9pm

Liz Bonnin on the Research Vessel Alucia in the Galapagos. (Credit: BBC/Atlantic Productions/Freddie Claire)

In a new three-part series, Liz Bonnin and a team of talented scientists take on a new expedition using some of the world's latest technology.

They start their journey on the side of a volcano, hunting for rare pink iguanas that are currently on the edge of extinction.

Bonnin also travels into deep waters in a submersile to discover new, unearthed species.

Friday: Decline and Fall

BBC One, 9pm

Margot Beste-Chetwynde (Eva Longoria), Paul Pennyfeather (Jack Whitehall), Dr Fagan (David Suchet). (Credit: BBC/Tiger Aspect/Warren Orchard)

Following Paul Pennyfeather's (Jack Whitehall) expulsion from Oxford University, he is made to teach at a boarding school in Wales which ends up unfolding a unlucky chain of events.

Falling for the mother of one of his pupils and then consequently agreeing to tutor the them over the summer can only mean disaster for Pennyfeather.

Decline And Fall will be the first television version based on Evelyn Waugh’s popular 1928 novel. 

Saturday: Premier League Football: Liverpool vs Everton

Sky Sports One HD, from 11.30am

Liverpool & Everton (Credit: Sky Sports 1)

Liverpool play at home at Anfield in today's Merseyside derby.

Everton, who are currently three places behind Liverpool in the Premier League, can close the gap between the teams to three points with a win at Anfield this weekend.

Sunday: Spying on the Royals

Channel 4, 8pm

(Credit: Channel 4)

In this two-part history series, recently declassified documents come to light in one the most controversial espionage operations in British history.

The target was the King Edward VIII and his American lover Wallis Simpson, as well as king-to-be George VI.

The documents reveal the extent of the surveillance, who ordered it and the tales of his romance. Edward VIII's relationship can now be seen through the eyes of the officers who spied on him in every way possible.

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This week new drama series Harlots starts on ITV Encore, Liz Bonnin explores the Galapagos Islands and Jack Whitehall takes on a rural boarding school in new comedy series Decline and Fall.