Whether it's the fairytale romance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, the dystopian landscape of Gilead or just a good old fashioned English scandal you're after, we're here to guide you through the best of what's on this week.
Monday: ITV, 9pm
Lee Ingleby (The A Word) and Hermione Norris (Cold Feet) star in ITV’s new drama about a man who is released from prison having been acquitted. David Collins (Ingleby) served seven years for the murder of his wife and now he’s out he’s got one thing on his mind, justice. That, and tearing his two children from the overprotective clutches of his sister-in-law Alice (Norris).
Tuesday: Sky One, 9pm
Sky One’s new police procedural is anything but pedestrian. Ashley Walters (Top Boy) and Noel Clarke (Kidulthood) are best friends and police officers who tackle crime and “ghosts from their pasts” in an homage to US shows in the same vein. Tensions run high as volatile Bishop (Clarke) rails against straight laced Pike (Walters) on the gritty streets of London.
Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier
Wednesday: Dave, 10pm
Jon Richardson worries – as anyone who has seen his stand-up will know. Now, armed with his own panel show he is cheerfully able to contemplate every little worry that pops into his head with the aid of a panel of less anxious individuals. The first episode features fellow comedians Josh Widdicombe and Suzi Ruffell to discuss matters of the home; not only where the heart is but “also where you’re most likely to be burgled or involved in a serious accident” apparently.
Thursday: Channel 4, 9pm
Following on from the uplifting events of the last season where humanoid “synths” were all set to receive consciousness, we are abruptly informed, before the titles, that it didn’t quite go to plan. A mass malfunction has led to over 100,000 human deaths. This has led to the creation of a new class of “safe synths” equipped with orange eyes rather than the usual radioactive blue or green. Older synths are confined to prison camps and are rapidly breaking down, due to a lack of spare parts. Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) is still campaigning for “synthetic rights” and synths Mia and Max (Gemma Chan and Ivanno Jeremiah) are at loggerheads over whether to make peace with the humans or tear them to pieces.
Frankie Boyle’s New World Order
Friday: BBC Two, 10pm
Comedian Boyle is joined once again by Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and data journalist Mona Chalabi as he seeks to put the world to rights through a barrage of sarcasm and contempt, especially for those in positions of authority. Using a mix of stand-up, review, discussion and audience interaction; Frankie and the team attempt to dissect the weeks biggest issues.
Coverage of the Royal Wedding
Saturday: BBC One/ITV/Sky One from 9am
Coverage begins at 9am of the event of the year, the wedding of everyone’s favourite redhead Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle. Broadcasting from Windsor and showing the events from guests arriving to the ceremony and the procession afterwards, all with individual commentary from the major broadcasters, with likes of Kay Burley for Sky, Phillip Schofield for ITV and Huw Edwards for the BBC.
A Very English Scandal
Sunday: BBC One, 9pm
Hugh Grant (Paddington 2)and Ben Wilshaw (Spectre, Paddington 2) star in Russell T Davies-penned A Very English Scandal, which dramatises the real-life scandal that surrounded MP Jeremy Thorpe in the 1970s. Grant leads as Thorpe, a rising political star in the Liberal Party, who feared his past affair with a man called Norman Scott (Whishaw) could sabotage his career. Following a murder attempt and a highly-publicised trial, the married Thorpe was outed and became a notorious tabloid story.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Sunday: Channel 4, 9pm
Praise be! The Handmaid’s Tale finally returns, with June (Elisabeth Moss) pregnant but the identity of the father a mystery. Is it the cold and calculating Commander (Joseph Fiennes) or the dashing young driver Nick (Max Minghella)? The events of last season also see June still looking for her first child and her husband, who are safely ensconced outside the regimented Gilead state in Canada. Alexis Bledel gave a powerful performance last season as the passionate and reckless Ofglen, traits which have landed her in the toxic wasteland of the colonies this season. Will June finally find out what happened to her family or will the state win?