The sun is finally out and it looks like Spring might have finally sprung, and that means a plethora of peerless programming has begun on our screens. Here are a few to keep an eye out for!
This slow-starting series is both beautifully shot and engagingly presented.
The show centres around the ways food is prepared around the world and the role that food, and eating, impact us on a social, cultural and personal level. Each of the four episodes is named after one of the classical elements (earth, air, fire and water) and examines how these four elements form the basis of every meal that we eat.
Combining fascinating insight with great food and beautiful scenery, this is a perfect show to watch curled up on your sofa – just make sure you have something to snack on!
Catch Cooked on Netflix
2. Thirteen –BBC 3
This is one of BBC Three’s first big shows since its move online.
The show follows 26-year old Ivy Moxam, who escapes from a cellar that has been her world for the past thirteen years, since she was kidnapped as a schoolgirl.
A complex and compelling drama, the show is impossible to guess. Ivy is so changed by her experience that you will never quite be sure you understand her, or what she’s doing.
Actor Jodie Comer, who plays Ivy, doesn’t understand the character herself. She says, “Ivy’s like this animal. She’s so feral… one minute you think she’s Ivy, the next she’s not giving you 100% truth.”
Catch Thirteen on BBC iPlayer
3. Bear Grylls: Mission Survive
Back for a second series, celebrities are pitting themselves against nature.
Away from the flashing lights and the high life of their day-to-day lives, seven celebs are tested in the toughest conditions on an epic 12-day survival mission.
This year, actors Chelsee Healey, Michelle Collins, Neil Morrissey and Samantha Barks, footballers Stuart Pearce band Alex Scott and former Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner, will be battling hell and high water to make it through the series of fiendishly tough challenges set by TV survivor Bear Grylls.
Catch Bear Grylls: Mission Survive on ITV Hub
4. House of Cards
Now in its fourth season, Netflix’s original drama House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey was recently released on Netflix.
Democrat Frank Underwood is the 46th President of United States but all is not well in the White House. Claire, his wife, announced at the end of the previous season that she intended to leave him.
Meanwhile Frank is also fighting off a leadership challenge from worthy Democratic Primary candidate Heather Dunbar (Elizabeth Marvel).
Watch House of Cards on Netflix
5. Born to be Different
This long-running documentary has followed six children born with disabilities (now five, on has withdrawn) for 15 years.
Three years since the last visit to the families, the kids are now approaching their sixteenth birthdays and are dealing all the usual 16-year old struggles.
Love is in the air for William however that love might be short-lived if the NHS does not agree to fund a £30 000 per year drug to tackle the tumours that arise from a rare condition which causes tumours to grow on his body.
As she struggles to overcome her new self-consciousness about her limbs that will not flex due to arthrogryposis, Zoe is running for Head Girl at school.
Watch Born to be Different on All 4