Your catch up TV picks

Your catch up TV picks

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By Ed Gove,
Thursday, 31st March 2016
Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, BBC
Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston went head-to-head in the Night Manager (Credit: BBC)

The worst thing about Easter is that the eggs are always smaller than you think they’re going to be. That’s why you should have two

While you finish the remainder of your tasty chocolate snacks, why not sit back, relax and catch up on the TV that you missed while you were napping through the delightfully long Easter weekend.


1. The Night Manager

The Night Manager boasted some of the cream of British talent including Hugh Laurie, Tom Hollander,
Olivia Coleman and Tom Hiddleston. (Credit: BBC/The Ink Factory/Mitch Jenkins)

The BBC’s epic adaptation of John le Carré’s The Night Manager came to an end on Easter Sunday.

Tom Hiddleston stars as Jonathan Pine, the eponymous Night Manager, who is forced into espionage by a desire for revenge, a sense of national pride and a hatred for billionaire businessman Richard Roper.

House actor Hugh Laurie plays the evil Roper, a man who does not allow morality to come between him and his profits, while Olivia Coleman is the disgraced and belittled spymaster who has set her sights on the dirty billionaire.

You will have certainly heard of this show, not least due to the media attention paid to Tom Hiddleston’s naked buttocks, however there is far more this riveting, fast-paced spy drama than that.

Catch The Night Manager on BBC iPlayer


2. Hap and Leonard


Another great drama from Amazon Prime, Hap and Leonard is about two friends who find themselves embroiled in a violent, unpredictable and often very funny situations, often due to Hap’s ex-wife (Christina Hendricks – Mad Men).

Michael Kenneth Williams plays Leonard Pine (the second Pine in this week’s recommendations), a black, gay, Vietnam veteran with an anger problem who lives in Texas, while The Following actor James Purefoy plays his friend Hap Collins, a white, working class labourer who refused to serve in Vietnam and spent time in prison as a result.

This wise-cracking, whip-snapping Deep South caper is a laugh-out-loud roller coaster adventure of two friends in way over their heads.

Catch Hap and Leonard on Amazon Prime


3. Fresh Meat

Josie (Kimberly Nixon) marvels at how far they have come since the characters met at university
(Credit: Channel 4/Mark Johnson)

The hit university sitcom is finished for good, but if you missed out on the final series then there is still time to catch up on All 4.

Vod, JP, Howard, Oregon and Kingsley are all due to graduate and are struggling to come to terms with what that means for their futures.

However, due to an accident with a dental drill and someone’s cheek, Josie is a year behind the rest of the gang and will be sticking around for a further year.

The hilarious and unflinching comedy has lost none of its pace and anarchic silliness in its final season, however it has also grown into a genuinely touching show that many will relate to.

Catch Fresh Meat on All4


4. The Island with Bear Grylls

Neither the men nor the women know that both groups are on the same island. (Credit: Channel 4/Shine)

The Island with Bear Grylls is back for a third series and the stakes have been raised again.

Sixteen ordinary members of the public have been marooned on an island and left to fend for themselves.

The men and the women are left separately, however they are not told that this series they are both on the same island. Will they find each other? How will they fare when the status quo is shaken up by the arrival of the other eight survivors?

The survival series makes great viewing for all the family, however the first episode is not appropriate for young ears, racking up 95 swear words in only 45 minutes, breaking UK records.

Catch The Island with Bear Grylls on All4


5. Marvel’s Daredevil


Marvel’s Daredevil was the first of Netflix’s successful Marvel TV spinoffs, followed by Jessica Jones and upcoming series’ Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Defenders.

Charlie Cox stars as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who fights crime at night thanks to his lightning fast reflexes and heightened senses.

In the new season, Daredevil takes on the fearsome Punisher and deals with the unexpected return of an old flame, Elektra Natchios. 

Catch Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

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The worst thing about Easter is that the eggs are always smaller than you think they’re going to be. That’s why you should have two