What to watch this Bank Holiday weekend

Let RadioTimes.com guide you through the best programmes on TV this long weekend

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What to watch this Bank Holiday weekend
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Saturday 25 May, 2013

One for the family: The Witches, 5:00 – 6:50pm, Watch

Settle in for a slice of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, which sees a little boy discover the secrets of a group of seaside witches. Kids will be enthralled by the magic – the little boy even gets turned into a mouse – although it may be a tad scary for some.

Get your Leonardo DiCaprio fix: Titanic, 7:00 – 10:40pm, C4

Amid all of the Great Gatsby excitement, take a step back in Leonardo DiCaprio time, with James Cameron’s Titanic. It’s long and we all know what happens at the end. But it’s a modern classic.

For the football fans: Champions League Final, 7:00pm, ITV

Borussia Dortmund taken on Bayern Munich in this final showdown – the Champions League Final. Wembley Stadium will play host, as Bayern start out as the favourites to win the match.

Documentary of the week: David Bowie – Five years, 9:20pm, BBC2

Follow Bowie from the beginning. From Ziggy Stardust to Let’s Dance, get to know what makes Bowie tick. Previously unseen footage will delight fans, as the documentary explores the ‘five faces’ of Bowie.

Sunday 26 May, 2013

For the sport lovers:  Tennis: French Open, 11:30am, ITV

Possibly a bit early for a Bank Holiday Sunday, but there’s live coverage from the opening day of the French Open. So if you like your tennis, it’s time to get the kettle on and tune in. First-round matches of both the men and women.

Great drama: Case Histories, 8:30pm, BBC1

Catch up with the goings on of private investigator Jackson Brodie, who gets himself into as many scrapes as cases he takes on. Brodie’s daughter Marlee is back in this episode and returns with a bit of an attitude. So Brodie will take that well…

The Rovers Returns: Coronation Street, 9:00pm, ITV

No sooner has the Rovers reopened than a pregnant Tina is collapsing in pain. Everything has to happen at once, right? A good dose of Bank Holiday soap drama.

Down Under: Australia with Simon Reeve, 9:30pm, BBC2

Second in the series, follow Simon as he visits Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park. Simon takes on dangerous jellyfish and hunts for a dangerous starfish on the Great Barrier Reef.   

Monday 27 May, 2013

One for the family: Horrible Histories, 4:30pm, CBBC

Facts have never been so much fun! Join the Horrible Histories gang for an afternoon of Saxon-inspired frivolity along with a Sherlock spoof to finish. There are some jolly good songs to sing along to, including with Rosa Parks as she sings about American civil rights.

Going Live!: Britain’s Got Talent, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, ITV

The live semi-finals begin tonight and continue for the rest of the week. Nine of the 45 acts will perform tonight, with two acts going through to the final. It’s time for you to get voting and there’s to be a performance from a big-name act. 

Comedy fix: New Girl, 8:00, E4

Have a giggle before the working week begins with Zooey Deschanel in New Girl. Nick heads off to the zoo to seek inspiration for his zombie-themed novel. Sounds full of belly laughs to us. 

Drama of the week: The Fall, 9:00pm, BBC2

You may not rest easy in your bed after this one, but you should tune in if only to see Gillian Anderson masterfully play Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson. In the midst of trying to uncover the Belfast serial killer, other sinister plots emerge. It’s a bit of a thinker to ease you back into the working week.

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