Bank Holiday weekend 2014: best TV on today, Sunday 4 May

In The Flesh, The Crimson Field, Fargo, Pride and Prejudice, Perspectives and Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking are all on screens today

Pride and Prejudice – 1:00pm, Drama


Fitzwilliam Darcy, emerging from the lake at Pemberley, his dripping wet shirt clinging to his shapely torso. Nowadays it’s a scene from television folklore and officially the nation’s most memorable British drama moment but today’s your chance to relive it and much more as Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle entertain us with six hours of Austen. 

Fargo – 9:00pm, Channel 4

The series billed as the next Breaking Bad continues in a less blood-spattered fashion than the murderous first episode. Martin Freeman stars as jaded salesman Lester Nygaard whose life takes a murderous turn when he encounters hitman Lorne Malvo.

The Crimson Field – 9:00pm, BBC1

The WWI series plods on with this penultimate episode dressed around a jolly song and dance organised by Flora. But events take a dramatic turn when Sister Livesey – played by a terrific Suranne Jones – catches wind of her forbidden fiancée and a crumpled piece of newspaper threatens to expose Kitty’s secret. 

In the Flesh – 10:00pm, BBC3

The critics were enamoured by BBC3’s zombie drama when it broke onto the scene last year, putting debut writer Dominic Mitchell firmly on the map. Now it’s back for a second series with Luke Newberry playing Kieren Walker whose desperate attempts to cover up his Partially Deceased Syndrome are undone by the return of his best friend Amy (Emily Bevan). 

Perspectives – 10:00pm, ITV

Will Young has long been fascinated by surrealist René Magritte’s subversive humour – here he investigates the artist’s conventional exterior which saw him living in suburban Brussels and married to his childhood sweetheart.

Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking – 10:00pm, Discovery

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this hour-long films sees the physicist put space to one side to examine “another universe that fascinates me – our own personal galaxies”. At the centre is a very important message – can we find a less controversial alternative to using embryonic stem cells for medical research?