The weekend is upon us once again, and with it comes another line-up of great TV to keep us entertained.
Tonight’s highlights include the continuation of the Six Nations as Wales take on England, a new BBC Four Scandi-Noir and the next episode of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, where the Geordie duo are joined by Gordon Ramsay and Andi Peters.
And of course there are lots of On Demand shows to dig into as well, including a Netflix run for the smouldering fifth series of Poldark starring Aidan Turner, and a perfect Saturday night movie pick from the newly-launched Disney Plus Star strand – Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
If you’d like to plan the rest of your viewing week while you’re at it, check out our handy TV Guide.
In the meantime, our top picks are below.
Saturday 27th February
Six Nations: Wales v England – 4pm, BBC One
Two weeks after the last batch, the Six Nations 2021 fixtures continue this weekend with all the sides in action – including a tantalising fixture between Wales and England. Wales will be coming into this game on a high having recorded narrow victories in their first two games against Ireland and Scotland, while England have had more mixed results so far, losing to Scotland in their opening match before going on to comfortably defeat Italy on the second match day.
The Man in Room 301 – 9pm, BBC Four
The latest Scandi noir series to be picked up by BBC Four begins with a double bill tonight. The drama follows the Kurtti family, whose lives take a horrible turn when their two year-old son is shot dead. The series picks up 1 years later when they spot a man who looks eerily similar to their son’s killer during a holiday to Greece.
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – 7pm, ITV
After returning to our screens last weekend, the Geordie duo continue the new series of their long-running entertainment show, Saturday Night Takeaway. This week, they are joined by Andi Peters and Gordon Ramsay, while there is a return for Pandas Bam and Boo, who are trying to make their escape from a teddy bear’s picnic display in Hamleys.
Poldark season 5 – Netflix
Series five of historical drama Poldark arrives on Netflix this Saturday, with Aidan Turner returning as the titular Captain for the show’s fifth and final season. The fifth season, which aired on BBC One in 2019, picks up with Ross (Turner) and Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) following the death of Elizabeth, with Ross vowing to put Westminster behind him and spent more time with the people he loves – but when an old friend asks for his help in challenging the establishment again, Ross can’t turn him down.
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Disney Plus
A whole host of movies have recently been added to Disney Plus as part of the new Star Hub – and few of them are as great as Wes Anderson’s Oscar-nominated masterpiece from 2014. Ralph Fiennes turns in a terrific performance as the concierge Gustave H, who is wrongly framed for murder and seeks escape from the authorities with help from an inexperienced lobby boy.
What else is on? With Kate Mara turning 38 on Saturday, why not revisit BBC Two series A Teacher, following an affair between a student and his young teacher at a High School in Texas. Alternatively, there’s cult classic Firefly on Disney Plus, courtesy of Star, while Dad’s Army is airing on BBC Two.
Sunday 28th February
I May Destroy You – BBC iPlayer
If you’re still reeling from the Golden Globes snub of Michaela Coel’s critically acclaimed drama I May Destroy You, why not revisit the 12-part series on iPlayer in the run-up to the award ceremony? Starring Coel as Twitter-star-turned-novelist Arabella, this raw, groundbreaking drama follows the author as she tries to rebuild her life after being sexually assaulted.
McDonald & Dodds – 8pm, ITV
The crime fighting police duo return for the first episode in a second season, with Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia reprising their roles as McDonald & Dodds from the popular first run. This episode sees them take on a complex case concerning five friends and a hot-air balloon trip that goes wrong.
Hamilton – Disney Plus
In honour of Hamilton’s Golden Globes nomination, it’s time to rewatch the musical spectacular on Disney Plus in the lead up to the 2021 ceremony. Arguably the most talked-about musical of the last few years, Lin-Manuel Miranda stars as US Founding Father Alexander Hamilton in this hip hop musical detailing the politician’s life and influence in establishing American government.
Attenborough’s Life in Colour – 7pm, BBC One
The latest series from the legendary naturalist sees him explore the many ways animals use colour, taking advantage of special cameras to glimpse a world normally invisible to the human eye. Expect interesting insights into the striking tail of peacocks and the red and blue face masks of the mandrill baboon.
Six Nations: France v Scotland – 2:20pm, BBC One
Scotland got off to the perfect start to their Six Nations campaign with a rare away win against England, however, came unstuck on day two of matches, narrowly losing to Wales. Now, they travel to France to take on the early season favourites, who have despatched both Ireland and Italy in their opening two games.
What else is on? There’s plenty more to look forward to as well, with the latest episodes of period drama The Great and competition show The Great Pottery Throw Down airing on Channel 4 and the latest episode of BBC One crime drama Bloodlands also showing. Meanwhile, American Gods is available to watch on Amazon Prime, while the original 1968 version of Planet of the Apes has now arrived on Disney Plus.
Monday 1st March
MasterChef – 9pm, BBC One
There are so many versions of MasterChef, it’s a bit unsettling when none of them are on TV. Thankfully, John Torode and Gregg Wallace are back in the kitchen to judge more buttery biscuit bases and make all of us pick begrudgingly at our lacklustre lockdown lasagnes. It’s the amateur edition of the contest this time round, so get ready to meet five foodies in this first heat, desperate to prove they can cook restaurant quality food. They’ll start by preparing their signature dish, and they’d better get it right because the challenges will only get trickier. After all (in unison, please), cooking doesn’t get tougher than this!
Hapless – My5
If you’re looking for a new sitcom to obsess over, why not try Tim Downie’s six-part series Hapless. After starting life under a different name (“The Jewish Enquirer”), on a different platform (Amazon Prime Video), the comedy is going straight to My5. It tells the story of a freelance journalist desperately seeking stories for “the UK’s fourth most successful Jewish newspaper” as he tries to please a difficult editor.
Unforgotten – 9pm, ITV
After last week’s Unforgotten cliffhanger ending, we can’t wait to rejoin Cassie and Sunny as they continue their investigation into a shocking cold case. It was surprising enough to find a body in a freezer in a scrapyard, but it was the revelation that all of the suspects are coppers that left us reeling. With Cassie supposedly just whittling down the weeks until she can retire, will she manage to stay detached from the case? And how difficult will it be to establish the circumstances around the victim’s death? Read our Unforgotten review if you want to know more.
A Discovery of Witches – NOW TV
If you’re late to the party, don’t worry, there’s still time to catch up on this supernatural romantic thriller starring Matthew Goode, Alex Kingston and Teresa Palmer as both seasons one and two are on NOW TV. We follow talented witch Diana as she struggles to contain her powers – she just wants to be a successful academic, but when she requests a bewitched book from the library she awakens forces beyond her control. Oh and she falls in love with a sexy vampire, which has all sorts of complications. A Discovery of Witches series two even offers time travel…
Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell – Netflix
Netflix is building an impressive back catalogue of music documentaries, and the latest is an in-depth look at influential hip hop star, Christopher Wallace, AKA The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring contributions from those closest to him, including rapper P. Diddy (who performed his cover version of I’ll Be Missing You in Biggie’s memory), and unseen footage, the programme tells the story of Wallace’s rise to fame, examining why his memory still lives on today.
What else is on? Johnny Vegas, Anna Maxwell-Martin and Alex Jones try to identify the fibs and truths in Would I Lie To You? on BBC One at 8:30pm. Meanwhile, there are more laughs to be had on BBC Two at 9pm, with a showing of Eddie Izzard’s 2013 stand-up tour, Force Majeure. Elsewhere, Jamie Oliver will show you how to make pizza dough from scratch in Keep Cooking Family Favourites on Channel 4 at 8:30pm.
Tuesday 2nd March
Casino Royale – Amazon Prime Video
Revisit the film that ushered in Daniel Craig’s Bond age more than a decade ago on the actor’s 53rd birthday. Craig is joined by Eva Green as dangerous double agent Vesper and Mads Mikkelsen as iconic Bond villain Le Chiffre. Unfortunately, it’s not available for free, but you can rent it from £3.49 on Amazon Prime. Don’t have Prime? Sign up for Amazon Prime for £7.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Amazon Prime Video
It’s your last chance to watch Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson play a nerdy teenager turned video game hero before Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle leaves Amazon Prime Video this week. The adventure comedy is a romp, with Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart filling out the cast. Sign up for Amazon Prime for £7.99 a month with a 30-day free trial and watch for free.
Your Honor – Sky Atlantic, NOW TV
Brian Cranston is Judge Michael Desiato, a respected judge whose life is turned upside down when his son commits a hit-and-run, forcing him to walk on the wrong side of the law – much like Breaking Bad’s Walter White. Your Honor is the brain child of BAFTA-winning writer Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice).
Premier League: Man City v Wolves – 8pm, BT Sport 1
The Premier League continues, with tonight’s match pitting Man City against the Wolves. The home clash for Man City promises to be an exciting one, with the team currently topping the league and no doubt looking for a repeat of September’s 3-1 match.
The Bold Type – Netflix
Originally a Freeform series, all four seasons of this glossy dramedy arrive on Netflix today. The show is inspired by Cosmopolitan’s former editor-in-chief Joanna Coles and charts the lives and careers of three millennial woman trying to make it in New York’s women’s magazines industry.
DNA Family Secrets – 9pm, BBC Two
This brand new series sees journalist and Strictly alumni Stacey Dooley help people answer life-changing questions by examining their DNA. The first episode introduces us to Richard, who wants to learn whether the man claiming to be his biological father is telling the truth, and Charlie, who wants to know whether the terminal illness that runs in his family will affect him.
What else is on? Another episode of Interior Design Masters airs at 8pm on BBC Two, with each of the contestants expected to transform a beach hut in what will mark this season’s first alone challenge. On ITV, Marcella’s penultimate episode is on at 9pm.
Wednesday 3rd March
Murder Among the Mormons – Netflix
Netflix’s latest true crime offering is a three-part series delving into a series of murders that rocked Salt Lake City’s sizeable Mormon community in the ‘80s. The three-part documentary explores the context of the pipe bombings that left two dead, and how the artefacts found in one of the victim’s cars – including the now infamous White Salamander Letter – threatened to topple the Mormon Church’s very foundations.
Sonic the Hedgehog – NOW TV
Today is World Wildlife Day, and though the speedy blue hedgehog isn’t technically of this world, his high-octane journey to fitting into it makes for an endearing watch. Fancy something more serious? A Life on Our Planet on Netflix celebrates David Attenborough’s extraordinary life, and looks at how we can live in harmony with nature.
Moxie – Netflix
Amy Poehler continues her directing streak with another Netflix film, this time with a patriarchy-smashing, punk-inspired adaptation of Jennifer Mathieu’s YA novel, also titled Moxie. In it, a group of teenage girls start a zine to expose the toxic behaviours upheld by their high school.
The Terror – 9pm, BBC Two
With Ridley Scott producing and a stellar cast that includes Chernobyl’s Jared Harris and Outlander’s Tobias Menzies, it’s no surprise the BBC is brining this AMC original to the UK. The horror drama is a fictionalised account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s (Harris) lost expedition to the Artic. While you’re on a Jared Harris binge, why not (re)watch Chernobyl on Sky? And then you could watch Inside Chernobyl with Ben Fogle at 9pm on Channel 5.
What else is on? The last episode of Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig also airs tonight if you’re looking for some travel inspiration for when lockdown finally lifts. The Premier League continues with tonight’s game pitting Crystal Palace against Man Utd, and there’s also a brand new episode of MasterChef.
Thursday 4th March
Pacific Rim: The Black – Netflix
Fans of the epic blockbuster film series Pacific Rim should check out this new animated spin-off which arrives on Netflix today. Set in post-apocalyptic Australia that has been overrun by gigantic monsters, Pacific Rim: The Black follows siblings Taylor and Hayley as they teach themselves how to pilot one of the enormous robots that have long been humanity’s first line of defence against annihilation.
The Breakfast Club – Amazon Prime Video
The John Hughes classic has recently been added to Amazon Prime Video’s film library, so settle in with this timeless coming-of-age story. The film follows a group of teenagers who seemingly couldn’t be more different as they are grouped together for a gruelling Saturday detention. Over the course of that fateful day, they’ll learn they have more in common than they could ever have expected.
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories with Rupert Everett – 9pm, ITV
Piers Morgan delivers another insightful celebrity interview as the latest series of Life Stories continues. This time, actor Rupert Everett is in the hot seat, who addresses the criticisms he has levelled at his former co-stars and the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis on his younger years.
The Witches of Eastwick – Amazon Prime Video
It’s your last chance to watch this star-studded fantasy comedy on Amazon Prime Video, as it expires from the service tomorrow. Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher and Susan Sarandon star as three friends who are each approached by a charming stranger with mysterious intentions. Also featuring Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson.
Schitt’s Creek: “Wine and Roses” (S1 E6)
It’s Catherine O’Hara’s birthday and we can think of no better way to celebrate than by kicking back with some Schitt’s Creek. For a classic Moira Rose episode, revisit Wine and Roses from the sitcom’s first season, where the truly iconic character is tasked with filming a commercial for fruit wine. The results are both farcical and utterly hilarious.
What else is on? Sheridan Smith’s pet talent show Pooch Perfect airs its final episode on BBC One, while the drama heats up on Neighbours (Channel 5) as Nicolette and Brent form an alliance.
Friday 5th March
WandaVision – Disney Plus
After nine weeks, the hit Marvel series comes to its much hyped conclusion – and fans have been promised an epic finale, which will reportedly have major repercussions for the future of the MCU. Plot details have unsurprisingly been kept under wraps, but there should certainly be some major developments.
EastEnders – 8:35pm, BBC One
Chelsea has been making waves ever since she returned to Walford, with her serial killer father in tow, and she continues to ruffle feathers by making a move on her old flame, Jack Branning. How will Denise react when she finds out?
Nevenka: Breaking the Silence – Netflix
This true crime documentary tells the story of Nevenka Fernandez, who was the victim of Spain’s first sexual harassment case in 2000. It featuring interviews with Fernandez who speaks about her fight for justice for the first time in 20 years.
Vera – 8:30pm, ITV
This episode of the popular crime drama originally aired back in 2019, and is based on Vera creator Ann Cleeves’ novel The Seagull. It is an unusually personal episode of the programme, giving us a lot of insight into the character and delving into her relationship with father Hector.
The Witches – NOW TV
This new film adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel was released on Premium VOD last year and has now arrived on NOW TV. Anne Hathaway takes on the role of Grand High Witch – memorably played by Anjelica Huston in Nicolas Roeg’s 1990 version – while legendary director Robert Zemeckis is behind the camera.
What else is on?
If none of the above options tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other options to keep you entertained as well – including the latest episodes of Grayson’s Art Club and Gogglebox on Channel 4, and The Graham Norton Show on BBC One, with guests including Line of Duty stars Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar.
For more to watch, visit our handy guides to the best series on Netflix, best movies on Netflix or see what’s on other streaming sites by finding out the best movies on Amazon Prime and best Amazon Prime series or the best movies on Disney Plus and best shows on Disney Plus. Looking for the full set of TV listings? Check out our TV Guide.