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Ten TV Shows to watch in March
  Saturday 04 March, 2017
Ten TV Shows to watch in March

From ‘the new Game of Thrones’ and the latest Top Gear to a Mexican drama, make time in front of the box for these programmes, writes Ben Dowell.

Prime Suspect 1973
Helen Mirren’s DCI Tennison remains one of the greatest TV cops ever. But UK commercial channel ITV, which first aired the show, has now chosen to imagine her earlier career in a new series based on the original creator Lynda La Plante’s novel. Stefanie Martini plays WPC Tennison before her rise up the ranks. And she seems to face even more misogyny and brutality than she did in her 1990s heyday in a show replete with Watergate references and Thin Lizzy songs. Premieres 2 March on ITV

The Discovery
An intriguing ‘what if?’ TV film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, The Discovery stars Robert Redford as a scientist who proves the existence of an after-life beyond doubt – with rather seismic repercussions. Lots of people kills themselves to get there – and urgent ethical questions are asked about whether he was right to make his findings public. Jason Segel, Rooney Mara and Jesse Plemmons co-star. Premieres 31 March on Netflix

Shots Fired
Police thriller about the shooting of an unarmed man by a cop in a small North Carolina town – only this time the victim is white and the policeman is black. Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James star as Department of Justice investigators looking into the shooting, while Helen Hunt plays the state’s governor who has a re-election bid to worry about in a gripping (and, some may say, very timely) 10-part series. Premieres 22 March on Fox

Trial & Error
This wacky and highly unusual comedy boasts the not inconsiderable acting talents of John Lithgow as a murder suspect – but one who is like no other. His wife has been found dead by the smashed glass of their patio doors – and he acts very strangely in the aftermath. Is he a killer – or just an eccentric poetry professor who feels embarrassment at the incident and rollerblades in her blood? And what will his big-city lawyer (Nicholas D'Agosto) who has turned to this decidedly weird small town case, make of him? Snappily written and with plenty of uncomfortable bellyache laughs, NBC has a high hopes for this show which airs on US TV after The Voice. Premieres 7 March on NBC

The Last Kingdom
The second series of this axe-tastically bloody historical drama sees Netflix climb aboard, co-producing the series along with the BBC. Based on Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling series of novels, it is getting some new cast members too, with Thirteen's Richard Rankin and Peter McDonald, The Bridge's Thure Lindhardt and Legend's Millie Brady joining actors Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson and Emily Cox. As the new series opens, Uhtred (Dreymon) continues his fight for his native land of Northumbria and voyages north to avenge Earl Ragnar's death and recapture his ancestral lands of Bebbanburg. That will mean a lot to the fans, anyway, of which there are many. Premieres 12 March on BBC2

Time After Time
Imagine if Jack the Ripper got access to HG Wells’ time machine and travelled to today’s New York, only to be pursued across time by Wells himself? Sound preposterous? Well of course it is, but this is also rather fun too. It stars Freddie Stroma as Wells while Josh Bowman takes the role of Jack. It’s adapted by The Following’s Kevin Williamson from Karl Alexander's novel, which sci-fi fans will recall was turned into a popular 1979 film. Premieres 5 March on ABC

Two 15-year-old boys secretly meet up at a sand quarry to explore their feelings for each other, only to witness a blood bath in which several members of a local gang are murdered. The boys are seen by the murderer but manage to escape, kicking off this beguiling and thrilling Norwegian drama that stars Anneke von der Lippe. It has been remade for US audiences by the USA Network but this is the original – and to many minds – better series. Premieres 30 March on Channel 4 and Walter Presents

All 15 episodes of the Mexican series about the country's fictitious first lady Emilia Urquiza are available to stream worldwide. Kate Del Castillo stars as the woman with plans to improve conditions for the people of her country. Strong and capable, she has well-founded doubts about the probity of her husband, President Diego Nava. Alicia Jaziz and Alessio Valentini play their two children. Premieres 24 March on Netflix

Nick’s Law
German TV is getting some attention abroad and international drama portal Walter Presents has high hopes for an international audience with this series which stars one of Germany’s most famous actors, Til Schweiger (Inglorious Basterds) in this tough cop show. Schweiger plays lone-wolf detective Nick Tschiller in the Hamburg-set procedural. He’s hoping for a fresh start when he takes up his new role at the State Criminal Investigation Department, before his bullish approach to law enforcement gets him into trouble with the district attorney, Hannah Lennerts (played by Edita Malovčić). Premieres 3 March on Walter Presents

Top Gear
It’s make-or-break time for Matt LeBlanc – the former Friends star whose foray into factual presenting was far from smooth last year. He joined the globally popular motoring show after the long-standing trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond were forced to leave (and joined Amazon). But unfortunately for him the show stuttered on the starting grid with many fans put off by the main presenter Chris Evans and not exactly enamoured with LeBlanc either. Could he succeed in his own right as a presenter without a brilliant team of writers penning his words? The jury is still out. Now LeBlanc is now the lead guy and they are back to a streamlined trio with Rory Reid and Chris Harris offering support. It promises to be funnier and slicker says the BBC – but we’ll see. Premieres 5 March on BBC2

Source: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170303-ten-tv-shows-to-watch-in-march

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