Easter Sunday TV guide: Maigret, Colombia with Simon Reeve, Homeland

Ben Travis

The Easter weekend is here, bringing a bumper TV schedule, from major dramas to brand new documentaries.

Whether you’re looking for a new mystery or a political travel documentary, there’s plenty on the box.

Here’s what to watch on Easter Sunday

Maigret – ITV, 8pm

ITV are clearly trying to endear audiences to their adaptations of Georges Simenon’s detective Maigret novels. After scheduling the last instalment on Christmas day, Rowan Atkinson returns as the mystery-solving Frenchman.

This latest two-hour episode is based on Maigret at the Crossroads, and sees Atkinson’s character investigating the murder of a diamond dealer in a rural town.

Colombia with Simon Reeve – BBC Two, 9pm

British travel documentarian Simon Reeve heads to the beautiful environments of Colombia – but this is no jolly holiday film.

Instead, Reeve recounts the troubled recent history of a nation renowned for its associations with ‘cocaine and conflict’, meeting with guerrilla fighters and coca farmers. There is hope too though – Reeve’s film looks at what the country’s future might be, if peace can be achieved and maintained.

Homeland – Channel 4, 9pm

American political thriller Homeland has been on form this series, following the election of the USA’s first ever female president (a possibility in the real world when the season was devised).

This is the final instalment of the current run – and if previous finales are anything to go, it’s set to be explosive.

Good news for fans – the show has already been confirmed for Seasons 7 and 8, so expect Claire Danes’ lead Carrie to make it through.