'Bridgerton', 'MasterChef', 'Dancing On Ice': What to watch on TV this week, 21 - 27 March

·TV Reporter, Yahoo Entertainment UK
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What's on TV this week? (BBC/Netflix/ITV)
What's on TV this week? (BBC/Netflix/ITV)

It's the week Bridgerton fans have been waiting for - the hit period drama returns to Netflix this Friday for season two, following Anthony's search for a wife.

Elsewhere, it's a good week for foodies as the new series of MasterChef launches on BBC One on Wednesday with a shake-up of the challenges, and Celebrity Bake Off begins on Tuesday on Channel 4.

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There are also some big reality TV finals coming up this week, with Lord Sugar hiring his new Apprentice on BBC One on Thursday and the Dancing On Ice winner crowned on ITV on Sunday.

The best things to watch on TV this week, 21 - 27 March 2022

Monday

Then Barbara Met Alan - BBC Two - 9pm

The film tells the story of 90s disability rights campaigners. (BBC)
The film tells the story of 90s disability rights campaigners. (BBC)

This film tells the true story of the 90s disability rights campaigners who fought hard for victories that would make a real difference to their lives, such as anti-discrimination bills and access, rather than settling for the patronising charity they were being offered.

It's told through the love story of campaigners Barbara Lisicki, played by Ruth Madeley, and Alan Holdsworth, played by Arthur Hughes.

Holding - ITV - 9pm

PJ makes a breakthrough in 'Holding'. (ITV)
PJ makes a breakthrough in 'Holding'. (ITV)

The Kathy Burke and Dominic Treadwell-Collins adaptation of Graham Norton's debut novel continues, as a key suspect goes missing.

Read more: Kathy Burke reveals the reason she quit acting

PJ makes a risky decision in his investigation that leads to a huge breakthrough. Starring Conleth Hill and Siobhan Sweeney.

Tuesday

The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer - Channel 4 - 8pm

Noel, Prue, Paul and Matt with Clara, Alex, Emma and Blake
The first lot of celebs to enter the tent this series. (Channel 4)

One of reality TV's best celebrity spin-off shows returns as the Bake Off tent welcomes some famous contestants in the name of charity.

Up first are Emma Willis, Clara Amfo, Alex Horne and Blake Harrison, judged by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

British Grandma on Death Row with Susanna Reid - ITV - 9pm

Susanna Reid meets Linda Carty. (ITV)
Susanna Reid meets Linda Carty. (ITV)

Linda Carty is the only British woman on death row anywhere in the western world, and she's been there for 20 years awaiting execution.

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She tells Susanna Reid the story of how she was convicted for the murder of a young mum whose newborn baby she was said to be planning to steal - although cracks in the case begin to emerge.

Wednesday

MasterChef - BBC One - 8pm

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Prepare to feel hungry. (Shine TV)

A new series of TV's favourite cooking contest launches tonight, where loyal fans will notice a few changes in the early rounds.

Cooks will have to bring along their own ingredients to make a signature dish that John Torode and Gregg Wallace will not watch them make, but they'll then head back into the kitchen to observe any contestants who didn't make it through the first taste test.

Thursday

The Apprentice Final - BBC One - 9pm

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Lord Sugar gets ready to choose his new business partner. (BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Lord Sugar has narrowed down the candidates to just Harpreet Kaur and Kathryn Louise Burn, and tonight he'll choose his next business partner.

First, the finalists have to make their way through one final challenge where they'll have to launch their own business plan, with a little help from some of the previously fired candidates.

Hospital: Road to Recovery - BBC Two - 9pm

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 15/03/2022 - Programme Name: Hospital: Road to Recovery - TX: n/a - Episode: Hospital Special (w/t) - Early Release (No. Early Release) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Dr Nasirul - Consultant in Intensive Care and Renal Medicine, Prof Jocelyn Brookes FRCP FRCR - Consultant Endovascular Radiologist, Anisha Asukha - Colorectal Surgeon, Kulwant (Kay) Dhadwal - Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine & Anaesthesia and Ali Esmaeili - Plastic Surgeon  - (C) Label1 - Photographer: Ryan McNamara
Staff at the Royal Free London. (Label1/Ryan McNamara)

In a bleak look at the pressures currently facing the NHS, the documentary visits the Royal Free London two years on from the beginning of the pandemic.

Staff show the enormous backlog of patients they are facing, both in A&E and for scheduled treatments and operations.

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Friday

Bridgerton - Netflix

The Sharma sisters and Anthony are caught in a love triangle in 'Bridgerton' season two. (Netflix)
The Sharma sisters and Anthony are caught in a love triangle in 'Bridgerton' season two. (Netflix)

The week's big TV launch is the hotly-anticipated second series of Bridgerton - although sadly, the Duke is not back.

Daphne's brother Anthony is on the hunt for a bride, but as he becomes embroiled in a love triangle with sisters, things are set to get messy.

Of course, Lady Whistledown is back too, but the Queen is out to put a stop to her gossip.

Saturday

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway - ITV - 7pm

Ant and Dec are back on telly this weekend. (ITV)
Ant and Dec are back on telly this weekend. (ITV)

The lads were off TV for a week last weekend as they were bumped from the schedules by the Six Nations, but tonight they make a triumphant return for more pranks and prizes.

Ant and Dec will be joined by Line Of Duty and Motherland star Anna Maxwell Martin as the celebrity guest announcer.

Sunday

Dancing On Ice Final - ITV - 7pm

'Dancing On Ice' finalists Kimberly Wyatt, Brendan Cole and Regan Gascoigne are no strangers to performing. (ITV)
'Dancing On Ice' finalists Kimberly Wyatt, Brendan Cole and Regan Gascoigne are no strangers to performing. (ITV)

It's a week later than planned thanks to last Sunday's football, but Brendan Cole, Kimberly Wyatt and Regan Gascoigne finally take to the rink for one last time tonight.

Read more: Dancing On Ice final features most experienced dancers of any series so far

They've had an extra week to prepare so we're expecting something particularly spectacular from the most accomplished group of finalists ever.

Peaky Blinders - BBC One - 9pm

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Tough times ahead for Tommy. (Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd./Robert Viglasky)

Tommy is struggling to get to grips with last week's revelation that he is facing an illness he is expected to die from, in the wake of burying his young daughter.

Meanwhile, he's also trying to continue the Shelby family's many complex business interests, including one deal that could change everything for them.

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