Semester two has officially kicked in, and what better way to wind down or spend your weekends wrapped in blankets and watching TV? The Edge has collated the best TV shows in the next seven days that we recommend so that you don’t waste hours trawling through iPlayer.
Stella: Beginning this week’s round-up is the return of Stella, a comedy created by Ruth Jones (who assisted James Corden in the marvellous creation of Gavin & Stacey) which will begin its fourth season this evening. The first episode of ten in the series, based in South Wales, sees Stella’s life continue its chaotic nature with her new bloke Michael deciding to base his solicitors’ office in her house. As well as this, Stella begins her second year of nursing training at work. Tune in to what promises to be another great series this evening on Sky 1 at 9pm.
The British Academy Film Awards: Following on from last year, which saw Gravity lead the way in nominations, this year’s BAFTAs sees Wes Anderson’s masterful The Grand Budapest Hotel on top, along with both The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything both likely to pick up a lot of awards at the prestigious event. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The likes of Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Rosamund Pike are all Brits nominated in Best Actor categories, battling with the likes of Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore. Watch it on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.
The Gift: This new heart-warming series sees Mel Giedroyc and Matt Baker meet people who would like to find someone after many years so that they can either say thank you or sorry. The first episode of four sees soldier Patrick Provis, who was left fighting for his life after being hit by an IRA mortar back in 1987. An Army helicopter crew flew in to rescue him, with The Gift allowing Patrick to be able to find and thank the person who took the decision to save him. Also on the programme, a woman wants to apologise for a mistake she made with the first man she ever loved, leaving him heartbroken and later emigrating to America. Catch it this coming Tuesday at 9pm on BBC One.
Mike & Molly: The US comedy continues into its fifth season next week. In the season’s premiere, Molly returns after spending eight weeks at a prestigious writers’ workshop and she returns with some very prosperous news: her book is going to be published and she has received a generous advance. You can watch the new episode, which stars both Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy, over on Comedy Central at 9.30pm on Tuesday.
The Great Comic Relief Bake Off: A brand new series of the celebrity edition of one of the nation’s favourite programmes: The Great British Bake Off. Broadcast in time for the run-up of 2015’s Comic Relief, each week we will see four famous faces enter the tent to try and showcase their baking skills (or lack of). Sue Perkins hosts the season’s premiere which sees Dame Edna Everage, Lulu, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders take on a trio of challenges. First, a giant biscuit. Second, 12 fruit tarts. Third, a show-stopping tiered chocolate cake. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood both return to judge the celebrities and decide the week’s winner. Tune in this coming Wednesday at 9pm over on BBC One.