TV round-up: 20/02/15 – 26/02/15

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This week sees the return of a few popular shows that grace our screens once more. Channel 4 brings Gogglebox back to our Friday nights, where we see our favourite armchair critics voice their opinions on the past week’s TV. Also returning is Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, where the comedy duo pull a prank on pop star Olly Murs. Elsewhere, Bear Grylls arrives with a new show that tests a collection of celebrities on a 12-day expedition in the rainforest of Costa Rica. Read the full round-up below.

Vikings: With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex. King Ecbert (Linus Roache) has made many promises and it remains to be seen if he will keep them. But ever the restless wanderer, Ragnar is searching for something more and he finds it in the mythical city of Paris. Tune in today on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Gogglebox: Return of the reality show in which Britain’s favourite armchair critics share their opinions on the TV programmes they have been watching during the week. The programme captures their instant reactions and lively – sometimes emotional – discussions from the comfort of their own sofas. Watch it tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm.

Bear Grylls: Mission Survive: Eight celebrities embark on a 12-day expedition in the rainforest of Costa Rica, where they must learn to navigate difficult terrain, build shelters, make fire and eat the food that nature provides. From abseiling down ferocious waterfalls to crossing perilous rapids, the stars face a range of challenges and Bear himself eliminates one of them each week, leaving three in the final. Including Kelly Holmes, Mike Tindall, Max George, and Jamelia. Tune in tonight on ITV at 9pm.

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway: The Geordie duo return with the entertainment show, featuring pranks, sketches, famous guests and competitions. Olly Murs becomes the latest victim of the pair’s undercover pranks as they infiltrate the pop star’s final session for his very own wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s in Blackpool. Ed Sheeran performs live in the studio, and Ashley Roberts leaves the hosts in a spin as she presides over the first round of Ant vs. Dec. Plus, a member of the studio audience plays for the contents of a commercial break. Catch it this Saturday on ITV at 7pm.

Hostages: Israeli psychological thriller, following a renowned brain surgeon who faces an impossible dilemma when her family is taken hostage the night before she is due to perform a routine operation on the president of Israel. The kidnappers demand that she sabotage the procedure and kill her patient – or her relatives will pay the ultimate price. Starring Ayelet Zurer, tune in this Saturday at 9pm on BBC Four.

About a Boy: The return of the comedy based on the Hugh Grant film of the same name. Will is back from New York and trying to fit back into Fiona and Marcus’s lives – but it proves easier said than done. As if that weren’t bad enough, his seemingly endless flow of royalty cheques appear to have dried up. Meanwhile, Marcus has gotten in with a group of friends who aren’t particularly friendly, and Andy has some surprising news to break to his wife. Watch it this Sunday on Sky1 at 6pm.

The Only Way is Essex: A trip to Tenerife promises to provide entertainment while back in the UK, more drama and romance unfolds. Who will fall out and who will make up? Are Gemma and Fearne genuine and are Chloe and Elliott together or not? Tune in this Sunday at 10pm on ITVBe.

The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief: The celebrities have had their fun. Now it’s the turn of six members of the public to put on their dancing shoes and team up with a professional partner in this charity version of the popular contest. But these aren’t just any people: all the contestants are real-life heroes and heroines, voted for by friends and families. In the first of four specials, which culminate with their performances on the evening of Red Nose Day on 13th March, the initial three find out they are taking part – in the most flamboyant ways possible – and viewers hear their stories to find out why they have been chosen. Catch it this Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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