With assignment deadlines coming to a close and Easter break creeping upon us, now is the ideal time to get back into TV. Most exciting is a brand new BBC drama, Ordinary Lies, which looks at the repercussions of big lies being told amongst workers at a car showroom. Elsewhere, Gotham returns after a mid-season break as well as brand new Caitlin Moran comedy, Raised by Wolves and the return of Celebrity Juice. Read the full round-up below.
Gotham: Popular series, Gotham, returns after a mid-series break with a double bill. The crime thriller’s – which is based on characters from the Batman comics – first episode back will look at how Jim Gordan, having been reassigned to guard duty at Arkham Asylum, investigates a series of attacks on inmates with the help of Dr Leslie Thompkins, while Oswald Cobblepot flexes his muscles over the fishermen on the docks, but oversteps the mark. Fish Mooney’s plan to overthrow Don Falcone from his position as underworld boss gathers pace. Among the cast is Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin, star of Homeland. Watch it on Monday on Channel 5 at 9pm.
Raised By Wolves: Following on from the success of the 2013 pilot, Caitlin and Caroline Moran’s comedy begins a six-part series. Set on a Wolverhampton council estate, the story is a modern-day reimagining of their childhood. As survivalist mum Della Garry takes her kids to the local common to forage for food and learn important skills, eldest child Germaine devises a way of getting closer to the boy of her dreams. Meanwhile, younger sister Aretha gains a disturbing insight into her grandfather’s sex life. Tune in this Monday on Channel 4 at 10pm.
Ordinary Lies: Ensemble drama following the workers at a car showroom, revealing what happens when moments of desperation lead some of them into telling big lies – spur-of-the-moment deceptions that quickly spiral out of control. The first episode focuses on salesman Marty, played by Jason Manford, who is on his final warning for being late – so when he sleeps through his alarm after a heavy night of drinking, he panics and comes up with a drastic excuse. His colleagues are all sympathetic – but now he has to live with the lie that his wife is dead. Max Beesley, Jo Joyner, Mackenzie Crook and Michelle Keegan co-star. Watch this Tuesday on BBC One at 9pm.
The Big Bang Theory: The US sitcom continues this week where Leonard and Penny ask Howard and Bernadette for advice when they argue about money. Meanwhile, Sheldon and Raj try to find out whether they could survive a dark matter research expedition in a salt mine by attempting to simulate the conditions in a steam tunnel beneath the university. The episode marks the first quarter into the eighth series, with eighteen episodes still to come, all starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. Catch it on E4 on Thursday at 8.30pm.
Resurrection: Second series of the supernatural thriller about a small town where the dead return to life. Marty wakes up on the edge of town and finds he has no memory of the past week – but when he does start to remember things, he faces an unexpected revelation. Henry’s mother returns to life more than 30 years after her death. Tune in this Thursday on Watch as 9pm.
Celebrity Juice: TV presenter Holly Willoughby and broadcaster Fearne Cotton return as team captains on the comedy quiz hosted by Keith Lemon, with celebrity guests answering questions on showbiz news and gossip. They are joined by former stand-in captain and TV chef Gino D’Acampo, along with comedian Jimmy Carr and TV presenters Caroline Flack and Alexa Chung. Catch it this Thursday on ITV2 at 10pm.