Last of the Summer Wine (S27)From Tuesday 18 March at 20:00
The world's longest-running sitcom set in the glorious Yorkshire Dales is back and the ageing delinquents are up to their old tricks again!
In this series, there's a case of mistaken identity in the village when Smiler is suspected of being a university professor in disguise and Clegg is inspired to write his memoirs – prompting him to go in search of a childhood sweetheart.
Meanwhile, Alvin, Billy and a piece of extra-long rope show up to form an unlikely rescue team – what could possibly go wrong?
Rev. (S2)From Monday 31 March at 20:30
Tom Hollander returns for a second series as the Rev. Adam Smallbone in the Bafta award-winning comedy about a hapless inner city vicar.
Rev. Adam Smallbone is a Church of England priest struggling to remain relevant in his inner-city parish where he’s largely ignored except by the demanding and irritating few who attend his church – including Lay Reader Nigel, who thinks he should be a vicar, hard-drinking Colin, who’s on an eternal quest for enlightenment, and local crackhead Mick, who isn’t quite the sophisticated grifter he thinks he is.
In this series, Adam rescues Adoha from a mugger, conducts an exorcism in a nursing home and meets Joan, a new elderly parishioner who has a colourful past and a haunted bedroom.
The Vicar of Dibley (S1)Tuesdays at 20:30
A young, enthusiastic vicar is appointed to the sleepy country parish of Dibley – and the congregation is in for a shock. Not only is the Reverend Geraldine Granger a female, but she is young, trendy and bubbly – plus she tells saucy jokes about nuns.
Most of Geraldine’s parishioners warm to her quite quickly. However, it’s not an easy job, and she needs all her diplomatic skills to deal with the hilarious inbred village idiots and eccentrics that make up her congregation.
The Omid Djalili ShowWednesdays at 20:30
One of Britain’s best-loved and multi-award winning comedians is unleashed as a performer and writer in his own comedy show that mixes energetic stand-up with memorable sketches and characters.
The show takes a grown-up swipe at modern life in a multicultural society, reflecting Omid’s hugely successful stand-up persona: part political, part social commentary and part plain silly.
Stand-up segments see Omid tackle Muslim fundamentalists, the environment, multi-tasking mums and marriage, while sketch characters include a wannabe actor desperate to impress anyone he meets, a bouncer who releases his own instructional videos and a confused mafia boss.
Extras (S1)Thursdays at 20:30
Extras is an award-winning comedy show from the creative team of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
Ricky stars as TV and film extra Andy Millman, who dreams of stardom but is too cynical to admit it, while Stephen plays his hapless and useless agent Darren Lamb.
The series charts Andy’s rocky path to the big time, along with his best friend Maggie (Ashley Jensen) and a host of well-known faces prepared to laugh at their own public personas. Look out for Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet and Samuel L Jackson, amongst others, as celebrity life is dissected in this achingly funny series.
Friday Night Dinner (S2)Fridays at 20:30
Friday Night Dinner returns for a second helping of ground-breaking comedy.
In this series, Adam goes on a date with a girl who smells like Mum, Jonny starts going out with an older woman, Mum is forced out the house by a mouse, dad starts drying fish in the downstairs cupboard, Jim makes a birthday cake for Wilson the dog, Grandma has an affair with a married man, and we meet dad’s mother – ‘Horrible Grandma’.
Featuring a stellar ensemble cast, Friday Night Dinner is a truly quirky, original series about growing up but not growing away.
DCI Banks (S1)Saturdays at 21:30
Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot in three thrilling crime stories.
In Playing with Fire, Banks is called to investigate an arson attack on two narrow boats. In Friend of the Devil, Annie Cabbot investigates the murder of a woman found out on the moor with her throat cut. Meanwhile, Banks is called to a murder of a young girl in the centre of town. As Annie and Banks compare cases, they discover the two different murders have some disturbing similarities. And in Cold is the Grave, Banks is asked by his boss, Chief Superintendent Gerry Rydell, to find his missing teenage daughter.
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (S2)Saturdays at 22:20
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle returns for a second series with more intelligent and witty bites at modern life.
With arguably one of Britain's finest stand-up comedians at the helm, each episode sees Stewart explore a different aspect of modern life, including charity, London, charity again (because he got sidetracked the first time), stand-up comedy, identity and democracy.
Whatever the topic, Stewart addresses it with razor-sharp wit, using every argument at his disposal to convey his point. You'll be sure to learn something along the way (which may or may not be true).