Starlings (S1)Wednesdays at 21:00
Every family has their ups and downs, and the Starling family are no exception.
Tomboy Charlie shares a bedroom with her Grandad, while Mum and Dad manage to keep life ticking over with a combination of ingenuity and competition winning. Older brother Gravy has a heart of gold and a penchant for reptiles and his games console. Daughter Bell has just given birth to baby Zac, and is now a full-time single mum – until she might actually admit that father Reuben is the one for her. Then there’s Uncle Loz, Grandad’s long-lost son and the artist of the family. And Fergie, who can be found camping in the garden.
Candid, funny and very sweet, Starlings will warm your heart with familiar family eccentricities.
Ashes to Ashes (S2)Saturdays at 21:30
It’s 1982, and DI Alex Drake is still haunted by sudden visions. Unable to prevent the death of her parents, she is still no nearer to returning to her own time. But there’s a new man in these visions, unseen but offering a glimmer of hope of a return home to her daughter. Could he be real?
Meanwhile, DCI Gene Hunt has his own problems when an investigation into the death of a policeman reveals an intricate web of corruption that could stretch to the top of the force...
Spooks (S9)Mondays at 21:00
New recruits shake things up as Section D, once again, are left wondering who can really be trusted.
The team are tracking suspected terrorist, Abib, on a boat from Tangiers. When Somalian pirates storm the boat, a mysterious Eastern European prostitute saves Lucas’ life. This is Beth Bailey, who soon becomes a new recruit, along with former British Special Forces officer Dimitri and data analyst Tariq.
The newly formed group must gel quickly as relations between the CIA and MI5 reach breaking point over some mysterious hackers. They will have to work together if they are to come out on top in what eventually leads to the ultimate game of cat and mouse.
Him & Her (S3)From Saturday 26 July at 22:20
Steve and Becky are still young, unemployed and very, very lazy. Lazing around in Steve’s bedsit, this loved-up couple are happy to spend their days achieving nothing – except watching DVDs and constantly teasing each other.
Series three sees Steve wanting to take their relationship to the next level – he’s going to ask Becky to marry him. The only problem is finding the right time. With everyone discovering the ring except Becky, will she find out before Steve has had a chance to ask?
Little Dorrit (S1)Tuesdays at 21:00
Andrew Davies, master adaptor of classic literature, brings to life Charles Dickens’ powerful story of struggle and hardship in the 1820s.
When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, his curiosity is piqued by the presence in his mother’s house of a young seamstress, Amy Dorrit. The forbidding Mrs Clennam isn’t usually given to charity, so why has she made an exception in taking on Amy?
Arthur’s quest to discover the truth takes him to the Marshalsea Prison for Debt, where he meets Amy’s father. And he soon discovers that the dark shadow of debt stretches far beyond the walls of the Marshalsea Prison…
Sinbad (S1)Saturdays at 19:15
A thrilling, modern and magical reinvention of the famous legend from Arabian Nights.
How do you become better than the worst thing you’ve done? When Sinbad inadvertently kills a man and causes the death of his beloved brother, he is cursed and escapes to sea as a stowaway. An impetuous young man on a quest for redemption, Sinbad is condemned to keep searching for a way to lift the curse that chains him to the seas, until he can find the goodness in himself.
A Young Doctor's Notebook (S1)Tuesdays at 20:30
Based on the semi-autobiographical short stories by Bulgakov, Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe star in this wry comedy drama about a young doctor’s fledgling career as he begins his new life in a small, backwards Russian village.
Set on the eve of the Russian Revolution, it tells the story of the young medical graduate’s turbulent and brutal introduction to his practice, narrated by his older, more experienced self. Dealing not only with the superstitious and poorly educated patients, but also with his own inner demons, the young doctor reveals doubts about his own competence and struggles with the immense burden of medical responsibility.