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'Saturday Night Takeaway' to 'Line Of Duty': The 12 things to watch this weekend

Rachel McGrath
·6-min read
Line of Duty, All Star Musicals and The Voice (BBC/ITV)
Line of Duty, All Star Musicals and The Voice (BBC/ITV)

Let's be honest – when it comes to TV this weekend, the one thing we're all looking forward to most is Line Of Duty.

The sixth season of the BBC's hit police drama will finally arrive on screens this Sunday but before then, there are plenty of other brilliant shows to tune in to (we promise).

From experimental reality television to jam-packed comedic offerings, here are all the best programmes to watch this weekend..

Friday, 19 March

Red Nose Day telethon (7pm, BBC One)

The Comic Relief 2021 Night of TV hosts. Paddy McGuinness, Alesha Dixon, Sir Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, David Tennant. (BBC/Comic Relief/Claire Harrison/Nicky Johnston)
The Comic Relief 2021 Night of TV hosts. Paddy McGuinness, Alesha Dixon, Sir Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, David Tennant. (BBC/Comic Relief/Claire Harrison/Nicky Johnston)

Comic Relief’s biennial telethon is back and despite lockdown measures being in place, the BBC has managed to pull out all the stops to help raise some cash

Read more: The best ever Red Nose Day moments

As usual, a whole host of stars will be presenting and performing in the studio, though this year there will not be an audience present to cheer them on. Sketches include Dawn French reprising her role as the Vicar of Dibley, a Normal People vs Fleabag mash-up and an extra special episode of Staged. See our full guide of all the highlights to look forward to here.

Grayson’s Art Club (8pm, Channel 4)

Grayson Perry's Art Club returns for another series. (Channel 4)
Grayson Perry's Art Club is back. (Channel 4)

Meanwhile over on Channel 4, Grayson and Philippa Perry have set viewers a slightly more abstract challenge than usual with the theme of Dreams.

They’ll be joined (via videolink, of course) by special guests Johnny Vegas and Sophie Ellis Bextor, before legendary artist Sir Frank Bowling gives us a tour of his studio.

Gogglebox (9pm, Channel 4)

Jenny and Lee. (Channel 4)
Jenny and Lee. (Channel 4)

There have been plenty of brilliant television moments in the last seven days and tonight, we’ll see the nation’s favourite TV lovers catch up on shows including The Circle, Naked Attraction and This Morning.

Read more: The best movies to stream this weekend

We’re also hoping for an update on how Sophie Sandiford’s new career move is going and a few laughs courtesy of Jenny and Lee.

Later… with Jools Holland for Comic Relief (10pm, BBC Two)

Sir Lenny Henry on Later... with Jools Holland (BBC/Michael Leckie)
Sir Lenny Henry on Later... with Jools Holland (BBC/Michael Leckie)

This week’s instalment of Later… is also celebrating all things Comic Relief and Sir Lenny Henry, the charity’s co-founder, will be joining Jools Holland in his South London recording studio.

The comedian will introduce his favourite performances from the show’s archive and pick out some of his favourite musical moments from the fundraising show’s history.

Saturday, 20 March

Saturday Kitchen Live (10am, BBC One)

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The Comic Relief theme will also continue on Saturday as the BBC’s weekly cooking show welcomes one of the charity’s other co-founders, Richard Curtis, to the studio, along with chefs Sabrina Ghayour and Tom Booton.

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (7pm, ITV)

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. (ITV)
Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. (ITV)

This week’s Saturday Night Takeaway will offer up a delightful dose of nostalgia for ‘90s kids, as Cat Deeley joins her former SM:TV Live co-hosts.

The presenter will be in the hot seat for one of Ant and Dec’s “riskiest ever” undercover missions, ITV has revealed, adding that the reunion will include a reprise for the much-loved SM:TV sketch Chums.

The Voice UK Final (8.30pm, ITV)

The Voice UK judges will.i.am, Anne-Marie, Sir Tom Jones and Olly Murs (ITV)
The Voice UK judges will.i.am, Anne-Marie, Sir Tom Jones and Olly Murs (ITV)

The four remaining singers will battle it out to become this year’s The Voice UK champion – a title which comes with a lucrative recording contract.

Each of the judges – Anne-Marie, Sir Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Olly Murs – have one finalist competing and Craig Eddie, who has been mentored by pop starlet Anne-Marie, is currently the favourite to win. Could there be an upset? Watch this space…

Grace Kelly: The Hollywood Years (9pm, Channel 5)

Actress Grace Kelly  with her Oscar for Best Actress (for 'The Country Girl'), at Romanoff's restaurant, following the 27th annual Academy Awards presentation at the RKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood.  (Photo by George Silk/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Grace Kelly with her Oscar in 1955 (George Silk/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty)

This all-new documentary offers a fresh insight into Grace Kelly’s rise to fame and hugely successful Hollywood career. Biographers and historians will offer their take on the star’s greatest moments, including her Oscar win for The Country Girl in 1955.

Sunday, 21 March

All Star Musicals (6.30pm, ITV)

Jessica Hynes and John Barrowman on All Star Musicals on ITV (ITV)
Jessica Hynes and John Barrowman on All Star Musicals on ITV (ITV)

This one-off special will see TV stars swapping their scripts for scores and (hopefully) delivering magical musical performances.

John Barrowman – who presented ITV’s first ever All Star Musicals series in 2017 – will be back as host while West End legend Elaine Paige leads the judging panel. She’ll be joined by Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks and Hamilton star Trevor Dion Nicholas.

The brave celebrities trying their hand at treading the boards are Luisa Bradshaw-White, Dr Ranj Sigh, Robert Peston, Judge Rob Rinder, Barney Walsh and Jessica Hynes.

Line Of Duty (9pm, BBC One)

Yes, it’s finally time. Series six of Jed Mercurio’s hit drama Line Of Duty will be back with a bang on Sunday night. 

Read more: Take our Line of Duty quiz

Exact details of what to expect have been kept under lock and key so, if such a thing is doable, prepare yourself for surprises.

The Circle (9pm, Channel 4)

The Circle season 3 contestants. (Channel 4)
The Circle season 3 contestants. (Channel 4)

Following the success of the celebrity special, the regular series of Channel 4’s social media-centric show has been a bit of a slow burner.

Sunday’s instalment will see the gang faced with even more twists and turns as they fight to win the incredible £100,000 prize pot.

DNA Journey: Amanda Holden And Alan Carr - repeat (10.15pm, ITV)

Alan Carr and Amanda Holden are on a DNA Journey. (ITV/Voltage TV and Mitre Television)
Alan Carr and Amanda Holden are on a DNA Journey. (ITV/Voltage TV and Mitre Television)

TV personalities Alan Carr and Amanda Holden take the road trip of a lifetime as they explore their pasts with visits to Cornwall, London and Erith.

Naturally, the pair manage to have a fair few laughs along the way and on the South-West coast, Britain’s Got Talent judge Holden connects with distant relatives.