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What to watch on TV this weekend: 12-14 March, 2021

Amy Johnson
·4-min read
The top TV picks for this weekend, 12-14th March.
The top TV picks for this weekend, 12-14th March.

It's been a wild week for TV following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's table-shaking interview with Oprah Winfrey and Piers Morgan's storming off of Good Morning Britain before leaving for good. 

After a chaotic five days this weekend's television looks to be a bit more gentle as good-natured competitions The Great Pottery Throwdown and Dancing on Ice seek to crown their respective champions. 

But there is still something for those looking for a bit more of an edge as dark policing drama Grace begins on ITV while dating thriller The One drops on Netflix. 

Friday

Gogglebox - 9pm - Channel 4

Sophie and Pete Sandiford. (Channel 4)
Sophie and Pete Sandiford. (Channel 4)

A highlight of the Friday TV schedule, another instalment of Gogglebox airs on Friday. 

Read more: Eggheads is moving from BBC to Channel 5

In what has been a tumultuous week for television, it has been confirmed that the families will be commenting on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview as well as Piers Morgan's GMB storm-off. 

The Graham Norton Show - 10.45pm - BBC One

Graham Norton during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London. (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
Graham Norton during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London. (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)

Graham Norton welcomes director Amy Poehler to discuss her feminist flick Moxie. Actor Jennifer Garner is also talking movies as she chats about her family comedy film Yes Day which was made available on Netflix on Friday. 

Minnie Driver also appears for a socially distant chat while Tom Odell provides the music. 

The One - Netflix

The One landed on Netflix on Friday. (Netflix/Robert Viglasky)
The One landed on Netflix on Friday. (Netflix/Robert Viglasky)

Netflix relationship drama The One, based on the John Marrs book of the same name, drops on Netflix on Friday.

Read more: Andy Murray and wife Kim Sears welcome fourth child

It's set 'five minutes into the future' at a point when perfect partners can be found simply by doing a DNA test, a one true love can be located with just a hair sample. 

However, while on the face it may look convenient - it has the potential to have hugely damaging repercussions. 

Saturday

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 6.50pm - Channel 4

Bilbo Baggins (Credit:New Line Cinema)
Bilbo Baggins (Credit:New Line Cinema)

There's a chance to watch the second part of The Hobbit trilogy on Saturday as The Desolation of Smaug airs on Saturday. 

Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins and his companions continue on their journey to Lonely Mountain to retrieve the Arkenstone from the dragon Smaug (as voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). 

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf in a cast that also includes Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly and Luke Evans. 

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway - 7pm - ITV

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

The Geordie duo return for another episode of games and frolics alongside special guest announcer Michelle Visage. 

Comedian Lee Mack is in the studio for a special Mother's Day surprise, while there's an all-star sea shanty for the End of the Show Show. 

Sunday

Dancing on Ice - 6pm - ITV

Faye Brookes, Matt Evers, Lady Leshurr, Brendyn Hatfield, Colin Jackson, Klabera Komini, Sonny Jay and Angela Egan during the skate off announcement 'Dancing On Ice'. (ITV)
Faye Brookes, Matt Evers, Lady Leshurr, Brendyn Hatfield, Colin Jackson, Klabera Komini, Sonny Jay and Angela Egan during the skate off announcement 'Dancing On Ice'. (ITV)

The somewhat calamitous 13th series of the ITV programme draws to a close on Sunday. 

Read more: Showbiz quiz of the week

Olympic Colin Jackson, former Coronation Street star Faye Brookes and Capital host Sonny Jay have all made it to the final, but who will be named the show's skating champ? 

It will also feature Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean's first and only live skate of the series. 

Grace - 8pm - ITV

'Grace' series one kicks off on Sunday. (ITV)
'Grace' series one kicks off on Sunday. (ITV)

A brand new Brighton-based crime series comes to ITV on Sunday in which John Simm stars as the titular Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. 

The copper's career is at rock bottom but he's given a chance to turn it around when colleague DS Glenn Branson (Richie Campbell) asks him to help investigate the disappearance of a property developer who vanished on his stag night. 

But Grace is dealing with his own personal demons after his wife disappeared six years ago on his 40th birthday. 

The Great Pottery Throw Down - 8pm - Channel 4

Great Pottery Throw Down - Potters with Presenter and Judges. (C4)
Great Pottery Throw Down - Potters with Presenter and Judges. (C4)

Channel 4 pottery competition reaches its climax as one of the final three contestants, Adam, Peter and Jodie, will be named winner in Sunday's episode. 

Read more: Sharon Osbourne 'sorry' if she caused offence by defending Piers Morgan

The contenders are tasked with a series of art-deco challenges and must make a punch bowl and decanters, as well as execute the tiniest throwing challenge the show has seen, to impress judges Rich Miller and Keith Brymer Jones.

Watch: Susanna Reid addresses Piers Morgan's GMB exit