March sees a strong slate of new and returning drama with the BBC positioning itself as the new home for Agatha Christie. And Then There Were None adapts one of the crime novelist’s favourite works while Tommy And Tuppance brings a lighter feel to the murder mystery genre. The Musketeers, Call The Midwife and Death In Paradise all get new series. The C Word adapts the book by Lisa Lynch about her experiences dealing with cancer, London Spy sees an MI5 operative searching for his new boyfriend who has disappeared in mysterious circumstances and Danny And The Human Zoo is a semi-autobiographical tale of a young man growing up in Dudley from Lenny Henry. Doctor Foster is about a feisty rural GP determined to prove her husband is having an affair, Mapp And Lucia is based on E.F. Benson’s novel about snobbery and social pretention in a quaint English village in the 1930s and The Oliviers examines the tempestuous relationship between legendary couple Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.
Over in comedy semi-improvised police pastiche Scott Squad is back for a second series, Tools is a pilot about the staff of a DIY store by the team behind The Job Lot and Grey Mates gets a full run after a successful pilot. Lots of returning series also; Uncle, Mrs. Brown's Boys gets the animation treatment, Crackanory and Stella get another bite of the cherry and Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner will replace Andy Samberg in the second series of Cuckoo.
Features for March include The Place That Hits The Sun based on the true story of Willie Mtolo who won the 1992 New York Marathon, animated feature Once Upon A Time In The Kitchen and Terry Jones returns to the director’s chair for Absolutely Anything. 45 Years (W.T.) follows a couple about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary when some shocking news turns their lives upside down, Breaking News follows the exploits of a war correspondent in Afghanistan and The Woman In Gold sees Helen Mirren star in a drama inspired by true events about a woman trying to have precious artwork including Klimt’s The Lady In Gold returned to her family after it was stolen by the Nazis during WWII. Lots of others to keep an eye on including Seeing Chris, Portage (W.T.), London Road, Secret Santa, Alive Alone and legend which will see Tom Hardy play both of the notorious 60s gangster twins The Krays.
Factual this month includes Home Swap Holidays which sees people swap homes with others from around the country to relax and explore a different region, an Untitled British Landscape Series to be presented by Julia Bradbury and a new documentary following plus-size brides as they get expert help to make their wedding day go with a bang and find the perfect dress. A news series will follow the ups and downs of a family taking on a puppy over the course of a year, workplace friends are the latest target for a scripted reality pilot and a new series will highlight the problem ongoing medical conditions can have on a person's confidence and consequently their love life.
Finally controversial yet predictable series Benefits Street will be back with a new location though who would want to hold themselves up to that sort of scrutiny remains to be seen. Was I the only one who thought that character was called Fun Guy as opposed to Fungi?
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