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The best of the best, V Loves is our selection of some of the greatest TV documentaries, comedies and dramas.
It’s true that the news of a miniseries version of the Coen Brothers’ most beloved work was greeted with a sharp intake of breath, however the outcome has been a triumph. Although not a remake, the story and characters somehow feel familiar, perhaps because it shares the dark humour that made the movie so great. Equally, it boasts terrific performances from Martin Freeman and especially Billy Bob Thornton, whose villainous turn must be seen to be believed.
I Am Divine
Critically acclaimed, feature-length documentary detailing the life and times of drag icon, actor and pop star, Divine. It features contributions from family and friends, including lifelong soul mate John Waters, as well as suitably outrageous footage of the star in action.
New sitcom from Beavis & Butthead creator Mike Judge, in which an unwitting nerd finds himself at the centre of a billion-dollar bidding war. Not only is it very funny and brilliantly observed but it offers a glimpse at a rarely seen world.
The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire
Moving documentary focussing on the struggles of the millions of Indian, African and Asian troops and ancillaries who fought and died alongside white European troops in World War One.
The Trip to Italy
For a second helping of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s restaurant-reviewing travels, the pair go to Italy, where, as you can imagine, the ‘Italian Job’ connection allows them ample scope for their famed Michael Caine impressions.
Years of Living Dangerously
The aim of this James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger-produced documentary series is as simple as it is clear: it wants you to think about climate change. How? By using movie stars to sound the alarm bells in the hope that you’ll listen. Consider it a cynical approach if you will, but the acclaimed results speak for themselves, as Harrison Ford explores deforestation in Indonesia, Don Cheadle reports on droughts in Texas, and Schwarzenegger visits firefighters on the frontline.
More hilarity from the serial holidaymakers. In this series six opener, the Garveys make it as far as Alicante airport before things go awry, and new family the Dykes get off on the wrong foot.
The Big Bang Theory
When Penny and Sheldon decide to swap secrets, Penny admits she once appeared topless in a movie. Needless to say, she’s not happy when Sheldon’s secret is the substantially less juicy fact that he doesn’t like YouTube’s rating system.
Meet the cops of Brooklyn’s 99th precinct in this acclaimed comedy-drama. In this pilot episode the new captain, Ray Holt, makes his presence felt, while the freewheeling Jake attends to a tricky Google search.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
In this episode from series eight, and with Larry now a single man, our eternally frustrated hero confronts poor parking and a buffet-line ‘cut-and chat’. Meanhile the ‘silence vow’ is broken.
Doll & Em
Created by and starring real-life pals Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, Doll & Em is a brand-new sitcom about an actress and her slightly inept (though very lovable) personal assistant. In this first episode, Em lands a part and the pair head for Hollywood.
Friday Night Dinner
The first episode of the third series of this acclaimed sitcom sees Adam finally bringing a girl home for dinner. However, the evening takes a turn when the family find themselves looking after eight-year-old Katie, who has a massive girly crush on Adam…
House of Fools
The latest sitcom vehicle for the singular talents of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer features fellow surreal comic Matt Berry and is just as off-the-wall as you'd expect. In the episode, Bob tries to watch Conan the Barbarian with a lady friend…
How I Met Your Mother
The award-winning sitcom reaches its conclusion. Told in flashback it concerns a group of friends negotiating love lives in the Big Apple, especially Ted. But which of the ladies in his life did he end up with?
Inside No. 9
Sardines is the title of this darkly funny tale from the minds of The League of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton. The story finds a cast including Anna Chancellor and Timothy West regretting a game of sardines.
The brilliant Will Arnett stars in this brand-new sitcom from the US. In this first episode, things go from bad to worse when Nathan and Debbie’s parents first announce that they’re splitting up – and then that they’re moving in.
This fifth season opener, Suddenly, Last Summer, finds Mitch and Cam celebrating the legalisation of gay marriage with ambitious marriage proposal schemes. Trouble is, neither of them knows the other one’s plans to pop the question.
The award-winning comedy with Zooey Deschanel as a kooky flatmate enters its third series – and finds Jess and Nick an item at last. All seems perfect, but can they hold their relationship together?
Rick and Morty
Premiering on Adult Swim recently, Rick and Morty promptly cleaned up in the ratings battle, knocking the channel’s previous number one, American Dad, off the top spot. Why? Because it’s ace, that’s why. Inspired by the relationship between Doc Brown and Marty McFly in Back to the Future, the show centres on the relationship between the genius but alcoholic scientist Rick and his grandson, Morty, who he keeps hauling off on inter-dimensional adventures – causing Morty all kinds of problems at home and school. It’s weird and, as you imagine from the Adult Swim stable, pretty near-the-knuckle at times. But it’s also very, very funny. What’s more, this is an onboard exclusive, shown here ahead of its UK premiere.
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
An acquired taste, a word-of-mouth find, a bona fide cult … however you choose to describe Stewart Lee there’s no getting away from the fact that he’s very funny indeed, as this episode, ‘Identity’ goes to show.
The IT Crowd
A special hour-long final episode of the acclaimed sitcom finds the trio in hot water as ever, as Jen throws a cup of coffee over a homeless woman and Roy is labeled as being biased against small persons after arguing with one.
Veep Season 3
Selina decides to run for presidency and starts looking for a campaign manager. Meanwhile the team learns shocking news that could stand between her and The White House.
David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities
Episode of the acclaimed nature show as the irrepressible Attenborough goes in search of two animals that hide behind a seemingly impregnable coat of arms: hedgehogs and rhinos. If anyone can get behind their armour, Attenborough can.
David Beckham Into The Unknown
What did Becks do to mark his retirement? Despite Victoria’s concerns (‘Why can’t you ‘find yourself’ at home?’) he rounds up three mates and their motorbikes to join him on an once-in-a-lifetime adventure deep into the wilds of the Amazon.
Don’t Look Down
Edge-of-the-seat documentary following James Kingston, one of a new breed of ‘urban free climbers’ who scale tall cranes and buildings – then hang from them. Meeting up with Ukraine’s Mustang Wanted, the pair embark on a journey of ever-crazier and even more death-defying stunts, pushing each other to breath-taking extremes. Just don’t try it yourself…
Cutting Edge documentary giving some very snazzily dressed grandes dames (average age: 80) the chance to strut their stuff. There’s no botox or plastic surgery here, just a set of refreshing and inspirational philosophies from which we could all benefit.
Ever wanted to sleep better, feel calmer, focus more or just get some relief from that busy mind? Well it's probably time to get some Headspace. Headspace is meditation made relevant to modern life. Learn for free with Andy Puddicombe, the man the Times (London) call 'The Expert's Expert'.
Get unique daily guided meditations, science facts and figures and progress reports, all designed to make it as easy as possible for you to get some calm and clarity.
So make sure you take care of your mind this year and download the Headspace app (on-the-go).
Headspace The Benefits of Meditation
From greater creativity to an increase in your attention span, the benefits of meditation are many - so instead of trying to list them, we interviewed Yale University’s Judson Brewer for the scientific opinion on why meditation works – plus, hear from other Headspace beginners. If you’re looking for a nudge to try Take 10, this is it.
Headspace Take 10
If you've ever wanted to sleep better, have more focus or just stop the endless thoughts from clattering around your brain, let the man the Times calls ‘Britain’s top meditation guru’ show you how. In just 10 minutes, he’ll take you through simple, practical techniques for getting a bit more Headspace in your life.
Headspace Guide to getting some Sleep
Catching zzz's on a plane can be somewhat of a struggle. Until now! In just 10 minutes, Andy Puddicombe can teach you a simple technique that will help you get off to the land of nod whether you’re in the air or back on solid ground.
Headspace for the Journey
Anxieties about flying, impatient to disembark after landing, or worried about whether your baggage is ever going to come out at the other end? Travelling can be stressful – but with this dedicated technique, you’ll feel calmer and tease out the tension. (It’ll pay even more dividends if you’ve tried Headspace Take 10, too…)
The first episode of this stunning new nature series transports us to Africa's savannah, where a baby shrew learns that speed is the secret to survival. Meanwhile, in America a young grasshopper mouse evades his predators.
Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food
Want to know how to do everyday meals in super-quick time? Or how about knocking up a classic in a matter of minutes? In this BBC series, Lorraine Pascale creates amazing food, completely from scratch, in moments.
NFL FILMS: HARD KNOCKS
Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary television series produced by NFL Films and HBO. Each season provides an in-depth perspective as an NFL team prepares for the upcoming football season. This year, Hard Knocks follow the players, coaches and staff of the Cincinnati Bengals and chronicles the rigors and daily demands of an NFL Training Camp.
Secret Life of Babies
Documentary showing that the first two years of our life are the most critical, as well as exploring recent findings that babies have incredible abilities that we lose as adults, such as being able to survive tremendous physical shocks.
Soccer AM best bits
The show is usually broadcast on a Saturday morning but you can enjoy it any time thanks to specially selected content right here and now. And not just any old content. Only the very finest material makes the grade. Hosted by Helen Chamberlain and Max Rushden, (as well as Baby Elvis, Cheryl Mole etc.) the best of Soccer AM finds players, celebrity guests, pundits, fans and, of course, the ‘soccerettes’, chewing over the hot topics of the day, as well as taking part in challenges such as the hotly contested Crossbar Challenge, the Ten-Yard Bucket Challenge and the nail-biting Soccer AM webcam.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Feature-length documentary in which Mike Myers tells the incredible story of Hollywood über-manager Shep Gordon, one of the most connected – yet against all odds, nicest – men in the entertainment industry.
The Class of ‘92
The Class of ‘92 are David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes, the six Man United players who formed the backbone of the treble-winning team of 1998/99. This feature-length documentary details their meteoric rise and features interviews with all six.
The Island with Bear Grylls
Reality show in which survival expert Bear Grylls drops thirteen hopefuls on a remote, uninhabited Pacific island for a month. Can they survive? Probably, but as the man himself says, it’s not just about surviving but thriving.
This Old Thing
Dawn O'Porter shows how to shop vintage and fill your wardrobe with beautiful, timeless pieces that look great. In this episode, she meets Lucie from London, who wants to re-ignite her passion for fashion as she prepares to go on holiday to Ibiza.
Week in review
If you’re flying with Virgin Atlantic in June look out for our latest entertainment exclusive, in partnership with Sky News.
Introducing three great new weekly programmes tailor made by Sky for Virgin Atlantic:
There’s Spotlight – a weekly look at the entertainment industry including who’s done what to whom and why they’re not talking anymore…
Plus Week In Review – To keep you in the loop, Sky News presenter Jayne Secker hosts guests Kevin Maguire (Daily Mirror) and Andrew Pierce (Daily Mail) to discuss and debate the very latest news stories – entertaining stuff as they never agree on anything!
And finally Swipe – all the latest tips and trends in technology. A quick blitz through the world of gadgetry globally. Which “must haves” are creating a buzz and why you just have to have this week’s must-have item – until next week’s show comes along.
Call the Midwife
In episode one of series three, the midwives of Poplar move into a new Nonnatus House and joined by new arrival Sister Winifred, while Chummy struggles to adjust to life as a housewife.
For the Love of Cars
In this Channel Four show, Philip Glenister (aka DCI Gene Hunt of Ashes to Ashes) takes an old, quintessentially British car – typically a ‘barn find’ – and restores it to its former glory. In this episode, he and his team tackle a DeLorean.
Game of Thrones
The fantasy show for people who don’t especially like fantasy shows is now in its fourth series – and better than ever. An addictive storyline revolves around the noble houses of Westeros and Essos, who duke it out in battle and in the corridors of power, while along with the frequent bouts of sex and violence it’s distinguished by the knowledge that literally anything might happen.
Chances are you’ll be hooked by this first episode of the acclaimed drama. Gripping and gritty, it features a standout turn from Sarah Lancashire as a WPC who believes that the man responsible for driving her daughter to suicide is still up to no good.
The acclaimed series about the rivalry and on-off friendship of two country music stars returns for a third season. Connie Britton plays Rayna James, the singer in decline; Hayden Panettiere the up-and-coming star who has problems of her own. Onboard are the first three episodes, y’all.
First episode of a thrilling new post-apocalyptic drama. When a hundred teenagers stage a last-ditch attempt to find out whether Earth is habitable again, they discover the existence of a new race, the Grounders. Are the Grounders friendly? No, not really.
Thriller that kicks off when a body (actually, two bodies) is found in the Channel Tunnel. And because it's on the exact border of England and France, British and French police detectives Karl Roebuck (Dillane) and Elise Wasserman (Poésy) investigate.
The Good Wife
According to critics, legal drama The Good Wife has really come into its own during its fifth season. This series opener finds Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) striking out to set up on their own.
The Walking Dead
It's the first episode of season four and Rick’s group tries to cope with a flu outbreak at the prison. Meanwhile, an old friend makes a reappearance (clue: he wears an eyepatch and is played by David Morrissey.)
In the first episode of this acclaimed new HBO drama series, detectives Hart and Cohle (Harrelson and McConaughey) hunt a serial killer across a seventeen-year timeframe – an investigation that will test their friendship to the limit.
Starring Reece Shearsmith, The Widower is a three-part dramatisation of the true-life case of Malcolm Webster, a serial groom turned would-be serial killer. Spanning a 13-year period it tells the story of how mild-mannered Webster developed a taste for high-spending his pay-packet couldn’t match. Confronted over their debts by wife Claire (Sheridan Smith), he begins drugging her to keep her quiet, and when the pressure mounts, goes to even more grisly lengths to maintain her silence. Don’t be fooled by Shearsmith’s comedy background – he shines in a purely straight role, with John Hannah also terrific as the dogged DI Henry.
We have a great selection of programmes suitable for kids all ages.
Austin and Ally - Sitcom about two very different musicians: extroverted singer and instrumentalist Austin and awkward songwriter Ally who has an extreme case of stage fright.
Join the most complex and intriguing character in comic book history for action-packed super heroic adventures.
Jake and the Never Land Pirates - Animated Peter Pan spin-off about a band of young pirates who continuously spend their days competing against Captain Hook and Mr Smee for treasure.
Marvel's Avengers Assemble
The exciting adventures of Marvel's most popular super heroes continues as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and newcomer Falcon battle evil foes and save the world.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Plenty of fun at the clubhouse as Mickey and friends solve problems using shapes and numbers. Kids love it, plus they learn a lot at the same time.
Plenty of fun with Peppa, George and the gang.
Phineas and Ferb - More cartoon fun with the wacky stepbrothers whose schemes are constantly under threat from their interfering sister.
Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated - With Scooby, Shaggy and co. you just know where there's going to be trouble...
Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess - Disney series introduces Sofia, a little girl with a commoner’s background suddenly finds she is royalty when her mum marries a prince.
Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry try to get their hands on a golden goose.
Ultimate Spider-man - Animated series based on the comic books, which featured an updated and reimagined version of the heroes roots and beginning.