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The best of the best, V Loves is our selection of some of the greatest TV documentaries, comedies and dramas.
Touching the Void director Kevin MacDonald’s portrait of the Reggae superstar is very thorough and refreshingly even-handed. Not to mention filled with scintillating vintage footage and of course a superb soundtrack.
A woman is found dead in the opening episode of this Danish/Swedish crime series. However, what looks like one murder is in fact a double killing.
Town of Runners
In an Olympic year, this documentary couldn’t be more timely. It focuses on three young runners from Bekoji – an Ethiopian town that regularly produces world-beating long-distance athletes – and follows them on their extraordinary quest for long-distance glory.
TT: Closer to the Edge
This stunning photographed documentary puts you in the driving seat – literally, in the jaw-dropping opening sequence – for the Isle of Man TT, the world’s most dangerous race.
New comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus (aka Elaine from Seinfeld) as the vice-president. As you’d expect from the pen of Armando Ianucci, the man behind In The Thick of It, the satire is pin-sharp and it’s very, very funny. We’ve got the opener onboard.
Woody Allen: A Documentary
With Allen picking up an Oscar for Midnight in Paris, there’s never been a better time to take a closer look at his life and work. Made with his full co-operation, this superb film finds him talking candidly about his work, his life – and his loves.
When Amy came to Dingle
This unique film uses rarely seen material to tell the story of the day the 22-year-old Winehouse travelled to Dingle for a spot on seminal Irish music show Other Voices. The result is a gentle and affecting portrait of a supremely talented but troubled soul.
Whether it’s the best of British comedy with Alan Partridge, the best of American comedy with The Office or everyone's favourite cartoon family The Simpsons – we’ve got something to make you smile.
2 Broke Girls
Will and Grace and Sex and the City writer Michael Patrick King is the name behind this new US sitcom. It revolves around two waitresses hoping to open their own restaurant and is, as you’d expect, a great mix of funny and heartfelt.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Absolutely Fabulous, the cast reunited for a three very special shows. In this first one Edina and Pasty find themselves at the mercy of a drug dealer and Saffy has been away for a very long time? Saunders' writing is as sharp as ever and Joanna Lumley’s Patsy is a delight to behold.
Adult Swim shows that have not only proved popular on their original home, the late-night schedules of The Cartoon Network, but now are massive hit online too. They’re a mix of live-action, animation and stop-motion puppetry, but what they have in common – apart from being very funny of course – is the frankly bizarre subject matter (yes, that is a pair of walking buttocks that talk like Sylvester Stallone). Definitely not to be missed.
- Assy McGee - He’s a tough-talking, trigger-happy walking pair of buttocks.
- Check It Out! With Dr Steve Brule - John C Reilly’s Dr Steve Brule devotes the show to the issue of Family.
- Eagleheart - Very violent and very funny this action-movie spoof is hilarious
- Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole - Victor Frankenstein tries to bring Michael Jackson back to life.
- Robot Chicken - Guest voices include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seth Green and Mila Kunis.
- Sealab 2021 - This is a parody of the short-lived Hanna-Barbera cartoon Sealab 2020.
- Superjail - A psychedelic penitentiary built inside a volcano run by a warden described as a ‘sadistic Willy Wonka’
- Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! - The show they call the ‘the nightmare version of television’.
The gang are back for a fifth series of the insanely popular holiday comedy, with a mix of regulars and first-timers all desperate to have fun in the sun and – most importantly – get ‘value for money’.
Is the cougar finally settling down? We rejoin Jules (Courteney Cox) in season three of the hit US sitcom, just as she finds herself the subject of a marriage proposal. A proposal gift-wrapped in toilet paper, no less.
Laura Dern stars in this new superb new comedy-drama series as high-flying executive who comes out rehab an enlightened woman but she learns that hard way that her colleagues preferred the old Amy to the new one.
Simon Amstell writes and stars in this sitcom in which he plays a version of himself – a gay TV presenter. Each episode he he’s at his grandma’s and inevitably ends up defusing various conflicts – including a bust-up between his mum and auntie in this episode.
House of Lies
Set in the cutthroat world of management consultancy, dog eat dog is the order of the day here where Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell star. It’s a sharp, snappy satire that takes a merciless look at bad business practice and features characters you love to hate sticking it to characters you love to hate even more.
John Bishop's Britain
Using a mix of stand-up, sketches and interviews, John Bishop brings his unique Liverpudlian wit to bear on a variety of subjects close the heart of dear old Blighty. In this episode music and fashion are under discussion.
Mid Morning matters with Alan Partridge
An episode from Alan’s acclaimed internet return as he presents a show on North Norfolk Digital. This instalment sees things coming to a head between Alan and side-kick Simon.
The sitcom that has been taking America and The UK by storm uses the mockumentary format to focus on the many different parts of an extended and, yes, very modern family. Fresh and most importantly very funny, it’s had critics doing happy cartwheels.
Hip indie chick Zooey Deschanel stars in this new sitcom about Jess, who breaks up with her cheating boyfriend and must find alternative accommodation. She ends up moving in with three guys, who swiftly realise they’ve found a friend as well as a flatmate.
Tom Hollander stars as the clergyman of the title, who’s left his cosy rural church for the tough inner city. In this episode he gets a reputation as the Kung Fu kicker vicar after inadvertently foiling a robbery.
This new sitcom written by and starring Ruth Jones a down-to-earth family comedy set in the Welsh valleys. In this episode, single mum Stella makes a startling discovery in daughter Emma’s bedroom…
The Big Bang Theory
Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, the kind minds that understand how the universe works. However none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny moves in next door and the guys start to realise there is more to life than finding the meaning of it.
From Royle Family star Ralf Little comes this enchanting new sitcom documenting the trails and tribulations of seafront café Cyril's in Weston Super Mare. In this episode the café is thrown into disarray by the visit of a flashy Londoner.
The everyday mishaps of a Midwestern working-wife make for very funny viewing in this hit US sitcom. Patricia Heaton is the harried Frankie Heck, trying to juggle work and a dysfunctional family.
This episode taken from Steve Carell’s final season of The Office stars Will Ferrell as the new manager who comes in to learn the ropes – with the rest of the staff desperate to make a good impression on him.
The Only Way Is Essex
It’s the emotional and nail biting final episode of the third series, and as usual Mark is having problems with the women in his life. Then, in a fit of self-pity, he decides that it would be best for everyone if he leaves Essex. But will he go through with it?
More hilarious fun from everyone’s favourite family. The longest running animated series on prime time network television is still as popular as it ever was. Catch up with Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa and Maggie as they go about their day-to-day business causing havoc along the way. The series has spawned plenty of catchphrases from 'Doh' to 'Eat My Shorts’ and has forever cemented itself in popular culture.
The Office meets The Thick of It in a mockumentary series satirising Britain’s preparations for the 2012 Olympics. In this opener, the Olympics’ big countdown clock causes untold problems.
A Dad is Born
Three new fathers open up to the camera in this superb documentary: HR worker Jamie, who is terrified by the prospect; minicab driver Viktor, who wants to put his womanising history behind him, and multimillionaire trader Greg, determined to be a great dad.
Big Red Box
If sustainable lifestyles were a big red box, what would you find inside? Trains? Planes? Spaceships? Beards? Virgin CEOs get the chance to tell us what changes their businesses are making to earn their place in the box.
Born to be Wild
More ‘ah’ moments than you can shake a stick at in this short documentary about two women who rescue baby elephants and orangutans respectively. It’s a beautiful tribute to the bond between man and animals, and will warm the cockles of your heart.
Stunning photography lets you take a bird’s-eye look at Britain’s shores, while a team of experts uncover the natural and social history of the British coastline and those of her near neighbours.
Don’t Tell the Bride
A couple is given £12,000 to spend on their wedding with a few conditions: they must spend three weeks apart without contact and the groom has to organise every aspect of the event – including the dress. As you can imagine this makes for surprising, hilarious and often touching reality TV.
Great British Bake Off
Mel and Sue preside over the competition as twelve competitors go to head-to-head to see who is Britain’s best amateur baker. In this first episode of the series the bakers tackle cakes.
Mark Zuckerberg: Inside Facebook
Reporter Emily Maitlis travels to Silicon Valley in order to track down Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and ask him some tough questions about the social network and how it uses customer information. Compelling, eye-opening stuff.
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 (opens in a new window) (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 Guide to dealing with Boredom
Considering you’re strapped into a chair for hours, you’re bound to get a bit bored on the flight sometimes but practising one simple technique will not only relieve your boredom now, it could change the way you look at boredom forever. (And you’ll get even more out of it if you’ve tried Headspace Take 10…)
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 centrepiece of this summer’s Olympics is the 80,000-capacity London Olympic Stadium. Costing £486 million, work on the amphitheatre began in 2007, and The National Geographic’s MegaStructures team was there to record every high (‘magnificent’ say some commentators) and low (‘a bowl of blancmange’) of this incredible project.
Swimming with Crocodiles with Ben Fogle
In this episode of Fogle’s hair-raising odyssey to hang out with crocs, he heads for Northern Australia to meet a saltwater crocodile. Arriving, he swiftly discovers that not only is it one of the most aggressive, it’s also the most unpredictable…
The Diamond Queen
Marking her sixty years on the throne, Andrew Marr tells the story of The Queen. From the young girl who never expected to reign, to the monarch we know today, he assesses her impact at home and abroad and talks to those who know her best.
UEFA Euro 2012 Magazine Show
All eyes are on Poland and Ukraine this summer, the two countries hosting the UEFA European Championships. Favourites Spain, with their galácticos from Real Madrid and wizards from Barcelona, are the current European champions, so they'll be going for a unique treble. For all low down on the tournament and an in-depth look at the England team, check out the UEFA Euro 2012 Magazine Show.
Coming from the JJ Abrams stable that produced Lost, Alcatraz is a compelling and perplexing new sci-fi series. Prisoners who disappeared from Alcatraz in 1963 are reappearing in the present-day, and up to their old tricks. Sam Neill is the FBI agent who has to capture them, find out where they went and why they’re coming back.
The utterly absorbing new drama features a powerhouse central performance from Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the ‘boss’ of the title. A crooked Chicago mayor in love with money, power and himself – though not necessarily in that order – Kane’s unfaithful to his wife (Connie Nielsen) and not interested in his estranged daughter (Hannah Ware). Incredibly, this hasn’t even been picked up for UK TV yet, so this may well be your first chance to see it. Hint: make sure you do.
Call the Midwife
A Sunday-night TV phenomenon, Call the Midwife is a 1950s-set drama based on the memoirs of East End midwife Jennifer Worth. In this, the second episode, Jenny helps an Irish girl, Mary, who has been forced into prostitution.
Game of Thrones - Season 2
The second series of the fantasy-drama is just as ripe with political and sexual intrigue as the first. Picking up where season one left off, we find the young Arya Stark on the run from the Lannisters, while Tyrion (Peter Dinkledge) takes up the position of King’s hand.
Hit & Miss
From Shameless writer Paul Abbot comes this gritty and gripping Manchester-set series about a hitwoman, Mia (Chloe Sevigny) whose occupation isn’t even her biggest secret. She’s also a transgender woman.
Already being favourably compared to The Sopranos, Luck is a new series from drama kings HBO that stars Dustin Hoffman as Chester Bernstein, a mobbed-up operator who knows his way around a racetrack. Writer David Milch, has created a slow-burning drama that is long on authenticity – you won't have heard dialogue this authentic for a while – replete with rich characters and pitch-perfect performances.
Once Upon a Time
Magical and beautiful-looking fantasy-drama series set in the fictional town of Storybrooke, Maine, where all the residents are characters from fairy tales – but with no memory of their true identities.
All four episodes of this hard-hitting and frightening real drama are on board – and trust us, you’ll want to see each one. It tells the tale of an urban tragedy, but from four very different perspectives. It starts with Ted (Douglas Hodge), a fretful kitchen salesman trying to impress his boss and ends in episode four with 13-year-old Alfie who takes part in a horrifying gang initiation that has consequences for all four characters.
The first episode of the second series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as 221b’s most famous resident, finds Holmes’s mettle severely tested as he comes up against the beautiful Irene Adler. It looks like he may have finally met his match – in more ways than one.
This acclaimed new musical series goes behind the scenes of a Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe. We meet the cast and crew – including two actresses vying for the title role. Songs include Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful, a rousing version of Blondie’s Call Me and many new original songs.
Writer Julian Fellowes’ take on Titanic was always going to be hotly anticipated after his phenomenal success with Downton Abbey. In episode one, we meet the characters taking the liner’s tragedy-bound voyage…
Rupert Penry-Jones returns in this brooding story set in London's East End. Meticulous and obsessional DI Chandler and hardbitten DS Miles (Phil Davis) are still based in Whitechapel. Ed Buchan joins their team as their historical advisor - operating out the bowels of the police station among the musty tomes of the crime archive.
Truly the best of Bollywood – including music, interviews and travel shows, and top Indian sitcoms.
An eclectic compilation of some evergreen movie songs.
This is the ultimate glutton’s delight presenting food with fun, attitude and humour.
The town of Lapataganj captures the spirit of the common man to lead a happy life.
Up Close & Personal With PZ
Preity Zinta chats with celebrities about their lives in Bollywood.
Mandarin and Cantonese language shows including celebrity interviews, drama and celebrity challenge game shows.
A DATE WITH LU YU
Lu Yu interviews legendary musician David Tao.
TIME OUT YORKSHIRE
Sugar Club take a tour of the UK county, Yorkshire.
WHAT THE FACE?
Celebrities have to guess who is a man and who is a woman.
Discover the Beijing 789 Art Zone.
Mandarin and Cantonese language shows including celebrity interviews, drama and celebrity challenge game shows.
THE BEFORE AND AFTER TWO
Experts renovate a two-story house with a tricky floor plan.
In this episode we travel to Lisbon in Portugal.
A JOURNEY TO KYOTO & KYOTO CUISINE
Explore the traditions and culture of Kyoto.
An engaging documentary about Japanese confectionary.
Fun for kids of all ages with Disney favourites including The Wizards of Waverley Place, Fish Hooks, Hannah Montana and The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Wizards of Waverly Place - Zeke takes up magic and Alex casts a spell so he does well.
Jessie - Luke needs a new member to join his paintball team.
A.N.T Farm - Chyna and Fletcher decide to help heartbroken Gibson.
So Random - A selection of hilarious sketches. Selena Gomez stars.
Austin and Ally - Austin records Ally's song without telling her.
Shake it up - Gary chooses CeCe and Gunther to appear on a TV show.
Good Luck Charlie - Amy tried to get her family involved in the hospital gala.
Fish Hooks - Bea lies to get a job on a TV commercial.
Zeke and Luther - Luther accidentally gets himself adopted by a family.
Pair of Kings - Brady and Boomer have to take part in the King Challenge.
Kickin' It - A new kid says he's an amateur at karate but turns out good.
Phineas & Ferb - Is this Candace's chance to bust the boys at last?
Lab Rats - 14 year old Leo finds three bionic siblings in his new house.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Hydra attacks the UN, it's up to Iron Man to save the world.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - The clubhouse gang get together and clean the clubhouse.
Handy Manny - Renaldo needs a fence for his new dog.
Special Agent Oso - Oso helps a friend learn his favourite song.
Jungle Junction - Zooter wants to give up her dream of flying.
Imagination Movers - Smitty doesn't think he's good enough to play basketball.
Jake and the Never Land Pirates - Jake's puppy Patch steals Captain Hook's boot.
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