What's on TV

What's on TV

We’ve got a great selection of the best TV from around the world to help you enjoy your flight.

Missed a show everyone’s talking about? Chances are you’ll find it amongst our wide range of content. Take a look at what’s available below.

Vera loves

The best of the best, V Loves is our selection of some of the greatest TV documentaries, comedies and dramas.

Catastrophe
New sitcom written by and starring Sharon Horgan, of Pulling fame, about a woman who gets pregnant after a brief fling and then finds herself flung into a crazy new world of mad mothers and marriage proposals.

Finding Vivian Maier
A historian goes in search of Vivian Maier, the photographer behind a cache of 1950s to 1970s photographs, in this illuminating documentary. What he discovers is the life of a unique, eccentric photographic talent. A true one-off.

Fortitude
In the opening episode of Sky’s new crime drama we find the residents of Fortitude dealing with the shockwaves of a murder. Meanwhile, DCI Morton (Stanley Tucci) arrives to investigate – and finds a community where nothing is quite as it seems.

Jane the Virgin
This brand-new comedy-drama show stars Gina Rodriguez as the virtuous Jane, who finds herself in a whole mess of trouble when she’s accidentally artificially inseminated.

Life Itself
Acclaimed documentary about the life and times of Roger Ebert, who until his untimely death in 2013 was the United States’ most beloved film critic. Poignant and shot through with joy, this film is as funny and profound as its inspiring subject.

Olive Kitteridge
HBO’s four-hour mini-series has won considerable acclaim for its writing and performances – especially Frances McDormand in the title role. The show revolves around the redoubtable but not-always-likeable Kitteridge, who looks back over an eventful life spent teaching in the seaside town of Crosby, Maine, as well as a quarter of century of marriage to Henry. Illicit affairs, crime and tragedy all figure, and though the show doesn't always make for comfortable viewing, it’s never less than compelling and is shot through with searing emotional insight. Supporting turns from Richard Jenkins, as Olive’s put-upon husband, and Bill Murray are superb, but it’s McDormand’s three-dimensional rendering of Kitteridge that truly stands out, making this yet another must-see show for HBO.

Pets: Wild At Heart
Two-part documentary in which the team behind Penguins: Spy in the Huddle use innovative techniques to reveal the secrets of domestic animals. Packed with extraordinary facts and wild behaviour, you’ll never look at your pet the same way again.

Comedy

2 Broke Girls
Will and Grace and Sex and the City writer Michael Patrick King is the name behind this US sitcom that revolves around two waitresses hoping to open their own restaurant

Almost Royal
A pair of clueless English aristos travel around the US in this acclaimed new comedy. The nice-but-dim pair of Georgie and Poppy Carlton are played to perfection by actors Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart, but the people they met and the reactions they get are hilariously real.

American Dad
Seth McFarlane’s animated sitcom about the eccentric Smith family is every bit as rude and funny as you’d expect from the man who brought you Family Guy and Ted.

Bad Education
The brainchild of comedian, actor and TV presenter Jack Whitehall, Bad Education stars Whitehall as teacher Alfie Wickers, whose attempts to appear cool and impress the lovely Rosie Gulliver always fall flat.

Boomers
New BBC sitcom about three retired couples living in Thurnemouth, 'Norfolk's only West-facing resort'. A cast packed with vintage comic talent includes Russ Abbott, June Whitfield and Stephanie Beacham.

Family Guy
In this episode, Meg Stinks! Meg falls into a party-hard lifestyle with Peter. Meanwhile Brian is forced to live in the wild after he is sprayed by a skunk and barred from the house.

Girls
Now in its fourth season, Lena Dunham’s lauded sitcom find its central character, Hannah, transplanted to Iowa. What hasn’t changed is the show’s commitment to a refreshingly realistic portrayal of women.

Live at the Apollo
Sarah Millican hosts the show and introduces exemplary stand-up from Joe Lycett (who reveals that his sprit animal is a walrus) and Russell Kane in this episode of the comedy showcase.

Louie
The superb, deadpan comedian Louis CK stars as a fictionalised version of himself in this brilliant, freewheeling sitcom about a comedian and newly divorced father raising his two daughters in New York

Micky Flanagan Detour of France
Funnyman Micky Flanagan heads across the Channel to put his own spin on the Tour de France. Donning the gear to become a true MAMIL (middle-aged man in lycra) he calls on his mate Noel and off they go…

New Girl
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?

Russell Brand: Messiah Complex
Brand’s latest show sees him embark on a newly politicised path, mixing near-the-knuckle belly laughs with genuinely thought-provoking insights on celebrity and world leadership. Leave any preconceptions at the door and enjoy a stand-up at the very top of his game.

Toast of London
In this series two opener, ‘Match Fit’, Toast (Matt Berry) accepts Ed's invitation to the Celebrities and Prostitutes Blow Football Tournament and swiftly becomes obsessed with winning – at all costs.

Documentaries and factual

Advanced Style
Based on photographer Ari Seth Cohen’s blog of the same name, this stirring documentary not only challenges the conventional notions of beauty forced on us by the fashion and beauty industries, but also celebrates the pure joy of life. It focuses on seven stylish New York women, all aged ‘between 50 and death’, who treat the city like their own personal catwalk, exuding exuberance and individual style. The film touches on the problems associated with aging, as well as looking at how the women’s appearances on Cohen’s blog have thrust fame upon them. Mostly, though, it gives us a insight into the lives of these unique women and reminds us that beauty is to be found everywhere – you just need to open your mind to find it.

Animal Super Senses
Documentary exploring the extraordinary ways in which different animals ‘see’ differently, from caribou using UV light to survive, to dragonflies employing slow-motion sight in order to make super-speed kills.

Cats Uncovered
The first episode of this new documentary series investigating everything feline-related. Here we discover how our pet moggies are increasingly adapting to 21st-century life in overcrowded cities ¬– and needless to say, they’re doing things their own sweet way.

Dynamo Magician Impossible
Fly on the wall documentary series following English magician-illusionist Steven Frayne, better known as Dynamo. From reading a poker star’s mind to disappearing into thin air and leaping over the audience at a gig – there is nothing this modern-day wizard cannot do.

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
This episode of Dave Grohl’s documentary – a ‘love letter to the history of American music’ – finds the Foo Fighters frontman concentrating on Chicago. As well as tracing the city’s unique musical evolution, he meets Steve Albini, who produced Nirvana’s third album, In Utero.

Game Changers
Sky Sports Game Changers is a sports show for 8 – 12 year olds, packed with a range of ideas and activities to help young people to get involved in anything from Athletics to Zumba.

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?
Turner-award winning artist Grayson Perry takes a typically unique approach to portraiture in this fascinating new series. In this episode, he meets disgraced cabinet minister Chris Huhne.

Headspace (on-the-go)
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…)

Horizon: Should I Eat Meat?
It’s the big health and ethical dilemma: should I eat meat? In this Horizon special, Dr Michael Mosley seeks to establish the truth: are those barbecue favourites really that bad? Should we all go vegetarian instead?

Hotel in the Clouds
Vertiginous behind-the-scenes documentary in which we meet the staff, take in the breathtaking views and follow the day-to-day running of London’s newest and highest five star hotel – the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard,

Human Universe
No pussyfooting around in this new series from BBC 2, in which Professor Brian Cox tackles the big questions such as ‘why are we here?’ and ‘are we alone?’ Does he have the answers? Why, of course he does…

Liberty of London
An episode of the reality-TV show about the famous department store. In this instalment, Christmas stock arrives in the middle of a heat wave, and we meet a wealthy VIP who sees Liberty as his local corner shop.

Life is Toff
This new reality TV series follows ghastly aristocrat Francis Fulford and his children, Humphrey, Matilda, Francis and Edmund. All they have in common is that they swear a lot and have an inflated sense of self-worth – which of course makes for highly watchable TV.

On the Road With Will.i.am
Discover the man behind the music as the mercurial will.i.am embarks on an incredible road trip and performs his music in a series of unique environments. Always fresh, always new – as the man himself says, ‘Whatever we do, we’re not going to do what we did yesterday.’

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Festooned with awards, this delightful series joins TV funnyman Paul O’Grady at the Battersea Dogs Home, where he meets members of staff as well as the lovable canines in their care. Heartwarming and at times heartbreaking, it’s a dog-lovers’ delight.

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.

Stammer School
Affecting documentary about a group who enrol on a course to try and rid themselves of their stutters. The speech impediment is ruling their lives and they’re desperate for a cure. Can they find their voice in just four days?

Drama

An Honorable Woman
In this opening episode of the BBC drama series set around the Middle Eastern peace process, we meet Nessa and learn of her traumatic past. However, as she begins to right the wrongs of her father, there are sinister forces being aligned against her.

Bones
This long-running US crime drama focuses on FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), who solves crimes with forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan (Emily Deschanel) – as well as falling in love together.

Constantine
From DC comics’ Hellblazer comes a new US TV show starring Matt Ryan as the titular demon hunter. With his soul already damned, Constantine tries to protect earth from the demonic netherworld.

Downton Abbey
In this extended episode, Lord and Lady Sinderby invite the Granthams to a driven-grouse shoot. While there the Sinderby’s snobbish butler Stowell (Alun Armstrong) resents having to serve Tom and is rude to other servants – who then conspire to take revenge.

Extant
From executive producer Steven Spielberg comes this acclaimed new sci-fi show starring Halle Berry as an astronaut who returns from a solo space mission only to discover that she’s pregnant. Keeping the secret, she desperately attempts to discover what really happened during her time away…

Forever
Superb new series starring Ioan Gruffudd as New York City medical examiner Henry Morgan, who studies the dead for criminal cases, hoping to solve the mystery of his own immortality. The past intersects with the present as we learn how Morgan acquired his great observational skills.

Gotham
Brand-new show going back to the roots of Batman. Bruce Wayne appears, but only as a child, and the focus is on a young James Gordon and the future terrors of Gotham such as Selina Kyle, Edward Nygma and Oswald Cobblepot.

Legends
New US thriller series starring Sean Bean as deep-cover operative Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. However, his own identity comes into question when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn't who he thinks he is.

The Missing
One of the BBC’s best-ever dramas, The Missing preys on every parent’s fear of a child going missing. The drama alternates between the past and the present, as dad Tony (James Nesbitt) continues the desperate hunt to find his lost five-year-old son.

NCIS
Police procedural NCIS (aka the Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is over ten years old and has spawned NCIS: New York along the way. Onboard is a two-parter from series eleven, a nail-biter that also acts as a curtain-raiser for a brand-new spin-off show: NCIS: New Orleans.

Ray Donovan
Set among the Hollywood A-listers of LA, Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as the eponymous law firm ‘fixer’ who makes the problems of the city celebrity superstar athletes and business moguls disappear – while also juggling his own chequered home life.

Scorpion
Scorpion is a quirky new drama based on the life of self-proclaimed genius Walter O’Brien. Hired by the government to lead Team Scorpion, Walter and his brainy crew are on hand to solve international puzzles, while waitress Paige helps the brainboxes to interact with ‘normal’ people…

The Flash
Flash is DC’s costumed superhero capable of moving at superhuman speeds. Played by Glee’s Gran Gustin in this new mix of mystery, action and heroic derring-do, he’s also an ace crime scene investigator. We have the first two episodes onboard.

The Good Wife
The Good Wife takes legal dramas to a new high thanks to Julianna Margulies as a woman who returns to her job as a litigator, having taken time out to raise kids. We have episodes from the sixth season onboard, in which Alicia must decide whether to run for State's Attorney, or continue to fight cases in the cutthroat world of Chicago law.

The Knick
In this debut for Steven Soderbergh’s new drama series we meet Dr Thackery (Clive Owen) and the staff of the Knickerbocker Hospital (‘the Knick’) in New York during the early part of the twentieth century.

Under the Dome
The first series of the TV adaptation of Stephen King's mammoth novel was a huge success, making this second season a certainty. Once again we join the residents of Chester's Mill, the town mysteriously encased in an invisible, impenetrable barrier known as the Dome.

Witches of East End
The Beauchamp family of witches take up residence in the seaside town of East End in this new comedy-drama. In the pilot, an assault victim identifies her attacker as Joanna Beauchamp. Meanwhile, Ingrid and Freya, Joanna's unsuspecting daughters, learn their true identities.

Kids

We have a great selection of programmes suitable for kids all ages.

Doc McStuffins
Doc McStuffins, runs a clinic for stuffed animals and broken toys out of her backyard playhouse.

Girl Meets World
Starting seventh grade can be a challenge, but for Riley Matthews there’s an added complication; her history teacher is also her dad!

Gruffalo's child
A delightful festive treat for all the family, this animated short whisks us back to more the deep, dark wood, where the Gruffalo’s daughter sets off in search of the big bad mouse – the only creature her father is afraid of.

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.

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.

Party Central
Mike and Sulley return to Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers. The gang is throwing their first party, but no one’s showing up. Luckily for them, Mike and Sulley have come with a plan to make sure “Party Central” is the most epic party the school has ever seen.

Peppa Pig
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.

Star Wars Rebels
It is a dark time in the galaxy as the Empire continues to tighten its grip, compelling brave individuals to band together in resistance. The crew of the Ghost stands up for those who cannot fight for themselves, providing the spark to ignite a rebellion.

Tangled Ever After
From directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, the talented team responsible for the 2010 Disney global blockbuster feature, “Tangled,” comes this delightful all-new short animated film spotlighting the royal wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.

Shorts

Common Ground
A series of ten 15-minute shorts from Baby Cow productions, Common Ground features the cream of the UK acting and comedy talent. Revolving around a central character, each is shot in a mockumentary style and is as funny as it is moving.

Freeze Frame
This romantic comedy, set to the backdrop of picturesque London, Edinburgh and Shanghai, is guaranteed to whisk you away in such a short space of time. Chen Fei (Tian Yuan), a daring young woman, is on a top secret mission to honour a promise. Determined to succeed, Fei runs into unexpected troubles that require her to play detective and chase Jack (Freddie Fox), the handsome stranger she met on the plane.

One on One
This interview series presents influential individuals at the top of their fields, discussing a topic on which they have an informed perspective. Each interview aims to make complicated issues accessible and digestible for viewers. Hosted by Katherine Keating, One on One is distributed on the World Post and throughout the Huffington Post network.

The Lady in Number 6
Oscar-winning short film about of Alice Herz-Sommer, a pianist who was the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, who discusses the importance of music, laughter, and how to have an optimistic outlook on life.

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