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.

A Girl in the River
Oscar-winning documentary telling the story of 18-year-old Pakistani woman, Saba, the victim of an attempted ‘honour killing’, who was shot in the head and thrown in a river for marrying the ‘wrong’ man. Miraculously she survived and promptly sought justice – only to give in to public pressure and publicly forgive her attackers.

Alan Partridge's Mid-Morning Matters
The comedy returns, going behind the scenes at the broadcaster's daytime chat show on North Norfolk Digital Radio. Simultaneously broadcasting on webcam, Alan chats to listeners as well as discussing his view on the big issues of the day with his sycophantic sidekick, Simon.

Deutschland 83
In this first outing for the tremendous new Channel Four Cold War series, an East German soldier is brought to the West, schooled in espionage and provided with a new identity. But is it a case of ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss’?

Dark Horse
Feelgood documentary about South Wales barmaid Jan Vokes, who cajoled regulars into funding a racehorse. Against all odds Dream Alliance took the racing world by storm until tragedy struck – and both syndicate and horse had an even bigger challenge to face.

Fargo
In the first episode of season two, Lou Solverson looks into a gory waffle house shooting, and notes odd details about the crime. What he doesn't know is that one of the shooters has also been involved in a hit-and-run.

The Fear of 13
Stunning documentary in which Death Row prisoner Nick tells his story. As his tale unfolds complete with shocking twists and turns, it transpires that nothing is quite what it seems.

Headspace (on-the-go)
Headspace is a leading mindfulness and meditation platform with a mission to improve the health and happiness of the world. Dubbed a “gym membership for the mind,” the Headspace app offers daily meditations that address concerns including better sleep, less anxiety, increased focus and improved relationships. Each meditation is led by Andy Puddicombe, a leading mindfulness and meditation expert, who interprets his learnings from a decade as an ordained Buddhist monk into an accessible modern practice. Headspace for Virgin Atlantic offers a new package of 10 short, travel-focused meditations available exclusively on Virgin Atlantic flights. The exercises - which include a sleep meditation, a fear of flying meditation, as well as meditations for sleep, business travellers and children - are designed to help passengers relax, refocus and enjoy their flights.

Homme Less
Though Mark Reay is outwardly successful – a handsome, charismatic and well-dressed male model – he is also homeless. Director Wirthensohn decided to document his friend’s existence and what emerges is a portrait of a man leading a true double life. Eye-opening, uplifting and ultimately inspiring, this is not to be missed.

Life and Death Row
It’s execution day in this hard-hitting BBC series, and victim Nikki Daniels reflects on her kidnapping ordeal by murderer Richard Cobb, while the mother of inmate Anthony Haynes uses the final hours to fight to halt her son's execution for the murder of a police officer.

Lucifer
Lucifer Morningstar, the retired angel of Hell, owns a nightclub in Los Angeles. When a pop star is murdered by a drug dealer – right before Lucifer’s eyes – he uses his powers of persuasion to assist Detective Decker in apprehending the true culprit behind the killing.

Mr. Robot
This Golden Globe-winning drama involves a precocious computer whizz, Elliot Alderson (Malek), who ‘connects’ with people by hacking them – a kind of cyber-vigilante. However, things take a dark turn when he meets the mysterious Mr Robot (Slater) who wants to recruit him…

Portlandia
Portland-based sketches from Sleater Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisten. In this first episode from season six, The Flaming Lips headline Portland's Pickathon Music Festival. Brendan and Michelle attend the festival via drone and two concertgoers go boy-crazy.

Sky Sports News
Watch the best coverage of your favourite sports, plus the latest sports news, transfers and scores in this weekly update.

Soccer AM
You can enjoy this legendary show any time thanks to specially selected content. Hosted by Helen Chamberlain and Max Rushden, the best of Soccer AM finds players, celebrity guest, pundits, fans and , of course the soccerettes, chewing over the hot topics of the day.

Stutterer
Oscar-winning short film starring Matthew Neeedham as Greenwood, a lonely typographer with a stutter so bad he pretends to be deaf to avoid communication with others. Everything changes when he hooks up with a girl online. But meeting her in person is another matter entirely…

Toast of London
As uproarious and scatological as ever, Toast of London has hit tremendous form in this third season. In this episode, Mad Men star Jon Hamm guest stars, and proves more than a match for our man Colin.

Comedy

Access to Work
If your whole life everyone ignored you, looked the other way... what could you get away with? Jamie’s had a good career, but the rush hour, moronic clients, having to kill your assistant at the end of each job... he’s ready to retire. Access to Work, a sort of comedy.

Big Bang Theory
In this first episode of season nine, it’s all going so well, as Leonard and Penny wed in Las Vegas, even livestreaming the event to friends back home. However, things swiftly go awry when a difficult truth emerges.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Lively musical numbers, comedy and (ever so slightly) stalkerish behaviour combine in this new US show. Rachel Bloom stars as the ex in question, who in this curtain-raiser moves house hoping to run into her ex-boyfriend - and then discovers he has a new love.

Girls
It’s Marnie and Desi’s wedding day and rain isn’t the only thing threatening to spoil the big occasion. The participants are getting cold feet. As Desi experiences second thoughts, Hannah discovers that it’s his eighth engagement and must decide whether or not to tell Marnie.

House Of Lies
Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell star in this razor-sharp comedy revolving around the lives of management consultants. These guys will stop at nothing to close a deal and their exploits are as horrifying immoral as they are hilarious.

Jane The Virgin
This brilliant comedy-drama series has been granted a second series, which is A Very Good Thing. After a thrilling end to the first series, it continues following the titular Jane, who was artificially inseminated and gave birth in extraordinary circumstances.

Miranda Hart: My, What I Call, Live Show

This was Miranda's first nationwide stand-up tour since her TV show catapulted her to nationwide fame, and it's a cracker. Expect galloping, attempts at song and dance, and much more.

The Moaning Of Life
A travel show that's as funny as it is informative, as Ricky Gervais' foil Karl Pilkington continues his tour of international cultures. In this episode he meets locals in Atlanta, Matehuala and Oaxaca to discuss issues of identity.

Modern Family
In this seventh-season opener, Alex (Ariel Winter) finds herself an interesting new boyfriend and does not want to break up with him when the time comes. Meanwhile, Mitchell gets laid off and begins to paint, which freaks out Cameron so much he tries to find Mitchell a job.

Mom
In ‘Cinderella And A Drunk MacGyver’ Jill hopes that bygones will be bygones and invites Bonnie to a charity gala that was once a yearly highlight. When they arrive, however, it’s to discover that the guests are not so quick to forget Jill's past alcohol-induced behaviour.

Nurse Jackie
Edie Falco is brilliant in this long-running medical dark comedy drama. For the deeply flawed Jackie, every day is a high-wire act of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses, and her own indiscretions.

Peep Show
Awkward! Mark and Jez meet for the first time in six months, and there’s plenty of bad blood and unresolved tension between them. It’s made worse by the fact that Jez finds it so difficult (i.e. refuses) to apologise for his past misdeeds.

Togetherness
Brett, Michelle, Tina, and Larry go to New Orleans to visit Alex for his birthday on the set of a movie. Tina, along with Michelle, shop for a birthday present for Alex, and Tina wants it to be something meaningful. But when it comes to giving her gift she has a change of heart.

Veep Season 5
This opener to season five picks up at the nail-biting conclusion of season four, with Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) fighting for her presidency in ‘the closest election in living memory’. Very funny, and with a tremendous supporting cast, this is TV comedy at its best.

Documentaries and factual

Adele: Live In London
For this BBC special hosted by Graham Norton, Adele showed another string to her bow. Yes, there are superlative live performances of songs from her new album, but she also proves a revelation in interviews and sketches.

Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur

David Attenborough is back in this major BBC series. In this episode he tells the story of the discovery and reconstruction of the world's largest-known dinosaur, a brand new species of titanosaur that weighed a massive 70 tons and was longer than four London buses in a row.

Ave Maria
Given the Oscar nod, this short film in Arabic concerns a family of religious Israeli settlers as their car breaks down in a rural area of the West Bank and they must seek the help of five nuns to get back home.

David Beckham: For The Love Of The Game
This BBC documentary details Becks' epic bid to play football in seven continents ahead of a reunion match at Old Trafford - all in the space of just ten days. Now that's what we call a pre-match warm-up.

Everything is Copy
Feature-length documentary offering a fascinating insight into a life of Nora Ephron, the screenwriter/director behind Heartburn, When Harry Met Sally, and Sleepless In Seattle. Offering their take are the likes of Tom Hanks, and of course Meg ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ Ryan.

Heart of a Dog
From avant-garde singer-songwriter Laurie Anderson comes this meditation on the death of her beloved rat terrier Lolabelle (and, by extension, her husband Lou Reed, who died in 2013). Weaving anecdotal footage with visual flights of fancy, it’s deeply personal and very funny.

How to Build An Astronaut
Documentary following Major Tim Peake’s journey to become Britain's first man to live on the International Space Station. Featuring extracts from his video diary it’s a unique insight into the making of a spaceman.

Project Greenlight
Second series of the Hollywood reality show in which Ben and Matt (as in, Affleck and Damon) choose a film project to back and walk it through the various development stages. Be assured, sparks will fly.

The Queen At 90
Feature-length documentary offering a candid glimpse into the life of England’s longest-reigning monarch. Among the things you’ll learn are that Prince George calls the Queen, his great-grandmother, ‘Gan-Gan’, and that she has a cushion with the slogan, ‘It’s good to be Queen’.

The Secret Life of 4 years olds
Series exploring the inner lives and knotty social whirl of four-year-olds by letting them speak for themselves. As you can imagine, their worldview is as compelling as it is often hilarious. From the mouths of babes…

Super Juice Me!
What happened when world renowned juice guru Jason Vale took 8 people with 22 different diseases and put them on his Juice Only diet for 28 days...? The results may surprise you!

Top Gear A-Z
The letter A stands for ‘a lot of the best bits’ or B for ‘ambitious but rubbish’ in part one of this (sort of) alphabetical rundown of the best bits from the years the top-rated motoring show was presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard ‘The Hamster’ Hammond and James May.

Vive La France
Get your footy juices flowing with our Euro 2016 preview, which not only includes exclusive interviews with England striker Wayne Rooney and manager Roy Hodgson, but also goes behind the scenes with the Republic Of Ireland, Turkey and the Ukraine.

Drama

An Inspector Calls
When a cop investigating a suicide visits a wealthy family, what seems like an open-and-shut case proves to be the catalyst for a series of disturbing revelations. David Thewlis is superb in this BBC adaptation of JB Priestley’s classic whodunnit.

CSI: Cyber
A new addition to the CSI universe, Cyber embarks on a second season. Once again Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) investigates computer crime, while also adjusting to the arrival of DB Russell (Ted Danson), who combines old-school forensics with new-school tech.

Game of Thrones
Jaime Lannister returns to Kings Landing, only to find Cersei out for blood and determined to get it by any means (and what Cersei wants…). Meanwhile, Daenerys’s path to Westeros remains fraught with peril, while at the wall the men of the Knight’s Watch mourn their dead.

The Good Wife
In this episode, ‘Bond’, Alicia attempts to revive her law career by working as a bond court attorney. Meanwhile, Louis Canning tries to attract Alicia to work for him, but she rejects the offer – a decision that will have serious repercussions for her.

Home Sweet Home
Incredibly charming animated short in which a house decides she’s had enough of staying in the one place, and so uproots herself. Together with another house she embarks on a series of adventures.

The Hunt
A hunt-averse kid is taken on a trip by his gun-happy dad in this short film. Dad wants to make son into a chest-thumping ‘real man’ but events take a grim twist that puts stress on already strained relationship.

Luther
One thing you have to say about Luther, it pulls no punches. Idris Elba is the eponymous hard-bitten detective dedicated to hunting down serial killers. As our episodes from the hard-hitting series four go to show, his obsession is both a blessing and a curse.

Mr Invisible
Ex-Bond villain Julian Glover plays the titular gentleman in this short film. Having felt invisible to the world around him he finds that when he travels to the heart of London, being unnoticed proves to be his greatest asset.

Pitch Black Heist
Liam (Cunningham) and Michael (Fassbender) are professional safe crackers who meet on a simple job to relieve an office safe from its contents. The catch is a light activated alarm system impelling the men to embark on a pitch black heist.

Scorpion
Tech experts Scorpion are back in business and on the case of a nuclear-powered Russian K-12 satellite knocked out of orbit by space debris. Can they divert its course before it detonates over Southern California?

Shok
Set during the brutal Kosovo War, Shok is seen through the eyes of two young Albanian boys. When one of them makes a deal with enemy soldiers to stop them being harassed, the other is disgusted. Soon, the two are estranged and the strength of their friendship is tested.

Vinyl
Brand-new series set in the heart of the music business in 1970’s New York. Expect plenty of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll (not to mention hip-hop, punk and disco), and you won't be disappointed.

War Peace
Leo Tolstoy’s oft-begun-but-rarely-finished novel is given a suitably sumptuous treatment for this BBC adaptation. Andrew Davies’ script focuses on the emotional conflict at the heart of the greater struggle, while the cast is outstanding.

Zoo
US drama. In Botswana, American zoologist Jackson rescues Chloe from a lion attack. Turns out they are both collecting evidence that a pandemic of animal attacks is a precursor to an animal uprising.

Kids

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

Avengers Assemble
In part one of the superhero adventure, The Black Order has infiltrated a special prison and freed their master Thanos. Sounds like just the challenge Tony Stark needs to test the team.

Barbie in Princess Power
Barbie stars as Kara, a modern-day princess who transforms into Super Sparkle, a secret, crime-fighting alter ego. However, it's not long before her jealous cousin also transforms – this time into Dark Sparkle, her nemesis.

Good Luck Charlie
In this instalment, Beau and Teddy go on a date to a Western-themed restaurant. Meanwhile, Bob and Amy a get a big surprise.

Monster High: Boo York, Boo York
Ghoulish animated high-jinks – and the first-ever Monster High musical – as the gang descend on Boo York, where they must race to unravel the mystery of a comet and stop Nefera.

Peppa Pig Compilation
With plenty of jumping in muddy puddles from Peppa and George, this compilation of episodes aired earlier this year is sure to keep your little one occupied for ages. And as for poor old Daddy Pig…

Sanjay's Super Team
This short film from animation innovators Pixar tells of young Sanjay, who loves cartoons and comics – much to the disapproval of his father who wants him to study the Hindu practice. As usual with Pixar it’s a superb mix of engaging, stunning visuals and sheer entertainment.

Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc.
Massive revelations in this episode, ‘Battle of the Humungonauts’ as not only do the gang go in search of monsters but Scooby catches Shaggy and Velma kissing. And yes, you did read that correctly: Shaggy and Velma are an item!

Thomas & Friends: Legends of the Lost Treasure
Olivia Colman and Eddie Redmayne crop up in Thomas’s most daring adventure yet, as he goes in search of an old pirate ship and Sodor’s lost treasure. Will Thomas track down the treasure in time, or will Sailor John set sail with it?

Tom & Jerry
Brilliant quartet of classic Tom & Jerry cartoons includes the episodes Mouse in Manhattan / Much Ado About Mousing/Tee for Two / Tennis Chumps.

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