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.

Poldark
The update of the classic BBC drama has won a legion of fans, thanks in no small part to Aidan Turner's smouldering portrayal of Ross Poldark, who in this opening episode returns to Cornwall and sets about rebuilding his fortune - not to mention enchanting the local females.

Dior and I
Previously with Jil Sander, designer Raf Simons took over as Dior’s creative director in 2012, following the departure of John Galliano. Not only did Simons have big shoes to fill, but a brief to modernise the Dior brand and oversee the new collection – and do it all in eight weeks. There to capture every drop of blood, sweat and tears along the way was filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng, whose film acts a testament to the enduring genius of the Dior brand as well as offering an unparalleled insight into the sheer pandemonium of creating a new catwalk collection. As Simons struggles against the clock it’s also – at times – a portrait of a man on the edge.

Feast
The story of one man's love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

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.

House Of Fools
Vic Reeves’ and Bob Mortimer’s sitcom enters its second series with an episode in which Vic and Bob feel Erik has come of age and decide to arrange a surprise blind date for him…

Inside No. 9
La Couchette is the title of this darkly funny tale from the minds of The League of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton. It stars Shearsmith as a passenger on a French overnight train whose rest is rudely interrupted…

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

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.

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
The brilliant Sarah Millican hosts this episode of the comedy staple, which also features performances from cheeky Essex boy Russell Kane as well as Brummie Joe Lycett.

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.

Togetherness
This new HBO comedy follows what happens when financial troubles force Brett and Michelle Pierson to take in housemates. Living under the same roof, all four struggle to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams.

Documentaries and factual

Alex Polizzi: The Fixer
Not so long ago, hotelier Alex Polizzi was helping turn hotels into thriving businesses as The Hotel Inspector. Now, in The Fixer, she’s taking all kinds of businesses to task – breweries, sausage factories, pet shops, you name it.

Boogaloo & Graham
A gem of a short film about two Northern Irish boys who take it upon themselves to care for baby chicks. Though they fall in love with the chicks and decide to become vegetarian, their parents have unexpected news…

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.

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…)

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…

Impractical Jokers
Hidden camera pranks from the US, with members of comedy troupe The Tenderloins tricking New Yorkers – the difference being that even the person performing the prank doesn’t know the punchline.

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.

Next Goal Wins
Inspiring documentary about the Dutch football coach Thomas Rongen who in 2001 took over the ‘world’s worst football team’ American Samoa in an attempt to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

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.

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.

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.

The Queen’s Garden
A year spent in the huge oasis-like environment of the Buckingham Palace gardens explores nature and wildlife as well as Royal history, and even a football match organised by Prince William.

World’s Greatest Food Markets: New York
Pursuing a dream of trading in the world's greatest food markets, Billingsgate fishmonger Roger Barton heads to New York's New Fulton market, the biggest and roughest fish market in America. Can he compete with its ruthless traders to make a profit?

Drama

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple
Marking the 125th anniversary of the birth of Agatha Christie, this episode, ‘Greenshaw’s Folly’ finds the redoubtable detective (Julia McKenzie) aiding a young mother and son – not knowing it will soon lead to murder.

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.

Broadchurch
The second series of Broadchurch lived in the shadow of its predecessor but still managed to provide superior TV thriller fare. Once again starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, it picks up where the last series left off, and finds the town’s residents preparing for the upcoming trial.

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.

Indian Summers
This first episode of the drama set in the time of the British Raj stars Julie Walters as Cynthia Coffin, who is preparing for the start of the summer season when tragedy strikes and a mysterious assassin appears.

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
In this documentary series Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans) delves into the case of millionaire Robert Durst, the key suspect in a number of murders. Using a mix of interviews, archive footage and material shot by Jarecki, it asks the simple question: did he do it?

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.

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.

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 Gas Man
A favourite at the Frightfest horror festival, this spine-tingling short revolves around what happens when a woman admits a suspicious gas man into her home. To say more would be to spoil the outcome of this gripping tale.

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 Karman Line
BAFTA-nominated tragi-comic short starring Olivia Colman as a woman who begins rising up in the air at a slow but increasing rate. As she gets higher, and with no hope of a cure, her family must come to terms with losing her.

Kids

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

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.

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.

Shorts

Crossword
Romantic short in which a lonely woman who finds solace in the daily crossword realizes that the answers to the clues are all around her. Is it magic, coincidence or something else entirely?

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.

Island Queen
Short comedy-drama about Mim, who though she’s never ventured off her little hometown island, takes a leap into the adult world by getting pregnant – with truly unforeseen consequences.

Nani
Award-nominated short with Chin as Nani, an 84-year-old dementia sufferer who bonds with a lad doing community service at her care home and discovers a talent for graffiti. And soon the whole neighbourhood is covered with her pink tag…

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 Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
Academy Award-winning animated short about the titular Mr Lessmore, who finds himself drawn into a fantasy world when a storm blows up and the wind distributes his books across the city.

The Phone Call
This moving short about a crisis hotline worker’s attempt to save the life of a suicidal caller packs a real emotional punch and was the deserving winner of this year’s ‘Best Short’ Oscar.

To Leech
Comedy-drama short in which Colin (Watkins) suspects David of having an affair with his wife, Mary – so does what any rational, sane man would do in such a situation. He challenges David to a duel.

Tribute
Funny, insightful short about Rob, whose proposal plans are stymied by his girlfriend’s insistence on attending a tribute being held in honour of her beloved musician ex, Doug. Everybody loves Doug. So how can Rob possibly compete? Will he even bother to try?

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