5 top picks for Easter weekend TV



From the return of Gene Hunt to the Sound of Music - we pick out the TV highlights for Easter weekend...

Easter and watching TV go hand in hand. After eating too many chocolate eggs, who wants to do anything more strenuous than lounge around on the sofa?

So it's a good job there are some decent programmes on. Here are our picks for the weekend. 

Britain's Got Talent (ITV1, Easter Saturday)

Britain 's Got Talent

 

Easter is all about getting the family together. And if you've got your brood camped on the sofa, Britain's Got Talent is perfect fodder for striking up some chat.

Everyone will have an opinion as a seemingly endless procession of performers - some talented, some most definitely not - vie to impress judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden. Highlights so far have included a 79-year-old dancing granny with a serious skill for salsa. You'll most definitely laugh, but you may also cry.

Gogglebox (Channel 4, Good Friday) 

Who'd ever have thought the things we say to each other on the sofa while watching the box could be so hilarious? Gogglebox is like a mash-up of The Royle Family and reality TV - and it's as moreish as penny sweets.

Giggle over the latest choice quote from B&B owners Steph and Dom (sample: "When I read that drinking was bad for you, I gave up reading."), scousers Leon and June, Brighton couple Christopher and Stephen and the rest.

Easter Worship from Leicester (BBC1, Easter Sunday)

Sure, Easter is about telly and chocolate eggs, but this service will celebrate Easter in its traditional sense. Bill Turnbull departs from his familiar position on the BBC Breakfast sofa to introduce this live service from Leicester Cathedral.

With hymns led by the Cathedral Choir, can there be any better soundtrack to the preparing of vegetables and the smell of roasting meat in the oven?

The Sound of Music - Live! (Channel 5, Easter Sunday)

The hills are alive with the sound of music… this fabulous adaptation of the classic 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, first broadcast on US TV last Christmas, is a joy.

The story will no doubt be familiar - it's 1930s Austria and a nun leaves her convent to become governess to a widower and they fall in love - but it doesn't matter if you've seen it before, this is a musical for the ages.

A strong cast - True Blood's Stephen Moyer is Captain Von Trapp and country music singer Carrie Underwood is Maria - and a classic story make this a must-watch this Easter weekend.

Fargo (Channel 4, Easter Sunday)

We like to save the best 'til last. Channel 4 has landed probably the best import of the year: a 10-part series of the Coen brothers' Oscar-winning 1996 film Fargo.

It isn't really an adaptation and it isn't really a sequel. Featuring a brand new case and new characters, think of it more as an inspired continuation of the black humour and murder that percolates through the original.

Billy Bob Thornton's in it, as is Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk. Oh, and our very own Martin Freeman is in it too. So put it right at the top of your list.

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