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PICKS OF THE WEEK: 20-26 MARCH 2023

What to watch in the week ahead.



Rise & Fall

Weekdays, Channel 4

Hosted by Greg James, Rise and Fall sees 16 ordinary Brits, from all walks of life and ages, compete to win up to £100,000. Starting as equals, they find themselves either in a position of power as a Ruler or as a powerless Grafter.



Anton & Giovanni's Adventures In Sicily

Tuesday, BBC One

Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice’s Sicilian road trip begins in the port town of Sciacca, as they explore the southern coast of this sun-kissed island, from its long-lost ancient cities to its breathtaking coastlines. Giovanni is introducing his good friend Anton to his beloved homeland of Sicily, and the boys need to hit the road.


Race Across The World

Wednesday, BBC One

Five teams attempt to race 16,000 km across the second-largest country in the world, Canada. Without smartphones, internet access or credit cards, and armed only with the cash equivalent of the airfare to fly the route, their ingenuity and determination will be tested to the extreme as they race through some of the world’s most remote regions.



The Cleaner

Friday, BBC One

Wicky faces the ultimate test of self-control: a job in a pub, after he’s promised his new girlfriend he’ll stay off the booze. But resisting a pint is the least of his challenges once he meets hard-bitten landlady Lisa and muscle-bound barman Cuddle.


Great Expectations

Sunday, BBC One

The stellar cast will feature Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham and Fionn Whitehead as Pip, alongside Ashley Thomas, Johnny Harris, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Hayley Squires, Owen McDonnell, Trystan Gravelle and Matt Berry. Great Expectations is the coming-of-age story of an orphan nicknamed Pip. Dickens first released it in a series of weekly chapters beginning in December 1860 before it was subsequently published as a novel.



Tempting Fortune

Sunday, Channel 4

12 strangers will spend 19 days in paradise. Arriving with basic survival gear the group will think they have what it takes to become heroes of the latest reality adventure show. But in order to win the substantial cash prize they will have to resist the temptation to spend any of it, in the ultimate test of willpower.

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