Best new TV to watch in March
- Brian Donaldson
- 27 February 2021
Including The Irregulars, Your Honor and Dollface
From superhero series to Euro dramas plus shows about terrifying travelogues, tabloid tragedies and troubled teens, and with performances from Kat Dennings, Bryan Cranston and Anthony Mackie, there's plenty to enjoy on your small screens in March.
Jenny Éclair presents a new weekday art show in which five amateur artists compete for a £1000 prize by painting a nude portrait of each other. Given its daily 5.30pm slot, this will all be done, as Kenny Everett said it, in the best possible taste.
Channel 4, Monday 1 March.
Max Clifford: The Fall Of A Tabloid King
Less tasteful was the career of late media publicist Max Clifford. He may have portrayed himself as a protector of vulnerable celebrities, but behind closed doors he was a serial abuser who was eventually convicted of historic sex crimes. This documentary tracks his rise and fall.
Channel 4, Monday 1 March.
Acclaimed British screenwriter Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice) joins forces with Hollywood royalty Bryan Cranston for a drama series about a judge who bypasses the law in order to help his hit-and-run driver son.
Sky Atlantic, Tuesday 2 March.
A one-off pilot episode ahead of its full series, this comedy is set in a Pupil Referral Unit in which a group of teens navigate the pitfalls of adolescence while living life in an exclusion unit.
BBC Three, Tuesday 2 March.
Inspired by true events, this drama is a fictionalised account of Captain John Franklin's ill-fated expedition to the Arctic in 1845. Among the glittery cast are Jared Harris, Ciarán Hinds, Clive Russell, Ian Hart and Tobias Menzies.
BBC Two, Wednesday 3 March.
When Jules (Kat Dennings) suffers a horrible break-up, she reconnects with old pals in order to make up for lost time with her neglected female chums. In a guest-star heavy show, look out for the likes of Margot Robbie, Macaulay Culkin, Tia Carrere and Este Haim.
Disney+ Star, Friday 5 March.
This award-winning National Theatre Of Scotland production gets a small-screen airing as it tells the story of Adam Kashmiry, an Egyptian who was born female but always felt male. Written by Frances Poet, it tells of his move to Scotland in search of a different life.
BBC Scotland, Saturday 6 March.
Moved from February into March (hence receiving two bites of our monthly preview cherry), the third and final Deutschland is upon us. It's 1989 and the Berlin Wall is falling, leading to an uncertain future for those on both sides.
More 4, Saturday 6 March.
Another 1980s European drama, this time set in the Netherlands and featuring a highly unlikely detective duo who uncover a possible terror attack at the coronation of Princess Beatrix. Grit and wit are promised here.
Channel 4, Sunday 7 March.
Jimmy McGovern's Moving On
The acclaimed TV writer scooped our number one show of 2020 (the unbearably moving Anthony) and he's back with the 12th series of his daytime drama series. Among the actors doing their thing for the man in the title are Mina Anwar, Mark Womack, Les Dennis and Phina Oruche.
BBC One, Monday 8 March.
John Slattery might forever now be known as the loquacious Roger Sterling from Mad Men, but here he is more of the silent but deadly type as a Silicon Valley pioneer who discovers that he may have unwittingly created a powerful AI weapon that could destroy us all.
Disney+ Star, Friday 12 March.
Blitzed: The 80s Blitz Kids Story
This arts documentary looks inside London venue The Blitz, a magnet for those who would come to define the look of early 1980s Britain. Among the people recalling those crazy days are Boy George, Marilyn, DJ Princess Julia and style guru Robert Elms.
Sky Arts, Saturday 13 March.
In this drama, an Israeli-Moroccan musician moves to Paris for his wife's new job as attaché at the Israeli embassy when he is plunged into several crises, none of his own making. A previously idyllic life in Tel Aviv seems a lifetime away while his wife has never had it so good. Clearly something has got to give.
Starzplay, Monday 15 March.
Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death
Family and friends pay tribute to the TV presenter who took her own life in 2020. This documentary aims to go behind the sordid headlines to find a woman whose mental health issues were not helped by the often intolerable pressures of being in the public eye.
Channel 4, Wednesday 17 March.
The Flight Attendant
Kaley Big Bang Theory Cuoco stars as a New York-based flight attendant who relishes the often chaotic lifestyle which her job entails. That is until her whole life is turned upside down after one chaotic night too many.
Sky One, Friday 19 March.
Here comes a slice of 'Latin pulp' courtesy of Álex Pina and Esther Martinez Lobato who were previously behind the surprise hit Money Heist. This one features three prostitutes who flee from their pimp, and tells the ensuing tale from both sides of that fence.
Netflix, Friday 19 March.
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier
Another Disney dip into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this time with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprising their roles as Sam and Bucky, the action beginning where Avengers: Endgame finished off.
Disney+, Friday 19 March.
Proving that horror isn't just for Halloween, this German haunted-house thriller springs upon us with a dark and twisted story. A teenage boy and his father move into a housing complex which has a few scary secrets buried deep into its foundations.
Sky Atlantic, Friday 26 March.
A sort-of Sherlock Holmes spin-off which focusses on the Baker Street Irregulars, a set of young lads who work for Dr Watson by saving London from supernatural forces. Among the talented cast are Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Olivia Grant, Thaddea Graham and Clarke Peters.
Netflix, Friday 26 March.
Based on the comic book by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), this animated superhero drama zeroes in on a teenage boy who begins to develop extraordinary talents, just like his father. Among those lending their voices to the series are Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, Mark Hamill, Seth Rogen and JK Simmons.
Amazon Prime, Friday 26 March.
Check our coverage throughout March for reviews of many of these shows.