TV highlights – March 2015
Including Banished, Moone Boy, Powers, The Following, Community and The Royals
From adventures with Arthur Conan Doyle and trashy royals, to quirky docos and Very Serious Netflix Dramas, Henry Northmore rounds up the best on the box premiering this March.
Arthur & George
Three-part adaptation of Julian Barne's superlative novel based on real events. Martin Clunes and Arsher Ali take the title roles, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle attempts to clear an innocent man accused of the 'Great Wyrley Outrages'.
Mon 2 Mar, 9pm, ITV
Moone Boy – Series Three
Chris O'Dowd's superior Irish sitcom about a boy (David Rawle) and his imaginary pal (O'Dowd) returns for series three.
Mon 2 Mar, 9pm, Sky 1
Jimmy McGovern's new drama set in a penal colony in Australia. Ewen Bremner plays a twitchy pious priest, while Russell Tovey, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Rory McCann (Game of Thrones) are among the convicts.
Thu 5 Mar, 9pm, BBC Two
The Following – Season Three
Increasingly absurd serial killer action, as Kevin Bacon chases cult leader James Purfoy. Bacon mugs his way through every scene as though his life depended on it.
Sat 7 Mar, 9pm, Sky Atlantic
PSN enter the original digital TV domain with their first ever scripted series starring Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward as cops investigating cases involving superheroes. Based on Brian Michael Bendis' awesome graphic novel of the same name.
Tue 10 Mar, Playstation Network
Sex, Lies and Love Bites
If there’s one thing BBC Four excels at, it's fascinating quirky documentaries. Sex, Lies and Love Bites charts the history of newspaper agony aunts that stretches back over 300 years.
Tue 10 Mar, 9pm, BBC Four
Community – Season Six
The US sitcom is saved from cancellation by Yahoo. Returning from the dead with season six of the continued misadventures at Greendale Community College (the first five seasons are currently playing on Netflix UK).
Tue 17 Mar, Yahoo! Screen
Resurrection – Season Two
More resuscitated corpses of a very different variety as the dead return to life in small town America in the series that, even though it's based on a book, still feels like a dull remake of The Returned (confusingly there is a genuine US remake of The Returned that premieres on Mon 9 Mar in the states, no UK broadcaster confirmed as yet).
Thu 19 Mar, 9pm, Watch
Another Netflix original drama, this time from the team behind Damages. Focussing on the Rayburn family's dark secrets, Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek and Chloë Sevigny feature among the impressive cast.
Fri 20 Mar, Netflix
This sounds so trashy it must at least be worth a cheeky peek. Liz Hurley plays Queen Helena in this fictionalised royal romp.
Wed 25 Mar, 9pm, E!