Benidorm, Marcella And 9 Other Shows To Watch In February 2018

Telly in 2018 got off to a flying start with big dramas McMafia and Kiri, heartwarming offerings like Girlfriends and laugh-out-loud comedy Derry Girls all keeping us glued to the small screen as the year began.

There’s plenty of gems coming up for February, which will see the return of the dark Anna Friel thriller Marcella and a brand new day time TV drama to get into. But it won’t be all heavy going as much-loved comedy Benidorm celebrates 10 years on the air with a special programme.

Keep an eye out for this little lot next month.

Lee & Dean

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This comedy series about builder best mates Lee (Miles Chapman) and Dean (Mark O’Sullivan) does things a bit different – it’s improvised. Originally commissioned for All 4 its finally made the leap to Channel 4. It’s a story about cheap builds, break ups and bad poetry, but at the centre of it all is Le and Dean and their friendship.

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Airs on Channel 4 (date TBC)

Trauma

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Trauma focuses on the lives of two fathers Dan and Jon who lives collide with heartbreaking consequences when Dan’s teenage son Alex is stabbed and tragically dies in the trauma department run by high-flying consultant Jon. A devastated Dan blames Jon for Alex’s death as Jon’s own life begins to unravel.

Written by Doctor Foster scribe Mike Bartlett with Adrian Lester as Jon and John Simm as Dan, ITV could have a hit on their hands.

Starts 12 February at 9pm on ITV

Eurovision: You Decide

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It’s that time of year again already, when the nation looks forward to the greatest, cheesiest most uplifting singing competition on the planet: Eurovision.

Live from the Brighton Dome, another selection of singers will take to the stage in the hope of representing the United Kingdom at the grand final in Lisbon, Portugal in the Spring. Who wins? You decide.

Airs live 7 February at 7.30pm on BBC 2

Shakespeare And Hathaway – Private Investigators

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Mark Benton and Jo Joyner star in this daytime detective drama about hardboiled, chaotic P.I. Frank Hathaway (Benton), his sidekick Lu Shakespeare (Joyner) and their unlikely partnership as they ferret out the secrets of rural Warwickshire’s residents.

Benton’s better known for his comedic chops, so seeing him take on a more serious role should be interesting. One to tune in for if you’ve got an afternoon off.

Starts 26 February at 2.15pm on BBC One

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Damned series 2

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This sharp, black comedy starring created by Jo Brand and Morwenna Banks returns for six more episodes centered around the lives of two jaded social workers. In a post-Brexit world, Rose (Brand) is as irritable as ever as she tries to juddle work, family and her ex-husband. Meanwhile Al (Alan Davies) is battling with a mid-life crisis.

Starts 14 February at 10pm on Channel 4

This Country

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Refreshing and hilarious mockumentary This Country is back for another series, which will see cameras return to the Cotswold village of Northleach to explore the lives of cousins Kerry and Kurtan Mucklow.

The first series, which launched in February last year, has had four million iPlayer requests to date, so tune in and see what the fuss is about.

Starts on BBC Three mid-February (date TBC)

Benidorm

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Can you believe Benidorm has been going for ten years? The sun-soaked comedy returns for a tenth series next month. As ever it will following British families abroad at the all-inclusive The Solana hotel in Benidorm. This time there’s special guest appearances from comedy duo Hale and Pace and EastEnders star Shane Richie, who is reprising his role as entertainer Sammy Valentino.

ITV will also be marking the anniversary with a special one-off documentary, 10 Years On Holiday, featuring the cast discussing their roles – including the much-loved Garvey family.

Benidorm returns 28 February at 9pm on ITV

Marcella 2

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Anna Friel reprises her role as the titular character for the eight-part series set in London. The story begins when a child’s dead body is found inside a wall. The boy turns out to be a friend of Marcella’s son Edward, who went missing a few years ago.

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Marcella tries to crack the case while struggling with own personal troubles, namely her ex-husband’s new girlfriend Becky and her ongoing sporadic fugue states which seem to be getting worse…

Airs Monday 19 February at 9pm on ITV

Back In Time For Tea

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Sara Cox and historian Polly Russell host a family of five in Yorkshire, who will immerse themselves in the daily lives of working families in the North of England, discovering how they enjoyed food from 1918 to the present day. They’ll be tucking into everything from custard tarts to curries.

Airs 6 February at 8pm on BBC Two

Endeavour series 5

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Endeavour is back with an extended fifth series, running for six feature-length films. Set in 1968 it follows newly promoted Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse as Oxford City Police merges into Thames Valley Constabulary.

The excellent Shaun Evans is back as Morse with Roger Allam as Detective Chief Inspector Fred Thursday. Gripping – but gentle – Sunday night viewing.

Starts 4 February at 8pm on ITV

My Grandad Was Innocent

One to watch for fans of true crime. Top criminal barristers Sasha Wass and Jeremy Dein investigate historical murders where the convicted went to the gallows insisting they were innocent. Joining forces with a living family member of the accused, they re-examine evidence using modern forensics technique to determine if the original conviction was safe.

Airs on BBC One end of February (TBC)

MORE: Anna Friel to play mother of a transgender child in ITV drama Butterfly

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