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TV&Satellite Week 02-Mar-2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd TV & Satellite Week is a weekly magazine, perfect for TV fans looking to get the most out of multichannel viewing. It includes comprehensive listings and a film guide, coverage of the best US dramas, a rundown of the week's highlights and a guide to live sports action on TV. England and Wales edition.

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NEW DRAMA MotherFatherSon Wednesday, BBC2 HD, 9pm Richard Gere might be celebrating his 70th birthday later this year, but the US actor isn’t too old for a new challenge – as he proves this week by starring in BBC2’s intense and shocking drama MotherFatherSon. Written by Tom Rob Smith, who penned American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the intricate eight-part series is both family saga and conspiracy thriller. Gere plays charismatic media mogul Max Finch, who runs powerful press outlets across the globe and is the patriarch of a super-rich but dysfunctional family. ‘I’ve never done anything like this – playing a lead character in a TV series,’ says Gere, who was won over by the drama’s complexity and scale. ‘MotherFatherSon is like an eight-hour movie. It’s rare to see this depth of…

fab five

Yanks 1979 Starred as an American GI who falls for a British woman (Lisa Eichhorn) during World War Two in John Schlesinger’s drama. An Officer and a Gentleman 1983 Donned that famous white uniform as a trainee naval officer who romances a factory worker (Debra Winger). Pretty Woman 1990 Gere played a wealthy businessman who wins the heart of an LA call girl (Julia Roberts) in the blockbuster drama. Runaway Bride 1999 Reunited with Julia Roberts for this romcom about a journalist who’s smitten by a serial marriage dodger. Chicago 2003 Showed off his song-and-dance skills in his Golden Globe-winning role as slippery lawyer Billy Flynn in the starry musical.…

who’s who

Max Finch Richard Gere The media mogul could change the course of the UK election. But his relationships with ex-wife Kathryn and son Caden bring turmoil. Kathryn Villiers Helen McCrory Max’s troubled ex is struggling to move on from their failed marriage and forge a relationship with her son Caden. Caden Finch Billy Howle Max and Kathryn’s damaged son wants to follow in his father’s footsteps as he runs his UK empire. But he’s heading for a meltdown. Angela Howard Sarah Lancashire The Leader of the Opposition wants to run an election campaign free of lies. Will Max give her his backing? Maggie Barns Sinéad Cusack The experienced journalist leaves Max’s newspaper after a row with Caden and delves into a scandal that could link to the Finches… Lauren Elgood Pippa Bennett-Warner Max’s capable aide provides him with solid support. But will she remain loyal to him? Scott…

reckless ricky

‘The series is like Curb Your Enthusiasm meets Death Wish’RICKY GERVAIS NEW COMEDY After Life From Friday 8 March, Netflix Ricky Gervais has made his name saying and doing whatever he likes. Whether it’s in his stand-up, on Twitter, or presenting awards ceremonies, the 57-year-old has made a fortune by saying the unsayable. So it was only a matter of time before the star of The Office created a character who does exactly the same. In his new six-part Netflix comedy series After Life, Gervais plays Tony, a small-town journalist who thinks everything is perfect – until the death of his beloved wife Lisa plunges him into despair. First he contemplates suicide, but then he decides to live long enough to‘punish the world’ by saying and doing whatever he likes. Which is all very well (and…

foreign exchange

NEW COMEDY Home Tuesday, C4 HD, 9.45pm Imagine opening your car boot after a family holiday in France and discovering a stowaway Syrian refugee nestled among all your luggage. That’s the premise of C4’s new six-part comedy Home, written by and starring Rufus Jones. He plays uptight Peter, who freaks out completely when he finds unexpected travelling companion Sami (Youssef Kerkour) hiding in the family saloon. ‘Peter quickly comes to loggerheads with his girlfriend Katy, who offers Sami a room for the night,’ says Jones, 43, who you’ll probably recognise from series including W1A, Camping and Hunderby. ‘Katy is significantly more liberal and open-minded than Peter, who resents Sami immediately. The series follows their relationship as Sami goes through the asylum process. It’s a show both about the family and where we are as a country.’ You…

seriously funny

NEW COMEDY Fleabag Monday 4 March, BBC3 Online, from 10am Before she wrote 2018 BBC hit Killing Eve, Phoebe Waller-Bridge wowed us with her addictive comedy Fleabag. Now the brutally honest BBC3 series returns for a second run (also showing Monday, BBC1 HD, 10.35pm), with Fleabag delivering yet more telling looks and hilarious one-liners that are delivered straight to camera. Bill Paterson and Olivia Colman are back to play Fleabag’s widowed dad and her poisonous godmother as the series starts with an awkward dinner party celebrating their engagement. Meanwhile, Hugh Skinner reprises his role as Harry, one of Fleabag’s useless boyfriends, and Sian Clifford returns as her sister Claire, who she still isn’t speaking to. They’re joined by a new cast member, Sherlock star Andrew Scott. He plays an unconventional priest who Fleabag finds herself…