5.00pm March of the Dinosaurs ITV – Stephen Fry narrates this feature-length CGI animated documentary. To escape the perils of the polar winter that brings freezing temperatures, starvation and four months of perpetual night, the dinosaurs of the Arctic come together in colossal herds to make their annual thousand-mile march.
5.25pm Don’t Scare the Hare BBC1 – Family game show packed with humour, jeopardy and a four-foot robotic hare. Jason Bradbury and the hare play host to two teams of contestants, six giant alarm clocks, fifty angry frogs and an allotment-full of laser-beamed carrots. But if the teams want to take home 15,000 pounds, there is just one rule: Don’t scare the hare! Narrated by Sue Perkins.
6.00pm Doctor Who BBC1 – The 32nd Series of Doctor Who. The Doctor and his friends are reunited under mysterious circumstances, as the science-fiction drama returns for a new series. Amy, Rory, River and the Doctor receive a series of numbered envelopes, each containing a date, time and map reference.
7.00pm Doctor Who Confidential BBC3
9.00pm Ruth Jones’s Easter Treat BBC2 – Ruth Jones hosts her seasonal chat show and is joined by queen of comedy Dawn French, star of stage and screen Michael Sheen and musical comedian Tim Minchin. Music is from rising star Clare Maguire.
9.00pm United BBC2 – Drama starring David Tennant based on the true story of Manchester United’s legendary Busby Babes, the youngest side ever to win the Football League, and the 1958 Munich air crash that claimed eight of their number. The film draws on first-hand interviews with the survivors and their families to tell the inspirational story of a team and community overcoming terrible tragedy.
10.15pm Perspectives: Looking for Lowry ITV – Ian McKellen presents a documentary about the life and work of the much-loved British artist LS Lowry. The programme illuminates Lowry’s extraordinary vision, and includes interviews with those who knew him and others who have been inspired by his unique observations of Britain, together with an examination of his powerful artistic legacy in our post-industrial age
10.25pmThe Bee Gees: In Our Own Time BBC1 – Documentary following the story of the Bee Gees, one of the most successful bands of all time. This is the story of three very close brothers, tied together by familial love and a natural aptitude and obsession for all things musical.
8.30pm Kate & William: A Royal Love Story BBC1 – Special documentary celebrating the love story of William and Kate, and uncovering how they met, how they fell in love, and how they got to where they are now: moments away from the biggest royal occasion for a generation – their wedding.
9.00pm Masterchef BBC1 – The Final three compete. Continues Tuesday, Concludes Wednesday.
9.00pm The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher ITV – Brand new drama based on Kate Summerscale’s bestselling novel, itself based on real events. One morning in 1860, the inhabitants of a sleepy Wiltshire village wake up to a shocking discovery. Behind the shuttered windows of the Kent family’s elegant country house, a horrific murder has taken place.
10.15pm QIVG BBC1 – A compilation of some of the best bits from the H series of QI
10.35pm The Royal Wedding Crashers Channel 4 – A one-off entertainment special that celebrates the royal wedding by deconstructing the hype and build-up to Kate and Wills’ big day in a light-hearted and fun manner.
8.00pm William & Kate: The Story So Far Five – Matt Barbet has the story of how the future King and Queen fell in love. Featuring revealing interviews with the couple’s friends, and a preview of the big day itself.
9.00pm When Kate Met William: A Tale of Two Lives ITV – Special programme taking an affectionate look at the lives of Prince William and Kate Middleton, telling the story of how they met and fell in love. As William and Kate prepare for their married life together, the programme reveals the story of the couple’s long-running romance and shows how their courtship played out very much in the public eye.
9.00pm The Secret Millionaire Channel 4 – More millionaire benefactors say goodbye to their luxury lifestyles and go undercover in deprived areas to find people who need their help. Twelve years ago, Sean Gallagher risked his life savings to set up his own IT recruitment agency. It was a gamble that paid off and now there’s nothing this multi-millionaire bachelor likes more than spoiling himself and his two nieces.
9.00pm Meet the Multiples BBC3 – Bringing up one baby is a great experience for many parents, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming with through-the-night feeds, nappy changing and tantrums, not to mention the cost. One baby can set mum and dad back an average of 10,000 pounds in the first year. Now imagine that multiplied when you’re bringing up twins, triplets, quadruplets and more.
10.30pm Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crisps BBC3 – Series 9 of the sitcom. Gaz and Donna are finally together, but Gaz was left paralysed by his accident and the two of them are struggling to come to terms with his new life in a wheelchair. Wannabe footballer Billy was helping to take care of Gaz in hospital and is trying desperately hard to become his friend, but Gaz is confused by his meterosexual ways. Episode 2 airs straight afterwards.
10.35pm The Prison Restaurant BBC1 – Documentary going behind-the-scenes at The Clink, a restaurant located within the walls of HMP Highdown Prison. The menu may sound mouth-watering, but the paying customers at this classy establishment tuck into their crab, lobster and coq au vin knowing that most of the staff are convicted criminals.
8.00pm Giles and Sue’s Royal Wedding BBC2 – Giles Coren and Sue Perkins take their relationship to the next level as they prepare for their very own royal wedding. The pair assume the roles of a modern prince and his princess-to-be as they agonise over every step of the wedding planning process, from choosing the dress to arguing over the vows. Along the way they don historical costumes to step back in time and draw inspiration from past royal couples, including royal-wedding veteran Henry VIII, the fast-living George, Prince of Wales and his ‘mail order bride Caroline of Brunswick, and Queen Victoria’s eldest son Prince ‘Bertie’ and the original ‘people’s princess’ Alexandra of Denmark.
9.00pm William & Kate: Romance & The Royals Channel 4 – Documentary fronted by Historian David Starkey.
9.00pm Rock & Chips BBC1 – Third episode of the Only Fools & Horses prequel. Joan and Fred plan to sail away to a wonderful new life together, but Fred’s arrest for murder casts something of a cloud over their dreams. Meanwhile, Del has fallen in lust again, and the lucky girl’s parents throw an engagement party they will never forget.
9.00pm Sir Bobby Charlton: Football Icon BBC2 – Documentary looking back at the remarkable career of footballer Sir Bobby Charlton. Sir Bobby was a key member of the England team that won the World Cup on home soil in 1966 and part of a Manchester United team touched by success and tragedy in equal measure.
9.00pm My Big Fat Royal Gypsy Wedding Channel 4 – One-off special from the makers of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings. Can the dresses get any bigger, can the cake get any higher and will one Irish Traveller bride and groom have the perfect wedding of their dreams? Move over Kate and Wills; this is a wedding on an epic scale.
9.00pm Peter Andre: The Next Chapter ITV2 – New series of the reality show following pop star and single dad Peter Andre.
Friday (The Royal Wedding)
8.00am Royal Wedding BBC1 – Huw Edwards, Sophie Raworth and Fiona Bruce present full, uninterrupted coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. As the prince and princess-in-waiting make their final preparations, Sophie Raworth invites some of the 1,900 guests at the ceremony to share their thoughts and feelings about the royal couple ahead of the service, while Alex Jones reports from Kate’s home village, Bucklebury, where the locals will be out in force to cheer on their most-celebrated resident. Continues at 2.10pm & 8.30pm.
8.25am The Royal Wedding ITV – ITV’s coverage. Julie Etchingham and Phillip Schofield present live coverage of the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton from a specially constructed studio at Buckingham Palace. An experienced line-up of presenters and reporters, including Alastair Stewart, Mary Nightingale and Mark Austin, will be based at key procession points all over London throughout the day, as well as at street parties across the UK.
8.00pm Come Dine With Me Royal Wedding Special Channel 4 – In a twist to the usual format, four strangers from four different parts of the country compete against one another by throwing their idea of the perfect Royal Wedding Street Party for up to 40 guests.