7 shows not to miss this week
1 The A Word
BBC1 It’s back to the Lakes for the drama series about a little boy, Joe, with autism. Christopher Eccleston, Morven Christie, Max Vento and Lee Ingleby all return. This series picks up two years on, and sees the family going public that their child is different.
The parenting comedy returns for a full six-part series. Anna Maxwell Martin is back as harassed mum Julia and Diane Morgan is the unkempt Liz.
3 Pride Of Britain Awards
ITV Carol Vorderman again hosts the celebrity-packed awards ceremony where ordinary people who’ve shown extraordinary bravery are honoured, and some of their stories are highly moving…
4 Doc Martin
Sigourney Weaver’s appearance as American tourist Beth Traywick brought a surprising touch of Hollywood glamour to the very British world of Doc Martin in 2015. Now she’s back in the final episode of the current series!
5 Blue Planet II
Sunday, BBC1 The nature series goes deep below the ocean, where it’s pitch dark but full of life. Cameras follow Humboldt squid, lanternfish, spider crabs and zombie worms, plus find a lake at the bottom of the sea that traps creatures, and a methane volcano…
Dennis and 6 Gnasher Unleashed
From Monday, CBBC The famous boy and dog Beano characters get a brand new CBBC series of their own, using the latest CGI animation techniques. Freddie Fox provides the voice of mischievous Dennis.
7 Sam Smith at the BBC
BBC1 Fearne Cotton introduces Oscar-winning Sam Smith as he performs tracks from his new album plus his biggest hits, accompanied by his band and the BBC Concert Orchestra.