TV worth staying in for

The Apprentice
Lord Sugar was back this week, putting a new bunch of would-be entrepreneurs through their paces with entertaining results. First in the firing line was Bilyana Apostolova, a risk analyst, whose shy-retiring approach failed to impress. The remaining 15 will be have their work cut out with the next task – inventing a new household gadget, which they’ll have to sell to some of the country’s biggest retailers. The overall winner will receive £250,000 investment and gain Lord Sugar as a business partner. W&H columnist Karren Brady and Nick Hewer will be scrutinising the competitors’ every move – and so shall we…
Wednesdays on BBC1 at 9pm

Britain’s Got Talent
With David Walliams and Alesha Dixon joining the judging panel BGT is about to get very interesting. BGT stalwarts Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden return, as the series goes head-to-head with the BBC’s new Saturday night talent show, The Voice (more of which below). Both shows will be battling it out for viewers, in a bid to find the country’s top talent. Expect another dazzling mix of good, bad and mid-boggling as hopefuls pull out all the stops to win their place on stage at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.
Starts Saturday on ITV 1 at 8pm

The Voice
Saturday nights have never been so exciting! Everybody is talking about BBC1’s new talent show The Voice, which has an enticing twist. The first round of auditions are “blind” which means the judges must make a decision based on the contestant’s voice alone. In the hot seats are Sir Tom Jones, Danny O’Donoghue, Jessie J and, and they’ll have their work cut out to find a new singing superstar, who will bag a contract with Universal Music. The judges will mentor their chosen artists, and if two of them like the sound of the same singer the lucky contestant can take their pick. The Voice US has been a big hit, but how will the British version fare against BGT? We’ll let you be the judge…
Starts Saturday on BBC1 at 7pm

Downton fans can get a fix of Julian Fellowes’ gripping and unique brand of drama with this much talked-about six-parter. Marking the centenary of the liner’s tragic voyage, the series will imagine the lives of the passengers (real and fictional) both rich and poor, in the ship’s final hours. Described as Downton at sea, you can expect high drama, action, mystery and a healthy dose of romance. The series kicks off with a 90 minute special, so make sure you’re sitting comfortably. Stars Celia Imrie, Geraldine Somerville andLinus Roache.       Starts Sunday 25 March at 9pm

Mad Men
The wait is almost over as TV’s best-dressed drama returns for a fifth series. At the end of series four everybody’s favourite serial philanderer Don Draper’s shocked viewers – and his girlfriend – by proposing to his secretary Megan. Meanwhile fledgling ad agency Sterling, Cooper Draper Pryce was struggling to find new accounts. Season five looks set to answer some big questions, like can Don remain faithful? Will feminist icon Peggy finally get the appreciation she deserves? And can Joan ever look anything less than completely fabulous?
Starts Tuesday 27 March at 9pm on Sky Atlantic

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