BBC Entertainment – April 2015 highlights

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Hell’s Kitchen USA Series 11 (22 episodes)

Monday 6 April at 21:00 and continuing Mondays at 22:00 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv

Multi-award-winning British chef Gordon Ramsay returns with the eleventh series of his US cooking competition.

This year there are more contestants than ever before as 20 aspiring chefs have signed up to take on the gruelling challenge – but only one of them can go all the way. At stake is the head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill at the world-famous Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Each week, the no-nonsense chef puts the competing cooks to the test with a host of physical and mental challenges, as well as the regular culinary tasks which lead to an elimination each week. Gordon’s high standards and tough talking attitude often lead to high drama and confrontation as the assembled chefs struggle to keep up.

Which of the 20 hopefuls has enough gastronomic flair – along with the ability to work under pressure – to finally impress chef Ramsay and cook their way to the top?


QI Series 12 (16 episodes)

From Tuesday 7 April at 20:35 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv

Stephen Fry returns with another series of the quiz that tests the most obscure parts of contestants’ general knowledge, awarding points for interesting answers as well as correct ones.

Contestants attempting to be quite interesting this series include comedian Frank Skinner, writer and presenter Jeremy Clarkson, musician Suggs, Princess Leia herself Carrie Fisher, and the irrepressible Alan Davies.


 

Dragons’ Den Series 12 (12 episodes)

From Wednesday 8 April at 20:00 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv

Budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five multi-millionaires worth over half a billion pounds.

If the millionaires like an idea, they’re ready to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds of their own cash straight away to kick start the business. But if they don’t like it, expect fireworks as the millionaire investors make their feelings crystal clear and the budding entrepreneurs see their dreams of instant business success reduced to tatters.


 

 New Tricks Series 10 (10 episodes)

From Friday 10 April at 20:00 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv

UCOS are back with a mission that takes them abroad for the first time.

The investigation leads the team to the port of Gibraltar where they have to work hand in hand with the local police force to solve two separate murders linked by the same gun.

When former diplomatic protection officer, Dan Griffin, arrives Standing is suspicious of him but Dan soon proves his worth to the team with his smart, analytical brain and his dark and dry sense of humour.

This series sees the team investigate the murder of a playboy shipping heir, the murder of a young mum that took place 16 years ago and the reopening of a notorious case from the seedy underworld of 1980s Soho.

 


Downton Abbey Series 4 (9 episodes)

From Sunday 12 April at 21:00 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv

Set in 1922, the fourth series sees the return of our much loved characters in the sumptuous setting of Downton Abbey.

As they face new challenges, the Crawley family and the servants who work for them remain inseparably interlinked.

Six months after Matthew’s tragic death, his loss is still felt throughout the great house. Mary struggles to face a new future with her fatherless child and is encouraged by the family to pick up the pieces. Accepting a new role on the estate, the now eligible Mary also finds herself the reluctant object of attention from a number of eager suitors.

With the twenties in full swing and the tides of change sweeping through Downton, Rose’s continued attraction to the bright lights of London spells trouble for the Crawleys, and Edith’s budding relationship with Gregson is threatened by events beyond her control. Meanwhile, below stairs, passions run high and young hearts look set to be broken.

 


Big School Series 2 (6 episodes)

From Tuesday 14 April at 20:00 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv

As a new term gets underway, the teaching staff at Greybridge School are still even more dysfunctional than the kids.

Lovelorn Mr Church is as awkward as ever, and his clumsy advances threaten to undo the progress he’s made in winning over the woman of his dreams. Meanwhile, Miss Postern has problems of her own. As she fails to get her pupils fired up about all things French she’s left questioning her career choice when an old friend – now a bestselling children’s author – visits the school.

Incredibly, this bumbling pair are the most well-balanced of the bunch. Mr Gunn’s outdated attitudes scupper every social interaction, Ms Baron bluntly browbeats the staff, and Mrs Klebb doggedly pursues her pretentious vision of the dramatic arts. Music teacher Mr Martin, nervous wreck Mr Barber and over-amorous lab assistant Pat also head back to school; they’re joined by new arrival Dr Dalton, a dashing young heartthrob who sets pulses racing in the staff room.

Follow the staff as they amble their way through another school year.


Mrs Brown’s Boys Series 1 (6 episodes)

From Sunday 19 April at 22:40 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv

Brendan O’Carroll is Ireland’s most-wanted comedian, and his biggest success is Mrs Brown.

A hilarious Dublin matriarch – think Dame Edna meets The Royle Family meets Father Ted – Brendan’s wonderful comic creation is an underground comedy phenomenon.


The Graham Norton Show Series 17 (13 episodes)

From Tuesday 21 April at 21:40 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv

 

The irreverent BAFTA award-winning chat show host from the Emerald Isle returns with a new series of The Graham Norton Show. Each episode is brim full of chat, comedy, celebrity gossip and general weirdness. And there’s just enough risqué material to make viewers cringe with delight.

 

At the end of each episode, Graham introduces some of the best contemporary music acts to wrap things up and finish the show off with a bang.

 

 

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