Victoria Monday, 10 June at 20:00 ITV CHOICE (DStv 123)
Victoria must decide whether to fight the Chartists with force or allow them to present their petition. This episode has it all: a wedding, a birth and a very naughty painting.
Her Majesty’s Cavalry Wednesday, 12 June at 20:00 ITV CHOICE (DStv 123)
The Household Cavalry is the oldest and most recognisable military regiment in the British Army. Now, for the first time in almost 400 years, women are set to join the Cavalrymen on horseback and on the frontlines. This fascinating series goes beyond the pomp and ceremony to discover what it takes to make the grade – and how the Cavalry as a whole is readying itself for a period of change. This six-part series boasts unprecedented access to one of the British Army’s most prestigious units.
“Everyone has an image of America: a land of big shops, bright lights and asphalt highways stretching right across the continent. But there is another America – and I set out to find it.” ~ Martin Clunes
Martin Clunes embarks on an epic journey around the coast of America to discover what life is like on the surrounding islands for Islands of America, a new documentary series that starts on ITV Choice (DStv 123) on Thursday, 23 May 2019 at 20:00.
Following the successful series on the Islands of Britain and Islands of Australia, Clunes has developed a fascination for the unique quality and appeal of island life, often in the most remote places on the planet.
This time he sets off on a 16 000-kilometre journey, from the west to the east, to explore the vast swathe of islands which are scattered beyond America’s shores. He travels from Hawaii’s islands of fire and Alaska’s islands of snow and ice, to the playgrounds of presidents off the New England coast.
Clunes says: “I wanted to look beyond corporate America and discover the other United States, out past the mainland margins, and what life is like on these unique and diverse islands.
“On this island journey I meet men and women who’ve lived through many of nature’s worst extremes. And it seems one thing they all share is a profound wisdom about these challenges.”
During the four-part series Clunes visits Hawaii, Molokai, Alaska, the San Juan Islands, the Channel Islands National Park, Avery Island which sits inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Delacroix Island, the colourful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, the Sea Islands along the coast of Georgia, Sapelo Island, the quiet island backwater of Chincoteague, Manhattan Island, Ellis Island, Coney Island and Martha’s Vineyard, playground for the wealthy.
The final place on Clunes’s epic island journey is Maine, America’s most easterly state, with hundreds of islands off its coast. The Isle au Haut is his last island stop where Clunes meets the children from the island’s primary school to discover what life is like for them on this isolated community.
Clunes concludes: “It seems right to finish my journey here with these children – they’re the future of this island. And seeing them enjoy the simple pleasures of island life will stay with me for a very long time.”
Friday, 17 May 2019 at 20:00 ITV Choice (DStv 123)
With the gap between rich and poor greater than ever, this format follows two families from opposite ends of the wealth divide as they trade places to find out if money really does buy happiness. In the first episode of this new season part-time hairdresser Sarah Timmins, 29, and husband Ross, 28, a former Navy engineer from Redruth, Cornwall swap with wealthy veterinary surgeons Colin and Lizzy Whiting. But there’s a surprise in store at the end of this episode.
The first programme kicking off ITV CHOICE’s annual Royal Season this year is Harry & Meghan: A Royal Baby Story, which will air on Wednesday, May 22 at 20:00.
In this one-hour special, royal experts investigate the Duke and Duchess’ relationship, as well as look at how Meghan has been handling her first pregnancy in the public eye.
Focusing heavily on Meghan’s maternity looks, the royal correspondents – including author Katie Nichol, celebrity journalist Ashley Pearson, Emily Andrews and more – also dissect her more controversial, glamorous and sleeker ensembles.
As the world has become obsessed with the royal couple, it’s also apparent that tabloids and media have been taking note of everything that the mother-to-be wears, how she acts and how she compares to Kate Middleton.
The Duchess’ estranged half-sister, Samantha Markle, also makes an appearance and discusses Meghan’s new royal lifestyle.
“I believe that there is a jealous streak in Meg,” Samantha says of the constant comparisons between Meghan and Kate and what they wear. “She does like to be the centre of attention. I feel like that’s a part of what is happening now.”
When it comes to her estranged sister having a nanny at their new Frogmore Cottage, Samantha says, “I think she will definitely get a nanny. Meghan is very strong-minded, and there will definitely be a butting of heads, but Meghan could learn and grow from that. So if the nanny is strong enough, then she won’t be left in tears.”
The special also touches on how Meghan and Harry’s child will most likely stray from the traditional royal children attire that people have seen Prince George and Princess Charlotte dressed up in.
Samantha concludes her portion by explaining that she thinks it’s important that children have a bigger sense of their family and where they come from.
“I would like to think that this child would have access to the best parts of grandad…and get to know that side of the Markles,” she says.
ITV CHOICE’s Royal Season continues the following week – on Wednesday, May 29 at 20:00 – with the 60-minute documentary Secrets of the Royal Babies.
Manhunt Thursday, 2 May at 20:00 ITV CHOICE (DStv 123)
Acclaimed actor Martin Clunes takes the role of former Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, who tenaciously tracked down serial killer Levi Bellfield. Manhunt is the real-life story of how the murder of French student, Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green in August 2004 was eventually linked to the murders of Marsha McDonnell in 2003, and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler in 2002. With the full co-operation of former DCI Colin Sutton, Manhunt dramatises the hunt to find the killer. The three-part drama follows the detailed and painstaking investigation by the former London Metropolitan police detective and his team, as they dedicated themselves to finding Amelie’s killer, and pursuing links to the other murders.