TV heaven: Get ready for the Sochi Olympics

Hazel Irvine, Clare Balding, Jonathan Edwards. Pic: BBC
Hazel Irvine, Clare Balding, Jonathan Edwards. Pic: BBC
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Helix (Five, 10pm)

FOR newcomers Helix concerns a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who investigate a possible disease outbreak at a hi-tech research facility in the Arctic Circle, which could hold the key to mankind’s salvation or cause its annihilation. Last week, Julia (Kyra Zagorsky) got close to the dangerously infected Peter (Neil Napier), but could not remember whether or not he had attacked her. This week, stricken base workers attempt to seize control of the situation as Julia is shunned by those she attempted to assist.

toMORROW

Births, Deaths and Marriages (STV, 9pm)

Westminster register office, the most famous in the UK, which holds the birth, death and marriage records for an array of famous names including Joan Collins, Brooklyn Beckham, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. In the first of two episodes, head registrar Alison Cathcart, who registered Prince George’s birth, conducts a wedding for Hollie and Simon, but they have to pluck volunteers from the street to be witnesses. Meanwhile, Tommy Hanover presides over the wedding of Jennifer and Dave, and husband and wife Tony and Rebekah register the birth of their baby girl Joanna. However, there’s sad news a foot, as Joanna was born with congenital heart disease, and only two weeks later, the same registrar, Patricia, has to register the baby’s death.

WEDNESDAY

NCIS (Five, 9pm)

FOLLOWING the carnage of season nine’s finale, rescue crews sift through the wreckage of Harper Dearing’s attack on NCIS HQ. While Abby, Gibbs, McGee and Vance are okay, Ziva and Tony are stuck in a lift which is hanging by a wire. Things aren’t looking too good for Ducky either, who suffered a heart attack after hearing news of the catastrophe.

THURSDAY

Inspector George Gently (BBC One, 8.30pm)

AFTER the explosive events of last season, Gently (Martin Shaw) and Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) are back - but neither man is 100 per cent. While Gently has pushed himself back to full fitness, it’s his emotional rather than physical scars which pain him. Bacchus, meanwhile, seems to have lost his confidence entirely - a fact which becomes clear when he tenders his resignation.

FRIDAY

Live Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (BBC Two, 3.30pm)

CLARE Balding introduces coverage from the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia.

Perhaps surprisingly, this is Russia’s first ever Winter Games. So, we should probably expect something fairly spectacular from this choreographed show, which will culminate in the lighting of the Olympic Flame.

SATURDAY

Salamander (BBC Four, 9pm)

SALAMANDER is a new 12-part Flemish political thriller. Everyone has secrets. But these can bring down a nation.

Disguised as builders, a group of robbers descend on a top Belgium private bank - but the burglars have no eye for money or other valuables and target only 66 of 800 vaults in the bank. These 66 vaults belong to the country’s industrial, financial, judicial and political elite, and the safe-deposit boxes contained their most intimate secrets - secrets that could bring down the nation.

SUNDAY

Top Gear (BBC Two, 8pm)

THE brand new series of the world’s favourite car programme continues, featuring Italian sports cars, military manoeuvres and a trip to Belgium.