TV this week: Helix| The Musketeers

Helix. Pic: Channel 5
Helix. Pic: Channel 5
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Your pick of this week’s shows.

Monday

Helix (Five, 10pm)

THIS 13-part thriller focuses on a team of scientists from the Centres for Disease Control, who travel to the Arctic Circle to investigate a rumour involving dangerous experiments and the outbreak of a deadly new virus.

Heading the team is Dr Alan Farragut, played by Billy Campbell. He not only has to deal with a potential threat to life on Earth, but also his feelings for his ex-wife, Dr Julia Walker, a biologist joining him on the expedition. And Farragut’s new prodigy, virologist Dr Sarah Jordan, can’t help but feel threatened by Walker’s experience so that’s bound to cause problems down the line.

Developed under the guidance of Ronald D Moore, screenwriter and television producer known for his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Battlestar Galactica. Helix has shades of sci-fi classics The Thing and The Andromeda Strain.

Tuesday

Death In Paradise (BBC One, 9pm)

Has Kris Marshall just hit the acting jackpot? The former My Family star has taken over from Ben Miller as the lead detective in this hugely successful series - which means he now gets to spend six months of the year filming in tropical Guadeloupe.

Wednesday

The National Television Awards 2014 (STV, 7.30pm)

THE biggest names on the small screen gather at the O2 in London for the annual ceremony celebrating the best of British TV over the past 12 months.

This year, prizes will be given out in such categories as Talent Show, Factual Entertainment, Drama, Serial Drama, Documentaries and Entertainment Presenter, but there’s a new kid on the block too - TV Detective.

Thursday

Silent Witness (BBC One, 9pm)

SERIES 17 of the BBC’s enduring forensic drama continues with a disturbing two-parter.

The death of a pregnant girl found submerged in a suitcase leaves Nikki (Emilia Fox) and Jack (David Caves) determined to find both her killer, and the baby taken from her womb.

It’s believed she died within a 24 hour period: her body having been dumped only two hours before the end of it. There’s a deep horizontal laceration to the back of her head which seems to be the main cause of death, but the motive remains a mystery.

Friay

Room 101 (BBC One, 8.30pm)

FRANK Skinner returns for a new series of the comedy show and the first episode features Richard Osman, who in 2012 teamed up with his Pointless co-host Alexander Armstrong to write a book entitled The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World.

Saturday

The Bridge (BBC Four, 9pm)

SAGA and Martin re-interview witnesses in the case and suspect someone within their own group has been doctoring information in their reports. Meanwhile, Laura, the key witness, regains consciousness and despite feeling exhausted, finally manages to help piece together a composite sketch of the perpetrator.

Again, Martin visits Jens in prison, but will he ever achieve what he aims to with Jens?

Sunday

The Musketeers (BBC One, 9pm)

NOTORIOUS criminal Vadim seeks to make life unbearable for the authorities that have imprisoned him. When he engineers a full-scale riot, it falls to the Musketeers to protect those whom he seeks to destroy.

Will the Musketeers discover his plan in time and stop him from endangering the monarchy? And can the inexperienced d’Artagnan prove he is worthy of becoming a Musketeer, or do his loyalties lie elsewhere?