TV This week: Alan Carr, Bluestone 42, Neighbours

Kylie Mionogue and Jason Donovan in Neighbours. Pic: Channel 5
Kylie Mionogue and Jason Donovan in Neighbours. Pic: Channel 5
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Your pick of this week’s TV.


Bluestone 42 (BBC Three, 10pm)

THE series following the fortunes of a British bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan takes a serious turn this week as Nick is called in to rescue a trapped squaddie. The soldier in question has got his helmet caught up in the tripwire of an IED, and it’s not long before events escalate to even more worrying levels.


Ordinary Lies (BBC One, 9pm)

THIS series is set in fictional car showroom, JS Motors, and follows its work force, all of whom quickly realise how simple lies can spiral out of control. The first episode follows Jason Manford, in one of his first acting roles, as Marty McClean. He is on his last warning at work, and after a heavy night drinking and sleeping through his alarm, he knows his excuse needs to be a good one.

He goes all out and lies that his wife has been tragically killed. It’s a shock for Marty’s colleagues, as they rally around to help the apparently grieving widower - but his lie soon unravels.


Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite (Channel 5, 10pm)

MARKING three decades of the hit Australian soap, this show features superstars Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Margot Robbie, Jason Donovan and Delta Goodrem who all reflect on their time in Ramsay Street.

Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson) and Tim Phillipps (Daniel Robinson) introduce proceedings, and welcome Ian Smith and Anne Charleston (Harold and Madge Bishop), Mark Little (Joe Mangel) and Craig McLachlan (Henry Ramsay).


The Triplets Are Coming (STV, 9pm)

EVERY year in Britain, around 200 sets of triplets are born. This two-part strand gives viewers an insight into the journey faced by couples expecting three babies at once.

Staff at London’s University College Hospital’s multiple birth clinic give us the lowdown on the joy and pain of instant, ‘buy one, get two free’ families.

Inevitably there’s a danger of unpredictable pregnancy for women carrying more than one baby.


Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4, 10pm)

AS this programme kicks off another run, Alan’s first guests are all four of The Voice judges - Rita Ora,, Ricky Wilson and Tom Jones, Hollywood A-lister Antonio Banderas and EastEnders’ Danny Dyer.


Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland (BBC One, 2.25pm)

LIVE coverage from Murrayfield, as Ireland conclude their title defence against hosts Scotland.

The Irish have not won the championship outright in successive years since the late 1940s, but a superb run of results over the last year established them as the northern hemisphere’s top-ranked nation. Scotland, however, won the last Murrayfield meeting in 2013, despite only having 29 per cent possession, and they have notably improved this season under new coach Vern Cotter.


Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity (BBC Two, 9pm)

LOUIS immerses himself in the world of Ohio’s State Psychiatric Hospitals, meeting patients who have committed crimes - at times horrifically violent - while in the grip of severe mental illness.

They have been found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and ordered by the courts to secure psychiatric facilities to receive the treatment that it is hoped will, one day, lead to their reintegration back into society.