Just like Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes, everyone’s favourite Olde English mugger got a brand new spit’n’polish from the BBC. Reason to watch? Some cheeky modern wit, Jonas Armstrong’s fresh-faced Robin and Keith Allen’s sarcastic Sheriff of Nottingham. It’s ham for supper, kids.
In the red corner: two middle-aged parents. In the blue corner: three tirelessly unruly children. Ding ding! Eyeballing the bonkers battleground of family life with scary accuracy, the semi-improv Brit sitcom was never funny than this first series.
The comedian who claims he looks like “a fat Chinese man” hosts this terrific stand-up series, boasting the very best of Brit comics. Wicked sense of humour? You’ll need it. Expect to have your funny-bone worked over like a tramp in an alleyway.
Grumpy, cynical comedian Jack Dee stars as a (surprise!) grumpy, comedian being driven nuts by life’s little annoyances. Created and co-written by Dee himself, it’s pret-tay, pret-tay similar to Curb Your Enthusiasm: bum-puckering, wry and weirdly endearing.
What would The Wire be without all the swearing, sex and brutal killing? It’d be Lincoln Heights, a lightweight but ambitious cop drama about a police officer (Russell Hornsby) who renovates an inner-city crackhouse into his dream family home. As you do.
Atten-shun! Sudsy US soap opera about four army wives (and one husband) who, when they’re not drinking wine and swapping nicknames for their va-jay-jays, fret about their husbands (and wife) being shipped off to “Aye-raq”. It ain’t Chaucer, but hey...
The Office meets Mad Men is Ricky Gervais' sexy sell. We're in. Written and directed by Gervais and Stephen Merchant, this lovely coming-of-age comedy-drama sees three working-class friends living life – and dreaming of escaping it – in ‘70s Reading. Understandable.
Three words: angels with guns. When a very angry God sends his heavenly army of destroyers to bring mankind a large glass of Apocalypse, gun-wielding Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) steps forward with our salvation. And by “salvation”, we mean “slo-mo fighting”.
Did you think Liar Liar was about two hours too short? You’re in luck. Jim Carrey plays a man who challenges himself to say yes to everything for an entire year. Light-hearted, good-hearted rom-com based on Brit writer Danny Wallace’s book.
Magic pearls, a black lion, unicorns, bandits, an ancient curse… Easy to see how this story (adapted from fantasy novel The Little White Horse) inspired JK Rowling. The Golden Compass star Dakota Blue Richards is the 13-year-old orphan who must stop the moon crashing into Earth...
Bad boys, bad boys, whatchoo gonna do? Cranked-up thriller sees macho college students become blood brothers rather more literally than they intended when a frat-boy initiation goes horribly wrong. Lean, desperate and relentlessly over the top.
It’s no secret that the Police Academy movies didn’t exactly age like a fine wine. But the early, funny ones still hang on to their daft charm. Steve Guttenberg and Kim Cattrall head up a goofball cast of worst cadets in cop history.
Mr And Mrs Smith director Doug Liman zings out more husband-and-wife suspense in this true-story of a covert CIA agent (Naomi Watts) who’s outed by her journalist husband (Sean Penn). Serious-faced potboiler powered by the star wattage of Watts and Penn.
A rare chance to see Avatar and Clash Of The Titans star Sam Worthington in normal clothes. He plays a businessman who must choose between his wife (Keira Knightley) and a sultry stranger (Eva Mendes). Some people’s problems, eh?
Barmy, witty and clever, this (mostly) true story stars Matt Damon as doofus whistle-blower Mark Whitacre, who disappeared into his own nutty James Bond fantasies while working for the FBI. He calls himself 0014. Because he's twice as smart...
Corsets strain, swords flash and this historical French action-romance swishes between battlefields and bedrooms with equal elegance and excitement. Mélanie Thierry is the beautiful princess forced to marry one man but compelled to love another. Bold, absorbing period drama.
Even more terrifying than realising you’ve forgotten to buy your Mum a card next Sunday, this cheap’n’nasty thriller by the director of three Saw movies sees a group of people held hostage by violent bank robbers and their psycho Mother (Rebecca De Mornay). Behave...
Well, did you? Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker play a New York couple on the brink of divorce before they’re forced to take adopt new identities after they witness a moida. What happens next? Some romantic comedy, it says here.
Charles Dickens' novel springs to life over eight epic hours. Beautifully conjured drama that’s captivating in its best moments thanks to a superb cast. Anna Maxwell Martin is excellent as the heroine, but scheming Charles Dance and tormented Gillian Anderson are sheer class.
QI plonker Alan Davies is a shy genius who creates magic tricks. Men Behaving Badly’s Caroline Quentin is a snoopy journalist. Together, they solve mysterious murders. Somehow, this BBC crime-comedy clicks perfectly, largely thanks to plots screwier than Davies’ hair.