BBC Two Today Sunday 19 March 2023

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What’s On BBC Two Today Sunday 19 March 2023

A full run down of everything airing on BBC Two today.

Gardeners’ World


Monty Don and the team are back with a celebration of spring

Monty Don and the team are back with a celebration of spring. As well as getting on with some essential rose pruning, the host will be planting clematis and rocket, cutting back grasses and making a start on sowing annuals for colour this summer. Plus, Carol Klein visits Colesbourne Gardens in Gloucestershire to revel in their vibrant displays of spring colour



Charlotte Smith discovers how cuts are affecting management of Dartmoor

Charlotte Smith discovers how cuts are affecting management of Dartmoor. She finds out how the major political parties are taking sides over to the right to camp debate, and catches up with author Guy Shrubsole to discover a rare rainforest in the UK. Matt Baker helps conservationists with a bird survey, Adam Henson visits an equine rehab centre, and Paralympian Sammi Kinghorn meets volunteers opening up Dartmoor for everyone. Plus, in the second of a four-part strand, Adrian Chiles discovers what it takes to be a hill farmer in Wales

Pilgrimage: The Road to the Scottish Isles


Seven celebrities set out to learn about St Columba

Seven well-known personalities with differing faiths and beliefs put on their backpacks and waterproofs and set out on foot, by road and sea, travelling over 1,600km to learn about a key figure in early British Christianity – St Columba. Following ancient paths and heritage walking trails are interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen – a non-conforming pagan; England cricketing legend Monty Panesar – a practising Sikh; actor Louisa Clein, who is Jewish; TV personality Nick Hewer – an agnostic; social media influencer Scarlett Moffatt – a Christian; comedian Shazia Mirza – a Muslim; and Paralympian Will Bayley – a lapsed Christian

Saturday Kitchen Best Bites

Matt Tebbutt presents more highlights from the series

Rick Stein’s Cornwall


The chef visits the fishing port of Boscastle

The chef visits the fishing port of Boscastle and finds a seafood restaurant in a building which once housed rockets used to fire safety ropes out to sinking ships. A trip to Cornwall’s only dedicated organic mushroom farm inspires him to cook a stir fry with ‘lion’s mane’ mushrooms, which it is said can regrow your neurons. Rick also discovers a reason so many Germans love Cornwall

Coast to Coast Food Festival


Sean Fletcher explores Abergavenny food festival in Wales

Sean Fletcher explores Abergavenny food festival in Wales, where he discovers the secrets of barbecuing success from experts Sam and Shauna. Farmer Meinir Howells gets a workout harvesting cockles with fifth-generation pickers in Carmarthenshire and Onkar Singh Purewal, a father of toddler triplets, is on the hunt for healthy food the whole family will eat

The Cruel Sea

Second World War nautical adventure, starring Jack Hawkins
1953 – Drama, History, War

Movie: The Cruel Sea -

The veteran commander of a British escort vessel guides his inexperienced crew through the dangers of combat at sea during the Second World War Atlantic campaigns. Demoralised by the failure of his last command, the captain faces a life-or-death decision in his duty to sink an enemy vessel. Nautical action adventure, starring Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Stanley Baker and Denholm Elliott

Brief Encounter

Romantic drama, starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard
1945 – Drama, Romance

Movie: Brief Encounter - 1953

A suburban housewife meets a married doctor by chance in a railway station waiting room. Later, their paths cross many times until the pair become friends and their meetings a fixed arrangement. But as their feelings for each other transform from friendship into passion, both come to realise the affair is doomed to fail. David Lean’s romantic drama, starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard

Hippos: Africa’s River Giants


David Attenborough reveals the life of the hippopotamus as never seen before

David Attenborough reveals the life of the hippopotamus as never seen before. The programme gets closer than ever to an animal that cannot swim yet is utterly dependent on water. In Botswana’s Okavango delta, hippos face an unparalleled challenge – deep floodwaters dry to dust in a matter of months. In one extraordinary season, cameras go beneath the surface to see them protect their families and face enemies as they deal with the drought. Going far beyond their dangerous reputation, the programme discovers the true nature of the hippo, an animal that is compassionate, sensitive and highly intelligent

Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr


The teams make over three classrooms of a children’s nursery in Oxfordshire

The teams make over different classrooms of a children’s nursery in Oxfordshire – one for babies, one for toddlers and another for three to five-year-olds. Each room must feature different areas to accommodate various activities and safety is the key, and while dominates most of their plans, one team controversially opts for a shade of beige. What will Michele Ogundehin and guest judge Sophie Robinson think of the end results?

Flog It!


Elizabeth Talbot and Nick Davies examine antiques in Basingstoke

Six Nations Rugby Special

Action from the final round of fixtures

Ugo Monye presents action from the fifth and final round of fixtures, featuring Ireland v England at Aviva Stadium, France v Wales at Stade de France and Scotland v Italy at BT Murrayfield

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby


Giles Coren and Monica Galetti work at the Shangri-La Hotel in London

Giles Coren and Monica Galetti work at London’s Shangri-La Hotel, Britain’s highest hostelry. Their expectations of a standard business guest experience are blown away by discovering a hotel that makes guests’ personal moments special. From bath butlers to marriage proposals, the place is a resort for celebrations in the clouds

Britain’s Biggest Warship Goes to Sea


Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sets out on a transatlantic crossing

Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sets out on its first transatlantic crossing, a four-month deployment on the high seas which has the primary purpose of putting the top secret F-35B Lightning Stealth Fighter to the test. Within hours of leaving Portsmouth, the vessel encounters a Russian warship and needs to take immediate evasive action, and the crew has to deal with floods and dangerous fuel leaks on their way to Florida

We Need to Talk About Cosby


A look at how Bill Cosby struck TV gold with The Cosby Show

W Kamau Bell’s documentary reveals how after Bill Cosby struck gold with The Cosby Show, a genre-defining family sitcom and monument to black excellence, he began leveraging his growing power inside the entertainment industry



An extended edition on the theme of tips and tools

Sandi Toksvig hosts an extended edition of the comedy panel quiz the theme of tips and tools, with guests Joe Lycett, Holly Walsh and Bill Bailey joining regular Alan Davies

The Hurt Locker

Iraq War drama, starring Jeremy Renner
2008 – Drama, Thriller, War

Movie: The Hurt Locker -

Two American bomb disposal experts operating in Iraq are assigned a new leader after their previous one dies in action. However, the sergeant’s reckless attitude and love of battle consistently puts them at risk. Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning drama, starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes



Emma reminisces about the early days of her and Dave’s friendship

Question Time

Fiona Bruce hosts the political debate from Warrington

Fiona Bruce chairs the topical debate, inviting a panel of politicians and other guests in Warrington, Cheshire, to answer questions from an invited audience on subjects that have made the headlines over the past week

Sort Your Life Out with Stacey Solomon


Stacey guides the Clark family through a life-changing declutter

Stacey and the team help the Clark family declutter as they lay out their belongings in a warehouse only to discover they own 521 odd socks, 75 barbies and 28 games controllers. After moving from the US to a much smaller house in the UK the family no longer have the space they need. Carpenter Rob creates some floor to ceiling storage for the family while Dilly reorganises the kitchen and laundry area

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