What to Watch This Easter

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Hallelujah! The Easter Bank Holiday is finally upon us. Don't let the bleak weather put a dampener on the occasion though, there's so much great TV on that rain should be considered a blessing.

Ashes to Ashes returns for its final season on Friday, while the newly-regenerated Eleventh Doctor introduces his latest (crazy) assistant on Saturday. On Sunday Jonathan Creek cracks some more mind-boggling murders, and on Monday Stephen Spielberg's The Pacific explodes onto our screens. There really is something to look forward to every night. Here's a detailed selection of this year's Easter highlights…

Ashes to Ashes (BBC1, 9pm)
The third and final season gets off to a speedy start when Gene (Philip Glenister) returns to face the music having accidently shot Alex (Keeley Hawes). Meanwhile, Red Riding's Daniel Mays joins the cast as Discipline and Complaints Officer Jim Keats.

VIDEO: Watch clips from the opening episode.
FEATURE: Read a revealing interview with Montserrat Lombard (Shaz Granger).
IMAGES: Check out the promotional pictures.

The Door (ITV1, 9pm)
Usually we wouldn't recommend celebrity game shows (especially those co-hosted by Amanda Holden), but this one looks promising. The two-part special pits two teams of celebrities against one another in various Bushtucker-type trials. They'll endure electric shocks and small spaces all in the name of charity.

Doctor Who (BBC1, 6.20pm)
Fresh from his New Year regeneration The Doctor, now played by Matt Smith, returns to defend the world from another batch of aliens. On his first endeavour he meets companion Amy Pond (Kate Gillan) and the TARDIS gets a very steampunk makeover.
VIDEO: Watch the debut episode's opening scene / View the fifth season trailer. FEATURE: Read the spoiler-free review.
IMAGES: Take a look behind-the-scenes.

Over The Rainbow (BBC1, 7.25pm)
Another family favourite for the Easter weekend. Whether your relatives enjoy the song and dance, or simply want a good laugh at Andrew Lloyd Webber's sour-faced expressions, this is sure to entertain. In the first live elimination nights of the series the remaining 11 girls continue to perform for the lead role in the West End's upcoming Wizard of Oz.
IMAGES: Look back at the show so far.

Law & Order (The Hallmark Channel, from 8pm)
To celebrate the franchise's 20-year mark Hallmark are hosting a special Law & Order weekend. The three-day event will feature exclusive cast interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and classic episodes.
Video: Watch the trailer.

Jonathan Creek (BBC1, 8pm)
A young woman seems to be possessed by the spirit of a sorceress, but Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies) is having none of it. With the help of his assistant Joey Ross (Sheridan Smith) the sleuthing illusionist sets out to discover what's really going on.
IMAGES: The episode in images.

A Touch of Frost (ITV1, 8pm)
After nearly 18 years as one of Britain's best-loved detectives David Jason bows out as D.I. Frost. His last case sees him chasing a copycat killer and fighting for his life. Will he survive? The two-part episode concludes on Monday at 9pm.
FORUMS: Discuss your favourite Frost moments.

The Pacific (Sky Premiere, 9pm)
Even before Sky dubbed it "the movie event of the year" fans have had high expectations for The Pacific. It's inevitable that the $230 million TV drama will draw comparisons with its predecessor, Golden Globe winning Band of Brothers: They're both set during World War II and they're both created by Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks. What's different about The Pacific, however, is that this miniseries will also look at the home lives of the soldiers fighting against the Japanese Empire.
VIDEOS: Teaser clips and trailers.
FEATURE: Read the full review.
IMAGES: Pictures from the front line.

Channel 4's Comedy Gala (Channel 4, 9pm)
For something a little more light-hearted try Channel 4's Comedy Gala. Jonathan Ross, David Mitchell, Bill Bailey and Alan Carr are among the comedians hoping to make you laugh whilst raising funds for Great Ormond Street children's hospital. Gavin and Stacey's Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones, who paired with Tom Jones for last year's Comic Relief, will each have a set too.
FORUMS: The full line-up is revealed.

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