It’s monologue month this March on BBC First, as Hear Her premieres outside China for the very first time. This uniquely Chinese adaptation of BBC series Snatches: Moments from Women’s Lives was directed by Vicky Zhao, and features confessional, heartfelt moments that illuminate issues of gender roles, appearance anxiety, motherhood, and discrimination.
Talking Heads, the BBC’s anthology series of first-person monologues, also makes its Asian premiere on BBC First, boasting a cast of the biggest leading lights in the UK film industry, from Martin Freeman, to Jodie Comer and Kristin Scott-Thomas.
Other highlight premieres this month include BBC First’s The Salisbury Poisonings, the high-octane dramatisation of the Novichok outbreak in Salisbury. Here are the big shows you should watch out for on BBC First this March.
Talking Heads: Premieres 5th March, Friday
Alan Bennett’s renowned monologues are remade with an extraordinary British cast – with two powerful new pieces added to the collection. Touching on universal themes such as guilt, grief and isolation, Bennett’s masterful monologues have always had a timeless quality. But they feel particularly relevant today. Actors including Jodie Comer, Martin Freeman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sarah Lancashire and Maxine Peake bring Bennett’s haunting work to life with darkly captivating performances. With the actors talking directly to the camera, this is an exceptionally intimate dramatic experience. As the characters unburden their souls, there’s nowhere for the actors, or audience, to hide.
Hear Her: Premieres 8th March, Monday
Initiated by Vicky Zhao Wei and produced by Tencent Video, Hear Her is the China format of “Snatches: Moments from Women’s Lives”. These monologues will feature universal topics in women’s lives and are inspired by women who have spoken out, challenged the status quo or made a stand, often at great personal cost.
The Salisbury Poisonings: Premieres 19th March, Friday
In March 2018, Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the small, picturesque city of Salisbury. The Salisbury Poisonings tells the story of this deadly crisis from the point of view of key figures directly involved, based on first-hand accounts and extensive research. We focus on Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey (Rafe Spall), who unknowingly contaminates himself in the line of duty, devastating his family, and Tracy Daszkiewicz (Anne-Marie Duff), local Director of Public Health, who battles to protect Salisbury residents before things spiral quickly out of control.
Death In Paradise Series 10: Premieres 26th March, Friday
The smash-hit whodunit returns, as D.I. Neville Parker attempts to solve a slew of mysterious murders in the sun-soaked Caribbean The hugely popular comedy-drama is back for its tenth anniversary series with its usual combination of baffling murders, intriguing puzzles and famous guest stars.
There are also some big surprises in store – starting with the shock return of D.S Florence Cassell. Can Florence help Neville embrace life on the island? New characters turn up on shore – including 18-year-old petty criminal Marlon Pryce, who quickly stirs up trouble. The arrival of twins is the least of JP’s challenges as Marlon, and work, tests him to his limits. Meanwhile, Selwyn finds himself in the firing line and Catherine faces grave danger following the death of a friend.