The BT TV hot list: From Baptiste to Fleabag, what to watch in February 2019 and coming soon

Our pick of the best shows to watch on Freeview and BT TV’s extra entertainment channels in February and the rest of 2019.

There’s so much telly to get excited about this February on BT TV.

If you’re looking to get your teeth into something new this month, brand new comedy panel show Hypothetical starts on Dave, new drama Flack premieres on W, and The Missing spin-off Baptiste starts on BBC One.

Looking for something familiar? Award season returns, including the Brits on ITV and E! Live From the Red Carpet at the Grammys and Oscars.

And don’t forget, with BT TV, you can access catch-up services for Freeview channels, watch Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and buy or rent box sets from the BT TV Store - depending on your subscription.

Keep reading for our must-watch guide for the month ahead, and what’s coming to BT TV later this year.

Available in February 2019

Surviving R. Kelly

Surviving R. Kelly

When is it on?

Surviving R. Kelly is a six-part documentary series that premieres on Tuesday, February 5 at 10pm on Crime+Investigation (BT channel number 328/380 HD), and continues Tuesdays on C+E.

What’s it about?

In the ground-breaking documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, survivors and people from R. Kelly’s inner circle, share their stores with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse.

Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, R. Kelly’s genre-defining career and playboy lifestyle has been riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia.

Beginning in 1970 through to the present day, the new UK premiere series sheds light on the R&B star whose history of alleged abuse of underage girls has, until recently, been largely ignored by mainstream media.

Why watch it?

Surviving R. Kelly features over 50 exclusive interviews, including civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musicians John Legend and Sparkle, talk-show host and former DJ Wendy Williams, Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones, and his brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly.

[Read more: All you need to know about Surviving R. Kelly]

Hypothetical

Hypothetical

When is it on?

Brand new comedy panel show Hypothetical premieres Wednesday, February 6 at 10pm on Dave (12 / 387 HD). Hypothetical will also be available to catch-up on UKTV Play - just press the BT Player button on your remote control, and continues Wednesdays on Dave.

What’s it about?

Hosted by comedians Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster (pictured above), guests are posed absurd hypothetical situations and scored on how well they would deal with them.

Over three hilarious rounds, two teams of guest comedians must think fast as they are faced with a series of completely made-up scenarios and interrogated on their approach to each one.

Widdicombe poses the questions and interrogates the guests' methods, while Acaster deals with the guests quibbles and queries, and doles out the points.

Why watch it?

The guest comedians for the first episode are Tom Allen, Rob Beckett, Jessica Knappett and Liza Tarbuck, but there’s a ton of top comedic talent in the series including Romesh Ranganathan, Nish Kumar, Dara O Briain, Victoria Coren Mitchell and Katherine Ryan.

E! Live from the Red Carpet

lady gaga

When is it on?

Live From The Red Carpet: The Grammys starts at 10.30pm on Sunday, February 10, and Live From The Red Carpet: The Oscars starts at 10pm on Sunday, February 24, both on E! (BT channel number 321/386 HD).

What’s it about?

E! shows all the red carpet excitement and exclusive interviews from the biggest nights in music and movies.

Why watch it?

Check out the red carpet arrivals and best-dressed couples, with Oscar nominees expected on the red carpet including Lady Gaga (pictured above at the 2019 Golden Globes), Emma Stone and Rami Malek.

Siren season 2

Siren

When is it on?

Siren season 2 starts Thursday, February 14 at 9pm on Syfy (BT channel number 319/375 HD).

What’s it about?

Siren is a US drama series based in Bristol Cove, a fictional coastal town known for its legend of being home to mermaids.

The the small fishing town was turned upside down when a mysterious girl appeared and began wreaking havoc upon it.

That girl was Ryn, a mermaid, who with her new friends must help protect Bristol Cove and her fellow mermaids who arrive following an escalation of the environmental crisis off the coast.

Why watch it?

The show received positive reviews after its first season, earning a nomination for Choice Breakout TV Show at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards.

Baptiste

Baptiste

When is it on?

The Missing spin-off Baptiste will air on BBC One on Sunday, February 17. Never miss an episode with the BBC iPlayer app - BT TV customers can find it under the Players & Apps tab on your TV box.

What’s it about?

Detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) assists in an investigation to help his former girlfriend, the Amsterdam Chief of Police, while on holiday in Amsterdam with his wife.

Why watch it?

Tom Hollander (The Night Manager, Bird Box) will appear in Baptiste, which is from the same production company as The Missing (Two Brothers Pictures).

[Read more: Everything you need to know about The Missing spin-off Baptiste]

Traitors

Traitors

When is it on?

Spy drama Traitors, previously called Jerusalem, will start on Sunday, February 17 at 9pm on Channel 4. Don't miss it with the All4 app, which BT TV customers can find under the Players & Apps tab.

What’s it about?

Set in 1945 London, Traitors is the dangerous, enthralling story of Feef Symonds (played by Clique’s Emma Appleton), who is seduced by a rogue American spy into spying on her own country. Her task? To uncover a Russian agent in the heart of the British Government.

Why watch it?

The return of Keeley Hawes! Following a stellar few years in British TV including Emmy-nominated Bodyguard, Line of Duty and The Durrells, Hawes returns to TV as a member of the post-war Civil Service in this 2019 thriller.

[Read more: Keeley Hawes in trailer for Traitors]

Knight Fight

Knight Fight

When is it on?

Brand new series Knight Fight starts Tuesday, February 19 on History (BT channel number 327/379 HD).

What’s it about?

Each episode of Knight Fight follows six competitors from the world of Medieval Martial Arts, aka the Knight Fight Club, as they battle with axes, swords, shields and spears while wearing over 36kg of armour - until only one knight stands.

Normal people with normal lives forget their day jobs and become knights of battle in the full-contact Armoured Combat League (ACL).

The fighters customise era-specific armour, garb and weaponry, and engage in numerous battle rounds to see who has the skill, strength and aggression to win the Knight Fight.

Why watch it?

Knight Fight is presented by a team of experts, including WWE superstar and podcaster Christian Cage.

Brit Awards

Knight Fight

When is it on?

The Brit Awards 2019 will air live on Wednesday February 20 at 8pm on ITV (BT channel number 3 / 103 HD). Catch up with the ITV Hub app, under the Players & Apps tab on your TV box.

What’s it about?

Comedian Jack Whitehall returns for the second year running to present the annual pop music awards from London’s O2 Arena (pictured above hosting in 2018).

Why watch it?

Calvin Harris has been confirmed to be performing on stage joined by three megastars; Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag'n'Bone Man, to perform a medley of his recent songs - 'One Kiss', 'Promises' and 'Giant'.

Flack

Flack

When is it on?

New drama series Flack premieres on Thursday, Feb 21 at 10pm on W (BT channel number 311/383 HD).

What’s it about?

Set in the world of high-stakes celebrity PR, Flack stars Oscar-winner Anna Paquin (The Piano, True Blood).

She’s the sharp and witty publicity maven Robyn, getting her her job done within the glamorous yet often sordid world of showbiz - putting out fires to achieve the aims of her rich, powerful and outrageous celebrity clients.

Why watch it?

Flack - which was co-produced by Anna Paquin’s production company - follows the successful W drama Women On The Verge, which aired on the channel to critical acclaim last year.

[Read more: All you need to know about Flack]

Celebs Go Dating series 6

Jack Celebs go dating

When is it on?

Celebs Go Dating series 6 starts Sunday, February 24 at 9pm on E4.

What’s it about?

A bunch of celebrities head to the dating agency in the hope of finding love, with some cringe dates along the way! The line-up for series 6 was confirmed in November 2018, including the return of Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson:

Why watch it?

Love Island’s stand-out star Jack Fowler (pictured above) was announced as a surprise addition to the line-up, so we’re looking forward to seeing what this cheeky chappy brings to the show!

Confirmed for 2019

Fleabag series 2

Fleabag

When is it on?

A second series of cult Brit comedy Fleabag was confirmed in 2017. It will premiere on BBC Three on Monday, March 4.

What’s it about?

In season 1, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character Fleabag is trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy.

The BBC released a first-look image of its its creator and main star Waller-Bridge, before confirming the plot for series 2:

Since the end of the last hilarious series - when her entire family rejected her, her darkest secret was revealed and she nearly threw herself in front of a car - Fleabag is back for more laughs than ever.

Fleabag and sister Claire are brought together by an unexpected attack, and tensions rise as another side of her sister emerges. Further afield, Dad still can’t look Fleabag in the eye and Godmother slithers closer into the girls’ lives.

Joyful, bleak, poignant and sucker-punch funny, the original cast is joined by a car-crash of new characters as we delve further into the world of Fleabag.

With hope and faith at the core of series two, our heroine finds herself in the midst of a battle she is determined to win: Fleabag versus God.

Why watch it?

There are so many reasons to watch Fleabag, but if you haven’t seen season 1 yet, let’s just say Ben Aldridge’s character is an absolute scene-stealer.

In season 2, Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) and Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve) are all set to appear.

Killing Eve series 2

Killing Eve

When is it on?

The second series of the spy drama started filming at the end of 2018, and it’s airing in the US in April 2019, so hopefully we haven’t got to wait too long after that.

What’s it about?

Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh, best known for Grey’s Anatomy) is a desk-bound MI5 security officer who’s bored in her job and yearns for a more exciting life.

When a Russian politician is murdered, she is given the task of protecting the only witness and soon finds herself on a collision course with a psychopathic assassin known as Villanelle (Jodie Comer, Doctor Foster).

Why watch it?

Killing Eve was one of the most talked-about shows of 2018 thanks to its impeccable casting, defiance of espionage cliches and Villanelle’s stunning wardrobe. It even earned Oh a Golden Globe.

[Killing Eve season 2: Everything we know so far]

Line of Duty series 5

Line of Duty

When is it on?

British drama series Line of Duty returns to BBC One in 2019, although an air date has not been confirmed. Don’t miss it with the BBC iPlayer app, under the Players & Apps tab on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Line of Duty originally aired on BBC Two, where it was the channel’s most-watched drama series in 14 years. It follows the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anti-corruption unit, where DS Steve Arnott was transferred after he refused to be part of a police cover-up.

Why watch it?

Its main stars Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar give phenomenal performances season after season, but series 5 also sees the arrival of This Is England actor Stephen Graham.

[Line of Duty series 5: All you need to know about the return of AC-12]

Peaky Blinders series 5

Peaky Blinders

When is it on?

Series 5 of British drama Peaky Blinders will air on its new home of BBC One - moving from BBC Two - in 2019, although a specific release date has not been confirmed. Don’t miss it with the BBC iPlayer app, under the Players & Apps tab on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Set in the aftermath of World War I in Birmingham, Peaky Blinders is an British crime drama following the exploits of the Shelby crime family.

The notorious gang are led by the fierce Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy), a crime boss set on moving up in the world no matter the cost. It also stars Helen McCrory, Tom Hardy, Adrien Brody and Charlotte Riley.

Why watch it?

Peaky Blinders was hailed a critical success and a cult hit, especially for its original script and compelling performances.

Celebrities including Julia Roberts have also praised the show, confessing she was “blown away” by the British drama.

Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, David Bowie, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise are also said to be fans.

Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack

When is it on?

Brand new British-American historical drama Gentleman Jack is due to air on BBC One in early 2019. A specific release date has not been confirmed. Don’t miss it with the BBC iPlayer app, under the Players & Apps tab on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Gentleman Jack is set in the complex, changing world of Halifax - the cradle of the industrial revolution - just as it’s all kicking off in the 1830s.

The drama will explore remarkable landowner Anne Lister’s relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants and her industrial rivals, who will use any dirty tricks they can to bring her down.

At its heart is her relationship with her would-be wife, the wealthy heiress Ann Walker.

Why watch it?

The new drama stars Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones, Happy Valley’s Katherine Kelly and The Killing’s Sofie Gråbøl, and is directed by Sally Wainwright (Last Tango In Halifax, Happy Valley).

War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

When is it on?

The BBC’s brand-new adaptation of HG Wells' famous sci-fi novel doesn’t have a confirmed release date, but it features in this thrilling trailer teasing what’s coming up on the channel in 2019:

What’s it about?

Set in Edwardian England, this new adaptation of The War of the Worlds tells their story of George (played by Rafe Spall) and his partner Amy (Eleanor Tomlinson) as they face the escalating terror of an alien invasion, fighting for their lives against an enemy beyond their comprehension.

Why watch it?

Wells’ 1989 novel of the same name is the original and arguably the best alien invasion story, with producers saying audiences will be “terrified” by this TV adaptation.

[War of the Worlds: Everything we know about the BBC's forthcoming adaptation]

The Terror season 2

The Terror

When is it on?

The second season of anthology series The Terror is expected to air in 2019 on AMC, exclusive to BT customers (channel number 332/381HD).

What’s it about?

The Terror season 2 is set during the Japanese American internment during World War II.

The 10 episodes follow the story of “an uncanny spectre that menaces a Japanese American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific”.

Why watch it?

The renowned Star Trek actor, author and activist George Takei will star in the new series and also work as a consultant on the show.

[Read more: The Terror season 2 cast and characters]

MotherFatherSon

MotherFatherSon

When is it on?

Drama series MotherFatherSon will air on BBC Two in 2019, according to Variety.

What’s it about?

Richard Gere - returning to TV for the first time in almost three decades - will play Max, a charismatic self-made American businessman with media outlets in London and around the world.

Helen McCrory will play Kathryn, a British heiress who has been estranged from Max following the breakdown of their marriage some years before.

Their 30 year-old son, Caden (Billy Howle), runs Max’s UK newspaper and is primed to follow in his father’s footsteps as one of the most powerful men in the world.

But when Caden’s self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, the devastating consequences threaten the future of the family, its empire, and a country on the brink of change.

Why watch it?

MotherFatherSon was created and written by Tom Rob Smith, Emmy-winner for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Years and Years

Years and Years

When is it on?

Six-part drama series Years and Years will air on BBC One in 2019. A release date has not been confirmed.

What’s it about?

Years and Years follows the Lyons family over 15 years in Manchester, living in a Britain rocked by unstable political, economic and technological advances.

But when their lives converge on one crucial night in 2019, the story accelerates into the future, following the lives and loves of the Lyons over the next 15 years.

Why watch it?

Award-winning writer Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, A Very English Scandal) wrote the script for the show, which also stars Emma Thompson (pictured above).

The Widow

the widow

When is it on?

There’s not a confirmed release date for limited series The Widow, but it will be airing on ITV sometime in 2019.

What’s it about?

In The Widow, Kate Beckinsale plays Georgia Wells, a woman whose life is turned upside down following a phone call in the middle of the night.

Her husband of over 10 years, Will, has been reported dead after a plane crash in the Congolese jungle.

Three years later, with her old life now a thing of the past, Georgia learns something shocking. Something that will take her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, looking to uncover the truth about his disappearance.

Still haunted by the past, Georgia is grieving for the man she loved and the life they've lost, but she hasn't given up hope.

Why watch it?

The Widow, which will be produced in conjunction with Amazon Prime Video, has been written by Emmy, Golden Globe and Bafta-nominated screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams (Liar, The Missing).

Cheat

Cheat

When is it on?

There’s not a confirmed release date for Cheat, but it will be airing on ITV some time in 2019.

What’s it about?

Four-part mini series Cheat is a psychological thriller that tells the story of a dangerous relationship between university professor Leah, and her student Rose.

What begins as a seemingly open and shut case of academic deception, quickly spirals out of control, ending in fatal consequences, and triggering a devastating sequence of events that threaten to engulf them both.

With two fiercely intelligent minds unwilling to back down, Cheat will keep audiences guessing from the start, exploring just how far we’re prepared to stand up for what we believe, and at what cost.

Why watch it?

Cheat, another Two Brothers Pictures production, stars The Night Manager’s Katherine Kelly (pictured on location for the show in Cambridge, above) and Three Girl’s Molly Windsor.

A Confession

A Confession

When is it on?

There’s not a confirmed release date for A Confession, but it’s thought to be airing on ITV some time in 2019.

What’s it about?

A Confession tells the true story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock, Fargo), deliberately breached police procedure and protocol to catch a killer, a decision that ultimately cost him his career and reputation.

Why watch it?

The screenplay for A Confession was written by Jeff Pope, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Philomena.

Love Island

Love Island

When is it on?

Dating show Love Island will return to ITV2 in summer 2019. A release date has not been confirmed but it’s usually around June. Don’t miss it with The ITV Hub app, under the Players & Apps tab on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Glamorous singles live in a beautiful villa in Majorca under the watchful gaze of the audience at home, who have the power to decide who stays and who goes home.

Why watch it?

In recent years Love Island has become a British cultural phenomenon, with as much gossip around what goes on after the show than what happens on it.

The Great British Bake Off

Bake Off

When is it on?

The Great British Bake Off will return to Channel 4 in 2019, host Sandi Toksvig confirmed last year. A specific date has not been confirmed, but it usually starts in August. Don’t miss it with the All 4 app, under the Players & Apps tab on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Consider Bake Off the ultimate baking battle, where passionate amateur baking fans compete to be crowned the UK’s Best Amateur Baker.

Why watch it?

The bakers try their hand at one of their signature bakes and a technical challenge each episodes, but it’s the showstoppers at the end that are really, well, showstopping!

Rumoured for 2019

Derry Girls series 2

Derry Girls

When is it on?

A release date for the second series of TV comedy Derry Girls hasn’t been confirmed, but series creator Lisa McGee hinted that the comedy will be back on screens this March.

What’s it about?

Amidst the political conflict of Northern Ireland in the 1990s, five secondary school students square off with the universal challenges of being a teenager.

Why watch it?

Following its initial release on Channel 4 in early 2018, Derry Girls season 1 was released on Netflix in late 2018 - bringing with it a new wave of international critical acclaim.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 3

Handmaids Tale

When is it on?

The third season of dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale doesn’t have a confirmed release date, but as the first two seasons were released in April of 2017 and 2018, BT TV assumes an April 2019 release. We’ll update this article when we have it.

What’s it about?

Based on the novel of the same name written by Margaret Atwood, this controversial drama series is set in a dystopian future where fertility rates have dropped and the few fertile women remaining, called Handmaids, have been forced into servitude.

Why watch it?

Since launching in April 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the most talked-about shows of recent years and has swept the board at the Emmys and Golden Globes.

Fear The Walking Dead season 5

FTWD

When is it on?

Fear The Walking Dead was renewed for a fifth series last year, with DigitalSpy.com predicting that it would air between April and June 2019. It will be shown exclusively on AMC in the UK (BT channel number 332/381HD).

What’s it about?

The hit companion series to The Walking Dead takes viewers to Los Angeles, telling the story of a group of people surviving after the apocalypse.

In the second half of season 4, the group will explore who they are now - as individuals and as part of the greater group - and how they will forge ahead.

Why watch it?

The first four seasons of FTWD are available to stream now on the BT TV Player - so there’s no excuse not to catch up.

[Read more: Fear the Walking Dead season 5 confirmed]

Victoria series 3

Victoria

When is it on?

The third series of historical drama Victoria is airing in January 2019 in the US, but a UK air date has not yet been confirmed.

What’s it about?

Starting in 1848, the third instalment of the lavish drama will depict a turbulent and uncertain time for both Europe and the monarchy.

With revolutions on the continent, and the Chartist working class movement reaching its peak in London, Queen Victoria is under pressure from the government to leave London for her own safety.

Why watch it?

Jenna Coleman is absolutely superb as the Queen Empress, and stars alongside real-life boyfriend Tom Hughes, who plays her consort Prince Albert.

His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials

When is it on?

The eight-part series will air on BBC One in the UK and HBO in the United States, but no broadcast date has been confirmed.

In December 2018, it was announced that filming had wrapped:

What’s it about?

Based on the novel series of the same name by Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials is an epic fantasy adventure TV series following the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes.

Why watch it?

Dafne Keen (who fans may remember as young Laura in X-Men spin-off movie, Logan) has been hailed as one to watch in 2019 following her casting in His Dark Materials, with DigitalSpy.com writing that she “is set to rise to even greater heights”.

His Dark Materials also stars Ruth Wilson (Luther), James McAvoy (Atonement) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns), and is directed by Tom Hooper (Oscar-winning director for The King’s Speech).

Looking further ahead

Dracula

Dracula

When is it on?

Filming for Dracula, a BBC and Netflix co-production, will begin in 2019. A release date has not been confirmed, but the series will consist of three feature-length episodes of 90 minutes each.

What’s it about?

According to the BBC, this re-imagining of the famous tale will reintroduce the world to Dracula (Danish actor Claes Bang, pictured above), the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.

Why watch it?

It’s been written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, known for their work on Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Bodyguard season 2

Bodyguard

When is it on?

Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio has confirmed he’s “got some ideas” for a second series of the hit BBC One drama, but its leading man Richard Madden confirmed that a second series wouldn’t air before 2020 as the crew “need a break”, according to the Daily Mail.

What’s it about?

As a second series hasn’t been confirmed, we don’t have a plot yet, but in season 1 of the political drama, Richard Madden’s character David Budd is assigned to protect Keeley Hawes’ character, Julia Montague.

Why watch it?

If you haven’t watched season 1 yet, have you been living under a rock? No but seriously, catch up on BBC iPlayer now - it’s the biggest new drama on British TV in more than a decade.

[Read more: What to watch after you’ve finished Bodyguard]

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