Here’s a list of all the television finales you won’t want to miss this month.
1. The Casual Vacancy
The BBC’s TV miniseries drama adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s first book for adults written outside the Harry Potter series will wrap up on Sunday, March 1. The Casual Vacancy has gotten even better reception from critics as a show than it did as a novel and has nabbed high ratings as well. The Casual Vacancy is about a seemingly idyllic small town in England where the dark underbelly is exposed when a member of the town’s political body dies and people start clamoring for his power. The story explores some very serious themes including poverty, politics, domestic and sexual abuse, and racial tension. The book was a bestseller instantly on Rowling’s reputation, and it seems her fans have been just as interested in tuning in for the TV show.
This British series showing modern gay life in Manchester, England, will wrap up its first season on Thursday, March 12. The show is on Britain’s Channel 4, known for being a more shocking network, and was created by Queer as Folk’s Russell T. Davies as a part of a trio of dramas exploring LGBT issues. Cucumber is about a middle-aged man in a long-term relationship that ends after the two have the worst date of all time. The main character then deals with a death, a threesome, and moves into a shared house with a group of younger men.
3. Mr. Selfridge
This BBC/PBS period drama stars Entourage’s Jeremy Piven as Harry Gordon Selfridge, the early 20th century magnate who created the Selfridges department stores. Selfridge was a flamboyant American who came to London in 1909 to create the first department store in order to give shoppers something they didn’t even know they wanted. Selfridge’s charismatic personality draws in the many women he has an appetite for, including the talented and newly liberated ones who help make the first Selfridges store the huge success it became. The series will finish its third season on Sunday, March 15.
4. Ex on the Beach
This British reality series airing on MTV will wrap up its second season on Tuesday, March 17. The premise of the show is that eight singles are taken to a tropical beach paradise to try and find new love. Their reverie, however, is interrupted by the arrival of their exes, who come to the beach to bring revenge or rekindle their relationships. The perfect trashy guilty pleasure reality show also provides warm scenery to distract from the late-winter doldrums.
5. Fixer Upper
This HGTV reality show follows Texan couple Chip and Joanna Gaines as they aid homeowners through renovating fixer-upper properties. The final episode in Season 2 will follow a couple that decides to move to a small town in Texas to live an idyllic country lifestyle. Since the Gaines family lives in a renovated 100-year-old farmhouse on a large property themselves, they have plenty of knowledge that will help with the project. That episode will air on Tuesday, March 17.
This British quiz game show’s name stands for “quite interesting.” The show will be finishing its tenth season on Thursday, March 19. QI is hosted by Stephen Fry and features the constant panelist Alan Davies, who has appeared on every episode. Contestants are given more credit for coming up with the most creative or interesting answer and penalized for giving the most obvious answer, even if it’s correct.
7. The Musketeers
This BBC period piece based on the classic tale of the three Musketeers will wrap up its second season on Friday, March 27. Set in 17th century Paris, the four main characters are Louis the XIII’s bodyguards who stand for freedom, justice, and the value of a good thrill. The show boasts a great cast, starring Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) as D’Artagnan alongside Musketeers Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour) as Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) as Aramis and Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company) as Porthos.
8. The Walking Dead
The fifth season of The Walking Dead will air its 90-minute finale March 29 on AMC, the network has announced. The post-apocalyptic zombie drama has been one of the top-rated shows on cable throughout its five-year run and will likely see high ratings during this finale. According to Entertainment Weekly, the end of Season 5 will see Daryl in trouble while on the run and the group with Alexandria and Rick feeling like outsiders. Following the finale, AMC will air the segment Talking Dead, a show hosted by Chris Hardwick discussing the finale and the characters who have died over the past season.
Finale information courtesy of Sidereel.
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