TV Times top picks for today

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Saturday 24th March

Troy: Fall of a City, 9.10pm, BBC1

Two of the most fearsome men in this epic saga are embroiled in a gruesome fight to the death this week. After a huge battle on the beach, with many killed on either side, supreme Greek warrior Achilles, who says he’s the son of a goddess and many believe is magically protected, lays down the challenge to Trojan prince and new dad Hector. The savage sword fight gets going with Hector’s anguished royal family watching from atop the city walls, including his wife Andromache, holding their newborn child. With both Achilles and Hector being master swordsmen, it’s all a question of who flinches first… Rating: ****

The Boat Race, 3.50pm, BBC1

It’s 80 years since the BBC first broadcast the famous annual boat race between the universities of Oxford (in the dark blue boat) and Cambridge (light blue).

It’s 80 years since the BBC first broadcast the famous annual boat race between the universities of Oxford (in the dark blue boat) and Cambridge (light blue). Clare Balding introduces this year’s coverage of the men’s and women’s races from the banks of the Thames, and is joined by double Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover and Olympic champion Dame Katherine Grainger. Will Oxford win like last year, or will Cambridge edge it, as they so often do? Rating: ***

Below the Surface, from 9pm, BBC4

Below the Surface

This Danish hostage drama has done a superb job of maintaining the tension – and it’s showing no signs of stopping! After the revelation that Naja’s new man wasn’t the sensitive beau she thought he was, there’s another shock in store… Meanwhile, some of the captives make a very dangerous move, and we learn more about Bodil’s tragic history. Rating: *****

More previews tomorrow