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Sky Atlantic's epic drama about the Romans invading ancient Britain, starring Zoë as vengeful Queen Antedia, returned for a second series on 7 November. Both series are available via Sky and NOW TV.

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Zoë plays eccentric aristocrat Lady Bloomsbury Barton in the second episode of the BBC’s new adaptation of Barbara Euphan Todd’s classic children’s stories, which aired just after Christmas. It's available via the BBC iPlayer.

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TV shows starring Zoë to watch while staying home

1 April 2020 18:01

Now that most of us are spending most of our time at home, TV features more prominently in our lives than ever.

Here’s a selection of brilliant TV shows starring Zoë to give you some much-needed escapism.

Stay home, stay safe and stay well, everyone.

Worzel Gummidge (2019)

What could be more joyous than long summer days, acres of peaceful countryside and the adventures of a talking scarecrow and his pals?

Zoë’s star turn in episode two of Worzel Gummidge, ‘The Green Man’, is sure to put a smile on your face. She plays the eccentric Lady Bloomsbury Barton – think bold colours, Doc Martens and Iris Apfel-style glasses!

Both episodes of this family favourite are available on the BBC iPlayer, plus you can preorder the DVD and Blu-ray (they’re due to be released next week).

Agatha Christie’s Poirot (2005-13)

We all love a good whodunnit, and arguably the best are by the Queen of Crime, also known as Agatha Christie.

It’s thought that Christie created the character of Ariadne Oliver, a fellow crime writer, in the spirit of self-parody. The wonderfully scatterbrained Ariadne is memorably brought to life by Zoë in several TV adaptations of Christie’s Poirot novels: ‘Cards on the Table’, ‘Mrs McGinty’s Dead’, ‘Third Girl’, ‘Hallowe’en Party’, ‘Elephants Can Remember’ and ‘Dead Man’s Folly’ (which was filmed at Christie’s own holiday home in Devon).

Ariadne is the antithesis of the meticulous, moustachioed private detective Hercule Poirot (portrayed by David Suchet), and yet the pair’s unlikely friendship endures.

Episodes are available to stream via Amazon Prime Video (look for series ten onwards to find those featuring Zoë). The DVDs aren’t readily available anymore – but you may have luck on eBay, for example.

My Family (2000-11)

Can it really be 20 years since the Harpers burst onto our TV screens?

With well over 100 episodes of this incredibly popular sitcom available for you to watch, being stuck on the sofa has never been more enjoyable.

Grumpy dentist Ben (Robert Lindsay) finds that life with his sparky wife Susan (Zoë) and their three demanding kids (as well as an inquisitive grandchild and a couple of pretty peculiar lodgers) is rather too much like pulling teeth...

If you fancy a My Family marathon, you’ll be pleased to know that you can order the complete DVD boxset. In addition, many episodes can be streamed via services such as Google Play, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.

Love Hurts (1992-4)

This engaging, emotive series made Zoë a household name and is certain to bring back fond memories for plenty of her fans.

While the mobile phones and shoulder pads have (thankfully!) gotten smaller since the 90s, the relationship between Zoë’s charity director Tessa Piggott and flash entrepreneur Frank Carver (Adam Faith) still rings true.

The show is immeasurably enhanced by the fantastic chemistry between the two leads. As Faith wrote in his autobiography, ‘Guy Slater, the producer of Love Hurts, put Zoë and me together for a lunch and after about two and a half seconds we were firm friends.’

Tessa and Frank’s witty repartee is a delight to watch over the course of three series, while the storylines – encompassing family drama, money troubles, marriage and parenthood – tug at the heartstrings.

Every episode is included on the DVD boxset. What’s more, the show is available to stream via Amazon Prime Video.

Updated 15 April: Good to see the Love Hurts DVD boxset is part of Network's 2 for 1 boxset sale :-)

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