Although season 3 of Lucifer has been available for some time now on Amazon Prime, its first run on UK broadcast TV starts tonight. If Lucifer were just a procedural with a high concept – the Devil himself comes back to Earth in corporeal form, falls in with a female detective, and solves crimes – that in itself would be more than enough. But here’s the thing: it’s actually a properly good show, and capable on its day – of which there are quite a few – of being outstanding. And it has one of the best ships on TV. Lucifer was cancelled at the end of this season but rescued by Netflix, which will be showing the fourth season shortly (tonight, Fox (UK), 9pm).
And more good news: first-responder sirens-and-shipping drama 9-1-1 is returning from its season 2 hiatus, with renewal for a third year already in the bag. Reviewing the last episode I called the show “generally excellent”, and “largely a show about decent people doing their best. In these cynical times, we need a bit of that”, all of which I stand by (Tuesday 9 April, Sky Witness, 10pm).
Finally, it would be remiss of me not to note that the final season of Jane the Virgin is now available week-by-week on Netflix in the UK. I’m a couple of years behind, I’m afraid, but hanging in there, because this is one of those shows which uses humour and a light touch while grappling with some heavyweight themes. One of the best things on TV.