PICKS OF THE WEEK
- Better Things Sunday 17th July BBC Two
- The Invisible Pilot Monday 18th July Sky Documentaries
- Better Call Saul Tuesday 19th July Netflix
- Only Murders in the Building Tuesday 19th July Disney+
- Black Bird Friday 22nd July Apple TV+
- Celebrity Gogglebox Friday 22nd July Channel 4
- The Last Leg Friday 22nd July Channel 4
7.10pm The Hit List BBC One – Marvin and Rochelle Humes present the music-based quiz show in which contestants must name as many hit songs and artists as possible under intense pressure, with a £10,000 jackpot up for grabs. The contestants in this episode are two friends from Belfast, a father and son from Essex and a brother and sister from the West Midlands.
8.00pm Dolly Parton: In Her Own Words Channel 5 – Documentary charting the country music superstar’s journey, from growing up in poverty in Tennessee in the Appalachian Mountains to reaching the very top in the world of entertainment. Featured in the programme are the stories behind many of Dolly’s biggest hit songs, including how she came to write I Will Always Love You, 9 to 5, Jolene and Coat of Many Colors, as well as a look at her movie career with films such as Steel Magnolias and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
7.00pm Billion Dollar Holiday City Channel 5 -Behind the scenes of Las Vegas, the city in the Nevada desert that is famed for its gambling, showgirls and all-night parties. Featuring characters and stories that make Las Vegas one of the most hedonistic and fun-filled cities on earth, with access to casinos, wedding chapels, police and performers.
8.00pm Murder in Provence ITV – Mystery starring Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll. The BritBox Original comes to ITV. Investigative judge Antoine Verlaque and his romantic partner Marine Bonnet put their weekend getaway plans on hold when there is a murder at the local university. The couple question professors and students to distinguish professional jealousies from motives to kill, but the further they delve, the more crimes they uncover.
9.00pm The Control Room BBC One – Three-part thriller about an emergency call handler in Glasgow whose world is turned upside down when he receives a desperate life-and-death call from a woman who appears to know him. Under pressure to work out who she is, he makes a decision that may have devastating consequences and which forces him to confront the past he would rather forget. Starring Iain De Caestecker and Joanna Vanderham. The full series will be available on BBCiPlayer tonight. Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Tuesday at 9.00pm.
10.00pm Ed Sheeran: The Rise & Rise Channel 5 – A look at the singer’s career to date, featuring highlights of some of his most memorable performances alongside interviews with friends and fans.
10.15pm Better Things BBC Two – Pamela Adlon’s brilliant semi-autobiographical comedy returns for a fifth season beginning with two episodes. Sam helps Max find an apartment, visits a genealogist with her brother Marion and gives best friend Rich a shoulder to cry on. All 10 episodes of this final season will be available on BBCiPlayer tonight.
11.00pm Walter Presents: Four Strangers Channel 4 – Croatian drama following the stories of four Zagreb residents whose lives are bound together by a violent event. Middle-class bank clerk Vinka has been assaulted; successful architect Haris is burdened with a crisis of conscience, troubled teenager Blanka is in a relationship with an abusive gangster, and Kiki is about to lose his apartment because he is unemployed. All episodes will available tonight on All4.
9.00pm Witness Number Three Channel 5 – Thriller, starring Nina Toussaint-White as single mum and hairdresser Jodie Packer. Jodie witnesses something seemingly innocuous, but soon finds herself as the significant witness in a murder enquiry and facing a campaign of intimidation. As Jodie’s paranoia grows, a local gang mounts a terrifying threat against her and her young son Kyle. Continues Tomorrow, Wednesday, Concludes Thursday.
9.00pm Gambling: A Game of Life and Death BBC Three – Documentary telling the stories of two young men harmed by their gambling addiction, tracing how they became hooked, the attempts they made to overcome their addiction, and the reasons recovery seemed so impossible
10.00pm Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life Channel 4 – Documentary series following pioneering surgeons at Royal Marsden Hospital as they face some of the most complex and challenging oncological cases in the world. In the first episode, a surgical robot is used to treat a tumour on a patient’s voice box, in a procedure that has never been attempted before. Other surgeons must perform a complex procedure to try to save a photographer’s arm, and remove new cancer growth in a patient’s abdomen.
8.00pm Mountain Vets BBC Two – Return of the documentary following the work of mountain vets at the ancient Kingdom of Mourne, Northern Ireland.
9.00pm Darcey Bussell’s Royal Road Trip More4 – The ballet star travels across the country to visit some of the locations where the Queen has made a lasting impression during her 70 years on the throne. She begins in the Scottish Highlands, where she tosses the caber at the Balmoral Highland Games and finds out what it is like to have the Queen as a neighbour. She also tastes some royal whisky, tries fly-fishing on the River Dee – one of the Queen’s favourite pastimes – before moving on to Edinburgh, where she steps on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.
9.00pm Killing Mum & Dad Sky Crime – Crime documentary investigating cases of couples murdered by their own children. The first episode focuses on Stephen Seddon, who tried to kill his parents in a fake crash, but was then hailed as a hero for saving them. But his evil intentions hadn’t got him anywhere.
10.00pm Britain’s Tourette’s Mystery: Scarlett Moffatt Investigates Channel 4 – With more people than ever being diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome, Scarlett Moffatt travels around the country to uncover the potential causes of this strange medical phenomenon.
9.00pm Horizon: Unvaccinated BBC Two – Professor Hannah Fry meets seven unvaccinated people to investigate why five million remain unprotected against Covid-19, and to find out if any of them will change their mind. Together, they meet leading experts, confront the latest science and statistics to emerge in the field, and dissect how misinformation spreads on social media.
9.00pm Britain’s Busiest Airport: Heathrow ITV – Return of the documentary going behind the scenes of the airport. A pilot requires police help with a very disgruntled passenger, fire engines give a bath to a Boeing 777, and new airline Rwandair deals with some very charming travellers.
10.00pm Second City Firsts BBC Four – Series of one-off plays from the early 1970s produced at the Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham. A son turns up in Birmingham, 12 years after his mother had left him in Jamaica. Julie Walters stars in her first TV role, alongside Don Warrington and the late Mona Hammond.
10.05pm Maryland BBC Two – Single drama starring Zawe Ashton and Hayley Squires, written by Lucy Kirkwood over 48 hours following the violent and high-profile murders of several women in 2020 and 2021. After its first performance at the Royal Court, acclaimed documentary-maker and director Brian Hill worked with Lucy to bring the script to life. Ashton and Squires play the lead roles of two women, both named Mary, who meet at a police station in the aftermath of their respective sexual assaults. Guiding them through this world is police constable Moody (Daniel Mays) and his colleague PC Eddowes (Justine Mitchell). They are supported by a cast of Furies, similar to a Greek chorus, who rail against the injustices the women face, both in the events of the play and in the wider world.
I Love That For You Paramount Plus – Inspired by true events, this new comedy follows childhood leukaemia survivor Joanna Gold (Vanessa Bayer) as she chases her lifelong dream of becoming a home shopping channel host. Shedding her “cancer girl” label, she moves away from her parents, starts a budding romance for the first time in her adult life and befriends her idol (Molly Shannon), the charismatic star of the network. But when a little white lie to her boss (Jenifer Lewis) turns into a big snowy avalanche, Joanna finds that living the dream comes with a hefty price tag. All eight episodes are available today.
The Thing About Pam Paramount Plus – Six-part true-crime drama starring Renée Zellweger, Josh Duhamel and Judy Greer. The series centres around the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria that resulted in her husband Russ’s conviction, although he insisted he didn’t kill her.Russ was later exonerated, but this brutal crime set off a chain of events that would expose a diabolical scheme deeply involving Pam Hupp
played by Renée Zellweger.
8.00pm The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick Channel 4 – Cameras catch up with the work of the pioneering veterinary practice, where some of the hardest-to-cure pets receive cutting-edge treatment.
9.00pm Big Oil Vs the World BBC Two – Documentary telling the story of what the fossil fuel industry knew about climate change more than four decades ago. Scientists who worked for the biggest oil company in the world, Exxon, reveal the warnings they sounded in the 1970s and early 1980s about how fossil fuels would cause climate change – with potentially catastrophic effects.
9.00pm Who Stole Tamara Ecclestone’s Diamonds? BBC Three – The 2019 burglary of Tamara Ecclestone and Jay Rutland’s London home. Evading a 24-hour security team on one of the capital’s most secure streets, three men managed to gather more than 400 items of jewellery and watches valued at more than £26million. Racing against the clock to gather crucial CCTV material before it was erased, police uncovered a trail that led first to Italy then the Balkans. With access to the Ecclestones, the police investigation and even some of the suspects in the case, this documentary tells the full story of the biggest home burglary in British history.
10.00pm First Dates Channel 4 – Maître d’ Fred Sirieix and his team prepare once again to play Cupid at their Manchester restaurant.
9.00pm Sandition ITV – The second series of the period drama that was previously exclusive to streaming service Britbox.
9.00pm Only Fools and Horses: Secrets and Scandals Channel 5 -Behind-the-scenes stories of how Only Fools and Horses was made, and how the cast could have looked very different. The secrets behind the hilarious visual gags are revealed, and there’s a look at the lost episodes of the show. Featuring interviews with Sue Holderness, who played Marlene, comedy actor and fan John Thomson, alongside cast and crew who made the series.
9.00pm Christian Sky Atlantic – Drama following a man who lives in a desolate neighbourhood on the outskirts of Rome, and has the power of curing people with his hands. With Edoardo Pesce. In Italian.