PICKS OF THE WEEK
- Marriage Sunday 21st/Monday 22nd August BBC One *Final Episodes.
- Better Things Sunday 21st August BBC Two
- House of the Dragon Monday 22nd August Sky Atlantic
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Monday 22nd August Sky Comedy.
- Only Murders in the Building Tuesday 23rd August Disney+ *Final Episode*
- Welcome to Wrexham Wednesday 24th August Disney+
- The Rehearsal Wednesday 24th August Sky Comedy
- The Great Wednesday 24th August Channel 4
- Bad Sisters Friday 26th August AppleTV+
8.00pm Britain By Beach Channel 4 – Anita Rani returns to travel across the country and discover the remarkable secret history of Britain’s beaches.
9.00pm State of Happiness BBC Four – Second series of the Norwegian period drama. The alarm goes off at the Bravo platform, and Rein finds himself at the centre of events. Anna is tired of getting rejection letters.
9.00pm Top of the Pops: Secrets & Scandals Channel 5 – The dark side of the long-running music show, exploring the ruthless tactics of promoters and the demands of big name stars, the artists that admitted to performing drunk on-air, and how one presenter hosted the show drugged. Featuring contributions from former presenters Pete Murray, `Diddy” David Hamilton and Tony Dortie, Pan’s People dancer Dee Dee Wilde, Arthur Brown, Cheryl Baker from Bucks Fizz, and backstage crew from across the decades.
9.00pm The Last Movie Stars Sky Documentaries – Documentary chronicling the lives and careers of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, examining their dedication to their art, philanthropy and each other.
7.00pm My Second Hand Home Channel 4 – Two couples, both first-time buyers, go head to head as they search for beautiful preloved items to furnish their new homes: from the sofa to the beds, to even the pictures on their walls. They’re on a 28-day challenge to try to win back everything they’ve spent on their second-hand purchases.
9.00pm Investigating Diana: Death in Paris Channel 4 – Documentary telling the story of the two police investigations into the Paris car crash that killed Diana, Princess of Wales in August 1997. The first episode follows the immediate aftermath of the crash that killed Diana, Dodi Al-Fayed and their driver Henri Paul. France’s elite Brigade Criminelle, led by its indomitable female chief Martine Monteil, is first on the crash scene on August 31st. What appears a straightforward car crash soon becomes a high-stakes operation when one of the passengers is revealed to be the most famous woman in the world. The French detectives chase every lead, manoeuvring between unreliable witnesses and fallible memories while trying to block out the countless conspiracy theories that spring up almost immediately in the press and on the burgeoning internet. Concludes Tomorrow.
7.30pm The Great Australian Bake-Off E4 – The contest for amateur bakers returns with Cake Week, with the contestants tackling signature sponges, a tricky technical in the form of Japanese cotton cheesecake, and creating their own miniature worlds for the showstopper.
8.30pm Jamie Oliver’s One-Pan Wonders Channel 4 – Jamie Oliver offers a solutions-based guide to make brilliantly easy and delicious meals all cooked in one pan, pot or dish. He begins with a simple frying-pan pasta, a clever twist on a fish pie that’s full of flavour with none of the fuss, and a sublime roast lamb feast with a fantastic hack to speed up cooking.
9.00pm Ocean Inferno: The Deepwater Disaster Channel 5 – Documentary that explores the events surrounding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform killed 11 people and injured 17. The rig burned for two days and sank, triggering the largest ocean oil spill in history and the largest environmental disaster in US history. This documentary hears eyewitness accounts of those on the rig, rescue teams and locals who lived through the impact of the disaster along the coastlines of Texas, Louisiana and Alabama.
9.00pm DIY SOS: Ireland W – Baz Ashmawy and a team of volunteers renovate the home of 13-year-old Amy Mulcahy in Limerick, hoping to make it more comfortable for her after an accident.
9.00pm Made in Chelsea: Mallorca E4 – The gang heads to the Spanish island for a holiday, where a dramatic secret about Julius’s not-so-distant past is revealed when a model called India arrives.
9.00pm Garden of The Year More4 – An exploration of some of the best and most surprising home gardens in the UK, with only one being crowned Garden of the Year by the judges – broadcaster and garden enthusiast Zoe Ball, award-winning garden designer Manoj Malde, and former young horticulturist of the year Lachlan Rae.
9.00pm House of the Dragon Sky Atlantic – Game of Thrones prequel following the story of House Targaryen, based on George RR Martin’s novel Fire & Blood and set 200 years before the events of the popular fantasy saga, starring Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith.
10.00pm Disability & Abortion: The Hardest Choice Channel 4 -Documentary examining the complex and nuanced issues around terminating a pregnancy after 24 weeks, where there may be a chance of certain impairments or conditions. The film is presented by actors Ruth Madeley and Ruben Reuter, who have spina bifida and Down’s syndrome respectively, and explores the ethics and experiences of disability and abortion across a range of perspectives.
SkyMed – Paramount Plus – Series following the trials and tribulations of a group of budding nurses and pilots flying air ambulances in remote Canada.
8.00pm Fake or Fortune? BBC One – Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould investigate more potentially valuable works of art, and in a first for the show, they examine a painting with a house attached.
8.00pm The Hotel People BBC Two – Documentary following Hastings Hotels, one of Northern Ireland’s leading hospitality chains, as it reopens its doors after 18 months of closures and a loss of more than £16million. In Belfast, the Europa Hotel is gearing up for a series of sold-out concerts with world-famous singer-songwriter Van Morrison, but the events rely on Covid restrictions lifting in time. Across town, the new Grand Central Hotel needs to generate income, so pastry chef Caitlin organises afternoon teas and bar manager promotes a tour for fans of Line of Duty.
8.00pm Devilcorp: The Dark Side of Door-to-Door BBC Three – The direct sales sector has evolved in the social media age, with many firms recruiting young, ambitious people into entry-level jobs in `marketing” or `management” with promises to work with big, well-known, clients. But as Lora Jones discovers, the reality is very different. She finds keen young people who have been sold the dream, only to find themselves working 80-hour weeks for low rates of pay. She investigates how these set-ups manage to reel in so many hungry young recruits, and asks what protection they really have from exploitation.
9.00pm Lion: The Rise and Fall of the Marsh Pride BBC Two – Cameras focus on some of the most filmed lions on Earth, the Marsh Pride. They have been documented for the last 40 years by the BBC and other broadcasters around the world. The lions’ dramatic tale of shifting loyalties, bloody take-overs and sheer resilience is told through archive footage dating back to the 1970s, alongside specially shot interviews with naturalists, guides, vets and conservationists in Kenya and the UK.
9.00pm The Pyrenees with Michael Portillo Channel 5 – Former cabinet minister and broadcaster Michael Portillo embarks on a journey of self-discovery, walking stretches of the Pyrenees mountain range between Spain and France.
10.00pm Rosie Jones’ Trip Hazard Channel 4 – Comedian Rosie Jones returns for more travels around the UK, joined by celebrity friends in search of adventure, excitement and silliness. She starts out in Moray, northern Scotland, where she and TV presenter AJ Odudu set out to climb Cairn Gorm, one of the highest mountains in Britain. They also try out a series of local activities, such as clay pigeon shooting, rowing, pottery and whisky tasting. Narrated by Joanna Lumley.
10.00pm The Other Half Dave – Short film about a closeted, mixed heritage twentysomething. Navid gets the chance to escape his small Welsh town when he lands an internship in Bristol, but as he runs headlong into his new life, he’s also running away from the secrets of his old life. Starring Vahid Gold, Paul Chahidi, Samantha Spiro and Justin Edwards.
Selling the OC Netflix – Glossy docuseries that follows Californian Real Estate Agents.
9.00pm The Accused: National Treasures on Trial Channel 4 – Ten years on from Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into historic sex crimes by British entertainers, three men reveal what it was like to be caught up in the eye of the storm. Cliff Richard, Paul Gambaccini and Neil Fox talk about the impact that the investigation had on their careers and lives, while police officers and journalists involved with Yewtree discuss the similar cases of historic sexual abuse that the operation.
9.00pm Murdering Mummy Channel 5 – A look at the killing of history teacher Eve Howells in Huddersfield in 1995, which police initially suspected to be the result of a burglary that went fatally wrong. But detectives Gary Haigh and Sam Cooke soon turned their investigation towards the victim’s husband David, and the couple’s teenage sons Glenn and John.
9.00pm The Rehearsal Sky Comedy – Nathan Fielder helps ordinary people rehearse difficult conversations or life events through the use of sets and actors hired to re-create real situations.
10.00pm Dead Canny Dave – Comedy short following a questionable young psychic whose ability to see dead people earns her a few quid cash-in-hand down the local pub – unfortunately, it turns out people are just as annoying dead. Starring Sarah Balfour and Mark Benton.
Welcome to Wrexham Disney+ – Docuseries tracking the dreams and people of Wrexham as two Hollywood stars (Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds) take ownership of the town’s historic yet struggling football club.
8.00pm Saving Lives at Sea BBC Two – Return of the documentary about RNLI volunteers.
9.00pm All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star BBC Two -Katherine Ryan welcomes a fresh batch of craftspeople to Birmingham’s jewellery quarter.
10.00pm Holier Than Thou Dave – Comedy pilot that follows three
young adults navigate sex, faith, and relationships while attending the conservative African evangelical church that they were raised in.
Dehli Crime Netflix – Second series of the Indian crime drama based on true events.
8.00pm Monaco: How the Super Rich Live Channel 5 – Second series of the documentary that offers a look at the principality on the French Riviera, a haven of the super-rich that is home to almost 10 per cent of the world’s billionaires, despite being less than a square mile in area. Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo general manager Serge Ethuin shows viewers around one of Monaco’s most prestigious and ultraluxurious hotels, while estate agent Caroline Olds has a client looking to rent a luxury apartment and buy a property for his daughter.
10.00pm Perfect… Dave – Irreverent comedy pilot set in Liverpool following three young wheelchair users on their quest for jobs and love.
11.00pm South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert Comedy Central -Matt Parker and Trey Stone are joined by Primus and Ween to perform classic songs from their animated comedy in a concert at Red Rocks amphitheatre in Colorado.