PICKS OF THE WEEK
- The Newsreader Sunday 24th July BBC Two
- Better Things Sunday 24th July BBC Two
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Monday 25th July Sky Comedy.
- Better Call Saul Tuesday 26th July Netflix
- Only Murders in the Building Tuesday 26th July Disney+
- Under the Banner of Heaven Wednesday 27th July Disney+
- The Great Wednesday 27th July, Channel 4
8.00pm Joe Lycett: Summer Exhibitionist BBC Two – In this documentary, the comedian follows a fascinating mix of artists submitting to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022, the world’s largest open-entry art contest. Lycett expore the stages of the judging process and by delving into the remarkable artworks and backstories of entrants hoping to realise their dream of making it onto the RA walls. Joining them at the various stages of their adventures, Joe is there to meet the artists as they drop off their works for further judging, as well as on nerve-racking results day, and also celebrate their success when the chosen few first get to see their works hanging in the Royal Academy galleries.
9.00pm Charlie Watts: My Life as Rolling Stone BBC Two – The final of the four films celebrating sixty years of The Rolling Stones tells the story of drummer Charlie Watts, who passed away in August 2021 and will be told via tributes from his fellow band members and his musical peers and admirers, along with archive interviews of Charlie. Through vivid archive and a soundtrack of classic Stones tracks the film explores the unique personality of a man who always had mixed feelings about the excess that came with his life as a Rolling Stone.
9.00pm The Newsreader BBC Two – Australian drama following the unlikely bond of a young TV reporter and veteran female newsreader in 1986. When their personal and professional lives collide, Dale and Helen embark on a fragile new alliance. This first episode sees the two covering the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, which initially seems simple enough. Anna Torv and Sam Reid star as Helen and Dale respectively. The first two episodes air tonight with the full series available on BBC iPlayer.
9.00pm Our Next Prime Minister BBC One – Sophie Raworth chairs this live debate from Stoke-on-Trent which sees Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss; the final two candidates in the Conservative leadership contest go head-to-head for the first time.
9.00pm Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Sky Comedy – The satirical comedy returns after an extended break.
Under the Banner of Heaven Disney+ – Andrew Garfield stars in this seven-part inspired by the true-crime bestseller by Jon Krakauer, follows the events that led to the 1984 murder of Brenda Wright Lafferty (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her baby daughter in a suburb in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. As Detective Jeb Pyre (Andrew Garfield) investigates events that transpired within the Lafferty family, he uncovers buried truths about the origins of the LDS religion and the violent consequences of unyielding faith. What Pyre, a devout Mormon, unearths leads him to question his own faith. The series also stars Sam Worthington, Denise Gough, Wyatt Russell, Billy Howle, Gil Birmingham, Adelaide Clemens, Rory Culkin, Seth Numrich, Chloe Pirrie and Sandra Seacat.
10.00pm The Great Channel 4 – The anarchic historical comedy drama starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult returns to Channel 4 for its second season. In the opening episode, set four months after the end of season one, sees a pregnant Catherine gaining the upper hand in her war against Peter. However, being deeply in love with his wife and their unborn child, does little to dissuade Catherine from taking Peter’s throne.
7.00pm Commonwealth Games: Opening Ceremony BBC One – The BBC’s footage of the Commonwealth Games begins with a broadcast of the event’s opening ceremony.
10.00pm The Tuckers BBC Two – Written by and starring Steve Spiers, this comedy is about a family of chancers who run a faltering catering business and a few other dubious businesses on the side. In this series opener, head of the family Peggy is having the time of her life whilst someone has swiped Glyn’s wing mirrors and he’s out for revenge.
Surface Apple TV+ – Eight-part psychological thriller. Set in high-end San Francisco, stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Sophie, a woman who has suffered a traumatic head injury that has left her with extreme memory loss, believed to be a result of a suicide attempt. As Sophie embarks on a quest to put the pieces of her life back together with the help of her husband and friends, she begins to question whether or not the truth she is told is in fact the truth she has lived. Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Oliver Jackson Cohen are among the ensemble cast. The series will launch with three episodes with the subsequent episodes arriving on Fridays.
Paper Girls Prime Video – Drama that follows four young girls who, while out delivering papers on the morning after Halloween in 1988, become unwittingly caught in a conflict between warring factions of time-travelers, sending them on an adventure through time that will save the world. As they travel between our present, the past, and the future – they encounter future versions of themselves and now must choose to embrace or reject their fate.
Uncoupled Netflix – Eight-part comedy starring Neil Patrick Harris as Michael, a married Manhattanite who thought his life was perfect until his husband of 17 years blindsides him by walking out the door. Overnight, Michael has to confront two nightmares — losing the one he thought was his soulmate and suddenly finding himself a single gay man in his mid-40s in New York City.
9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 – The comedy panel show returns with Jon Richardson teaming up with his wife Lucy Beaumont to take on the team of Richard Ayoade and Joe Wilkinson.
9.00pm Neighbours: The Finale Channel 5 – After thirty-seven years on the air, the Australian soap concludes with its final two episodes which follow Toadie and Melanie as they get married whilst Jane and Mike go on a trip down memory lane.