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A SUITABLE BOY
BBC One, Sunday 26th July at 9pm
Based on the novel by Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy follows four families in North India in 1951 on a backdrop of the country’s new independence and upcoming elections. The title, “A Suitable Boy”, comes from Lata’s story (Tanya Maniktala) as she attempts to gain independence for herself and avoid the traditional route of finding a suitable boy to marry. The exciting new show was filmed in Indian with an all Indian cast, bringing to life to vibrance of the book.
BBC Three, Coming soon
Good Trouble is a spin-off of the hit drama The Fosters, and follows the lead characters Callie and Marina in their early 20s as they head to Los Angeles to try and kick start their careers. Keep your eyes peeled for this hotly anticipated new show, coming soon to BBC Three.
Available on BBC iPlayer from 25th July
Based on the classic Archie’s Comics, Lucy Hale stars as Katy Keene, a bold, optimistic and independent fashion designer trying to make it big in New York city. It follows Katy and her ambitious, artsy friends as they take on New York and break into the worlds of fashion, music, Broadway and the arts. This Riverdale spin-off also features Ashleigh Murray, Jonny Beauchamp and Julia Chan, as well as fabulous musical performances from the cast.
BBC Three, Wednesday 29th July at 10:45pm
Follow to young, ambitions Brits are they try to kick start their careers in Ibiza, the glamorous island where partying is part of the job role. Voiced by Maya Jama, you can catch the first episode of this new show over on BBC Three on Wednesday 29th July at 10:45pm.
MURDER, MYSTERY AND MY FAMILY, SEASON 4
BBC One, Monday 27th July at 10pm
Join top criminal barristers Sasha Wass and Jeremy Dein for a whole new season as they reopen and investigate historical murder cases with modern day forensics and law. If their case is strong enough, they’ll even present it to a Crown Court judge to clear the names of those who were wrongly accused and get real justice for the families involved. Featuring ancestors of the victims and those accused of the crimes, this show is perfect for fans of true crime.
GREAT CONTINENTAL RAILWAY JOURNEYS, SEASON 7
BBC Two, Wednesday 29th July at 8pm
Follow Michael Portillo around the world for season 7 of Great Continental Railway Journeys on BBC Two. With George Bradshaw’s original 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael jumps aboard to travel the next leg of Europe. If trains and railways are your thing, check out our top picks for railway programmes for you to get stuck into.
MIRIAM MARGOLYES: ALMOST AUSTRALIAN
BBC Two, Friday 24th July at 9pm
Film actress Miriam Margolyes (Call the Midwife, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) sets off on aa 10,000-kilometre journey around Australia to celebrate her new Australian citizenship and discover what it means to be an Australian today.
JOANNA LUMLEY'S UNSEEN ADVENTURES
ITV, Tuesday 28th July at 9pm
Another fab new travel show to tune into is Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures on ITV. You may have seen the actress’ travelogues before, but this three-part series takes you behind the scenes to discover hidden gems and memorable anecdotes from her travels, along with behind the scenes footage and outakes. Join Joanna on Tuesdays at 9pm on ITV, or catch up on ITV Hub.
MADELEINE MCCANN: THE HUNT FOR THE PRIME SUSPECT
ITV, Thursday 23rd July at 9pm
The disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine Mccann while on holiday in Portugal has gripped the nation since 2007. Now, ITV has released a new documentary detailing the investigation from both the UK and German investigations, and the hunt for the prime suspect, a German man named Christian Brückner. If you missed it, catch up over on ITV Hub, and take a look at our crime shows list for more true crime and crime dramas to watch.
ROLLING IN IT
ITV, Saturday 8th August
Join Stephen Mulbern as he presents ITV’s brand new gameshow, Rolling In It. Three contestants team up with some of their favourite famous faces to try and win big money prizes by rolling coins in this game of chance. Tune in on Saturdays on ITV.
ITV, Monday 10th August AT 9pm
ITV recently announced that they’ll soon be airing a series of short films inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Each short film will be around 15 minutes long and will highlight the importance of black voices and perspectives, giving black talent a platform to speak. The four films are being written by Jerome Bucchan-Nelson, Anna Ssemuyaba, Lynette Linton and Nicole Lecky. Filming has already begun, so stay tuned for more information about when these short films will be hitting your screens.
HEATHROW: BRITAIN'S BUSIEST AIRPORT, SEASON 6
ITV, Wednesday 12th August at 8:30pm
The documentary series is back for a sixth season, taking you behind the scenes at Heathrow, Britain’s largest and busiest international airport. Tune in on Wednesday 12th August at 8:30pm to find out how Heathrow stays in the air.
TOUR DE FRANCE 2020
ITV4, Saturday 29th August from 12pm
After a long few months with not much live sport to go around, at last you can watch live coverage of the 2020 Tour de France on ITV4 to kick off the bank holiday weekend. The athletes will set off from Nice Moyen Pays to Nice in the first leg of the race, covering 156km in the first day alone.
ANNE: THE PRINCESS ROYAL AT 70
ITV, Wednesday 29th July
On the princess’ 70th birthday, look back at her life and work as one of the royal family’s hardest working members with this brand new documentary. With unprecedented access to her public and private life, get up close and personal with a royal mould-breaker. At 70, the princess has no plans to retire any time soon, and nothing from family scandals to attempted kidnappings can stop this determined, private and remarkable member of the Windsors.
INSIDE BRITAIN'S FOOD FACTORIES
ITV, Thursday 23rd July at 8:30pm
From huge factories making meals in the millions to small family firms and coveted secret recipes, take a peek behind the curtain to see how our food is kept on the shelves. Explore some of Britain’s most iconic and vital food factories bringing us everything from Wagon Wheels to pork pies.
Monday 3rd August at 9pm
Written by Lisa McGee (Derry Girls, The White Queen) and Tobias Beer, this compelling drama is an absolute must-see this summer. When Ophelia (Emily Reid), an English student at Oxford, falls in love with her married English lecturer (Emmett J Scanlan, Peaky Blinders, The Fall), their affair results in a shocking death, leading Ophelia into a world where she feels she can no longer trust her own mind. Watch the first episode on Monday 3rd August at 9pm then every day at the same time that week. Want to hear more? Check out our exclusive interview with Emmett J. Scanlan and Emily Reid.
QE2: THE WORLD'S MOST LUXURIOUS HOTEL
Channel 5, Friday 24th July at 9pm
The spectacular ocean liner RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, or QE2, has a new home and a new life in Dubai as a luxury hotel. Offering passengers a range of exquisite food, nightlife and activities, you can go behind the scenes in this fabulous hotel for the rich in this new three-part series. Watch on Fridays at 9pm on Channel 5, or catch up on My5.
Channel 5, Sunday 9th August at 8pm
This four-part documentary follows some of LEGOLAND Windsor’s staff to see what goes on behind the scenes. From the builders of outstanding LEGO models to summer interns, you can discover all the magic and wonder of the fun and eccentric theme park. Watch the first hour long episode on Sunday 9th August at 8pm, then tune in on each Sunday after for the following episodes.
HENRY VIII: MAN, MONARCH, MONSTER
Channel 5, Coming soon
If you’re more of a history buff, you’ll love this historical documentary looking at the real character of the legendary King Henry VIII. We all know him as the man who married six times and who tore Europe apart – but there is far more to his complex character than this. From a ruthless ruler to a charasmatic charmer, find out who the real Henry VIII was and how he’s shaped the Britain we know today. Coming soon to Channel 5.
HOW DIANA CHANGED BRITAIN
Channel 5, Wednesday 12th August at 9pm
For fans of modern monarchy, Channel 5 are airing several documentaries on Princess Diana as we approach the 23rd anniversary of her death. Watch the first documentary, How Diana Changed Britain, on Wednesday 12th August at 9pm. There will be two more documentaries on the following nights, with Diana and her Children airing on the Thursday at 9pm and Diana: Her Last Summer on the Friday at the same time. For more inside scoops on the royal family, past and present, check out our list of the best royal family documentaries to watch.
THE SECRET WORLD OF YOUR RUBBISH
Channel 5, Thursday 30th July at 8pm
From dinner leftovers to our mobile phones, everything we use and own eventually ends up as rubbish. This Channel 5 documentary takes a look at what happens after we’ve thrown something away, discovering the secret world of our rubbish and the frontline of waste management workers who have to deal with it. Watch the first episode on Thursday 30th July at 8pm or catch up on My5 to discover the truth behind our throwaway culture.
CELEBS GO VIRTUAL DATING
E4, Monday 27th July
A spin off of E4’s Celebs Go Dating, this all new Celebs Go Virtual Dating puts a lockdown twist on the hit dating show. Celebs will meet via video and try to find a romantic spark while socially distancing. Dating experts Paul C. Brunson and Anna Williamson will be guiding the celebs, which include Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips, TOWIE’s Pete Wicks, singer and rugby pro Levi Davis and Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferry. Tune in on Mondays to see if love will conquer all.
INSIDE MISSGUIDED: MADE IN MANCHESTER
Channel 4, Thursday 13th August
Fast fashion brand Missguided went from making zero turnover to making over 200 million a year, but after eight years of dizzying success, the fast-fashion brand is now losing money in the millions. Follow the team as they attempt to make a comeback with new marquee stores and multi-million-pound collaboration deals with A-List celebs to get back on top. Watch the first episode on Thursday 13th August on Channel 4.
THE YORKSHIRE JOB CENTRE
Channel 4, Monday 10th August
Channel 4’s major documentary series takes a closer look at what goes on inside the Jobcentre. Based in Southern House in Leeds, the series explores both the stories of the staff and customers to learn more about the reality of the benefits frontline in 2019. Witness their challenges, victories and the hard work which goes into giving everyone a chance to earn a salary.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Channel 4, Wednesday 12th August
This BAFTA-nominated documentary series returns to put our Criminal Justice System under the microscope. With access to the police, defence lawyers, the parole board, victim support and many more services within the system, this series explores the challenges and dilemmas which come with criminal justice, and how government cuts over the last decade have affected the system.
TRAVEL MAN'S GREATEST TRIPS: OUT AND ABOUT
Channel 4, Friday 31st July at 8pm
We may not be able to travel right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get our wanderlust fix...join comedian and presenter Richard Ayoade as he reminisces over his greatest Travel Man adventures and celebrity travel partners. From Vienna with Chris O’Dowd to Florence with Rebel Wilson, travel the world and get Ayoade’s unique, dry take on his voyages. For more ways to see the world from the comfort of your living room, check out our top travel shows roundup.
IT PAYS TO BEHAVE
Channel 4, Friday 24th July at 8pm
A family gameshow with a twist, It Pays to Behave aims to help parents Clare and Matt find the parented experts inside themselves with a chance to win a huge cash prize - plus it’s presented by the fantastic Rylan Clark-Neal, so why not give it a go?
Thursday 13th August at 9pm
Join car dealer extraordinaire Mike Brewer and talented mechanic Ant Anstead on their epic motoring mission to find and restore iconic cars and sell them for a profit. From classic Mustangs to Ford Capris, the Brits are trying to win over the States in their LA-based shop. Watch the channel premiere on Thursday 13th August at 9pm.
BLOWING UP HISTORY, SEASON 2
Friday 7th August, 10pm
See some of the world’s most iconic and historical buildings in the world in a whole new way with this exciting new documentary series. Using cutting edge ‘blow apart’ CGI, you can see buildings taken apart to reveal their secrets. Explore Tutankhamun’s tomb, the great Sphinx and many iconic landmarks to see their construction and foundations from the ground up.
Tuesday 21st July at 9pm
The perfect watch for keen trainspotters, the UK premiere of Mighty Trains is steaming onto Quest in late July. Explore the globe in some of the greatest locomotives in the world. From luxury carriages to vintage engines and high-speed bullet trains, discover how these revolutionary locomotives navigate the terrain of Canadam Japan, Italy and many more beautiful yet challenging landspaces. PLUS watch behind-the-scenes exclusives with the engineers and crew.
MEGA SHIPPERS, SEASON 3
Tuesday 11th August at 9pm
Mega Shippers is back for a third season on Quest, starting on Tuesday 11th August at 9pm. With at least 20 million shipping containers crossing the sea at any given time, there’s a treasure trove of cargo carrying everything from sweet potatoes to sports cars. Tune in for exclusive access behind the scenes at ports across the world.
Saturday 1st August at 7pm
The channel premiere of Outlaw Garage airs on Saturday 1st August at 7pm on DMAX. Jesse James and his expert team give classic cars a lease of new life with their unique creative stamp. Watch to see amazing car transformations, as well as Jesse trying to whip his young team into shape.
MAINE CABIN MASTERS, SEASON 3
Thursday 27th August at 10pm
DMAX is treating us to another channel premiere with the third season of Maine Cabin Masters, starting on Thursday 27th August at 10pm. Join Mark Bowe and his crew of master craftsmen as they create stylish modern homes with wood from old barns and cabins. Tune in to see the team completely renovate an old summer camp, relocate a family yurt and many more amazing recreations.
ALASKA HOMESTEAD RESCUE
Tuesday 11th August at 9pm
Watch as expert homesteader Marty Raney attempts to teach newbie homesteaders the skills they need to survive in the wild. From growing their own food to finding water and harnessing power, Raney teaches them the ropes they need to become self-sufficient.
NAKED AND AFRAID, SEASON 3
Monday 31st August at 9pm
Naked and Afraid takes surviving in the wild to a whole new level. In the third season of this fab reality series, contestants are left stranded and exposed in one of the world’s most extreme environments – the Amazon jungle. Not they must fend for themselves and survive for a full 21 days, gathering their own food and water as well as setting up their own shelter. But what happens after 21 days? We know this much, they’re in for a shock!
Wednesday 5th August at 8pm
Tune in to this incredible new series about the untold story of how war production of bullets, steel, planes, tanks and food shaped the Second World War. Watch every Wednesday at 8pm on Yesterday.
Thursday 13th August at 8pm
Join expert restorer and dealer Gary Wallis at his restoration yard where him and his team create high end pieces of art. Watch Gary find hidden diamonds and give battered old antiques a whole new lease of life. New and exclusive to Yesterday.
RED DWARF: THE FIRST 3 MILLION YEARS
Thursday 6th August at 9pm
Fans of Red Dwarf won’t want to miss this new and exclusive three-part documentary about the making of this hilarious British sci-fi series. With retrospectives from the cast, interviews with the crew and rare, unbroadcasted materials, you can get the inside scoop on the iconic show.
MORTIMER AND WHITEHOUSE: GONE FISHING
Sunday 9th August at 8:30pm
Following longtime friends and comedians Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer as they head out on fishing adventures, hunting a new species of fish every episode along with exciting places to spend the night, fishy meals and friendly banter. Watch it on Dave from Sunday 9th August.
SAMURAI WARRIOR QUEENS
Tuesday 11th August at 8pm
We’ve all heard the legends of the Samurai, but contrary to popular belief, Samurai women stood head to head with fellow male Samurai soldiers. Tune into this brand new drama documentary to uncover the true story of Samurai woman Takeko Nakano and how she fought for her clans’ independence in an epic final battle which marked the end of the Samurai era.
HENRY VIII AND THE KING'S MEN
Monday 17th August at 8pm
Who was the real King Henry VIII? Dr Tracy Borman reveals the real personality of one of England’s most infamous kings through the stories of his closest companions. Tune in on Monday 17th August at 8pm to find out more about the man on the Tudor throne.
GORILLAS OF GABON
Wednesday 26th August at 8pm
Meet the elusive gorillas which dwell deep in West Africa in the forest of Gabon, the second largest rainforest in the world. These rarely seen gorillas are shy, but aggressive when provoked, and are almost never seen in the wild. Join a team of expert trackers as they catch a glimpse of the lives of these majestic creatures on Wednesday 26th August at 8pm.
Wednesday 26th July at 9pm
There are still many things in this world which we don’t understand...venture into some of the world’s most extreme environments to investigate paranormal mysteries with adventurer and survivalist Cliff Simon. From the bat-winged Jersey Devil to the deadly night marchers of Hawaii, Cliff wants to find out the truth behind these urban legends with the help of scientists, shamans, historians and eye-witnesses. Tune in on Wednesdays at 9pm on BLAZE.
Thursday 6th August at 10pm
Tune in for the channel premier of The Liquidator on BLAZE on Thursday 6th August at 10pm. Join Jeff Schwarz, owner of a huge liquidation house and a 30,000-square-foot warehouse filled with antiques, artifacts and other hidden treasures. Follow Schwarz as he chases leads to find new treasures and earn some cash, while the rest of the team sifts through the warehouse selling off hidden gems.
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND, SEASON 7
Sunday 23rd August at 9pm
Get ready to dive in for season 7 of The Curse of Oak Island. Armed with new evidence which suggests a ship is buried in the swap, Rick, Marty and the team return to Oak Island, determined to honour Dan’s legacy by solving the mystery once and for all. The season officially starts on the 6th September, but tune in on Sunday 23rd August for 2 exciting pre-season specials.
DAD'S ARMY: THE LOST EPISODES
Sunday 30th August at 3pm
New to the Drama channel, this is a must-see for Dad’s Army fans. Three previously lost episodes have been faithfully recreated using the original scripts by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. The new cast features Kevin McNally as Captain Mainwaring, Kevin Eldon as Lance Corporal Jones, Robert Bathurst as Sergeant Wilson, David Hayman as Private Frazer, Mathew Horne as Private Walker, Tom Rosenthal as Private Pike and Timothy West as Private Godfrey. Perfect Sunday telly!
Saturday 22nd August
Fans of true crime will love this three-part crime drama, based on the true story of serial killer John Christie (played by Tim Roth) and the wrongful execution of his neighbour, Timothy Evans (Nico Mirallegro) in 1940s London. Also starring Samantha Morton (Harlots) and Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Rillington Place is an absolute must-see.
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