OLD BOY’S TV CHOICE

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    OLD BOY’S TV CHOICE


    This thread is designed to draw your attention to the best new films and also those unmissable movies from the last 20 years; the most watchable dramas; new documentaries; and popular music being screened each week on your TV, as assessed by OLD BOY.


    These listings are designed to be used for recording and bookmarking, and so programmes repeated at a later date will not normally feature on the list. However, discretion will be used where a programme has proved to be very popular or otherwise has particular merit, just in case you didn’t list it first time around.


    Sport, soaps and reality shows generally will not feature in these listings.


    Watching programmes live from the schedules is not the best use of your time and does not provide a particularly good experience for the TV viewer - on demand and pre-recorded viewing is highly recommended! If you record or bookmark all the programmes of interest to you on this thread each week, you will be surprised how quickly your list builds up, week by week, even during the summer season, when the good programmes are harder to find.


    I hope you find these listings useful. If you have any suggestions on how this thread can be improved, please post your ideas here.

  • OLD BOY’S TV CHOICE: 25 JUNE 2022


    🔘 - Standard definition

    🤗 - Sounds good

    🤔 - Might be worth a look

    🆕 - New to TV

    ↔️ - Series

    📀 - Film

    👬 - For under-12s

    📲 - Channel/time


    ***SUGGESTED RECORDING PICKS

    From your TV channels


    All content is presented in HD or UHD except where otherwise indicated


    Regional variations may apply for certain programmes on BBC and the main ITV channel.


    These listings apply to viewers in England on the Virgin Media platform. Sky Atlantic listings are included for those who also have the Now entertainment package.


    The focus of these listings is on selected films less than 20 years old, dramas, music, new entertainment shows, important scheduled events (not sport) and documentaries.


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    👁SATURDAY

    25 June 2022

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    🆕GLASTONBURY

    Artists include Olivia Rodrigo, Paul McCartney, Haim, Glass Animals and Burna Boy.

    📲BBC2, 5pm, 8pm, 9pm and 12.30am

    📲BBC1, 7pm and 10.30pm

    📲BBC3, 7pm

    📲BBC4, 8pm, 9.30pm, 10.30pm and 11.30pm


    📀🔘INFERNO (2016)🤔

    A professor is desperate to find a way to prevent a deadly virus from causing an untold number of deaths, but he is hampered by his loss of memory.

    📲GREAT! movies, 6.25pm


    🆕📀RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY (2021) 🤔

    Users of the ‘Resident Evil’ video games may recognise some of the storylines in this film and it should not disappoint them. Chris (the cop) and his out of control sister are trapped when a toxic escape turns the townsfolk

    into zombies.

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm


    🆕LOST TREASURES OF ROME

    📲Channel 4, 8pm


    🆕BILLY CONNELLY: 30 FUNNIEST MOMENTS

    📲Channel 5, 9pm


    📀BORG v McENROE (2017)🤗

    Drama about the tennis player rivals Björn Borg and ‘You cannot be serious’ John McEnroe.

    📲BBC2, 10.30pm


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    👁SUNDAY

    26 June

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    🆕↔️HOTSPOTS: THE LAST HOPE

    📲Sky Nature, 2pm


    🆕GLASTONBURY

    📲BBC1, 6.45pm

    📲BBC3, 7pm

    📲BBC2, 8pm and 9.30pm

    📲BBC4, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm


    🆕CAPITAL’S SUMMERTIME BALL

    The best performances from Wembley Stadium include Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles and David Guetta.

    📲Sky Max and Sky Showcase, 7pm


    🆕📀THE SURVIVOR (2021) 🤗

    A Polish Jew in Auschwitz concentration camp is made to enter boxing matches to entertain the Nazis and to stay alive.

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm


    🆕↔️MURDER IN THE ALPS

    Documentary about the murders of a British family and a French citizen in 2012.

    📲Channel 4, 9pm


    🆕↔️CELEBRITY GAME FACE

    📲E!, 9pm


    🆕KELLY HOLMES: BEING ME

    📲ITV, 10.20pm


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    👁MONDAY

    27 June

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    🆕↔️FRONTLINE FIGHTBACK

    Young mum Courtney Slater is dragged screaming from her car at knifepoint in a terrifying evening robbery in a quiet residential street. But Courtney and her boyfriend are determined not to let the criminals get away with it.

    📲BBC1, 10am


    🆕↔️COME DINE WITH ME - THE PROFESSIONALS

    📲Channel 4, 5pm


    📀GLASS (2019)🤔

    A doctor in a mental hospital has a plan to deal with three men brought in who appear to have superhuman abilities.

    📲Film4, 9pm


    TOP PICK

    🆕↔️WESTWORLD 🤗

    The fourth season of this sci-fi thriller begins.

    📲Sky Atlantic, 9pm


    🆕↔️🔘AMAZING CLEANS

    📲5STAR, 9pm


    🆕↔️AIDS: THE UNHEARD TAPES

    📲BBC2, 9.30pm


    📀MALIGNANT (2021)🤗

    A woman is tormented by alarming visions of grotesque killings, made worse by her suspicion that these are true events.

    📲Sky Cinema Sci-Fi/Horror, 10pm


    TOP PICK

    🆕↔️🔘WANTED 🤗

    Series 2 of this drama commences. Lola and Chelsea set out for Bangkok, where Lola’s kidnapped son is being held.

    📲5STAR, 10pm


    🆕UKRAINE - LIFE UNDER ATTACK

    A ‘Dispatches’ documentary about the efforts to win the battle for Kharkiv.

    📲Channel 4, 10pm


    TOP PICK

    ↔️BLUE MURDER 🤗

    Two-part drama in which an investigation is launched into the murder of a deputy head teacher.

    📲ITV3, 10pm


    📀MOTHER! (2017) 🤗

    A young woman’s tranquil life with her husband is suddenly disrupted by uninvited guests and her confusion turns to horror as her husband seems to encourage their imposition into their lives.

    📲Film4, 11.35pm


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    👁TUESDAY

    28 June

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    🆕WHY BUILDINGS COLLAPSE

    📲BBC2, 9.30pm


    🆕↔️THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN

    The show makes a return to the UK for four editions recorded at Freemasons’ Hall, London.

    📲Sky Comedy and Sky Showcase, 10pm


    🆕CITIZEN ASHE

    A ‘Storyville’ documentary on the life of the tennis star.

    📲BBC4, 10pm


    🆕SWIPE, MATCH, MURDER: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF GRACE MILANE

    📲Channel 5, 10pm


    🆕↔️LIFE AFTER LOCKUP

    📲TLC, 10pm


    📀UNDER THE SKIN 🤗

    Disguising herself as a human female, an extraterrestrial drives around Scotland attempting to lure unsuspecting men into her van. Once seduced, she sends them into another dimension where they are nothing more than meat. Nice.

    📲Film4, 11.10pm


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    👁WEDNESDAY

    30 June

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    🆕↔️ALL AMERICAN

    📲ITV2, 7pm


    📀🔘MR BROOKS (2007)🤗

    A respected businessman has a murderous split personality.

    📲GREAT! movies, 9pm


    🆕↔️THE BIG PROUD PARTY AGENCY

    📲BBC3, 9pm


    🆕ENDANGERED

    A look at the dangerous world of journalism. Exposing corruption and the like does not come without its risks.

    📲Sky Documentaries, 9pm


    🆕↔️LEGENDARY

    The houses of Nina Oricci, Balenciaga, Luxe, Chanel and Miyake-Muglar execute the five major elements of vogue in a high-stakes fight for survival.

    📲Channel 4, 12.05pm


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    👁THURSDAY

    1 July

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    🆕CALL CENTRE CHAOS: BRITAIN ON HOLD

    📲Channel 5, 8pm


    TOP PICK

    🆕↔️THE UNDECLARED WAR 🤗

    Thriller depicting a near-future in which half of Britain is cyber-attacked.

    📲Channel 4, 9pm


    🆕THE MURDER OF LOGAN MWANGI

    Documenting the case of a five-year old whose body was found near his home.

    📲ITV, 9pm


    ↔️THE WHITE LOTUS

    Another chance to see this comedy about the antics of guests and employees at the resort.

    📲Sky Atlantic, 9pm


    📀MONEYBALL (2011)🤗

    Sports drama in which a baseball manager figures out a way to help his losing team to win.

    📲Sky Cinema Drama, 9.45pm


    📀LAPSIS (2020) 🤗

    A delivery man in a parallel present decides to take a job in the gig economy. He begins pulling cable to link together the new quantum trading market.

    📲Film4, 11.30pm


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    👁FRIDAY

    2 July

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    📀INTO THE WILD (2007)🤗

    A young man decides to drop out of society and live in the wilds of Alaska.

    📲Sky Cinema Drama, 5.45pm


    🆕🔘McCARTHY

    Documentary about Joseph McCarthy, who was a controversial senator who would push the boundaries of democracy. He was responsible for the witch-hunt to persecute alleged communists and Soviet spies within the US, forcing them out of their jobs.

    📲PBS America, 7.25pm


    🆕📀KING RICHARD (2021)🤗

    A revealing true story about Venus and Serena Williams and how their father fought to enable his daughters to succeed on the tennis courts.

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm


    🆕🤗BRIDE AND PREJUDICE:,THE FORBIDDEN WEDDINGS

    📲TLC, 8pm


    📀ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL (2019)🤗

    Alita is a futuristic cyborg who awakes in a doctor’s clinic with no memory of who she is. She must soon use her fighting abilities to combat deadly forces while trying to uncover the truth behind her mysterious past.

    📲Film4, 9pm


    📀🔘THE GIFT (2015) 🤗

    A young couple’s lives spiral into a harrowing tailspin when the husband’s acquaintance from his past leads to the revelation of a terrible secret that has been buried for more than 20 years.

    📲GREAT! movies, 9pm


    📀🔘MOM AND DAD (2017)🤗

    Amusing horror film. A teenage girl and her brother are alarmed when mass hysteria causes all parents to turn violently on their own children.

    📲Legend (Virgin channel 192, Sky channel 148), 11.05pm


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    OLD BOY’S TV CHOICE: Previous week


    🔘 - Standard definition

    🤗 - Sounds good

    🤔 - Might be worth a look

    🆕 - New to TV

    ↔️ - Series

    📀 - Film

    👬 - For under-12s

    📲 - Channel/time


    ***SUGGESTED RECORDING PICKS

    From your TV channels


    All content is presented in HD or UHD except where otherwise indicated


    Regional variations may apply for certain programmes on BBC and the main ITV channel.


    These listings apply to viewers in England on the Virgin Media platform. Sky Atlantic listings are included for those who also have the Now entertainment package.


    The focus of these listings is on selected films less than 20 years old, dramas, music, new entertainment shows, important scheduled events (not sport) and documentaries.


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    👁SATURDAY

    18 June 2022

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    🆕↔️FARM TO FEAST

    Cookery competition.

    📲BBC1, 11.30am


    🆕↔️ALAN CARR’S EPIC GAMESHOW - CELEBRITY SPECIAL

    📲ITV, 7pm


    🆕ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

    📲Sky Arts, 7pm


    ↔️SUPERSAPIENS, THE RISE OF THE MIND

    The consciousness hackers embrace physical technology, from computer chip implants to focus-enhancing brain stimulators, and they are changing the way humans are interacting with AI.

    📲Virgin Ultra HD, 7.10pm


    📀JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL (2019)🤗

    One of the friends needs rescuing by the others and must rejoin the game.

    📲Channel 4, 8pm


    🆕📀WHITE ELEPHANT (2022) 🤗

    When two cops witness an assassination attempt, a ruthless crime boss orders an ex-marine turned mob enforcer, to eliminate all or any threats.

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm


    🆕↔️HAMPTON COURT PALACE: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

    📲Channel 5, 8pm


    🆕STEREOPHONICS LIVE IN CARDIFF: WE’LL KEEP A WELCOME

    Part of an evening of music on this channel this evening starting at 7.10pm featuring artists including Paul McCartney, and Florence and the Machine.

    📲BBC2, 8.40pm


    🆕HEATWAVE: SUMMER OF ‘76

    📲Channel 5, 9pm


    🆕CHARLI XCX: ALONE TOGETHER

    The artist involves her fans in helping her to produce her new ‘How I’m Feeling Now’ album.

    📲BBC3, 9pm


    📀MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL (2011)🤗

    Spy thriller. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue.

    📲Comedy Central, 9pm


    📀A SIMPLE FAVOUR (2018) 🤗

    This is an amusing crime film. When a PR Director disappears, her best friend investigates.

    📲BBC1, 10.20pm


    🆕PETE TONG PRESENTS IBIZA CLASSICS AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL*

    📲Sky Showcase, 11pm


    🆕↔️THE HILLSIDE STRANGLER

    📲Quest Red, 11pm


    📀MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION (2015) 🤗

    Spy thriller sequel. Ethan takes on his most impossible mission yet - to eradicate the Syndicate.

    📲Comedy Central, 11.35pm


    📀READY OR NOT (2019)🤗

    A new bride spends her first night of marriage with her relatives, who insist that she and her new husband play a game that is traditional in the family. But the game turns out to be deadly.

    📲Film4, 11.40pm


    🆕SHAGGY AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL*

    📲Sky Showcase, 12m’t


    * The whole festival is presented on Sky Arts tonight from 7pm.


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    👁SUNDAY

    19 June

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    🆕📀THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN (2021)

    Louis Wain was an artist, inventor, entrepreneur and caretaker. But he wasn’t that successful, until he adopted a stray kitten and went on Tim paint the extraordinary images of cats that made him world famous.

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm


    🆕↔️McDONALD & DODDS 🤔

    The pair investigate the case of a young woman who dies smiling in a deckchair.

    📲ITV, 8pm


    TOP PICK

    🆕↔️SUSPECT 🤗

    A detective (James Nesbitt) feels compelled to look for answers when he discovers his estranged daughter dead in a hospital mortuary.

    📲Channel 4, 9pm


    🆕GLASTONBURY: 50 YEARS AND COUNTING

    📲BBC2, 9pm


    🆕THE CRUISE

    The life of passengers and crew on Bord ‘Scarlet Lady’ and ‘Valiant’, narrated by Sheridan Smith.

    📲Channel 5, 9pm


    🆕THE PIKETON FAMILY MURDERS

    Documentary about the 2016 Ohio massacre.

    📲Sky Crime, 9pm


    📀🔘THE ROAD (2009) 🤗

    A father and his young son find themselves having to avoid hunters, cannibals and thieves in this apocalyptic drama.

    📲GREAT! movies Action, 9pm


    📀PHILOMENA (2013) 🤔

    Philomena (Judy Dench) tries to trace the son she was forced to part with for adoption in the 1950s.

    📲BBC1, 10.30pm


    📀MOON (2009) 🤗

    An astronaut dependent on his computer is nearing the end of his three-year shift in space when he is injured in an accident. He awakes to discover things he didn’t recognise before.

    📲BBC2, 11.45pm


    📀THE NEGOTIATOR (2018)🤗

    🔘on Sky

    In 1980s Beirut, a former US diplomat returns to service to save a colleague from the group that is possibly responsible for his own family’s death.

    📲5Action, 11.55pm


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    👁MONDAY

    20 June

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    🆕BACK IN TIME FOR BIRMINGHAM

    A living-history series on the changes that have resulted from immigration and how Birmingham has changed as a result.

    📲BBC2, 8pm


    TOP PICK

    🆕↔️BLUE BLOODS 🤗

    An increase in the amount of crime in New York puts pressure on Frank Reagin, the police commissioner, who is answerable to the mayor.

    📲Sky Witness, 9pm


    🆕↔️RIVER COTTAGE REUNITED

    📲More4, 9pm


    🆕↔️HOW TO HIRE A HITMAN

    Documentary exploring the dark web to discover how easy it is to have somebody killed.

    📲Channel 4, 10pm


    🆕↔️STYLE FIXERS

    Fashion makeover programme.

    📲BBC Scotland, 10pm


    🆕↔️ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

    📲Sky Arts, 10pm


    🆕STORMZY: ROAD TO THE PYRAMID STAGE

    This documentary is followed by highlights of his Glastonbury performance.

    📲BBC1, 10.40pm


    📀THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (2012) 📀

    In upstate New York, two men, and later, their sons, must deal with the unforeseen consequences of their actions.

    📲BBC2, 11.15pm


    ↔️DOWNSIZING (2017) 🤗

    A couple sign up to be shrunk to five inches in height under a new medical procedure to reduce their carbon footprint, but things don’t go to plan.

    📲Channel 4, 1.55am


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    👁TUESDAY

    21 June

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    🆕SAVING GIRAFFES: STHE LONG JOURNEY HOME

    📲National Geographic Wild, 7pm


    🆕↔️THE ART MYSTERIES

    📲Sky Arts, 7pm


    📀SERENITY (2019) 🤔

    The former wife of a fishing boat captain implores him to save her from her second husband, who is violent towards her and her son.

    📲Sky Cinema Hits, 8pm


    🆕A LONDON DREAM

    Comprising six scenes, this is a celebration of Mendelssohn’s interpretation of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    📲Sky Arts, 8pm


    🆕THE WHISTLEBLOWERS: INSIDE THE UN

    📲BBC2, 9pm


    🆕↔️VIKINGS: THE RISE AND FALL

    Documentary telling the story of the Viking invasion of 793 AD, which commenced the Viking age in Britain.

    📲National Geographic, 9pm


    📀APOLLO 11

    Documentary.

    📲Sky Documentaries and Sky Showcase, 9pm


    🆕↔️ELLIE & NATASIA

    Comedy sketch show.

    📲BBC3, 10pm


    🆕HAWKWIND: SOLSTICE AT STONEHENGE

    📲Sky Arts, 12 m’t

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    👁WEDNESDAY

    22 June

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    🆕↔️POLICE INTERCEPTORS

    📲Channel 5, 8pm


    🆕↔️JUNK AND DISORDERLY

    📲ITV4, 8pm


    🆕↔️LENNY HENRY’S CARIBBEAN BRITAIN

    📲BBC2, 9pm


    🆕↔️IRELAND: COAST AND COUNTRY

    📲More4, 9pm


    📀THE HUMANITY BUREAU (2017)🤔

    A case worker attempts to save a mother and son from the death penalty in a future dystopian society.

    📲Horror, 9pm


    ↔️🔘ARBITRAGE (2012) 🤗

    A hedge fund manager tries to cover up his misdeeds.

    📲GREAT! movies. 9pm


    TOP PICK

    🆕↔️HALO🤗

    In the year 2552, people from Earth have occupied the planet Madrigal, but they now want their independence.

    📲Channel 5, 10pm. Subsequent episodes only available on Paramount +.


    🆕📀HONEY BOY (2019)🤗

    When a 12-year-old boy begins to find success as a television star, his abusive, alcoholic father returns and takes over as his guardian, and their contentious relationship is followed over a decade.

    📲Film4, 11.20pm


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    👁THURSDAY

    23 June

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    🆕BRITAIN’S AIRPORT CHAOS

    📲Channel 5, 8pm


    🆕↔️CORONER 🤔

    Season 2 of the crime drama. Jenny investigates an apartment complex fire.

    📲More4, 9pm


    🆕TASKMASTER: CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

    Some more funny challenges for the comedians’ panel.

    📲Channel 4, 9pm


    🆕↔️🔘GOK WAN’S EASY ASIAN

    Cookery show.

    📲Food Network, 9pm


    🆕↔️🔘CHAOS IN COURT

    📲Quest Red, 9pm


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    👁FRIDAY

    24 June

    ——————-


    👬🆕📀CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG (2021)(PG)

    12-year-old Emily accidentally takes in an orphaned puppy, only to wake up to him growing to gigantic proportions overnight.

    📲Sky Cinema Premiere, 6pm


    🆕GLASTONBURY

    📲BBC4, 8pm - 10.30pm

    📲BBC2, 9pm- 2am

    📲BBC3, 10.30pm - 1am


    🆕↔️ONE QUESTION

    New game show with Gloria Winkleman.

    📲Channel 4, 8pm


    🆕↔️MATHIS FAMILY MATTERS

    📲E4, 8pm


    🆕↔️YOUNG ROCK

    Comedy series. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Hudson is running for US President in 2032 and reflects on his life.

    📲Sky Comedy and Sky Showcase, 8pm


    🆕↔️SCOUTING FOR GIRLS: FASHION’S DARKEST SECRET

    Documentary exploring abuse within the fashion industry.

    📲Sky Documentaries, 9pm


    🆕FIRST IN: CIA Vs BIN LADEN

    📲Quest, 9pm


    🆕🔘AMERICAN RECKONING

    Documentary looking into the murder of Wharlest Jackson in Mississippi in 1967, which was most likely race related.

    📲PBS America, 9.15pm


    🆕↔️APOCALYPSE WOW

    Game show.

    📲ITV2, 10pm



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    Sport, soaps and reality shows generally will not feature in these listings.

    Oh well, just have to live with that! ;)^^


    These lists are a very good reminder of just how much good telly there is, but still spread across too many channels. One day we might be down to a couple of dozen channels or less and that is more than plenty to offer a wide range of shows and films.


    Thanks OB as always. :)

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    Oh well, just have to live with that! ;)^^


    These lists are a very good reminder of just how much good telly there is, but still spread across too many channels. One day we might be down to a couple of dozen channels or less and that is more than plenty to offer a wide range of shows and films.


    Thanks OB as always. :)

    Thank you, Horizon. There is quite a lot of stuff to watch spread over all those channels as you say, but most of the scripted drama at the moment is films. There are lots of new dramas in the making, though, so hopefully the Autumn season will show a big improvement.

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    The latest TV listings have now been added above for the week commencing 17 July.


    The eagerly awaited third series of ‘Manifest’ starts on Sky 1 tonight at 9pm. All 13 episodes of the new series are available on demand already. If you have not watched the first two series about the mystery of the plane that disappeared off the radar for five years, then suddenly reappeared, this is a must-see, and you can catch up from the beginning on demand.


    Also worth a look is ‘The Pact’, in which a snap decision at a work party has shocking repercussions. Watch this series from the beginning on the BBC I-player.

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    As the summer season groans on, it is necessary to pick and choose what to watch. Fortunately, there are some good films to enjoy when our entertainment channels fill their schedules with game shows, reality programmes and the like.


    Just two dramas of note in the week commencing 24 July. We have ‘Quiz’ which is the story about an attempt to cheat on the ITV show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’. This is a second chance to view this drama, which is actually well worth a look if you missed it first time around.


    The ‘Law and Order’ series was good, and the spin off being shown on Friday ‘Law and Order: Organised Crime’ should not disappoint if you liked the original series.


    The murky truth behind Ted Kennedy’s car crash which killed his campaign worker is re-enacted in the 2017 film ‘Chappaquiddick’. This incident was suspicious at the time for those who were around then - this film tells us that we were right to have our doubts. I thought his political career would be over after that, but amazingly he was elected President not long afterwards.

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    The murky truth behind Ted Kennedy’s car crash which killed his campaign worker is re-enacted in the 2017 film ‘Chappaquiddick’.

    I remember a sketch on TV from Alas Smith and Jones, I think, with Teddy Kennedy at the lectern: Chappaquiddick taught me a lot, it taught me never drive over narrow bridges when you're blind drunk.

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    If you missed ‘The Rook’ first time around and you enjoy the well produced futuristic stuff, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s back on from the start - Thursday just after midnight on Virgin Ultra HD. See above listings for details in post #2.

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    Well, we are coming to the end of the summer season, and so there is still a heavy reliance on films, documentaries and repeats for the best entertainment this coming week (see post #2).


    The only Top Pick this time is ‘The Bay’, which is well worth watching.

  • A new series of Start-Up (Virgin Ultra HD) and Brittania (Sky Atlantic) start this week.


    I have followed ‘Start-Up’ from the beginning and have really enjoyed this series. It follows a group of young people who start up a cryptocurrency business. If you have not seen this to date, all three series are available on Virgin On Demand and on Amazon Prime.


    Brittania I have yet to see, but it looks to be pretty outrageous and so it should be fun (if not rather near the knuckle!). If you missed the first series, Sky viewers can watch it on demand, but Virgin viewers will need to access both series via Now (TV).


    Only two weeks to wait for the much improved Autumn season!


    The updated listings for next week are available in post #2 above.

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  • Never heard of Start Up, so thanks for that OB. I did at the beginning of the year watch the first series of Britannia and hope to get back to that soon.

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  • Next week’s listings are displayed on post #2 above.


    For the beginning of the Autumn season, some Sky channels change from 1 September. Sky One is replaced by Sky Showcase and there is a new channel as well - Sky Max.


    Many programmes on Sky Showcase are highlights of other Sky channels, and are simulcast with them. All in all, this does not mean we are getting lots of new content, and I suspect that this re-arrangement is cleverly disguised to cover up the reality that most of the new US content is going directly to the streamers now.


    Hopefully, the promised additional programming from Sky Studios will help to plug the gap, along with some original stuff from Comcast.


    Top Picks this week include ‘Vigil’ which sounds very promising.

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  • 3 September 2021


    This week’s top dramas are ‘Snitch’ (Virgin Ultra HD), a repeat of ‘Limetown’ (Alibi) and new drama ‘Wolfe’ (Sky Max/Sky Showcase) - see #2 above.


    As the Autumn Season progresses, more new dramas should be appearing on our screens, and as this happens, we will be concentrating more on these than the lower quality programming to which we are regularly subjected during the Summer Season. I am pleased to note that a lot more watchable new series will be available soon, despite the rise of the streamers and after the hiatus caused by the recent lockdown.

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  • Top dramas this week are ‘Endeavour’ (ITV, 8pm Wednesday) which is a bit old school, but interesting storylines nonetheless; ‘Manhunt’ (ITV3, 10pm Monday) which is well worth seeing if you missed it first time around; ‘Help’ (Channel 4, 9pm Thursday), a powerful story starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham; and ‘All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5, 9pm, Thursday).


    See post # 2 above for details.

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  • W/c 18 September 2022


    Nothing much stands out in the listings this coming week - we still await those nice new programmes for the autumn season (see #2). One or two tasty bits to watch, though!

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  • ‘Hollington Drive’ and ‘The Undoing’ are two dramas to watch out for in particular this week, although ‘Powers’ also sounds promising if you enjoy stories about superheroes!


    See #2 for details.

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  • I am pleased to report that things are looking up on the drama front this week, although most of the programmes are repeats which you may well have missed. For example ‘Underground’ on Virgin Media Ultra HD (Monday) about a man who owns a slave plantation who wants to be a US senator, ‘Your Honour’ and ‘Succession’ on Sky Atlantic (Sunday and Monday respectively), and series 5 of ‘Blue Murder’, with previous series available on demand.


    There is also a repeat of ‘Honour’ on Thursday, about a woman who goes missing after repeated attempts to get the police involved. It doesn’t stop there - another chance to see ‘Guilt’ is provided on Friday, in which two brothers try to cover up a road traffic accident.


    In the week commencing 2 October, we have two new series beginning - Ridley Road from the BBC on Sunday about the British fascist threat in the 1960s, and ‘Valley of Tears’ about the Yom Kippur War in 1973, in which Israel faced a threat of annihilation.


    Together with some decent films to watch, next week is not an altogether bad one! Full details at #2.

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  • ‘Angela Black’, ‘Scenes from a Marriage’ and ‘Cobra: Cyberwar’ are the top pick dramas showing in the week commencing 9 October.


    Full details of recommended listings are shown in #2 above.

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  • The recommended listings for the week commencing 16 October are now on post #2.


    A key new one-off drama this week is ‘The Trick’, which follows the hapless scientist as he is embroiled in the events surrounding the climate scandal.


    Another scandal involving President Clinton and intern Monica Lewinsky is dramatised in ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’, the second good drama this week from the BBC.


    ‘Succession’ and ‘Shetland’ also make a welcome return to our screens.


    Full details above.

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  • Ray Donovan and Chernobyl are repeated and are two of the three of my top picks this coming week commencing 23 October (see #2 above).


    The only original top pick is Temple, which returns with a new series this week.


    All of these shows including the previous series will be on demand (or on Now TV for the Sky Atlantic shows not on Virgin Media).

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