What to Watch – Week Commencing 2nd July

Monday 2nd July

Blackout (Season 1 Episode 1 of 3) – BBC One 9:00

Psychological thriller, starring Christopher Eccleston as washed-up council officer Daniel Demoys, whose life turns upside down when an alcohol-fuelled row with a businessman gets out of hand, and he beats the man so badly he ends up in a coma. As he seeks help, Daniel takes a bullet in a drive-by drug shooting and is soon lauded a local hero – could this be his chance of redemption?”

Christopher Eccleston is excellent at playing troubled characters, so no doubt his new role as anti-hero Daniel Demoys will be great to watch. With a talented cast including Dervla Kirwan (Injustice, The Silence) and Ewen Bremner (Page Eight, Perfect Sense), Ecclestone is joined by the rather magnificent Andrew Scott (Moriarty in BBC’s magnificent Sherlock). This is definitely one to watch.

Brand X With Russell Brand (Series 1 Episode 1) – Sky Atlantic 11:05pm

“Brand X with Russel Brand offers actor and comedian Russell Brand’s views unabashed and unfiltered. Brand shares his take on news stories and pop culture events.”

Russell Brand is one of those marmite figures in the entertainment industry. Many love his eloquent comedy monologues and lavish use of the queen’s speech. Just as many people think he’s a bit of a twat. Either way, his new TV should make for some entertaining viewing. Should be interesting to see how many of his jokes go down with the US audience.

Tuesday 3rd July

Falling Skies (Series 2 Episode 1) – FX 9:00pm

“The sci-fi drama returns, picking up three months after reluctant 2nd Massachusetts leader Tom Mason voluntarily boarded the alien ship, hoping to negotiate peace with the invaders. Weaver struggles to maintain control of the resistance fighters as Pope and his band of Berserkers threaten to derail the chain of command. However, things begin to change when Tom suddenly reappears, and the other humans begin to wonder where his loyalties now lie.”

Everyone needs to make room in their lives for an Alien invasion based television series. The first season definitely wasn’t perfect but in the same breath, made for enjoyable viewing. I for one and glad the second series is back on our TV screens.

Wednesday 4th July

Rev – UKTV Gold 9:00pm

“Sitcom about a vicar running a modern inner-city church, with a reluctant wife and a depleted, motley congregation.”

Rev is quite the excellent sitcom, littered with genuine laugh out loud moments. Yes, not exactly a ‘new’ show as it first aired back in 2010, but still well worth the watch.

Thursday 5th July

Alan Partridge on Open Books with Martin Bryce – Sky Atlantic – 9:30pm

The broadcaster talks to host Chris Beale about his autobiography I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan, and takes questions from the studio audience. In addition to reading extracts from the book, he discusses his upbringing and his career in TV and radio, as well as revealing his recipe for becoming a successful chat show host.”

Alan Partridge.  Comedy gold.  Enough said.

Friday 6th July

Parents (Series 1 Episode 1) – Sky1 8:30pm

“Whip-smart family comedy about forty-something Jenny Pope (Sally Phillips – Miranda, Smack the Pony) who is forced to move back in with father Len (Tom Conti) and mother Alma (Susie Blake).”

OK, a family based comedy. Not exactly ground breaking territory here, but there potential for the show to be great. I’m a fan of Jenny Pope. Here’s to hoping we get something more along the lines of ‘Modern Family/Outnumbered’ as opposed to another ‘My Family’.

Nikita ( Series 2 Epiosde 1) – Sky Living 9:00pm

“Nikita and Michael plot to take down Division and Oversight and are prepared to use the information in the black boxes to do so.”

Assassins, secret agencies, guns, explosions and a whole lot of Maggie Q. Really, what’s not to love here?

Saturday 7th July

Superstar – ITV1 7:25

Andrew Lloyd Webber is back on our television screens and this time he’s looking for Jesus.

Having made a success from finding Maria (Sound of Music) and Joseph (and his Technicolour Dreamcoat) this time round, he needs to find the nations favourite Son of God, to play in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Let’s be honest, you know what to expect here.

Sunday 8th July

Sinbad (Series 1 Episode 1) – Sky1 7:00pm

“The 12-part series opens with Sinbad banished from his homeland of Basra and cast out to sea on The Providence following the death of his much-loved brother. Now Sinbad must embark on an epic quest to rid himself of the curse placed on him by his own grandmother (Janet Suzman), and embrace his new destiny.”

Along with BBC’s Blackout (2nd July) this is probably my most anticipated TV show of the week.


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