This week there’s a bit of something for everyone, great drama, great comedy, a bit of chat, a bit of reality and a month of sport. Yes, that’s right, I said sport.
Here are the SEVEN shows you can’t miss this week…
1. Reg | Monday 6th June, 9pm on BBC One
If there’s one person you can always rely on for outstanding, thought-provoking drama, it’s Jimmy McGovern.
This week he’s back with Reg starring Tim Roth, Anna Maxwell Martin, Elliott Tittensor and Ralph Brown.
It’s June 2003, Reg Keys (Roth) and his wife Sally (Maxwell Martin) return to their home in the Welsh countryside. As they switch on the TV to hear six military policemen have been murdered in Iraq, two men arrive bearing the terrible news that their son, Tom, was among them.
Plunged into grief and despair, Sally struggles with the day-to-day reality of having lost her son, while Reg desperately tries to make sense of what has happened.
Reg discovers that three weeks prior to his son’s death the army had ordered a scale-down in weapons and communications, leaving the six men with limited resources to defend themselves. Angered by his belief that it was an army blunder, Reg makes a radical decision: to stand against Tony Blair in his home constituency of Sedgefield, in the next General Election, as an independent candidate in opposition to the Iraq war.
Reg begins into an intense on-the-ground daily routine of campaigning. Faced by an electorate in a safe Labour seat, the process is exhausting and takes Reg away from Sally, who continues to struggle with her grief. As election night draws in, and the world’s press gathers in Sedgefield, tensions run high as the final count begins to emerge.
2. In The Club | Tuesday 7th June, 9pm on BBC One
The second series of Kay Mellor’s In The Club has been fantastic, and if you haven’t caught any of it yet, I fully recommend catching up before this week’s series finale.
Following Jasmin’s false labour, she and Dev are busy preparing for their daughter Amber’s Hindu naming ceremony that afternoon.
When Vicky arrives to check on the twins, their plans are thrown into chaos as Jasmin is rushed into hospital. With the twins’ lives in jeopardy and the clock ticking for the naming ceremony to begin, Dev finds himself torn between his wife and the overbearing mothers. But with everything they’ve been through, will both of the twins be ok?
With Kim’s maternity leave over she has to return to work, but struggles to leave baby Emily at nursery for the first time. When she and Neil arrive to pick up Rosie and Jude for the naming ceremony, they’re shocked to discover all is not well with Rosie. Nathan and Maxine clash over taking care of baby Sebastian and a medical emergency causes panic for the lads.
Meanwhile a heartbroken Roanna has to face the consequences of her actions when she visits Jonathan in hospital and Diane makes a decision over her future.
3. Big Brother | Tuesday 7th June – Sunday 12th June, 9pm/10pm on Channel 5
Big Brother is back and the game is changing. The Others are coming! But what does that all mean? Who are The Others?
Well, this year it’s all change at Big Brother as for the first time EVER there will be not one, but TWO houses!
A new set of housemates will enter the House, but little do they know The Others will be living next door – conspiring to target the housemates, take them down and steal their place in the Big Brother House; securing a chance of winning the £100,000 prize fund.
But after all, this is Big Brother, what you see isn’t always what you get. What the housemates and The Others don’t know is that some of them may already be connected to each other. These connections could have a huge impact on their time in the house.
But what are these connections and how will Big Brother use them to keep everyone on their toes?
4. Power Monkeys | Wednesday 8th June, 10pm on Channel 4
Power Monkeys is a new spin-off from the highly acclaimed comedy series Ballot Monkeys, which ran in the build up to last year’s general election.
It’s a show like no other, a scripted comedy (practically) made and aired in one day, with six writers, four directors and a whole host of panicking political power monkeys…
Following the success of their 2015 election comedy Ballot Monkeys, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin (Ballot Monkeys, Outnumbered, Drop the Dead Donkey) return to Channel 4 with a six-part satire lampooning the fictional communications and social media ‘experts’ on both sides of the EU referendum, as well as taking audiences a few doors down from the Kremlin and into the imagined world of Donald Trump’s campaign plane.
The series features a stellar cast including Jack Dee and Claire Skinner in the pro-Europe ‘Unity Unit’, and Andy Nyman and Kevin McNally heading the ‘Brexit Roadshow’ bus.
The series will air every Wednesday at 10pm with an extra special episode following the EU referendum on Friday 24th June.
5. New Blood | Thursday 9th June, 9pm on BBC One
The first three episodes premiered on BBC iPlayer last week, but this week New Blood begins its weekly BBC One showing.
New Blood is a bold seven-part investigative drama, created and written by bestselling author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz.
The series sets out to show a unique side of modern London through the eyes of two outsiders, Stefan (Mark Strepan) and Rash (Ben Tavassoli), junior investigators for the Serious Fraud Office and the police respectively, brought together by two seemingly unrelated cases.
They are opposites in almost every way. What they do share are the same frustrations with life – underpaid, unappreciated and undermined. Lumbered with huge university loans, they can’t afford to buy a house and have little or no job security.
New Blood will see Stefan and Rash come up against the uber-rich and powerful: corporations, individuals, governments and the new breed of criminals who hide behind legitimate facades and are guarded by lawyers.
As their friendship is cemented across the series they come to understand that by quietly pooling resources and combining their different skills they make a formidable crime-solving force. And at the same time they might be able to help each other up the promotional ladder – if they don’t get themselves fired along the way.
Read my review here.
6. Euro 2016 | Friday 10th June, 7:15pm on ITV
I promised sport, and here it is. This week sees the start of Euro 2016 in France, which runs for six weeks and coverage will be split between BBC and ITV.
Kicking things off are ITV with the opening ceremony, followed by the first game, France v Romania.
A stellar squad of UK and continental football figures will lend their expertise and experience to ITV’s live free-to-air coverage, with representatives from the Home Nations and the Republic of Ireland as well as other European competing nations bringing viewers the best insight and analysis.
ITV’s team will be based at a studio in Paris, overlooking the Seine and the iconic Notre Dame, to bring home to viewers the impact of the tournament from one of Europe’s most famous and beautiful cities. The team will criss-cross the country to deliver build-up, live coverage and analysis of games from in and around the stadia in the various tournament locations.
Those joining main presenter Mark Pougatch and the ITV Sport team include Slaven Bilic and Lothar Matthaus alongside Glenn Hoddle, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon, Peter Crouch, Tony Pulis, Emmanuel Petit, Christian Karembeu, Louis Saha, Norman Whiteside, Eniola Aluko and Richard Dunne.
Other key members of the ITV team include presenter Jacqui Oatley, commentators Clive Tyldesley, Sam Matterface, Joe Speight and David Stowell, co-commentators Andy Townsend and Iain Dowie, and reporters Gabriel Clarke and Leon Mann.
7. The Last Leg | Friday 10th June, 10pm on Channel 4
The Last Leg is one of my favourite programmes on television, and this week it returns to Channel 4 for an eighth series with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn confirmed to be the first guest of the series.
Once again, the series will be hosted by Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker who will be bringing their unique brand of irreverent satire to Friday evenings.
Jeremy Corbyn will join Hills, Widdecombe and Brooker in examining the biggest and most entertaining news stories via the #isitok twitter handle, where viewers tweet in edgy current affairs questions that other shows might duck.