what to watch: 13-19 june

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It’s another varied week as I suggest the shows you can’t afford to miss. This week there’s something for all the family to watch, something for comedy fans, something for the Netflix binge-watchers and if you’re into politics, yes politics, then there’s something for you too.

Here are the SEVEN shows you can’t miss this week…

1. Taking The Next Step | Monday 13th June, 4:30pm on CBBC

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I don’t often cover kids television, but actually Taking The Next Step is a show parents will love as well as adults without kids.

Taking The Next Step is CBBC’s brand new dance talent show and follows young UK dancers as they audition for the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to win an amazing guest role in the hit dance show The Next Step.

Presented by Blue Peter’s Lindsey Russell, the series’ judging panel is made up of three industry experts: Pussycat Dolls singer and professional dancer Kimberly Wyatt, Eastenders and West End actor John Patridge and choreographer to the stars, Simeon Qysea.

From ballet to bhangra, 1,300 performers from every discipline applied to audition for Taking The Next Step. Hoping to impress the three judges, 250 dancers made it through to the Regional Auditions in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London, with the successful candidates going forward to attend National Auditions.

The fun, yet challenging process, puts dance and acting abilities to the test, as six are finally selected to travel to Canada and continue the selection process, moving even closer to The Next Step dream! Only one can achieve the ultimate goal and be chosen for the coveted guest role on The Next Step, season four on CBBC.

Kick-starting the Regionals in the first episode, the talented performers give it their all to get one step closer to having their ticket to the Finals. From street dancer Joe, who loves dancing so much it’s gets him in detention, to new-found friends Erin and Esha, who go head-to-head in a Call Back, watch as they prove to the judges that they have what it takes to take the next step.


2. Nev’s Indian Call Centre | Monday 13th June, 9pm on W

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In the final episode of Nev’s Indian Call Centremanagers Dwayne and Johnny strive to bring in some more sales.

Meanwhile Nev visits the Taj Mahal and resorts to writing a song to keep up staff morale as they battle with a faulty dialler.

As the problems keep piling up Nev faces one of the toughest decisions of his business life – can he keep his Indian dream alive?


3. Murder In Successville (Series 2) Wednesday 15th June, From 10am on BBC Three

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Murder In Successville is FINALLY back for a second series on BBC Three.

Successville’s a surreal place with a high celebrity homicide count. Each week, the city’s unique and loveable detective D.I. Sleet (Tom Davis) enlists the help of a genuine celebrity sidekick to solve the latest high-profile murder.

In the first episode of the new series, there’s been another murder in Successville, but this week the suspect is D.I. Sleet! It’s the job of his new rookie Vicky Pattison, to try and clear his name and find the real killer in this weird and wonderful world of improvised comedy.

It’s not the birthday D.I. Sleet was expecting when Nick Knowles’ body is found dead in Sleet’s car. With all evidence pointing towards him, Sleet is arrested and taken to prison. Vicky must now break him out of jail and clear his name.

Pattison is put through her paces as she and Sleet become renegades and meet three bizarre suspects who might have framed him for murder; sleazy politician Len Goodman, Sleet’s ex-lover Lorraine Kelly and D.I. Lewis Hamilton, Sleet’s main rival at cop school.

After meeting all three suspects and still no closer to the answer, Sleet has reached breaking point. With a gun to Pattison’s head he takes her up to the roof of Successville police station. Can she turn the tense situation around, save the day and clear Sleet’s name once and for all?

Read my interview with Tom Davis here.


4Orange Is The New Black (Season 4) | Friday 17th June, Netflix


After what feels like FOREVER (a year), the  women of Litchfield are retuning for a fourth season of what is easily one of my favourite Netflix original series, Orange Is The New Black.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past three years, Orange Is The New Black is is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman and is about a diverse group of inmates serving time in a women’s prison.

Very little information has actually been released about the fourth season, apart from the tagline – New Blood. New Rules.

What we do know, is that at the end of season three a busload of new prisoners arrived at Litchfield so we can be pretty certain that there will be several new characters introduced this year, as well as the ones we all know and love of course.

Another thing we know is that whilst many feared that Alex had died at the end of season three, she is in fact alive and well

The series is not only known for its incredible stories, but also for its wonderful ensemble of women including Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Samira Wiley, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Elizabeth Rodriguez.

With three, yes THREE more series already commissioned it looks as if our love affair with Orange Is The Black is going to last at least another three years, taking us right up to 2019… and there’s nothing to say that that will be the end, although after seven seasons it might well.

All 13 episodes

5. Gogglesprogs | Friday 17th June, 8pm on Channel 4


Following on from the successful Christmas special, Gogglesprogs returns for a new six-part series.

They’ll be watching a range of TV from the past months, from entertainment shows to documentaries to some all-time classic films, as well as up to the minute news stories.


6. Mum | Friday 17th June, 10pm on BBC Two


Mum comes to an end this week after what has been a superb series.

It’s December. New Year’s Eve to be precise, and while Cathy’s trying to have a nice little party, Kelly and Jason have come back arguing. Michael turns up, and as Cathy’s (Lesley Manville) trying to sort out Jason and keep her party going, she tries to find the right moment to give him his Christmas present…

Starting with the funeral in January and ending on New Year’s Eve, the story unfolds through the major and minor events of a year. It’s the story of a woman finding who she is again and maybe, if she could only see it, finding love second time around.

If you haven’t yet read my review of Mum, you can do so here.


7. Question Time: EU Referendum Special | Sunday 19th June, 6:45pm on BBC One


In this second and final special edition of Question Time in the run-up to the EU Referendum, the Prime Minister David Cameron will take questions from the audience in Milton Keynes on the arguments to retain EU membership.

The second episode follows Wednesday’s edition which saw Justice Secretary Michael Gove answer questions on the case to leave the EU to a Question Time audience in Nottingham.

As always, Question Time will be moderated by David Dimbleby, and screened in the early evening to reach as wide an audience as possible.


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