what to watch: 8-14 august

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This week, Brief Encounters concludes with a show stopping finale, romance is back on Channel 4 as celebrities are replaced once again by civilians and Netflix launch Baz Luhrmann’s new musical drama The Get Down.

As well as all that, there’s great drama on Channel 5 and great comedy on BBC Three and Channel 4.

Here are the 6 shows you can’t miss this week…

1. Brief Encounters | Monday 8th August, 9pm on ITV


It’s been known that TV channels bury their less promising series in the Summer and save their big shows for the Autumn. But that clearly wasn’t the case for Brief Encounters which has been adored my millions consistently week in week out.

This week the series come to an end with what promises to be a spectacular final episode.

Steph organises an exotic lingerie event filled with local women and whilst leafleting in the middle of town Dawn drags her into the police station.

At the desk, Dawn tries to convince the world-weary Sarg that his wife and her friends should come to the event as Johnny walks into the station. He and Steph haven’t seen each other since the wedding.

When Pauline arrives at Steph’s to help set up for the event, Steph confronts her and asks why she lied to Johnny. Left in a terrible situation, Pauline doesn’t know which way to turn. Should she entrust Steph with her secret?

With Nita in labour, Dawn facing a restless audience, no male model, Johnny about to leave town, the woman from Head Office stunned, Terry lurking, Pauline in a state, and Steph on a precipice, how will this all unfold?


2. First Dates | Tuesday 9th August, 10pm on Channel 4

Celebrity First Dates

If like me you were surprised last Friday to turn over to Channel 4 and not see another episode of Celebrity First Dates, then you’ll be pleased to know that the series is back (it’s never really away), minus the celebrities.

3. Suspects | Wednesday 10th August, 10pm on Channel 5

Suspects III

Following last week’s impressive series five opener, Suspects continues this week and when the body of a young woman washes up on the riverbank, DC Charlie Steele instantly recognises the victim. She was involved in the blackmailing of DI Martha Bellamy’s husband.

DS Jack Weston is sure that Stan Turner was responsible for both the blackmail and Martha’s death, so he loses no time in confronting him about this latest murder.

While Stan claims ignorance, his girlfriend, and Jack’s old flame, Rose reveals the victim is a young woman called Jasmine. Rose claims that Stan insisted she help him cover his tracks. Jack tries to convince Rose to go on record, but she’s terrified. Meanwhile, Charlie meets Rose’s daughter Lucy, who confirms that Stan knew Jasmine.

Frustrated, Jack pushes Rose too far, demanding she give him a written statement. A furious Rose savages Jack for his betrayal of her in the past and drops a bombshell that leaves Jack reeling.

Read my interview with Lenora Crichlow here.


4. Fleabag | Thursday 11th August, From 10am on BBC Three


Despite what some might think, BBC Three does still exist and is alive and well online, producing some of the best programmes they’ve ever made.

One of those great programmes is Fleabag, and this week Fleabag and her sister Claire reluctantly visit a female-only, silent retreat, courtesy of their father. A place that encourages “Leaving your voice in your head and trapping your thoughts in your skull”.

Their enforced silence is interrupted, however, by an unusual neighbouring weekend workshop, explosive secrets coming to light, and a surprising connection with an old acquaintance.


5. The Get Down | Friday 12th August, Netflix


Another week, another Netflix Original. This week it’s sees the launch of Baz Luhrmann’s new musical drama The Get Down. He is joined by a team of collaborators including Catherine Martin, Nas, Grandmaster Flash, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Nelson George.

The series is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to a new art form.

Set in New York in 1977, the series chronicles the rise of hip-hop and the last days of disco – told through the lives, music, art and dance of the South Bronx kids who would change the world forever.

Reported to have cost $10 million per episode, $120 million in total, Netflix have chosen to air the first six episodes on Friday, with the remaining episodes being show at a later date.

The cast of the The Get Down includes Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jaden Smith, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Mamoudou Athie (Grandmaster Flash), Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito.


6. Friday Night Dinner | Friday 12th August, 10pm on Channel 4


Friday Night Dinner is one of the best things on television at the moment and certainly one of the best comedies in recent years and as the fourth series is proving, it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

In this week’s episode, Adam has been staying at Mum and Dad’s all week, but with Mum fussing over him so much he’s started behaving like a little boy again – lying on the sofa all an calling his mum “mummy”.

Meanwhile, after 15 attempts, Jim has finally passed his driving test and with everyone avoiding having to drive to Grandma’s to return her forgotten glasses, could Jim come to the rescue?


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