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WHAT TO WATCH 1-7 July

As a new month of telly begins, July sees the return of Stranger Things to Netflix, the final episode of Gentleman Jack and more Big Little Lies!


Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week...


1. Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

Monday 1st July on Netflix


She's one of the funniest comedians around at the moment and this week sees Katherine Ryan return to Netflix for her second stand-up special Glitter Room.


A follow-up to her 2017 special In Trouble, Katherine toured Glitter Room across the UK with an unprecedented four-week run at London’s Garrick Theatre in the West End.


Now, after dividing The Belasco Theater audience on their love or dislike of the Kardashians, Katherine showcases her skilful and hilarious storytelling style with tales about following a man to Japan and meeting her daughter's first celebrity crush, Anna Kendrick.


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2. Big Little Lies

Monday 1st July at 2am or 9pm on Sky Atlantic


It's hard to preview an episode of Big Little Lies when no one's able to tell you even the basic plot of an upcoming episode... but do we really need to know what happens ahead of time?


We know the performances are going to be stunning, especially from Meryl Streep who plays Perry's mother, Mary Louise, superbly and we know that we'll be gripped by the storyline.


So I guess we just have to wait and find out what happens for ourselves. And remember, you can choose to wait until 9pm on Mondays or stay up late and watch it at 2am.


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3. Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier

Wednesday 3rd July at 10pm on Dave


Jon Richardson's not done with worrying just yet as his entertaining series on Dave, Ultimate Worrier, returns for a second series.


Each week, Jon will enlist the help of comedians and experts to address the big issues preying on his mind, such as: Are we due a plague? Will we all have to live on Mars? And does Jon have a fetish he doesn’t yet know about? This time around, Jon will actually be facing his fears in the studio with some suitably traumatic worry-based 'aversion therapy' in his custom-built worry lab.


Joining Jon for the first episode in the series will be Joe Wilkinson, Lucy Beaumont & Kiri

Pritchard McClean who discuss, categorise and rank worries to do with The Self. Has Joe

fallen in with a bad crowd? Is Jon having a midlife crisis? And are any of them an

undercover psychopath?


Other guests throughout the series include Russell Howard, Roisin Conaty, Lolly Adefope, Lou Sanders, Rob Beckett, Matt Forde, Josh Widdicombe, Rosie Jones, Darren Harriott, Richard Osman, Morgana Robinson, Jessie Cave, Angela Barnes, Jamali Maddix and many more!


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4. Stranger Things

Thursday 4th July on Netflix


We've had a bit longer to wait for the third season of Stranger Things which this time is set in the summer of 1985. School's out and there's a brand new mall in town.


With the Hawkins crew on the cusp of adulthood, romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic as they have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart.


Meanwhile, danger looms when the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.


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5. Sarah Payne: The Untold Story

Thursday 4th July at 9pm on ITV


Susanna Reid returns to our primetime screens this week as she speaks to Sara Payne about the murder of her eight-year-old daughter Sarah, reflecting on the devastating impact it has had on her family, and the lasting legacy of her death nearly 20 years on.


The abduction and murder of Sarah Payne from a field near her grandparents’ home in Sussex in July 2000 shocked the nation, particularly when it was revealed the culprit Roy Whiting was a convicted paedophile who had committed a similar crime, though not murdered the girl, some years previously.

Sarah’s mother campaigned to change the law, allowing concerned parents access to the sex offender register, and succeeded in changing the criminal justice system. A decade on, as she turns 50, Sara Payne gives Susanna a vivid insight into her daughter, her family and the effects the murder and ensuing court case had on those left behind in their wake.

Featuring interviews with Sarah’s brothers and sister, as well as her grandparents, who have never spoken before, the documentary explores the case from the Payne family’s perspective, going behind the headlines to explore how they coped at the time, and the long-lasting impact it has had on all of them.


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6. Top Gear

Sunday 7th July at 8pm on BBC Two


With fantastic ratings and great feedback from fans and critics alike, it looks like Top Gear are onto something with their new presenting line-up; Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris so it's a shame that we've already hit the penultimate episode in the series.


This week they head to Borneo for a jungle adventure with the Gurkhas, in a pair of very rare, very cheap old cars, Chris Harris tries out the world's most luxurious SUV, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bob Mortimer is this week's studio guest.


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7. Gentleman Jack

Sunday 7th July at 9pm on BBC One


As the first series of Sally Wainwright's newest project Gentleman Jack comes to an end, Anne Lister finds that the doors of Danish high society open effortlessly for her.


Following a four-week journey north from Paris to Copenhagen chaperoning Miss Sophie Ferrall, her delight in her glittering surroundings, along with her charisma and eccentricity, win her an audience with Queen Marie, who invites her to her birthday ball, where she will be obliged to dress entirely in white.


Despite the pleasure Anne takes in all this, it's clear that inside she still struggles with the crushing disappointment of her estrangement from Ann Walker. When difficult news arrives from home, Anne is faced with a decision: whether to stay where she has found acceptance and appreciation, or to dutifully go home, back to where her heart was broken.


Meanwhile a Scotland, a shocking discovery about Captain Sutherland leads Ann Walker to make a bold resolution about her own future, while an unexpected visitor at Upper Southolm Farm threatens to finally expose Thomas Sowden’s macabre secret.


And if you're already mourning the loss of Gentleman Jack, fear not because a second series has ben confirmed!


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