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WHAT TO WATCH 12-18 August

It's a great week for telly with new shows from Kathy Burke and Anna Friel, the second part of Channel 4's brilliant Jade Goody documentary and plenty of laughs from Aisling Bea, Roisin Conaty and Mo Gilligan.

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

1. Kathy Burke's All Woman

Tuesday 13th August at 10pm on Channel 4

In this new three-part documentary for Channel 4, Kathy Burke travels around the UK talking to all sorts of women, asking all sorts of questions, while giving up revealing insights into her own personal experiences of being a woman.

Each episode themed around a significant issue in women's lives, Beauty, Motherhood, and Sex & Relationships. In the first episode which centres around beauty, Kathy recognises she is not considered conventionally beautiful. But with women now able to change their appearance if they're not happy with the way they look, Kathy questions if she too should change her own appearance?

She meets with last year's Love Island contestant Megan Barton Hanson who has spent over £20k on cosmetic surgery to transform herself and launch a career after Love Island. After having her face assessed by a celebrity plastic surgeon, Kathy finds out that it'll cost her more than £20k to freshen up her face and lose her double chin.


2. Deep Water

Wednesday 14th August at 9pm on ITV

It's been a while since ITV had a drama to really get stuck into, but Deep Water, their new emotional thriller might just be the one. Set in England’s beautiful Lake District, the new six-part drama stars Anna Friel, Sinead Keenan and Rosalind Eleazar.

Written by Anna Symon (Mrs Wilson) and adapted from the Windermere series of novels by author Paula Daly Deep Water follows the the lives of three complex and vibrant women, each struggling to keep their heads above very deep water as they face extraordinary moral and ethical dilemmas.

Friel plays mother of three Lisa Kallisto, Keenan plays Physiotherapist Roz and Eleazar plays Kate Riverty who appears to have it all. All three women make life-changing decisions with unpredictable consequences for themselves and their families. The series investigates the tangled issues of modern parenting, friendships, relationships and sexual desires. Deep Water explores the challenges of being a twenty first century woman.

These are ordinary women making extraordinary choices and watching their journeys is an unforgettable ride.


3. GameFace

Wednesday 14th August at 10pm & 10.30pm on Channel 4

The first series of GameFace was an absolute triumph, lots of laughs, lots of heart and lots of great characters and Roisin Conaty has achieved what didn't seem possible, and that's better it. Series 2 has been sharper, funnier and it's a real shame that it's coming to an end this week.

Ending its run with two back-to-back episodes, Marcella atones for her drunken behaviour at Billy's party by giving up booze and goes to stay at Simon's nan's country cottage. It's there that she confesses all to Jon about her lie.

In the final episode, Marcella has been sober for five weeks and after being invited by Jon to the art exhibition he's taking part in, it's there where Marcella finds out something which throws all her future plans into question.

Read my interview with Roisin Conaty here.


4. Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain

Wednesday 14th August at 9pm on Channel 4

After rising to fame on Big Brother Jade Goody was Britain's first reality TV millionaire and whilst I wasn't planning on watching the three part documentary about her on Channel 4, I did and I really enjoyed it. Only downside being that the three-part series has been scheduled over three weeks rather than three consecutive nights.

Last week's opener featured interviews with Davina McCall, Jeff Brazier and Jade's mym Jackiey as they talked about her upbringing, her time on Big Brother and the career she carved for herself after finishing fourth in the show.

This week we see how Jade enjoyed a celebrity lifestyle with her own beauty salon, best-selling perfume brand and her own TV series. Wanting to stay in the media spotlight, Jade accepted an offer to take part in Celebrity Big Brother with her new boyfriend Jack Tweed and her mum Jackiey. A decision that proved to be disastrous following a clash with Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.


5. This Way Up

Thursday 15th August at 10pm on Channel 4

After launching to 700k viewers last week on Channel 4 (the same number Year of the Rabbit launched with in June and Catastrophe launched with in 2015) Aisling Bea's poignant yet funny comedy This Way Up continues its weekly run this week - despite all episodes being available to watch All4.

In this week's episode, Aine is interviewed for a private tutoring job teaching English to a young French boy who has recently lost his mother and finds himself living in London with his reserved father Richard, played by Tobias Menzies, who he barely knows. But when Aine insists on taking a Bulgarian student to hospital, she's at risk of missing her first lesson with Etienne and badly letting him down.

Meanwhile, Shona arranges a meeting with Charlotte to pitch her the idea for a Women's Financial Networking event.

Read my interview with Aisling Bea here.


6. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Friday 16th August at 8pm on BBC Two

It's so full of joy and a reason to stay in on Fridays and this week as Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing continues, Bob and Paul visit the River Tay in Scotland as Bob has always harboured a childhood dream to catch a salmon.

A ghillie guides them up the intimidating river in a boat and they fish using various methods to catch the elusive fish. They discuss luck and fate and the part it has played in their lives.

They stay in the heart of the highlands, Bob cooks Paul a traditional Scottish breakfast and they set off for a swift round of golf before resuming their fishing. As the sun sets they reflect on their dreams – did they come true on this trip?


7. The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan

Friday 16th August at 10pm on Channel 4

Mo Gilligan is really proving himself to be an all-round entertainer The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan returns he'll be joined in the studio by Tom Davis.

In this week's penultimate episode, viewers can expect the usual mix of sketches, celebrity chat, studio games and of course another round of possibly my favourite game on TV, Nursery Grimes.

Read my interview with Mo Gilligan here.



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