A Gavin & Stacey-inspired road trip, a raucous new comedy and more!
This week's best telly sees comedy legends Alison Steadman and Larry Lamb team up for a British road trip, Tyson Fury lets us into his home life and more bangers put up for auction in Bangers & Cash.
Elsewhere, the third and final series of Sanditon arrives on ITVX and BBC Two treats us to a raucous new BBC Two comedy Henpocalypse!
Here are 5 TV shows you can't miss this week...
1. Alison and Larry: Billericay to Barry
Monday 14th August at 8pm on Gold
Together, Alison Steadman and Larry Lamb are best known for playing Gavin's lovable parents Pam and Mick in the hit BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey. Now they're teaming up to take a trip down memory lane on a 210-mile road trip from Billericay in Essex to Barry Island in South Wales.
At the start of their trip, Alison and Larry head to Epping Forest where they meet up with Billericay's own Russell Tovey, or ‘Budgie’ as he’s known to the Gavin and Stacey faithful. And with a bit of gentle persuasion, Russell and Larry get Alison to join them on a unique-looking electric bike and Russell reveals why Gavin is from Billericay.
Later on in the episode, Billericay's mayor arranges a special tree-planting ceremony and lifelong bird enthusiast Alison gets up close and personal with hawks, kestrels and one of her
favourites, a barn owl.
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Tuesday 15th August at 10pm on BBC Two
BBC Two's new raucous comedy from Caroline Moran, Henpocalypse!, follows what starts off as a typical rowdy hen do soon sees the fun derailed by the apocalypse. Armed with feather boas and chocolate penises, can they survive armageddon?
Zara and her bridal party leave their Birmingham council estate for a messy hen do in an isolated Welsh cottage. However, the fun gets derailed by the end of the world. With only their plastic hen do tatt, a rapidly diminishing supply of novelty chocolate penises and zero survival skills to call on, how will the women fare against Armageddon?
Forced to break quarantine and venture into post-Apocalyptic Snowdonia, the hens start to piece together what happened in the outside world.
Desperate for food that isn’t the owl meat they’ve been surviving on for nine weeks, they encounter a fearsome radicalised Pilates instructor who’s on a top-secret mission, but the hens have a secret of their own, having taken captive male stripper-come-entrepreneur Drew, who they believe is the only man to have survived the Apocalypse. But once you’ve got the last man on Earth, what exactly do you do with him?
Amongst the ruins of human civilization, love blooms in very unexpected places, ethics fall by the wayside, Danny Dyer is a spirit animal offering a spiritual redemption experience for one, and friendships are tested to the limit, including a life or death incident with a carving knife and a Fray Bentos pie.
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3. At Home with the Furys
Wednesday 16th August on Netflix
In this new Netflix series, At Home with the Furys, undefeated heavyweight champion Tyson Fury retires from boxing to embrace the eccentricities of family life in what promises to be a hilarious and heartfelt docusoap.
We follow the heavyweight champion of the world as he attempts to navigate retirement, his mental health and hectic family life alongside his wife Paris, brother Tommy and Molly Mae Hague.
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Thursday 17th August on ITVX
This week sees the third and final series of Sanditon arrive on ITVX as Charlott, played by Rose Williams, returns to Sanditon with her fiancé in tow but is forced to come to terms with her unresolved feelings for Colbourne, played by Ben Lloyd-Hughes.
Devastated, he tries to move on and open his heart to another, but as they keep getting drawn together– can they keep on ignoring their feelings?
Meanwhile, Georgiana, played by Crystal Clarke, is horrified to discover a claim on her newfound inheritance. With the help of Samuel Colbourne, played by Liam Garrigan, she battles in court to keep what is hers. The public attention and scrutiny sends her spiralling and she seems to be out of control. What she needs is a fiancé to send the circling fortune hunters away. What she gets is so much more.
Elsewhere, Edward, played by Jack Fox, has promised Lady Denham, played by Anne Reid, that he is truly reformed, But will Augusta Markham’s, played by Eloise Webb, fortune be too irresistible a proposition?
After rediscovering an old flame from her youth, they and Lady Denham back Tom’s, played by Kris Marshall, new plans for Sanditon at the expense of his marriage with Mary (Kate Ashfield), and then she falls gravely ill.
With weddings and failed engagements, will the Sanditon residents all find true love and happiness after all?
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5. Bangers & Cash
Thursday 17th August at 8pm on Yesterday
Bangers & Cash is the hit show on Yesterday that follows the Mathewsons who for three generations have been turning old bangers into cash from their vintage 1930s garage on the edge of the North York Moors National Park in picturesque Thornton le Dale in North Yorkshire.
Collecting vehicles is generally a solitary task for the Mathewson clan but in the first episode of series eight, Derek and Paul head to Leeds on a rare father-and-son road trip to pick up a
VW Cabriolet and a Lotus Elite.
Some stunning cars are put through Mathewsons' auctions but very few match the
spectacular sight of the 1961 Facel Vega. The buyer will be driving an example of a
marque chosen by A-list celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Ringo Starr and Stirling Moss.
Derek is impressed by the vehicle’s French style and American engineering, “You can
keep your Cosworths when you get cars like this… it oozes quality”.
Plus, a 1925 Talbot Coupe is just as impressive - and is expected to buck the trend that
has seen pre-World War Two cars struggling to make good money.
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