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WHAT TO WATCH 12-18 June

This week’s best telly includes two new dramas, two old favourites as well as the finale of Taskmaster.


Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week...


1. Fearless

Monday 12th June at 9pm on ITV

New ITV thriller Fearless stars Helen McCrory, Michael Gambon, John Bishop and recent BAFTA winner Wunmi Mosaku.


Set in a world where law and politics collide, Fearless shines a spotlight on our post-truth era, where the necessities of national security secretly justify all kinds of police and state over-reach.

McCrory plays Emma Blunt, a solicitor known for defending lost causes. She’s investigating the killing of a schoolgirl in East Anglia and trying to free the man she thinks was wrongly convicted of the girl’s murder.


As she digs ever deeper into the case, she begins to sense powerful forces, in the police and the intelligence services at home and abroad, who want to stop her uncovering the truth.


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2. Taskmaster

Tuesday 13th June at 9pm on Dave

This week sees the brilliant fourth series of Taskmaster come to a close. But who out of Mel Giedroyc, Lolly Adefope, Joe Lycett, Hugh Dennis and Noel Fielding will walk away as Taskmaster champion and win Greg Davies’ golden trophy head?


In the final episode of the series, Noel Fielding finds an unlikely soulmate, Lolly Adefope shows everyone the money and Mel Giedroyc regrets putting M&Ms on her shopping list.


If you’re already wondering what you’re going to do with your Tuesday evenings now that Taskmaster is over, don’t plan too far ahead because a fifth series has already been given the green light so we shouldn’t have long to wait before we get to enjoy it!


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3. Wife Swap: Brexit Special

Thursday 15th June at 9pm on Channel 4

After almost 8 years away, Channel 4 classic Wife Swap is back for a one-off Brexit special almost a year to the day the result was announced and 52% of us voted to leave the EU.


The episode reveals what happens when a family of ardent Leavers meets an equally passionate family of Remainers. Pauline, Andy and 14-year old Katie live on Canvey Island, the area with the nation’s third highest ‘out’ vote (72%).


Bar worker Pauline will be swapping her home, job and family with psychotherapist and Green party councillor Kat, who lives in rural Nottinghamshire with her partner Roger and 17-year old daughter Sophie.


Across one week these two strong-minded and opinionated women will immerse themselves in each other’s lives and face head on deeply controversial issues around immigration, class and racism. Will they hear anything that changes their mind about Brexit?


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4. Riviera

Thursday 15th June at 9pm on Sky Atlantic

Another week, another brand new Sky Atlantic drama. In Riviera,  Julia Stiles plunges beneath the glamorous sheen of the Côte d’Azur elite. Set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the French Riviera and created by the Oscar-winning Neil Jordan (The Borgias).


Described by Sky as "part compelling family drama, part high-octane crime series” the series promises to offer viewers a first-class ticket to the opulent playground of the rich.


Stiles plays Georgina Clios, the smart, resourceful wife of billionaire banker Constantine. She lives a privileged existence, curating and buying art, riding private jets, and mixing with the cream of the elite. But all that changes when Constantine is killed in an explosion aboard a Russian oligarch’s yacht, leaving Georgina to discover how little she knew about the man she loved and the world in which she lives.


Complicating matters are her extended family, Constantine’s formidable ex-wife Irina (Lena Olin), and emotionally complicated children Christos (Dimitri Leonidas), Adam (Iwan Rheon), and Adriana (Roxane Duran).


As Georgina’s previously flawless life begins to unravel, she embarks on a dangerous path to uncovering the truth about what happened to her husband.


If episode one leaves you wanting more, you can tuck in right away as all episodes of Riviera will be available exclusively on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.


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5. CelebAbility

Thursday 15th June at 10pm on ITV2

Smartly scheduled straight after Love Island, the voice of that show has become the face of ITV2’s latest gameshow CelebAbility.


This physical comedy gameshow sees a group of 5 friends go head to head with 5 celebrities in a series of hilarious rounds. All rounds are based on the unusual skill or ability that the celebrities believe they naturally possess.


Appearing in the opening episode are Vicky Pattison, Pete Wicks, Olivia Buckland, Mikey North and Rickie Haywood Williams.


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6. Blind Date

Saturday 17th June at 7pm on Channel 5

It’s back! After 14 years away from our screens the Saturday night classic Blind Date, which originally ran from 1985-2003, has been revived by Channel 5 and as original host Cilla Black is no longer with us, her good friend Paul O’Grady has taken over as host.


In the opening episode, Debbie from Stockport chooses from three very different guys. But will there be a lorra lorra love? And will Paul O’Grady find himself buying a hat anytime soon?


7. Pitch Battle

Saturday 17th June at 7:30pm on BBC One

This week sees the start of BBC One’s latest attempt at a Saturday night ratings hit, Pitch Battle. But will it succeed?


Hosted by Mel Giedroyc, six choirs and vocal groups of all different sizes and musical genres battle it out for a place in the Grand Final.


To progress the groups must impress the panel of musical judges; made up of the nation’s favourite choirmaster Gareth Malone and former choirgirl turned international recording artist Kelis. Each week they’ll be joined by a guest judge and this week sees Bebe Rexha join the line-up.


The programme opens with an epic musical mash-up, and the groups then go head-to-head in a series of knock-out choral challenges. First they will each perform their showstopper before battling it out with their opponent in a themed riff-off. The judges will then decide which group goes through to the Solo Battles later on.


At the end of the programme only two groups will remain where they must face the ultimate sing-off - the Final Battle. Here they share the same song, before Bebe Rexha joins in with the group the judges have chosen to go through to the Final.


Bebe will return in the Grand Final to sing with the show’s winning group who will be one step closer to the £50,000 cash prize.


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