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WHAT TO WATCH 14-20 May

This week’s best telly includes a new stripped drama for ITV, a new cop drama for Sky One and the return of Humans on Channel 4.


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


1. Innocent

Monday 14th - Thursday 17th May at 9pm on ITV

This week ITV launch their latest drama, four-part serial Innocent, written by Chris Lang and Matt Arlidge and starring Lee Ingleby, Hermione Norris, Daniel Ryan, Angel Coulby, Nigel Lindsay, Elliot Cowan and Adrian Rowlins.

The drama series tells the compelling story of David Collins, played by Lee, who is living a nightmare.

Convicted of murdering his wife Tara, David has served seven years in prison. He’s lost everything he held dear: his wife, his two children and even the house he owned. He’s always protested his innocence and faces the rest of his life behind bars. His situation couldn’t be more desperate.

Despised by his wife’s family and friends, his only support has been his faithful brother Phil, played by Daniel, who has stood by him, sacrificing his own career and livelihood to mount a tireless campaign to prove his brother’s innocence.


Read my review here.

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2. Bulletproof

Tuesday 15th May at 9pm on Sky One

Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke star in new six-part Sky One drama Bulletproof. Set in London, the series follows Bishop (Clarke) and Pike (Walters), two cops who are best friends and bonded by the same moral code, despite their very different backgrounds.


In the opening episode, Pike attends an award ceremony for his police chief father Ronald Pike Snr alongside his godmother Charlotte Carmel, the deputy mayor of London.


Bishop, meanwhile, is buying the food for a family lunch. But their plans are interrupted when an informant is killed and they uncover a crime ring stealing luxury cars. While staking out a warehouse, two of the team are kidnapped, and after a car chase towards the docks a shoot-out leaves one of them being rushed to A&E.


Bishop and Pike take down the gang but it’s a hollow success, and as Pike goes home to his family, Bishop heads to the hospital. But his world’s about to be blown apart.


Read my interview with Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke here.


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3. Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier

Wednesday 16th May at 10pm on Dave

As anyone who's ever seen him live or on a panel show would know, Jon Richardson is one of life's greatest worriers, so it's no surprise that his new show is entitled Ultimate Worrier.


Over 8 weeks, Jon will atempt to analyse, assess and log every worry that’s ever been had along with the help for a few famous faces including Romesh Ranganathan, Sara Pascoe, Rob Beckett, Jonathan Ross, Victoria Coren-Mitchell and wife Lucy Beaumont!


Through informative demonstrations and illustrative archive, Jon and his guests will explore exactly how severe each worry actually is before filing it accordingly in Jon’s very own ‘Worry Index’ – a high-tech digital log of every anxiety in existence.


In the opening episode, he'll be joined by Josh Widdicombe and Suzi Ruffell to address worries around the home. Are people sleeping badly? Is it possible to be bored? Are people loading their dishwashers incorrectly?


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4. Humans

Thursday 17th May at 9pm on Channel 4

This weeks sees Humans return to Channel 4 in a brand new slot and with eight brand new episodes.


The series begins exactly one year on from the mass Synth awakening that concluded Series 2. Known now as Day Zero, the effect of Mattie Hawkins’ decision to upload the code was immediate and catastrophic. Almost five hundred million Synths could suddenly think and feel and over one hundred thousand humans lost their lives.


Against the turmoil of the Synths, the Hawkins struggle to put past events behind them as they settle into life as a separated family. Laura runs her own law firm, specialising in Anomalous Synth protection, but progress is slow. In Synth free town Waltringham where he runs a local grocers, a lonely Joe begins to question his decision to live apart from his children.


Pretending to be human, Niska and Astrid live together in London with Astrid working at a small bar where both Synths and humans are welcome. Before long, dark forces of hate are descending upon the Synths and they are forced to fight for their lives.


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5. The Bridge

Friday 18th May at 9pm on BBC Two

After last week's incredible opening episode which ended on THAT cliffhanger, Saga is in the hospital recovering from her traumatic assault.


She has been declared innocent and wants to start working again, but while Henrik wants to have her on the investigation of Margrethe Thormod’s murder, but Lillian takes some convincing.


Saga eventually comes on board and quickly engages in the investigation, working 24/7 as another murder victim is found in Sweden. It transpires that there are connections to Red October, and to Margrethe Thormod’s murder as well.


Though Henrik can’t stop thinking about his missing daughters, he wonders if he will have to give in to the idea that they are no longer alive in order to finally move on. Saga, however, doesn’t listen to Henrik’s doubts and continues to look into what happened to them, in doing so she finds new information about Henrik’s wife, Alice.


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6. Friday Night Dinner

Friday 18th May at 10pm on Channel 4

This week in Friday Night Dinner, it's Mum's birthday and she's having a surprise party for 44 guests. Only snag being that she's secretly organised it herself!


The boys waste no time in teasing her. Mum's friends are not allowed to find out, so Dad has to pretend he arranged it. Adam and Jonny take Mum out for a pre-party drink, before she's set to return for the 'big surprise', but Dad realises he's made a terrible mistake and told all the guests the party is for the following week.


He's now desperate to stall Mum's return, and get as many guests as he can to the party in 30 minutes. What could possibly go wrong?!


Read my interview with Tracy-Ann Oberman here.


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7. A Very English Scandal

Sunday 20th May at 9pm on BBC One

BBC One's latest Sunday night drama A Very English Scandal is set in 1960s England where homosexuality is illegal and has been written by Russell T Davies.


Hugh Grant plays politician Jeremy Thorpe who begins a whirlwind affair with a young stable hand, Norman Scott played by Ben Whishaw. But when the relationship turns sour and Jeremy’s career goes from strength to strength, Norman becomes a secret that Jeremy is desperate to hide.


In 1967, Jeremy becomes the leader of the Liberal Party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, but as long as his ex-lover Norman is around, his brilliant career is at risk. Behind the oak-panelled doors of Parliament, Jeremy turns to his friends for decisive action. He can see only one way to silence him for good.


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