This week's must-see telly includes the return of some brilliant dramas, two brand new series filmed during lockdown plus the return of Sky One's biggest comedy drama in years!
Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week...
1. Normal People
Monday 4th May at 9pm and 9.30pm on BBC One
If you watched the first two episodes of BBC Three's immaculate adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People, it's unlikely that you haven't already indulged in the whole lot. But in case you have much better self-control than me (I'm on my second watch) then you're not going to want to miss the BBC One repeat, which continues with another double-bill.
In episode three, Connell betrays Marianne by making a cowardly choice and as she withdraws from school, Connell feels intense guilt.
And in episode four, Connell finds college lonely whilst Marianne finds instant popularity. After running into each other they decide to try to be friends.
2. Isolation Stories
Monday 4th - Thursday 7th May at 9pm on ITV
Filmed during lockdown, ITV are this week launching Isolation Stories, four 15-minute dramas depicting life in lockdown, filmed by the actors and their families, whilst the directors watched remotely via their mobile phone offering advice to the actors and their family.
Sheridan Smith stars as a heavily pregnant woman who's alone and fed up with life, having to go through birth without the married father of her child in Monday's episode, Mel. He has chosen to stay with his wife and family whilst her own family have given her the cold shoulder.
Robert Glenister stars as Ron in Tuesday's episode Ron and Russell as Ron who's ill with the virus and confused about where he is and what’s happening to him. One of his sons, Russell is isolating with him. With their relationship is already strained, old wounds are reopened as they are forced to spend all their time together.
Darren Boyd plays a paranoid, self-absorbed hypochondriac called Mike in Wednesday's episode, Mike And Rochelle, and insists on an online session with his psychiatrist Rochelle, played by Angela Griffin, who must try and talk him down from the precipice. But who really is the patient, and who is the shrink?
And finally, Thursday's episode Karen, sees David Threlfall play a grandad who tries to bring his broken family together by passing his son-in-law’s house on the way to the grocery store, stopping outside their window to lark about and make his grandkids smile. His son-in-law played by Eddie Marsan is still suffering after his wife Karen left him and doesn’t welcome these daily visits.
3. Mo Gilligan's All Star Happy Hour
Monday 4th May at 10pm on Channel 4
Following a successful first outing for The Lateish Show, stand-up sensation Mo Gilligan is back to front a very special live four-part show, Mo Gilligan's All Star Happy Hour, which promises to be a joyful mix of his trademark sketches, viral formats, unique musical performances and hilarious prize-winning games.
He'll be inviting members of the public to compete against celebrities in a series of challenges whilst trying to stuff as much happiness into an hour as he possibly can whilst offering those staying in, a one-of-a-kind prize.
Having already brought entertainment to the masses across social media with his hugely celebrated #QuarantineGames, Mo’s high-energy and brilliantly uplifting style makes him the perfect man to deliver joy to our screens when we need it most.
Read my interview with Mo Gilligan on Sunday.
4. The A Word
Tuesday 5th May at 9pm on BBC One
Series two of BBC One's hit drama The A Word ended in December 2017 and as we rejoin the family for family for series three, two years have passed and a lot has changed. Joe, played by Max Vento, is now 10 and living in two places at once whilst processing the seismic change in his life through the filter of his autism.
His parents Alison and Paul, played by Morven Christie and Lee Ingleby, are divorced and live 100 miles apart. Nicola has moved to London, whilst Eddie, played by Greg McHugh lives with his dad. Only Maurice, played by Christopher Eccleston, is holding it together. And that's when you know you're in trouble.
In the first episode we witness Joe reject his headphones, unsettled by all the changes in his life, leaving Maurice to try and solve all his family’s problems. Elsewhere, Alison clashes with a stranger and Rebecca, played by Molly Wright, has some big news.
Thursday 7th May on Sky One
Earlier this year, Sky One announced that their most successful comedy drama in years, Brassic would be returning for a third series, months before series two had even aired. Finally, the series co-created by Joseph Gilgun and Danny Brocklehurst, is back, set a few months after the events that took place at the end of series one.
With Vinnie and his crew of misfits back to raise some hell with some more outrageous antics as they embark on even bigger and bolder misadventures around the fictitious rural Lancashire town of Hawley.
In the first episode, Vinnie has been hiding out in his weed shed since faking his own death to escape from local gangster Terrance McCann. Tommo and Erin need his help and try to lure him out of hiding with a new business proposition and together with the lads they plot to rob a travelling circus.
With the help of a disgruntled clown, Mr Popov, played by John Thomson, the gang aim to make this theft a ‘roaring’ success.
1/8 All episodes available.
6. Dead to Me
Friday 8th May from 8am on Netflix
Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are back as Jen and Judy in what was one of my favourite Netflix dramas of 2019, Dead to Me and this time the stakes are higher, the friendship is deeper and the traumas that bond loom larger than ever before.
Season two picks up in the aftermath of THAT bloody backyard reveal as the irrepressible pair once again struggle to keep their secrets buried.
With a surprising new visitor in town and Detective Perez, played by Diana Maria Riva, hot on their heels, Jen and Judy take drastic measures to protect their loved ones and each other, no matter the cost.
7. The Eddy
Friday 8th May from 8am on Netflix
New Netflix drama The Eddy is set in the vibrant multicultural neighbourhoods of modern-day Paris, where Elliot Udo, a once celebrated jazz pianist in New York is now the co-owner of The Eddy, a club he's struggling to keep open.
Things begin to spin out of control when Elliot, played by André Holland, discovers that his business partner Farid, played by Tahar Rahim, is involved in questionable business practices and secrets begin to come to light which have also been concealed.
When Elliot’s troubled teenage daughter Julie, played by Amandla Stenberg, suddenly arrives in Paris to live with him, his personal and professional worlds quickly start to unravel as he confronts his past, fighting to save the club and protect those closest to him.