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WHAT TO WATCH 22-28 May

This week’s best telly includes two brand new BBC dramas as well as a new BBC comedy.


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


1.  Loaded

Monday 22nd May at 10pm on Channel 4

As Channel 4’s excellent new comedy drama Loaded continues, the boys pitch Casey their idea for a new game. Unimpressed, she decides to conduct a full and brutal 'personnel audit' to review what exactly each of them does for the company.


In the case of Leon, the results are less than clear, Watto's addictions begin to manifest themselves in peculiar ways and Josh gets distracted when his parents return early from the cultural world trip he gifted them.


His mum Linda has had her eyes opened. Maybe just a little too wide. With a tattoo and a new set of teeth, she's looking at a bright new future; one that may or may not involve Josh's dad Jeff.

Josh sets out on a guilt ridden-quest to save his parents' relationship, enlisting 'surrogate son' Leon's help with less-than-helpful consequences.


3/8


2. Broken

Tuesday 23rd May at 9pm on BBC One

Broken is the first of two brand new dramas that launch on the BBC this week. The six-part series is written by Jimmy McGovern (Accused, Common) and stars Sean Bean and Anna Friel.

Sean Bean stars as Father Michael Kerrigan, a Catholic priest presiding over a Northern urban parish, whilst Anna Friel plays mother of three Christina Fitzsimmons who works at the local betting shop and is saving money for her daughter's First Communion.


Modern, maverick, and reassuringly flawed, Father Michael is a man who must be confidante, counsellor and confessor to a community struggling to reconcile its beliefs with the realities of daily life in contemporary Britain.


When Christina's attendance in Church sparks an unfortunate chain of events, she is left with no way to feed her children and keep a roof over their heads. Pushed to the edge when tragedy strikes, Christina makes a desperate plan to alleviate her situation. Will she go through with it, or can Father Michael, suspicious that all may not be as it seems, offer the family a lifeline?


Elsewhere, Father Michael visits his mother and brothers, sparking memories of his childhood, and revealing that he is a man with secret struggles of his own. And if like me you're missing Line of Duty, then you can get your Adrain Dunbar fix in Broken as he stars as Father Peter Flaherty.


1/6


3. Murder In Successville

Wednesday 24th May from 10am on BBC Three

After five weeks of stronger and stronger episodes, this week it’s time to say goodbye to Murder In Successville. And following last week’s epic cliffhanger, it seems as though we may be saying goodbye to more than just this series.


With DI Sleet’s superhero alter-ego The Rattman left in a life-or-death scenario at the hands of supervillain The Termite, the final episode of the series serves as a look back at some of Murder In Successville’s best bits.


There’s a definite tone change in this week’s episode as the focus shifts away from the celebrity rookie and onto DI Sleet who is having some self-reflection as he faces his toughest decision to date. He must turn his back on one of his personas forever. But will it be Sleet the cop, or Sleet the superhero?


And is this the very last we’ll ever see of DI Sleet? Well, even if there isn’t a fourth series, there is substantial talk of a movie which means that I don’t think DI Sleet is going anywhere just yet! At least I hope not.


6/6


4. White Gold

Wednesday 24th May at 10pm on BBC Two

On the surface, new BBC Two comedy White Gold is The Inbetweeners but set in the eighties. On many levels, it sort of is - but it works! The comparisons are inevitable as two of the three main leads, James Buckley and Joe Thomas were in The Inbetweeners and creator Damon Beesley also created The Inbetweeners.


Set in Essex in 1983, Vincent Swan (Ed Westwick) is a double glazing salesman extraordinaire. Smart, handsome and cocksure, he will stop at nothing to get a sale. His team at Cachet Windows include Fitzpatrick (James Buckley), a smarmy reprobate who can charm the life savings out of anyone, and Lavender (Joe Thomas), a failed musician whose crippling politeness and moral backbone have a habit of getting in the way of a sale.


The two take a bet on whether Fitzpatrick can pull off the ultimate salesman’s con, and sell new windows to someone he’s recently sold the exact same windows to. Meanwhile, Vincent’s attempt to convince an old colleague to join the double glazing business takes an unexpected turn.


1/6


5. Paula

Thursday 25th May at 9pm on BBC Two

Paula is the second of two BBC drama launches this week and stars Denise Gough (The Fall) as respected science teacher Paula and Tom Hughes (Victoria) as James, who scratches a living day to day doing maintenance jobs, stealing from his poorly mother, and sleeping with his clients. They might both live in Dublin but their lives are worlds apart.


When Paula hears strange scuttling noises in her basement, she hires James to exterminate the rats, and silence her fears. The two share a frenzied one-night stand, in a fleeting moment of passion that will have a brutal impact on Paula’s life.


Paula is quickly pulled into a vicious game of cat and mouse with James. Everything in Paula’s life, her job, family, friends, is drawn into this dark new world. James seems to lurk on every street corner and behind every shadow – along with looming ghosts and silenced children, buried shame and harrowing secrets.


As James’ grip strengthens, Paula’s ‘normal’ life shatters. Local detective and confidante Mac struggles to reach or protect her. Paula is forced to dig deep, and access the very darkest depths of her soul, in a battle to survive.


1/3


6. The Keith & Paddy Picture Show

Saturday 27th May at 9:20pm on ITV

It's hard to think that we're already at the penultimate episode of The Keith & Paddy Picture Show, the series which has so far seen Keith Lemon, Paddy McGuinness and an all-star cast recreate Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and this week, Jaws!


Joining Keith and Paddy this week are Stephen Tomkinson as Quint as well as Myleene Klass and The Speakmans!


4/5


7. The Durrells

Sunday 28th May at 8pm on ITV

Yet again, this series of The Durrells has been the perfect Sunday night treat and the final episode of the series (but it will be back next year), Louisa has a tough decision to make.


Hugh asks her to be his and to come back to England with him. However she decides that she is in love with Corfu so cannot be with Hugh. Vasilia, in a fit of jealousy, stabs Hugh and flees the island.


Elsewhere, Leslie delivers Leonora's baby by himself.


6/6

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