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WHAT TO WATCH 23-29 July

With no new UK TV shows launching, of note, this week's best telly includes shows from Australia and the US including a sad farewell to Neighbours and the highly anticipated arrival of Under The Banner of Heaven starring Andrew Garfield.


Here are 5 TV shows you can't miss this week...


1. The Newsreader

Sunday 24th July at 9pm and 9.55pm on BBC Two


Six-part Australian drama The Newsreader is coming to BBC Two this week, a year since it launched on ABC, becoming their most-watched drama of 2021.


The drama centres around the frantic, busy heart of a commercial TV newsroom set in the 1980s, while following the relationship between an ambitious young TV reporter Dale Jennings, played by Sam Reid and the star female news anchor Helen Norville, played by Anna Torv.


Helen is a glamorous and talented newsreader who in the chauvinistic world of TV news, is often overlooked. She finds herself partnered with Dale and throughout the series, their personal and private relationship is set against the very public pressures of reporting some of the most iconic news stories of the era to the nation.


1-2/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch



2. Under the Banner of Heaven

Wednesday 27th July on Disney+


Andrew Garfield stars as Detective Jeb Pyre in new FX drama Under the Banner of Heaven which this week, comes to the UK on Disney+.


Inspired by the true-crime bestseller by Jon Krakauer, it follows the events that led to the 1984 murder of Brenda Wright Lafferty, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones, and her baby daughter in a suburb in Salt Lake Valley, Utah.


As Detective Jeb Pyre investigates events that transpired within the Lafferty family, he uncovers buried truths about the origins of the LDS religion and the violent consequences of unyielding faith. What Pyre, a devout Mormon, unearths leads him to question his own faith.


1-7/7 All episodes available at launch



3. Surface

Friday 29th July on Apple TV+


Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in Apple TV+'s newest original drama Surface, as Sophie, a woman who has suffered a traumatic head injury that has left her with extreme memory loss, believed to be a result of a suicide attempt.


Set in high-end San Francisco, Sophie embarks on a quest to put the pieces of her life back together with the help of her husband and friends. She begins to question whether or not the truth she is told is in fact the truth she has lived.


Through twists and turns and a shocking love triangle, this psychological thriller asks "What if you woke up one day and didn’t know your own secrets?". It promises to be a story of self-discovery which contemplates if we are pre-programmed to become who we are, or if we choose our own identity.


1-3/8 Continues weekly



4. The Resort

Friday 29th July on Peacock on Sky


Peacock's new comedy thriller, The Resort, stars William Jackson Harper and Cristin Milioti as a couple who take a trip together for their 10th anniversary. Only to find themselves thrown into an unresolved mystery they have to help solve.


Their anniversary trip puts their marriage to the test as they find themselves embroiled in one of the Yucatan’s most bizarre unsolved mysteries that took place fifteen years prior.


The series promises to be a multi-generational, coming-of-age love story, disguised as a fast-paced mystery about the disappointment of time.


1-3/8 Continues weekly



5. Neighbours: The Finale

Friday 29th July at 9pm on Channel 5


After 37 years, the time has come to say goodbye to Australia’s longest-running drama, Neighbours with a 90-minute finale that sees Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan as lovebirds Charlene and Scott.


In 1988, their wedding was watched by almost 20 million people in the UK so its only fitting that the Australian soap ends with one of its most popular characters, Toadie Rebecchi, getting married to Melanie. As friends and family gather for Toadie and Melanie’s wedding, Ramsay Street has some magic in store for everyone.


Also returning for the finale are Guy Pearce and Annie Jones as former lovers Mike and Jane. Together they take a trip down memory lane as Jane takes Mike on a tour of all the Ramsay Street houses before they go under the hammer. As old feelings stir, Clive’s jealousy leads to a shocking confrontation.


Elsewhere, Harold asks Karl and Susan to be the custodians of the history book and Susan struggles with her feelings as she'd faced with her beloved friends and neighbours leaving.

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