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WHAT TO WATCH 24-30 July

As we say goodbye to Love Island this week there are plenty of new shows starting this week to distract us.

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

1. Coach Trip: Road to Zante

Monday 24th July - Friday 28th July at 7:30pm on E4

Coach Trip is back for another brand new series on E4 and this time international tour guide Brendan is taking his lively group of tourists on an incredible itinerary around Southern Europe as they head to Zante.

Every day the tourists will be treated to exhilarating activities, as well as checking out the local nightlife in some of Europe’s top party spots. Friendships will be formed and romances will blossom as the holiday-makers make their way across the continent on an action-packed tour.

At the end of each day, the pairs will vote face to face to decide who they no longer wish to travel with. The couple who receives the most votes will receive a yellow card; two yellow cards will see them take home a red card and bid ‘Arrivederci!’ to the coach to make way for a new couple. However, with Brendan surprising the group with voting twists and turns along the way, nobody’s seat is safe on the coach.

The last pairs standing at the end of the 40-day tour will be in with a shot of winning a luxury stay in the trip’s final glamorous, sun-drenched, party destination - the Greek Island of Zante!


2. Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy

Monday 24th July at 9pm on ITV

In the 20th year since Diana, Princess of Wales' tragic death, HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry talk for the first time ever about her as a mother.

They talk openly about their mother, paying tribute to the many ways her influence has shaped their lives in a new ITV documentary, looking through a private family album that was assembled by their mother and recalling some of the most joyful and touching moments from their childhood.


3. Love Island: The Live Final

Monday 24th July at 9pm on ITV2

After 7 weeks of quality television, the time we've all been denying would ever come has arrived. The day of the Love Island 2017 final.

The series has had its fair share of up and downs and at times it’s seen record 2.4m overnight ratings. But who will win? It’s very hard to say. Each of the four remaining couples deserve to walk away with £50,000.

Last night’s show saw Alex and Montana leave just before the final which means those eligible to win are Kem and Amber, Chris and Olivia, Gabby and Marcel and Jamie and Camilla.

But perhaps more importantly, how will we move on in a post-Love Island world?

4. Professor Green: Is It Time to Legalise Weed?

Tuesday 25th July from 10am on BBC Three

Having fronted documentaries on male suicide, dangerous dogs and the homeless, rapper Professor Green authors another documentary this week on BBC Three about the legalisation of weed.

He has a past relationship with cannabis as Before finding success as a musician Professor Green had a relationship cannabis, selling weed and between the ages of 16 and 24 he smoked cannabis every day.

But things have changed since then and with those days behind him, he embarks on a uniquely personal film to take an in-depth look at our relationship with Britain’s most popular illegal drug and explores the arguments for and against legalisation.

Professor Green aka Stephen Manderson explores today’s booming UK cannabis industry, from the realities of life as a dealer, grower and even weed robber, to the consumers with ever-increasing options about how and what they buy.

With cannabis laws around the world now changing, as US States like California fully legalise the drug, Stephen meets those hoping to make their future millions out of legalisation here in the UK.

As he comes to reflect on his background and wrestle with his own past, Stephen explores addiction and the links between cannabis use and mental health.


5. Against The Law

Wednesday 27th July at 9pm on BBC Two

2017 sees the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act which decriminalised homosexual acts in England and Wales between adult males, in private. While it would take several decades before homosexuals would reach anything like full equality in this country, this legislation marks the beginning of this journey.

But the dramatic events that led to this Act took place over ten years before and are at the heart of Against the Law, a powerful factual drama starring Daniel Mays and Mark Gatiss.

Mays plays Peter Wildeblood, a thoughtful and private gay journalist whose lover, under pressure from the authorities, turned Queen's evidence against him in one of the most explosive court cases of the 1950s - the infamous Montagu Trial. Wildeblood, and his friends Lord Montagu and Michael Pitt-Rivers, were found guilty of homosexual offences and jailed. But the public thought the trial unfair and forced a reluctant government to set up a committee to investigate whether homosexuality should be legalised. The committee was led by Sir John Wolfenden.

With his career in tatters and his private life painfully exposed, Peter Wildeblood began his sentence a broken man, but he emerged from Wormwood Scrubs a year later determined to do all he could to change the way these draconian laws against homosexuality impacted on the lives of men like him. He was the only openly gay man to testify before the Wolfenden committee about the brutal reality of being gay in this country at that time. In 1957 the committee recommended that the laws be changed. It would take a further 10 years before these recommendations would become law.

Woven through this powerful drama is testimony from a chorus of men who lived through those dark days, when homosexuals were routinely imprisoned or forced to undergo chemical aversion therapy in an attempt to cure them of their 'condition'. There is also testimony from a retired police officer whose job it was to enforce these laws and a former psychiatric nurse who administered the so-called cures. All these accounts amplify the themes of the drama and help to immerse us in the reality of a dark chapter in our recent past, a past still within the reach of living memory. Prepare the tissues because it's an emotional ride.


6. Long Lost Family

Wednesday 27th July at 9pm on ITV

It's the show that brings the nation to tears. That's right, this week sees the return of ITV's heartwarming series Long Lost Family.

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell reunite more family members desperate to find their missing relatives and in the opening episode, a divorced couple search together for the son they were forced to give up as teenagers.


7. Top of the Lake: China Girl

Thursday 28th July at 9pm on BBC Two

Four year after the first series, Top of the Lake returns this week for a second run with Elisabeth Moss reprising her role as Detective Robin Griffin.

When she returns to Sydney after four years in New Zealand, the body of a young woman washes up on Bondi beach in a suitcase and Robin is caught up in a case which will lead closer to home than she could ever have expected.

Beginning an investigation which will lead them into the dark side of Sydney's sex industry, with reverberations they could never have imagined.

Privately, Robin is in search of the daughter she gave up for adoption at birth. Now 17, troubled Mary (Alice Englert) is at odds with her adoptive parents Julia (Nicole Kidman) and Pyke (Ewan Leslie), and deeply in thrall to her much older boyfriend Puss (David Dencik) - a dangerous philosopher with links to a brothel where a young sex worker has disappeared.

As is the case in this modern world, after the first episode airs on BBC Two all episodes will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.



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