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WHAT TO WATCH 24-30 June

This week's best telly includes an unmissable new documentary from Rose Ayling-Ellis, Idris Elba's new drama Hijack, Elton John's historic Glastonbury set as well as the return of Before We Die and The Last Leg.

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

1. Glastonbury: Elton John

Sunday 25th June at 9pm on BBC One

Hosting this year's Glastonbury coverage on the BBC are Clara Amfo, Lauren Laverne, Jack Saunders and Jo Whiley who on Sunday night will present Elton John’s historic last-ever UK show.

Elton arrives in the fields of Worthy Farm to make his debut, headlining the Pyramid Stage and closing an amazing weekend of live music. With a career of hits spanning over five decades, it’s guaranteed to be a spectacular and emotional swan song to one of the world’s greatest showmen.


2. Before We Die

Sunday 25th to Thursday 29th June at 9pm on Channel 4

The thrilling UK version of the Swedish crime drama Before We Die returns for a second series and following the end of series one, DI Hannah Laing, played by Lesley Sharp, and crime matriarch Dubravka Mimica, played by Kazia Pelka, are at a loss.

Dubravka's son is missing, presumed dead, and Hannah's has run off overseas with a member of the Mimica crime family. But despite being on opposite sides of the law, both will stop at nothing to protect their sons. In episode one, Hannah and Billy, played by Vincent Regan), join forces once again to try to uncover the leak at Police HQ in Bristol. Dubravka is joined by her nephew Goran (Mark Strepan) and comes under pressure from the family in Zagreb to shift drugs.

Meanwhile, Christian, played by Patrick Gibson, and Bianca, played by Issy Knopfler, find that their Costa Rican hideout isn't as safe as it seems.

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3. Rose Ayling-Ellis: Signs for Change

Monday 26th June at 9pm on BBC One

This week sees Rose Ayling-Ellis front an exciting and groundbreaking film, challenging perceptions of the deaf community and putting audiences at the heart of the deaf experience. Following the news that as of April 2022, British Sign Language has been officially recognised in law, this documentary follows Rose Ayling-Ellis on a personal journey as she speaks to those closest to her and the people pushing boundaries within the deaf community.

Exploring whether society is adapting fast enough to allow equality amongst the deaf and hearing worlds, Rose challenges the perception of deafness as something that needs to be cured and highlights the beauty of sign language and the deaf experience.

Filmed over a period of time that sees her performing in Shakespeare’s As You Like It and reflecting on her time as the first regular deaf character in EastEnders and deaf contestant and winner of Strictly Come Dancing, Rose explores whether attitudes towards the deaf community are capable of changing.

Prior to joining Strictly, MP Rosie Cooper, whose parents were both deaf, had introduced a bill into Parliament, asking for BSL to be legally recognised. Rose meets with her to discuss the misconceptions and attitudes that many faced then and now and reflects on what it meant for her to grow up deaf.

As a result of a discussion with her parents about the advice given to them from diagnosis, has anything changed for those growing up deaf now? Meeting deaf language expert Dr Kate Rowley, Rose tests her own language abilities, raising questions about the role of sign language in her formative years. She is introduced to Katie and her son Alvie, who were advised not to learn sign language and who has since started a petition to encourage the UK government to make it more accessible.

She also meets a charity that teaches deaf children to speak. Rose explores how technology plays a role in the lives of deaf people and asks whether the hearing world focuses too much on technological fixes and too little on encouraging sign language.

Throughout the film, Rose explores her deaf identity, peering into her personal world and who she is when surrounded by friends and family, as well as the Rose we see on screen and stage.


4. Hijack

Wednesday 28th June on Apple TV+

Idris Elba stars in Apple TV+'s new seven-part thriller Hijack, which is told in real-time and follows the journey of a hijacked plane as it makes its way to London over a seven-hour flight, and authorities on the ground scramble for answers.

Idris plays Sam Nelson, an accomplished negotiator in the business world who needs to step up and use all his guile to try and save the lives of the passengers. But his high-risk strategy could be his undoing.

Archie Panjabi plays Zahra Gahfoor, a counterterrorism officer who is on the ground when the plane is hijacked and becomes part of the investigation. Hijack also stars Eve Myles, Max Beesley, Christine Adams, Neil Maskell, Jasper Britton, Harry Michell, Aimée Kelly, Mohamed Elsandel and Ben Miles.

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5. The Last Leg

Friday 30th June at 10pm on Channel 4

This week sees Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker make a welcome return to our screens with a brand new series of The Last Leg as they once again offer their unmatched satirical insight into current world events,

Each week, Adam, Josh and Alex are joined by guests from the worlds of comedy, entertainment and politics to help dissect the biggest news stories of the week. And joining the boys for the series opener, will be actress and broadcaster Miriam Margolyes.

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