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WHAT TO WATCH 26 June - 2 July

This week’s best telly includes a lot of new comedy. Whilst Sky are saying goodbye this week to a Sky 1 favourite, Sky Arts are offering us 7 new pilots.

Here are the 5 shows you have to watch this week...

1. Love Island

Monday 26th June - Sunday 2nd July at 9pm on ITV2

If there’s one TV show that has got everyone talking this summer it’s series three of Love Island. Its latest outing is giving Big Brother a real battering in the rating and grips millions of viewers each week.

As we reach the halfway point and enter the fourth week, already this series of Love Island has more than lived up to they hype and is on par with the quality of last year’s series. The singletons are just as entertaining and the couples have already delivered their fair share of love, hate and even more love.

Whatever this week brings, whether it's another re-coupling, another dumping or even more new arrivals, one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be very entertaining to watch!

2. Sky Arts Summer Comedy Shorts

Wednesday 28th June on Sky Arts

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Halloween or Christmas, Sky Arts do a great job at showcasing great comedy talent, some well-known, some not so well-known and offer than a comedy pilot for their On Demand service. A terrestrial repeat usually follows.

This summer is no different as this week Sky Arts release seven brand new shorts each telling a comic tale of summertime misadventure...

Ahir Shah’s Summer

Viraj and his loved ones are at his grandmother’s for a big family lunch. He’s bringing his girlfriend to meet his grandmother for the first time and also has some other big news to share. Stars Ahir Shah, Amit Shah, Ace Bhatti, Sindhu Vee, Freya Parker and Leena Dhingra.

Andrew Flintoff’s Summer

A series of encounters between a tongue-tied dog walker and the woman of his dreams. Could she be ‘the one’? He might find out, if only he can keep up with his dog, and his brain can keep up with his mouth. Stars Andrew Flintoff, Miranda Hennessy and Louis Emerick.

David Earl & Joe Wilkinson’s Summer

Set in the Wild West follows wannabe outlaws Brian and Gulch as they attempt to become the cowboys and heroes they were never destined to be and win the heart of the local saloon’s oddly distinctive prostitute. Stars David Earl, Joe Wilkinson, Dan Skinner and Jayde Adams.

Emma Sidi’s Summer

Old school friends Alex and Becca are 27 and while Alex is desperate to recreate the excitement of the debauched holidays of their teenage years, Becca isn’t so keen. Soon drink, drama and the strain of actually having to become adults takes its toll. Stars Emma Sidi and Kath Hughes.

Jocelyn Jee Esien’s Summer

A mother and daughter plan to spend the day at the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest summer street party. However, their plans go awry when they don’t quite make it to their destination. Stars Jocelyn Jee Esien and Ellen Thomas.

Morgana Robinson’s Summer

It’s a hot day in Margate and heavily pregnant Trish gathers her friends and three sisters for her baby shower. As the heat rises during party games, so do tempers as a family secret is revealed. Stars Morgana Robinson, Sheridan Smith, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Gabby Best, Frances Barber and Peter Singh and was written by Sharon Horgan.

Vicki Pepperdine & Ellie White’s Summer

Alison and Anne Gatehouse are mother and daughter Morris dancers and members of the Grey Dogs troupe, who travel the countryside performing at fetes and events in the competitive world of rural dance. Stars Vicki Pepperdine, Ellie White, Katy Wix and Harry Peacock.

3. White Gold

Wednesday 28th June at 10pm on BBC Two

Chances are if you enjoyed the first episode of White Gold you’ve probably already watched the entire series. But in case you didn’t realise that from week one it was placed as a boxset on BBC iPlayer then make sure you tune in this week for the final episode.

This week, Vincent tries to get everything back that he’s lost, his marriage, his livelihood and his self-worth. He concocts a spectacular plot to return to his rightful place.

With local gangster Ronnie Farrell on side, he has his former boss Walshy’s business in his sights. Before that though, he has to pay off his massive tax bill. Getting the cash is one thing but delivering it to Inland Revenue turns out to be much more complicated.

When Carol makes a simple mistake, Fitzpatrick and Lavender must help save the day. What follows is a break-neck race against time as Vincent desperately scrambles to get back on top. 6/6

4. Gypsy

Friday 30th June on Netflix

The newest Netflix original is Gypsy, a ten-part psychological thriller which arrives this week. It sees Naomi Watts play Jean Halloway, a Manhattan therapist with a seemingly picturesque life.

However, she begins to develop intimate and illicit relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.

And as the borders of Jean’s professional life and personal fantasies become blurred, she descends into a world where the forces of desire and reality are disastrously at odds.

5. Mount Pleasant

Friday 30th June at 9pm on Sky 1

Earlier this year, when it was announced that Sky 1 favourite Mount Pleasant would not be returning for another series, fans were quick to tweet their love of the show and disappointment of its axing to its two stars Sally Lindsay and Daniel Ryan.

Thankfully, Sky did allow Mount Pleasant one final hurrah and this week the series bows out with a ninety-minute special.

In the final episode, Lisa (Sally Lindsay) contemplates a life-changing opportunity when she is offered a new job. The role boasts some serious perks, but it also comes at a price as it will mean leaving friends and family behind and moving to Milton Keynes.

Lured by the promise of a fresh start, Lisa quickly finds herself at odds with Fergus (Neil Fitzmaurice) about the future of their recruitment business Fersa. Can he convince her to stay?Meanwhile, Pauline is faced with a blast from the past when Charlie’s old bandmate Callum reappears. Plus, Lisa is dismayed when Pauline (Paula Wilcox) and Barry (Bobby Ball) treat her and Dan (Daniel Ryan) to a romantic weekend... in Blackpool.



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