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WHAT TO WATCH 29 July - 4 August

This week's best telly sees this year's Love Island come to an end whilst Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse return for more fishing.

Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week...

1. Love Island: The Live Final

Monday 29th July at 9pm on ITV2

It's been the most-watched series of Love Island yet, with highs of 6 million viewers, but after 8 weeks the time has come to crown this year's champions. But who will win the £50,000 prize fund and follow in the footsteps of last year's winners Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham?

The favourites since very early on have been Tyson Fury's younger brother Tommy with Molly-Mae, but not far behind are AJ from Strictly's brother Curtis and Maura - the second girl he's coupled up with in the villa following a split from Amy.

Also currently in the running for the £50,000 are Amber and Greg, Anton and Belle and India and Ovie, however one of them will be dumped from the island tonight (Sunday 28th July), leaving just four couples battling it out to be named this year's winners.

2. I Am Kirsty

Tuesday 30th July at 10pm on Channel 4

Channel 4's three-part anthology series I Am, which tells three improvised stories about 21st century womanhood, continues this week with I Am Kirsty.

This week's episode stars Samantha Morton as a woman fighting to keep her family stable in a precarious world and the sacrifices she has to make to survive. When Kirsty is left with spiralling debts by her ex-partner who has vanished, she meets a neighbour, Ryan, (Paul Kaye), who offers to help her out of the hole that she's in.

But all is not as it seems, forcing Kirsty into some dark and desperate decisions, an abyss that seems to have no way out. I Am Kirsty is a raw and unflinching look at a dark world that many women have been pulled into without realising and have fought tirelessly to escape from.


3. Stacey Dooley: Face to Face with the Bounty Hunters

Wednesday 31st July from 10am on BBC Three

Strictly champion Stacey Dooley returns to our screens this week in a brand new documentary as she follows bounty hunters in the US as they hunt down fugitives who have skipped bail, bringing them back to face justice.

On the outskirts of Denver Colorado, Stacey immerses herself in the world of a group of bounty hunters, led by husband and wife duo Scott and Lydia Gribble. They hunt down fugitives every day, locking up as many as eleven bail dodgers a week. She sees them force their way into properties, interrogate accomplices and taser and handcuff defendants who’ve gone on the run. Stacey sees the lengths the bounty hunters will go to capture a fugitive and get paid.

As more Americans than ever before rely on the bail industry, Stacey asks what happens when you put a price on people’s freedom?


4. GameFace

Wednesday 31st July at 10pm on Channel 4

Roisin Conaty's fantastically funny comedy GameFace continues this week as Marcella is feeling left behind as her friends Lucy and Caroline talk about buying a place together and spending the weekend with their boyfriends.

She opens up to her life coach about where she thought she'd be in life by now. But is her luck about to change, as she gets news of a big audition that, for once, isn't for a 'gritty' role?

Read my interview with Roisin Conaty here.


5. The Tez O'Clock Show

Thursday 1st August at 11pm on Channel 4

After last week's sensational series opener which proved that the UK can do satire well, Tez Ilyas, Sindhu Vee, Guz Khan, Adam Rowe and Sophie Willan are back with another (and sadly penultimate) episode of The Tez O'Clock Show.

This week's studio guest has yet to be announced but we can expect more provocative monologues, celebrity interviews, parodies, sketches and news bulletins from the Pakistani Broadcasting Corporation.

Read my interview with Tez Ilyas here.


6. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Friday 2nd August at 8pm on BBC Two

It's warm, it's comforting and full of so much joy and this week lifelong friends Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse return to our screens for another series of Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing.

It was the surprise hit last summer and once again they'll be sharing their personal and hilarious life experiences while travelling around the UK fishing for elusive species. In the opening episode they travel to the River Usk in Wales, where Paul’s father first taught him to fish as a young child.

They discuss their respective childhoods and reflect on their own family lives. In their cosy cottage accommodation in the heart of the countryside they compare school photographs and Paul serenades Bob with his guitar.


7. The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan

Friday 2nd August at 10pm on Channel 4

It's proving to be must-see telly on a Friday night and this week as The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan returns he'll be joined in the studio by Aisling Bea and an array of famous faces.

As ever, there'll be sketches, celebrity chat, studio games and hopefully another round of Nursery Grimes which has so far delivered astounding renditions of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Pixie Lott and Old MacDonald by Jessie J.

Read my interview with Mo Gilligan here.



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