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WHAT TO WATCH 30 July - 5 August

This week’s best telly includes the live final of Love Island, a new BBC One drama and the return of Cuckoo. Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week...

1. Love Island: Live Final

Monday 30th July at 9pm on ITV2

After 8 weeks of grafting, Love Island 2018 is about to dish out its £50k prize fund. But who to? And will the winning couple choose love or money at the end?

At the time of writing, Dani and Jack, Josh and Kaz, Wes and Megan, Paul and Laura and Alex and Alexandra remain in the running, but we know that one couple is cruelly dumped from the island just a day before the final.

My money's on Dani and Jack, and to be honest it has been since week one. But if not them, I wouldn't mind if Josh and Kaz won.

2. Age Before Beauty

Tuesday 31st July at 9pm on BBC One

Written by Debbie Horsfield (Poldark, Cutting It) Age Before Beauty is a six-part family saga set in a Manchester beauty salon starring Robson Green, Sue Johnston, Polly Walker, James Murray, Lisa Riley, Kelly Harrison, Vicky Myers and Madeleine Mantock.

The series is an exploration of youth, age, instant gratification and long-term relationships, all set within the beauty industry. At its heart is an unconventional family rife with sibling rivalries and unconventional parenting through the generations.

In the opening episode, Bel Finch (Polly Walker) and her husband Wesley (James Murray) take their children to university - and find they are suffering from empty nest syndrome. Their best friend, Teddy Roxton (Robson Green), who they’ve known since they were teenagers, and with whom they’ve shared a lot of history, is married to Bel’s sister, Leanne (Kelly Harrison). Now that Bel has a lot of time on her hands, Teddy persuades her to come back to the salon to rescue it from her family, who are running it into the ground.


3. Stath Lets Flats

Wednesday 1st August at 10pm on Channel 4

In the final episode of what has been one of 2018's strongest comedies, Vasos is turning 70 and a party is planned for the end of the working day.

Stath is desperate for his dad to hand the business to him, but when Carole demands a head to head interview for the position, Stath is out of his depth. Who will Vasos choose to become manager?

Elsewhere, Sophie tries to avoid Al while his Japanese girlfriend is in town, but she's forced to hang out with them at her dad’s birthday party.


4. Cuckoo

Thursday 2nd August from 10am on BBC Three

The time has finally come to rejoin the Thompson clan as the fourth series of Cuckoo, starring Greg Davies, Helen Baxendale and Talyor Lautner arrives as a boxset on BBC Three.

In this series, Ken is nominated for Lichfield Lawyer of the Year, Dale is thinking of taking the next step with Rachel as well as helping Steve open his new bar, All Steve's Pals.

But after Ken gets suspended from work, can he keep his secret from Lorna? And perhaps more importantly, can Dale?

All 6 episodes

5. Keeping Faith

Thursday 2nd August at 9pm on BBC One

Fearing for her family's safety, Faith takes shelter in a hotel and meets with Steve, who tells her that Evan might have had links with a notorious family of drug dealers.

As Faith looks into the lead, she is drawn deeper into Abercorran's sinister underbelly.

Meanwhile, Bethan begins to feel the aftershocks of Marion's revelation. Dr Alpay proposes a deal to Cerys, and a disturbing discovery in the woods by Terry results in Williams building a case against Faith.


6. Unforgotten

Sunday 5th August at 9pm on ITV

Following the team’s interview with James Hollis’ ex-wife, Mel, it’s clear that the four male suspects have colluded in lying about their versions of events the night of the millennium, making Cassie and Sunny question what they have to hide. Having found Pete Carr’s DNA on the church break-in the night that Hayley went missing, he is the first to be called back in for further questioning.

In an attempt to piece together more elements of the night Hayley went missing, Jake goes to speak to Tim Finch’s ex-wife, Derran, to hear her version of events. The team also uncover some disturbing information about Chris Lowe’s past.

Meanwhile, Sunny is contacted by his ex-wife who is keen for them to rekindle their relationship, whilst Cassie is becoming increasingly worried about her dad’s memory loss.


7. Love Island: The Reunion

Sunday 5th August at 9pm on ITV2

The Love Island Villa may have closed its doors for another year, but the summer of love is not over yet as Caroline Flack is joined by all the islanders from across the series.

She'll be getting all the gossip from them and finding out if love is still blooming outside of the villa for any of the couples and of course a chat with this year's winning couple.



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