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WHAT TO WATCH 5-11 August

With Love Island no more, E4 have come to the rescue this week with a brand new series of Celebs Go Dating, Tez Ilyas and Mo Gilligan continue to entertain audiences on Channel 4 and Aisling Bea debuts her first TV comedy.

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

1. Celebs Go Dating

Monday 5th - Friday 9th and Sunday 11th August at 9pm on E4

Celebs Go Dating is back for a seventh series and ready to fill the Love Island shaped hole in your life as over the next four weeks, a new group of celebrities will sign up to the Celebrity Dating Agency and entrust Paul C Brunson and Anna Williamson with their quest for love.

Joining the books this series are Jack Fincham and Megan Barton Hanson for last year's Love Island, Lady Colin Campbell who was a standout contestant in the 2015 series of I'm A Celeb, Geordie Shore's Nathan Henry, last year's Strictly contestant and member of Blue Lee Ryan as well as TOWIE stars Demi Sims and her older sister Chloe Sims who returns to the agency after failing to find love in Series 5.

For the first time ever, couples counselling will be offered as footballer Jermaine Pennant and his wife, glamour model Alice Goodwin join the agency hoping to sort out their issues. And as ever Tom Read Wilson will be on hand with his words of wisdom as the agency's receptionist and Junior Client Coordinator.


2. I Am Hannah

Tuesday 6th August at 10pm on Channel 4

Channel 4's three-part anthology series I Am, which tells three improvised stories about 21st century womanhood, concludes this week with I Am Hannah starring Gemma Chan as a woman in her mid-thirties, struggling to satisfy the societal expectations that surround her.

Hannah has reached a crossroads in her life. She is single and has a successful career, yet she's hungry for the freedom to make her own choices and is hesitant about becoming tied down. She must endure her mother's appeals that she start a family before it's too late, while watching her friends settle down and have children.

Searching for meaning, Hannah goes on a series of dates that ultimately push her into a deeper sense of insecurity and anguish. After a disastrous blind date, she hopes to find love and trust in James, played by Arinzé Kene, but has to decide if they have a future together. Facing impediments both within and beyond her control, Hannah is confronted by a crisis of aspiration and identity.


3. GameFace

Wednesday 7th August at 10pm on Channel 4

Roisin Conaty's fantastically funny comedy GameFace continues this week as Marcella stars in a TV advert. However the part is more than she bargained for.

At a session with her life coach, student Frances cross-examines Marcella on what she'll do with the advert money. Marcella celebrates her good luck with margaritas, forgetting she has signed up for a creative writing class.

Meanwhile, Lucy and Caroline are going to Billy's house-warming party but Marcella says she won't go because Simon will be there.

Read my interview with Roisin Conaty here.


4. This Way Up

Thursday 8th August at 10pm on Channel 4

This week Channel 4 sees the launch of Aisling Bea's brand new comedy This Way Up which is about about the pursuit of happiness and how that can differ for everybody.

Aisling stars as Aine, who's trying to pull her life back together after a nervous breakdown as her sister Shona, played by Sharon Horgan, worries, not only about her younger sibling, but also about her own life choices.

Through Aine’s own experiences, and the experiences of those around her, This Way Up unveils the obstacles which come between the goal of happiness and the reality of a life lived showing that the journey to happiness is harder for some than others.

Look out for my interview with Aisling Bea soon!


5. The Tez O'Clock Show

Thursday 8th August at 11.35pm on Channel 4

Last week's The Tez O'Clock Show was pushed back by 5 minutes and this week's series finale (I know, how did we get here so quickly?) has been pushed back by a further 30 minutes, starting at the criminally late time of 11.35pm. If anything, the show deserves to be promoted to 10pm.

Returning for the series finale alongside Tez Ilyas will be Sindhu Vee, Guz Khan, Adam Rowe and Sophie Willan for provocative monologues, celebrity interviews, parodies, sketches and news bulletins from the Pakistani Broadcasting Corporation.

So far Tez and Sindhu have been joined by John Bishop, Richard Bacon and Fay Ripley in their shisha cafe and this week will be joined by fellow comedian Jason Manford.

Read my interview with Tez Ilyas here.


6. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Friday 9th August at 8pm on BBC Two

It's a reason for staying in on Friday nights as Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse continue their fishing trip which this week sees them brave the wild lakes of Essex in search of the mighty carp.

They have the latest high-tech equipment and are fully prepared to stay all night if they have to, to catch the biggest fish they can. They discuss the true meaning of a mid-life crisis and decide to visit a beauty clinic to see if there are any suitable treatments available to re-capture their youth.

Bob reveals his secret recipe to make the perfect scrambled eggs but it is not the only thing which shocks Paul in this episode.


7. The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan

Friday 9th August at 10pm on Channel 4

Mo Gilligan is really proving himself to be an all-round entertainer The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan returns as he's joined in the studio by Maya Jama, Joe Lycett, Danny Dyer and Kelis.

As ever, there'll be the usual mix of sketches, celebrity chat, studio games and hopefully another round of Nursery Grimes - which has still peaked at Jessie J's rendition of Old MacDonald.

Read my interview with Mo Gilligan here.



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