Summer's always a quiet time for new telly and with 20 million people tuning in to some of the England games this year in the Euros, it's clear to see why. Not to mention the millions already glued to the seventh series of Love Island which launched this week on ITV2.
Alongside Love Island and the football, Wimbledon has returned after a year away and The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are due to begin on Friday 23rd July.
Whilst there may not be enough new shows in July for me to recommend weekly, I have instead pulled together the 5 best TV shows launching/returning over the next two weeks...
1. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
Tuesday 6th July on Netflix
After just over two years, former Saturday Night Live cast member Tim Robinson returns to Netflix this week with the second season of his hilarious sketch show, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, which pokes fun at life’s most bizarre and mundane situations.
With season one full of incredibly funny sketches, including Baby of the Year, Chunky, Focus Group, Hot Dog Car, Instagram and The Man to name just a few, season two has a lot to live up to. But if anyone can deliver, it's Tim Robinson and his famous friends.
So far, all we know about season two is that there'll be sketches set in theme restaurants, haunted houses, dinner parties and the office. Further proof that there's no place Tim can't turn into a deeply bizarre and highly amusing situation.
Guest stars include Bob Odenkirk, Julia Butters, Patti Harrison, Paul Walter Hauser, Mike O’Brien, Sam Richardson and Tim Heidecker.
1-6/6 All episodes available at launch
2. Rob & Romesh vs...
Thursday 8th, 15th, 22nd July at 9pm on Sky One
Series three of Rob & Romesh vs... launched on Sky One back in February as Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan delved into the worlds of art, golf and drag queens and now they're back for the second half of the series as the much-loved comedians try their hand at the world of sports.
In the first episode, have-a-go heroes Rob and Romesh are on a mission to see if they can join the ranks of Team GB. Sick of being useless at sport, the duo meet up with a range of Great Britain’s Olympic prospects to find something even they can master.
The first discipline they take on is the canoe slalom, where Mallory Franklin and Kimberley Woods send them down sub-zero rapids. Next, they try their hands at Olympic weightlifting before seeing if they have what it takes to be hockey goalkeepers, with Olympic hockey gold medallist and hero of the Rio Olympics Maddie Hinch stepping in as their coach.
In the second episode, Rob and Romesh continue their search to find a sport and join Team GB. This time, the pair attempt clay pigeon shooting with Aaron Heading, gymnastics with sporting hero Max Whitlock and athletics with gold medallist Denise Lewis. But will they find their sport?
And in the final episode of the series, Rob and Romesh hang out with British sporting legend, Sir Andy Murray. They catch up with him as he models his new sportswear range, before being pushed to their limits in a tennis training session and Andy’s favourite hobby, road cycling. Their mission is to get to know what makes the greatest British tennis player of all time really tick.
4-6/6 Continues weekly
3. Lie With Me
Monday 12th - Thursday 15th July at 9pm on Channel 5
Channel 5 have had an excellent run of original dramas lately, and their latest, Lie With Me stars Charlie Brooks as British woman Anna who relocates to her husband Jake's native Australia, with their two children, seeking a fresh start after their marriage was rocked by infidelity.
With Anna resuming her career, they hire a young live-in nanny to help, but local girl Becky is anything but the innocent stranger she pretends to be. Anna befriends Becky, and is concerned about Jake’s secretive behaviour, suspecting him of an affair. But when Jake is able to explain everything, Anna is left humiliated, vowing to never doubt him again.
As she recommits to Jake and continues to confide in Becky, Anna is unaware that Becky is under Jake’s spell and plotting together with him against her. And a shocking turn of events leads Anna to discover the truth of what’s going on, and she decides she is not going to be a victim anymore.
1-4/4 Continues nightly
4. This Way Up
Wednesday 14th July at 10pm on Channel 4
Following the success of series one, Aisling Bea is back with a second series of her comedy-drama This Way Up. Set after the events of the series one finale, things are in flux for Aisling's character Aine and her sister, Shona, played by Sharon Horgan.
In this new series, Aine’s starting to leave her time in rehab behind and live less cautiously, which may not be entirely wise. Newly engaged Shona is struggling to feel at home in her massive new house outside London whilst fiancé Vish, played by Aasif Mandvi, is away on business in New York. And the new business that Shona set up with Charlotte, played by Indira Varma, gets off to an awkward start.
In the first episode, Aine helps Shona unpack at her new house and with her student Etienne, played by Dorian Grover, heading to Paris, Aine prepares for a big date with his father, Richard, played by Tobias Menzies.
1/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch
5. Never Have I Ever
Thursday 15th July on Netflix
One nerd. Two boyfriends. It's about to get messy as Netflix's coming-of-age comedy, Never Have I Ever returns with Maitreyi Ramakrishnan back as Indian American teenager Devi.
In this new season, Devi continues to deal with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships.
With a new love life, a new classmate and new reasons to bicker with mom, Devi has plenty more ways to make courageous moves... and questionable decisions.
1-10/10 All episodes available at launch