Superhero fans are in for a rollicking ride over the coming week, while Soccer Aid stars will be hoping to score for charity. Here’s more on them and the other must-see shows coming right up…
Tuesday 31st May at 8pm on Sky1 (CH 110)
Why you should watch: This is the epic season finale, featuring the superhero equivalent of an Olympics 100 metre sprint.
Who’s racing?: It’s the Scarlet Speedster vs arch-nemesis Zoom, to prove who really is the fastest man alive. Hopefully Usain Bolt isn’t watching.
Most shameless cliché of the week: At one point, The Flash literally utters the words “This ends now.”
What to say: “I can’t wait to see the big Flash/Supergirl crossover later in the week.”
What not to say: “A superhero called Barry? Seriously?”
Tuesday 31st May at 9pm on W (CH 124)
Why you should watch: Nick and co take on the might of Black Claw in a season finale to give you nightmares. In a good way.
What we’re gagging to know: Will Eve revert back to being Juliette? And would that be a good or bad thing?
Best villain name ever: Conrad Bonaparte. Why, that’s almost as evil-sounding as Donald Trump.
Hit me with your miracle stick: Seriously, we hope we find out more about this miracle stick thing next season.
Watch this when: Your inner Wesen wants to woge out. If you catch our drift.
Wednesday 1st June at 9.30pm on BBC Two (CH 102)
Why you should watch: It’s a bodice-ripping romp set in the decadent court of Louis XIV, the “Sun King”.
Rising star alert: The man playing the randy monarch is Vikings star George Blagden, who is set for big things.
Backstage factoid: One of the co-creators of Versailles is Helen Mirren’s nephew.
How lavish is it?: Put it this way – the overall budget is twice that of Downton Abbey, and a typical wig on the show costs £4,000.
Watch this if you like: The Tudors. And other sex-filled, gleefully inaccurate historical yarns which would make Dr David Starkey pop a blood vessel.
Wednesday 1st June at 8pm on Sky1 (CH 110)
Why you should watch: The season finale sees Oliver Queen saving the world using only his bow, arrows and impeccable pecs.
We predict a riot: Expect scenes of urban anarchy that may remind you of The Dark Knight Rises.
Cheesiest villain name ever: We know he’s all-powerful and all, but… Damien Darhk?
What to say: “This is certainly a bumper week for superhero TV show awesomeness.”
What not to say: “Stephen Amell should grow a bushy blond goatee like the comic book Arrow. That would definitely look good on him.”
Thursday 2nd June at 9pm on E4 (CH 144)
Why you should watch: Because hanging out with the adorkable Zooey Deschanel is enough to put a silly smile on everyone’s face.
Any other reason?: It’s the quirky sitcom’s season five premiere, and it features wedding jitters and a big Bollywood number.
Best terrible Zooey quip: “I’m the maid of honor, but when I fell down the stairs, I wished I was made of rubber!”
Look out for: Megan Fox, who’ll be temporarily taking over as the NEW New Girl later in the season.
Best way to watch: With ice cream in your lap and your phone on silent.
Friday 3rd June at 8pm on Sky1 (CH 110)
Why you should watch: Because everyone loves a crossover episode, and this one features… the Flash!
What’s the gist?: A scientific experiment propels the Flash into Supergirl’s universe. Which is on an alternative Earth. It’ll make sense when you see it.
Super-enemies or super-friends?: Definitely the latter. Batman v Superman this ain’t.
Gleeks rejoice: Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist, aka the Flash and Supergirl, both used to be in Glee.
Critical hype alert: One major US reviewer called this “the most enjoyable superhero team-up this side of The Avengers.”
Karen Carpenter: Goodbye to Love
Friday 3rd June at 9pm on Channel 5 (CH 105)
Why you should watch: This promises to be the ultimate re-telling of the incredible career and tragic death of singer Karen Carpenter.
Documentary or drama?: A bit of both. Expect dramatised scenes and interviews with those who knew Karen best.
Why the story is famous: Karen’s death from anorexia brought the disorder to media attention for the very first time.
Look out for: Legendary singer Dionne Warwick, sharing her memories of Karen.
Watch this when: You fancy a bittersweet nostalgia trip with a stupendous soundtrack.
UK’s Best Part-Time Band
Friday 3rd June at 9pm on BBC Four (CH 107)
Why you should watch: It’s like The X Factor for pub bands, and without Simon Cowell. A win-win.
The format: Our hosts go on a road trip across the nation, meeting bands in barns, pubs and backrooms as they prepare for a big talent competition.
Who’s in it: Welsh wit-smith Rhod Gilbert, and 80s pop icon Midge Ure.
Will there be naff covers?: We do hope so.
Watch this if: You’ve ever thought about dusting off the guitar and digging out your old Oasis t-shirts.
Soccer Aid 2016
Sunday 5th June at 6pm on ITV (CH 103)
Why you should watch: Literally all the celebs are teaming up with literally all the footie legends for this soccer spectacular.
Some of the celebs: Two lads from One Direction, Olly Murs, Jack Whitehall, Gordon Ramsay, Michael Sheen, and, er, Jamie Theakston.
Some of the legends: Ronaldinho, David Seaman, Sol Campbell, Cafu, Jose Mourinho.
Actual appearance of God alert: Pele will be the guest of honour.
Hazy factoid: Gordon Ramsay once played for Rangers. Or did he? The Internet can’t seem to make up its mind.
Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD
Sunday 5th June at 9pm on E4 (CH 144)
Why you should watch: The season reaches its wham-bang mega-climax as SHIELD do battle against Hive.
Will there be deaths?: Oh yes. Two big ones.
Scene to look out for: Hive will be showing his true appearance. And he ain’t a looker.
Line to listen out for: “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” (Yes, this happens.)
Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity check: There are nods to Captain America: Civil War.
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