From shows taking the mickey out of the whole EU thing, to Tim Roth making a rare appearance in a British drama, there are plenty of telly treats to make time for this coming week…
Monday 6th June at 9pm on BBC One (CH 101)
Why you should watch: It’s the powerful true story of Reg Keys, who – after losing his son in the Iraq war – stood against Tony Blair in the 2005 general election.
Who’s in it: Former Reservoir Dog and all-round icon Tim Roth. Plus, the brilliant Anna Maxwell Martin.
Also: It’s co-written by Jimmy McGovern, in case you needed another excuse to put this one in your diary.
Trivia tidbit: Roth worked closely with the real Reg Keys to capture his personality, and even wore the actual pin Reg had on the real election night.
Watch this when: You want a drama that will wallop you right in the soul.
Tuesday 7th June at 9pm on Sky1 (CH 110)
Why you should watch: Because we completely loved the first, one-off episode of this cosy crime series when it aired back in 2014.
Possibility of quiche: High. Our leading lady, Agatha Raisin, is a dab hand with baked goods.
What’s the actual gist?: Agatha’s a former PR woman who’s relocated to the countryside and solves crimes. As you do.
Look out for: Mathew “Gavin & Stacey” Horne and Katy “Not Going Out” Wix.
Random Agatha fact: Ms Raisin was previously portrayed on the radio by the estimable Penelope Keith.
Jack Dee’s Referendum Help Desk
Tuesday 7th June at 10pm on BBC Two (CH 102)
Why you should watch: Because you still have no idea which way to vote, and Jack Dee can help. Maybe.
How does it work?: Jack and his comedian guests will be fielding questions from the audience. A bit like Question Time, only with added lols.
Question we hope gets asked: “How did a made-up word as ugly as ‘Brexit’ become an accepted part of the language?”
This week’s advice givers: Romesh Ranganathan and Katherine Ryan will be telling us how to think.
Who should watch: Anybody who’s still being awkwardly indecisive about it all. That’s everyone, right?
Tuesday 7th June at 9pm on Sky Living (CH 102)
Why you should watch: It’s the finale of the first season, with our heavily tattooed heroine about to unlock mysteries of her past.
What’s Oscar actually up to?: The enigmatic baddie spills (some of) the beans in this climactic episode.
Will there be a second season?: Yes, so you don’t have to worry about unresolved cliffhangers. Unresolved cliffhangers are the WORST.
What to say: “It’s a big, high-concept US series which actually makes sense instead of just piling on twists for the sake of it.”
What not to say: “Does Jaimie Alexander really NEED two i’s in her name?”
Tuesday 7th June at 9pm on Channel 5 (CH 105)
Why you should watch: Because this is still the guiltiest pleasure in all TV-land.
This year’s gimmick: There will be TWO houses. So double the number of twerps for us to guffaw at.
Who’s in the second house?: They’re being called “the Others” and they’ll be plotting to “take down” the real housemates. Whatever that means.
Is it rubbish?: Of course it is.
Should I still watch it?: Yes. We won’t tell a soul.
Wednesday 8th June at 9pm on FOX (CH 157)
Why you should watch: This dystopian sci-fi saga is back for a second season, and it promises to be even darker.
Obligatory Dillon replacement: This time round it’s Jason Patric who wakes up to deal with the bizarre human outpost of Wayward Pines.
The story so far: Far too epic and twisty-turny to sum up here – you’ll have to [watch it On Demand]<http://anywhere.virginmedia.com/show/wayward-pines>.
Watch if you like: Twin Peaks, The Prisoner, and the early, non-sucky seasons of Lost.
Captain Obvious line of the week: “Something’s rotten here.” You don’t say…
Wednesday 8th June at 10pm on Channel 4 (CH 104)
Why you should watch: Because you’re fed up of the EU debate and will relish seeing every side thoroughly skewered by this satire.
Will there be actual monkeys?: Probably not, but there will be Jack Dee, Claire Skinner, and loads of other famous faces.
Example characters: An ex-UKIPer in love with an Eastern European, an idealistic Corbyn fan, and members of Donald Trump’s media team.
Will it help me decide how to vote?: It’ll probably make you give up on the whole notion of democracy.
Watch if you like: The Thick of It, W1A and – for anyone old enough to remember the 90s – Drop The Dead Donkey.
Thursday 9th June at 9pm on BBC One (CH 101)
Why you should watch: It’s a very 21st Century crime drama, with a British-Pole and a British-Iranian as its crusading heroes.
Why you should DEFINITELY watch: It’s from the mind of Anthony Horowitz, who knows how to spin a thrilling yarn.
What makes it different: It’s as much about the everyday perils of modern living – paying the bills, worrying about your job – as it is about cracking cases.
What to say: “A show that gives the crime genre a much-needed dose of This Life-style realism.”
What not to say: “The title makes it sound like just another naff vampire romance.”
Thursday 9th June at 9pm on BBC Two (CH 102)
Why you should watch: It’s Peaky Blinders. That’s all the reason you need.
Give me another: OK fine, it’s the season three finale.
What to expect: We’d tell you, but then you’d have to kill us. That’s how satisfyingly surprising the finale is.
Look out for: Tom Hardy stealing the show, again.
Will it be back?: Don’t feel peaky, the next TWO seasons have already been commissioned.
The Millionaire’s Holiday Club
Friday 10th June at 9pm on BBC Two (CH 102)
Why you should watch: You’ve heard of food porn, but this is holiday porn: prepare to ogle the most extravagant escapes imaginable.
No package trips to the Costas then?: No.
Example extravagances: A villa which costs £60,000 a week and a Caribbean cruise for £30,000 per person.
Example “tourist”: A lady named Jane who went on 12 holidays last year alone.
Risk of spluttering with jealousy: Unbelievably high.
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