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What to watch this week

16/06/2017TV

This coming week in TV: Hugh Laurie plays a doctor in a US drama, but not THAT doctor. Also, Matthew Macfadyen is rocking the bowler hat again in Ripper Street. 

Ripper Street
Monday 19th June at 9pm on BBC Two (CH 102) 

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Why you should watch: Because the last season ended with us in tears, and we need closure, damn it!

Where are we at?: Reid, Jackson and Long Susan are now fugitives from the law, and must track down a vicious serial killer.

Quick reminder: Jerome Flynn’s character is dead. Time to blub all over again.

Is this the last ever series?: Yep, so expect things to get even more blood-soaked and dramatic and emotional.

Humble suggestion: How about a spin-off series with Captain Homer Jackson going on dashing adventures around the globe? We can just see it now…

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Supermarket Secrets
Monday 19th June at 9pm on BBC One (CH 101) 

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Why you should watch: If you eat food (and statistically speaking, you probably do), the revelations in this series are unmissable.

Sample revelation: Asda use “acoustic testing” to perfect their avocadoes. Yes, really.

Also: We’ll learn how supermarkets second-guess what shoppers think about while browsing the aisles.

Best watched while: Eating artisan foods you got from a farmers’ market, so you can feel all smug and superior.

Why does Gregg Wallace keep getting big TV shows?: He’s just biding his time till he finally gets cast as a Sontaran commander on Doctor Who.

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Hospital
Tuesday 20th June at 9pm on BBC Two (CH 102) 

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Why you should watch: Who needs medical soaps when this documentary about the real NHS is so gripping?

What’s the gist?: Cameras follow the tirelessly heroic staff at a London hospital as they deal with blood, tears and trauma every single day.

A tragic opening: This first episode covers their response to the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack.

Who needs help?: French students on a school trip, and a British lad with leg injuries, are among those in the hospital.

What you’ll learn: What it means for a hospital to go into lockdown after a major incident.

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Chance
Tuesday 20th June at 9pm on Universal (CH 137) 

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Why you should watch: Because CHANCES are this’ll be fantastic. (Apologies.)

What is it?: Years after the end of House, this is a brand new glossy US show fronted by Hugh Laurie. So we’re pretty excited.

Who does he play?: Eldon Chance, a world-weary psychiatrist. Like Greg House, he’s a physician who needs to heal himself.

Is it a case-of-the-week procedural?: No, it’s more of a slow-burning, long-story-arc tale of guilt, redemption and mental malaise.

Unlikely inspirations: The San Francisco setting and noirish main character echo Hitchcock’s Vertigo. 

But is there a cool, blonde femme fatale?: Actually yes, there is. Prepare for deceit, duplicity and devilish goings-on…

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Brexit Means Brexit
Wednesday 21st June at 9pm on BBC Two (CH 102) 

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Why you should watch: Sick of hearing pundits and politicians nattering on about Brexit? Here’s a film by an award-winning documentary maker instead.

What it covers: The bizarre, complex fallout from the vote. Prepare to shake your head and roll your eyes a lot.

What’s the goss?: We get the inside scoop from the likes of Nick Clegg, Emily Thornberry and Boris Johnson.

What to say: “A much needed briefing on where everything stands at this crucial and weird moment in our history.”

What not to say: “Brexit still sounds like something that should be composed of wheat and served with milk.”

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The Crystal Maze
Friday 23rd June at 9pm on Channel 4 (CH 104) 

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Why you should watch: Grab your harmonicas, because The Crystal Maze is back for a full series!

Who’s the Maze Master?: Richard Ayoade, who’s as deadpan as Richard O’Brien was flamboyant.

Does it have celebs?: It’s 2017, so of course. They’re still in wonderfully naff jump suits though.

Sample stars: The Last Leg’s Alex Brooker, reality TV human Vicky Pattison, and the reliably entertaining Louie Spence.

What we’d like to see: Louie getting locked in one of the task rooms, and going absolutely bonkers.

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Peter Kay’s Comedy Shuffle
Friday 23rd June at 9pm on BBC One (CH 101) 

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Why you should watch: The big Northern guffaw-monger returns to take us through his greatest comedic hits.

Also: These laughs may cheer up anyone still depressed by the ending of Car Share.

What to expect: Snippets of chat show appearances, music videos, and bits from Phoenix Nights.

What not to expect: Garlic. Bread.

Unlikeliest cameo of the week: Sir Trevor McDonald will be making a special guest appearance. Your guess is as good as ours.

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Tracey Breaks The News
Friday 23rd June at 9.30pm on BBC One (CH 101) 

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Why you should watch: Comedy queen Tracey Ullman returns to mock the world of politics. Because it badly needs it these days.

Best bit: We reckon it may just be her impression of Angela Merkel.

What to look forward to: The Tracey Ullman version of Theresa May. Hopefully the PM won’t be watching, she probably feels awkward enough as it is.

Trivia tidbit: Tracey got her start working alongside Rik Mayall in the 80s.

Also: The Simpsons first aired as part of The Tracey Ullman Show. So we kind of have her to thank for Bart, Homer and the whole darn lot of ‘em.

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Britain’s Great Gay Buildings
Saturday 24th June at 8pm on Channel 4 (CH 104) 

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Why you should watch: A host of celebs visit the buildings that played key roles in the battle for gay rights in Britain.

Why now?: It’s the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual acts between men.

What to expect: Simon Callow telling us about Oscar Wilde’s trial at the Old Bailey, and Craig Revel Horwood delving into the drag scene at Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Most fascinating moment: Probably when Mary Portas goes to Shibden Hall to look into the life of a Victorian lesbian heiress called Anne Lister.

Best historical revelation: Did you know that great thesp Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising for men? That’s another amazing story told here.

OMG!
Sunday 25th June at 10pm on Channel 5 (CH 105) 

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Why you should watch: Because the show really will live up to its title.

What’s it about?: It’s a new series about people who’ve undertaken seriously drastic plastic surgery. A wee bit more than a nip and a tuck.

First up: Three ladies who’ve tried to turn themselves into living, breathing Barbie dolls.

OMG!: Yes, quite.

Watch if you like: Extreme body shock docs, and/or Eurotrash.