From hearty servings of stateside drama, to the glitz and glamour of the Proms, there’s plenty of treats on the telly this week.
Catching A Killer
Monday 10th July at 9pm on Channel 4 (CH 104)
Why you should watch: Because it’s like a gripping, complex crime drama which happens to be 100% real.
What goes down?: The documentary delves into the investigation into the bizarre murder of a book dealer.
Most plain-speaking plod of the week: “It’s like an episode of Morse,” says one detective. “An antique dealer in Oxford found murdered.”
Surreal motive alert: Could this vicious killing really be connected with The Wind in the Willows?
Watch if you liked: The recent TV series about The Chillenden Murders.
Tuesday 11th July at 9pm on Sky Living (CH 112)
Why you should watch: Because it’s a big, glossy, sexy US show – and they probably spent a fortune on it.
What’s the gist?: The series follows the ladies and gents of the Chicago Fire Department, as they extinguish both real fires and metaphorical ones in their professional and personal lives.
Who’s in it?: Billy from Neighbours continues to surprise us by being a fully-grown beefcake. Also, equally hot Taylor “Former Mr Lady Gaga” Kinney.
What season are we on?: We’re onto season five, so get binge-watching if you haven’t caught up.
First up: There are love entanglements, law suits and someone’s ex-boyfriend escapes a psychiatric unit. Uh-oh.
In The Dark
Tuesday 11th July at 9pm on BBC One (CH 101)
Why you should watch: Because everyone’s going to be talking about it at work and you don’t want to feel left out.
What’s it about then?: Detective Helen Weeks has to deal with child abductions which involve someone from her past, while also being heavily pregnant.
You’ll like it if: You relished Broadchurch, Line of Duty and other emotionally turbulent crime dramas.
Bragging rights: It’s adapted by the best-selling books by Mark Billingham, who makes a cameo appearance as a court usher.
Expect: More twists and turns than a Curly-Wurly.
South Bank Sky Arts Awards
Wednesday 12th July at 8pm on Sky Arts (CH 000)
Why you should watch: Because it’s the best of British culture, all under one roof.
What are the categories?: Sample sections include Comedy, Classical music, Dance, Film, Literature, Opera… it ain’t the Brits, that’s for sure.
Who’s up for gongs?: Big hitting contenders include including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Crown, Happy Valley, and the late David Bowie for his album Blackstar.
Who’s hosting?: The South Bank Show’s long-standing overlord, Melvyn Bragg.
Expect: More celebs and luvvies than you can sway a steadycam at.
How To Get Away With Murder
Thursday 13th July at 9pm on Sky Living (CH 112)
Why you should watch: To test your calm British composure against the show’s plentiful “OMG” moments.
What’s the lowdown?: In this hit US drama we follow law professor Annalise Keating, who finds herself brow-deep in dark shenanigans alongside a handful of her students.
Who does it star?: The lead role is played by Oscar and Emmy-winning Viola Davis. Who is awesome, btw.
Where’s it been?: Fans will know it was dropped after the last season by the Universal Channel – fortunately Sky swooped down and picked up the third season.
The question on everybody’s lips: Where is Frank?
Dogs: An Amazing Animal Family
Thursday 13th July at 9pm on Sky1 (CH 110)
Why you should watch: Because we’re a nation that’s passionate about our pooches.
What’s it about?: This new series traces the history of man’s best friend, from the origins of its 400 domestic breeds, all the way back to the grey wolf.
You’ll see: Presenter Patrick as he ventures from the jungles of Brazil to the prairies of North America, in pursuit of some of the rarest and most dangerous wild dogs.
Anticipate: Top-notch production values, including CGI family trees and glorious wildlife photography that’ll have Attenborough shaking his fists.
Fun dog fact: There are around 500 million dogs in the world kept as pets. And you thought yours was special.
A Timewatch Guide
Thursday 13th July at 9pm on BBC Four (CH 000)
Why you should watch: It’s a fascinating look back at how the ever-reliable BBC have covered some of the most monumental events in our history.
Are they giving themselves a pat on the back?: Probably, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
Who will get the most out of it?: History buffs, media students, and Beeb loyalists.
In this episode: We look at how documentaries have portrayed natural disasters over the years, from Pompeii to the legendary city of Atlantis.
Who’s presenting?: Professor Danielle George, and she knows what she’s on about.
Friends From College
Friday 14th July on Netflix
Why you should watch: Because it’s been a long week and you need a laugh.
It’s a sitcom, right?: Yep, one that follows a bunch of old college chums who reunite in later life – tightening old bonds, reigniting old flames, and sparking old rivalries in the process.
Who’s in it?: A familiar-faced cast, including Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother, Annie Parisse from Law & Order, and Fred Savage – aka Kevin from The Wonder Years.
You’ll like this if: You’re missing Friends but not the Nineties or Noughties.
Binge-watchable?: Yep, the first season drops in its entirety on the 14th of July.
Friends From College is available to watch from Friday 14th July on Netflix
The First Night Of The Proms
Friday 14th July at 8pm on BBC Four (CH 007)
Why you should watch: Because it’s too expensive to go and watch it at the Royal Albert Hall.
Also: It’s a highbrow treat for the eyes and ears – especially if you’ve mostly been watching Love Island lately.
What’s the highlight?: Listen out for St John’s Dance, a rather extroverted new piece by young composer Tom Coult.
And if you’re a traditionalist: How about a new take on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3?
How long have the Proms been going now?: We’re now into the 123rd season, so quite a while.
I Know Who You Are
Saturday 15th July at 9pm on BBC Four (CH 107)
Why you should watch: It’s a big new European crime thriller… but it’s NOT a Nordic Noir.
Where’s it from, then?: Sunny Spain! But don’t worry, it’ll still be dark and moody.
What’s the gist?: A criminal lawyer finds himself on a highway following a car accident, with zero memory of how he got there.
It gets fishy when: His missing niece’s mobile phone is found in the wreckage, making him look very very guilty.
The kicker: He’s got to prove his innocence, when he’s unsure of it himself...