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Which series will you dive into first?

Which series will you dive into first?

Mermaids, metal battles and farmers looking for love – here are the new shows arriving this week

Get immersed in one of these ace new series that are here to shake up your viewing

Your guide to this week’s TV premieres

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a whole host of new shows, and we’re feeling good.


We’ve got dangerous mermaids, rural singletons looking for love, a grime MC turned petrolhead and another grime MC playing a cop. What more could you want? Check out this lot and prepare to feel like your best self…



Thursdays from 3 May, 9pm, SYFY/HD (CH 135/165). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > SYFY

We’ve had sexy vampires. We’ve had sexy zombies. Now it’s the turn of sexy mermaids in this new US series starring Game Of Thrones’ Eline Powell. It’s set in Bristol Cove – a seaside town with a mysterious past. But a live-action version of The Little Mermaid this certainly is not. Prepare for a scare.

You’ll like this if you like… True Blood


Love In The Countryside

Love In The Countryside

Wednesdays from 2 May, 9pm, BBC Two/HD (CH 102/162). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer

Dating shows are just the ruddy best. And a dating show with added livestock and fertiliser is something we can absolutely get on board with! Sara Cox introduces us to a host of rural singletons who are looking for love, like Wendy the 59-year-old pig farmer from Herefordshire, who wants to find someone with that “je ne sais quoi”. Meanwhile, Buzz is a 33-year-old farmhand from Worcestershire who likes to treat a girl “with flowers, chocolates and romantic gestures”.  Will they each get their happily ever after?

You’ll like this if you like… First Dates




Sundays from 6 May, 8pm, Sky One/HD (CH 110/109). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Sky One

Former cricketer Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, grime MC Lethal Bizzle and Capital FM’s Vick Hope host what is essentially Robot Wars meets Top Gear. Engineers, mechanics and drivers from across the UK go head to head in Mad Max-style combat. To win, simply damage your opponent’s vehicle until it’s written off. Don’t try this in your driveway…

You’ll like this if you like… Fast N’ Loud




Wednesdays from 9 May, 10pm, Comedy Central/HD (CH 132/181). Also available for 7 days in Catch Up > Channels > Comedy Central

If you’ve ever worked in an office, or met someone who works in an office, this one’s for you – it’s a cynical comedy mocking life in the corporate machine. Anne Dudek (Mad Men), Lance Reddick (Fringe) and Aparna Nancherla – who played Stephanie the ramen blogger in Master Of None – are among the hilarious cast. Check out the double bill premiere.

You’ll like this if you like… W1A


And coming next week...




Tuesdays from 15 May, 9pm, Sky One/HD (CH 110/109). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Sky One

Ashley Walters is a South London grime MC and former member of So Solid Crew turned acclaimed actor (Top Boy, Cuffs, Safe House). He joins Noel Clarke – of Adulthood, Kidulthood and Doctor Who fame – for this fresh take on a buddy cop comedy drama. Bishop and Pike, two policemen from different walks of life, join forces to chase down East London criminals. The show was co-created by Clarke and Walters, along with Nick Love (The Football Factory).

You’ll like this if you like… Lethal Weapon


Can’t get enough TV?


This year’s Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards are almost upon us! On 13 May, BAFTA will celebrate the very best television broadcast on British screens last year, and we’re thrilled to be sponsoring them once again.


Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment will also be presented at the ceremony – and it’s the only award voted for by the public, celebrating the massive television moments that got the whole country talking last year! Make sure you tune in on Sunday 13 May to discover this year’s winner and you can share the love on social media with #MustSeeMoment #BAFTATV.


Find out even more about what’s going on at this year’s Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards here.


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Image credit: Love In The Countryside © Fremantle Media Ltd – Photographer: Pete Dadds