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What to watch on TV this week

What to watch on TV this week

Here’s all the very best entertainment on your TV this week, from allllll the football, to returning favourites

By Laura Rutkowski, Senior Staff Writer + Chris Miller, Writer

On Sunday, it came home – and how! We were at Wembley cheering and singing as England finally ended a 56-year wait for a major tournament victory with an ultra-exciting extra-time victory over Germany (who else?!) in the women’s European Championships – and the atmosphere at the packed-out, passion-filled stadium was simply incredible from start to long after the finish. We’re still belting out “Sweet Caroline” (BA BA BAAAAAAA!) days later.


You can relive the Lionesses’ triumphant journey with all the games still available in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer (although they’ll start to disappear from this Friday, so don’t miss out), as well as the somewhat bleary-eyed celebrations from the day after the final.


But in between gorging on those goals, we’re off to the park to recreate a combination of our two favourite Euros moments: that outrageous backheeled finish from Alessia Russo in the semi-final, followed by a Chloe Kelly-esque shirt-twirling celebration. All together: Reaching out… Touching meee… Touching yooooouuuu…


You can also get your footie fix with Football Dreams: The Academy and the return of the Premier League, while Code 404, Van Der Valk and Shetland all receive new series. Enjoy them all from the comfort of your home… did someone say home?! FOOTBALL’S COME HOME! 


There are so many treats to enjoy on Virgin TV this week, we’ve compiled a list of the best things for you to watch. Bookmark this page for fresh listings every week.


Wednesday 3 August

Pick of the day: Ricky & Ralf’s Very Northern Road Trip

8pm, Yesterday (CH 129)

The Royle Family’s father-and-son duo, played by actors Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little, travel up and down northern England on a journey as hilarious as it is heartwarming. From boxing sessions in Leeds to sampling chocolates in York, it’s never a dull moment with these proper Northerners.


What else to watch:

  • My Life is Murder – 10pm, Alibi (CH 126)
  • CSI: Vegas – 9pm, Alibi (CH 126)
  • Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport – 9pm, ITV HD (CH 113/103)
  • George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations – 9pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/114)
  • The Great – 10pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/114)


Thursday 4 August

Pick of the day: Code 404

9pm, Sky Comedy/HD (CH 135/123)

Code 404, the cop show with a tech twist, returns for its third series. In case you need a refresher, we were introduced to John Major (Daniel Mays) and Roy Carver (Stephen Graham) as a pair of star Detective Inspectors in the London Met’s Special Investigations Unit. When DI Major was killed during an undercover operation, his body was subjected to an experimental technology that brought him back to life – but it’s replaced his smarts with um… to put it kindly, dim-wittedness.

What else to watch:

  • Newsies: The Broadway Musical – 2.20pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Cameron Mackintosh – The First 50 Years – 7pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 165/140)
  • The Undeclared War – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Susan Calman’s Grand Week By The Sea – 8pm, Channel 5 (CH 154/105)
  • The Lazarus Project – 9pm, Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)

Friday 5 August

Pick of the day: Jane Austen’s Sanditon

9pm, ITV/HD (CH 113/103)

The saucy adaptation of Jane Austen’s last (and unfinished) novel is back for series 2.  The coming-of-age tale is centred on a young girl named Charlotte Heywood (Curfew’s Rose Williams). Following a chance encounter with a wealthy couple (Death In Paradise’s Kris Marshall and Line Of Duty’s Kate Ashfield), Charlotte is invited to their sprawling home in Sanditon, a charming English seaside resort that has grand plans to become a top tourist attraction. In series 2, Charlotte meets two new potential suitors, and romance is on the cards for her sister as well! Sanditon? More like Sexiton…

What else to watch:

  • The Chase – 5pm, ITV/HD (CH 113/103)
  • Commonwealth Games 2022 – 7pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • One Question – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Stevie Nicks: Rock A Little – 8.15pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 165/140)
  • Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em: A Comedy Classic – 9pm, Channel 5 (CH 154/105)

Saturday 6 August

Pick of the day: Sounds of Birmingham At The BBC

8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

Enjoy a selection of archive performances by artists from the city to mark Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games, with music from UB40, Dexys Midnight Runners, Duran Duran, Judas Priest, Joan Armatrading, ELO, Laura Mvula, the Streets and Black Sabbath.

What else to watch:

  • Lost Treasures Of Rome, 7pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow – 7pm, ITV/HD (CH 113/103)
  • A Royal Guide To… Properties – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Duran Duran: Radio 2 In Concert – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under – 10.30pm, BBC Three HD (CH 107/157)

Sunday 7 August

Pick of the day: Van Der Valk

8pm, ITV/HD (CH 113/103)

Based on the original series from the 70s, and on Nicolas Freeling’s novels, this reboot returns for series 2. Marc Warren (Flack) leads the cast as Dutch detective Van der Valk, and the series was indeed filmed entirely on location in and around Amsterdam. This time around, he’s called in to investigate the gruesome murder of a solicitor who had just won a case that seems to be connected to her death. A third series is already in the works, so start sleuthing!

What else to watch:

  • Clint Eastwood: A Life In Film – 4:55pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 165/140)
  • Queen Victoria And The British Maharajah – 7pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • The Real Windsors – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Cleaning Britain’s Greatest Treasures – 8pm, More4 (CH 147/195)
  • The Newsreader – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)


Monday 8 August

Pick of the day: Good Grief With Reverend Richard Coles

10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

Following the death of his husband in 2019, the vicar reflects on bereavement and tries some unconventional activities that have helped others to process their own loss – from laughter yoga and therapy alpacas to a grief cruise, where everyone on board is grieving. Reverend Richard Coles has also written The Madness Of Grief: A Memoir Of Love And Loss.

What else to watch:

  • Sport Relief All Star Games: Birmingham 2022 – 7pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Hotel Chocolat: Inside The Chocolate Factory – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Below Deck – 8pm, E4/HD (CH 106/145)
  • Long Lost Family: What Happened Next – 9pm, ITV/HD (CH 113/103)
  • Shark – 10pm, BBC Four HD (CH 107/108)


Tuesday 9 August

Pick of the day: MasterChef Australia

7pm, W/HD (CH 125/211)

The series continues as 12 of Australia’s best home cooks compete against 12 former MasterChef Australia contestants with Andy Allen, Jock Zonfrillo and Melissa Leong as judges.

What else to watch:

  • Worst House On The Street – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Kew Gardens: A Year In Bloom – 8pm, Channel 5 (CH 154/105)
  • Darcey Bussell’s Royal Road Trip – 9pm, More4 (CH 147/195)
  • Tom Daley: Illegal To Be Me – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Cryptocurrency: Has The Bubble Burst? – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

Wednesday 10 August

Pick of the day: Shetland

9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)

Douglas Henshall returns for his last series as DI Perez after announcing he would not return for series 8 in 2023. A new lead will be announced, but the Glasgow-born actor said he feels “very comfortable” with his decision to leave the show, deciding to end Perez’s story where he believes it should be left. Based on Ann Cleeves’ novels, Shetland is an acclaimed murder-mystery series, which returns for a six-part tale that investigates the mysterious disappearance of a vulnerable young man. Although we’re sure it’s next iteration will be exciting, it won’t be the same without Henshall!

What else to watch:

  • Women’s Health: Breaking The Taboos – 7pm, Channel 5 (CH 154/105)
  • Changing Rooms – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • The Fringe, Fame And Me – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • The Great – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • My Life Is Murder – 10pm, Alibi/HD (CH 126/212)

Thursday 11 August

Pick of the day: Football Dreams: The Academy

9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

This documentary goes behind the scenes of the south London-based Crystal Palace FC Academy, where young players hope to live out their dreams of becoming the next big thing in football. Meet 11-year-olds Kairo, Kayleb and Bola in the first episode – they’ve grown up and played together since they were five, but their tight-knit group could soon be split up by a big decision.

What else to watch:

  • Anyone Can Sing – 6pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 165/140)
  • Celebrity MasterChef – 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Shops & Robbers: High Street Wars? – 8.30pm, ITV/HD (CH 113/103)
  • Ambulance – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • First Dates – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)



Pick of the week: Football – New Premier League season

From Friday 5 August, 7pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502) + BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527)

The 2022-23 Premier League season kicks off with a huge weekend featuring five of last season’s top six. On Friday night Arsenal travel to Crystal Palace (7pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)) and having begun last season with three straight defeats, the Gunners will be determined to get off to a better start. The following day Liverpool take on promoted Fulham (11.30am, BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527)) at Craven Cottage, while Everton – whose fans will be expecting an improvement after narrowly escaping relegation – host Chelsea (5pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)).


The Manchester clubs are in action on Sunday, with Erik ten Hag taking charge of his first United league match at home to Brighton (1pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)) and City facing West Ham at the London Stadium (3.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)). Will these fixtures tell us anything about the shape of the season ahead? Well, City lost their opener in 2021-22 before going on to claim the title, so maybe forget that idea and just tune in for some rip-roaring Prem action…


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Pick of the week: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Saturday 6 August, 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

Keanu Reeves stopped by San Diego Comic-Con as the first trailer for John Wick: Chapter 4 was teased. The popular, ever-expanding franchise will be the hot ticket when it’s released, so make sure you’re up-to-date with the most recent film, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. After murdering an international crime lord, hitman John Wick (Reeves) has a bounty on his head and becomes the target of his fellow hitmen and bounty hunters. Come for Reeves, stay for the dogs (and the horse).


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