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What to watch this week

What to watch this week

Discover the best stuff to watch on TV this week, from the top shows to our pick of the greatest sport and movies


By Virgin TV Edit

From top money-saving tips in a new series of How To Save A Grand In 24 Hours and unmissable new true crime documentary No Body Recovered to the return of King Gary, the Lions’ first Test against South Africa and much, much more, it’s a bumper week of brilliant entertainment on Virgin TV.

 

With so much great stuff on the box this week, we’ve compiled a list of the best things for you to watch. Bookmark this page for fresh listings every week.

 

 

Wednesday 21 July

Pick of the day: George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations

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

In this new series, we meet Richard and Sarah, who are looking to convert their former high street bank, a Victorian grade II-listed building, into a home. With a little help from architect George Clarke, the couple could be on their way to a unique place to live.

 

What else to watch:

  • Kirstie And Phil's Love It Or List It – 8pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
  • Uprising – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • Love Island – 9pm, ITV2/HD (CH 115/176)
  • Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story – 9pm, Sky Documentaries/HD (CH 278/277)
  • Jade Jones: Fighting For Gold – 10.35pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

 

Thursday 22 July

Pick of the day: Heist: The Northern Bank Robbery

9.30pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

Darragh MacIntyre and Sam McBride investigate the infamous 2004 robbery of a bank in Belfast which saw £26.5 million taken. With the case still unsolved, the duo takes a look at the evidence as well as how the incident affected Northern Ireland as a whole.

 

What else to watch:

  • Eat Well For Less? – 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • Uprising – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • Diana’s Decades – 9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Love Island – 9pm, ITV2/HD (CH 115/176)
  • Gordon Ramsay: Unchartered – 10pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)

 

Friday 23 July

Pick of the day: Reclaiming Amy

9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

Marking the tenth anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s tragic death, this documentary film follows the singer’s mum, Janis Winehouse-Collins, as she attempts to reclaim her daughter’s legacy.

 

What else to watch:

  • RHS Flower Show Tatton Park – 7pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Inside Cadbury: Chocolate Secrets Unwrapped – 8pm, Channel 4 (CH 104)
  • Love Island – 9pm, ITV2/HD (CH 115/176)
  • Deception – 9pm, Alibi/HD (CH 126/212)
  • The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

 

Saturday 24 July

Pick of the day: Pavarotti In Hyde Park

9:30pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

Luciano Pavarotti Cavaliere di Gran Croce, to give the late Italian tenor his full name, performs in London’s Hyde Park in 1991, celebrating 30 years in opera. Hear the revered singer perform arias by Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and Wagner, accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra. Bellissimo!

 

What else to watch:

  • Our Yorkshire Farm – 6:30pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)
  • The Void – 8pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Long Lost Family  – 9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Meghan At 40: The Climb To Power – 9:30pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)
  • Quiz – 10pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)

 

Sunday 25 July

Pick of the day: Les Misérables 25th Anniversary

9pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 123/156)

Watch Alfie Boe, Matt Lucas, Nick Jonas and many more raise the roof at London’s O2 Arena for a grand celebration of one of the world’s most iconic musicals. It’s a sight to behold for fans of the hit show.

 

What else to watch:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Love Island – 9pm, ITV2/HD (CH 115/176)
  • Professor T – 9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Baptiste – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • Celebrity Gogglebox – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

 

Monday 26 July

Pick of the day: How To Save A Grand In 24 Hours

8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

Anna Richardson is back with more savvy tips to help viewers bulk out the piggy bank. In the first episode of the new series she’s joined by Gary Usher, Eve Humphreys and Peachy Clean, who collectively form a crack team of money-saving experts.

 

What else to watch:

  • Gold Town – 7pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Taken: Hunting The Sex Traffickers – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Would I Lie To You? – 9:30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • Big Zuu’s Big Eats – 10pm, Dave/HD (CH 127/227)
  • The Big Asian Stand Up – 10pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

 

Tuesday 27 July

Pick of the day: India’s Rape Scandal

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

As over 70 Indian politicians face criminal charges, Channel 4 correspondent Ramita Navai takes a look at two rape cases that have drawn the attention of not just the police, but also the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi.

 

What else to watch:

  • Great Australian Railway Journeys – 7pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Love Your Garden – 8pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Bake Off: The Professionals – The Final – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Cooking With The Stars – 9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled ­– 10pm, Dave/HD (CH 127/227)

 

Wednesday 28 July

Pick of the day: Fake Or Fortune

9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould have picturesque Norfolk in their sights, with the celebrated artist Henry Moore in mind. The pair are in town to investigate a mysterious sculpture, which has been used as a doorstop by the Betts family for years.

 

What else to watch:

  • Craig And Bruno’s Great British Road Trips – 8pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Chris Packham: The Walk That Made Me – 8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Kirstie And Phil’s Love It Or List It – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Morecambe & Wise: The Lost Tapes – 9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • This Way Up – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

 

Thursday 29 July

Pick of the day: No Body Recovered

9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)

In this brand new documentary, exclusive access has been granted to police records relating to the mysterious disappearance of Mike O’Leary, the father-of-three who vanished in Wales in January 2020.

 

What else to watch:

  • Yorkshire Firefighters – 8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Can I Improve My Memory? – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • A Year In The Beacons – 8:30pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Gordon Ramsay: Unchartered – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • The Rap Game UK 3 – 10.35pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

 

Friday 30 July

Pick of the day: King Gary

9:30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

Gary King (Tom Davis) is back for a second series of the hit sitcom about suburban life, and in the first episode we join him at his neighbour’s funeral. But, more importantly, Gary’s hired a skip. When the neighbourhood take advantage of said skip, a hot-headed Gary demands the culprit own up.

 

What else to watch:

  • Wonderful Wales With Michael Ball – 8pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)
  • A Very British Hotel – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • BBC Proms: First Night of the Proms – 9pm, BBC Four HD (CH 107)
  • I’ll Get This – 10pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

 



Pick of the week: Rugby Union: South Africa v British and Irish Lions

Saturday 24 July, 3pm, Sky Sports Lions/HD (CH 517/507)

Buckle up, as the Lions take on world champions South Africa from Cape Town Stadium in the first Test of their hugely anticipated three-match series. Will the tourists be roaring with delight at the full-time whistle, or will it be the Springboks leaping with joy? It’s all to play for.

 

What else to watch:

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Pick of the week: Lady Bird

Saturday 24 July, 10:30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)

In this comedy drama starring Saoirse Ronan, a teenager looking for her groove in life renames herself Lady Bird. At odds with her mother and desperate for independence, she tries to spread her wings, in a coming-of-age tale that is an instant classic.

 

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