TV worth watching: Muddy’s picks for this week
Wimbledon's on; Love Island is starting. Yes, there's reasons to be outside but there's also quite a lot to stay in for. Make yourself a batch of Pimms and hog the sofa for a few hours.
Love Island (ITV2) – Mon 28 June
Hold onto your hats, people. It’s that time of year again when every celebrity story on your feed will be about an impossibly polished 20-something in a bikini. Laura Whitmore is hosting the action while her husband, Iain Stirling, takes his place as the show’s narrator. Remember, there’s £50k up for grabs for the couple who make it to the end and receive the most votes – and millions in aftershow deals. Romance is not the only thing on offer here.
Wimbledon 2021 (BBC Two) – Mon 28 June
And then we have this: Wimbledon. And never before has the genteel thud of tennis ball against an impeccably kept grass court been so welcome. Wimbledon marks British High Summer so let’s hope the weather does its part and we can do the rest: blankets on the lawn, strawberry cream teas, Pimms and gingham sun dresses. Fingers crossed for back-to-back sun. (Oh, and come on, Andy!)
Hemingway (BBC Four) – Tues 29 June
I actually started my Great American Novel in lockdown but then, eating Shreddies out the box and watching reruns of Miss Marple got in the way – you know how it is. No such distractions for Ernest Hemingway though as even 60 years after his death, he is still considered one of the world’s finest literary talents. Documentary supremo Ken Burns along with Lynn Novick pick up the story of Hemingway’s extraordinary life in this six-part documentary that includes excerpts from his writing performed by notables such as Jeff Daniels and Meryl Streep.
Extraordinary Twins (ITV) – Wed 30 June
Conjoined twins is an incredibly rare phenomenon but it does happen, and for twins and their families, there is a terrible decision to make about whether surgical separation will help or hinder, in the most emphatic sense. This two-part documentary (the next episode airs Thurs 1 June) follows Nick and Chelsea from Idaho whose three-year-old twins Callie and Carter are joined at the sternum. The family travel around the world, meeting other affected their families, before they make their final choice.
Sophie: A Murder in West Cork (Netflix) – Wed 30 June
Yes, Sky is currently showing the Jim Sheridan documentary focusing on the same murder in West Cork in 1996 but this three-part Netflix addition has been made with Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s family and presents the case more from their point of view. It’s been labelled as “poisonous propaganda” by Ian Bailey, the chief suspect who has been convicted in absentia by the French court. But whatever your thoughts, it’s beautifully made and eminently watchable.
The Tomorrow War (Amazon Prime) – Fri 2 July
Are you requiring an action film and a well-built, heroic father battling aliens to save his daughter’s future? Well, in that case, welcome to The Tomorrow War on Amazon Prime. Chris Pratt – who you may know from Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Rec – is leading this time-travelling sci-fi that requires him to travel to 2051 to lay some serious smackdown on a deadly alien species.