TV time! 7 of the best things to watch this week
From Channel 4's dark and twisty vision of Britain in 2024 to the next dose of Stranger Things and a new series of Only Murders in the Building, you won't want to miss these seven new shows.
PICK OF THE WEEK: The Undeclared War, C4, 30 June
Ooh, colour us intrigued for this new thriller. Coming in six parts, the series is set in the imagined very near future: it’s 15 months after Boris Johnson lost a no confidence vote, and he’s been replaced by a man called Andrew Makinde, played by Adrian Lester (Riviera, Hustle). Covid is still at large and Ukraine has fallen. We follow a new employee at GCHQ witnessing attacks on Britain that seem to signify a full-blown cyber war. Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall) also star.
Wimbledon, BBC, from 27 June
Thumbs up for gently thwacking rackets and punnets of strawberries. Emma Raducanu, Andy Murray, Serena Williams and more leading tennis talents are all set to step out in dazzling white (anyone else wonder about the grass stains?) and fight for their title. Clare Balding will be presenting nightly highlights at 8.30pm on BBC2 if you’re after the best bits.
Aids — The Unheard Tapes, BBC2, 27 June
By no means a pick-me-up, but a moving piece of oral history brought to life. Actors lip-sync to audio recordings made by gay men in the 1980s and 1990s, charting the real-life contemporary reactions to an at-first frightening unknown, and then to a labelled death sentence.
Come Dine With Me — The Professionals, C4, 27 June
Everyone’s favourite hangover TV show (right?) has had a revamp. Local restaurant owners take their turn at feeding, entertaining, and impressing each other in quest of that £1000 cash prize (which has been stubbornly £1000 since 2005, with no care for inflation). Though on paper you’d think the professionals should find this a cinch, there’s plenty of mishaps and character clashes to keep us amused — plus that all-essential narration by The Voiceover Guy (who is, apparently, called Dave Lamb).
Only Murders In The Building, Disney+, 28 June
This screwball whodunnit, featuring the unlikely central cast of comedy veterans Martin Short and Steve Martin and young superstar Selena Gomez, is back for series 2. Having solved one murder only to be unexpectedly accused of committing another, the gang must crack on with investigating all over again in order to clear their names. It’s witty, well-styled, and packed with big names: a delightful watch.
Stranger Things, Netflix, 1 July
More good news for Kate Bush as Volume 2 of Stranger Things 4 drops this Friday. Judging on how gripping the first volume was (and clocking in at around four hours of content), you’ll want to cancel your evening plans. Of course the big bad Vecna must be vanquished to the tune of some 80s bangers, but we can’t be the only ones most interested in the various personal entanglements. An order of Joyce and Hopper, and a happier Max, please!
The Terminal List, Amazon Prime Video, 1 July
A seriously buff Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) heads this twisty action thriller about a Navy Seal suffering from PTSD and a head wound — only, this doesn’t seem to be the only explanation for why evidence doesn’t line up with his memories. Expect lots of tense fight scenes, fast driving, and big explosions: familiar action stuff. That said, the tightly-plotted storyline of paranoia is surprisingly gripping.