Six Shows You Shouldn’t Miss This Week
Season Five available from Friday on Netflix, Virgin TV 999
It might have taken this animation a little while to find its feet, but few would argue that it isn’t amongst the very best cartoon comedies around right now. Alternately surreal and sensitive, its daring and frequently dark hilarity is nothing if not unique, and it’s the sort of show just made for binging. If you’re a fan, then you’ve likely been counting down the days until the new series; if you haven’t taken the plunge yet, then there’s no better time!
Sunday @ 9pm, BBC One, Virgin TV 108
We were always optimistic that this thriller from the pen of Jed Mercurio would deliver – and has it ever! With lashings of political intrigue, personal drama and a dollop of hair-raising action to top it off, the first episode was the most watched British drama of the decade, and as it continues to heat up it’s only getting more unmissable! Suddenly, Sunday nights aren’t such a downer after all…
Wednesday @9pm, Virgin Media One, Virgin TV 103
Watching telly so you don’t have to, our crack couch potatoes are doing the necessary once again. Loads of our old favourites are back, including narrators Rory Cowan and Deirdre O’Kane, while a clutch of new faces have joined the crew too. One thing that certainly hasn’t changed, though, is the craic they have tuning into biggest shows on the box – and we’re having plenty of fun seeing them do it!
Monday @ 10pm, Comedy Central, Virgin TV 127
TV’s pre-eminent mischief makers are back acting the maggot, and their hidden camera exploits are more awkward than ever before. Joe, Sal, Murr and Q rope some familiar faces into the fun too, but the threat of forfeits for the losers is always there – and given that this series is throwing up the harshest punishments yet, it’s no wonder they’re putting everything they have into making sure they get their jobs done!
Thursday @ 9pm, Channel 4, Virgin TV 111
The drama set in a crumbling Manchester cop-shop returns with a serial killer on the loose and political tensions in the city at an all-time high; no pressure for our pals from Friday Street, then! The excellent performances are present once more, with Joanna Scanlan still one of the best bobbies on the box, and the seriously gritty and realistic plot of this third series means it’s all the more engrossing.
Season Two available on Netflix from Friday, Virgin TV 999
The first go-round was initially expected to be crude and juvenile, and while those boxes were certainly ticked the mockumentary actually packed a lot more substance and considered commentary than anyone might have anticipated. The second season sets its sights on The Turd Burglar – yes, we told you it was juvenile! – but with its clever send-up of true crime shows, as well as the uncanny knack to go a little deeper, we’d recommend you watch it before you judge it!
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