No sport here! What’s on telly this week
The football is over so - finally - you can push your menfolk off the sofa and reclaim the television. Set them to work on the garden, pour yourself a glass and settle down for the evening.
Lie With Me (C5) – Mon 12 July
This four-part suburban thriller looks like it might take over your week as it’s showing every night until Thursday. Charlies Brooks (yes, her off Eastenders) is leading this suburban thriller as a wife who relocates to Melbourne, Australia, in an attempt to patch up the cracks in her marriage to her Australian husband, played by Brett Tucker. Enter a new attractive nanny and it all gets a bit jumpy.
Amol Rajan Interviews (BBC Two) – Mon 12 July
The BBC’s media editor is an intelligent, personable voice on the television and radio and tonight he starts his new series talking to – according to the blurb – “global, era-defining pioneers, leaders and maverick thinkers working in politics, technology, business and culture, who are shaping our rapidly changing 21st century world.” Wow. So not a big brief, then. Anyway, first up is Sundar Pichal, CEO of Alphabet and Google and if you want to know if he thinks it’s right that tech companies are worth more than, say, Saudi Arabia, you might want to tune in.
Our NHS: A Hidden History (BBC One) – Thurs 15 July
The erudite and empathetic historian David Olusuga is helming this hour-long feature: an exploration into how immigration has bolstered and strengthened the NHS and how migrants continue to shore up our greatest institution, despite rising levels of hostility. Expect amazing stories of humanity, duty and resilience.
This Way Up (C4) – Wed 14 July
Irish comedian Aisling Bea is back with the second series of her BAFTA-winning comedy drama, centred on the main character Aine, a teacher who is piecing her life back together after a nervous breakdown. Sharon Horgan plays her sister, Shona, and Tobias Menzies (who you’ll know as mid-life Prince Philip in The Crown) is the love interest. The first series is on All 4 if you need a refresher.
Schmigadoon (Apple TV +) – Fri 16 July
This looks like loads of fun. A backpacking couple Melissa and Josh (Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key) stumble upon a charming little town called Schmigadoon. What they don’t know (until it is too late) is that it’s a town from a Golden Age musical and that neither of them can leave until they find true love. You know it’s going to be good when you’ve got Jane Krakowski as a countess, Alan Cumming as the mayor and Martin Short as a leprechaun. They’ll be singing, dancing and escape attempts aplenty.
Guy Garvey: From the Vaults (Sky Arts) – Fri 16 July
Elbow’s frontman is back with another series that duly raids the archives looking for performances that are due another airing. This week his eye has landed on 1985 so viewers will be treated to Chaka Khan belting out I Feel For You and Prefab Sprout performing from a theme park. Well, it was the Eighties.
Professor T (ITV) – Sun 18 July
Ah, who doesn’t love a police procedural on a Sunday night? This is a six-part series based on the hit Belgian original that will see us nicely through the summer hols, thank you very much. Ben Miller is the Professor T in question, and he has behavioural issues. Well, it’s part and parcel of being a tortured genius, no? Anyway, he’s a brilliant criminologist at Cambridge and his extraordinary mind and talents mean he gets roped in to assist the police in a cold case that really needs cracking. Frances de la Tour also stars.