TV Picks: 12th July – 18th July

TV Picks: 12th July – 18th July

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Monday, 12th July 2021
Below Deck, This Way Up & Baptiste (credit: Greg Endries/Bravo, Channel 4 & BBC)

This week’s picks include the return of Below Deck, a new celebrity cook-off and more sisterly shenanigans from Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan.

Below Deck Mediterranean


E4, 9.00pm

A totally new but equally unruly crew join Captain Sandy Yawn and bosun Malia White aboard the Lady Michelle, a new 180-foot mega yacht, on their return to Croatia.

Chief stew Katie Flood, chef Matthew Shea, stews Lexi Wilson and Courtney Veale, deckhands David Pascoe, Lloyd Spencer, and Mzi Dempers will all be living and working on the Lady Michelle. And if the five previous fling and feud-filled series are anything to go by, there will be plenty of loving and hating as well.

A press release also promised “a serious crisis” before the first charter that will be “a shocking franchise first.”

Lie With Me


Channel 5, 9.00pm

A new chilling Aussie thriller starring Charlie Brooks (Eastenders) as one half of a couple seeking a fresh start after the husband’s infidelity.

Anna and Jay (Brett Tucker) have made a drastic move to Australia in an attempt to save their relationship, also hiring a local nanny, Becky (Phoebe Roberts), to help raise their children.

But Becky is not as innocent as she seems, and the new life they were looking for unravels before it even begins.

Cooking with the Stars


ITV, 9.00pm

A new cooking competition that pairs eight celebrity hobbyists with professional mentors and pits them against one another in weekly battles.

Denise Van Outen, Johnny Vegas, Griff Rhys Jones, Naughty Boy, Catherine Tydesley and McFly’s Harry Judd, TV presenter AJ Odudu, comedian Johnny Vegas and Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas are the celebs who fancy their chances.

In each episode the two celebs judged bottom of the class will face a last chance cook off with no assistance from their mentor to decide who gets sent home.

They’ll be putting their skills to the test under the judgemental eyes of the likes of chef and presenter Rosemary Shrager, food writer and restaurant owner Nisha Katona, and This Morning’s chef Joseph Denison Carey.

This Way Up


Channel 4, 10.00pm

This Way Up returns for another series of sisterly shenanigans, with Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan reprising their roles as Aine and Shona.

Aine is now putting her past and that stint in rehab behind her, living life less cautiously and contemplating making a move on her employer, Richard (Tobias Menzies).

Meanwhile Shona is dealing with her own inner conflict having stolen a kiss with her business partner, Charlotte (Indira Varma), despite getting engaged to Vish (Aasif Mandvi).

The trials and tribulations will keep on coming, including an unwise infra-red sauna trip and another unwilling duet following their spellbinding rendition of Zombie in series one. But as with all sisters, these two have a bond that will not be broken.

Secrets of an Isis Smartphone


BBC One, 10.35pm

Mobeen Azhar (credit: BBC)

RTS Award-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar is granted exclusive access to the contents of a smartphone used by three Brits who left home to fight for ISIS in Syria.

Using photos, videos and screenshots found on the phone, Azhar uncovers what made the men join the estimated 900 Britons in fighting for the world’s most feared terrorist organisation; how they became radicalised and who was responsible.

The vast majority who made the journey were young men like these, but what makes this case study interesting is the fact that all three were from very different backgrounds, including one who attended a private school. Azhar speaks to the family and friends of each to find out just how extremist ideology can upend a life of any kind.



BBC One, 9.00pm

The slow-burning spin-off of The Missing returns for a second series with Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) tasked with his hardest case yet. All the while dealing with the aftermath of his son Niels’ (Boris Van Severen) treachery.

Killing Eve’s Fiona Shaw stars as British Ambassador Emma Chambers, whose whole family disappears on a skiing holiday in Hungary. Baptiste throws himself head first into the case, but he has to deal with both an untrustworthy Hungarian police force and a ravenous press.

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This week’s picks include the return of Below Deck, a new celebrity cook-off and more sisterly shenanigans from Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan.