TV Picks: 20 May - 26 May

TV Picks: 20 May - 26 May

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Monday, 23rd May 2022
Dylan llewellyn & Olisa Odele as Jack & Yemi in Big Boys (credit: PA Photo/Channel 4/Kevin Baker)

Jack Rooke makes his TV debut with Big Boys, Ewan McGregor returns as Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Stranger Things gang are back to battle the Upside Down.

Dubai Hustle


BBC Three, 8.00pm

Dubai Hustle (credit: BBC)

A new reality show that follows young Brits as they escape the bleak UK job market by battling it out in the world of Dubai real estate.

The first episode - Another Day, Another Dirham - sees Chris and a colleague compete for the same deal, while Jess oversees the rental of a million dirham house and Ellie's sales performance is scrutinised by MD James.

State of the Union


BBC Two, 10.00pm

Series one of Nick Hornby and Stephen Frears' comedy was a finely tuned two-hander exploring the failing marriage of a Kentish Town couple, expertly portrayed by Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd.

Now it's American boomers Scott and Ellen's turn for marital therapy, with legendary character actors Brendan Gleeson and Patricia Clarkson's taking up the mantle. The pints are out and coffee's in, served up by Esco Jouley's non-binary barista who baffles Scott and his backward ways. Not the free-spirited, progressive activist Ellen, though. And therein lies the issue: instead of an affair, it's an entire worldview that currently divides the couple.

Obi-Wan Kenobi



Ewan McGregor returns as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi for a Star Wars spin-off set in the aftermath of the prequel trilogy.

10 years after the fall of the Republic and his fallout with his former Padawan, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan is hiding from the Imperial Inquisitors hellbent on his capture. And that obviously includes Anakin himself, having been seduced by the dark side and turned into Darth Vader. The trailer hints at a long-awaited duel between them.

Big Boys


Channel 4, 10.00pm

Jack Rooke's new comedy, based on his award-winning Fringe shows, tells the sweet story of two boys on opposite ends of the masculinity spectrum who meet and become best mates at Brent Uni freshers' week.

Derry Girls' wee English fella Dylan Llewellyn plays the dweeby, closeted Jack, who is still grieving for his father when he takes a liking to lad's lad Danny (Jon Pointing): "he looks like a Take Me Out contestant." The series follows the two as they explore, experiment and find themselves in their first year.

Stranger Things series four



Six months on from the ruinous Battle of Starcourt and the gang are separated for the first time, grappling with the aftermath and the complexities of high school.

Jane/Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is losing friends and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) is questioning his own. 

All of which leaves them vulnerable and unprepared for the surfacing of yet another terrifying supernatural threat from the Upside Down.

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Jack Rooke makes his TV debut with Big Boys, Ewan McGregor returns as Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Stranger Things gang are back to battle the Upside Down.