This week’s top TV: 8-15 June

This week’s top TV: 8-15 June

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By Pippa Shawley,
Wednesday, 24th June 2015

How to Be Bohemian with Victoria Coren Mitchell
BBC Four, 9pm

Victoria Coren Mitchell (Credit: BBC/Wingspan Productions/Richard Ranken)
Victoria Coren Mitchell (Credit: BBC/Wingspan Productions/Richard Ranken)

Ignoring, for now, the boho chic favoured by Sienna Miller and co a decade ago, Victorian Coren Mitchell goes in search of the first bohemians, starting in post-revolutionary Paris.

She discovers the eccentric world of poverty-stricken Parisian artists and writers, including one who famously took his pet lobster for walks in the park.

Along her journey, Coren Mitchell talks to characters on the fringes of modern bohemia, including Grayson Perry and Stephen Fry.

Sky Arts, 9pm

Birthday (Credit: Justin Downing For Sky Arts)

Stephen Mangan stars as Ed, a pregnant man about to go into Labour on an NHS maternity ward.

Based on the Royal Court play by Joe Penhall, Birthday is funny, thoughtful and moving, exploring the emotional turmoil of labour, and looks at it from a new angle.

The one-off drama is part of Sky Arts’ new slate of programming following a relaunch of the channel.

Long Lost Family
ITV, 9pm

Long Lost Family (Credit: ITV)

Seasoned viewers of Long Lost Family will know to have a large box of tissues to hand before tuning in.

The show, which sees Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell attempt to reunite long-separated family members, never fails to get the tears flowing.

This week sees 41 year-old Robert Lindsay head to Croatia to go in search of the father he never met.

BBC Two, 9pm

Stonemouth (Credit: BBC/Slate Films/Mark Mainz)

Based on the late Iain Banks’ novel, Stonemouth follows Stewart Gilmour’s (Christian Cooke) return to his old village for the funeral of his best friend.

It’s an uncomfortable visit, not least because Gilmour was run out of town two years before by his girlfriend’s criminal family.

He suspects that his friend’s death may not have been a suicide after all, and resolves to find out what really happened.

TFI Friday
Channel 4, 9pm

TFI Friday (Credit: Channel 4)

The legendary TFI Friday returns for a one off special this week to celebrate almost 20 years since it first aired.

For those of us too young to remember the heady days of Chris Evans’ anarchic Friday night part chat, part music, part who-knows-what-show, Channel 4 have produced a handy guide to what we all missed, while fans will appreciate the return of classic segments Freak or Unique? and Fat Lookalikes.

Trooping the Colour
BBC One, 10.30am

Huw Edwards
Huw Edwards

Huw Edwards leads the live coverage of the military display by the Queen’s Colour of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards to celebrate the monarch’s official birthday.

Clare Balding will be reporting live from the crowds watching the parade and flypast.

Highlights will be shown on BBC One from 6pm for those who spent the morning recovering from taking TFI Friday a little too seriously the night before.

Channel 4, 9pm

Humans (Credit: Channel 4)
Humans (Credit: Channel 4)

You’ve probably seen the scary advert for Channel 4’s sci-fi drama by now.

The show follows what happens when a group of households buy a synthetic human to help with the chores, but it soon becomes clear that they may cause more trouble than they’re worth.

Katherine Parkinson (IT Crowd), Rebecca Front (The Thick of It) and Colin Morgan (Merlin) star in this year’s most unnerving sci-fi series.


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