This week's top TV: 29 June - 5 July

This week's top TV: 29 June - 5 July

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By Pippa Shawley,
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
Tim Henman at Wimbledon
Tim Henman at Wimbledon

From sporting action to life in the wild, here's what to watch this week

Kevin McCloud's Escape to the Wild
Kevin McCloud meets Richard and Claire Rees (Credit: C4/Optomen Television/Doug Dregar)


Kevin McCloud’s Escape to the Wild

Channel 4, 9pm

It seems slightly strange that Kevin McCloud, a man who baulks at the idea of people living on building sites on Grand Designs, would choose to escape to wild. But escape to the wild he has.

Having stayed with families in Belize, Chile and Tonga, in this final episode, McCloud meets Richard and Claire Rees who left Wales behind them for a life off-grid in a cabin in northern Sweden.

Zawe Ashton in NSFW
Zawe Ashton as Katherine in Not Safe for Work (Credit: C4/Brian Sweeney)


Not Safe for Work

Channel 4, 10pm

Fresh Meat’s Zawe Ashton plays Katherine, a divorced civil servant who finds herself being packed off to Nottingham’s Immigration Pathway Team, a dumping ground for the worst staff from every team, like evolution… in reverse, like Australia but not as racist.

Cue a comedy drama that explores the personal issues that makes the Immigration Pathway Team such a dysfunctional bunch.

Banksy Does New York
(Credit: Filmbuff/CeneticRightsManagement)


Banksy Does New York

Sky Arts, 9pm

Banksy’s residency in New York in October 2013 took the city by storm.

The elusive artist revealed a new piece of art each day via his Instagram account and website, leading New Yorkers and Banksy-hunters alike to travel across the city to see the work before it was vandalised or removed, after then-NYC mayor  Michael Bloomberg stated that Banksy was defacing public and private property.

In Banksy Does New York, filmmaker Chris Moukarbel interweaves user-generated content from across social media to document the responses of Banksy fans that became a phenomenon in itself.


Hoff the Record
David Hassehoff turns his talents to international diplomacy (Credit: UKTV)


Hoff the Record

Dave, 9pm

From the makers of An Idiot Abroad comes Hoff the Record, a close-to-the bone semi-improvised mockumentary about former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff.

With opportunities less abundant than they were back in The Hoff’s 1980s heyday, he moves to England to seek new career opportunities.

This week’s episode sees him turn his talents to becoming a UN Ambassador.  Naturally.

Lily Cole Artsnight
Lily Cole (Credit: BBC/Henry Truman)



BBC Two, 11pm

Model, actress and entrepreneur Lily Cole investigates whether the critic Cyril Connolly’s assertion that SThere is no more sombre enemy of good art than a pram in the hall is true.

Cole, who herself is eight months pregnant, looks at the lives of women from across the creative industries to find out how having children affects their artistic output, including the sculpture and mother of four Barbara Hepworth, and We Need to Talk About Kevin author Lionel Shriver, who chose not to have children.


Tim Henman at Wimbledon
Tim Henman (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy)


Wimbledon 2015

BBC One and BBC Two from 11:05am

The world’s finest tennis tournament returns this week, and while you may have caught a set or two after work, Saturday is the day to dedicate yourself to the SW19 goings-on.

Coverage starts on BBC Two at 11:05am, while BBC One joins the action from 12:10pm.

If the rain stays away, we should know the final 16 line-up by the end of today.

Match of the Day Women's World Cup
Sue Smith, Jonathan Pearce, Jacqui Oatley, Tina Daheley and Rachel Brown-Finnis (Credit: BBC/Andrew Hayes-Watkins)


Match of the Day Live: Women’s World Cup 2015 Final

BBC Two 11:30pm

With the semi-finals taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, England has its fingers crossed that the Lionesses will beat reigning champions Japan to take on either Germany or the USA in Sunday’s final.

Vancouver hosts the final of the women’s world cup, with kick off at midnight UK time.

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From sporting action to life in the wild, here's what to watch this week