This week's top TV: 31 July - 6 August

This week's top TV: 31 July - 6 August

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Find out which new programmes we're watching this week.

Documentary

I am Bolt

Monday, 8.30pm, BBC One

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Ahead of Usain Bolt’s final race at the World Athletics Championships, I am Bolt looks at how the sprinter prepared for the 2016 Rio Olympics.  As well as following Bolt’s gruelling training regime, the film includes archive footage from Bolt’s early career and features interviews with sporting legends including Pelé and Serena Williams.


Drama

Man in An Orange Shirt

Monday, 9pm, BBC Two


Thomas (James McArdle) and Michael (Oliver Jackson-Cohen)
(Credit: BBC / Kudos / Nick Briggs)

In 1944, British Army Captain Michael Berryman meets the artist Thomas March in Southern Italy. Although Michael has a young fiancée, Flora, waiting for him at home, he finds himself falling for bohemian Thomas. When the war ends, the pair briefly experience life as a couple, during which time Thomas paints Michael’s portrait, ‘Man In An Orange Shirt.’

Against Thomas’ pleas, Michael returns to London where he starts a family with Flora. Meanwhile Thomas heads to Soho, where, at great personal risk, he can live the life of a gay man.

Can the men find a way for their love to survive against the pressures of 1940s law and society, and Flora’s desire for a perfect family?


Arts

The Southbank Show

Wednesday, 8pm, Sky Arts

 

Melvyn Bragg meets RTS Fellow Sally Wainwright to discuss her career as an acclaimed scriptwriter of dramas including Last Tango in Halifax, Happy Valley and To Walk Invisible.


Comedy

Insecure

Thursday, 10:35pm, Sky Atlantic


Issa Rae as Issa Dee, Naomi Orji as Molly
(Credit: HBO/Sky)

Issa Rae’s risqué comedy Insecure returns for a second series. The Boston Globe called the show, which follows the lives of two modern-day black women, “an extraordinary portrait of an ordinary, relatable, and delightful person.”

The last series saw Issa break up with boyfriend Lawrence, and she must now attempt to move on from their relationship, while contending with a new work assignment.


Sport

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017: The Final Live

Sunday, 3pm (kick off 4pm), Channel 4


Presenting team Clare Balding, Michael Owen and Eni Aluko
(Credit: Channel 4 / Sally Rose McCormack / Mark Johnson / Victor De Jesus)

The final of this year’s UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 football tournament takes place at the FC Twente Stadion Enschede in the Netherlands.

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