What’s On TV This Week: 3rd June – 9th June

What’s On TV This Week: 3rd June – 9th June

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Monday, 3rd June 2024
Dionne Brown as Queenie (credit: Channel 4)

ITV heads back to sunny Spain for Love Island, Disney+ explores the origins of the Dark Side in The Acolyte and Channel 4 introduces us to the "black Bridget Jones" in Queenie.

Love Island


ITV1 and ITV2, 9.00pm

It’s that time of the year again. 12 more singletons are entering the Majorcan love nest looking for a relationship, a brand deal or both.

The Villa has recently had its routine glow up. The centrepiece is the new Hideaway that’s open all hours with ‘No Invite Needed’, but only to those who aren’t in a couple, which should turn up the heat.

Maya Jama will slo-mo stride back into hosting duties, while Iain Stirling will once again be mercilessly ribbing the islanders as narrator. Among the cast are recruitment managers, street dancers and sweet salesmen. Meet the rest of the contestants here.

Sunak V Starmer: The ITV Debate


ITV1, 9.00pm

ITV airs the first head-to-head General Election debate between the Conservatives’ incumbent Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party.

The hour-long programme will see Sunak and Starmer debate directly with one another before taking questions from voters. And ITV News at Ten presenter Julie Etchingham, who moderated debates in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 General Elections, will do so again here.

ITV will be hosting a further, multi-party debate on Thursday 13 June.



Channel 4, 10.00pm

A new drama that might hit a bit too close to home for any London journos experiencing a quarter life crisis…

Queenie is based on Candice Carty-Williams’ best-selling novel, which was originally marketed as the “black Bridget Jones.” The tagline captured the haplessness the titular heroine shares with the iconic diarist, but, as Carty-Williams told Stylist, “this book is also naturally political just because of who Queenie is.”

Queenie Jenkins (Dionne Brown, Criminal Record) is 25 years old, Jamaican British, and a journalist living in the steadily gentrifying South London. Shell-shocked after her long-term boyfriend Tom (“Take Me Out contestant” Jon Pointing of Big Boys) tells her they need a break, she starts seeking solace in all the wrong places and must reckon with her past if she wants to move on.

The Acolyte



A new Star Wars spin-off that takes us back to the earliest point in the timeline ever visited in live-action. Around 100 years before Episode I – The Phantom Menace, it’s a time of peace, when the Jedi were at the height of their power. So it’s essentially “a Star Wars with no war in it,” as creator Lesley Headland pointed out to Entertainment Weekly, which recasts the Dark Side as the underdog.

It’s an interesting, more intimate way into the typically galactic franchise. Lee Jung-jae stars as a venerable Jedi Master who investigates a shocking crime spree, which leads him to a former Padawan student turned fierce warrior (Amandla Stenberg). As they pursue the case, they’re led down a dark path where sinister forces are emerging, unsanctioned by the Jedi Order.

Taskmasterclass: What’s the Point?


Channel 4, 9.00pm

Series 17 may have come to a close last week, but Greg Davies and Alex Horne are keeping the true addicts of TV’s most frivolous gameshow tiding over with this new behind-the-scenes series.

It’s apparently more of a clip show, albeit with commentary from Davies and Horne who put their previous contestants’ performances in wider contexts. The clips will help them explore “some of the most burning questions” that fans have about the show. First up: “whether there is actually any point to the seemingly pointless tasks.”

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ITV heads back to sunny Spain for Love Island, Disney+ explores the origins of the Dark Side in The Acolyte and Channel 4 introduces us to the "black Bridget Jones" in Queenie.