What's on TV 16 July - 22 July

What's on TV 16 July - 22 July

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Now that the World Cup is over and there's no more tennis, you're probably wondering how to fill your time. Don't worry, we've got you covered, take a look at our pick of the best of what's on the small screen this week.

Who is America?

Monday: Channel 4, 10pm

Sacha Baron Cohen has never shied away from controversy and his new series for Channel 4 is certainly no exception. Filmed over the course of a year, Who is America? sees Cohen go head to head with some of the biggest names in US politics; Sarah Palin, Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Bernie Sanders have all been “caught out” by Cohen on camera. The orange one himself, President Trump, is the focal point for Cohen’s japes, though it’s unclear whether or not he will appear. Fans of Cohen’s work will remember the memorable time that Trump met his alter ego, Ali G,  to discuss business.

Relive the bizarre experience and read more about the show here.

Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema 

Tuesday: BBC Four, 9pm

(Credit: BBC)
(Credit: BBC)

Critic Mark Kermode takes viewers on a journey through the inner workings of the movies we know and love. He kicks things off by exploring the techniques and conventions of the romantic comedy genre, looking at everything from the classic Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant vehicle Bringing Up Baby all the way through to (almost) Best Picture Oscar Winner La La Land.

Live Well for Longer

Wednesday: Channel 4, 8pm

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

Tackling the pressing health questions of today, the series begins with presenters Kate Quilton and Tamal Ray exploring the male contraceptive and a hangover free beer. Morland Sanders looks into the uses of medical marijuana and a group of women give up alcohol for a month to see what effect it has on their health.

Our Shirley Valentine Summer

Thursday: ITV, 9.30pm

(Credit: ITV)
(Credit: ITV)

Who can forget Pauline Collins’s turn as the eponymous bored housewife in the 1989 classic Shirley Valentine? Following in the footsteps of this iconic character are eight female celebrities, who feel that, like Shirley, they are at a crossroads in life. The celebs head to the Greek island of Naxos to contemplate what the future might hold. This week sees Melinda Messenger fulfilling her dream of living off the island and Lizzie Cundy being swept off her feet. Plus, to round the week off there’s a trip to Paros and a rather enlightening dance meditation session.

Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

Friday: Sky Arts, 9pm

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The scene shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (Credit: Sky)

Originally made for CNN, this series explores the intricate relationship that we have between historical events and the popular music at the time, as well as what impact that event has on the music that comes after. This episode focuses on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, with music ranging from Nina Simone’s Mississippi Goddam to Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 Black Lives Matter anthem Alright.

The Tour de France Live 2018

Saturday: ITV4, 12pm

Covering 3,351 kilometres, this year’s Tour will take in the iconic Alpe d’Huez along with altitude finishes at La Rosiere and Saint-Lary-Soulan col du Portet, before concluding in Paris. 

Four-time winner Chris Froome is a controversial favourite after winning the Giro. Dauphiné winner Geraint Thomas, who is also a Sky team leader, and Brit Adam Yates are among those tipped to compete at the front of the peloton. Mark Cavendish, the second all-time stage winner with a massive 30 wins, returns to see if he can add to his impressive tally.

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Now that the World Cup is over and there's no more tennis, you're probably wondering how to fill your time. Don't worry, we've got you covered, take a look at our pick of the best of what's on the small screen this week.