TV Picks: 21st June - 27th June

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Rick and Morty - series five


E4, 10pm

Rick and Morty returns for another series of multiversal escapades.

Creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have confirmed there will be more continuity this series, and that series four’s Space Beth is set to play a major part.

Married At First Sight Australia returns for series six

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Married At First Sight Australia will be back to help beat the January blues and follow a new batch of strangers as they make a lifelong commitment to each other in the hope of finding love. 

This summer, the Australian series was the most watched show on All 4, and series six promises to be even more dramatic than before. 

This series will also see the boys will enjoy a bucks night and the girls a hen night, which will lead to some eye-opening revelations.

Channel 4 commissions new series Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion

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Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion will see a new crop of single celebrities looking to find ‘the one’ while all living under the same roof.

With dates, drinks and drama, the series will see the celebrities go on a series of dates with potential matches. Unlike previous series however, there will be nowhere to hide if a date doesn’t go to plan. Instead of the ease of ghosting, face to face communication will be essential, no matter how awkward it gets.

First Dates: Teens heads to E4 in 2021

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The six-part series will see a group of 16-19-year olds embark on the often weird and sometimes wonderful world of dating, with their first ever face-to-face blind date.

While the Gen-Zers may not be looking to find ‘the one’, they will be able to have fun away from their phones and the pressures of social media and enjoy chatting about everything from Nicki Minaj to Brexit.

E4 confirms August return for Married at First Sight Australia

The social experiment follows the same format as the fourth series that has captured the imagination of UK audiences throughout lockdown in July.

11 couples marry without having met each other after being matched by a team of experts, as the ultimate test of whether science can predict a couple’s chemistry.

The matchmakers include neuro-psychotherapist Trisha Stratford, dating expert and psychologist Mel Schilling and relationship psychologist John Aiken.

Hollyoaks to celebrate 25th birthday with new series Hollyoaks@25

Hollyoaks@25 will showcase one week for every five years, each chosen for the significance and popularity of its storylines.

The first era will look at the years 1995-2000, specifically the year 1999, when the soap’s first ever major stunt was performed.

A young Tony, Lewis, Ruth and Lucy are desperate to escape the water tank in which they are being held captive by a vengeful Rob Hawthorne, the soap’s first ever villain.

Meet the famous faces of Celebs Go Virtual Dating

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Finding love can be hard at the best of times but finding love in the middle of a pandemic feels almost impossible, which is why celebrities Chloe Ferry, Pete Wicks, Levi Davis and Shaughna Phillips have turned to the Celebs Go Dating agents for professional help.

Dating agents Paul C Brunson and Anna Williamson will return, joined by their junior client coordinator Tom Read Wilson, ready to navigate the challenges of vetting love matches online and arranging exciting remote and socially distanced dates.

E4 announces new digital commissions

Navi Lamba, Digital Commission Exec for E4, commented: “It’s been so brilliant harnessing all the creativity the lockdown has inspired in our indie partners.

“We’ve commissioned across a number of genres and a mixture of animation and live action, hearing the stories of real people across the country and those of well-known faces in comedy, music and TV and all are tailored to work best for our young audiences.”


E4 sets premiere date for new sitcom Maxxx

The six-part series is an outrageously transgressive and cringe-worthy peek behind the curtain of a pop music scene rife with insecurity and fragile narcissism.

Assumed dead by most, Maxxx (O-T Fagbenle) is a former boy band star desperate to re-establish himself in the celebrity world, if only to win back his supermodel ex-girlfriend Jourdan Dunn (playing herself).

Maxxx’s widely reported drug-addled antics have turned most of his fans against him, although his cousin and superfan-stalker Rose (Helen Monks) is still on his side.

Channel 4 acquires Taskmaster

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​Initially a live show at the Edinburgh Fest Fringe, Taskmaster was originally developed with Channel 4 and then later commissioned by UKTV where it aired on Dave for nine series.

The series follows Greg Davies and show creator Alex Horne as they host a series of complex and comedic challenges that test the wit of a line-up of famous contestants.

Following the six series deal, new episodes of Taskmaster will air on Channel 4.