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What We’re Watching in July

It’s been so flippin’ hot that the best thing to do is watch telly with a fan going. Apart from what seems to have been an endless few weeks of sport (if I hear the phrase’ but it’s only once a year’ again I’ll scream!) there have been some great new and next parts of series to enjoy – and in no particular order, in amongst the sport, here’s what we’ve been watching…

This Way Up on Channel 4- if you saw the first series written and starring Aishling Bee and produced and co starring Sharon Horgan, then you’ll binge watch this like nobody’s business. A brilliantly written and observed comedy which sees Aine trying to get her life back on track after a ‘teeny little nervous breakdown’. Sharon Horgan who plays Aine’s protective sister says,  “It’s been a really tough, strange old year. We know we’re lucky to be back working at all but especially lucky to be working again on This Way Up. Aish continues to make us laugh and cry with her observations on life and love and loneliness. I can’t wait to be her sister again so I can legitimately give her a dead arm whenever I feel like it.” Have a look – it’s brilliant! Watch the trailer HERE

Another great watch is Baptiste on the BBC, now in its second and last series which is a spin off from the original The Missing programme and sees Tchéky Karyo reprise his role as Julien Baptise whose mission in life is to find missing people, in this case the family of ambassador to Hungary, Emma Chambers played by the always brilliant Fiona Shaw. There are twists and turns, one or two leaps of faith and some fabulous sleuthing to the final reveal of what did happen to her family shown through flashbacks. Well worth a binge if you’re too impatient to wait till next week. Watch the trailer HERE

And finally a lovely film – Lykkevej. When she discovers that her husband is having an affair, an upper-class wife starts life anew in an eccentric middle-class neighbourhood. In Danish with subtitles now on Netflix this is a good ‘Sunday afternoon’ sort of film best watched with a glass of rose and some nibbles. No trailer with subtitles unfortunately so you’ll just have to take my word for it!

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