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The 10 best TV shows to watch this week, from Stranger Things to Springwatch

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From today, Netflix

Eduardo Franco as Argyle, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers and Finn as Mike (Photo: Netflix)

With the Mind Flayer dead, Hawkins has been safe from the terrors of the Upside Down for a few months. But a string of strange murders suggest that a new villain has infiltrated the town. With a powerless Eleven living in California with the Byers and Hopper locked up in a Russian prison, will the rest of the gang be able to fight back?

Obi-Wan Kenobi

From today, Disney+

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi (Photo: Matt Kennedy/Lucasfilm)

Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen summarize their roles of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and Sith Lord Darth Vader in this Star Wars spin-off. We catch up with them 10 years after the events of Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sithwith Obi-Wan on Tatooine, keeping an eye on a young Luke Skywalker.

The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan

Tonight 10pm, Channel 4

The double Bafta-winning chat show returns. Gilligan promises more sketches, games, characters, “Nursery Grimes” and interviews with some of the biggest names in entertainment. The first episode welcomes Michael McIntyre, Judi Love, Ashley Walters, Jon Hamm and reggae rapper Sean Paul.

Midsomer Murders – 25 Years of Mayhem

Sun 7pm, ITV

Midsomer Murders (Photo: ITV)

midsomer murderers has been on TV for a quarter of a century. This documentary features interviews with cast past and present including Jane Wymark, Jason Hughes and John Nettles, who played DCI Tom Barnaby for 14 years. There will also be a sneak peek behind the scenes of the upcoming series 23 and an investigation into how the drama has stood the test of time.


Mon 8pm, BBC Two

Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke (Photo: Jo Charlesworth/BBC)

Arguably the best – and certainly the most adorable – of the seasonal watches is back. Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan will broadcast live from Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk, where the team has set up several nestcams. Meanwhile, Iolo Williams heads back to the Isle of Man to observe eagles, otters and orcas as Megan McCubbin is on a road trip around the North East of England.


From Tues, Disney+

Anson Boon as John Lydon, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Toby Wallace as Steve Jones and Jacob Slater as Paul Cook (Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/FX)

Danny Boyle retells the story of how the Sex Pistols took over 1970s London based on guitarist Steve Jones’s autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol. While the riotous antics of the band are the main focus, there are plenty of recognizable figures who played a part in the punk scene, from Vivienne Westwood (Talulah Riley) and model Jordan/Pamela Rooke (Maisie Williams) to the band’s architect, Malcolm McLaren (Thomas Brodie-Sangster).

Abbott Elementary

From Wednesdays, Disney+

This mockumentary sitcom has been a huge hit in the US and made a star of its creator, Quinta Brunson. Set in a primary school, it follows happy-go-lucky second grade teacher Janine Teagues (Brunson), who does her best de ella in the face of underfunding, an uninterested school district, and a thoughtless headmistress.

Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee

Thurs 8pm, BBC One

Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be broadcast (Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire)

After Trooping the Color (10am), at OneShow dedicated to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (6.30pm) and a special EastEnders episode starring Prince Charles and Camilla, the day’s royal celebrations draw to close with the lighting of 1,500 beacons around the Commonwealth. Kirsty Young holds the fort, with Jermaine Jenas live from Buckingham Palace, Gethin Jones in Wales, Carol Kirkwood in Scotland, and Holly Hamilton in Northern Ireland.

The Midwich Cuckoos

Thurs 9pm, Sky Max & Now

John Wyndham’s science-fiction novel was published in 1957 but has remained relevant ever since. This faithful modern-day iteration follows the residents of a quaint English village who go through a strange blackout, only to wake up and discover all the women are pregnant. Max Beesley plays copper DCI Paul Kirby, whose job it is to calm the locals and uncover the truth behind the mystery, while Keeley Hawes is child psychotherapist Dr Susannah Zellaby.

Horizon: Making Sense of Cancer with Hannah Fry

Thurs 9pm, BBC Two

Maths professor Fry reacted to her cervical cancer diagnosis by diving into the statistics surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. After emergency surgery saved her life but also changed it forever, Fry found out that the odds of her dying from her were much lower than first thought. As she delves into how the decision to operate was reached, her assumptions about cancer are challenged.

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