By James Leyfield
Summer is well and truly upon us, but if you need a break from the heat then put your feet up and tune in to our top five shows to watch in August…
Hold the Sunset
Series two begins on Friday August 2nd on BBC Two
If the kids are already driving you up the wall then a 30-minute break in front of John Cleese’s BBC Two sitcom Hold the Sunset should do the trick. The first series told the story of John’s character Phil who dreams of retiring to the sun with long-pursued love Edith – played by Alison Steadman – only for their lives to be turned upside down when her 50-year-old son Roger (Jason Watkins) turned up on her doorstep unannounced. The show is like a Who’s Who of British acting royalty, featuring Anne Reid, Sue Johnston, James Cosmo, and Peter Egan. Series two picks up with Roger still causing chaos.
This Way Up
Launches on Channel 4 on Thursday August 8th at 10pm
Aisling Bea’s new comedy This Way Up looks set to have us all giggling into our summer cocktails and mocktails. The 8 out of 10 Cats star has teamed up with Catastrophe actress Sharon Horgan for the six-part series. As well as penning the script, Aisling will play post-nervous breakdown suffering Aine, who teaches English as a foreign language in a TEFL school full of chaotic characters. Sharon will portray Aine’s concerned sister Shona.
The Great British Bake Off
Series 10 returns to Channel 4 in August
On your marks, get set, bake! Another batch of wannabe bakers will head to the famous white tent to see if they know their frangipanes from their fondants, and their showstoppers from their soggy bottoms. Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are expected to return as judges for the 10th series of the baking show, and Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding as co-hosts. Will anyone live up to last year’s winner Rahul Mandal? The proof will be in the pudding!
Launches on ITV in August
Anna Friel stars in this new six-part series as a mother of three Lisa, who is struggling to run a business and juggle family life. Set in the beautiful backdrop of the Lake District, the drama tells the story of three complex women who are desperately trying to keep their heads above water. The show is adapted from the Windermere novel series by Paula Daly, and stars Sinead Keenan and Rosalind Eleazar as female lead characters Roz and Kate. The three women are connected by having children of similar ages – but spontaneous decisions will soon rock the boat.
The series will be available on My5 in August
Inspired by the true story of a transplant patient who became a doctor, Australian medical drama Pulse is coming to Channel 5’s streaming service My5 this August. The eight-part show is set in a transplant unit of a Sydney teaching hospital and focuses on high-flying financial analyst Frankie Bell (Claire van der Boom), who seemingly had it all until she was struck down with kidney failure. Following a successful transplant, Frankie becomes a doctor and delves into the fast-paced, hard-hitting world of medicine Down Under.