By Katie Begley
Launches on BBC One, Sunday 14th July at 9pm
It’s the moment Poldark fans have been dreaming of and dreading in equal measures as the fifth and final series of the hit period drama returns to our screens. The last series ended in heartbreak as we sobbed over the tragic death of Elizabeth Warleggan and as we delve back into 1800s it soon becomes clear that for her grieving husband George life is never going to be the same again. So what about swashbuckling Ross Poldark? Get ready for more sword fighting, punch ups and heroic deeds as the former soldier turns spy for British Intelligence. Meanwhile Demelza’s got her hands full back in Cornwall as she tries to run the family business at the same time as dealing with increasingly hostile neighbours.
Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure
Catch episode one on ITV Hub and episode two on Tuesday 9th July at 9pm
National treasure Dame Judi Dench swaps the silver screen for the small screen this month as she heads to Borneo for the trip of a lifetime. The Hollywood icon described her time in one of the oldest rainforests in the world as an extraordinary adventure beyond her wildest dreams. Dame Judi takes viewers with her on a journey of discovery as she gets to grips with a host of local wildlife from wrestling crocodiles and inquisitive orangutans to some of the deadliest snakes on the planet. Get ready to share a few tears with her as she watches three sun bears being released back into the wild after being rescued.
Expedition with Steve Backshall
Launches on Dave, Sunday 21st July at 9pm
You might think that every inch of our planet has been covered by one documentary series or another, but think again. Steve Backshall has set out to show us that there is more to our world than we’ve seen before. In his new series he travels to far flung places and hidden corners of the globe to uncover secrets that have laid hidden for centuries. Fans will get to see Steve risking everything to bring us footage never seen before but he’s not alone. He’s teamed up with a group of experts including divers, kayakers and mountaineers to show us things we never thought possible.
Launches on BBC One, Monday 8th July at 9pm
What happens when an ordinary family from London gets dragged into a sleazy Hollywood sex scandal? That’s exactly what viewers will find out in this dark four part drama. Starring Jill Halfpenny and Babou Ceesay, the story follows the Mensah family whose lives are turned upside down when the youngest son is abused by a member of the movie elite while working in the States. The family accept a pay off to keep the sex abuse secret but soon discover that the damage runs deeper than they feared and the price of taking the money may be too high.
Inside the Ritz Hotel
Catch episode one on ITV Hub and episode two on Wednesday 10th July at 8pm
Let’s face it, most of us won’t have the luxury of staying in a hotel where rooms can cost an eye-watering £5,000 a night, but we sure wouldn’t mind knowing what goes on behind those closed doors! Now we get the chance as London’s most famous hotel, The Ritz, has welcomed cameras inside for a fly-on-the-wall documentary series that lifts the lid on the life of luxury its high class clients get to enjoy. It’s already been dubbed the ‘real life Downton Abbey’ as the series will introduce some of the hotel’s most colourful characters who work tirelessly in the underbelly of the London landmark to keep this five-star establishment running like a well oiled machine.