Best new TV to watch in July
- Brian Donaldson
- 26 June 2020
Including Mrs America, Muppets Now and Miracle Workers
From hip-hop musicals to alternate histories, plus crime dramas from Australia, America and France, there's plenty to enjoy on your small screens in July.
Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels
Natalie Dormer, Nathan Lane and Daniel Zovatto star in this 1930s-set crime chiller about a changing Los Angeles in thrall to demons, demagogues and delinquents.
Sky Atlantic, Wednesday 1 July.
A revival of the US show which ran from the late 80s until 2010 analysing cold cases and paranormal incidences that remain, yep you guessed it, unsolved.
Netflix, Wednesday 1 July.
Hot on the heels of Alex Rider comes another Amazon exploration of a young spy with the second series of Hanna. Esmé Creed-Miles stars as a young woman trying to find out her own true identity while evading the attention of some seriously nasty state operatives.
Amazon Prime Video, Friday 3 July.
Recorded in the summer of 2016, this filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's blockbuster musical brings us a spectacular blend of history and hip hop. Presumably, this won't be of the night when Madonna had a good time on her phone.
Disney+, Friday 3 July.
Keith Haring: Street Art Boy
1980s New York art sensation Keith Haring is the subject of this Arena film which tells of a tempestuous life story in his own words.
BBC Two, Saturday 4 July.
Alex Brooker: Disability and Me
Comedian and co-host of The Last Leg, Alex Brooker presents an intimate and personal documentary on life as a disabled person in modern Britain.
BBC Two, Sunday 5 July.
The Kemps: All True
This is shaping up as the oddest show of the month (or year), a mockumentary hosted by Rhys Thomas in which Gary and Martin Kemp try to ignore they were ever in Spandau Ballet and instead want to concentrate on their current projects.
BBC Two, Sunday 5 July.
Trump in Tweets
We've all either laughed at or been shocked by them: now the US leader's social media activity become the subject of a fun-packed show which tracks the rise and hopefully fall of the first Twitter president.
BBC Three, Monday 6 July.
The Secrets She Keeps
New six-part Australian drama about a happily pregnant wife expecting her third child, being befriended by a single woman who is about to give birth for the first time. But is she … ?
BBC One, Monday 6 July.
This is the story of strangers whose lives collide at an immigration detention centre in the middle of the Australian desert. Yvonne Strahovski, Cate Blanchett, Fayssal Bazzi and Dominic West all star.
Netflix, Wednesday 8 July.
Gloria Steinem has been critical of this portrayal of the feminist movement in the US from the 1970s onwards, but it still looks like a must-see with yet more Cate Blanchett, plus Rose Byrne (as Steinem), Uzo Aduba and Tracey Ullman in a nine-parter about the fight over the Equal Rights Amendment.
BBC Two, Wednesday 8 July.
Bruno Debrandt (he of Spiral fame) stars as the maverick, wheelchair-bound cop in a second series of adventures in which he continually takes down the meanest of the mean on Marseilles' mean streets.
All 4, Friday 10 July.
My Life Is Murder
Originally airing on the Alibi channel, Lucy 'Xena' Lawless stars as Alexa Crowe, a fearless private eye who solves baffling crimes while juggling an equally confusing personal life.
Drama/UKTV Play, Sunday 12 July.
Miracle Workers: The Dark Ages
The second series of this anthology comedy show from the pen of Simon Rich stars Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan, Daniel Radcliffe and Lolly Adefope. This one is set in, as the title suggests, the fun-filled Dark Ages.
Sky Comedy, Monday 13 July.
The Plot Against America
Based on Philip Roth's 2004 novel, this alternate history drama is brought to the screen by the talented duo of David Simon and Ed Burns. Winona Ryder, Anthony Boyle, John Turturro and Zoe Kazan are among the players in a story where a xenophobic populist celebrity becomes US president and turns the country viciously to the right. Come on, that could never happen …
Sky Atlantic, Tuesday 14 July.
A reimagining of the Arthurian legend but this time through the eyes of teenage heroine Nimue. 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford takes the lead role while Peter Mullan, Devon Terrell and Gustaf Skarsgärd also appear.
Netflix, Friday 17 July.
In the Long Run
Here comes the third series of the semi-autobiographical sitcom based rather loosely on Idris Elba's own childhood starring Jimmy Akingbola, Madeline Appiah, Bill Bailey and the future Bond himself (maybe…).
Sky One, Wednesday 22 July.
A 'what-if' drama from Jimmy McGovern in which he considers how Anthony Walker's life may have turned out had he not been murdered in a racist attack in 2005 at the age of 18.
BBC One, w/c Saturday 25 July.
The Umbrella Academy
In season two, a time-jump has scattered the Hargreeves siblings around Dallas, Texas in 1960 for a three-year period. Probably not a spoiler alert: did anything of note happen there in 1963?
Netflix, Friday 31 July.
Unadulterated mayhem and top-notch guest stars was always the Muppets way, and this rebooted series has Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and co getting all old school on us.
Disney+, Friday 31 July.
Check our coverage throughout July for reviews of many of these shows.
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