Best new TV to watch in July
- Brian Donaldson
- 2 July 2021
Including Lie With Me, In Treatment, and Schmigadoon!
From drug mules to slobbering dogs plus shows about club culture, neo-Nazis, and animal attraction, and with performances from Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Uzo Aduba, Wendell Pierce, and Gabriel Byrne, there's plenty to enjoy on your small screens in July.
Inspired by Terry Pratchett's ground-breaking Discworld, this comedy-thriller features a group of law-enforcing misfits trying to stop a futuristic world of chaos and crime. Richard Dormer, Marama Corlett, Wendell Pierce, and Paul Kaye all star.
BBC iPlayer, Friday 2 July.
High: Confessions Of An Ibiza Drug Mule
When Michaella McCollum got in with the wrong crowd while partying in Ibiza, it led to her serving three years for drug smuggling in a South American jail. This five-part documentary tells the tale of her life before and after she became one of the Peru Two.
BBC Three, Sunday 4 July.
Monsters At Work
A series set after the events of Pixar's classic animation, Monstropolis is transitioning to be a city fuelled by laughter rather than screaming. But where does that leave the likes of Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal)?
Disney+, Wednesday 7 July.
Storyville: Raising A School Shooter
What happens when you send your kid off to school one day and they end being on the news after murdering classmates and teachers? This documentary meets three parents whose lives were altered forever, including Sue Klebold, mother of a Columbine killer.
BBC Four, Wednesday 7 July.
The fourth and final batch of episodes from this coming-of-age comedy-drama are upon us with Sam (Keir Gilchrist) moving out of the family home, leaving mum and dad (Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Michael Rapaport) to work on their own issues.
Netflix, Friday 9 July.
The Nordic Murders
More criminal matters are going on at the border of Germany and Poland with a Danish cop investigating the disappearance of a private eye who was covertly spying on some neo-Nazi bikers.
All4, Friday 9 July.
Lie With Me
Another of Five's tense psycho-thrillers, with this one starring Charlie Brooks (still best known as Albert Square's Janine Butcher) as a woman who moves with her family to Australia in order to make a new start. She should be so lucky.
Five, Monday 12 July.
Inside Art: Night Fever At V&A Dundee
As the title suggests, this is the inside story of V&A Dundee's exhibition about club culture and design, dropping in on the influential clubbing scene in Berlin, Beirut, London, and Florence.
Sky Arts, Monday 12 July.
Here comes a 'high-octane' action comedy-drama series about a firm but fair FBI agent assigned to work with a tough CIA cookie. There's a whole bunch of romance and silliness amid all the spying games.
Alibi, Wednesday 14 July.
This Way Up
The second season of Aisling Bea's comedy about two sisters, Shona (Sharon Hogan) and Aine (Bea), in which the latter takes stock (sort of) from her time in rehab. Tobias Menzies, Aasif Mandvi, and Indira Varma are also in it.
Channel 4, Wednesday 14 July.
An all-star cast features in this comedy-musical series about a backpacking couple who stumble upon a town that appears to be stuck in the 1950s and acts like there's a musical constantly going on. Keegan-Michael Key, Alan Cumming, and Kristin Chenoweth bust out some tunes.
Apple TV+, Friday 16 July.
War Of The Worlds
The third TV adaptation of the infamous HG Wells flying-saucer novel gets a second season, with the series set in contemporary France and Britain. Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern, and Daisy Edgar-Jones are in it.
Disney+, Friday 16 July.
Turner & Hooch
Following on from the 1989 Tom Hanks movie, Josh Peck takes on the role of US marshal Scott Turner who inherits an unruly, slobbering pooch as he attempts to uncover the truth about his father's death.
Disney+, Friday 16 July.
A whole decade has passed since Gabriel Byrne walked away from his last patient in this innovative drama. Uzo Aduba adopts his mantel of the therapist with personal troubles while she tackles a roster of difficult clients.
Sky Atlantic, Monday 19 July.
Dating shows have reached peak weird with this series where personality counts for everything. Which is why the contestants are buried under prosthetic make-up in order to make them look like animals. Obviously.
Netflix, Wednesday 21 July.
The excellent comedy series about the titular American 'soccer' coach (Jason Sudeikis) taking on a top English side returns with Ted offering more homespun wisdom as everything falls around his ears.
Apple TV+, Friday 23 July.
Check our coverage throughout July for reviews of many of these shows.