How do you like your celebrities? This week you have the choice of watching them live together, cook or go on a date as Celebrity Big Brother returns, Celebrity MasterChef comes to an end and Celebrity First Dates continues.
Here are 7 shows you can’t miss this week…
1. Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared | Monday 25th July, From 10am on BBC Three
This brand new BBC Three series, Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared, sees reporters Alys Harte and Bronagh Munro launch a detailed and serialised investigation into a teenage boy who mysteriously vanished on the Isle of Wight 20 years ago.
In 1996, 16 year-old Damien Nettles went missing after a night out in the small town of Cowes. Nearly two decades later, his body has never been found and no one charged.
The big question remains – was Damien murdered? And if so, who was behind his death and disappearance?
In a groundbreaking online format spanning eight short episodes, Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared allows audiences to immerse themselves in this mystery. As Alys and Bronagh venture deeper into the Isle of Wight’s dark underbelly, unearthing evidence and sometimes conflicting accounts, audiences are drawn into the twists and turns of their gripping investigation.
2. Coach Trip: Road To Ibiza | Monday 25th July, 7:30pm on E4
If you think you know Coach Trip, the 5pm teatime show on Channel 4 where couples travel around Europe in a coach with tour guide extraordinaire Brendan, then think again.
The series is back, only this time it looks a little bit different. No longer on Channel 4, the series has moved to E4 and as the channel is aimed at a younger audience, some changed have been made.
Coach Trip: Road To Ibiza sees Brendan joined by a gang of young, fun-loving Brits who hop aboard to visit some of southern Europe’s top party spots. And yes, as the series is called Road To Ibiza, the last pairs standing at the end of the 30-day tour will be in with a shot of winning a luxury stay in the glamorous, sun-drenched, party destination of Ibiza
Just like the Channel 4 series, every day the seven couples will be taking part in exhilarating activities, but in true E4 style, they will also be checking out the local nightlife and each other… Think Love Island, but before the watershed and on a coach.
One thing I’ve always loved about Brendan, is his ability to not stand for any nonsense. But something tells me he’s going to have his work cut out for him as he takes charge of this lively, party-mad crowd.
The series continues weeknights on E4 and the first week sees them start their journey in Magaluf, before heading to Barcelona.
3. Wasted | Tuesday 26th July, 10pm & 10:30pm on E4
It’s a busy week for E4, not only are they the new home of Coach Trip, but they’re also launching a brand new comedy, Wasted.
The series is about a gang of four twenty-something wasters, one West Country village and the ex-Lord of Winterfell and stars Danny Kirrane, Dylan Edwards, Gwyneth Keyworth and Rose Reynolds… oh and Sean Bean. Yes, actual Sean Bean.
Morpheus (Kirrane) is a lovable fantasy fanatic and manages bong shop Stoned Henge (great name), with his neurotic sister Sarah (Reynolds). He has a secret crush on their quirky mate Alison (Keyworth), who runs a tattoo business from the back of the shop.
Together with his cocky best friend Kent (Edwards), who sleeps on the sofa rent-free, they’re all living in each other’s pockets and aren’t moving anywhere fast.
In the first episode, Kent returns to Neston Berry after failing at being a DJ, much to Morpheus’s delight, while Sarah and Alison hear a legend about a mythical stash of nineties pills buried in a field and endeavour to find them. Morpheus resurrects the local pub quiz and meets his spirit guide in the form of Sean Bean.
The series kicks off with a double-bill meaning that you only have to wait the ad break before watching episode two.
After a night out in Bath, Morpheus (Danny Kirrane) leads the gang on an eight-mile quest back to Neston Berry, as instructed by his spirit guide Sean Bean. Sarah (Rose Reynolds) goes through her ‘seven stages of drunk’, Kent (Dylan Edwards) tries exceptionally hard to impress a girl, and Alison (Gwyneth Keyworth) has to get sobered up and back in time for her driving test.
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4. Celebrity Big Brother | Thursday 28th July, 9pm on Channel 5
Whilst this year’s civilian series of Big Brother started off well, it quickly became unwatchable and many viewers decided to watch Love Island instead.
That being said, it’s time to give Big Brother a second chance as they cut short that series and launch right into Celebrity Big Brother.
Rumoured housemates include rapper Lil’ Kim, The X Factor reject Katie Waissel, on/off UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Marnie from Geordie Shore, Scott and Kady from Love Island and… Anthea Turner’s ex-husband Grant Bovey. No? Me neither.
OK, so it might not be the most exciting line-up ever but that is of course just a rumoured list, and it’s becoming more and more apparent that actually, whether we’ve heard of the celebs or not is not the most important thing. The most important thing is their personalities.
If there’s someone in there who’s not afraid of a bit of confrontation, someone in there who’s after a bit of romance and someone who will provide the lols, then in my opinion, you’re onto a winner.
5. Celebrity MasterChef: The Final | Friday 29th July, 8:30pm on BBC One
After Thursday’s semi-final, just three celebrities out of Sid Owen, Jimmy Osmond, Alexis Conran and Louise Minchin will remain to battle it out to become crowned Celebrity MasterChef champion 2016.
After six weeks of gruelling challenges, just two tough challenges stand between them and the title.
Their penultimate challenge is the toughest and most daunting of the competition, the Chef’s Table, hosted by Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar at Benares. The three finalists must deliver food of an exceptional standard to impress some of the best chefs in the country; Cyrus Todiwala OBE, Alyn Williams, Sabrina Ghayour, Romy Gill MBE and Ed Baines.
Then it’s back to the MasterChef kitchen for the last time, where the three finalists must now cook and present a faultless three-course meal for final judgement by John and Gregg. It’s their last chance to prove they have what it takes to be crowned Celebrity MasterChef champion by showing true passion and creativity with their dishes.
Who amongst this year’s finalists is the true cooking star and worthy of a place in the Celebrity MasterChef hall of fame following in the ‘food-steps’ of previous winners Matt Dawson MBE, Nadia Sawalha, Liz McClarnon, Jayne Middlemiss, Lisa Faulkner, Phil Vickery MBE, Emma Kennedy, Ade Edmondson, Sophie Thompson and Kimberly Wyatt?
6. Celebrity First Dates | Friday 29th July, 9pm on Channel 4
Think back to 24th October 2013, and you were probably doing the same thing I was – crying at the last in the series of Educating Yorkshire.
The moment I’m talking about is of course when we watched 16-year-old Musharaf Asgar, who had an acute stammer, stand up in front of his whole school year to give a speech, all thanks to the work of English teacher Mr Burton who helped him overcome his stammer.
Now Musharaf is back on Channel 4, and it’s another first for him… a first date. Yes, possibly one of the best programmes on TV right now, Celebrity First Dates continues this week and as if going on your first ever date wasn’t difficult enough, Musharaf has to do so in front of the nation on a TV show!
The nation of course fell in love with him when he was on Educating Yorkshire, so I really hope for him that it’s a happy ending for him and his date, Salina.
7. The Secret Agent | Sunday 31st July, 9pm on BBC One
Sunday sees the conclusion of BBC One’s latest Sunday night drama The Secret Agent.
As the authorities struggle to make sense of the rationale behind the Greenwich attack, Chief Inspector Heat (Stephen Graham) moves to arrest Verloc (Toby Jones).
Winnie (Vicky McClure), devastated by the bomb outrage, confronts Verloc and flees into the arms of Ossipon (Raphael Acloque).
The pair go on the run, but the police, led by Heat, are in hot pursuit… Will they catch up with them? You’ll have to watch to find out!