British shows to check out in July

Dear ladies and gents,

here is a short list of some of the UK shows that you can check out in July. Slim pickings I know, but something is better than nothing, right?


New political thriller starring Christopher Eccleston as a corrupt council official, who is also an alcoholic suffering from blackouts. After one of his drinking binges and consequent blackout he wakes up and realizes he might have committed a murder. I can watch Eccleston in just about anything and this looks promising, but I have to catch up on Line of Duty first.

Line of Duty

Line of Duty is a new police drama for BBC Two and stars Martin Compston as DS Steve Arnott, an officer who refuses to participate in a cover-up after an innocent man gets killed during counter-terrorist attack. He gets transferred to AC-12, an anti-corruption unit which is currently investigating DCI Tony Gates (played by Lennie James of Jericho fame). Gates is an officer with best crime rates who he comes under scrutiny and is accused of laddering (process that involves taking on only easy cases and then adding additional charges to get better statistics or somesuch) but then his mistress gets into a spot of bother of her own and… things take off from there. I have seen two episodes of Line of Duty so far and while not Earth shattering it is a solid police drama that I’m sure crime lovers will enjoy.

The Hollow Crown

The Hollow Crown is a part of Shakespeare Unlocked season on BBC Two. It will feature Shakespeare’s four history plays including Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 & 2 and Henry V. Now I know this might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But the cast is truly stellar and includes Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston (Loki!), who all portray kings in their respective plays while supporting cast includes Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, David Morrissey, Julie Walters, Maxine Peake and John Hurt.

Dead Boss

Dead Boss is a comedy about a woman named Helen (played by Sharon Horgan) who get falsely accused of murdering her boss and ends up in prison. She is trying to prove her innocence because she believes her boss’s murderer is still at large.

Jamie’s Summer Food Rave Up

I’m including Jamie’s new show because obviously it’s Jamie Oliver and I am so making this as soon as the heat lets up and I can face the stove without sweating buckets. On a side-note – Channel 4 should really get with the program and starting uploading their trailers on YouTube without geo restrictions.

Gordon Behind Bars

Gordon Ramsay in prison? With his charming disposition? And inmates who have access to sharp objects? Ha! I’m so watching this. Obviously I like the premise (not of Gordon in jail, although that is amusing as well) but the idea to teach inmates new skills in a bid to get them job ready once they leave the prison. So worth a watch in my book.

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