The 10 best TV shows to watch this week, from The Sandman on Netflix to Celebrity Masterchef

The Sandman

From Friday, August 5, Netflix

Tom Sturridge as Dream (Photo: Netflix)

If you’re familiar with Neil Gaiman’s ’90s comic book series, you’ll no doubt already be excited for this long-awaited adaptation. For the rest of us, it’s a difficult concept to grasp, as the story takes place between our world and a mythical realm known as the Dream. When the King of that dimension, Dream, escapes from the prison he has been locked in for nearly 100 years, he returns to find his kingdom crumbling.

van der valk

Sunday, August 7, 8:00 p.m., ITV

Marc Warren as Van Der Valk (Photo: ITV)

Marc Warren returns for his second appearance as a Dutch detective, 50 years after his first appearance on ITV. His latest case is the stomach-churning murder of a lawyer whose body is found hanging in a wind farm with an X cut into her torso. The only clue to him is a cryptic note found inside the victim’s coat.

Good Grief with Reverend Richard Coles

Monday, August 8, 10 p.m., Channel 4

Reverend Richard Coles (Photo: James Beck/Channel 4)

In his daily life as a vicar, death was a routine part of life for the Rev. Richard Coles, but when his husband David died in 2019, the pain hit him harder than he imagined. In an attempt to understand her own torment, she sets out to interrogate the nature of grief, meeting others who have been through the same struggles and trying out various activities designed to ease the pain, from laughter yoga to a “grief cruise.” “.

Tom Daley: Illegal to be me

Tuesday 9th August, 9pm, BBC One

Tom Daley (Photo: BBC/Zinc Television London Ltd/Luke Korzun Martin)

At the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, Tom Daley entered Alexander Stadium flanked by Pride flags. It was a bold move: it is still illegal to be anything other than heterosexual in more than half of member states. Here, Daley tours those countries to meet gay athletes who face extreme persecution, sometimes even death, on a daily basis, and sets out to discover how the Games can help.

spy secrets

Tuesday, August 9, 9 p.m., ITV

Writer Frederick Forsyth (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo/ITV)

Have you ever imagined yourself as a spy? This new three-part documentary series will tell you everything you need to know about the qualities and experience of a good secret agent. Featuring famous spies from both real life and fiction, including Roman Czerniawski aka Brutus, a Polish double agent who played a major role in the D-Day landings, and the al-Qaeda operative turned MI6 agent. , Aimen Dean.

Famous MasterChef

Wednesday 10 August, 8pm, BBC One

Danny Jones, Nancy Dell’Olio, Paul Chuckle, Faye Winter and Kae Kurd (Photo: BBC/Shine)

It’s an amazing lineup this year. First up at the plate is McFly’s Danny Jones, island of love star Faye Winter, lawyer (and ex-girlfriend of former England soccer manager Sven-Göran Eriksson) Nancy Dell’Olio and comedians Paul Chuckle and Kae Kurd. Celebrities are tasked with recreating popular Korean street food and preparing their latest dish for dinner.

Shetland

Wednesday 10 August, 9pm, BBC One

Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez (Photo: BBC/Silverprint Pictures/Mark Mainz)

It’s Douglas Henshall’s last series as DI Jimmy Perez, after an impressive nine years on the Shetland shores (fans, don’t panic, the series will go on without him). His latest case is that of a missing child, who has disappeared from the B&B owned by his parents.

The fringe, the fame and me

Wednesday 10 August, 9pm, BBC Two

Phoebe Waller Bridge (Photo: BBC/Oxford Films)

The Fringe Festival is not only back to its full potential after two years of cancellations and reduced numbers, but it is also celebrating its 75th anniversary. This documentary traces the story of how what started as a small arts festival morphed into one of the world’s biggest comedy and art shows. Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael Palin, Frankie Boyle, Stephen K Amos and Miriam Margoyles are among the famous faces who share their memories.

Football dreams: the academy

Thursday, August 11, 9:00 p.m., Channel 4

Kayen with her brothers (Photo: Ian Tuttle/Channel 4)

We may be focused on girls’ rights to play soccer in school right now, but this docuseries follows a group of talented boys who attend one of the most prestigious soccer institutes in the country, Crystal Palace FC Academy. . For 12 months, the boys, aged eight to 18, are continuously evaluated and tested to see if they have what it takes to play at the highest level, giving insight into the grit, skill and determination it takes to get there. to the top. Britain’s favorite sport.

rap game

Thursday 11 August, 9pm, BBC Three

Krept, Konan and DJ Target (Photo: BBC/NAKED/Trevaughn Omari/Matt Burlem)

Four series and this talent show hasn’t created any rap superstars, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. DJ Target, Krept and Konan are back in Manchester to put six fresh-faced new artists to the test, challenging them to prove to industry heavyweights that they’ve got bars to be the next big thing. And this year, there’s a game-changing twist.

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