Richard Arnold's Armchair Guide - May 22
Have you ever seen a man play a straw? How about the Jungle King taking the Romford Pele on holiday? What do all these words mean? It's Richard Arnold's Armchair guide of course.
When it comes to what to watch to keep you entertained this week check out Richard's selections below...
Britain's Got Talent - 8pm Saturday on ITV and straight after on the HubThis week sees a man play a straw and a Russian magician with a twist!Now in its 14th series, the unstoppable multi-award-winning talent extravaganza is back with even more amazing, surprising and jaw-dropping acts, all vying to impress the judges and secure their place in the live semi-finals, which will be taking place later in the year.
Britain's Brightest Celebrity Family - Thursdays at 8pm on ITV then available on the Hub
Quizzing titan Anne Hegerty (The Chase) is back hosting a brand new series of ITV’s hit quiz show Britain’s Brightest Family – but this time, it’s well-known celebrities and their families who’ll be battling it out for the title. And for the winning famous family, there’s a whopping £25,000 prize for their chosen charity up for grabs.Two brand new rounds have been added to this celebrity spin on the format – including an ‘Observation’ round featuring fun, cartoon images of Anne that put their memories to the test. Plus, there’s an ‘Identify’ round where members of each team must race against the clock to physically sort two piles of answers into their correct categories. Can they tell their cheeses from their Italian composers? Their birds from their Roald Dahl characters?Filmed before lockdown, the heats include a soap special as Shaun Williamson and family take on Lucy Fallon and family in an 'Eastenders v Corrie' contest; a football heat with John Barnes taking on Matt Le Tissier with both their families in tow; a reality TV special featuring Scarlett Moffatt vs Curtis Pritchard and their families and a TV Experts heat with Dr Ranj Singh and his relatives taking on the Llewelyn–Bowens. The winners of the heats are put to the test in two semi-finals, before the grand final, where the winning family will take home that £25,000 for their chosen charity.
Harry's Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh - All episodes now available on the HubIn this sequel to the award winning Harry’s Heroes: The Full English, Harry Redknapp is taking his team of old England Legends on a European Tour. Joining Harry again as Assistant Manager is Liverpool Legend John Barnes, and the team is a who's who of England Internationals including: David Seaman, Paul Merson, Matt Le Tissier, Rob Lee, Ray Parlour, Lee Sharpe, Mark Chamberlain, Mark Wright, Razor Ruddock, and new addition, Aston Villa’s Lee Hendrie.Harry’s team have been challenged to a rematch against the German Legends Team – but this time, it's on their home soil. Harry and John decide to make a tour of it – what could possibly go wrong?
Classic soaps - Available on the Hub right now
With filming on fresh shows halted, and those in the can likely to run out at some future stage, users of the ITV Hub will be treated to classic episodes of their favourite soap operas from Monday May 4th.Vintage episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale will be making their way onto the platform every weekday, giving soap fans a trip down memory lane and a chance to relive some of soapland’s most iconic characters.Coronation Street transports viewers back 25 years, reopening its archive with episodes from July 1995, reviving memorable Weatherfield residents such as Bet Lynch (Julie Goodyear), Alec Gilroy (Roy Barraclough), Mavis Wilton (Thelma Barlow), Raquel Wolstenhulme (Sarah Lancashire) and Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs).Emmerdale meanwhile flashes back over two decades to December 1995, ahead of villainous Chris Tate’s (Peter Amory) wedding to Rachel (Glenda McKay), and in the midst of superbitch Kim Tate’s (Claire King) affair with Dave Glover (Ian Kelsey).These episodes will continue to run on weekdays on ITV3.Other new offerings on ITV Hub include every series of The Real Housewives of Cheshire since series two, plus previous series of Gemma Collins’ fly on the wall show Diva Forever.Meanwhile, football fans can enjoy every game from Euro ’96 as the epic football tournament debuts on the ITV Hub from Monday May 11th.A new collection of the best episodes from the Coronation Street and Emmerdale archives will launch on SVoD service BritBox on 14th May.
Broadchurch - Available on BritBox right now
Broadchurch is a British serial crime drama television series broadcast on ITV for three series between 2013 and 2017. It was created by Chris Chibnall, who acted as an executive producer and wrote all 24 episodes, and produced by Kudos Film and Television and Imaginary Friends. The series is set in Broadchurch, a fictional English town in Dorset, and focuses on police detectives DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman). The series features an ensemble cast that in addition to Tennant and Colman includes Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Carolyn Pickles, Arthur Darvill, Charlotte Beaumont, Vicky McClure, Adam Wilson and Matthew Gravelle.The first series, which premiered on 4 March 2013, focuses on the death of local 11-year-old Danny Latimer and the impact of grief, mutual suspicion and media attention on the town. Danny's family (his mother, Beth, father, Mark and sister, Chloe) are a key focus for the first series. The second series, which premiered on 5 January 2015, follows the dual storylines of bringing Danny's killer to justice and a case from the past returning to haunt Hardy. The third and final series, which premiered on 27 February 2017, focuses on the rape of a local woman at a birthday party, while the Latimer family go to extreme lengths to move on from Danny's death. Chibnall has indicated that the third series will be the last and that he originally envisioned Broadchurch as being a trilogy.
Ross King's Lockdown: Harrison Ford - Watch on Youtube now
The Call of the Wild is a vibrant story of Buck, a big and kindhearted dog, a crossbreed between a St. Bernard and a Scotch Collie, whose carefree life of leisure was suddenly upset when he was stolen from his home in Santa Clara County, California and deported up north, to be sold in Skagway, Alaska, and taken further north, to Dawson City, Yukon, during the late 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. As a newcomer to the dog team delivery service - and not before long their front-runner - Buck, a dog like no other, who had been spoiled, and who had suffered, but he could not be broken, is having the time of his life. Forced to fight to survive, eventually taken by his last owner, John Thornton, to proximity of the Arctic Circle, somewhere between Yukon and Alaska, he progressively depends on his primal instincts, sheds the comforts of civilization and responds to "the call of the wild", as master of his own.