What To Watch W/C

Check out our picks for what to watch on TV this week …

If comedy is your thing then look no further as standup comic Michelle De Swarte’s first commission as a writer, Spent is released this week, you can also catch Rapper turned Actor turned Rapper Bashy as he launches his brand-new album, Being Poor is Expensive.

Let us know what you’ll be watching.

Spent – Monday 8th July @ 10pm | BBC Two

Mia is a former catwalk model on the run, mainly from herself. Her career is over, she’s flat broke and she’s homeless. This is a woman who despite her humble beginnings has become accustomed, possibly even addicted, to the finer things in life. Unfortunately, those lifestyle choices don’t carry much currency when you’re pushing 40 and permanently sofa surfing. She may have a highfalutin’ attitude and a world-class skincare regime but Mia’s now living on the breadline. Not that she’s prepared to admit that to anyone, not even herself. Starring Michelle De Swarte, Amanda Wilkin, Jamali Maddix and Rachel Ofori.

1Xtra Album Launch Party with Bashy – Thursday 11th July @ 9pm | BBC iPlayer

Performed in the iconic BBC Maida Vale studios and hosted by BBC 1Xtra, London rapper Bashy launches his brand-new album, Being Poor is Expensive, with an iconic live performance, featuring some very special guests.

Descendants: The Rise Of Red – Friday July 12th | Disney+

Former Villain Kid Uma, now headmaster of Auradon Prep, extends an invite to the school to another VK – Red, the rebellious daughter of the Queen of Hearts from Wonderland. After the Queen of Hearts incites a coup against Auradon, Red must team up with Cinderella’s perfectionist daughter Chloe and travel back in time to try to undo the traumatic event that set Red’s mother down her villainous path. Starring Brandy, Malia Baker, China Anne McClain, Dara Reneé and Morgan Dudley.

Aretha Franklin at the BBC – Saturday 13th July @ 9:10pm | BBC Two

A collection of archive appearances on the BBC by Aretha Franklin. Featuring a stunning 2015 performance of You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman) that had the then US President Barack Obama in tears, plus gems from the 1970s when Aretha dropped in to be the guest star on shows hosted by Cliff Richard and Lulu. These songs – and her voice – demonstrate why she remains considered the ultimate queen of soul. Performer Aretha Franklin.

Jay Blades: The West End Through Time – Saturday 13th July @ 9pm | Channel 5

Jay explores the history of the area of central London, finding out how the West End helped make the city a magnet for visitors from around the world. He starts his journey at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square, hearing how an incredible discovery made in 2006 changed people’s opinions of the origins of London. Host Jay Blades.


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