New drama Penny Dreadful: City of Angels lands on Sky Atlantic, Celebrity MasterChef returns, Toby Jones is superb in Marvellous, Naked Attraction is back, and it's cheerio to the The Wu-Tang Clan . . .
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Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, 9.00pm Sky Atlantic & NOW TV
Natalie Dormer, Nathan Lane and Daniel Zovatto star in a new spin-off series set in 1930s Los Angeles (rather than the Victorian London of Penny Dreadful). Expect more gore than in its period drama twin, Perry Mason.
LAPD detective Tiago Vega (Zovatto) and his partner, Lewis Michener (Lane), investigate a murder while the city sits on the brink of social upheaval.
While at City Hall, Tiago’s activist brother Raul Vega battles with the fiery Councilman Charlton Townsend over the construction of California’s first freeway.
Meanwhile, Peter Craft, the head of the German-American Bun, meets Elsa (Dormer), the mysterious mother of one of his patients – but she is not what she first seems.
Marvellous, 9.00pm, BBC Two
Here's a lovely little film with a huge heart that lives up to its imposing title.
Toby Jones is fantastic in this factual dramedy as Neil 'Nello' Baldwin, a man with learning difficulties who has worked as a clown, and also a kit man for Stoke City Football Club.
Although he was diagnosed as having learning difficulties, Neil has constantly confounded people's expectations during a colourful career that has seen him work as a circus clown and a kit man for Stoke City, and more recently led to him being awarded an honorary degree by Keele University in recognition of his contributions to campus life.
Just as Neil doesn't like to be labelled, the drama also mixes biopic, musical and fantasy elements to tell this unique story.
Gemma Jones, Tony Curran and Nicholas Gleaves also star, while Gary Lineker appears as himself.
Unless you’re made of stone, you’ll be a better person after seeing this.
Here's an introduction:
New or Returning Shows
Celebrity MasterChef, 9.00pm, BBC One
John Torode and Gregg Wallace return to discover which celebrities have the palate and skill to chop, slice and sizzle their way to the iconic Celebrity MasterChef trophy.
The first five celebrities to compete in the 2020 heats are recording artist Myles Stephenson, Apprentice star and entrepreneur Thomas Skinner, comedian Judi Love, football legend John Barnes and Death In Paradise actor Shyko Amos.
After an individual challenge to devise and cook one dish to show the judges their potential, the five celebrities are split into two groups to take on the challenge of cooking for the first time in a restaurant kitchen for paying customers.
Then in the final test of culinary creativity, it’s back to the MasterChef kitchen as the contestants are asked to prepare a dish of their own design in just one hour.
F*ck That’s Delicious, 10.00pm, Vice
In the season four opener of this travelling food show, potty-mouthed (hence the show's title) Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, and The Alchemist get right to the point of London food.
Hopefully, it won’t be fore we can all head over to the English capital to experience Turkish kebabs, nouveaux Indian, pubs, and some Nigerian with a side of friendship.
Hamilton: One Shot to Broadway, 10.00pm, Sky Arts
Timely screening as Disney+ will premiere the film version this Friday, July 3.
It's a documentary telling the story of the musical that achieved critical acclaim and box office success , featuring interviews with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as well as cast and crew.
The show tells the thrilling story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, and his journey from the Caribbean to fighting the revolutionary war alongside George Washington, founding the USA, and his violent death at the age of just 49.
Hamilton’s revolutionary mix of Hip-Hop, RnB and Pop music that single-handedly pulled Broadway into the 21st Century and made Lin-Manuel Miranda, its young creator, one of the most famous names in America.
Naked Attraction, 10.00pm, Channel 4
Anna Richardson hosts a fresh run of the flesh-centric dating show where people get to choose a date from a selection of six naked people.
This time around, those involved include 30-year-old Stephanie, a self-confessed `dating disaster', and 28-year-old Bethany, a free-spirited artist from Essex.
New to Download
Unsolved Mysteries, Netflix
Fusing signature elements from the original series with contemporary immersive, character-driven storytelling, these new episodes are rooted in the experiences of ordinary people who have lived the unthinkable.
That includes experiences such as the trauma of a loved one’s unexplained disappearance or horrific death, to the shock of a bizarre paranormal encounter.
Alongside detectives and journalists, family members offer clues, present theories, and identify suspects, hoping one viewer holds the key to solving the mystery.
Deadwind: Season 2, Netflix
Corruption and murder collide as Helsinki detectives Sofia Karppi and Sakari Nurmi scour the city for the rumoured connection, as this fine Finnish drama returns for a second run.
The Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics and Men, 9.00pm, Sky Documentaries & NOW TV
In the final two chapters of this retrospective on the Wu-Tang Clan, there’s a look back to the time the members began successful solo careers and the 'W’ logo rivalled McDonald’s Golden Arches in terms of global recognition.
Wu-Tang’s global footprint was massive, signing on to a major US tour with Rage Against the Machine. But some became concerned about alienating their core black audience.
On top of that, the group believed they weren’t earning what they should have for their participation.
Then, looking back at their legacy twenty-five years later, the Wu-Tang family meditates on those they lost along the way and how their message and story remain indelible fixtures in the cultural history of music and America.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, 8.00pm, Sky One & NOW TV
It’s the season 5 finale of the comic book adaptation. Half a decade already?
Still controlled by the Fates, the Legends find themselves in a 1984-esque world, where they soon discover that things aren’t as they thought they would be.
The Legends must convince the civilians to trust them and stand up for their right to choose, but the Fates don’t make it easy by resurrecting the Encores once again.