Sky Picks of the Week 24/07/17

As we go back to work for another week, Sky has updated us on their programming picks of the week.

There is one show missing here and that’s the unmissable Game of Thrones. To be fair it would be on the list every week until the Season is over but in any case you can find Game of Thrones on SoHo live at the same time as the US at 1pm or catch the encore screening at 8:30pm. Of course you can watch it as soon as you get home if you have MySky.

OK now for the best of the rest:

The Durrells is a warm, funny, feel-good series about a family’s adventures on a gorgeous Greek island when they leave their English home in the hope of a better life. Based on author and naturalist Gerald Durrell’s much-loved novels, widow Louisa Durrell makes the radical decision to leave 1930s England to seek out a new destiny for her family before her offspring go completely off the rails. As Louisa relocates her reluctant brood to a dilapidated house in the Greek sun, the Durrells face a whole new set of challenges as they meet new friends, rivals, lovers – and animals. VIBE – Mondays from 24 July, 7.30pm (Encore Sundays, 4pm)

Home Fires tells the story of a rural English town on the verge of World War II. As two powerful women struggle to put aside their differences in the Women’s Institute, a community learns to unite amidst the chaos and uncertainty of wartime. The final season of Home Fires follows the village when conflict takes hold. As the separation from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers becomes more painful, the women rely on the friendships forged with one another through village life. It will take calm, fortitude and creativity to bring the diverse women of the village together, and to help the community survive what is to come. VIBE – Mondays from 24 July, 8.30pm (Encore Sundays, 5pm) 

Dawn French, Emilia Fox, Iain Glen and Sheila Hancock star in Delicious, an honest and compelling story of love, sex, lies and betrayal, where things are never as they seem. Passionate cook Gina was once married to Leo Vincent, a successful entrepreneur, chef and hotel owner in Cornwall. Leo owes much of his success to Gina’s exceptional cooking, but since leaving her for the glamorous Sam, his business has continued to thrive. When Sam has suspicions Leo is having an affair she confides in Gina, confident she’ll recognise the signs – only to later discover it’s Gina herself who is the other woman. The secrets and scandals that spill out are proof sleeping with another woman’s husband is never a good idea – even if he was your husband first. As Sam and Gina try to fix their broken families, will a friendship rise from the ashes of betrayal or will they tear each other apart? UKTV – Tuesdays from 25 July, 9.30pm 

British artist Bruce Munro conceived his iconic Field of Light art installation in 1994 while visiting one of Australia’s most sacred sites, Uluru, in the Northern Territories, Australia. Twenty-four years later, in 2016, Bruce Munro returned to the red desert in Australia for the installation of his Field of Light Uluru. Munro designed Field of Light Uluru to majestically illuminate the landscape that surrounds the ancient and sacred rock. Munro’s latest project marks many firsts: his first installation in Australia; his largest and most remote Field of Light to date; and his first solar-powered iteration of this artwork. This documentary tells the story of the inspirations, exhibitions, and developments of Munro’s artistic career leading up to Field of Light Uluru. Return To Uluru: Bruce Munro  – SKY ARTS – Friday 28 July, 8.30pm

 Created by Jay and Mark Duplass, Room 104 is a new anthology series that takes a peek inside one hotel room at an average American corporate motel, exploring the stories of the characters who pass through it on any given night. Embracing the idea that “the banal” can be a most interesting place if you stop and take a look, each of the 12 episodes tells a different story, as the room stays the same everything else – the tone, the plot, the characters, even the time period – changes. Tapping into a variety of genres including comedy, drama, thriller and horror, stories featured cover a pizza-delivery boy getting more than he bargained for, a babysitting gig gone eerily awry and a woman seeking to enter another realm of reality. Poignant, quirky, and filled with plenty of twists and surprises, each episode of Room 104 plays like a mini-movie, offering a new discovery from one week to the next. SoHo – Saturdays from 29 July, 9.30pm (Encore Wednesdays, 11.30pm)

Team JONES! was saddened to learn of the passing of Martin Landau last week. In tribute to this screen legend, we’ll be celebrating his performance in Mission: Impossible on 29 and 30 July on JONES! too. After early guest appearances in TV westerns of the 50s and 60s, Landau went on to star in Mission: Impossible – winning a Golden Globe for Best Male TV Star for his performance as the iconic Rollin Hand. Join us on JONES! too on Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July as we celebrate the life of Martin Landau with classic episodes of Mission: Impossible.


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