An excellent summer of entertainment awaits!
So after the disappointment of another unsurprisingly dismal display by England at this years World Cup and the follow-up of Andy Murray departing Wimbledon in disappointing style in the last 16 to Grigor Dimitrov, we turn our attentions to other forms of entertainment to keep us amused on British TV this summer. So what exactly have we got in store? Well thankfully there’s some excellent stuff coming up very soon.
This Sunday, 6 July 2014 at 9.00pm on BBC2 sees “A Cabby Abroad” take us on his final journey, this time to the island of Fiji. If you haven’t already seen this new show on the Beeb, it’s well worth a look. This short three episode series follows London cabbie Mason McQueen as he takes on the challenge to drive a taxi in three very different cities around the world; offering his unique insight and opinion along the way.
In the final episode, he heads to Fiji’s capital, Suva and lives with his host Dharmendra Kumar, and soon reveals a country far removed from the glossy tourist brochures. In his adventures, he discovers a country that struggling with ethnic tensions, political unrest, military coups, a health epidemic and extreme poverty. A far cry from the idyllic island life you might expect.
Previous episodes have visited the Canadian arctic and Cambodia. We suspect he’ll be back for more adventures in new episodes very soon!
Need a dose of sci-fi and adventure?
This Monday, 7th July 2014 at 9:00pm sees E4’s much anticipated premier of “The 100” hit UK TV screens. Dubbed as a cross between Lost and The Hunger Games, with a small pinch of Twilight and Supernatural thrown in, the story opens as a window into the future of Earth’s post third world war civilisation.
97 years since the fallout destroyed the planet, most survivors fled to space stations and lived off-planet. Now with resources scarce and in order to keep the population in order, crime is punishable by death penalty. However, when 100 juvenile offenders are chosen to return to Earth to see if it is once again inhabitable, the mission soon descends into chaos and communications with the space station become “lost”. Infighting soon erupts with the added problem of numerous hungry, post-apocalyptic mutant creatures on the attack for food, things start to get pretty scary very quickly. Hmm… ring any bells?
The opening episode sets the stage for what is undoubtedly going to be the smash hit of the year; so you’d be a fool to miss it!
Still gotta have your sport?
Well we all know that this summer’s action hasn’t come to a conclusion just yet!
Even if us Brits don’t have a great deal to shout about, there’s still some cracking sporting action coming up this weekend alone. The World Cup quarter finals kick off today and tomorrow as the competition reaches the business end of the tournament. Games tonight include France v Germany at 5.00pm followed by Brazil v Colombia at 9.00pm. Then the remaining two games are played tomorrow with Argentina v Belgium at 5.00pm and Netherlands v Costa Rica at 9.00pm. Both the BBC and ITV share the spoils as usual.
Over at SW19, Britain’s defending champion Andy Murray went down with a whimper but it is still worth tuning in this weekend to catch the final rounds of Wimbledon. It has without doubt been a tournament of upsets and with it, the emergence of the new generation of players have brought a freshness to the game. At long last!
The mens draw only has Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic representing the old guard whilst Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic represent the rising stars of tennis who no doubt, pose a huge threat to the stranglehold that the big four have had over the game for so many years.
The women’s draw has been just as exciting, if not more so. Again, the giants have fallen with hot favourite Serena Williams going out early yet again and last years champ Marion Bartoli now retired, odds are strong for a new name at the top. Our money is on Canadian rising star Eugenie Bouchard who looks incredibly mature for her 20 years. The other remaining semi-finalists of Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova may have something to say about that however.
You can catch all the matches live across the BBC this weekend.
F1 is now a two-horse race
Don’t forget it’s the British Grand Prix this weekend! With Lewis Hamilton still determined and focused to usurp his younger and ruthless teammate Niko Rosberg, things could get a little spicy this weekend between the two.
With eight races remaining after this weekend and the German Grand Prix up next, Hamilton knows how massively important it is to get a good result this race and put his challenge right back on track. With 29 points currently separating them, Lewis know that only a win will get him back the momentum he has lost and ensure the pressure stays on the rookie German.
British sport needs something to cheer about so a home win will go down a storm at Silverstone if Lewis can pull off the win. Official practice starts tomorrow, with the all important qualifying on Saturday, followed by the big race on Sunday from 12.00pm on BBC. You’d be a fool to miss this one!